Ismail Bell


Paralegal

Experience

Ismail joined Birketts in July 2019. He is a Paralegal in our Commercial Property Team

Prior to joining Birketts Ismail attended De Montfort University where he graduated with a First-Class Honours degree in Law. He went on to achieve a merit in the Legal Practice Course in 2017, studying electives in Commercial Property, Commercial Law and Intellectual Property. Ismail then went on to gain experience as a Paralegal at a boutique firm in London, specialising in Property Litigation, before moving to Norwich.

Ismail can provide advice and support on a full range of commercial property matters and has gained experience acting for both individuals, corporate clients and institutions, including large real estate investment clients. Since joining Birketts, Ismail has been closely involved in advising clients and assisting the Commercial Property team across all of its work types.  His experience includes landlord and tenant instructions (acting for both landlords and tenants) such as acting on the grant, surrender, assignment and sub-letting of leases, as well as licences for alterations and consents. Ismail has also gained extensive experience in real estate finance (including development finance), regularly carrying out due diligence for borrowers and lenders which involves collating and reviewing all of the information required to perfect a real estate finance loan. Ismail is also experienced in dealing with the sale and purchase of numerous different property types (owner-occupied, investment and development properties) and the handling of an array of post completion matters for various property transactions across the wider Commercial Property Team such as the preparation and submission of Stamp Duty Land Tax returns, the registration of charges at Companies House, and applications to HM Land Registry. Ismail has also been involved in the acquisition of commercial property portfolios for investor clients and on the acquisition and disposal of commercial development sites, residential development sites and strategic land (assisting on option and promotion agreements, acquisitions and developments for regional and national developer clients, landowners and sales to developers).

Amongst the highlights have been assisting the team on the acquisition of a 206,000 square foot commercial warehouse for an international client, being heavily involved in high-value, time-sensitive leasehold liability mitigation work for a long-standing landlord and tenant client and working as a key part of a project team on a multi-million-pound refinance of a substantial residential and commercial property portfolio for long-standing property investor clients.

Ismail is based in our Norwich office.

Other Information

In his spare time, Ismail enjoys travelling abroad and to different parts of the UK. His favourite ways to spend his free time include reading, watching sports, cycling and spending time with family, friends and his cats. Ismail also plays sports and is involved in the football team at Birketts.

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