Greg Phillips Principal Associate

Speaks:  English

Qualified: 2006 - Solicitor of England & Wales

Primary office:  London

Greg Phillips

An accomplished real estate lawyer in the London office's commercial investment and development team who brings with him over ten years of experience of acting for investors, developers, retailers and restauranteurs.

Greg's brand of detailed legal insight combined with pragmatism and an appreciation of his clients' commercial drivers allows him to deliver the results they require, when they require them.

His successful track record encompasses a broad spectrum of high value and complex transactions ranging from the acquisition and disposal of shopping centres and estates to the development and redevelopment of residential and commercial sites, the management of large investment and retail portfolios, and both conventional and Islamic funding and refinancing.


  • Acted for a private developer in the acquisition and development of a brownfield site for use as around 500 student flats with an anticipated gross developed value of approximately £60m, which included: putting in place an agreement for lease (to create an propco/opco structure); negotiating a section 106 agreement; and securing around £27m of development funding.
  • Managed the new phase of a regional shopping centre, which involved: entering into pre-let agreements with national retailers and restaurateurs in respect of the development; successfully tackling issues concerning conditionality, boundaries and adverse possession; regularising historic cable easements; and the installation of new infrastructure.
  • Led a team on an investment acquisition of an industrial estate by a national retailer for £36m.
  • Acted in the acquisition and financing of a central London development site with the benefit of planning permission for around 100 flats and commercial units with an anticipated gross developed value of in the region of £50m.
  • Dealt with the acquisition and financing of a £15m Grade II* listed property in the City of London on behalf of private investors, which was complicated by the fact that the property adjoined, and shared various services with, a prestigious landmark building and involved the creation of a flying freehold.
  • Acted for a syndicated private landlord investor in the redevelopment of a food superstore and the re-gearing of the lease by way of a bespoke development agreement and reversionary and supplemental leases with complex linked rent review mechanisms. Subsequently dealt with the sale of the superstore to a fund for £34m, which involved the division of the estate and the creation of an estate rentcharge.
  • Led a team in the acquisition and financing of a retail shopping centre, which included complicated service charge arrangements as between the various parts of the estate.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2017

    • Career
      Gowling WLG (UK), principal associate
    • Career
      Teacher Stern LLP, senior associate
  • 2006

    • Career
      Kuit Steinart Levy LLP, solicitor - associate
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
  • 2003

    • Education
      College of Law (Chester), Diploma in legal practice with distinction
    • Career
      Birch Cullimore Solicitors, trainee - solicitor
  • 1999

    • Education
      University of Sheffield, Bachelor of Laws