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Commercial property: Cardiff

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  1. Commercial property: Cardiff
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The β€˜responsive and thorough’ nine-partner team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides a β€˜very strong service’ to a wide-ranging client base that includes banks, developers, housebuilders, pension funds and occupiers. Reflective of the firm’s overarching sector strengths, the team is particularly strong at handling property-related work in the transport and energy sectors, with work relating to the latter sector led by the β€˜very impressive’ Geraint Pullen Thomas and James Trafford. Thomas recently advised Awel Newydd Cyf on the development and subsequent sale of the 25MW Tirgwynt windfarm in Powys. David Watkins (a β€˜leader in the field of real estate investment, development and finance’) and is working alongside Pullen Thomas for Inglis Consortium on the delivery of 2,174 new homes in north London. Other key figures include Kevin Booth, who heads the developers team in Cardiff; Kathryn Roberts, who handles high-volume conveyancing and insolvency management services for many of the UK's major financial institutions; and David Emberson, who has a focus on advising institutional clients across a broad spectrum of real estate work. Nefydd Jones is also recommended at a partner level. At senior associate level, Janet Morgan is noted for her β€˜fantastic knowledge’ of the residential property market, and Jonathan Woodward provides a β€˜conscientious and skilful service’ to a wide range of clients including corporate pension funds. Helen Thomas handles commercial property work for a raft of major transport sector clients including Transport for London and Network Rail, and also heads the firm’s international corporate real estate practice, which focuses on advising high-profile corporate occupiers from a range of industry sectors. Other clients include EDF Energy, Annington Property, Persimmon Homes and Lloyds Bank.

The β€˜very commercial’ four-partner team at Acuity Legal Limited provides a β€˜proactive and well-informed’ service to developers, banks and asset managers on regional matters, as well as those stretching beyond the confines of the local market. In the Welsh market, the firm remains active advising on some of the highest-profile matters including its continued involvement for Rightacres Property on the Cardiff Central Square development. β€˜Solution-focused’ team head Jonathan Geen and the β€˜well-informed and approachable’ Gareth Baker advised Rightacres Property on the Β£36m sale of the One Central Square development to Legal & General Pensions, and Baker is advising the same client on the granting of the leases to various businesses including Hodge Bank and RBS. Praised for his β€˜broad knowledge of commercial property and development’, Baker also continues to advise Associated British Ports on its key development of Dolffin Quay in Cardiff Bay. Outside of Wales, affordable housing expert Damien Cann has handled a significant amount of work for social care provider Mears Group on the regeneration and management of housing across the south and east of England, including acting alongside Geen on a joint venture (JV) with the London Borough of Bromley aimed at tackling the temporary accommodation crisis affecting the London boroughs. Cann has also carved out a niche in relation to housing healthcare work and leads on the development of retirement communities for Lifecare and care provision for C.H.O.I.C.E. Other key figures include Steve Morris, who is noted for his planning expertise and for his track record in real estate finance and development work. Other clients include Hodge Bank, Principality Building Society and West Sussex County Council.

The β€˜responsive and thorough’ four-partner team at Blake Morgan LLP continues to handle a significant amount of public sector work, and has a thriving private sector practice that includes new clients such as Kier and Mansford Group. Practice head Geoff Reed and the β€˜very popular’ Philip Jardine led the team advising Rightacres Property (also a new client) on its JV agreement with SA Brain related to a major regeneration scheme proposed for the Brains Brewery site in central Cardiff. The β€˜very experienced’ James Egan β€˜knows the local market very well and provides a commercial view to transactions’. Egan recently advised Betsi Cadwaladr University Local Health Board on the procurement of the development of a new multi-occupied primary care facility in Anglesey. The β€˜excellent’ Nigel Griffiths has a strong reputation in the market for handling retail leasing work, where it acts for clients including Canary Wharf Group and Brookfield.

