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Wilkin Chapman LLP

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Rachael Perry

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Wilkin Chapman LLP

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Partner - Commercial Property


An experienced non-contentious commercial property lawyer and have particular expertise in commercial and residential development. Specialises in house builder and social housing development work. Having previously worked both in a specialist house builder practice working for national house builder plc clients, and in-house at The Guinness Partnership (national registered provider), has acquired an in depth knowledge of both sectors. Her role at The Guinness Partnership focused upon strategic development work, securitisation, governance projects and property rationalisation. In acting for national and large regional house builders, she undertakes strategic acquisitions and land assembly, large scale disposals together with infrastructure and planning agreements. Rachael undertakes acquisition and securitisation work for registered providers. She has been able to use her sector knowledge to advise clients on ancillary governance and regulatory issues, ensuring the transaction can be facilitated in a proactive and efficient way. This has resulted in a number of new clients seeking registered provider status instructing the firm. As part of added service value Rachael has devised initiatives to ensure social housing acquisitions can be seamlessly and efficiently prepared for securitisation and sale exercises ensuring a quicker draw down of funds or onward transmission. She also acts for retail and investment clients in acquisitions, disposals, funding arrangements and property management issues. She is a board member and vice-chair of Lincolnshire Rural Housing Association. Key clients include the Linden Homes Group (Linden Limited and Galliford Try Affordable Housing Team) together Acis Group Limited and Shoreline Housing Partnership.


Trained Norton Peskett Solicitors; qualified 2006; solicitor Clarke Willmott LLP 2006-10; senior governance manager The Guinness Partnership 2010-12; senior solicitor Wilkin Chapman LLP 2012-15; partner Wilkin Chapman LLP 2015-todate. Non-executive director of Lincolnshire Rural Housing Association. Publications of note: In previous roles has delivered seminars at National Housing Federation conferences regarding registered providers governance issues.


Matthew Holland School; University of Liverpool (2003 LLB (Hons) Law); Nottingham Law School (2004 LPC); University of West England (LLM Hons)


Family time, walking, gym.

East Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Elsewhere in the East Midlands

Within: Commercial property: Elsewhere in the East Midlands

Wilkin Chapman LLP, which acts for regional and national clients, is particularly noted for its strengths in the housing and development space, where it undertakes a significant amount of work for developers; Rachael Perry is the lead adviser to Galliford Try, one of the firm's largest clients. In addition, the firm also has a sizeable social housing client base. Led by practice head Ruth Brewin, the team also has a strong profile in commercial property matters with a nexus to the energy and renewables, education and academies, and tourism and leisure industries. Peter Hanson and Jonty Pearson are other key figures in Lincoln. Long-serving partner Martyn Chilvers retired during 2018, while Wendy Spalding-Siracusa, whose practice is split between Grimsby and Lincoln, came on board from Sills & Betteridge LLP.

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Social housing

Within: Social housing

Housing and development is an area of focus at Wilkin Chapman LLP, which is highly regarded by registered providers, developers and landowners. The firm has an outstanding reputation in the East Midlands, and its client base is primarily concentrated in the region, but it also undertakes work on a national basis as well; it acts for Linden Limited (Galliford Try's housebuilding arm),  serving six of its national housebuilding divisions. The firm also works with Galliford Try's affordable housing team. Reflective of the credentials of the team, Rachael Perry's background in private practice is complemented by her previous experience of working in-house at a national registered provider, where she focused on strategic development work, securitisation and property management and rationalisation. Peter Hanson and Ruth Brewin are also recommended.

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