Robin Canning Senior Associate

Speaks:  English

Qualified: 2016 - Solicitor of England & Wales

Primary office:  Birmingham

Robin Canning

Prior to qualifying as a solicitor, Robin worked in the construction industry for nearly two decades, working for contractors, distributors and manufacturers in the industry.

Robin advises on all aspects of freehold and leasehold property acquisition and disposal but has a particular focus on acting for both developers and occupiers of large retail, industrial and warehouse units.

Robin's previous experience of working in the construction industry gives him an excellent understanding of the pressure points that often arise in development works and allows him to anticipate potential issues in a transaction.


  • Advising an FMCG retail client in relation to the third party development of bespoke ground floor retail premises in a large mixed-use development in central London and subsequent acquisition of a long leasehold interest in the premises from a major national developer. The transaction was particularly complex with a number of title defects to resolve and restrictive planning requirements. In addition, the store opening date was a critical issue for the client, which was aiming to fit out the store shell and open for trade in time for the Christmas period. This and other key dates were included in the transactional documents along with a range of remedies in the event these dates were not achieved, including liquidated and ascertained damages.
  • Advising an international corporate occupier in relation to a commercial lease of a former DIY store that had been part of the Homebase estate. The store been earmarked for closure following a well-publicised CVA between Homebase and its creditors. The transaction also included extensive refurbishment of the premises by the Landlord and bespoke fitting out by the client. Although the premises were undergoing an extensive programme of refurbishment, the building was quite old and key for the client was ensuring that the repairing obligations in the lease avoided a potentially large dilapidation's claim at the end of the term and that appropriate limitations on the repairing obligations were included. Warranties from the various members of the professional and construction teams in respect of the design of and undertaking of the refurbishment works were procured to provide comfort in respect of latent and patent defects.
  • Advising a high street lender in respect of an investment property portfolio refinance of more than £10million, involving a number of distinct mixed-use retail and office developments, including over seventy separate commercial lettings. The transaction itself was not unduly complex in nature, but drawdown of the facility was required in a short time frame of just 10 days from initial instruction (and in time for the Christmas break). The limited time frame necessitated careful and timely team coordination to ensure the loan could be completed before the seasonal break.
  • Advising a leading automotive manufacturer in respect of a short term letting of manufacturing production line facilities and warehousing for an automotive development project. The space was required at short notice and due to the nature of the development project, the lease terms needed to allow a great deal of flexibility, with various break options.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2019

    • Career
      March 2019
      Gowling WLG (UK), senior associate
  • 2017

    • Career
      Clarke Willmott LLP, solicitor
  • 2016

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
  • 2014

    • Career
      Wright Hassall LLP, trainee