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Commercial property: Bristol

Index of tables

  1. Commercial property: Bristol
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

Leading individuals

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Next Generation Partners

  1. 1

Rising stars

  1. 1

Burges Salmon LLP's market-leading real estate practice, which is led by Colin Ligman, acts for a broad base of private sector clients, including major landowners, household name retailers, hotels, developers and construction companies, among others. In addition, the firm advises public sector clients, such as local authorities. Richard Clark is particularly active in the office and retail sectors, where he focuses on advising investors, developers and occupiers. Richard Read has significant experience of the student accommodation sector, and he is also active in the hotels and leisure space. Ross Polkinghorne, who leads the real estate development group, advises both public and private sector clients on high-value regeneration projects. Euan Bremner handles development and acquisition transactions for energy clients. Philip Beer is another key figure.

Practice head(s):Colin Ligman; Ross Polkinghorne; Richard Clark; Richard Read

Other key lawyers:Euan Bremner; Philip Beer

Testimonials

'A refreshing "can-do" attitude'

'A strong real estate team'

'Strives to find effective solutions even in niche practice areas'

'Richard Read has a personable and commercial approach'

 

Key Clients

The Crown Estate

John Lewis and Waitrose & Partners

Aerium Group

University of Bristol

St Modwen Properties

HSBC Bank

Waterstones

Transport for London

Greater London Authority

Lloyds Banking Group

Virgin Active

Work highlights

  • Advising the Greater London Authority on the Albert Island development - a 10.2 hectare site forming a key element of the Royal Docks development.
  • Advising the University of Bristol on new campus development in Bristol city centre.
  • Providing Waterstones with strategic and transactional property support, as well as advising on UK store portfolio.
  • Advised Transport for Wales on its procurement of the next Wales and Border Rail Service on behalf of the Welsh government.
  • Advising a developer-client on a £240m-worth regeneration project, Redcliff Quarter.

Osborne Clarke has a strong profile in the real estate market in the South West and further afield nationally. Its high-end practice provides comprehensive support on all aspects of development, transactional and leasing work. The team has extensive experience of sectors such as student housing, leisure, transport, energy and retail, among others. Practice head Michelle McGurl specialises in residential and mixed use development work, and large scale regeneration projects. Ian Wilkinson and David North are also key figures in the group, which was bolstered by the arrival of Colin Stratton from Thrings LLP in May 2018. Kate Topp departed for Ashfords LLP.

Practice head(s):Michelle McGurl

Other key lawyers:Colin Stratton; Ian Wilkinson; David North

Testimonials

'A strong, well-integrated team with great specialist knowledge'

'Exceptional partner-led service with almost 24/7 access to Colin Stratton'

'Highly responsive, the team works efficiently and address clients' issues promptly'

Key Clients

CBRE Global Investors

DTZ Investors

Taylor Wimpey

BDW Trading

Galliford Try

Linden

InfraRed Capital Partners

Credit Suisse

Mayfair Capital Partners

Crosstree Real Estate Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised CBRE Global Investors on the £62m sale of the Atlas Portfolio, which involved the divestment of seven industrial estates to Knight Frank Investment Management.
  • Acted for The Waterfront Limited Partnership on the leasing of retail units at the first-of-its-kind Icon Outlet at The O2 in London.
  • Acted for an affiliate of Crosstree Real Estate Partners on the £72m acquisition of Edmonton Shopping Centre from St Modwen Properties.
  • Advised DTZ investors on various matters, most notably on the £43m divestment of Drury House, Drury Lane in Covent Garden to Manex Properties for the purposes of redevelopment.
  • Advised Sovereign Housing Association on the acquisition from Muse Developments Limited of apartment blocks in the high-profile development at Wapping Wharf in Bristol.

Bevan Brittan LLP is a first port of call for many housing associations, health organisations and local authorities in complex development and regeneration projects. It also generates work from private sector entities. The team is led by Mark Calverley, who has an outstanding track record advising on major regeneration and development projects nationwide. Illustrative of its excellent reputation, the group advises on some of the biggest disposals and redevelopments of hospital sites in London. Another key figure in the team is Alison Buckingham, who leads the social housing practice in the South West region. Rob Harrison is noted for his work in the health property space.

Practice head(s):Mark Calverley

Other key lawyers:Alison Buckingham; Rob Harrison

Key Clients

NHS Property Services

Sovereign Housing Group

Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire

Yarlington Housing Group

Sanctuary Housing Association

Canal & River Trust

London Borough of Waltham Forest

London Borough of Hounslow

Places for People Group

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity

Slough Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Advising NHS Property Services on aspects regarding its undocumented lease programme. Work involved the documentation of 4800 undocumented health and commercial occupiers across 10% of the entire health estate.
  • Advising NHS Property Services on matters across its property portfolio; work includes lease advice, property disputes, and development work.
  • Assisting Canal & River Trust with issues concerning its property portfolio.
  • Acted for Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Hertfordshire in relation to the disposal of a number of redundant police sites in Hertfordshire.
  • Acted for Sovereign Group on the purchase of section 106 affordable housing on a large former airfield site near Oxford, which is being redeveloped by Persimmon Homes.

Clarke Willmott LLP features prominently in some of the largest residential development schemes in the South West, and it is also a powerhouse in commercial development projects, investment acquisitions and disposals, and property portfolio management. Also notable is that the firm is particularly strong in real estate matters with a nexus to the telecoms and renewables sectors. Clients include developers, investors, retailers, telecoms operators, and business occupiers, among others. Louise Brown heads up the group, which includes William Juckes, Laurence Lacey, Greg Lovett and Oliver Smedley. Clare Day departed for Harrison Clark Rickerbys.

Practice head(s):Louise Brown

Other key lawyers:William Juckes; Laurence Lacey; Greg Lovett; Oliver Smedley

Testimonials

The property team is a delight to work with.

The team is all about finding simple and creative solutions to complicated problems.

The strength of the Bristol office lies in the cohesiveness of the wider team – the client can easily call on experienced practitioners to advise on related specialist matters.

Oliver Smedley takes a creative commercial approach to getting the best deals for his property clients.

Key Clients

Eagle One

Bath Recreation

Bath Abbey

Linkcity

Easterton & Markfield Investments

Mapeley Steps

Secure Trust Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising Bath Recreation on the proposed redevelopment of the ground to create state-of-the-art arena.
  • Advised Homes England on the disposal of the Bristol and Bath Science Park.
  • Advised Linkcity on the development and sale of a new PRS and affordable housing development in Central Bristol.
  • Advised Easterton and Markfield Investments on the sale of two phases of development land to national housebuilders.
  • Acted for Sovereign Housing Association on the acquisition of a headquarters office building.

DAC Beachcroft LLP is renowned for its work in the shopping centre sector, where it acts on high-profile joint ventures and pre-lets, among other matters. Nick Knapman leads the firm’s national real estate shopping centre team and handles contentious and strategic property matters. Julitta Yates specialises in shopping centre asset management work. Elsewhere, the firm has also raised its profile in the housebuilding space, where it acts for a number of the UK's largest residential developers. Bristol team head Graham Brothwood advises multiple corporate clients on their real estate requirements. Ben Pariser has significant experience of acting for mixed-use, residential and commercial developers. Michael Bothamley has expertise in regeneration, development, investment and funding.

Practice head(s):Graham Brothwood; Michael Bothamley

Other key lawyers:Nick Knapman; Julitta Yates; Ben Pariser

Testimonials

'A highly professional team'

'An efficient and experienced team with strong technical knowledge'

Key Clients

St. James’s Place Wealth Management Group

Landsec

Intu Properties

Crest Nicholson

Galliford Try Partnerships West

Bellway Homes

Persimmon Homes

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Elysium Healthcare Holdings

Work highlights

  • Assisted St. James’s Place Wealth Management Group with a phased office move; work included lease negotiations as well as preparation of key documentation.
  • Acting for Landsec as landlord on unit lettings at shopping centres Bluewater, Trinity Leeds and Southside Wandsworth.
  • Assisted Galliford Try Partnerships West with the acquisition of Blackberry Hill Hospital in Bristol.
  • Assisted a property developer with the acquisition of a high-value site in Devizes, Wiltshire.
  • Advised Crest Nicholson on the £10m-worth sale of a strategic serviced parcel of land at Harry Stoke, Bristol to Linden.

TLT‚Äôs primary strengths are in real estate asset management, and commercial and residential development. The firm is also able to advise on ancillary areas, such as planning, construction, tax, and environmental law. The real estate practice has developed specialisms in a wide range of industry sectors, including retail and consumer goods, leisure and the public sector. The practice is led by¬†Maria Connolly, who is¬†‚Äėfriendly, knowledgeable and always contactable‚Äô. Connolly is particularly known for her work in the clean energy sector, as is¬†Matthew Grimwood. Andrew Glynn¬†specialises in commercial property investment and acts for property occupiers such as banks, lenders and public sector bodies.¬†Julia Lucas¬†supports leisure sector clients in portfolio acquisitions, disposals, refinancings and estate management.

Practice head(s):Maria Connolly

Other key lawyers:Julia Lucas; Andrew Glynn; Julian Mant; Philip Collis; Matthew Grimwood

Testimonials

Very responsive to clients’ questions and needs

A very strong commercial approach coupled with the ability to manage contentious and disputed matters at a reasonable cost

The team makes every client feel important

Driving the process forward even when there are difficult issues to overcome

Key Clients

BBC

WHSmith

Greene King

TUI Travel

Ecotricity Group

Punch Taverns

Swan Housing

Savills

Mondelēz

Byron Hamburgers

Work highlights

  • Assisting the client with the completion of three acquisitions valued at £50m.
  • Acting for Punch Taverns on a full range of real estate matters arising after the acqusition by Patron Capital.
  • Advised Arlington Energy on the sale of a developed 20MW gas site in Chesterfield and a developed 40MW energy storage site in Bedford to Arlington Infrastructure.
  • Assisted the client with the completion of five acquisitions for overseas private office fund purchasing office schemes.
  • Advised Avon Fire and Rescue Service on the freehold disposal of former Fire and Rescue Service headquarters in central Bristol for redevelopment.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's real estate practice has a strong focus on energy-related matters, rail infrastructure, institutional investment, public sector development and secured lending property finance. The firm acts for both local and national clients, including numerous local authorities, developers, landlords and corporate occupier tenants. The team has secured multiple panel wins recently, with Homes England being one notable example. The 'fantastic’ Andrew Harding specialises in institutional investment, leisure and development projects. Simon Hughes, who heads up the energy and natural resources real estate team, is also highly recommended. Leading the operational property group, Katherine Douglas handles acquisitions, disposals, regeneration schemes and development projects.

Practice head(s):Fiona O'Kane; Simon Hughes; Katherine Douglas

Other key lawyers:Andrew Harding

Testimonials

A true can-do culture

Rather than simply restating the law, the team provides practical commercial solutions quickly

There is no difference in the high quality of the services provided, whether dealing with a senior partner or someone more junior

The greatest compliment I could pay is that it is similar to having our own internal legal team

Key Clients

Bristol City Council

Network Rail Infrastructure

Renewable Energy Systems

Post Office

Babcock

Ashfield Land

Clarks Shoes

Scottish Power

University of Plymouth

Carlsberg UK

South Gloucestershire District Council

University of Bath

West Devon Borough Council

Gilletts Callington

REG WindPower

The Board of the Pension Protection Fund

Eagle One

Freightliner Group

Local World

Centrica

GLH Hotels

University of St Mark & St John

Banks Renewables

Brittany Ferries

Knottingley Power

ScottishPower Renewables

Work highlights

  • Advising Ministry of Defence on the grant and acquisition of leases for offices, nurseries, land for military exercises, strategic land disposal, etc.
  • Advised Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm on the completion of the lease and associated rights for the development of the shore base at Great Yarmouth.
  • Acting on behalf of Three Rivers District Council on the South Oxhey Initiative, a £172m mixed-use regeneration project.
  • Advised Bristol & Bath Regional Capital on the prospect of creating an inclusive housing scheme with the acquisition of 61 homes in the region.
  • Advising Del Piero Limited on the acquisition of a former hospital site at Barrow Gurney.

Foot Anstey's practice has a focus on housebuilder and mixed-use development work, as well as property matters connected with the energy and infrastructure, financial services, retail and leisure, and public sectors. Richard Walford excels in corporate occupier and infrastructure work. Another key figure is Islamic finance expert Imam Qazi, who has extensive experience of investment, finance and development transactions. Duncan Tringham is also a name to note. In 2018, legal director Mark Li joined from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP and managing associate Kutahya Cherry was hired from CMS.  Paul Clark departed for Burges Salmon LLP.

Practice head(s):Martin Hirst (Southampton)

Other key lawyers:Richard Sutton; Richard Walford; Imam Qazi; Mark Li; Duncan Tringham; Kutahya Cherry

Testimonials

Competent, quick and highly responsive

The team offers excellent and highly pragmatic legal advice

Key Clients

Computershare

Exeter College

Gregory Distribution

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Berkeley Homes

Screwfix Direct

First Group

B&Q

Flybe Group

Welcome Break

Work highlights

  • Handled a £2m-worth investment property sale for Computershare.
  • Assisting FirstGroup with the management of their UK property portfolio.
  • Advising B&Q on the negotiation and the completion of a development pre-let of their new 375,000 sq. ft. distribution centre in Swindon.
  • Assisting Welcome Break with the redevelopment of a number of the client's motorway sites.
  • Assisting Screwfix Direct with the expansion of its property portfolio, lease renewals and other real estate management matters.

Thrings LLP¬†acts for clients such as commercial developers, corporate occupiers, retail tenants and property investors, among others. The team advises on all aspects of residential development, corporate occupier and investment work, as well as secured lending. It also has a specialist health and care sector team, which is led by¬†Ben Tarrant. The ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô Steve Schofield, who is noted for ‚Äėdealing with contracts commercially‚Äô, leads the wider Bristol-based commercial property group. Schofield has developed a niche in land development. Robert Barnes¬†advises institutional lenders on property and development finance. In May 2018, Colin Stratton¬†departed for¬†Osborne Clarke.

Practice head(s):Steve Schofield

Other key lawyers:Robert Barnes; Ben Tarrant; David Mears;

Testimonials

The team is particularly commercial in their outlook

Excellent service level and technical knowledge

Approachable, friendly and commercially sensitive

Competitive in terms of fees

Very good at explaining the complex legal process with the requisite clarity and straightforwardness

Steve Schofield provides a consistently exceptional level of service

 

Key Clients

DS Smith

Renrod Holdings

Newland Homes

FMG Support Group

AirTanker Services

Essilor

Property Partner

Teleperformance

Baylis Estates

Blue Cedar Homes

Learndirect

Create Real Estate

Burrington Estates

Airsprung Group

Tileflair

Work highlights

  • Assisted Renrod Holdings with the sale of two sites in Chippenham and Bath.
  • Handled the acquisition of a new office building at Bradley Business Park Huddersfield.
  • Advised on the acquisition of a new 20,086 sq ft office and a 22,000 sq ft decked car park for 172 vehicles in Oxfordshire.
  • Acted for Blue Cedar Homes on the acquisition of a major development site in Deddington.
  • Acted for Baylis Estates on the £750 000 acquisition of a site for development of industrial warehousing estate.

At VWV, the commercial property department brings together expertise in property acquisitions and disposals, property development, finance and investment, leases and relocations, and other projects. The practice is led by Steven McGuigan, whose client base mostly comprises property developers, local authorities, lenders and central government bodies. The firm has also built a strong reputation for advising religious and educational institutions, and also international energy companies. Jessica Booz and Simon Linnitt are recommended.

Practice head(s):Steven McGuigan

Other key lawyers:Jessica Booz; Simon Linnitt

Testimonials

Highly professional

The team delivers high-quality results in a speedy manner

The lawyers understand what the client’s objectives are, and work hard towards achieving them

Key Clients

Airbus Operations Airbus Defence

PricewaterhouseCoopers

University of Bristol

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

United Reformed Church

Essar Oil UK

St Vincent de Paul Society

Mainline Pipelines

Diocese of Truro

King Edward's School

The Diocese of Gloucester

Oxford City Council

Jisc

Wiltshire Council

Wing Yip

Crest Nicholson

Pell Frischmann

Homes England

Oxford Brookes University

Berkeley Homes

Faraday Developments

Soil Association

Bristol Waste Company

Thanet District Council

Poole Borough Council

Bath Spa University

Work highlights

  • Acted for the University of Bristol on the £20m leasehold acquisition of a new student accommodation development in central Bristol.
  • Advised the University of Reading on the disposal of a significant landholding by the client.
  • Advised the United Church Schools Foundation on the £10m property and business sale of Bournemouth Collegiate School to overseas investors.
  • Advising a council on the land agreements required for National Grid's IFA2 project.
  • Advising Henry Boot Developments on the terms of a conditional contract and an option agreement with landowner Summerfield Estates for the development of a 100-acre site.


Commercial property: Dorset and South Wiltshire

Index of tables

  1. Commercial property: Dorset and South Wiltshire
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1

Rising stars

  1. 1

Lester Aldridge LLP's commercial property work is centred on sectors such as healthcare, leisure, telecoms, housebuilding, and ports and marinas. The practice demonstrates strong capabilities in the acquisition and sale of freehold and leasehold properties, sub-leases, portfolio management and investment transactions, among other matters. ‚ÄėBrilliant lawyer‚Äô Suki Samra, who leads the Bournemouth-based team, assists landlords and property investors with landlord and tenant work and enfranchisement. Mark Benham¬†is¬†also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):Matthew Barrow (Southampton); Suki Samra (Bournemouth); Mark Benham (Bournemouth)

Testimonials

A remarkable depth of knowledge

The team is very strong and provides highly efficient advice

'Suki Samra has built an excellent reputation in the field'

Key Clients

McCarthy & Stone

Santander UK

Monzo

Meggitt

Bargate Homes

Bloor Homes

Merck & Co.

