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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

Simon Abbott
Partner

0845 272 5734

Patrick Adie

Patrick Adie
Partner

0845 050 3273

Masood Ahmed

Masood Ahmed
Senior Associate

0186 578 1205

Christopher Ainsworth

Christopher Ainsworth
Partner

0845 271 6757

Bahar Aminzadeh

Bahar Aminzadeh
Senior Associate

0845 050 3208

Frances Astbury

Frances Astbury
Associate

0845 050 3207

Peter Baker

Peter Baker
Partner

0845 017 7009

Sam Baker

Sam Baker
Associate

01865 781033

Mitchell Ball

Mitchell Ball
Partner

0845 077 9675

Liz Banks

Liz Banks
Partner

0845 030 5744

Peter Barber

Peter Barber
Director

Claire Bennett

Claire Bennett
Managing Associate

0845 274 6826

Richard Beverley

Richard Beverley
Managing Partner

0845 634 2577

Paul Bibby

Paul Bibby
Partner

0845 274 6840

Adam Boyd

Adam Boyd
Managing Associate

0845 271 6773

Michael Bray

Michael Bray
Director

0845 126 3775

Laura Hodgson

Laura Brown
Managing Associate

0186 578 1060

Rosanna Brown

Rosanna Brown
Associate

0845 073 8550

Mark Brown

Mark Brown
Partner

0845 271 6764

Katherine Burge

Katherine Burge
Managing Associate

0186 578 1081

Louise Burnett

Louise Burnett
Senior Associate

0845 050 3674

Thomas Byard

Thomas Byard
Associate

0186 578 1135

Louise Calow

Louise Calow
Associate

0845 634 1732

Shashi Chambers

Shashi Chambers
Partner

0845 271 6770

Maxine Chenoweth

Maxine Chenoweth
Senior Associate

0845 128 7961

James Christian

James Christian
Associate

0845 077 9639

Joei Chung

Joei Chung
Managing Associate

James Clamp

James Clamp
Partner

0845 050 3645

Zac Clayton

Zac Clayton
Managing Associate

0845 128 7963

Jenny Cooper

Jenny Cooper
Partner

0845 128 6988

Jonathan Crew

Jonathan Crew
Partner

0845 030 5795

Richard Crosland

Richard Crosland
Senior Associate

0845 030 5821

Laura Czapski

Laura Czapski
Managing Associate

0186 578 1168

Heather Davies

Heather Davies
Partner

0845 050 3619

Iain Davies

Iain Davis
Partner

0186 578 1144

Kerrie Deakin

Kerrie Deakin
Managing Associate

0845 050 3651

Sarah Duffy

Sarah Duffy
Partner

0186 578 1147

Alexa Dunkley

Alexa Dunkley
Associate

0845 030 5784

Katie England

Katie England
Managing Associate

Tristam FitzHugh

Tristam FitzHugh
Director

0845 274 6825

Natalie Freer

Natalie Freer
Associate

0845 030 5806

Ben Gant

Ben Gant
Senior Executive

0845 077 9654

Thomas Golding

Thomas Golding
Partner

0845 050 3647

Thomas Goodwin

Thomas Goodwin
Associate

0845 274 6905

Mark Gradwell

Mark Gradwell
Partner

0845 050 3602

Nicola Grange

Nicola Grange
Managing Associate

0845 050 3648

Karen Grant

Karen Grant
Senior Executive

0845 050 3603

Sarah Griggs

Sarah Griggs
Partner

0845 128 6989

Julie Grimble

Julie Grimble
Director

0845 077 9625

Matthew Grocock

Matthew Grocock
Partner

0845 050 3635

Nikki Guest

Nikki Guest
Senior Associate

0845 030 5733

Karen Hargreaves

Karen Hargrave
Director

0845 050 3665

Fiona Harrison

Fiona Harrison
Associate

0845 271 6727

James Hart

James Hart
Partner

0845 274 6811

Luke Hopkins

Luke Hopkins
Partner

Heloise Horton

Heloise Horton
Managing Associate

0845 050 3654

Lucy Jackson

Lucy Jackson
Director

0845 404 1739

Balvinder Jaj

Balvinder Jaj
Partner

0186 578 1063

Beth Jenkins

Beth Jenkins
Managing Associate

0845 077 9657

Lucy Johnson

Lucy Johnson
Managing Associate

0845 128 7977

Benjamin Jones

Benjamin Jones
Director

0845 274 6920

Rachel Houghton

Rachel Jones
Director

0845 073 8394

Eleanor Kerr

Eleanor Kerr
Associate

0845 271 6731

Atiyya Khaliq

Atiyya Khaliq
Partner

0845 050 3604

Sophie Komisarczuk

Sophie Komisarczuk
Senior Associate

0845 274 6833

David Laurence

David Laurence
Managing Associate

0845 128 6982

Serra Lee

Serra Lee
Senior Associate

0845 271 6761

Samantha Leigh

Samantha Leigh
Partner

0186 578 1155

Stephen G Lewis

Stephen G Lewis
Partner

0845 274 6842

Max Marrison

Max Marrison
Partner

