Mark Traynor > Bates Wells > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Bates Wells
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Work Department



Partner in the property team acting for commercial, charity and private clients in all aspects of commercial property, including sales and purchases, landlord and tenant work, lending and property management. Recent deals include the acquisition of a development site for the BFI, refinancing of the Eden project, taking a lease of London headquarters for an international energy company at an annual rent of £1.5m and acting in connection with leases of offices at 30 St Mary Axe (the Gherkin) and the Shard.


Trained Eversheds; qualified 2000; Macfarlanes 2001-04; Boodle Hatfield 2004-05; Bates Wells Braithwaite 2005 to date; partner 2008. Publications of note: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Business Law (Jordans).


The King’s School, Grantham, Lincolnshire; Durham University (1996 LLB Hons 2:1).


Classical music, opera, travel, wine, literature, cricket, Notts County FC.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers

The ‘well established and experienced’ commercial property practice at Bates Wells handles development projects, finance and secured lending transactions and investment acquisitions. Practice head Mark Traynor provides a ‘truly outstanding level of service’ for commercial, charity, and private clients. Malcolm Headley ‘provides calm, pragmatic advice’ on all aspects of commercial real estate, while the ‘knowledgeable and pragmatic’ Karli Hiscock  has extensive experience acting for commercial organisations and charities. Jamie Huard focuses on work associated with social enterprises and heritage property; clients say Huard is ‘extremely helpful and knowledgeable’.

London > Real estate > Property finance

Bates Wells has notable expertise in acting in the charity and social enterprise sectors, and the team handles development finance projects regarding social housing, care homes, education and housing associations. Mark Traynor is head of the practice, and Malcolm Headley and finance lawyer Patrick Keown are also names of note.