Captiva Homes

Marina Developments

Care South

CHG Holdings

Meyrick Estate

Nested

Yorkshire Building Society t/a Norwich & Peterborough Building Society

Accredo

Lloyds Bank

Fragrance Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Monzo Bank on its move to new head office premises in Finsbury Square, London.
  • Advised McCarthy & Stone on a large number of property acquisitions, including a £1m purchase of a site in Chorley acquired by way of a joint venture development with supermarket Lidl.
  • Advising a banking company on the secured lending on property investments of total worth over £100m.
  • Acted for Fragrance Group in respect of its acquisition and subsequent letting of St Chads Hotel in Blackpool.
  • Assisted a real estate developer with the sale of multiple medical centres.

Steele Raymond LLP's team advises on matters such as sales and acquisitions of properties, leases, licenses, mortgages and charges, among others. Practice head Chris Twaits¬†is ‚Äėproactive and demonstrates an extremely high level of professional skills and ability‚Äô.¬†Jennifer Rogerson, who is¬†‚Äėalways attentive and highly professional‚Äô,¬†excels in retail sector landlord and tenant work, as well as investment and pension property investment mandates. The ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô Emma Stainwright¬†handles residential development mandates for landowners and regional housebuilders. Carol Elliott¬†and associate Kayleigh Medland¬†are also highly recommended. In April 2019, Caroline Probert¬†joined from Trethowans LLP.

Practice head(s):Chris Twaits

Other key lawyers:Jennifer Rogerson; Emma Stainwright; Carol Elliott; Kayleigh Medland

Testimonials

Very responsive and always willing to help even under great pressure

The firm’s commercial property service exceeds other property firms in the area

The team is thorough, comes up with creative solutions, and has a highly professional approach

The team adopts a personal approach but it is also sufficiently big in size to handle more demanding issues

Key Clients

Premiere Coffee

Hildon

Broadshade Group

Toogoods Property Company

West Wales Airport

Grange Mill Investments

World of Water Garden Centre

West Quay Holdings Poole

Charles Trent

Birchmere

Pivotal Homes Group

Brownseabuild

Bournemouth Churches Housing Association

Harry J Palmer

AJC Developments

Selwood

Sydenhams

GP Commercial Investments

Old Malthouse (Purbeck)

Hillbrush Company

Stewarts Garden Centres

JenningsBet

JGP Lakedale

The Jurassic Coffee Company

Laceys Solicitors incorporating HLF¬†handles sales and purchases of land for development purposes, estate conveyancing, all types of landlord and tenant issues, refinancing and various other types of transactional commercial property work. Practice head¬†John Munro¬†acts for owners, developers and investors. Clients also benefit from the experience of¬†Jonathan Ogden, who is knowledgeable about commercial tenancies, and advises multiple hoteliers on sales and purchases of hotels and associated businesses. The practice was strengthened recently by the hire of associate Claire Taylor, who was formerly an interim legal services manager of shared legal service for Kettering Borough Council, Daventry District Council and The Borough Council of Wellingborough. In another development, solicitor Roger Clayson¬†joined from¬†Glaisyers LLP. Clayson has specialist expertise in real estate matters related to the¬†nuclear and renewable energy industries.¬†The 'very knowledgeable'¬†Mark Preece¬†and solicitor Patsy Whitford¬†(‚Äėgoes the extra mile to help‚Äô) are also recommended.

Practice head(s):John Munro

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Ogden; Mark Preece; Patsy Whitford; Roger Clayson; Claire Taylor

Testimonials

Very professional and very efficient

Proactive in their approach to clients and great at understanding what their business needs

The culture of the team is one of professionalism, transparency and focus on clients’ interests

Key Clients

Mploy Staffing Solutions

Bracken Developments

John Brassington and Roger Clark Partnership

Wilson & Sharp Investments

Wilsons¬†has successfully built up a base of¬†longstanding clients, such as landed estates, landowners, trusts, charities, and private investors. Its team has extensive expertise in property transactions, commercial landlord and tenant work, and residential and commercial development, among other matters. The ‚Äėamazing‚Äô Jane Lonergan¬†handles complex property issues for charities, including military charities. Alison Bailey¬†specialises in rural property matters and assists landowners with developments of predominantly green field sites. Consultant Robert Swift,¬†Timothy Clayden¬†and¬†associate¬†Sarah Secker¬†are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):Jane Lonergan; Alison Bailey; Tim Clayden

Other key lawyers:Robert Swift; Sarah Secker

Key Clients

Sense, The National Deafblind and Rubella Association

Alabaré Christian Care Centres

Greensleeves Care

Work highlights

  • Acts for Sense, the National Deafblind and Rubella Association on commercial property acquisitions and disposals, and manages the charity's commercial property portfolio.
  • Assists Alabaré Christian Care Centres with commercial property acquisitions.
  • Assists Greensleeves Care with property acquisition transactions aiming at expanding the charity's care home portfolio.

Roger Chadwick heads the commercial property practice at Battens Solicitors Limited, whose clients include developers, corporates, landlords and tenants, individuals, pension funds and charities. Other key contacts at the firm are Yeovil-based consultants Anna Austin and Robert Wright; the latter is praised by clients for his 'excellent law skills and business understanding'.

Practice head(s):Roger Chadwick

Other key lawyers:Robert Wright; Anna Austin

Testimonials

'The firm has very solid knowledge of the local market and the regional players'

Work highlights

  • Handled lending arrangements for Folk2Folk.
  • Advised Cawdor Construction Developments on property acquisition.

Blanchards Bailey LLP's team has experience of property mandates involving the healthcare, agriculture, hospitality, social housing and retail industries. It also features prominently in agriculture sector matters. The department is led by 'strong and very committed leader' Sarah Heath, who acts for both landowners and developers on large-scale development projects, including those involving greenfield and brownfield sites. The 'very capable' Stacey Brooker joined from Clarke Willmott LLP.

Practice head(s):Sarah Heath

Other key lawyers:Stacey Brooker

Testimonials

An experienced and well-staffed team offering good value services in connection to all aspects of property conveyancing, leasing, management and other contractual matters

A strong backing team at more junior level

Several factors distinguish the team from others on the local market: its experience, practicality, understanding of commercial property transactions, and fair value for money

Sarah Heath is a very capable head of the department, who has great knowledge and is also very strong in handling complex contractual negotiations

Work highlights

  • Assisted a property development consultancy with the acquisition of a part of a brownfield site for residential redevelopment.
  • Advised a property development consultancy on the proposed acquisition of a group of companies from a private equity fund which comprises a portfolio of 108 commercial property sites.

Frettens LLP's commercial property department advises clients on landlord and tenant work, lease extensions and secured lending transactions. In addition, working with the firm’s commercial group, the team also handles property sales and purchases for clients in the hotels, restaurants and retail arenas. Oonagh McKinney and Clare Hallett jointly head up the practice. Associates Niki Adkins and Ben Cobb are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):Oonagh McKinney; Clare Hallett

Other key lawyers:Niki Adkins; Ben Cobb

Key Clients

Pivotal Housing Association

Primetower Properties

A.F.C. Bournemouth

28A Supported Living

Aspire Property Holdings (Castle)

Raymond Brown Will Trust

Taylor Grey Homes

Vivera Property Ventures

Royston Group

Trethowans LLP has developed a national reputation for commercial property transactions for pensions, with Garry Treagust being a noted expert in this area. The firm also has significant experience in landlord and tenant matters, residential development and property finance. In addition to undertaking standalone work, the commercial property team supports the corporate practice on M&A deals. Gareth Yeoman has a wealth of experience acting for developers, and advises on matters concerning the terms of purchases, the setting up of sites, as well as the subsequent sale and leasing of units. In 2018, James Kidner joined from Ellis Jones Solicitors LLP. In another development, Tom Mitchell made senior associate. Treagust took over as the head of the Salisbury property department from Caroline Probert, who moved to Steele Raymond LLP.

Practice head(s):Garry Treagust

Other key lawyers:Gareth Yeoman

Testimonials

'A solid team'

Key Clients

James Hay Pension Trustees

Ladbrokes Coral

Rowanmoor Trustees

Santander UK

Saint-Gobain Building Distribution/Jewson

Lloyds Bank

Sippchoice Trustees

Stannah Lifts Holdings

Sentinel Housing Association

Work highlights

  • Advising an European operator on the grant of a new lease to Ikea of leasehold premises with an annual rent of over £1m.


Commercial property: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire

Index of tables

  1. Commercial property: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1

Rising stars

  1. 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP¬†has a particularly strong profile¬†undertaking strategic land work for landowners, but it also acts for developers as well. The scope of its work in this space includes advising on land promotion, landowner collaboration, the acquisition and sale of sites, the planning process, infrastructure works and land disposals, among other matters. The strategic land team is led by the ‚Äėsuperb‚Äô Ian Brothwood, who is active in both residential and commercial development schemes. Nigel Morton, who is ‚Äėvery experienced in portfolio sales and purchases‚Äô, serves as a principal contact for multiple specialist residential funds, national and regional housebuilders, charity investors and corporates. Naomi Nettleton‚Äôs practice focuses on property investment, with particular emphasis on the Specialist Supported Living sector. Jonathan Wilkinson¬†and recently promoted senior associate Julie Sharpe¬†are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Ian Brothwood

Other key lawyers:Nigel Morton; Naomi Nettleton; Jonathan Wilkinson; Julie Sharpe

Testimonials

The practice offers a City-quality service

All team members are very knowledgeable, accessible and highly professional

The client can benefit from the feeling of intimacy of a smaller firm but the practice has the depth and experience of a much larger one

Naomi Nettleton goes out of her way to look for solutions to problems, efficiently and effectively

Ian Brothwood and Naomi Nettleton approach their work with the focus and the work ethic of experienced City solicitors

Key Clients

The Crab Hill Partnership/ Crab Hill Developments

Trustees of the Grove Airfield Pool Trust

Topland Henley Healthcare Investments

Topland Jupiter

Hearthstone Residential Fund 1 L. P.

Kout Advisory

Swiss Land Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for the trustees of the Crab Hill Partnership on the disposal of the next phase of the Kingsgrove development in Wantage, Oxfordshire comprising 174 homes.
  • Acting for the trustees of the Grove Airfield Pool Trust in relation to the development of 2,500 home mixed-use scheme at Grove Airfield, Oxfordshire.
  • Assisted a client with the sale of a portfolio of 36 freehold properties.
  • Assisting Hearthstone Residential Fund 1 L. P. with high-value purchases.

BPE Solicitors LLP’s strong track record in the commercial property sphere enables its team to generate work from clients active in sectors such as retail, leisure, logistics, healthcare, and finance. The team handles a wide range of matters, including high-value investment transactions, leaseback arrangements and property portfolio management. Jo Bewley, who acts for an extensive list of institutional investors and developers, jointly heads up the practice with Antonia Shield. Rebecca Maxwell acts for Plcs and privately held companies in relation to acquisitions and disposals, developments and forward funding, as well as corporate occupation requirements. Doug Armstrong is another name to note.

Practice head(s):Antonia Shield; Jo Bewley

Other key lawyers:Rebecca Maxwell; Doug Armstrong

Key Clients

Mears New Homes

Plexus UK (First Project)

Boultbee Brooks Real Estate

Stobart Group

Pure Gym Limited

Superdry Plc (C-Retail Limited)

Lilian Faithful Limited

Howard Tenens Limited

Lloyds Bank Plc

Mears Housing Management Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Plexus UK (First Project) Limited on the acquisition of 60 affordable housing units from Persimmon Homes Limited.
  • Acted for Gloucestershire Airport as Landlord on the grant of a substantial hangar at the airport subject to a conditional Agreement for Lease for the construction of the hangar.
  • Acted for a private investor on the acquisition of ex Carillion headquarters at Westlink House, Brentford.
  • Acted for Stobart Group on the sale of its freehold investment interest in a 476,000 sq ft warehouse and AGR compound at Lillyhall to Workington M7 Real Estate Investment Partners.

Warren Reid leads Thrings LLP's commercial property team, which has vast experience of managing property acquisitions and disposals, commercial agreements and strategic land transactions. Alex Pinhey acts for a highly diverse client base, which includes pension schemes and factories. Legal director Charlotte Barrett’s practice focuses on advising landlords and tenants on portfolio management issues. Alan Goulding specialises in strategic land development.

Practice head(s):Warren Reid 

Other key lawyers:Alex Pinhey; Charlotte Barrett; Alan Goulding 

Harrison Clark Rickerbys¬†handles a wide range of secured lending and commercial property transactions. Another distinguishing feature of the team is its vast experience in the charity and education sectors. Clients include¬†sellers, investors, developers, landlords, tenants and lenders. The ‚Äėhighly competent‚Äô Mark Carter, who ‚Äėoffers excellent advice‚Äô, jointly heads up the department with Zoe Touhey. Solicitor Eimir Tuckett¬†and Ben Thomas, who joined from Knights plc, are both recommended.

Practice head(s):Mark Carter; Zoe Touhey

Other key lawyers:Ben Thomas; Eimir Tuckett 

Testimonials

Excellent knowledge of the property sector combined with a friendly approach towards clients

Matters are handled promptly

Excellent communication and speedy responses

Key Clients

Bruton Knowles Property Consultants

Lloyds Bank

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire

Countrywide Estate Agents

HSBC Bank

Santander UK

YMCA Cheltenham

Farncombe Estates

Gloucestershire College

Cheltine

Synlatex

Work highlights

  • Assisted Synlatex with the acquisition of flagship head office premises at the Brewery Centre in Cheltenham.
  • Acted for The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire on the sale of a site at Bishops Cleeve for commercial development.
  • Acted for Gloucestershire College on a transaction involving a lease and shared use agreement between charity trustees and Gloucestershire College relating to Llanthony Priory.
  • Advised Parris Property Group on an option to purchase commercial premises with an intended conversion to residential use.

Royds Withy King’s varied workload includes property acquisitions and disposals, landlord and tenant work, property development, as well as secured lending and refinance work. Paul Daniels is the overall head of the team firmwide, whose clients include banks and borrowers, corporates, developers and pension schemes, among others. Greg Callard, who made partner in 2018, has experience of handling the transfer of businesses (such as pubs and restaurants), as well as acquisitions of retail stores in large shopping centres. Senior associate Aman Hart provides specialist advice on acquisitions, disposals and all matters concerning property development. Peter Foskett leads the commercial property group in Swindon. Edward Cooke retired from private practice in 2018.

Practice head(s):Paul Daniels 

Other key lawyers:Peter Foskett; Greg Callard; Aman Hart

Testimonials

'The team is very solid and well-respected in the region'

Stone King LLP has a full-service practice, which covers sales, acquisitions, landlord and tenant work, and disputes, among other matters. Work for charities and education sector clients is a core strength; Stephanie Howarth, Hugh Pearce and senior associate Kathryn Williams are names to note in this space. Caroline Taylor joined from Michelmores LLP in April 2018 to head up the practice. Sarah Lane stands out for her experience in handling licensed property transactions involving public houses, petroleum filling stations and leisure industry facilities.

Practice head(s):Caroline Taylor

Other key lawyers:Stephanie Howarth; Hugh Pearce; Sarah Lane; senior associate Kathryn Williams

Key Clients

Triodos Bank

Wadworth & Company

No1 Lounges

The Faithful Companions of Jesus

United Learning Trust

FirstLight Trust

Charterhouse

Bernardine Sisters

The Edward James Foundation (West Dean College)

Work highlights

  • Advising Triodos Bank on multiple high-value property transactions.
  • Assisting Wadworth and Company with portfolio management matters.
  • Advised The Edward James Foundation (West Dean College) on a disposal of agricultural investment estate, thereby generating valuable capital for the charity.
  • Advising FirstLight Trust on the property aspects of ongoing work in relation to the charity’s portfolio, including opening up a network of hubs to enable access to support for military veterans.
  • Advising The Faithful Companions of Jesus on the £4.7m sale of a development site for 13 houses to a developer.

Willans LLP¬†undertakes the entire ambit of commercial property matters for clients in sectors such as telecoms, technology, food and leisure, among various others. ‚ÄėSuperb‚Äô department head Nigel Whittaker¬†handles commercial freehold and leasehold acquisitions and disposals, lettings, assignments and surrenders. Susie Wynne‚Äôs practice covers development projects, property finance and investment, renewable energy, and telecoms agreements.¬†Alasdair Garbutt¬†has particular experience of assisting charities with managing high-value property portfolios.

Practice head(s):Nigel Whittaker 

Other key lawyers:Susie Wynne; Alasdair Garbutt

Key Clients

Sue Ryder

Kohler Mira

Shelter

Newberry International Produce

Trinity Hospice Shops

Clydesdale Bank

Eagle Strategic Property

Joden (Builders)

Scope

Milspeed

Victim Support

Infusion GB

Work highlights

  • Advised Scope on a new head office relocation in London. Managing the client's retail shops portfolio across the country.
  • Advising Infusion GB on the acquisition of commercial premises in Gloucester.
  • Assisting Sue Ryder with matters concerning its head office relocation,  lease acquisitions and renewals, and others.
  • Advising Trinity Hospice Shops on the expansion of its retail property portfolio.
  • Advised Sparsholt College on a transaction relating to the construction of a rifle range, among other matters.

Clark Holt’s practice has a particularly standout reputation in the rural business and agriculture sector, where it generates work from rural businesses and landowners. It is also highly regarded by clients in other industries; practice head Karron Whitter, who joined from Goughs Solicitors, has expertise in the office, retail, leisure and hospitality, and industrial sectors. Although the firm is based in Swindon, it generates work from clients located throughout the South West, as well as in London, the West, Wales and the Midlands. It also increasingly acts for overseas-based clients. The team's varied workload includes site acquisitions, lettings and sales, landlord and tenant work, and portfolio management. Jonathan Ashbridge, who has property finance experience, is 'great at helping clients in tricky situations'. Rachel Booth is regularly engaged by national and local housebuilders, as well as landowners selling to developers. In August 2018, former practice head Alasdair Kirkpatrick moved to Thrings LLP.

Practice head(s):Karron Whitter

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Ashbridge; Rachel Booth

Testimonials

'The team never fails to deliver - it is very helpful and available to assist clients outside standard working hours'

'The lawyers are always happy to travel to see clients, regardless of where they are based'

'Great cross-practice cooperation'

Key Clients

Meyer Bergman

Sameer Group

Sparkler

Supanova Holdings

Koh Thai Group

Westbourne Capital

Shift Living

Lorica General Insurance Brokers

Stapleford Park

EFG Private Bank

Dreweatts 1759

Work highlights

  • Assisting Meyer Bergman with the acquisition of strategic real estate assets for mixed-use asset redevelopment in Central/ West London.
  • Advising Shift Living on matters regarding a site investigation and acquisition.
  • The team acted for the shareholders of Orangebox on the property aspects of a share sale, covering issues concerning properties such as offices, plants and showrooms.

