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Matthew Williams

Matthew Williams

Partner

I specialise in development and redevelopment advice relating to real estate assets, with a particular focus on living (anything with a bed in it: residential, private rented sector, student accommodation and hotels) and mixed-use schemes. Clients seek his input at all stages of an asset’s life cycle; from the acquisition and financing to the redevelopment and disposal; helping clients unlock and maximise value from their real estate.

About

My decision to practice as a commercial real estate lawyer was made early on in my seat as a commercial property (as we called it back then…) trainee. I was drawn to the mix of commercial and strategic advice, law, tangible assets and the sector. As a junior lawyer looking for new challenges I was attracted to Fladgate’s reputation in commercial property. That was 16 years ago!

I see a real importance in building personal relationships with the people I work with and I believe that clients value this. I strive to understand the ‘bigger picture’ for the client’s business; this can be the commercial rationale for a transaction or the strategic importance of advisory work. I often fulfil a trusted advisor role to clients acting as an extension of their team or their “de facto” in-house counsel.

So, what do I do when I’m not working? I run (slowly and not particularly far) and enjoy cooking, music, food and laughter (often at the expense of my cooking). I am a father of three and we have recently added a puppy into the mix. I support a North London football team (I’m not saying which one) and follow the Bedford Blues rugby team.

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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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 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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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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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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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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Experience

  • Providing development advice in relation to and then acting on the sale of two brownfield sites on the banks of the River Thames with potential for development as a riverside-led residential scheme forming part of the Charlton Riverside masterplan. The total consideration was c. £48m.
  • Acting for Downing Corporate Finance managed funds on the sale of a hotel development in central Birmingham. The 186 bedroom Royal Angus Hotel was part way through a redevelopment at the point of sale and formed part of a larger existing building.
  • Leading the team advising on the development and forward letting of a hospital facility in central London. This was a complex transaction entailing negotiation with the NHS during the height of the COVID pandemic. Add into the mix the complexity of ensuring the strength of the NHS covenant will be attractive to institutional investors on completion with a 35 year lease this is worth tens of millions in rent.

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