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  1. Commercial property: elsewhere in the West Midlands
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next generation lawyers

Hall of Fame

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Leading individuals

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    • Karl Bamford - Knights Professional Services Limited
    • Nick East - Lodders Solicitors LLP
    • Barry Sankey - Wright Hassall LLP
    • David Slade - Wright Hassall LLP

Next generation lawyers

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Higgs & Sons' ‘professional and responsive’ practice handles a wide range of transactions, including residential development sales. Cherry Elliott  advised Cassidy Group on the £44m purchase of a 350-bed residential development in Nottingham, among various other instructions in the space – Sara Shepherd  and Kevin Joynes handle work for major housebuilders, concerning both land sales and option agreement purchases. In hospitality, Richard Saxton  and associate Andrew Stokes  advised Talash Hotels on the purchase of the Mercure Hotel Chester and the Mercure Telford from Aviva; Saxton also acted for Primitivo Restaurant on the real estate elements of its temporary closure due to building works, and subsequent expansion into a neighbouring unit. Other work concerns corporate head office moves, real estate aspects of food and restaurant deals. The firm also acts for Bathams Brewery.

Lodders Solicitors LLP handles a range of work, including some significant residential developments. Nick East  advised IM Group, a repeat client of the firm, on purchasing and then subsequently selling land in Bath to a housebuilder for £9.5m, and also advised Spitfire Bespoke Homes on the sale of a 220-home private rented sector development in Birmingham. Alastair Frew advised Lakeside Homes on the purchase of a site in the Cotsworlds with a development value of £10m. James Mottram and Mark Miller also handle eight-figure housing land deals. In addition to housebuilding work Paul Morton, who divides his time between Stratford upon Avon and Cheltenham, handles office deals such as advising Central and Commercial Property Investments on selling a building in Warwick for £3m to a private investor. Among the senior associates Victoria Longmore  is is recommended, as is Russell Spencer , who joined in October 2017 from Wright Hassall LLP.

Wright Hassall LLP has ‘a wide-ranging team capable of addressing clients’ needs’. Andrew Jones  advised EDR Developments on buying a site for, and subsequent pre-letting of, a development in Redditch. James Polo-Richards  advised Wigley Contracts on several transactions, including an industrial transaction which completed four days after the receipt of heads of terms. David Slade, who heads the team, and Polo-Richards advised 3P Innovation on the land purchases required for a new headquarters in Warwick. Barry Sankey  has particular expertise in science and technology parks – he advised Lincoln Science & Innovation Park on purchasing an office block. Gill Worthington, who heads the retail property team, advises TUI. Lucie Byron handles real estate finance deals, such as advising Lloyds Bank on the security aspects of the acquisition financing of a portfolio of pharmacies, secured mostly against “make-weight” assets. Joanna Deffley handles significant housebuilding work, as does Clare Waring.

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP's ‘excellent’ practice handles work covering a range of sectors including residential, retail and hospitality.  In Wolverhampton, David Grove handles significant residential development work, acting for corporate and private investors. In Shrewsbury, senior associate David Raymont , whose work includes industrial transactions, is ‘pleasant, prompt and knowledgeable’; in the same office, associate Charlotte Nutting  is a key contact for retail property deals. Stephen Burke in Telford handles noteworthy hospitality work. Andrew Wynne  in Wolverhampton is also a key contact.

George Green LLP handles a range of work, with real estate finance one of several bright spots. Kevin Styles advised an Icelandic investor on the purchase of an existing hotel, seeking to use the site to construct apartments and retail units, and PalletTrack on leasing a new depot. Alex Jayne Lowe advised Telent Technology Services on subletting a floor of office space to a subtenant, and Ortus Securted Finance on a secured bridging loan for the £6.5m acquisition of office space in Luton. Also in real estate finance, Paul Woodman (who also handles property sales) advised OakNorth Bank on several development finance facilities to Guernsey companies concerning projects in London. Philip Round handles property finance work concerning the social care sector. Other clients include ThyssenKrupp, which Lowe advised on leasing additional space at its existing premises and the sale of a warehouse. Paul Kettle, who handles a range of transactional work, is also a key contact.

Knights Professional Services Limited Newcastle under Lyme office is headed by Karl Bamford, who has a track record of portfolio management work for large institutional investors. HélÚne Maillet-Vioud is also a key contact. The team has a track record of acting for clients such as Telereal Trillium and JCB.

