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Gateley Plc is noted for its expertise in real estate finance, development and investment. The practice recently acted for Clowes Developments on the letting of premises to TNT as well as the subsequent sale of the property. Other clients include HSBC, English Care Villages and Certas Energy. Colin Gittus and Simon Taylor are highly recommended. Craig Mitchell left the firm to join Spearing Waite LLP.

Hewitsons’ ‘professional’ team acts for clients ranging from property funds and institutional property investors to charities and educational establishments. The practice also handles commercial developments including warehouses, retail outlets, hotels, pubs and offices. Patricia Kempson, Marc Carter and Claire Howard are recommended.

Howes Percival LLP is especially noted for its expertise in commercial land acquisitions and disposals, and regularly acts for retail trade and logistics companies. Norwich-based Tessa Haskey heads the ‘very strong’ team, which includes newly promoted partner Stuart Burns.

Tom Bower heads the team at Spearing Waite LLP, which is ‘one of the best in terms of experience, knowledge and proactivity’. Karen Herbert, Richard Wyvill, and Nisha Gohel are also recommended.

Wilkin Chapman LLP is noted for its ‘prompt and helpful service’ to clients including HSBC, University of Hull, and Longhurst & Havelock Homes. The team is noted for its strength in the industrial, renewables, retail and public sectors. Ruth Brewin, Peter Hanson and Paul Tollerton are the key contacts.

BHW Solicitors’ ‘impressive’ team acts for clients including Lavendon Group, T-Systems Limited, UK Mail and Next Group. Recent highlights include assisting Next Group with a series of lease and construction matters. Key figures include Kate Chorley, Beverley Merrell and team head Julie White, who is experienced in freehold and leasehold commercial property transactions.

Freeths acts for investment vehicles on site acquisitions, and advises on planning, procurement, construction, development and property management matters. Key clients include Tarmac, Deichmann-Shoes, Santander, and Flo Gas Britain. Simon Abbott and Sam Pancholi are recommended.

Peter Horner leads the team at Langleys Solicitors LLP, which recently advised Centurion Finance on the purchase of a retail property. Sarah Miles, who led on that matter, is also recommended.

Nelsons Solicitors Limited advises industrial-sector clients on property disposals, property acquisitions, refinancing projects, and development joint ventures. James Coningsby is the key contact.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s ‘excellent’ practice routinely acts for clients such as Everards Brewery, RBS and Vision Express. It is particularly noted for its work on commercial developments in the retail sector. Kate Hall is recommended.

Weightmans LLP has developed a strong presence and niche in the retail and leisure sectors. Key clients include Strada Trading, Santander, and Leicester YMCA. Richard Osborn and Sophie Philippon-Thomas are the key figures.

Roland Freeman heads the team at Chattertons, which is noted for its specialism in the agriculture and renewable energy sectors.

Wilson Browne Solicitors’ Thomas Warrender advised Anglo-Turkish International on the £1.1m sale of its warehouse and logistics centre in Kettering, and also assisted the client with its lease of a new premises in Corby.

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