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Carina Cobbold

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Mills & Reeve LLP

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Real estate.


Carina is a real estate partner and specialises in private sector residential and commercial development work and acting on large scale cross-office projects (including managing large scale portfolios for clients of circa 500 properties). This development expertise involves advising upon large scale mixed-use developments covering all aspects including: site assembly, development agreements, land sales/purchases, promotion agreements, overage agreements, leases and discussions and negotiations with third parties (utility providers and local authorities) in relation to infrastructure and statutory agreements. This development expertise has led to Carina acting on substantial urban extensions, renewable projects and acting for investment funds who focus on investment through development.


Trainee solicitor Eversheds 2003-05; newly qualified Mills & Reeve LLP 2005-06; solicitor 2006-08; senior solicitor 2008-10; associate 2010-14; partner 2014.


Hammonds High School, Swaffham, Norfolk 1993-97; Swaffham Sixth Form Centre 1997-99; Newcastle-Upon-Tyne University 1999-2002 (Law LLB – First Class Honours – 2002); Nottingham Law School 2002-03 (LPC – Distinction – 2003).


Swimming, attending the gym and skiing.

East Anglia: Real estate

Commercial property: Norwich

Within: Leading individuals

Carina Cobbold - Mills & Reeve LLP

Within: Commercial property: Norwich

Mills & Reeve LLP¬†has 'a¬†very responsive and knowledgeable team that has a strong sense of duty to the client'.¬†The ‚Äėbright, responsive and always pragmatic'¬†Caroline Dean¬†leads the practice and¬†specialises in development work; she acted for Kilverstone Trust on the sale of land for a 5,000-home development near Thetford. 'Absolute star'¬†Carina Cobbold, who¬†specialises in mixed-use development work and large-scale projects, is ‚Äėexcellent - a very skilful operator, very knowledgeable with a good depth of experience;¬†her measured yet commercial approach is invaluable'. She handled a sustainable urban extension project near Rugby for Sue Developments, which has a total value in excess of ¬£28m and involved planning permission for 6,200 new homes, as well as commercial retail and leisure space, and four schools. Also recommended are principal associates¬†Lisa-Marie Kennedy, who ‚Äėhas a great work ethic and achieves fantastic results‚Äė;¬†Lucy Whipps¬†, who¬†is 'focused, intelligent, hardworking and a great legal mind'; and¬†Zoe Cooke, who handles high-value residential development work for London-based clients.¬†Senior associate¬†Anna Aldous¬†is¬†'very thorough, conscientious and always available'.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property

Within: Commercial property

Mills & Reeve LLP advises development vehicles, investors and landowners in residential development projects, and investment mandates involving single assets and complex property portfolios. In the development space, Christine de Ferrars Green is advising O&H Properties on the development of an urban extension to Peterborough, which aims to deliver 13,000 new homes. Similarly, Carina Cobbold is acting for Sue Developments in relation to a sustainable urban extension at Houlton, Rugby, and Caroline Dean advised a group of landowners on land sales for a residential development ion Norfolk. Investment highlights have included Orla O’Sullivan assisting Fidelity UK Real Estate Fund with the £28.5m sale of a long leasehold to a subsidiary of a newly formed REIT, and Charles Staveley acting for Pandox in relation to the property due diligence and post-deal structuring of its £800m acquisition of Jurys Inn’s hotel chain. Beverley Firth acts as national head of real estate, and Dominic Hodern heads the real estate asset management group. Rachel Pitman and Mike Edge joined the team from Pinsent Masons LLP; Pitman has experience in a range of investment and development work, while Edge specialises in regeneration projects.

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