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Mark Gradwell


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Mark is a Real Estate lawyer with over 25 years’ experience in the property market.

He has extensive experience in the investment property field and of landlord and tenant matters, both for landlords and tenant occupiers. He has been advising local authority pension funds and other institutional investor clients for over 20 years and currently works closely alongside fund managers from Abrdn, CBRE and Colliers Capital. He manages properties in the retail, leisure, industrial, office and other sectors.

Mark is the client relationship partner at Freeths for three local authority pension funds and advises others under the NEPO framework agreement.

Legal Services

Real Estate

Recent Work

  • Acquisitions and disposals for local authority pension funds of properties with a combined value of over £200m during 2021 and 2022.
  • On-going £30m development funding of a new warehouse facility for Leonardo Helicopters in Yeovil.
  • Acquisition of retail park in Kent for £22m and distribution centre in Swindon for £30.5m.
  • Development funding of a new supermarket and retail park development in Bedfordshire for £17m.
  • Manages residential strategic land acquisitions and disposals funding work linked to joint ventures with housebuilders.


To contact Mark or for more information…

Call: 0345 050 3602
Mobile: 0776 862 2882
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“I have worked closely with Mark on a wide range of real estate transactions, including a five year £100M acquisition and sales programme for an institutional client. His calm approach is an excellent foundation for successfully concluding legal agreements efficiently, achieving the client’s requirements, and on time. He seeks to provide sensible, concise and practical advice and solutions, which are easily understood by all of the team members and all others involved in a transaction. The wider Freeths’ team are equally professional in their approach and practical application. The combined efforts of Freeths dovetail with the wider client team’s skills, so providing a seamless service to the client.”

(Andrew Owen, Director, CBRE Capital Advisors Ltd)

“Mark brings many years’ experience to the provision of legal services for the real estate assets of a balanced, UK pension fund. I have found him to be pragmatic and commercial in my dealings with him, covering all aspects of transactions in asset management, investment and development funding. At a personal level, he combines an easy manner with a strong work ethic and a desire to get things done, properly and on time. He is a very valued member of the team.”

(Craig Thomson, Fund Manager, Abrdn)

“I have worked with Mark for over 15 years on a local authority pension fund mandate and during this time I have found Mark’s legal advice to be very professional, pro-active, sound and commercial. Mark is very responsive to the timescales that can be involved in transactions on the property portfolio and this helps with the smooth running of the Fund.”

(Nigel Holroyd, Head of Colliers Capital, Colliers International)

“Mark Gradwell is just the type of solicitor and legal team leader we want acting for NHS Property Services. He is knowledgeable, approachable, very professional and pragmatic in his approach”.

(Tina Liddell, Head of Legal, NHS Property Services Ltd)

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