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Commercial property: Cardiff

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  1. Commercial property: Cardiff
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next generation lawyers

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Headed by James Trafford, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's nine-partner team provides a 'top-quality service' to a varied mix of investors, developers and end users. Praised for its 'excellent industry knowledge', Trafford and the 'superb' Geraint Pullin Thomas spearhead a dedicated real estate clean energy practice which is active in projects in Wales and England. Thomas recently provided the real estate input for Belltown Power on the financing of the 25MW windfarm in Powys. Kevin Booth leads on the office's developer mandates and recently advised Taylor Wimpey on the acquisition of the balance of Jubilee Park (the development in Rogerstone Newport) and the simultaneous disposal of parts to Bellway and BDW. A partner within the investor sub-group of the real estate practice, David Emberson handles a raft of work for leading property investment and development company, SEGRO plc, including advising it on a major property swap transaction with Legal & General. Other recommended practitioners at partner level include Helen Thomas and Andrew Burns, who both have a strong focus on real estate work within the transport/infrastructure sector; Nefydd Jones, who provides 'excellent work' for corporate occupiers including GlaxoSmithKline; and Kathryn Roberts, who leads the firm’s Volume Services team which provides high-volume conveyancing services for many of the UK’s major financial institutions. Senior associate Jonathan Woodward is also recommended. Other clients include Transport for London, Annington, Persimmon Homes and EDF Energy.

Led by the 'excellent' Jonathan Geen and Steve Morris, Acuity Legal Limited 's 'responsive and cost-effective' five-partner team provides a 'partner-led service' on many of the highest-profile real estate mandates in the local market. The firm's deeply entrenched ties with leading developer Rightacres ensures that it continues to pick up a significant flow of work in relation to the various developments in the Central Square area of Cardiff. The 'first-class' Gareth Baker 'has his finger on the pulse of each deal' and continues to be the lead lawyer on the Central Square regeneration scheme - work which has included not only assembly of the entire site for Rightacres but also advice in relation to the lettings, financing and sales of the various Central Square developments including the £400m finance deal with Legal & General, the letting and sale of 1 and 2 Central Square and the GPU building. Baker also  advised leading global semiconductor company, IQE, on the historic deal to develop the world’s first compound semiconductor cluster in south Wales. Outside of Wales, 'personable and approachable' affordable housing expert Damien Cann continues to handle a raft of work for the Mears Group including on on innovative leaseback arrangement with Luton Borough Council to provide affordable housing in Eaton Green, Luton. Although it is best-known for its private sector work, the firm's appointment to the National Procurement Service's (NPS) property panel has begun to generate some sizeable public sector mandates as demonstrated by the firm's work for University of Wales Trinity Saint David on the SA1 development in Swansea. Other clients include Associated British Ports, Sony Europe, LifeCare Residencies and Principality Building Society.

Headed by Geoff Reed, Blake Morgan LLP's 'friendly and approachable' five-partner team provides an 'excellent service' to private and public sector clients including HSBC, the Welsh government, Melin Homes and Barola Property Holdings. On the private sector front, the firm's recent work for Rightacres on its joint venture¬†with S.A.Brain and Network Rail on the Central Quay development was a major mandate for the firm and is reflective of its credibility in the market.¬†James Egan¬†has a 'broad understanding of property and tenancy matters in the public sector' and recently advised Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Local Health Board on¬†the procurement of the development, by a private sector developer, of a new primary care facility in Mayhill, Swansea. Nigel Griffiths¬†has a focus on retail leasing matters and continues to handle a raft of work for Canary Wharf Group plc. The 'outstanding' Louise Howells¬†provides 'skilful and knowledgeable' advice within the social housing sector and handles real estate work for a slew of housing associations¬† including Coastal Housing Group and Rhondda Housing Association. Senior associate Daniela Smith¬†is also recommended as a result of her broad-ranging workload which includes development transactions, investment acquisitions and disposals, and retail leasing work. Philip Jardine¬†is also recommended.¬†¬†¬† ¬†  

The 'excellent' team at Capital Law LLP provides 'clear and prompt advice' to a varied mix of stakeholders including large corporates, SMEs, developers, lenders, landlords and tenants. Team head Leanne O'Brien is well-known for her real estate work within the education sector; she represents the University of South Wales on disposal matters associated with its Caerleon Campus. The 'authoritative' Justin Mason is a 'safe pair of hands' and continues to lead a multi-disciplinary team, including banking, procurement and construction practitioners, on behalf of Porthcawl Harbourside CIC on a £7m regeneration project at Porthcawl Harbour. Mason has also been instrumental in growing the firm's presence in work emanating outside of Wales, and recently advised London-based law firm Sharpe Pritchard LLP on its move to a newly refurbished office space in Clerkenwell, London. Active across a range of commercial property matters, Jon Ely also has a niche assisting clients in the registered provider sector on their varied commercial property portfolios. Banking partner Christopher Agius is regularly engaged in real estate finance work.

