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Richard Hopkinson-Woolley

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Richard is a partner in the Real Estate team with a broad practice across investment and development work and with experience of all main sectors. His work often includes multi-disciplinary teams, given the financing, tax and structuring requirements of clients.  He has over 10 years' experience of putting together complex transactions involving commercial ground leases, including ground-up development using ground lease investment as part of the capital stack.


Trained at Simmons & Simmons before spending 21 years in other City/International firms (15 years as a partner), including over 10 years at the then leading Real Estate practice in the City culminating in being appointed Real Estate Practice Group Head.  He moved back to Simmons & Simmons in 2016 from another International Law Firm.


City of London Solicitors’ Company; Investment Property Forum


Stowe School.  Pembroke College Oxford (MA).


Member and Trustee of The Queen’s Club; Liveryman of the Goldsmiths’ Company; Member of Seaview Yacht Club and City of London Club.  Interests: Real Tennis, Lawn Tennis, Squash, Sailing, Skiing, Food and wine.                                     

London: Real estate

Commercial property

Within: Commercial property

Simmons & Simmons’ property team has ‘great strength in depth’ and provides ‘consistently prompt and responsive service without sacrificing quality’. The department is particularly focused on large asset management, private capital and funds investment, and property finance. In one of the first major investment deals following the Brexit referendum, Matthew Hooton advised Deka Immoilien on the acquisition of a 420,000 ft development site at Rathborne Square. Similarly, John Kelsey assisted Deka Immobilien with the £485m acquisition of Cannon Place, which was among the largest single-asset deals in 2017. Kelsey also advised London Properties on its £100m+ sale of one of the market’s first large-scale co-living developments. Ali Crosthwaite has acted for various development partners in matters including a joint venture data centre development and an office-led development in Central London. Further, the ‘responsive and practicalRichard Hopkinson-Woolley is advising Tishman Speyer on the refurbishment of Economist Plaza at London St James’s. Additional contacts include Deian Rhys and Nick Jones. Simon Gardiner joined the team from Pinsent Masons LLP, and Caroline Turner-Inskip was promoted to partner.

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