Feature Legal — 10 September 2018

Law firm, Shakespeare Martineau, has appointed Louise Drew as the new head of its national real estate group.

Louise Drew. Photo credit: Dave Warren/Picture Team

Louise has been with Shakespeare Martineau for 5 years, working with a large range of clients from across the real estate sector, including national house builders and registered providers of social housing. She will be taking over from John Edmond, who will be retiring from his role at the firm this summer and returning as a consultant.

As part of her new role, Louise will be overseeing all of the teams and functions within the firm’s real estate group, including planning, construction, environmental, residential development, regeneration and projects and infrastructure.

Louise plays an active role in shaping and commentating on UK housing policy, and has contributed towards the Government’s HAPPI3 report, which focuses on housing the country’s ageing population. More recently, Louise took part in a Later Living roundtable, discussing how the real estate sector, from planners to housing providers, can better provide suitable accommodation for older people in the UK.

Louise Drew, partner and national head of national real estate at law firm, Shakespeare Martineau, said: “The real estate sector forms a huge part of the UK economy, spanning the delivery of everything from student accommodation and buy-to-let, through to later living and commercial development. The work is fast-paced and offers a real chance to influence the places people live and work across the country.

“Shakespeare Martineau is a firm which embraces this diversity and has its eyes firmly fixed on the future. Having some of the sharpest legal minds in the real estate sector working within the firm is hugely advantageous and the scope of work that we undertake for our clients is significant.”

Louise will continue to work closely with the firm’s social housing team, whilst also overseeing all other areas of the real estate group and building external relationships within the wider sector.

Louise continues: “Whilst the UK does have some barriers to negotiate – particularly in terms of housing provision – I’m convinced that our firm are excellently positioned to help our clients navigate future challenges.”

For more information about the Real Estate team at Shakespeare Martineau, please visit here.

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