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Louise Francis Partner T:01865 811717 M:07590 445202

An experienced property lawyer and ground rents specialist.

Louise advises on large and complex ground rent acquisitions, property-related aspects of corporate transactions, including deal structure, landlord obligations and plot sales. She manages a 35-strong ground rent team, one of the largest in the country.

Louise acts for Long Harbour, an investment fund that bridges the gap between illiquid asset classes, often with high barriers to entry, and institutional investors seeking to deploy capital into investment grade and income-generating assets.

Louise advises clients on management of all the legal issues which arise as a result of being a landlord, ranging from the sale of a leasehold to consent for a pet, or concluding a deed of variation.

Recent examples of Louise’s work include:

  • property due diligence involved in the corporate sale of an SPV consisting over 8000 units to a large institutional investor;
  • acquisition of a portfolio of freehold and leasehold properties consisting over 1000 units;
  • devising an innovative solution to enable property transactions to be completed in time for a key housebuilder reporting deadline;
  • liaising with Knights' Construction team on warranties given from housebuilders or developers when acquiring large freehold and long leasehold property portfolios; and
  • working with Knights' Dispute resolution team to resolve a right-to-light claim.