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Buckles Solicitors LLP has ‘a very effective, energetic and professional team of friendly lawyers who are clearly keen to offer speedy responses to any issue’. The team’s diverse practice covers the administration of property portfolios, agricultural land acquisitions and sales, mineral extraction and landfill development, landlord and tenant issues, corporate support work and the commercial property related securitisations. Head of department Michael Rabbett handles a broad mix of agricultural, commercial and residential property matters and works closely with clients in the agricultural and haulage sectors. Also recommended are Colleen Gostick, who is ‘extremely knowledgeable and always strives to provide a top-quality service’, and Michael Blank, who acts for high-profile commercial clients. Chris Mundell joined the firm as a partner having previously worked as UK property counsel for Virgin Active, and solicitor Brendon Lee joined from the combined legal team of Harrow and Barnet Councils to add skills in planning and development work. The team recently acted for Best Friends Veterinary Group on the disposal of a chain of surgeries that involved granting new leases on 24 properties. The firm also acted for a leading international chain of health clubs as on the redevelopment and extension of a facility in central London that involved the surrender of leases, removal of rights across land and a development agreement. Other clients include Keystone Developments Limited and Cross Keys Homes.

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP is a ‘highly skilled and commercially aware firm’ that comes ‘highly recommended’ by clients, who are ‘happy to refer others to the firm’. Directors Stephen Illingworth and Karin Horsley are well regarded for their ability to manage complex and high-value deals in a commercial way. Illingworth works mainly on leasing deals and strategic development acquisitions. Horsley has significant expertise acting for overseas investors on multimillion-pound investment property acquisitions in London, and advises large companies on the real estate aspects of substantial corporate transactions. The firm has a strong team of associates, including Samantha East, who focuses on development and investment funding matters for financial institutions, and Katrina Bretten, whose practice bridges commercial property and construction law. Horsley acted for Marshall Motor Holdings on the property aspects of its £106m acquisition of Ridgeway Garages (Newbury), which required due diligence on 47 properties.

Hegarty LLP’s property practice is ‘very professional and helpful, and provides good value for money’. It focuses on rural land issues including investment transactions, construction, development projects, acquisitions and disposals. Senior partner and head of department Richard Hegarty is ‘first class and has a wealth of experience’. Associate Joy Plummer is ‘approachable, knowledgeable and looks for solutions to issues rather than just reporting the facts’. Consultant Hugh Nicholls has more than 30 years’ experience and is highly recommended. Hegarty recently advised Ballast Phoenix Ltd on complex leasing arrangements for waste incineration facilities. He also acted for Lawrence David Ltd in numerous transactions including the lease of its former office premises. Another highlight saw the team act for Rutland Water Cycling Ltd on the lease of a new store at Cambridge Railway Station and the construction of a new outlet at a retail park.

Hunt & Coombs LLP’s department is headed by Anna Spriggs, a highly experienced and knowledgeable specialist property lawyer. She regularly advises on the sale and acquisition of church, charity and development land as well as handling leasehold and freehold commercial sales and purchases. The firm handles high-value work for regional businesses, landed estates, institutional lenders, not-for-profit entities and statutory bodies. It is a regional leader for advice to charities throughout Northamptonshire, Rutland and the Peterborough Diocese. Consultant Paul Tate has nearly 40 years’ experience in commercial property and land development work. Legal executive Sarah Morris is recommended for landlord and tenant matters. Solicitors Carole Mahoney, who acts on leasehold and freehold sales and acquisitions, and James Steward, who focuses on commercial property and ecclesiastical law matters, are also recommended. One recent highlight in the ecclesiastical sector involved complex covenant releases and reverter provision.


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