Sean Palka Partner

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Contact Details

“Sean Palka is lauded as "absolutely great" by impressed sources. He is recognised for his experience advising charity and retail sector clients on a range of commercial real estate transactions and developments.”

Chambers and Partners 2019
A specialist in Real Estate, Sean leads the Real Estate and Corporate Occupier team on the South Coast as well as being involved in the Construction and Development Sector Group.

Main areas of practice

Sean's main areas of practice include the purchase, sale and development of commercial property as well as complex landlord and tenant advice for high value retail clients within the luxury market including new build projects.

He and his team undertake the full complement of commercial property services including commercial development, property investment, the acquisition, management, leasing and sale of high value commercial premises, secured lending and large scale complex portfolio acquisitions and disposals.


Sean has experience of working with a variety of clients from developers, high value retailers and charities seeking to dispose of surplus assets for potential re-development.

Significant experience

In addition to managing the south coast team in excess of 50 fee earners Sean spends a significant proportion of his time acting as client partner for some of the team's larger clients.

Additional expertise 

Retail – the acquisition, management and disposal of high value retail units on behalf of luxury retail brands: Development the acquisition and development of land sometimes on a pre planning basis for general industrial use and for  the construction of registered care homes, day nurseries and local amenities and leisure facilities.

Charity – the disposal and/or enhancement on behalf of charity clients of surplus land to release capital value to enable the charities to pursue their mainstream charitable aims.

“Partner specialising in commercial property, landlord and tenant and development and associated environmental issues, and regularly acts for developers of both retail and residential developments from initial acquisition to final plot sale.”

Legal 500 2018

“Sean is very pragmatic, commercial, quick-witted and a good negotiator.”

Chambers and Partners 2018


Articles by Sean

The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards Regulations


The Government's consultation on the introduction of Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards for non-domestic properties has now closed, and the regulations are being drafted ready to become law in early 2015.

Related Knowledge & Resources

Insolvency Rules...OK?

We look at a Court of Appeal decision that is likely to have far-reaching implications on liquidators who were, naturally attracted to the idea of referring disputes to adjudication as a means of determining monies owed to the insolvent company.

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".

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