Investment Property

I have dealt with a large number of investment sales and acquisitions, many of a complex nature.

I have advised many private investors, including Middle Eastern interests in connection with UK real estate investments, in many cases seeking the right opportunity as well as dealing with the acquisition and being responsible for ongoing management arrangements.

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From 1985 until the company was sold by its owners to a quoted company in 2000, I and my team at Farrers were sole providers of legal services to a private property investment group. This involved handling the acquisition and disposal of a large range of properties within different market sectors throughout the UK.

Since the launch in 2000 of The Charities Property Fund, Farrer’s Commercial Property Team (with my as client partner until my retirement from the partnership) has been the Fund’s sole legal advisor.  The Fund was a joint venture between Rensburg Sheppards and Cordea Savills. Farrers helped conceive the idea and advised in relation to the Fund’s formation. The Fund is a Common Investment Vehicle set up to enable charities, without losing tax relief, to invest in property whilst achieving a higher level of liquidity than direct investment would allow and was the first of its kind.  By the end of 2011, the Fund had acquired 68 properties valued at £499m.  As well as dealing with all property transactions, Farrers was instrumental in the setting up of The Fund  The Property Manager is Cordia Savills.

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