Rachel Duncan

Partner, Real Estate


01276 748 382

Rachel is a Partner in the Real Estate Group and has over 20 years’ experience in all aspects of high value commercial property work – in particular corporate-support property work, the acquisition, letting and disposal of investment properties and all landlord and tenant matters. She also has experience at dealing with complex Option Agreements, easements and other property development matters.

Joining Herrington Carmichael in September 2021, Rachel has previously acted for a wide range of national and international companies in many sectors (with a particular emphasis on tech clients) dealing with all types of commercial property from huge pre-let industrial warehouses (she acted on the largest industrial letting in the UK of 2019) to offices and retail. She is experienced in advising foreign businesses setting up in the UK and has been particularly successful in helping clients that have historically used City-based law firms achieve better value for money.

Rachel works closely with surveyors and in-house legal and property teams in managing portfolios of properties for large corporate clients. Her experience is wide-ranging with many of her clients requiring active management of their extensive portfolios, often to tight deadlines. She is equally happy to advise either landlords or tenants on individual bespoke lettings for smaller companies and individuals.

Rachel also acts on Collective Enfranchisement matters, Corporate-support deals, secured lending transactions, insolvency and administration property issues and any similar related property matters.

In her spare time Rachel is a qualified British Mountain Leader and can often be found wandering around North Wales (usually lost) in the rain. She also enjoys travelling, DIY and kicking a football around with her two sons and puppy.


Heading up a team of lawyers working on a new pre-let Agreement for a major US retail company taking over 1.1 million square feet (with annual rent of over £7million pa for 15 year term)

Completion of the sale of a portfolio of freehold titles at value of £4.5 million for a well-known distribution company, with leasebacks of those properties – working to a tight deadline

Acting for a group of 112 tenant flat-owners within a development in Whitechapel, London, in their Right to Buy (pursuant to the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987), assisting them in successfully purchasing the freehold and the granting of subsequent 999 year lease extensions. A lengthy and complex transaction made more difficult by development leases which the Landlord had put in place prior to the sale of the freehold.

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