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Recent and Upcoming Events

Wednesday 13 February 2019, Update on Commonhold

A summary of the Law Commission’s current consultation on commonhold

presented by:

Professor Nick Hopkins, Law Commissioner

Dr... Read more

17 January 2019, Joint CRELA/PLA wine tasting event in support of Landaid

Joint CRELA/PLA event

A Networking Evening with Wine-Tasting in support of Landaid


Thursday, 17th January 2019... Read more

Monday, 19 November 2018

Property Law Update

A summary of the LRA 2002 reform followed by current Law Commission projects on leasehold law reform and electronic... Read more

About us

Established in 2010, CRELA is a not-for-profit, professional organisation for non-contentious commercial real estate lawyers. Our President is the Right Hon Lord Justice Lewison and our growing membership comes from a variety of London and regional law firms.

CRELA promotes specialist non-contentious commercial real estate legal skills within the property industry and among others with an interest in real estate. We enable our members to exchange knowledge and information, so they enhance transactional and other procedures - for the benefit of practitioners and clients. This is facilitated through our network of social, educational and training events.

Our members are a well informed group and collectively have a greater voice – which means that the industry will listen to us. Organisations and individual speakers will readily approach a group of CRELA members – rather than one individual firm. Equally, CRELA can promote, to others in the industry, the benefits of using firms and individuals - in private practice, or within industry.

CRELA is a non political, non discriminatory and non sectarian organisation.

Please refer to CRELA's Rules for further information.


Our committee structure gives members an opportunity to participate in running CRELA. This benefits not only CRELA, but a member’s firm too.

Current Officers

Chairman: Michael Shaw, Squire Patton Boggs LLP
Vice Chairman: Katherine Watts, Maples Teesdale LLP
Honorary Treasurer: Jason Tann, Pemberton Greenish LLP
Press Officer: Richard Smith, Brodies LLP
Website: Simon Schipper, Cripps LLP
Honorary Secretary: Christine Palser, Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP

Other Committee Members

Robert Highmore, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Claire Timmings, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Arnold Isaacson, Russell-Cooke LLP

Teresa Edmund, Bristows LLP

Peter Williams, Shoosmiths LLP

Tony Cartmell,  Bates Wells Braithwaite LLP

Euan Mellor, Brodies LLP

Jim Garton, Hill Dickinson LLP

Martin Buckeldee, Rosenblatt

Tim Read, Clifton Ingram LLP


Our Sponsors

CRELA is grateful to its main sponsors:- Willis Real Estate Practice and Practical Law.

Practical Law Corporate Real Estate guide

Practical Law gives you access to practice notes that offer how-to guidance, standard documents that provide a better starting point, current awareness emails that keep you up to date, plus more. Our experts, who have significant experience in law firms, chambers, and organisations around the world, ensure that the foundations are taken care of so you can concentrate on adding value for your clients and your organisation.

More than 140,000 lawyers worldwide already rely on Practical Law to get a quality-assured head start with the practice of law, so you’ll know you’re in good company.



Willis Real Estate Practice specialises in protecting the income, assets and liabilities of its property investor, developer, fund management and property management clients. We deliver unrivalled sector expertise; 80 specialists who place insurance for values exceeding £100 billion. We tailor risk management and risk transfer programmes to safeguard investments, facilitate transactions and ensure that third party liabilities are properly managed.

Our team will operate as your trusted risk advisor, providing seamless service through the property lifecycle: new construction and refurbishment projects; market leading legal indemnity specialists in rights of light, defective lease structure, defective title and restrictive covenant; transactional solutions including warranty & indemnity and environmental impairment liability; and conventional buildings and rent insurance and associated administration services.