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Ashfords LLP’s ‘highly commercial and very responsive’ team acts for residential developers and housebuilders including Persimmon Homes, Cavanna Homes and Barratt Homes. Tim Heal leads the 14-partner team, which includes Andrew Rothwell, Sarah Lomas and Chris Gregson.

At Bond Dickinson LLP, practice head Craig Moore is highly regarded for his expertise in real estate finance. Clients include Eagle One, Princess Yacht International and Plymouth Community Homes.

For some, Clarke Willmott LLP is known as the ‘go-to’ property firm in the region. The practice’s expertise spans residential, agricultural and commercial property, and has ‘true specialists both at partner and associate level’. Tim Walker advises housebuilders, landowners and other stakeholders on development projects. Real estate finance specialist Roger Seaton is also recommended.

Real estate boutique Davitt Jones Bould fields ‘a number of genuine experts with real commercial nous’. The practice has particular strength in the public sector, where it acts for clients including Highways England, The Environment Agency and OFSTED. Madeleine Davitt, Stuart Bould, Kevin Fry and Peter Lowe are ‘all excellent solicitors’.

Richard Walford leads Foot Anstey’s team, which had a prolific year advising clients including FirstGroup, NHS Property Services and QIB (UK). Simon Gregory has particular expertise acting for developers and landowners; he is recommended alongside Duncan Tringham, who provides ‘knowledgeable and efficient advice’.

Michelmores LLP is praised for its ‘responsiveness, excellent industry knowledge and value for money’. Practice head Emma Honey leads the 13-partner team, which has particular strength in residential development and public sector matters. David Howe handles mixed-use developments and joint ventures, and Lucy Smallwood stands out for her experience advising housebuilders and landowners on acquisitions and disposals.

In addition to its mining and rural housing expertise, Stephens Scown LLP’s ‘commercially minded’ team also acts on the sale and purchase of caravan parks for clients in the holiday and residential parks sector. Michael Beadel, Jonathan Hoggett and Mike Northcott are key names.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP has ‘a strong grasp of the requirements of a public sector client’. Lynn Onyett is ‘business savvy and gives practical and useful advice’. Clients include Metropolitan Properties Company, Scot Group and The Homes and Communities Agency.

At Kitsons LLP, Patrick Gaskins and Cameron Caverhill are praised for their ‘first-class understanding’ and ‘efficient and effective service’. In addition to handling commercial landlord and tenant matters and work in the licensed leisure sector, the firm also has a dedicated team specialising in property development.

OTB Eveling specialises in leisure property transactions. Keith Biggs’ clients include property investors as well as commercial and residential developers.

Porter Dodson LLP provides ‘a very focused service’. Bruce Weir is ‘pragmatic and commercial in his approach’, and is recommended alongside Louise Sanders, who stands out for her expertise in secured lending transactions.

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    In the field of the acquisition of easements by prescription, little has caused more consternation over the last decade or so than the question of whether a right to park cars can be acquired by twenty years user as of right. The types of property capable of being adversely affected range from individual residential units all the way up to major development sites. The establishment of such a right can have a devastating impact on the value of the burdened land.

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