Paul Olliff

Legal Director


Paul is a Legal Director in the Real Estate Team. Paul advises both national and international clients on a range of commercial real estate matters.

Paul primarily acts for developers, investors / high net worth individuals and occupiers. In particular, he advises on sales and acquisitions, development transactions and leasehold matters.

Since the relaxation of the planning regulations in 2013, Paul has worked with investors and developers on a large number of permitted development transactions dealing with mixed use, office space and vacant sites.

Paul is seen as a market leader in airspace development, having written for the Royal institute of Chartered Surveyors, Construction News and the Guardian on the topic.

Paul thrives on getting involved at the early stages of a deal and providing strategic advice for structuring complicated property transactions. Clients and colleagues alike have commented on this resulting in deals being achieved as effectively and efficiently as possible.

Prior to joining Ashfords, Paul trained at national law firm Browne Jacobson before joining Fieldfisher in the City.

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Relevant experience

  • National developers: Advising on the structuring and acquisition and development of a mixed-use sites, such as in Woking, worth £8.5 million, and the pre-let to a retail user of the commercial space.
  • Overseas off shore investment: advising on the commercial real estate aspects of overseas off-shore investment by HNWI and managing the process with fiduciary trusts and off-shore solicitors as well as the debt provider of the financing, suc has the purchase of an Iceland store for £3.5 million in Wales.
  • Private investment companies: Advising on the financing and purchase of various investment properties, such as a block of flats subject to multiple tenancies in west London worth £15 million.
  • Occupier/tenant: Advising on the commercial letting of commercial premises, such as a public body’s office headquarters in the City with an annual rent of £1.1 million.
  • High net worth individuals: Advising on the acquisition of investment properties, such as the freehold of a City office block subject to various leasehold interests, worth £26 million.

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