John Southan

Senior Associate, Commercial Property

John Southan, later life planning, will making specialist in Brentwood

How can I help you?

I am a property and private client specialist. I act in property work that overlaps with private client matters. I assist my colleagues from across our 6 offices with non-transactional property work arising from their estates and trusts such as assents, assignments, declarations and transfers. I assist my commercial property and residential conveyancing colleagues in interpreting existing trusts and analysing beneficial interests within their property transactions. I act in resolving title issues at Land Registry such as adverse possession, lost deeds, and first registration and advice on charity property transactions. I advise co-owners on declarations of trust between them. I am a support lawyer for our Commercial Property department on these matters.

I have extensive experience in both property and private client and qualified as a solicitor in 2006. I also qualified for a STEP Diploma in trusts and estates in 2016 and am a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. I have been at Tees since it merged with Wortley Byers in Brentwood and started at Wortley Byers in 2007. I am a Senior Associate in our Commercial Property Department operating now from our Saffron Walden office, but on such property matters across the areas our 6 offices cover and beyond.

I started assisting with Private Client matters back in 2004, graduated as a solicitor in 2006 and have primarily dealt with Private Client matters since 2012. I also worked for several years before that in commercial property until 2012 and in residential property until around 2016. This broad base of experience acting for landlords, developers, companies and individu

Delivering what you really need

I support my clients, other property solicitors and private client solicitors at Tees, in resolving or interpreting complex title issues and interpreting beneficial interests; also with non-transactional property matters that involve trustees holding land, or distributions to and from estates and trusts; also transferring beneficial interests and declarations of trusts recording beneficial ownership between co-owners.

If there are transactional matters, those would usually be referred to a colleague within the commercial property or residential property departments instead, so that I remain available to support other colleagues on their matters when they need assistance with such issues.

What else should you know?

Before working locally in Saffron Walden, I spent many years working in Brentwood and before that in Central London and in Hornchurch. I spent one year studying international and comparative law whilst living in the Netherlands, in between University, and like to travel.

Tees is here to help

We have many specialist lawyers who are based in:

Cambridgeshire: Cambridge
Essex: Brentwood, Chelmsford, and Saffron Walden
Hertfordshire: Bishop's Stortford and Royston

But we can help you wherever you are in England and Wales.


Legal 500 UK 2021

‘All of the private client team provide an outstanding service but we would single out Nicola Healy and John Southan for special mention. Both are quick to respond to our queries and have been supportive of client events we have hosted over the years. We are confident when referring clients to them that they will provide clear, concise and unbiased legal advice. We can’t fault them‘
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