Caroline O'Flaherty

Partner

As a Partner in the Commercial Property team, Caroline O’Flaherty, specialises in acquisitions, disposals, property development and finance.

Working across a variety of sectors, from office, retail, and industrial to leisure, Caroline has particular expertise in property portfolio management and leasing work.

Highly experienced in all aspects of commercial property and development, Caroline frequently advises on complex, high value acquisitions. A significant player in the housing association sector, she advises clients such as Stonewater Ltd, Pobl Group, Linc Cymru Housing Association and Curo Group on urban regeneration, extra care and mixed use developments. She has recently been recognised for her outstanding work in the sector, winning the title of ‘Consultant of the Year’ at the National Women in Housing Awards, in October 2018.

Caroline regularly advises educational institutions and has advised Cardiff University, since 2000, on its estate portfolio. More recently this included advising on the landmark re-development of the University’s Centre for Student Life. She works closely with Coleg Gwent and is heavily involved in their new Newport Information Quarter and Torfaen Learning Zone. 

Other notable projects include the Wales Millennium Centre, a major regeneration site at Old Town Dock Newport and Mulberry Park - a multi-million pound redevelopment of a former MOD site in Bath.

Caroline also frequently speaks at Community Housing Cymru (CHC) conferences.

Work History

Caroline qualified in 1998 at Geldards LLP and joined Hugh James as a Partner in 2012.

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Caroline’s ability and willingness to make a positive impact stands out on all the projects we have worked together on. We know that she has our interests at the forefront; she makes a positive contribution to the team and inspires and gains the confidence of others.

Scott Rooks | Candleston

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When appointing a team of consultants to work on our new development projects Caroline is our first call.

Rhianydd Jenkins | Coastal Housing

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Caroline has really helped Curo shape our new house building business over the past few years. Her knowledge of the property industry really is first class. Her proven track record speaks for itself and she is respected and admired throughout the industry in Wales and England. Caroline is a straight talker who immediately understands a client's requirements and is able to work to extremely tight timescales and always delivers

Lisa Howells | Curo

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I have been extremely pleased with the work and advice carried out by Rob Philips and Caroline O’Flaherty. They all took on this work with very short notice and their advice gave us the confidence to proceed with the relocation of our Manchester Office and we all worked together to successfully achieve this target in the extremely tight time frame that we had been presented with.

Colin Tibbs, Facilities Manager UK and Ireland, Atradius Credit Insurance NV

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For over a decade Caroline has advised on the University’s diverse estate. She is great at explaining legal concepts in plain English, is very commercial and is a trusted adviser who understands the importance of getting transactions over the line.

Mike Davies, Director of Physical and Financial Resources, Cardiff University

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Caroline provides Clarnor Estates with a wide range of legal services in connection with our portfolio of office, industrial and development sites. We find her advice to be technically comprehensive and at the same time easily accessible. We feel that our interests are well protected with Caroline’s thorough and thoughtful drafting and we value her ability to introduce relevant and pragmatic solutions into a variety of property situations.

Mike Norgate, Director, Clarnor Estates Limited