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At Clyde & Co LLP, ‘responsive and commercial’ practice head Adam Taylor-Smith led on several transactions for US-based client Ares Property Management, including its £270m acquisition of multiple retail parks from Land Securities. In another highlight, Martin Quicke advised Grainger on its role as development partner for the Ministry of Defence’s Aldershot Urban Expansion scheme. Other clients include Microsoft and Dixons Carphone.

Cripps LLP advised Japanese company Kato Kagaku on the £60m refurbishment of the Aldwych Quarter in London; is assisting with the Crossrail development; and is currently advising the University of Kent on an ongoing project. The ‘approachable, user-friendly and commercial’ Mike Scott and the ‘diligent, reliableSarah Ferguson are recommended.

Mundays LLPis a class leader in commercial property’. Practice head Ingrid Saffin ‘stands out for her professionalism, knowledge and client commitment’; she led the team advising a private equity consortium on the acquisition of a major redevelopment site in Hampshire consisting of more than 900 properties. Kevin Healy is also recommended.

At Stevens & Bolton LLP, practice head Andrew Steele advised TGI Friday’s on six new restaurant openings in the UK. The team also assisted Octopus Healthcare Development on the site acquisition, pre-letting, construction and forward funding of a 60-bed care home development in Colchester. Stephen Rockhill joined from his own engineering consultancy business, and Alex Watt joined from Clyde & Co LLP.

Thomson Snell & Passmore’s 18-lawyer practice is headed by Richard Ellard, who advised A A Homes & Housing on its £15m purchase of Metro Point in Croydon. The firm also acts for a strong lender client base including Close Brothers Limited, which it advised on a £5m loan for a land redevelopment in Yorkshire. Motorline and Lloyds Bank are also clients.

asb law LLP advised Amadeus Properties on its £4.5m sale of a single-let office building in Bromley to a residential developer, and assisted The Milton Group on the disposal of a 1.75 acre site in Deptford to housing association Family Mosaic. Newly promoted senior partner Jonathan Cavell heads the practice, which includes Chris Worthington are key names.

Barlow Robbins LLP’s team is headed by Helen Archibald and includes Graham Wilson, who advised AFC Bournemouth on covenant issues and a new lease related to the redevelopment of its stadium. Jo Farr assisted the Crescent School of Riding with its £15m sale and development of the riding centre.

Brachers saw the ‘extremely knowledgeableAsh Jilani lead the team advising West Kent and Ashford College on its new £16m campus development, which involved the acquisition of two further parts of the development site. Head Sarah Gainesresponds to matters promptly and thoroughly’.

Highlights for Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s Debra Kent represented Forest Property Developers in opposing a compulsory purchase order for The Stratford Sail. Other key clients are wagamama and Barnardo’s.

TWM Solicitors LLP’s ten-partner team is spread across its Surrey offers and acts for both lenders and developers. Practice head Adrian Price, Anne Fowler and Matthew Truelove are all recommended.

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Legal Developments in South East for Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

  • 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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