Michael Ward Partner

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Contact Details

As a real estate lawyer specialising in the healthcare field, Michael works on surgery relocations, leases for medical practices and surgery development work.

Main areas of practice

He has experience in acquiring and selling development sites, negotiating options, conditional agreements and collaboration agreements as well as acting on general landlord and tenant matters.


Michael has experience in acting for commercial developers and particular expertise in acting on medical centre developments for both the developer and medical practices.

Significant experience

Landlord and Tenant: Dealing with the full range of commercial property transactions including acquisition and disposals of freehold and leasehold property, non-contentious landlord and tenant matters.

Health and care: His experience includes surgery relocation, developments, leasing and building schemes, and property work for doctors' partnerships including specialist property leasing arrangements relevant to NHS funding.

Other expertise

Residential development: acting for residential developers in the acquisition of sites for development.

Health and care: Acting on a GP led development of a surgery building. Advising from an early stage on the ownership structure and delivery vehicle, purchasing the land, drafting and negotiating the building contract, forms of appointment and warranties, drafting and negotiating the bespoke suite of banking documents, ancillary corporate work and drafting and negotiating the lease back to the practice and third party occupiers.

Acted for a company in purchasing land subject to restrictive covenants for care home development. Negotiated the purchase of the land, the release for value of the restrictive covenant and the attendant planning issues including negotiation of the S106 Agreement.

Secured lending: acting on behalf of client in a complicated refinance of an office building in London with a three week completion deadline with a loan in excess of £30 million. Including negotiation of facility agreement and banking documentation and negotiating the form of Certificate of Title.

Leases and licensed premises: Taking substantial leases of city centre office space for corporate occupiers and expertise in acting on licensed premises.


Articles by Michael

Emergency Olympic leasing

Case study

Our real estate team arranged emergency leases on accommodation during the London Olympics at the Tobacco Dock Wapping venue.

Related Knowledge & Resources

Developers are warned by the Court of Appeal not to take the law into their own hands

Local authorities will be pleased to note that the Court of Appeal accepts that they only have to consider planning issues when presented with a planning application.

Chancellor announces changes to stamp duty land tax for first-time buyers but with no changes for the rest of the market

As had been hinted at over the weekend, in today's Autumn Budget, Phillip Hammond has announced changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax ("SDLT") to assist first time buyers to be known as "Discount Relief".

Sleep-in shifts and the national minimum wage

Whether or not to pay staff in relation to sleep-in shifts is not always straightforward and establishing whether someone is working or not is crucial. Rebecca Ireland and Madeleine Mould explains the law around this complex area.

Real Estate: Proposals for Enfranchisement Reform: Have they raised more questions than answers?

After being invited to attend the Law Commission Symposium on 5 November 2018 to hear the proposals for enfranchisement reform and discuss how they will work in practice, Louise Uphill examines the key points.

A Guide to Civil Penalties for Landlords

Nationwide (England) from 1 February 2016

Recovering outstanding berthing fees – a guide for marinas and boatyards

Blake Morgan provides a helpful guide for Marinas and Boat Yards on recovering outstanding berthing fees.