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Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP


Michael Spence

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Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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Real estate.


Michael is a real estate partner specialising in commercial property in Scotland and heads up our Scottish real estate team. He advises extensively in renewables matters covering option and lease agreements for developers.  He also deals with drafting and negotiating planning agreements relating to renewables projects and other forms of property development.  Michael also advises in extensive regeneration schemes, including planning agreements and infrastructure arrangements; acts for tenants and landlords in office and retail lettings and mixed use schemes; acts for developers and funders of onshore wind farm developments; works alongside insolvency practitioners in Independent Business Reviews of property companies and in subsequent programmes of realisation following administration of the relevant companies.


Solicitor, Bell & Scott, WS 1984; solicitor, McGrigors LLP 1985; associate, McGrigors LLP 1989; partner, McGrigors LLP 1995 - 2008; senior associate, Eversheds LLP 2009; partner, Bond Pearce 2011; partner, Bond Dickinson on merger 2013; partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP on combination in 2017.

Scotland: Real estate

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Within: Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, the result of a merger in November 2017 between Bond Dickinson LLP and US firm Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP, now has a presence in Edinburgh, with a new office being opened there in the same year. Scottish real estate practice head Michael Spence, who had previously been based in Aberdeen, relocated to the new Edinburgh office. In addition, the firm has recently beefed up its operations by hiring managing associates Laura Bloxham and Paul Kenneth from Shoosmiths and Morton Fraser respectively. Kenneth specialises in real estate finance, with a particular focus on acting for lenders in Scottish loan and security transactions, and also in advising on the Scottish aspects of cross-border transactions. Bloxham is particularly knowledgeable about the residential development sector, where her work includes advising on acquisition and disposal contracts, section 75 agreements, estate set up and the disposal of individual plots. Property litigator Philip Knight and Emma Shearer joined from DWF as managing associate and associate respectively. Spence's team is also active in the retail and renewable sectors, and is also known for advising on PRS and Build to Rent Projects. Spence and Shearer advised Bridon on taking a lease of a new manufacturing and distribution facility at Grangemouth in 2017. The team also acts as the sole adviser on Scottish property matters to SIPPS provider Curtis Banks.

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