Christobel Smales

Expertise

Commercial Property

  • Landlord and tenant: advising on all aspects of commercial leasehold transactions for landlords and tenants, including the grant and termination of leases and renewals under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954
  • Acquisitions and disposals: in relation to both freehold and leasehold interests in commercial property
  • Licensing and general advisory work: in connection with the enforcement, interpretation and operation of landlord and tenant covenants.
  • General estate management matters

Construction

  • Construction aspects of property transactions and the drafting and negotiation of all forms of construction documentation including professional appointments, building contracts, collateral warranties, third party rights, third party security and supply agreements
  • Construction aspects of development and finance documentation
  • Procurement: providing pre-contract advice on the form of documentation to be used and any pre-contract arrangements

Experience

  • Advised both companies and individuals owning and dealing in property in Central London on all landlord and tenant and estate management matters, with a focus on London landed estates
  • Advised a leading international retail and residential property group on all aspects of its role in connection with the London 2012 Olympic Village development including funding, forward sales to affordable housing providers, development agreements, title matters and construction documentation
  • Advised a leading chain of restaurants on the acquisition of new retail and office premises in Central London
  • Advised in connection with the freehold disposal of fully tenanted commercial premises in Grafton Street, London
  • Advised on project procurement strategy and associated documentation and the management of the transaction process in relation to the construction of a new headquarters building for a major UK charity based in Grantham
  • Drafted and negotiated building contracts and professional appointments for the fit-out of a central London office space for a leading private equity firm

Career History

  • Qualified: 2008
  • 2006 – 2011: Slaughter and May
  • 2011 – to date: Pemberton Greenish

Professional Memberships:

  • The Law Society of England and Wales
  • Cambridge University Land Society
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