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Commercial property: Elsewhere in the North West

Index of tables

  1. Commercial property: Elsewhere in the North West
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

Next Generation Partners

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Brabners LLP's Preston-based team is noted for its experience across the retail and leisure sectors and it is regularly instructed by well-known companies, as well as high-net-worth individuals. The agricultural sector is also a key area of focus. Department head Ross Shine is engaged on a range matters including complex developments, overage agreements, portfolio disposals and corporate support. Associate Helen Ryan is experienced in advising landowners on residential developments.

Practice head(s):Ross Shine

Other key lawyers:Helen Ryan

Key Clients

The Swinton Group

Sofology

Better Bathrooms

Leonard Curtis

Sajed Investments

Ferraris Restaurant

Countyroute

Sanderson Weatherall

Parcel2Go

The T Brady Group

SUSD Holdings

National Football Museum

Work highlights

  • Advised The Swinton Group on more than 100 individual property transactions.
  • Provided HCP and Countyroute on CPO advice relating to a road scheme in Essex.  
  • Advised Sajed Investments on the acquisition of a near freehold investment of a property occupied by the Co-Op.
  • Advised Leonard Curtis on the disposal of a property owned by a club where the members had limited knowledge and evidence of title.
  • Advised T B Group Pension Scheme on the disposal of a site which is conditional on planning with phased payments, environmental complexities and strict compliance with the client’s pension fund requirements.

Gorvins Solicitors' expertise includes landlord, tenant and estate management work, property acquisitions and disposals, and funding and development agreements for commercial, residential and mixed-use developments. The property team also provides support to business asset and corporate acquisitions and disposals, handles secure lending work, and is engaged on real estate restructuring work in addition to distressed property disposals. It is instructed by a range of clients including local authorities, property developers, investors, banks and corporate funders, and it also acts for corporate and individual landlords and tenants. Managing partner Martin Hoare leads the team and Claire Beaumont acts for lender clients.

Practice head(s):Martin Hoare

Other key lawyers:Claire Beaumont; Colin Mellor

Key Clients

Urban Splash Group

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Marcus Worthington Properties

Peel Media Limited

European Metal Recycling

New City Vision

Inner City Music Limited T/A Band on the Wall

Lundy Projects

FO Developments

Wood Restaurants

Redsun Projects

Oldham Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Wood Restaurants Chester on an operating agreement and brand licence for new hotel, which is under construction, relating to restaurant food and drink services.
  • Advised Redsun Projects on the acquisition of a complex site from Wirral BC, together with associated development agreements for development and disposal.
  • Advised Urban Splash UK Residential on the purchase of 40 apartments at Velvet Mill, Lister Mills, Bradford.
  • Advised Urban Splash UK Residential on the purchase of 10 new build properties at Irwell, Riverside, Salford
  • GM Chamber of Commerce on the re-gear of multi floor leases, together with associated Deed of Variations.

Commercial property boutique Land Law LLP handles a full range of property-related mandates with 'deep expertise' across development work, investment transactions, property finance and property management work. Managing partner Angus Whyte is 'exceptional' ; Helen Davidson has a 'wealth of experience'; Paul Grundy acts for developers, investors and landlords; and recently promoted partner Nicola Jackson is regularly engaged by investment clients. Associate partner Tim Richards recently joined from Addleshaw Goddard and Sarah Bonwick  is also a key figure.

Practice head(s):Angus Whyte

Other key lawyers:Helen Davidson; Paul Grundy; Nicola Jackson; Tim Richards; Sarah Bonwick

Testimonials

'The team shows great responsiveness and dedication to each project.'

'It has a collaborative approach to transactions and the team has a good understanding of client objectives.'

'Sarah Bonwick is always responsive and is pro-active.'

Key Clients

Manchester Unity Friendly Society

De Trafford Estates

Quorum Estates

GE

Tata

Styles and Wood

The Peel Group

Eric Wright Group

Solvay

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Work highlights

  • The team advised landowner, the Alice Jackson Trust, in relation to the promotion of its site at Willaston, Cheshire through the planning process and its onward disposal for development.
  • Advised Manchester Unity Friendly Society on the £5.25m acquisition of an airport car park.
  • Advised developer De Trafford Estates on the purchase of the site for its No1 Castlefield development in Manchester City Centre.
  • Acted for Quorum Estates in relation to the sale of a portfolio of seven industrial investment properties.
  • Advised GE Aviation Systems on a conditional agreement for lease securing new warehouse and office premises for the aviation company client.

The 'growing' team at Myerson Solicitors LLP handles the full range of property work; the team is regularly instructed by developer and investor clients, and it also acts for a range of business clients throughout the region and beyond. It advises on residential and commercial property developments, and also houses portfolio management expertise, where it is often instructed by high-net-worth clients. Joanne Perritt heads the core commercial property team and the 'brilliant' Richard Lloyd leads the department.

Practice head(s):Richard Lloyd

Other key lawyers:Joanne Perritt

Testimonials

'The partners are easy to get in touch with and the other members of the legal team are quick to respond.'

 

 

Key Clients

Fortis Developments

Fairhome Group

Philip J Davies

Armstrong Brooks

LadBible Group

ICI Dulux/Akzo Nobel

Peninsula Business Services

Dean Property Group

Work highlights

  • The team has represented Fairhome on dozens of separate development projects, each involving the purchase and development of a property or properties, the leasing of the property to a registered care provider and the disposal of the completed investment to a pension fund.
  • The team advises Fortis Developments on a range of matters; it advised on the acquisition, forward funding and development of the Green Quarter 7 development in Manchester; the acquisition of Bridgewater Wharf in Salford; the development of phases 1, 2 and 3 of Adelphi Wharf, Salford; and the acquisition of a development site at Salford Quays.
  • Advised LADBible Group on the relocation of its London offices.
  • The team advises ICI Dulux Decorator Centres on the management of the leases of its 200 stores in England and Wales.
  • Advises Philip J Davies in connection with various property management issues relating to its substantial portfolio of properties.

Napthens LLP is instructed by quoted companies, national organisations, large scale regional developers and builders, as well as owner-managed businesses and individual property investors across Lancashire, Merseyside and Cumbria, on all real estate mandates. Jamie Allinson, who is based across the firm's Kendal and Preston offices, heads the overall team which includes: Preston team head Martin Beardsworth, who is regularly instructed by owner-managed businesses and SMEs; David Hill, who heads the Blackburn-based team, handles landlord and tenant issues; Kate Mallaband who heads the team in Cumbria and specialises in secured lending and refinancing matters; and Paul Hardy who leads the Blackpool-based team and acts for a number of GP partnerships and NHS Trusts.

Practice head(s):Jamie Allison

Other key lawyers:Martin Beardsworth; David Hill; Paul Hardy; Kate Mallaband

Testimonials

'The firm has a very positive and pragmatic 'can-do' culture which brings confidence in its professional ability and quality of service.'

'The team is very responsive in its communication.'

'David Hill is pro-active in negotiations and he is always prepared to go the extra mile to get deals concluded.'

Key Clients

Blackburn Diocese Board of Education

Mason Owen Financial Services

GT UK Holdings

The James Mercer Group

Inflata Group

Royal Bank of Scotland Group

Halo Business Solutions

Taylor Patterson Trustees

Poppy & Jacks Nurseries

Graham & Brown

Textile Imports

Penna

Work highlights

  • Advised Thornton Sports and Football Club on an agreement with NPL Estates, the owners and developers of the Hillhouse Enterprise Zone in Thornton Cleveleys.      
  • Advised Blackpool Grand Theatre Trust Co Ltd on a complex lease matter.    
  • Advised Castle Green Hotel on the sale of a Cumbria hotel to global investors.
  • Advised Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on the sale of the former Fleetwood Hospital.
  • Advised Kensington Development on infrastructure requirements for a major housing development.

Aaron & Partners LLP stands out for its expertise across ecclesiastical property and charity land work. The education, utilities, food and retail sectors are also key areas of focus, and it is also instructed on renewable energy and waste management mandates. The team is active on commercial and residential development matters and is experienced in agricultural land and estates work. Team head Simon Ellis frequently handles commercial property instructions and is experienced in the utilities and charities sectors. Emma McGlinchey, who joined in 2018 from Knights plc, acts for retail and food sector clients. Senior associate Lisa Moncur is 'first-rate' and is experienced in diocesan work.

Practice head(s):Simon Ellis

Other key lawyers:Emma McGlinchey; Lisa Moncur; Iwan Williams

Key Clients

Dŵr Cymru Cyfyngedig (Welsh Water)

Mostyn Estates

Edenstone Homes

John Holford Charity

Chester Diocesan Board of Finance

Santander

HSBC

Knights of Old

University of Chester

Galliers Properties

Work highlights

  • Advised Dŵr Cymru Cyfyngedig  (Welsh Water) on the proposed extension of Waste Water Treatment Works, involving development over agricultural land subject to AHA tenancy, just outside the Snowdonia National Park.
  • Advised Edenstone Homes on a series of developments focused on the South Wales area.
  • Advised Knights of Old Ltd on the sale of a distribution warehouse in Northampton.
  • The team advises Galliers Properties on on-going investment property work.
  • The team advises the University of Chester Matter on a range of property matters.

Butcher & Barlow LLP¬†handles land acquisitions and is experienced in commercial and residential development.¬†Jonathan Aldersley¬†is experienced in the sale and purchase of public houses and also handles commercial refinancing.¬†John Hyatt¬†and Rebecca Jepson¬†handle transactions in the agricultural sector, and¬†James Hodgson¬†advises on commercial leases and investment property work.¬†The team welcomed the 'experienced'¬†Daniel Woodcock¬†from Chafes Hague Lambert LLP¬†in 2019.¬†¬†Recently promoted partner Zo√ę Paton-Crockett, who is experienced in land promotion and advises on the acquisition and sale of land for commercial and residential development, heads the team.

Practice head(s):Zoë Paton-Crockett

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Aldersley; Daniel Woodcock; John Hyatt; Rebecca Jepson

Testimonials

John Hyatt is able to efficiently complete deals without it seeming like a long winded process.

James Hodgson is meticulous in his work and is commercially aware to ensure that a deal can be done.

Jonathan Aldersley is very efficient, knowledgeable and responds quickly.

The team has a wealth of knowledge and experience and is able to effectively and efficiently handle complex property negotiations.

The team is very knowledgeable, capable and pragmatic.

Key Clients

Joseph Holt

Trustees of the Booth Charities

Svenska Handelsbanken

Renew Land Developments

Muller Property Group

Fords of Winsford

Pioneer Design and Build

Black & White Developments

Stretton Property Group

Staffordshire Waste

Land Recovery

Llanfaelog Rhosneigr

Orchard Green Developments

Work highlights

  • Represented a property investor on the sale of a multi-let industrial estate to an institutional investor.
  • Represented a valuable family trust fund in the promotion of green belt land which involved collaboration with an adjoining landowner.
  • Advised Renew Land Developments on the conditional acquisition and simultaneous sale of a public house and adjoining land to a housing association for residential development.
  • Advised Black & White Developments on the sale of a multi-let industrial site with construction elements
  • Advised Muller Property Group on the acquisition of a site intended for residential redevelopment by a housing association, which was simultaneously sub-sold together with another site already owned by the client.  

DTM Legal LLP specialises in commercial and residential real estate work. The team is experienced in agricultural law and acts for farming, rural and landed estate clients. The team is engaged on development mandates for landowners, house builders, wind farm, gas storage and other infrastructure developer clients. Sally Pilott specialises in development work; Stephen Lunt is 'very experienced'; and Paul Makinson is also a key partner. The team was recently bolstered by the arrival of senior associate Robin Sharp from DWF. Sue Elias leads the residential department, and commercial property head Anna Duffy operates across the firm's Chester and Liverpool offices.

Practice head(s):Sue Elias; Anna Duffy

Other key lawyers:Sally Pilott; Stephen Lunt; Paul Makinson; Robin Sharp

Testimonials

The team provides a personal, prompt and professional service.

Sally Pilott is extremely approachable and knowledgeable.

The practice is extremely efficient and gives fast turn around times on complex legal issues, with plenty of detail.

Stephen Lunt is an exceptional commercial property lawyer; he is insightful, very quick and to the point, and is able to add commercial value.

Key Clients

Pro Investments Limited/FI Real Estate

The Anwyl Group

Archway Homes

Morbaine

Delamere Homes Pulford

Chester Rugby Union Football Club

Chester Zoo

Urban Space Property Holdings

Clogau Gold of Wales

Cygnet Group

Vast Visibility

Tattenhall Dairy Products

Helsby Parish Council

Wastdale Investments

Legat Owen

Manweb

The Majory Body Tees

Willan Group

Larchfield Bell

F & O Homes

A Bernie Queensferry Auction

FG Whitley & Sons

Dandy’s (Chester)

Vivio Developments

Marcol Developments

Kingmead

Kinsey Farming

Ursula Keyes Trust

Work highlights

  • Acted for The Anwyl Pension Trustees on the surrender of an existing lease to an NHS body, the grant of an Agreement for Lease with landlord’s works, and advised on the simultaneous completion of the lease and onward sale of the property as an investment property to the government body.
  • Advised the client on the purchase a property for the development of seven houses and refurbishment with subsequent plot sales.
  • Instructed by a client on the letting of a hotel to a large national chain.
  • Instructed by a client on a refinance deal of a newly converted residential developer.
  • Advised a national house builder on the purchase of land for the development of 82 dwellings.

Forbes Solicitors is experienced in property matters across the construction, retail, manufacturing, healthcare and sports sectors. Pension fund property transactions are also a key area of expertise. The team is increasingly active on development work and has been instructed by builder, landowner and large developer clients on residential and commercial projects. In addition, the team is increasingly active in the agricultural sector. Department head Adam Bromley also heads the firm’s SIPP & SSAS pension sector group; Tim Hollingsworth handles the sale and purchase of development sites; and Richard Clithero handles commercial property transactions and secured lending work.

Practice head(s):Adam Bromley

Other key lawyers:Tim Hollingsworth; Richard Clithero

Testimonials

The team is quietly very efficient.

The firm provides the personal touch.

Adam Bromley and John Pickervance ensure that deals work smoothly and will be accepted by all parties, rather than just stating what the problems or possible issues are.

Key Clients

WEC Group

Mattioli Woods (previously Taylor Patterson)

Lawrence Hunt & Co

Rushcliffe

GPC SIPP (formerly Guardian Pension Consultants Ltd)

Burnley Football Club

Paul Heathcote

Kepak Group

Hakim Group

McDermott Homes

Work highlights

  • Advised a food manufacturing client on its acquisition of the property portfolio of 2 Sisters Red Meat.
  • Acting for a manufacturing client in a de-merger involving the transfer of 12 industrial properties.
  • Advised a higher education establishment on a refinance with multiple lenders over different parts of the campus.
  • Advised a private individual on a very high-value land sale.
  • Acted for an agricultural farming client on the acquisition of land and a property portfolio refinance.

Hillyer McKeown LLP's Chester office works closely with colleagues in Liverpool to handle real estate finance work, and acts for a number of lender clients. The team is also active on acquisitions for investment and trading purposes, as well as landlord and tenant and development work. Ian Millington acts for owner-managed businesses, SMEs, charities and pension trustees. John Morshead handles non-contentious landlord and tenant matters, acquisitions, disposals and secured finance. Caroline Jones leads the residential and commercial property departments.

Practice head(s):Caroline Jones

Other key lawyers:Ian Millington; John Morshead

Testimonials

John Morshead handles transactions with professionalism and attention-to-detail, but also with a pragmatism borne of many years experience in the property sector.

Key Clients

One Planet Adventure

Protec International

Progress to Excellence

Progress Schools

Leaswood Properties

Anselmians Rugby Football Club

PBRT

Work highlights

  • Advised Protec International in its £4m acquisition of a plot of land at the new Markham Vale development.
  • Advised One Planet Adventure on the acquisition of an outdoor pursuits centre and associated use of the adjacent Llangollen forest with funding from HSBC and the Development Bank of Wales.
  • Represented Progress to Excellence and Progress Schools on a number of lease transactions.
  • Advised Leaswood Properties on the £1.35m acquisition of Burton Manor House.
  • Advised Anselmians Rugby Football Club on the £1.1m redevelopment scheme for its clubhouse.

SAS Daniels LLP has particular expertise in residential work; the team stands out for its experience in the land promotion sector and has advised on a number of land disposals for residential development. It is also instructed by owner-managed businesses on their property needs and handles development work. The estates and agricultural sector is also a key driver of the practice where James Goddard, who was recently promoted to partner, is noted. Elsewhere, James Clarke  handles development work and promotion agreements; Nigel Read leads the residential property team; Neil Powell is active on education sector work; and Andrew Clark handles development work. Recently promoted partner Scott Tams is instructed by social housing providers.

Practice head(s):James Clarke

Other key lawyers:James Goddard; Nigel Read; Neil Powell; Andrew Clark; Scott Tams; Steven Percy

Testimonials

Scott Tams consistently provides solid and prompt advice on a diverse range of matters.

 

 

Key Clients

Gladman Developments

Frederic Robinson

Willan Homes

Silkdale Properties

Henderson Homes

Enabling Homes

Anwyl Land

Handelsbanken

Nat West Bank

Clive Sall Architects

Beech Developments (NW)

Beluga Projects

Work highlights

  • Advised Wren Properties on its £2.9m acquisition of a prime high-street retail investment property.
  • Advised Henderson Homes (UK) as the purchaser of land for residential or commercial development from the Crown Estate.
  • Represented Enabling Homes on its acquisition and sale of a £9m portfolio of properties to a Real Estate Investment Trust.
  • Represented a developer client on the conversion of business premises to 34 residential units.
  • Represented client on the disposal of a residential development site with outline planning permission.

Slater Heelis LLP handles landlord and tenant matters for high-profile clients and is instructed on property transactions by investors. Residential development work is also a key area of focus for the department. Mike Fox handles complex landlord and tenant matters as well as site acquisitions and disposals; Zara Banday and Stephen Locke stand out for their experience in residential property transactions; Olajide Jay Lafinhan handles commercial and residential work; and Hannah Al-Shaghana is instructed by leisure and education sector clients. Will Henson in Manchester heads the team.

Practice head(s):Will Henson

Other key lawyers:Mike Fox; Zara Banday; Stephen Locke; Hannah Al-Shaghana; Olajide Jay Lafinhan; Lucy Porter

Testimonials

The team is flexible, helpful and diligent.

Mike Fox is superb, helpful, thoughtful and genuinely looks after the client's long term interests.

The team is extremely efficient, diligent and quick to respond.

Lucy Porter is extremely diligent and quick.

Key Clients

Gino D’Acampo Worldwide Restaurants

Tre Ciccio Altrincham

Tre Ciccio Holdings

Tre Ciccio (Bramhall)

Upper Brook Investments

Esprit Warehousing

Work highlights

  • Advised Gino D`Acampo Worldwide Restaurants on the lease for new restaurant premises on Temple Row Birmingham.  
  • Advised Tre Ciccio Altrincham on lease matters relating to the purchase of an existing restaurant business.  
  • Advised Tre Ciccio Ramsbottom  as a tenant taking a new lease of a new site, to open a second Tre Ciccio restaurant.
  • Advised Upper Brook Investments on its re-finance of 23 apartments at Q3 Development, Hyde Grove, Manchester to Lloyds Bank.
  • Advised Esprit Warehousing on a strategically important 10 year lease.

Baines Wilson LLP is active on a number of commercial and residential development projects, commercial property acquisitions and secured lending transactions. The team also handles landlord and tenant work across the region and beyond. The hotel, leisure and education sectors are key areas. Sean Logue heads the team where Duncan Harty and Laura Barnfield are also key figures.

Practice head(s):Sean Logue

Other key lawyers:Duncan Harty; Laura Barnfield

Testimonials

The team stands out for its overall competence and availability.

It has a high level of communication and has the willingness to go the extra mile.

It provides quality advice.

Work highlights

  • Represented Genesis Homes (North) on the acquisition and financing of a residential development site.
  • Represented Party A on its acquisition of a residential development site from Party B.

Blackstone Solicitors Limited is engaged by a range of clients including pension funds, investors, SMEs, private individuals, charities, retail and leisure sector clients, as well as banks and funders, on commercial property mandates. Nick Jackson, who is instructed by occupier, investor and developer clients, Michelle Rothburn and Jo Raby, who is head of residential conveyancing, are the key contacts.

Other key lawyers:Nick Jackson; Michelle Rothburn; Jo Raby

Farleys Solicitors LLP handles a range of commercial property work including commercial leases, property finance, acquisition and disposals, estate management and mortgage advice, and the team also advises on residential and commercial developments. Stephen Greenwood in Preston, Blackburn-based Tom O’Neill and Ian Liddle, who is based in the Manchester office, head the team.

Practice head(s):Ian Liddle; Tom O’Neill; Stephen Greenwood

FDR Law is regularly engaged by commercial and residential developers, retail and leisure operators, corporate occupiers, and investors. It also acts for public sector clients and is experienced in education sector property mandates. Its experience includes strategic partnering and site assembly work, acquisitions and disposals, asset management, development and forward funding work. Team head Stephen Woodall acts for public and private sector clients; Charles Agar is experienced in private sector property development instructions; and John King handles contentious matters.

Practice head(s):Stephen Woodall

Other key lawyers:Charles Agar; John King

Testimonials

The the team provides advice in a down to earth and succinct way that assists clients to get to the heart of the matter quickly.

The team is very responsive and are very good communicators.

Stephen Woodall is a very good communicator and delivers an exceptional level of service; he has a great understanding of the commercial realities of the deals he transacts and he consistently adds value.

Key Clients

Network Space

Network Space Developments

Network Space Management

Beck Developments

Beck Homes (NW)

United Utilities Property Services

Warrington & Vale Royal College

Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College

Halton Borough Council

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council

West Lancashire Borough Council

Warrington Borough Council

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service

Work highlights

  • Represented Network Space on the sale of 25 separate commercial and industrial sites across the North West in a deal worth £93m.
  • Advised United Utilities Property Services on the disposal of a substantial area of land at Thorn Road, Swinton for residential development and the construction of a community park.
  • Acted on behalf of a client on the negotiation and completion of a property and asset management agreement in respect of a national portfolio of industrial and commercial sites.
  • Advised the client on the disposal of a substantial landholding at Appleton Thorn in Warrington for residential development.
  • Advised a retail management company on the negotiation and completion of a property and asset management agreement in respect of a mixed portfolio of 25 separate commercial and industrial sites across the North.

Harrison Drury & Co stands out for its experience in agricultural and landed estates management. The team also handles residential and commercial development, leases, landlord and tenant work, and is instructed by investors on property acquisitions. The firm offers experience across the charity and not-for-profit, industrial, manufacturing, leisure, hospitality, retail, transport and utilities sectors. Naomi Fell in Kendal is 'very approachable and hardworking', Owen McKenna in Preston is 'highly professional, efficient and extremely knowledgeable,' and team head Simon England in Clitheroe is noted for landlord and tenant work.

Practice head(s):Simon England

Other key lawyers:Naomi Fell; Owen McKenna; Mike Fetherstone; Allan Sumner

Testimonials

The team is highly professional, competent and efficient.

The team communicates well with clients and is personable and comprehensive in its work.

The team has excellent technical understanding and has the ability to advise on a wide range of property law issues.

Naomi Fell is excellent and advises well in all circumstances; her frankness and go-getting attitude enables a smooth process.

The team is efficient in its delivery of service; the team often works to tight deadlines yet are thorough in their approach with a meticulous eye for detail.

Simon England has a broad knowledge base; he is shrewd and diligent in his approach and very thorough in the work he produces.

Key Clients

Eric Wright Group

James Alpe Developments

Eric Dunmore

PJM Property Investment

Sir Simon Towneley (Worsthorne Estate, Cliviger and Burnley)

Flavour Warehouse Holdings

Applethwaite

Linda O’Hanlon

Anvic Developments

Leeming Property

Astra Business Centre

Oakfield Park, Kirkby Lonsdale

Ballam Oaks

Stainton

Kannegiesser

Peter Jackson, the Jeweller

Chicken Delicatessen

Work highlights

  • The team acts for long-standing client Eric Dunmore, a prominent local businessman, on his varied property investment portfolio.
  • The team advises Applethwaite, part of the Eric Wright Group, on the provision of quality new build homes in the North West.  
  • Acted for a long-standing client on the sale of its interest in Astra Business Park for £4.7m.
  • Advised the developer of an exclusive collection of new houses.
  • The team advises Eric Wright Group on a range of property portfolio management matters.

Jolliffe & Co LLP is active on commercial and residential real estate work and is instructed by PLC clients and medium-sized private companies. Department head James Harris handles high-value freehold and leasehold commercial real estate acquisitions and is experienced in leisure sector work.

