Thomas is an associate in the Developers and Investors team with experience across the range of commercial property transactions but with a particular focus on development projects.

Thomas has acted for a number of multinational manufacturing clients, investors, large landowners and lenders in connection with the acquisition and management of operational property as well as investment, development and property finance work.

Outside the private sector, Thomas acts for public sector bodies including notably the Department for Education whom he regularly advises on the acquisition and development of sites across the country for the government's free schools programme. 

He also provides real estate support to clients of the firm's Charities team on landlord and tenant matters as well as mergers, site acquisitions and disposals and understands the particular commercial pressures and regulatory restraints faced by the third sector in relation to property matters.

Thomas gained valuable experience during six months spent on secondment at a multinational chemicals manufacturer, which has helped develop his commercial and client-centric approach.

Experience

Examples of experience include advising:

  • South Tees Development Corporation on the acquisition of the former Tata steelworks on Teesside as part of a regionally and nationally significant regeneration project
  • Department for Education in connection with a number of acquisitions and leases of land and buildings for free school use, including land forming part of mixed-use developments sites
  • The owner of a large multi-use manufacturing and infrastructure site on its short-term lettings portfolio 
  • A household name healthcare charity on various landlord and tenant matters across its operational lettings