Led by Susanne Bradley, the 'knowledgeable' team at Geldards LLP  provides 'highly commercial advice' to a range of stakeholders on many significant local projects, where the firm is able to provide a holistic service (often including planning expertise) which stands out for its 'local knowledge and local contacts'. The team has recently handled some high-profile politically sensitive public sector mandates including representing the Welsh government on the new Aston Martin DBX crossover vehicle plant and on the viability of the proposed £315m Circuit of Wales race track in Ebbw Vale. Ioan Owen is 'very knowledgeable in property law', particularly as it pertains to the retail sector; he is advising Edinburgh Woollen Group on the management of its real estate portfolio. The 'commercially savvy' Rowland Davies is 'very focused on the big-picture business goals, while also mastering the minute details', and excels at handling long -term development projects. The 'very knowledgeable and experienced' Mike Jeffs has a 'great knowledge of the property market in south Wales' and is a key member of the team that also includes the 'responsive and pragmatic' Liz Ganderton,who provides advice across a broad range of property matters including property development and landlord and tenant matters. Adam Thomas is also recommended. Other clients include Admiral Insurance, Cardiff Gate Business Park, Julian Hodge Bank and Peacock Stores.

Led by Peter Hurn, Hugh James continues to be a prominent presence in the local real estate market, both on the private and public sector front. Hurn is particularly well regarded within the residential development space and continues to represent Bellway Homes on its acquisitions throughout south Wales and the south west of England. Daniel Morgan has a focus on advising leisure, betting and gaming industry clients on property issues and continues to represent S.A.Brain on all aspects of the joint venture with Rightacres for the redevelopment scheme of their Cardiff Brewery site in the city centre. Caroline O'Flaherty has developed a particular niche advising education sector clients on their property requirements, including Cardiff University which she has acted for on its estate portfolio since 2000 and is currently advising on the development of the new Centre for Student Life in the conservation area of Park Place, Cardiff. The firm's position on the NPS' real estate panel has also provided a fertile source of public sector instructions and has underscored its already strong presence in the sector for clients including Welsh Water and Natural Resources Wales. The recent arrival of Richard Macphail from -Blake Morgan LLP further enhances the firm's capabilities on the public sector front and strengthens a team that also includes highly regarded senior associates Shelley Ikram and Gareth Fortey.

Led on the secured lending front by Martin Pursall, and for development work by Chris Jones, the 'expeditious and proactive' team at Berry Smith has a 'thorough understanding of the market as a whole' and provides an 'excellent service' to clients including Portabella, HSBC, Principality Commercial and JBCH Developments. Praised for his 'pragmatic and commercial outlook to problems' and ability to 'present a solution not just a list of risks', Jones handles a considerable amount of work for Vastint Hospitality including on the acquisition of various development sites throughout England (including at Heathrow and the Birmingham NEC ) along with supplemental work arising from the development of current sites. On the NPS panel for property work across south Wales, led by Pursall, the team advised Carmarthenshire County Council on the acquisition of a plot of land in Carmarthen from private individuals to form part of the council’s residential housing development plan. Senior associate Sian Reynolds is also recommended. Highly regarded commercial property practitioner and former senior partner Roger Berry stepped down to a consultancy role.

Headed by the 'excellent' Donald Gray, the 'very thorough and professional' four-strong team at Darwin Gray LLP provides 'strong business acumen and impressive industry knowledge', particularly in relation to development work. Gray recently advised DS Holdings (Penarth) on the acquisition of a church in Barry for a mixed use development (including eight offices and 22 apartments). Praised for his 'responsiveness and exceptional levels of communication', senior associate Gareth Wedge  provides an 'outstanding level of service', particularly on deals with business and asset transactions involving property sales and lettings, where he is also able to leverage his corporate law experience. Other clients include Dawan Developments, 101 Asset Management, Mill Bay Homes and ABA Holdings.

'First-class' property boutique, Le Gros Solicitors Limited provides a 'commercial and responsive service' across a wide array of commercial and residential property transactions. Recent highlights include acting for Village Homes and Acorn Property Group on the acquisition of a 17-acre site in Cardiff for the development of 120 housing units and associated infrastructure. 'Excellent' managing partner Claudia Le Gros  leads a strong team that is appreciated for its 'strength-in-depth' and includes Julia Morris , who is 'extremely able on Agreement for Lease for Development, coupled with the leases and the negotiations with the landlords', and Nicola Beynon , who is particularly strong on all landlord and tenant matters and development work. Clients include Grey Technology, Seasons Holidays and Portabella.

