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Blake Morgan LLP’s team is led by Sean Palka and new recruit Chris Dolan, who joined from Shoosmiths LLP. The practice advised Metro Bank on its store roll-out programme, including a £5.5m leasehold acquisition. Martin Hurst joined Foot Anstey.

Bond Dickinson LLP advised Associated British Ports on its combined £89m purchase of two industrial parks, and assisted E.ON with the real estate aspects of its £1.6bn Rampion offshore windfarm development. Andrew MacKean, Mark Barley and Verity Waington are all recommended.

Clarke Willmott LLP’s ‘highly efficient and competent’ team advises Sheet Anchor Evolve on its £11.6m security system for a shopping centre. Mehar Patel and Peter Swinburn are ‘very client-centric and responsive’. Paul Hinett was promoted to partner.

Coffin Mew LLP’s team is headed by Nick Leavey and is ‘very easy to deal with’. Highlights included assisting Brighton West Pier Trust with the Brighton i360 project. Peter Fellows and associate Amanda Read are highly recommended. Luc Algar joined Moore Blatch LLP.

Lester Aldridge LLP advised Lewis Investment Fund on several retail and leisure acquisitions totalling £30m, and assisted McCarthy & Stone with its £7m purchase of 80 assisted living blocks in Harrow. Practice head Matthew Barrowhas excellent all-round knowledge’ and is recommended alongside Roger Woolley.

At Moore Blatch LLPLuc Algar, who ‘has excellent industry knowledge and business acumen’, was appointed head of real estate, replacing Martin Duck and Julian Parkes, who remain partners at the firm. The team regularly works on a mix of lender and borrower work for clients including Bloor Homes and Barratt Homes. Gaenor Thomas moved to Hart Brown.

Paris Smith LLP’s practice handled several property investment projects and real estate acquisitions in 2015. Clients include Co-Operative Group and Svenska Handelsbanken. Mark Howarth leads the team.

Shoosmiths LLP provides ‘an excellent service’. Practice head Joanne McGuinness advised the Defence Infrastructure Organisation on a multimillion-pound development in Aldershot. John Downs joined from Fieldfisher, while Chris Dolan moved to Blake Morgan LLP and Graham Bennett retired.

Irwin Mitchell, which inherited Thomas Eggar LLP’s team, is headed by David Fanchi and Philip Gray; the latter advised Micheldever Tyre Services on several acquisitions, including its acquisition of Tyremark. The ‘professional and attentive’ Biddy Walker is also recommended.

At Pitmans LLP, practice head John Newtonresponds quickly with clear advice’; he recently advised Red Funnel Ferries on its £25m redevelopment of the East Cowes waterfront. Other clients include Lloyds Bank and The Lantern Community.

Trethowans LLP’s clients include Santander UK and Stannah Lifts Holdings. The ‘personable and communicativePaul Longman is highly recommended. Jennifer Rogerson joined Steele Raymond LLP.

Phillips Solicitors is advising Stax Properties on the sale and development of a sports park in Surrey and Berkshire. Jonathan Pender heads the team.

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Legal Developments in South East for Commercial property: Hampshire

  • 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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