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Simon Keen

Counsel
London

Simon Keen

Simon loves the tangible nature of property. As a counsel in the London real estate team, Simon works with investors, occupiers and developers of commercial real estate and their funders on their UK transactions. Simon regularly visits properties with which he has an ongoing involvement to ensure that he understands how they function and what the issues are for his clients and their businesses in the management and operation of their investments or business premises. Asset management is therefore a pleasure!

Having been seconded to the in-house legal teams at both Esso UK and the Royal Mail in his career, Simon understands what matters to occupiers of UK real estate. He also has particular experience in guiding them through the process of leasing and then managing their business premises. Property owners find this understanding of their tenants and customers invaluable when he is advising them on leasing transactions.

Simon has a particular interest in Sustainability and Energy Performance and has extensive knowledge of the real estate issues arising from these increasingly important topics. He advises clients and colleagues on EPCs, the CRC, ESOS and the 2015 Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards legislation and helps clients to comply with the law, while considering how they can future proof their properties as this complex area of regulation continues to develop.

Simon is recommended by the Legal 500 2015.

'Senior Associate Simon Keen is a safe pair of hands'

Legal 500 2015

Representative Experience

Advising News Corp on their prelet, ongoing occupation and sublettings of The News Building (formerly known as The Place/The Baby Shard) at London Bridge.

Advising 21st Century Fox on its London property portfolio, including preletting offices in Hammersmith, lease regears in Shepherds Bush and disposals of surplus space.

Advising M&G Real Estate and Intu on the leasing and asset management of The Mall at Cribbs Causeway.

Advising Land Securities on the leasing and asset management of their retail and leisure parks.

Advising the London Borough of Havering on a land swap with Morrisons for the development of a new leisure centre and supermarket in Romford.

Advising the BMW Group on taking leases of various logistics warehouses, offices and showrooms.

Advising the BBC on the 'smart value' structured sale of the iconic Television Centre and then on its ongoing occupation of offices and studios there.

Advising M&G Real Estate on the sale, purchase and leasing of various industrial, logistics, retail and office premises.

Advising Goldman Sachs on its compliance across Europe with the Energy Efficiency Directive.

Education and admissions

Education

  • MA (Cantab), Law, University of Cambridge

Memberships

  • Urban Land Institute
  • BPF Sustainability Committee (Associate Member)

2015

Real Estate

Legal 500

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