I specialise in Real Estate because I am passionate about working with a wide variety of clients to ensure that their physical property needs are aligned with their business plans and strategies. I enjoy being an integral part of the client’s team on their property projects. It is incredibly pleasing to see and experience the final result- whether it is a new HQ building, a bespoke office, a fitted-out lab or film studio.
I strive to inspire confidence in both my own ability and that of my team’s by ensuring we provide commercially savvy advice and dedication to getting things done in a timely manner. I’ve developed a wide network of industry professionals which allows me to connect my clients to the people they need- creating a seamless, joined up Real Estate service.
I have advised a range of clients in the life science, technology, biotechnology, media, retail, manufacturing, charity and engineering sectors. My specialisms include landlord and tenant matters, investment and leasing advice, all property elements of clients’ growth plans, option and development agreements, infrastructure projects, real estate finance and resolving complex ownership issues amongst others.
Outside work, I love spending time with family and friends. As a mum of two very sporty boys, my free days are often filled with encouraging them in (and getting them to) whatever activity they are participating in! I am also interested in the arts and enjoy swimming.
I am described in the Legal 500 as a leading individual. Clients have said I am “an exceptional property lawyer. She is highly responsive, pragmatic and commercial. Her open, communicative approach always demonstrates that our organisations interests are in focus. We often think and refer to Helen as part of our team. Helen has consistently delivered excellent outcomes for our organisation on property matters, often against tight deadlines, with ease and professionalism.”
Another client has said I have: “ been our key point of contact for six years. Her drive to deliver timely, effective outcomes for us is very clear. She is an excellent communicator, and we particularly value her willingness to consistently deliver to tight timescales, which has enabled us to move forwards swiftly and successfully with various projects.” A further client has said: “Helen is wise beyond her years and always provides fantastic, high-quality insight; her level of expertise is quite incredible”
Discover my top tips
Employ an agent to negotiate the heads of terms for the deal to ensure you are getting the best price or rent for the space, together with other standard market conditions.
Get us lawyers involved before the heads of terms are signed off to check on any legal nuances.
Diligently check the state, repair and condition of the property or land before completing on the project to ensure you are fully aware of any ongoing obligations or future liabilities.
My frequently asked questions
Who is responsible for any prior disrepair or issues with the land or property going forwards?
Unless otherwise agreed, the buyer or tenant takes on responsibility for these matters.
When leasing space, who is responsible for the environmental performance of the property?
A lease usually contains green clauses to ensure both landlord and tenants cooperate to ensure the environmental performance of the property and any common parts are as sustainable as possible.
When our lease expires, can we just hand the keys back and walk away?
No – various obligations and actions need to be undertaken including – unless agreed at the outset – the removal of any fit-out works or alterations and dilapidation (repair and decoration) works. These can be costly, so consider limiting these obligations at the outset before the lease is entered into.
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