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Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

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Addleshaw Goddard’s ‘excellent’ practice is ‘at the top of the list in this region and very high on the list nationally’, and clients appreciate ‘the way the team acts as in-house support rather than external consultants’. Bruce Lightbody leads the practice, which includes Lucy Sturrock, who ‘combines true legal expertise with a sound understanding of the commercial elements of a deal, she is pro-active and always available for support’; Ian Smith, who advises institutional investors on high-value purchases; Andrew Williamson, who provides ‘excellent support’; and Anna Heaton, who has expertise in development funding, joint venture and corporate real estate deals. Notable highlights include advising the National Grid on the property business separation aspects for the sale of over 10,000 properties; advising British Land on the £60m refurbishment of Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield and a related £300m redevelopment project; and advising on various residential development matters for a national infrastructure company. It also handled various matters for Standard Life, including assisting with the refinancing of all assets held by Standard Life Investments Property Holdings, advising on the merger of the Standard Life Investments UK Property Fund with the Standard Life Investments Ignis UK Property Fund, assisting with five post-Brexit disposals for the Standard Life Investments UK Real Estate Fund with an aggregate value in excess of £115m, and advising on the £69m disposal of a shopping centre in Birmingham.

DLA Piper UK LLP’s practice, led by Tim Field, has a reputation for handling high-value complex transactions, often with an international element, and also has wide-ranging expertise in renewable energy, particularly solar and wind development projects. Andrew Clarke, Mark Lynch and Valerie Mather have considerable expertise handling the acquisition and disposal of largescale property portfolios, advising the government on real estate issues and handling redevelopment projects. Notable highlights include advising RBS on the £198m acquisition of 440 Strand, the headquarters of Coutts private bank; assisting National Grid with the £13.8bn split out of 20,000 property interests into a new company, which included handling transfers, leases, licences, easements, relocation and demolition agreements; and advising on the migration of the entire British Airways property estate and business from the north to south terminal at Gatwick airport. Other work included assisting the Priory Group with its accelerated share sale to Acadia Healthcare from private equity firm Advent International. Legal director Ruth Williamson has extensive experience in handling asset management issues, portfolio sales and acquisitions, and share sales. New clients include Uber, Merlin Entertainment and Extreme Networks.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s ‘excellent’ team ‘provides a level of comfort, certainty and commerciality that instils confidence’, and is ‘quick to respond while still providing good value’. Department head George Bacongets things done while protecting the client’s position’ and has considerable retail expertise. He advised Hammerson on the pre-letting of the Victoria Gate scheme in Leeds, which included the opening of a John Lewis store; assisted Morrisons with a £100m promotion agreement with Barratt for the potential redevelopment of an existing store in Camden; and advised Kier Property Developments on the full development cycle of the construction of a new retail park in Wakefield, including the disposal of part of the site for residential development. Real estate investment head Stephen Felstead, who specialises in fund structuring, development and asset management, assisted Legal & General with a £65m investment into Newcastle Science Central, which includes two office buildings. Head of the global hospitality and leisure sector, Susan Samuel, advised KFC on the refranchising of 160 stores to a number of franchisees in separate corporate sales. International real estate head Sue Buckworth and associate Simon Harris, who is experienced in acting for REITs, are also noted.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s team is ‘very efficient, reliable and knowledgeable and has a commercial approach to property solutions’. Practice head Jonathan Brocklehurst has investment and development expertise. Victoria Goddard heads up the universities estates practice, which covers financing, development, procurement, rationalisation, planning, and energy matters pertaining to university campuses. Highlights included advising the University of Sussex on a 2000-bed £180m student accommodation development; Balfour Beatty will design, build and operate the project, which is financed via a listed bond on the Irish Stock Exchange. Richard Daffern, who focuses on real estate investments, is assisting Aviva investors with its £1.7bn long-income fund, the Lime Property Fund, including handling the acquisition of Newcastle Business School, which is let to Newcastle University. Other highlights include Kevin Boa advising Grainger on the £40m forward purchase of a build-to-rent development at the former Yorkshire Post site in Leeds, and legal director Stephen Glass assisting Scarborough Borough Council with the funding and development of the new Alpamare waterpark, which includes EU procurement and state aid issues. Andrew Quinlan, who is a key name for high-value development projects, and Anne Bowden, who handles PPPs for housing and regeneration work, are other names to note.

