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What is involved?

Bricks and mortar influence all businesses. With a web of ever-changing rules and regulations in the real estate industry, staying ahead of the game is essential. You could be looking for anything from selling a portfolio of properties, to advice about a development or what to do about a distressed property. Whatever the requirement, you need market-savvy people, with a wide range of expertise to match your unique situation and who just “get it”.

No matter what sort of real estate you are dealing with or what you want to do with it, Freeths offer a highly capable team of specialists who will “get it”. With the latest industry know-how at our fingertips and a spread of experts across all real estate types, we take a commercially-minded approach to get your real estate deal done for less.

Why choose Freeths?

  • A powerful team of over 150 Real Estate lawyers, combining their knowledge to achieve success
  • We’re renowned for our clear explanations, quick responses and first-class personal service
  • We take a commercial (not confrontational) perspective to save you time and money
  • Our combined experience and extensive skills prepare us for tackling the most exacting projects
  • We’re consistently ranked as market leaders by independent guides to the legal profession

Call our experienced Real Estate team now to find out how we can help you.

Whatever area you are looking for assistance with, we offer a complete, practical and solutions-based service. Because we advise both public and private sector clients, as well as investors and end-users, we are able to see things from all sides. You can rely on our experience to help avoid potential issues arising. Freeths are well established within the UK real estate market and provide more than just legal advice.

We’re widely respected in the field, with many of our partners independently recognised as Real Estate experts, but we aim to think around your needs to ensure we become your trusted business advisors, not just your lawyers.

