• Malcolm Headley is very experienced and a safe pair of hands

    Legal 500 2021

  • Recognised as a Key Lawyer

    Legal 500 2020

  • Described as an expert and commercial in his approach

    Legal 500 2018


I help clients with their real estate requirements, whether they are acquiring, developing, leasing, managing, disposing or financing. With real estate transactions becoming more complex, I understand the commercial drivers, manage the process efficiently and deliver within often challenging timescales.

I advise occupiers, investors and developers as well as representing banks on real estate financing matters. I also provide real estate support on corporate transactions.

As well as transactional work, I and my team support both occupiers and owners throughout their occupation or ownership advising on day to day occupational issues and disputes.

I also regularly present to clients and other property professionals.

  • I worked on the acquisition of a multi-let regional offices for a private equity investor;
  • I worked on the acquisition of a medical facility in WC1 for a private property company and subsequent letting, financing and disposal;
  • I acted for a financial services company in connection with a 140,000 sq ft pre-let in EC3;
  • I acted on the sale of a portfolio of 100 residential properties let as student accommodation;
  • I advised on the sale and leaseback of a manufacturing facility in the north east for a FTSE 250 company;
  • I advised on a HQ lease in SW1 for a media company and associated disposal of leased space;
  • I advised on a sub-lease of 150,000 sq feet for an investment bank;
  • I advised on the £20m refinance of a portfolio of properties in Soho;
  • I advised on the £30m refinance of a nationwide mixed use property portfolio; and
  • I have acted on numerous secured loans in the £2m-£10m range

Qualifications and career

  • Partner Gowling WLG (previously Wragge Lawrence Graham) 2008-2018
  • Partner Faegre & Benson (previously Hobson Audley) 1998-2008
  • Associate Hobson Audley 1994 - 1998
  • LLB (Hons) Leeds University 1983-6
  • Law Society Finals Chester College of Law 1987

Pro bono, memberships, and appointments

  • Law Society
  • CoreNet