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Archers Law LLP’s ‘thoroughly professional, attentive and responsive team’ includes Rachel List, who joined from Bond Dickinson LLP in 2015 and is ‘fantastic at providing great advice in an attentive and timely manner’. Patrick Quigley led the team acting for Churchill Property Services on the £4.4m sale of a freehold site in Aycliffe Business Park, which includes 40 occupied units. Highly experienced team head Christopher Todd acts for a broad range of clients spanning private individuals and businesses, local authorities and charitable institutions.

Sean Logue leads Baines Wilson LLP’s practice, which is noted for providing ‘an excellent overall service’. Clients single out the ‘experienced, dedicated’ Laura Barnfield for her ‘ability to remain calm in difficult scenarios’. Duncan Harty is experienced in landlord and tenant transactions, acquisitions and disposals, and residential and commercial developments.

At Burnetts, Tony Lake advised Blackburn College on its joint arrangement with Darwen Borough Council on the construction of a new £7m sports and aqua centre. Other key figures include Richard Miller, whose expertise includes agricultural and commercial sale and purchase agreements, and senior associate Robbie Mather.

Clients of Endeavour Partnership LLP’s team praise its service, ‘which is comparable to London firms but with a regional fee structure’. Team head Simon Wake recently handled the development and sale of a large development of student accommodation in Newcastle. Jamie Brown focuses on high-value agriculture transactions.

Mike Little leads Cartmell Shepherd’s practice and has expertise in handling commercial leases, agricultural property and land development. Andrew Marquis handles land securities, estate development and site assembly matters for developers.

At Jacksons Law, managing partner Jane Armitage led for JM Property Investments on the £1m purchase of a new retail unit on a long leasehold. Team head Geoff Skeoch is experienced in development work and also acts for investment clients.

Latimer Hinks Solicitors’ team is ‘very quick to respond and doesn’t baffle clients with legal jargon’, Nicola Neilson and Neil Stevensonboth have a wide range of knowledge and are quick to update clients’. Stevenson leads the team and recently acted for a client in the purchase of a hotel and subsequent planning permission to convert into apartments.

At Tilly Bailey & Irvine, Andrew Beattie ‘provides first-rate property advice’ and is ‘a great example of a commercially pragmatic lawyer’. The team recently acted for a bank in the refinancing of a business park and two investment properties worth £3m. Martin Levinson heads the team.

BHP Law has wide-ranging real estate expertise spanning disposals and acquisitions, landlord and tenant matters, large-scale land developments and agricultural tenancy. The highly experienced Peter Blackett leads the team and acts for local developer Bussey & Armstrong on a number of residential developments.

Swinburne Maddison’s team is praised for its experience in the sale and purchase of freehold properties, negotiation of leases, and for its litigation capability. Key figures include John Davison, who is ‘a calm and incisive all-rounder’, Victoria Walton, whose ‘advice is always reliable’, and Gillian Moir, who is ‘extremely thorough and has a total grasp of the details’.

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