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Ian Barker


Ian has vast experience in commercial property matters, acting predominantly for major companies in the utility and energy sector. He has particular experience in advising statutory utilities in relation to general commercial property transactions and niche work in building and maintaining distribution networks.

He is also heavily involved in the ground rent property investment market acting for both portfolio investors and national housebuilders developing and selling such portfolios. He regularly handles property sale and acquisition work both for developers and property investment clients and their banks.

recent experience

  • Relocation of part of the national network of high pressure gas pipelines in connection with major Highway Authority road scheme
  • Sale of potential development land with implementation of overage arrangements to secure potential development value
  • Acting for a national housebuilder in connection with sales of nationwide ground rent portfolios
  • Acting for numerous purchasers of ground rent portfolios across the UK
  • Acting for a bank funder of ground rent portfolio acquisitions
  • Advising on the acquisition by Newcastle College of Carter & Carter plc, a widely reported transaction involving due diligence and the acquisition of 100 properties
  • The sale of a ground rent portfolio for an established national developer valued at over £15 million
  • The relocation of a high profile media company involving the taking of a lease at a rent of circa £235,000 per annum