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Ashtons Legal

THE LONG BARN, FORNHAM BUSINESS COURT, FORNHAM ST MARTIN, BURY ST EDMUNDS, SUFFOLK, IP31 1SL, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01284 762331
Fax:
Fax 01284 764214
DX:
57200 BURY ST EDMUNDS
Email:
Web:
www.ashtonslegal.co.uk

Ron Clare

Tel:
Work 01284 732114
Email:
Web:
www.ashtonslegal.co.uk/our-people/ron-clare
Ashtons Legal

Work Department

Commercial Property

Position

Partner and Head of Banking & Finance

Career

Ron trained with what is now Taylor Wessing in the West End of London and qualified in 1985. Ron became an equity partner in what was then Kester Cunningham John in 2004. 
Ron has specialised in commercial property and secured lending law for more than 30 years, acting for a wide spectrum of corporate and institutional clients and lenders throughout East Anglia and beyond. He heads up our cross-team banking and finance group and is responsible for managing the panel relationships with our banking clients. He is involved particularly in secured lending transactions, which include a £7m refinancing exercise secured over part of a biomedtech research campus near Cambridge and the real estate element of a £ 120m refinancing for an energy sector client.

Languages

English

Member

Law Society

Education

Queen Mary College, London University (1978-81). Law degree (LL.B.) class 2:1.
College of Law (Lancaster Gate) (1981-2).


East Anglia: Finance

Banking and finance

Within: Leading individuals

Ron Clare - Ashtons Legal

Within: Banking and finance

Commercial property and secured lending expert Ron Clare in Thetford leads the banking and finance team at Ashtons Legal, which is ‘a very well respected and decent firm of solicitors'. The firm acts predominantly for lenders including NatWest Bank, HSBC Bank and Svenska Handelsbanken. Clare assisted Santander with a security package for a £10m overdraft facility for a client in the retail sector. 'They are up there with the best in the area‘, says one client, while another remarks upon a ‘very diligent and thorough team with good experience and knowledge which they bring to the fore‘. Clare and associate Scott Hilton are ‘very approachable, thorough and prepared to work with clients to highlight any issues and provide options‘. Agriculture finance specialist Jeanette Dennis in Cambridge is ‘very thorough, approachable, well thought of and professional with an eye for detail‘. Corporate partner Geoff Hazlewood also plays a role in the practice.

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East Anglia: Real estate

Commercial property: elsewhere in East Anglia

Within: Commercial property: elsewhere in East Anglia

The Bury St Edmunds office of Ashtons Legal is home to substantial commercial property expertise and is part of a region-wide practice that excels in commercial and mixed use developments working alongside the firm's planning and construction law specialists. The firm also provides extensive investment management services to investors, owners of industrial estates and a growing number of Cambridge colleges. Ron Clare has more than 25 years' experience in commercial property and his area of expertise include advising on leases, providing corporate support in business sales, and handling business occupation matters for clients such as Cambridge Building Society. He recently advised The Havebury Housing Partnership on the £1.6m acquisition of two adjacent parts of a residential development site near Ely, Cambridgeshire. He also acted for Activ Financial Inc. in matters relating to a ten-year lease on office space in Cambridge as a base for its UK operations.

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Construction

Within: Construction

Associate Sarah Duncan leads the practice at Ashtons Legal in Ipswich, which joins the ranking this year. Clients report that she is 'very knowledgeable and thorough in her advice'. She recently acted for a large UK real estate firm in a multimillion-pound project, which included a review of building contracts, consultant’s appointments and warranties. Duncan and commercial property partner Ron Clare have 'a good level of knowledge and competence, and are assertive when required'.

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