Helen Monro

Helen works with both property developers and investors, advising on acquisitions, disposals and ongoing management of their real estate assets. When purchasing land for commercial development, establishing that the land is fit for purpose is crucial. Helen has an accurate and efficient approach, focusing on the practical steps needed to assure her clients that their investment is worthwhile.

For investors she is adept at adapting to their specific objectives and takes a commercial perspective on the overall management of their portfolio, assisting them to get the best return on each individual asset – whether that be by disposal, active management or acquiring new property. Working across the full range of asset classes, Helen appreciates that bringing her best to every transaction and building trusted relationships with her clients is just as important as the law and strives to get them where they need to be


Developers of and investors in commercial property, including St Modwen and Schroders.


  • Advising St Modwen in relation to the development, letting and subsequent sales of a number of their retail-led schemes, including Wellingborough Retail Park, Phoenix Retail Park and Lidl at Wolverton.
  • Acting on the investment sale of a shopping centre with over 120 units.
  • Advising St Modwen in relation to the development and letting of various industrial units in Stoke-on-Trent.
  • Advising a developer in relation to the acquisition and forward funding or forward purchasing various roadside retail schemes, including acting on the ancillary aspects of the developments such as utilities agreements.
  • Acting on the acquisition and forward funding of a mixed use development at Circus Street, Brighton, including four residential blocks comprising c. 150 units with ancillary ground floor retail units, as well as student accommodation and offices.
  • Acting on the investment purchase of a fully let office building of over 130,000 square feet.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2022

    • Career
      July 2022
      Gowling WLG (UK), Legal Director
  • 2019

    • Career
      July 2019
      Gowling WLG (UK), principal associate
  • 2016

    • Career
      August 2016
      Gowling WLG (UK), senior associate
    • Career
      February 2016
      Gowling WLG (UK), associate
  • 2014

    • Career
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, associate
  • 2013

    • Career
      Wragge & Co LLP, solicitor
  • 2011

    • Career
      Anthony Collins, trainee
  • 2010

    • Career
      Bevan Brittan LLP, paralegal
  • 2008

    • Education
      The College of Law, Birmingham, GDL & LPC
  • 2004

    • Education
      The University of Birmingham, PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) Mathematical Biology
  • 2003

    • Education
      University of Bath, MSc Mathematic
  • 1999

    • Education
      University of Bath, BSc Mathematics