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I joined Lodders in November 2016 as a Solicitor in Lodders’ Real Estate team. I specialise in residential and commercial development transactions. I act for a discrete number of private sector developers and land promoters on all aspects of the development process from site acquisition and strategic land assembly, funding, build out and the subsequent disposal of both commercial and residential developments. I also act for landowners (individuals and multi-party landowners) on a variety of strategic land matters including option agreements, promotion agreements, conditional contracts and overage arrangements, and the more imminent disposals of development land. The scope and scale of such transactions has varied from developments of just one or two units through to the more involved and complex transactions involving the creation of new settlements and garden villages in larger residential/mixed use developments.
I have further experience in renewable energy transactions, advising landowners and operators on sustainability opportunities and obligations in respect of wind turbine and solar photovoltaic technologies. I also have experience in general commercial property matters including title due diligence, deeds of easements and landlord & tenant transactions.
What do you most enjoy about your job?
No two transactions are ever the same. I am constantly being challenged throughout the working day whether I am working on a development transaction, renewable energy project or on a new investment purchase. I also enjoy finding innovative solutions for any problems which crop up during a transaction.
I am lucky enough in my job to see a potential new development from the very outset. From the bare agricultural land, moving through to the development proposals for the land being drawn up by our clients and pursued through the planning application process, and finally to the end product when a planning permission is achieved, and we are instructed on the sale/purchase and subsequent estate set up and plot sales.
What are the most important skills you bring to your job?
Communication skills are key. You need to be able to explain legal issues (title defects, risks in the drafting of clauses, for example) in a concise and easy to understand manner.
Attention to detail is important, as any amendments which are made to a document will most likely have knock on effects for other provisions in the documents, particularly where there are a number of bespoke elements which the parties would like incorporated.
Commercial awareness is also key. A pragmatic approach to transactions is often required, as it is unlikely that a deal will ever be ‘perfect’ and without any risk to a client. As such it’s important to understand and appreciate throughout a transaction your client’s commercial objectives for the transaction, so that you can negotiate the best possible position for them but without taking such an intransigent stance that the transaction risks being unsuccessful and objectives not achieved.
Anything outside of work (hobbies, voluntary work, sporting achievements) that might be of interest?
I would happily watch and attend most live sporting events, but tend to follow football and rugby most closely, being a supporter of Coventry City and Coventry Rugby.
I enjoy travelling, and as I didn’t have a gap year like many of my friends did either before or after university, I am trying to make up for lost time by seeing as many different places as possible. I also like to visit places which to some may seem a little out of the ordinary when compared to the more usual tourist destinations which people go to. In the last few years I have visited Ljubljana and Bled (Slovenia), Sofia (Bulgaria), Vilnius (Lithuania) and most recently Sarandë (Albania).
My partner and I have also recently taken on an allotment near our home, which is keeping us very busy after work and at the weekends. The hard work is starting to pay off though as we have (surprisingly) been successful in growing a number of different produce already, and hopefully this will only improve.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
The need to avoid traffic on the A46 on the commute into work.