Profile submitted by Helen Edwards
Partner and head of real estate. Advises on investment acquisitions and disposals, premises for major retail clients, development work (including options, site assembly and forward funding) and property finance. Experienced in dealing with high-value office lettings and complex portfolio transactions. Notable transactions include: Investment - Led a team on the sale of Fosse Park in Leicester to Reit Asset Management for £308m; Advised an off-shore partnership in the development and subsequent disposal for £101m of a long leasehold interest in the Castle Quay Shopping Centre, Banbury to a pension fund; Acted on the acquisition of a portfolio of four properties for £137m by way of purchase of units in newly established unit trusts with lease backs to the seller. Business leases - Acting for Matalan Retail on numerous acquisitions of retail stores, including on their new 480,000 square foot distribution centre; Acting for Pret A Manger on premises acquisitions including high profile developments such as St Davids 2, Cardiff, and on property due-diligence for Pret on the sale of a majority stake in the company to Bridgepoint. Development - Acting for Petros, in relation to its acquisition of development sites for commercial, residential and student accommodation purposes; Advised on the phased development of Prospect Place Retail Park, Dartford, including the temporary relocation of existing tenants and the subsequent letting and forward sale to a unit trust for £21m. Finance - Secured lending for The Royal Bank of Scotland plc on two separate multi-million portfolios of residential tenanted properties.
Gouldens 1998-2006; Russell-Cooke, partner from 2008.
Born 1973. Lives in London. Education: Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School; King's College London (LLB, 1997); The College of Law (LPC Commendation 1998).