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Andrew qualified as a Solicitor and joined Birketts in September 2011. He is a Senior Associate in our Commercial Property Team.
He acts for a variety of corporate and private clients based both locally and nationally, ranging from landlords and tenants to banks and other funders and investors helping with acquisitions, disposals, refinancing and asset management.
Andrew also advises on the property portfolios of several regional property investors, high street retailers and restaurateurs.
He has particular expertise in landlord and tenant matters, and an interest in retail work having acted for clients in this sector since joining the firm in 2011. As a result Andrew is familiar with the key commercial concerns for retail businesses from a landlord and tenant perspective and has experience in dealing with legal issues specific to this area.
Andrew also regularly advises on secured lending matters for most of the main high street lenders, whether acting for the bank alone, or for the bank and their borrower jointly. He played a key role in setting up and supervising a specialist team of paralegals who act on behalf of the borrowers of a key banking client of a firm who choose to instruct Birketts on a dual representation basis.
Andrew regularly supports the firm’s corporate teams on their banking and M&A transactions which involve a commercial property element.
Andrew has always had an interest in gadgets and technology, and this supports his role as his team’s ‘Tech Ambassador’, helping to drive forward the firm’s ambitious plans to install, adopt and use the latest technologies and software to realise efficiencies and deliver a reliable and consistent service to our clients.
Andrew is based in our Norwich office, having relocated from our Ipswich office in 2014 in order to work closer to home.
Outside of work, Andrew enjoys spending as much time as possible with his young family. When time allows, he also likes to try his hand at a variety of different sports and other interests, including playing football, golf and judo, scuba diving, photography and playing the electric guitar.
Andrew, is recommended and named as a ‘Rising Star’ by Legal 500 [UK 2022]. Clients in the previous edition say ‘Andrew Ridout demonstrates a real knowledge for commercial property and also remains very calm under pressure whilst again acting in the best interests of his client at all times’.
Andrew Ridout demonstrates a real knowledge for commercial property and also remains very calm under pressure whilst again acting in the best interests of his client at all times.
Legal 500 [UK 2021]