Although it remains best known for its residential conveyancing expertise, led by Rhidian Hobbs, Howells Solicitors also has significant capability across a range of commercial property work, including advice on landlord and tenant matters, development issues and business transfers.


Commercial property: elsewhere in Wales

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  1. Commercial property: elsewhere in Wales
  2. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

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    • Rosemary Morgan - Morgan LaRoche
    • Kevin Thomas - Morgan LaRoche

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The merger with Glamorgan Law in April 2017 affords Swansea-based firm JCP Solicitors even greater commercial property coverage across south Wales to include offices in Cowbridge and Cardiff, as well as in the west of the country from its Carmarthen and Fishguard offices. The arrival in November 2017 of the 'down-to-earth and approachable' Talia Atkins from Berry Smith also strengthens the firm's offering in south-east Wales, particularly in light of her 'highly commercial and savvy' advice in relation to retail and leisure development projects. Recent highlights include advising a property developer on the acquisition (on a conditional planning basis) and back-to-back sale to a housing association of a former commercial site in Cardiff. Overall team head Mark Gilroy is also recommended.  Martha Williams joined in January 2018 from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP  and now heads the firm's west Wales commercial property offering following the departure in November 2017 of Robert Howells to Hutchinson Thomas.

Headed out of the firm's Swansea headquarters by Kevin Thomas, Morgan LaRoche's 'knowledgeable and responsive' four-partner team handles work for a broad range of established clients including Enzo's Homes, Redrow Homes and Metro Property Investments, as well as picking up new mandates for major clients including Persimmon Homes. Recent highlights include representing a national house builder on the acquisition of a development site with potential for 5,000 homes. Spearheaded by Alun Price, the firm's nascent Carmarthen office is also picking up an increased volume of instructions across a range of real estate matters. One of many Welsh speakers in the firm, Price's ability to conduct business through the medium of Welsh is also a significant benefit for west Wales-based clients. The 'very experienced' Rosemary Morgan excels in commercial property development work and is key member of the team that also includes the 'experienced, approachable and professional' David Palmer, and social housing expert Ann Thomas.

Led by Michael Price, Douglas-Jones Mercer has a strong reputation among a varied array of clients including lenders, developers and housing associations, and is regularly involved in significant transactions emanating not just out of Swansea but also its surrounding area and beyond. The team continues to act for the Abedi family and their Cardiff-based group of companies in connection with numerous developments and projects. The team also has particular strength advising on work at the intersection of commercial property and pensions and is well regarded for self-invested-personal-pension (SIPP) property work.

Headed by Michael Jenkins, Newport-based firm Harding Evans LLP is particularly strong at handling development work - from land assembly through to construction. Jenkins recently advised Office Visions on the acquisition of a former supermarket and its development into government offices and the subsequent sale of the investment. Consultant Alison Ivin also has significant experience across a range of commercial property matters and is advising Corinthian Mountfield on a substantial garden city development in Canterbury. Other clients include Persimmon, Sennybridge and Lewis Property Investment.

Headed from the firm’s Abergavenny and Crickhowell offices by Myles Davies and David Lloyd, respectively, Gabb and Co handles a broad range of work for owners, occupiers, investors and developers in Monmouthshire and beyond. Able to tap into its strong ties with the local agricultural community, the firm is also regularly called on to advise on property elements unique to that sector.

Headed by the 'very approachable, attentive, commercial and responsive' James Davies, Newport-based RDP Law provides 'pragmatic and knowledgeable advice' to SMEs, developers, investors and financiers. Praised for his 'solution-oriented approach', Davies excels in handling commercial real estate work for developers, as well as agriculture-related real estate work for prominent local landowners. Clients include Gwent Holdings, RA Holdings, Lewis Taylor Developments and Santander.

A stalwart of the southwest Wales legal market, Red Kite Law LLP has deep and strong ties with clients ranging from owner-managed businesses and developers, to larger private and public sector bodies and provides 'very strong' advice across the panoply of issues associated with commercial and agricultural property. As part of her diverse property practice, Carmarthen-based Lucy Hollis regularly handles work for agricultural businesses on sales and purchases of land and buildings as well as agricultural tenancy matters such as farm business tenancies.


