Stephen is a Partner in the Asset Management team.
He specialises in commercial real estate work, supporting landowners, investors, developers, landlords and tenants.
Stephen is experienced in portfolio management, particularly in regard to economic development, retail, leisure, and higher education. He advises on site acquisitions, disposals, financing, and developments, including negotiation of cross-rights and easements for essential services with neighbouring landowners.
He works with tenants in retail, financial services, and leisure where he advises on lease renewals, break arrangements, and portfolio restructuring after company acquisitions. He is experienced in regearing lease arrangements from fixed rental to turnover-based rental arrangements.
Recent examples of how Stephen has supported clients include:
- supporting the retailer Schuh on numerous transactions throughout the UK over the last 10 years, including lease regearing;
- acquiring and developing a 3,000-capacity concert venue with associated bar and restaurant in central Manchester for Mission Mars, together with the acquisitions of other venues in Liverpool and Leeds;
- advising the University of Central Lancashire in relation to their £200 million masterplan redevelopment of the University Campus including negotiations regarding public space and student accommodation; and
- sales, acquisitions, lettings and property management at the 150-acre Lancashire Business Park and the 300,000 square foot White Cross Business Park for Lancashire County Developments.