Michael Higgin

About Michael Higgin

Michael is a Partner in the Real Estate team and specialises in property law dealing with a wide range of commercial property and investment work for a wide range of commercial and investor clients across the South-East of England.

After graduating in Jurisprudence from Brasenose College, Oxford, Michael worked at Linklaters in the City for several years, before working in the Thames Valley at the highly regarded property practices at Nabarro, Shoosmiths and Olswang, before joining Field Seymour Parkes in July 2012.

Michael is particularly interested in the following areas of property work:

  • acting for retailers and corporates who need business space to operate from. He has looked after the property needs of a large number of national household name companies. He works with them on lease acquisitions and renewals and on portfolio management, particularly where businesses come together on mergers or take-overs and need to re-organise or rationalise property liabilities and assets.
  • acting on investment property purchases and development land acquisitions.
  • advising on lease break clauses, contested lease expiries/renewals and dilapidations disputes together with our four-strong specialist property litigation section.
  • acting for banks lending money to businesses secured on real property, to fund commercial investment and commercial or residential property development.
  • leading the firm’s “strategic land” specialist interest group dealing with promotion agreements and options over land where allocation for housing or planning permission is being sought, for both landowners and promoter/developers. Also acting for landowners on the grant of options for the grant of leases for the development of PV solar farms.
  • Michael also leads our team dealing with Electric Vehicle (EV) charging leases, for both landowners and EV charging operators.
“Last year we used Michael Higgin to carry out all the legal work for entering into a promotion agreement with a developer. Our case was complicated to the extent that the landowners had to agree an exit strategy for the tenant (who was also an owner). This also had to satisfy the developers. Michael was very thorough and left no stone unturned. I would therefore recommend FSP to carry out complex promotional agreement work.”
Land-owning family member consortium
"We engaged the services of FSP and specifically Michael Higgin when leasing a new Headquarters in London for our organisation. Michael went above and beyond what we expected overcoming a number of unforeseen challenges with the transaction and assisting us with managing a number of 3rd party stakeholders in the process. I would not have any hesitation in recommending Michael to prospective customers."
Karen Cogan, Programme Manager, CoreHR
"With Michael’s help we were able to complete a lease and document the landlords consent for alternations, in respect of an industrial unit, in 24 days. Michael was proactive, calling the landlords solicitor on the phone to resolve issues in dispute and taking control of document production to speed matters along. In addition to this he was meticulous and appeared to be across current developments in the law affecting the service charge wording. I would have no doubts about recommending Michael for any commercial property transaction."

Abby Llewellyn, Director, Skan PA Hire
“He is detailed, professional and offers a high level of client engagement.”
"Michael's knowledge and assistance were second to none."
"He is one of the most diligent lawyers I have come across. He is very experienced, incredibly detailed, and is able to find solutions in difficult scenarios."
"Extraordinarily knowledgeable and commercial, as well as totally diligent."
"Very good practcal lawyer."
"He is an excellent lawyer and he is very technically capable."
"Michael Higgin is a good technical lawyer."
"Michael Higgin is thorough, patient, and a pleasure to know and work with."