Construction

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  1. Construction
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

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The 'responsive, knowledgeable and experienced' two-partner team at Blake Morgan LLP provides contentious and non-contentious expertise to public and private sector clients across a broad range of construction mandates including retail and leisure, energy, health and education projects. The 'very professional and personable' Rachel Gwilliam  has 'extensive industry knowledge' and is particularly accomplished at handling adjudication work. Gwilliam recently secured a notable victory at adjudication for United Welsh Housing Association in a claim brought against the contractor regarding latent defects to the Association's office headquarters in Caerphilly. 'Very knowledgeable in her field', Joanna Rees  handles both contentious and non-contentious matters and is appreciated by clients for her 'clear and precise advice' and 'ability to work well under pressure'. Aided by the 'responsive and knowledgeable' Simon McCann on the procurement front, Rees is advising Transport for Wales on the production of a bespoke suite of construction contracts for use in connection with the extensive rail infrastructure improvements that will be central to the new Wales and Borders rail franchise, which is due to be awarded later in 2018, and the South Wales Metro programme. Associate Kate Howell is also recommended.

Led by Rob McNabb , Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's two-partner construction team is particularly focused on non-contentious matters and provides 'commercial advice' on large-scale energy and infrastructure projects for clients including Stena Line, RWE Generation UK and EDF Energies Nouvelles. Specialising in work within the renewables sector, much of McNabb's work is of an international nature, with many of his current and past projects taking place in the Middle East and Africa. He is currently involved in numerous renewables projects in Egypt, including advising Swicorp and Acciona Consortium on three 50MW solar projects in the country. Alison Short  is particularly accomplished at handling energy and infrastructure-related work; she continues to represent EDF Energy on the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station project and also acts for Welsh Water in respect of contracts relating to its £1.7bn water and wastewater services investment programme. At the non-partner level, senior associate Madi Dacey , who specialises in advising on engineering and construction contracts within the renewables sector, and associate Claire Laviers , who provides 'a sound and sensible approach', are also recommended.

'Very competent and proactive in the field of construction', the 'first-class and responsive' team at  Acuity Legal Limited provides 'clear, succinct and sensible advice' to a varied mix of stakeholders including developers, lenders and contractors. 'First-class' team head James Williams 'has his finger on the pulse of each deal' including his ongoing work for leading developer Rightacres on the development of Cardiff Central Square; recent work on this project has included the construction of a new Wales headquarters for HMRC at 6 and 7 Central Square. Williams also regularly handles work outside of Wales including his recent representation of Mears on an agreement for a long-term lease with developer JR Pickstock for two blocks of student accommodation in Plymouth totalling some 350 student rooms with other units and external parking and landscaping. Other clients include LifeCare Residencies, Principality Building Society, Associated British Ports and Wolverhampton City Council.

The 'experienced' six-partner team at Hugh James provides a 'responsive and value-for-money service' to a varied array of stakeholders including contractors (Mabey Group), public sector entities (Welsh government), developers (Ely Mill Development Company) and lenders (Metro Bank and Hodge Bank) in many of the most significant construction projects in Wales. Iwan Jenkins has a focus on non-contentious matters and as well as his work for Tidal Lagoon Power on the gestated Swansea tidal lagoon, is also involved in other landmark domestic projects including advising the International Convention Centre Wales on the construction of an £80m convention centre at the Celtic Manor Resort site in Newport. 'Knowledgeable and helpful' team head Ioan Prydderch handles both contentious and non-contentious work and as well as handling local Welsh work has also begun to pick up an increased flow of external work including his representation of Celsa UK on the £120m contract for the supply of steel for the construction of the new nuclear facility at Hinckley Point. 'Calm, considered and professional' senior associate Matthew Stevens has a particularly strong following for construction work within the social housing sector.

Capital Law LLP has a 'good understanding and appreciation of the construction industry' and handles work for developers, contractors, utility providers and local/national government bodies on matters throughout the life-cycle of a construction project. 'Unflappable and solid' associate Stuart Pearson is developing a strong reputation across both contentious and non-contentious construction matters, and as well as assisting Williams on many of his matters he has also regularly leads on transactions. On the contentious front, Pearson is appreciated for his 'very pragmatic approach and willingness to explore all possibilities to achieve a good result'. Associate Sam O'Callaghan is also praised for his 'good working knowledge of the construction industry' and is particularly accomplished at handling adjudication work. Other clients include Arup, The Royal Mint, Dragon LNG and Welsh Power.

Led by 'highly rated construction litigation lawyer' Philip Graham  and also recently strengthened by the arrival of commercial litigator Christian Edwards from JCP Solicitors, Douglas-Jones Mercer is particularly noted for its construction litigation expertise. Graham has significant visibility in the market (he has been involved in numerous reported cases over the years) and is currently representing Rowecord Engineering in various claims arising from a £64m development in Camden, London. Other highlights include Edwards' representation of Swansea Stadium Management Company (the company responsible for operating and managing the Liberty Stadium) in a £1.2m claim for defects arising out of the stadium's construction. Other clients include Dawnus Construction, WRW Construction, Pobl Group and Dragon Engineering.