The β€˜proactive and well-organised’ team at Geldards LLP has β€˜excellent industry and local knowledge’, and has the critical mass and strength-in-depth to provide a β€˜unified offering’ through the lifecycle of major commercial property transactions. Recent highlights include advising the Welsh government on the new Aston Martin DBX crossover vehicle plant, a highly complex transaction that involved advice on all aspects of both the upstream acquisition of the core site from the MoD and the downstream sale to Aston Martin, coupled with a Welsh government guarantee underpinning major funding from Legal & General. In another high-profile public sector mandate, team head Susanne Bradley recently advised the Welsh government on the viability of the proposed Β£315m Circuit of Wales race track in Ebbw Vale. The team has also been active on the private sector investment and development front; led by Ioan Owen, it recently advised Arcadis on the pre-letting agreement and lease of office premises overlooking the historic harbour side at 2 Glass Wharf, which was one of Bristol’s biggest lettings of the year. Rowland Davies is an expert in development work, while newly promoted partner Adam Thomas handles a broad array of real estate finance, portfolio and estate management work. The β€˜very knowledgeable’ Michael Jeffs excels at secured lending and the β€˜experienced’ Liz Ganderton provides β€˜pragmatic, expedient and effective’ advice across a broad range of property matters including property development and landlord and tenant matters.Kathryn Gates provides β€˜clear, concise and understandable advice’ to large corporates on the management of their property portfolios. Other clients include Admiral Insurance, Associated British Ports and Western Power Distribution.

Hugh James’s prominence in the public sector was further enhanced by its recent appointment to the NPS’s real estate framework. Headed by Caroline O’Flaherty, the firm has also been active for education clients such as Cardiff University, which the team is advising in relation to the new Centre for Student Life in the conservation area of Park Place. O’Flaherty has also been active in the private sector advising new client Keepmoat Regeneration on its agreement with Newport-based housing association Pobl Group to build 251 new homes in Newport. Team head Peter Hurn is very well regarded in the residential property sector and continues to act for Barratt Homes on the majority of its acquisitions in south Wales. The team was joined in November 2016 by Daniel Morgan, who specialises in property issues affecting clients in the leisure, betting and gaming industries, and David King, who has a niche advising on telecoms-related property matters, following the firm’s merger with MLM Cartwright. Also recommended are Yvonne Davies, for her social housing expertise, and senior associates Shelley Ikram and Christy Welsh, who have broad-ranging real estate expertise and regularly work together on multimillion-pound consortium schemes. Other clients include Walters Group, Bellway Homes and Curo Enterprise.

Led by the β€˜very experienced’ Roger Berry, Berry Smith’s three-partner team has a β€˜broad scope of commercial knowledge and ability’ and provides β€˜very self-assured’ advice to banks (including HSBC and Handelsbanken), investors (including Ajax Developments and St Brides Investments), retailers (including Peacocks Stores and Pravins) and local authorities (including Bridgend County Borough Council and Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council). The β€˜excellent’ Martin Pursall has advised Principality Commercial on various loans secured on investment properties and development sites throughout the UK. The β€˜very commercial’ Chris Jones (who β€˜knows which points to fight and which not to’) is active across a range of matters including landlord and tenant work in the retail and leisure sector. The firm’s appointment to the NPS’s real estate lot also ensures a substantial amount of public sector work.

Recently enhanced by a number of strategic hires, most notably the arrival of Jon Ely, former head of property at Lewis Silkin LLP’s Cardiff office, Capital Law LLP has the critical mass to handle a significant volume and variety of mandates for both private and public sector clients. On the public sector front, Leanne O’Brien, Ely and construction partner Jeremy Williams have been advising the Welsh government on third party land rights affected by the planned M4 Relief Road. O’Brien also undertakes a significant amount of property work in the education sector; she is continuing to advise University of South Wales on disposal matters associated with its Caerleon campus. Justin Mason has niche expertise handling marina developments and continues to lead cross-departmental teams advising Porthcawl Harbourside CIC on a Β£7m regeneration project at Porthcawl Harbour, and assisting Bayscape Limited with the mixed-use scheme at Cardiff Marina. Other clients include Santander, Cardiff and Vale College, and Associated British Ports.

Headed by the β€˜very pragmatic and detail-oriented’ Donald Gray, Darwin Gray LLP’s four-strong team provides a β€˜knowledgeable and responsive’ service, particularly in relation to development work. Gray recently advised Wellington House (Developments) on the development of a mixed-use scheme involving ground floor retail, one-floor offices and 44 residential apartments. Other highlights included advising the developer of Box City in Cardiff Bay, which on completion will be the largest development so far attempted using shipping containers. Senior associate Gareth Wedge has particular expertise in commercial landlord and tenant matters, as well as on transactions involving veterinary practices. Other clients include ABA Holdings, Cyncoed Property and GM2.

