Partner Chat – Corporate Real Estate (April 2016)
In this month’s Partner Chat, the Cripps Pemberton Greenish in a Day team caught up with Ed Fowler, who started at Cripps Pemberton Greenish as a Trainee and is now a partner in the Corporate Real Estate team.
Ed deals with a broad spectrum of commercial property work, specialising in advising on the property aspects of corporate transactions.
- Outside of work, I can usually be found…
Playing tennis at Tunbridge Wells Tennis Club, mountain biking at Bedgebury, drinking craft beer at Sankeys or Fuggles or more recently (and more frequently!) running around after my one year old daughter!
- Favourite Film
Godfather Parts I and II – both are great but II is probably my favourite. Part III is a bit rubbish.
- Describe your role and area of expertise
I am a real estate lawyer in the broadest sense dealing with most aspects of transactional commercial property law. I mainly act for non-property companies which have property needs either on stand-alone property transactions or on corporate deals in conjunction with our corporate team. I have lots of experience in acting for tenants taking leases of shops or offices in London and also act for national statutory water companies to assist them in managing their property portfolio.
- What do you find most interesting about your work?
I get a real buzz out of getting the deal done for the client as quickly as possible on the best possible terms. I also enjoy the challenge of explaining complicated concepts to clients in simple language and tailoring my advice to different clients and personalities, nearly all of whom do not have a property background but rely on us for their property needs. An example is explaining to a French retailer taking a lease of an expensive shop in central London why they need to swear a statutory declaration before completing the lease, to exclude rights which tenants do not enjoy under French law anyway!
- What inspired you to pursue a career in law?
Sadly, it was probably the television! I used to love programmes such as This Life and Murder One which painted a glamourous but (nearly) totally unrealistic picture of the profession. Depressingly none of my colleagues who I am talking to now have ever heard of either programme which is another sign that I am getting old! After university pragmatism set in and I needed to decide what to do with my history degree; being totally hopeless at anything scientific or practical, I decided to give law a go and haven’t looked back since. It was one of the best decisions I ever made.
- In your opinion, what makes a good trainee solicitor?
Enthusiasm, a willingness to learn, get stuck in and to take responsibility for their work from an early stage. I think the best training is to be thrown in at the deep end (with a safety net of course) and I rely on my trainees to take on their own matters and undertake “proper work” from start to finish and as such they become an important part of the team.
- What makes Cripps Pemberton Greenish, Cripps Pemberton Greenish?
That is an easy one it is the people! I genuinely think we have a great bunch of people here and that is the main reason why I (and so many others) end up staying with the firm so long and progressing our careers.