Walker Morris LLP’s team has a strong reputation for student accommodation projects, as well as notable expertise handling high-value portfolio transactions, retail acquisitions, energy projects, and disposals for large infrastructure clients. Practice head Nick Cannon led advice to Anchor Group on the £9m disposal of Bath’s Fitzroy House. Austin Judson has expertise in high-value retail acquisitions; he advised on a multimillion-pound Leeds-based development for a UK developer. Other highlights included advising on the £920m Odeon Cinema sale to AMC Entertainment, which was led by Jeremy Moore. Moore also advised on a multijurisdictional £55m fundraising by way of issue of guaranteed senior secured floating rate notes secured on a UK-based property for the purpose of funding a logistics business. Judith Pike handled several projects in the retail sector, including handling the management and letting of a large retail outlet, assisting with the £72.5m refinancing of an outlet centre, and advising Gloucester Quays LLP on a £72.5m facility agreement for Gloucester Quays Outlet. Senior associate Adam Reed is experienced in handling high-profile corporate disposals.

Bond Dickinson LLP’s team is a key name for redevelopment and regeneration projects for private and public sector clients, and also handles retail landlord and tenant work, office and business park developments, and investment sales and purchases. Mark Owen assisted Leeds City Council with the development of Victoria Gate and advised Commercial Estates Group on an option agreement to purchase land in Harrogate, which involved the sale of part of the land and was structured to allow the client to receive the full relief of SDLT liability. Paula Dillon advised Wykeland Beal, a joint venture between Wykeland Group and Beal Homes, on the regeneration of Hull’s fruit market. Julia Dacre Field, who was a recent arrival from Shulmans LLP, adds expertise in the housebuilding sector.

DWF’s team specialises in property investment and finance, corporate real estate, property development and portfolio management. Practice head Andrew Flounders. Nic Crocker, Jim Speed and Simon Meek are the key names. Recent highlights include advising Moda Living, a joint venture between Caddick Group and Generate Land, on a private rental sector scheme, in collaboration with The Co-operative Group, to develop a 470-unit residential and commercial space in Manchester. Other work includes handling Custodian REIT’s £26.8m acquisition of the Light Investment Fund portfolio from BLME, and assisting Roydhouse Properties with a £100m development in Leeds city centre, which involved letting commercial space to PwC, Baker Tilly, Marks & Spencer, BDO, Clipper Logistics and Caffè Nero.

Shulmans LLP’s ‘expert’ team is ‘very easy to work with’ and is singled out for its ‘quick’ turnaround. Led by Simon Jackson and Rosemary Edwards, the practice has expertise in advising housebuilding clients, advising on the public procurement aspects of property transactions, and has niche expertise in telecoms masts, advising clients such as Northern Trust. Edwards advised Belgravia Living, a joint venture between Town Centre Securities and GMI Construction, on acquiring land in Manchester’s city centre, which is intended for the construction of a residential apartment scheme. Associate Kieran Wilkinson is recommended for conveyancing work and ‘is very prompt and efficient’.

Squire Patton Boggs’ ‘very commercially minded’ practice is led by Matthew Dalzell, who focuses on development and investment work, and has particular strengths in student accommodation projects and the private rental sector. Prew Lumley and Karen French focus on corporate real estate, residential developments and planning promotion agreements, and Andrew Sprake advises on public sector regeneration schemes. Senior associate Abduss Patel provides ‘excellent overall service’. Key highlights include advising Leeds City Council on the £250m regeneration of the South Bank area, which will house Burberry as part of the company’s relocation of its UK manufacturing and international headquarters. 2 Sisters Food Group, Gate Gourmet and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council are all new clients.

Clarion is a key name for developers, corporate occupiers, retail and leisure clients, and also advises financial institutions on real estate financing. Practice head Martin Grange, who primarily focuses on development work, advised Hill Giftware on opening three new Baytree Interiors stores worth in excess of £1m. Lindsay Texel acts for owner-managed businesses and large corporates; she advised Newby Asset Management on the £5.5m acquisition and funding of the York-based Cocoa Works site, which is intended for residential development, and also assisted new client KME Yorkshire with the £6.5m disposal of an industrial complex in Liverpool. Banking and finance partner Ben Slack advises on secured real estate transactions and legal director Alison Batty focuses on development transactions. Other clients include Persimmon Homes, Reward Capital, MyCSP and Harron Homes.

