Daniel joined Birketts in October 2019 and is a Solicitor in our Commercial Property Team in the Norwich Office. He qualified as a Solicitor in May 2016.
Prior to joining Birketts, he worked at a local authority shared legal service (where he also completed his training contract). Daniel therefore has extensive experience of acting on behalf of local authorities; particularly in commercial property matters. He has undertaken a wide range of commercial property work on behalf of local authority clients including: freehold sale and acquisition; commercial landlord and tenant work (new leases, surrenders, assignments/sub-letting, variations, Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 matters etc); overage covenants, and; general advice on rights, restrictions and covenants (both registered and unregistered land). As a result Daniel understands those statutory and democratic duties and obligations that distinguish public sector land transactions from private sector land transactions. He has also advised extensively on property matters involving charity legislation as well as the ‘Right to Buy’ under the Housing Act 1985.
Since joining Birketts, Daniel’s focus has been providing advice to both developer and landowner clients on a range of strategic land matters. He is able to assist with the acquisition and/or disposal of land for development purposes and deals with a range of various transaction types in this regard including; promotion agreements, conditional contracts and option agreements. As part of this work, he deals with technical considerations such as the granting and/or reservation of rights, the imposition of restrictions and/or obligations, and overage provisions. His local authority experience has also given him a well-rounded understanding of the considerations arising out of the development/planning agreements that are generally required by a local planning authorities as a precursor to development (such as road adoption agreements under the Highways Act 1980).
In addition to his work with strategic land, Daniel also deals with general commercial leasehold work (both landlord and tenant) including the granting of new leases, lease renewals and lease surrenders. He also provides assistance to our Real Estate Investment team by undertaking detailed title reporting and risk analysis in respect of potential freehold and leasehold assets; Daniel has been involved in several high-value acquisitions on behalf of investor clients.