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About Richard

Richard specialises in real estate transactions with an emphasis on the retail and leisure sector. He has a broad range of experience in acquisitions and disposals, development projects, and lettings for a mix of institutional investors, corporate occupiers and retail and leisure clients.

Richard has a current focus on development work. Since 2012, he has acted for McDonald’s on the acquisition of freehold and leasehold sites for development as drive-thru restaurants.

Recent experience

  • Advising Mothercare UK Limited on its £14.85m sale and lease-back of its 100,000 sq ft office HQ and adjacent warehouse located in Watford.
  • Supporting LA Fitness on the property aspects of an asset sale (25 health clubs) to Sports Direct and later the
    corporate share sale of LA Fitness to PureGym Limited.
  • Acting for McDonald’s on a sale and leaseback of a drive thru restaurant in Canary Wharf for a major residential development.
  • Facilitating the relocation of McDonald’s European IT team to a new headquarters in Shoreditch.

Professional membership

  • Law Society

Career Experience

2019 to Present: Partner, Winckworth Sherwood

2019: Partner, Knights Plc

2006 to 2019 : Solicitor, Brookstreet Des Roches

2001 to 2006: Solicitor, K&L Gates

1999 to 2001 : Solicitor, Druces

Upcoming Events

Tuesday 10th - Friday 13th March 2020

MIPIM 2020

We are delighted to be attending MIPIM 2020, the leading real estate event for property professionals. Our team will be in Cannes and will be delighted to meet up with you. Meet the team If you are attending MIPIM and …

Palais des Festivals,. Cannes, France


Wednesday 25th - Thursday 26th March 2020

Total Housing 2020

Representatives from all our real estate specialisms will be in Brighton. This includes construction, planning, social housing and development. Please contact us if you are intested in meeting us during the conference. Please contact events@wslaw.co.uk for more information.

Brighton Hilton Metropole, Kings Road . Brighton BN1 2FE


Thursday 27th February 2020

Build To Rent Forum 2020

We are delighted to be involved with the BTR Forum again in 2020. This is an authoritative one-day event that brings together private and public sector leaders and key stakeholders to debate and exchange ideas. This year’s theme is ‘Build …

155 Bishopsgate Conference Centre. London EC2M 3YD


Speakers: Karen Cooksley