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Birketts LLP attracts praise for providing ‘a London style of service not available at many regional firms’ and for its ‘excellent value for money’. Robert Gibbs provides ‘supreme customer service’ and head of retail Melissa Loucas is ‘just who you want to deal with a big property matter’. Clients include Barclays Bank and Norwich Airport. Senior associate Bhargav Trivedi is also recommended.

At Howes Percival LLP, department head Tessa Haskey is ‘admirable, always approachable and understanding of clients’ foibles’. The team has formidable talent in strategic land expert Tracey Hughes and development specialist Joanna Nicholls. Hughes advised Fleur Developments on a £1.7m land deal for luxury housing. ‘Thorough, confidence-inspiring’ director Alice Liddle is also recommended.

Keith Hamilton leads Mills & Reeve LLP’s national team from Norwich and is supported by Caroline Dean, who has a UK-wide landowner client base for development work and heads the local practice, which is ‘proactive and has very good commercial acumen’. She advised CFH Facilities on the development of a £75m science and research centre. Carina Cobbold is also recommended.

Simon Button’s team at Fosters is singled out for its ‘extremely good service’. ‘Professional, knowledgeable, calm and efficient’ senior associate Rachel Appleton advised a SIPP on commercial property purchases, and a local restaurant chain on the acquisition of McDonald’s restaurant franchises.

Leathes Prior’s practice includes respected figures Rob Sibley, who advised CVS (UK) on the acquisition of veterinary practices, and William Riley. David Clarke and associate Paul Oldershaw are also recommended.

The ‘excellent practice’ at Steeles Lawalways provides prompt and efficient service’. Clients value the ‘experience and professionalism’ of the ‘patient and tenacious’ Michael Fahy - . He advised on the multimillion-pound sale of a food sector business with over 20 premises.

Clients praise Genie Barham’s ‘knowledge, attention to detail, speed and accuracy’ at Ashtons Legal. She advised Yarco Properties on the sale of freehold premises in Great Yarmouth, and Ripblast & Co on remortgaging a large industrial site in Snetterton.

Clapham & Collinge Solicitors’ Hugh Berridge has over 25 years’ experience. He advised on a £3m farm option purchase, and the £8m sale of development land. He handles leasehold acquisitions for Rethink Mental Illness.

Cozens-Hardy LLPgives pragmatic and sound advice’. Caroline Linsdell and Daniel Evans ‘respond quickly, knowledgeably and with an eye to resolving issues in the best interests of their clients’.

Rogers and Norton is noted for its ‘good knowledge of retail and commercial property issues, and for its considered and relevant advice’. Bruce Faulkner is ‘thorough, attentive and offers good advice’. Senior solicitor Lauren Coleman is also recommended.

Spire Solicitors LLP fields several respected local market figures, including social housing expert Kevin Oelrichs and Tim Chiverton, who specialises in landlord and tenant matters.

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