Introduction

I am willing and able (acting as consultant under the umbrella of an established firm of solicitors) to advise on all aspects of real estate law, including, in particular, landlord and tenant issues, easements and restrictive covenants, as well as associated aspects of law affecting property development, particularly planning and construction issues.

I have experience of contentious as well as non-contentious work and love to help solve problems. I also have non-executive director and chairmanship experience. I have provided examples of the type of work I have been involved in within the Experience section on a sector-by-sector basis so you can go straight to the sector(s) that interest you without having to read all of it.


Farrer & Co

Farrer and CoThe bulk of my legal experience has been gained during my time with Farrer & Co. I joined the firm in 1962 as personal assistant to a senior private client partner. In that capacity, I did a lot of work in the residential, landed estates and private client areas.

I then moved on to commercial property, developing and heading the firm’s Commercial Property Team for many years. I was an equity partner in the firm from 1978 until 2005 and a full time consultant for just under 2 years after that (having previously been a salaried partner and before that an associate).

 

Farrer and Co
 

www.farrer.co.uk


Covent Garden Area Trust

In 1987, I was heavily involved in setting up the Covent Garden Area Trust, a body aimed at facilitating the continuation of the old GLC Central Covent Garden planning policies following the sale of the Market by the LRB. I have acted as legal advisor to the Trust since its inception and in 2006 was appointed by the then Deputy Prime Minister as Chairman.

In this capacity I have been responsible for a board of up to 24 directors including local residents and businessmen, highly regarded experts in fields of planning, conservation, architecture, property, fashion retailing and members of Westminster City Council. In June 2011 I resigned after five years in this role having achieved my principal objectives which were:-

(a) Updating the previously inflexible constitution of the CGAT.

(b) Improving the quality and skill base of the 24 Trustees.

(c) Establishing a working partnership with the freeholders of the Covent Garden Area so as to work in harmony in achieving jointly agreed strategic objectives (replacing the previously antagonistic relationship with the former freeholders).

Covent Garden Area TrustAs Chairman, it was my responsibility to unify the various skills and very different views available to me into a coherent strategy on which the Trust could base its dealings with the local planning authority and the commercial owners (who are both the Trust’s freeholders and its tenants – for a full description of the unique legal structure, reference can be made to an article of mine published in the Journal of Planning and Environmental Law which can be found on the Trust’s website below.

www.cgareatrust.org.uk


Awards

Finance Monthly Law Awards 2016bI have been awarded the UK Planning Lawyer of Year 2016 Award by Finance Monthly.

 


Published Work

I have published articles in the following publications:

♦  Estates Gazette
♦  Journal of Planning and Environment Law
♦  The Property Law Journal
♦  The Conveyancer and Property Lawyer
♦  The Landlord and Tenant Review

For several years I was also editor of the Precedents section of the authoritative Hill and Redman’s Law of Landlord and Tenant book – the section was reviewed in the Estates Gazette as the best of its kind.