Led by the 'professional and effective' Tony Norris, Geldards LLP 's multi-disciplinary infrastructure practice draws upon the expertise of construction lawyers and practitioners within the real estate, banking and public law teams from across the firm's Cardiff and Derby offices. Following on from his advice to the Welsh government on the construction aspects of the agreement with Aston Martin, Norris continues to provide ongoing construction advice in relation to the new Aston Martin DBX crossover vehicle plant on a 90-acre site at RAF Athan. Senior associate Suriya Edwards has a 'comprehensive knowledge of construction law', particularly on infrastructure projects, and is a key member of the team that also includes 'knowledgeable and very thorough' associate Joanne Maclean. Other clients include Cardiff Council, Arcadis Consulting and Admiral.

At Berry Smith, senior associate Gavin Hoccom is the principal construction practitioner within the firm and is focused on handling contentious matters for contractors. Hoccum is defending Crossman Homes, a regional main contractor, in an adjudication brought by a developer in a claim for breach of contract allegedly arising from a failure of the contractor to construct properties to the correct size. The 'exceptionally talented' Iwan Doull also handles construction disputes as part of his broad-ranging litigation prowess. Clients include Boon Building Services, LCB Construction and Arag plc.

Tapping into expertise from within the firm's litigation, real estate, social housing and corporate/commercial groups, Darwin Gray LLP handles a mix of contentious and non-contentious matters for main and sub-contractors, employers and construction professionals. Although he is now more focused on corporate and commercial work - a department which he heads - Stephen Thompson also has longstanding contentious construction expertise, whether it be in the form of formal litigation, arbitration or adjudication proceedings. Praised for his 'very detailed and effective advice', Thompson regularly receives referrals from a south Wales-based construction consultancy firm, Blueprint Consultancy, including recently advising on a claim against a firm of joiners in respect of double glazed windows and advice on a jurisdictional challenge to an adjudicator’s decision. Commercial property head Donald Gray has a particular focus on security issues in construction and on mixed use schemes.

At Morgan LaRoche, team head Steve Mundy is well-regarded across a range of construction matters, particularly in relation to the aviation sector where he has a niche advising airport operators on construction matters. Solicitor Eleanor Griffiths handles both non-contentious and contentious matters and has been particularly active of late advising on student accommodation developments.


Planning and environment

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  1. Planning and environment
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next generation lawyers

Hall of Fame

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Led by principal associate Kee Evans, the 'responsive and knowledgeable' four-strong team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides 'thorough and well-considered advice' to national and international clients across a range of planning issues including advice on section 106 agreements, section 16 common land consents and the Community Infrastructure Levy. Mirroring the firm's overarching strength in the energy sector, the team has significant experience advising on the planning issues associated with transactions within the renewables space; it was recently involved in reviewing the planning history associated with a site in Powys with which the firm had been instructed to advise on the financing of a 12-turbine wind farm. Transport is another area of specific expertise and Evans recently led a team which assisted Network Rail in securing an Order to allow for the demolition of a bridge between Cardiff Central and Newport station. Other clients include Aberystwyth University, SEGRO, Forestry Commission and Highways England.

The 'commercially-minded and well organised' team at Geldards LLP¬†provides a 'fantastic level of service' across the gamut of non-contentious and contentious planning matters for private and public sector clients. The 'thorough and efficient' Charles Felgate¬†has 'in-depth knowledge of planning law and has particular expertise on the subject of planning obligations'. Felgate excels in complex matters involving a contentious complexion and continues to represent the Welsh Ministers on the high-profile M4 corridor proposal- a matter which has generated substantial opposition and is currently undergoing a public inquiry as to its viability. 'Due to his substantial experience of commercial clients, Felgate is able to give public sector clients valuable insight into their likely litigation strategy', and this was recently underscored by¬†successfully judicially reviewing a decision to list a former school in Wrexham, on behalf of its owner Wrexham County Borough Council. Huw Williams¬†also has vast experience across a range of planning matters and 'excellent' senior associate Tomos Phillips¬†provides a 'very reliable service' to public sector clients on planning matters. Other clients include Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and¬†Western Power Distribution.  

