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Portrait of Charles Seaward


Charles is a consultant in the real estate team. His areas of expertise include the acquisition and disposal of land and buildings for occupation, investment and development, by way of agreements, leases, promotion agreements and joint ventures.

He acts for clients in the office, wholesale and retail sectors, landowners seeking to maximise the value of their land holdings, and property funds. He has a particular interest in the entertainment sector, advising recording studios and record and music publishing companies.

Charles worked in the City and the West End for 10 years before moving to Oxford, and is recognised in the Best Lawyers directory 2024 as a specialist in real estate law, having been consistently recommended since 2009 and featuring as its 'Lawyer of the Year' in 2023.

Recent work highlights

  • Advising a food importer on the development agreement for the construction of a 100,000 sq ft warehouse in Rainham.
  • Acting on the property aspects of the development and management of Westcott Venture Park, Aylesbury.
  • Advising on the acquisition of a recording studio in Notting Hill and on the renewal of leases for another recording studio complex in Ladbroke Grove.
  • Acting on the sale of industrial development land in central London for over £50 million.
  • Advising on the acquisition of an industrial estate in Oxfordshire for over £8 million.
  • Advising on the acquisition of a freehold head office building in central London for a leading record company.

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