• Very knowledgeable and diligent... Karli knows when to go in hard and when to take a softer approach to negotiations.

    Chambers UK 2021

  • She gives sound advice and has the ability to get a transaction done efficiently.

    Chambers UK 2021

  • She is very pragmatic and tries to get to a solution in the fewest number of steps and with the least cost. She is really nice to work with and like an extension of our team.

    Chambers 2020

  • Karli Hiscock was excellent in dealing with our lease.

    Legal 500 2021

  • Very responsive and quick

    Chambers 2020

  • Stand-out individual

    Legal 500 2020

  • Her understanding of the charity sector makes transactions run smoothly,

    Legal 500 2020

  • [Karli is] an 'efficient' senior associate

    Legal 500 2017

  • Next generation lawyer

    Legal 500 2017


I have over 13 years’ experience in advising on all aspects of commercial property transactions.

My work is diverse and includes acquisitions and disposals for a range of clients including charities and investors as well as dealing with all aspects of landlord and tenant and property management work.

I also deal with secured lending transactions advising both borrowers and lenders, real estate aspects of insolvency and I advise landowners and developers site assembly and transactions subject to planning.


  • Acting for Terrence Higgins Trust

    I was delighted to work with Terrence Higgins Trust in relation to the sale of their headquarters in central London. In a difficult market the negotiations were complex and fast moving. We successfully completed the sale which has enabled the charity to progress its wider strategy.

  • Site disposal subject to planning

    I recently advised a charity in relation to the disposal of a large site subject to planning being obtained by a house builder. The titles were subject to restrictive covenants and I advised the client at the pre heads of terms stage reporting on the title and providing options for dealing with the covenants to minimise disruption to the sale and maximise the value. The negotiation of the documents involved complex trigger points in relation to the planning applications and completion and also involved overage arrangements. The site was sold in individual plots with each plot being subject to different terms. The disposal has enabled my client to generate income to further its objectives and I dealt with the issues rapidly to enable a smooth transaction and one which the client is delighted with.

  • Acting for a nationwide retailer in the acquisition of 12 retail outlets

    Together with my corporate colleagues I advised on the acquisition of 12 high street and outlet stores. The negotiations were complex due to a deferred payment structure and challenging terms presented by the seller. The entire transaction was negotiated and completed within two weeks and this timescale was met due to the close collaboration between me and my corporate colleagues.

  • I acted for a Alzheimer’s Society in their acquisition of a long leasehold interest in purpose-built premises in Central London, involving planning and construction issues
  • I acted for Samaritans on the real estate aspects of its nationwide restructure
  • I acted for clients taking premises in the Shard and the Gherkin
  • I advised a banking charity on new headquarter premises in Central London
  • I advised the BFI in relation to its property portfolio
  • I acted for retail clients taking leases of flagship and smaller stores.

Qualifications and career

  • LLB Cardiff University: 2000-2003
  • LPC Cardiff Law School (Commendation): 2003 - 2004
  • Admitted as a solicitor 2006
  • Carter Lemon Camerons LLP: 2004 – 2007
  • Druces LLP: 2007-2014
  • Joined Bates Wells 2014
  • Admitted as a partner April 2018

Pro bono, memberships, and appointments

  • Founding member of Bates Wells Diversity and Inclusion Forum and I lead on the firm’s wellness strategy with a particular focus on mental health wellbeing.
  • Advisory board member of Compare your Footprint
  • Trustee of Go Forward Youth