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Iain Thomas, Partner, Real Estate

Iain Thomas, Partner, Real Estate, Fieldfisher

I am a real estate lawyer with over 20 years' experience advising Real Estate lenders, investors and developers across the spectrum of sectors, from mainstream commercial to private rental, care homes, student accommodation, hospitality and leisure.

I have a particular expertise in real estate financing acting for a range of lenders, from the clearing banks through to non-bank lenders, debts funds, life funds and non-UK institutions in connection with the provision and restructuring of debt finance (both investment and development) secured on a range of asset classes.

I have also represented:-

  • developers in connection with agreements with landowners for the development of land for commercial and leisure related purposes
  • investors in connection with the acquisition and disposal of landmark Central London hotels
  • private equity funds in connection with the acquisition of care home portfolios.

I have a very strong client service ethic and exceptional communication skills. The 2018 Legal 500 describes me as  an "extremely personable individual and very experienced lawyer, with business acumen and a commercial approach".

I have acted on a large number of multi-property portfolio acquisitions and financings.  These have required coordination and management of teams of lawyers to deliver due diligence output and associated transactional inputs in a consistent style and manner, whilst providing the client with single point of contact for advice and progress reporting.

I acted as co-counsel with a major US firm in connection with the sale of a major Central London hotel (at the time the highest value single asset European hotel deal ever) to an overseas investor.  Working alongside five different law firms across several different time zones on a complicated and challenging transaction required strong organisational skills and flexibility to deliver against a challenging timetable.

I have written articles for legal and industry specific publications, most recently appearing in Real Estate Capital magazine in an opinion piece alongside a number of senior Real Estate Finance professionals.

I regularly speak at the LendInvest property development academy on streamlining the legal aspects of the property development process.

I am a keen and regular cyclist and a long suffering Crystal Palace FC season ticket holder.