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Neil is a Partner in the Commercial Development team.

Neil advises on all aspects of property matters with a particular emphasis on commercial development and large scale real estate projects of strategic importance to local communities.

He also advises on landlord and tenant matters for a wide array of clients dealing with premises as varied as office space, large industrial units, educational establishments, transport interchanges, retail and leisure.

Experience

  • Acting for a national supermarket for 10+ years on land acquisition, land disposal and portfolio management matters
  • Led the team acting for a regional transport organisation on the development arrangements for a new transport interchange which involved working with the local authority and its development partner
  • Led the team acting for a further education provider on the development arrangements for its new city campus premises including the acquisition of the site; funding arrangements and the granting of occupational leases
  • Led the team acting for a further education provider on the property and secured funding aspects of its merger with another further education provider
  • Led the team acting for the Foundation of Light on the development arrangements for the award winning Beacon of Light in Sunderland including the acquisition of the site; funding arrangements and the granting of occupational leases
  • Led the team acting on the eight figure disposal of student accommodation via the sale of a special purpose vehicle
  • Led the team acting on the proposed development and disposal agreements for two 100+ acres sites in the north east of England intended for industrial, residential and extra care uses
  • Acting for a wide variety of local small and medium enterprises on estate management and landlord and tenant matters

Expertise: Services

Businesses

Built Environment

Public & Third Sector

What people say

  • Neil Smith – detailed and precise. Neil is able to present complex information in a clear and concise format.

    Legal 500, Client quote