Sarah Walker

Sarah Walker

Partner

Sarah is a partner in our Real Estate team with a particular focus on the investment into, and development of, non-core real estate assets.  

Healthcare

Sarah has a particular focus and considerable experience in healthcare 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 well in excess of 100 homes with multiple operators throughout the UK.

Sarah is a member of ARCO, the main body representing the UK Integrated Retirement Community sector, of which the Travers Smith real estate department is a committed partner.

Investment

Sarah routinely advices real estate fund clients in the listed and non-listed space on acquisitions, disposals and financings. Her experience includes a range of alternative asset classes including healthcare, PRS/BTR and student accommodation.

Sarah's experience in the investment work has enabled her to develop a strong alternative practice supporting clients with large leasehold portfolios to restructure their business (whether through consensual or more formal routes, corporate or otherwise) having acted on many of the high profile CVAs since 2018. In 2021, Sarah led the real estate team in the ground breaking Virgin Active restructuring plan.

Memberships and committees

Sarah is a member of the Association of Real Estate Funds (AREF), the leading body for non-listed real estate funds, and currently sits on an AREF D&I Working Group committee focusing on capturing and benchmarking industry standards.  Sarah is also a member of the BPF and Women in Property.

In 2020, Sarah launched a bitesize webinar series relating to key topics in the real estate market. 

Sarah is an active member of the Travers Smith community. She has a particular focus and interest in recruitment of the next generation of lawyers and is on the firm's graduate recruitment panel.

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