Philippa is an experienced commercial property solicitor, with particular expertise in the Higher Education sector. Her career has seen her acting in-house for a top-10 Russell Group university, advising on estates and buildings management, student residential accommodation, landlord and tenant, projects, and general commercial matters. She has an in-depth understanding and knowledge of the HE sector. Previously, she worked in private practice in London, acting for developers, property investors and landlords and tenants on a variety of matters, including site and portfolio acquisitions, resolution of complex land issues, property portfolio management, leases and licences, and financing.
Proactive in identifying and finding commercially viable solutions to potentially high-risk issues … she has an excellent understanding of the legal issues facing HE institutions both in her field of expertise and beyond.
Claire Turner, Director (previously Head) of Legal and Insurance Services
University of Exeter (2007–2016)
With a proactive and pragmatic approach, combined with a clear understanding of the business of a University, Philippa provided invaluable support in managing a large portfolio of let property, both commercial premises and student residences. Philippa has a keen understanding of the need to generate income from assets and to add value, and this was demonstrated in her highly commercial advice and efficient legal service provision.
Phil Rees Jones, Deputy Director Campus Facilities
Philippa always provides sound legal advice and combines this with an ability to come up with pragmatic solutions to often sensitive and complex issues. Her in house support over the years has been invaluable in managing a large and challenging estate.
Director of Grounds, University of Exeter
Highly regarded by members of the University’s senior management team, Philippa played a key role in a number of significant institutional projects relating to the estate and our properties. Her work was of the highest standard and contributed significantly to protecting the institution from risk. I recommend her without hesitation.
Director of Compliance, Governance and Risk, University of Exeter
Philippa demonstrates high levels of skill and experience in all manner of legal work. She has the ability to work well with others and has consistently managed the instruction and delivery of expert opinion in an efficient and cost effective manner. Philippa is also skilled in proactive risk identification and management, and closes out matters in a comprehensive manner.
Director of Estates, University of Exeter
Winner of the Halsbury’s In-House Team of the Year 2013
|2017||Keystone Law | Consultant Solicitor|
|2008 - 2017||University of Exeter | In-house Solicitor|
|1997 - 2000||Goodman Derrick LLP | Solicitor|
|1994 - 1997||Mishcon de Reya LLP | Solicitor|
|1993||Qualified as a solicitor|
|1991 - 1994||Teacher Stern Selby LLP | Trainee then Solicitor|