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Ronan Ledwidge

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Forsters LLP

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Commercial real estate.


Commercial real estate partner. Acts for institutional investors, property companies, high-net-worth individuals and developers in relation to acquisitions, disposals, developments (including pre-lets, forward fundings and forward sales), landlord and tenant and asset management work. Also advises tenants in relation to occupational matters.


Trained Forsters, qualified 2000. Partner 2013.


St Joseph’s College, Ipswich 1983-1990; London Guildhall University 1991-1994 (BA Hons 2(:1)); University of Sussex (1995 CPE); University of Bristol (1996 LPC).


Fishing, shooting, tennis and family.

London: Real estate

Commercial property

Within: Commercial property

Forsters LLP provides ‘strong business acumen, and thoughtful advice’ to a range of investment funds and asset managers, including Aberdeen Asset Management and LaSalle Investment Management. Recent investment-side mandates saw Eugene McMahon and Magnus Hassett act for British Airways Pension Fund on the £179m sale of 61-67 Oxford Street and 1-14 Soho Street; and Sarah Pass assist HIFML UK Property Fund with the £56m disposal of Gallows Corner Retail Park, Romford. The practice has a strong track record in retail-led redevelopment schemes, and recently handled the acquisition and redevelopment of a mixed-use scheme at Piries Place, Horsham for British Airways Pension Trustees. In other examples of development work, Glenn Dunn acted for the Corporation of Trinity House in connection with the redevelopment of the site of the former Southwark County Court; and Ronan Ledwidge assisted a fund managed by Aberdeen Asset Management with the funding of Helical Retail’s Cortonwood Shopping Park, near Rotherham. Corporate specialist Craigie Pearson leads on hotel and leisure instructions, and is regularly engaged on M&A for clients such as Bespoke Hotels. In other highlights, the client-focused Victoria Towers acted for a subsidiary of Bursha Holdings on the sale of the Theatre District in Milton Keynes to Otium Real Estate. Practice head Matthew Swainston and founding partner Smita Edwards, who ‘gets things done and fights the client’s corner’), are also key figures.

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Property finance

Within: Property finance

Though it is increasingly active on the lender side, Forsters LLP’s department is best known for its strong borrower-side experience. Victoria Edwards heads the practice, with support from Craig Thompson, Matthew Swainston, borrower-side specialist Ronan Ledwidge and Simon Collins, an expert in syndicated and bilateral credit facilities who made partner in April 2016. Clients include Santander UK, J.P. Morgan International Bank, Knight Dragon Investments, LaSalle Investment Management and, on the sponsor side, Ballymore Properties.

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