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DLA Piper UK LLP’s ‘professional’ department is noted for its ‘focus on problem-solving and delivery’ as well as its ‘fantastic ability to identify key commercial points’. It advised Cheshire West and Chester Council on a £300m city centre redevelopment scheme in Chester, and advised Liverpool Football Club on the redevelopment of Anfield Stadium. Team head Mark Beardwood works across the Liverpool and Manchester offices and Philip Rooney is ‘experienced, hardworking and commercial’. Alison Mills and legal director Richard Thompson are also recommended.

Highlights for the ‘excellent’ team at Brabners LLP included advising Primark Stores on purchase and development agreements and leases for seven new stores, and acting for Peel Land and Property on the sale of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Liverpool to Ability Group. Jeff Gillbanks heads the department, while Neil McBurney leads the retail team and Leanne Murray heads the residential team. Also recommended are the ‘first-rate’ Sandy Gill and Iain Gamble.

At DWF, team head Andrew Nichol led Praxis on the £70m acquisition of a business park portfolio, and the ‘outstanding’ Abby Dry led NewRiver Retail on several matters including the £92.3m acquisition of three shopping centres. Julie Simms and senior associate Neil Lacey, who joined from Brabners LLP in November 2015, are also recommended.

At Hill Dickinson LLP, team head David Swaffield has ‘a wealth of experience’ and advised The Peel Group on the £138m freight terminal project at Port Salford, as well as the letting of a warehouse facility to The Manchester Ship Canal Company. Pamela Jones led The Conygar Investment Company on the acquisition of a former Shell storage facility on Anglesey from the Isle of Anglesey County Council, and Martyn McDonald led Poundland on a range of retail property acquisitions. Claire Cosgrove and Alex McCann are also recommended.

Weightmans LLP’s ‘strong’ team advised the Isle of Anglesey Charitable Trust and Anglesey County Council on the sale of a former Shell storage facility to The Conygar Investment Company, and advised Liverpool City Council on a £150m regeneration project in North Liverpool. Key figures include the ‘efficient and diligentJanice Weatherly, Clive Bleasdale, who ‘deals with matters quickly and efficiently’, and Matthew Williamson, who is ‘very knowledgeable and commercially minded’. David Tabinor is also recommended.

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  • Parking rights: here to stay? Consent might be the surprising answer 

    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.

    - Falcon Chambers

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