The growing real estate team at Lodders Solicitors LLP acts for clients such as residential and commercial developers, logistics companies, investment companies and individual investors, and owner-occupiers. The practice handles a wide-ranging workload, including acquisitions and disposals of commercial and residential land for development purposes, property investment transactions, portfolio management, commercial leases, real estate finance, property taxation, and all types of property-related agreements. Managing partner Paul Mourton, who leads the department, focuses on investment property transactions and large-scale property development for both residential and commercial clients.

Practice head(s):Paul Mourton; Mark Miller

Key Clients

Hinton Properties

Work highlights

  • Acted for Craigard Prospect (SBP) Limited & Craigard Prospect (SBP) Nominees Limited on the £5.7m purchase of five office buildings on an estate in Fareham, Kent, with further instruction on the onward sale of one of the units.
  • Acting for Hinton Properties on the assembly of land for a major new retail and office scheme in Gloucestershire.


Commercial property: The West Country

Index of tables

  1. Commercial property: The West Country
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

  1. 1

Ashfords LLP‚Äôs credentials as a market-leader in the commercial property sphere are underlined by its breadth of experience in the renewable energy, franchising, healthcare, education, development and residential sectors. It acts for a broad base of clients, including housebuilders, commercial developers, contractors, investors, planners, local authorities and landowners. On the development side, practice head Tim Heal¬†(‚Äėamazing lawyer‚Äô) and Kate Topp¬†are recommended, as is¬†Andrew Rothwell. Plymouth-based James Heath¬†is noted for his secured lending work.

Practice head(s):Tim Heal

Other key lawyers:Kate Topp; Andrew Rothwell; James Heath

Testimonials

Clearly a market-leading team—the high quality of work speaks for itself

'Great professionals'

Key Clients

Barratt Homes

Biffa Waste Services

Blue Cedar

Bridgwater Gateway

Burrington Estates

Cavanna Homes

CG Fry

David Wilson Homes

DP World London Gateway

Majestic Wine

Mendip District Council

Persimmon Homes

Strongvox

Wainhomes (South West) Holdings

Work highlights

  • Acted for developer-buyer on a £15.3m acquisition of a residential development site for 170 dwellings.
  • Advising Burrington Estates on the acquisition of a site for residential development and onward sales.
  • Advising the chain on multiple agreements concerning leases and licences to underlet, lease assignments, underleases, licences permitting alterations, and other licensing.
  • Acting for Curtis Banks on sales, purchases, leases, lending and general portfolio requirements.
  • Handled a £6.3m acquisition of a 10-acre area of derelict land in Frome for Mendip District Council.

Davitt Jones Bould¬†demonstrates strong capabilities¬†in large estate management projects, and development and regeneration projects. In addition, it has expanded its presence in the private investment space. Also notable is that the team has developed a niche specialism in handling conversions of schools into academies. Practice head¬†Madeleine Davitt¬†is, according to one client, ‚Äėa true commercial property specialist with unrivalled property knowledge‚Äô. Davitt acts for some of the most significant landowners in the South West region. The ‚Äėunique‚Äô Robin de Wreede is experienced in handling major infrastructure and town centre developments for a number of local authorities and their joint venture partners.¬†Stuart Bould¬†and Sean Bulman¬†are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Madeleine Davitt

Other key lawyers:Robin de Wreede; Stuart Bould; Sean Bulman

Testimonials

A proactive firm which applies common sense and commercial knowledge to all situations

The team is very pragmatic in reaching solutions and meeting a client’s requirements

Key Clients

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Seafood Trading

Bath and North East Somerset Council

Exeter Science Park

Highways England

Integral UK

Department of Health and Social Care

Natural England

North Somerset Council

Bristol Water

Work highlights

  • Advising the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on multiple matters, including leases, acquisitions, disposals, as well as certain niche issues, including securing long-term security over land.
  • Advising Exeter Science Park on the £10m development of the park.
  • Advising Woking Borough Council on the property aspects of the regeneration of Sheerwater. Also handling the compulsory purchase order needed to facilitate the project.
  • Advising TV celebrity chef Rick Stein on the expansion of his restaurant portfolio.
  • Advised Poole Borough Council on multiple academy transfers, thereby handling the required leases and commercial transfer agreements.

Due to its commitment in providing ‚Äėexceptional‚Äô legal support to clients, Foot Anstey‚Äôs team has retained a long list of significant longstanding clients including developers, retailers and leisure operators, corporate occupiers and financial institutions. The team has also recently scored multiple client wins in the sectors of retail, leisure, financial services, and energy and infrastructure. Richard Walford‚Äôs specialisation is in corporate occupier and infrastructure matters with particular emphasis on development and regulated property. Besides serving as a primary contact for a number of public sector clients, Duncan Tringham¬†also handles development, regeneration and infrastructure work.

Practice head(s):Martin Hirst

Other key lawyers:Richard Walford; Duncan Tringham

Key Clients

Computershare

Exeter College

Gregory Distribution

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Berkeley Homes

Screwfix Direct

FirstGroup

B&Q

Flybe / Flybe Group

Welcome Break

Work highlights

  • Managed a £2m-worth investment property sale for Computershare.
  • Assisted Exeter College with obtaining a planning permission for residential development, as well as with the sale of property to Taylor Wimpey.
  • Advising a London borough on a grant-funded regeneration scheme in East London involving the development of 785 homes, commercial units and a new bridge.
  • Assisting Screwfix Direct with the expansion of its property portfolio, lease renewals and other ongoing estate management matters.
  • Assisted FirstGroup with the management of its £100m property portfolio across its rail and bus operations.

Michelmores LLP¬†has a particularly first-rate reputation in¬†development and public sector work, but it is also highly regarded in other areas of commercial property; the broader practice also encompasses strategic land, joint ventures and secured lending transactions, among other matters. The firm is strong in cross-departmental cooperation, as is evidenced by the fact that asset management practice head Richard Honey¬†plays a¬†leading role in providing transactional property advice to police authorities. Another key figure is¬†David Howe, who ‚Äėhas all qualities and traits which a highly skilled property lawyer should have‚Äô.¬†The ‚Äėvery experienced‚Äô department head Emma Honey¬†serves as a key contact for residential developers, as well as schools and academies. Also in the residential development space, Lucy Smallwood¬†has particular expertise in acquisitions and disposals of land.

Practice head(s):Emma Honey

Other key lawyers:David Howe; Lucy Smallwood; Richard Honey

Testimonials

Emma Honey and David Howe are always readily available and, unlike competitors in their field, provide proactive commercial advice in a speedy manner

Very good strategic advice from a reliable, knowledegable and friendly team

Team members have good knowledge of the region and the development sector in the South West

Michelmores builds strong personal relationships whilst providing market leading commercial advice

Key Clients

Barratt David Wilson

Cavanna Group

Clinton Devon Estates

CG Fry

Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime

Persimmon Homes

St Modwen Developments

Sutton Harbour Holdings

University of Exeter

Work highlights

  • Acted for Barratt David Wilson on the acquisition of strategic development land for 110 dwellings.
  • Acted for The Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime on its £250m freehold acquisition of the Empress State Building, Earls Court, London.
  • Advised Cornwall Council on multiple aspects of a flagship local authority acquisition.
  • Advised South Devon College on the acquisition of land for the purpose of expansion of the client's sports facilities.
  • Assisted Crofty Developments with a disposal of land at the historic South Crofty mine.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's work spans areas such as energy, rail infrastructure, institutional investment, public sector development and secured lending property finance. Practice head Craig Moore is experienced in all areas of commercial property, but is particularly active in property finance matters. In the housing development space, legal director Samantha Orluta is experienced in advising developers and housing associations on site acquisitions and all types of related agreements. Managing associate Christopher Stephens specialises in strategic development and land assembly work.

Practice head(s):Craig Moore

Other key lawyers:Samantha Orluta; Christopher Stephens

Testimonials

Team members provide helpful updates regarding developments in property law and other issues affecting the client’s business

The team goes above and beyond for its clients in getting the work done

The associates are very good but the partners keep a watchful oversight

Key Clients

English Cities Fund

Mount Wise

Brittany Ferries

West Devon Borough Council

Bristol & Bath Regional Capital

Network Rail Infrastructure

Renewable Energy Systems

University of Plymouth

Work highlights

  • Advising English Cities Fund on the £30m acquisition of residential development site Quadrant Wharf in Plymouth.
  • Advised Mount Wise on the sale of 59 luxury apartments in one of Plymouth's finest waterfront developments.
  • Advised Brittany Ferries on the completion of the client's complex building agreement for lease relating to the construction and leasing of its new operations and freight office in Plymouth.
  • Assisted a client with the acquisition of an investment portfolio, including a significant retail park.
  • Assisted a council with the acquisition of an investment portfolio including industrial units.

Clarke Willmott LLP's commercial property team has a strong track record in the housebuilding, commercial development and investment sectors. It is also knowledgeable about all types of issues that arise from property portfolio management. Although Philip Brown handles a wide spectrum of work, his practice has a particular emphasis on residential and commercial development, where he mostly acts for developers, promoters and landowners. Tim Walker is also active in the development space. Roger Seaton’s real estate practice focuses on property finance.

Practice head(s):Nick Francombe; Tim Walker

Other key lawyers:Philip Brown; Roger Seaton

Testimonials

Great, high-quality advice from a strong team with superb knowledge, understanding, commercial reality and pragmatism

The team has confidence that only comes with the experience it has

Clients get London-quality services at costs significantly lower than London rates

Nothing is too challenging for this impressive property team

The firm’s property seminars are an added bonus, providing a timely round-up of recent case law and clarifying the direction in which decisions and future legislation could go

Philip Brown is excellent, charismatic, very hard-working, and detail-oriented

Philip Brown provides excellent advice, both quickly and with a strong understanding of the commercial drivers underlying any transaction

Roger Seaton has the unique ability to spot and resolve the key issues of every matter, which makes him a very safe pair of hands for all kinds of corporate real estate transactions

Key Clients

Summerfield Developments

Scotsgrove Holdings

Strongvox

Persimmon Homes

Countryside Properties

Metis Homes

Bradford & Sons

Precis Group

Bridgwater & Taunton College

Bathurst Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Bathurst Limited on the £11m disposal of development land at Cam, Dursley, Gloucestershire, to Bovis Homes.
  • Acted for Persimmon Homes on a £6.8m acquisition of development land.
  • Assisted Bullet Properties with a £15.7m acquisition of a multi-let property in London.
  • Assisted Scotsgrove Holdings with the acquisition, re-gear and disposal (by way of sub-sale) of a headquarters building in Swindon.
  • Advised A.E. Securities Limited on the £2m sale of a distribution warehouse to Urban Depot Limited.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP’s team in Exeter functions both as a standalone group in the South West and as a key part of the firm’s national practice. Also notable is that the group consists of practitioners who are knowledgeable about areas such as planning, procurement, construction and environmental law. The firm's varied portfolio of work includes commercial acquisitions, regeneration projects, property finance transactions, and investment fund portfolio acquisitions. Investors, local authorities, regulators and developers are among the clients that turn to the firm for advice. Lynn Onyett is a go-to for advice on the acquisition and management of niche-use sites, such as those used for the provision of healthcare and motorsport-related occupations. Georgina Savill-James, who specialises in regeneration and residential property transactions, is experienced in portfolio and development acquisitions, as well as large scale disposal programmes. Nicholas Burt joined from Foot Anstey in 2018.

Practice head(s):Chris Rundle; Sara Bailey

Other key lawyers:Lynn Onyett; Georgina Savill-James

Testimonials

The team has an excellent understanding of its clients’ needs and requirements, and is willing to remain flexible in handling different issues

There is a good range of skills and expertise, as well as a number of people within the team which can be contacted for assistance

The firm is very easy to work with, which makes it a standout

The workload is allocated appropriately across all hierarchical levels

Lynn Onyett takes a commercial view on all points and efficiently guides clients through potentially difficult situations

Key Clients

Galliford Try Group

LiveWest

London & Devonshire Trust

West Midlands Pension Fund

Kames Capital

Freshwater Group

Greendale Group

Arbuthnot Latham

Civitas Social Housing

Torbay Development Agency

Burrington Estates

Taunton Deane Borough Council

Verto Homes

Work highlights

  • Advised Gravesham Borough Council on a major town centre retail and leisure regeneration scheme.
  • Acted for West Midlands Pension Fund on the purchase of City Point, Leeds — a prime office block in the centre of Leeds.
  • Assisted Greenridge Investment Management with the acquisition of two retail blocks in Liverpool, as part of Liverpool City Council's regeneration scheme.
  • Advising Greendale Group on the development and the letting of an expanding business park in Exeter.
  • Assisted Pecan Deluxe Candy (Europe) with the lease of land and properties in Leeds.

GA Solicitors handles property-related matters for various clients in the healthcare sector. In addition, in the residential development sphere, it advises landowners on option and conditional sale agreements with national housebuilders. Other mainstays of the practice include licensing, property finance and investment transactions. David Stone, who heads up the department, focuses on landlord and tenant work. Lucy Foster leads the secured lending team.

Practice head(s):David Stone

Other key lawyers:Lucy Foster

Key Clients

Harrier LLC

Peninsula Finance

Work highlights

  • Acting for Harrier LLC on its £1.75m purchase of industrial premises.
  • Acted for Peninsula Finance (the lender) on its £1.2m student accommodation development loan.
  • Acted for the landlord on the grant of three leases of premises at Sharpness Dock, Bristol.
  • Acted for Sheyenne on the acquisition and letting of warehouse premises.
  • Advised Riverside Investments (Clacton) on the sale of a development site for sheltered accommodation.

Kitsons LLP’s commercial property work is centred on sectors such as renewable energy, residential development, healthcare and leisure. The team provides partner-led advice to a wide range of clients, including residential and commercial developers, businesses, charities, industrial estates, farm operators and developers, and private individuals. The practice is led by Patrick Gaskins in Torquay, Exeter-based Cameron Caverhill and James Lang in Plymouth.

Practice head(s):Patrick Gaskins; Cameron Caverhill; James Lang

Key Clients

Worldteam

CG Fry & Son

Buccaneer Inns

Gadd Properties

Midas Group

Midas Commercial Developments

Hospiscare

Armada Finance

E&JW Glendinning

Wyse Homes

Churston Golf Club

Work highlights

  • Advising on the purchase of two care homes within the South Hams.
  • Advising a holiday park operator on the sale of a holiday park comprising cottages, lodges, spa, sports facilities and fishing lakes.
  • Assisting an investor/ developer with the purchase of a site for a six-storey student accommodation hall comprising 65 bedrooms.
  • Advising CG Fry & Son on the sale of commercial land for development in Bradford-on-Avon.

Maitland Walker LLP has been attracting new work recently, such as acquisitions and disposals of hotels, public houses, nightclubs and shop premises, development sites and pre-lets, general estate management work, and agricultural property and land transactions. Benjamin Slade specialises in transactions involving the leisure and licensing industries, as well as in landlord and tenant law. Hilary Coles acts for a number of residential developers in relation to planning matters, but has also developed a specialism in rural and agricultural property.

Practice head(s):Benjamin Slade; Hilary Coles

Key Clients

Talarius

Playnation Games

Work highlights

  • Providing portfolio management advice to Talarius.
  • Acted for Playnation Games on the acquisition of a motorway service centre commercial unit in Leeds and provided continuing advice on their occupation of seven other motorway service centres located nationwide.

Porter Dodson LLP provides partner-led advice on a wide range of property matters, with a particular strength in assisting landowner and developer clients with the contractual arrangements associated with the development of land for residential and commercial use. The firm also acts for other clients, such as retailers and medical practices. In acting to advising clients on a standalone basis, the team also works with members of the firm's corporate and commercial department on the property aspects of corporate transactions. Taunton-based Bruce Weir heads the wider commercial property department. 'Great multitasker' Louise Sanders and Victoria Walker are key contacts in Yeovil. Lesley Gaskell is also recommended for property transaction work.

Practice head(s):Bruce Weir

Other key lawyers:Louise Sanders; Victoria Walker; Lesley Gaskell

Testimonials

'Porter Dodson has deep knowledge of the commercial property market; the team is good at resolving complex issues and communicating clearly'

'Team members understand the client’s business and its needs'

'The team never overcomplicates contracts and approaches negotiations in a constructive manner'

'The property team has exceptional experience with dealing with all types of housing development'

'A standout partner is Louise Sanders; Louise is extremely hardworking, knowledgeable and dedicated'

'Lesley Gaskell has exceptional experience'

Key Clients

Toolstation

Trustees of the Camel Pension Fund

Martock and South Petherton Surgery

Work highlights

  • Advised Toolstation on the acquisition of leasehold premises as part of its national rapid roll-out programme.
  • Acted for a GP practice on the sale of an investment company and the assignment of leasehold premises to to a subsidiary of an NHS trust.

Stephens Scown LLP’s real estate team is recommended for commercial landlord and tenant work. It also has a strong capability in strategic land development, where it acts for both landowners and specialist promoters. The group's sectoral expertise spans areas such as mining and minerals, renewable energy, rural housing, leisure, and caravan parks. Leading the practice in Cornwall are joint heads Tim Atkins and Keith Wright, while Nigel Coveney heads up the Exeter team. The arrival of solicitor Julie Mason from Michelmores LLP has strengthened the firm's offering in relation to asset management and secured lending transactions.

Practice head(s):Nigel Coveney; Keith Wright; Tim Atkins

Other key lawyers:Julie Mason

Key Clients

Strategic Land Partnership LLP

Waddeton Park

Hydro Mills Group

St Austell Brewery

Strongbow Exploration Inc

LiveWest

Cavanna Homes

Wombwell Homes

Venture Property & Development Company

Hastoe Housing Association

Imerys Minerals

Work highlights

  • Acting for a famous Somerset tourism attraction on the purchase of its second holiday park.
  • Advising a landowner on an option to take a lease of industrial land.


