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Joanna Bryan

Chartered Legal Executive

Joanna is a member of Rix & Kay’s Commercial Property Team based in Uckfield. She started her career as an environmental scientist before retraining as a lawyer. As such, she is able to combine the two disciplines by working with clients within the commercial property world not only on operational commercial property transactions but also providing advice on complex environmental issues.

Joanna’s clients

Joanna works with commercial landlords and tenants on new leases, assignments and licences as well as landowners, community groups and developers in her environmental role.

Experience and approach

Joanna has worked in-house for a London retail landlord and regularly assists landlords and tenants with granting and renewing leases. She also advises clients on commercial conveyancing transactions and is a member of the Commercial Conveyancing Specialist Reference Group for CILEx Regulation which consults and informs on policy making in this area.

Her time working at the Environmental Law Foundation means she has experience of Judicial Review applications, village green applications, biodiversity, air and water quality regulations, what triggers an Environmental Impact Assessment and when and how to formulate an Environmental Statement.

Areas of expertise

Landlord and Tenant expertise

  • Granting a lease
  • Taking a lease
  • Lease renewal
  • Lease assignment

Environmental expertise

  • Judicial review of planning applications
  • Biodiversity, air and water quality regulations
  • EIA triggers and requirements for ES
  • Town and Village Green applications
  • Woodland protection and Tree Preservation Orders

Joanna’s work

Complex landlord and tenant advice

Joanna worked with a prominent landlord supporting them through complex negotiations with a multi-national tenant with 138 stores globally. The work resulted in the securing terms for the landlord and subsequently granting a new lease.

High profile planning challenge and environmental work

As part of a wider team, Joanna supported a planning challenge against a major golf course development in Scotland. As an environmental scientist in New York, she has also worked with clients including Ralph Lauren, World Financial Center, St Patricks Cathedral and Columbia and Fordham University.

What Joanna’s clients say

Quotation marks

Jo took us through all the procedures and processes with care and understanding. She was supportive and proactive throughout despite the challenging circumstances of lockdown. We would definitely recommend Rix & Kay again. Thank you Jo.

Client Review, Anna Lane, August 2020

Quotation marks

Joanna Bryan and her colleagues always had a very friendly approach, so you felt able to ask anything without feeling a nuisance. We were kept up to date all the time and are very pleased with the service received. We would not hesitate to use Rix & Kay again or recommend their services based on our experience.

Client Review, February 2020