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Austin Judson

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Walker Morris LLP

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Real Estate




Austin acts for a number of property investors and developers as well as national retailers and high street banks in relation to their own real estate portfolio. It is, however, in the field of real estate finance and insolvency that Austin is most widely recognised. He has, over a period of 15 years, gained a national reputation for the work he does with banks, insolvency practitioners and fixed charge receivers in relation to the real estate aspects of recoveries, restructuring and insolvency.

Described in the legal press as “excellent in difficult negotiations” and praised for his “straightforward and commercial approach”, Austin applies his excellent legal knowledge in a commercial, deal focussed manner to achieve optimum results.” 

High profile deals include acting on the insolvency of seven national retailers, acquisition or disposal of four flagship units on Oxford Street in the last six months, disposal of over £200 million of assets from fixed charge receivers in the last 18 months.

Yorkshire and the Humber: Real estate

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

Within: Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

Walker Morris LLP’s ‘class-leading’ practice provides ‘responsive and coherent advice, which is well thought out with an excellent grasp of the optionality of any given situation’. Practice head Nick Cannon is ‘excellent’, Austin Judson is ‘hugely client and solution focused and is able to see through the white noise of complex situations to find the best solution’, and Jeremy Moore is ‘easy to trust implicitly’. Jacqueline Judson and senior associate Adam Reed are also key names to note. In a recent highlight, Jane Weaver led advice to Polish retailer LPP Reserve, a new client, on its lease for a new flagship store on Oxford Street. Further work includes Judith Pike and construction lawyer Julian Harbage acting for FCC Environment UK on the land and construction elements of HS2’s acquisition of a railway siding and Moore assisting Pharmaron UK with its purchase and leaseback of Merck Sharp & Dohme’s facilities in Hertfordshire. Asda, the Abu Dhabi United Group for Development and Investment and HSBC are also clients.

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