Michael Ward is our main contact who is brilliant at what he does. He is highly knowledgeable, friendly, quick to reply to any enquiries, proactive, provides sound advice when needed etc. He is credit to Blake Morgan and is very highly thought of.
Michael is based in the Blake Morgan Reading office, a senior real estate lawyer dealing with all aspects of commercial landlord and tenant work with an ongoing specialism in the development and healthcare fields.
Main areas of practice
Michael has expertise in dealing with all areas of commercial real estate including the development, sale, purchase and letting of commercial premises.
He is experienced in acquiring and selling development sites, negotiating development and promotion agreements as well as dealing with secured lending and heading up the Real Estate Finance Practice in the Thames Valley.
He has a particular expertise in acting on healthcare developments for both the developer, care homes and medical practices including surgery relocation, developments, leasing and building schemes including specialist property leasing arrangements relevant to NHS funding.
Michael acts for a range of clients from high street and challenger banks to commercial and residential developers.
- Real Estate & Property
- Real Estate Finance
- Banking & Finance
- Corporate/Owner Occupier
Michael Joined the firm in 2004.
- Member of the Primary Care Premises Forum
- 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.
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.
Michael Ward leads the 'superb' real estate finance team.