Recommendations

  • Nominated as a super lawyer 2015.

    Super Lawyers Magazine

Experience

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!

Recent projects

  • Office headquarter pre-let for a financial services client.

    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.

  • Sale of part of a parochial church council client’s land to another church council who was simultaneously sub selling part of it to a developer.

    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.

  • Sale of two portfolios of student accommodation for over £50 million to a private equity fund.

    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.

  • Transfer of a developer client’s off shore property holdings (over 80 freehold and leasehold properties) to new UK subsidiaries.

    In addition, we also dealt with the simultaneous refinancing involving four banks.

  • I’ve worked on the financing of a property holding charity client’s vast real estate portfolio in south west England. I was part of a team who prepared reports, certificates of title and provided advice on a range of issues within a tight deadline to secure the financing needed.
  • I undertake property management work for Westway Trust involving granting new leases, lease renewals and licences.
  • I have advised on the headquarter moves for various charity clients that involved taking either a new lease or a lease assignment. I also advised on the associated disposal of their current office spaces.
  • I deal with lease renewals for commercial clients, some of which involved obtaining licences to underlet and licences to alter.
  • I carry our property due diligence and security aspects of lending for the commercial arm of a nationwide bank.

Qualifications and career

  • Bristol University, LLB Hons (2.1)
  • Guildford College of Law Legal Practice Course
  • Training contract with Olswang 2002-2004
  • Admitted as a solicitor in 2004
  • Solicitor at Olswang 2004
  • Solicitor at Boodle Hatfield 2008
  • Joined Bates Wells in March 2011 and again in May 2012, after taking a year out for travelling

Pro bono, memberships, and appointments

  • Member of Commercial Real Estate Lawyers Association (CRELA)
  • Carried out pro bono work for the Westway Trust on a fantastic community project relating to the Grenfell Tower fire and the relocation of the Dale Youth Boxing Club. I played a small part in this, helping out on the lease of the building. The whole project was featured in BBC1’s DIY SOS. The pro bono work we did was nominated for the LawWorks Pro Bono Awards 2018
  • Project leader of the Pathways to Law work experience programme in 2018 and 2019. This is one of a number of initiatives of the Bates Wells School Outreach team
  • Member of Bates Wells Diversity and Inclusion Forum
  • Nominated as a Super Lawyer (2015)