SOPHIE

PHILIPPON-THOMAS

PARTNER

 

Admitted as a Solicitor:  1993

 CONTACT DETAILS

Tel:     0121 798 0149

Email: [email protected]

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AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Commercial property
Development / regeneration
Highways
Landlord and tenant

 

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Sophie has both public and private sector experience, having spent 8 years in Local Government, leading an in-house property legal team, and working in private practice advising household brands in the retail sector. Her experience includes managing property portfolios, acquisitions, disposals and regeneration work. Additionally, Sophie is experienced in advising on compulsory purchase matters on regeneration schemes throughout the country.

 

WORK HIGHLIGHTS

Highlights include advising: 

  • Numerous retail clients on their property portfolios including Boots, IKEA, WHSmith, American Apparel, Deichmann Shoes, Gautier UK, Farrow and Ball and Dollar (The Money Shop).  

  • Leicester City Council on the A46/ A47 link Road and the relocation of Leicester City Football Club to its current location via CPO.

  • Leading construction law firm Fenwick Elliott on the negotiation and agreement for lease for their new office in the City of London.   

  • InfraRed Capital Partners, HSBC’s former investment arm, on the acquisition and subsequent management of a key industrial site in Nottingham known as Beeston Business Park

  • A Central Government Department on a high-value lease negotiation with the tenants of the Old Admiralty Building, Whitehall in London. 

  • Highways England on various CPO acquisitions for the development of new major road schemes across the Country. 

  • Numerous local authorities on their property investment acquisitions. 

  • The Office for National Statistics on the new lease of their London HQ. 

 

"Sophie has delivered a level of service above and beyond our expectations (and our expectations are high!), and we see her as a key member of our transaction team on the deals with which she is involved. She and her team have a total grasp of the key legal issues that we face on a daily basis, and most importantly she is pragmatic and 'commercially-minded' in her advice. I would be more than happy to instruct her on future transactions".  Director, HSBC Specialist Fund Management Ltd, London