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EC3 Legal expands with property practice to support insurance sector

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EC3/Legal, a City law firm focused on representing the intermediated insurance market, has launched a new real estate practice to support brokers, Lloyd’s agencies, MGAs and other support providers in the insurance sector.

Matthew White joins EC3/Legal to lead the practice which will provide legal services including advising and negotiating on leases, property acquisitions and disposal, and property finance matters.

White joins from Prettys Solicitors where he headed up the firm’s real estate team. He specialises in high value commercial leasing deals for both landlords and tenants.  He also has significant experience in investment portfolio acquisitions and disposals, property financing, site assembly and development. He has acted for several major insurance companies and intermediaries.

Matthew White said: “Property related matters represent a significant part of an intermediary’s operational and financial commitments. As a result, dealing effectively with the leasing or acquiring of premises, renegotiated leases or exiting and selling office space are business imperatives.

“The real estate practice has been established to respond to the demand for a commercially experience and responsive legal service to help insurance businesses address the potential cost and resourcing impacts of property related matters.”

The launch of the real estate practice is an important strategic development for the firm. David Coupe, Managing Partner of EC3/Legal, said: “The real estate practice is an important addition to our service provision. It directly complements our existing insurance work and reflects our commitment to providing clients with a relevant portfolio of legal services responding to the range of critical issues that insurance businesses face. “

Coupe continues: “We are continuing to build our business and will be establishing employment, compliance and litigation specialist practices during 2013.”