Legal 500, 2020 Top Tier Firm Freeths LLP 

Meet the team

Real Estate Lawyers

Simon Abbott, Partner

Simon Abbott

0845 272 5734

Patrick Adie, Senior Associate

Patrick Adie

0845 050 3273

Masood Ahmed, Solicitor

Masood Ahmed

0186 578 1205

Christopher Ainsworth, Partner

Christopher Ainsworth

0845 271 6757

Bahar Aminzadeh

0845 050 3208

Frances Astbury

0845 050 3207

Sam Baker

Sam Baker

01865 781033

Peter Baker, Partner

Peter Baker

0845 017 7009

Mitchell Ball

0845 077 9675

Liz Banks, Partner

Liz Banks

0845 030 5744

Peter Barber

Peter Barber

0845 166 6290

Claire Bennett, Senior Associate

Claire Bennett
Senior Associate

0845 274 6826

Richard Beverley, Manageing Partner - Birmingham

Richard Beverley
Managing Partner

0845 634 2577

Paul Bibby - Real Estate Lawyer

Paul Bibby

0845 274 6840

Adam Boyd, Senior Associate

Adam Boyd
Senior Associate

0845 271 6773

Michael Bray

Michael Bray

0845 126 3775

Laura Hodgson, Senior Associate

Laura Brown
Senior Associate

0186 578 1060

Rosanna Brown, Solicitor

Rosanna Brown

0845 073 8550

Mark Brown, Partner

Mark Brown

0845 271 6764

Katherine Burge - Agricultural Property Lawyer

Katherine Burge
Senior Associate

0186 578 1081

Louise Burnett, Solicitor

Louise Burnett

0845 050 3674

Thomas Byard, Solicitor

Thomas Byard

0186 578 1135

Louise Calow - Real Estate Lawyer

Louise Calow
Senior Executive

0845 634 1732

Shashi Chambers, Partner

Shashi Chambers

0845 271 6770

Maxine Chenoweth - Real Estate Lawyer

Maxine Chenoweth

0845 128 7961

James Christian, Solicitor

James Christian

0845 077 9639

Joei Chung

Joei Chung
Senior Associate

0845 126 4386

James Clamp, Partner

James Clamp

0845 050 3645

Zac Clayton, Senior Associate

Zac Clayton
Senior Associate

0845 128 7963

Jenny Cooper, Partner

Jenny Cooper

0845 128 6988

Jonathan Crew - Real Estate Lawyer

Jonathan Crew

0845 030 5795

Richard Crosland, Associate

Richard Crosland

0845 030 5821

Laura Czapski, Senior Associate

Laura Czapski
Senior Associate

0186 578 1168

Heather Davies

0845 050 3619

Iain Davies - Agricultural Property

Iain Davis

0186 578 1144

Kerrie Deakin, Professional Support Lawyer

Kerrie Deakin
Senior Associate

0845 050 3651

Sarah Duffy, Partner

Sarah Duffy

0186 578 1147

Alexa Dunkley, Solicitor

Alexa Dunkley

0845 030 5784

Katie England
Senior Associate

Tristam FitzHugh, Senior Associate

Tristam FitzHugh

0845 274 6825

Natalie Freer - Real Estate Lawyer

Natalie Freer

0845 030 5806

Ben Gant, Associate

Ben Gant
Senior Executive

0845 077 9654

Thomas Golding - Real Estate Lawyer

Thomas Golding

0845 050 3647

Thomas Goodwin - Real Estate Lawyer

Thomas Goodwin

0845 274 6905

Mark Gradwell Real Estate Partner

Mark Gradwell

0845 050 3602

Nicola Grange, Senior Associate

Nicola Grange
Senior Associate

0845 050 3648

Karen Grant, Senior Property Executive

Karen Grant
Senior Executive

0845 050 3603

Sarah Griggs, Partner

Sarah Griggs

0845 128 6989

Julie Grimble, Director

Julie Grimble

0845 077 9625

Matthew Grocock

0845 050 3635

Nikki Guest, Solicitor

Nikki Guest

0845 030 5733

Karen Hargreaves

Karen Hargrave

0845 050 3665

Fiona Harrison, Solicitor

Fiona Harrison

0845 271 6727

James Hart - Real Estate Lawyer

James Hart

0845 274 6811

Luke Hopkins, Partner

Luke Hopkins

0845 166 6317

Heloise Horton, Professional Support Lawyer

Heloise Horton
Senior Associate

0845 050 3654

Lucy Jackson, Director

Lucy Jackson

0845 404 1739

Balvinder Jaj

0186 578 1063

Beth Jenkins, Associate

Beth Jenkins
Senior Associate

0845 077 9657

Lucy Johnson, Professional Support Lawyer

Lucy Johnson
Senior Associate

0845 128 7977

Rachel Houghton

Rachel Jones

0845 073 8394

Benjamin Jones - Real Estate Lawyer

Benjamin Jones

0845 274 6920

Eleanor Kerr

Eleanor Kerr

0845 271 6731

Atiyya Khaliq

0845 050 3604

Sophie Komisarczuk, Solicitor

Sophie Komisarczuk

0845 274 6833

David Laurence, Senior Associate

David Laurence
Senior Associate

0845 128 6982

Serra Lee, Solicitor

Serra Lee

0845 271 6761

Samantha Leigh, Partner

Samantha Leigh

0186 578 1155

Stephen G Lewis, Partner

Stephen G Lewis

0845 274 6842

Max Marrison, Partner

Max Marrison

0845 017 8382

David Marsden - Property Litigation Partner

David Marsden

0845 404 1757

Michaela Mason - Real Estate Lawyer

Michaela Mason
Senior Associate

0845 050 3660

Claire Matthews, Solicitor

Claire Matthews

0845 050 3613

Frances McKinnon, Senior Associate

Frances McKinnon
Senior Associate

0845 274 6857

Emma Medina-Wallace - Real Estate Lawyer

Emma Medina-Wallace
Senior Associate

0845 404 1755

Louise Mee, Senior Associate

Louise Mee
Senior Associate

