Michael is a Senior Associate in the Commercial Real Estate Team.
Michael has over 15 years’ experience advising in many different sectors of property law. Michael’s experience and work ranges from acquisitions/disposals of commercial or mixed-use investment property; all manner of development work (options, conditional contracts, site setup, planning obligation agreements), advising Universities and Further Education Colleges on disposals of development land and leasehold work; secured lending work (including separately advising lenders on new residential developments, commercial portfolios and dealing with overseas borrowers); acting for GPs, pharmacists and dentists in the healthcare sector and also acting for registered providers of social housing.
Michael specialises in landlord and tenant work; development land (both residential and commercial), sale and purchase of commercial and agricultural property; asset management; finance and leases for pension funds and acting for charities. Michael’s broad experience, pragmatic approach and excellent drafting skills means that he is often sought out to advise in the more complex or problematic land transactions.
Michael also has particular expertise in leasehold enfranchisement work, including individual lease extensions of flats or houses (via the statutory route or non-statutory route); collective enfranchisement, right to manage or rights of first refusal. He has also advised clients extending leases in areas of London vested in The Crown Estate.
Recent examples of how Michael has helped clients include:
- unlocking the development potential of a £3 million site by bringing on board a registered provider for affordable housing, selling the remainder of the site to a housebuilder;
- assisting a University working in conjunction with a national children’s charity to deliver an International Children’s Centre for Autism to open on schedule; and
- achieving the acquisition (and subsequent lease extension) of a Crown Estate leasehold property from an overseas family trust within a matter of weeks, despite the complex rules governing Crown Estates leases.