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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 2019/20 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 Partner.
For Agriculture and Estates the Legal 500 said “Thompson Smith and Puxon’s agricultural team assists clients with property and commercial issues as well as estate planning, taxation and succession matters. With a strong relationship with the rural communities in Essex and neighbouring counties, the team specialises in commercial and agricultural land and property acquisitions, disposals and related development transactions, as well as in development and planning, promotion and option agreements and property portfolio management and refinancing. Stephen Firmin heads the practice. Kerry Addison is also recommended.”
For Commercial property the Legal 500 said “The commercial property team at Thompson Smith and Puxon continues to reap in work from longstanding clients in the farming and agriculture sector and is proficient in handling high-value sales, acquisitions, and financing work. Practice head Stephen Firmin and Kerry Addison are both skilled in managing complex matters related to property disposals and development, displaying ‘utmost professionalism and even going the extra mile‘.”
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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