Lisa Williams > Shoosmiths LLP > Milton Keynes, England > Lawyer Profile

Shoosmiths LLP
100 AVEBURY BOULEVARD
MILTON KEYNES
MK9 1FH
England

Work Department

Real Estate

Position

Lisa is a real estate lawyer specialising in development, acting principally for land owners.

Lisa is a Partner in Shoosmiths’ Real Estate department based in Milton Keynes. She has a broad range of experience in all aspects of commercial property but in recent years she has specialised in the sale and purchase of land for strategic and immediate development. She has extensive experience in acting for land owners on the negotiation of complex overage deeds, collaboration agreements, planning promotion agreements, option agreements and hybrids. Lisa’s specialist knowledge of agricultural law is key to ensuring the land owners can manage and use their land during the promotion and/or planning process but still deliver vacant possession when required.

Lisa also specialises in the purchase and sale of and development of land as mobile home parks, holiday parks, the acquisition of inland marinas as well as acting for landowners on the development of land for renewable energy sources. She is also a member of the Shoosmiths Private Wealth team.

Lisa’s clients value her for her honest, no nonsense approach. She takes a practical and commercial view and is very quick to respond. She can make the most complicated deal accessible.

Examples of work undertaken:

  • acting for London and Continental Railways on the sale of the land to a joint venture company set up by Oxford City Council and Oxford University’s Nuffield College. The land in the Oxpen’s area of Oxford is to be developed as part of a new neighbourhood with up to 500 homes plus offices, academic buildings and commercial space in a £200 million revamp of Oxford’s west end;
  • acting for a farming partnership of six individuals on the sale of a 100 acres site in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. The Wellingborough North Development is set to have up to 3,000 new homes along with community facilities and commercial space and will be developed over three phases. The transaction involved deferred consideration secured by a first legal charge and complex overage provisions for which Lisa’s penchant for arithmetic was invaluable;
  • in 2013 Lisa led the Shoosmiths team who acted on behalf of Park Holidays UK Limited in the £172 million sale of its entire issued share capital by independent private equity investor Graphite Capital to Caledonia Investments Limited a self-managed fund; and
  • since 2003 Lisa has acted on behalf of the Tingdene group of companies, a leader in the park home sector, on the purchase, sale, development and management of mobile home parks, holiday parks and inland marinas.

 

Career

After achieving distinctions in both the CPE and LPC Lisa joined Herbert Smith as a trainee, qualifying in March 1997. She spent the next five years as an assistant in Herbert Smith’s real estate department before moving to Osborne Clark, London. Lisa joined the real estate team of Shoosmiths’ Northampton office as an Associate in June 2003 and was made Partner in May 2005.

Education

BA Sports Science (1989); CPE (1993); LPC (1994).

Leisure

Skiing, cooking, gardening and reading.

Lawyer Rankings

South East > Real estate > Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

The Milton Keynes team at Shoosmiths LLP advises clients on a broad range of commercial property matters, including acquisitions and strategic work for major PLCs, sales and purchases for investors, care home and retirement village issues, corporate occupancy transactions, and mix-use retail and leisure developments. Practice leader Steve Wiltshire has experience in dealing with strategic developments under promotion, option and hybrid agreements. Catherine Williams is a commercial and mixed-use development expert acting for developers, operators and corporate occupiers, while Lisa Williams advises landowners on the sale and development of land. Principal associates Chris George and Kirsty Chalkley are additional names to note.