Vanessa Laundon advises property investors, retail and leisure operators, and high-net-worth individuals on commercial property transactions including acquisitions, disposals, refinances, and all aspects of portfolio management. 

Vanessa advises private investment funds on the acquisition, disposal, and management of commercial property interests including offices, retail, and mixed- use residential/commercial properties.

In addition to advising on asset purchases, Vanessa regularly works with the corporate real estate team to advise on the commercial property aspects of corporate real estate transactions.

Vanessa specialises in the retail and leisure sector advising a wide range of domestic and international retail and leisure clients on the full life cycle of their occupation, including site acquisition, disposals, and general portfolio management.

She also advises new entrants to the UK retail market, with experience ranging from national portfolio acquisitions and roll out programmes to high- value single- store acquisitions in London’s West End.

Recent work
  • Acted for a Dutch fund on the acquisition and refinance of two office sites and a leisure scheme at a value of  over £30m.

  • Acted for a German backed real estate fund on the acquisition of a portfolio of mixed-use residential/commercial properties at a value of over £50m.

  • Acted for a German backed real estate fund on the real estate aspects of a corporate acquisition of a residential development site at a value of £20m.

  • Acted for a property developer on the acquisition and refinance of an office development at a value of £3.8m

  • Acted for a high-end jewellery brand on the acquisition of its flagship store in Mayfair.

  • Acted for a leading retailer for expectant mothers and childrenswear on the management of its national portfolio.

  • Acted for a leading brand in autonomous vehicles on the acquisition of its showroom within Westfield London.

  • Acted for a luxury womenswear brand on the acquisition of its flag ship store in Mayfair.


Vanessa is listed by Legal 500 2020 as both a rising star and a key lawyer in Commercial Property: Retail.

Legal 500 Next Generation Lawyer 2017.

Did you know

Vanessa loves to travel and is lucky enough to have completed two round the world trips. The list of places she still wants to visit never seems to get shorter though!


Our lawyers are experts in their fields. Through commentary and analysis, we give you insights into the pressures impacting business today.