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Construction Commercial Property Property Disputes

At Prettys, we understand the needs and requirements of our clients in all aspects of the commercial property sector. In response to these needs, we have integrated our expertise from our Construction group, Commercial Property team and Contentious Property to create a dedicated Real Estate team.

This integrated professional team will provide a range of services across the property, construction and development sectors. The aim of bringing the disciplines together in one team is to offer a seamless service to all clients, whatever their requirements.

The Real Estate team will advise on the full spectrum of circumstances arising in connection with the lifecycle of a property from funding, land acquisition and promotion, procurement of project teams and development of a site (all the while ensuring client’s interests are adequately protected, value is maximised and risk minimised) through to the management of issues arising with tenants, occupiers, neighbours and regulators by mobilising experts in contentious property, construction and regulation.

Prettys is a member of Galexy, the international association of lawyers.

"Prettys is ‘an excellent firm with good, solid experience’. Litigator Peter Blake leads the team and focuses on both domestic and international disputes as well as commercial matters such as contract drafting. The firm regularly acts for national and regional contractors, as well as consultants, developers and housebuilders."

Legal 500 2017

Please get in touch: call us on 01473 232121, request a call back or email us.

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Peter Blake

Partner, Head of Construction & development

e pblake@prettys.co.uk

t 01473 298206

m 07979 498818

Peter Blake

"Litigator Peter Blake leads the team and focuses on both domestic and international disputes as well as commercial matters such as contract drafting"

Legal 500 2017

 

Peter joined Prettys in 1987, becoming a partner in 1991.  He is an experienced construction lawyer with a bias towards contentious work. Peter has experience of advising on and drafting documentation on major projects and dispute resolution through negotiation, litigation, arbitration, adjudication and several forms of ADR.

Peter is involved in a number of industry groupings including Forum for the Built Environment, Interact (Suffolk branch) and sits on the Contractors’ Legal Group. Peter is a regular speaker on construction related topics to clients, invited and public audiences.

Recent work includes:

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Rebecca Palmer

Senior Associate

e rpalmer@prettys.co.uk

t 01473 298274

m 07770 287967

Rebecca Palmer

"Clients recommend associate Rebecca Palmer for her ‘good industry knowledge; she is solid on details and well known by local industry and professional bodies’"

Legal 500 2017

 

A specialist in non-contentious commercial construction law, Rebecca's practice includes advising clients from all sectors of the industry on procurement strategy and implementation, project management, contract administration and the drafting and negotiation of standard form and bespoke construction contracts including building/engineering contracts, professional appointments, collateral warranties, bonds/guarantees, framework agreements, development and funding agreements and all related documentation.

Rebecca studied at Leeds University and BPP Law School (London) before qualifying as a solicitor in 2006. She joined Prettys in 2013 from the market-leading London-based construction practice at BLP (now Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP) where she had trained and qualified.  At present Rebecca spends 1 day each week on secondment as the in-house legal counsel for a client that provides turnkey, integrated, market-leading utilities and engineering solutions nationwide.

Rebecca’s recent work includes advising:

Rebecca speaks regularly at Prettys' "Developers' Club" and "Business Academy" seminars.  She writes frequently for "Construct", the monthly newsletter produced by Prettys' real estate team, and she often delivers tailored training on specialist legal topics and their practical application to both client personnel and industry groups (including the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the National Federation Builders).

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Claire Barritt

Senior Associate

e cbarritt@prettys.co.uk

t 01473 298335

m 07387 417187

Claire Barritt

Claire qualified as a solicitor in 2003 and has a degree in business studies from the University of East Anglia. She studied law at De Montfort and London Guildhall universities. Prior to joining Prettys in 2017 she worked in the public sector and as a self employed consultant specialising in planning, property, procurement and public law matters and has been chief legal advisor and statutory monitoring officer to an urban local authority and legal advisor to several other local planning authorities.

Claire’s experience includes handling matters involving:

Claire is also a trustee of a local charity, Suffolk 4YP, which provides health and well-being services to young people in and around Suffolk.

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Graeme Burslem

Associate

e gburslem@prettys.co.uk

t 01473 298220

m 07979 498809

Graeme Burslem

"Burslem’s track record includes multimillion-pound sales, acquisitions and land development transactions"

Legal 500 2017

 

Graeme qualified as a solicitor in 2006 and joined Prettys in 2017, having spent a number of years working for a prestigious real estate practice in the City.

He is a commercial property solicitor with a wide range of real estate experience, including acquisition and disposal of investment and development properties, development finance, mixed-use development work, high value landlord and tenant, land promotion, portfolio management and cross-jurisdiction sales and purchases.

His recent experience includes the £12m disposal of Enterprise Zone premises at Cobalt Business Park to an investment fund and he acted on the £34m mixed-use acquisition of a mixed use development site in West London.

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Fiona Galloway

Solicitor

e fgalloway@prettys.co.uk

t 01473 298239

Fiona Galloway

Fiona has had a varied background (including experience in dry shipping and commodities litigation both in the City and in Paris) and now specialises in commercial disputes resolution and commercial property.  She is a member of our real estate team with experience in property dispute resolution (including landlord and tenant disputes, possession claims, first tier (property) tribunal applications, advising on service charge and rent recovery, dilapidations claims), construction dispute resolution  / arbitrations and commercial property transactions (drafting leases and licences, advising on and assisting with lease extensions and renewals).   She has also acted for lenders and receivers enforcing their security.

Fiona is fluent in French.

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Jennifer Rayner

Solicitor

e jrayner@prettys.co.uk

t 01473 298363

Jennifer Rayner

Jen has obtained a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree and a Master of Laws degree in International Commercial and Business Law from the University of East Anglia.  She then went on to complete her Legal Practice Course in 2011 at the College of Law in Moorgate, London.

Jen joined the legal team of a large charity in Sudbury as their Legacy Officer for two years where she oversaw the management and collection of all legacies left to the charity and optimised the income of the legacies.  After this, she joined an American law firm in the City as the Financial Services Paralegal for a year and a half.  As the only Paralegal in that team, she worked closely with all members of the team in domestic and cross-border matters in mainly asset-based lending transactions.

She qualified as a solicitor at a local high street firm in January 2017 and joined their busy Commercial Property department dealing with all aspects of Commercial Property work including the acquisition of development sites; commercial and residential leases; the sale and purchase of commercial property and the sale and purchase of businesses. 

Jen subsequently joined the Commercial Property department within the Real Estate team at Prettys in March 2018 and is making use of her broad and unique range of experience to assist individuals, businesses and charities with their commercial property matters.  These matters have consisted of lease assignments, licences for alterations, auction packs, re-financing, leases of warehouses, restaurants, office space and haulage yards and surrender of leases.

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Residential and commercial development Promotion agreements, options and conditional contracts Secured lending Sales and acquisition Landlord and tenant Building contracts Construction disputes Collateral warranties Mediations Adjudications Professional appointments

Meet the team

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Peter Blake
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Rebecca Palmer
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Claire Barritt
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Fiona Galloway
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Jennifer Rayner

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