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. Karen works on a job-share basis with Prew Lumley and her work involves a range of property related areas. Principally Karen acts for corporate real estate clients across a breadth of types of occupation including chemical distribution, builders merchants, textile operators, call centres, paper producers and electrical manufacturers. Karen and Prew lead the corporate real estate team in Leeds.

Karen has also worked on a number of high profile regeneration projects representing the Homes and Communities Agency (formerly known as English Partnerships) and the Yorkshire Regional Development Agency known as Yorkshire Forward. In addition, she has acted on a number of development projects both residential and commercial.

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  • Acting for Vireol Limited and Future Fuels LLP in connection with a state of the art bioethenol plant to be constructed in Grimsby 
  • Acting for HCA in connection with 3 different residential development schemes that are part of only 10 Design For Manufacture” developments within the UK 
  • Acting for JSR Properties in connection with “The Glasshouse” a mixed use development in Nottingham 
  • Acting for Call Credit on the renegotiation of the leases for their headquarters in Leeds 
  • Acting on the acquisition of two portfolios of properties from a well known chemists on a sale and lease-back basis.


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


  • England and Wales, 1986
  • Recommended in Chambers UK 2018 for Real Estate, Yorkshire
  • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2017 for Commercial property
  • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2015 for Commercial Property

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