Leo Wilson

Leo Wilson is a Principal Associate in the real estate commercial, development and investment team based in London.

He advises on all aspects of commercial real estate and real estate finance, including acquisitions and disposals, real estate investment funds, commercial leasing, and borrowing and lending secured against real estate assets.

He regularly represents landlords, tenants, multinational investors, large corporates, developers and financial institutions.

In recent years he has also worked on a variety of transactions with different asset classes including student accommodation, care homes, hotels and data centres.


Commercial Offices

  • Advising an investment bank on the sale and leaseback of its headquarter offices at Canary Wharf, London
  • Advising on the corporate purchase of a portfolio of three multi-let commercial office buildings. Negotiated the share purchase agreement and carried out due diligence on the properties
  • Acting for a landlord on an agreement for lease with construction and planning elements with a serviced office accommodation operator

Student Accommodation

  • Advising a pension fund on the sale of student accommodation properties including nomination agreements with universities
  • Representing a landlord on the redevelopment of a central London commercial office building by entering into an agreement for lease and development agreement with an academic institution


  • Advising a pension fund on the sale of a shopping centre involving rent guarantees and lease renewals
  • Acting for an high street retailer as tenant on its lease portfolio

Care Homes

  • Advising an institutional investor on a sale and leaseback transaction in the care sector involving three retirement villages

Data Centres

  • Advising an investment bank on taking a long term lease and services agreement of data centre space


  • Acting for a hotel investor on the acquisition, leasing and refinancing of a leading central London hotel

Real Estate Finance

  • Representing a bank on an acquisition and development loan in respect of the redevelopment of the former BBC Television Centre, Wood Lane, London to provide a mixed use development of residential apartments, hotel, private members club, offices, retail/restaurant space and leisure space
  • Acting for various banks as secured lender on the acquisition and mortgaging of properties including senior and mezzanine finance


  • Acting for a housebuilder on a £35 million residential redevelopment in Esher, Surrey, involving site acquisition, development finance and sales of apartments and affordable housing
  • Representing an university on a turn-key development of student accommodation at Caledonian Road, London

Joint Ventures

  • Acting for a middle eastern fund on a joint venture to acquire a mixed use redevelopment project in Bristol, which involved the acquisition of the secured debt and subsequent purchase of the property from the LPA Receiver

Career & Recognition

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  • 2018

    • Career
      December 2018
      Gowling WLG (UK), principal associate
  • 2015

    • Career
      February 2015
      Allen & Overy LLP, senior associate
  • 2012

    • Career
      June 2012
      King & Spalding International LLP, senior associate
  • 2007

    • Career
      June 2007
      Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (London) LLP, senior associate
  • 2004

    • Career
      October 2004
      Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, associate
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
  • 2002

    • Career
      September 2002
      Simmons & Simmons LLP, trainee
    • Education
      The University of Law, York Branch, LPC
  • 2001

    • Education
      The University of Law, York Branch, PgDL/CPE
  • 2000

    • Education
      University of London, Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, History BA Hons