- Real Estate
Austin acts for a number of property investors and developers as well as national retailers and high street banks in relation to their own real estate portfolio. It is, however, in the field of real estate finance and insolvency that Austin is most widely recognised. He has, over a period of 15 years, gained a national reputation for the work he does with banks, insolvency practitioners and fixed charge receivers in relation to the real estate aspects of recoveries, restructuring and insolvency.
Described in the legal press as “excellent in difficult negotiations” and praised for his “straightforward and commercial approach”, “Austin applies his excellent legal knowledge in a commercial, deal focussed manner to achieve optimum results.”
High profile deals include acting on the insolvency of seven national retailers, acquisition or disposal of four flagship units on Oxford Street in the last six months, disposal of over £200 million of assets from fixed charge receivers in the last 18 months.
In their words
"I still hugely enjoy doing deals. A number of my clients treat me as a 'trusted commercial adviser' whom they introduce to jobs at an early stage, not only to ensure that things are workable from a legal perspective but also to assist in shaping the transaction. It is really satisfying and a great compliment to know that clients value your commercial input as well as your legal expertise and that they truly see you as a partner who assists in taking their business forward."