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  1. Commercial property: Elsewhere in East Anglia
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

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Butcher Andrews has offices in Fakenham and Holt, and practice head and residential development specialist Chris Hoxley works between both locations, though the firm services clients not only in North Norfolk but across the whole of East Anglia. Hoxley acts for smaller and regional house builders in all of their projects including options, conditional contracts, site assembly and plot sales. Helen Hemingray, who joined from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, handles property matters for local businesses, large estates, local farming families and a listed company.

Practice head(s):Chris Hoxley

Other key lawyers:Helen Hemingray

Testimonials

"The firm has a very professional, approachable and knowledgeable team. It is excellent at responding quickly to issues and keeping you informed."

"Chris Hoxley is able to provide an excellent service. He is knowledgeable and very efficient and we have every confidence in him and his team and have no hesitation in recommending them."

"Chris Hoxley is an outstanding solicitor who is always keen to help and explains things in a plain and simple manner."

"The team is extremely welcoming and friendly, demonstrating exceptional client care."

"Helen Hemingray is the best solicitor I have dealt with, being incredibly organised, very responsive and going over and above what is required."

"Communication is kind, friendly, understanding and efficient. The practice has a proactive nature with forward thinking initiative."

"Good rapport and an individual service, tailored to the client and requirements."

Key Clients

Anglian Windows Limited

East Anglian Property Limited

Vello Ltd

The Holkham Estate

Astris Homes East Anglia Limited

Derek Foreman House Builders Ltd

Grocott & Murfit Ltd

BREAK

Fakenham Properties Limited

Work highlights

  • Chris Hoxley acted for Anglian Windows on the purchase of 59 Hurricane Way, Norwich Airport Industrial Estate from New Prestige LLP.
  • Chris Hoxley advised Anglian Windows on a number of commercial lease renewals and new leases.
  • Chris Hoxley advised Vello Limited on its purchase of 85 Hall Road, Norwich and adjoining land from Anglian Water.
  • Chris Hoxley advised Holkham Estate on its redevelopment and sale of a number of high-value barn conversions on the North Norfolk coast.
  • Chris Hoxley advised Grocott & Murfit Ltd on the purchase, development and onward sale of Bridge Water Barn, Wighton (near Wells next the sea), Norfolk.

Greene & Greene in Bury St Edmunds frequently handles multimillion-pound transactions and climbs the ranking this year. It works on transactions across East Anglia and further afield, and one client remarks that the firm has 'in-depth knowledge of dealing with commercial property transactions with prompt attention and timely responses'. Practice head Neil Grigg handles transactions involving pension funds and energy projects. Associates Julia Routledge, Helen Hendry  and Julia Cardy are all rising stars. Tim Mendes da Costa handles high-value transactions across the UK.

Practice head(s):Neil Grigg

Other key lawyers:Julia Routledge; Julia Cardy; Jonathan Mathers; Helen Hendry; Tim Mendes da Costa

Testimonials

"The service is second to none, I have used many solicitors in my town and none come close to Greene & Greene. The solicitors are experts in their field and the advice is direct and to the point."

"The firm is good for development work and commercial conveyancing."

"Neil Grigg is particularly skilled and widely respected by all who deal with him."

"Neil Grigg is direct, efficient and knows his stuff - I find his advice useful and succinct, and he is very good at getting things moving."

"Julia Cardy, who I cannot fault, understands the commercial rental sector and exactly where I am coming from when we discuss matters. Her accuracy and attention to detail has been excellent."

Key Clients

MSD (Merck, Sharp & Dohme Ltd)

Treatt Plc

AFT Fluorotec Limited

Nexus Underwriting Management Ltd

The Vitec Group plc

Masterlord Estates Ltd

Phico Therapeutics Ltd

HPB Management Ltd

Brightwell Estates Ltd

Astex Therapeutics Limited

Work highlights

  • Two separate matters at two separate locations in London for Merck Sharp & Dohme Limited (MSD): the acquisition of lab space at London Bio Science Innovation Centre (part of Royal Veterinary College) and the Crick Institute for research facilities.
  • The £12.5m disposal by J. D & R. J Baker Farms Limited of a ten-acre development site based upon two sites of adopted highway.
  • Corporate support to Vitec Plc in relation to the £9m acquisition of premises and business in Gloucester.
  • Acting for Merck Sharp & Dohme Limited in a complicated subletting at office premises in Maidenhead - letting to Maersk Shipping.
  • The £5.5m purchase of complex agricultural/commercial/residential land.

Nicholsons Solicitors LLP has an office in Lowestoft and, working closely with its Norwich office, acts for clients from the east of Norwich, across the Broads, and along the Suffolk coast and Waveney Valley to Southwold. The firm counts large regional employers and numerous local businesses among its clients for property development work. Mark Rymarz leads the practice, in which corporate partner Joseph Long also plays a key role. Ben Blower acts for developers and high-net-worth individuals in property transactions.

Practice head(s):Mark Rymarz

Other key lawyers:Joseph Long; Ben Blower; Jennifer Lee

Testimonials

"The firm provides good service, good value and great knowledge of our issues. Communication is regular and open."

