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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Lynn Povey

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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Charities and not-for-profit, financial services, real estate and construction, sport; real estate.


Lynn specialises in institutional investment and charity property (including development work). She has worked for institutions on all aspects of their portfolios, from sales and purchases to lease re-gearing and management matters. Lynn advises a number of charities and other not-for-profit organisations on their property requirements, including redevelopment of sites, sales and acquisitions of assets, and management matters.

London: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Lynn Povey¬†¬†heads a team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP¬† that ‚Äėunderstands the charity sector intuitively and is sensitive to the pressures that charities are operating under‚Äô. Povey is adept at leading multi-disciplinary teams on complex charity transactions and is experienced at advising on property and development projects for charities. Consultant Mike Scott¬† has considerable experience of dealing with all issues surrounding charitable and not-for-profit organisations. Other members of the ‚Äėfirst-class team‚Äô include senior associate¬† Sarah Rowley, who is a ‚Äėpleasure to work with, efficient and attuned to the needs of her charity clients‚Äô. The team continues to work closely with the National Museum of the Royal Navy on various projects including on the acquisition of HMS Warrior from the Warrior Preservation Trust Ltd. It also continues to advise Save the Children on all aspects of the management of its property portfolio. The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and Cancer Research UK are other important clients.

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London: Public sector

Education: schools

Within: Education: schools

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's team is 'consistently outstanding' for comprehensive advice and senior partner engagement. Lynn Povey, who has a focus on charities and property law, heads the practice and employment specialist Ben Smith is noted for providing 'timely and effective guidance and action'. The group provides multi-disciplinary services and broad charity law expertise to clients such as Eton College, the City and Guilds of London Institute and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. In recent work, it is advising education sector clients on refinancing matters, governance and contractual issues and real estate sales.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property

Within: Commercial property

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP¬†has developed ‚Äėan excellent reputation‚Äô for advising overseas investors and high-net-worth individuals. Headed by Mark Smith, the team exhibits ‚Äėa unique sense of commercialism and overall cohesion‚Äô, which makes it the preferred firm of some clients for portfolio transactions, development projects and corporate occupancy requirements. Development highlights have included Lynn Povey¬†advising City of London Corporation on the land swap agreements and leasehold structures to facilitate the development of the Leadenhall Triangle, and Simon Ewing¬†assisting Salamanca with the purchase of a brownfield development site. Smith has also acted for Zenium Technology Partners in multiple data centre investment transactions, and Lee Medlock¬†handled a number of strategic portfolio deals for Stonegate Pub Company. The team has also handled HQ letting mandates for a household named sporting company and a major UK media and telecoms group. Robin Grove¬†and senior associates Ruby Dalal¬†and Eddie Richards¬†are also recommended. Melville Rodrigues, who has expertise in real estate investment funds, joined from CMS.

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