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Johnny Kelly, Legal Director, Real Estate

Johnny Kelly

Legal Director, Knowledge Lawyer

Personal Profile

Johnny is a Legal Director, Knowledge Lawyer in the Real Estate department with many years' experience in investment, development and lettings. He specialises in portfolio acquisitions and disposals, development work, as well as landlord and tenant work across retail, office, sports stadium and business park sectors.

Before joining Mishcon de Reya, Johnny spent 25 years at City law firms, first as a fee earner and more recently as a specialist in professional development and education.

As one of our professional support lawyers, Johnny is responsible for training and knowhow in Mishcon's Commercial Real Estate group. He trains our lawyers in new law and practice, develops our template documents and facilitates knowledge-sharing across the team and the firm. He also helps our teams harness technology to increase efficiencies and service our clients in a more cost-effective way.

Key Experience

Johnny has many years' experience as a professional support lawyer at leading City law firms. This role includes providing leadership on legal and practical knowhow with responsibility for education, precedents and publications.

Before becoming a professional support lawyer, Johnny's transactional experience included:

  • Leading a team on the £261m sale of a shopping centre portfolio.
  • Leading a team on a complex town centre regeneration project.
  • Leading a team on the sale of a leading Premiership football ground.
  • Leading a team on an airport purchase.
  • Working on the development, sale and leveraged lease securitisation of a FTSE 100 company's world HQ campus.

Career History

Legal Director, Knowledge Lawyer, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Managing Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Associate, Mishcon de Reya
Professional Support Lawyer, Mishcon de Reya
Professional Support Lawyer, Macfarlanes LLP
Professional Support Lawyer, Lovells (now Hogan Lovells LLP)
Partner, Gouldens (now Jones Day LLP)
Trainee Solicitor, Gouldens (now Jones Day LLP)

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