Helen Willett

Partner and Head of Business and Commercial Services

Specialist Areas

  • Commercial Property
  • Commercial Landlord and Tenant
  • Complex leasehold structures
  • Lease renewals
  • Property Investment
  • Personal Pension Investment
  • Business Transfers
  • Property Finance
  • Development Land
  • Options and Overage


Helen joined Coodes as a partner in 2012 from city firm SJ Berwin where she worked on what was described as ‘one of the most significant real estate deals of the decade’ – the Crown Estate and Norges Bank Investment Management £1.8 billion Regent Street property partnership.

She also advised British Land on the property aspects of one of the largest UK securitisations, which involved 35 supermarkets.

She has led teams handling both buying and selling large holiday parks and implemented significant investments via personal pension schemes.

Helen is over 25 years qualified and has acted for quoted property companies, institutional investors and occupiers, in each case, with responsibility for all aspects of their property dealings; handled the acquisition and disposal of large portfolios of properties and high value properties in Cornwall and central London; lettings of corporate headquarters; property joint ventures and management agreements; property elements of corporate matters and the day-to-day management of an extensive property portfolios.

Helen worked for two years as head of legal at Folk2Folk, a peer-to-peer business lender specialising in secured lending for rural businesses and SMEs. It matches businesses looking for finance with local Lenders who receive a fixed interest rate of interest secured against UK property.

Helen has extensive experience handling SIPPs transactions, please read more in this recent case study.

Qualifications and Accreditations

  • Qualified as a solicitor in 1992
  • BSC in Chemistry and Philosophy of Science