Gemma Cook

Professional Support Lawyer

Real Estate
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Gemma has over 15 years’ experience advising on commercial real estate, principally investment, development and asset management. She has a particular expertise in projects involving site assembly and other conditional factors. Gemma has acted on many portfolio transactions across sectors including industrial and office assets and shopping centres.

Gemma has acted for a variety of clients, including institutional investors, REITs, funds, one of London’s main estate landlords and also corporate owner/occupiers.

Relevant Experience

At her previous firm, Gemma’s recent experience includes:

  • Acting for a pension fund on the sale of two supermarket complexes to a retail REIT for £65m.
  • Acting for a limited partnership on matters relating to a logistics hub including advising on the lettings of all of the units to major UK businesses and the subsequent sale for £40m to a UK council pension fund.
  • Acting for a pension fund on the purchase of a large shopping centre for £141m and the subsequent finance arrangements and all asset management matters.
  • Acting for a listed fund on the purchase of a London shopping centre by way of a corporate acquisition for £153m and subsequently advising on letting arrangements to New Look and Metro Bank involving complex development agreements.
  • Acting on the acquisition and forward funding of a logistics development site in Middlewich on behalf of the funder and future landowner.

Gemma is now responsible for keeping the commercial property team up to date with legal developments and training to ensure they have the knowledge and expertise to provide first class advice not only on the law, but also the practice and procedure.

Career History

Gemma joined Wedlake Bell in November 2021 as the Professional Support Lawyer to the Commercial Property team. Immediately prior to joining Wedlake Bell, Gemma was at Stephenson Harwood for almost 8 years, having previously trained and qualified at Mills & Reeve in 2006.
Gemma has a degree in Law from The University of East Anglia and completed the Legal Practice Course with distinction at Nottingham Law School.


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