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Rachael Perry

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Wilkin Chapman LLP

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Partner - Commercial Property


An experienced non-contentious commercial property lawyer and have particular expertise in commercial and residential development. Specialises in house builder and social housing development work. Having previously worked both in a specialist house builder practice working for national house builder plc clients, and in-house at The Guinness Partnership (national registered provider), has acquired an in depth knowledge of both sectors. Her role at The Guinness Partnership focused upon strategic development work, securitisation, governance projects and property rationalisation. In acting for national and large regional house builders, she undertakes strategic acquisitions and land assembly, large scale disposals together with infrastructure and planning agreements. Rachael undertakes acquisition and securitisation work for registered providers. She has been able to use her sector knowledge to advise clients on ancillary governance and regulatory issues, ensuring the transaction can be facilitated in a proactive and efficient way. This has resulted in a number of new clients seeking registered provider status instructing the firm. As part of added service value Rachael has devised initiatives to ensure social housing acquisitions can be seamlessly and efficiently prepared for securitisation and sale exercises ensuring a quicker draw down of funds or onward transmission. She also acts for retail and investment clients in acquisitions, disposals, funding arrangements and property management issues. She is a board member and vice-chair of Lincolnshire Rural Housing Association. Key clients include the Linden Homes Group (Linden Limited and Galliford Try Affordable Housing Team) together Acis Group Limited and Shoreline Housing Partnership.


Trained Norton Peskett Solicitors; qualified 2006; solicitor Clarke Willmott LLP 2006-10; senior governance manager The Guinness Partnership 2010-12; senior solicitor Wilkin Chapman LLP 2012-15; partner Wilkin Chapman LLP 2015-todate. Non-executive director of Lincolnshire Rural Housing Association. Publications of note: In previous roles has delivered seminars at National Housing Federation conferences regarding registered providers governance issues.


Matthew Holland School; University of Liverpool (2003 LLB (Hons) Law); Nottingham Law School (2004 LPC); University of West England (LLM Hons)


Family time, walking, gym.

East Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: elsewhere in the East Midlands

Within: Commercial property: elsewhere in the East Midlands

Wilkin Chapman LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėvery good‚Äô team excels in residential and commercial development work, social housing and landlord and tenant matters and draws on its key sector expertise in the agriculture and food, tourism and leisure and renewables and energy sectors to advise local and national clients. practice head Ruth Brewin, noted for her ‚Äėexceptional in-depth knowledge‚Äô, recently led advice for Maltgrade on the pre-let of a trampoline dome and the letting of a Starbucks Outlet, both for the Meridian Point leisure complex. In other work, Peter Hanson¬†acted for Lincoln Corn Exchange & Markets on the next phase of its proposed ¬£70m redevelopment of part of Lincoln City Centre. Jonty Pearson¬†and Rachael Perry¬†are also noted. The client list also features Linden Homes, Cyden Homes and The Lincolnshire Co-Operative. Wendy Spalding-Siracusa¬†joined from Sills & Betteridge LLP.

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Social housing

Within: Social housing

Wilkin Chapman LLP advises registered providers and developers on the property aspects of social housing, but also on governance issues and housing management matters. The team is adept at sales and acquisitions, acting for both regional and national clients, but with a strong client concentration in the East Midlands. Peter Hanson led advice for Boston Mayflower on its acquisition of 62 affordable housing dwellings on a new mixed-use scheme by Chestnut Homes, structured as a golden brick agreement and involving the provision of tailored transaction documents for these first sales of the new development. Other key figures include Rachael Perry and commercial property head Ruth Brewin. Galliford Try, Linden Homes and Cyden Homes are also clients.

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