Karen French is a partner in the Leeds office of the Real Estate Practice Group and has more than 30 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 TransUnion on the renegotiation of the leases for its headquarters.
    • Acting for the University of Leeds on a number of the university’s portfolio real estate transactions.

    Education

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

    Admissions

    • England and Wales, 1986
    • Chambers UK 2019 – Karen French leads the firm's corporate real estate offering in Leeds and represents a considerable number of nationwide brands and manufacturers in their corporate real estate needs
    • A client describes her as "proactive, sensible, naturally curious and seeking solutions before difficulties arise”
    • Recognized in The Legal 500 UK 2019 for her Leeds manufacturing and higher education expertise

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