Helen Bunting

Associate Solicitor specialising in Commercial Property

Helen is an Associate Solicitor in our Commercial Property team. She joined Longmores in May 2019, bringing with her nearly a decade of experience in commercial leases. She is now our go-to legal advisor for all matters involving commercial landlords, tenants and property investors.

Helen acts for both landlords and tenants across all sectors, with particular expertise advising on acquisitions & disposals, lettings, management and lease renewals for shopping centres and portfolio investors (such as pension funds) across the UK.

What sets Helen apart is her healthy (or as she may describe it, ‘geeky’) appreciation of the technical aspects of commercial property law that leave others scratching their heads. Her skills lie in interweaving those technical rules with the commercial realities of a business property transaction and tailoring her expertise to help businesses get their transactions across the line.

With Helen, you’re not just getting a lawyer, you’re getting a business partner who enjoys nothing more than working regularly with businesses and becoming part of their team.

Career

Helen set off on her legal journey in 1998, studying law at Nottingham Trent University and graduating with honours in 2002. She studied her Legal Practice Course (LPC) at the College of Law (now University of Law) in London, graduating in 2004.

Helen trained at a firm in Milton Keynes, qualifying into commercial property in 2006. It was here that she started developing her expertise in commercial leases. She then joined a leading US law firm in London City where she gained valuable experience working in a fast paced environment and handling a wide range of high value and complex transactions.

She joined Longmores in 2019 where she now enjoys providing a more personal and involved service to businesses and professional individuals across Hertfordshire.

Expertise

Helen’s expertise includes all aspects of commercial property, including:

  • Acquisitions and disposals of freehold and leasehold property
  • Refinancing
  • Property management
  • Title issues

In particular, she is our resident commercial lease expert and her expertise includes:

  • Drafting and negotiating leases
  • Lease renewals
  • Reviewing and drafting ancillary documents
  • Sale and leasebacks

Helen advises across a wide range of industries and sectors, including retail, industrial and the leisure industry. Prior to Longmores, she spent 7 years at a leading US law firm advising shopping centre landlords across the country.

Some of her previous experience includes:

  • Advising a major UK shopping centre owner on the lettings, lease renewals and management of leading UK shopping centres
  • Advising a large pension fund on the letting and management of office and industrial investment properties
  • Acting for an investor landlord in relation to their extensive investment portfolio throughout Hertfordshire
  • Representing a wide range of local businesses on sales and leasebacks, assignments, lettings and purchases
  • Advising leisure industry clients in relation to leasing pubs, clubs, restaurants and other business premises

Community

Helen has previously provided pro bono commercial property advice to the Special Olympics on the lease of new office premises.

She also takes part in Longmores litter picks with other team members around the local streets.

Personal interests

Helen enjoys fitness and staying active, which isn’t hard with three young children to run around after. She enjoys Pilates, running, and even spends her holidays hiking in the Lake District.