Construction

Index of tables

  1. Construction
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1

Rising stars

  1. 1

Led by¬†William Gard, the ‚Äėamazing‚Äô construction and engineering team at¬†Burges Salmon LLP¬†excels in handling critical national infrastructure projects across multiple sectors, including renewables and energy storage, and transport. The group stands out for its niche expertise in nuclear new-build projects; this is an area of specialism for Steven James. Marcus Harling¬†regularly takes the lead on the procurement and delivery aspects of complex construction projects.¬†Also notable is that¬†the team has had an increase in mandates from clients in the utilities, mining and waste management sectors. The team also has experience of acting in construction disputes, which are a specialism for Richard Adams¬†and senior associate Jessica Evans, who was hired from Bevan Brittan LLP¬†in June 2018.

Practice head(s):William Gard

Other key lawyers:Marcus Harling; Steven James; Richard Adams; Jessica Evans

Testimonials

'A great and friendly team with significant, in-depth knowledge of the construction market'

'It is certainly delightful working with this highly dedicated team'

'What sets the team apart is its members' complete understanding of the law, which is also supplemented by everyone's pragmatic approach towards risks which clients may face'

'The team's knowledge is up-to-date and its  expertise in energy construction projects is unrivaled'

'Burges Salmon's construction team truly combines a hands-on approach with the ability to analyse in-depth any relevant legal issues'

'The team is impressive, approachable, well-organised and cost-effective'

'Marcus Harling is amazing'

'Richard Adams certainly stands out - he is proactive, knowledgeable, able to explain things clearly, and good during negotiations'

'Richard Adams is very hard-working and simply excellent'

'Richard Adams has encyclopedic knowledge of the NEC3 form'

'Director Paul Doherty is approachable and very knowledgeable, and always responds and takes necessary measures quickly'

'Steven James has good all-round knowledge and significant experience in the industry'

'One can rely on the advice which Steven James provides  with their eyes closed'

'Quick and very creative, Lloyd James has unrivaled expertise in energy construction projects'

'Lloyd James is a really outstanding practitioner, due to his good negotiation skills and his ability to always go the extra mile in proactively addressing all relevant issues which clients may encounter'

Key Clients

Costain

Highways England

Affinity Water

Crown Commercial Service

Marks & Spencer

John Lewis Partnership

Serco-Abellio

HSBC Bank

University of Bristol

AEG

Anesco

Welsh Government / Transport for Wales

Engie

Work highlights

  • Advising Costain on its work on the £1.3bn M4 relief road project in South Wales.
  • Advising Affinity Water on the construction works required to integrate its assets with the HS2 project.
  • Advising Redcliff as a JV developer of a £250m mixed-use redevelopment in the Bristol city centre.
  • Advising the Welsh government on the £5bn procurement of the Wales and Borders rail service and the South Wales Metro project.
  • Advising the Cayman Islands Government on the PPP structured procurement of a new waste-to-energy scheme and a new waste management system.

The ‚Äėsuperb‚Äô construction team at Osborne Clarke¬†handles a full spectrum of both contentious and non-contentious work. It advises on pioneering projects in relation to urban mixed-use regenerations, as well as the logistics, energy, social care and luxury property sectors. The firm is also a market-leader in the higher education sector, which is an area of focus for Philip Davies. Splitting his time between Bristol and London, Rob Horne¬†advises on the contentious aspects of substantial construction, engineering and infrastructure projects. Associate director David Kirkpatrick‚Äôs practice also focuses on construction-focused dispute resolution.¬†Carl Thompson¬†is recommended for his expertise in energy and utilities projects.

Practice head(s):Philip Davies; Carl Thompson; Rob Horne

Other key lawyers:David Kirkpatrick

Testimonials

'Osborne Clarke's team is very experienced in the construction industry'

'The team is practical and quick in grasping difficult, highly technical issues'

'What sets the team apart is its ability to suggest novel solutions to complex problems'

Key Clients

U and I Group

Gazeley UK

Cubex Land

Palmer Capital

Royal Bank of Scotland

Western Power Distribution

Foresight Group

Civitas Living

Campus Living Villages UK

Equitix

Northacre Renewable Energy

M&G Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Advising Gazeley on the plan to develop G-Park London Docklands, the UK’s first three-storey logistics facility.
  • Advising Civitas Living on the successful bid for the PFI design, build, finance and operation of  1,400 new student beds at the University of York's East Campus.
  • Advised Equitix and Campus Living Villages on a joint venture to deliver a 1,000-bed accommodation development project with Durham University.
  • Advising Cubex Land and Palmer Capital on all construction-related matters at Finzels Reach, Bristol -  a high-profile, mixed-use redevelopment site adjacent to the Floating Harbour.

  • Advising PegasusLife on construction procurement matters relating to the £100m development of retirement living premises across the UK.

Ashfords LLP is very active on the contentious front; in addition to handling litigation, the firm assists clients with adjudications and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. On the non-contentious side, the team generates work from clients in industries such as leisure, waste and utilities, as well as the public sector. Practice head Patrick Blake is experienced in high-value energy projects. Another key figure is Stephen Homer, who undertakes contentious and non-contentious work for local authorities, developers and contractors. In 2018, Neel Mehta joined from TLT.

Practice head(s):Patrick Blake

Other key lawyers:Stephen Homer; Neel Mehta

Testimonials

'Ashfords provides great partner-led service, supported by an outstanding team of associates'

'The team provides City-quality services'

'Steven Homer and Patrick Blake are certainly two of the most experienced construction lawyers in the region'

'Steven Homer and Patrick Blake have tremendous knowledge and demonstrate an outstanding ability to achieve clients' goals'

Key Clients

Wates Construction

Canterbury City Council

CC Construction

Cornwall Council

Exeter City Council

Midas Construction

United Living Group

BDW Trading

Parabel UK

MK Refurbishment

Yarlington Homes

Hardrock Developments

Swindon Borough Council

CG Fry & Son

Work highlights

  • Advising Exeter City Council on the construction documentation for Exeter City Council's new state-of-the-art leisure centre and swimming pool.
  • Acting for Exeter City Council on its professional negligence claim against a well-known firm of London architects.
  • Acting for Midas Construction on a claim against a timber-frame contractor and architect in relation to defective timber-frame high -end residential houses at Exmouth.
  • Assisting Canterbury City Council with a claim for negligent design and breach of contract in relation to the part-conversion of the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury.
  • Advised Wates Construction on a long-term framework contract, valued at £200m.

Bevan Brittan LLP is widely recognised for its work for public sector clients, and it advises a number of local authorities on construction-related issues. It also has a growing private sector client base, which turns to the firm for advice on complex projects. The firm's construction work spans a broad cross-section of areas, including urban regeneration, healthcare, urban regeneration, education, social housing, waste and energy projects. Louise Robling, who heads up the department in Bristol, has expertise in complex private finance initiative (PFI) contracts, and advises on related renegotiations and disputes. Jonathan Turner is knowledgeable about construction issues in the housing sector. Senior associate Jessica Evans moved to Burges Salmon LLP.

Practice head(s):Louise Robling; Andrew Tobin

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Turner

Key Clients

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust

North Bristol NHS Trust

Plymouth City Council

Kajima Partnerships

Sovereign Housing Association

Places for People

Midas Construction

University of Oxford

NHS Property Services

London and Quadrant Group

Peabody Housing Group

Sanctuary Housing Group

Together Housing Group

Southern Housing Group

Catalyst Housing Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for London Borough of Harrow in a dispute following a school's expansion project, undertaken by Keepmoat Regeneration.
  • Advising  Places for People/ Urban Splash joint venture development company formed between Places for People Group and Urban Splash upon its separate joint venture with Birmingham City Council and Canal & River Trust.
  • Advising Catalyst Housing Group on the procurement and contracting arrangements for the asset management of its housing stock.
  • Advising North Norfolk District Council on an innovative coastal defence project.

Clarke Willmott LLP's dedicated construction practice, which has a national footprint, places a particular emphasis on sectors such as waste management, waste-to-energy, transport and infrastructure. In Bristol, Anna-Liisa Blanks-Walden specialises in construction dispute resolution, and is particularly experienced in acting for registered providers and housing associations in the social housing sector. Recently promoted partner Natalie Read also focuses on dispute resolution. Non-contentious construction work is led by Zoe Stollard.

Practice head(s):Priscilla Hall (London); Anna-Liisa Blanks-Walden; Zoe Stollard

Other key lawyers:Natalie Read

Testimonials

'The team is very experienced in construction matters'

'Team members provide clear and concise advice'

'Lawyers on this team are able to handle all types of construction-related queries. Responses are always speedy, especially when urgent advice is needed. The team also goes out of its way to build stable relationships with clients.'

'Anna-Liisa Blanks-Walden and Zoe Stollard are both very knowledgeable and efficient'

Key Clients

L&Q Group

Ashville Group

Secure Trust Bank

Stonewater Housing Association

Sutton Harbour Services

GreenSquare Group

Lloyds Bank

LiveWest

Aster Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for a large retail and commercial bank on a multi-phase deal for the development of residential housing and retail space.
  • Acted for a leading demolition contractor in the acquisition of- and on a demolition contract for a plate mill from a well-known steel manufacturer.
  • Advising a large regional developer on a large multiple-phased development of a business park.
  • Advising a large regional building contractor on a hotel development and a retirement housing project.

Michelmores LLP’s construction and engineering team operates regionally and nationally across the firm’s offices based in Exeter, Bristol and London. Practice head Chris Hoar and Gerald Offen regularly take the lead on contentious construction matters, working closely with members of the wider dispute resolution practice. Senior associate Michael Bonning is another key figure in this space. Elsewhere, Alan Tate’s practice focuses on transactional construction work. The varied client base includes public authorities, developers, contractors, project managers and funders. Areas of significant activity include renewable energy, leisure and residential development.

Practice head(s):Chris Hoar

Other key lawyers:Gerald Offen; Alan Tate; Michael Bonning

Testimonials

Great level of support coupled with attention to detail during all stages of a construction project – inception, negotiation, management of issues, and litigation, where necessary

A very dedicated and highly professional team whose attention to detail is second to none

The team adopts an approach that is proactive, friendly and helpful at the same time

Chris Hoar is diligent and straightforward in his communication with clients

Knowledgeable and approachable, Alan Tate is not only a true professional, but also a pleasure to work with

Gerald Offen and Michael Bonning are very experienced and successful in handling claims

Key Clients

Ministry of Justice

HM Courts and Tribunals Service

Exeter and Devon Airport

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Midas Construction

Plymouth City Council

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

Met Office

Downing LLP

Swindon Borough Council

Kingsbridge Estates

Work highlights

  • Advising Plymouth City Council on the construction documentation for The Box.
  • Advising The Royal Sussex County Hospital on a large redevelopment health project.
  • Advising the Ministry of Justice on a number of landmark schemes, such as the acquisition of a new civil, family and tribunal courthouse in Newcastle.

Led by practice head Simon Goss, TLT's Bristol team works seamlessly with the firm’s offices in Manchester and London. The group has a particular strength in the public and clean energy sectors, and has also had an increase in mandates in the housing and higher education sectors. It advises on a wide range of high-value projects for building developers and end-users, including global brands, public bodies and housing associations. It also acts for regional and national contractors. Construction dispute resolution specialist Tom Wrzesien is a name to note.  

Practice head(s):Simon Goss

Other key lawyers:Tom Wrzesien

Testimonials

'Highly personable, able to tailor advice accordingly to different individuals within the business.'

'The team offer tactical advice and are able to draw upon differing levels of experience across the national team.'

'Good example of functional team working from different regional offices.'

'TLT provide a well organised, professional and structured service. TLT's strength is their promptness in responding to queries. How they explain the legal language to lay persons simply, clearly and concisely. TLT use their strengths traits and abilities in their approach to complete work, relate with others, and to achieve goals. '

'The individuals I have worked with at TLT have always gone above and beyond to assist with my queries. They talk through difficult situations and come up with prospective solutions in negotiating with difficult clients. Always very helpful and approachable and always make me feel comfortable when discussing matters with them.'

Key Clients

Bank of Baroda

WH Smith

NextEnergy Solar Fund (NESF)

Savills

Midas Construction

HAB at the Acre Limited

Quadrant Construction Services Limited

Total Control Services Ltd

Thrive Renewables PLC

Arlington Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised Bank of Baroda on a £211m development finance facility.
  • Advising Lucozade Ribena Suntory on transactions and contract drafting for supplier contracts, among other tasks.
  • Advising energy supplier Eelpower on its acquisition of one of the UK's largest energy storage schemes.

VWV's equally strong capabilities in contentious and non-contentious construction matters sees it generate work from clients in areas such as education, aerospace, energy, healthcare, insurance, and the public sector. Huw Morgan assists with PPP and PFI projects, design-and-build issues, and various contractual arrangements. Also recommended is Jason Prosser, who is particularly adept at acting on energy and utilities projects. Senior associate Alice Lang is a key contact for education sector clients and property developers.

Practice head(s):Huw Morgan

Other key lawyers:Jason Prosser; Alice Lang

Key Clients

Bouygues UK Limited

Airbus Operations Limited

University of Bristol

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Bath Spa University

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Taylor Maxwell & Co Limited

Herefordshire District Council

ULC Robotics International Limited

Thanet District Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Airbus on the construction of a bespoke £30m building for research and advanced testing.
  • Acting for Bristol Cathedral Choir School on the negotiation of a complex development agreement to refurbish and expand the School.
  • Advising ULC Robotics on its innovative robotic gas pipeline repair work in the UK energy sector.
  • Acting for a leading Russell Group university on the preparation of an entire new suite of construction documentation for its various projects.
  • Acting for the University of Bristol on the construction aspects of its £350m Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus Project.

DAC Beachcroft LLP is particularly well-known for undertaking commercial construction and professional indemnity claims against construction professionals; illustrative of its excellent reputation in this space, the firm generates a significant amount of work from corporate and London market insurers. Elsewhere, the firm handles a wide range of complex construction projects for clients such as national housebuilders and the NHS. The utilities and financial sectors, are among other areas of activity. Ben Thornycroft heads up the group, which also includes Philip Roberts.

Practice head(s):Ben Thornycroft

Other key lawyers:Philip Roberts

Testimonials

'The team is pragmatic, realistic and efficient'

'Ben Thornycroft is approachable, engaging and proactive'

'They are keen to understand our business and tailor their advice accordingly. In addition to having the relevant expertise, they bring a pragmatic approach to problem solving'

'Ben Thornycroft has authority and expertise, and is also very approachable and a good team player. He is always a pleasure to deal with and very responsive in the timely delivery of his advice, which is focused on the client's needs'

'From the first conversation to the conclusion of the matter, DAC Beachcroft was on hand to offer clear guidance not only on the course of action that we should take, but on the anticipated response of the claimant. It constantly showed that it was three steps ahead of the claimant and this offered the reassurance that we had the right team for the job'

Key Clients

Crown Commercial Service

Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Backhouse Housing

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

Aviva

Deeley Freed Estates

Shore Capital Group

QBE Insurance Company (UK)

Bristol Water

Linden Homes

Work highlights

  • Advising Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust on issues regarding the construction of a new hospital.
  • Advising housebuilder Backhouse Housing on issues regarding development management and construction documents.
  • Advising Mayo Clinic Healthcare on a £9m internal refurbishment of a commercial office building in London to create a private patient diagnostic medical facility.
  • Advised St. James’s Place Wealth Management Group  on multiple construction documents and due diligence issues regarding a new office building in London.
  • Advised DFKE (Hereford) on the development of a Premier Inn in Hereford.

Royds Withy King’s construction and engineering team attracts a varied portfolio of construction work from national and regional clients in sectors such as education, energy, infrastructure, technology and leisure. The team’s client base includes commercial and residential developers, utility companies, contractors and specialist sub-contractors. Practice head Andrew Ash specialises in construction dispute resolution. In 2018, the team expanded its offering on the non-contentious side through the appointment of Catherine Welch, who joined from Ashfords LLP. Welch has experience of drafting and negotiating construction contracts, as well as advising clients on procurement strategies for renewable energy and residential development projects. Managing partner Graham Street is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Andrew Ash

Other key lawyers:Graham Street; Catherine Welch

Testimonials

The team is always practical and supportive

The team is good at handling contentious work, but also focuses on avoiding litigation where possible

Everyone has excellent expertise in the construction field

Catherine Welch is deemed to be one of the regional go-to solicitors when it comes to construction law and contractor contract documentation

Catherine Welch and Andrew Ash are very approachable, friendly and knowledgeable partners, who also value their relationships with clients

Catherine clearly has a passion and desire to do the best for her clients

Andrew Ash is exceptional

Key Clients

Bath Rugby

Arena 1865

Diamond Light Source

Focchi Limited

Hall & Kay Fire Services

MJ Church (Plant)

NatWest

Socomec UK

That Bournemouth Company

University of Bath

Western Power Distribution

Work highlights

  • Advising Bath Rugby Limited/Arena 1865 Limited on its construction procurement strategy, including consultants’ appointments and building contracts for Bath Rugby’s £80m stadium.

  • Advising NatWest on the design and the construction of a new £2.7bn care home.
  • Advising That Bournemouth Company Limited on the refinancing of the development of a £49m mixed-use site in Bournemouth.

Thrings LLP advises a wide range of clients on both commercial and residential development projects. It acts for developer clients of all sizes, which also notably includes larger overseas clients, such as Chait Investment Corporation. Its team’s sector expertise spans healthcare, retail, leisure, transport and energy. Also notable is that it has had an increase in mandates in the infrastructure sector, particularly in relation to contentious matters. Practice head Steve McCombe has vast experience of construction and engineering disputes. In 2018, Eric Livingston departed the firm to become a legal director at BYLOR Joint Venture. In another development, Natalia Sokolov made partner.

Practice head(s):Steve McCombe

Other key lawyers:Michael Chilton; Natalia Sokolov

Key Clients

Fusion Students

Chait Investment Corporation

Bristol Water

AFL Telecommunications Europe

Anthony Best Dynamics

TrueSpeed Communications

National Westminster Bank

Foundation Property and Capital

Braintree Properties LLP

Baylis Estates

Work highlights

  • Advising Anthony Best Dynamics on the construction of a new high-value manufacturing facility.
  • Advising Chait Investment Corporation on the construction elements of the £10m refurbishment and redevelopment of a property in Islington, London, aiming at creating a high-quality office space.
  • Advising Chait Investment Corporation on the construction elements of the design and construction of a mixed-use scheme.
  • Advising Christian Grant Properties on the redevelopment of a former industrial property in Bristol into a luxury-apartments building.
  • Advising Baylis Estates on the documentation regarding the construction of a multi-tenant business park in Bristol.

