Real Estate Archives - MLP Law

Sam Swann

Sam has nearly 10 years’ experience of general commercial property matters with particular expertise in development and landlord and tenant work.

His recent experience includes acting for:

a commercial developer in connection with the acquisition, pre-letting and letting of sites across England to household name tenants including Starbucks, Greggs and Burger King;
an investment partnership in connection with general asset management work in London and Surrey;
a national coffee chain franchisee in connection with a pre let for a new site in Yorkshire;
a pizza chain in the taking of leases at new sites across London; and
a start-up pub company taking a lease of a site in London.

Sam feels his considerable experience in acting for both landlords and tenants gives him a balanced perspective when negotiating leases on different sides of a transaction which helps to get deals done.

Primarily a transactional lawyer, Sam has a developing practice in property disputes which he feels adds value to the service he provides to clients.

The aspects of the job Sam most enjoys are the interaction with people and problem-solving, no two days every being the same.

In his spare time Sam enjoys exercising, reading inspirational books and watching classic films

Jonathan Chung

Jonathan is a Legal Director in MLP Law’s Real Estate team with over 13 years’ experience in real estate transactions.  Prior to joining MLP Law, Jonathan was a partner in a long-established local law firm in Manchester for over a decade.

Jonathan has extensive knowledge and experience in dealing with both commercial and residential property matters.  His main expertise is in relation to commercial landlord and tenant matters (acting for both landlords and tenants), commercial property acquisitions and disposals (acting for both sellers and buyers), real estate aspects of real estate finance (acting for both borrowers and lenders) and corporate support.

Jonathan acts for a wide range of businesses and individuals including sole traders, SMEs, property investors, pension funds and property developers in the retail and wholesale, hospitality and leisure, food and beverage and industrial and office sectors.  Jonathan transacts properties in locations throughout the North West and nationwide.

Jonathan offers a friendly and pragmatic approach to commercial transactions.

Outside of work, Jonathan enjoys spending time relaxing with his family.

Neil Sutcliffe

Neil trained with and worked for a West End firm from 1993 to 1997, moving back to the North West in 1997, and setting up his own practice in 2003 which he merged with a Central Manchester commercial law firm in 2010. Neil joined MLP Law as a consultant solicitor in December 2014.

He specialises in residential and commercial real estate, landlord and tenant and corporate support, with particular emphasis in acting for property developers, investors and funders in London and the surrounding home counties.

Outside work, Neil enjoys spending time with his family, cooking and going to the theatre and concerts.

Donné Long

Donné is currently a part-time student at The University of South Africa (UNISA), completing a bachelor’s degree in international relations, her major is Political Science & International Law. With a primary focus on Political Science, Donné has always found international law fascinating and aspires to represent her country in a political setting abroad. Donné is enthusiastic about learning and expanding her knowledge in this field of law while acquiring new skills along the way. Donné works remotely from South Africa as a PA to Sam Swann but anticipates visiting the UK in the near future.

Vanessa Ncube

Vanessa is a legal assistant to Sam Swann, working remotely from South Africa.

She holds a BA LLB degree and became an admitted Attorney in South Africa in 2021. Vanessa has valuable experience in the legal property industry, claims assessments, and the financial services sector.

With a keen interest in commercial/corporate law and property law, Vanessa finds the diverse career options and practice areas within the legal field fascinating. She aims to acquire knowledge of the UK legal systems through her work at mlplaw.

In her spare time, Vanessa enjoys spending quality time with loved ones, watching TV, and occasionally indulging in hiking.