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Alasdair Garbutt

Work 01242 514000
Willans LLP

Work Department

Commercial property


Alasdair is a partner in Willans’ commercial property team. He advises a wide range of local and national clients on matters including development transactions, sales and acquisitions, landlord and tenant and property management.

He specialises in property investments, property management, clawback, overage, business leases, development, options and security documents.  

Alasdair is highly experienced in advising large national charities on their commercial property requirements.


Alasdair trained and qualified at City firm Nabarro and spent 8 years in their real estate team. Following a year at Ogier in Jersey, Channel Islands he spent 8 years at the Cheltenham office of Charles Russell before joining Willans in 2012. He became a partner in 2017. 

He is also an ambassador for the Hop, Skip & Jump Foundation, a charity for special needs children.




The College of Law, Guildford, LPC, 1994
University of Kent, LLB, 1993

South West: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Willans LLP delivers ‘an excellent service’ and specialises in charity property dispute resolution and acting on behalf of national charities such as Macmillan Cancer Support and Scope. Alasdair Garbutt was promoted to partner in June 2017, and has since won the firm all of the real estate work for Shelter (after previously advising on half its real estate portfolio) as well as all real estate work for Victim Support. ‘Very prompt and effective’, Garbutt also leads the work for Marie Curie and Sue Ryder. Associate Caroline Leviss left the firm in October 2017. Nigel Whittaker heads up the department.

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South West: Real estate

Commercial property: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire

Within: Commercial property: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire

Acting for landowners, developers, corporate occupiers and non-profits, Willans LLP is ‘extremely thorough’ and is rated for is work on ‘particularly complex real estate and construction mandates’. Department head Nigel Whittaker provides a standard of service that literally inspired one client to ‘volunteer to pay a higher rate than what was billed’. Whittaker has particular expertise in freehold and leasehold transactions and advised two Republic of Ireland-registered companies on the multimillion-pound sale of a property in Bath, subject to a lease agreement in favour of a building society. Alasdair Garbutt was promoted to partner and assisted Joedan Group with a number of office and industrial property acquisitions in 2017. Whittaker and Garbutt also provide ongoing portfolio management advice to local, regional, and national charities such as Sue Ryder. Susie Wynne is ‘a go-to partner’ for development projects, property finance and investment transactions. Wynne assisted Cavendish Homes with a land promotion agreement in relation to a site with a potential development value of £37.5m. Other key clients include Holy Trinity Brompton and Princess Alice Hospice.

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