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Addleshaw Goddard’s ‘well-resourced’ team is ‘a major player in the Manchester legal market’, and handles the full spectrum of commercial real estate matters. The energy, housing, healthcare, logistics and transport sectors are key focuses of the department. Catherine Fearnhead advised National Grid Gas on the transfer of its gas distribution transportation assets, which included committing framework and processes for more than 10,000 properties, as well as the hive out and separation of regulated and non-regulated assets. She also advised Omega Warrington on the £14m sale and development of a manufacturing, distribution and warehouse facility for owner-occupier DP Group Developments. Stephen Kinsey advised Citybranch on the £35m redevelopment of the former Altrincham General Hospital site; and team head Peter Kershaw advised Standard Life on a range of high-profile matters. Clients also single out Colette Withey, who is ‘extremely pragmatic and commercial in her approach’ and has ‘strong industry knowledge’; and the ‘very ableVicky Niescier. In other highlights, legal director Michael Corbett led Peel Group on the structuring of the delivery of a mixed-use scheme at MediaCityUK; and Lucy Butterworth (also a legal director) advised Alderley Park on several transactions, including a £20m residential plot sale to PH Properties. Legal director Julie Hodkinson and railway property expert Robin Warburton (also a legal director) are also recommended.

The ‘very commercial’ department at Pinsent Masons LLP is noted for its complex and high-value transactional expertise. Department head Mike Edge led advice for Stockport Council on the purchase of Merseyway Shopping Centre, and acted for St Modwen Developments on a development agreement with Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council, which set out a joint commitment to develop Kirkby Town Centre. Rachel Pitman also advised St Modwen Developments on the £2.7m acquisition of a town centre investment block at Moor Lane, Crosby. Phillip Birchall, who was recently promoted to partner, and senior associate Helen Robinson, who specialises in regeneration schemes, are leading advice to ASF European Holdings on a OJEU competitive process to acquire and develop Albert Island, a 25-acre site overlooking London City Airport. Robinson is also advising the Homes and Communities Agency on the development of the former Whittingham Hospital site in Preston. Aldi Stores, Balfour Beatty, DHL and HIMOR Group are also clients. Daniel Hargreaves joined Shoosmiths LLP in 2016.

Shoosmiths LLP’s ‘very able’ and ‘enthusiastic’ team is noted for its experience in major regeneration and development projects in the North West. Headline work included advising Park Lane Properties on the development financing of three properties, assisting Bolton Council with three regeneration projects, acting for Allied London on the acquisition of Castlefield House, Manchester, and advising Allied London on the £1.3bn redevelopment of the former Granada Studios in Manchester City Centre. The ‘brilliantVaqas Farooq acts for development clients on substantial regeneration projects. Also recommended are Andrew Pattinson, who is ‘very experienced’ in development projects; Penny Cranston, who focuses on student accommodation, residential, and serviced accommodation developments; real estate finance expert Barbara Rollin; Daniel Hargreaves, who acts for public and private sector clients on development projects; the ‘fantasticRichard Outhwaite, who acts on development, and landlord and tenant matters; recently promoted partner Daniel Monaghan; and hotels specialist Russell Davidson. The team was further strengthened by the recruitment of Thomas Hall from Irwin Mitchell in January 2017 and Paul Gidman from DWF in March 2017.

The ‘very talented’ team at CMS is comprised of ‘brilliant real estate specialists’ who have ‘in-depth knowledge of the market’. The team advises on a range of high-profile transactions and developments across Manchester, the North West, and beyond. Team head Mark Haywood has particular expertise in forward funding structures related to office and logistics transactions, and led advice for BUPA on the funding and development of its North West regional headquarters at Salford Quay. Nathan Jansen regularly advises on the disposal, acquisition and development of mixed-use, retail and industrial schemes, and is leading on a range of matters for Valad Europe concerning its UK-based real estate fund. Monica Brij (who is ‘very responsive and thinks through the detail’) specialises in development schemes and large-scale investment transactions, and is advising Manchester City Council on the Factory development project, one of the projects forming part of the Northern Powerhouse initiative. Peter Winnard specialises in large-scale urban regeneration, development, complex site assembly, joint ventures, development funding and investment, and led advice for Marcus Worthington Properties on several matters including the purchase, sale, funding, development and letting of a development in Newcastle. Also recommended are Chris Hallam, who heads the infrastructure practice, and senior associate Tanya Francis. Other clients include Manchester Airport Group, Assura, Hermes Real Estate Investment Management, Select Group, Redefine International and DB Symmetry.

