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Peter is the partner in charge of residential property at Temple Heelis and supervises a long established and respected department which specialises in sales, purchases and mortgages of freehold and leasehold property and land, as well as acting on transfers of equity and the drafting of leases and deeds of variation.
Peter specialises in acting in high value, complex transactions and is frequently recommended to buyers and sellers of lake fronted properties and country houses with acres of adjoining land. Peter also deals with bespoke, non-transactional land law matters such as drafting boundary agreements, multi-party drainage easements, deeds of covenant and grants of rights of access. Peter is ranked in both Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500 as a leading property solicitor in the region.
A highly experienced conveyancing and land law specialist, Peter is best described as a solutions-driven, trusted adviser. With an earlier career in retail and sales management, Peter brings real life business experience and focus in all his interaction with clients and in his understanding of their objectives. His clients compliment him on being not only an expert in property matters who leaves no stone unturned but also an astute negotiator with commercial ‘nous’ and an emphasis on finding practical solutions to his clients’ needs. These skills are particularly prized by clients dealing with land both in the Lake District (with the many unique aspects of the region) and elsewhere in the UK.
Regarded as the ‘go to’ property lawyer for complex problems and ‘knotty issues’, Peter often deals with numerous issues and organisations on any single matter including the National Trust, Lake District National Park, the two Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty designations, the Environment Agency, the Forestry Commission, English Heritage, the various lakes and water courses, and many local authorities. His work and reputation goes well beyond the Lake District and his clients instruct him on property matters throughout the UK.
Peter also heads up Temple Heelis’ Agricultural and Rural Sector Specialist team which spans the firm’s legal departments and brings together sector experts for private clients and commercial businesses. Peter is also a member of the Agricultural Law Association.
Peter is described as ‘a stand out among the competition, head and shoulders above others in the local market. He is a strong lawyer, with a good tactical commercial brain and a great deal of commercial experience’. His 7-strong team is regarded as ‘well established, great, friendly and efficient’. Chambers and Partners describe Peter as “exceptional”, “very approachable and happy to explain complicated detail in a way that can be understood” while The Legal 500 say Temple Heelis ‘punches well above its size and weight …..an impressive list of clients ….provide first-class advice and services. In the niche sector of agriculture, they are ahead of the curve in knowledge and understanding of a client’s particular demands’.”
“An excellent experience. Despite a purchase fraught with complications Peter and his team were professional, calm, efficient and highly organised. Communication was second to none and even if one person was absent the rest of the team were informed and well acquainted with the situation to manage anything arising. I would definitely recommend their services.” – Dr. S, Ambleside.