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SANDY MUNROE
PARTNER

Admitted as a Solicitor:  1997 (Legal Executive 1989-1997)

CONTACT DETAILS

Tel: 020 3026 9959

Email: sandy.munroe@djblaw.co.uk

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AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Commercial property
Local Government 

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Sandy is a commercial property expert with over 35 years’ experience.

Her expertise ranges from the property aspects of joint venture acquisitions or projects for local authorities, including outsourcing of specific services to supporting local authorities with disposals of assets and the granting of leases of industrial estates. She also has vast knowledge and experience in: sales and purchases for private corporate clients, landlord and tenant matters acting for retailers, private and public sector bodies, land acquisitions and site set-ups for residential developers, acquisitions and refinancing for registered providers, large scale voluntary transfers for registered providers, insolvency sales acting for the lender, sales and PFI projects for Health Trusts, as well as disposals and the building of new schools for local authorities.

 

Prior to joining Davitt Jones Bould, Sandy led the Local Government Property Team at Anthony Collins Solicitors. Additionally, she has advised clients in various sectors including education, health, social housings, property finance and those in the private sector.

WORK HIGHLIGHTS​

Highlights include advising: 

  • Acting for Bromsgrove District Council on the site set up of a new 60 unit residential estate of houses, maisonettes and apartments, including advice on the best way to split the estate from a service charge and management perspective and drafting the documentation for the sale of 18 apartments and 6 houses to a Housing Trust, the sale of 6 houses on an outright sale basis, the sale by way of long leases of the remainder of the residential units to a newly formed company , and the grant of a reversionary lease of the common parts of the entire estate to the newly formed company to manage.

  • Acting for Coventry City Council on:

    • A collaboration agreement with Coventry Airport Limited for a possible new gigafactory.

    • The Parkside redevelopment, which included the sale of an existing industrial estate and additional land, conditional on planning for two residential blocks, with retail on the ground floor, with a leaseback to the Council of the retail unit. Advice included the drafting of the sale and development agreement and the residential long leases, as well as initial advice on obtaining vacant possession of the industrial units.

  • Advising North Hertfordshire District Council on the £3.8M acquisition of Churchgate Shopping Centre, Hitchin for redevelopment. This included 30 retail units and offices held on a long leasehold basis.

  • Advising Oxford City Council on the property aspects of a complex Collaboration Agreement with Thames Water and Magdalen College to create the new Oxfordshire Science Village.

  • Advising Stafford Borough Council on the acquisition of a former Co-op Store as part of a town centre regeneration scheme, conditional on planning. The site was based on possessory title only and advice included the potential risk of financial loss to the Council if absolute title is not obtained, as the site is earmarked for residential development.

  • Acting for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets on a land swap with a developer to facilitate a new housing development, whilst at the same time reconfiguring the outdoor playing field area of a local school.

  • Acting for Shropshire Council on a land acquisition and development agreement for the delivery of two new schools co-located on a site in Shrewsbury.

  • Acting for Staffordshire Borough Council on the creation of a new garden city at Meecebrook.

  • Acting for the Education Skills and Funding Agency on Academy Conversions, advising on the development agreement and leases/licences to be granted to the Academy Trusts.

  • Advising One Manchester on its proposed acquisition of the social housing element of the the Manox Development, a residential led mixed use development comprising a mix of build to rent affordable homes located adjacent to the Rochdale canal. Whilst the transaction stalled, it was extremely complex, with Manchester City Council owning the freehold, the developer taking a leasehold interest, and entering into interlinking agreements between the developer and the three potential purchasers (the RP, the private housing provider and the commercial areas developer) as well as a newly formed management company, that was being created to own and manage the entirety of the communal areas on the development.

“The Council is extremely grateful to have Sandy Munroe deal with this matter and going forward would highly recommend her services.”

Principal Development Surveyor

COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL 

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