Seems McWilliam

Solicitor


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I am a solicitor based at the Firm’s dedicated commercial and agricultural office on Gadbrook Park, Northwich.

As a commercial property solicitor I have experience in a broad range of transactions including real estate acquisitions and disposals, landlord and tenant matters, property management and corporate transactions for a range of clients across a variety of sectors including retail (both high street and shopping centres) office, leisure and industrial.

I am originally from N. Ireland coming across the water to study law at Hull University and then undertaking my training at Kuits in Manchester. After qualifying as a solicitor I worked at a smaller practice doing both commercial property and commercial work.  I later specialized solely in commercial property work when I moved to Eversheds Sutherland in Manchester working for many corporate clients. I became an Associate and had an enjoyable for 5 years at Eversheds Sutherland  before having a career break to have a family, rejoining the legal profession in 2016 and joining Butcher & Barlow in 2021.

My work typically includes :-

  • Sales and acquisitions of freehold and leasehold land;
  • Landlord and Tenant matters;
  • Property investment transactions;
  • Conditional contracts, option agreements and rights of pre-emption; and
  • Farm Business Tenancies and some other agricultural work.

Some of my more memorable transactions which demonstrate the breadth of my work are:-

  • securing an international client’s first leasehold office premises in the UK.
  • dealing with the mining leases and other property issues on the sale of a large mining operation in the North East of England .
  • winning a contract race on a very tight timetable for a developer client on a £1.3 million acquisition.
  • managing a team dealing with all aspects of a corporate client’s national property portfolio and working closely with their surveyors.

I am a commercially aware, versatile and reliable solicitor with a practicable approach to problem solving with many years of legal experience.

Outside of work I have volunteered for the local scout group and enjoy keeping relatively fit. I am also an active member of our local book club.