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Ashfords LLP

Work Department

Real Estate


legal Director 


Paul is a Legal Director in the Real Estate Team. Paul advises both national and international clients on a range of commercial real estate matters.

Paul acts for asset managers, developers, investors, occupiers, high net worth individuals, funds and banks. In particular, he advises on asset management, sales and acquisitions, development transactions, leasehold yield projects and the real estate aspects of property finance.

Since the relaxation of the planning regulations in 2013, Paul has worked with investors and developers on a large number of permitted development transactions dealing with mixed use, office space and vacant sites.

Paul thrives on getting involved in the early stages of a deal and providing strategic advice for structuring complicated property transactions. Clients have commented on this benefit resulting in deals being achieved as effectively and efficiently as possible, as well as more timely.

Prior to joining Ashfords, Paul trained at national law firm Browne Jacobson before joining Fieldfisher in the City.

Paul won the Law Society Young Solicitor of the Year award in 2009.

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  • National developers: Advising on the structuring and acquisition and development of a mixed-use sites, such as in Woking, worth £8.5 million, and the pre-let to a retail user of the commercial space.
  • Overseas off shore investment: advising on the commercial real estate aspects of overseas off-shore investment by HNWI and managing the process with fiduciary trusts and off-shore solicitors as well as the debt provider of the financing, suc has the purchase of an Iceland store for £3.5 million in Wales.
  • Private investment companies: Advising on the financing and purchase of various investment properties, such as a block of flats subject to multiple tenancies in west London worth £15 million.
  • Occupier/tenant: Advising on the commercial letting of commercial premises, such as a public body’s office headquarters in the City with an annual rent of £1.1 million.
  • High net worth individuals: Advising on the acquisition of investment properties, such as the freehold of a City office block subject to various leasehold interests, worth £26 million.