Boutique property firm Le Gros Solicitors Limited is praised for its β€˜savvy and client-centric approach’ across commercial and residential property transactions. Recent highlights include advising developer Nextcolour on the prestigious waterfront redevelopment of the Tivoli Building Mumbles in Swansea. In an illustration of its workload beyond south Wales, the team advised West Sussex County Council as a landowner of part of the development site in relation to the Littlehampton development. Key figures include Claudia Le Gros, who is a β€˜great figurehead and leader’ and the β€˜outstanding’ Nicola Beynon. Clients include Acorn Property Group, Bexmoor and Portabella.

Howells Solicitors acts for its impressive roster of private clients on high-end residential conveyancing work, and also handles standalone commercial property matters. Rhidian Hobbs leads on the commercial property front and has expertise across a range of matters including landlord and tenant, owner-occupier work, development and business transfers.


Commercial property: Elsewhere in Wales

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

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

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The β€˜highly experienced and commercially aware’ team at Morgan LaRoche provides β€˜London-firm quality at provincial prices’ and is particularly strong in targeted areas including residential development, education and healthcare-related commercial property matters. Recent highlights include advising a developer on the redevelopment of a partially listed building in Bath to create 100 student housing units on the upper floors with commercial units on the ground floor. On the residential development front, the firm’s growing roster of clients includes regional and national developers including Redrow Homes, Enzos Homes and Waterstone Homes. The β€˜refreshingly commercial’ Kevin Thomas heads the team, which includes the β€˜experienced and approachable’ David Palmer and the β€˜very wise’ Rosemary Morgan. The arrival in November 2016 of Alun Price from Red Kite Law LLP enhances the firm’s nascent offering in Carmarthen.

Now headed by the β€˜industrious’ Michael Price following Michael Snowdon’s appointment as chair of the firm, Douglas-Jones Mercer acts for for a varied mix of developers, banks and investors. The firm is well regarded for its advice to pension providers on property matters; clients include Sanlam Life & Pensions UK, Alltrust SIPP and InvestAcc. The team also regularly handles secured lending work for Principality Building Society and Handelsbanken.

Led by Mike Jenkins, Newport-based Harding Evans LLP’s three-lawyer team handles broad-ranging commercial property work for developers, building contractors, lenders, occupiers and SMEs. Consultant Alison Ivin has a particular strength in handling development and regeneration projects, as illustrated by her advice to a developer on the last remaining development site in the Newport City Council East Dock urban regeneration project. Other clients include Lewis Property Investments, Maguire Developments and Limchester Properties.

Headed out of Swansea by Mark Gilroy, and from the Carmarthen office by Robert Howells, JCP Solicitors provides a β€˜very strong’ service to a loyal cadre of clients in both south and southwest Wales. Although it is active across the spectrum of matters, the firm has a particular niche handling real estate work for healthcare clients including representing GPs and dentists on their practice sales and acquisitions. Recent highlights include advising a lender client on the Β£3.5m refinancing of a portfolio of ten investment properties in southeast Wales. Spearheaded by the β€˜very knowledgeable’ Rory Hutchings, the Carmarthen office also regularly advises farming clients on their property needs.

Led out of the firm’s Abergaveny and Crickhowell offices by Myles Davies and David Lloyd, respectively, Gabb and Co handles work for owners, occupiers, investors and developers in Monmouthshire and beyond. Leveraging its strong ties with the community’s agricultural community, the firm is also regularly called on to advise on property elements unique to that sector.

Red Kite Law LLP has a strong reputation in the southwest Wales market, where it handles a range of commercial and residential property matters, including leases, developments and planning. As part of her wide-ranging 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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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s two-partner team focuses on clean energy construction and infrastructure matters, primarily based outside of Wales. Team head Rob McNabb is advising DONG Energy on the negotiation of an offshore cable crossing agreement, which will, when completed, be exporting electricity from the world’s largest wind farm. McNabb also handles a significant amount of work for Blackrock on its renewable energy projects, including the acquisition of multiple portfolios of solar photovoltaic projects. Alison Short has a focus on major infrastructure matters; working alongside lawyers in the firm’s Birmingham office, she is leading the representation of EDF Energy’s subsidiary company, NNB Generation Company, on the negotiation of a range of contracts for the Β£18bn Hinkley Point C nuclear project. Senior associate Madi Dacey is developing a strong reputation among developers, utilities and funders across a range of energy projects including biomass, wind and solar. Other clients include E.ON Energy Projects, RWE Npower and Dwr Cymru Welsh Water.