Practice head(s):James Harris

Key Clients

Animal Trust

Aviation Park (including CCB Property Partnership LLP & CCB Trading )

Bowsall

Brunning & Price

Challenger Mobile Communications

Chester Cathedral

Chester Zoo (the North of England Zoological Society)

Christopher Blackham

Crankshaft

Datascope Systems

Delamere Palatine

HIAB

Work highlights

  • Advised Rhino Products on its acquisition a new factory near Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.
  • Acted for the outgoing shareholders on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Pro-Vision Distribution for £3m.
  • Advised Bowsall on an option agreement for the development of land, subject to planning permission involving a section 106 planning obligation agreement with sub-sale to registered housing association.
  • Advised HIAB on the acquisition of the business and assets of Londonderry Garage (S.E.) , which included a new lease of the existing premises of the target company as part of the acquisition of the business and assets.


Commercial property: Liverpool

Index of tables

  1. Commercial property: Liverpool
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

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DLA Piper UK LLP provides an 'excellent all round service'. The team advises on local, regional and national real estate projects, and is best known for its investment experience where it is regularly instructed by blue-chip clients. Development work is also a strong area for the team which has experience in significant regeneration projects. Philip Rooney has a 'wealth of experience'; Richard Thompson is a key contact for investment work, as is Alison Mills. Legal directors Richard Ascroft and Hannah Cheminais, who handles major development projects, are also key figures. North West real estate department head Mark Beardwood heads the Liverpool-based team.

Practice head(s):Mark Beardwood 

Other key lawyers:Philip Rooney; Richard Thompson;  Alison Mills; Richard Ascroft; Hannah Cheminais

Testimonials

A very engaging team at all levels, which consistently provides good quality advice.

They team is very commercial and pro-active.

Richard Thompson is extremely commercial, trusted and dependable.

Philip Rooney has an amazing memory and if there is a particularly complex issue he is always happy to give a clear and well advised view.

Mark Beardwood and Richard Ascroft have excellent commercial instincts and have proven to be completely unflappable in the face of very difficult circumstances.

Mark Beardwood has outstanding business and commercial knowledge and understands what is important to the client in legal transactions.

Key Clients

Schroder Real Estate Managers

Radisson Hotels

Universities Superannuation Scheme

Picton Capital

MRC Pension Trust

London Borough of Southwark Pension Fund

John Lewis Partnership Pension Fund

CBRE Global Investors

Heineken UK

Liverpool Football Club

Downing Developments

Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council

Elan Homes

St James Place UK

USF Nominees

Pace Trustees

Work highlights

  • Represented Liverpool Football Club in its new £50m training campus development.  
  • Advised new client Radisson Hotels on a £30m hotel development in Liverpool.  
  • Represented group companies of Heineken UK on the packaged disposal of 76 pubs.
  • Advised North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner on the acquisition of a building used as a call centre on St Asaph business park for £2.634m.
  • Advised Downing Developments on the acquisition of a development site in Lambeth with a contract conditional upon obtaining a satisfactory planning consent with complex provisions regarding rights of light, procuring vacant possession and overage.  

Brabners LLP  is engaged on property mandates in the North West region and across the UK. It handles commercial and residential development and investment work and it is instructed on property management work, where it has a strong retail sector following. Richard Roberts heads the Liverpool real estate department and also leads the retail and property management team. Iain Gamble acts for landowners and investors; Jeff Gillbanks is active on development work; and senior associate Kevin Manley is active on investment and property management work. Paul Firth is the firm's regional head of real estate.

Practice head(s):Paul Firth; Richard Roberts

Other key lawyers:Helen Brown; Iain Gamble; Neil McBurney; Jeff Gillbanks; Kevin Manley; Luke Taylor

Testimonials

They team doesn't hide behind legal jargon and can be trusted to give advice in a useful manner.

Neil McBurney is very personable which helps to grow a great working relationship.

The team at has a wide breadth of knowledge and experience and it combines this with a practical and commercial approach to provide an excellent overall service.

Key Clients

Peel Ports Group

McColls Retail Group

Primark

Associated British Foods

Peel Land & Property

Gower Street Estates Limited (The Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool)

Investec Wealth & Investment

Liver Buildingco (The Royal Liver Building)

The Merseyside Local Authority Pension Fund

Prospect (GB)

Wainhomes Group

Pavers Shoes

Work highlights

  • Advised McColl’s Retail Group on the disposal (by way of sale and leaseback) of 80 of the freehold and long leasehold interests in the properties acquired by McColl’s from the Co-op in 2016-17.
  • Advised Peel Land and Property on the development of a new ferry terminal in Liverpool to serve the Isle of Man.
  • Advised Peel Land and Property on the development of a 193-apartment private rented sector and retail scheme at Chatham Waters in Kent.
  • The team advises Primark on its continuing expansion through new stores, store extensions and asset management matters.
  • The team continues to advise Peel Land and Property on property matters for its strategic redevelopment of derelict dockland at Liverpool Waters.

Hill Dickinson LLP stands out for its retail, logistics, transport and healthcare expertise. The team is active on property development work and is also noted for its experience in acting for local authority clients. Real estate finance is also a key area of expertise. Martyn McDonald leads the retail property team, recently promoted partner Amanda Hurst leads the national healthcare property team, legal director David Swaffield is 'very experienced' and Liverpool team head Alex McCann is 'very able'. Jim Purves in Manchester is national head of property and construction.

Practice head(s):Jim Purves; Alex McCann

Other key lawyers:Martyn McDonald; Claire Cosgrove; Amanda Hurst;  Graham Archibald; David Swaffield

Testimonials

The team offers a coordinated approach.

Alex McCann is very thorough and user friendly; he gets things done.

Key Clients

Co-operative Group

Iceland Foods

Peel Group

Liverpool City Council

Kuehne + Nagel

National Express Group

First Group

Morbaine

Mason Partners

Maghull Developments

Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Universities Hospital Trust

Health Education England

North West Ambulance NHS Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised Peel Group in respect of a £55m housing joint venture with Urban Splash and a dementia village with Belong, as part of the ‘Wirral Waters’ development.
  • Acted for the family members of Mason Partners in relation to the development and ultimate sale of The Corn Exchange Building, Liverpool for £22.8m.
  • Advised developer Brickland on two major build-to-rent schemes in Liverpool and Manchester worth c£180m.
  • Advised Alexander Hotels on the acquisition of Great Fosters Hotel in Egham for £18.75m
  • Advised National Express on the £11m sale and leaseback and related underletting of a depot near Heathrow Airport.

Weightmans LLP is regularly instructed by public sector clients on a range of  regeneration projects. The education and retail sectors are a key focus and the team is also engaged on residential development projects. Clive Bleasdale leads the local government sector real estate team and stands out for his experience in regeneration projects. Janice Weatherly is instructed by education sector clients and also acts for owner-managed businesses. National head of property operations David Tabinor handles volume real estate mandates, while Matthew Williamson is experienced in retail sector work and Christopher Grady specialises in residential development mandates.

Practice head(s):David Tabinor

Other key lawyers:Clive Bleasdale; Janice Weatherly; David Tabinor; Matthew Williamson; Christopher Grady 

Key Clients

Royal Mail Group

British Steel

Liverpool City Council

Denbighshire County Council

Pure Leisure Group

Tipografic (Packaging)

NW Reserve Forces and Cadets

Association

Acorn Developments (Kirkby)

Dibbin Estates

Work highlights

  • The team is advising Liverpool City Council on the £1bn Paddington Village redevelopment project.  
  • Advises British Steel on property management work relating to Scunthorpe Steelworks and its wider property portfolio.
  • Advised S Norton & Co on a conditional contract for the sale of brownfield industrial land subject to receipt of detailed planning consent for hotel, commercial and residential use.  
  • The team advises Sefton Holdings on all aspects of its £28m property portfolio.

Freeths LLP enters into the rankings this year with its growing Liverpool-based real estate practice which handles a range of real estate finance, investment and development work. Team head Andrew Nichol is noted for his real estate finance and investment expertise and 'combines his extensive experience with a commercial approach to transactions and advice; he understands what clients require and manages to "get deals done"'. Nichol is ably supported by Luke Hopkins , who is 'extremely efficient and responsive; he is very experienced in real estate finance', and director Peter Barber, who recently joined from Land Law LLP.

Practice head(s):Andrew Nichol

Other key lawyers:Luke Hopkins; Peter Barber

Testimonials

The team is really practical and has great commercial know how.

The team has a strong handle on the local market and is extremely personable.

The firm provides a partner-led service and all matters benefit from the experience and commercial approach of the partners.

The team's legal expertise in relation to the property and finance sector is second-to-none, however the major strengths is around collaboration and ultimately getting the deal done.

The team's ability to navigate problem cases is second-to-none.

Luke Hopkins is knowledgeable, quick and excellent to work with.

Key Clients

Lloyds Bank

Handelsbanken

McComb Property Company

Santander UK

Hope Capital

Redwood Bank

Mental Health Care Group

ACM Estates

Roubaix Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Handelsbanken on its refinance of a portfolio of retail assets, which included two shopping centres, a retail park and four high street retail units.  
  • Advised Lloyds Bank on the provision of acquisition finance for the purchase of three retail pharmacies.  
  • Represented Liverpool Edge (Myrtle Street) on a £15m refinance from Santander UK.
  • Represented McComb Property Company on the sale of a Co-Op Convenience store in Ormskirk.
  • Advised McComb Property Company on its acquisition of a block of student housing in Ormskirk.

DTM Legal LLP is instructed by landlords, tenants, developers and investment clients in Liverpool and across the North West. The team is particularly active in the agricultural sector and is often engaged by retail sector clients. Team head Anna Duffy acts for investment and retail clients. Consultant Robert Harris and associate Isabel Rial are also key figures.

Practice head(s):Anna Duffy

Other key lawyers:Robert Harris; Isabel Rial

Testimonials

Robert Harris is exemplary; he is able to swiftly and professionally ensure that matters progress and he is never fazed - he just gets the job done.

The team's attention-to-detail is exceptional.

Not only does the team provide a high standard of care but it is also very personable.

 

Key Clients

The Atmore Group

Carpenters Investments

The Windmill Group

AAH Pharmaceuticals

Handelsbanken Liverpool

Morbaine

Quality Freight

Work highlights

  • Represented Client A on the freehold sale of an anchor store in part of a fully let shopping centre to Company B.
  • Advised the client in the acquisition of a new headquarters and manufacturing site.
  • Advised on the establishment of a £23m mixed-use development scheme.
  • Advised Company A on the grant of a lease of warehouse premises adjacent to new HQ and acted on a £6m BGF investment deal
  • Represented Client A on the grant of a lease of premises on Regent Street from the Crown.

MSB Law LLP is instructed by a range of regional, national and international property developers, investors, retail organisations healthcare sector clients and charities. The team is also increasingly active in the leisure and hospitality sector. It is instructed by landlords and tenants on commercial lease transactions and advises larger landlords on property management, as well as engaging in residential development projects.  The team is adept at handling property finance mandates.  Neil Kelly heads the team.

Practice head(s):Neil Kelly

Other key lawyers:Brad Armstrong

Key Clients

Sino Swan Holdings

Work highlights

  • Advised Sino Swan Holdings on a mixed commercial and residential development, creating 96 residential apartments within Liverpool city centre.
  • Represented a developer in a deal to purchase a car-park which is to be developed into a 126 unit tower.
  • Represented a finance Company in a deal to refinance a part-constructed development of apartments.
  • Represented a multi-million pound turnover restaurant chain on several new premises for its growing restaurant business.
  • Represented well known property developer on a refinance of a partially constructed development of apartments on a partially developed scheme.


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Addleshaw Goddard is the 'market leading firm for real estate work in Manchester' and is lauded as the 'go-to firm for real estate work'. The team is best known for its ability to handle big-ticket transactions in the city and across the North West region and acts for a broad client base which includes: trust and insurance companies, pension fund managers, developers, retailers, banks, transport agencies,  public and private sector organisations and corporate clients. Among the team, department head Peter Kershaw, who is 'exceptional',  Stephen Kinsey, who has a 'great standing in the market', and Anita Weightman are particularly recommended, as are legal directors Lucy Butterworth, Michael Corbett, and Emma Tonge.

Practice head(s):Peter Kershaw

Other key lawyers:Stephen Kinsey; Catherine Fearnhead; Anita Weightman; Paul Barnard; Patrick Duffy; Tony Weightman; Rhian Baggaley; Paul Dowdall; Julie Hodkinson; Lucy Butterworth; Brian Ghatan; Michael Corbett; Emma Tonge; Robin Warburton

Testimonials

The advice provided is second-to-none and delivered in plain English, but with great attention-to-detail.

It provides an exemplary service which really helps with easing the load for clients in meeting challenging deadlines.

The team provides excellent partner accessibility and is reliable.

The team has excellent attention-to-detail and is very commercial.

Key Clients

Aberdeen Standard Life Group of Companies

Allied London

British Land

Bruntwood Group of Companies

Co-operative Group of Companies

Corestates

Deloitte & Touch

FI Real Estate

Hermes

J Sainsbury Group of Companies

Muse Developments

National Grid

Nationwide Building Society

RBS

The Peel Group of Companies

The Miller Group of Companies

Threadneedle Group of Companies

Work highlights

  • The team originated, negotiated and completed the project documents on behalf of HERMES Investment Management in connection with Amazon's decision to locate its second UK HQ in Manchester.
  • Advised Bruntwood on negotiations with Aviva for the forward funding of an innovative hybrid building combining a multi-storey car park and hotel at Circle Square, Manchester.
  • The team advised Trafford Council on the acquisition of the former Kellogg's building in Old Trafford to be the base of UA92, the higher education project backed by former Man Utd footballer, Gary Neville, the University of Lancaster and Microsoft.
  • Advised Manchester Science Partnerships on the pre-let of the entire 92,000 sq ft Citylabs 2.0 development to Qiagen, which is to be developed as a world-leading precision medicine campus.
  • Advised Bruntwood on the formation of new group, Bruntwood SciTech, and the largest investment made in science and technology property assets in Europe in 2018 which include the life sciences centre at Alderley Park, Citylabs in Manchester on the NHS Campus and Manchester Science Park.

CMS's 'outstanding' real estate department is active across a significant number of key developments in Manchester and also handles a range of acquisitions, disposals and tenant management work across the UK. It is instructed by a range of institutional clients as well as organisations in the aviation, retail, health care, local government and services sectors. Department head Mark Haywood is 'superb', Peter Winnard is 'exceptional' and senior associate Tanya Francis is 'excellent'. Monica Brij has retired.

Practice head(s):Mark Haywood

Other key lawyers:Nathan Jansen; Peter Winnard; Chris Hallam; Nigel Lewis; Tanya Francis

Testimonials

A very strong practice for real estate work in Manchester.

The team fields excellent individuals and is very visible in the market.

Key Clients

Cromwell Property Group

Assura

Far East Consortium

Sigma Capital

DB Symmetry

Genr8 Developments

Ask Real Estate

Manchester City Council

Places For People Leisure Management Limited

Renaker

Mayfield Development Partnership

Manchester Airport Group

Work highlights

  • The team is advising Manchester City Council on the development of the landmark £111m arts and theatre venue, The Factory.
  • Advised Select, in joint venture with Bruntwood, on the £800m mixed-use Circle Square development to create a new neighbourhood within Manchester City Centre and regenerate the old BBC site.
  • The team has handled a significant number of large-scale portfolio acquisition and disposals for Assura, and has advised on numerous sales and leasebacks and individual primary care property acquisitions.
  • The team has acted for Cromwell Property Group on a series of multi-let investment disposals (both as asset sales and sales of offshore Jersey Corporate wrapper sales), which included the cross-border sale of the Alpha portfolio of eight mixed-use properties located in England and Scotland.
  • Advised Qatari Diar, the real estate investment arm of the sovereign wealth fund of the State of Qatar, on the restructuring of its £1.5bn PRS joint venture with DV4, Oxford Properties and APG.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's 'very well established' team regularly acts for private and public sector developers on development and regeneration schemes as well as acting for  real estate funds and institutional investors on the funding, acquisition and disposal of investment properties and is experienced in 'build to rent' mandates. The team also stands out for its experience in advising corporate clients on property mandates, and for its retail and healthcare sector experience. Team head Nancy Brown is 'very experienced' and handles a range of corporate real estate mandates, with particular experience in advising clients in the financial services, healthcare, retail and logistics sectors. Phillip Tunney acts for industrial clients on their property holdings and is also experienced in the minerals sector, and legal director Joanna Sowerby is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Nancy Brown

Other key lawyers:Ian Barker; Phillip Tunney; Michael Buchanan; Joanna Sowerby; Tracy Gibson; Elizabeth Cartwright; Roy Barry; Jayne Speers; Lindsey Clark

Key Clients

Aviva Investors

Muse Developments

English Cities Fund

Manchester Airport Group

Airport City Limited Partnership

Kier Property Developments

Peel Holdings

Barchester

The Co-operative Bank

Homes England

Harworth Group

Kwik Fit (ETEL)

Jardine (Lancaster)

Telehouse

Global Radio (Capital Radio)

PGL

Wainhomes

Essar

PH Properties

Ineos

Santander

Co-operative Bank

John Lewis/Waitrose

TSB Bank

LLDC

BAE Systems

Macbryde Homes

Nikal

Medesham Homes

Beech Developments

Livingbridge LLP

DXC

Johnson Controls (formerly Tyco)

G4S

Lend Lease

BUPA

Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

Bluemantle

Seashell Trust

Turning Point

Igloo Regeneration

AXA IM

Barclays Bank

Taylor Wimpey

Guardian Industrial

PWC

Siglion Developments

RR Donnellley

Slough Urban Regeneration

Cable Swan

Ashall Group

Salford City Council

Trafford Borough Council

PMG Regeneration

Booker

Manchester Metropolitan University

Premier Foods

Swissport GB

SCA Wood UK

IGas

Caddick Developments

Sappi Papier Holdings

Tarmac Group

Manchester International Festival

St Helens College

Carlisle City Council

Lyondelllbasel Industries

NCC Group

Avon

Dong Energy

University of Manchester

Leeds University

Maple Tree

Morris Homes

Work highlights

  • Advised Airport City Limited Partnership on the development and construction of a new multi-phase 1,000,000 sq ft HQ office campus for The Hut Group at Manchester Airport City.
  • Advised Airport City Limited Partnership on the development of three hotels at the core of the £180m hotel district at Airport City.
  • Advised English Cities Fund on its third bespoke PRS building at New Bailey, a £35m, 199 unit 20 storey riverside scheme
  • Advised Evans Property Group on the £90m investment sale of Rotherham Borough Councils’ civic headquarters underpinned by an 'annuity' lease structure.
  • Advised Trafford Borough Council on its investment in the Grafton Centre in Altrincham for £10.3m.

The 'strong and able' team at Shoosmiths LLP is best known for its experience in real estate development and investment work. The firm is also noted for its experience in student accommodation and PRS schemes and is acting for an increasing number of public sector clients. The retail and leisure sectors are key areas of focus. Andrew Pattinson, who heads the firm's Northern real estate team, is noted for his development expertise while recently promoted partner Lisa On-Iam has an investment work focus. Vaqas Farooq is now primarily based in the firm's London office.

Practice head(s):Andrew Pattinson

Other key lawyers:Daniel Hargreaves; Daniel Monaghan; Paul Gidman; Ruth Clare; Lisa On-Iam; Christine Suddes; Will Sanderson; James Brodie; Anna Lowe; Dave Lawson

Testimonials

The team is very able and has strong visibility in the Manchester market.

Key Clients

Allied London

Estee Lauder Cosmetics

Euro Car Parks

Lend Lease Residential

Muse Developments

Marston’s

Revolution Bars Group (formerly Inventive Leisure)

Select Property Group

XPO (formerly Norbert Dentressangle)

Watkin Jones

Countryside Properties

Footasylum

Derwent Holdings

Svenska Handelsbanken

Ted Baker

Hollins Murray Group

Parlison Properties

PDI (Holdings)

Bericote Properties

Bluemantle

The Gym Group

Synergie Holdings

Aspire Gym

Humberside Airport

Virgin Wine Online

Brightstar 20:20

Workshop

Bellway

PlaceFirst

Royal Borough of Kingston

Bolton Council

Stockport Council

Staying Cool

St Modwen Properties

Property Alliance Group Limited/Alliance Real Estate LLP/ARE II LLP

Godiva UK

Patrick Properties

Keepmoat Homes

Anwyl Land Limited/Anwyl Construction

Gladman Developments

Austringer

Greenbank Partnerships

Gilltown Limited

Sportsdirect.com Retail

Walgreen Boots Aliance

Euro Garages Limited

Monte Blackburn

Galliford Try Partnerships

Helena Partnerships

Taylor Grange Developments

De Trafford

Renaker

Landmark Investments

Total Developments

F1 Real Estate Management

Ralph Lauren UK

The Restaurant Group

Sigma Property Capital

Chantler Trading

Stretton Wakefield

Lancashire County Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Allied London on the sale and restructuring for the development of The Factory which will consist of a theatre and arts venue and will be owned by Manchester City Council and operated by MIF as the home of Manchester International Festival.
  • Advised Allied London on the pre-let of Manchester Goods Yard to Booking.com
  • Acted for Marston’s on the acquisition of 15 former M&B pubs by way of purchase of the assets and the grant of leases of the properties from Aprirose.  
  • Advised Sigma Property Capital on the portfolio acquisition of a number of residential development sites.
  • Advised Select Property Group on the development of  three new residential towers at Embankment West, near Chapel Street, Salford.

DAC Beachcroft LLP handles a full range of real estate work and is particularly noted for its experience in handling large scale asset management work for shopping centre operator clients. Commercial and residential development work is a key focus, and the team is also noted for its fund management expertise. The healthcare sector is an area of focus, as is real estate finance which is led by Peter Williams. The practice, which is led by Alison Key, was recently bolstered by the arrival of Sally Morris-Smith, who joined in 2019 from Shepherd and Wedderburn, and legal director David Lees, who joined from CMS in 2018.

Practice head(s):Alison Key

Other key lawyers:Sally Morris-Smith; Peter Williams; Adrian Wallbank; Liz Donnelly; Rachael Reynolds; Leanne Murray; Nick Molloy; David Lees; Katy Reddiough; Adam Simpson

Key Clients

Property Alliance Group

URW (Westfield)

Intu Properties

Land Securities

Lend Lease

Barratt Homes

Titlestone (now Paragon Bank)

Chester West and Chester Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Acted for Bolton Council in connection with the agreement for the refurbishment of the Octagon Theatre and the grant of a new long lease to Octagon Theatre Trust.
  • Advised Property Alliance Group on a development finance facility and pre-let agreements for two schemes in Bury and Leigh
  • Advised Titlestone on the sale of its £274m loan book to Paragon.
  • Advised The Kings School in Macclesfield on the disposal of the existing school site and the acquisition of a new 80 acre site, together with the construction of a new £60m purpose built state of the art campus.
  • Advised Unibail Rodamco Westfield in relation to lettings at the £600m extension to Westfield London.

DLA Piper UK LLP is experienced in handling development and investment work for public and private sector clients. The team advises on high-profile developments in Manchester and across the UK, and has particular expertise in funding and in structuring specialised assets. Department head Mark Beardwood acts for a number of investment clients; Robert Arnison stands out for his development work expertise; and Tom Kelsall leads on development and development-funding matters and co-heads the North West real estate finance team.

Practice head(s):Mark Beardwood

Other key lawyers:Robert Arnison; Tom Kelsall; Paul Burney

Key Clients

Transport for Greater Manchester

HS2/Secretary of State for Transport

Barings Real Estate Advisors

Greater Manchester Pension Fund

Capital & Centric

Balfour Beatty Investments

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

CBRE Global Investors

Houghton Regis Development Consortium

FI: Real Estate

Solutus Advisors

Beaufort Capital

Maslow Capital

The Soller Group

Work highlights

  • Advised the vendors on the £100m sale of the Microsoft Campus, Reading, a trophy investment asset acquired by a consortium of South Korean institutional investors.
  • Advised Capital & Centric on its redevelopment of the iconic Littlewoods Buildings, Liverpool including the agreement for lease entered into with Twickenham Studios.
  • Advised Houghton Regis Development Consortium on the development of an urban extension at Houghton Regis North, extending to 630 acres, to create more than 5,150 houses, a commercial / logistics space in excess of 2.25m sq ft, three new schools and around 190 acres of open space.
  • Advised on the strategic disposals of various former Toys R Us capital value properties from within the Duke portfolio.
  • Advised MRC Pension Trust on the purchase of a portfolio of industrial estates from CBRE Global Investors.

DWF provides 'timely and commercial advice'; the team is noted for its expertise across retail, hotels and leisure, public, telecoms, energy, social housing and technology sector real estate mandates, and regularly acts for occupiers, developers, public sector clients, and investment clients and funders. David Frankland is experienced in hotel and leisure sector mandates, Naveen Gupta is noted for his retail sector expertise and Catherine Haslam is experienced in telecommunications property law. Anita Gupta heads the Manchester team and Paul Inman heads the firm's North West real estate practice.

Practice head(s):Anita Gupta

Other key lawyers:Paul Inman; David Frankland; Naveen Gupta; Catherine Haslam; David Walton; Katherine Heywood; Rachel Lawler; Alicia Renshaw

Testimonials

'The team offers a breadth of expertise and is available to deal with any specific needs.'

