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2ND FLOOR CENTRAL SQUARE SOUTH, ORCHARD STREET, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, NE1 3AZ, ENGLAND
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Work 0333 320 2220
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Fax 0333 320 4440
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62553 JESMOND
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Web:
uk.dwf.law/

Jonathan Smith

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Work + 44 (0)191 233 9713
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DWF

Position

Associate


North: Real estate

Commercial property: Newcastle

Within: Commercial property: Newcastle

DWF regularly handles investment and property portfolio management matters, regeneration and development projects as well as landlord and tenant issues. Team head Adam Heather acted for Newcastle-based property group Hanro on the purchase of a number of investment properties in and around the North East, and advised Arch Commercial Enterprise on the redevelopment of Ashington town centre including a new leisure centre, supermarket, petrol filling station and bus station. In other development work, senior associate Mark Tait assisted Northumberland Estates with the development of a new motor retail facility at Vroom Car Retail, North Tyneside, which included various lease matters. Other key individuals include national housing specialist Lee Pickett and housing litigation expert Jonathan Smith.

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Social housing

Within: Social housing

DWF covers a broad range of social housing work: on the non-contentious side, team head Lee Pickett specialises in development, regeneration and investment matters, and senior associate Kelly Pearson is routinely called upon to advise on social housing finance issues, while Jonathan Smith, who made partner in November 2017, is the main contact for housing litigation; he is adept at handling rent review and dilapidation disputes as well as disputes relating to development land. Pickett advised Bernicia Homes on the acquisition of a development site for the proposed construction of 11 dwellings, and regularly assists the Riverside Group with development agreements including procurement issues and development risk assessments. South Tyneside Homes Ventures instructed the team to advise on its property development programme which included, among other matters, a golden brick structured development agreement with Bellway Homes and grant funding advice. In litigation, Smith defended the Manningham Housing Association against a claim for breach of public law obligations following an application for possession of a property, and assisted Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust with obtaining an emergency anti-social behaviour injunction against one of its tenants.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

Key sectors for DWF’s practice include the retail, care, parking and development sectors with clients including Q-Park, Moorfield, Bupa, Sterling Capital and Magnet. Group head Stephen Green  regularly acts in commercial landlord and tenant disputes and development issues; he acted for Capitol Park Leeds in a dispute with the Coal Authority relating to the liability for capping an old mineshaft that opened up, and represented a private individual in proceedings for the modification and discharge of a restrictive covenant relating to planning permission to build a second house on their land. Jonathan Smith also handles landlord and tenant work, and made partner in 2017.

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