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The ‚Äėstrong‚Äô team at DLA Piper UK LLP¬† is ‚Äėquick to respond‚Äô and is praised for its ‚Äėconsiderable resources‚Äô. The team has an extensive track record in investment work and is also active on high-value and complex development work. North West department head Mark Beardwood, who is ‚Äėauthoritative and possesses great ingenuity‚Äô, is leading a team in advising Cheshire West & Chester Council on the ¬£300m Chester Northgate mixed-use development and is advising longstanding client Liverpool Football Club on a ¬£100m transaction relating to the development of a new training complex in Knowsley. Philip Rooney¬†and Richard Thompson, who is ‚Äėpro-active, engaged and commercial‚Äô, advised Universities Superannuation Scheme on the acquisition of all the units in the PINE Unit Trusts, two Jersey Property Unit Trusts holding a portfolio of 32 children's nurseries and a school, for ¬£95m, from private equity investors. Rooney also advised Picton Property Income Group on the ¬£23.15m acquisition of a multi-let office building in Bristol. Alison Mills, who is ‚Äėexceptionally efficient, commercial and easy to deal with‚Äô, acted for Downing Developments in relation to the property aspects of European Property Investors Special Opportunities IV's acquisition of a 90 per cent stake which is worth ¬£439m, in its joint venture, which owns a portfolio of six student halls of residence across the UK. Legal director Richard Ascroft¬†and senior associate Hannah Cheminais¬†are also key members of the department.

Brabners LLP is active across commercial development and investment work, residential development and property management mandates. Iain Gamble led advice for The Peel Group on the conditional land sale and development agreement for a new football stadium for Everton Football Club. Helen Brown advised New Capital Knowsley on the letting of a warehouse to Amazon UK and on the onward investment sale to a fund, and advised Arnold Clark Automobiles on the acquisition of development sites for the construction of new dealerships in Wakefield and Doncaster. Richard Roberts and retail team head Neil McBurney advised McColl’s Retail Group Plc on the acquisition of 298 trading stores from The Co-operative Group. Head of residential development Chris Parkinson advised Ainscough Strategic Land on the £15m sale of two sites to a housebuilder. Department head Jeff Gillbanks predominantly acts for developers, senior associate Kevin Manley is noted for his retail sector and property management expertise, and associate Luke Taylor has focus on development and investment work. Consultant Sandy Gill is also recommended. Paul Firth joined as regional head of real estate in June 2018 from Irwin Mitchell.

Hill Dickinson LLP acts for a number of investors and developers and is active across the retail, leisure, transport, logistics and public sectors. Real estate finance is also a key area of expertise. Martyn McDonald acts for property owners and investors and advised Chainbid on the £2.7m sale Commerce Park Industrial Estate in Birkenhead; and Claire Cosgrove is noted for her retail sector expertise and advised The Co-operative Group on a number of lease arrangements. Graham Archibald advised Greenwich Leisure as anchor tenant on the development of a new ice rink in Cambridge; and Alex McCann, who is regularly instructed by property investors, developers and occupiers, is advising developer client Elliot Group on several matters, which includes the development of three residential towers in Liverpool, and the £2.5m acquisition of the PSS building in Liverpool. Elsewhere, former team head David Swaffield, who has retired from the partnership and is now a legal director, led advice for Peel Land and Property on the continued development of Port Salford, which included completing a lease to Rhenus Logistics. Legal director Tony Houghton is also recommended.  Manchester-based Jim Purves is national head of property and construction.

Weightmans LLP is commended for its public sector expertise and the team regularly handles city centre and town centre regeneration projects. It is also active on residential projects and has particular expertise across the retail and education sectors. +Clive Bleasdale is experienced in city centre regeneration projects, leads the local government real estate group, and advised Denbighshire County Council on several real estate-related matters. Matthew Williamson advised Bibby Distribution on the sale, assignment and leaseback of a freehold and leasehold 160,000 sq ft warehouse. Christopher Grady specialises in residential development and advised a national housebuilder on its proposed purchase of a site in Chelford, Cheshire. Royal Mail Group, Bruntwood, Pure Leisure Group and Peel Holdings are also clients. National head of property operations David Tabinor is experienced in volume real estate instructions and Janice Weatherly heads the real estate education practice. Associates Thomas Starkey, who is a social housing specialist, Frank La Rocca, who heads the national plot sales team, Susan McGorian, and Jonathan McMaster, are also key figures.

The ‚Äėpractical‚Äô and ‚Äėefficient‚Äô team at DWF¬†advises on investment and development matters and also has real estate finance and asset management expertise. The retail, leisure, office, industrial and residential sectors are key areas of focus and the team advised Evoke Creative on its lease, acquiring 30,000 sq ft of Redsun's ¬£5.5m Power Station development in Bromborough. Roubaix Group and NewRiver REIT are also key clients. The ‚Äėbrilliant‚Äô Abigail Dry¬†is experienced in retail-related real estate work and Julie Simms¬†leads on asset management matters. Senior associates Neil Lacey, who is experienced in real estate development work, and Helen Thomas, who handles a range of property investment and management work and is experienced in education sector matters, are also recommended. Former team head Andrew Nichol¬†joined Freeths LLP¬†in 2018 as managing partner of its new Liverpool office with Luke Hopkins.

Bermans is active across property finance and development transactions and also handles a range of landlord and tenant matters. The hotel and leisure sectors are key areas of focus for the team. It advised Acton Conservation on the acquisition of a site in Acton and advised Park House Bradford on the  acquisition of Park House Bradford. It also acted for Liverpool Edge (Myrtle Street) in connection with the grant of leases at a student development in Liverpool and advised Lloyds Banking Group on the  refinancing of a development site. Fergal O’Cleirigh heads the property and construction department, which also features Guy Pattison and senior associate Claire Morris.

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