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Swita Kothari

Senior Associate

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English, French

Swita is a Senior Associate in our Real Estate team with 13 years’ experience in all aspects of residential transactions. Since joining CMS in 2007, Swita has advised numerous commercial clients on their full range of residential property holdings, including but not limited to, initial structuring of PRS schemes, leasehold enfranchisement, sales and acquisitions for tenants and landlords, lettings and general management work. Swita is well known in the market place for her top quality advice on Central London landed estates work. She also works with our banking team advising on real estate aspects for residential property finance. Swita is a member of the Association of Women Solicitors and the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP).

Swita is a member of a team which was nominated for residential legal team of the year at the ERMAs 2016 and is a recognised expert on the Right of First Refusal, having served in excess of 2000 Section 5 notices under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 in the last 24 months alone.

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Relevant experience

  • Swita was a key member of the team advising RBS West Register on the sale of its £210m residential portfolio to Apollo. This transaction involved the sale of over 1600 PRS Units and 150 ground rents requiring specialist advice on the Right of First Refusal under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987. This deal was nominated for PRS Deal of the Year in the 2014 RESI Awards.
  • Swita is a key member of the Wellcome Trust team having acted for Wellcome in their acquisition of a PRS building for £60m, purchase of HMO assets and an ex-Armenian Church.
  • Swita is now part of a team advising clients on the latest reforms introduced by the Law Commission.
  • Swita has recently advised a large UK bank on the application of the Right of First Refusal under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 in connection with their funding of a residential tower in London for £200m.
  • Swita is a key member of the PRS team which has given training/workshops to top real estate investment and property finance clients on various aspects of PRS schemes.
  • Swita also advises property finance clients on various aspects of Assured Shorthold Tenancies, Company Lets, Tenancy Deposit requirements and Tenant Fees Act 2019.
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  • 1998 – LLB Law and French Law, London
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