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Jonathan is a real estate lawyer who specialises in all aspects of non-contentious commercial real estate transactions.

Jonathan acts for investors, developers, strategic land companies but with particular emphasis on advising property owning charities that both acquire and dispose of commercial and residential property and strategic open space. He is well versed in the requirements of the charities legislation and how it impacts on what charities are permitted to do on property transactions.


Examples of recent projects Jonathan has been involved are:

  • Advising the Land Trust on the acquisition, management and maintenance of 325 acres of open space at New Lubbesthorpe. This is a large scale greenfield development on the outskirts of Leicester which will ultimately will comprise the development of 4,500 homes with the Drummond Estate.
  • Advising the Land Trust on the management arrangements of 310 acres of open space at Waverley, which was formerly the Orgreave Colliery on the outskirts of Sheffield. This development is ultimately going to comprise 3,890 homes.
  • Acting for the Land Trust on the agreement to acquire 130 hectares of land at Canvey Wick Nature Reserve in Canvey Island, Essex from supermarket Morrisons. The land acquired was equilivent to 180 football pitches and involved overcoming significant challenges given that the site was a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a former oil refinery.
  • Advising the Land Trust on the acquisition of their long leasehold interest in Northumberlandia in Cramlington, Newcastle (otherwise known as the “Lady of the North”).
  • Advising Banks Property Limited in relation to the acquisition and disposal of strategic residential development sites. This primarily involves advising on promotion agreements, option agreements and disposals on a phase basis of those sites to residential developers.
  • Advising a Canal & River Trust as part of their 2 to 3 year disposal programme which comprised the disposal of approximately 125 residential properties and 100 non operational commercial properties by way of both freehold and long leasehold disposals (whether by way of private treaty or auction disposal).
  • Acting for Canal & River Trust (a national joint venture between Canal & River Trust and Bloc) in relation to:
    • Redevelopment of a former concrete batching plant near Tring, Hertfordshire into a small scale residential development. Work included advising on the development agreement, infrastructure documentation and residential sales to end users.
    • Joint venture development agreement over a site in Gloucester conditional on planning, remediation, vacant possession and viability. This involved dealing with the initial site assembly, negotiation of pre-lets and ultimate disposal to an investor.
  • advising on the infrastructure and utility aspects of large scale development projects for the Canal & River Trust. Recent projects have involved:
    • Advising on the impact of the Thames Tunnel Project on their property and infrastructure.
    • Advising on a variety of infrastructure agreements needed for a development at Banbury which comprised circa 2,000 homes, a supermarket and a new school.
    • Advising on the Maida Vale Flood Elevation Scheme and its impact on the Trust’s navigation
    • Advising on the various infrastructure agreements entered into by the Trust to authorise the use of the gas network (within the Trust’s land) with entities such as National Grid, Cadent, Northern Gas Networks, Wales and West Utilities and Southern Gas Networks..

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What our clients say

  • "Jonathan always available to answer any queries we have, giving sensible advice. He is prompt in replying and always provides an answer no matter what the query is, involving colleagues from other disciplines when necessary. The advice is always clear and highlights any risks whilst also considering the commercial aspects of any issue."