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Kerry Addison, who was admitted as a solicitor in November 2003, joined the TSP Agriculture and Commercial Property team in November 2015. Based in the Colchester office, Kerry is a Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer and a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association (FALA). She specialises in rural property matters for farmers and landowners (such as promotion and option agreements) but undertakes all types of general commercial property work, including commercial development and planning, and property portfolios and refinancing.
Since 1 March 2017 Kerry Addison Ltd, of which Kerry is a Director, has been a corporate partner in Thompson Smith and Puxon.
She was born in Portsmouth, a Navy child, but moved to Suffolk as a teenager, attending Ipswich High School. On leaving school Kerry joined an Ipswich Law firm as a trainee Legal Executive, and was admitted as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 1997. In 2001, having taken a short career break, Kerry decided to train as a solicitor undertaking a Post Graduate Diploma in Law at De Montfort University Leicester and then a Diploma in Legal Practice at Nottingham Law School, passing both with a commendation.
Kerry says “During my 20 year career in the Law I have worked in a number of practice areas including private client and residential property before becoming what I like to describe as a “Rural” lawyer. I really enjoy the work that I do now, particularly building relationships with clients during the course of long term development projects. I have been involved in projects from the initial discussion phase, when the land in question was just a patch of mud, to completion five years later when the money is in the bank, and the site has been fully developed.”
In 2018/19 Kerry was recommended by the Legal 500 for her both her Agriculture & Estates and Commercial Property work and noted by the Legal 500 as a Next Generation Lawyer.
For Agriculture and Estates the Legal 500 said “Clients rate Thompson Smith and Puxon as ‘a professional firm with an excellent knowledge of all matters relating to agriculture and estates’, with Kerry Addison singled out for her ability to handle matters with ‘the utmost tact and diplomacy’.”
For Commercial property the Legal 500 said “Development site and agricultural land transactions, strategic land planning, lease work and enfranchisement matters represent the team’s core areas of activity, in which describe Kerry as ‘effective and sensible’. In 2017 Kerry was recommended for her ‘excellent ability to structure development deals and her holistic advice’. The Legal 500 added that she is ‘very practical, realistic as well as tenacious and patient in negotiations’.”
In her spare time Kerry (together with her husband) enjoys renovating old houses. Kerry blames her Navy blood for this passion and says that she gets itchy feet and likes to move a lot. She has not lost her love of the sea though, and enjoys walking on the beach, whatever the weather. She has a keen interest in photography and in quieter moments enjoys bobbin lace making which she finds therapeutic and relaxing.
To find out more about the Agriculture and Estates services that Kerry can offer click here or for Commercial Property services click here.
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