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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 ‘highly experienced and commercially aware’ team at Morgan LaRoche provides ‘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 ‘refreshingly commercial’ Kevin Thomas heads the team, which includes the ‘experienced and approachable’ David Palmer and the ‘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 ‘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 ‘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 £3.5m refinancing of a portfolio of ten investment properties in southeast Wales. Spearheaded by the ‘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.

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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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