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About Richard

Richard has worked in a large number of property related areas including:

 

  • commercial property acquisitions and disposals, lettings, lease renewals and restructurings, and other landlord and tenant/portfolio management matters; acting for business occupiers in office relocations/new lettings, lease renewals etc
  • development/redevelopment sites, including site acquisition/assembly work, easements, covenants, rights of light etc, leases for development/redevelopment, and VAT implications of development schemes and some experience of construction documentation e.g. appointments, warranties, construction contracts, etc
  • residential property acquisitions and disposals, lettings and other residential landlord and tenant transactions including advice on Rent Act tenancies
  • charging portfolios of commercial and residential properties including advice on the terms of finance agreements
  • dealing with disputes at the Land Registry Adjudicator including claims to title by way of adverse possession and easements acquired by implied rights or prescription and disputed rights to land generally
  • leasehold enfranchisement (including 1967 Act freehold enfranchisement and lease extensions, 1993 Act collective freehold acquisitions and individual lease extensions)
  • technical advice on aspects of stamp duty land tax including group relief and implications for partnerships

Recent Experience

Recent transactions in which Richard has been involved include:

  • acting for a large naval charity in property aspects of a major regeneration programme in South East London
  • acting in relation to negotiation and grant of leases of buildings in Greenwich including lease re-organisations
  • acting in the grant of leases and easements and disposals for a significant religious  charity and their development of sites with residential developers including advice on whether the charity’s constitution permitted the same
  • acting in the purchase of agricultural land in accordance with the Crichel Down rules
  • defending an adverse possession claim at the Land Registry adjudicator in respect of valuable fallow land with a disputed title possibly having passed bona vacantia
  • charging a set of hotel leases as part of a refinancing exercise
  • acting for a Russian bank in respect of its relocation of offices
  • acting for a theatre producer  in respect of its relocation of offices
  • advice in respect of SDLT avoidance schemes

Professional Memberships

Law Society of England and Wales

Spoken Languages

French

Career Experience

2011 to date: Solicitor, Winckworth Sherwood

2004 to 2011: Solicitor, Dawsons

2002 to 2004: Trainee Solicitor, Dawsons

2001 to 2002: Paralegal, Dawsons

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