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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 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.

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