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Simon Livesey

Position: Partner

Core Areas: Charities and Social Enterprises, Real Estate & Transport and Infrastructure

Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer 2017

Educated at Ampleforth before reading law at Oxford and then completing his solicitor's professional exams at the College of Law, Christleton Hall, Chester, Simon qualified as a solicitor with Dawsons in 1984. He enjoys a broad range of work including:

  • commercial property acquisitions and disposals, lettings, lease renewals and restructurings, and other landlord and tenant/portfolio management matters; acting for business occupiers in office relocations/ new lettings, lease renewals etc
  • development/redevelopment sites, including site acquisition/assembly work, easements, covenants, rights of light etc, leases for development/redevelopment (including equity-sharing leases), and some experience of construction documentation e.g. appointments, warranties, construction contracts, etc
  • residential property acquisitions and disposals, lettings and other residential landlord and tenant transactions
  • leasehold enfranchisement (including 1967 Act freehold enfranchisement and lease extensions, 1993 Act collective freehold acquisitions and individual lease extensions) and enfranchisement under Places of Worship Enfranchisement Act 1920
  • dealings with rural estates including land acquisitions and disposals, options and other disposals of land for development, transactions involving sand and gravel extractions, coal mining and landfill, easements covenants and other matters, agricultural holdings and farm business tenancies (1986 Act and 1995 Act), rights of reverter under School and Church Sites Acts, transactions involving Lordships and other manorial incidents
  • heritage property matters including dealings with National Trust properties and other properties of national heritage significance

Recent experience

Interesting transactions in which Simon has been involved have included:

  • acting in property aspects of a major refurbishment of the premises of South London Further Education College
  • acting for a large Naval charity in property aspects of a major regeneration programme in south east London and also the redevelopment of a pier on the River Thames;
  • acted in the relation to negotiation and grant of leases of historic buildings in Greenwich following the closure of the Royal Naval College
  • acting in the sale of an agricultural estate involving farms and woodlands in north east England
  • acting for the seller in the first sale of a beneficial interest in the Pollen Estate in the West End of London to be offered for sale on the open market since the Will Trust arose on the death of The Reverend George Pollen in 1812
  • acting for a major legal education provider in relation to a number of significant transactions in the restructuring of its property holdings

Professional memberships

The Law Society of England and Wales
The City of Westminster and Holborn Law Society
Commercial Real Estate Legal Association
Agricultural Law Association

Work history

2011 to present, Partner, Winckworth Sherwood
1989 to 2011, Partner, Dawsons
1984 to 1988, Assistant Solicitor, Dawsons
1982 to 1984, Trainee Solicitor, Dawsons

Personal interests

Active musician, keen follower of Preston North End FC (despite relegation to League One!) and Liverpool FC, member of Lancashire County Cricket Club, interested in history (especially the Graeco-Roman and Byzantine worlds) and a keen reader of fiction and non-fiction (real books preferred to e-books!)


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Social Housing Annual Conference 2017

Thu 09 Nov 2017

200 Aldersgate, London, EC1A 4HD

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