John is a real estate lawyer focussed on the efficient and pragmatic delivery of major real estate transactions and internationally significant energy and infrastructure projects for leading international fund, investor, developer and operator clients.

    In prime real estate, John helps clients realise their commercial objectives involving office, hotel, healthcare and logistics portfolios.

    John’s energy and infrastructure practice covers nuclear (new build and decommissioning), large scale gas, renewable power, distributed energy networks, rail infrastructure and pipelines.

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    • Advising a world-class developer on the largest office pre-let in west London for 20 years to a leading global technology occupier.
    • Advising a leading global pensions and investment provider on the corporate acquisition of a portfolio of two large central London hotels for c.£180 million, co-investing with a leading Danish pension fund.
    • Advising an International nuclear developer on its c.£10 billion investment in new nuclear developments in the UK.
    • Advising a major private equity client on the corporate sale and leaseback for a UK healthcare provider of more than 20 care home facilities with a leading US healthcare REIT.
    • Advising a leading pension fund on the disposal of a portfolio of 23 retail and industrial assets in England and Scotland.
    • Advising a world class developer on all real estate aspects of its multi-phased distributed heating, cooling and electricity network at one of London’s largest and most high profile mixed use developments.
    • Advising a leading Australian financial institution on its refinance of three large CCGT plants for c.US$420 million to a US lender making its first loan into the UK.
    • Advising a leading global pensions and investment provider on its corporate acquisition of a 50% stake in a premium quality regional shopping centre and its back-to-back joint ventures with UK and Chinese investors and asset managers.
    • Advising a passenger rail franchise operator on the development leasing of two new light maintenance depots as part of a c.£1.6 billion rolling stock upgrade project.
    • Advising a non-departmental government body on the disposal of its nuclear fuel manufacturing facility and its uranium enrichment plant, each for a transaction value of c.£500 million.
    • Advising a long lease fund on the forward funding and development of a 168 bed hotel in Bristol, pre-let to a leading hotel operator.
    • Advising a real estate developer on their high profile lettings in Shoreditch to an international collaborative workspace provider and a student accommodation operator and the subsequent corporate sale of the development vehicle to a REIT.
    • Advising a corporate client on its joint venture development with David Wilson Homes of 1,500 premium quality homes and apartments and their distributed heat grid with E.ON.
    • Advising a local authority on the delivery of a rail underpass for a major city relief road passing under the great western main line.
    • Advising an international social media and messaging company on the leasing of its new European Headquarters in London.
    • Advising a listed renewable energy company on the asset purchase and subsequent project financing of a portfolio of operational and consented wind farms.
    • Advising a nuclear facility operator on the replacement of its operationally critical cooling water supply pipeline and the leasing of its marine discharge pipeline.

    Education

    • College of Law, L.P.C.
    • University of Reading, LL.B.

    Admissions

    • England and Wales, 2006
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2017 for Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables); Commercial property

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