Catherine Burke

Catherine Burke

Partner

DDI: 029 2082 9112

Mobile: 07525 990052

Email: cburke@darwingray.com

As Head of Darwin Gray’s award-winning Commercial Property team, Catherine has extensive experience in commercial property, advising foreign, national and local companies on the acquisition, financing, and disposal of business property including industrial, retail, agricultural, and development land.

With a particular focus on pre-let development schemes and site assembly work on commercial and residential sites Catherine regularly acts for developers on large scale and high-profile development projects including housing associations acquiring, developing and disposing of properties. She also undertakes high value secured lending work for banks and building societies providing investment and development finance to borrowers

With a proven track record of navigating the requirements of multiple public sector stakeholders, Catherine also leads on the Team’s National Procurement Service Work acting for local authorities and third sector bodies in terms of their property requirements.

Catherine is known for having the technical expertise to deal with complex legal issues, adopting a pragmatic and collaborative approach. Her joined up thinking and willingness to link directly with a client’s other advisors is invaluable.

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“She's a very well-known and respected solicitor in the commercial law and conveyancing scene in Cardiff and South Wales.”

Chambers & Partners

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“Catherine always takes a wider view and perspective on matters, with a consideration for long-term effects.”

Chambers & Partners

  • Acting for a developer on a complex mixed use urban regeneration scheme involving landmark heritage buildings

  • Acting on the acquisition of large residential development site dealing with site assembly, easements, complex overage provisions, all planning and infrastructure agreements and plot dispositions.

  • Acting for a housing association on a ‘golden brick’ development contract involving the allocation of 50 dwellings on a major residential development

  • Acting for a national housebuilder on the construction and disposal of a mixed -use district centre by way of pre-lets to a number of national operators

  • Acting for a lender in the provision of a £5.4million investment loan to a borrower where the transaction was delivered in tight timescale as the borrower’s existing facility expired

  • Acting for a commercial developer on the acquisition of a brownfield site for the construction of a 42 unit light industrial scheme together with all unit disposals

  • Acting for developers and landowners in respect of conditional contracts, option agreements and overage

  • Advising on the construction elements of residential and commercial development projects

  • Development land acquisition, infrastructure and planning agreements

  • Multi-tenanted investment property sales and purchases

  • Secured lending work including complex development finance

  • Urban regeneration schemes

Experience

  • Head of Commercial Property, Darwin Gray – 2021 – present

  • Partner, Darwin Gray – 2019 – present

  • Senior Associate, Darwin Gray – 2014 – 2019

  • Solicitor, Darwin Gray – 2007 – 2014

  • Solicitor Kieran McCarthy & Co. – 2002 – 2007

Education

  • St. Angela’s College, Cork

  • University College Cork

  • Law Society of Ireland

  • Irish Taxation Institute

  • A former board member of Hendre and committee member of Hafod Housing and Hafod Care, Catherine is currently a shareholder in Hafod group companies

I have worked with Darwin Gray for a number of years and the level of service, professionalism and timely response is second to none. I would highly recommend Darwin Gray to any business.”

Becs Beslee, Dice FM Ltd

Darwin Gray have provided us with a first-class service for many years now. They really take the time to understand our business and develop relationships which results in advice and support that is contextualised and effective.”

Rebecca Cooper, ACT Training

We have worked with Darwin Gray for several years and have always found their services and advice to be first class.”

Karen Gale, Stepping Stones Group

An extremely professional and sincere company who make time for your queries and understand the need to break down certain facts and information to ensure everything is understood perfectly. I would highly recommend the company to anyone looking for any type of legal advice”

Gwawr Booth, Portal Training Ltd

PSS has worked with Darwin Gray for many years. We have always received an excellent service. Prompt and professional advice and support.”

Ledia Shabani, Property Support Services UK Ltd

We have used several departments within DG recently and we have been very pleased with an effective, efficient and down to earth service. Very happy thus far and I expect that we will continue to use DG.”

Guto Bebb, Farmers’ Union of Wales

Darwin Gray offer us truly superb services. Very professional, quick and services available bilingually which is very important to us, highly recommend.”

Iwan Hywel, Mentrau Iaith Cymru

My “go to” in urgent and time sensitive cases for direction, support and advice. The team are quick to respond to calls or emails for advice and support on all matters. Always explain complex matters in a way a lay person can easily understand.”

Margot Adams, Guarding UK Ltd

Darwin Gray have acted for myself and my company over a number of years and at all times we have been treated with a professional manner yet maintain a common-sense approach at all levels. We couldn’t recommend them more highly.”

Simon Baston, Loft Co

We have been clients of Darwin Gray for many years; they’ve always dealt with all of our legal matters with such professionalism. They work around us, even during awkward hours, and we feel confident we can always rely on them.”

Louise Williams, ACT Training

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Richard D Coulton, Siltbuster Ltd

From the very first conversation, I had no doubt that Darwin Gray should be the firm to receive our instructions on this matter. I would have no hesitation in recommending Darwin Gray.”

Sandra Warr, Tomos TV

We regularly instruct Darwin Gray. Their service in dealing with our transactional matters and disputes is always professional, prompt and efficient.”

John Poppleton, Absolute Property Management Solutions Ltd

Darwin Gray guided me through a long and extended process that would have been much more difficult had it not been for their patience and constant support.”

Ifan Lewis

Excellent and efficient service. Great result achieved, highly professional and transparent on pricing. Would recommend.”

David Stevens

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