Often working in conjunction with the firm's 'outstanding' real estate team in addition to handling discrete planing matters, Acuity Legal Limited provides a 'high-quality service' to an impressive roster of clients including Rightacres, Greenbank Partnerships and Associated British Ports. Steve Morris  regularly takes the lead on planning matters including his ongoing work for South Wales Land Developments on the sale of the portfolio it acquired from the Regeneration Investment Fund for Wales. Recent work in this regard has included the negotiation with Cardiff Council and Redrow Homes of a complex section 106 Agreement for 1000 residential units in connection with the outline planning application on the site. Morris also recently provided planning advice to LifeCare Residencies in relation to the proposed development of a retirement community in West Hampstead, London on the site of an historic underground water reservoir. The 'proactive and approachable' Gareth Baker  has a 'good understanding of planning and how this impacts on commercial property and development'. Baker recently provided property and planning advice to global semiconductor company, IQE, on the historic deal to develop the world’s first compound semiconductor cluster in south Wales. The firm also continues to generate a significant amount of public sector mandates, in part due to its panel appointment on the National Procurement Service for Wales for planning and property matters.

Able to leverage expertise from across the firm's property, construction and litigation teams, Hugh James's multi-disciplinary planning and environment practice handles non-contentious and contentious matters for public and private sector clients including Bellway Homes, Cardiff University, Crown Estate and Natural Resources Wales. Peter Hurn  has significant planning expertise as part of his broad-ranging commercial property practice and continues to act for Welsh Water on their property and infrastructure portfolio for planning purposes. Hurn also recently advised Llanmoor Development on the planning issues pursuant to the development of more than 600 residential units and the provision of a new primary school in south Wales (notably the work included representing the client in a planning inquiry following a 'call-in' by the Welsh Ministers because of perceived flooding risks). Senior associate Shelley Ikram  is also recommended, particularly in relation to her advice on large-scale residential and commercial development schemes.


Property litigation

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  1. Property litigation
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

  1. 1
    • Simon Care - Berry Smith
    • Edward Meggitt - Geldards LLP
    • Robert Phillips - Hugh James
    • Russell Price - Douglas-Jones Mercer

Next generation lawyers

  1. 1

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'One of the leading firms in Wales for property litigation', Berry Smith  provides a 'first-class service' to developers, land owners and financial institutions across a range of litigation including commercial dilapidation claims and rights of way disputes. The 'ferociously bright' Simon Care  has 'rapidly acquired a deserving reputation as on the most effective operators in property litigation in Wales'. Care is also praised for his 'ability to quickly get to the essentials of a case', as well as 'his real presence in the courtroom or conference room'. His recent highlights include representing the owner of a substantial rural property in a significant right of way claim. 'Very able and commercially-minded' team head Iwan Doull  is an 'exceptional talent' who is also praised for his ability 'to quickly weigh up complex and difficult matters and provide clear and practical advice'. Doull is representing the owner of a Grade II listed town centre mansion against Carmarthen County Council for dilapidations resulting from its former occupation and use as council offices. Clients include CAD Properties, Waterstone Estates and Julian Hodge Bank.

Headed by Sian Jones, Blake Morgan LLP's four-strong team handles a wide range of property disputes including high-value commercial dilapidation claims and complex compulsory purchase order (CPO) compensation claims for national and Welsh clients including GVA, Rank Group, Julian Hodge Bank and South Wales Land Developments. Jones recently represented Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council on securing the forfeiture of a lease of a prominent waste management facility in Blaenau, Gwent as a result of serious breaches of environmental permits. Associate Holly Stedman is also recommended.

Jointly led by Rhodri Lewis  and Neil Morgan , who 'combine a wealth of experience with different approaches which very much compliment each other', Darwin Gray LLP 's two-partner team provides 'excellent advice' to a varied mix of housebuilders, developers and housing associations. Lewis recently successfully represented a private developer in bringing a dilapidations claim against the former tenant of a listed building. Although Morgan handles a range of property litigation work, he is best-known for handling disputes within the social housing sector, an area where he has a 'very strong reputation'.  Clients include United Welsh, Barratt South Wales, Glenside Commercials and Mill Bay Homes.

Kathryn Cook heads Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's six-strong team out of Cardiff which forms an integral part of the firm's national group of approximately 60 lawyers. A significant focus of the work out of the Cardiff office is in relation to handling the property litigation needs of major institutional landlords, including the likes of Annington Property, across their property portfolios including strategic advice on service charge issues, dilapidations, trespasser claims, development disputes and contractual disputes. The financial services sector is also an area of strength, with the team regularly handling disputes work for pension funds including in relation to self-invested personal pensions (SIPPS) portfolios; Cook represents Industrial Property Investment Fund across a range of contentious work emanating from its portfolio of more than 2,000 industrial units including on all aspects of tenant default and dilapidation issues. The team is also handling an increased flow of instructions from education clients, as well as on property disputes within the energy sector, where it often works closely with its market-leading real estate team. Senior associate Sara Dolley is also recommended. Other clients include Centrica, Stena Line, Forestry Commission, and HMV.