'Anita Gupta delivers pro-active advice.'

'The team works great together, and is always on hand to deal with queries promptly and with great knowledge.'

'The team is very approachable, which is a charming strength to have compared to other firms.'

'Rachel Lawler is brilliant in her field; she is straight talking and commercial.'

Key Clients

Costa

Whitbread Plc/Premier Inn

EE Limited

The adidas Group

United Utilities

Greene King

Primus Property Group

Speedy Hire

Peel Holdings

Work highlights

  • The team advised on EE Limited's special projects sites, which includes dealing with the installation of its electronic communications equipment in sports stadia and arenas.
  • The team advises Costa on an exclusive basis on all property work across England, Wales and Scotland.        
  • Advised Odeon Cinemas on its head office relocation to Ask Properties First Street Scheme in Manchester.
  • The team acts for The adidas Group on all of its real estate portfolio matters, which has included acquisitions, disposals, asset management in the UK, as well as strategic advice on real estate and construction aspects across Europe.
  • Advised Lancashire County Council Pension Fund on the pre-let of a 76,000 sq ft property, following a £10m re-development.

Gateley Plc handles a range of commercial property transactions, is noted for its residential development and property finance experience, and has a strong presence in the retail sector. The team also handles estate management work and is engaged on a number of acquisitions and disposals. Darren Hughes heads the team which was bolstered by the arrival of legal directors Louise Ilhan, who joined from an in-house role, and Nick Beko, who joined from gunnercooke LLP.

Practice head(s):Darren Hughes

Other key lawyers:Jon Mason; Rod Waldie; Gareth Atkinson; Louise Ilhan; Nick Beko

Key Clients

Fairhome Group Plc

Bellway Homes

Bloor Homes

Wainhomes (North West)

Lidl UK

JD Sports Fashion

Network Space Developments

Northern Trust Company

McCafferty Asset Management

Hurstwood Holdings

Glossop Land

LPC Living Limited and Group

Cityblock

NM Rothschild & Sons

HSBC UK Bank

Work highlights

  • The team advised CityBlock (Gillows) on the acquisition, funding and development of the iconic listed Gillows Building in central Lancaster as bespoke student accommodation.    
  • Acted for Bellway Homes  on the acquisition of land at the Knowsley Estate for the development as a mixed-use site, including 154 homes, with immediate sub-sale to a commercial developer for employment use.
  • Advised Bloor Homes on the acquisition of land at Phases 2 and 3 of a residential development scheme at Lowton Heath, Wigan.
  • The team advises Lidl UK on site acquisitions across the UK.
  • Advised Glossop Land on the development and disposal of an estate of 57 residential dwelling houses and apartments.

Hill Dickinson LLP is active across a range of real estate mandates; it handles property investment and development work as well as real estate finance. The team is active in the logistics and retail sectors, and is often instructed by friendly societies and local authority clients. National head of property and construction Jim Purves is experienced in property mandates across the logistics, industrial and retail sectors.

Practice head(s):Jim Purves

Other key lawyers:Michael Blakey; Jonathan Dover; Chris Johnston; Darren Hamer; Alison Batchelor; Alistair Wallworth; Gary Cohen

Testimonials

'The team has excellent availability and legal acumen on both property and financial law.'

'Jonathan Dover and associate Katie Somerville stand out for their in-depth knowledge and for their ability to explain complex legal points in a succinct and coherent manner.'

'Michael Blakely has in-depth experience.'

'The team has very good communication between different areas within the firm and it is efficient and pleasant to deal with at all times.'

Key Clients

DHL

Lloyds Banking Group

Lookers Motor Group

Wrather Group

UPS

Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

Genus

Williams Lea Tag

Euro Garages

M20 Property Group

Gordon Moon Properties

Work highlights

  • Advised DHL in connection with new build warehouses at Reading and Howden.
  • Acted for DHL on the sale-and-leaseback of warehouses at Swansea and Ebbw Vale.
  • Advised Williams Lea Tag on the acquisition of its new London headquarters.
  • Advised Wrather Group company Streetlands Limited on the £10m sale of Merrywalks Shopping Centre in Stroud.
  • Advised Misyl Investments  on the sale of a mixed-use property in Fitzrovia.

JMW Solicitors LLP's 'vast team' is active across a range of real estate work including residential development, retail development, retail investments, healthcare, investment asset management, secured lending, investment disposals, acquisitions and real estate finance work. The team is increasingly active in the logistics and renewable energy space. The 'brilliant' Ian Gordon has in-depth experience in handling retail schemes for developer clients.

Practice head(s):Ian Gordon; Ruth McCarthy; Andrew Garvie; Warren Martin

Other key lawyers:Thomas Pearson; Tom Cressey; Jodi Lund; Claire Hamilton; Alex Jeffrey; Daniel Harrison; Russel Forward; Peter Chape; Majid Mahmood, Michael Purvis; Sarah Edwards; Andrew Rimmer; Paul Burton; Andrew Stone; Abdul Salam

Testimonials

The team has a very thorough and professional approach to all transactions, and has a keen appetite to see the deal over the line and complete.

Thomas Pearson is particularly diligent, hardworking and approachable; his work ethic is second to none.

Key Clients

Dransfield Properties

Richer Sounds

Castlemead Group Limited

Fortlands

Pochin group of companies

National Westminster Bank

Silverlane Developments (Greengate)

Whitecroft Group

Lendinvest

Ascend Properties

Prime Site Developments

China Town Development Company

Work highlights

  • Acted for Stroud Regeneration, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dransfield Properties, on the purchase of The Merrywalks Centre Stroud.
  • The team acted for the buyer on the purchase of Barton Arcade in Manchester.
  • Advised a consortium headed by Jed McCrory on the property aspects of the purchase of Worcester Warriors Rugby Football Club.
  • The team advises Hollins Strategic Landon on a significant number of land promotion agreements.
  • Advised China Town Development Company on the acquisition and development of a high-profile six acre regeneration scheme in Liverpool city centre known as New China Town.

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP 'provides a pragmatic assessment of issues and is able to accommodate short time frames'. It acts for regional and national investors, developers, landlords, tenants and owner-managed businesses, and is noted for its expertise in acquisition structures, investment residential development, commercial development, construction, planning, and landlord and tenant work. The team also advises on holding structures, debt structuring and debt finance work for borrowers. Department head Nick Nyunt, who is 'very commercial in his advice and he has a good understanding of how the client works', leads on development and portfolio work with head of development Adam Hymes.

Practice head(s):Nick Nyunt

Other key lawyers:Adam Hymes; Steve Eccleston; Christopher Hardy; David Moroney; Steve Jackson; Tim Arkwright; Emma Nimmo

Testimonials

'The team provides high-quality advice on property acquisitions, investments, developments and disposals of industrial, office, retail and mixed-use sites.'

'For portfolio management, the team provides practical assistance and organisation in connection with matters outside England and Wales.'

'Nick Nyunt is particularly adept in dealing with large complex developments, acquisitions and disposals.'

'The service level at the firm is very good, from the partners to the solicitors.'

'Advice is given in a practical manner and is not too technical.'

'The team has excellent communication and it works swiftly and effectively.'

 

Key Clients

GG Hospitality

Brewdog

David Samuel Properties

Trafford Housing Trust

Persimmon

PIN Property

Story Homes

Stewart Milne Homes

Work highlights

  • Advised THT on the acquisition of a site in Whalley, Lancashire for c. 188 residential units of a major mixed-use development, involving 260 dwellings and a new primary school.
  • Acted for Persimmon Homes  in connection with the acquisition of a major residential development site in Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire.
  • Acted for PIN Property on a substantial commercial site assembly of c. 7 acres from multiple landowners at Oldham, which when developed will have a value in excess of £12m.
  • Acted for David Samuel Properties on disposals, as part of its hotel portfolio, at a value of c. £10m.
  • Advised Persimmon Homes North West on the purchase of c. 16 acres of land at Shavington, Crewe for c. 160 units at a price of £6m.

Mills & Reeve LLP handles a range of national, and increasingly international, development, regeneration and investment work and has expertise across the industrial, hotels, education, health, retail and public sectors. The 'growing' team is led by the 'exceptional' Mike Edge who has an 'excellent reputation in the Manchester market'. Principal associate Jennifer Lewis is noted for her experience in the education and healthcare sectors. The team also houses real estate finance expertise.

Practice head(s):Mike Edge

Other key lawyers:Caroline Hanratty; Rachel Pitman; Jennifer Lewis; Graham Collier; Alexandra Murphy

Testimonials

'The team is always willing to advise at short notice.'

Jennifer Lewis has a down to earth and 'can do' attitude which gives confidence that the matter will be dealt with and that any advice will be solution-focused.'

Key Clients

Robertson Strategic Land

Bruntwood

C. C. Projects (Church Commissioners)

Crosslane Group

db Symmetry

WPA Investments

Fortis Developments

Stockport Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Acted for Bruntwood on a joint venture between Bruntwood and Trafford Borough Council in connection with proposed redevelopment of the former Kelloggs Building at Trafford and to house UA92, the sports and media university backed by Bruntwood, Trafford Council, and Gary Neville.
  • Acted for Manchester Science Parks in connection with Citylabs 2.0, the first phase of a new development on the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) campus, in the heart of Manchester’s Innovation District – Corridor Manchester.  
  •   Advised Stockport Council on its redevelopment of the town’s historic Market Place.
  • Advised Robertson in connection with a promotion agreement for land owned by the Leeming family at Bartle, Preston.
  • Advised Elstree Capital on the sale by auction of three properties – commercial office units.  

Pinsent Masons LLP handles a raft of complex, high-profile development and regeneration projects including investment work, and regularly acts for international investors. The firm also advises on public and private sector developments and joint venture projects, and advises on residential development projects. The hotels, leisure, logistics, energy and infrastructure sectors are key areas of focus, and the team also handles real estate finance mandates. Team head Jonathan Brocklehurst specialises in tax efficient funding structures and is experienced in complex promotion agreements, site assembly and regeneration projects. Helen Robinson, legal director Matthew Rowlands and senior associate David Herbert are also noted.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Brocklehurst

Other key lawyers:Phillip Birchall; Helen Robinson; Jane Morden; Matthew Rowlands; Ann-Marie Salmacis; Sarah Thomas; David Herbert

Testimonials

'The team is able to handle highly-complex transactions and will get to grips with large volumes of information in a short period.'

'Matthew Rowlands is down-to-earth and very approachable; he doesn't just take a textbook legal approach to issues, he will suggest a suitable commercial approach to a matter where required in order to facilitate a transaction.'

'The scope of services and integration of the commercial teams means the firm provides a one-stop shop for commercial property.'

Key Clients

St Modwen Developments

Manchester City Council

Bricks Capital

United Utilities

HIMOR Group

Morgan Sindall Investments/Lovell Partnerships

Balfour Beatty

Homes England

Keepmoat

Harworth Estates

Lancaster City Council

BVK Hines

Yorkshire Ventures

Work highlights

  • Advised St Modwen Developments on the £53m sale of a portfolio of more than 30 industrial estates.
  • Advised Bricks Capital on the acquisition of a long leasehold interest, and provided ongoing advice on the development on the site, of a 197 room Hilton Garden Hotel.
  • Acted for Manchester City Council on the Northern Gateway project.
  • Advised Morgan Sindall Investments on a public-private sector partnership with Hertfordshire County Council to deliver 6,000 homes over 15 years.
  • Advised Basingstoke & Dean Borough Council and Hampshire County Council on the joint procurement of a private sector partner to deliver a major regeneration scheme.

Squire Patton Boggs handles a raft of real estate mandates. It is noted for its development practice and the team advises a range of regional and national developers. The team also acts for a number of public sector clients on regeneration mandates, while the retail, sports, leisure, chemical and transport sectors are key areas of focus. The team also offers real estate finance expertise. Mark Gaffney heads the team and is ably supported by the 'fantastic' Mark Barker.

Practice head(s):Mark Gaffney

Other key lawyers:Mark Barker; Jonathan Brooke; Steven Silver; Nick Helm; Claire Hilton

Testimonials

'A strong, partner led team, with good expertise.'

'Mark Baker takes a calm and pragmatic approach and is always willing to explain the issues in whatever level of detail as the client requires.'

'The team is swift to respond to issues and is willing to move appointments to make things work.'

Key Clients

HB Villages

Peel Group

Stewart Milne Group

Watkin Jones Group

Warrington Borough Council

Preston City Council

AIG Global Real Estate

Co-op Group

Bespoke Hotels

Muse Developments

The Royal British Legion

NPL Group

Findel

First Step Group

Galliford Try Investments

Equitix

Work highlights

  • Advised Muse Developments on a joint venture with Wirral Borough Council for the Wirral Growth Company.
  • Advised Watkin Jones Group on the forward funding sale and development of a portfolio of four student developments for more than £180m.
  • Advised Preston City Council on the redevelopment of the city's Markets Quarter.  
  • Advised Galliford Try Investments on its disposal of equity interests in two operational PFI schemes.
  • Represented Bespoke Hotels on an agreement to design and develop a new five-star luxury hotel, forming part of the One Crown Place mixed-use development in London.

TLT stands out for its sector focus approach, with expertise across retail, consumer goods, clean energy, leisure, food, drink, digital and public sector real estate instructions - and the Manchester team is particularly noted for its financial services expertise. The team handles transactional and portfolio management work and is also engaged on real estate developments.  Andy Bell heads the financial services sector for real estate department. Elsewhere, John Hyde leads the property development team, Daniel Sweeney heads the retail property team and Philip Moran heads the leisure property team.

Practice head(s):Maria Connolly (Bristol)

Other key lawyers:Andy Bell; Patrick Sheehan; John Hyde; Daniel Sweeney; Philip Moran; Fay Wilshaw; Rachel Smith; Qasim Mohammed

Testimonials

The Manchester office provides excellent client focus in real estate and commercial property matters.

The team has a pragmatic and commercially astute approach which adds value.

Qasim Mohammed is a highly respected and competent professional with excellent client focus and a commercially pragmatic approach.

John Hyde provides an excellent and dedicated service.

Key Clients

Lloyds Banking Group

Pets at Home

SUK Retail Limited (Office Outlet)

Landmark Investments Group

New World Trading Company

Royal Bank of Scotland

Lookers

Total Fitness

Iceland Foods

Hydes Brewery

Aviva Public Private Finance

Manchester Airports Group

Work highlights

  • Advise Pets at Home on acquisitions, disposals, asset management and property or construction litigation.
  • The team advises New World on its ongoing acquisition programme which included the acquisition of new sites in Milsom Street Bath, Cathedral Lanes Coventry and Church Street, Cardiff.
  • The team advises Manchester Airports Group on all real estate asset management work on an exclusive bases, which includes the group's core and non-core lettable estate across all three airports; Manchester, East Midlands and London Stansted.
  • Advised on the acquisition, development, finance and occupational letting of a portfolio of luxury care homes for Athena Healthcare Group and its related companies.
  • Advised Landmark on the acquisition of a portfolio of retirement living ground apartments and residential schemes.

BLM handles a range of commercial, residential and public sector development mandates, and is also active on a number of regeneration projects. The education, charities, industrial, hotels, retail and leisure sector are key areas of focus, while property investment and finance work is a growing area of expertise for the department. Commercial advisory head Stephen Lintott and Stephen Crook, who is experienced in portfolio management mandates, head the team.

Practice head(s):Stephen Lintott; Stephen Crook

Other key lawyers:Tessa Leonard; Mark Alexander; Emma Edwards; Helen Smith; Andrew Knight

Testimonials

The team has extensive knowledge of commercial property law and offers a seamless service.

The team is partner-led, has strong commercial astuteness and good attention to detail; it understands very well what clients need.

Stephen Lintott is very approachable and responsive.

Key Clients

Urban Splash

Schuh

Maxilead Limited

Realty Estates/Deansgate Securities

Evonik UK

Salboy and related entities

FICM

Property (Done)

Dwell Developments/Dwell Properties

Redwater Group

McCaul Group

The Caravan Club

University of Central Lancashire

Santander UK

Milliken Industrials

Etc Urban (Guildhall) Limited

Scarisbrick Hall School

Lancashire County Developments

Cramant Homes

Methodist Church (Manchester Circuit)

 

Work highlights

  • The team advises Schuh on a number of transactions which included advising it on new leases in Leeds, Westfield Stratford, Bullring, Leicester, Southampton, Rushden and Lakeside in 2018.  
  • Advised UCLan on its £200m redevelopment.  
  • Advised The Caravan Club (now trading as the Caravan and Motorhome Club) on the renewal, extension and variation of leases, and on the acquisition of additional land.
  • The team advises Lancashire County Developments on all sales, acquisitions, lettings, property management and property disputes at the 150 acre Lancashire Business Park, the 300,000 square foot White Cross Business Park and Rising Bridge Business and Enterprise Village.
  • Advised J and G Marshall on the property aspects relating to the conversion of various schools across the country to academy status.  

Brabners LLP acts for a range of retailers, lenders, occupiers and developers on development, investment, management, finance, housing and regeneration work. Matthew O’Brien heads the Manchester real estate team and Paul Firth heads the firm's real estate group. Krista Powell recently joined from Fieldfisher and senior associate Helen Burns, who focuses on real estate finance, joined from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP. Peter Barlow heads the housing and regeneration team.

Practice head(s):Paul Firth; Matthew O’Brien

Other key lawyers:Krista Powell; Helen Burns; Helena Davies; Peter Barlow

Testimonials

Paul Nicholls and his team act swiftly and of integrate exceptionally well with their corporate and employment colleagues at Brabners to provide an all encompassing service.

Paul Nicholls is exceptional.

Key Clients

Restore Harrow Green

JW Lees & Co

C F Vending

Restore

The Royal Bank of Scotland

@SIPP

UK Properties

C G Recovery

CYBC

JLT Properties

Neo Solar Power Corporation

Plus Dane Housing

Work highlights

  • Advised Restore Harrow Green on the design and build of a large industrial unit in Bedford.
  • Acted on behalf of JW Lees & Co in the £1m acquisition of land for development purposes in Woodford Garden Village Green.
  • Advised CF Vending on lease of an industrial unit under construction.
  • Advised Restore on the purchase of five properties from TNT UK.
  • Represented RBS on the secured acquisition finance in relation to a hotel business.

Browne Jacobson LLP acts for a range of clients across the health, social care, education and public sectors on real estate instructions. The team is experienced on a range of development, investment, management and property finance mandates. Dominic Buckley and Victoria Thourgood lead the team in Manchester.

Practice head(s):Dominic Buckley; Victoria Thourgood

Other key lawyers:Camille Stephenson

Testimonials

The team has in-depth knowledge of the complex nature of NHS and other government agencies legal requirements.

The team is diligent and shows professionalism.

Key Clients

Department for Work and Pensions

Homes England

YHA (England and Wales)

Vantage Academy Trust

PH Properties

Aspexan

Kersh Developments

Birtenshaw

Swangate Development

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust

East Midlands Ambulance Service

Nottingham University Hospitals

Cambridge Community Services

Work highlights

  • The team is advising the Department for Work and Pensions on the re-acquisition of the entire DWP estate.
  • Advised DCHS on the agreement for lease of a medical centre after it has been constructed by the owner and developer, Brackley Investments.  
  • Advised East Midlands Ambulance Service National Health Service Trust (EMAS) on an agreement for lease as part of the client's strategic review of services.
  • Advied Homes England on the on-going development of a strategic site at Basford East Crewe in partnership with Muse Developments.

Davitt Jones Bould is 'focused on real estate and has great experience in the field'. The team offers advice on the full remit of real estate work and is regularly involved in large estates management projects. It is frequently instructed by central and local government bodies and is increasingly advising on private sector investment mandates. Department head Madeleine Davitt works across the firm's Manchester, London, Birmingham and Taunton offices. Tony Fitzmaurice, who recently re-joined the firm from Kuit Steinart Levy LLP, is regularly instructed on large real estate projects.

Practice head(s):Madeleine Davitt

Other key lawyers:Tony Fitzmaurice; Philippa Hipwell; Emma Gormley; Richard Holmes; Anita Gargye; Zaheer Bashir

Testimonials

Tony Fitzmaurice is a very experienced operator and is very commercial too; his ability gives you total confidence in your approach to an issue.

Madelaine Davitt is extremely good at dealing effectively with any client issues.

The firm consists of experienced solicitors who provide good commercial advice in an expeditious manner.

Richard Holmes is always available and deals with matters swiftly and effectively.

Key Clients

Well Pharmacy

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Public Health England

Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG)

Handelsbanken

Westmorland Plc

Department of Health

Met Office

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

Fieldfisher is regularly engaged on real estate transactions in the industrial, logistics, retail, hotel and leisure sectors, and the team handles a raft of commercial property work and residential development mandates. The firm also handles energy sector projects and offers property finance advice. Team head Liam Buckley has a 'fantastic reputation in the market' and handles high-profile real estate transactions.

Practice head(s):Liam Buckley

Other key lawyers:Matthew Dobson; Stephen Evans-Jones; Leo Rossiter; Alison Barton

Testimonials

'Rapid, reliable and knowledgeable team; it makes the complex simple.'

Key Clients

Aura Finance

booking.com/TravelJigsaw

Co-operative Group

Deutsche Asset Management

Dominvs

McGoff Group

Seddon Developments

Standard Chartered Bank

Stobart Group/London Southend Airport Company

West One Loan

Work highlights

  • Represented Co-operative Group Food  on the development and lease of a 600,000 square feet strategic logistics hub at Biggleswade.    
  • Advised RREEF Spezial Invest on the sale of the Lateral office building in Leeds for £24m.  
  • Represented booking.com on the acquisition of a new headquarters in a new development by Allied London at St. John's/Enterprise City, Manchester.    
  • Advised Vision Investments One Limited on the acquisition and development of Manchester Hall.  
  • Advised EPF (a Deutsche AM fund) on the investment sale of Norfolk House, in Central Manchester.  

Knights plc confirmed its Manchester presence with its acquisition of Turner Parkinson LLP in 2018.  The team handles a range of asset management work and is regularly engaged on commercial and residential development projects. Property finance mandates are also a key area of expertise.

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Kay; Rachel McIlroy

Slater Heelis LLP is regularly instructed on residential development matters and acts for a number of national developer clients; recently promoted partner Nicola Deutsch heads the residential property development team. The team also advises on real estate developments in the leisure sector and handles a range of retail sector real estate work. The team has a burgeoning real estate finance practice. Will Henson leads the team.

Practice head(s):Will Henson

Other key lawyers:Nicola Deutsch; Anne Irwin; Simon Maddox

Testimonials

'The team is very knowledgeable and helpful, and is always willing to give advice when difficult matters arise.'

 

Weightmans LLP handles a range of development and investment transactions and is noted for its experience in regeneration mandates. The team acts for a raft of public sector clients but also advises a number of private sector clients. Karl Jackson is the head of built environment; he specialises in city centre regeneration work and is also experienced in development mandates. Andrea Steventon is also a key figure. Steven Silver has joined Squire Patton Boggs.

Practice head(s):Karl Jackson

Other key lawyers:Andrea Steventon

Key Clients

Oak Tyres

Barratt BDW

Cheshire Green Employment Park

Bruntwood

Pets at Home

Pochin

Thomas Jones & Sons (Liverpool)

Work highlights

  • Advised Cheshire Green Employment Park on the development of a large business park that is currently under construction.  
  • Advised Barratts on the purchase of Pewterspear Green, which was brought to the market by Homes England who required the development to be built pursuant to the Government’s Accelerated Construction Initiative.
  • Advised Bruntwood on the surrender and new leases of Investec at the Plaza, Liverpool.

Freeths LLP is instructed by public and private sector clients across a range of residential and commercial property development matters. Ian Tempest heads the team and Stephen Lewis specialises in investment and transactional work for funds, property companies and high-net-worth individuals. Lewis also heads the real estate finance team, specialising in high-value development bridging finance.

Practice head(s):Ian Tempest

Other key lawyers:Stephen Lewis

Key Clients

Nottinghamshire County Council

Derby City Council

Ingleby (1245) Limited

Evenbrook group of companies

Poundstretcher Limited

Barratt Developments

Rockar

Wigan Council

De Trafford Estates

Clogau Gold

Vabeld UK

Work highlights

  • Advised Wigan Borough Council on the acquisition of a shopping centre in Wigan Town Centre.  
  • Advised Vabeld UK on the negotiated agreement for lease with H&M to take the former BHS-occupied premises in Liverpool.  
  • Advised Wigan Borough Council on its strategic partnership with Wigan Warriors Rugby League Club to relocate the headquarters and training facility to the council-owned Robin Park Arena.
  • Advised Evenbrook Group on a rationalisation of its portfolio, which involved the disposal of 145 PRS properties.
  • Advised China Town Developments on the sale of the proposed China Town Development in Liverpool.

Irwin Mitchell handles a range of real estate development and investment transactional work, and is also instructed on real estate occupier work. The team works closely with the banking team to provide real estate finance advice. Department head Roy Beckett  has a 'strong reputation'.

