Gillian is a Partner in the Retail team.

Her advice includes non-contentious real estate matters, mainly for corporate occupiers with large portfolios.  She deals with acquisitions and disposals of properties, both freehold and leasehold and has extensive experience of landlord and tenant matters, including development agreements, sales and leasebacks, leases for new premises, lease extensions, surrenders, deed of variation, group transfers and general estate management.

Following several years in house as Group Legal Counsel at the parent company of a group comprising a tyre wholesaler and fast fit servicing and MOT chain, she has first-hand experience of the challenges managing a portfolio and disposing of secondary sites and of warehouse acquisitions and sales and lease backs.

She has also worked closely with magic circle law firms on the corporate real estate element of business sales and acquisitions, managing the property elements of the transactions..

Her clients include Moss Bros, the Arcadia Group, and the Body Shop.

Recent examples of how Gillian has supported clients include:

  • advising in house on the strategic management of a large portfolio of land, which included major disposals for development with overages and environmental clean-up provisions;
  • working with a supermarket retailer on the expansion of its local store portfolio including acquisitions of existing retail operations and development sites and a portfolio of former bank premises; and
  • acting for a major high street bank and a gym brand in relation to their portfolios.