DAC Beachcroft LLP provides ‘a very high’ level of service and is singled out for its ‘fast response times, extensive experience in the industry and a commercial and pragmatic approach’. ‘Efficient’ practice head Eve Gregory advised Leeds City Council on the £44m acquisition of 3 Sovereign Square, and assisted Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust with the £6m disposal of part of a hospital site in Leeds to the Homes and Communities Agency and developers Keepmoat and Strata Homes. Real estate disputes specialist Lesley Hughes handles landlord and tenant disputes, particularly those with an insolvency aspect, and Morag Joyce specialises in telecoms infrastructure matters and ‘brings a commercial perspective to transactions’.

Gateley Plc’s team specialises in strategic land acquisitions, promotions and residential development in the housing sector, and acting for developers on retail and mixed-use development transactions. Real estate head Philip Gregory, who joined from Gordons LLP in 2016, advised Water Lane on the acquisition of a development site in Leeds. Residential development head George Parker-Fuller assisted Sheffield Housing Company with the regeneration of various residential sites in Sheffield, and also advised a national housebuilder on the sale of its annual output of grounds rents, worth approximately £30m. Other clients include Peveril Securities, Simons Group, Marlborough Property, Bellway Homes and Taylor Wimpey. Avant Homes and Costcutter are new clients.

Gordons LLP’s clients have ‘no hesitation’ in recommending the ‘strong and experienced’ team. Practice head Paul Young specialises in property matters pertaining to commercial and residential development, retail, secured lending, and industrial acquisitions and disposals. Other names to note include Joanne Fearnley, who is ‘very commercial and provides a high level of personal attention and client care’, Simon Mydlowski, who is ‘a first-class lawyer, one of the best in the field’, and Nick Chamberlain and Michael Finnett, who are experienced in acting for residential developers. Recent highlights include advising a Jersey-based SPV, backed by high-profile, high-net-worth individuals, on purchasing investments into a new supermarket site and two partially built retail units; assisting Iceland with a property acquisition; and advising retailer B&M on acquiring 30 new store leases across the UK.

Irwin Mitchell’s team is ‘among the best’. John Flathers, who ‘understands client needs’, typically advises on development work, property finance and matters concerning corporate occupiers. He recently handled several matters for Henry Boot Developments, including advising on the £7.5m sale of Beeston shopping centre to Broxtowe Borough Council, and assisting with the £18.2m development and sale of a distribution warehouse to worldwide automotive car parts distributor Ferdinand Bilstein UK. Other highlights include advising Jones Lang LaSalle on its relocation in London, which included handling lease negotiations, and advising Gravity Fitness on purchasing new leases in Hull and Edinburgh. James Knowles, who focuses on development projects, made partner in 2016.

Lupton Fawcett LLP’s practice provides ‘an excellent service’ and its ‘response times are very good with the prompt issuing of and response to documents’. Practice head David Whitaker specialises in property joint ventures, residential developments and acquisitions and disposals, Jonathan Moore advises on development transactions and David Colemanis very knowledgeable and detailed, but also pragmatic and takes a commercial view in terms of the overall transaction’. Highlights included advising Hanover Walton on its joint venture with Keepmoat regarding the development of its site in West Yorkshire, a 120-unit retirement village, which involved advising on the land sale contract, joint venture arrangement and infrastructure documents. Senior associates Julie Perkins and Mary-Rose Millin joined from Irwin Mitchell and RadcliffesLeBrasseur respectively. Russell Davidson joined Shoosmiths LLP.

Schofield Sweeney’s advises on landlord and tenant matters, planning promotion agreements, strategic land options and infrastructure agreements, and advises clients across a wide range of sectors, including retail, healthcare, education and renewables. Manjit Virdee recently advised Santander on the £9m transfer and refinancing of a residential and commercial property portfolio, transferred from an LLP to three connected limited companies. Other work includes advising schools and academy trusts on property disposals and variations. Practice head Darren Birkinshaw, Dean Jowett, Simon Petchey, Richard Innes and Adam Hastie are the other names to note. Empirica, the Trafford Centre, Persimmon Homes, ATC Properties and Thomas the Baker are also clients.

