Rufus Ballaster

Position: Partner

Area(s) of Practice: Property

Telephone: 020 7406 1000


Rufus Ballaster

Rufus Ballaster leads Carter Lemon Camerons LLP’s commercial property team, and is a recognised authority on landlord and tenant issues. His detailed technical legal knowledge and ability to crunch numbers are great assets both transactionally and as Carter Lemon Camerons Compliance Officer for Finance and Administration.


Recent transactions include:

  • Secured Lending Portfolio Refinance for a group of clients shifting lending from one international Private Bank to Another with full Certification of Title across 7 Central London Properties both commercial residential (or mixed) use – aggregate value £30M approx
  • Helping a client with a conditional agreement for lease terminate that in a falling market and renegotiate so the business could stay put but on more acceptable terms
  • Purchase of development sites with or without planning and many with overage provisions.

Career highlights include:

  • Stepping into the panel of speakers at a course for which he was understudy – at only 3 years qualified
  • Representing most of the sets of barristers chambers at one of the Inns of Court in lease renewals with that Inn
  • Purchase of an SW1 development opportunity (offices to flats) by an off shore company at a price exceeding £120M (for a group of clients for whom previous deals were at values ranging from £7M to £220M)
  • Purchase by an off-shore company of a City office block let to a blue chip investment bank at a price exceeding £300 million


Rufus combines client focused views of legal issues with more holistic ones. This is clearly visible from his writing (having contributed to many journals and been a co-author of the Landlord and Tenant Factbook) and from his lectures, leading seminars on commercial property issues and being on panels with major course providers.

Asked what he likes most in his work, Rufus will talk of his role as a “trouble-shooter”. He enjoys being asked by clients and colleagues what he thinks about something and trying, with them, to work up structures or strategies achieving a desired result at the lowest sensible cost/ tax-hit/ risk.

Rufus was educated at Reading School, Wadham College Oxford and Chester College of Law, qualifying as a solicitor in 1988.

Outside the office Rufus has a full and active life with commitments to two Christian Churches, family (wife and three children), Royal Bank of Scotland Rugby Football Club (for whom he plays as a second row forward).

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