Nick is a Partner in our real estate practice and has been working in the property industry for over twenty years.

He has extensive experience in property investment, development and finance. His clients include a number of long-standing high-profile private investors, as well as more institutional investors, whom he advises on all aspects of commercial property investment, including prime office, warehouses, retail centres, hotels, leisure and industrial parks.

He also has considerable experience advising on the structuring and funding of complex development projects, ranging from distribution centres and government offices to student accommodation and mixed residential and retail sites. Student accommodation and hotels projects have been a recent focus.

On the finance side, Nick is often asked to work for corporate borrowers on acquisition, development and structured finance transactions, frequently handling deals that involve specialist tax structures or corporate vehicles like limited liability partnerships and offshore unit trusts.

He is also an active member of our restructuring team. Nick is recognised by the legal directories as a leading real estate lawyer. He qualified as a solicitor in 1992 and joined Osborne Clarke as a Partner in 2009, having previously been a partner at Olswang.

Work

Topland Group

Advised on the freehold acquisition of the landmark Brighton Metropole, from Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) for £39.3m.

Topland Group

Advised on the acquisition of the landmark Royal Crescent Hotel from the administrators of von Essen Hotels, Ernst & Young.

Savills

Advised on the sale of 30 properties for over £62m to Kennedy Wilson, plus the sale of a further 5 individual properties from the same portfolio for circa £17m to buyers ranging from CBREGI to Galliard Homes.

Topland Group

Advised on the purchase of Lakeside House, a 101,000 sq ft 4 storey prime office building, which was fully let to National Grid on a 10-year lease. The purchase completed within 3 working days of instructions to proceed

a large property developer

Advised on the multi-million pound acquisition of a portfolio of 12 hotels and the head office following the insolvency of the group

a large property developer

Acted on the sale of a portfolio of nine motorway service stations for in excess of £250m in the UK and let to the Welcome Break Group driven by the lender and completed by means of a pre-packaged administration sale

a property fund

Advised receivers of the sale of 30 retail, industrial and office estates (subject to approximately 90 leases) situated throughout England, Scotland and Wales