Foot Anstey has established a reputation as a strong performer in the construction sphere, as is reflected by its work for clients in the energy, infrastructure, technology, retail and leisure sectors. In addition to acting for clients in domestic UK matters, a significant portion of the firm's work has a cross-border element; team head Ian Stubbs is experienced in acting for overseas-based clients. Legal director Brian Hitchcock and managing associate Tris Tucker are other key figures in the team, which was strengthened by the arrival of senior associate Suriya Edwards from Geldards LLP.

Practice head(s):Ian Stubbs

Other key lawyers:Brian Hitchcock; Brian Hitchcock

Key Clients

Plymouth City Council

NEC Energy Solutions

WElink Energy Group

British Solar Renewables

Eden Project

Willmott Dixon

Screwfix Direct

Green Frog Connect

TClarke

Hodge Bank

Handelsbanken

Work highlights

  • Advising Screwfix Direct on construction-related aspects concerning one-off stores and other larger projects, such as distribution centres.
  • Advised NEC Energy Solutions on two UK energy-storage projects; work involved drafting documentation concerning the construction of the energy-storage systems.
  • Advising Green Frog Gas Utilities on grid-connection contracts, supply and installation of gas-control systems.

Keystone Law, whose team in the South West is part of a wider UK construction group, provides partner-led advice on both contentious and non-contentious construction matters. The names to note at the firm are Louise Garcia, Martin Howe, Jon Close and Tom Phillips. Practitioners undertake work across a number of industries, including the education, transport, healthcare, central and local government, energy, waste, and leisure sectors. In addition to acting for employers, the firm acts for contractors, sub-contractors and consultants.  

Other key lawyers:Louise Garcia; Martin Howe; Jon Close; Tom Phillips

Testimonials

'A hands-on approach to getting the job done'

'A well-balanced team with mixed skills and expertise'

'The team is client- focused and responsive, and provides pragmatic advice'

'Louise Garcia is pleasant and efficient'

'Tom Phillips is a leader in non-contentious construction work; he has a keen eye for detail and constantly delivers exceptional-quality services'

'Tom Phillips is organised and provides commercial advice'

Key Clients

Alpine Works

Complete Utilities

Dribuild

Eastleigh Borough Council

Ecotricity Group

Geoffrey Osborne

Geocisa UK

GBE Converge

The Hall for Cornwall Property Trust

iStudio Projects

Kingfisher Una Resort

King’s College, Cambridge

Link Highway Services

Manstal

MKR Construction

RES Land and New Homes

St James’ Construction

University of Southampton

University of the West of England

Work highlights

  • Advising Eastleigh Borough Council on the construction documentation for the construction of a car showroom on land adjoining fleming way and advice on the construction aspects of a development agreement for the re-development of the former civic offices to provide a four-storey office block.
  • Acted for Ecotricity Group on the procurement of a number of projects and provided contract law advice.
  • Representing Manstal as a second defendant in a £1.1m-worth claim alleging breaches of contract; the claim is brought before the Technology and Construction Court.
  • Provided construction and procurement advice to Hall for Cornwall Property Trust. Drafted the documentation relating to the Trust’s capital redevelopment project to refurbish and expand the Hall for Cornwall theatre facilities.
  • Advising University of the West of England on multiple issues concerning the construction of a new engineering building on the client's Frenchay Campus.


Environment

Index of tables

  1. Environment
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

  1. 1

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1
    • Matthew Germain - Osborne Clarke

Burges Salmon LLP's specialist¬†environment team has a first-rate reputation for advising clients on particularly complex regulatory issues. Clients turn to the firm for assistance with challenging matters involving regulators, such as the refusal of permits, litigation, prosecutions and other challenges. In addition to advising large regional and national clients, the firm also generates mandates from global organisations. The ‚Äėexperienced‚Äô Simon Tilling¬†handles a large volume of contentious work. The ‚Äėincredibly competent‚Äô Michael Barlow, who heads up the practice, handles all aspects of environmental compliance, energy efficiency, contaminated land and environmental permitting. Ross Fairley¬†advises on issues concerning infrastructure, energy, waste, lender liability and contaminated land, and also represents clients charged with environmental offences. Ian Salter¬†is recommended for his work in the nuclear sector.

Practice head(s):Michael Barlow

Other key lawyers:Michael Barlow; Ross Fairley; Ian Salter

Key Clients

Canal & River Trust

BT Group

Peel Ports

Affinity Water

Thermo Fisher Scientific

John Lewis Partnership

Haltermann Carless

Koch Industries

FirstGroup plc

The National Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised Wessex Water on the defence of a prosecution for water pollution.
  • Advised GEO Specialty Chemicals on a novel appeal regarding an issue arising from its Climate Change Agreement.
  • Advising First Greater Western on appeals against abatement notices served in relation to notice at its Reading Depot.
  • Advising Canal & River Trust on its defence during an investigation into a pollution incident.
  • Representing Severnside Distribution Land Ltd as landowner in judicial review proceedings concerning  a high-hazard facility; the proceedings concern a consent granted by the Hazardous Substances Authority.

Osborne Clarke advises on a comprehensive range of matters, including regulatory investigations and prosecutions brought by various environmental authorities. The team offers specialist expertise in niche areas, such as climate change, carbon trading and environmental responsibilities relating to products. Waste law is a notable area of specialism for Matthew Germain, who made partner in 2018. Alan John has renewable energy expertise. Senior associate Caroline Bush is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Matthew Germain

Other key lawyers:Alan John; Caroline Bush

Testimonials

'The team has a real in-depth understanding of a client's business and its needs and requirements'

'Matthew Germain and Caroline Bush provide very professional service as well as invaluable guidance on niche regulatory issues'

Key Clients

John Laing Environmental Assets Group

Northacre Renewable Energy

Retail Inkjet Solutions

Work highlights

  • Advising Northacre Renewable Energy on the environmental aspects of the development of a £80m energy-from-waste plant in Westbury, Wiltshire.
  • Advising John Laing Environmental Assets Group on the £36m-worth acquisition of two large anaerobic digestion plants in the UK.
  • Advising Retail Inkjet Solutions on its obligations under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive.

Led by Jon Cooper, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s environmental practice is regularly sought out by clients in investigations and prosecutions brought by the Environment Agency and other authorities. The team also provides advice on corporate strategies at board level, real estate transactions, environmental impact assessments and Habitat Regulations assessments. Its key areas of activity include waste, retail, transport, minerals, oil, gas and renewable energy. Legal director Sarah Holmes has expertise in environmental permitting and the environmental aspects of major infrastructure projects, as well as waste issues (with a particular emphasis on trans-frontier waste). Managing associate Stephen Panton represents clients in contentious matters involving waste crimes and permitting breaches.

Practice head(s):Jon Cooper

Other key lawyers:Sarah Holmes; Sarah Holmes

Key Clients

North Somerset Council

The Crown Estate

Network Rail Infrastructure

Post Office

Shell UK

Carlsberg UK

Babcock International Group

Work highlights

  • Advised North Somerset Council on the environmental aspects of the reopening of the railway between Bristol and Portishead for passenger train services.

On the non-contentious side, Clarke Willmott LLP has an excellent record in large infrastructure projects. It also demonstrates strong credentials in contentious matters, such as enforcement prosecutions and other actions undertaken by environmental regulatory authorities. Environmental claims are another key work stream. Bristol-based Neil Baker advises clients, such as developers and landowners, on the environmental aspects of planning applications for (and appeals into) major housing sites, commercial and mixed use developments, and urban regeneration projects. Tim Hayden in Taunton has expertise in waste management, contaminated land, air and water pollution and statutory nuisance. In December 2018, Karen Howe departed for DAC Beachcroft LLP.

Practice head(s):Neil Baker; Tim Hayden

Key Clients

Acorn Property Group

Barratt Homes Bristol

Bristol Water

David Wilson Homes South West

Exmoor National Park Authority

Isle of Wight Council

Mactaggart and Mickel Homes

Persimmon Homes

The Scotts Company (UK)

Work highlights

  • Represented Egford Bacon in its prosecution by the Environment Agency in relation to an oil leak.
  • Advising Acorn Braintree on environmental impact assessment and relating environmental matters in the context of a planning appeal relating to 1,600 new homes, a new school and employment development in Braintree, Essex.
  • Advising MacTaggart & Mickel on a legal vetting exercise regarding environmental statement for the proposed development of land at Chard, Somerset.

DAC Beachcroft LLP focuses on advising landowners and developers on contaminated land and land-related environmental liabilities, as well as handling regulatory issues (including waste management and pollution permitting offences) and environmental due diligence in corporate and commercial transactions. Legal director Anne Harrison jointly heads up the department with Sally Roff, who regularly represents corporate entities and individuals facing regulatory investigations and prosecutions. Karen Howe joined from Clarke Willmott LLP.

Practice head(s):Sally Roff; Anne Harrison

Testimonials

The team is highly respected and compares very favourably to other highly regarded teams in Bristol

Team members give realistic advice to their clients, not just what people want to hear

High-calibre expertise at all levels – from partner to associate

Anne Harrison is the top environmental solicitor in Bristol at the moment, combining a wealth of experience, excellent knowledge and a lot of good sense

Key Clients

Somerset County Council

Royal Mail

Crest Nicholson

South West Water

Bellway

Taylor Wimpey

Wainhomes North West

Port of London Authority

Keepmoat Homes

Axa

Work highlights

  • Assisted Greater Manchester Pension Fund with environmental due diligence for the purchase of two new distribution parks in the South East of England.
  • Advised Port of London Authority on its duties and responsibilities with regard to a white (“beluga”) whale inhabiting the Thames Estuary.
  • Advising Abacus Projects on the environmental aspects of a 400-residential unit planning application.
  • Advising South West Water on action brought against it by the Environment Agency.
  • Advising a construction company on charges for a water pollution event near Wolverhampton.

TLT’s planning and environment team advises clients on property-related environmental issues, such as waste regulation and contaminated land. It also undertakes prosecution and defence work in relation to regulatory investigations, and also provides regulatory compliance advice. The firm has a first-rate reputation in the clean energy sector, which dates back nearly 20 years. Other industries where the team is active include leisure, retail, housing and the public sector. The 'experienced, detailed and tactical' Kerry Gwyther is very active in the construction and aggregates industries; clients in this space include businesses, directors and senior managers. Gwyther co-heads the practice with Katherine Evans, who has niche expertise in town and village greens, as well as minerals and mining. Stuart Urquhart and Duncan Reed are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Katherine Evans; Kerry Gwyther

Other key lawyers:Stuart Urquhart; Duncan Reed

Testimonials

'A very experienced environment and safety team'

'The team is great with handling contracts'

'Everyone on the team is excellent'

'Kerry Gwyther is a superstar'

'Stuart Urquhart is able to explain complex legal concepts simply and clearly'

'Duncan Reed is highly experienced in his area of expertise and is always approachable and prompt in providing a response'

Key Clients

Glastonbury Festival

EDF Energy

Punch Taverns

Viridor Waste Management

Crematoria Management

Francis Flower

Ecotricity

Renewable Energy Systems

British Solar Renewables

InfraRed Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the Model Assignment of Rights Contract.
  • Assisted Deloitte Legal Germany with due diligence covering environmental issues and potential regulatory liabilities arising in connection with an acquisition.
  • Assisted an official receiver with due diligence concerning the environmental aspects and potential regulatory liabilities associated with an acquisition.

Ashfords LLP’s business and regulation practice stands out due to its deep sectoral expertise in waste, energy, agriculture and construction. Apart from providing non-contentious regulatory advice, the team also defends both corporates and individuals against prosecutions brought by the Environment Agency.  Other recurring issues in the team members’ practice concern contaminated land, chemical spills, and disaster management, among others. Solicitor Jack Baumgardt and senior associate Jeremy Asher are key contacts.

Other key lawyers:Jeremy Asher; Jack Baumgardt

Michelmores LLP's cross-practice team undertakes environmental due diligence on real estate and corporate transactions, and advises on issues concerning the content of contamination indemnity agreements. Waste and water-related work (including bank erosion, pollution and flooding) are among other areas of focus. Practice head Mark Howard acts for clients such as developers, local authorities and landowners.

Practice head(s):Mark Howard

Key Clients

Downing LLP

RNS Holdings

Nijjar Properties

Work highlights

  • Acted for Downing LLP on an environmental infrastructure fund.
  • Advising RNS Holdings on the purchase of a proposed new build retail unit on an old petrol station, where there had been ground contamination.
  • Acting for Nijjar Properties on a statutory nuisance dispute with the local authorities in relation to  a dairy-processing site.

Stephens Scown LLP is well-known for its expertise in the minerals sector, where it acts for clients such as landowners, renewables developers and mineral operators. On the regulatory front, the team assists clients with obtaining regulatory approvals, such as environmental permits. Truro-based practice head Christopher Tofts represents both companies and individuals in planning and environmental prosecutions.

Practice head(s):Christopher Tofts

Thrings LLP's team regularly acts for businesses and landowners on both non-contentious and contentious environmental matters. The scope of its knowledge includes environmental prosecutions, controlled waste offences, environmental permitting and contaminated land (including remediation notice appeals), among others. Practice head Alex Madden is recommended.

Practice head(s):Alex Madden

Testimonials

'A solid team'

Key Clients

PB Gelatins UK

Alford Technologies

Crown Waste Management

WZ Packaging

Hills Waste Solutions

Laverstoke Park Farm

Wight Farm Energy

Denhay Farms

EU Plants

Work highlights

  • Acted for WZ Packaging in relation to an alleged environmental permitting regulations offence at its site in Telford.
  • Acted for a client in relation to a flood remediation notice issued by the Environment Agency.

  • Acted for Titchfield Festival Theatre in relation to an alleged failure to comply with a noise abatement notice at the Great Barn.
  • Representinga large logistics and warehousing company in a prosecution brought by the Environment Agency, regarding discharge offences related to the loss of hydraulic oil from a forklift.


Planning

Index of tables

  1. Planning
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

  1. 1

Leading individuals

  1. 1
    • Neil Bromwich - Osborne Clarke
    • Katherine Evans - TLT

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1
    • John Webster - Osborne Clarke

The planning and compulsory purchase team at¬†Burges Salmon LLP¬†has a particular strength in acting for clients in the public and quasi-public space, such as local councils and national bodies (including Highways England). The group advises on nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs) at all stages from the pre-application phase up to the post-construction period; NSIPs work is an area of specialism for Elizabeth Dunn¬†and Julian Boswall. The ‚Äėvery experienced strategist‚Äô¬†Patrick Robinson¬†focuses on energy-related aspects of planning work, with a particular emphasis on nuclear and renewables. Practice head¬†Gary Soloman¬†advises clients on regeneration projects, large-scale developments and highway proposals. Elsewhere, the department also handles judicial reviews and statutory challenges. Senior associates¬†Paula McGeady¬†and Stephen Humphreys¬†are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Gary Soloman

Other key lawyers:Elizabeth Dunn; Julian Boswall; Patrick Robinson; Paula McGeady; Stephen Humphreys

Testimonials

Team members stand out for their depth and great range of knowledge, their efficiency and highly pragmatic approach

The team is always able to respond quickly and to amend its approach in light of any changing circumstances and requirements

The team is really strong and has built great reputation for its work on nationally significant infrastructure projects

Stephen Humphreys shows excellent attention to detail and always remains conscious of the client’s best interests

Gary Salomon pays attention to every detail, but also has the ability to see the bigger picture and never loses sight of his clients’ general objectives

Paula McGeady is very hard-working and focused, and reacts to clients’ issues quickly

Patrick Robinson is a great communicator

Key Clients

Isle of Anglesey County Council

YTL Property Holdings

Highways England

Canal & River Trust

Redrow

JCDecaux

Imerys Minerals

Snowdonia Pumped Hydro

Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm

Seagreen Wind Energy

Environment Agency

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

DS Smith Paper

Work highlights

  • Assisting Isle of Anglesey County Council with its role as host authority for the new nuclear power station at Wylfa and associated developments.
  • Advising Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm on its electrical system.
  • Advising Highways England on the consenting of the new A30 dual carriageway.
  • Advising the Environment Agency and the Canal & River Trust on the compulsory purchase orders being promoted for the largest fish-pass scheme of its kind in Europe.
  • Acting for Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, on a development proposal which threatens the client's world heritage site status.

Osborne Clarke's 'friendly and experienced' planning team undertakes advisory and contentious work for regional and national clients. Its wide-ranging practice covers areas such as conventional and renewable energy, transport infrastructure, commercial property and large-scale residential planning. The group has significant expertise in compulsory purchase orders and other strategic planning mechanisms. 'Excellent' practice head Neil Bromwich is knowledgeable about statutory powers of compulsory purchase (particularly under the Energy Acts and Highways Acts), and early stage consenting in the renewable energy and transport sectors, among other matters. Legal director John Webster stands out for his experience of planning appeals and judicial review applications.

