Karen Webb

Partner - Head of New Homes

What’s your role?

I head up the New Homes team which is a team specialising in the purchase of new build properties. The team deals with in excess of 3,000 property transactions each year. This is a fast growing and very busy team working to tight deadlines set by developers. Part of my role is focused on the strategic growth of the team. I also ensure the delivery of client service excellence by the team through the management, development, and training of individual team members and the improvement of processes and procedures. I also assist with complicated technical issues.

I deal with complex property issues and help clients buy, sell and mortgage all types of property effectively and efficiently.

Your experience

I qualified as a solicitor in 1997 and joined Coffin Mew in 2001  I have over 25 years experience of working for developers and housing associations selling new build properties and have previously worked in house for a national developer.  I have extensive and rounded knowledge of the new homes market from both a developers and plot buyers perspective.  This specialism includes knowledge of planning agreements, CML requirements, Help to Buy and other affordable initiatives.

Specialisms

All property-related work for private individuals and companies focusing on:

  • Tricky complex property issues surrounding high net worth properties
  • Leasehold property issues including lease extensions and enfranchisement

I have particular experience dealing with developers and Housing Associations to include:

  • New build development site set ups
  • Subsequent plot sales
  • Purchase of new build properties
  • Planning agreements – negotiation and variation
  • Shared ownership
  • Shared equity
  • In depth knowledge of the Capital Funding Guide
  • All affordable housing initiatives such Help to Buy

Which five words best describe you?

  1. Approachable
  2. Friendly
  3. Resilient
  4. Versatile
  5. Driven

Three things we didn’t know about you?

  • I am a keen rugby fan with two sons that play at either Club, County and academy level
  • I ride horses and love to lose myself in the New Forest for a couple of hours to get away from the stresses and strains of everyday life
  • My favourite colour is red and I have 12 pairs of red shoes