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Eversheds LLP’s eight-partner team provides a ‘first-class’ service to local, UK and international clients including TfL, SEGRO and Annington Property. Geraint Pullen Thomasalways goes the extra mile’ and provides ‘commercial advice’ to clients in the energy sector, where he regularly works alongside team head James Trafford. Kevin Booth has a focus on developer work and recently advised Persimmon Homes on a strategic land acquisition in Bridgend. Nefydd Jones is a leading figure. Also recommended are the ‘superbDavid Watkins, Helen Thomas, who represents corporate occupiers on their property needs, and David Emberson, who specialises in investor and real estate finance work.

Acuity Legal Limited acts for asset managers, lenders and developers on major infrastructure, housing and regeneration schemes. In addition to the team’s recent high-profile work for Rightacres Property and Legal & General on the £400m funding of Central Square in Cardiff, it also recently concluded the Ely Mill housing project on behalf of the Principality Building Society, one of the joint venture parties involved in this innovative affordable housing deal. Jonathan Geen, Steve Morris, Gareth Baker and Damien Cann are recommended.

Blake Morgan LLP’s ‘excellent real estate team’ is perhaps best known for its public sector work, which shows no signs of slowing, as illustrated by its recent appointment by Swansea City Council to act on its £400m city centre regeneration. The team is also picking up more private sector mandates on behalf of a varied mix of developers, owners and financiers. Team head Geoff Reed advised Julian Hodge Bank on the development and sale of a mixed-use scheme in Dunstable. The ‘excellentNigel Griffiths continues to handle retail leasing work on behalf of longstanding client Canary Wharf Group plc. Philip Jardine and James Egan are also recommended.

At Geldards LLP, team head Susanne Bradley regularly acts on significant public sector regeneration schemes and continues to represent Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council on the regeneration of Neath town centre. Liz Ganderton (who is praised for her ‘customer service and commerciality’) recently advised Chubb Common Investment Fund on the £34m sale of an investment property in Greater Manchester. Also recommended are Ioan Owen, Robert James and Mike Jeffs, who ‘knows his stuff’ when it comes to secured lending mandates.

Hugh James’ strength in the public sector was recently illustrated by the firm’s appointment to the National Procurement Service’s real estate framework. The team also has a strong reputation in residential development work; team head Peter Hurn led advice to the Walters Group on the disposal of the final 32 acres of residential development land from Walters’ Jubilee Park site in Rogerstone, south Wales. Also recommended are Yvonne Davies and Caroline O’Flaherty, for their work within social housing and education, respectively.

Headed by Roger Berry, Berry Smith’s three-partner team acts for a broad range of clients including banks (HSBC, Santander), developers/investors (Short Bros Developments) and local authorities (Bridgend County Borough Council). The ‘commercial’ Martin Pursall has a focus on real estate finance and is advising Principality Building Society on various secured loans over development sites throughout the UK. Chris Jones is recommended for residential development work.

Led by Leanne O’Brien, Capital Law LLP’s two-partner team handles work for lenders and developers. Justin Mason has niche expertise handling marina and crematoria developments, and is advising Jericho Wharf Trust on the community aspects of the regeneration of Jericho Wharf in Oxford.

At Darwin Gray LLP, team head Donald Gray and senior associate Catherine Burke recently acted for the purchaser of a development site in south London, which has planning permission for a split-level tower block. Clients include ACT, Mill Bay Homes and Ixion Developments.

At Howells Solicitors, Rhidian Hobbs has expertise in landlord and tenant work as well as development and business transfers.

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  • Parking rights: here to stay? Consent might be the surprising answer 

    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.

    - Falcon Chambers

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