Sarah Walker

Sarah Walker

  • Senior Counsel

Sarah joined Travers Smith in November 2016 and is a senior counsel in our Real Estate Group. Sarah's practice focuses on CVA/insolvency matters and real estate funds related advice with a particular focus on investment in healthcare.

CVA/insolvency matters

Travers Smith has acted on many of the high profile CVAs since 2018. Sarah has led the real estate team on each of these including Carpetright, Carluccios and Giraffe Concepts Limited. She works closely with the Insolvency and Restructuring team at Travers Smith and routinely advises her clients (both landlords and tenants) on their options when it comes to CVAs and other insolvency processes. Sarah has developed a strong practice supporting clients with large leasehold portfolios to assist them with restructuring their business (whether through consensual or more formal routes, corporate or otherwise).

Real estate funds

Sarah routinely advises real estate fund clients such as Lothbury Property Trust Company, Clearbell Capital and Westrock on acquisitions and disposals, whether via corporate structures or pure asset deals. Her experience includes a range of core and alternative asset classes, from retail and office, to healthcare and PRS developments.

Healthcare

In the alternative asset space, Sarah has considerable healthcare experience acting predominantly for Impact REIT plc. She advised Impact REIT plc in connection with the real estate aspects of its original IPO and £140m seed portfolio acquisition and continues to advise it on its subsequent care home acquisitions and financing now totalling over 100 homes with over 10 different operators throughout the UK.

Sarah is an active member of the Travers Smith community. She has a particular focus on ESG in real estate, working cross department within Travers Smith on this important area. In 2020 Sarah launched a bitesize webinar series relating to key topics in the real estate market. A link to the webinars and podcasts is here. Sarah is a member of the BPF, AREF and Women in Property.