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Joanne McGuinness

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Shoosmiths LLP

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Joanne is a partner and head of the real estate team in Shootsmith’s Solent office. Joanne specialises in all aspects of commercial real estate development with a particular specialism in rail related projects advising Depot and Station Facility Owners, Transport Executives, landowners, occupiers and developers in respect to all aspects of real estate matters concerning both regulated and unregulated rail sites as well as negotiating and advising on the model template documentation required by Network Rail’s Investment Framework Policy and Guidelines.


Qualified 1987; partner Denton Wilde Sapte 1999; partner Shoosmiths 2006.


Family, tennis, running and sailing.

London: Transport


Within: Rail

Shoosmiths LLP is regularly instructed by a range of rolling stock manufacturers, leasing companies and operators on matters including rolling stock procurement, ticketing, manufacture, supply, real estate, franchising, and health and safety issues. Porterbrook Leasing Company, East Midlands Trains and South West Trains are clients. Martin Fleetwood is experienced in light rail matters, Southampton-based Joanne McGuinness handles real estate matters in the rail sector and Roy Tozer in Birmingham handles health and safety issues. Ursula Gould has joined Addleshaw Goddard and former department head Chris McClure has joined Porterbrook Leasing Company.

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Hampshire

Within: Commercial property: Hampshire

Joanne McGuinness, who heads the team at Shoosmiths LLP, has expertise in a range of real estate transactions including the property elements of corporate matters. Clients include corporate occupiers, including those in the retail, leisure and industrial sectors. Senior associate Cara Beveridge, who has a focus on all aspect of residential developments and related finance, and associate Jessica Ready, who is experienced in advising developers and commercial landlords and tenants, are other key names.

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South East: Transport


Within: Aviation

The aviation practice at Shoosmiths LLP handles cross-border transactions for aircraft, engines and helicopters in Europe and the US, as well as advising banks and investors on deal financing. Partner Martin Fleetwood and associate Sarah Fairweather further specialise in the application of the Aircraft Protocol to the Cape Town Convention, in addition to other security interest protections available to lessors and financiers. Team lead Chris McClure assisted key client Swiss International Air Lines with the multi-million-pound leasing of Airbus A319 aircraft from Clariden Aircraft Leasing, and represented the same client again in the termination of a lease of an Airbus A330 from GECAS for operational reasons. Other team members to note in Southampton include partner Joanne McGuinness and associate Emily Stocker. Manchester Airport, Blue Islands, National Air Traffic Services and Thomas Cook can also be found in the client base.

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