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Freeths LLP

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Gary Reynolds

Work 0845 274 6821
Freeths LLP

Work Department

Commercial property.


Partner in commercial property department specialising in the acquisition of residential and commercial development sites including the preparation of options, housing association acquisitions and financing, licensed and leisure property acquisitions and disposals, health authority and NHS trust work and FE colleges work.


Articled Hunt Dickins & Willatt (now Freeths LLP); qualified 1976; assistant solicitor 1976; partner 1979.


High Pavement Grammar School; University of Birmingham (1973 LLB); College of Law, Guildford.


Golf, skiing, cinema, reading.

East Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby

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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Social housing

Within: Social housing

Freeths LLP’s wide-ranging expertise spans not only property development, securitisation, planning, construction and procurement work, but also extends to housing management governance and employment, especially for registered providers and arms-length management organisations. It also handles shared ownership sales. Gary Reynolds leads the team, which recently experienced an uptick in golden brick development agreements and alternative funding structures such as joint ventures; recent highlights include advising Nottingham Community Housing Association on a development which the client acquired jointly with the local council, involving separate golden brick agreements, but separate infrastructure. Matthew Grocock is also noted. Bellway Homes, Longhurst & Havelok Homes and Greensquare Group are also clients.

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