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Richard J. Smith

Fax +44.(0)20.7648.9001

Richard is a partner in K&L Gates’ Real Estate practice group. He has wide experience in all aspects of property law from profit participation provisions in joint venture agreements to planning appeals and from ground rents to grouse moors. He focuses his practice on commercial property law advising all sides of the property world, including commercial occupiers, institutions, landowners, developers, and local authorities.

In addition, he is particularly experienced in acting in relation to property investment and development funding, landlord and tenant, and substantial head office relocations. He has also appeared as a legal assessor on contentious rent reviews.

Professional Background

Richard was admitted as a lawyer in 1976. He joined the firm in 1983 and became a partner in 1985.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Law Society of England and Wales (Member)

Speaking Engagements

  • Richard has lectured on aspects of Stamp Duty Land Tax and Value Added Tax.

Additional Information

  • He has also written on some of the implications of the Law of Property (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1989 and provided work for Precedents for the Conveyancer on the subject of uninsured risk in the context of English real estate leases.
  • Acting for overseas investors on the sale to Istithmar - the investment vehicle of the Government of Dubai - of The Adelphi, the 340,000 sq. foot prime office building located in Central London next to Shell-Mex House and overlooking the River Thames
  • Acting for Heron on the letting of Windsor House, Victoria Street, London to London Regional Transport for the headquarters of Transport for London and on the subsequent disposal of Windsor House for £109million
  • Advising: Henderson Global Investors on their partnership development of 305,000 square feet, Moor House, London Wall with Greycoat and Hammersons
  • Advising on the AXA/Heron joint development of 105 Wigmore Street
  • Acting for private investors on the acquisition of the site of the proposed Shard of Glass
  • Acting for Ravenbourne Developments on various projects including those carried out with National Mutual Life Assurance Society and Allied Commercial Exporters Limited at Airport Gate Heathrow and Thames Gateway Park
  • Acting for K&L Gates in connection with their leases at 110 Cannon Street, London