The 'calm, knowledgeable and professional' two-partner team at Geldards LLP¬†effectively 'combine legal expertise with practical realism' to provide a compelling service across the panoply of property-related disputes to clients including Associated British Ports, Arcadis and Celsa Steel. 'Very approachable and wise' team head Edward Meggitt¬†assists many major retail clients on the management and protection of their property portfolios, and as well as his ongoing and longstanding work for Boots, Meggitt also represents Edinburgh Woollen Mill / Peacocks Group across a range of matters including in relation to lease renewal claims. The 'very commercial'¬†Nicola Lawrence¬†¬†is 'at the top of her game' and has developed a particular niche for handling work within the water sewerage industry by dint of her longstanding representation of Welsh Water.  

Led by Robert Phillips, Hugh James 's two-partner team has a particularly strong reputation handling litigation within the development sector, where clients include numerous well-known housebuilders including Barratt Homes and Persimmon Homes. Phillips recently represented Persimmon in the opposition of an adverse possession claim made by a resident on land owned by Persimmon. Jo Brown is recommended for her work within the telecoms and pub sectors; she handles a significant amount of work for S.A.Brain & Co and recently successfully represented it in forcing out squatters who had illegally entered the premises and prevented the effective undertaking of dilapidation works which were required before the expiry of the lease and the return of the property to the landlord. The team is also regularly involved in property litigation affecting public sector clients including the Welsh government and Natural Resource Body for Wales.

The arrival of a prominent group of litigators, including contentious property expert Clare Tregoning from Douglas-Jones Mercer towards the end of 2016, has given Acuity Legal Limited the ability to handle work on behalf of the firm's impressive roster of property clients. Recently promoted to partner, Tregoning frequently acts for commercial landlords on all aspects of tenancy-related disputes, as well as for private individuals in property-related claims. Recent highlights include representing a care provider, bringing claims of encroachment and trespass in relation to the boundary between its property and a neighbouring property. Clients include Figurehead Homes, Ventura Bay and Community Homes of Intensive Care and Education.

At Dolmans, private client department head Philip Bradley has significant experience representing management companies, landlords and tenants across a range of property litigation including in relation to rent reviews, breach of covenants and possession proceedings. Simon Evans is also noted for his defence of public sector clients in property disputes including those relating to landlord and tenant issues, flooding and land charges.

The arrival of Russell Price  from Blake Morgan LLP in January 2017 has significantly enhanced Douglas-Jones Mercer's ability to handle substantial property litigation mandates, given Price's accomplished track-record within the public sector, in particular. Able to leverage the expertise of the firm's strong commercial litigation and real estate teams, Price has been very active, particularly in relation to advising clients upon the enforcement and modification/discharge of freehold restrictive covenants. Recent highlights include representing PHG General Partner and PHG Independent on  complex issues regarding rights of pre-emption pursuant to Part 1 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 in relation to the disposal of a large mixed use development (residential, leisure and retail) at Paxcroft Mead, Trowbridge. Other clients include Carmarthenshire County Borough Council, Public Health Wales NHS Trust, Powys Teaching Health Board and Pobl Group.

Headed by Sarah Davies , JCP Solicitors's 'long established and well-regarded property litigation team has a strong regional presence in south Wales' and handles a diverse range of litigation including on issues relating to rent review, boundary disputes, adverse possession and termination of commercial premises for landlords and tenants, developers and management companies. Associate solicitor Jonathan Flynn  displays an 'assured approach to complex matters, backed up with an in-depth knowledge of the subject matter' and regularly works alongside Davies on the most significant mandates handled by the team. The 'very responsive and proactive' Sophie Thomas , who heads up the firm's commercial lending recoveries team, is also noted for the 'sound advice and reasoning' she provides to fixed charge receivers in litigation.

At Morgan LaRoche, team head Jason Williams has a strong reputation across a wide range of commercial property disputes. Particularly accomplished at handling landlord and tenant disputes, Williams was involved in a high-profile case concerning the interpretation of service charge clauses which reached a final determination before the Supreme Court.


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Led by the 'very well-known' property litigator¬†Si√Ęn Jones¬†and also able to all upon the expertise of practitioners with a focus on social housing work from across the firm's real estate, finance, employment and commercial teams, Blake Morgan LLP¬†'s 'friendly and approachable' multi-disciplinary team has an excellent reputation among many of the most significant housing associations in the country including United Welsh Housing Association and Coastal Housing Group. Jones also handles work outside of Wales including recently successfully securing civil injunctions on behalf of Waltham Forest Housing Association brought against a mixture of tenants and visitors to a block of flats. On the non-contentious front, Louise Howells¬†is 'very experienced at social housing work', particularly as it relates to regeneration and development projects; she recently acted for Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust on the acquisition of affordable housing units at Chinnor in Oxfordshire. Penri Desscan¬†is recommended for housing association-related procurement work.

