Claire Illingworth



Claire has considerable real estate experience and specialises in real estate finance, acting for lenders and borrowers on both investment and development facilities. She also deals with a wide range of work for property investors and developers including acquisitions, disposals, pre-let arrangements and all other landlord and tenant transactions.

Recent highlights:

  • Caudwell Properties: advising on the acquisition from NAMA of a development site in Mayfair for £143m and related acquisition and development considerations.
  • Chenavari: advising on a real estate debt fund, on the real estate aspects of financing of the development of two student accommodation sites in Bristol and Newcastle and on the £33.5m financing of the purchase of debt, secured against a City of London property.
  • Ellandi retail fund: working on the acquisition of Market Gates Shopping Centre in Great Yarmouth with its joint venture partner for £24.55m. The property was bought from administrators and is anchored by Debenhams, New Look and Wilkinsons.
  • Honda: advising on its deal to take 70,000 sq ft office space for its UK Headquarters at Reflex, Bracknell and on the sale, leaseback and development of its flagship dealership facility in Manchester.
  • HSBC: advising on a wide range of real estate investment and development finance transactions.
  • Longbow real estate fund: advising on the real estate aspects of a £20m hunting facility in respect of regional office investments.

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