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International Real Estate Lawyer Joins Baker Botts London Office

LONDON, 1 August, 2017 - Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, announced today that Melanie Sharpe, who specialises in commercial real estate matters and contract negotiations, has joined the firm’s Real Estate and Construction Group as Special Counsel based in the London office. 

“Melanie is an exciting addition to our Real Estate and Construction Group and brings a wealth of legal expertise handling a wide range of sophisticated property interests and transactions, including land developments, joint ventures and estates management in London and throughout the UK. Her appointment demonstrates our commitment to enhancing the global reach of our firm’s market leading real estate practice,” said Patricia Stanton, Firmwide Real Estate Chair of Baker Botts.

“I am delighted to welcome Melanie to our London office. Her appointment highlights our firm’s dedication to hiring the best legal talent available in the City. Melanie has excellent knowledge of the real estate industry and we look forward to working with her on a wide range of projects,” said Mark Rowley, Partner-in-Charge of the firm’s London office.

Ms. Sharpe has over 20 years’ legal experience in the real estate sector. She has a strong track record of working with leading UK retailers, shopping centres and telcos gained both in leading law firms and most recently in-house with Telefonica UK Limited (O2), where she was Senior Counsel for Property. Previously, she acted as a Partner at Berwin Leighton Paisner representing Tesco, British Land, The Mall Corporation and a US Steel company acquiring UK business.

Ms. Sharpe obtained a BA (Hons) in Politics from Durham University and then studied at the Guildhall University for her Law Conversion Course and Solicitors’ final exam. She trained at Dentons. 


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