DWF’s commercial property department is active across the retail, leisure, public, telecoms, energy, social housing and technology sectors, and has wide-ranging expertise covering property finance and investment, development projects, property portfolio management, and landlord and tenant matters. Paul Inman heads the firm’s North West team and advised Whitbread Group on the acquisition of nine sites for its Hub by Premier Inn brand. Anita Gupta and Christina Suddes led advice for Swinton Group on the relocation of its national headquarters and contact centre to Salford’s landmark 101 Embankment development. Catherine Haslam, who is recommended for real estate projects in the telecoms sector, is advising EE on several matters, including the installation of its electronic communications equipment in sports stadia and arenas. Naveen Gupta is advising adidas on the completion of a pre-let of retail space in Oxford Street, London for a new flagship store, and David Frankland is advising a local authority on the forward funding of a private rented sector residential development in a London borough. Senior associates Becky Robinson Fox, who was recently promoted, and Robin Sharp are also recommended. Darren Hamer joined Hill Dickinson LLP in 2016 and Paul Gidman joined Shoosmiths LLP in March 2017.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP fields ‘an excellent team fronted by experienced, market-facing partners who like to roll their sleeves up’. The team handles complex, high-value urban regeneration and development projects, joint ventures, PPPs and mixed-use schemes, and handles a range of regeneration and development projects in Manchester, the North West region, and across the UK. Michael Buchanan heads the development and regeneration team; he is advising English Cities Fund on the £650m regeneration of Salford Central, including the pre-let of One New Bailey to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, and is acting for Muse Developments on the land assembly and subsequent lettings of City Place, a £120m development next to Chester railway station. Buchanan also advised Kier Property Developments on two strategic acquisitions in Manchester. Phillip Tunney acts for a number of significant industrial clients on property holdings and advised Euro Garages on several key mandates. Ian Barker acts for public and private sector clients on complex, high-value, urban regeneration and development projects, joint ventures, PPPs and mixed-use schemes. The team also continues to act for Manchester Airport Group (MAG) and Airport City Limited Partnership (ACLP) on Airport City. Legal directors Joanna Sowerby, who led Amstone Ventures II on its forward funding of a £98.7m build to rent PRS scheme in Salford Quays, and Tracy Gibson are recommended alongside principal associates Roy Barry, Ian Walsh and Jayne Speers who has ‘great attention to detail’. Department head Nancy Brown is ‘particularly skilful and very prompt’.

Irwin Mitchell attracts praise for its ‘excellent response times’ and for its ability to ‘think outside of the box’. The team is well known for handling high-value investment transactions, as well as development and regeneration work, in the public and private sectors. The team is also adept at landlord and tenant mandates. It advised Workspace Group and BlackRock UK Property Fund on the £130m sale of the London Collection, comprising eight investment properties. It also advised Aequitas Estates (Midlands) on the letting of a distribution centre to Royal Mail Group, acted for Greater Manchester Pension Fund on the mezzanine financing of an £8.2m residential development scheme, and assisted Jacksons Row Developments with the acquisition and development of a high-profile development at St Michael’s Quarter, Manchester. The ‘exceptionalAnita Weightman heads the team and specialises in commercial real estate, with an emphasis on investment and development. She also has extensive experience of brownfield development and regeneration. Also recommended are ‘very knowledgeable’ regional managing partner Roy Beckett; Tony Weightman, who handles a range of portfolio, re-gears and sale and leaseback instructions; Patrick Duffy, who specialises in development and investment transactions; and associates Emma Tonge, who is ‘very approachable’, and Paul Barnard, who is a ‘quick thinker’.

Brabners LLP handles a range of real estate matters involving social housing, residential and commercial developments, public sector developments, health centre and GP surgery developments, landlord and tenant matters, and financing and investment. Highlights included advising JW Lees on the acquisition of a portfolio of public houses from Greene King, and advising Quasar Real Estate on the £4.8m acquisition of a business park in Chester. British Cycling is also a key client. Matthew O’Brien heads the team and Peter Barlow leads the housing and regeneration team. Senior associates Cathy McFadden and real estate financing expert Russel Forward are also recommended. Former Manchester team head Chris Parkinson now heads the residential development team in Liverpool.

