Oliver Sowton Partner

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Contact Details

“Leading Individual, specialises in retail and leisure sectors and a wide range of types of real estate assets, including office, retail, business and trading estates and marinas. Experience in a wide range of landlord and tenant matters, and investment property acquisition and disposal.”

Legal 500 2018
A specialist in real estate, Olly leads the team's Corporate Occupier and Asset Management group, as well as the firm's Retail and Leisure sector group.

Main area of practice

His main practice areas include the sale, purchase and asset management of commercial property. He and his team undertake the full complement of landlord and tenant services, including lease renewal management.

He has experience in delivering new store roll-out programmes, in particular working with the firm's Construction team in delivering commercial development documentation for new-build projects. He also deals with the environmental aspects of real estate and has particular expertise in dealing with contaminated land.

Oliver's career began with advising owners of farms and landed estates and, as a result of this, he brings to Commercial Development an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the relevant legal issues.


Olly has experience of working with a wide variety of clients including private individuals, companies and public sector bodies, whose real estate needs vary in type and portfolio size. He is the operational partner for a number of the firm's key clients who operate in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Significant experience

Asset management: Olly spends a great deal of his time working on the communication between the different portfolio stakeholders, so that asset management programmes can be put in place, appropriately resourced and implemented.

Other expertise

Energy and climate change: he acts for landowners, advising on and documenting the delivery of solar farm projects.

Retail, leisure and hospitality: with his team, Olly advises clients in this sector from both the owner and operator perspectives.

Public sector: he acts for a number of public sector clients dealing with their asset management requirements, including the implementation of property rationalisation strategies.

“His past experience in dealing with farms and landed estates provides an edge when dealing with the more esoteric areas of property law, for example riparian issues and rights of way.”

Legal 500 2018


Oliver’s Blog

Blake Morgan Real Estate teams at MIPIM UK

Members of Blake Morgan's Real Estate teams from the South Coast and Cardiff will be supporting their regional business organisations at MIPIM UK.

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Articles by Oliver

Blake Morgan property specialist, Oliver Sowton, comperes Regenerate South Showcase


Blake Morgan partner, Oliver Sowton, joined the guest speaker line up at today's Regenerate South Conference.

Spring Budget 2017: What this means for Retail


The Spring Budget 2017: What this means for retail

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