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Freeths LLP

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Jon Smart

Work 0845 050 3650
Freeths LLP

Work Department

Real estate.


Partner, real estate notably heading the care sector team. Wide range of landowner funder and occupier focused transactions and development work for clients including Eddie Stobart, LNT Group, Scotch Corner Designer Village, and Lloyds Bank.


Trained Eversheds LLP; qualified 1995; Eversheds 1993-2003; senior associate Gateley Wareing 2003-04.


Magdalene College, Cambridge (1988-91 MA (Hons) Land Economy); College of Law, Chester (1991-93); College of Law (1999-2000 property diploma).


Football, tennis, travel.

East Midlands: Public sector


Within: Health

Freeths LLP’s team ‘is particularly knowledgeable of the demands and challenges within the healthcare sector’ where it assists both public and private sector clients, such as NHS panels and investors. In addition, the team has strong care sector expertise ranging from the development of care homes to financing transactions, with its track record in ‘triple net’ lease security and cross-collateralised security framework agreements as a key stand-out feature. Regulatory, corporate governance and procurement instructions also form part of the caseload. A team under the lead of practice head Jon Smart advised One Housing Group on the agreement for development and leases of four luxury care homes in Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. Real estate specialists Thomas Golding and James Clamp ‘are particularly knowledgeable in the sector’.

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East Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby

Within: Leading individuals

Jon Smart - Freeths LLP

Within: Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby

Delivering ‘excellent service all-around’, Freeths LLP is praised for its ‘outstanding depth of knowledge’. The practice is active across the full range of commercial property mandates, and has experienced a recent uptick in real estate finance work for education and care sector clients. Key figures include Nottingham practice head Guy WinfieldEmna Sfar-Gandoura, who joined from Shoosmiths LLP , Gary Reynolds (an ‘excellent communicator and negotiator’) and  ‘exceptional lawyerJames Clamp . Also recommended are James Hart, Gillian Roberts (‘a lateral thinker who finds solutions on her feet’), Heather Davies, Jon Smart, Adam Watson and Isobel Radford, who is noted for her ‘excellent pragmatic and commercial approach’. Williamson advised Lucan Gray on the sale of the Custard Factory and surrounding land to Oval Real Estate. Other highlights included advising BDW Trading on the proposed purchase of a site for 1100 new houses in Bingham from the Crown Estate, involving a planning permission requiring the building of a new school and covering the costs for the expansion of an existing school; and acting for One Housing Group on a development agreement and thirty-year institutional leases for four luxury care homes in Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. Other clients include Tarmac, Chancerygate and Bellway Homes.

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Commercial property: elsewhere in the East Midlands

Within: Leading individuals

Jon Smart - Freeths LLP

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