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Spotlight on: Mark Miller, new head of Lodders’ Real Estate team

Commercial and residential property and land development specialist, Mark Miller, became head of Lodders’ Real Estate Law team on the 1st July 2018. Here he tells us about his plans, which include building on the team’s unique proposition in the region.

Recognised and known for his niche specialism in strategic land work, in particular, Mark Miller joined Lodders as an equity partner in 2016. He acts for landowners, developers, investors and end users including large national and multinational organisations.

With particular experience in negotiating strategic land matters, Mark is recognised regionally for his expertise in complex options, promotion and hybrid agreements, conditional contracts, development agreements, overage agreements, and collaboration agreements.

Mark also undertakes a considerable amount of non-contentious landlord and tenant work, particularly in the retail, and distribution sectors, and also deals with renewable energy, utilising his particular expertise in onshore wind turbine and large scale ground mounted Solar PV Schemes.

In recent years, Mark has advised on numerous high profile large development transactions nationally, from major new settlements and mixed use schemes through to residential led schemes in rural, village-based locations. He has also undertaken significant commercial development work relating to head quarter office premises, educational facilities, manufacturing plant and sports stadia.

Real estate team head

As head of Lodders’ real estate practice, Mark will be supported by Lodders’ managing partner and previous team head Paul Mourton, an expert in property investment and development who acts for high-net-worth individuals and private family property companies across the UK, Nick East, a specialist in high-value investment property transactions and complex property development for residential and commercial clients, and James Mottram, the firm’s newest equity partner and a residential development specialist well-known amongst the UK’s major housebuilders.

Mark said: “It is a privilege to lead Lodders Real Estate practice. I am delighted to have the opportunity and proud to work with a truly excellent and established team, that includes so many leaders in their legal fields.

“Whilst we are in challenging and competitive times in the legal services market and economy generally, Lodders real estate practice continues to perform extremely well, working with an impressive and established client base that includes property development and investment individuals, owner managed businesses and large national developers.

“As one of the largest specialist real estate practices in the region, the team offers a comprehensive commercial property service with an emphasis on property development and investment, with excellent support from our planning, highways and construction expertise.

Unique proposition

“This expertise and resource means the team delivers a level of legal expertise normally associated with a city practice from a regional location, and the team will continue to build on this unique proposition, delivering sector leading legal advice with a focus on an excellent client and cost-efficient service.”

He adds: “When I joined Lodders two years ago, I said then that the opportunity to join a firm with such an enviable client base and reputation is rare. This, together with the broad nature of work undertaken by the firm and the huge potential to develop my career further, was hard to resist at the time, so to now have the opportunity to lead the real estate practice into its next phase, to sustain its growth and further the team’s fantastic reputation, is an exceptional and exciting proposition.”

Lodders Real Estate practice has thirty specialist real estate, commercial property, planning, construction and highways legal experts, including nine partners, operating from the firm’s offices in Stratford upon Avon, Cheltenham and Birmingham. It has consistently received the highest Tier 1 ranking in The Legal 500 and Chambers Directories, counts many of the UK’s leading commercial and residential property developers amongst its clients, and acts for investment companies and funders particularly in the industrial and logistics sectors.

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