Ruth Leadbitter Partner

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“Ruth looks out for her clients' interests.”

Chambers UK 2018
Ruth leads the Real estate team based in the Thames Valley. She has extensive experience in all aspects of commercial property work and is based in our Oxford office.

Main areas of expertise

Ruth's work includes the sale and acquisition of land for development, funding arrangements, assisting landlords and tenants, and the development of estates strategies for clients in a variety of sectors including health, education retail and energy.

Significant experience

Health and Social Care

  • Acting for various NHS bodies in their estate management work and in connection with various out-sourcing projects, dealing with the property elements of the business transfer agreement, estates management issues, and the negotiation of leases and licences for use in conjunction with services contracts.
  • Advising on difficult issues of statutory compliance and backlog maintenance in connection with outsourcing projects.
  • The forward funding of a number of medical centre developments, acting for the fund in the acquisition, construction, letting and financing of medical centres nationwide.

Secured Lending

  • Acting for various lending institutions, undertaking due diligence on land and buildings and dealing with the property finance documentation.

Public sector

  • Property work in connection with a joint venture for a major new centre for science. This was a major public/private sector Government-backed joint venture to develop this centre for science. Work included advice on procurement, joint venture agreements, agreements for land to be ‘drawn down’ in tranches for development, development agreements and advice on the environmental issues for a nuclear licensed site and the operation of the Crichel Downs Rules for Government owned land. We worked with the DTI and then BERR in resolving some complex issues.
  • Estates management work and various projects for a police authority, now the police and crime commissioner, including landlord and tenant, and the sales and purchases of property and land for offices warehousing and operational police facilities, planning and environmental law advice.


  • Acting as account partner for various schools and managing the relationship with them.
  • Acquisition and financing of property for educational uses.
  • Advice on unpaid school fees.

Other experience

  • Acting for owners of franchised restaurants and licensed premises in the acquisition of premises for their businesses.
  • Acting for night club owners in the acquisition of premises and dealing with the licences needed and advice on town and country planning.


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