DAC Beachcroft LLP delivers an ‘excellent service’, and has ‘a good level of knowledge, and importantly possesses a degree of commercial pragmatism, which is required in property transactions’. The team is noted for its experience in mixed-use developments in the private and public sector, and is particularly active in the retail and healthcare sectors. Key clients include Land Securities, which it advises shopping centre related property matters, including landlord and tenant matters at Bluewater Shopping Centre and Trinity Leeds. Other highlights included advising Titlestone Structured Finance on a loan facility to develop a student accommodation scheme in Aberdeen, and advising a major national housebuilder on the acquisition of a substantial mixed-use site in the North West. Chester West and Chester Council, Hermes Real Estate Investment Management, intu, Westfield, Pets at Home and Property Alliance Group are also clients. Alison Key heads the real estate team, which includes residential team head Nick Beko, who is ‘personable, always acts professionally, and often goes above and beyond’; the ‘very hardworking and efficientPeter Williams, who handles property finance; the ‘very commercial and proactiveAdrian Wallbank, who heads the retail team; and Eve Gregory, who is based across the Leeds and Manchester offices and handles property development, planning and construction projects, as well as estate management work. Michael Lindley and Liz Donnelly were recently promoted to legal director, and legal director Leanne Murray joined in 2016 from Brabners LLP. Senior associate Rachael Reynolds is noted for disputes.

Gateley Plc handles a range of commercial, residential and regeneration development matters, and handles property finance instructions for a range of banks. Headed by Dean Copley and Darren Hughes, the team is experienced in the retail, sports, care home and renewable energy sectors. Hughes advised RBS on the funding of 13 acres of land at Alderley Park, Cheshire for a development of 74 homes. Rod Waldie advised an SPV established by PGC Capital, on its acquisition of a large development site in Bordesley, Birmingham, and advised Cityblock (Reading), a joint venture established by Cityblock Holdings and All Souls College, Oxford, on the acquisition of an office building in Reading for redevelopment as student accommodation. Gareth Atkinson advised Liveman Properties on the acquisition and redevelopment of the Dock Office, Salford Quays into apartments. Lidl UK, London & Manchester Healthcare, Kwik-Fit Holdings, JD Sports Fashion, Carlsberg UK and Network Space Developments are also clients.

The ‘proactive’ department at Hill Dickinson LLP has ‘strong depth of knowledge’. Its expertise spans property investment and development matters, particularly in the retail, transport and logistics sectors, with an emphasis on real estate finance. Highlights for Manchester team head Jim Purves included advising Lookers Motor Group on the development of its new flagship London VW dealership; assisting DHL Aviation with DHL’s investment into a major extension and expansion of its cargo hub at East Midlands Airport; and acting for DHL on the acquisition and development of a new parcel hub at Heathrow Airport. Michael Blakey advised Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society on the £2.5m acquisition of a shopping parade in Chorlton, Manchester from Merepark. Also recommended are Jonathan Dover, who delivers ‘an excellent service, with in-depth knowledge and clarity’; and the ‘accessible and highly professionalChris Johnston, who handles real estate finance matters. In 2016 Darren Hamer joined the team from DWF, while Alastair Reid left the firm to join Taylor & Emmet LLP. Senior associates David Herbert and Alison Batchelor, who was recently promoted and is active on real estate finance, are also recommended.

JMW Solicitors LLP fields a ‘professional’ team that handles a wide-ranging workload including retail development and investment, asset management, secured lending, investment disposals and acquisitions, and major residential developments. It is also noted for its healthcare-sector expertise. Ian Gordon is leading the team advising Dransfield Properties on a mixed-use development at Stocksbridge, Sheffield, while Peter Chape led The Brookhouse Group on several matters including the redevelopment of Parsonage Retail Park, Leigh. In other highlights, Thomas Pearson is advising Whitecroft Group on a number of matters including six portfolio acquisitions, and is advising Shot Tower Chester on the acquisition of a flagship residential scheme in Chester. Jim Banfi heads the team, which includes ‘very experienced’ consultant Stephen Goodman; Tom Cressey, who is noted for investment and development instructions; Majid Mahmood who has particular expertise in residential development as well as landlord and tenant matters; and Claire Hamilton and Warren Martin, who handle property finance matters. Dransfield Properties, HSBC, Richer Sounds and Castlemead Group are also clients.