The β€˜very responsive’ and β€˜innovative’ four-lawyer team at Acuity Legal Limited provides a β€˜cost-effective service’ to many of the UK’s most prominent developers, contractors and lenders, and is praised for its ability to provide β€˜first-class advice in a very clear and concise way’. Rightacres Property remains a cornerstone client of the firm; β€˜exceptional’ team head James Williams has been advising it on several major local projects, including the development and construction of Wales Broadcasting House and the Interchange Building (a high-profile mixed-use development in the centre of Cardiff). Other clients include Mears, Principality Building Society and Wolverhampton City Council.

Blake Morgan LLP’s two-partner team provides β€˜responsive and commercial advice’ to private and public sector clients across the spectrum of non-contentious and contentious matters, and is praised for its ability to β€˜keep abreast of current changes to the industry’. In addition to advising on a significant amount of high-profile work in Wales, the firm is also able to leverage resources from its offices in the South East of England to handle matters emanating outside of Wales. The β€˜unflappable’ Joanna Rees has a strong reputation among UK-based clients, who appreciate her ability β€˜to put things into perspective’; she is advising Igloo Regeneration on all issues arising out of the Porth Teigr regeneration scheme in Cardiff Bay. The β€˜extremely intelligent, diligent and thorough’ Rachel Gwilliam is particularly accomplished on the contentious front and is praised for β€˜quickly evaluating nuanced and difficult situations’. Gwilliam recently successfully defended a sub-contractor’s claim brought against Beard Construction for payment arising out of an alleged delay and disruption to the completion of its works.

Benefiting from β€˜great experience and business acumen’, Hugh James provides β€˜first-class advice’ to a mix of private and public sector clients. Led by the β€˜knowledgeable and helpful’ Ioan Prydderch, the team continues to act for Tidal Lagoon Power on the construction of its turbine manufacturing and pre-assembly plant at Swansea Bay. Alun Tobias’s highlights include acting for Ely Mill Development Company on the Β£100m project to remediate and develop a 53-acre brownfield site in Cardiff. The recent acquisition of London-based boutique commercial property firm Claremont Richards enhances its potential to work on matters outside of Wales, while its merger with Cardiff-based MLM Cartwright in November 2016 has already led to construction work for legacy client SA Brain, which it is advising on all aspects of the joint venture with Rightacres Property to redevelop the Cardiff Brewery site in the centre of Cardiff. Iwan Jenkins and senior associate Matthew Stevens are also recommended. Other clients include Rockwool, the Welsh government, Lagan Construction and Santander.

Led by the β€˜experienced’ Jeremy Williams, Capital Law LLP’s construction practice has made great strides since its inception and is regularly instructed by developers, contractors and utility providers across the lifecycle of a construction project. β€˜A very safe pair of hands on construction projects’, Williams has a β€˜real understanding of the Welsh market’ and is advising the Welsh government on the M4 Relief Road project – including drafting agreements with various statutory undertakers and private sector companies where the proposed relief road impacts on their interests. Williams also continues to represent the Royal Mint on the design and build of its new visitors centre. Associate Stuart Pearson attracts praise for β€˜his knowledge of the non-contentious side of construction contracts, which allows him to really capitalise on the strengths of his clients’ cases’. The arrival of associate Rhiannon Holtham from Clarkslegal LLP adds further depth on the non-contentious front. Other clients conclude Welsh Power Group, Dragon LNG and Arup Consulting Engineers.

Swansea-based Douglas-Jones Mercer β€˜punches well above its weight in terms of the calibre of work it does’, and is particularly noted for its β€˜very effective litigation skills’. β€˜Tenacious’ team head Philip Graham β€˜always goes the extra mile for his clients’ and provides β€˜clear, strategic advice’ across a range of construction litigation including both enforcing and defending the enforcement of adjudication awards. The team also has niche expertise in construction insolvency litigation, including recently representing an insolvency practitioner on the recovery of monies paid into an escrow account in respect of construction works immediately prior to the contractor entering voluntary liquidation.

