SHELAGH MASON

PARTNER

CAREER HISTORY:

Kings College University of London LLB ( Hons)

University of Central England Law Society Finals

Articles Band Hatton & Co

Band Hatton & Co Coventry 1981-1987 ( Associate Partner 1985)

Edge & Ellison Birmingham 1987 – 1999 ( Partner 1990)

Long Port Properties Limited Chief Executive 1999 – 2001

EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE:

After six years with Band Hatton & Co a commercial practice in Coventry Shelagh joined Edge Ellison in 1987 and was with the firm for 12 years specialising in commercial property transactions and having a very high degree of management responsibility.

Summarising her experience in the commercial property field: -

Acquisitions and Disposals both freehold and leasehold

Landlord and Tenant

Corporate Acquisitions, disposals and MBOs

Site Assembly

Development Agreements and funding

Securitisation

Corporate restructuring

Off Balance Sheet Transactions

Sales and Leasebacks

Commercial and Residential development work

Options

Corporate portfolio work

Property Audit work

Licensed Trade

Motor Trade

Corporate Roll Outs

Planning Agreements

Highways and Infrastructure

Easements

Building Contracts and Collateral Warranties

She has been responsible for the property requirements, working alongside retained surveyors, for many of the country’s largest plc companies, SCI plc (the largest Funeral directors in the world) with over 600 outlets in the UK alone, Next Plc, H M H plc, Charles Baynes Group plc, T & S Stores plc, Bromsgrove Industries plc, Bostrom plc to mention but a few. She has also worked for General Motors , Bucknall Austin plc, Allied Lyons and Triplex.

Many of the transactions have been extremely complex calling for a wide understanding of the corporate aspects of the transactions along with the pure property elements. She is used to running a team of people, both as a working unit and also on a project specific basis. Examples are the sale of Next the Jewellers, the running of the property portfolio for SCI plc and the purchase of Dillons by T & S Stores plc.

Shelagh has property development experience both on the residential and the commercial side although primarily the latter. She has acted for Wilcon Homes in site acquisition and for many developers in commercial projects. One example of this work was the assembly, reclamation ,development, letting and sale of a 49 acre site in Wolverhampton over a 12 year period including dealing with all related matters such as easements, planning agreements, highways and infrastructure, building contracts, collateral warranties and funding.

Shelagh’s management experience is extensive; both in her position at Long Port and during her time at Edge & Ellison .She was responsible for the finances of the Property Department, 120 people over three offices, Birmingham, London & Leicester, for clerical staff management and the efficient running of the department .She has received extensive training in management techniques including budgeting, coaching, interviewing, staff relations and account management.

Shelagh has also been actively involved in giving lectures and seminars at varying levels; including, lecturing on Land lord and Tenant law on the MBA course at Aston University, providing bespoke training for clients, seminars for the general public, speaking engagements as part of her role as the Chairman of the Women in Business Association and for Women in Property.

Shelagh is a member of The Law Society, the Association of Women Solicitors, past Chairman of the West Midlands Women in Business Association and a Member and past secretary of the National Steering Committee of the Women in Property Association.

Her experience in property development at the sharp end as CEO has given her an enormous amount of experience providing a unique insight for a solicitor into property development and investment from the other side of the fence. She has been involved in deal structuring, funding, dealing with many of the major institutions, project appraisal, acquisition, site assembly, investment, letting, options and development agreements. This has built upon the already extensive knowledge that she has in these areas but from a different perspective giving her a particular knowledge of client's requirements.

Management of professional services was also a major part of her role as CEO; co-ordinating lawyers, accountants, architects, quantity surveyors, engineers and other related professionals required for a successful project.

Shelagh is also a member of the Guernsey Branch of the IOD and has extensive contacts on the island.

LEISURE ACTIVITIES:

These include clay pigeon shooting,

Boating,

Scuba diving,

Travelling and gardening.

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