Mark Anton-Smith Office Leader T:01242 524654 M:07896 250818

A real estate lawyer and commercial property specialist. Mark is also the office leader in Cheltenham.

Mark has assisted several well-known businesses to expand and manage their property portfolios – Paddy Power, First Property Group PLC and Yorkshire Building Society.  This support encompasses the negotiation and acquisition of new sites, trading premises, business parks and established business chains, as well as property disposals.

Mark’s team provides ongoing legal support to the landlords and investors in the management of their real estate portfolios, handling lease renewals, break negotiations, lease alteration and occasionally working with colleagues to resolve property disputes.

Mark is also office leader in Cheltenham, where he is responsible for recruiting and managing new professionals to expand the range of services available locally and nationally.  He ensures his team have regular contact with clients to really understand their needs and focus on speedy delivery of advice.

Recent examples of how Mark has helped clients include:

  • the acquisition of two retail park investments, with an aggregate value of circa £50 million, for First Property Group PLC;
  • leading a team acting for three property investment funds with a total value of more than £300 million;
  • supporting Irish bookmaker Paddy Power in the acquisition of over 200 betting shops in England and Wales; and
  • leading a team acting for Yorkshire Building Society in respect of the asset management for part of their national branch office portfolio.