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Construction Commercial Property Property Disputes

At Prettys, we understand the needs and requirements of our clients in all aspects of the commercial property sector. In response to these needs, we have integrated our expertise from our Construction group, Commercial Property team and Contentious Property to create a dedicated Real Estate team.

This integrated professional team will provide a range of services across the property, construction and development sectors. The aim of bringing the disciplines together in one team is to offer a seamless service to all clients, whatever their requirements.

The Real Estate team will advise on the full spectrum of circumstances arising in connection with the lifecycle of a property from funding, land acquisition and promotion, procurement of project teams and development of a site (all the while ensuring client’s interests are adequately protected, value is maximised and risk minimised) through to the management of issues arising with tenants, occupiers, neighbours and regulators by mobilising experts in contentious property, construction and regulation.

Prettys is a member of Galexy, the international association of lawyers.

"Prettys is ‘an excellent firm with good, solid experience’. Litigator Peter Blake leads the team and focuses on both domestic and international disputes as well as commercial matters such as contract drafting. The firm regularly acts for national and regional contractors, as well as consultants, developers and housebuilders."

Legal 500 2017

Please get in touch: call us on 01473 232121, request a call back or email us.

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Matthew Cole

Employment Partner

e mcole@prettys.co.uk

t 01473 298221

m 07736 433420

Jacqueline Cassidy

Secretary

e jcassidy@prettys.co.uk

t 01473 298348

Matthew Cole

"provides excellent support, guiding clients through to a successful conclusion’"

Legal 500 2017

 

Matthew studied law at the London School of Economics and Political Science before qualifying as a Solicitor at a leading City law firm in 1995. He joined Prettys in 1997 and became a Partner in 2002.

Matthew’s clients include FTSE 100 companies, local authorities, NHS Trusts and charities. He advises on the full range of HR issues including grievances, performance management, disputes and dismissals, and collective and strategic matters such as redundancies and restructurings, mergers and outsourcing exercises, and policy making. He also advises on pensions matters to the extent to which they affect employers, and data protection. Matthew’s clients span a range of sectors, but he has particular expertise in working with organisations within healthcare, logistics, leisure, local government, aviation, insurance and bloodstock. He also acts for senior executives.

Matthew is the UK contributor to the American Bar Association’s Global Guide to Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets in Employment Law.

Matthew also advises on issues relating to data protection and information management, including implementation of the GDPR, dealing with subject access requests and advising organisations on loss of data, data theft and the data transfer.  He provides training on data protection compliance, both to businesses generally, and in specific contexts, in particular in respect of the transfer and use of health-related data.

Matthew’s recent work includes:

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Peter Blake

Partner, Head of Construction & development

e pblake@prettys.co.uk

t 01473 298206

m 07979 498818

Peter Blake

"Litigator Peter Blake leads the team and focuses on both domestic and international disputes as well as commercial matters such as contract drafting"

Legal 500 2017

 

Peter joined Prettys in 1987, becoming a partner in 1991.  He is an experienced construction lawyer with a bias towards contentious work. Peter has experience of advising on and drafting documentation on major projects and dispute resolution through negotiation, litigation, arbitration, adjudication and several forms of ADR.

Peter is involved in a number of industry groupings including Forum for the Built Environment, Interact (Suffolk branch) and sits on the Contractors’ Legal Group. Peter is a regular speaker on construction related topics to clients, invited and public audiences.

Recent work includes:

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Claire Barritt

Senior Associate

e cbarritt@prettys.co.uk

t 01473 298335

m 07387 417187

Claire Barritt

Claire qualified as a solicitor in 2003 and has a degree in business studies from the University of East Anglia. She studied law at De Montfort and London Guildhall universities. Prior to joining Prettys in 2017 she worked in the public sector and as a self employed consultant specialising in planning, property, procurement and public law matters and has been chief legal advisor and statutory monitoring officer to an urban local authority and legal advisor to several other local planning authorities.

Claire’s experience includes handling matters involving:

Claire is also a trustee of a local charity, Suffolk 4YP, which provides health and well-being services to young people in and around Suffolk.

