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Ross Townsley

Senior Associate

Ross is a senior associate in Advanced Delivery Legal (ADL). Ross established the Real Estate team within ADL when he re-joined the firm in June 2020 and continues to lead it. Ross works closely with teams across the international network and has considerable experience in real estate finance transactions acting for both lenders and borrowers, advising on the real estate aspects of corporate transactions, leading and co-ordinating multi-jurisdictional due diligence exercises, renewable energy and infrastructure projects. He has experience acting for institutional landlords and tenants in relation to agreements for lease, lettings and other property management matters, freehold acquisitions and purchases, redevelopment projects, acting for developers in affordable housing development schemes, coastal lettings and offshore cables and pipelines. Ross is heavily involved in the identification, development and utilisation of new working practices to increase efficiency and quality including the use of legal tech where possible. Examples include the use of AI to streamline and improve document review exercises, utilising Microsoft 365 for matter management, innovative use of HighQ Collaborate to better track and manage risk on large scale transactions.



England and Wales, 2010 Northern Ireland, 2017


BSc, University of Durham, 2005

GDL BPP, 2007

LPC BPP, 2008

A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.