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Chris Rae

Partner

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
1 West Regent Street
Glasgow
G2 1AP
United Kingdom
Languages English

Chris Rae is a partner specialising in Real Estate, based in CMS Glasgow.

He advises a broad variety of key clients, including Clydesdale & Yorkshire Bank, Wolseley plc, Hargreaves Services plc, and BASF plc. Chris also acts for clients such as National Australia Bank, Standard Life and Land Securities.

Clients consistently comment on Chris’s strong work ethic and client-focussed advice, and consider him an extension of their teams rather than an external advisor.

He takes a lead role in CMS’ CSR initiatives, and coordinates pro bono legal services provided to various UK charities, including The Prince’s Trust and Inspiring Scotland.

Chris spends much of his spare time volunteering as a Board member for various UK charities, including (currently) The Nepal Trust and IFDAS.

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Relevant experience

  • Hargreaves Services plc in its acquisition of certain assets of Scottish Resources Group and ATH Resources, and ongoing property work on these portfolios.
  • BASF plc in relation to the managed closure and disposal (for residential development) of a large former chemical factory complex.
  • Clydesdale & Yorkshire Bank on the sale and leaseback of 2 Data Centres, and 29 branches.
  • Wolseley UK for all operational property requirements throughout Scotland, including the transfer of 177 surplus leasehold liabilities with a gross liability of GBP 70m to Legacy Portfolio.
  • CALA Group in relation to the property aspects of the sale of the business, including leading the necessary team of specialists and other panel firms.
  • Acting for a large UK clearing bank in managing its portfolio of 1,200 operational properties in Scotland and North of England, including acting in the structured sale and leaseback of 62 major operational properties to a consortium.
  • Standard Life in Scotland, particularly in leading projects for the purchase and sale of substantial let investments.
  • Invesco in the sale of the Doubletree Hilton in Aberdeen.
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Education

  • 2003 - Dip LP, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh
  • 2002 - LLB(H)Hons (Law & History with Honours), The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh
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11 November 2020
We­bin­ar: CMS Real Es­tate Thought Lead­er­ship Re­port – Re­set
There is no doubt that ‘En­vir­on­ment­al, So­cial, Gov­ernance’ (ESG) has been at the fore­front of every­one’s agen­das in re­cent years. With real es­tate be­ing the biggest con­sumer of en­ergy, the in­dustry...
24 April 2019
Case Com­ment - Green­belt vs Walsh: Own­er­ship Mod­el of Open Space Land Main­ten­ance
In 2016, in Mar­ri­ott v Green­belt, the Scot­tish Lands Tribunal ruled on a case con­cern­ing charges im­posed by com­pan­ies car­ry­ing out the main­ten­ance of land­scaped areas in res­id­en­tial de­vel­op­ments with­in...
28 September 2017
CMS ad­vises on new Ctrip call centre
CMS has ad­vised China’s largest on­line travel agency on the lease ac­quis­i­tion of its new Ed­in­burgh call centre which will cre­ate up to 200 jobs in the cap­it­al.Scot­tish-based col­leagues from CMS ac­ted...
10 August 2016
Is pos­ses­sion 9/10 of the law? - Mak­ing a pre­script­ive claimant ap­plic­a­tion
In Scot­land, if you have been oc­cupy­ing land to which you have no leg­al title, there is a way to seek to le­git­im­ise your oc­cu­pa­tion and take leg­al title to that land: it is called a ‘pre­script­ive claimant’...