Practice head(s):Neil Bromwich; John Baird (London)

Other key lawyers:John Webster

Testimonials

Osborne Clarke leaves no stone unturned and no loose end untied

An experienced and well-resourced team, which is certainly able to provide speedy and commercial advice

The team is a standout due to its members’ strong strategic thinking and flexibility in finding solutions

Key Clients

Union Jack Oil

Gwent Farmers' Community Solar Partnership

Marks & Spencer

Western Power Distribution

Countryside Properties

St Modwen Developments

Gazeley

Kerio

Baylis Estates

Taylor Wimpey

Unite Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Union Jack Oil on seeking planning permission to exploit a significant onshore oil and gas prospect site (Wressle).
  • Advised Gwent Farmers' Community Solar Partnership on its successful planning application for a 50-MW solar farm on the Gwent levels near Newport.
  • Advising Marks & Spencer on the planning aspects of numerous Simply Food store developments nationwide.
  • Advising Countryside Properties as the partner of Chichester District Council in the development of a significant strategic land site for 1,500 new homes at Tangmere, near Chichester.
  • Advising Gazeley on the development consent order and compulsory acquisition of land for Rail Central, a joint venture with Ashfield Land, aiming at developing a new strategic rail freight interchange in Northamptonshire at a cost of £700m.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's¬†'unique' planning and infrastructure team focuses on undertaking work for clients active in the energy, transport, waste, and housing industries. Work for public sector entities is another pillar of the practice, with the firm acting for local authorities and public sector organisations. In addition to handling a wide ambit of non-contentious planning matters, the group demonstrates strong capabilities in judicial reviews, planning litigation and planning inquiries. The ‚Äėvery knowledgeable‚Äô department head¬†Jonathan Bower¬†focuses on regeneration projects. Richard Guyatt, who is ‚Äėa brilliant and imaginative thinker‚Äô, has recently advised clients on development consent orders for large infrastructure schemes.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Bower

Other key lawyers:Richard Guyatt

Testimonials

A very well-known team nationally, with acknowledged leading expertise in Jonathan Bower and Richard Guyatt — it is rare to have two heavy hitters working together in one team

The team is great at handling CPO and compensation work

Jonathan Bower is a highly respected lawyer and has a wide range of contacts

Key Clients

Bristol Airport

Reading Borough Council

Watford Borough Council

Linden Homes (part of the Galliford Try group)

Taylor Wimpey

ESBi (Irish State Energy Company)

Vattenfall

Sedgemoor District Council

North Somerset District Council

West Berkshire District Council

Ashfield Land and Gazeley GLP (jointly)

Work highlights

  • Advising multiple local councils on the £100m reopening of the railway between Bristol and Portishead for passenger train services.
  • Advised Linden Homes on a residential scheme at Post Farm; planning permission was secured for development of 125 dwellings in Thornbury, South Gloucestershire. Also, secured consent for a 550 dwelling scheme in Bideford.
  • Advising Three Rivers District Council on the South Oxhey Regeneration scheme.
  • Acting for West Berkshire District Council on a number of regeneration projects in Newbury.
  • Advising Fareham Borough Council on planning procurement and compulsory acquisition for a new 6,000 dwelling settlement.

Ashfords LLP stands out for its planning offering in the public sector; the team advises local authorities on a full range of issues, such as section 106 agreements, lawful development certificates and enforcement, general conduct and decision-making powers. Elsewhere, other clients include housebuilders and developers. Also notable is that the group is experienced in judicial reviews, appeals and challenges to planning inspectors’ decisions. Graham Cridland is the head of the team. In addition to handling contentious planning work, David Richardson assists clients with residential and mixed-use developments, among other matters.

Practice head(s):Graham Cridland

Other key lawyers:David Richardson

Key Clients

Wainhomes (SW) Holdings

CoGen

Devon County Council

Bovis Homes

London Borough of Wandsworth

Gloucestershire County Council

London Borough of Brent

Persimmon Homes

LiveWest Homes

Royal National Lifeboat Institution

Work highlights

  • Assisted London Borough of Brent with section 106 matters regarding the development of the former Northfields industrial site in the London Borough of Brent.
  • Assisting a local housing company with negotiations on section 106 agreements for residential developments.
  • Advising Taunton Deane District Council on the town centre regeneration of the Firepool site in Taunton. Work includes advising on compulsory purchase and section 106 issues.
  • Defended a housebuilding company against a judicial review claim brought by a local resident over planning permission granted to the client.
  • Acted for LiveWest Homes on the purchase of 684 units at North Yate, advising on all planning and real estate matters.

Clarke Willmott LLP¬†acts for clients on mixed-use development schemes, residential-led developments and infrastructure projects. In addition, contentious work is on the increase at the firm, with ‚Äėexceptional lawyer‚Äô¬†Chris Charlton¬†having experience of judicial review¬†challenges at the Planning Court, among other matters. The group‚Äôs wide-ranging client base includes established housebuilders, commercial developers, landowners and promoters. The ‚Äėproactive and extremely competent‚Äô Neil Baker, who¬†heads up the department, has extensive experience of handling complex planning applications. Caroline Waller¬†has ‚Äėtop-class‚Äô knowledge of town and country planning and highways law.

Practice head(s):Neil Baker

Other key lawyers:Chris Charlton; Caroline Waller

Testimonials

A good team, which provides consistently strong, spot-on legal advice

Everyone on the team is always ready to help

All team members are professional, knowledgeable, responsive and attentive

Caroline Waller is excellent at her job and always a pleasure to work with

Caroline Waller is very highly regarded within the development industry in the South West

Neil Baker is by far the best planning and environment lawyer out there

Neil Baker and Chris Charlton are exceptionally personable and are always available to provide advice

Key Clients

Acorn Property Group

Alliance Housing Group

Aster Group

Barratt Homes Bristol

Bovis Homes

CG Fry & Son

Crest Nicholson

Countryside Properties (UK)

David Wilson Homes South West

Eagle One

GreenSquare Group

Guinness Partnership

Hannick Homes

HPH Developments

Keepmoat Homes

LiveWest Housing

L&Q Housing Trust

Mactaggart and Mickel Homes

Persimmon Homes

South West Strategic Developments

Strategic Land Partnerships

Summerfield Developments

Sutton Harbour Holdings

The Scotts Company (UK)

West of England Developments

Yarlington Homes

Work highlights

  • Advising East Devon New Community Partners on the planning aspects of creating a new community at Cranbrook near Exeter.
  • Advised Mactaggart & Mickel Homes on the planning aspects of the development for 465 houses at Pirton Fields, Churchdown, Tewkesbury.
  • Advising Homes England on the terms of a planning agreement to release planning permission for a large residential development on a site at Ludgershall, Wiltshire.
  • Acted for an interested party in defending an application for judicial review brought by local residents objecting to the proposal for the demolition and redevelopment of the existing residential estate at Foxhill, Bath.
  • Advising Guinness Developments on planning matters associated with the client's new headquarters site in Bristol.

Stephens Scown LLP’s planning and environment team has a varied workload, which includes regulatory approvals, commercial and residential planning applications, permitted development, section 106 agreements, and enforcement and prosecution issues. The group also handles high-value CPO and compensation cases. The firm generates work from clients in sectors such as marine, waste, renewables and minerals. Christopher Tofts, who focuses on contentious issues, acts for mineral operators, housebuilders, renewables developers and landowners.

Practice head(s):Christopher Tofts; Duncan Tilney

Key Clients

Imerys Minerals

Pendennis Shipyard

StrongBow Exploration

Ixora Energy

Hastoe Housing Association

English Rural Housing Association

Cavanna Homes

Red Funnel Ferries

Work highlights

  • Handling multiple planning issues for Imerys Minerals, including advice on mineral planning permissions, securing review of old permissions, and compensation claims.
  • Handling multiple planning matters for Kingsley Developments, including securing and defending planning permissions, as well as appealing refusal of planning decisions, among others.
  • Assisting Westcountry Land with appealing against a refusal of development in Falmouth.
  • Successfully advised Red Funnel Ferries on planning issues, including an inquiry leading to the  consenting of a new facility.
  • Assisting Ixora Energy with planning and environmental issues relating to 20 anaerobic digestion plant sites throughout the South West.

TLT¬†handles a broad cross-section of planning work¬†for developers, financial institutions, minerals and waste operators, public bodies, private landowners and individuals. Its team is particularly highly reputed in contentious planning matters and judicial review risk assessments. Practice head Katherine Evans¬†is praised by clients for being ‚Äėa great negotiator‚Äô.

Practice head(s):Katherine Evans

Testimonials

'The team is always responsive and helpful'

'The team's understanding of the planning process is certainly up-to-date and its depth of knowledge is extensive'

'Katherine Evans would always go the extra mile to ensure that clients' expectations are met'

Key Clients

WHSmith

The Ecotricity Group

Bristol Temple Quarter

Crematoria Management

Taylor Wimpey

Persimmon Homes

Viridor

Catalyst Housing

Square Bay

Edward Ware Homes

Work highlights

  • Advising WHSmith on a compulsory purchase order of a WHSmith shop located in a shopping centre designated for redevelopment.
  • Advisig Ecotricity Group on matters concerning the new Forest Green Rovers Stadium, including the provision of additional bus services.
  • Providing strategic planning and compulsory purchase advice to Bristol Temple Quarter.
  • Advising Crematoria Management on their planning application for a new crematorium in the Staffordshire green belt.
  • Assisting London Borough of Barnet with the redevelopment of Granville Road Estate, including advising on the requirements pertaining to development agreements, compulsory purchase orders, stopping-up orders and public path creation orders.

Bevan Brittan LLP acts for a growing client base of housing associations, health organisations and local authorities. Led by practice head Kathryn Lawrance, the team focuses on non-contentious work, which includes advising clients on complex development and regeneration projects (often involving joint venture structures). Although the group is based in Bristol, it regularly operates in all four of the firm's offices nationwide.

Practice head(s):Kathryn Lawrance

Key Clients

London Borough of Hounslow

London Borough of Enfield

London Borough of Bromley

West Oxfordshire District Council

Cotswold District Council

Places for People Group

NHS Property Services

Sovereign Housing Association

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Rother District Council

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Sedgemoor District Council

Thanet District Council

London and Quadrant Housing Trust (L&Q)

Work highlights

  • Assisting London Borough of Hounslow with the compulsory purchase of land required to facilitate the £750m regeneration of key High Street and Waterside areas in Brentford.
  • Advising the Cotswold District Council on a complex section 106 agreement associated with a planning application to deliver a 2,500 urban extension to Cirencester.
  • Advising the Sedgemoor District Council on planning and infrastructure agreements.
  • Instructed by the London Borough of Enfield to progress a compulsory purchase order to deliver a scheme to regenerate Ponders End High Street.
  • Advice to NHS Property Services on planning and highway agreements in relation to new developments proposed by the client.

Davitt Jones Bould's exclusive focus on real estate puts it on a strong footing to advise clients on related planning issues. In addition to having a strong presence in the South West market, its team handles planning projects further afield nationwide. It advises on regeneration projects and compulsory purchase orders. The group's client base includes established City clients, as well as landowners and local authorities. Robin de Wreede, who divides time between London and Taunton, advises on large urban regeneration projects.

Practice head(s):Madeleine Davitt

Other key lawyers:Robin de Wreede

Key Clients

Bath and North East Somerset Council

North Somerset Council

The Royal Parks

Woking Borough Council

Wiltshire Council

Slough Borough Council

Minerva Smart Cities

Highways England

Care Quality Commission

Treehouse Educare

Work highlights

  • Advising Woking Borough Council on the compulsory purchase order for the regeneration of Sheerwater.
  • Advised The Royal Parks on the development of the London Cycle Superhighway across Hyde Park, St James's Park and the surrounding areas.

At Michelmores LLP, key sectors of expertise of the planning team include real estate, marine, manufacturing, and energy and renewables. The department is also very active in the public sector, in which it represents a number of local authorities on matters concerning planning obligations, assets of community value, neighbourhood planning and general public authority decisions. The team has developed a niche in coastal development work and marine licensing and planning. Practice head Mark Howard advises on a wide range of environmental, commercial and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):Mark Howard

Key Clients

Barratt Homes

Cornwall Council

Devon County Council

Dorset Councils Partnership

Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime

Persimmon

Wiltshire Council

Downing

Lendlease

DAC Beachcroft LLP's team has extensive expertise in the development space, where it acts for a wide range of housebuilders and commercial developers. The practice assists clients with drafting and negotiating section 106 agreements for residential and mixed-use development projects, as well as highways and other infrastructure agreements. In addition, it has expertise in permitted development rights, classes and planning charges. Beyond its work in the development sector, the team regularly supports other departments in relation to matters involving areas such as retail, finance and investment, insurance and the public sector. Department head¬†Anne Harrison, who is ‚Äėan outstanding lawyer‚Äô, has overseen the growth of the planning practice. Legal director¬†Karen Howe¬†joined from Clarke Willmott LLP.

Practice head(s):Christopher Stanwell; Anne Harrison

Other key lawyers:Karen Howe

Testimonials

'The team is quick in responding and adopts a proactive approach in solving a problem'

'The team is well-informed and has up-to-date knowledge of the sector'

'Anne Harrison keeps matters moving and gets things done quickly, while her team provides excellent support in reaching clients' goals'

Key Clients

Taylor Wimpey UK

Linden Homes

Galliford Try

Crest Nicholson (South West)

Persimmon

The Go-Ahead Group

Watkin Jones & Son

Royal Mail

Deeley Freed Estates

Abacus Projects

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Bellway

Elysium Healthcare

Somerset County Council

Waverley Borough Council

Lovell Partnerships

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Backhouse Housing

Work highlights

  • Advised DFE TW Residential (a joint venture between Taylor Wimpey and Deeley Freed Estates) on a section 106 framework agreement.
  • Acted for Taylor Wimpey on a section 106 agreement concerning the second phase of a site in Cwmbran, which will deliver a total of 108 residential units.
  • Provided St. James's Place with planning due diligence support concerning the acquisition of a new office building in London.
  • Acted for Galliford Try on a section 106 agreement in relation to a planning permission concerning the former Blackberry Hill Hospital, Fishponds, Bristol; the project which will deliver 346 residential units.
  • Assisted Crest Nicholson (South West) with planning and environmental due diligence and provided general legal support in relation to the acquisition of a development site in Keynsham and the subsequent sale of a parcel of land to Curo.

Foot Anstey advises on a wide-ranging scope of planning law issues concerning highways law, compulsory purchase advice, heritage law, advertisement regulations, listed building legislation and judicial reviews. Its team has particularly extensive experience of the planning aspects of large development schemes. The varied client base includes regional and national developers, housebuilders, councils, landed estates and private clients. Tim Taylor, who is a qualified chartered surveyor, heads up the group.

Practice head(s):Tim Taylor

Key Clients

Teignbridge District Council

Devon County Council

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Cornwall Council

Castle Property Development

Duchy of Cornwall

Beechcroft Land

Persimmon Homes

Ministry of Sound

Work highlights

  • Advised Teignbridge District Council & Devon County Council on a section 106 agreement for Bovis Homes' planning application for the 'South West Exeter Urban Extension'.
  • Acted for the owners of the historic music venue, the George Tavern in Commercial Road, Tower Hamlets, London.  The owners were threatened with potential closure from a new residential development adjacent to the venue.
  • Acting as main adviser to Cornwall Council on the Threemilestone urban expansion, and also on Stadium for Cornwall project.
  • Advising London Boroughs of Newham and Tower Hamlets on the statutory transfer of a complex scheme of land, rights and contracts, forming part of the Olympic Park development running to the Royal Docks.
  • Advising Castle Property Development on section 106-related matters and on a planning strategy for a mid-size residential development scheme in Arundel District Council.

Thrings LLP¬†has seen a growth in mandates from landowners and residential developers. Its planning department represents clients in challenges at the High Court (including statutory appeals and judicial reviews) and appeals against enforcement measures. Non-contentious work covers residential and mixed-use development schemes, planning and infrastructure agreements, and due diligence, among other matters. Practice head Alex Madden¬†has developed a reputation as ‚Äėan expert in rural planning‚Äô. The wider group is also active in the waste, quarries and renewables sectors. Cross-border planning work is a common feature of the practice, which is owed to the firm's strong presence in Wales.

Practice head(s):Alex Madden

Key Clients

Santander

DS Smith

Greene King Developments

Newland Homes

Cotswold Homes

Burrington Estates

Allied Irish Bank (GB)

NatWest

Pasteur Retail Park

Halsall Construction

Work highlights

  • Representing a third-party objector and other local residents in a challenge at the High Court
  • Acted on behalf of John Williams in relation to successfully quashing an enforcement notice regarding a barn on grounds of invalidity.
  • Successfully advised a theatre on a potential prosecution for breach of a noise abatement notice.
  • Provided advice to Matterley Estate on securing planning permission for an expanded music festival in a national park.
  • Acted on behalf of FJ Wallis Trust on a successful application to remove an agricultural occupancy condition.


Property litigation

Index of tables

  1. Property litigation
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1

Rising stars

  1. 1

The real estate disputes team at Burges Salmon LLP acts for a broad base of regional and national clients. It also has significant following among international clients, as is evidenced by its work for occupiers in high-profile lease break and dilapidations claims; Goldman Sachs and Virgin are among the blue-chip names that turn to the firm for advice in this space. Elsewhere, the group has a strong track record of handling commercial rent reviews in London. It also generates contentious property mandates from clients active in the renewable energy sector, and also from clients in relation to property insolvencies. Richard Bedford handles a wide range of freehold and leasehold disputes, and has extensive expertise in alternative forms of dispute resolution. Practice head James Sutherland has extensive experience in real estate litigation and insolvency disputes relating to real estate assets. Clients also recommend senior associate David Benjamin and newly promoted partner Chris Preston.

Practice head(s):James Sutherland

Other key lawyers:Richard Bedford; Chris Preston; David Benjamin

Testimonials

'A team of true specialists and market leaders in the field of property litigation'

'Good coverage across multiple legal disciplines'

'The team's legal advice is always clear, concise and well-articulated'

'Every team member is friendly, very responsive and provides excellent commercial advice'

'James Sutherland is simply a pleasure to work with'

'Richard Bedford is fantastic and very experienced'

'Chris Preston is very impressive'

'David Benjamin is superb'

Key Clients

Goldman Sachs International

Waterstones Booksellers

Virgin Management

Canal & River Trust

John Lewis Partnership

The Crown Estate

Deutsche Bank

Affinity Water

Manchester Airports Group

Work highlights

  • Advising LPA receivers and an investment company on a contested keep-open requirement concerning a lease of a shopping centre.
  • Representing Waterstones Booksellers in all contentious matters concerning property asset management.
  • Represented The Crown Estate in complex escheat matter relating to assets held by a fraudulent  Jersey-based property trust.
  • Representing Affinity Water in a dispute relating to the effect of water undertakers’ rights on development plans.

Osborne Clarke’s growing property litigation practice undertakes contentious work at all levels of the court system, and it also represents clients before tribunals and arbitration panels. In the face of potential disputes and litigation, the team assists clients with risk mitigation and management advice. The group also stands out due to its varied client base, which includes developers, mobile operators, utilities, retail occupiers, landlords and investors. Leona Briggs’ practice focuses on disputes arising under the Electronic Communications Code, as well as on contractual disputes concerning residential and commercial development. David Shakesby handles the property-related aspects of energy and infrastructure disputes.