Practice head(s):Roy Beckett

Other key lawyers:Paula Hanlon

Testimonials

'A solid all-round team that works well with banking and construction functions.'

Roy Beckett  is very knowledgeable.

Key Clients

Bruntwood Estates

Goals Soccer Centres

Northpoint Developments

General Medical Council

Pilkington

Bridgewater Road Holdings

National Grid

Work highlights

  • Advised Gazprom on its Manchester headquarters relocation.
  • Advised Bridgewater Road Holdings on the sale of prospective development site.
  • Advised Select Property Group on the provision of a syndicated structured finance facility for a £60m gross development value student accommodation development.
  • Advised National Grid on a national network portfolio transfer of 4,500 properties.
  • Represented Bridgewater Road Holdings in value engineering property for development disposal.

Kennedys is active across the retail and logistics sectors and is particularly experienced in development mandates. Real estate finance is also a key area of expertise, as is landlord and tenant work. The arrival of senior associate Angela Bhaseen, who joined from Taylors LLP  in 2018, has led to several new client wins. Bhaseen heads the team with Reuben Berg.

Practice head(s):Reuben Berg; Angela Bhaseen

Testimonials

'The real estate team understands the issues, address them promptly without fuss, and gets the deal done within the allotted timescale.'

'Angela Bhaseen anticipates problems and identifies solutions before they arise and gets the deal done quickly.'

Key Clients

Midia Group

Scarborough Group

Project Management & Building Consultancy Limited (PMP)

Gladman Developments

MPH Ancoats

Bolton Borough Council

Together Commercial Finance

Fitzwilliam Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Bolton Borough Council and an international development company on the acquisition of part of Crompton Shopping Centre, Bolton for £14.8m.
  • Represented Together Commercial Finance on its £4m refinance of a hotel.
  • Advised Centric House on the acquisition of property and on the subsequent leases of individual plots.
  • Advised Lower Hillgate (2018) on the purchase of a site in Stockport for residential development.
  • Represented MPH Ancoats as the developer in the acquisition of a site and on the disposal of residential apartments.

Nexus Solicitors Limited stands out for its retail and food sector focus and the team is regularly engaged on a range of landlord and tenant work, as well as development projects. Des O’Driscoll heads the team.

Practice head(s):Des O’Driscoll

Key Clients

Swinton Group

Ashtead Plant Hire

Sayers The Bakers

Work highlights

  • The team acted on the acquisition and transfers of 316 Subway stores.
  • Advised on the acquisition of an industrial park in the Midlands on behalf of a Singaporean investor client.

Pannone Corporate LLP is experienced in property matters across the retail, leisure, logistics, industrial and student accommodation sectors. The team is instructed on a number of residential and commercial development matters and also handles commercial investment and financing work. The team also offers residential conveyancing advice and is instructed by a number of high-net-worth individuals. James Wynne heads the team.

Practice head(s):James Wynne

Other key lawyers:Garry King; Gareth Birch

Key Clients

Mersten Holdings

Alternative Futures Group

Revolution Bars Group

Junkyard Golf Club

Oliver James Associates

Manchester Central Convention Centre

Bunny Jacksons Juke Joints

Stockport Homes Limited

Cartwheel Lettings (Middleton)

GTV (Crowley)

G2V Recruitment

Work highlights

  • Advised Revolution Bars Group on a pre-let agreement and lease in relation to the redeveloped Albion House in Woking.
  • Advised Junkyard Golf Club on the pre-let agreement and lease for Junkyard Golf’s largest venue, which is situated at The Light, Leeds, a mixed leisure and retail development site.
  • Advised Alternative Futures Group on a pre-let agreement for a redevelopment of care units at Besford House, Liverpool.
  • The team has advised Mersten Holdings on several acquisition and development instructions.  
  • Advised Cartwheel Lettings (Middleton) on the acquisition of the ‘Little Germany’ Bradford portfolio, which involved the purchase of three residential (part-let) blocks.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP regularly acts for housing associations on residential development schemes and on commercial portfolio asset management. The team was bolstered in 2018 with the arrival of Chris Parkinson from Brabners LLP and is increasingly acting for private sector developer clients as a result. Matthew Holbrook, who specialises in landlord and tenant and asset management matters, and Suzanne Benson , who heads the housing and regeneration team and specialises in major projects and the development of homeownership products, head the team.

Practice head(s):Suzanne Benson; Matthew Holbrook

Other key lawyers:Chris Parkinson; Amanda Stubbs

Testimonials

'Firm ethos is geared to delivering service.'

'Matthew Holbrook and his team are quick, responsive, user-friendly and adopt a commercial attitude.'

Key Clients

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council

Wolverhampton City Council

St Helens Council

Whitefriars Housing Group

Cambian Group

Orbit Group

Ainscough Strategic Land

Gladman

South Liverpool Homes

Swanton Care and Community

Homes England

Countryside PLC

Rowlinson Construction

Heylo Housing

Work highlights

  • Advised Ainscough Strategic Land on the land promotion and sale of sites most recently in Bishop Auckland (Durham) and Poynton (Cheshire).
  • Advised Homes England on a public-private collaboration agreement between it and Taylor Wimpey on the 1,500-unit residential development at Pickerings Farm in Lower Penwortham, Preston.
  • Acted for Rowlinson Constructions on its development at the former Stagecoach Bus Depot site in Moss Side, Manchester.
  • Acted for Homes England on the £22m acquisition of the Fence Avenue site at Kings School, which included a bespoke lease back arrangement to allow the school to continue occupying the site on a flexible basis.
  • Advised Swanton Care and Community on the expansion of its care home business, through a combination of corporate share acquisitions and property purchases. The team is currently instructed on four separate acquisitions for a combined value of £20m.


Construction

Index of tables

  1. Construction
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

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Next Generation Partners

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Addleshaw Goddard's 'expert' team is active across a range of international, national and local construction projects; it is noted for its expertise in contracts for engineering schemes and process engineering and infrastructure, as well as regeneration and development schemes. The team also stands out for its contentious expertise where it is particularly commended for its experience in PFI disputes. Nancy McGuire heads the construction and engineering group and Jonathan Tattersall, who operates across London and Manchester, heads the contentious construction team. Paul O’Kane is active on contentious and non-contentious mandates, as is Paul Barge . Legal directors Susan Bennett, Chris Henshaw and Steve Ormand  are noted, as are managing associates Charlotte Higham and the 'brilliant' Philip Withey.

Practice head(s):Nancy McGuire; Jonathan Tattersall

Other key lawyers:Paul O'Kane; Paul Barge; Susan Bennett; Chris Henshaw; Steve Ormand; Charlotte Higham; Philip Withey

Testimonials

'The team has real strength-in-depth and has uniquely strong expertise and experience in major PFI disputes.'

'Nancy McGuire provides excellent strategic advice.'

'The firm provides a very personable service delivery and stands out for its clear articulation of the issues at hand.'

'Nancy McGuire has built a motivated team with a customer focus.'

'Jonathan Tattersall is very talented.'

 

Key Clients

DB Symmetry group companies (separate group company for each development)

UK Parliament

Moda Living

Allied

Hermes

MB Bermondsey (Guernsey)

Bruntwood

AMC

Work highlights

  • Advised DB Symmetry on the development of a 1.6 million sq ft warehouse distribution centre in Darlington, which includes 250,000 sq ft of office space for occupation by Amazon as a major delivery hub.
  • The team advised UK Parliament on the closing of the £650m works framework with Wates Construction for the refurbishment of Parliament's Northern Estate.    
  • The team advises Moda Living on a number of high-end residential and mixed-use schemes including: Angel Gardens, Manchester; The Lexington, Liverpool; Broad Street, Birmingham; Holland Park, Glasgow and Springside, Edinburgh.  
  • The team is advising Allied on the £1bn development of a six hectare plot within central Manchester.
  • The team is instructed by Hermes on The Wellington Place development in Leeds, which will provide approximately 1.5 million sq. ft of commercial, retail, leisure and residential accommodation in 14 buildings, along with major public realm space.

Pinsent Masons LLP¬†is active across a raft of complex transactional and contentious construction mandates in the UK and internationally. It is active across real estate development and regeneration work and it operates across the nuclear, conventional power, offshore wind, energy from waste, rail, roads, education and health sectors.¬†Graham Alty¬†heads the transactional construction and projects team and¬†Michael Hopkins¬†leads on construction advisory and disputes work. Anthony Bradley¬†specialises in major construction and infrastructure projects,¬†Mark Job¬†heads the national transactional team and¬†Katherine Sneddon¬†handles contentious construction work. Legal directors Si√Ęn Hughes, who is 'first-rate', and¬†Ian Fairclough¬†are also noted, as is senior associate¬†Arwyn Jones.

Practice head(s):Graham Alty; Michael Hopkins

Other key lawyers:Anthony Bradley; Mark Job; Katherine Sneddon; Ian Fairclough; Siân Hughes; Nick Kippax; Jo Falencka; Andrew Batty; Simon Stubbs; Arwyn Jones; Jennifer Cook.

Key Clients

Sellafield

Ministry of Justice

Yapı Merkezi İnşaat ve Sanayi A.Ş

Wates Construction

Himor (Carrington)

Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council

Seddon Construction

Lendlease Construction (Europe)

Johnson Matthey

SK Engineering & Construction Co.

Work highlights

  • Advising Sellafield on more than £15bn of capital projects at its nuclear decommissioning site in Cumbria.
  • Advising the Ministry of Justice on a number of interlinking work streams, forming part of its overall prisons strategy totalling £5.3bn.
  • Advising Yapı Merkezi İnşaat ve Sanayi as EPC contractor on a $1.7bn railway project in Ethiopia.
  • Advising Yapı Merkezi İnşaat ve Sanayi A.Ş. as EPC contractor on two rail projects in Tanzania with a value of more than $3bn.
  • Advising Himor (Carrington) on the construction of the Carrington Village project, which includes the development of approximately 450 acres of former industrial land and 1,200 acres of agricultural land.

DLA Piper UK LLP is 'strong on contentious construction work' and is active across domestic and cross-border disputes. The energy, water, transport and social infrastructure sectors are key areas of focus. In Manchester, the 'brilliant' Paul Giles heads the contentious construction team which includes the 'very experienced' David Moss and Alison Fagan, who is 'exceptional' on PPP and PFI projects and disputes, as well as senior associates Anthony Willis and Robin Jack. On the non-contentious side, the team in Liverpool, which includes senior associate Jennifer Price-Thomas, acts on high-value, development work for developers, corporate occupiers and institutional funds. Elspeth Christie has joined Brabners LLP.

Practice head(s):Paul Giles

Other key lawyers:David Moss; Alison Fagan; Anthony Willis; Robin Jack; Jennifer Price-Thomas

Key Clients

United Utilities Water

Unilever

Sellafield

Bachy Soletanche

BAM Construct UK

BAM Nuttall

Severfield (UK)

Integrated Bradford LEP

General Electric/Alstom Power

Yorkshire Water

Downing Group

UPS

Semperian PPP Investment Partners

InfraRed Capital Partners

Equitix

Merlin Entertainments

Transport for Greater Manchester

Manchester City Council/Manchester Life

Cheshire West & Chester Council

Wood Group (incorporating AMEC Foster Wheeler)

Renewi UK Services (formerly Shanks Waste Management)

Balfour Beatty Investments

Dalmore Capital

Royal Mail Group

Kelda Water Services/Alauna Renewable Energy

Griffen UK Logistics Fund

Quintain Estates

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

BMM JV

BAM Infra BV

BAM International

Work highlights

  • Acted for The Boston Consulting Group UK in relation to its pre-letting of the fifth to eighth floors at 80 Charlotte Street.
  • Acted for Consort Healthcare (Fife) in advancing a claim in the Scottish Court of Session arising as a result of the defective installation and maintenance at the Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy.
  • The team provides continuing advice and support to Cheshire West & Chester Council on Chester Northgate, a new shopping and leisure development in the heart of Chester.
  • Advising Radisson on the development of a new Radisson RED Hotel at North Western Halls,  an iconic listed building in Liverpool.
  • Advising Global Student Accommodation on the construction documentation for all of its UK student accommodation schemes.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP handles a raft of contentious and non-contentious construction mandates. The team is instructed by employer and purchaser clients on construction projects and it is active on matters across the energy, utilities, transport, property development and public sectors. Simon Chamberlain heads the firm's North construction and engineering practice, and Chris Pickens is active in energy, utilities and transport sector work. The 'first-rate' Gregory Buckley heads the firm's national construction and engineering disputes team.

Practice head(s):Simon Chamberlain

Other key lawyers:Chris Pickens; Gregory Buckley; Claire Randall-Smith; Alice Maloney; Nigel Proctor 

Testimonials

'Nigel Proctor is a well-known name in the market.'

Key Clients

Network Rail

The Hospital Company (Liverpool)

John Sisk & Son

Welsh Water Organic Energy

Manchester City Council

Salford City Council

English Cities Fund

Claremont Group Interiors

Sellafield

Airport City

Work highlights

  • Advised Network Rail on the impact of the collapse of Carillion Construction and on the transfer of a significant number of vital construction and engineering contracts to Amey Rail.
  • Advised Network Rail on new construction contracts for inclusion in its standard suite of contracts. These contracts will be used to deliver the majority of its construction and engineering projects during its next five-year control period starting in 2019.
  • Advised The Hospital Company, an SPV which was set up to deliver the £400m Royal Liverpool Hospital PFI Project, on the restructuring of the project and its transfer to the NHS Trust.
  • The team continues to act for Irish contractor John Sisk & Son in relation to a major dispute concerning the construction of an energy-from-waste power plant in the UK.
  • Advised a Finnish headquartered global EPC contractor client on a $33m dispute with a Korean company concerning the construction of the world's biggest tri-fuel power plant in the Middle East.

CMS has a 'growing profile in the North West' for construction work. The team is engaged on a number of high-profile regional development projects as well as several national projects. It acts for employer and contractor clients, as well as local authorities. The team also offers contentious construction expertise and handles a number of PFI disputes. The 'brilliant' Chris Hallam leads the firm's energy, projects and construction group in the North and Nigel Lewis leads the infrastructure, construction and energy disputes team in Manchester. The team has recently been bolstered at associate level where David Turner, Nick Case and Charlotte Eccles are singled out for praise.

Practice head(s):Chris Hallam; Nigel Lewis

Other key lawyers:David Turner; Nick Case; Charlotte Eccles

Key Clients

U + I

Public Health England

Sembcorp

Muse Developments

Transport for Greater Manchester

Doosan Babcock

Renaker Group

Marcus Worthington Group

Cavendish Nuclear

Sheffield City Council

Ipsen Pharma

University of Sheffield

Work highlights

  • The team is advising Public Health England, part of the Department of Health, on procurement and construction matters in relation to a new £400m laboratory and public health campus in Harlow, Essex.
  • The team is instructed by the Mayfield Partnership (which comprises U+I, the London and Continental Railways, Manchester City Council and Transport for Greater Manchester) on the transformation of a 22-acre brownfield site, which includes the former Mayfield railway station, into a new urban neighbourhood and riverside public park.
  • The team is advising Renaker Build on a project which involves the redevelopment of brownfield land on the edge of Manchester City Centre and involves the construction of four residential towers, which will accommodate 1,508 homes, a leisure centre, bars, restaurants and a new riverside public realm.
  • The team is instructed by Select Property Group on the £750m Circle Square mixed-use development.
  • The team is advising Sheffield City Council on the first phase of Sheffield’s new retail quarter (the SRQ), which commenced in Spring 2017.

Gateley Plc's 'experienced and client-focused' team handles contentious and non-contentious construction work for banks, sport sector clients and developers. It stands out for its 'strong' surety offering where it offers expertise in bonds, guarantees and recourse structures including indemnity agreements. Karen Spencer stands out for her surety expertise; Emlyn Hudson focuses on complex construction disputes arising out of construction and engineering contracts, and professional negligence. Hayley Sullivan heads the non-contentious team and the construction banking team. Consultant Richard White, who is experienced in the surety sector, is also a key figure.

Practice head(s):Emlyn Hudson

Other key lawyers:Karen Spencer; Hayley Sullivan; Richard White

Testimonials

'The team has strong surety knowledge and expertise across the team.'

'The team has strong negotiation skills in challenging circumstances.'

'Advice is always clear, concise and considered.'

'Karen Spencer has the ability to communicate and explain the legal position in a straightforward manner.'

Key Clients

Aviva Insurance

Manchester City Football Club

Keepmoat

Everton Football Club

Zurich Insurance

AIG Europe

QBE Insurance (Europe)

Network Space Developments

New York Bagel Company

Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe

Jet2.com

Bournemouth Football Club

Fowler Welch

Work highlights

  • Advised New York Bagel Company on the construction of an 80,000 sq ft factory extension in Rotherham, to become the largest bagel factory in Europe.
  • Advised Dart Group/Jet2.com on the refurbishment of its UK headquarters at the Mint, delivering over 120,000 sq ft of Grade A office space.
  • Advised Ease Treasure Holdings on the redevelopment of an office block into a new Hilton hotel at Bridge Street, Leeds.
  • The team was instructed to defend a claim on a bond provided by the client in respect of a materials recycling facility. The bond was provided on behalf of a very well-known contractor which became insolvent in early 2018.
  • Advised six sureties on a novel bonding structure guaranteeing deferred payments under a private equity sale and purchase agreement totalling $400m.

Hill Dickinson LLP's construction and engineering team is active across contentious and non-contentious mandates. The team is engaged on domestic and international projects across the infrastructure, energy, transport, industrial, oil, gas and retail sectors. In Liverpool, team head Alan Pugh handles contentious and non-contentious work, as does the 'brilliant' David Oram and David Chinn. Also in Liverpool, senior associate Phil Gazzola handles domestic and international disputes. Tricia Morrison focuses on high-value adjudications for specialist contractors. In Manchester, recently promoted senior associate David Banks is noted for development finance work.

Practice head(s):Alan Pugh

Other key lawyers:David Oram; David Chinn; Michael Woolley; Tricia Morrison; Phil Gazzola; David Banks

Key Clients

National Express

Iliad Group

Edmundson Electrical

Chester Zoo

Peel Holdings / Peel Land and Property

Lloyds Bank

Construction Partnership UK

Liverpool City Council

Stobart Group

Lancashire County Cricket Club

DHL

FCC Construction

Work highlights

  • Provided pre-contract advice to BCEGI (UK) on a 34-storey residential tower in the Liverpool Waters scheme.
  • The team provides a range of construction, property, planning and commercial advice to Liverpool City Council.
  • Represented GP Strategies in a multimillion-pound multi-party Technology and Construction Court action regarding alleged defective extension, construction and refurbishment works at an abattoir in Lancashire.
  • The team advises Signature Living Group on numerous development projects, involving a substantial construction element which includes drafting all relevant construction documents.
  • Advised Iliad Grenville Street on the acquisition and development of a site in the development and regeneration of the St Michaels development in Liverpool.

Squire Patton Boggs handles a range of national and international contentious and non-contentious construction work. The energy, nuclear, infrastructure, chemicals and waste sectors are key areas of expertise, and the team is engaged on regeneration and development projects. Sean McCay specialises in contentious construction and engineering work and Julian Scott handles projects and non-contentious construction mandates, with expertise in energy storage, solar and offshore wind farm projects, as well as property developments.  Infrastructure specialist Nick Helm acts for sponsors, bidding consortia, contractors, subcontractors, funders and public sector clients on project finance and PPP schemes.

Practice head(s):Sean McCay; Julian Scott

Other key lawyers:Nick Helm

Key Clients

Harry Fairclough Construction

F Parkinson

Princes

Westshield

Galliford Try Investments

Equitix

Dolphin (Costain Pension Fund)

Balfour Beatty Investments

Gresham House/Hazel Capital

EDF Energy

Manchester Life Development Company

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Harry Fairclough Construction in adjudication proceedings initiated by a sub-contractor concerning an alleged entitlement to a substantial payment arising out of the design and construction of an office development.
  • Successfully defended F Parkinson on two sets of adjudication proceedings, which were initiated on behalf of a sub-contractor, regarding an alleged entitlement to payment arising out of the design and construction of a schools project.
  • Advised Princes on contractual matters arising out of the design and construction of a major warehouse development.
  • Advised Westshield on contractual issues arising out of two significant civil engineering projects.
  • Advised Galliford Try Investments on separate disposals of interests in two PFI schemes to infrastructure investors InfraRed Capital Partners and Equitix.

Brabners LLP is engaged across contentious and non-contentious construction mandates. The retail, port infrastructure, civil engineering, logistics and social housing sectors are key areas of expertise, as are regeneration, commercial and residential projects. On the disputes side, the team acts for regional and national contractors and subcontractors and is experienced in power, petrochemicals, nuclear, civil engineering and building works disputes. Team head Barry Goodall handles a range of construction projects and is also engaged on disputes. Recently promoted partner Eleanor Stirrett is recommended. The 'brilliant' Elspeth Christie, who handles UK-wide developments, and senior associate Sarah Nunnery-Jones joined in 2019 from DLA Piper UK LLP.  Ian Hardman has joined Weightmans LLP.

Practice head(s):Barry Goodall

Other key lawyers:Eleanor Stirrett; Elspeth Christie; Sarah Nunnery-Jones

Testimonials

'The team stands out for its experience and for its strategic and pragmatic approach to problem solving.'

'The team has the ability to deal with both pre-and-post contract issues across a wide range of complex projects.'

Key Clients

T J Morris (Home Bargains)

Peel Ports Limited/The Mersey Docks and Harbour Company

Boulting Group

Interserve Engineering Services Limited (building services division)

Glenbrook

Cityheart

Sofology

Primark

Liverpool Mutual Homes

Pavers Shoes

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool

Yorkshire Bank

Work highlights

  • Represented T J Morris (trading as Home Bargains) on construction agreements relating to 15 new stores across the UK.
  • Represented the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool in relation to the negotiations and agreement of construction contracts for a new primary school in the North West.
  • Advised Interserve in relation to a dispute concerning construction works at a new-build NHS facility.
  • Advised Arnold Clark in relation to the purchase and development of a new site in Wolverhampton.
  • Represented Paul John Construction on a multi-layered dispute relating to a residential scheme and project in the Midlands.

Clyde & Co LLP offers specialist construction advice for a range of industry players; it advises employers, contractors, sub-contractors and consultants on contracts, project delivery and disputes. The education, healthcare and energy sectors are key focuses for the team which is headed by Steven Cannon, who is noted for his contentious expertise. Legal director Lucy Frith specialises in construction and engineering disputes, and has particular expertise in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Consultant Julie Morrissy handles contentious and non-contentious work for public and private sector clients.

Practice head(s):Steven Cannon

Other key lawyers:Lucy Frith; Julie Morrisy

Testimonials

'Steven Cannon is an excellent construction litigator and provides extremely user-friendly, tactical advice and direction.'

'It is a highly competent team which is able to present complex legal matters in an easily understandable and concise way.'

'Lucy Frith is a particularly impressive member of the team; her energy and passion for her particular area of practice is an impressive character trait.'

DWF handles a range of construction matters across the hotel, leisure, retail, manufacturing, industrial, commercial and housing sectors. The team is instructed by local authority clients on major regeneration projects. It offers both contentious and non-contentious expertise. Department head David Vayro, who is 'first-rate', is based in Manchester and is ably supported by associate Gemma Wilson and recently promoted senior associate Ragene Raithatha.

Practice head(s):David Vayro; Andrew Symms (Leeds)

Other key lawyers:Gemma Wilson; Ragene Raithatha

Testimonials

'David Vayro is a knowledgeable construction lawyer and he communicates very efficiently.'

Key Clients

adidas

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Ashall Projects

M7 Real Estate

United Utilities

Manchester City Football Club

Work highlights

  • The team continues to provide Warrington Borough Council and Muse Developments with construction-related advice relating to the regeneration of the Bridge Street and Time Square area of Warrington.
  • Advising Ashall Projects (MB) on construction-related documentation, issues in relation to the demolition of existing buildings, and the design and construction of a hotel for occupation by major hotel operator.
  • Drafting and negotiating a full suite of construction documents for Starboard Hotels regarding the redevelopment of a multimillion-pound hotel in Ealing, London.
  • Representing adidas on various schemes across Europe where it is undertaking construction works.
  • Representing Manchester City Council on various matters in relation to the development of various housing schemes in Greater Manchester and also advice on the preparation of a building contract.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP handles construction disputes as well as non-contentious construction mandates. The team is noted for its housing sector expertise, where it enjoys a 'strong reputation', and it is increasingly active on infrastructure, education and leisure projects. Katie Saunders heads the team and is noted for her experience in advising on construction contracts in the real estate sector and engaged by housing providers on the procurement of regeneration, PFI, investment and asset management projects. Recently promoted partner Tom Holroyd leads the contentious practice and is experienced in waste sector mandates.

Practice head(s):Katie Saunders

Other key lawyers:Tom Holroyd; Andy Waite; Jo Davies

Testimonials

'The team is approachable and easy to work with.'

'Katie Saunders cuts through the complications, and sets out solutions and options.'

