Paul Brecknell

Partner and Real Estate Practice Group Leader

  • Education: University of Durham, B.A. (Hons) English
  • Languages spoken: German
  • Year joined: 1988
  • Year became partner: 1996


Paul's focus is on commercial real estate with a particular emphasis on property investment, acting for major private and institutional investors. He has particular experience in charity property (whether functional, trading or investment) and mixed use property. 

He also acts for many luxury brand retailers in relation to their West End premises.

'His ability to consistently meet or exceed client's aims and objectives is a huge strength.'
Citywealth 2012


Paul has acquired two of the Oxford Circus quadrants for clients over the years.

He has advised on the investment property portfolio acquisitions and disposals for The Paul Hamlyn Foundation and for ultra high net worth investors.

Paul has been instrumental in introducing key changes in leasehold reform law.

Publications and speaking engagements

Paul regularly lectures for CLT on aspects of landlord and tenant law, and has presented in Russia, Switzerland and Italy on real estate issues.   

He writes the real estate chapter in Tolley's Charities Manual and has published numerous briefings on a wide range of real estate issues. He currently edits the Real Estate Group's briefings. 


Paul  was a founder member of the Commercial Real Estate Lawyers Association.

He is a member of the Charity Property Association and the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners.

On a personal note

Paul takes those opportunities family life affords to savour the delights of the English countryside and the cultural landscape of Europe.


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