"Ben Blower and Mark Rymarz have always provided a knowledgeable, practical and efficient service."

"The partners are all accessible, and the staff are well trained, knowledgeable and polite."

The Bury St Edmunds office of Ashtons Legal plays a pivotal role in the firm's region-wide commercial property practice, which acts for numerous Cambridge colleges and large estate agents, and handles portfolio management for major landowners. The firm's leading franchising practice also generates significant property matters. Ron Clare, who also handles finance and banking work, is the key local partner. He is also the lead lawyer for property matters for the firm's clients in the care home sector.

Other key lawyers:Ron Clare; Katie Noble

Testimonials

"The Ashtons Legal team across both the Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds offices provides an exceptionally comprehensive legal service on a number of matters. Their responses are timely, considered and invaluable to our business."

"My contact at Ashtons Legal was associate Katie Noble, and she was efficient, helpful and prepared to go that extra mile to ensure that the advice she gave was clear, that the paperwork was assessed and processed quickly, and that the office move went smoothly."

"Katie Noble was friendly, professional and gave clear advice throughout. This meant that the process of moving my business out of the premises where it had been based since it was formed twenty years ago into a new office unit went smoothly and that I didn't need to worry."

"They communicate well within the firm, which is essential if anyone is out of the office or a colleague is better suited for a particular task. It ensures that clients aren't kept waiting unnecessarily."

"Katie Noble is exceptional and very thorough which is what I value the most. I know that she has my best interests in mind and I trust her wholeheartedly to act on my behalf."

Key Clients

Emmanuel College

Savills (UK) Limited

NIAB

Flip Out Limited

Castlemeadow Group

Abel Homes

Pretoria

This Land Development Limited

Beaumont City LLP

Stretham and Wilburton Community Land Trust

Work highlights

  • Handling for Abel Homes Limited the £1.34m sale of 14 affordable housing plots forming part of a larger development at Mattishall, Norfolk.

'The team is knowledgeable in its field and provides sound advice', remarks a client of Fraser Dawbarns, which handled a range of high-value transactions across the region in 2018. Partner Daniel Ball in King's Lynn and solicitor Jenny Rushmer are the key contacts. In 2018, Ball assisted a client in the retail sector with the opening of new stores in Huntingdon and Biggleswade, while Rushmer acted for a consortium of landowners in a a proposed multimillion-pound development. Consultant Eileanora Ni-Charthaig is building the firm's local presence around its new office in Ely.

Practice head(s):Daniel Ball; Jenny Rushmer

Other key lawyers:Eileanora Ni-Charthaig; Carla Goodyear

Testimonials

"Jenny Rushmer has a sound understanding of commercial and agricultural property law and gives clients solid advice based on her practical understanding of the industry. She understands how the agricultural industry operates."

"Carla Goodyear has been my solicitor for many years; I have followed her from firm to firm as she has climbed the ladder of her career. She is very able to carry out my work and will go out of her way to get my work done quickly and professionally. I can not speak more highly of her."

Work highlights

  • Represented a rapidly growing company in relation to the opening of three new franchise stores in large established shopping centres.
  • Expansion of company’s retail presence with new store openings, including assisting with the surrender of an existing lease and associated complications.
  • Managed the sale of a retail business as a going concern which included asset purchase agreements, complex pre-emption and settlement agreements and associated planning matters.
  • Advising on financing and title issues under tight timeframes on property worth in excess of £850,000.
  • A complex refinancing operation involving multiple assets, multiple charges, secured and unsecured debentures, and novations.

The commercial property practice at Fosters is led from Norwich but solicitor Jane Moir, who joined from Sprake & Kingsley LLP Solicitors in Bungay, now works from the firm's Lowestoft office. Moir has many years' experience in acting on high-value transactions including the sale of land to developers, promotion agreements, option agreements, conditional contracts and overage agreements. She also has a specialism in local government work, following eight years in an in-house role for Waveney District Council, and has frequently acted for large estates.

Other key lawyers:Jane Moir

Spire Solicitors LLP has a network of seven offices in Norfolk and has a strong commercial property practice in Attleborough. The firm handles option agreements, residential or commercial estate development, planning obligations, overage, landlords, asset management and tenants. In 2018, practice head Colin Wright handled several land sales with planning consent for large-scale residential development. Associate Howard Bailey handles complex and high-value lease and investment transactions. Legal executive Rebecca Allen in Dereham also handles commercial and agricultural property matters.

Practice head(s):Colin Wright

Other key lawyers:Howard Bailey; Rebecca Allen

Testimonials

"The team is extremely easy to deal with. They are professional yet deal with you in a very down-to-earth manner."

"They take a realistic and practical view in terms of billing and payments. They are not expensive considering the level of service."

"It has a very personal touch and high-quality understanding of property and town planning matters."

"In my view, it is high on the list of solicitors operating across East Anglia."

"Spire provides careful but sound advice and is not afraid to explore suggestions."

"The practice is straightforward, effective and efficient."

"Friendly, approachable and pragmatic, they are always prepared to listen and then give appropriate advice to suit the situation."

"We used Howard Bailey to assist us in terminating a break clause and he was always professional, approachable and carried out the work in a timely and professional manner."

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