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Clarke Willmott LLP

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Oliver Smedley

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Clarke Willmott LLP

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Commercial Property


Oliver is a Partner in our Commercial Property team specialising in development and investment work.

London: Real estate

Social housing: local authorities and registered providers

Within: Social housing: local authorities and registered providers

Clarke Willmott LLP provides ‘exceptional advice’ to its registered provider client base due, in part, to the ‘superb knowledge’ of joint practice heads Lindsay Felstead, Oliver Smedley, Kary Withers and Vicky Kells, who head up the firm’s housing management, development, property litigation and securitisation teams respectively. Fraser MacRae is also noted for financing matters. Highlights included advising Moat on various developments, handling the acquisition of 83 units from a national house builder for Aster Communities, and assisting Clarion Housing Group with several statutory and non-statutory lease extensions. The group also represented Asra Housing Group in a prosecution relating to disrepair issues resulting in environmental health failures, and acted for London & Quadrant in a possession claim against a tenant who had used the premises to cultivate cannabis. Metropolitan Housing Trust, Stonewater, GreenSquare, East Thames and Notting Hill Housing Trust are also clients.

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South East: Real estate

Social housing

Within: Social housing

The ‘excellent and knowledgeable’ team at Clarke Willmott LLP regularly represents clients in complex housing claims involving antisocial behaviour, breach of tenancy, failed succession and trespassing. It also advises on non-contentious matters involving policy and procedures, disrepair, leases and tenancy agreements. Recent work includes acting for Radian Group as tenant of a commercial property in Portsmouth in a matter involving dilapidations, lease issues and insolvency, and representing the same client in injunction proceedings against an elderly tenant following complaints of hoarding and annoyance. The team also assisted United Communities with obtaining a without-notice injunction against a former tenant suspected of drug dealing. Key figures include Kary Withers, who advises on the full range of property disputes, and Lindsay Felstead, who heads the housing management team. Oliver Smedley is also a name to note.

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South West: Real estate

Social housing

Within: Social housing

Clients of Clarke Willmott LLP rate its willingness to provide ‘advice rather than options’. The practice acts for registered providers on a wide variety of housing matters, including site acquisitions, development, financing and securitisation. ‘Invaluable’ practice head Oliver Smedley is advising The Guinness Partnership on a high-value land acquisition and planned development of open market and affordable housing units in Bristol. Smedley also acted for Aster Group on a joint venture agreement with Galliford Try. Other key individuals include Helen Wittram, who focuses on social housing development work and advised on multimillion-pound acquisitions of affordable housing units from multiple national housebuilders. Kary Withers leads the property litigation team and handles a variety of housing disputes.

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