Practice head(s):Leona Briggs

Other key lawyers:David Shakesby

Testimonials

'First-class legal advice'

'Team members are very professional and efficient, with a greater depth of knowledge compared to their peers on the local market'

'Efficient at all levels, the team is great at utilising the expertise of its more experienced professionals, while also encouraging and nurturing the younger professionals'

Key Clients

Vodafone/ Vodafone Enterprise UK

BDW Trading

Western Power Distribution (South West)

HHGL

Wales & West Utilities

Marks & Spencer

Bovis Homes Group

PGIM

CBRE Global Investors

Work highlights

  • Acted for CDS Stores as the successful claimant in a rectification claim.
  • Advising Western Power Distribution (South West) on a high-profile dispute with Network Rail over the costs of diverting and altering WPD overhead electricity lines and apparatus, in order to facilitate Network Rail’s projects to electrify the Great Western and Midlands Mainlines.
  • Advising Ward Homes on matters concerning a site in Kent, which was acquired years ago and is currently being promoted through the local planning process.
  • Advising Wales & West Utilities on a complex dispute with the owner of an expanding industrial site in Somerset.
  • Advising Ward Homes on a complex claim for breach of contract.

VWV¬†houses an ‚Äėexceptional‚Äô property litigation practice, which operates as an integrated part of the firm‚Äôs real estate department. The team has a particular strength in contentious work in the healthcare, education and public sectors. It also acts for developers, charities and religious institutions. Michelle Bendall¬†is an ‚Äėexcellent advocate‚Äô. The 'brilliant' David Bird¬†and senior associate¬†Daniel Hall¬†are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Michelle Bendall

Other key lawyers:David Bird; Daniel Hall

Testimonials

'The team's real strength lies in the fact that everyone takes a very commercial approach towards litigation, realising that sometimes a good settlement may be worth more to a client than a judgment from a court'

'The team is quick to respond and provides clear advice and practical solutions'

'Michelle Bendall is a force to be reckoned with and someone you want in your corner'

'Michelle Bendall is a pleasure to deal with'

'Daniel Hall is a thorough and savvy litigator'

Key Clients

Airbus Operations

Airbus Defence and Space

PricewaterhouseCoopers

University of Bristol

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

United Reformed Church

Essar Oil UK

St Vincent de Paul Society

Mainline Pipelines

Diocese of Truro

King Edward's School

The Diocese of Gloucester

Oxford City Council

Jisc

Wiltshire Council

Wing Yip

Crest Nicholson

Pell Frischmann Consultants

Homes England

Bournemouth Borough Council

Oxford Brookes University

Berkeley Homes

Faraday Development

Soil Association

Bristol Waste Company

Thanet District Council

Poole Borough Council

Bath Spa University

Work highlights

  • Advised a local authority on the contentious property issues arising from the CPO of land needed to facilitate the construction of a new link road in the south coast of England.
  • Representing a central government body in a contested rent review of its national headquarters.
  • Representing the Diocese of Gloucester to acquire a strategically important parcel of land and access rights by way of adverse possession and prescriptive rights.
  • Assisting a university with obtaining possession from trespassers.
  • Representing a university in a contentious possession claim involving the Equality Act and reputational issues.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's transatlantic presence makes it well-placed to generate work from US-based clients with interests in the UK, as well as UK-based entities. Its excellent credentials in dispute resolution are evidenced by the fact that its team is equally strong in litigation, mediation and arbitration. James Rees leads the team in Bristol, which covers all types of commercial property disputes and property management work for public and private sector clients. Managing associate Sasha Hinton is also recommended.

Practice head(s):James Rees (Bristol); Jen Smurthwaite (head of team firmwide, Newcastle)

Other key lawyers:Sasha Hinton (Bristol)

Testimonials

'The team is strong in property disputes'

'Due to its depth and the presence of specialists nationwide, the team is able to offer first-class services at all levels'

'Sasha Hinton protects her clients' interests with skill and enthusiasm'

Key Clients

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Ministry of Justice (Estates Directorate)

Ladbrokes Coral

New Look Retailers Limited

River Island Clothing Co.

Scottish Power

RO Group

Freightliner Group

National Trust

National Farmers' Union (NFU)

Work highlights

  • Advising a large international offshore wind farm operator on a number of issues and disputes with landowners concerning the route of an electricity cable coming from an offshore wind farm.
  • Advising Three Rivers District Council on all contentious aspects arising out of the South Oxhey regeneration in North London; work includes handling numerous commercial landlord and tenant issues.
  • Acting for Alder King in its capacity as LPA receivers for a tenant of premises, which cannot be sold due to an incomplete rent review clause.

Ashfords LLP¬†handles commercial landlord and tenant matters, property development and investment, professional negligence claims and claims for breaches of banking covenants relating to property. Its team is also experienced in leasehold enfranchisement matters, mortgage repossessions and restructuring claims. ‚ÄėExperienced‚Äô practice head Sian Gibbon¬†acts for both commercial and public sector clients. Robert Horsey¬†is recommended for his work on contentious trust and probate disputes.

Practice head(s):Sian Gibbon

Other key lawyers:Robert Horsey

Testimonials

'The team is able to deal comprehensively with any type of dispute that may come up in this sector'

'Robert Horsey should be greatly valued for his ability to see the bigger picture and to sympathetically deal with all parties during negotiations'

Key Clients

Biffa Waste Services

Penhaligon's

Wainhomes (South West) Holdings

Persimmon Homes

Majestic Wine Warehouses

Lloyds Banking Group

Strongvox

Exeter City Council

Eagle One

Work highlights

  • Acting for a property developer in relation to the removal of telecommunications apparatus currently occupying a development site.
  • Acting for a serviced office provider in relation to the lease of a high-profile property in Central London.
  • Assisted a commercial property developer with obtaining an urgent possession order against squatters in a large commercial property in South London.
  • Acting for London boroughs in all non-routine litigation matters including residential possession actions, leasehold matters, homelessness reviews, disrepair claims, judicial reviews, commercial lease disputes, and others.
  • Assisted Strongvox with a high-value dispute regarding a development agreement.

Bevan Brittan LLP’s practice is led nationally by Bristol-based Steve Eccles. Its team specialises in acting for public sector organisations in fields such as health, local government and social housing. Areas of expertise include contentious matters involving telecoms masts, commercial landlord and tenant disputes, development risk advice, housing litigation and dilapidations disputes.

Practice head(s):Mark Calverley; Steven Eccles

Key Clients

University of Oxford

Canal & River Trust

Birmingham City Council

Barts Health NHS Trust

Rentokil Initial

NHS Property Services Ltd

Places for People

Yarlington Housing

Sanctuary Housing

Bath & North East Somerset Council

Birmingham City Council

London Borough of Hounslow

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Insite

London Borough of Brent

Well Pharmacy

L&Q

LiveWest Homes

Work highlights

  • Representing Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council in a High Court case concerning the interpretation and the enforcement of tree preservation orders.
  • Assisting Stratford-on-Avon District Council with enforcement action to secure possession of leisure and civic amenity site following mortgage default.
  • Assisting Places for People with enfranchisement litigation to acquire freehold of terrace of properties in West London.
  • Advising Rentokil Initial on property litigation across the client's entire property portfolio.
  • Advising Yorkshire Housing on title issues associated with proposed redevelopment of high value site.

Clarke Willmott LLP handles the gamut of property litigation work for clients in sectors such as property investment, social housing, retail, telecoms, and utilities. Taunton-based Nicola Seager has experience of a wide range of issues, including dilapidations, service charges, forfeiture and lease renewals, among others.

Practice head(s):Chris Taylor; Simon Freeman

Other key lawyers:Bristol

Testimonials

'The team has highly capable lawyers who are experts within their field'

'A great combination of City-quality of legal advice given at regional prices'

'Everyone on the team is brilliant and focuses on the needs of the clients'

'Nicola Seager delivers results in a simple, pragmatic and totally efficient manner'

Key Clients

DPSK

Orvis

Lidl UK GmbH

Principality Holdings

PG Lewins

The Ashtenne Industrial Fund

Ashville Properties

Aster Group

Barratt Homes

Bath and North East Somerset Council

Bristol Water

Burger King

Celestia Management Company

Work highlights

  • Acted for Orvis in a dispute over a fire escape and repairs to river banks, among other matters.
  • Represented Lidl UK in successfully defeating an appeal in the case of Generator Developments Limited v Lidl UK GmbH at the Court of Appeal.
  • Acted for Principality Holdings in a £1m negligence claim against Temple Bright.
  • Acted for the successful landowner in the widely reported case of PG Lewins Ltd v H3G UK Ltd, in which it was held that the Electronic Communications Code does not provide a telecoms operator with immunity from suit, where the operator has failed to comply with its contractual obligations.
  • Successfully represented DPSK Limited (franchisee of Domino's Pizza) in bringing a claim, challenging the grant of a planning permission for change of use to pizza outlet for premises at Castle Donington.

At Foot Anstey, the property litigation team assists clients with high-value disputes at all levels of the court system. The team is strong in multiple sectors including banking and financial services, media and technology infrastructure and construction. It has also increased its market presence in the retail and public sectors. ‚ÄėSuperstar lawyer‚Äô¬†Patrick Wetherall¬†joined from¬†Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP¬†in 2018. In a more recent development,¬†Richard Bagwell¬†moved to Stephens Scown LLP. Daniel Cuthbert¬†and senior associate Nicola Purcell¬†are highly recommended.

Practice head(s):Patrick Wetherall

Other key lawyers:Daniel Cuthbert; Nicola Purcell

Testimonials

'This is the most efficient, accessible and reliable team in the region'

'Daniel Cuthbert has a great commercial mind and is a great property litigator'

'Daniel Cuthbert is quite prepared to roll his sleeves up and fight on behalf of his clients'

'Patrick Wetherall is personable and calm'

Key Clients

Ashfield Land

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

B &Q

Heart of England Forest

Berkeley Homes

Screwfix

Welcome Break

Tregothnan

National Farmers' Union

Work highlights

  • Advising Ashfield Provincial Properties on a claim brought against the client under a collaboration agreement concerning £14m-worth development land.
  • Acting for The Mayor and Burgess of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets on a potential infringement of the rights to light over various residential properties owned by the clients in Whitechapel.
  • Advising Ashfield Land on a dispute with a national housebuilder relating to the market value of strategic development land.
  • Advising Geothermal Engineering on contentious issues regarding the first deep geothermal power plant in the UK.
  • Advising West Midlands Combined Authority as a tenant on a claim challenging the validity of a break clause allowing the landlord to terminate the lease in the event of demolition or redevelopment of the premises.

TLT covers a wide scope of contentious matters, such as landlord and tenant disputes, rent reviews and lease renewals, and disputes concerning contractual obligations. The team’s client base includes commercial landlords and tenants, property developers, investors, financial institutions and insolvency practitioners. It also generates work from public sector clients. Mark Routley’s practice focuses on issues arising in the retail, leisure, telecoms and financial sectors.

Practice head(s):Mark Routley

Testimonials

'Exceptional local reputation'

'A strong property litigation team'

'The team provides timely responses'

'Very good cross-department cooperation, particularly between the teams dealing with property transactions and property litigation'

'Mark Routley is very attentive when it comes to his clients' needs'

'Alex Payne is able to give a legal and commercial view in accord with client needs.'

'Danielle Ferguson is very detailed orientated while retaining an overall appreciation of the case. Both challenging and supportive to the client.'

Key Clients

Greene King

WHSmith

BBC

Punch

London Borough of Lambeth

Metropolitan Police Service

Covent Garden Market Authority

Southern Housing

City of London Corporation

Byron Hamburgers

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Covent Garden Market Authority in High Court proceedings initiated by its tenants in relation to an alleged interference with their rights under leases, resulting from the redevelopment of the market.
  • Acted for Greene King on a judicial review of a decision taken by the regulator concerning the application of the Pubs Code Regulations.
  • Advised Beiersdorf on the settlement of a terminal dilapidations claim.
  • Defending Westerleigh Group against an alleged nuisance claim.
  • Provided Southern Housing with strategic advice on a complex antisocial behaviour case against a vulnerable adult.

DAC Beachcroft LLP has a particular strength in handling contentious property issues in the retail sector. Notable clients include large shopping centres, corporate occupiers and landowners. Practice head Nick Knapman has extensive experience of contentious matters, such as rent reviews, service charge issues, and dilapidations claims, among others.

Practice head(s):Nick Knapman

Testimonials

'The team has wide-ranging skills and knowledge of property litigation'

'The team is always highly efficient and responds to queries quickly, regardless of the time at which the notice comes'

Davitt Jones Bould's exclusive focus on real estate law makes it a first port of call for many clients on¬†their most complex contentious property issues, including dilapidations claims and rent reviews. The team is led by name partner¬†Madeleine Davitt, and includes the ‚Äėsuperb‚Äô Maeve Bonner, who has more than 23 years of property litigation experience. Associate director Janani Puvi¬†is also recommended. Clients include local authorities, central government departments and landowners.

Practice head(s):Madeleine Davitt

Other key lawyers:Maeve Bonner; Janani Puvi

Testimonials

Exceptional professionals

The team has a good understanding of its clients’ needs and always ensures that clients have access to the right resources at the right time

Davitt Jones Bould provides a high level of service and care which is rare in the region

Every team member has a significant amount of experience, which reassures clients that they are getting great advice and value

Janani Puvi is a hard-working and excellent litigator

Key Clients

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Department for Education

Highways England

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

The Royal Parks

Department of Health and Social Care

Office for National Statistics

Department for Work and Pensions

Integral Memory

Public Health England

Work highlights

  • Advising Defra on numerous property litigation matters. Recent work included assisting the client with securing several lease breaks at offices around the UK and defending the client against dilapidations claims.

Lester Aldridge LLP’s property litigation department is led by Kate Stewart, who has extensive expertise in a wide range of general real estate and landlord and tenant disputes. Stewart's experience includes possession claims, dilapidations, service charge disputes and enfranchisement matters. Stewart's team works closely with the wider real estate group to advise developer clients on contentious matters. In addition, it also provides support to the ports and marinas department, as well as the care team.

Practice head(s):Kate Stewart

Testimonials

'The team can provide litigation advice on a wide range of property disputes'

'Everyone on the team is always very focused on achieving the best commercial outcome for clients'

'Kate Stewart is always available on the other side of the phone to handle any challenge that is directed her way'

Key Clients

Marina Developments

The McCarthy & Stone Group

Big Yellow

Work highlights

  • Acting for Marina Developments  across a wide number of matters, including advice on contentious tenant management issues and forfeiture proceedings, among others.
  • Advising Big Yellow on its property interests, including representation in matters concerning the removal of squatters from its site at King's Cross.

Although Michelmores LLP has historically been known for acting for public sector clients in property-related disputes, it has significantly increased its market presence in the private sector, and now generates work from a growing number of developers, private landowners and corporate occupiers. Practice head Andrew Baines, who splits his time between Exeter and Bristol, has more than 22 years of property litigation experience. His expertise includes landlord and tenant disputes, and matters concerning property ownership and property rights.

Practice head(s):Andrew Baines

Testimonials

'The team is very client-focused  and provides clients with good access to senior personnel'

Key Clients

Seasalt

S&A Group

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

The Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime

Greenland Group

Stanhope

University of Exeter

Aberystwyth Universit

Barratt Homes

Persimmon Homes

Saba Park Services

Mole Valley Farmers

Vistra Trust Corporation

Poplar Harca

Work highlights

  • Represented a large food production company in a £4m dispute with its bank regarding a property financing agreement.
  • Advising a NHS Trust in relation to a £2m dilapidations claim against the former private patient care provider of part of one of the Trust's hospitals.
  • Advising a national fashion brand retailer on a dispute with a shopping centre developer over the terms by which the retail client is obliged to take a lease of a new unit in the development.
  • Advising Greenland Group on claims brought in relation to the terms for completion of sales of apartments at one of its London-based developments.
  • Advising a national retail client on a rent review dispute, which concerns one of its premises in West Sussex.

Stephens Scown LLP's team has wide-ranging sector expertise, which spans mining and minerals, waste, rural, leisure (including holiday and residential parks) and social housing. It has recently had an increase in leasehold enfranchisement matters and cases involving housing associations.  Mark Richardson  heads up the team, which was recently strengthened by the arrival of Richard Bagwell from Foot Anstey. Mike Davies, who is also recommended, is experienced in bringing and defending claims before the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber), the County Court and High Court.

Practice head(s):Mark Richardson

Other key lawyers:Richard Bagwell; Michael Davies

Testimonials

'The team is an absolute pleasure to deal with'

'Mark Richardson provides exemplary legal services'

'Michael Davies is a joy to work with - he gives great advice but in a practical and commercial way'

Key Clients

Imerys Minerals

St Austell Brewery

Viridor Group

Exeter Airport

Charles Robertsons (Developments)

Pendennis Shipyard

Hastoe Housing Association

Warrens Bakery

Spectrecom Films

Work highlights

  • Advising on a dispute with a landlord following a flooding incident.
  • Advising the claimant in litigation concerning a fencing easement.

Thrings LLP's property litigation team represents corporate occupiers and institutional landlords in commercial landlord and tenant disputes. Other areas of focus for the group include handling contentious property-related matters for retailers in the luxury retail sector, rural land disputes and property portfolio management. Warren Reid in Bristol, and Swindon-based Gemma Featonby and Michael Tatters, are recommended.

Practice head(s):Warren Reid; Gemma Featonby; Michael Tatters

Key Clients

MAN Truck & Bus UK

Airsprung Group

Scottish Equitable

BAM Nuttall

Coty

MatchesFashion.com

Tileflair

St John's Foundation Est. 1174

Malcolm Hollis

Countrywide Estate Agents

World Fuel Services

Arkell's Brewery

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of a landlord, who opposed a national supermarket chain’s court application for a new tenancy on grounds concerning redevelopment.
  • Advising an FTSE 250 company on contested lease renewal proceedings.
  • Represented a high-net worth individual via their private pension scheme in a complex commercial lease renewal involving a large national retailer.
  • Represented a private property trust on a complex leasehold enfranchisement matter.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s team operates nationally and acts for a varied client base in a wide range of property-related disputes. It advises large landed estate clients on adverse interests in land, landlord and tenant matters and issues concerning possession of agricultural holdings. In the commercial property space, recent highlights included lease termination disputes and other disputes connected with property contracts. The group's other strengths are in the retail and the property management sectors, and also in representing private individuals in contentious property matters.