Kuit Steinart Levy LLPensures that all matters proceed smoothly, quickly and effectively’ and ‘ensures that advice is delivered in a way which is clear, practical, and meets the needs of the client’. The team acts for investors, developers, owner-managed businesses, and landlords and tenants across the North West and beyond. Team head Nick Nyunt has ‘excellent commercial and technical expertise, which he consistently provides clearly and concisely’; he advised David Samuel Properties on a number of transactions including the £23.5m sale of a mixed-use portfolio. Adam Hymes is advising Halite Energy Group on more than 50 land agreements to secure the advancement of its Preesall Underground Gas Storage Facility project in Lancashire. Managing partner Steve Eccleston, who ‘always gets to the root of an issue and delivers practical and solutions-focused advice’, advised The Ventnor Group on a number of matters including the £30m sale of Princes Gate Retail Park in Catterick Garrison. David Haffner, who ‘consistently delivers results to deadline’, advised Morley Estates on its £9m purchase of the KME Group's former copper tube production warehouse. Stephen Lopeman acted for Amber Taverns on the acquisition of 12 public houses, while Martin Davies advised GG Hospitality on its deal with Manchester’s National Football Museum to take over the restaurants, hospitality and event management of the museum. David Moroney’s clients include Beech Holdings, which it advised on its £5.3m acquisition of 11 St James’ Square, and the £3.5m acquisition of Salisbury House. Also recommended are Christopher Hardy and consultant Tony Fitzmaurice, who has ‘a wealth of experience’.

Clients of Slater and Gordon rate its ‘excellent responses’, as well as its ‘focus on providing practical advice’ and ‘real commercial understanding’. The team handles commercial and residential matters, as well as public sector development and regeneration matters. It also has a particular focus on the hotel, retail, leisure, charity, education and industrial sectors, and advises on landlord and tenant matters. National team head Stephen Crook is ‘a great listener; he makes a point of really understanding an issue, gives careful consideration to a topic’ and ‘offers clear and practical advice’. Crook led advice for longstanding client John Hamer, on the sale of a mixed-use development in Saltaire, and the acquisition of a warehouse, showroom and external storage yard in South Manchester. Head of business legal services Stephen Lintott advised Redsun Developments on the pre-let of a warehouse to Domino Printing Services, to be constructed on an 11-acre site owned by Sefton Council, and on the forward funding arrangements with Global Gate Capital.Tessa Leonard, who recently joined the team from Cheshire East Borough Council, led advice for Burnley Borough Council on a development partnership with Trebor Developments relation to Vision Park, a five-acre site adjacent to the University of Central Lancashire campus.Samantha Blackburn is also recommended. Stephen Chalcraft joined Shakespeare Martineau LLP in 2017.

Squire Patton Boggs’ ‘proactive’ team houses a ‘depth and wealth of experience’ and delivers expertise in a ‘timely, efficient and effective’ manner. It advises on development and regeneration projects, as well as real estate finance instructions. The sport, leisure, hotel and chemical sectors are a key focus of the team, which advised Watkin Jones Group on several matters including the £75m forward funding development and sale of a 32-storey student accommodation scheme in Stratford, London to the University of London. It also advised Warrington Borough Council and its development manager, Muse Developments, on the £107m regeneration of Time Square, Warrington, and advised the same client on a development agreement with Conwy County Borough Council for the provision of new office accommodation for the council, as well as the redevelopment of the Civic Centre office campus. Mark Gaffney provides ‘commercially astute real estate advice’ and ‘gets the job done’. He leads a team that includes Jonathan Brooke, who advises on complex strategic land acquisitions for a range of commercial and residential developers; and the ‘very practical and extremely commercially minded’ Mark Barker, who specialises in development work with particular emphasis on complex and strategic regeneration projects and large-scale developments.

The ‘responsive, proactive and professional’ department at TLT delivers ‘excellent response times’. The financial services, leisure, retail, energy and renewables sectors are key areas of focus for the ‘strong team’, which features Dan Sweeney, who heads the retail and leisure real estate team. He advised Pets at Home Group on the relocation of the Vets4Pets national support office from Kingston Lisle, and advised Athena Healthcare on the acquisition, finance, development and letting of a £40m care home portfolio. Andy Bell heads the firm’s real estate focused national financial services practice and advises Nationwide Building Society on management matters relating to its high street branch portfolio. Iceland Foods, RBS, Lookers, Landmark Investments Group and British Solar Renewables are also clients.

Weightmans LLP’s team acts for public and private clients on investment, development and regeneration projects, and is noted for its retail sector experience. National head of real estate Karl Jackson specialises in city centre regeneration, and advised Concept Property on an office investment in Lancashire. John Hyde handles development, investment, asset management, and landlord and tenant matters, and heads the national built environment team. He advised Total Fitness on the acquisition, re-gearing and redevelopment of two health clubs.Varun Maharaj, who is noted for landlord and tenant and property finance matters, advised Two Dogs Huyton on the purchase of Huyton Place Shopping Centre, Liverpool. Andrea Steventon handles a range of property development and regeneration matters, as well as investment acquisitions and disposals; she advised Anglesey Aluminium Metal on the disposal of its smelting facility in Anglesey. Retail and development specialist Steven Silver is also recommended. Other clients include Bruntwood, Peel Holdings, Oak Tyres and Staples.

