Amanda Read

Partner - Commercial Property

What's your role

I am an Associate in the Commercial Property Team and head the Pension Property Investment Team.

I work in all areas of commercial property, but have particular specialist knowledge of dealing with pension investment property transactions, having been a panel solicitor for some of the biggest and best known pension providers in the country since 2004.

My work with pension provider clients ranges from running day-to-day transactional matters, through to helping create standard documentation, providing training for staff and offering in-house support and document reviews. I work very closely with my clients and am often involved at an early stage, advising on the best structure for transactions, to meet the complex requirements of pension legislation.

In addition I have a broad caseload of general commercial property work covering sales, purchases, leases, secured lending and property management work.

Your experience

I have a caseload comprising of investment property sale and purchase transactions, landlord and tenant work and secured lending. I also provide property support for corporate transactions where required.

I have been a pension trustee panel solicitor since 2004, dealing with all aspects of property work for SIPP and SSAS pension schemes. This involves buying and selling properties, granting leases, and dealing with licences and other associated property management matters.

Some of the types of transaction I have been involved in are:

Structuring SIPP and SSAS pension property transactions where the Property is part residential, so that the pension scheme retains its tax benefits, whilst keeping Stamp Duty Land Tax implications to a minimum
Acting on behalf of pension schemes purchasing part shares in commercial premises
Acting on the purchase of a property for 10 investors through a syndicate, complicated by some of those investors being pension trustees
Completing urgent lease and secured lending matters for clients in just a few days


  • Investment property sales, purchases and management work, particularly SIPP and SSAS property matters;
  • Landlord and tenant matters;
  • Secured lending work; and
  • Property related advice as part of corporate transactions

Five words which best decsribe you?

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Three things we didn't know about you?

  • I am a Board Member for the local Young Enterprise Board, and the former Chair of that Board – we work with local schools on a voluntary basis to encourage entrepreneurial and business skills
  • I love to travel – I particularly love to surf, snowboard, and playing Lara Croft around archaeological sites
  • At the weekend my name is Mandy

Memberships and Associations

Board Member for Central and South Hampshire Area Young Enterprise Board

Testimonials / Client Quotes

May I pass on my gratitude for the excellent service and advice that I have received throughout this purchase. With 3 solicitors and 4 interested parties working on this purchase you have always been on the ball, provided straightforward advice and have certainly been ahead of the other professionals involved

Keith Sutcliff, Firestop Manufacturing Limited

I hold Amanda in high regard. She always gets the job done.

Glynne Benge, Director, Offsite Homes


4 years of providing us with a service that is second to none. Please stay at Coffin Mew for at least another 4 years.


I just want it to be recognised all the work you have done to make this transaction a lot easier. I deal with a number of law firms for SIPP lending and you have been by far the best I have ever dealt with.


A very big thank you to you for handling this so professionally and most particularly in that very tense period before exchange when you stayed in the office until late on that Friday evening, as I well recall, and got the deal over the line. Great news and real credit to you for a good job done well.


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