Berry Smith’s construction team primarily handles contentious work for developers, main and sub-contractors, and construction professionals including architects and surveyors. Gavin Hoccom is the primary partner handling work in the area and has a strong track record handling high-value adjudications and arbitrations for plc and SME contractors. Hoccom recently represented a regional contractor in an adjudication against local government regarding the non-payment of an interim account in excess of Β£500,000 arising from construction works in west Wales. Hoccom is also regularly involved in matters outside of Wales and recently represented a national contractor in an adjudication against an investment fund regarding the unlawful termination of a contract concerning construction works in London. Iwan Doull also handles construction disputes as part of his broad-ranging litigation expertise.

At Darwin Gray LLP, the β€˜pragmatic’ Donald Gray β€˜pays great attention to detail while not losing sight of the bigger picture’. He handles advisory work including drafting bespoke amendments to building and engineering contracts. Recent highlights include advising Wellington House Developments on the development of former commercial premises into a mixed-use scheme, which involves the construction of two additional floors. Stephen Thompson handles contentious work as part of his broader commercial litigation expertise.

Morgan LaRoche’s team head Steve Mundy has significant non-contentious and contentious expertise on construction matters both locally and outside of Wales. Mundy has a particular niche advising airport operators on construction matters.


Planning and environment

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  1. Planning and environment
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  3. Next generation lawyers

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One of the few teams in Wales to have a standalone planning team, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides a β€˜responsive and excellent service’ to national and international clients, with particular expertise in planning matters within the transport and renewable energy sectors. Recent highlights include acting for Innogy Renewables on securing the planning and common land consent for its 16-turbine wind farm in Swansea. Senior associate Kee Evans oversees the planning team and has acted alongside β€˜excellent’ associate Louise Davies on the negotiation of numerous significant planning agreements for core firm client, Annington, including recently advising it on the negotiation and drafting of a section 106 agreement for the proposed development of 135 dwellings in Oxfordshire. On the environmental front, the Welsh team has handled several manufacturing disposals and development projects for key clients including GE and GSK. Other clients across both planning and environmental work include the Forestry Commission, Gamesa Energy and Severn Trent Water.

Acuity Legal Limited provides a β€˜prompt and commercially aware’ service on planning matters, acting in conjunction with its β€˜top-notch’ commercial property practice, as well as on standalone planning matters from the private and public sectors. The β€˜excellent’ Steve Morris regularly takes the lead on the most significant planning matters handled by the firm; his recent highlights include acting for Rightacres Property on the long-running and transformational Central Square development, and advising Associated British Ports on its development at Dolffin Quay at Cardiff Bay. Also recommended is Gareth Baker, who is also involved in the Dolffin Quay development. Damien Cann has particular expertise in the negotiation of affordable housing contributions. The team, which is appreciated for its β€˜real understanding of the peculiarities of the public sector’, was recently appointed to the NPS’s planning and environment panel for south Wales. Other clients include Greenbank Partnerships, Lifecare Residents, Beckerly Holdings, and South Wales Land Developments.

Geldards LLP has longstanding expertise representing public utilities, private developers and public sector entities (including central government, local authorities and regulatory authorities) on major projects. Charles Felgate has tremendous experience in the area and is advising the Welsh government in the public inquiry into the M4 corridor around Newport scheme – the largest highway inquiry in Wales since 1975. On the private sector front, Felgate is currently advising on a mixed-use scheme on a brownfield site in the Heads of the Valleys. Public law expert Huw Williams has expertise across a range of planning matters, including compulsory purchase order (CPO) issues; he is advising Cheshire East Council on the CPO for the Poynton Relief Road scheme. As well as handling general planning and CPO advisory work for public and private sector clients, senior associate Tomos Phillips also advises national park clients on enforcement and certificates of lawfulness.

