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deborah lazenby

Deborah Lazenby

Partner | Real Estate

Jane Guinety
Jane Guinety is Deborah's PA
uk next generation partner 2024 Rising Star 2021

About Deborah

Listed by Legal 500 UK as a 'Next Generation Partner', Deborah is a real estate lawyer with extensive experience acting for large corporate bodies, funders, retail, education and charitable clients. She specialises in secured lending, acting for banks and borrowers as well as advising on large property portfolio management and refinancing.

Deborah has significant experience in the retail sector, acting for both landlords, tenants and funders in acquisitions, disposals and refinances. She led the team who acted for Hays Travel Limited in its acquisition of 555 Thomas Cook stores.

With considerable experience acting for a wide range of clients in a cross-section of categories, Deborah is well placed to act for shareholders, investors and corporate bodies in the real estate aspects of share and asset sales and acquisitions as well as investments. Her wide-ranging experience means she can quickly identify potential issues and find practical, commercial solutions.

"Deborah Lazenby is exceptional. Her knowledge, organisational skills and attention to detail are outstanding."

Legal 500 UK, client quote

Deborah has acted for universities and colleges for over a decade, including NCG and the University of Sunderland. She has assisted with a variety of acquisitions and disposals of both freehold and leasehold land, property portfolio management, redevelopments and insolvent estate purchases. The sector brings a diverse range of issues that Deborah is particularly skilled in finding commercial solutions to the client's needs while ensuring their expectations and governance responsibilities are met.

"We have begun working with Deborah Lazenby who has an excellent knowledge of the education sector. She is very approachable and can explain issues in a way that is easily understood by our lay colleagues, which minimises the support required from our internal legal team where resources are stretched. The result is that we all work as if we were part of one team as the internal/external barriers are reduced to a minimum. We have been very happy to deal with Deborah as our one point of contact." 

Legal 500 UK, client quote
Banking & Finance

Deborah is an expert in secured lending transactions, acting for both lenders and borrowers in both single-site and multiple property acquisitions and refinances. Her experience covers a wide range of sectors, including retail, residential development, social housing, care homes, licensed premises and manufacturing. Deborah is used to acting quickly and efficiently to ensure that both borrower and lender expectations are met, offering commercial as well as legal solutions.

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