Clyde & Co LLP handles a range of high-profile commercial development and regeneration projects, as well as corporate and real estate portfolio transactions, industrial and distribution developments, renewable energy projects, and retail acquisitions. Highlights included advising U+I plc on a major redevelopment of a new district in Manchester, acting for Co-operative Group in a joint venture with Manchester City Council regarding the strategic development of Angel Meadow, and assisting Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council with the £100m redevelopment of Rochdale Town Centre. Key figures include Liam Buckley, who advises on commercial property development and investment matters, and Stelios Coutsavlis, who acts for a wide range of energy clients and has extensive experience in property development, regeneration, PFI and projects. Construction specialist Steven Cannon recently joined the Manchester team from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

Mark Beardwood leads the North West team at DLA Piper UK LLP, which advised PGIM on several matters, including a speculative land acquisition. The ‘responsive and proactive’ Tom Kelsall advised Greater Manchester Pension Fund on two disposals and the acquisition of a retail park in Croydon, and acted for Allied Irish Bank on new debt facilities provided to an international investor relating to a £91m hotel acquisition in Mayfair. Robert Arnison advised Capital & Centric on the redevelopment and regeneration of the Littlewoods Building in Liverpool, and is acting for Central Regeneration Limited Partnership, a joint venture between Ballymore and Merepark, on the acquisition and development of Central Village in Liverpool. Arnison and Kelsall also advised Aecom on its new head offices at Aldgate Tower, London, which involved a bespoke multiple leasehold structure, and assisted Co-operative Bank with the restructuring and re-gearing of its occupation of the Miller Street CIS Tower, Manchester. Legal director Paul Burney joined from Addleshaw Goddard in 2016.

Excellent niche real estate firmDavitt Jones Bould has an ‘increasing presence in the Manchester market’. It advises on major real estate projects in the North West, including property portfolio advice for large organisations. Key clients include the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Managing director Madeleine Davitt, who operates across Manchester, Taunton and London, attracts praise for her ‘superb client care’. Emma Gormley is also recommended. In 2016, Philippa Hipwell joined the firm from Hill Dickinson LLP, and Anita Gargye joined from DWF. Tony Fitzmaurice is now a consultant at Kuit Steinart Levy LLP.

Nexus Solicitors Limited specialises in the retail sector, and is noted for its expertise in landlord and tenant mandates. The team acted on the acquisition of 212 Subway stores and handles the retail portfolios of Swinton Group, Johnson Cleaners UK and Sayers the Bakers. The team also advised Moto Services on the acquisition of a new motorway services site on the M25. Des O’Driscoll heads the team.

Slater Heelis LLP’s ‘very experienced’ team advises on residential property developments and handles a range of banking and finance matters in relation to security requirements and commercial funding. Will Henson advised a property investor and Coutts Bank on the £3.2m refinancing of a substantial residential property portfolio; and acted for a property investor on a £1.5m refinancing of its commercial portfolio. Anne Irwin heads the residential property development team and advised Land & Lakes (Anglesey) on the £4.6m acquisition of a 600-acre site for a residential, leisure and mixed-use development. Simon Maddox joined the team from Gateley Plc in January 2017.

Turner Parkinson LLP handles a range of real estate matters, with particular experience in residential developments. Headline matters included advising Stobart Properties on the £8m sale of a former depot site to a national housebuilder for the development of 100 new homes; acting for Ground Rents Income Fund on the £8m forward purchase of the freehold to a 643-bed student village; assisting Seven Capital with the £22m development financing for a residential scheme in Birmingham; and advising Castelnau Acquisitions on the £2.2m acquisition of the freehold reversion of a new residential development and adjoining leasehold interest of car parking in Slough. It also advised Well Pharmacy Group on the restructuring of a property portfolio of 50 pharmacies. Paul Bibby heads the team and is experienced in residential and commercial real estate matters and Jonathan Kay is active on property funds in the student accommodation, ground rent and private rented sectors.

