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Blake Morgan LLP acts for house builders and asset managers and acts for an impressive number of clients in the retail, public and charities sectors. Regional regeneration programmes, landlord and tenant issues, and property finance are other areas of expertise. The team is acting for Metro Bank on a range of freehold and leasehold acquisitions and counts Berkeley Homes, Bellway Homes, Costa Coffee and Premier Inns among its clients. Sean Palka leads the team; Christopher Dolan focuses on residential developments; and Oliver Sowton's expertise spans commercial developments and landlord and tenant matters, particularly in the retail and leisure sectors. Dan Curtis and Alan Harlow are other key practitioners. John Russell and Andy Peck have retired.

The team at Moore Blatch LLP covers all aspects of land development and commercial and residential property encompassing property finance, investments and landlord and tenant transactions. In one highlight, it advised Churchill Retirement Living on numerous contracts, which were conditional on planning and options for site acquisitions. It also acted for a private investor on the letting of a prime West End retail and office development property, a matter which included the letting of the offices as the London headquarters of a global fashion brand and subsequently selling the property to a foreign investor. Mike Wilson is the head of real estate and Martin Duck leads on land development work. Other highly regarded practitioners include Julian Parkes, Luc Algar and Richard Hughes, who is based in the London office and joined in November 2017 from Boodle Hatfield LLP, is noted for his 'tenacity'.

'The overall level of service is excellent' at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP and the team provides 'practical advice with the right amount of hands-on assistance'. It has a strong regional presence while also serving national and international clients, which include Associated British Ports, B&Q, Babcock International Group and the University of Southampton. Its expertise spans regeneration projects, leasehold issues, property finance as well as a real estate funds practice. Recent work includes acting for Historic England on the lease of its new headquarters at Cannon Bridge House and it continues to assist Fareham Borough Council on the delivery of the Welborne Garden Village, a project to build 6,000 homes as well as community and commercial structures. Practice head Tim Burbidge and Katherine Eddon 'provide valuable practical support'. Other noted lawyers include Anthony Alderman, 'who is extremely responsive, thorough and pragmatic', Alistair Walton and Tim Baily.

The sizeable team at Clarke Willmott LLP, which is led by Peter Swinburn, was bolstered by the arrival of Jin Takhar, who joined from Paris Smith LLP and  Joseph Campbell, who joined from Coffin Mew LLP. The group handles the full spectrum of real estate matters, including acquisitions and acquisition finance, disposals, property portfolio management, landlord and tenant issues, and planning. It is acting for Fat Face on the management of the client's portfolio, which includes acquisitions, disposals and lease matters. The team also assisted Snowfall Services, a BVI corporation, with the time-pressured acquisition of Caswell Science Park for £13m. Other clients include Lloyds Bank, HSBC Bank, Regis Plc and London & Cambridge Properties. Andrew Cooper is also noted.

Coffin Mew LLP handles property development projects, property investment work and landlord and tenant matters for an impressive range of clients. It often works in conjunction with its corporate and insolvency teams and is also acting increasingly for rural estates and farms. Recent work includes assisting the Roquebrook Group on the acquisition of sites for mixed-use, commercial and residential development in London, which involved obtaining planning permission as well as advising on securing funding from a number of lenders and private equity investors. The team is also acting for a farm owner on the sale of land to a national  house builder for the construction of 450 houses and other infrastructure, a matter which has involved public consultations. Nick Leavey is the experienced practice head and Amanda Read and Peter Fellows are other key names. David Thomas and Malcolm Poynter joined the team in March 2017 following the firm's merger with Charles Lucas & Marshall.

