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Swita Kothari

Swita Kothari

Senior Associate

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
London
EC4N 6AF
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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Education

  • 1998 – LLB Law and French Law, London
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21 July 2020
Law Com­mis­sion Re­port on pro­posed changes to Com­mon­hold
Sum­mary On 21 Ju­ly 2020 the Law Com­mis­sion pub­lished its re­ports on Lease­hold En­fran­chise­ment, Right to Man­age and Com­mon­hold. The com­mon theme in all three re­ports is to make each pro­cess sim­pler, quick­er...
21 July 2020
Law Com­mis­sion Re­form: Buy­ing your free­hold or ex­tend­ing your lease
The Law Com­mis­sion has now pub­lished its long-awaited fur­ther re­port on re­form­ing Lease­hold En­fran­chise­ment. This is one of three re­ports pub­lished on 21 Ju­ly which forms part of the Law Com­mis­sion’s...
21 July 2020
The Law Com­mis­sion re­com­mends a sim­pler, cheap­er and more flex­ible ap­proach...
The Law Com­mis­sion pub­lished its re­ports on Lease­hold En­fran­chise­ment, Right to Man­age (RTM) and Com­mon­hold on 21 Ju­ly 2020. This Law Now looks at some of the key re­com­mend­a­tions in the Right to Man­age...
20 March 2020
Pro­tec­tion for ten­ants in so­cial or private ren­ted res­id­en­tial ac­com­mod­a­tion...
Sum­mary There will be emer­gency le­gis­la­tion to sus­pend new evic­tions from so­cial or private ren­ted res­id­en­tial ac­com­mod­a­tion dur­ing the COV­ID-19/coronavir­us na­tion­al emer­gency. No new pos­ses­sion pro­ceed­ings...
28 June 2019
Ma­jor changes pro­posed to lease­hold houses, ground rents and oth­er mat­ters 
In Decem­ber 2017, the Gov­ern­ment an­nounced it would tackle un­fair prac­tices in the res­id­en­tial lease­hold mar­ket by in­tro­du­cing le­gis­la­tion to pro­hib­it new res­id­en­tial long leases from be­ing gran­ted on...
12 June 2019
CMA launches in­vest­ig­a­tion in­to the lease­hold hous­ing mar­ket
The Com­pet­i­tion and Mar­ket Au­thor­ity (CMA) has launched an in­vest­ig­a­tion in­to breach of con­sumer pro­tec­tion laws in re­spect of the lease­hold hous­ing mar­ket. The in­vest­ig­a­tion, which was launched on 11...
29 January 2019
A new Hous­ing Com­plaint Res­ol­u­tion Ser­vice for the en­tire hous­ing mar­ket
As part of their com­mit­ment to make the prop­erty mar­ket fairer and more trans­par­ent, the Gov­ern­ment an­nounced last week a new Hous­ing Com­plaint Res­ol­u­tion Ser­vice for the en­tire hous­ing mar­ket. The new...