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Bircham Dyson Bell (BDB) LLP and Pitmans LLP merged on 1 December 2018 to become BDB Pitmans LLP. More details can be found here

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Ellen is a commercial property lawyer with a broad practice covering all aspects of property asset management (landlord and tenant, acquisitions and disposals), as well as particular specialisms in development and property finance.

In her development practice she routinely acts for both landowners and developers in the public and private sectors, ensuring her ability to see any transaction from both sides.

On the property finance side, Ellen routinely acts for private banks taking security over UK property, often via a variety of offshore structures resulting in a multitude of lawyers and professional advisors involved in a single transaction. Recent transactions include advising on security for a loan facility of £15 million in a tight timescale and advising on de-enveloping arrangements to allow the transfer of a property to a beneficiary whilst protecting the bank’s interest.

Ellen’s clients prize her ability to provide commercial advice and pragmatic solutions.

Career highlights

  • Acting for a private developer acquiring brownfield land in central London for a mixed use development for approximately £36 million plus overage
  • Lead solicitor for multiple landowners on the sale of an urban development site (900 units, school, GP and urban centre), post planning on a phased basis including imposing development obligations on early phases protected by step in rights
  • Negotiating with landowners on a voluntary basis as part of a land acquisition strategy for major projects such as the Emirates Airline, Garden Bridge and National Grid connection upgrade projects

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