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Pierre Dutton

Partner

Pierre Dutton

Partner

“The service you provided was excellent, fast, competent, professional – and in a world of jargon your friendly and approachable manner helped us considerably to understand our role and the actions we had to take.”

Pierre is a senior associate in the commercial real estate team and has strong links to the Thames Valley and London. He works with a broad range of clients: developers, landowners, charities, institutional and private lenders, and landlord and tenants. He prides himself on being able to deliver clear and commercial advice to his clients.

Pierre also works closely with our corporate team, providing assistance on their transactions which involve real estate.

Before joining Clarkslegal, Pierre trained at a law firm in Reading and then qualified into real estate in 2016.

Pierre is a bilingual dual national and has lived in France and England; as such he assists any French speaking clients.

Experience

Acquisitions and disposals

Acts for both sellers and buyers of commercial property, both freehold and leasehold, including single to multi-let properties or mixed-use properties.

Landlord and Tenant

Pierre has significant experience acting for both landlord and tenants, and provides clear advice to clients taking on or granting leases of industrial, office, retail and office space. He also advises on pre-let agreements, including contracts conditional on planning and / or substantial or minor works.

Development

Frequently advises developers on acquisitions or options over potential residential and commercial development sites, and landowners on disposals of their land for development.

Secured Lending

Assists lenders, both private and institutional, by investigating and reporting on a borrower’s title and obtaining security on commercial property, including land for development.

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