Lester Aldridge LLP's team's 'knowledge and advice on real world issues that can impact projects is incredible' according to one client. The team has notable expertise advising on issues pertaining to house building, investments, portfolio management and finance, especially in the telecoms, hotels, ports and marinas, and healthcare sectors. It is acting for CHG holdings on the development of a Travelodge in Somerset, work that includes advising on the site acquisition, planning and construction as well as assisting with a forward-funding agreement. The group also acted for Lewis Investment Fund on the acquisition of a large retail investment. McCarthy & Stone, Captiva Homes, Monzo Bank, Big Yellow and Bargate Homes are also among its clients. Practice head Matthew Barrow is highlighted 'for his extreme legal dexterity when dealing with complicated projects and for always having a solution to issues encountered with transactions'. Roger Woolley, Suki Samra and Mark Benham are other key partners. Laura Anne Burgess and Nicola Sutton are also noted.

Paris Smith LLP's team stands out for its 'commercial and pragmatic approach' and 'its response times' and 'attention to detail'. Mark Howarth heads a team that handles the gamut of real estate, planning and finance matters. Joanne Spittles is valued for her 'clear, concise and prompt responses'; Edward Watson, who specialises in property finance, was promoted to the partnership; and associates Lisa Busby and Sean Hogan are  'excellent'. In one highlight, the team advised Bargate Homes on innovative deal structures pertaining to a number of developments valued at more than £50m. It also acted for the former owners of Linton Fuel Oils on the sale of a site to Taylor Wimpey, which had a conditional planning agreement for the construction of over 100 new homes and a commercial space. Jin Takhar joined Clarke Willmott LLP.

Pitmans LLP's team is 'good at identifying the key commercial points and good at negotiating those' and is 'excellent all round and responsive and pragmatic'. Senior partners John Newton and Nick Todd are 'able to apply commercially workable solutions to legal problems'. The team has an established specialism in matters concerning harbours, foreshore, docks and marinas, and farms and agricultural estates. The group also handles the sale, acquisition and letting of freehold and leasehold property together with options and conditional agreements. It is assisting ferry company Red Funnel with negotiations for the purchase and redevelopment of a substantial part of East Cowes.

Joanne McGuinness, who heads the team at Shoosmiths LLP, has expertise in a range of real estate transactions including the property elements of corporate matters. Clients include corporate occupiers, including those in the retail, leisure and industrial sectors. Senior associate Cara Beveridge, who has a focus on all aspect of residential developments and related finance, and associate Jessica Ready, who is experienced in advising developers and commercial landlords and tenants, are other key names.

At Trethowans LLP, Garry Treagust jointly heads the team with Paul Longman, who focuses on property finance. The group acted for Rowanmoor Trustees on the purchase of three commercial units, which involved a complicated restructuring of the legal title, as well as handling leasing matters and borrowing issues involving several parties, including a pension fund. Other work includes assisting with residential developments, landlord and tenant matters, and related restructuring work. The team was bolstered by the arrival of Biddy Walker , who joined from Irwin Mitchell, Juliet Biddle, who joined from Bevan Brittan LLP and Madeleine Tovey, who was a new arrival from Macfarlanes LLP. Other key practitioners include Elizabeth Bryson and Caroline Probert.

The team at Dutton Gregory stands out for its ability to assist clients with 'understanding any technical issues which arise and helping to resolve the legal problems all the way to a conclusion'. It has expertise in the care home, charity, retail, hotel, leisure and telecoms sectors and advises on portfolio management, residential developments, sales and purchases, and leasehold matters. Alan Sydney heads a team, which includes Richard Brown and Denise Bull, who provide 'clear and concise advice'. The group acted for a care home operator on the acquisition of a residential care home by share purchase, which included advising on security issues and planning matters. It also acts for Countrywide Estate Agents on a range of leasehold property management issues.

David Fanchi is the key name in Irwin Mitchell's team, which provides 'a very practical view on legal matters to help progress a transaction', and is especially experienced in financing matters. The group also includes Philip Gray and Robert Stangroom. Stangroom, who joined in May 2017 from Shoosmiths LLP, was part of a team that advised Seaward Properties on the acquisition, development, financing and sale of affordable housing plots to a registered social housing provider. Gray was part of a team that assisted Micheldever Tyre Services with the property aspects of the acquisitions by way of share purchases of five companies and the grant of new leases.

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