Tapping into the expertise of practitioners from across its property, construction and litigation groups, Hugh James’ multi-disciplinary planning and environment practice handles transactional, regulatory and contentious work for an impressive roster of clients including Welsh Water, The Crown Estate, Cardiff University and Curo Enterprise. Senior associate Shelley Ikram heads the firm’s planning team and has a strong reputation advising on large-scale residential and commercial development schemes. Ikram has been working alongside commercial property head Peter Hurn on several mandates for Llanmoor Development, including the proposed acquisition of a greenfield site in Ystrad Barwick, Llantwit Fardre, which has been heavily scrutinised by the Welsh Minsters as a result of potential flood risks. A new arrival following the merger with MLM Catwright in November 2016, David King has related planning knowledge pursuant to his niche telecoms-related property expertise. King recently advised AP Wireless on CPO issues related to a telecoms mast site for the construction of the new Newton-le-Willows railway station. Senior associate Christy Welsh is also recommended.

Darwin Gray LLP regularly handles planning work as an adjunct to the firm’s commercial property offering. Donald Gray is well versed in an array of planning matters and also benefits from a specialist knowledge of the Welsh mining industry, particularly with regard to the granting of licences from the Coal Authority and landowners, the acquisition of compulsory rights, and environmental and production issues.


Property litigation

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  1. Property litigation
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Blake Morgan LLP’s four-lawyer team handles a range of litigation including contested compulsory purchase order (CPO) matters and high-value dilapidations disputes for a balanced array of public and private sector clients including the Welsh government, Canary Wharf Group, PHS Group and Natural Resources Wales. Team head SiΓ’n Jones has handled numerous service charge-related landlord and tenant disputes for clients including Cardiff Community Housing Association, which Jones recently successfully represented in overturning a decision regarding a service charge challenge by a tenant within a large block of flats – the result was of particular importance for the landlord as it could have ushered in similar claims from other social tenants. Jones is also representing the Welsh Ministers in a disputed CPO compensation claim relating to an historic building in Porth Madog, north Wales, which was the birth place of T.E. Lawrence. Senior solicitor Holly Stedman has expertise across a broad range of property litigation, including land ownership disputes, boundary disputes, adverse possession, rights of way disputes and trespass matters.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s Cardiff team has a β€˜very credible reputation’ for handling property disputes on behalf of developer and housebuilder clients including Annington Property and Persimmon Homes; investment fund clients such as Legal & General; and transportation clients including Stena Line. β€˜Very knowledgeable’ team head Kathryn Cook handles the full range of property litigation, including landlord and tenant matters and property-related professional negligence. Cook handles a range of litigation for the Forestry Commission and is also noted for her β€˜specialised knowledge in the field of residential dilapidations’; she continues to represent Industrial Property Investment Fund on litigation arising out of its fund portfolio. β€˜Very professional and skilful’ senior associate Sara Dolley has extensive experience in service charge disputes and enfranchisement issues.

β€˜An excellent choice for any property dispute’, the β€˜knowledgeable and thorough’ team at Geldards LLP provides β€˜commercially realistic advice’ across the gamut of disputes ranging from landlord and tenant issues, through to nuisance and highway matters. Team head Edward Meggitt β€˜brings a commercial level-headedness to what can be quite heated disputes’, is β€˜great on development work, and is always able to see the stranger angles the work can bring and cover them off’. Meggitt continues to represent Boots in litigation arising from its property portfolio, and recently successfully acted for it in a complex landlord and tenant dispute regarding the renewal of its lease on a retail park. Nicola Lawrence is an β€˜excellent tactician and gives sound, sensible and commercial advice whilst always fighting her client’s corner’. Lawrence has developed niche expertise in property-related issues related to the water industry as a result of her longstanding representation of Welsh Water. She is currently representing Principality Building Society, as owners of a commercial property in Pontypool, seeking damages and injunctive relief against Torfaen County Borough Council as a result of water ingress following work undertaken to the highway under its authority. Other clients include Associated British Ports, Dunedin Property, Carmarthenshire County Council and Arcadis.

The arrival of Jo Brown following the firm’s merger with MLM Cartwright in November 2016 has broadened the scope and depth of Hugh James’s two-partner property litigation team, which now covers matters related to the telecoms, gaming and retail sectors. Headed by Robert Phillips, the team remains best known for its expertise within the development sector, where it acts for clients including Bellway and Barratt Homes. Phillips is representing a global technology company in a dilapidations claim brought by the landlord, which involved issues of law relating to who is responsible for the dilapidations, particularly in light of a sub-tenancy. The team is also regularly involved in property litigation affecting public sector clients including the Welsh government and Natural Resources Wales.

