Simon Wood Partner


Speaks:  English


Primary office:  Birmingham


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Simon Wood

An asset management specialist, Simon advises institutional investors and funds, pension funds, high value corporate and public sector tenants in relation to all aspects of their real estate portfolios across all asset classes.

Simon puts in place robust and commercial arrangements that work in his clients' favour, whether they are instituting new lettings, re-gearing existing leases or preparing parts of their portfolio for sale. Approachable and responsive, his client-focused attitude means he is an expert at keeping their objectives in mind and ensuring his transactions are completed with speed and accuracy.

With an extensive and successful track record of completing real estate transactions, managing property portfolios and negotiating leasehold obligations, Simon brings clients a balanced perspective (partly developed through one of his previous roles as Company Solicitor for an AIM listed retailer) and an incisive focus on what is important and what is not.

Clients

Simon's clients include Diageo, Taylor Wimpey and Halfords.

Experience

  • Simon has advised household name funds on numerous high profile, high value site acquisitions in the run up to his promotion to partnership and beyond.
  • He acted for the Diageo Pension Fund on its letting of 1,550,000 square feet of mixed use (industrial space, office space, open storage and a recycling plant) and multi-occupied premises on the south coast, and the GPA on its pre-let leasehold acquisition of 330,000 square feet of new office space by way of nine separate leases at the Ruskin Square development in Croydon.
  • He also acted for The Hut Group on their office acquisition programme of eight new office premises at Manchester Airport and Media City in Salford.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2021

    • Career
      May 2021
      Gowling WLG (UK), Partner
  • 2017

    • Career
      August 2017
      Gowling WLG (UK), Director
  • 2016

    • Career
      February 2016
      Gowling WLG (UK), principal associate
  • 2015

    • Career
       2015
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, principal associate
  • 2014

    • Career
       2014
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, senior associate
  • 1998

    • Education
       1998
      College of Law, York, LPC
  • 1995

    • Education
       1995
      University of Leeds, LLB