SA Law Gary Dunger

Gary Dunger

An experienced commercial property specialist advising on a wide range of matters
Joint Head of Real Estate
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Whether working with lenders, owner-occupiers, investors or tenants, I advise on all aspects of commercial property, and offer particular expertise in investment, residential/commercial development and property management. I advise on future income generation through the retention of overage rights on disposals. I also deal with the property aspects tied to major corporate transactions and real estate finance, including ‘Etridge’ compliant third party advice.

My sector and industry experience is equally broad, with niche expertise in retail, leisure, manufacturing and education. I undertake portfolio management work for national shopping centre and high street retailers, and deal with complex industrial development and associated infrastructure works. I am particularly passionate about the education sector, and am a member of the Education Law Association and a governor of a St Albans comprehensive school.

I act for a number of retailers including with nationwide presence and regularly advises on portfolio expansion and management work at shopping centre, high street and transport hub locations.


  • Advising on the acquisition of a 129-acre Brownfield site in the East of England with a GDV of £500 million
  • Lease extensions and collective enfranchisement matters for large and small ground rent investor clients, and the acquisition of ground rent portfolios
  • Acquisition and disposal of investment and development land for residential and commercial developer clients
  • Dealing with the property elements of school conversions to Academy status
  • Advising on the acquisition and disposal of licensed premises, and licensing issues pertinent to the retail and leisure sector
  • Assisting in the disposal of strategic development land with a GDV of £30 million, including negotiation of complex overage provisions


  • Qualified in 2004
  • Former Member of the Education Law Association
  • Trustee of the Verulam Charitable Trust, St Albans
  • Governor of the Arnold Academy, Barton-Le-Clay
  • Member of SA Law's Wellbeing committee
  • Mental Health First Aid Champion
  • Member of Hertfordshire Law Society
  • Member of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners

What my clients say

"Gary Dunger works tirelessly alongside us to help us overcome challenges and obstacles." - Legal 500 2024

"Gary Dunger made contact from the first enquiry and is an extremely talented lawyer. He is very knowledgeable in his field, generous with his replies and time, quick to reply and overall a very pleasant person to deal with." - Legal 500 2023

"Gary is a very knowledgeable person in his field. He's generous in his time and answers, and is a very pleasant person to deal with.” - Chambers & Partners 2023

“Gary Dunger's responsiveness and service level are excellent.” - Chambers & Partners 2023

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