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Sarah L. Atkinson focuses her practice on portfolio investment and development sales and purchases with a particular interest in high volume, high value bond leaseback. She advises clients on asset and corporate wrapper real estate transactions, including the structuring and development of mixed-use property.


  • High-value portfolio sales and purchases
  • Bond lease financing sale and leaseback transactions
  • Mixed use structuring and development
  • Commercial development



  • Advised on portfolio bond lease sale and leaseback transactions involving care homes, outdoor educational centres, caravan parks and garden centres with a total value of £400m.°
  • Advised on the acquisition of a portfolio of 5 science parks with a total value of £94m in a challenging three week timeframe. Sarah continues to oversee the management of this portfolio of assets.°
  • Advised on the acquisition of The Holbeck Portfolio in Leeds city centre for the purposes of a scheme of mixed use development with an anticipated developed value of £500m.°
  • Acted for joint venture vehicle and equity funder in purchasing the Sovereign Shopping Centre, Weston-Super-Mare by way of a purchase of a Jersey Property Unit Trust.°
  • Worked on a deal to purchase a portfolio of 20 mixed use properties by way of purchase of a complex offshore corporate structure for a reported value in excess of £130 million.°
  • Advised the Oaktree Capital Management and Patrizia joint venture on its acquisition of three MEPC business parks for £430 million from Hermes Real Estate. The business parks comprise: Chineham Park in Basingstoke, Birchwood Park in Warrington and Hillington Park in Glasgow.°

°The above representations were handled by Ms. Atkinson prior to her joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

  • Before converting to law, Sarah spent a year teaching English as a foreign language in Menorca followed by a year working for Procter & Gamble in Rome on their cash forecasting and bank reconciliation.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Legal 500 UK, 2022-2023
    • Commercial Property: Investment, 2022-2023
    • Commercial Property: Development, 2023
  • Team Member, PERE Global Awards, Law Firm of the Year: Fund Formation in Europe, 2018
  • Member, Committee for Women in Property in the South East region.


  • LPC, Northumbria University
  • GDL, Northumbria University
  • BA (Hons), Spanish and Italian, University of Cambridge, Clare College, 2001
  • England and Wales
  • Spanish, Fluent
  • French, Conversational
  • Italian, Conversational