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Browne Jacobson LLP is noted for its expertise in the sports, retail, health, education and renewable energy industries. The practice is advising Leicestershire County Council on a joint venture in relation to a proposed urban extension in Lutterworth. Barry Sully and Sarah Parkinson are recommended.

Freeths’ ‘efficient and diligent’ team advised key client LNT Group on its multimillion-pound sale of Ideal Care Homes to Anchor, which included more than 24 new build care homes. The team is led by Darren Williamson, who is especially strong in investment and food retail developments. Mike Taplin is another key name and focuses on residential and commercial developments.

Gateley Plc’s ‘strong team’ is led by Adam Youatt, who is especially experienced in handling matters with healthcare elements; a recent highlight saw him advise Syganture Discovery on the development of new bioscience facilities by Nottingham City Council and BioCity. Andy Matthews is also recommended.

David Watson and Graham Banks lead Geldards LLP’s team, which is noted for its ‘fantastic level of service’. The practice recently advised Leicester City Council on a regeneration project concerning the city’s former industrial riverside area. Also recommended are Jamie Gordon and education property specialist Paul Hilsdon.

Shoosmiths LLP’s ‘overall level of service is excellent’. The practice continues to act for IKEA on a range of property mandates, including the disposal of two undeveloped sites and the purchase of a new potential store site. Deborah Gordon Brown, Sean Burke and Matthew Kenwood are recommended.

Ian Beardmore heads the ‘very focused’ team at Flint Bishop LLP, which is particularly noted for its work for local developers such as Ivygrove Developments Limited. The practice also acts for Methodist Homes on development and disposal of retirement homes throughout the UK. Beverley Simms is also recommended.

Fraser Brown handles a broad range of commercial property work for a mixed client base of private investors and national PLCs. Its expertise covers real estate sales and acquisitions, leases and development work. Retail expert Graham Green and Chris Barnes are recommended.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s practice is headed by retail and leisure specialist Brendan Walsh, who recently advised Everards Brewery on the letting and forward sale of a retail development, which involved handling the decommissioning of the brewery site. The group also acts for developers in the renewable energy industry.

Highlights for Actons’ ‘excellent’ team included assisting Framework Housing Association with the acquisition of housing stock and operation premises, and on development projects. Amanda Gordon leads the team.

Nelsons Solicitors Limited’s ‘breathtakingly efficient’ practice acts for national and regional developers on a wide spectrum of strategic land acquisition, planning and development mandates in the office and retail sectors. Riaz Dudhia and newly promoted partner Martin Jinks are the key contacts. Rick Staniland retired and Jo Backhouse joined Nottingham City Council.

Rothera Dowson and Sharp Young & Pearce LLP merged in 2016 to form Rothera Sharp Solicitors. The merger brings together expertise in ecclesiastical property matters and work for clients including Rockingham Castle Estate. Tom Redgate and Kerry Elliott are the key figures.

Highlights for Smith Partnership’s practice included acting for a UK subsidiary of a multinational communications company on the intergroup transfer of its national commercial property portfolio. Retail and healthcare specialist Jason Wood leads the team, which includes Rashid Ali, who is noted for his specialist expertise acting for pharmacies, and Tom Hoyle.

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