Neil qualified in 1991 as a commercial property solicitor at the firm now known as DLA Piper. He also worked for almost fifteen years at Freeths and whilst there, dealt with a broad range of commercial property matters for a varied client base including acting for national housebuilders, private sector developers and registered providers in relation to site assembly, development and disposal matters.
For the last eleven years at his previous law firm, Neil specialised in commercial property/real estate work, acting for local authority and other public bodies, particularly in relation to major projects involving regeneration, development, funding, investment and other public sector projects involving significant real estate assets e.g. reorganization and outsourcing of service provision, but also in dealing with acquisitions, disposals and general commercial property matters.
The nature of this type of project work is usually multi-disciplinary and requires coordination with specialists in other legal fields, most commonly planning, construction, “public law” (procurement, subsidy control, vires and governance) and tax and am comfortable in leading on major project work.
Neil is experienced in managing teams of lawyers and in client relationship management work for clients and has a particular interest in legal project management.
Neil intends to concentrate his focus on this public sector client base and these work types at Geldards LLP.