 

Key Clients

Department for Education

Homes England

Amey

Viridian

Wheeldon

Liverpool City Council

Clarion Housing Group

Plus Dane Housing Group

Your Housing Group

Places For People Group

Onward Housing Group

Wates Construction

Seddon Construction

Contract Services

McLaren Construction

Osco Homes

Accent Housing Group

Guinness Housing Group

Work highlights

  • The team advises the Department for Education on the delivery of its free schools programme.
  • Advised Liverpool City Council on the procurement of new frameworks for core and planned highways works and setting up a housing construction framework for its new local housing company.
  • Advised Plus Dane Housing Group on procurements of major works programmes and the high-profile Welsh Streets Refurbishment project.
  • The team represented Wheeldon Brothers on a successful TCC claim against its insurer, Millennium Insurance, in respect of a fire causing nearly £2m of damage to one of Wheeldon's waste plants.
  • The team advises Clarion Housing Group on its major housing developments across the country, which includes advising on the construction contracts for the development of a £38m high-rise housing project in Salford.

Weightmans LLP is a 'first-rate' firm for contentious construction mandates, and the team is instructed on a raft of construction projects for public and private sector clients. Its expertise spans the education, social housing and health sectors. National head of construction Colette Morgan-Ford is noted for complex contentious work, as are Tom Collins and David Rogers. The team was recently bolstered by the arrival of Ian Hardman, who handles non-contentious construction, from Brabners LLP.

Practice head(s):Colette Morgan-Ford

Other key lawyers:Tom Collins; David Rogers; Ian Hardman 

Key Clients

Jacobs (Halcrow Group)

Read Construction Group

One Vision Housing

Bangor University

Co-Operative Group

Capita

Walsall Council

Loughborough University

University of Leicester

Sefton MBC

Clarion Housing Group

Work highlights

  • Advised a registered provider of social housing in the procurement of a long-term wide-scale substantive repairs and maintenance contractor across its housing stock provision and for its subsidiary companies.
  • Advised Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council on the contract documents for a regionally significant highways project at Junction 10 of the M6 in the West Midlands in partnership with Highways England.
  • Acted for a roofing manufacturer on a dispute over the supply of defective goods that were incorporated into its roofing materials.

Clarke Willmott LLP's construction offering has been significantly bolstered by the arrival of department head James Driver and a team which includes consultant David Lorenzo , from Freeths LLP. The team stands out for its niche experience in acting for large, Spanish EPC contractors on projects in the UK and overseas and it is developing a broader practice in advising EPC contractors. The firm is experienced in energy and infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):Priscilla Hall (London); James Driver

Key Clients

SACYR – a multi-national infrastructure and services company based in Spain

CAPE

Styles & Wood Group

Quartzelec

Orona Group

John Turner Construction Group

Trokel

Dentix

Gleeds Iberica

ALTRAD

Pulse Gyms

Work highlights

  • Represented Boultbee LDN (Marylebone) on an injunction and part 8 claim, which has been reported.
  • Advised Dentix on the acquisition and development of numerous new sites for new dental clinics in the UK.
  • Advised Gleeds Iberica on various construction projects in Spain.
  • Advises Styles & Wood and its subsidiaries on construction projects in the UK.
  • Defended Trokel on a £7m claim brought by Stadco, an international supplier of automotive body products and services. Trokel is also pursuing a £2m counterclaim.

DAC Beachcroft LLP handles construction disputes and transactional work from its Manchester office. On the contentious side, the team acts for employers, developers, contractors, funders, specialist subcontractors and suppliers and leading insurers. The team is particularly noted for its experience in contentious construction and contentious insurance claims. In Manchester, Ian McConkey and Martin Paxton handle professional negligence cases.

Practice head(s):Michael Blackburne (London); James Harrison (Newcastle)

Other key lawyers:Ian McConkey; Martin Paxton

Testimonials

'The team is very approachable, has excellent sector knowledge and it is very commercial.'

Key Clients

The Co-operative Group

McLaren Construction

CPD Powerline

Cheshire West and Chester Council

Dawn Construction

Black and Veatch (Teal Insurance)

Internorm

BBL Company – Netherlands

Close Investments (Alpha  Real Capital)

Thundercloud & Others (Class Action)

Property Alliance Group

Bellway Homes

Kings School, Macclesfield

LTE Group

Taylor Wimpey

Burnley Council

Bolton Council

Greater Manchester Pension Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised Property Alliance Group on securing development finance from an institutional lender in order to deliver a new industrial scheme in Leigh and an extension to an existing office and warehouse facility in Bury.  
  • Acted for QBE, the insurers on behalf of a well-known firm of quantity surveyors, on a claim following the failed development of a joint police and emergency services training facility in Northern Ireland.

DTM Legal LLP handles a raft of contentious construction mandates and is particularly experienced in complex, cross-border disputes. On the non-contentious side, the team handles a number of projects and complex contractual work, and the team enjoys a number of repeat instructions from construction clients. Construction and engineering team head Jim Morris, who is based across the Chester and Liverpool offices, and recently promoted senior associate Guy Thomas, who is based in Chester and is 'a straight talker', handle transactional and contentious construction instructions.

Practice head(s):Jim Morris

Other key lawyers:Guy Thomas; Richard Harris

Key Clients

Foundation Piling

Atmore Developments

Dee Tech Services

Clancy Consulting

Henrob

Anwyl Construction

Rotex  Europe Limited (part of the Hillenbrand Group on NYSE

Pochin Construction

Sterling Services

Electricity Solutions

Work highlights

  • Reviewing existing contract terms and conditions for Sterling Services and drafting a suite of contract documents for use within the company’s activities.
  • The team was instructed by Clancy Consulting on a review of appointments and collateral warranties in respect of a range of various appointments on a wide-ranging scope of services and disciplines.
  • Reviewing and advising Electricity Solutions on a number of framework agreements and contracts for the supply and installation of electrical engineering services and equipment.
  • Drafting and negotiation for NewRiver Retail REIT of suites of documents on numerous retail shopping developments and public refurbishment works throughout the UK.
  • The team is instructed by Egerton (Street) Management Company to advise on claims against the developer and building guarantee provider for defective design and construction, which has resulted in a portion of the apartment block being vacated to allow foundations to be reconstructed and fire-related and other serious defects remedied.

Mills & Reeve LLP handles a raft of non-contentious construction work in the region and across the UK, acting for contractors and developers. The team stands out for its arts sector expertise, as well as its education and healthcare sector nous. It is also often engaged on the demolition and build of mixed-use retail, office and residential developments. Team head Catherine Kay is noted for her experience in large construction projects and has a 'wealth of knowledge'. Senior associate James Badger is also a key member of the Manchester-based team.

Practice head(s):Catherine Kay

Other key lawyers:James Badger

Testimonials

'Catherine Kay has a good level of availability.'

'Catherine Kay always gives very clear, sensible and practical advice.'

'The team has industry leading knowledge of construction law and contracts.'

'Catherine Kay provides clear options and explains benefits and risks clearly and comprehensively.'

Key Clients

Cheval Property Holding

Royal Northern College of Music

The Halle Orchestra

L Rowlands (Retail)

Manchester Communication Primary Academy

University Hospital South Manchester / Manchester Central Hospital

The Royal Bank of Scotland PLC / NatWest

HSBC

Malthurst

Contact theatre (Manchester Young Person’s theatre)

Work highlights

  • The team advised Cheval Group of Companies on the drafting and negotiation of all the documents for a range of its projects including projects in London such as Gloucester Park, 55-91 Knightsbridge (a large residential scheme), Moreau House (a large retail and office scheme), 57 Campden Hill Road (residential), and Watling Park (a large industrial scheme) in Daventry.
  • The team has drafted, negotiated and completed the suite of appointments to the specialist design team for the first phase of the project and building contract for phase 2, for the redevelopment of the Contact Theatre in Manchester.
  • The team continues to handle a range of construction mandates for L. Rowlands.
  • Acted for LTE Group on its full estate programme, which included dealing with the appointment of the architect as lead consultant alongside Cushman & Wakefield as estates manager for the estate and future development, and advised on contracts and further appointments for new builds and extensions.
  • The team acts for the Hallé Orchestra on the appointment of the design team for the stage 2 phase 2 works that were selected following a WORLDWIDE RIBA design competition and applications to the Arts Council. This is based in a sensitive heritage building (a former church) in the Northern Quarter. The building contract has also been completed with Smiths as contractor.

At BLM team head Jahanara Hussain is experienced in construction and engineering projects and is instructed by private and public sector clients such as developers, contractors, funders and local authorities. The team is particularly noted for its education sector expertise.

Practice head(s):Jahanara Hussain

Key Clients

UCLan

FICM

Tibst

Magnificent Developments

Property (Done)

Domis Construction

Etc Urban (Guildhall)

Schuh

Langtree Property Partners

Work highlights

  • The team advised University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) on the drafting and negotiation of a number of building contracts and consultants' appointments for a number of developments and projects.
  • Acting for FICM on construction agreements and agreements with the funder in connection with its redevelopment of land off Trinity Way in Manchester.
  • Advised Tibst, which is a joint venture between Salboy and Factory Estates, on the construction agreements and agreements with the funder, for a mixed-use development in Manchester.
  • Advised First Choice Homes Oldham Limited (FCHO) on the acquisition and development of a new operations facility, which included advising on the structure of the acquisition, advising on the construction agreements and reviewing and negotiating the construction obligations in the sale contract for the delivery of the building.  
  • Advised Magnificent Developments, which is a joint venture between Salboy and Factory Estates, on the construction agreements and the agreements with the funder, for a residential development in Manchester consisting of 273 residential apartments and associated works.    

Freeths LLP handles a raft of development work, is experienced in procurement matters, and also handles disputes in the sector. Recently promoted director Jennie Jones, who heads the team in Manchester, handles contentious and non-contentious matters. Pandora Lougheed has joined Addleshaw Goddard, while former team head James Driver and David Lorenzo have joined Clarke Willmott LLP.

Practice head(s):Jennie Jones

Testimonials

'Jennie Jones is exceptional; she is highly knowledgeable, expert in her field, and tactically astute.'

'The team is highly competent and efficient.'

Key Clients

De Trafford Estates

Vabeld

Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies

Travelodge

Aldi

Gleeds (global consultancy providing construction and property services)

MCR Property Group

Bathsystem

Fabricom Oil, Gas and Power

Lloyds Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised on the construction documents in relation to a development of 137 luxury residential units with a roof garden and commercial space for De Trafford Group.
  • Advised De Trafford Group in order to procure and advise on construction documents in relation to the development of a high-value, luxury apartment block on a flagship site.
  • Advised Vabeld on the construction documents relating to the development of a luxury complex of 160 apartments in Liverpool.
  • Acted for Vabeld on the construction documents relating to the refurbishment of a large retail unit in central Liverpool.
  • Advised Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI) on the £5m refurbishment of its offices at Whitehall, London.  

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP handles transactional construction work and is also active on construction disputes. The team is adept at advising on bonds and guarantees, construction contracts, procurement and maintenance contracts and acts for public and private sector clients on a range of development projects. The team - which is now led by construction, engineering and energy head Charlie Tomlinson, who joined from an in-house role at Pennon Group in summer 2019 -  works closely with the firm's commercial property, property finance and commercial litigation teams.

Practice head(s):Charlie Tomlinson

Key Clients

Styles & Wood

London and Scottish Investments

Property Alliance Group

Persimmon Homes

David Samuel Properties

Regal Estates

Cantt Pak

PIN Property

Work highlights

  • The team was instructed to act in connection with the development of a 17-storey, 330-bed hotel on Portland Street, Manchester.
  • The team is advising Duff & Phelps, who are acting on behalf of Bentley Investment Incorporation, a firm that has gone into administration, in relation to construction matters at Ringtail Retail Park in Burscough.    
  • Advised Evolve Facility Services on various framework agreements and advised on the drafting of standard documentation for it to use with all key sub-contractors and suppliers.  
  • Supported the commercial property team by drafting and negotiating appointments and warranties for PIN Property on a substantial commercial site assembly from multiple landowners at Oldham.  

MLP Law LLP's newly established construction and engineering team features real estate and built environment head Stephen Chalcraft, who joined in 2018 from Shakespeare Martineau LLP, and is led by legal director Paul Donnelly. The team handles contentious and non-contentious construction work and is instructed by public and private sector clients.

Practice head(s):Paul Donnelly

Other key lawyers:Stephen Chalcraft

Work highlights

  • Advised an employer client on contractual issues relating to a building contract for the redevelopment of its offices, which included successfully defending an adjudication commenced by the building contract for extensions of time and disputed account.
  • Advised a tenant client on the construction aspects of its relocation to a new 40,000 sq ft distribution centre in the East Midlands.
  • Prepared amendments, on behalf of an employer client, to the building contract for the construction of a high-profile hotel at Luton Airport.
  • Advised a building contractor client on disputes arising on a green energy build project in Oxfordshire.
  • Advised a landlord client on issues relating to a fire at the client’s tenanted property, which included claims against insurers for rebuilding and reinstatement costs.

Myerson Solicitors LLP's newly established construction team is led by Neil Armstrong, who joined in 2018 from Pannone Corporate LLP. It is mainly focused on non-contentious development transactions, and is developing a contentious practice. It is instructed by private sector clients where it advises on the drafting and negotiation of construction documents relating to a range of office, retail, residential, student accommodation, leisure and industrial developments. The team is instructed by developers on the procurement of projects across the UK, and also acts for tenants, purchasers and funders.

Practice head(s):Neil Armstrong

Key Clients

Renaker Build

Urban Splash

Handelsbanken

Mode Construction Services

FO Developments

Peter Brown & Co

Styles & Wood Group

Gladman Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Urban Splash on the construction elements of the grade 1 listed Royal William Yard mixed-use redevelopment project in Plymouth.  
  • The team advises Renaker Build on contract reviews, sub-contract negotiations and contentious matters.

Pannone Corporate LLP is active across transactional construction mandates and it also handles disputes in the sector. The team stands out for its public sector expertise where it handles transport and infrastructure projects. It is also experienced in the mechanical, electrical engineering and facilities management sectors. Director Emma Judge, who joined in 2018 from Turner Parkinson LLP, heads the team. Gareth Jessop has retired.

Practice head(s):Emma Judge

Testimonials

'Emma Judge is passionate and committed with an eye for detail; she works tirelessly to win and you want her on your side.'

Key Clients

Transport for Greater Manchester

Mercury Engineering (Northern Ireland)

NG Bailey Group of Companies

Sibelco UK

Geobear Commercial (previously Uretek)

Geobear Infrastructure  (previously Uretek)

Anderton & Kitchen (Civil Engineers)

Iceland Foods

Boohoo.com

Coolair Equipment

Work highlights

  • Acted for Sibelco UK in the preparation of the procurement packages for a new mill, CHP system and extruder system together with associated structural and services works at its Devon processing plant.
  • Acted for Anderton & Kitchen (Civil Engineers) in its final account claims for civil engineering and associated groundworks under two design and build contracts for a housing developer.
  • Representing a main contractor in a complex final account adjudication commenced by one of its sub-contractors.
  • Representing a sub-contractor on the enforcement of an adjudicator’s decision against a major national main contractor.
  • Handled the preparation of a full suite of contracts for use by a major retailer for major expansion works at two of its production sites in the UK.

SAS Daniels LLP's Stockport-based team handles contentious and non-contentious construction and engineering mandates and it is often instructed by employers, contractors, sub-contractors and professionals. Roger Allsup heads the construction and engineering team.

Practice head(s):Roger Allsup

Other key lawyers:James Clarke

The construction team at Shoosmiths LLP was established in 2018 with the arrival of team head John Cleaveley from Weightmans LLP. The team is best known for its experience in acting on development projects for developer clients. It also supports the firm's real estate and banking teams in advising funders, tenants and purchasers on the risks associated with significant projects. Contentious matters are a growing area of practice for the team where senior associate Stephanie MacPherson is also active.

Practice head(s):John Cleaveley

Other key lawyers:Stephanie MacPherson

Testimonials

'John Cleaveley is a top quality individual and he is approachable.'

'John Cleaveley always provides balanced advice.'

 

Key Clients

Select Property Group

Ask Real Estate

LendLease Construction Europe

DeTrafford Estates

Renaker

Marston’s

Fulcrum Group

Robertson Construction

Artez

Manchester Metropolitan University

Work highlights

  • The team advised a leading developer of accommodation schemes on the building contract, appointments, collateral warranties and associated documents for the development of three buildings across two adjoining sites.
  • Advised DeTrafford Construction on the construction of St George’s Gardens, a build-for-sale scheme in Castlefield, Manchester.
  • Provided a suite of both process-driven and bespoke construction legal documents including building contracts, consultant appointments and collateral warranties for Marston’s Estates' continuing programme of new-build pubs, lodges and convenience stores nationwide.
  • Provided Ask Real Estate with advice on the construction and funding of a key commercial office space in the Greengate area of Salford and Manchester, known as 100 Embankment.
  • The team is instructed by a developer currently procuring the development of purpose-built student accommodation, with two commercial units.

Slater Heelis LLP renders non-contentious construction advice across the real estate, hotel, civil and structural engineering and education sectors. The team is also adept at contentious matters and regularly advises on dispute avoidance as well as adjudication and arbitration proceedings. Consultant solicitor Kenneth Salmon is 'very experienced and knowledgeable'and associate Matthew Grellier, who is an 'effective communicator', heads the construction and engineering team.

Practice head(s):Matthew Grellier

Other key lawyers:Kenneth Salmon

Testimonials

'Kenneth Salmon is calm and persuasive.'

'The team has a high-quality and consistent approach.'

'Matthew Grellier goes above and beyond to provide support and he provides expert advice despite extremely tight timescales.'

 

Key Clients

Rochdale Borough Council

Grŵp Cynefin

Novo Property Solutions

ADT Workplace

Endeavour Multi Academy Trust

Porthousedean

Work highlights

  • Advised Rochdale Borough Council on the contract documentation relating to the redevelopment of Rochdale Town Hall Square.
  • Provided contractual advice to Grŵp Cynefin in relation to residential development sites.
  • Advised Novo Property Solutions on professional appointments in relation to a residential development.
  • Advised ADT Workplace on contracts at tender stage.
  • Advised on the drafting of construction contracts for Endeavour Multi Academy Trust regarding roof repair and refurbishment work at Wightwick Hall School.


Planning and environment

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  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
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  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's planning team, which is led by Richard Lloyd and Michelle Moss, handles development and infrastructure projects. It advises on residential schemes, regeneration projects, CPO-based schemes and CPO compensation cases. The energy and retail sectors are also key areas of focus.  Lloyd heads the compulsory purchase group and Moss is an 'excellent CPO practitioner'. Senior associate Fiona Barker is also noted. The environment team, which is led by legal director Jane Southworth , handles contentious and non-contentious work and stands out for its chemicals expertise. Senior associate Catherine Manning is noted for non-contentious environmental and health and safety matters.

Practice head(s):Richard Lloyd (planning) Michelle Moss (plannning) Jane Southworth (environment)

Other key lawyers:Fiona Barker; Catherine Manning

Key Clients

Hammerson

Capital & Regional

HS2

ECf

Homes England

Taylor Wimpey

Bluemantle Group

London Borough of Barnet

London & Continental Railways

Moda Living

National Grid

Highways England

NNB Generation Company (HPC)

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

Triton Knoll Offshore Wind farm

Network Rail

Seashell Trust

Muse Developments

Bruntwood

Land Securities

National Grid

Nuclear Decommissioning Agency

REPIC

Sims Group UK

Severn Trent Water

Legal and General

Segro

Koch Industries

Thames Water

Nestlé

Work highlights

  • Advised HS2 on four high-value and complex claims that have been referred to the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) for determination.
  • The team is instructed by London & Continental Railways  on the regeneration of its AXIS site in Birmingham for a scheme of over 1m square feet of new office space.
  • Advised The London Borough of Barnet on planning and compulsory purchase matters on its £4.3bn regeneration of Brent Cross Cricklewood, one of the London Mayor’s strategic Opportunity Areas.
  • Advised company on the environmental permitting regime and the link with the funding and pricing arrangements agreed by the relevant utilities regulator.
  • Advised a large US manufacturing company on a breach of the ROHS Regulations by one of its suppliers.

At Pinsent Masons LLP the planning team, which is led by Mike Pocock, acts for developers, public sector clients and landowners, as well as construction, energy and water companies. It is engaged on infrastructure and development projects and is experienced in education sector work. Compulsory purchase orders and development consent orders are also a key area of expertise and it handles contentious planning cases. Associate Elizabeth Nuttall is experienced in development planning mandates and senior associate Melanie Grimshaw is 'excellent'. Legal director Claire Gregory heads the environmental team which handles contentious and non-contentious work for clients across the water, energy, waste, chemicals, infrastructure and advanced manufacturing sectors.

Practice head(s):Mike Pocock (planning); Claire Gregory (environment)

Other key lawyers:Melanie Grimshaw; Elizabeth Nuttall

Testimonials

'The environment team is particularly strong technically and it offers pragmatic, user-friendly legal advice.'

'Claire Gregory provides excellent specialist legal advice in a user-friendly way and is very reliable and approachable.'

'The team is unerringly friendly, down to earth and hugely competent.'

'Mike Pocock is a pleasure to deal with, his friendly and approachable manner is greatly appreciated.'

'Mike Pocock is excellent with clients and is astute and approachable.'

'Matthew Baker is excellent with clients.'

'Beth Grant is diligent, well prepared and hardworking.'

Key Clients

United Utilities

Northern Trust Company

HIMOR

University of Sheffield

Land and Lakes

Befesa Salt Slags

Stockport Council

The Casey Group

Sellafield

Yorkshire Water

Miller Homes

Kier Construction

Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure

Tata Steel

St Modwen

Work highlights

  • Advised United Utilities Water on a strategically significant compulsory purchase order pursuant to the Water Industry Act.
  • Advised Land and Lakes on its plans for a temporary worker accommodation campus for the Wylfa nuclear power station, which will then deliver legacy benefits in the form of a holiday leisure village and affordable housing.
  • Provided strategic planning advice to HIMOR in relation to Carrington Village, one of the largest regeneration sites in the country.
  • Advised Albion Land on successfully obtaining planning permission, on appeal, for a new employment site in North West Bicester and then defended a judicial review challenge.
  • Advised Harworth Estates Group in seeking to obtain planning permission for a waste transfer station.

Clyde & Co LLP's 'fantastic environment team' is engaged on the full range of environmental work and stands out for its expertise in environmental crime, where the team advises on Environment Agency and local authority investigations, prosecutions, and enforcement actions. The team is regularly engaged by corporate clients and insurers. Former Environment Agency prosecutor Rod Hunt has 'valuable expertise' and heads the team. Chris Morrison leads the safety, security, health and environmental regulatory group and senior associate Anna Willetts handles environmental criminal defence work.

Practice head(s):Rod Hunt

Other key lawyers:Chris Morrison; Anna Willetts

Testimonials

'Anna Willetts is able to combine her technical knowledge with legal advice; she is personal with clients and ensures they receive good client care; and clients flock to her because her reputation is highly regarded in the market place; a no nonsense lawyer who gets the job done.'

'Rod Hunt is a fantastic environmental specialist who provides clear, well explained advice that is easy for site teams to implement.'

Key Clients

AXA Insurance

Aviva

Work highlights

  • Representing a FTSE-listed company in relation to investigations into numerous breaches of its discharge consent.
  • Representing a company under investigation for allegedly discharging chemicals into the ground.
  • Successfully representing a composting business in an Environment Agency (EA) investigation.
  • Advising a leading food manufacturer in relation to an Environment Agency prosecution regarding an alleged illegal water discharge activity.
  • Represented a quarry operator which was investigated by the Environment Agency for four years on suspicion of illegally depositing waste at its colliery site.

The planning department at Shoosmiths LLP is a 'focused and energetic team which is pro-active in its management of cases'. It is instructed by public and private sector clients on a range of residential, commercial, mixed-use and renewable energy schemes. The team is also adept at handling compulsory acquisition, compensation and urban regeneration mandates, and is experienced in highways work. The team is led by Kathryn Jump, who 'gives clear, effective and practical advice', and Lisa Tye, who is 'very effective'. Senior associate Samantha Grange is also a key figure in the department.

Practice head(s):Kathryn Jump; Lisa Tye

Other key lawyers:Samantha Grange

Testimonials

'Kathryn Jump is an active, thinking and focused solicitor who does not let things get overlooked and thinks ahead in a constructive way.'

'The planning practitioners form a tight knit and very effective team.'

'Samantha Grange has extensive knowledge and expertise in compulsory purchase issues.'

'Lisa Tye will work around the clock , if necessary, to get the job done and she has a first-class mind.'

'It has a particular skill in "project managing" long-term, complex and high-value disputes across various different stages.'

'Kathryn Jump is a stand-out partner; she is brilliant at leading a team through a project; and she has an exceptional knowledge of the Greater Manchester region.'

