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Gavin Whitney

Gavin Whitney

Partner

I deal with all aspects of real estate work including investment, landlord and tenant and development, and act for investors (both onshore and offshore), occupiers and developers. My particular sector specialisms are healthcare, retail/leisure and offices.

About

I have always loved property! From my first property law lecture, I was hooked! And so it was no surprise to me when I also found I loved commercial real estate in practice. One of the main reasons for this is that there is such an obvious "end product" that you can go and see at the end of any transaction or inspect as part of due diligence. But I also really like people and my aim is always to be someone with whom people enjoy dealing, whether they are my client or another party.

My aim with every client is to focus on what they want and to find a way to achieve that for them, efficiently, cost-effectively and always with a smile! To do this, I use my knowledge of our clients, the firm’s breadth and depth of expertise and couple this with clever and inventive thinking to reach solutions and pre-empt problems.

I act for a number of UK and overseas investors and developers in relation to their property portfolios and provide advice on asset management and development matters. I also act for GPs, retailers/restaurant operators and corporate occupiers on their acquisitions of leasehold and freehold properties.

Away from the law, I am a father and husband, we keep busy - my wife runs a local pre-school! I am also a trustee of the charity Dentaid. In my spare time I enjoy running, watching rugby (in particular when my son is playing!), travel and food.

Expertise

We advise on all the key issues affecting the property industry, including regeneration and development schemes, investment, funding, construction matters, property disputes, portfolio management, planning, taxation and the creation of corporate structures.

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Our real estate investment practice includes a formidable depth of experience advising on investment opportunities in the real estate sector, including sales, acquisitions, joint ventures, tax arrangements, an array of financial work and lettings. We work closely with teams throughout the firm to provide comprehensive and commercially-focused advice on complex investment work for domestic and cross-border clients.


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An experienced team with a pedigree of advising across the life cycle of major development and redevelopments from financing, purchase, planning and construction through to lettings and disposal.

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Our real estate occupiers team advise on the full range of tenant work, ranging from a start-up business’s first office through to major head office moves. They represent major office occupiers, professional businesses, hoteliers, restaurateurs and retailers, often with national portfolios, in their occupation requirements.

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A large and dedicated real estate team providing a full service to clients operating in the sector. The expertise of our lawyers means we can handle all level of transactions from asset management through to the most complex matters while clients benefit from the efficiency a one-stop-shop can provide.

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Our lawyers don’t just advise on the law, but help our clients with the commercial implications of legal decisions. Our team focusses on the practicalities of retailing, whether through a busy store or shopping centre, or using e-tail channels.

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The cross-firm team provides the range of legal services required by clients across the industry spectrum, from biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices companies to institutions or organisations that are involved in the research, development and sale of medicines, medical devices or nutritional products.

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The leisure sector is experiencing a period of accelerated change and expansion in response to new technologies and changing consumer behaviours. Drawing on the expertise of our diverse firm, our team provides advice on a wide range of legal and business challenges.

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Experience

  • Advising healthcare investor Stonehealth on multiple portfolio acquisitions of properties across England, Wales and Scotland and dealing with their ongoing asset management work.
  • Dealing with all of Yo! Sushi’s property work in England and Wales including advising on the recent CVA as well as on COVID 19 related matters.
  • Advising a London GP practice on the sale, leaseback and development of their property including tax advice and structuring of the transaction.
  • Advising a developer client on a complex scheme involving landlord and tenant structure, a building lease, complicated related tax issues and the need to be sensitive to the landlord’s concerns as a charity.
  • Advising The Argyll Club on several acquisitions of new central London sites and dealing with ongoing property management matters, in particular during the COVID 19 pandemic.

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