Nominated as a super lawyer 2015.
I have over 14 years experience acting for a cross section of commercial and charity clients, dealing with a wide range of commercial property transactions. I regularly help clients with acquisitions and disposals, all aspects of landlord and tenant work (granting and taking new leases, assignments of existing leases, underlettings, lease renewals and licences), portfolio management and re-financings.
I often work with my charity and corporate colleagues in providing support for acquisitions, amalgamations, mergers and demergers.
A typical day could involve working on a purchase of office headquarters, a lease assignment, project managing and organising a client’s real estate portfolio, researching stamp duty land tax and preparing a title report for a potential development – all in between the important cups of tea!
Our client wanted to remain within the EC3 postcode and had found a building with approximately 140,000 sq ft available which catered for its growing needs. Together with my Bates Wells colleagues, we worked on the real estate, tax and construction aspects. Our client is currently undertaking building works and is on course to move in at the end of 2019.
The part retained by our client had a school on it which was leased on a long lease to the local council. There were a number of issues connected with the sale e.g. liaising with the council as it had rights over the land which was to be sold, dealing with the fact that our client’s land was also an Asset of Community Value, discharging our client’s lender’s charge over the whole property and Charities Act requirements. The sale was long and complicated and it was thoroughly rewarding when it went through successfully to the delight of our client. Our client can now use the money raised from the sale to further its charitable objectives.
There were three of us who worked with the client team to project manage the portfolio transfer and the due diligence process (which focused on compliance), which cumulated in the successful exchange and subsequent completion of the sale.
In addition, we also dealt with the simultaneous refinancing involving four banks.