Andrew Beattie
  • Andrew Beattie

  • Associate Solicitor

Qualification:

  • LLB (Hons) 2:1, University of Leicester, 1992

Legal Qualification:

LPC College of Law at York 1993 - 1994

Year Of Admission:

1997

Career History:

Trainee Solicitor, Kingsford Stacey & Blackwell, 1995 - 1997

Solicitor, Trowers & Hamlins, 1997 - 2000

Associate Solicitor, Nabarro, 2000 - 2004

Associate Solicitor and Director, Walker Morris, 2004 - 2009

Experience and Expertise:

I deal with all aspects of investment property, including sales and purchases by way of conditional contracts, options and promotion agreements. I've worked on numerous high value, high profile, complex transactions such as the redevelopment of the Wembley Stadium and the purchase of the Millennium Dome.

I've had considerable experience of dealing with development property work, from site assembly through to practical completion and disposal, including dealing with, planning matters, development agreements, pre lets, warranties and overage agreements.

I've  dealt with a wide variety of project work, including student accommodation projects for clients such as SOAS and the London Institute, the redevelopment of the Almeida sorting office for Royal Mail and the redevelopment of the Dewsbury Rams Rugby League Stadium and the site adjacent to it.

I have a particular interest in agricultural property work and come from a farming family. I have full working knowledge of all farming matters and act for a number of local land owners and farmers providing advice on a number of areas including, renewable energy agreements, development opportunities and strategic business advice.

I've also had a great deal of experience in acting for end users and occupiers acquiring leasehold and freehold premises to meet their site specific needs and have acted for the likes of Caterpillar, HMV, Travelodge and BUPA in the past.

I regularly act for institutional funders in relation to property transactions and have prepared and submitted tenders which have led to Tilly Bailey & Irvine being successfully appointed to the panel for both Yorkshire Bank and Santander.

Legal 500:

2016 - Andrew Beattie 'provides first rate property advice' and is 'a great example of a commercially pragmatic lawyer'.

'Andrew Beattie advised Holme Mills Properties on the acquisition of a 19-acre development site.'

Career Highlights:

I've acted on a number of high profile projects such as the redevelopment of the Wembley Stadium, the acquisition of the Millennium Dome, and the purchase of Morgan Motor Company premises in Malvern.

I also acted for Professor Gunther Von Hagens when he first introduced the Body World's Exhibition to the UK.

I've had sole responsibility for all property aspects in relation to the transfer of the Kingsmead Estate, Hackney from Hackney Borough Council to a newly formed Housing Association as part of a £43 million Estate Renewal Challenge Fund regeneration scheme.

I've also been part of the team who acted on the acquisition of the Alliance Portfolio for an American Investment Fund. The portfolio was valued at £350 million in 2004 and the acquisition was agreed and completed in less than 6 weeks and was put forward for real estate deal of the year.

Another highlight was when I acted for the West Hartlepool Amateur Quoits Club in opposing the compulsory purchase of their club and negotiating a substantial sum in compensation which allowed them to relocate to new premises which were fully fitted to their specific requirements.

Languages:

Conversational French.

Publications/Presentations:

I've written articles on renewable energy and  given a presentation to local land owners and farmers on renewable energy opportunities.

I've also published articles in relation to dilapidation, the management of investment properties including negotiating lease terms and various aspects of lease management including rent review and break clauses.

Pro Bono:

I've undertaken pro bono work for a number of clients and just recently acted on behalf of Cargo Fleet Junior Football Team in relation to the grant of a lease of a number of football pitches and adjacent premises

Professional Memberships:

Member of the Law Society, the Agricultural Lawyers Association, the Country Land Owners Association, the NFU, and the Farmers Club.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

An England rugby player, but unfortunately I never got the call!

Why law as a career?

I enjoy getting to know people. and clients, and working with them to understand and solve their problems.

Any interesting facts about you?

Before starting work as a solicitor I worked for a commercial grain trading company and on a beef cattle station in Australia.

In 1992 I appeared on a television show called Spender alongside Jimmy Nail.

I have played rugby for Durham County at various age levels and I have played against players such as Will Greenwood, Kyran Bracken and Lawrence Dallaglio.

What one thing could you not live without?

My cricket bat

Hobbies and Interests

I am a keen sports fan. I am a member of Durham Amateur Rowing Club, Durham Archery Tennis Club, Durham County Cricket Club and I have a season ticket for Newcastle Falcons.

I enjoy skiing and travelling and I have travelled extensively throughout Russia, Japan, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Africa and South East Asia.