Key Clients

Allied London

Peel Holdings

London Borough of Hackney

Select Property/Vita Ventures

Story Homes Limited

Ainscough Strategic Land

Vastint BV

Watkin Jones

Stockport Borough Council

Bolton Council

Countryside Properties

Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

Countryside

Thurrock Council

Anwyl Land

Sigma Property Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Vastint on the regeneration of the former Tetley Brewery site in Leeds.
  • Advised Peel Holdings on the Broadoak site in Salford.
  • Advised Brenntag on the impact of the Silvertown Tunnel scheme.
  • Advised Ainscough Strategic Land on its proposal for 2,600 houses in the Swindon New Eastern Villages allocation.
  • Advised the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames on all aspects of the regeneration of the Cambridge Road Estate.

At Weightmans LLP the planning team is engaged on major residential and urban extension projects for local authority clients and it is adept at compulsory purchase work. Energy projects are also a key focus. The environmental team is instructed by water and resources clients on regulatory, compliance and enforcement issues. Manchester-based environmental specialist Simon Colvin leads the firm’s environment and utility teams and is ably supported by associate Julie Goulbourne who is a specialist contentious lawyer. Associate David Mathias heads the planning team in Manchester, while Lee Gordon, who is based across the Leeds and Manchester offices, leads the planning and infrastructure team.

Practice head(s):Simon Colvin; Lee Gordon

Other key lawyers:Julie Goulborune; David Mathias

Key Clients

Peterborough City Council

Royal Mail Group

Walsall Council

Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council

Nottinghamshire County Council

Cheshire East Council

Liverpool City Council

Welsh Government

Emerson Group

Pennon – Viridor and Southwest Water

Severn Trent Water

SafetyKleen

Ford Motor Company

Rio Tinto (Anglesey Aluminium Ltd)

Cemex

Tradebe

United Utilities

Broad Group

Royal Mail Group

Biowood

Vinci ES

Peel Ports Group

Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority

Bibby Distribution

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Liverpool City Council on development proposals for its £1.8bn Paddington Village Scheme, delivering upwards of 1.8 million sq ft of new mixed-use floor space within the Knowledge Quarter in central Liverpool.
  • Advised Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council on a high-value major highways improvement scheme at Junction 10 of the M6.
  • Advised Nottinghamshire County Council on the promotion of a proposed CPO and associated side roads order for a major highways scheme.  
  • Advised Cheshire East Council on the CPOs required to deliver £131m of highways schemes including Sydney Road Bridge, Middlewich Eastern Bypass and the A500 Dualling Scheme.
  • Advised Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council on all aspects of its £262m Rivington Chase development, a significant regeneration project of heavily contaminated brownfield land which is to include 1,700 new dwellings.

The team at Winckworth Sherwood LLP is experienced in contentious and non-contentious planning mandates and is active across compulsory purchase, environmental town and village greens, assets of community value and highway issues. The team is engaged by developer clients on residential schemes and is instructed by a raft of local authority clients on regeneration projects. Team head Colette McCormack is 'excellent' on planning and environmental instructions, and is ably supported by senior associate Joanne Hannah.

Practice head(s):Colette McCormack 

Other key lawyers:Joanne Hannah

Key Clients

Welford Estates

Landform Estates

Jarrold & Sons

Tatton Estates Management

Barking Riverside

Bevington Developments

A2 Dominion

Cheadle Hulme School

Gladman Developments

Harrow Estates

Moda Living

Morris Homes

Notting Hill Genesis

Peel Holdings

Redrow Homes

St Modwen Developments

Wandsworth Borough Council

Taylor Wimpey

Persimmon Homes North West

Work highlights

  • The team is engaged by Peel Holdings, the developer, on the major Liverpool Waters scheme, which concerns the regeneration of 60 hectares of the historic former docks on the River Mersey within and adjacent to the Liverpool Maritime Mercantile World Heritage Site.
  • The team is engaged by Wandsworth Borough Council in relation to the council’s estate regeneration across the borough.  
  • The team advises Peel Holdings on its responses to the Community Infrastructure Levy.
  • The team is instructed by Gladman Developments to advise on numerous section 106 obligations in locations across England from Northumberland to Kent.
  • The team advised Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon in relation to Weir Hill, a major site in Shrewsbury, on an application for 600 dwellings in a phased development.

Aaron & Partners LLP offers specialist expertise in energy work, minerals and waste planning mandates. Energy specialist David Harries heads the planning, environment, energy and regulatory team which features Richard Forrester, who is experienced across mines, minerals, waste planning, complex land and agricultural work, environmental licensing and regulation; David Delaney, who is experienced in planning and compulsory purchase law; and senior associate Keith McKinney who is instructed on planning and environmental matters and is experienced in energy work and environmental crime.

Practice head(s):David Harries

Other key lawyers:Richard Forrester; David Delaney; Keith McKinney 

Testimonials

'The team has a deep understanding of environmental law, procedural hurdles in development consenting and renewables work in Wales.'

'Keith McKinney is a dedicated lawyer with real insight into client needs and what really matters in a case.'

'The team is highly responsive and fast to attend to the issues that arise on projects; it uses original arguments and angles to achieve successful outcomes and are of a size that ensures excellent client relationships.'

'David Harries is an excellent lawyer, who is highly knowledgeable and efficient in dealing with the various issues that can arise in development.'

'Keith McKinney is a highly determined and effective lawyer who provides fast and accurate advice easily within highly stressful situations; his ability to maintain a healthy sense of humour and his personable style makes working with him very easy.'

Key Clients

Hendy Wind Farm

Aldi Stores UK

Bryn Blaen Wind Farm

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water

North Wales Tidal Energy & Coastal Protection

Morris Homes

Meadow Foods

Tudor Griffiths Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Hendy Wind Farm after Powys County Council refused its planning consent and as a result the application was recovered to the Welsh Ministers who granted permission as a DNS (Development of National Significance) project following a lengthy public inquiry.
  • Represented Aldi Stores UK on a planning appeal.
  • Advised Renew Land Developments on an application to  develop a former quarry for housebuilding.
  • Advised Dwr Cymru Welsh Water in relation to a public inquiry for the new M4 and in particular with regard to compulsory purchase orders sought ancillary to the application for the new motorway.
  • The team continues to advise North Wales Tidal Energy & Coastal Protection on all aspects of its proposed development of a tidal lagoon on the North Wales coast.

Addleshaw Goddard handles a raft of planning and environment work. On the environmental side, which is led by recently promoted partner Michelle Headridge, the team handles contentious and non-contentious matters for clients across the real estate, retail, consumer, manufacturing, waste, energy and utility sectors. The team advises on the environmental aspects of real estate, corporate and finance transactions and handles criminal environmental investigation and defence work. Headridge is experienced in the chemicals and waste sectors and is ably supported by managing associate Joanne Holbrook. The planning team in Manchester has been bolstered by the arrival of Emily Williams from Irwin Mitchell.

Practice head(s):Emily Williams (planning); Michelle Headrige (environment)

Other key lawyers:Joanne Holbrook

Testimonials

The key strength is Emily Williams' leadership, experience and knowledge.

Emily Williams has in-depth knowledge and experience of the judicial and planning appeals systems; she gives clients comfort with her leadership skills, she is extremely well organised and thorough and is adept at strategy, and is sensitive to the needs of the client.

Emily Williams is comfortable taking a light touch when appropriate, but assertive when necessary.

Emily Williams is highly expert, is very quick on problems and solutions, has excellent judgement and has very good knowledge of up-to-date law and policy.

Key Clients

Aberdeen Standard Life Group of Companies

BP Oil UK

Bruntwood Group of Companies

Cairngorm

Gladman Developments

Marks & Spencer

Rosconn Developments

Samworth Bros.

Satnam Investments

Southern Water Services

Threadneedle Investments

William Jackson Foods

Work highlights

  • Advisor to Southern Water Services on South Hampshire Public Inquiry on the appeal of significant changes to water abstraction licences.
  • Advised Southern Water Services on various drought planning and water resource planning work.
  • Represented Gladman Developments on a High Court case which overturned an appeal against refusal of its plans for 140 homes in Somerset, after ruling that the inspector made a 'legal error' by failing to reach a decision on whether the council had a five-year housing land supply.
  • Represented Gladman Developments on its application to the Court of Appeal following the case of Gladman Developments Ltd v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and CPRE Kent; in which the High Court dismissed a bid to quash an appeal inspector's decision to refuse permission for 140 homes in Kent due to the developer's failure to mitigate harm to a designated air quality management area.
  • Advised The Bruntwood Group on the planning aspects arising out of the Bruntwood SciTech deal, which was the largest investment made in science and technology property assets in Europe in 2018, which includes the life sciences centre at Alderley Park, Citylabs in Manchester at the NHS Campus and Manchester Science Park.

Brabners LLP is instructed on planning and environment work. On the environmental side, the team is engaged on real estate and corporate transactions, and is experienced in contaminated land and brownfield regeneration schemes and environmental permitting. The ports, maritime and waste sectors are key areas of focus and the team handles environmental crime cases. The planning side of the practice is instructed on residential and commercial developments, represents clients on planning enforcement appeals and criminal prosecutions, and advises on highways and public rights of way diversions. The 'exceptional' Claire Petricca-Riding heads the team.

Practice head(s):Claire Petricca-Riding

Testimonials

Claire Petricca-Riding is particularly experienced and able when dealing with environmental problems and development agreements; clients love what she does because she is so commercially grounded.

Key Clients

The Manchester Ship Canal Company

Port of Sheerness

Glenbrook  CB

Lancaster City Council

Cityheart

Peel Ports Group

McColls Group

JW Lees (Brewers)

Crosslane Developments

NWF Group Plc

Redrow and Barratt Homes

Arnold Clark Automobiles

Work highlights

  • Represents The Manchester Ship Canal Company on planning and environmental issues.
  • Provided the Port of Sheerness with strategic planning, environmental and highways advice.
  • Provided Glenbrook CB with strategic planning and environmental advice regarding a large PRS scheme in Manchester.
  • Advised Lancaster City Council on more than 20 separate section 106 agreements and deeds of variation for a wide variety of schemes, ranging from residential developments, office and light industrial developments, hospital car parks and warehouses.
  • Provided Cityheart with planning and highways support on highways agreements in relation to a large student accommodation scheme.

DLA Piper UK LLP's planning department is a 'close knit team which is always responsive'. It handles the full range of planning work and is regularly engaged on high-profile infrastructure and energy projects, acting for public and private sector clients. Recently promoted legal director Sophie Stewart specialises in development planning and compulsory purchase and is increasingly involved in the planning aspects of major regeneration and infrastructure projects. Leeds-based Andrew Batterton heads the Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester and Liverpool-based planning teams.

Practice head(s):Andrew Batterton (Leeds)

Other key lawyers:Sophie Stewart

Testimonials

Sophie Stewart is an exceptional lawyer who has deep knowledge of the planning system with experience including infrastructure projects, CPO matters, appeals, the s106 regime and High Court actions.

Sophie Stewart is friendly, approachable, and is empathetic to the commercial needs of her clients.

Key Clients

Liverpool Football Club and Athletic Grounds

Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council

Liverpool City Council

Highways England

HS2

Mersey Gateway Crossings Board Limited and Halton Council

Sefton Borough Council

Cadent Gas/National Grid Electricity Transmission

Elan Homes

Downing Developments

East West Railway Company

Heineken

Work highlights

  • Advised Liverpool and Sefton Councils to successfully secure the consents needed to deliver a major highways improvement scheme, including access to land and compensation advice.    
  • Advised Sefton Council to secure a s6 delegation from Highways England to deliver a critical motorway junction scheme, which also involved the consenting, rights of way and land acquisition to deliver the scheme.
  • Providing ongoing advice to Mersey Gateway Crossing Board and Halton Borough Council on compensation claims and Lands Tribunal references, and challenges to the bridge tolling regime.
  • Advising HS2 on the delivery of Phase 1 of the HS2 project.
  • Advising on all aspects of Cheshire West and Chester Council's major regeneration scheme at Chester Northgate, including planning, heritage, CPO, highways and open space advice.

Specialist environmental firm Dyne Solicitors Limited represents business owners and directors on environmental investigations, prosecutions and environmental regulatory breaches. The firm's specialist commercial litigation team is experienced in complex and high-value disputes in the waste sector. Managing director John Dyne is experienced in cases involving environmental permitting, fire prevention, waste characterisation, noise and odour emissions and complaints against the regulator; and he is increasingly engaged on environmental appeals, complex permitting issues and recovery scheme development projects. Jonathon Bell stands out for his niche expertise in transfrontier shipments of dry mixed recyclables.

Practice head(s):Jonathon Bell; John Dyne; Deborah Bond

Work highlights

  • Advising on end of waste and permitting issues for installations under EPR2016.
  • Advising on permitting, recovery regime and appealing regulation 36 notice involving quasi-management of a team of consultants.
  • Regulatory enforcement in relation to alleged groundwater pollution, illegal disposal of waste and illegal storage of waste.
  • Advised on an investigation by HMRC concerning the use of materials to restore a quarry.
  • Represented a large waste management company and one of its directors at court when both were accused of burying waste in land.

Gateley Plc is instructed by housing industry clients on the planning aspects of residential developments and it is engaged on town centre redevelopment schemes. Common land, town and village greens, highways, complex enforcement, environmental permitting, assets of community value,  planning agreements, applications, compulsory purchase and regeneration are key areas of experience. National planning head Andrew Piatt is ably supported by legal director Mark Iveson, who handles a range of infrastructure, residential and retail projects, as well as compulsory purchase work.

Practice head(s):Andrew Piatt

Other key lawyers:Mark Iveson 

Key Clients

Taylor Wimpey

Lovell

Persimmon

Barratt Homes

Bellway

Mountpark

Stoford

Keepmoat Homes

Lidl

Regal (West Point)

Catesby

Crest Nicholson

WD Chatham

Glossop Land

Work highlights

  • Advised WD Chatham on a major redevelopment project at Chatham Docks.      
  • Advised Glossop Land on the delivery of the residential element of a regeneration scheme partly within the Glossop Town Centre boundary and wholly within the Howard Town Mills Conservation Area.

Hill Dickinson LLP's planning team is regularly engaged on significant housing and housing-led mixed-use schemes, and also has experience in commercial development, retail, energy and infrastructure projects. The team is also able to advise on environmental issues relating to development projects. Planning head Grant Anderson's expertise spans the housing, development, retail, energy and infrastructure sectors.

Practice head(s):Grant Anderson

Testimonials

Grant Anderson ruthlessly supports his client's position

Grant Anderson is excellent; his instructions in even the most complex situations are clear and his analysis is usually spot on

 

Key Clients

J C B Group of Companies

European Metal Recycling

Muller Property Group

National Express Group

UK Oil and Gas

DHL

Seabridge Developments

The Co-operative Group

FI Real Estate

Wakefield Metropolitan District Council

Iliad Group

Eliot Group

Lookers

Lancashire Cricket Club

Liverpool City Council

Peel Group

Morbaine

Forth Homes

Hartley Property Trust

Euro Garages

Conwy Property Developments

MLN (Land and Properties)

Melford Construction

Iceland

Lloyds Bank

HSBC Bank

The Conygar Investment Company

South Lakeland District Council

Work highlights

  • Advised on the development of a multimillion-pound PGA championship golf course and country club in Staffordshire for JCB.    
  • Advised Muller Property Group on a housing planning appeal in Nantwich Cheshire to deliver 189 residential units and 5,500sqm of commercial floor space.  
  • Advised UK Oil and Gas on planning matters in relation to its exploration/drilling site in South Downs National Park.  
  • Advising Lancashire Cricket Club on the future development of the Old Trafford cricket ground and the wider area.    
  • Advised Liverpool City Council on a new cruise liner terminal and hotel development in Liverpool, which has included advice on various planning matters in relation to the proposed development, and environmental impact issues in relation to the proposed hotel development as part of the scheme.    

Mills & Reeve LLP's environment team is engaged on regeneration projects, contaminated land and asbestos work, and also handles transactions involving petrol filling stations and waste management sites. The manufacturing, education and health sectors are key areas of activity for the team. Consultant Keith Davidson, who heads the team, is an 'expert' and handles brownfield regeneration projects, environmental insurance, Part 2A proceedings and is often engaged on corporate transactions with environmental aspects.

Practice head(s):Keith Davidson

Other key lawyers:Christopher Bartley

Testimonials

Excellent team, which has a strong technical offering coupled with a highly personalised approach

The team is motivated to ensure all parties succeed in terms of project delivery and also in maintaining relationships

Keith Davidson stands out as a go-to practitioner for excellent environmental due diligence support and contaminated land work

 

Key Clients

University of Cambridge

Oxford University

University of Birmingham

Bruntwood

DB Symmetry

Poppies Europe

Robertson Strategic Land

NPL Estates

AIG

Possfund

Work highlights

  • Advised Consolidated Property Group on environmental issues relating to the acquisition of a former gas works site at St Albans from National Grid.  
  • Advised private equity fund Elaghmore Partners on environmental issues relating to the acquisition of McPhee Bros (Blantyre), trading as McPhee Mixers, a company based in England and Scotland that manufactures concrete mixers.  

Squire Patton Boggs' environment team is spread across the firm's Manchester and Birmingham offices and is focused on environmental and regulatory matters. The team has expertise across the chemicals, property development, energy, manufacturing and automotive sectors. Manchester office managing partner Rob Elvin is noted for contentious matters, and his expertise spans from nuisance claims to environmental permit appeals. Director Gary Lewis handles a range of waste management and environmental permitting breaches. Birmingham-based Dave Gordon is also a key contact. The firm's planning team is led by Leeds-based Richard Glover.

Practice head(s):Rob Elvin; Richard Glover (Leeds)

Other key lawyers:Gary Lewis; Dave Gordon (Birmingham)

Key Clients

William Blythe

Mexichem

Innospec

NicePak

Scottish Power

FMC

Man Diesel

Olin Corporation

Lucite

Cott Beverages

EDF

Veolia

Essity (previously SCA Hygiene)

ITV

National Oilwell Varco

ZF TRW

McBride Plc

Carpenter

St Francis Group

Gavilon

Taylor Wimpey

International Entertainment Corporation

SP Manweb

Electricity North West

Northern Powergrid

Pendle Borough Council

Citadel Estates

Work highlights

  • Advised Essity on potential environmental enforcement action.

The regulatory team at Pannone Corporate LLP is active across waste, water pollution, environmental permitting breaches and breach of planning obligations mandates. Associate partner Rhian Greaves, who recently joined from Clyde & Co LLP, handles contentious environmental matters and has expertise across waste management, water pollution, noise complaints and  asbestos management. Consultant Tristan Meears-White and director Bill Dunkerley, who joined in 2019 from Keoghs LLP, are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):Rhian Greaves

Other key lawyers:Tristan Meears-White; Bill Dunkerley

TLT's planning department is instructed by local authorities and public sector clients on major regeneration and infrastructure projects. Associate Debbie Reynolds, who heads the team in Manchester, is a compulsory purchase specialist and is regularly instructed on regeneration and infrastructure schemes for promoting authorities and developers through joint venture arrangements.

Practice head(s):Katherine Evans (Bristol); Debbie Reynolds

Testimonials

'Debbie Reynolds has built up an enviable planning and compulsory purchase practice, acting for a number of local authorities. She really know her stuff and gets on with delivering a great service to clients in a low key but efficient way.'

Key Clients

Warrington Borough Council

Cheshire East Council

Castlefield Estates

Muse Developments

Equality and Human Rights Commission

The London Borough of Islington

The London Borough of Barnet

WH Smith

Nationwide Building Society

Catalyst Housing

Work highlights

  • Advised Warrington Borough Council on the Centre Park Link highway scheme, which included advising on compulsory purchase orders relating to the project.
  • Advising Warrington Borough Council on to the proposed Western Link road, a high-profile highway infrastructure scheme which will open up c.205 acres of land for redevelopment.
  • Advising Muse Developments Ltd, as the developer partner to Warrington Borough Council, in relation to the £140m regeneration of the Time Square area of Warrington Town Centre, in order to facilitate the comprehensive redevelopment and improvement of the area and to create a vibrant, mixed-use, high-quality town centre development.
  • Advising Cheshire East Council on its plan to unlock a number of sites ahead of HS2's arrival at Crewe railway station in 2027.
  • Advised the London Borough of Islington on the redevelopment of Telfer House, a 1970s apartment block in Islington.


Property litigation

Index of tables

  1. Property litigation
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1

Addleshaw Goddard's 'first-rate' department is instructed by large institutional investors, high-profile tenants, developers and financial institutions on contentious and pre-contentious issues. The team is involved in retail, consumer, financial services and transport sector mandates. It has in-depth expertise in development work matters, and is involved in a number of cases involving rights of light and site clearance issues. Contentious landlord and tenant issues, professional negligence disputes and property-related insolvency cases are also a key component of the practice. Charles Jagger,  Chris Perrin, legal director Andy Feehan and managing associate Patricia Love are key figures in the Manchester-based team.

Practice head(s):Julie Middlemass (Leeds)

Other key lawyers:Charles Jagger; Chris Perrin; Andy Feehan; Patricia Love

Key Clients

Aberdeen Standard Life

Bruntwood Group

Co-operative Group

Europa Capital

Mapeley Estates

Marks and Spencer

Property Alliance Group

Vue Cinemas

Manchester City Council

Timpson

Work highlights

  • Acting for Angelgate Manchester Buyers and its beneficiaries (approximately 320 individuals predominantly based in the Far East) to attempt to recover £27m of deposits in a failed residential development in Central Manchester.
  • Advised Property Alliance Group on a claim for historic business rates where Property Alliance Group (and other landlords) utilised a business rates mitigation process.
  • Advised Mapeley Estates on a complex opposed lease renewal of key property in Central London.
  • Represented Standard Life Aberdeen in complex High Court proceedings against a retailer seeking damages for failure by the retailer to comply with its obligations to secure planning consent for a supermarket in Durham and thereafter to proceed to purchase the property.
  • Advised Sunninghill and Ascot Property Company on a matter concerning the various rights and obligations of the tenants in a historic property called Chaters (in Ascot), an art deco masterpiece which was converted some years ago to high-value and prestigious apartments.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is engaged on a full range of property litigation work and boasts expertise across cases involving lease terminations and renewals, breach of covenant, rent reviews, dilapidations, rights of light and insolvency. The team assists clients to de-risk property portfolios and it acts for clients across the transport, education, industrial, chemicals, financial services, telecoms, consumer, aviation, energy and utilities sectors. James Batham is engaged by retail occupiers and developers and is instructed on professional negligence claims relating to complex transactions. Department head David McGuirk handles a raft of contentious landlord and tenant portfolio management and property disputes. Senior associates Alex Wright and Joanne Mills are also key figures.  Gemma Staples has joined Pannone Corporate LLP.

Practice head(s):David McGuirk

Other key lawyers:James Batham; Alex Wright; Joanne Mills

Key Clients

Manchester Airport Group

Aviva Investors

Co-Operative Bank

Homes England

Network Rail Infrastructure

BAE Systems

Associated British Ports

INOVYN Enterprises

European Metal Recycling

ETEL (Kwik Fit)

Work highlights

  • The team co-ordinated possession proceedings on Clydesdale Bank's behalf after an individual defaulted on his repayments.

Hill Dickinson LLP handles property disputes for clients across the retail, utilities, energy, insurance, education, transport and logistics sectors. Department head Kevin Lee stands out for his rights of light, mines, minerals and restrictive covenants expertise. Ralph Bullivant is active across high-value dilapidation claims and contentious break options. Consultant Craig Walker has handled high-value claims concerning the compulsory acquisition of land and handles telecommunications disputes.  Legal director Phil Parker is instructed by retail and logistics clients and Julia Stansfield, who is also a legal director, acts for for title insurers on commercial and residential disputes and also handles property-related professional negligence cases. Senior associate Helen Evans is experienced in trespass injunction claims.

Practice head(s):Kevin Lee

Other key lawyers:Ralph Bullivant; Craig Walker; Phil Parker; Julia Stansfield; Helen Evans

Key Clients

Iceland Foods

Peel Group

First Group

Co-Operative Group

Countrywide

Aviva

First Title Insurance

DHL

Lookers Group

UK Oil and Gas

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented UK Oil and Gas, who operate in the inshore oil and gas industry, on an application for an interim injunction to protect the claimant’s sites and operations from protesters.  
  • Acted for the claimant, Bridge Corporate Finance, in professional negligence proceedings against a firm of surveyors.  
  • Acting for C2C Rail in relation to issues concerning the redevelopment of Fenchurch Street and Barking stations.
  • Acting for Signature of St Albans (Property) Guernsey before the Upper Tribunal to modify or discharge restrictive covenants pursuant to s84 Law of Property Act 1925.  
  • Defending Jones Bros. Ruthin (Civil Engineering) Company in a multi-defendant claim for injunctive relief and/or damages for alleged interference with the claimant’s sporting rights over part of a 3,500 acre estate.  

DLA Piper UK LLP stands out for its expertise in advising property investor clients, and is regularly instructed by pensions funds and institutional investors. Telecoms and complex dilapidations cases are a key area of expertise and the team also handles management work for clients with large property portfolios. Department head Martin Griffiths handles a range of complex landlord and tenant disputes, telecoms matters, rights to light issues, release of restrictive covenant cases and major development projects. Legal director Rachael Jones is also a key figure.

