Karen French is a partner in the Leeds office of the Real Estate Practice Group and has more than 25 years’ experience as a commercial property lawyer. Her work involves a range of property related areas, principally acting for corporate real estate clients across a breadth of types of occupation, including engineering, chemical distribution, food manufacturers, textile operators, call centres and electrical manufacturers. Karen also advises clients in the higher education sector and leads the national real estate higher education group. Karen co-leads the Corporate Real Estate team in Leeds and heads up the Leeds’ office manufacturing group.

    Karen has also worked on a number of high-profile regeneration projects and has acted on a number of development projects, both residential and commercial, representing landowners, developers and buyers.

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    • Acting for Cummins Limited on its UK real estate portfolio.
    • Acting for Kellogg Company of Great Britain Limited on its 2018 relocation from Old Trafford to Salford Quays.
    • Acting for KFC (GB) Limited on its portfolio of drive through restaurants.
    • Acting for Univar Limited on its UK real estate portfolio.
    • Acting for Call Credit on the renegotiation of the leases for its headquarters.

    Education

    • College of Law, Chester, L.P.C., 1983
    • Newcastle University, LL.B., 1984

    Admissions

    • England and Wales, 1986
    • Recommended in Chambers UK 2018 for Real Estate, Yorkshire
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2017 for Commercial property

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