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Clare Thomas

Clare Thomas

Partner
Lawyer

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
London
EC4N 6AF
United Kingdom
Languages English

Clare is a partner in our Real Estate group with experience acting for international and domestic property companies, funds and institutions on acquisitions, disposals, lettings and developments. Her transactional expertise spans a range of sectors including office, retail, hotel and mixed use.

Recent significant transactions include acting on the acquisition by a Chinese investor of the We Work European HQ in the City by a Chinese investor for GBP271m and acquiring the Kensington Forum, one of London’s largest hotels for a UK private equity company.  She was named as one of Bisnow’s 51 most influential women in real estate. 

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Relevant experience

  • Private Hong Kong investor on acquisition and letting of several trophy assets in the City including 20 Canada Square for circa £410m.
  • Urban&Civic on two strategic land development schemes including Alconbury Weald, a 1,420 acre site which will include 290,000 sqm of employment floor space, 5,000 homes together with green spaces, transport, energy and community facilities.
  • Aviva, Hermes and Capital & Regional plc on the disposal of The Junction Fund, a £259.5m retail investment vehicle.
  • Blackstone Property Management on the pre-letting and sale of a major refurbished City office scheme.
  • Credit Suisse on the acquisition of a number of City assets including Pilgrim Street for circa £80m. 
  • Queensgate Investments on a joint venture and development at Greenwich Peninsula including a mix of residential, hotel, business and leisure and on the real estate aspects of its £475m sale of London Executive Offices.
  • Land Securities plc on the letting of 40,000 square foot to John Lewis Partnership in Poole marking the launch of the retailer's new dedicated "at home" concept.
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Education

  • 1997 - LLB, Exeter University, Exeter
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Memberships

  • Clare has served on committees for both the Urban Land Institute and the Investment Property Forum. In 2012 she was part of the IPF's working party which produced the industry guide "Readiness for Sale" and was recently instrumental in the production of an industry standard non-disclosure and exclusivity agreement for the IPF.
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Publications

  • Clare has written for the Property Law Journal and Estates Gazette. She also leads our annual real estate thought leadership report the most recent being Box Clever which takes a closer look at the UK and European logistics sector..
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Lectures list

  • Clare has spoken at various industry events including for the Investment Property Forum, Urban Land Institute, Young Entrepreneurs in Property and Women in Property and Property EU.
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Expertise

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26 September 2019
‘Cradle-to-grave’ rent­al solu­tions – Urb­an Be­ing
The urb­an­isa­tion trend, changes in life­style, dif­fer­ent work pat­terns and in­creas­ing mo­bil­ity are chan­ging Europe's cit­ies. What used to be re­ferred to as 'Gen­er­a­tion rent' has be­come a phe­nomen­on that...
18 September 2019
‘Cradle-to-grave’ – Urb­an Be­ing
The urb­an­isa­tion trend, changes in life­style, dif­fer­ent work pat­terns and in­creas­ing mo­bil­ity are chan­ging Europe's cit­ies. What used to be re­ferred to as 'Gen­er­a­tion rent' has be­come a phe­nomen­on that...
6 March 2019
Can AI un­lock the po­ten­tial of smart build­ings?
Can ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence un­lock the po­ten­tial of smart build­ings? CMS’ latest thought lead­er­ship re­port seeks to an­swer this ques­tion by high­light­ing the find­ings from a re­cent roundtable dis­cus­sion...
29 January 2019
Clare Thomas and Selina Pot­ter named in The Law­yer­'s Hot 100 for 2019
CMS Part­ners Clare Thomas and Selina Pot­ter have been re­cog­nised in The Law­yer’s 2019 Hot 100 list, a roster of standout UK law­yers over the past year who have been deemed the most dar­ing, in­nov­at­ive...
28 September 2018
Real Es­tate In­dustry Re­port 2018
Lo­gist­ics prop­erty has seen a stel­lar rise in its for­tunes over the six years that our real es­tate team has been car­ry­ing out its an­nu­al re­search in­to the UK real es­tate sec­tor.It is no ex­ag­ger­a­tion to...
05 October 2017
In­ter­na­tion­al Pr­op­Tech Dia­logue
By 2020, it is es­tim­ated that USD 20 bil­lion will be in­ves­ted in pr­op­tech glob­ally. As we em­bark upon a phase of di­git­al trans­form­a­tion through­out the prop­erty world, where are the op­por­tun­it­ies and which...
22 September 2017
Real Es­tate Re­port 2017
Ac­cel­er­at­ing change in the work­place is also in­creas­ing pres­sure on of­fices. Tech­no­logy and chan­ging at­ti­tudes, partly driv­en by the grow­ing mil­len­ni­al co­hort, are trans­form­ing the very nature of work...
21 July 2016
Grow­ing op­por­tun­it­ies: A new out­look for UK real es­tate
This art­icle was pro­duced by Nabarro LLP, which joined CMS on 1 May 2017.Over the past year, the pace of change has ac­cel­er­ated in the UK real es­tate sec­tor. The eco­nomy is blos­som­ing and, in re­sponse...
7 July 2016
Real es­tate in the di­git­al age: what does the fu­ture hold?
This art­icle was pro­duced by Nabarro LLP, which joined CMS on 1 May 2017.We live in a di­git­al age. Tech­no­logy is trans­form­ing our every­day lives, shap­ing the build­ings where we live and work, and chan­ging...
20 July 2015
UK Real Es­tate: rid­ing the wave
This art­icle was pro­duced by Nabarro LLP, which joined CMS on 1 May 2017.With the eco­nom­ic tide firmly in the UK's fa­vour, there are sub­stan­tial waves of cap­it­al avail­able in the mar­ket. Our third thought...
24 October 2014
Nabarro acts for Amer­imar on One Black­fri­ars hotel deal
This art­icle was pro­duced by Nabarro LLP, which joined CMS on 1 May 2017.Nabarro has ac­ted for Amer­imar on its agree­ment to ac­quire a long lease­hold in­terest in Berke­ley Group’s land­mark, multi-mil­lion...