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Brabners LLP advised Sofology on several retail instructions and advised Grange Motors on the disposal of a site in the Lake District National Park. Better Bathrooms, Tritech and National Football Museum are also clients. Ross Shine heads the team, which includes Charles Hansford.

Gorvins Solicitors advised Marcus Worthington on the £16m acquisition and forward funding for a student accommodation block. It also advised Aspen Assets on the sale of an commercial building at King St in Manchester. Team head Martin Hoare is ‘responsive, commercially astute and technically able’. Claire Beaumont joined from Laytons and Samantha Marcus was promoted to partner.

Clients rate the team at boutique commercial property practice Land Law LLP as ‘simply outstanding’. Managing partner Angus Whyte is noted for his ‘very strong commercial acumen, common sense and business-minded approach’. Whyte led the team acting alongside a number of law firms on the £18bn sale of GE Real Estate’s global property portfolio to the Blackstone Group. Helen Davidson led Quorum Estates on a development agreement to deliver new headquarters Stockport Homes. Claire Chapman is ‘approachable, pragmatic and a team player’.

The ‘strong’ and ‘diverse’ team at Myerson Solicitors LLP continued to advise Mosley Street Ventures on the development of Two St Peters Square in Manchester, and acted for 65 Twenty on the letting of office space in Shoreditch, London. Recommended individuals include ‘excellent’ department head Richard Lloyd and Jeremy Lee. Andrew Chapman was promoted to partner in 2015.

Aaron & Partners LLP is noted for its ‘high level of expertise and efficient service’. It advised Santander UK and HSBC on several property finance matters, and assisted Pinnacle Alliance with the acquisition and financing of six potential development sites. Team head Simon Ellis is recommended alongside Trish Randles, who is noted on landlord and tenant matters.

The ‘very strong’ department at DTM Legal LLP continues to advise the Peckforton Estate on real estate matters. Team head Anna Duffy is ‘pragmatic’ and associate Diane Sethi is ‘extremely approachable, very thorough and responsive’. Robert Harris joined the Liverpool office as a consultant from Weightmans LLP and associate Sally Pilott joined in Chester from DWF.

Clients of the team at Forbes Solicitors include WEC Group, Taylor Patterson and Lawrence Hunt & Co. Team head Adam Bromley is recommended alongside Tim Hollingsworth and Stuart Shorthouse.

Hillyer McKeown LLP advised Esterform on the acquisition, sale and leaseback of an industrial site in Leeds. Recommended individuals include the ‘excellent’ Caroline Jones, David Wright and Phil McKeown. Associate Dewi Paddock joined from Brabners LLP in 2015.

The ‘well-resourced and knowledgeable’ department at Jolliffe & Co LLP advised Camel Creek on the purchase of a theme park and assisted Hickory’s Smokehouse with the purchase of The Kingfisher Country Club. James Harris is noted for his ‘team approach’ and Huw Thomas stands out for his ‘very astute legal brain’.

Nigel Read and James Clarke head the team at SAS Daniels LLP, which acts for clients including Gladman Developments, Frederic Robinson and South Staffordshire Water. Neil Powell’s arrival from Hull City Council brings further experience in public sector regeneration and development, while construction specialist Roger Allsup joined from DWF. Andrew Clark is also recommended.

Hibberts LLP’s team, which is praised for its ‘brilliant communication’ skills, regularly advises landlord and tenants in connection with industrial unit leases, shopping precincts and commercial premises. Carolyn Brooksbank heads the team.

JWK Solicitors is rated for its ‘efficiency’ and ‘professionalism’. Peter Bujakowski is ‘an outstanding lawyer’.

James Allison leads the team at Napthens LLP, which advised Bowker Motor Group on a £3m site acquisition. Former team head Allan Sumner and Mike Fetherstone joined Harrison Drury & Co in 2016.

The ‘excellent’ department at Slater and Gordon is led by Huw Davies and is active in the renewable energy sector. Stephen Lunt, Helen Nash and Paul Makinson are key individuals.

Mike Fox leads the commercial team at Slater Heelis LLP, while Edward Michell heads the residential team. P J Livesey Group, Bloor Homes and Brammer UK are clients. Zara Banday joined the team from Darbys Solicitors LLP in February 2016. Stephen Locke is also recommended.

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    In the field of the acquisition of easements by prescription, little has caused more consternation over the last decade or so than the question of whether a right to park cars can be acquired by twenty years user as of right. The types of property capable of being adversely affected range from individual residential units all the way up to major development sites. The establishment of such a right can have a devastating impact on the value of the burdened land.

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