Practice head(s):Martin Griffiths; Mark Beardwood (real estate team head)

Other key lawyers:Rachael Jones

Testimonials

Martin Griffiths and Rachael Jones are very knowledgeable and give very balanced advice

The team is very commercial

Martin Griffiths provides consistently good and balanced advice

Rachael Jones is extremely good, knowledgeable and efficient

Key Clients

Barclays Bank

Liverpool Football Club

Picton

Universities Superannuation Scheme

USF Nominees Limited (Unilever's Pension Fund)

Heineken

Pilkington

Akzo Nobel (Dulux)

FI Real Estate Management

Work highlights

  • Representing client in relation to obtaining relief from forfeiture of an ex-BHS retail unit.
  • Acted for a landlord client on a high-value dilapidations claim.
  • Acted for a city council on a CPO disturbance claim relating to a new road.
  • Acted for a  landlord client on a number of company voluntary arrangements in the retail sector.  
  • Acting for FI Real Estate Management on the removal of restrictive covenants preventing redevelopment.

Pinsent Masons LLP is instructed by investors, developers and occupiers on a range of landlord and tenant disputes and development issues. Its sector expertise is wide, and it spans the financial services, agriculture, housing and development, utilities, infrastructure, leisure, energy, retail and education sectors. The team has specialist knowledge of rights to light, electronic communications, tresspass, professional negligence, judicial review and vacant possession cases. Michael Smith  has transferred from Leeds to Manchester to lead the local property disputes team. Senior associate Stuart McCann is experienced in the application of non-domestic business rates and agricultural law. Associate Patricia Mellody is also a key figure.

Practice head(s):Michael Smith

Other key lawyers:Stuart McCann; Patricia Mellody; Matthew Baker

Testimonials

'Michael Smith is always available to advise and comment on strategic matters. He is an excellent litigator and provides clear and concise advice and guidance on all matters. Clients wouldn't hesitate to recommend him'.

Key Clients

Balfour Beatty Group

The University of Manchester

Aviva Group

JD Williams & Company

St Modwen Properties Group

Homes England

Makro

Preston North End Football Club

Harworth Group

Asda Stores

Aldi Stores

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Morgan Sindall Group

United Utilities

Work highlights

  • Represented Leeds City Council on obtaining vacant possession of various agricultural interests in order to enable the development of a new East Leeds Orbital Road.
  • Advised Preston North End Football Club on various rights being asserted against it by neighbours in relation to the club's development of a golf course to build a training ground for the club as well as a local housing development of 440 homes.
  • Assisted Makro Self Service Wholesalers in recovering possession of a wholesale warehouse in the North Acton area of London which had been occupied by HS2 protestors.
  • Advising Sunderland City Council in relation to recovering possession of land subject to agricultural tenancies in order to allow for the development of a 150 hectare, nationally significant, International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP).
  • Advising Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council on the redevelopment of the Merseyway Shopping Centre

Shoosmiths LLP is engaged on portfolio management instructions, and handles a raft of landlord and tenant cases. The team also represents a number of developer clients on cases involving development projects. Department head Wayne Nash is instructed by property developers, investors and occupiers and stands out for his experience in rights of light mandates. Richard Symonds is 'exceptional'; senior associate Kirsty Black stands out for her retail sector expertise; and associate Sophie Tracey is experienced in telecoms cases.

Practice head(s):Wayne Nash

Other key lawyers:Richard Symonds; Kirsty Black; Sophie Tracey

Testimonials

Wayne Nash is a brilliant operator

Kirsty Black has in-depth experience

The team is very commercial and approachable

Key Clients

Travelodge Hotels

Renaker Build

Allied London

Select Property Group

Marston’s

Watkin  Jones & Son Group

Sports Direct

DeTrafford

Walgreen Boots Alliance (Boots UK/Boots Opticians/etc)

The Restaurant Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Marshall CDP on a rights of light risk assessment in connection with a proposed development scheme in central Manchester.
  • Represented IQ Student Accommodation on a high-profile case involving rights of light relating to two schemes in Leeds and Coventry.
  • Represented the landlord of a large retail park in the North West on the attempted break, by a household name retailer, of a large unit within the park.
  • Represented the tenant of a large golf course and leisure complex in Hertfordshire on a lease dispute.
  • Advised Renaker Build on the prevention of trespass by ‘urban explorers’ and the dangerous craze of ‘roof-topping’.

Brabners LLP is instructed by retail, logistics, automotive and property developer clients across landlord and tenant disputes, property-related professional negligence claims, leasehold enfranchisement and agricultural matters, as well as Party Wall Act disputes, business rates and council tax disputes. Liverpool team head Andrew Rogers is instructed by developers, local authorities, landlords and tenants. Helena Davies, who recently joined from DWF, heads the team in Manchester and Stuart Irons heads the Preston-based team. Senior associate Hannah Carter is also a key figure in Liverpool.

Practice head(s):Andrew Rogers; Helena Davies; Stuart Irons

Other key lawyers:Hannah Carter

Testimonials

'I used Brabners because of their particular expertise in relation to a dispute relating to business rates. They had acted in the lead case on this area of law so they were the obvious choice to represent us.'

'The team service our needs with minimum fuss.'

'Brabners do their best in a frustrating area of the law, heavily weighted in favour of the tenant.'

Key Clients

Associated British Foods

TJ Morris Limited (t/a Home Bargains)

NewRiver Retail

Merseyside Pension Fund

Martin McColl

Goldcrest Finance

Primark Stores

Matalan Retail

Warrington Borough Council

The Shaw Trust

Work highlights

  • Instructed by a property developer client in circumstances where it had sold a parcel of land for residential development.  
  • Represented Sinara Consultants on a boundary dispute between two major properties in London.  
  • Instructed by CCR Motor Co on a dispute with its former landlord.  
  • Represented a bridging lender client in relation to its claim for a shortfall of loan monies owed to it following repossession of the subject property (against which the lender’s charge had been secured).  
  • Represented a pension fund in a case relating to a mixed-use property comprising 14 residential apartments on long leases and three commercial units on the ground and first floor.  

DAC Beachcroft LLP stands out for its asset management and leasing expertise and the team acts for a range of institutional investors, shopping centre owners, property funds and REITs. It is also regularly instructed by commercial and public sector clients on high-value and strategic property disputes, and is often engaged on disputes involving development and regeneration projects, and rent reviews. Leeds-based consultant Lesley Hughes;  Clare Hartley, who is also based in Leeds; associate George Taylor; and legal director Rachael Reynolds, who heads the Manchester-based team, are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):Clare Hartley (Northern lead - Leeds); Rachael Reynolds

Other key lawyers:George Taylor

Key Clients

Royal Mail Group

Lend Lease

Land Securities

Intu Shopping Centres

Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Limited

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council for Greater Manchester Pension Fund

Quintain

St Helens Borough Council

Bolton Council

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council

Oldham Borough Council

Laduree

Property Alliance Group

Japan Centre Group

Safran Nacelles

Clas Ohlson

Bradford City Council

Criterion Capital

Loreal (UK)

Arthur J. Gallagher (U.K.)

Work highlights

  • Advised Royal London in connection with the implications of the House of Fraser CVA.
  • Advised Landsec in connection with proposals from Wandsworth Borough Council to carry out works affecting the Southside Shopping Centre, Wandsworth.
  • Advised Safran Nacelles in connection with the restructuring of its UK property interests.
  • Represented St Helens Borough Council in CPO compensation proceedings relating to a claim of approximately £1m.
  • Settled a retention dispute for Greenridge Property Investments.

DWF is instructed by developers, investors, retailers and local authorities on property litigation cases. Alan Walker leads the North West property litigation team and is noted for his telecoms sector expertise and  Jeremy Steele is instructed by retail and investor clients. Helena Davies has joined Brabners LLP.

Practice head(s):Alan Walker

Other key lawyers:Jeremy Steele

Pannone Corporate LLP is regularly instructed in cases across the retail, development and telecoms sectors. It acts for local, national and high-net-worth individual clients on lease renewals and termination, residential and commercial possession, forfeiture lease covenants, dilapidations, service charges, rent review, rent arrears, insolvency, consents, development issues and telecoms disputes, and is also engaged on disputes involving termination procedures, trespass, professional negligence protest, boundary issues and CPOs. Department head David Brown is 'excellent' and director Gemma Staples, who recently joined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, is also singled out for praise.

Practice head(s):David Brown

Other key lawyers:Gemma Staples

Testimonials

The team is an agile, well-regarded and fast-growing recent entrant in this market

Gemma Staples has masses of experience, especially on commercial property litigation matters

Gemma Staples brings real confidence, organisation and dynamism to large and difficult cases; and she is also very good at managing a legal team efficiently

David Brown is an outstanding partner with a wealth of property litigation experience; he is a good judge of character and uses this to good effect

Key Clients

Diamond Resorts Group

ISS (UK)

Manchester Central Convention Centre

Manchester City Council

Peel Media

Revolution Bars

Slicker Recycling

Transport for Greater Manchester

Tradebe Management

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Work highlights

  • Represented Diamond Resorts Group on an easement dispute which resulted in a Supreme Court analysis of the character of an easement.
  • The team provides continuing trespass support to Transport for Greater Manchester.
  • Advised a high-net-worth family on the contentious sale of a business park.
  • Represented a high-net-worth individual in connection with occupation of the family home by a former partner.
  • Represented a client in a contentious possession claim of residential and commercial premises in central Manchester.

TLT is regularly engaged on property disputes across the leisure, retail, housing, energy, financial services and public sectors. The team handles a range of landlord and tenant cases involving rent reviews, lease renewals and contractual disputes. The team acts for commercial landlords, tenants, public sector bodies, housing associations, property developers, investors, financial institutions and insolvency practitioners. Portfolio management is also a key area of activity for the team. Matthew Forrest acts for clients across the retail, leisure, energy and development sectors, and James Chadwick is experienced in advising financial services sector clients.

Practice head(s):Matthew Forrest; James Chadwick; Mark Routley

Testimonials

The team is quick to react and deals with complex and difficult matters

James Chadwick is very helpful and approachable.

Key Clients

Pets at Home Limited/ Companion Care (Services) Limited / Vets4Pets

Manchester Airports Group

WH Smith

Well Pharmacy

Nationwide Building Society

Staples UK

Greene King

SUK Retail (Staples/Office Outlet)

Iceland Foods

Redstone Mortgages

Landwood Commercial (Manchester)

Lloyds Banking Group

Cosmo Restaurants

Work highlights

  • Represented Iceland Foods in an appeal to the Supreme Court relating to the determination of the scope of the expression 'trade processes' as it appears in the regulatory provisions governing the inclusion of plant and machinery in non-domestic rating valuations.  Iceland won on appeal to the Supreme Court, overturning the decisions of the Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal.    
  • Acting on behalf of developer EMD (Walthamstow) in relation to a contested lease renewal involving licensed premises in Walthamstow.
  • Advised Vets 4 Pets in relation to claims arising from the redevelopment of premises impacting upon the client's rights under their lease and their ability to operate from the location.
  • Acted on behalf of Pets at Home in relation to a dispute arising from the deflection of the floor slab at their central distribution centre.
  • The team is instructed by a major high street building society on all property litigation and management matters relating to its high street branch portfolio.  Recent instructions have included lease renewals (contentious and non-contentious), dilapidations disputes, party wall issues, contested break options and general property management issues/disputes.

Weightmans LLP regularly handles large and high-value property portfolio management mandates and is adept at landlord and tenant disputes. The team is engaged on a number of cases involving rent collection, arrears, tenant insolvency and dilapidation disputes. The retail, education and public sectors are key areas of focus. Sian Evans in Liverpool heads the social housing and real estate litigation department. Associate John Darnell, who is also based in Liverpool, manages the national property litigation team.

Practice head(s):Sian Evans

Other key lawyers:John Darnell; Peter Hall

Key Clients

Halton Borough Council

Royal Mail Group

A S Watson Group

Derbyshire County Council and Derbyshire Council Pension Fund

Bruntwood

Metropolitan Police Authority

Camden Markets

London Metropolitan University

Bangor University

Work highlights

  • The team advises AS Watson Group (Superdrug Stores PLC, Savers Health and Beauty Limited, The Perfume Shop Limited) and Three Mobile on property litigation matters in England and Wales. Work includes lease renewals both opposed and unopposed, dilapidations and any other property-related disputes.  
  • The team successfully obtained an injunction order for Derbyshire County Council in the County Court against a neighbour who had unlawfully blocked an entrance to a primary school, claiming ownership of it.

gunnercooke LLP's 'responsive team' stands out for its 'combined knowledge, experience and professional judgement'.  Its property litigation department advises on disputes involving development sites, residential management company disputes, service charges, dilapidations, landlord and tenant issues, easements, restrictive covenants and other third-party interests.  The team was recently bolstered by the arrival of Jen Morris from Land Law LLP, who leads the team with Tom Seabrook, who is an 'excellent litigator, and is hardworking and knowledgeable'.

Practice head(s):Jen Morris; Tom Seabrook

Testimonials

Jen Morris gives practical advice with clarity and has the ability to quickly assess the issues and get to the points in dispute

Tom Seabrook is professional, experienced  and determined, and his tenacity and attention to detail is second to none

 

Key Clients

Haynes International

Kammac

Simply Fresh

Canarycrown

Aurient Management

Steamer Trading

Tesni Properties

RAM Properties

Henry Boot and associated companies

Work highlights

  • Acted for Styal Road Management Company on a claim by tenant at upmarket apartments for unreasonably withholding consent to alterations.
  • Advised Toaster in a claim against an offshore property developer and the local authority, concerning expected noise and nuisance from a proposed redevelopment in central London.
  • Defended well-known retail chain Steamer Trading on a claim brought against it as a former tenant, under authorised guarantee agreement for rent, rates and dilapidations.
  • Acted for Haynes International on a claim against a neighbouring occupier relating to excessive use of right of way across the client’s land.
  • Defended GK Investments in a claim brought by a local authority landlord.

Specialist firm J B Leitch Ltd provides niche advice for residential freehold investment companies and residential block management companies; 'the team works tirelessly to achieve the outcome required in a friendly and professional manner, whilst managing expectations proportionally'. It represents institutional landlords of residential and mixed-use developments, and residential management companies of large blocks, on a range of volume matters and complex technical cases. Director Jonathan Leitch and legal director  Philip Parkinson head the property litigation team. Rob Denman heads the firm's real estate department.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Leitch; Philip Parkinson

Testimonials

Philip Parkinson has an unrivalled knowledge and understanding of how the sector operates and an almost photographic recall of past decisions and how they apply to a particular problem

The firm is a real leader in residential leasehold disputes

Philip Parkinson's knowledge of the law in the area of residential leasehold work is enormous; he is hugely commercial, and is well accustomed to obtaining a solid settlement result for his clients, or fighting on if need be.

The firm's service charge and forfeiture expertise is unparalleled

 

Key Clients

Berkeley Group

Blenheims Estate & Asset Management

Crabtree PM

CSJ Residential

E & J Estates

Elmdon Real Estate

Encore Estate Management

Estates & Management

FirstPort Property Services

Forte Freehold Management

Freehold Managers

Grangeford Asset Management

HomeGround Management

Keppie Massie

Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward

Lamberts Chartered Surveyors

Leasehold Property Management

Long Harbour

Mainstay Residential

Premier Estates

Rendall & Rittner

Residential Management Group

Residents Quarter

Shenstone Properties

Simarc Property Management

Slough Borough Council

Trinity Estates

The Freehold Group

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the freeholder in proceedings for the recovery of interim fire safety costs through service charge.  
  • Successfully represented the freeholder in proceedings for the recovery of ‘waking watch’ fire safety costs through service charge.  
  • Successfully represented the freeholder in proceedings for the recovery of replacement building cladding costs and interim and long-term fire safety measures through service charge.  
  • Represented the freeholder on a complex boundary dispute at a property in Central London, which is subject to valuable proposed redevelopment.  
  • Represented Abacus Land 1 in complex tripartite litigation concerning the powers inherited during the acquisition of right to manage and their effect on commercial premises.

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP acts for a number of North West property developers, property agents, public and private companies, and high-net-worth individuals on property disputes,  and regularly supports the firm's commercial property department on real estate transactions. It handles landlord and tenant matters, and is active on easement disputes, development issues, right to light matters, boundary disputes, telecoms issues, nuisance claims and professional negligence cases. Residential property litigation is also a key area of expertise. Litigation head Andrew Weinberg  leads the department which features associates Rebecca Jones  and Phillip Warburton. David Jones has joined Glaisyers LLP.

Practice head(s):Andrew Weinberg

Other key lawyers:Rebecca Jones; Phillip Warburton

Testimonials

Andrew Weinberg inspires confidence; he brings broader commercial expertise to his specialist property litigation practice to good effect

Rebecca Jones has an impressive command of her cases and the respect of her clients

The team is thorough and commercial at all times

The team has strong expertise and knowledge in the field of property litigation and is very client focused and effective

The team has strong attention to detail and an emphasis on achieving the client's commercial or strategic objectives

Key Clients

London & Scottish Investments

Circle Properties

Land Securities Group

Persimmon Homes

Property Alliance Group

David Samuel Properties

Beech Properties

Heaton Group (Manchester)

Cantt Pak

Morley Estates

Work highlights

  • Advised The Shack (Manchester) on an opposed lease renewal matter.
  • Represented Cantt Pak on a case involving a contract to sell land for £1.2m.
  • Advised the landlord of a property on a break notice served to a tenant.
  • The team advised Heaton Group (Manchester) on a vacant possession strategy.
  • The team advised a landlord client after a property owned in Manchester was occupied by persons unknown for the purposes of protest action, causing a significant delay in development.

Specialist firm¬†Land Law LLP¬†is experienced across a range of property litigation mandates. Its expertise spans property management, landlord and tenant matters, and the team is also adept at cases involving restrictive covenants, rights to light and other easements.¬†Steven Jennings¬†now heads the team after the departure of Jen Morris¬†to gunnercooke LLP. Associate partner Karen Taylor¬†and solicitor Si√Ęn Westby¬†are also key figures.

Practice head(s):Steven Jennings

Other key lawyers:Karen Taylor; Siân Westby

Testimonials

Steven Jennings is an excellent lawyer, manager and litigator; he is always prepared and is always on top of the game

Key Clients

Bruntwood Group

Travelodge Hotels

Watch This Space

GE Group and associated group companies

Peel Holdings and associated Peel group companies

Tata Chemicals Europe

Quorum Estates

Eric Wright Group

Rubix (formerly Brammer)

Innovation Birmingham

Beaconsfield Estates

Norbain Holdings

Righton & Blackburns

Work highlights

  • The team obtained an injunction to stop ‘free runners’ trespassing on the client’s portfolio of 130 commercial buildings.
  • Represented a major international hotel chain on a £1m claim by a restaurant for for water damage.
  • Provided expert determination of whether a £6m purchase of development land should proceed.
  • Advised on a water damage claim by fashion retailer Diesel against building owner.
  • Advised on trespass and related issues between a car dealership and an adjoining development site.

Myerson Solicitors LLP acts for regional and national property developers on a range of matters including restrictive covenants, access rights, telecoms tenancies, rights of light and site clearance strategies. The team is also regularly instructed by landlords, management companies and managing agents of long leasehold residential portfolios and residential investment portfolios; and also acts for commercial landlords and tenants on portfolio management matters. Newly promoted partner Seán Hackett heads the team. Tim Norman and senior solicitor Laura Pile are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):Seán Hackett

Other key lawyers:Tim Norman; Laura Pile; Emma Dooley

Key Clients

Akzo Nobel

Convergys Corporation

Tatton Estate

Philip J Davies (Holdings)

Atmore Investments

Renaker Build

Fortis Developments

Woden Court

M Developments

The Harvey Homes Group

The City of Liverpool Investment Company

Mr Peter Kashem

Brisbane House

Veriti & Co.

NHR

Mr Mark Davies

Original Brands

X1 Management

Landmark Inns

Abbasi & Salek Partnership

Marnshaw

Kevern

BS Group

Discounted Plastics

Oxford Park

Work highlights

  • Advised Philip J Davies (Holdings) on options post disclaimer of lease of whole by Carillion’s liquidators.
  • Advised Marnshaw following the tenant company entering into administration.
  • Advised Atmore Investments on a terminal dilapidations claim under old lease against M&S following the CVA of tenant.
  • Advised on a terminal dilapidations claim against the Ministry of Justice.
  • Advised client on third party rights over an access road.

Squire Patton Boggs is often engaged on cases involving vacant possession of multi-tenanted redevelopment sites, and the chemicals and agricultural sectors are key areas of focus for the team. Director Helen Hoath is experienced on a range of real estate litigation cases and is noted for commercial landlord and tenant disputes. Cases involving  rent reviews, service charges, break clause issues, easement issues, opposed lease renewals and complex title rectification are key areas of activity. The team also handles cross-border instructions. Leeds-based David Holland heads the team.

Practice head(s):David Holland (Leeds)

Other key lawyers:Helen Hoath

Key Clients

Co-operative Group

Royal British Legion

Manchester City Football Club

Findel Group of companies

Stewart Milne Group of companies

Luxfer Group of companies

Quintain (Wembley Retail Park)

Lubrizol Group of companies

Signet Group

Peel Group of companies

Work highlights

  • Acted for a developer client in opposing an application to succeed to an agricultural holding on death.
  • The team advised on an application to register title to part of a large site by adverse possession.
  • The team advised on a high-value landlord and tenant dispute for a large commercial entity.
  • The team provides ongoing advice in connection with original tenant liability under two leases of an industrial site.
  • Advised a Middle Eastern consulate in relation to the exercise of a break in its lease, following its relocation.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP stands out for its 'personal touch' and is instructed by a range of commercial clients, local authorities, government bodies and housing associations on disputes. Team head Guy Willetts is based across the firm's Manchester and Birmingham offices and handles rights of light, property management cases, landlord and tenant issues, and disputes concerning development agreements. Lynn James is also a key contact in Manchester, as is senior associate Sam Coward.

Practice head(s):Guy Willetts

Other key lawyers:Sam Coward; Lynn James

Testimonials

Sam Coward is very professional and answers queries in a timely manner; his written reports are comprehensive, and he is balanced in his approach to disputes

 

Key Clients

The Riverside Group

Bromford Housing Group

One Vision Housing

Equity Housing Group

Great Places Housing Group

The Guinness Partnership

Regenda

Cambian Group

Secretary of State for Education

Interserve (and all of its related and subsidiary companies)

St Helen's Council as Landlords of commercial property

The West Midlands Local Authorities' Pension Fund Property Portfolio

Homes England

South Lakes Housing

Accent Housing

Progress Housing

Work highlights

  • Represented Eclipse Property (HFX1) on its appeal against a notice served upon it by the Borough Council of Calderdale, pursuant to s215 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

Butcher & Barlow LLP's property litigation team handles commercial landlord and tenant matters, and complex land disputes involving restrictive covenants, boundary disputes and registration issues. The team particularly stands out for its agricultural sector expertise and its clients include developers, investors, institutional lenders, professional services firms, landed estates and agricultural occupiers. Department head Alex Sandland is very 'supportive and very determined; he is a tough cookie, and is great to have on your side'. Associates James Holton, who is a landlord and tenant specialist, and Catherine Gregson are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Alex Sandland

Other key lawyers:James Holton; Catherine Gregson

Testimonials

Alex Sandland and James Holton are commercial and easy to work with

The team is highly knowledgeable, approachable, friendly and commercially minded

The team operates pragmatically and in a way that always maintains focus on reaching an amicable resolution to the dispute wherever possible

James Holton is highly skilled in keeping the client regularly informed; he is approachable, yet assured in his administration

Key Clients

The Trustees of the Booth Charities

Joseph Holt

Renew Land Developments

Black & White Developments

Land Recovery

GB Properties

Apex Construction and Design

Brighouse Farmers

Junction Property

Work highlights

  • Defended a property investor on a 1954 Act application for a renewal lease.
  • Acted for a tenant firm in multi-party dilapidations and rent arrears litigation concerning its former offices.
  • Represented a client in a dispute with receivers in relation to a £4m dispute.
  • Represented a property investor in a dilapidations claim against a national retailer which had occupied the premises as its head office for 26 years.
  • The team is retained by a substantial country estate to advise on a multitude of disputes and prospective litigation.

DTM Legal LLP is engaged by investment, retail, landed estates, construction and utilities clients on a range of contentious matters involving landlord and tenant relationships, which include business lease renewals, breach of covenants, forfeiture, rent reviews, insolvency, dilapidations, contentious break clauses, recovery of land from unlawful occupiers, rent and service recovery, lease surrenders, boundary disputes, and rights of light. The team offers portfolio management advice. Anna Duffy in Liverpool heads the team, and is ably supported by Richard Thomas in Chester.

