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Burges Salmon LLP has a strong reputation for renewable energy, student accommodation, hospitality and private rented sector work. The team features a number of ‘outstanding individuals’, including Euan Bremner, who is ‘extremely knowledgeable in renewable energy property matters’; and Ross Polkinghorne, who has ‘exceptional development knowledge and commercial acumen’. Recent highlights include acting for The Crown Estate on the disposal of Morfa Shopping Park and assisting RWE npower with the disposal of Fawley Power Station. Also recommended are investment development and asset management expert Richard Clark, and real estate finance specialist Paul Browne.

Osborne Clarke’s ‘first-class’ team is particularly active on development projects for national housebuilders, and is leveraging its growing international footprint to provide cross-border advice to retailers and international REITs. The well-regarded Ian Wilkinson leads the team, which includes David North and David Powell.

Bond Dickinson LLP is praised for its ‘good commercial advice and excellent response times’. In 2015, Katherine Douglas advised Ashfield Land on the sale and leaseback of its office headquarters to Aegon Property Fund. Simon Hughes (‘a pleasure to work with’) acts on the real estate elements of major energy infrastructure developments.

Clarke Willmott LLP has a strong reputation in the housebuilder and commercial development sectors. Practice head Louise Brown, Greg Lovett and Clare Titchener are valued for their ‘in-depth knowledge and responsiveness’.

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s team is noted for its ‘strong commercial knowledge’ and for its ‘effective identification of risk and solutions’. Highlights included advising Meyer Bergman and Westfield on the leasing agreements for the new £260m Broadway Bradford shopping centre. Key individuals include Ben Pariser, who is ‘able to navigate through the detail to succinctly assess the key issues’; Julitta Yates, who is ‘highly experienced in large-scale portfolio transactions’; and Graham Brothwood.

TLT’s real estate team is led by renewable energy specialist Maria Connolly. Recent highlights include acting for Punch Taverns on the sale of 158 tenanted pubs to NewRiver Retail, and assisting PINE Unit Trust with its nationwide property investments. Julia Lucas and Andrew Glynn are the main contacts.

Bevan Brittan LLP’s ‘exceptional’ team is praised for its ‘pragmatic, commercial and creative approach’. The team has particular expertise in the health, local authority and housing sectors. Mark Calverley and Alison Buckingham are ‘talented lawyers’.

At Foot Anstey, Richard Sutton (‘a great commercial real estate lawyer’) advised South Gloucestershire and Stroud College on the expansion of its facilities through the acquisition of the former Berkeley Nuclear Laboratory site. Other clients include FirstGroup, 99 North and Dimah Capital. Martin Hirst, who specialises in advising house builders, joined from Blake Morgan LLP in March 2016.

At Thrings LLP, Colin Stratton is noted for his ‘strong negotiation skills’ and for his knowledge of the residential development and leisure sectors.

Veale Wasbrough Vizards is ‘extremely responsive and proactive’. The ‘exceptionally good’ Steven McGuigan advised a housebuilder on its site acquisitions and disposals, and assisted a bank with a revolving credit facility for a regional housebuilder. Simon Linnitt has ‘in-depth knowledge of the education sector’.

At Ashfords LLP, Andrew Worley specialises in leases on retail property. Its client roster features a number of residential developers.

Humphreys & Co. has particular expertise of acting for clients in the hospitality, retail and leisure sectors. David Morris is highlighted for his ‘tenacious’ approach.

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