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The Bury St Edmunds office of Ashtons Legal is home to substantial commercial property expertise and is part of a region-wide practice that excels in commercial and mixed use developments working alongside the firm's planning and construction law specialists. The firm also provides extensive investment management services to investors, owners of industrial estates and a growing number of Cambridge colleges. Ron Clare has more than 25 years' experience in commercial property and his area of expertise include advising on leases, providing corporate support in business sales, and handling business occupation matters for clients such as Cambridge Building Society. He recently advised The Havebury Housing Partnership on the £1.6m acquisition of two adjacent parts of a residential development site near Ely, Cambridgeshire. He also acted for Activ Financial Inc. in matters relating to a ten-year lease on office space in Cambridge as a base for its UK operations.

Butcher Andrews¬†provides ‚Äėan excellent service in terms of good response times, good quality pragmatic advice and very good value for money‚Äė. One client describes the practice as 'extremely efficient, quick to respond and reasonably priced,¬†with clear depth of knowledge'. The firm competes with both local and regional firms for commercial property work and has a client base that includes¬†family-owned housebuilder and developer¬†Vello Ltd, regional housebuilder Astris Homes, national window manufacturer¬†Anglian Windows Ltd, and local charity Break, which has a network of shops throughout the UK. It also acts for the¬†Holkham Estate in a range of commercial development projects.¬†Partner and head of property¬†Chris Hoxley¬† is 'able to understand complex situations very quickly; he has a fast, efficient and pragmatic approach'. Managing partner Anne Kirby¬† ‚Äėattends personally to matters in a very effective and no-nonsense manner'. For Break, she handled the¬†taking, renewal and surrender of retail shop leases throughout the country, and also matters relating to property for the care of vulnerable young adults. Solicitor¬†Sophie Thornley¬†also handles¬†the sale and purchase of commercial property, business tenancies and landlord/tenant matters.

Nicholsons Solicitors LLP in Lowestoft has a prominent position in the commercial property market on the east coast of the East Anglia region. It remains highly active in land acquisitions and residential development projects, and it regularly acts for some of the largest local business in commercial property deals. Mark Rymarz is the practice head and key partner. He recently advised on a large option agreement for a residential development on land in Suffolk, which has a potential disposal value of up to £40m. Ben Blower is also highly recommended for commercial property transactions, as well as corporate and commercial deals and agricultural property matters. Legal executive Paul Hughes has more than 25 years' experience and is responsible for development set-up and overseeing plot disposals on behalf of residential developer clients. Rymarz and Blower act for some of the region’s most successful and prolific residential and commercial developers, and increasingly advise housing associations on the acquisition of development sites.

At Fraser Dawbarns 'the overall level of service is excellent; its knowledge of regulations regarding commercial property and the advice it gives are always well researched'. Head of commercial Daniel Ball is the key contact in the practice, which includes experienced partner Tony Cheetham and solicitor Jenny Rushmer in Wisbech, who is 'young and exceptionally bright and gives prompt and unequivocal answers to any queries'. Cheetham advised on the securitisation of a property in central London, and acted for a consortium of landowners in the granting of an option for a new residential development.

The commercial property practice at¬†Greene & Greene¬†in Bury St Edmunds is 'first class ‚Äď it has in-depth knowledge and provides good support in all areas', according to one client. The practice works closely with the corporate team to provide support for clients in sectors such as¬†specialist engineering and manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, as well as acting for private portfolio investors and handling pension fund transactions.¬†Neil Grigg¬†leads the property department and frequently handles¬†handles option and overage agreements, freehold and leasehold transactions, investments and commercial landlord and tenant matters. In 2017, he advised Merck Sharp & Dohme Limited on the ¬£30m sale of its offices and laboratory campus at Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, to Chinese pharmaceutical enterprise Pharmaron. Clients recommend partner¬†Tim Mendes da Costa¬†for his 'sound advice'. He assisted Phico Therapeutics Limited on the ¬£3m acquisition of the Bertarelli Building at Bourne Hall Clinic, Cambridge.

Churchgates in Bury St Edmunds is predominantly a private client firm focused on wills, trusts and tax matters, but is has moved into the area of commercial property since hiring senior solicitor Fraser Paskell, formerly of Greene & Greene, in 2016. Since then, Paskell, who has a stellar reputation for renewable energy projects, particularly the development of both offshore and onshore wind farms, has built a broader commercial property practice that works closely with the firm's tax department. Last year, he advised a private property development company on setting up a new residential housing estate, and assisted a client with developing a new £5m mixed office and warehouse park as a joint venture for individual shareholders trading through a private company.

A substantial part of the private client team at Gotelee Solicitors is now located in Felixstowe and Woodbridge, though the practice calls on significant expertise in the Ipswich office to serve a broad client base across Suffolk. Partner Matthew Boast in Felixstowe has 20 years' experience in wills, tax planning, probate, estate administration and powers of attorney. Nicola Weldon is now in the Woodbridge office, following its merger with the Melton office, and is highly recommended for tax planning, trusts, wills, estate administration and Court of Protection matters. Legal executive Rachel Dawson is also recommended for private client matters.

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