0845 274 6890

Robert Morris, Solicitor

Robert Morris

0845 077 9655

Andy Nichol

Andrew Nichol
Managing Partner

0845 166 6316

Sarah Norton Real Estate Associate

Sarah Norton
Senior Associate

0845 050 3600

Laura Owen - Real Estate Lawyer

Laura Owens

Sam Pancholi, Partner

Sam Pancholi

0845 274 6848

Desh Patel, Senior Associate

Desh Patel

0186 578 1143

Ian Payne, Partner

Ian Payne

0845 050 3626

Hayley Payton, Senior Associate

Hayley Payton
Senior Associate

0845 128 7986

Clive Pearce, Partner

Clive Pearce

0845 128 6990

Ben Pickup

0845 272 5684

Anna Power, Senior Associate

Anna Power
Senior Associate

0186 578 1148

Vicky Pritchard, Senior Associate

Vicky Pritchard
Senior Associate

0845 050 3609

Isobel Radford, Partner

Isobel Radford

0845 050 3610

Andrew Rathi, Solicitor

Andrew Rathi

0845 274 6923

Kishen Ravalia, Senior Associate

Kishen Ravalia
Senior Associate

0845 077 9659

Gary Reynolds, Partner

Gary Reynolds

0845 274 6821

Janet Rhodes, Partner

Janet Rhodes
Managing Partner

0845 272 5682

Barry Richards

Barry Richards

0845 126 4374

Gillian Roberts - Real Estate Lawyer

Gillian Roberts

0845 050 3611

Emma L Roche - Real Estate Lawyer

Emma L Roche
Senior Associate

0845 404 4170

Jennifer Roe, Associate

Jennifer Roe

0845 404 1735

James Rowe, Solicitor

James Rowe

0845 274 6827

Sarah Rowe

0845 050 3639

Ian Rowson, Partner

Ian Rowson

0845 050 3627

Harjit Saund, Director

Harjit Saund

0845 272 5736

Roxane Savage, Solicitor

Roxane Savage

0845 274 6940

Emna Sfar-Gandoura - Real Estate Lawyer

Emna Sfar-Gandoura

0845 274 6917

Catherine Sharpe, Solicitor

Catherine Sharpe

0845 077 9647

Amjad Sheikh, Solicitor

Amjad Sheikh

0845 634 1727

Sam Shepherd, Director

Sam Shepherd

0845 272 5681

Adel Shetty, Senior Associate

Adel Shetty
Senior Associate

0845 128 6994

Danielle Sinclair - Real Estate Solicitor

Danielle Sinclair

0845 030 5798

Leo Skinner, Partner

Leo Skinner

0845 271 6755

Natasha Sladen

0845 166 6270

Jon Smart

0845 050 3650

Bridget Smith

Bridget Smith
Senior Executive

0845 274 6893

Charles Smith

0845 274 6891

Kwesi Spencer - Real Estate Lawyer

Kwesi Spencer

0845 274 6889

Matt Stephens, Senior Associate

Matt Stephens

0845 073 8558

Amy Stolberg - Real Estate Lawyer

Amy Stolberg

0845 126 4382

Ciara Sweeney
Senior Associate

0845 404 4134

Ian Tempest, Partner

Ian Tempest

0845 274 6818

Julia Thurston, Senior Associate

Julia Thurston
Senior Associate

0845 271 6782

Paul Tomkins, Partner and Head of Real Estate Litigation

Paul Tomkins

0845 050 3260

Ishaak Ugradar, Solicitor

Ishaak Ugradar

0845 050 3686

Valerie Warman, Partner

Valerie Warman

0845 271 6769

Adam Watson

Adam Watson
Managing Partner

0845 050 3630

Hannah Westcott

0845 030 5786

Patrick Whetter, Partner

Patrick Whetter

0186 578 1145

Alexandra White, Solicitor

Alexandra White

0845 634 2544

Adrian White, Director

Adrian White

0186 578 1151

Elizabeth Wildhaber
Senior Executive

0845 274 6865

Richard Williams, Partner

Richard Williams

0845 030 5737

Darren Williamson, Partner & National Head of Real Estate

Darren Williamson

0845 634 1742

Alison Willis
Senior Associate

0845 404 4112

Ian Wilson - Property Lawyer

Ian Wilson
Senior Associate

0845 077 9566

Guy Winfield

0845 050 3631

Caroline Wofinden

0845 274 6862

Kelly Wood
Senior Associate

0845 274 6864

Related news

"Distinguished team active in a wide range of sectors, including healthcare and care homes, regeneration projects and retail. Strength in both public and private sector property work, and notable experience in areas such as distressed property and fund management."

(Chambers & Partners, 2018)

Sources say: "They are positive and think outside the box - they don't just follow the lines on the page. They have ideas and are progressive." Clients say: "They are always responsive and make themselves personally available to the client when required. This has been particularly important during very time-constrained periods as deadlines loom."

(Chambers & Partners, 2019)

"Delivering ‘excellent service all-around’, Freeths LLP is praised for its ‘outstanding depth of knowledge’. The practice is active across the full range of commercial property mandates, and has experienced a recent uptick in real estate finance work for education and care sector clients."

(The Legal 500, 2019)

"Freeths LLP offers ‘strength in depth’ and ‘excellent service’ from a team willing to ‘go the extra mile’. Key strengths include acquisitions and disposals, development and investment work, landlord and tenant advice, and portfolio management and real estate finance work."

