Hannah Harbottle



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Hannah is an Associate in the Commercial Property Team in our Chelmsford office and joined Birketts in July 2015. 

Hannah deals with all aspects of commercial property including freehold and leasehold acquisitions and disposals, options and pre-emptions, development agreements and funding arrangements. Before joining Birketts, she worked in both property litigation and corporate and commercial roles and therefore brings a broad range of skills and knowledge to transactional property work. 

Hannah has extensive experience of Public and Third Sector transactions and counts amongst her clients a central government body with Crown status, for whom she handles exclusively all property related matters including portfolio management, leasehold acquisitions and disposals, easements and development issues across East Anglia. 

As a member of our Charities Team, Hannah is also experienced in dealing with charity property law matters. As the vice-chair of trustees for a local homeless charity, she offers not only legal expertise but also practical and commercial business skills to her charity clients and contacts.

Hannah helps to coordinate the Public Sector commercial property offering in the Chelmsford office and, together with the Public Sector Team, assists in the management of these relationships including personally mentoring a Local Authority trainee on secondment with Birketts. 

Examples of recent work include:

  • acting for a local property investor in the development of a large industrial site in Suffolk involving a Development Agreement, Lease, Tenant Option Agreement and Landlord Pre-Emption Agreement, with input from a number of specialist Construction and Planning colleagues.  
  • completing two large scale Local Authority Asset reviews for development purposes involving more than 70 properties across Essex.  This required detailed title reviews, advice on public and housing legislation and contentious property issues, and coordinating input from the Commercial Property, Public Sector, Planning and Property Litigation teams. This challenging project was instructed on a tight timescale and delivered by Hannah and the team on time and within budget.

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Hannah is a keen environmental champion and sits on Birketts’ Corporate Social Responsibility Committee as the environmental representative for the Chelmsford office. She encourages the firm and her team members to “think green” and supports the firm’s investment in “green” solutions for the day to day running of the business.  

In her spare time Hannah enjoys playing golf and baking, but not often at the same time. 

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