Associate of the Month: Matthew Sims

Firm: Burges Salmon

Matthew Sims
Matthew Sims

Position: Senior associate, real estate

Sims led for The Crown Estate on the sale of Honda’s storage depot in Cabot Park, Avonmouth, to the BlackRock UK Property Fund and Canmoor for £31m. Berwin Leighton Paisner partner Simon Kenley advised BlackRock UK.

What was unusual about the structure or nature of the deal?

I was part of the Burges Salmon team that acted for The Crown Estate in its purchase of Honda’s site in Avonmouth in 2005 and so it was particularly satisfying to also act on its disposal.

What other deals have you taken the lead on?

I am very fortunate to act for The Crown Estate on its St James’s portfolio which is currently the focus of a £500m investment plan.  I have led on high-profile restaurant and retail lettings to international occupiers that will help transform the area’s reputation as a stimulating and eclectic shopping and dining destination, the most recent of which was the fantastic Villandry restaurant which opened in November.

What was the first deal you worked on as a trainee or lawyer? 

As a fresh-faced trainee at Burges Salmon, I assisted our transport team on a rail franchise bid by a train operator.  It was certainly an eye opener on the great quality of work that was to follow.