"Thorough, professional, supportive and responsive but not afraid to speak her mind."
(Paul Hardwick, Development Project Director (retired), Westfield Shopping Towns Limited)
Heather is a trusted and experienced real estate lawyer. She works as part of her clients’ teams offering solutions, driving transactions and taking personal responsibility for delivery. She works effectively to negotiate through differences to unlock deals quickly and efficiently. She delivers large, time critical or complex property transactions from the front.
Heather joined Freeths in 1994 and, except for a ten year sabbatical, has been with the Firm since then.
During her early career, she acted for national house-builders engaged in acquisition and site assembly, options, collaboration agreements, promotion agreements and joint ventures, moving onto commercial development, acting on supermarket, retail parks, office developments, and urban regeneration schemes.
For the last 20 years Heather has majored in the hotel sector, acting on numerous conditional acquisitions of sites for hotel developments, guiding and advising throughout the conditional period, managing the funding and construction process and advising on the management and operation and/or disposal either by way of property or corporate structure.
She leads her experienced team of cross-discipline lawyers to deliver high value and complex transactions, always looking to identify and close down commercial risk areas for her clients.
Heather is a churchwarden and member of the Carlton Club. Her interests include running and fitness, skiing and good food.
Heather is listed as a Recommended Lawyer in the Legal 500 (2020 edition).
- Acting on a number of conditional acquisitions of sites for hotel and care developments, guiding and advising throughout the conditional period, managing the funding and construction process and advising on the management and disposal either by way of property or corporate structure.
- Preparation and negotiation of documents for the development of an energy from waste facility; rail sidings agreements and associated documents; development funding documents (both by way of traditional forward funding and ground rent structures); hotel operating arrangements; mineral leases.
“I have worked with Heather for over 20 years delivering multiple turn key developments of internationally branded hotels (IHG, Hilton and Radisson). She is much more than a lawyer; she is proactive, solves problems and gives me answers, all in a commercially focused way. She always makes herself available when required and never lets me down.”(Alastair Cattrell, MD, Wylam Investments Limited & VEC Envisage Group Limited)
“I sought Heather out to act for us because of her track record in the hotel development field. I have found her to be a trusted, safe pair of hands and an experienced negotiator. She absorbed and dealt with the detail of the transaction for us and presented clear, high level and commercially focussed information succinctly to our Board.”(Simon Cohen, CEO, Leicester Tigers)
“Thorough, professional, supportive and responsive but not afraid to speak her mind.”(Paul Hardwick, Development Project Director, Westfield Shopping Towns Limited)
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