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Martin Pursall LLB (Hons) Law with French; Diplome d’Etudes Juridiques Francaises

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About Martin

Martin Pursall is a Partner at Berry Smith and heads up the Commercial Property Department’s Secured Lending Team, acting for various locally based banks and financial institutions in their funding of development sites and investment property portfolios for customers and properties all over the UK.

Martin joined Berry Smith as a Partner in 2000 having previously been an Associate in regional firm Bevan Ashford.  Prior to that, Martin worked for Norton Rose in the City of London for 11 years including his two year Training Contract.

Martin is a graduate of the University of Leicester where he was one of the “guinea pigs” on the inaugural Law with French degree course which involved spending a year at Strasbourg University in France where he obtained a Diplome d’Etudes Juridiques Francaises.  Martin is a fluent French speaker.

Martin is a regular guest speaker for RICS Wales and was nominated for Commercial Property Lawyer of the Year in the People in Property Awards Wales 2009.

Specialist Sectors

  • Secured Lending
  • Property Development
  • Commercial Leases

Martin has extensive experience of all aspects of commercial property work.

His particular expertise is in secured lending, acting for Principality Commercial, Development Bank of Wales, HSBC Bank, Handelsbanken, Hodge Bank and Santander.

Martin has also acted for South African based bank, First Rand Bank (trading as Motonovo Finance) in their acquisition of a new fifteen-year lease of 71,000 square feet of office space at the new Flagship Office Development by Rightacres / L&G ­ at One Central Square, Cardiff, adjacent to Cardiff Central Railway Station.

As well as acting for these locally based banks and financial institutions, Martin also acts for developers in commercial and residential development site acquisitions and for various Landlords and Tenants in the granting and taking of Commercial Leases of office space, industrial units and retail premises.

On the NPS panel for property work across South Wales, led by Martin, the team has advised Carmarthenshire County Council, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council and Bridgend County Borough Council on various surplus land disposals and developments plus the Welsh Government on various CPOs and acquisitions matters in road widening schemes.

What people say about Martin - quotes from the current Chambers & Partners directory

Martin Pursall is a specialist in commercial and secured lending, acting for a number of high street and challenger banks. Also adept in development matters. A client comments: "He is one of the most respected and competent property partners in Cardiff. Good pedigree, pragmatic, approachable, and good to work with."

Led on the secured lending front by Martin Pursall, the 'expeditious and proactive' team at Berry Smith has a 'thorough understanding of the market as a whole' and provides an 'excellent service' to clients including Portabella, HSBC, Principality Commercial and JBCH Developments.



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