Lanyon Bowdler ‘has the depth of knowledge and experience to support clients in all apsects of property transactions, assisting in negotiations and drafting robust legal frameworks’. Emma Wilde in Oswestry advised Primoris Homes on purchasing development land for an HCA-backed project to construct over eighty homes plus condign infrastructure – she also has expertise in the hotels space. Cindy Wright  in Shrewsbury also handles residential development work. Also in Shrewsbury, Andrew Evans, who ‘identifies the most appropriate documentation and makes recommendations in a simple and straightforward way, making decision-making easier’, handles work concerning real estate finance. Alan Gittins, who is based in Oswestry, handles several deals crossing over into Wales; Ian Glenister is also a name of note in Oswestry. In Telford, Praveen Chaudhari handles a range of work concerning offices and industrial properties, some of which cross-border.

In Kidderminster, MFG Solicitors LLP’s ‘specialist team gives great depth in its area’, providing ‘advice with the right level of commerciality’. Maynard Burton  handles site purchases for development. Miles Dearden  and Peter Copsey  (who ‘completes jobs in a timely and efficient manner and keeps clients well-updated on progress’) handle student housing projects, while Justin Travelyan Parker and Dearden advised Wychavon District Council on an urban redevelopment. Sarah Astbury  handled a sale and leaseback transaction concerning a garden centre. Other work concerns property financing. Associate Jennifer Hicks-Jones is also a name of note.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP provides ‘good, personalised service that manages risk and provides good commercial advice when required.’ Richard Cox handles sales of development sites for landowners, including ones with sitting tenants. Janet James  is also a key contact for work concerning infrastructure developments. The ‘exceptional’ Caroline Irvine  handles work for logistics lessees, among other work such as hospitality deals. Louise Drew (who ‘has strong experience and works with clients to resolve transactions’) advised Bromford Housing Association on the purchase of 107 plots as part of a 535-unit site in Staffordshire. Other clients include the National Grid.

Ansons its noted for its particular specialism in rural and agricultural clients matters. On top of a number of deals concerning residential property, working farms and sales of farmland to residential developments, the team advised Walton Homes on the purchase of six new development sites, as well as the sales of groups of properties to Tamworth Borough Council. It also advised The Regard Group on purchasing two care services centres. Richard Saum heads the team with Simon James and Neil Faunch key contacts for agricultural work. Lloyds Bank is a client for secured real estate finance.

Coventry’s Band Hatton Button LLP has ‘a wealth of experience and knowledge in property matters, which it deploys in a clear and user-friendly manner’. Daniel Blood, who heads the practice after Nick Button’s assumption of the senior partner role at the firm, advises housebuilders on sales of completed residential developments. Dina Parmar handles work concerning assisted living developments. Philip Costigan acts for Allied Irish Bank as well as handling redevelopments and property acquisitions. Other clients include The Albany Theatre.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys has particular strengths in work regarding mining and agricultural real estate. Philip Parkinson in Worcester and Matthew Hayes in Hereford are key contacts.

Beswicks Legal in Stoke on Trent provides ‘excellent service on all counts’. Associate Simon Abbotts is ‘prompt, efficient and a solid performer – totally user-friendly’; he handles deals concerning assets such as care homes and leisure properties, as well as advising house builders and pension investors. Senior associate James Cullen is also a key contact. At partner level, Ian Johnston handles a number of blight claims concerning HS2.

At Brethertons LLP in Rugby, Tom Lawrence  handles a range of work concerning residential leases, development plot sales and office space transactions, advising property investors and land owners alike. Actionlake Properties is a client.

Hatchers Solicitors LLP has ‘an in-depth knowledge of local markets and an active and friendly attitude to client service’. Val Edwards is ‘approachable, efficient and understanding’ – she advised a pension investor on purchasing a retail estate with twelve existing leases, while Matthew Bowering handles work concerning residential developments. Both are based in Shrewsbury.

Hawkins Hatton Corporate Lawyers Limited ‘has the ability to be commercial, with foresight of issues that some clients compare to a soothsayer’. Dudley-based director Colin Rodrigues is ‘a true partner in progressing a deal through to completion in an efficient and professional manner’ – he advised Absolute Apparrel on the purchse of an industrial building and office block in Wolverhampton for £3.2m, and assisted the buyer of a new industrial estate in Coventry. The firm also handles real estate finance work, acting for several major banks. Associate Director Natasha Bhardwaj  is also a key contact.

Pickerings Solicitors LLP ‘leads the way in Tamworth and the surrounding area – it looks after is clients really well and provides the help and advice needed in urgent situations’. Director Sue Albini ‘has a depth of knowledge that is second to none’ – she advised a landowner on the sale of a site with planning permission for 800 homes to a developer for £31m, and separately advised the buyer of a £20m warehouse development. Other work concerns residential development acquisitions, as well as agricultural land and retail matters. Solicitor Kate Pearce is also a name of note.

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