0845 017 8382

David Marsden

David Marsden
Partner

0845 404 1757

Michaela Mason

Michaela Mason
Managing Associate

0845 050 3660

Claire Matthews

Claire Matthews
Senior Associate

0845 050 3613

Frances McKinnon

Frances McKinnon
Managing Associate

0845 274 6857

Emma Medina-Wallace

Emma Medina-Wallace
Managing Associate

0845 404 1755

Louise Mee

Louise Mee
Managing Associate

0845 274 6890

Robert Morris

Robert Morris
Senior Associate

0845 077 9655

Andy Nichol

Andrew Nichol
Managing Partner

Sarah Norton

Sarah Norton
Managing Associate

0845 050 3600

Laura Owens

Laura Owens
Senior Associate

Sam Pancholi

Sam Pancholi
Partner

0845 274 6848

Sonal Parmar

Sonal Parmar
Associate

0845 126 4384

Desh Patel

Desh Patel
Director

0186 578 1143

Ian Payne

Ian Payne
Partner

0845 050 3626

Hayley Payton

Hayley Payton
Director

0845 128 7986

Clive Pearce

Clive Pearce
Partner

0845 128 6990

Ben Pickup

Ben Pickup
Director

0845 272 5684

Anna Power

Anna Power
Managing Associate

0186 578 1148

Vicky Pritchard

Vicky Pritchard
Managing Associate

0845 050 3609

Isobel Radford

Isobel Radford
Partner

0845 050 3610

Andrew Rathi

Andrew Rathi
Senior Associate

0845 274 6923

Kishen Ravalia

Kishen Ravalia
Director

0845 077 9659

Gary Reynolds

Gary Reynolds
Consultant

0845 274 6821

Janet Rhodes

Janet Rhodes
Managing Partner

0845 272 5682

Barry Richards

Barry Richards
Associate

0845 126 4374

Gillian Roberts

Gillian Roberts
Partner

0845 050 3611

Jennifer Roe

Jennifer Roe
Senior Associate

0845 404 1735

James Rowe

James Rowe
Associate

0845 274 6827

Sarah Rowe

Sarah Rowe
Director

0845 050 3639

Ian Rowson

Ian Rowson
Partner

0845 050 3627

Harjit Saund

Harjit Saund
Partner

0845 272 5736

Roxane Savage

Roxane Savage
Senior Associate

0845 274 6940

Real Estate

Kelly Sawyer
Associate

0186 578 1080

Emna Sfar-Gandoura

Emna Sfar-Gandoura
Partner

0845 274 6917

Catherine Sharpe

Catherine Sharpe
Senior Associate

0845 077 9647

Amjad Sheikh

Amjad Sheikh
Associate

0845 634 1727

Sam Shepherd

Sam Shepherd
Director

0845 272 5681

Adel Shetty

Adel Shetty
Managing Associate

0845 128 6994

Danielle Sinclair

Danielle Sinclair
Senior Associate

0845 030 5798

Leo Skinner

Leo Skinner
Partner

0845 271 6755

Natasha Sladen

Natasha Sladen
Associate

0845 166 6270

Jon Smart

Jon Smart
Partner

0845 050 3650

Charles Smith

Charles Smith
Associate

0845 274 6891

Bridget Smith

Bridget Smith
Associate

0845 274 6893

Kwesi Spencer

Kwesi Spencer
Senior Associate

0845 274 6889

Matt Stephens

Matt Stephens
Partner

0845 073 8558

Amy Stolberg

Amy Stolberg
Associate

0845 126 4382

Ciara Sweeney

Ciara Sweeney
Managing Associate

0845 404 4134

Ian Tempest

Ian Tempest
Partner

0845 274 6818

Julia Thurston

Julia Thurston
Managing Associate

0845 271 6782

Paul Tomkins

Paul Tomkins
Partner

0845 050 3260

Duncan Tringham

Duncan Tringham
Partner

0845 271 6798

Ishaak Ugradar

Ishaak Ugradar
Associate

0845 050 3686

Valerie Warman

Valerie Warman
Partner

0845 271 6769

Adam Watson

Adam Watson
Managing Partner

0845 050 3630

Hannah Westcott

Hannah Westcott

0845 030 5786

Patrick Whetter

Patrick Whetter
Partner

0186 578 1145

Adrian White

Adrian White
Director

0186 578 1151

Alexandra White

Alexandra White
Associate

0845 634 2544

Liz Wildhaber

Elizabeth Wildhaber
Associate

0845 274 6865

Richard Williams

Richard Williams
Partner

0845 030 5737

Darren Williamson

Darren Williamson
Partner

0845 634 1742

Alison Willis

Alison Willis
Managing Associate

0845 404 4112

Ian Wilson

Ian Wilson
Managing Associate

0845 077 9566

Guy Winfield

Guy Winfield
Partner

0845 050 3631

Caroline Wolfinden

Caroline Wofinden
Director

0845 274 6862

Kelly Wood

Kelly Wood
Managing Associate

0845 274 6864

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Testimonials

"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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