Dion Panambalana

Dion Panambalana


Email dion.panambalana@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +44 20 7296 2316

Fax +44 20 7296 2001


Practice groupCorporate

"Top flight lawyer with strong track record, highly respected in the industry"

Chambers UK 2018

Dion Panambalana is a real estate partner at Hogan Lovells, London. Dion is a hands on lawyer who leads negotiations and manages deals from development joint ventures though development leasing and funding to complex sales and purchases. He is an industry leader having been one of the architects of the Model Commercial Lease and currently leading the charge with Government on L&T Act Reform. He is credible but pragmatic and won't nit-pick nothing points. He breaks down complexity wherever he finds it, innovating where necessary and tries to make the deal experience a constructive and enjoyable one.

He has worked for the private sector and for public bodies for his entire career. Highlights includes the Liberty Stadium in Swansea, moving the BBC to Media City in Salford and selling Television Centre for them. Selling Wapping for News Group and then moving News Corp into Thomas More Square pending taking all of The News Building at London Bridge coincided with acting for CMS Cameron McKenna taking their space at Cannon Street.

Key repeat business clients include American Express, News Corporation, BBC, BMW, Swansea City Council, Prudential/M&G and Land Securities.

Dion appreciates that, with many complex deals, there can be many stakeholders. He has found over the years that no one solution fits all situations and he is therefore pragmatic and flexible as to how to engage, risk analyse, project manage, effectively communicate, recommend and report.

Awards and recognitions


Leading Individual


Leading Individual
Legal 500

Education and admissions


The University of Law

Rutlish School

University of East Anglia


British Council for Offices

British Property Federation

Urban Land Institute

Related industries

Real Estate

Related practices

Real Estate

Representative experience

UKAEA and STFC on their partnership to develop the 500 acre ex-atomic Harwell site (and substituting a new partner in 2013).

The BBC on the relocation of Radio 5 and children's television, sport and new media department to mediacity; uk at Salford Quays in Manchester.

Uttlesford District Council on their development and investment joint venture with Aviva on Chesterford Research Park.

Department for Work and Pensions on their leasing strategy and their own standard form of lease (based on the MCL) to use when exiting the PRIME contract.

Various law firms including CMS Cameron McKenna, Mishcon de Reya and Macfarlanes on their London premises requirements.

M&G/Prudential on various developments and industrial and logistics acquisitions.

American Express on their major property requirements in the UK including their London head office at Belgrave House, their Brighton campus and 2012 Olympics facilities.

HOOP on their development joint venture with The Crown Estate at St James's Gateway and their joint venture with Helical Bar to develop Creechurch Place.

For the industry he has worked for the BPF on a new leasing approach, the Model Commercial Lease (MCL). This has now been adopted by a number of investors including M&G.

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