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Rebecca Cleal

Senior Associate

e rcleal@prettys.co.uk

t 01473 298250

m 07834 894084

Rebecca Cleal

Rebecca qualified as a solicitor in 2006 with a focus on commercial property transactions. Having undertaking her training in private practice, she then worked for 10 years as in-house counsel for an AIM listed PLC based in Norfolk. This role saw her managing a commercial portfolio of over 500 leasehold properties and 260 residential premises, becoming a key stakeholder within the business and a strategic business partner for the board.   Rebecca also acted as company secretary for the Group for a number of years and acted for the company on over 60 of its property acquisitions.

Rebecca specialises in a broad range of commercial property matters with a focus on commercial Landlord and Tenant issues and ensures she always obtains the best options available to her clients. Her experience of working within business gives her a uniquely commercial approach.

Expertise:

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Graeme Burslem

Associate

e gburslem@prettys.co.uk

t 01473 298220

m 07979 498809

Graeme Burslem

"Burslem’s track record includes multimillion-pound sales, acquisitions and land development transactions"

Legal 500 2017

 

Graeme qualified as a solicitor in 2006 and joined Prettys in 2017, having spent a number of years working for a prestigious real estate practice in the City.

He is a commercial property solicitor with a wide range of real estate experience, including acquisition and disposal of investment and development properties, development finance, mixed-use development work, high value landlord and tenant, land promotion, portfolio management and cross-jurisdiction sales and purchases.

His recent experience includes the £12m disposal of Enterprise Zone premises at Cobalt Business Park to an investment fund and he acted on the £34m mixed-use acquisition of a mixed use development site in West London.

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Fiona Galloway

Associate

e fgalloway@prettys.co.uk

t 01473 298239

Fiona Galloway

Fiona has had a varied background (including experience in dry shipping and commodities litigation both in the City and in Paris) and now specialises in commercial disputes resolution and commercial property.  She is a member of our real estate team with experience in property dispute resolution (including landlord and tenant disputes, possession claims, first tier (property) tribunal applications, advising on service charge and rent recovery, dilapidations claims), construction dispute resolution  / arbitrations and commercial property transactions (drafting leases and licences, advising on and assisting with lease extensions and renewals).   She has also acted for lenders and receivers enforcing their security.

Fiona is fluent in French.

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Jennifer Rayner

Solicitor

e jrayner@prettys.co.uk

t 01473 298363

Jennifer Rayner

Jen has obtained a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree and a Master of Laws degree in International Commercial and Business Law from the University of East Anglia.  She then went on to complete her Legal Practice Course in 2011 at the College of Law in Moorgate, London.

Jen joined the legal team of a large charity in Sudbury as their Legacy Officer for two years where she oversaw the management and collection of all legacies left to the charity and optimised the income of the legacies.  After this, she joined an American law firm in the City as the Financial Services Paralegal for a year and a half.  As the only Paralegal in that team, she worked closely with all members of the team in domestic and cross-border matters in mainly asset-based lending transactions.

She qualified as a solicitor at a local high street firm in January 2017 and joined their busy Commercial Property department dealing with all aspects of Commercial Property work including the acquisition of development sites; commercial and residential leases; the sale and purchase of commercial property and the sale and purchase of businesses. 

Jen subsequently joined the Commercial Property department within the Real Estate team at Prettys in March 2018 and is making use of her broad and unique range of experience to assist individuals, businesses and charities with their commercial property matters.  These matters have consisted of lease assignments, licences for alterations, auction packs, re-financing, leases of warehouses, restaurants, office space and haulage yards and surrender of leases.

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Residential and commercial development Promotion agreements, options and conditional contracts Secured lending Sales and acquisition Landlord and tenant Building contracts Construction disputes Collateral warranties Mediations Adjudications Professional appointments

Meet the team

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Matthew Cole
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Peter Blake
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Claire Barritt
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Rebecca Cleal
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Graeme Burslem
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Fiona Galloway
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Jennifer Rayner

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