The only Welsh law firm to be appointed to the Central Housing Investment Consortium framework in England and Wales, the 'very knowledgeable' team at Hugh James provides 'extremely thorough advice with the clients' best interests at heart'. Active across a range of matters for an impressive roster of clients including Cardiff Community Housing Association, Coastal Housing Group and Melin Homes, as well as advising on core issues impacting on the sector (including advice on acquisitions and redevelopment projects, procurement and commercial contract matters, and housing management issues), the firm is also able to tap into the expertise of practitioners from across other complementary practice areas including commercial property and employment to provide a very comprehensive coverage. 'Someone you want in your corner', the 'approachable and client-focused' senior associate Bethan Gladwyn  has 'authoritative knowledge of the regulatory environment' and heads up the housing management practice. She recently advised Cynon Taf Housing Association in the defence of a claim for disrepair brought by an assured tenant of the association. 'Thorough and extremely hardworking' associate Rhodri Thomas  'has a great rapport with clients' and regularly works alongside Gladwyn on housing management matters. The arrival of Richard Macphail , who joined from Blake Morgan LLP in June 2017 adds further weight to a team that also includes 'excellent' consultant David Roberts, who has a 'top reputation' in the market, and Iwan Jenkins, who regularly handles construction matters in the social housing sector.

At Acuity Legal Limited, the 'personable and approachable' Damien Cann and 'excellent' Jonathan Geen are noted for their ability to provide innovative funding solutions in the sector. Geen handles a significant amount of work for Mears Group including recently advising its housing management arm on a novel transaction in Eaton Green, Luton which involved it taking an operational lease for the provision of Exempt Accommodation for homeless households through a further leaseback arrangement with Luton Borough Council. Other clients include Cadwyn Housing Association, Sapphire Homes and West Sussex County Council.

Benefiting from 'vast industry knowledge', Clarke Willmott LLP provides 'practical and commercial advice' to an impressive roster of housing associations and lenders including United Welsh Housing Association, Taff Housing Association and Principality Building Society. The team is particularly noted for its 'excellent reputation' for handling financing within the sector where both Fraser MacRae and Vicky Kells provide 'practical and knowledgeable advice'.  Both lawyers recently advised Principality Building Society on the provision of a £20m term loan to the Welsh Housing Partnership 2. Bethan Evans is also recommended.

Recognised by one client as 'the leading Welsh firm providing social housing advice and is the "go-to" set for social housing providers', Darwin Gray LLP provides an 'excellent service', across housing management, property and employment issues, to an impressive roster of clients including United Welsh, Valleys to Coast and Community Housing Cymru. 'Very experienced' team head Neil Morgan  is 'very calm under pressure and has excellent judgement', particularly in relation to advice on anti-social behaviour issues. Recently promoted to associate level, 'rising star' Kate Heaney  is 'considered in her approach and very well-liked by clients'.

Headed by Susanne Bradley, Geldards LLP 's multi-disciplinary group handles a wide range of work within the social housing sector including on property, finance, litigation and employment matters. The team is particularly recognised for its 'strength on development issues', and in this regard, senior associate Harriet Morgan regularly handles work for housing associations on residential and mixed use developments. Morgan recently advised Newydd Housing Association (1974) on the purchase of three public houses to be developed for mixed use residential and leisure purposes. Liz Ganderton has particular expertise advising on property finance in the social housing sector. Clients include Cadarn Housing Group, Curo Group and Pembrokeshire Housing Association.

Duncan Lewis Solicitors provides 'thorough, clear and concise advice' to tenants across a broad array of contentious work including reviews, appeals and judicial review proceedings relating to homelessness, disrepair, succession for tenants and neighbourhood disputes. 'Highly motivated' team head Heather Iqbal Rayner provides an 'excellent service' to individuals, many of whom are vulnerable (including those with mental health and learning conditions) and is praised for 'her willingness to go the extra mile for her clients'. Rayner is currently representing a defendant (as one of a group of defendant travellers) in a defence to possession proceedings brought by the local authority arguing that they unlawfully trespassed on the land. Relying on human rights defences, the case is set for trial in 2018 and could bring important clarification defining the status of new age travellers - so far undefined in law - and confirm the status of trespassers. Lynda Reid is also recommended.

Under the leadership of Ann Thomas, Morgan LaRoche represents a growing number of registered social landlords across a range of work including on development and secured lending mandates. Company and commercial head William Barletta also has experience handling financing work within the social housing sector.


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