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Clarke Willmott LLP

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Kary Withers

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Clarke Willmott LLP

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Property Litigation


Kary heads Clarke Willmott's Social Housing team and is a Partner in our Property Litigation team dealing with a wide variety of property related disputes, both residential and commercial. 

London: Real estate

Social housing: local authorities and registered providers

Within: Social housing: local authorities and registered providers

Clarke Willmott LLP advises housing associations on a range of construction and development projects, litigation and property deals, but is particularly ‘recommended for strategic land acquisitions’. Indeed, Hannah Langford, who joined the team from Clarion Housing Association, advised Newlon Housing Trust on the acquisition of land from a local authority, and continues to act for the client in relation to the development of an affordable housing scheme. Construction specialist Stuart Wilson joined the team from Trowers & Hamlins LLP, and has acted for London boroughs and major housing associations in development finance transactions and high-value regeneration projects. Kary Withers and Lindsay Felstead have experience acting for housing associations in housing sector disputes such as anti-social behaviour injunctions, possession claims and boundary disputes. Also recommended are Oliver Smedley and senior associate Joanna Jackson. Chimi Shakohoxha, Jonathan Hulley and James Howard left for Capsticks LLP.

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South West: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

Clarke Willmott LLP provides strategic property advice to a range of market participants including residential developers, property investors, corporate retailer tenants, local authorities and social housing providers. Simon Freeman advised Hansteen Holdings on recovering vacant possession of a multi-let business park, and subsequently assisted the client with the termination of various leases. Nicola Seager provides comprehensive contentious property advice to Marcol, a London-based real estate investor. Seager also has experience in property insolvency. Graham McIntyre advises Mapeley Estates on landlord and tenant matters across its property portfolio, and also acts for corporate tenants such as Burger King. Kary Withers leads the social housing sector group and also has expertise in telecoms mast issues. Withers represented PG Group in proceedings to remove telecoms equipment from the roof of a building in order to facilitate development; she is also handling the client’s related damages claim. Other key contacts include Neil Ham and department head Chris Taylor. Bonnie Martin and Amy Rudrum opened Estate Legal in 2017.

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Social housing

Within: Social housing

Headed by Oliver Smedley, Clarke Willmott LLP’s social housing sector group provides ‘good property support’ to regional and national housing associations in property transactions, joint venture development partnerships and disputes. Helen Wittram advised Aster Group on its £6.7m acquisition of 42 affordable housing plots from Bellway Homes. Wittram is also acting for a registered provider in relation to its acquisition of land, subject to planning permission, for the development of affordable housing. On the contentious side, Kary Withers acted for TGP in connection with the temporary relocation of rooftop telecoms equipment so that the client could undertake urgent roofing repairs. Anna-Liisa Blanks-Walden has represented housing association clients in construction disputes, and Simon Day advised Sovereign Housing Association, as landlord, on a commercial letting agreement. Senior associate Aaron Macauley also has experience with property disputes in the social housing sector.

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South West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Clarke Willmott LLP acts exclusively for landowners against major mast operators. It also provides advice on commercial and contractual IT issues, licensing, joint ventures, data protection, data security and GDPR. Recent highlights include acting for The Guinness Partnership in relation to temporary relocation of Telecoms equipment owned by Telefonica UK on their properties, this allowed urgent repairs to take place. Kary Withers heads the team, she is ‘very knowledgeable and experienced with excellent judgment’. Clients include Pinnacle Towers, The Berkeley Group, Mapeley Estates, Onecom Group, PETROC and Phoenix Housing Association.

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