Heather is a Commercial Property specialist with wide experience of acting for investors, developers, landlords, tenants and banks..
She has specific experience of investment, development and asset management work and works closely, in respect of the latter, with the Property Litigation team. Development work has more recently comprised significant local residential schemes.
She regularly advises investor and SME clients on their portfolio purchases and management. Clients range from private investors and funds through to landed estates and charities. She also advises occupational tenants, with a particular specialism in retail, having previously acted for a major shopping centre client and numerous high street retailers.
Heather qualified as a solicitor on 15 April 1999.
Heather trained and has substantial post qualification experience with major regional and national practices and joined McCormicks in May 2011.
What People Say...
“This Harrogate firm has established an enviable reputation in estate management and rural property transactions. A particular specialism is the diversification of estate lands for commercial, development and sporting uses, including advising on niche shooting rights. It also acts for Estate Trustees and farming families on complex tax, trust and succession matters.” Chambers UK - Agriculture and Estates
“McCormicks provides commercial advice to trusts, landowners and estates. The ‘excellent’ team is ‘very efficient’. It includes a number of ‘sound’ and ‘reliable’ commercial property and private client lawyers.” UK Legal 500 - Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Estates
“Landed estate owners and successful business people regard McCormicks as a go-to group. The group is praised for its ‘all-round efficiency.’” Chambers UK - Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Estates
“At McCormicks, property specialist Heather Roberts and head of private client Elaine Lightfoot advise on the development of revenue streams, shooting agreements and leases, succession planning and other property-related issues. Peter McCormick leads the team.” - Legal 500
“McCormicks is ‘an excellent firm that punches well above its weight’ and its agriculture and estates team attracts praise for being ‘pleasant to deal with and willing to consider fee structures to suit its clients’ needs’. Peter McCormick heads the practice and is singled out for his charity expertise; he regularly acts on agricultural law matters for charities including the Royal Horticultural Society, which recently instructed the firm on its acquisition of land and buildings for the development of its northern garden. Other key figures include newly promoted partners Heather Roberts, who advises the firm’s agricultural clients on property issues; Elaine Lightfoot, whose clients include the estate of the late John Strutt and its associated charities and trusts; Philip Edmondson, who handles a variety of litigation for the firm’s estates clients.” - Legal 500
“In keeping with the firm’s outstanding reputation in the sports field, McCormicks acts for a number of sporting charities; managing partner Peter McCormick is a trustee of the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sporting charity. In addition to its market-leading reputation in the sports field, the firm acts for charities in a variety of other fields, with longstanding clients including Harrogate International Festivals, which the firm recently advised on a range of employment matters as well as on the drafting of a sponsorship agreement for a literary festival. The firm also acts for the War Memorials Trust, which it is assisting with the redrafting of the client’s governing document in line with an expansion of work into Scotland. Other key figures include private client head Elaine Lightfoot and Heather Roberts, whose clients include the John Strutt Memorial Fund.” - Legal 500
“Elaine Lightfoot heads up the team at McCormicks, which focuses on estate planning and administration as well as Court of Protection applications, regularly advising trustees and settlors. The practice’s expertise also encompasses advising trustees on fiduciary duties and the rights of beneficiaries, advising deputies on their duties surrounding the Mental Capacity Act, care home fee planning and lasting powers of attorney. Other key team members include Philip Edmondson, who primarily handles contentious probate mandates, and Heather Roberts, who is recommended for estate issues. Lightfoot, Edmondson and Roberts were all promoted to the partnership in 2016.” - Legal 500
“McCormicks’ practice head Heather Roberts has considerable expertise in retail, landlord and tenant, finance and development matters. Recent highlights include advising the Premier League on landlord and tenant issues relating to the extension of its facilities in its London headquarters and assisting a property investment company with a multimillion-pound purchase of a property let to two financial institutions on an investment lease. The team also has considerable private client expertise; it advised on redevelopment proposals, refinancing and land transfers for estates in Derbyshire and Cumbria encompassing 100 properties. Other clients include Yorkshire Agricultural Society and Leeds United FC.” - Legal 500
“McCormicks’ team ‘is extremely impressive in complex litigation’. Key individuals in the group include practice head Philip Edmondson, who has expertise in multimillion-pound dilapidation claims, highly regarded name partner Peter McCormick and Heather Roberts who handles a broad range of contentious commercial property matters. Roberts has niche expertise in shooting leases; she recently acted for a high-profile client in a claim concerning a shooting lease.” - Legal 500