Brian Little, Chair, William Palmer College Educational Trust

In summer 2017, Palmers Solicitors acted for the William Palmer College Educational Trust, established more than 300 years ago, in the grant of a lease to the occupying College, completed simultaneously with the merger of the previous college (Palmer’s College) with Seevic College.

Brian Little is Chair of the William Palmer College Educational Trust. He said: “Deadlines from the Department for Education, the banks and others made for an exceptionally tight timetable for the completion of this transaction. We were very fortunate to have Palmers Solicitors on board.”

Following the agreement of a merger between Palmer’s College and Seevic College it was critical for the William Palmer College Educational Trust to be able to agree the new lease and to be able to complete the grant of the lease to the merged body simultaneously with the merger on 1 August 2017.

Carey Jacobs was brilliant throughout the transaction. The stakes at hand were enormous and she went above and beyond to help ensure a satisfactory lease was agreed and completed according to the deadline. Her advice was vital in bringing about a successful outcome.

“In addition to negotiating on behalf of the Trust, Carey also provided detailed summary reports for me to use so that I could update my fellow Trustees and was available outside normal business hours to discuss developments.

“I was struck by the sheer amount of time Carey and Palmers Solicitors dedicated to the case, including a whole full-time working week immediately before the conclusion of the matter.”

It was also necessary to gain the approval of the Charity Commission for the grant of lease and Chris Mowat advised the Trust in this regard. Meanwhile, Clive Tant’s invaluable support and guidance as legal adviser to the Trust, was very much appreciated throughout.

Mr Little said: “The support we have received from Carey, Chris and Clive throughout has been wonderful and we very much appreciate their efforts to ensure the transfer was completed on time.

“I would happily recommend Carey and the Palmers team, particularly in complex matters.”

The transaction continued the long term relationship between Palmers Solicitors and the William Palmer Educational Trust.