The ‘responsive’ team at Berg advises on acquisitions and disposals, residential and commercial developments, investment, real estate finance, and landlord and tenant mandates. Metro Bank, Sixt Rent A Car, Nationwide Building Society, Primesite Developments and Rammon Group are clients. Team head Ruth McCarthy, who recently joined from gunnercooke LLP, handles real estate finance and development matters. Consultant Pamela Young is recommended for real estate finance, investment, and landlord and tenant matters. Other key figures include associates Darren Ashworth, who joined from Bury Council, and Michelle Howell, who joined from Southerns.

Browne Jacobson LLP advises a range of government clients on real estate matters, and acts for clients in the education sector on academy status conversions. The team also acts for corporate clients. Highlights included acting for the YHA on the refinancing of its existing banking facilities, which were secured over its property portfolio, and is advising the Homes and Communities Agency on the ongoing development of a former industrial estate at Queenborough and Rushenden. Associate Dominic Buckley heads the team, which includes Victoria Thourgood, who joined in January 2017 from Nabarro LLP and is experienced in development, investment and asset management matters in the healthcare sector. Associate Peter Marks is also recommended.

Clarke Willmott LLP has an ‘effective and slick’ team that is ‘keen to ensure that "partner-led", really means "partner-led"’. In addition to handling commercial development, landlord and tenant, and secured lending mandates, the team is also noted for its logistics, retail and leisure sector expertise. Highlights included advising CWRP on a lease agreement with B & M Retail for the construction of new store, and advising Cascade Holdings on the £1.1m purchase of retail premises in Manchester City Centre. It advised Gaylord Investments on the £13m purchase of a Travelodge hotel in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey. EDM Group, Mayr-Melnhof Packaging UK, IJS Global UK and Arbuthnot Latham & Co are also clients.

Highlights for Freeths LLP included advising Rockar on the expansion of a new car retail offering in UK shopping centres, and acting for Derby City Council on plans to construct of a major new road in Derby, to facilitate greater access to the Rolls Royce innovation park. Nottinghamshire County Council, Ingleby (1245), Poundstretcher and Barratt Developments are also clients. Ian Tempest heads the team and is experienced in advising local authorities on property law, PPPs and regeneration work. Also recommended are Paul Calladine, who is an expert in mines and minerals advice, and Stephen Lewis.

The ‘efficient and impressive’ department at Mills & Reeve LLP handles large-scale landlord and tenant portfolio management work, and acts for investors, developers, strategic land owners, major corporates, as well as education, health and care providers. Team head Caroline Hanratty advised Urban & Civic on its competitive tender for the Manchester city centre regeneration project at Mayfield near Piccadilly. Consultant Anne Fairhurst, who is experienced in the education and healthcare sectors, advised a group of Lancashire GPs on the multimillion-pound sale of Thornton Medical Centre to Lancashire County Council Pension Fund. Principal associate Louise Robinson is also recommended.

Pannone Corporate LLP advised High Peak Developments on several matters, including a competition case against Tesco regarding the construction of a new retail store. Bargain Booze, Revolution Bars Group, XPO Logistics, Conviviality and Bibendum Wine are also clients. Team head James Wynne joined from Shoosmiths LLP in May 2016. Senior associate Gareth Birch is also recommended.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP acts for a broad range of property companies on all aspects of property portfolio management, including sales, purchases and refinancings, in addition to general asset management. The team advises a range of public and private sector clients, including local authorities, housing associations and charities. Recent highlights include advising Great Places Housing Group on the £4.5m purchase of its head office in Manchester; and advising BLME on the £26.8m share-sale of 10 multi-let properties to a private investor. The team also advises the West Midlands Pension Fund on the management of its property investment portfolio, and is advising Cross Keys Homes on the asset management of a large number of mixed-use developments. Key figures include Matthew Holbrook, who attracts praise for his ‘good-quality technical advice’ and for his ‘commercial understanding’; Amanda Stubbs, who is noted for environmental matters; and Suzanne Benson, who heads the residential sales team and also handles development acquisitions. Associate Anna Metham is also recommended.

Ward Hadaway handles commercial and residential developments, real estate finance, investments and landlord and tenant matters, for clients including housebuilders, banks, regional funds, commercial developers and investors. It is advising Real Estate Investment Partnerships on plans for a mixed-use scheme in the Northern Quarter area of Manchester; acted for Eurocamp on the relocation of the company headquarters to larger premises in Cheshire; and assisted Neville Johnson Group with securing leases for its stores in Leamington Spa and Tunbridge Wells. Andrew Dunn heads the team, which includes consultant Stephen Hawkins and associate Phil Wright.

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