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Gillian Downie

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Work 0330 222 1725
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Dentons

Work Department

Real Estate

Position

Partner in commercial property with experience in investment acquisitions and disposals, leasing and secured lending and acts for a broad range of clients, including estate landlords and tenants, retailers and industrial clients. Also deals with the Scottish property aspects of corporate transactions for London-based property investors. Gillian and her team also act for national house builders in all aspects of their work from land acquisition to plot sales and for private individuals in their residential sales and acquisitions.

Career

Trained Dallas McMillan & Sinclair; qualified 1983; assistant McClure Naismith 1984-87; assistant Golds 1987-88; associate 1988-89; partner 1989-94; assistant Alex Morrison & Co 1994-95; associate 1995-96; partner 1996-99; associate Maclay Murray & Spens 1999-2005; partner 2005 to date.

Education

Dollar Academy (1977); University of Glasgow (1980 LLB); Diploma in Legal Practice (1981).

Leisure

Horse riding; golf; choral singing; squash.


Scotland: Real estate

Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Within: Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Dentons expanded its coverage of the UK market, when it merged with Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens LLP in 2017. A sizeable number of the Scottish team are dual-qualified in English law and Scottish law, and a significant proportion of the work it handles is written under English law. Colin Keenan has a notable English and Scottish practice, with particular experience of transactions involving shopping centres (acquisitions, disposals and asset management). Simon Etchells advises English and Scottish clients on projects UK-wide involving cinemas, mixed-use and industrial developments. Barry McKeown is at the forefront of the team's advice to clients such as Sigma Capital Group and Gatehouse Bank on the delivery of new PRS housing units across the UK. Also recommended is Allan Cairns, who assisted Alpha Real Capital with the Scottish property aspects of a circa £125m sale and leaseback transaction involving 109 care homes across the UK, including 15 in Scotland.  Gordon Aitken (who co-heads the practice with Etchells) led a team, which included director Susan Gillon and senior associate Sheena Mackintosh, in the advice to Lime Property Fund on its circa £52.8m acquisition of the EcoCampus at Hamilton International Park. The firm has a strong track record in the retail sector; in 2017, a highlight involved acting for Long Row Properties Limited in its £25m acquisition of Debenhams department store in Nottingham. Elsewhere, McKeown and Gillian Downie are key figures in the specialist housebuilder unit which generates work from clients such as Barratt Homes, Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon Homes.

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