Practice head(s):Anna Duffy

Other key lawyers:Richard Thomas

Key Clients

David Currie & Co

AAH Pharmaceuticals

The Atmore Group

Henrob

FI Real Estate /Pro-Investments Limited

Strutt & Parker (management of Peckforton Estate)

The Windmill Group

Scottish Power/Manweb

Matalan

Quality Freight

Carpenter Investments

Work highlights

  • Advised on a dilapidations settlement and on the surrender of premises.    
  • Advised a group on its property portfolio and contentious property issues.
  • Advised on disposals relating to adverse possession in the land registry of First Tier Tribunal; handled disputes in relation to breach of covenant claims, and advised on management issues in relation to the property portfolio.
  • Actied for the receivers in respect of possession of property.
  • Advised on security against land; recoveries and transfers of land to connected parties.

Forbes Solicitors is instructed by a range of large businesses, housing associations and public organisations on property litigation and land disputes. The healthcare, construction, sport, education, pensions, charity and agricultural sectors are key focuses for the team. Associate Stephen McArdle, who joined in 2018 from KBL Solicitors LLP, is a property litigation specialist. Former team head Robin Stephens has retired.

Practice head(s):Stephen McArdle; Michael Chambers

Work highlights

  • Advises a Premier League football club in relation to all its property-related matters and disputes.
  • Handled a construction dispute which involved professional negligence and insolvency.
  • Advised a client on a lease renewal and dilapidations.
  • Advised on a breach of covenant, potential injunction and damages claim.
  • Handled a claim in respect of a landslip against a local authority.

Gorvins Solicitors handles commercial and residential property disputes for landlords, property owners and commercial tenants. Guy Lightowler, who stands out for his 'attention to detail', leads the team and is instructed by developers, management companies, entrepreneurs and local authority clients. Senior associate Danielle Clements handles a range of landlord and tenant issues, and is engaged on a number of boundary and neighbour disputes. Consultant Jonathon Crook is also a key figure.

Practice head(s):Guy Lightowler

Other key lawyers:Danielle Clements; Jonathon Crook

Testimonials

The team is very professional, well organised, very client focused, deals with correspondence very promptly and has the client's interest as a top priority

Guy Lightowler is an intelligent, client focused and tactically astute operator; he takes a realistic line when required, but always fights the client's corner to get the best commercial result

Work highlights

  • Represented a client on an application to the Land Registry to claim adverse possession of a parcel of land adjacent to land jointly owned by him and his brother.
  • Advised client on issues relating to a residential property, purchased from a house builder, with unsatisfactory conditions and proposed repairs within a two-year period.
  • Advised client in connection with its occupation of a warehouse at Groveport Docks in Scunthorpe.
  • Defended companies in public interest winding up proceedings brought by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in relation to the operation of a scheme for the mitigation of National Non-Domestic Rates (ie business rates) on unoccupied commercial property which it is alleged misuses the provisions of the Insolvency Act and and/or subverts the legitimate use of insolvency procedures.

Niche offering KK Thompson Solicitors is a 'small team that offers a bespoke, client-friendly service that is founded on excellent knowledge of the law'; and it is 'extremely pro-active in all transactions; it is well organised and communicates effectively'. It has a strong property litigation focus and is noted for its retail sector expertise; it is instructed by commercial landlords, offshore pension funds, investment companies and high-net-worth individuals on contentious matters. Directors Kate Thompson, who is 'adept at thinking outside the box', and Karl Thompson, who has a 'forensic approach but simplifies his advice to make it easy to digest', lead the team.

Practice head(s):Kate Thompson; Karl Thompson

Testimonials

The team is responsive, commercial and straight-talking; it not only delivers legal advice, but the team problem solves and provides solutions

Kate Thompson is a problem solver and devises practical solutions to complex issues

Karl Thompson is very knowledgeable on landlord and tenant matters, gives considered and well-reasoned advice, and deals with matters efficiently and expediently

Key Clients

Roubaix Group

Taylor Business Park

Taylor Estates (Cheshire)

LiveWire (Warrington) CIC

Barnfield Construction

Roger Hannah and Co

Lynton Lasers

Globe Enterprises

Munroe K Asset Management

Poplar Services Printers

Apollo Land and Buildings

Cheshire Telecom

Work highlights

  • The team acts for Roubaix Group in relation to its retail property portfolio throughout the UK.
  • The team provides portfolio management and legal advice to one of the largest management agents in the North West, Roger Hannah, which services thousands of commercial properties across all property sectors.
  • Acted for LiveWire (Warrington) CIC on a contentious proposed lease.
  • The team provides Barnfield Construction with general portfolio management advice, which involves a range of issues including rent recovery, service of various notices pursuant to the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, considering and advising upon notices, break option advice and dilapidations disputes.

Nexus Solicitors Limited acts for landlords, managing agents and tenants on a range of leasehold and property disputes. Claims for tenancy renewals, dilapidations, service charge disputes, and rectification are key areas of activity, as are claims concerning break notices, breaches of covenant and forfeiture. Director Debbie Whiteley heads the team.

Practice head(s):Debbie Whiteley

Testimonials

The team is professional, qualified and efficient

Debbie Whiteley is thorough, technically superior and stands out for her tenacity

Work highlights

  • The team continues to act for a group of more than 30 leaseholders in relation to disrepair, misrepresentation and forfeiture issues relating to a large development in Barrow-in-Furness.
  • Successfully settled an Upper Tribunal reference for compensation arising out of the compulsory purchase of commercial premises as part of a large redevelopment scheme in Liverpool.
  • Represented four landlords, based outside the UK, whose managing agent has retained rents and has failed to maintain the rental properties in a claim for an account of rents and termination of the management agreement.
  • Advised the holder of an option notice over a property in a dispute as to whether the option is capable of being exercised at any time or is limited to a specific period.
  • Advised a technology company on a dispute over termination of a contract and the retention of data.

Slater Heelis LLP  stands out for its ability to 'understand the client's business'. The team acts for UK and overseas clients on a range of residential and commercial property disputes.  It is regularly engaged on advisory work, high-value disputes and landlord and tenant disputes. Recently promoted partner Daniel Stern heads the team. Chris Bishop is also a key figure.

Practice head(s):Daniel Stern

Other key lawyers:Chris Bishop

Testimonials

The team has the determination to get to know the client's expectations and requirements

The team has the ability to think outside the box, and has 'terrier'-like determination to achieve a successful result for the client

Daniel Stern is a go-to person for his leasehold and contract law knowledge; his ability to grasp an issue quickly is quite outstanding, and he cuts to the chase effectively

Key Clients

CERT Property

The Feltham Group

PJ Livesey Group

DeTrafford

Work highlights

  • Represented CERT Properties in obtaining vacant possession of a large multi-let, mixed-use office and leisure building in Manchester City Centre for redevelopment.

Bridge Law Solicitors Ltd  handles a range of property litigation mandates and is regularly instructed by individuals. It handles disputes involving easements and boundaries, rights to light,  trespass and sale of land, and the team also handles landlord and tenant cases. Director Claire Stewart 'goes the extra mile' and is ably supported by Sophie Murgatroyd.

Practice head(s):Claire Stewart; Sophie Murgatroyd

Testimonials

The care, sympathy and professionalism given to clients is exceptional

Kennedys handles a range of landlord and tenant disputes, and is regularly engaged by property developer clients on contentious cases. Cases involving repossession, trespass and enforcement proceedings are a key area of expertise, as are property-related professional negligence disputes. Senior associate Tom White leads the team in Manchester. .

Practice head(s):Tom White

Testimonials

Tom White is hardworking and meticulous


Social housing

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  1. Social housing
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1

Rising stars

  1. 1
    • Catherine Fearon - Brabners LLP
    • Josephine Morton - Brabners LLP
    • Lisa Robotham - Brabners LLP
    • Sarah Rogers - Forbes Solicitors
    • Thomas Starkey - Weightmans LLP
    • Kirsty Varley - Forbes Solicitors
    • Tom Wainwright - Trowers & Hamlins LLP
    • Matthew Wilson - Weightmans LLP

Brabners LLP acts for regional and national registered providers across the full spectrum of matters; the team has a home ownership conveyancing team, handles a range of housing management and litigation work, and is active across the full range of property, and landlord and tenant litigation. Alistair Fletcher is 'extremely experienced and incredibly knowledgeable'; Ian Alderson heads the housing and regeneration department; Angela Clearkin heads the development team; and Rupert Gill provides corporate, regulatory and governance advice. Senior associates Josephine Morton and Catherine Fearon, who handle contentious housing management work, and Lisa Robotham, who handles non-contentious real estate mandates, are also singled out.

Practice head(s):Alistair Fletcher; Ian Alderson; Angela Clearkin; Lisa Robotham; Andrius Roos; Peter Barlow

Other key lawyers:Catherine Fearon; Suzanne Gregson; Rupert Gill; Josephine Morton

Testimonials

The quality of provision of this firm makes it the leading specialist firm in Liverpool, and a clear leader in the North

Ian Alderson is first class, reliable and delivers pragmatic advice

Rupert Gill is excellent at providing commercial advice that finds a practical solution in a regulatory environment in order to achieve the stated  objective whilst minimising risk

Key Clients

Liverpool Mutual Homes (now Torus62)

Helena Partnerships (now Torus62)

Golden Gates  (now Torus62 )

Regenda

The Riverside Group

Leeds Federated

Progress Housing

Adactus Housing Association

Chorley Community Services

North West Housing Services

Cobalt

Eldonian

Work highlights

  • Advised on the amalgamation of Liverpool Mutual Homes Limited with three registered providers within the Torus Group to create Torus62, one of the largest registered providers in the region.
  • Advised on a significant regeneration transaction for the council, involving a key city centre site.
  • Advised on a high-value acquisition of affordable housing on a mixed-use development by the Jigsaw Group.
  • Advised Liverpool Mutual Homes (now Torus62) on a £20m investment in a key landmark site.
  • Advised Prima Group on its conversion to community benefit society and exempt charity status.

Specialist housing firm Croftons Solicitors LLP is 'first-rate' for social housing work; it handles a broad spectrum of work across housing and leasehold management, property and development, governance and regulation, and is regularly instructed by a number of regional and national registered providers.  The 'experienced' Arthur Chapman jointly heads the property team with Julie Loggenberg and the 'exceptionally able' Melanie Dirom  is head of housing and leasehold management. Jo Loake  is head of governance and regulation and Simon Leighton is the overall department head and managing partner.

Practice head(s):Simon Leighton; Melanie Dirom; Arthur Chapman; Julie Loggenberg; Bob Agnew; Jo Loake; Helen Kevens

Testimonials

The firm offers specialist social housing sector expertise

Key Clients

Jigsaw Group (prev Adactus)

Trafford Housing Trust

Salix Homes

Plus Dane

Muir Group

Irwell Valley Housing

Victory Housing

Calico

Guinness Partnerships

Arawak Walton

Arcon

Aspire Housing

Work highlights

  • Advised Salix Homes on a landmark Court of Appeal case that will clarify the law around expired possession orders and rent arrears.
  • Advised a consortium of six registered providers, in a joint project with Manchester City Council, to provide much-needed homes for homeless and vulnerable families in Manchester.
  • Advised Salix on a complex section 20 consultation matter relating to major improvement works on four high-rise tower blocks.
  • Advised Victory Housing Trust, which was seeking possession of a property because of a breach of tenancy and anti-social behaviour.
  • Advised North Wales Housing, which was seeking mandatory possession of a property due to allegations it was being used for Class A drug use.

Forbes Solicitors offers 'specialist' social housing advice across litigation, property, corporate, leasehold, development, employment, procurement and governance matters. The team acts for a raft of registered providers across the region and beyond. Jennifer Hankinson heads the housing and regeneration property team and Stuart Penswick heads the housing litigation team. The practice, which is praised for being 'very reactive to urgent issues', also includes Lachlan McLean and Shirley Faragher. Recently promoted partner Lucie Cocker stands out for her contentious expertise, while Sarah Rogers, who specialises in housing management, tenancy enforcement and anti-social behaviour, is also noted. Kirsty Varley recently joined from Croftons Solicitors LLP as an associate solicitor.

Practice head(s):Stuart Penswick; Daniel Milnes; Jonathan Holden; Lachlan McLean; Shirley Faragher

Other key lawyers:Lucie Cocker; Jennifer Hankinson; Sarah Rogers; Kirsty Varley

Testimonials

'The firm has a knowledgeable and experienced team.'

'Individuals within the team are approachable and provide options for consideration with clear advice'

'Jennifer Hankinson provides great assistance and delivers advice clearly and within agreed timescales'

Key Clients

Together Housing

Guinness Partnership

Riverside

Trafford Housing Trust

Community Gateway

Linconshire Housing Partnership

Mosscare St Vincent's (MSV)

Onward

EMH

ONGO

Regenda

Progress

Work highlights

  • Represented specialist leasehold management association Onward Housing Group in First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) involving over 200 respondents.
  • Instructed by Together Housing to pursue possession proceedings against a vulnerable tenant causing ASB, who was diagnosed with MS and who was in a wheelchair.
  • Advised Southway Housing Trust on back-to-back purchase of a brownfield site for the sum of £500,000 under the terms of a development services agreement.
  • Instructed by Together Housing Association Limited to consolidate their suite of Right to Buy and Right to Acquire documentation.
  • Assisted Southway with their ‘back to back’ acquisition of a site in Manchester.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP is engaged by a raft of housing associations and local authority clients on a gamut of issues with expertise across housing management, regulatory, governance, joint ventures investment, finance and funding work. The team is also experienced in development and regeneration projects in the sector. Housing and regeneration head Suzanne Benson also heads the consumer credit and FCA regulatory practice, and leads the sales and home ownership team. The 'brilliant' Richard St John Williams, Janet Winrow, who leads on major regeneration schemes, and Melanie Comer, who heads the real estate finance security team, are also noted. Senior associate Tom Wainwright  handles governance, corporate and contracts work.

Practice head(s):Suzanne Benson

Other key lawyers: Richard St John Williams; Janet Winrow; Melanie Comer; Tom Wainwright; Ru Anwar; Louise Robinson

Testimonials

The team stands out for its strong social housing sector knowledge

It has the ability to set out complex issues in a clear manner

The team's flexibility means that it can respond to fast changing situations

Melanie Comer is an exceptional lawyer

The team has an exceptional grasp of issues facing the sector

Key Clients

Homes England

Great Places Housing Group

Trafford Housing Trust

Onward Group

Community Gateway

The Guinness Partnership

Clarion Housing Group

South Liverpool Homes

Bromford Housing Group

WM Housing Group

Peabody Trust

Johnnie Johnson Housing Trust

Accent Group

Wirral Partnership Homes (t/a Magenta Homes)

Rowlinson Construction

Your Housing

Stockport Homes

Hightown Housing Association

Cross Keys Homes

Network Homes

Heylo Housing

Orbit Grouo

South Yorkshire Housing

Work highlights

  • The team is advising on the establishment of a joint venture between the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and ten members of the Greater Manchester Housing Partnership.
  • The real estate finance security team advised on all the property work for the amalgamation of Peabody Trust, Gallions Housing Association and Family Mosaic Housing.
  • The team provided grant funding agreement advice to Homes England on its project to invest grant funding to deliver up to 32,000 housing starts on site by March 2021.
  • The team was instructed to act for Onward Homes on the acquisition and development of a site in Liverpool.
  • Acted for Stockport Homes Group on the acquisition of the Tatton Cinema site in Gatley, Stockport from Dickens Group.

BLM regularly represents social landlords in housing management matters, and it stands out for its litigation expertise. The team handles a range of mandates involving anti-social behaviour, disrepair, housing fraud, inquests and regulatory matters. The practice has recently broadened and is also able to offer property and commercial advice to social housing clients, which includes advising on development and regeneration projects, acquisitions, finance and governance matters. Matthew Hyam in Liverpool leads the housing management and litigation team and commercial advisory head Stephen Lintott is experienced in housing projects.

Practice head(s):Matthew Hyam; Stephen Lintott

Key Clients

Urban Splash

First Choice Homes

The Riverside Group

Halton Housing Trust

Places for People Group

Peaks & Plains Housing Trust

Wolverhampton Homes

Clarion Housing Group

Sanctuary Housing Group

Phoenix Community Housing Group

Onward Homes

Work highlights

  • Represented Wolverhampton City Council (via Wolverhampton Homes) in a case against joint tenants, who were were protagonists in a serious and sustained campaign of anti-social behaviour against neighbours which rendered the neighbouring property un-lettable.
  • Defended Clarion Housing Group in a claim for disrepair, harassment, discrimination and personal injury, which was dismissed.  
  • The team successfully obtained a closure order and an extension to a closure order due to ongoing anti-social behaviour affecting vulnerable tenants in the locality.
  • The team successfully obtained a possession order at the first hearing against an introductory tenant who had been engaging in serious and prolonged anti-social behaviour at the property.
  • The team successfully obtained two linked injunction orders at a contested trial against a tenant and her partner, following a stabbing on a London estate.

Clarke Willmott LLP stands out for its housing management practice where it acts for numerous registered providers. It is noted for its expertise across anti-social behaviour, possession, policy and fraud issues. It advises on tenancy agreements, and it handles tenancy and leasehold disputes and complex disrepair claims. National housing management head Lindsay Felstead, who is national head of housing management, is singled out for praise.

Practice head(s):Lindsay Felstead

Testimonials

Lindsay Felstead takes the time to understand her clients' needs and the way in which they work

Lindsay Felstead is able to communicate her advice in a clear, straight-forward manner

They team displays excellent knowledge and advice in case management

Key Clients

Regenda Homes

One Manchester

South Liverpool Homes

Halton Housing Trust

Trent & Dove

Housing Plus

Connexus

Stafford & Rural Homes

Staffordshire Housing

PA Housing

Work highlights

  • Represented Plus Dane to obtain an outright order for possession against notorious tenants who had engaged in serious anti-social behaviour.
  • Obtained a possession order against trespasser whose mother (tenant) had gone into a care home.
  • Advised on a review of policy and procedure on right to buy.
  • Represented Trent and Dove to secure injunctions on a without notice basis against three youths and three adults following continued anti-social behaviour and a reported assault.  
  • Represented South Staffordshire HA in obtaining an injunction order, including an exclusion from home and power of arrest, against a tenant who had threatened a neighbour with a knife.

Pinsent Masons LLP acts for a range of housing sector clients such as landowners, registered providers, residential developers, local authorities, funders, grant givers and contractors. The team is adept at handling public-private housing partnerships and is experienced in structuring public sector joint venture vehicles. It is regularly instructed on complex housing and regeneration schemes, where team head Helen Robinson  is active, and the team also boasts strong planning expertise for projects in the sector.

Practice head(s):Helen Robinson

Other key lawyers:Scot Morrison; Mike Pocock; Melanie Grimshaw; Sarah Thomas

Key Clients

Homes England

HIMOR (Carrington)

Manchester City Council

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council

Morgan Sindall Investments

London Legacy Development Corporation

Folkestone and Hythe District Council

Keepmoat Homes

Crawley Borough Council

Rowlinson Construction

Work highlights

  • The team continues to advise HIMOR on the redevelopment of the former Shell refinery at Carrington.
  • The team acted for Manchester City Council on the Northern Gateway project, which included securing an investment partner for one of the largest urban regeneration opportunities in the UK.
  • Advised Manchester City Council and the Greater Manchester Pension Fund on the delivery of its second Housing Investment Fund.
  • The team is advising two local authorities jointly procuring a private sector partner to deliver a major regeneration and housing scheme.
  • Advised Morgan Sindall Investments on a public-private sector partnership with Hertfordshire County Council to deliver 6,000 homes over 15 years.

Weightmans LLP acts for housing associations on a range of property management matters; it is noted for its experience in handling issues arising out of anti-social behaviour and handles claims for disrepair and possession. The team also offers pensions, corporate, corporate governance, commercial, employment, contentious construction, development and regeneration work, home ownership, landlord and tenant, and securitisation matters. Sian Evans heads the team, which includes associates Matthew Wilson, who recently joined from Clarke Willmott LLP, and Thomas Starkey, who heads the real estate division of the social housing practice.

Practice head(s):Sian Evans

Other key lawyers:Matthew Wilson; Thomas Starkey; Gary Jones; Karen Neald; Tom Collins

Key Clients

The Sovini Group

Jigsaw Housing Group

Torus Housing  Group

Forviva( City West)

Halton Housing Trust

Clarion Housing Group

The Guinness Partnership

Regenda Housing Group

Pierhead Housing Association( Prima Group)

Plus Dane Housing Group

Gentoo Homes

Calico Homes

Stockport Homes

Weaver Vale Housing trust

Work highlights

  • Provided advice on ongoing acquisitions and dispositions of OSUK’s PRS portfolio, land for development and open market sale.
  • Advised on One Vision Housing’s HCA acquisition and development programme.
  • Advised on Halton Trust’s HCA acquisition and development programme.
  • Advised on R-Haus Living’s ongoing acquisition programme of tenanted PRS stock
  • Advised Chorley Community Housing on a disrepair claim.

Specialist firm Knox Ellis Solicitors, which was acquired by MSB Law LLP in November 2018, is a 'specialist housing law offering'. It is instructed by registered providers and local authorities on a range of housing management mandates. It is noted for its experience in anti-social behaviour disputes, as well as disrepair, tenancy, leasehold and asset management work. Tom Knox provides 'clear and comprehensive advice' and barrister Sarah Ellis is 'dynamic, driven, knowledgeable, professional and supportive, and is an excellent advocate'. Senior associate solicitor Louise Murphy is also a key figure.

Practice head(s):Tom Knox; Sarah Ellis

Other key lawyers:Louise Murphy

Testimonials

The team is enthusiastic, approachable, knowledgeable and professional

The team provides a seamless service

Sarah Ellis is a strong, tenacious advocate who prepares cases diligently and presents them effectively.

Key Clients

Arches Housing

Arcon Housing Association

Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council

Brighter Futures

Bury Metropolitan Borough Council

Care Housing Association

Cheshire West and Chester

City South Manchester Housing Trust

Clarion Housing Association

Community Gateway Housing

Connect Housing

Eastlands Homes

Work highlights

  • Advised a private registered provider on the potential recovery of grant funding.
  • Provided guidance to a private registered provider of social housing on  whether signatures from tenants could be obtained using electronic means during the sign-up procedure.
  • The team was instructed by a private registered provider of social housing on rent setting and its rent policy.    
  • Obtained an injunction against ‘persons unknown’ after a key client’s high-rise blocks were taken over by Class A drug users and drug dealers.
  • Advised a client on an abortive right to buy transaction and a potential inheritance and succession claim.

Stephensons Solicitors LLP acts for a number of housing associations and local authority clients on a range of issues such as policy, asset transfers, disrepair and possession, and has experience in cases involving anti-social behaviour and tenancy breaches. The team is also experienced in supported living developments, where Chris Graves is noted. Louise Hebborn  leads on housing management matters and David Baybut heads the real estate department.

Practice head(s):David Baybut; Louise Hebborn; Philip Richardson

Other key lawyers:Gary Jackson; Chris Graves; Jonathon Waterhouse

Key Clients

South Liverpool Homes

Fairhome Group

Leeds Housing Federation

My Space

Bespoke Supportive Tenancies

Houses for Homes

Partners Foundation

Kirklees Borough Council

Ist Enable

Enabling Homes

Work highlights

  • Advised Fairhome Group on the acquisition of a new-build residential apartment complex in Colchester with a lease granted to a housing association on completion.  
  • Advised on asset transfer.
  • The team advises a number of developers on the acquisition of and set-up of residential developments.  
  • The team advises South Liverpool Homes on a range of matters where the association is the landlord.  This includes undertaking routine replies to leasehold enquires, and the receipt of notice of assignment of charge.  
  • The team acts for South Liverpool Homes on the sale of properties to tenants pursuant to the right to buy and the right to acquire statutory processes.

Capsticks LLP continued to expand its housing capabilities with the takeover of Whiteheads Solicitors in October 2018. The North West practice, which operates as part of the firm's national team, is noted for its housing management expertise, acting for housing providers on matters involving anti-social behaviour, tenancy fraud and human rights issues, as well as land and service charge cases. Former Whiteheads director Paul Lloyd heads the team.

Practice head(s):Paul Lloyd

Other key lawyers:Ian Larkins; Natalie Hurst

Testimonials

The team is very reliable and the advice given is always helpful and consistent

The team goes out of its way to be helpful, and has excellent working knowledge of cases

Its approach to cases and preparation is always thorough

Key Clients

Onward

Leeds Federated

Stonewater

Great Places Group

ForViva

Jigsaw Group

Mosscare St Vincent

Muir Group

Broadacres

Johnnie Johnson

Work highlights

  • Weaver Vale issued an injunction and possession case due to the way the tenant had left the property, both of which were granted.
  • Advised and represented Onward on more than 50 disrepair cases.
  • Villages Housing Association instructed the team to obtain without notice injunctions on an emergency basis against seven youths and one adult in the Youth Court, securing eight injunctions.
  • Advised Great Places Housing Group which sought possession on allegations of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs against the defendant.  
  • Represented Jigsaw Group in relation to a possession case.


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