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Alastair Hutchinson

Private Client, Private Client Tax, Private Client

Alastair is a senior lawyer in the Real Estate Department. He ran his own niche private client practice for nearly 30 years.

Alastair’s client group is predominantly high net worth individuals who seek either pragmatic or strategic advice on matters relating to freehold and leasehold properties, or where they ask Alastair to work closely with specialist lawyers in different arenas.

Alastair is a senior lawyer in the Real Estate Department. He ran his own niche private client practice for nearly 30 years.

Alastair’s client group is predominantly high net worth individuals who seek either pragmatic or strategic advice on matters relating to freehold and leasehold properties, or where they ask Alastair to work closely with specialist lawyers in different arenas.

In 2015 he merged his practice with Bircham Dyson Bell, where he spent two years studying how the emerging tax regime was impacting upon non-resident and non-domiciled owners of UK properties.

His extra-curricular activities currently include working with the help of Cambridge University to authenticate an unknown speech written by Winston Churchill, three weeks before he became Prime Minister.

Services

Residential property (freehold):

  • Purchases
  • Sales
  • Mortgages
  • Re-mortgages
  • Transfers between family members
  • Tenancies
  • Termination of Tenancies (both by agreement and by court proceedings).
  • Rights of way
  • Boundary disputes
  • Restrictive covenants

 

Residential property (leasehold):

  • New leases
  • Purchases of ‘not-yet-built’ leasehold properties
  • Assignments of Leases
  • Licences for Alterations
  • Breaches of covenant
  • Service Charge Deposits
  • Landlord’s right of pre-emption
  • Leasehold extensions and Leasehold enfranchisement (both by agreement and under the statutory procedure)
  • Purchase of freeholds under the statutory ‘Right to Buy’ legislation
  • The acquisition of powers of management under the statutory ‘Right to Manage’ legislation.

Commercial property:

  • New Leases
  • Renewals of Leases
  • Assignments of existing Leases
  • Authorised Guarantee Agreements
  • Licences

Estate Planning:

  • Wills
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • Applications to the Office of the Public Guardian

Private Clients

  • Advised on the sale of a restaurant business in central London and negotiated for the client to retain a 25 year lease of a two storey Flat above, without any reduction in the sale price
  • Saved his client from being banned from driving by satisfying the Court (using only the direction of travel, the date, the time and the angle of the sun) that he had been driving at less than 100 mph (160 kph)
  • Acquired for a client a very valuable development plot in central London after discovering that the Seller was not the lawful owner, and that the lawful owner, an off-shore company, was no longer in existence
  • Acted in the purchase of country Estates near Bath, in Wiltshire and in Cornwall where a personal inspection of the sites revealed the only water supply had been connected to a tap on the neighbouring land, the only legal access to the paddock had been unlawfully blocked by the neighbouring farmer, the access between the main road and the property had been blocked (lawfully) by the neighbour, and where the neighbour at the rear of a house in Fulham had built an extension to his property on a part of the land which was being purchased

Advisory

  • Advised a major Japanese motor manufacturer on how aspects of the employment laws in each country in the EU still differed from each other
  • Advised in connection with the obtaining of planning consent to construct an 8,000 square feet house in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where the only structure it replaced was a wooden shed which had no gas, water or electricity
  • Prevented planning permission from being granted for a house on the grounds that the land had been contaminated in the 19th century
  • Advised on defamation and reputation management
  • Satisfied the tax authorities in a South American country that a 16 year old girl at a boarding school in England had sufficient freedoms to be considered as being ‘emancipated’ for their own tax purposes
  • Advised on contracts for rock music, films and intellectual property
  • Persuaded the police to drop charges of sexual harassment and, in a separate situation, actual bodily harm
  • Advised in a divorce where, as a result of changing matrimonial solicitors, the wife was able to retain custody of her children and obtain a settlement of £8,000,000
  • 1984 - 1987  Solicitor, NC Morris & Co
  • 1988 – 2015  Partner, Hutchinson Mainprice
  • 2015 – 2017  Consultant, Bircham Dyson Bell