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For several weeks we have been preparing our business to ensure we can continue to provide legal services during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Our business model is already built around smart working, with our technology designed to support over 200 lawyers who already work from home, reducing the need for social contact.
The information here outlines how we will continue to operate and what adjustments we are making to ensure the safety of our clients and staff.

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Howard Richards Howard Richards

Having been a partner in two substantial national legal practices and run my own practice for over 20 years it was time to move to a firm with the flexibility which Setfords offers.

My professional practice has focused primarily on advising:


  • Local authorities on town centre redevelopment schemes including the acquisition of land and interests via statutory procedures.
  • Financial institutions and local authority superannuation funds on funding the development of commercial property schemes.
  • Developers on land assembly, funding agreements, lettings and all relevant statutory agreements in connection with supermarkets and retail parks.
  • International corporate pension fund on the funding of a retail scheme in the City of London, which included negotiating a complex head lease with the City of London, a development and funding agreement with the developer and over 40 retail leases
  • A developer on joint venture agreements for the funding of overseas European retail schemes.
  • A developer on the land assembly of schemes for NHS health centres throughout England and Wales and drafting the “ substituted rental” lease to doctors which have become standard for many health authorities and funding the development and sale off to a funding institution. To date, I have been involved in over 100 of such schemes.
  • A developer on complex land assembly for “ extra care homes” letting to operators and their financing through Development and Funding Agreements.
  • A developer on land assembly for development of crematoria and either the letting or the sale to operators.
  • in connection with the purchase and sale of high-value residential properties both in urban and rural areas including dealing with complex planning issues and requisite rights of way and services.

Other Legal Work:

  • The sale of assets on behalf of banks and insolvency practitioners in connection with financially distressed companies and individuals.
  • Advising distressed companies and individuals in connection with their refinancing.
  • The sale and purchase of shares in private companies with directors’ service contracts, warranties and indemnities.
  • The setting up of a charitable foundation connected with the British Armed Forces and advising on general matters.

Being an early proponent of agile working in the last few years I have been based in the United Kingdom, the Middle East and the Far East and commuting between them. I will continue to offer my clients a multilingual service of Arabic, Mandarin and Hebrew.

Further pursuits have included photography.

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