Nicholas Kirby, Managing Associate, Real Estate

Nicholas Kirby


Personal Profile

Nick is a Partner in the Real Estate department. He specialises in commercial real estate work, dealing with investment acquisitions and sales for institutional and private clients, development work, management work and acting for both landlords and tenants. Nick also has experience acting on real estate focused corporate acquisitions.

Examples of some of his investment transactions include the acquisition of Bath Road Slough for £325m and St Nicholas Shopping Centre for £70m, along with a number of other acquisitions for AEW UK. Nick also acts for UBS on their investment acquisitions and sales including the recently acquired Stakehill Industrial Estate.

Nick acts for a number of retailers and occupiers such as Gymbox, Miniclip, Quiksilver, Prada, Hunter Boot and other office and shop occupiers. He has also advised in relation to a new music studio for well-known producer and DJ Mark Ronson, and has acted for tenants on restaurants and clubs in Dover Street, a famous TV chef and high end mobile phone brand Solarin. Nick also acts for Bionda Castana, Temperley, and Pan Albion and HNW investors.

Nick is a mentor for the start-ups taking part in MDR LAB, and one of Mishcon de Reya's Tech Champions. As part of this role, he has built technology products which help the Real Estate department automate various tasks. This includes Solaris, an in-house application which pulls data from the Land Registry, and Mishcon Maps, which visualises key internal and client data on a map, both of which launched in 2017. Nick is also working with a number of clients to facilitate the automatic exchange of property data. In addition Nick mentors PropTech start-ups at Pi Labs, a company investing in early stage ventures in the property tech vertical.

Nick is responsible for researching new technologies, including software which utilises machine learning and natural language processing ("AI") to extract data from documents.

Nick Kirby has been named in The Lawyer Hot 100 2018 within the 'disruptors' category, hailing those on the front line of legal tech. 'In recent years Mishcon de Reya has made a name for itself as a technology-focused business and, when it comes to real estate, none of its lawyers are more engaged than Nick Kirby.' In 2019, Nick was named as one of the top 10 most innovative lawyers in Europe by the Financial Times. In addition, he was commended by the FT for his role in the digital transfer of residential property with the Land Registry.

In 2018, Nick spoke at the legal innovation event, Lexpo '18 in Amsterdam about Mishcon de Reya's programme for tech start-ups in the legal space, MDR LAB.  He also delivered one of the keynote speeches at the Future:PropTech exhibition in London.

Key experience

  • Acting on various acquisitions for AEW UK's funds including the Core, SEOF, REIT and the Real Return Funds.
  • Acting for AEW Europe on the acquisition of Bath Road Slough for £325m and St Nicholas Shopping Centre for £70m
  • Representing D2 Private on the sale of 23 Savile Row in London's Mayfair
  • Representing Hunter Boot on their flagship store on Regent Street

Career History

Legal Director, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Managing Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Solicitor, Mishcon de Reya
Trainee, Mishcon de Reya

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