Practice head(s):David Haines; Emma Humphreys

Key Clients

Europa Oil & Gas

Woodchester Valley Freehold

Hackney Joint Estate Charity

Work highlights

  • Advised Europa Oil & Gas in respect of High Court trespass proceedings.
  • Acted for the client on a boundary dispute with its neighbours.
  • Assisted a client with the termination of a tenant’s commercial lease on the basis of the landlord’s redevelopment of the premises.
  • Assisted Hackney Joint Estate Charity with the termination of a commercial lease and commencing a claim regarding the dilapidations of the property following lease expiry.

Coodes Solicitors fields two separate teams, which bring and defend property-related claims on behalf of commercial clients and private individuals. The firm's work covers areas such as adverse possession, boundary disputes, trespass, landlord and tenant, dilapidations, residential property, nuisance and negligence claims, among various others. Truro-based Peter Lamble specialises in disputes in the commercial property space, while Colin Hunter in St Austell is a key contact for private individuals.

Practice head(s):Colin Hunter; Peter Lamble

Laceys Solicitors incorporating HLF¬†is active in the full spectrum of commercial and residential property disputes, and has developed a particularly strong reputation in handling contentious work involving blocks of flats, which is an area of specialism for its ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô department head Mark Timberlake. The team also other types of matters, including forfeiture and arrears recovery claims, business tenancy renewals and cases involving breaches of leases. Elsewhere, other work includes freehold property disputes, and letting-related matters involving issues such as harassment and unlawful eviction.

Practice head(s):Mark Timberlake

Testimonials

Team members are extremely capable, hard-working and very professional

Laceys Solicitors is good one-stop shop to get competent property advice

Mark Timberlake's knowledge is second to none

Key Clients

Admirals Walk 2000

Work highlights

  • Represented the directors of a block of 121 flats in various disputes concerning service charges and in proceedings regarding the liability of shareholders.
  • Successfully represented mobile home owners in the County Court, the First-tier Tribunal, and the Upper Tribunal in widely reported case.
  • Represented the directors of a block of 39 flats in respect of application to the First-tier Tribunal for variation of leases to permit replacement of water and heating systems.

Pardoes Solicitors LLP’s property litigation practice benefits from receiving a significant amount of internal referral work from its expanding commercial property team; mandates include cases involving dilapidations, s.146 notices and forfeiture. The firm's residential property team is another key work stream, including on matters concerning adverse possession, boundary disputes and landlord and tenant disputes. Bhavani Hogarty heads up the property litigation practice, which also generates all types of contentious property matters in its own right.

Practice head(s):Bhavani Hogarty

Testimonials

'Excellent client care, coupled with great energy devoted to the clients' cause'

'Pardoes Solicitors is a strong regional practice, which has a significant depth of expertise'

'Excellent communication skills and the ability to give clients clear instructions make this team a standout'

Key Clients

Grainway

Messrs Rahamim

Multiple private individuals

Work highlights

  • Assisted a developer client with a dispute over right of way and right to parking at a prime London location.
  • Representing a private individual as the claimant in a professional negligence matter against conveyancing solicitors, who failed to advise on the implications of the applicable rent review provisions for the ground rent to the long leasehold.
  • Represented a private individual as the claimant in a land dispute with neighbours.

The property litigation team at Steele Raymond LLP is knowledgeable about a full spectrum of contentious issues arising in relation to both commercial and residential property. Senior associate Hannah Dare, who leads the team, advises on disputes arising from the ownership, leasing and management of land. The team expanded its offering by hiring solicitor Lauren Hayes from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP in 2018.

Practice head(s):Hannah Dare

Other key lawyers:Lauren Hayes

Testimonials

'Steele Raymond has a litigation practice which provides solid legal advice and works closely with its clients'

'All team members are very competent, professional and focused'

'Steele Raymond's property team is second to none'

'Hannah Dare provides comprehensive and commercially strong advice'

'Hannah Dare has a steady hand in guiding clients through difficult processes'

Key Clients

Bournemouth Churches Housing Association

Jennings Racing

Goadsby

Grange Mill Investments Limited

South Somerset District Council

Betting Shop

Work highlights

  • Representing a betting shop in landlord and tenant dispute over scaffolding.

Stone King LLP’s team has developed a niche specialism in the education sector, in which it acts for educational institutions in their capacity as landowners; contentious work involves removal of trespassers, nuisance claims, service charge disputes, and issues relating to land management and disputed rights of way. Other clients include charities, companies and high net worth individuals; the group's work for these clients includes possession claims, forfeiture relief, breaches of covenant and lease claims. Tony Pidgeon leads the team, which includes associate solicitor Simon Stone.

Practice head(s):Tony Pidgeon

Other key lawyers:Simon Stone

Willans LLP is sought out for advice on contentious property issues by commercial landlords, national charities, limited companies, trusts and individuals. Its team undertakes a varied portfolio of contentious commercial leasehold work, and also handles cases concerning rights of way and boundary disputes and adverse possession. Department head Nick Cox has expertise in dilapidations, contested rent reviews, as well as the enforcement of leasehold covenants. Senior associate Nick Southwell is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Nick Cox

Testimonials

'The team is helpful, capable and efficient'

'Nick Cox is approachable and knowledgeable'

'Nick Southwell is very competent'

Key Clients

Sue Ryder

Rudgeway Farms

Shelter

The Jockey Club Racecourses

Trustees of the Haie Estate

The Trustees of the Chandos and Dent’s Almshouses

e.surv Chartered Surveyors

Princess Alice Hospice

Work highlights

  • Acting for The Jockey Club Racecourses in multiple actions against squatters at Cheltenham Racecourse.
  • Instructed by Sue Ryder (a major national charity) on multiple matters, including contested lease renewal proceedings, dilapidations claims, and possession claims against residential tenants.
  • Acting for a family from Worcestershire in a dispute concerning the enforceability of a £4.2m land promotion agreement.
  • Acting for a company, as the tenant of a commercial property in Cheltenham, in relation to an ongoing dilapidations matter.
  • Acted for Trustees of the Haie Estate as the claimant in proceedings at the High Court to recover possession of a property.


Social housing

Index of tables

  1. Social housing
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Rising stars

Rising stars

  1. 1

At Ashfords LLP, the ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô social housing team handles both contentious and non-contentious work for large registered providers, housing associations and local authorities. In 2018, the firm strengthened its social housing offering by hiring practice co-head Paul Butterworth, associate Isabelle Clement¬†and legal director Derek Moore, who all joined from TLT. Butterworth specialises in property and development work in the social housing sector, which is also an area of focus for Exeter-based Tim Heal. Led by Sian Gibbon, the practice also has a strength in housing litigation and tenancy management. Elizabeth Gibson¬†advises on procurement and planning. Associate Marjorie Hill¬†is recommended for contentious matters.

Practice head(s):Sian Gibbon; Paul Butterworth; Tim Heal

Other key lawyers:Isabelle Clement; Elizabeth Gibson; Marjorie Hill

Testimonials

Ashfords’ team stands out due to its strength and depth of knowledge

You rarely need to leave a message, as someone is always there and ready to assist you with advice

A highly committed, reliable and experienced team which provides excellent services

This is the go-to firm for landlord and tenant, social housing and leasehold disputes

'Sian Gibbon provides the team with expert leadership'

'Marjorie Hill and Sian Gibbon are always friendly and dedicated to provide high-level assistance at all times'

'Isabelle Clement is very thorough and knowledgeable'

Key Clients

Sovereign Housing Association

LiveWest Homes

The Guinness Partnership

Evolve Housing and Support

Cornerstone Housing

London Borough of Wandsworth

St. Mungo's Community Housing Association

HFL Group

Brick by Brick Croydon

Aster Group

Homes England

Curo

Work highlights

  • Acting for The Guinness Partnership on a highly complex housing possession matter involving capacity issues on the part of the tenant.
  • Assisting The London Boroughs of Wandsworth and Richmond with multiple non-routine litigation matters.
  • Acting for LiveWest Homes on the purchase and the development of section 106 affordable housing at North Yate.   
  • Advising Brick by Brick Croydon on a development programme, including approximately 40 schemes aiming to deliver 1,400 housing units over the next few years.
  • Assisting HFL Group with a full range of services including an application to become a registered provider, among other matters.

The ‚Äėquick, supportive and knowledgeable‚Äô team at TLT¬†offers a complete range of legal services, such as property development, planning, plot sales, construction, property litigation, procurement and tax. Other areas of expertise include housing and asset management, employment, health and safety, and project finance. Clients include registered providers, local authorities and private contractors. David Isaacson, who specialises in corporate and commercial issues, advises on local authority housing vehicles, housing stock transfers, arms length management organisations, and constitutional and governance matters. Department head Kane Kirkbride¬†has expertise in the impact of welfare reforms on registered providers. Siobhan Fitzgerald¬†handles contentious and advisory employment matters for social housing clients.

Practice head(s):Kane Kirkbride; Linda Convery

Other key lawyers:David Isaacson; Siobhan Fitzgerald

Testimonials

The team is quick and competent

The team is very competent and advises efficiently on merger options and HR matters

TLT adds value and invests effort into contributing to the commercial awareness of its clients

Kane Kirkbride is skilled, experienced and knowledgeable, and has enviable expertise in social and supported housing matters

David Isaacson and Siobhan Fitzgerald are particularly helpful

Key Clients

Swan Housing Group

The Guinness Partnership

Peabody Trust

One Housing Group

Saxon Weald Homes Ltd

Aster Homes

Catalyst Housing Ltd

Knightstone Housing Association Ltd

Notting Hill Housing Trust

Southern Housing

Work highlights

  • Acting for Aster Communities on two schemes in collaboration with local Community Land Trusts.
  • Acting for Curo Places on the acquisition of 65 units from Bloor Homes.
  • Acting for Stonewater on the acquisition of 40 dwellings from Davidsons Developments and Wilson Enterprises.
  • Representing Shal Housing in a complex possession case.
  • Advising Southern Housing Group on a number of housing management disputes.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP‚Äôs housing and regeneration team functions on a standalone basis in Exeter, and also works with the London-based group to advise clients nationwide. Reflective of its standing in the market, it has a track record of acting for housing associations, which dates back more than 50 years. In addition, it acts for new entrants to the affordable housing sector. . The ‚Äėhighly knowledgeable‚Äô Joseph Acton, who heads up the team in Exeter, has a strong profile in property and development transactions, and also has extensive expertise in governance and corporate issues. Rachel Carter¬†is experienced in joint ventures and development projects.

Practice head(s):Joseph Acton; Tonia Secker

Other key lawyers:Rachel Carter

Testimonials

The team is composed of specialists which have extensive knowledge of the social housing sector

The team is great at handling land acquisitions, acquisition of section 106 schemes from developers, and shared ownership disposals

Joseph Acton is recommended for governance and procedural issues

Joseph Acton always makes himself quickly available to discuss issues and ideas and to share his extensive knowledge

Key Clients

LiveWest Homes

Galliford Try Partnerships

North Devon Homes

Aster Group

The Guinness Partnership

Westward Housing Group

Yarlington Housing Group

Plymouth Community Homes

East Devon District Council

Radian Homes

Curo Places

Verto Housing

Teign Housing

Ocean Housing

United Communities

Work highlights

  • Advising North Devon Homes on the acquisition, development and regeneration of a prominent, formerly industrial development site in Barnstaple, providing a mixed-use scheme of 37 affordable homes and 135 marketing homes, in addition to retail and community facilities.
  • Advising Devon and Cornwall Housing Group on a number of corporate and property matters relating to the merger of two of the largest social housing providers in the South West.
  • Advising Galliford Try on the acquisition of a brownfield site in Penzance, comprising part of the Cornwall Land Initiative with Cornwall Council.
  • Advising LiveWest Homes on the acquisition of a brownfield site in Penwith, as part of a housing delivery partnership.
  • Advising Curo Places on the acquisition and development of six development sites in Bristol and Bath.

Bevan Brittan LLP combines skillsets across multiple disciplines to provide a comprehensive range of services. Its acts for over 70 housing associations and also generates work from local authorities, developers and funders. The firm is well-known for its strengths in property and development work, which includes assisting housing associations with site acquisitions (for development) and joint ventures. It also has a strong capability in social housing corporate and finance matters; areas of expertise in this space include bond finance, development finance, corporate acquisitions and disposals and housing association mergers. Elsewhere, the firm excels in construction, planning and housing management. Alison Buckingham, who leads the social housing team in the South West, is the key contact among housing providers for advice on high-value and complex development schemes. Jonathan Turner is the overall head of the housing group nationally.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Turner; Alison Buckingham

Key Clients

Places for People Group

Sovereign Housing Association

Yarlington Housing Group

LiveWest Homes

Sanctuary Housing Group

L&Q Group

Catalyst Housing Group

Network Homes

Peabody Group

Hyde Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Places for People Group on its development of a derelict, brownfield site known as Dove Lane in central Bristol.
  • Advising Hyde Group on its £100m strategic partnership with Homes England.
  • Advising the developer East Wick and Sweetwater Projects Limited (an incorporated JV formed by Places for People and Balfour Beatty Investments) on its procurement and contracting strategy for the supply chain arrangements to deliver a 1500 unit project.
  • Advising Catalyst Housing Group on the procurement and contract arrangements for the asset management of its housing stock.
  • Advising Peabody Group on the Thamesmead Waterfront housing project.

The ‚Äėefficient and dependable‚Äô social housing team at Clarke Willmott LLP¬†acts for a growing number of registered providers and housing associations. Working with the firm‚Äôs other offices nationwide, the team in the South West provides full service support to regional and national clients.¬†It has excellent credentials in all aspects of commercial property and development work, which includes land acquisitions and disposals, construction, development and housing management. A separate commercial property team assists clients with managing their property portfolios, while a property litigation group handles¬†contentious work in connection with leasehold issues and development disputes. Elsewhere, a partner-led corporate team undertakes a wide range of transactions for social housing clients, and also provides advice on governance and regulatory issues.¬†Kary Withers¬†is the overall head of the practice, with other key figures including¬†Oliver Smedley,¬†Helen Wittram,¬†Anna-Liisa Blanks-Walden¬†and¬†Kate Saunders.

Practice head(s):Kary Withers; Oliver Smedley; Helen Wittram; Anna-Liisa Blanks-Walden

Testimonials

A very dependable and experienced team who provides excellent services

Team members are highly competent and happy to answer all questions

Allowing excellent access to partners, client service is certainly a strength of the firm

Kary Withers provides competent advice in a friendly manner, which is also easy to understand

Helen Wittram is a great and highly experienced communicator, who is also dedicated and easy to contact

Key Clients

Advantage South West

Alliance Homes Group

Yarlington Housing

Aster Group

The Guinness Partnership

United Communities

GreenSquare Group

LiveWest

London and Quadrant Housing Trust

Magna Housing Association

Sovereign Housing Association

Raven Housing Trust

Work highlights

  • Acting for Curo Places as interested party in defending a judicial review application, brought by local residents objecting to Curo’s proposed redevelopment plans of Foxhills.
  • Represented Stonewater in the acquisition of development land for one of a large affordable housing scheme.
  • Acted For GreenSquare Group on the acquisition of 116 units across a new development site in Swindon.
  • Representing Optivo in bringing claims concerning breach of contract against a seller seeking return of its deposit.
  • Acted for the client on the high-value acquisitions of multiple section 106 units.

Stephens Scown LLP has been a key player in the social housing sector for nearly 30 years, which has enabled it build up a sizeable base of regional and national clients. Its team provides a full range of services on issues concerning property, employment, corporate governance, dispute resolution and data protection. The firm has successfully won tenders for work from many of the main housing associations in the South West, and it also acts for more specialist rural housing associations located throughout England and Wales. Practice head Keith Wright specialises in rural housing association initiatives. Hilary Pitts advises on site acquisitions and infrastructure agreements in the social housing sector.

Practice head(s):Keith Wright

Other key lawyers:Hilary Pitts

Key Clients

Hastoe Housing Association

English Rural Housing Association

Cornwall Rural Housing Association

Cornwall Community Land Trust

Coastline Housing

LiveWest

Westward Housing

Yarlington Housing Group

South Devon Rural Housing Association

Magna Housing

Work highlights

  • Advised LiveWest on the £125m acquisition of sites as well as acting on all contractual arrangements related to the client's project.
  • Assisting English Rural Housing Association with a number of site acquisitions nationwide.
  • Advising Hastoe Housing Association on site acquisitions, as well as on the client's sale of housing stock.
  • Advised Cornwall Rural Housing Association on development sites on The Lizard and Menheniot, which are part rented and part for sale.
  • Advised Hastoe Housing Association on minimising its liability under the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010.

Tozers Solicitors LLP is a well-known name among regional and national registered providers, for whom it provides a wide range of services. It is particularly strong in property work, an area which is led by Stephen Burtchaell; in this space, the firm advises on development and regeneration, infrastructure agreements, stock transfers and property finance, among other matters. The group is also sought out to advise on mergers between registered providers, as well as housing management and employment issues. Burtchaell leads the practice.

Practice head(s):Stephen Burtchaell

Testimonials

One lawyer supports the client throughout the whole process, which allows for excellent consistency of service

Stephen Burtchaell stands out for his commitment to providing clear advice and for his genuine spirit of support and willingness to go the extra mile for his clients

Key Clients

LiveWest Homes

Yarlington Housing Group

Stonewater

Plymouth Community Homes

North Devon Homes

Coastline Housing

The Guinness Partnership

Cornerstone Housing

South Western Housing Society

South Devon Rural Housing Association

Brunelcare

Ymca Bath

Ymca Bridgwater

Sandbourne Housing Association

Westward Housing Group

Octavia Housing

Cirencester Housing Society

White Horse Housing Association

Rickmansworth Churches Housing Association

Advance Housing and Support

Aston-Mansfield Charitable Trust

Merlin Housing Society

Phoenix Community Housing Association

Northampton Partnership Homes

Wellingborough Homes


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