Berry Smith’s β€˜very good’ two-partner team takes a β€˜sensible and commercial approach to property disputes’ and acts on behalf of a varied mix of developers, land owners and financial institutions. Praised for its β€˜knowledge of the law’, particularly on matters relating to commercial dilapidations and land disputes, the team is β€˜confident enough to run its cases in a proportionate manner without much input from counsel’. β€˜Focused and diligent’ team head Iwan Doull recently represented the Welsh government on CPO litigation regarding a new bypass running through mid-Wales around Newton. Simon Care recently represented the owners of an industrial estate in south Wales in an adverse possession claim brought against Network Rail.

β€˜One of the best in the south Wales area’, Darwin Gray LLP β€˜attracts some first-rate property litigation work’ for a varied mix of housebuilders, developers and housing associations including Persimmon Homes, Mill Bay Homes and Monnow Developments. The β€˜commercially-minded, quick-witted and charming’ Rhodri Lewis is an β€˜excellent litigator’ with a track record in landlord and tenant disputes and contested lease renewal claims. Lewis recently successfully defended Glenside Commercials in a dilapidations claim resulting from an oil leak on part of the property. β€˜The man you want on your side in a litigation fight’, Neil Morgan β€˜achieves tremendous results for clients’, particularly in relation to social housing disputes.

JCP Solicitors has a β€˜strong regional presence in south Wales’ and provides β€˜sound, commercial advice’ across a varied mix of commercial and residential property litigation, including dilapidations, boundary disputes, adverse possession and rent recovery due from commercial tenants. β€˜Incredibly thorough’ team head Sarah Davies (who is β€˜an absolute joy to work with’) recently successfully represented a private client in a right of way dispute with the court issuing a declaration confirming the existence of the right of way and an injunction preventing further interference. Carmarthen-based Rory Hutchings is β€˜particularly knowledgeable on agricultural property matters’ and regularly handles disputes arising in that area; he recently represented a farming client in a three-day property tribunal hearing concerning an adverse possession claim. Although he is best known for his contentious probate expertise, the β€˜intelligent and pragmatic’ Richard Howells also regularly handles property litigation work.

The β€˜highly experienced and commercially aware’ team at Morgan LaRoche includes a number of β€˜insightful and intuitive property practitioners’, including Jason Williams, who often handles high-profile property litigation, including landlord and tenant disputes. He acted in the Supreme Court case Arnold v Britton (& Others), which has become a leading authority on contractual interpretation regarding service charges. Associate Angharad Howells regularly acts for secured lenders in financial services property related litigation, including fraud investigations and connected professional negligence claims.

As part of his broader commercial litigation expertise, Dolmans’ Philip Bradley handles a range of property disputes involving rent reviews, breach of covenants and possession proceedings for management companies, landlords and tenants. He leads a team that includes Simon Evans, who has a particular focus on public sector-related litigation and often defends local authorities in property-related matters including disrepair cases brought by tenants.


Social housing

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  1. Social housing
  2. Leading individuals

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Blake Morgan LLP has a β€˜great depth of knowledge in the field’ and acts for many of the country’s largest and most active housing associations, including Pennaf Group, Melin Homes and Wales & West Housing Association. Team head SiΓ’n Jones handles non-contentious and contentious work within the sector and has been advising Newport City Homes on the regeneration project for Pillgwenlly, work which has involved the removal of commercial tenants with protected business tenancies; procurement advice on contractor frameworks; leaseholder consultations; and the varying of leases in private ownership. Senior associate Richard Macphail is advising Cardiff Community Housing Association on the Β£20m regeneration of the Maelfa shopping centre in Cardiff. β€˜Highly experienced and solutions-focused’ senior associate Louise Howells is β€˜tenacious in her delivery of a fantastic service’ and acts on behalf of housing associations on the acquisition, disposal and refinancing of properties. Penri Desscan is recommended for handling procurement work for housing associations.

