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Addleshaw Goddard

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Alastair Cowan

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Addleshaw Goddard

Work Department

Real Estate.


Alastair is dual qualified for both Scotland and England/Wales and has helped to drive the department’s expansion plans since joining the firm in 2010, with a formidable reputation as a deal maker and strategic adviser. Acting for an impressive list of clients which includes institutional, private and overseas investors, as well as private property companies, Alastair has extensive experience of the real estate market, particularly investment acquisitions and disposals, student accommodation, asset management and development, such as: Acquisition, subsequent asset management, development and break up of several mixed use portfolios, including a predominantly retail portfolio of 42 properties for £120million, and a predominantly industrial and office portfolio of 20 properties for £60million; Acquisition and development of six separate sites for student accommodation, comprising a cumulative total of well over 1000 studios for Hong Kong and Singaporean regulated funds, managed through a UK based FCA regulated private equity investment house; Acquisition and break up of several cross border residential portfolios, including a portfolio of 1,363 properties for £157million from a major UK high street bank, and a portfolio of 511 units across 18 blocks for in excess of £50million; Asset management of several shopping centres on behalf of both a listed UK REIT and a large private property company; The recent acquisitions of various retail, industrial and office properties in Scotland for an institutional fund for a cumulative total of almost £40m; the disposal of a portfolio of 8 retail parks and properties to a UK institution for in excess of £60m; He is valued for his understanding and commercial awareness of the pressures – he is creative and finds a solution rather than a problem.


Trained Archibald Campbell & Harley WS; qualified 2000, Archibald Campbell & Harley; Solicitor, Shepherd & Wedderburn WS; Solicitor, Dickson Minto; Solicitor, HBJ Gateley; Senior Associate, Partner HBJ Gateley 2015 - known as Addleshaw Goddard with effect from 1 June 2017.


The High School of Glasgow; Aberdeen University (1997 LLB (Hons); 1998 DipLP).

Scotland: Real estate

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Within: Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Addleshaw Goddard inherited HBJ Gateley's real estate team, which is led by Simon Ede, following the merger between the two firms in 2017. Now part of a much larger firm, the group is now better-placed to service a wide spectrum of UK and international clients, which includes funders, private developer investors, landlords and corporate occupiers, and fund clients. Ede's group includes Alison Newton, who has a wealth of experience in multi-use regeneration schemes and UK portfolio acquisitions. Neil Addis has expertise in investment and development matters, as well as commercial leasing work. Kirsty Nicholson is one of a number of individuals in the team with experience of undertaking English real estate work; a recent highlight involved acting for Staycity in deals for purpose-built aparthotels in Manchester, Edinburgh and Liverpool (and also the completion of leases for new aparthotels in London, Manchester and York). In 2017, Alastair Cowan led a multidisciplinary team, which acted for Harwood Mouse Two Limited in the £48m sale to Accrue of nine SPVs owning a mixed-use portfolio of 18 industrial and office properties. Carrie Armstrong, legal director Joanne Moynan are also recommended.

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