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John regularly advises on a variety of real estate transactions including portfolio acquisitions and disposals, refinancings and management matters, where he acts for both landlords and tenants.

He acts for a broad range of clients from international retail brands to institutional property investors to high net worth individuals.  A substantial number of John’s clients are off-shore funds and private investors seeking effective advice and support in securing profitable capital investment within the UK property market.

 

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Having previously been based in the United Arab Emirates, John is well-versed in advising clients from all backgrounds and experience levels – from seasoned investors to those whom may be may be making their first foray into UK real estate.

John’s clients operate in a variety of market sectors, including retail, hotels and leisure, healthcare and light industrial and John is known for targeting his advice to the key commercial drivers of the businesses which he supports.

John’s instructions often involve cross-jurisdictional advice and he is used to working closely and effectively with clients’ other professional advisors around the globe.

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Work Highlights

    • Advising the LSE-listed Palace Capital plc on lettings at Harlow to the Texas-based Exela Technology Inc group for a headline rent of £355,363 p.a. and Solaris House, Milton Keynes to the BMI Group for a headline rent of £240,000 p.a.
    • Acting for a large off-shore real estate fund in re-gearing its existing long leasehold interest in a large mixed use building within Great Manchester in connection with its proposed development and sale for c.£4m.
    • Acting for an overseas investor in managing its existing real estate investments in a number of prime central London locations – including the grant of new leases with a combined net income of over £1m p.a.
    • Advising Ted Baker on a variety of property matters in connection with its existing real estate portfolio together with the acquisition of a number of new interests at key outlets in London, Oxfordshire and the Midlands.
    • Acting on the acquisition and subsequent development of vacant land in the south east into a multi-unit commercial restaurant and café site, including advising on pre-let arrangements with two major international food & drink providers at rents of c.£100,000 p.a. together with the subsequent disposal of the whole of the site to a private investor for c.£3.2m.
    • Advising an overseas private investment fund on rights of light issues arising from the redevelopment of 1 Leadenhall St, London.
    • Advising a private borrower in connection with the refinancing of a portfolio of residential properties in central London valued at c.£13m.

      • Advising an existing client on the property aspects of its £12m refinancing arrangements secured against a portfolio of residential properties in central London.
      • Acting for an investment fund in connection with its re-development of existing vacant office space in the greater Manchester area into residential apartments and its subsequent disposal for c.4m.
      • Advising a large UK-based fund on all aspects of the legal management of a number of shopping centres and parades throughout England & Wales.

    Recommendations

    “John is a focused and commercially-oriented advisor, always clear on our objectives and active in ensuring successful outcomes are delivered in accordance with agreed timescales.  He is always ready and available to answer queries and his service delivery is cogent and direct. A valued member of our external legal team”

    Richard Starr, Executive Director, Palace Capital plc

    “I recently worked with John on the acquisition of our new head office building. In the brief time we have worked together, John has consistently been a dependable honest individual, who was more than capable of taking control of a big project and executing it to the fullest. In addition to this he was a pleasure to work with and always maintained a cheerful mentality in the face of daunting deadlines. Rarely do you come across someone who is talented at both big picture ideas and executing the small details whilst always being available to lend a hand – John is just that person.”

    Financial Director, major international distributor

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