(The Legal 500, 2019)

A client comments: "The skill base and knowledge of the lawyers is exemplary; they are very proactive, very responsive and incredibly commercially astute." Another adds: "Freeths provide strong, robust legal advice, underpinned by a commercial view that provides all-round strategic advice, and the quality is first class."

(Chambers & Partners, 2019)

"It is an approachable firm offering excellent advice from a strong professional team," says one client. Another adds that the lawyers "go over and above, and are always at the end of the phone."

(Chambers & Partners, 2020)

"Jon and his team at Freeths know this sector well and having used them in a former logistics role I knew they would deliver. Having been told that other deals on DIRFT had taken many months in legals, we were delighted that Jon helped us exchange this significant deal for the business in a few weeks."

(Rupert Nichols, legal director and company secretary of Eddie Stobart Limited)

A client says the firm offers "outstanding cohesiveness in the team," and adds: "Commercially they are very astute, and take a longer-term view when building relationships with clients. In my view, this is a firm with top-quality experienced partners." Another source attests: "They have a good commercial approach but can also incorporate a sound understanding of the public sector and issues facing it into their advice. The team always offer helpful advice on strategy when dealing with a range of different parties."

(Chambers & Partners, 2019)

The Real estate team at Freeths is "very caring and provides 100% of what we require in timescales and the quality." "My impression of Freeths is of a firm always focused on providing workable solutions to clients’ issues by giving clear and practical advice." "It is an approachable firm offering excellent advice from a strong professional team." ".....go over and above, and are always at the end of the phone."

(Chambers & Partners, 2020)

"The team supports us really well," one interviewee notes, adding: "As a client you don't want to have to keep repeating yourself, but they clearly have a good information transfer within the team that works seamlessly. No matter who you're dealing with there's no difference in the level of service."

(Chambers & Partners, 2020)

Notable Work
  • Eddie Stobart’s purpose-built 420,000 square foot rail-connected distribution centre at the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) and 300,000 new build facility at Carlisle Airport – and leasehold acquisition of their large Widnes Multimodal Port site with rail facility.
  • Acting for Aldi on their acquisition programme in the South East of England. This includes the acquisition of existing retail space and developer-led retail park sites and there have been a significant number of sites secured over the past 3 years.
  • Registering several landmark university buildings in Nottingham city centre, including the Newton, Arkwright, Waverley, Maudslay and Bonnington Buildings.
  • Acting on the acquisition of a site for £10 million comprising of 2 office blocks let to tenants and post-acquisition advising client on redevelopment of the site for student accommodation.
  • Acting for Chancerygate, an industrial developer, on various industrial purchases, sales and forward fundings.
  • Led a number of large/complex Real Estate projects to include the acquisition and development of a large residential led sites, representing Developers and landowners in large scale Promotion Agreements, to include town centre extensions and the acquisition of Shopping Centres on behalf of institutional investors and Local Authorities.
  • Advising Bellway Homes Limited in relation to the sales of new-build residential properties as part of the major 15 year, £1.8 billion regeneration of North Solihull.
  • Acting for Henry Davidson Developments Limited (a wholly owned subsidiary of Development Securities Plc) in relation to the development of a district centre involving the HCA and 3 national residential developers and a national food store operator and negotiating the structure in relation to the timing of carrying out of the development and managing the associated risks identified.
  • The purchase of a site at Heathrow Airport for development of a Travelodge hotel.
  • Advising a prestigious national chocolate retailer for over 10 years managing all of their retail property requirements across high streets and shopping centres and train stations including their first restaurant at Borough Market.
  • The acquisition of the Kiddington Estate for a sum in excess of £23 million. Including 1,500 acres of agricultural land, some 35 estate houses and cottages (including the majority of the village of Kiddington), commercial business premises totalling over 6,000 square feet, as well as an in hand farming enterprise, tenanted farm and woodland.
  • Advising global manufacturer of healthcare devices on phased relocation from existing office and warehouse distribution facilities to 3 newbuild sites.
  • Acting for European funds on the purchase of investment properties in Oxford Street and Bond Street, the West End in the capital city for values of circa £160 million.
  • Advising on the acquisition of an office building in London. The client was a “special purchaser” as it owned the adjoining building. Negotiations were protracted as there were a number of issues with the building and it took over a year to complete the deal.

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