β€˜At the forefront of social housing developments in Wales’, Hugh James handles a range of matters for housing associations, including on-site acquisitions and redevelopment projects, procurement and commercial contract matters, and housing management issues. β€˜Extremely passionate’ senior associate Bethan Gladwyn β€˜understands her clients, the industry and the work completely’ and heads the firm’s housing management team. Gladwyn recently successfully represented Tai Calon Community Housing in securing an injunction against a tenant who was responsible for a sustained level of anti-social behaviour, excluding him from all 6,100 properties owned and managed by the association. Associate Rhodri Thomas is β€˜passionate and knowledgeable about the area and is a clear favourite with clients and judges’. Team head Iwan Jenkins has expertise of construction matters within the social housing sector, while Robert Morgan is noted for advising housing associations on securing financing arrangements. Other clients include Aelwyd Housing Association, Melin Homes and North Wales Housing Association.

At Acuity Legal Limited, Damien Cann and Jonathan Geen are noted for bringing new funding solutions to the sector; recent highlights include acting for Mears Group on its joint venture with the London Borough of Bromley, which will acquire and refurbish 400 homes in the borough, financed by a Β£80m pension fund bond. Other clients include Principality Building Society, Plexus UK and Bridgend County Borough Council.

Clarke Willmott LLP focuses on social housing finance, and acts on behalf of lenders and housing associations including Melin Homes, Principality Building Society, One Housing Group and Handelsbanken. The β€˜knowledgeable and tenacious’ Vicky Kells has a focus on social housing securitisations and secured lending; she recently advised London & Quadrant Housing Trust on its issuance of Β£300m secured bonds. The β€˜knowledgeable’ and β€˜solutions-oriented’ Fraser MacRae acts for funders and borrowers on banking finance mandates in the sector; he recently advised Principality Building Society on a Β£9.9m financing facility made available to Linc-Cymru Housing Association. Senior associates Clare Gregory and Bethan Evans are also recommended.

The β€˜very strong’ team at Darwin Gray LLP provides β€˜very professional and responsive’ advice to an impressive roster of housing associations, including Valleys to Coast Housing Association, Merthyr Valley Homes and Hafod Housing. Despite the recent departure of Jamie Saunders, who left to join Coastal Housing Association’s in-house team, the team still includes numerous well-known figures in the industry, including β€˜helpful and accessible’ team head Neil Morgan, who is β€˜very knowledgeable on all aspects of social housing’. Morgan has a particular niche advising on anti-social behaviour issues and recently represented United Welsh in possession proceedings brought against a tenant who had been growing cannabis in his flat. Morgan has also handled numerous service charge and rent matters for new client NPT Homes. The β€˜very knowledgeable and accessible’ Stephen Thompson also handles social housing-related work as part of his broader corporate and commercial and commercial litigation practices.

Geldards LLP draws upon practitioners with expertise in areas including real estate, finance, charities, employment and construction, enabling it to provide a multi-disciplinary service to social housing clients. Mike Jeffs has significant expertise in the industry and recently advised NPT Homes on multiple right-to-buy dispositions and strategic purchases of long leasehold interest from tenants. Liz Ganderton and senior associate Harriet Morgan have significant competence in social housing development and finance matters, while Rhian Brace has recently been active advising housing associations including Tai Calon Community Housing on employment matters. Other clients include Curo Group, Valleys 2 Coast Housing and Monmouthshire Housing Association.

Duncan Lewis Solicitors provides β€˜thorough and accurate advice’ to often vulnerable tenants and handles an array of contentious work including reviews, appeals and judicial review proceedings relating to homelessness, disrepair, succession for tenants and neighbourhood disputes. β€˜Conscientious, hardworking and highly knowledgeable’ team head Heather Iqbal Rayner β€˜takes great pride in her work’ and handles work for clients based in south Wales and Bristol, with a particular specialism in Equality Act claims for vulnerable tenants. Rayner also recently participated in Court of Appeal hearing Cardiff County Council v Jonathan Lee. Lynda Reid handles a range of social housing matters including defending injunctions and possession orders on behalf of vulnerable clients.

At Morgan LaRoche, Ann Thomas has a focus on work within the social housing sector and has a long track record advising RSLs across a range of secured lending, securitisations, development and commercial letting work. Corporate and commercial team head William Barletta also handles facility loan arrangements for RSLs.


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