Ward Hadaway’s practice head Kevin Weston focuses on transactions involving property joint ventures, including landowner collaborations covering both mixed-use developments and regeneration schemes. Andrew Pliener handles residential development work, David Pridmore, who joined from Watson Burton LLP, is a key name for residential development work, property development, acquisitions and disposals, leasehold requirements and finance-related issues, Jonathan Dickson advises landowners, investors and charities on acquisitions, disposals, portfolio management, landlord and tenant work and utility agreements, and Simon Hellewell, who recently joined from HLW Keeble Hawson, has expertise in negotiating joint venture agreements for large development sites. Consultant Brian Green recently advised Allied London on the £85m sale of Manchester’s XYZ Building to German fund Union Investment, and also handled the refinancing of Leeds Dock for the same client. Judy Fawcett joined Shoosmiths LLP.

Berwins’ team has ‘a business-like approach while also giving good, sound advice in an easy to understand language’. Richard Wheeldon is the key contact and is best known for advising landowners on negotiating options, conditional contracts and land promotion agreements with residential developers and housebuilders. Recent highlights include advising CDP on a high-profile regional regeneration scheme, assisting Springall with securing an agricultural land option and the £2.7m sale of an adjoining residential property, and handling the acquisition of three apartment blocks for a property holding company. Former team head Sophie Barton moved to Newtons Solicitors Limited in June 2017.

At Blacks Solicitors LLP, the team is ‘responsive and understanding of clients’ needs, has good sector knowledge and a good understanding of commercial balance and realities’. The group has notable strengths in commercial landlord and tenant matters, commercial purchases and sales, property development work and real estate financing. Recent highlights include advising a manufacturing company on the purchase of a brownfield development site, and assisting an estate agent with establishing a limited company and the corporate restructure and transfer of assets from a partnership to the new company, which included transferring and refinancing nine mixed-use commercial properties. The group also assisted a property portfolio owner and a lender with the transfer of three large portfolios of commercial and residential properties into two limited companies, which involved SDLT considerations. Practice head Nicholas Dyson and Chris Waddingham are the key names. Ian Errington and associate Matthew Hutchinson joined from Gordons LLP and Optima Legal respectively. Glen Salt moved in-house position.

Langleys Solicitors LLPcompares extremely well’ to its competition. Practice head Tim Cross provides ‘excellent advice, knows his subject, gets the job done and is a pleasure to deal with’. Cross, who has expertise in development, investment and retail matters, recently advised Yorkshire-based chain W Boyes & Co on leases for several stores, and assisted the UK subsidiary of Käthe Wohlfahrt with a 25-year lease for a new York-based retail shop, Emma Warner, who specialises in landlord and tenant and estate management issues, property finance, and freehold disposals and acquisitions, advised a hotel group on the sale of a hotel to developers for residential development.

Mills & Reeve LLP provides ‘excellent partner-led service with the back-up resources of a major firm’. ‘Client-focused’ team head Simon Sherwood is ‘effective in getting deals closed and is a first-rate property lawyer’. The practice is best known for handling largescale investment transactions, high-end residential developments, portfolio management, and healthcare projects primarily concerning GP practices. The team manages DB Cargo’s rail freight property portfolio, comprising over 100 UK-based properties, recently advised London House Exchange Limited t/a Property Partner on various acquisitions of residential and mixed-use investment properties, and assisted GPI with multiple site assemblies and primary care centre development schemes.

Raworths’ practice is led by Alasdair Inglis, who handles public and private sector development and investor work; he advised Onward Holdings on the £1.9m purchase of an investment property in West Yorkshire. Andrew Lawson, who specialises in development work and is, according to one client, ‘one of the best property lawyers in the market’, assisted Handelsbanken with the £4.5m refinancing of a property portfolio, which involved a security over 21 properties, and the conversion of the properties from an LLP to a limited company. Other work includes advising the trustees of Rockspring Hanover Property Unit Trust on the lease agreement for a purpose-built warehouse for storage and distribution. Janice Dale, who focuses on social housing matters, is also noted.

Bevan Brittan LLP’s practice, led by Richard Stirk, has a strong reputation for handling high-value complex acquisition work, sales and leaseback schemes, disposals, joint ventures and developments. James Atkins leads the healthcare property team, Julie Cowan-Clark has social housing expertise and Lyndon Campbell, who was promoted to the partnership, is a residential development specialist. The team recently advised a healthcare waste group on the grant of a sub-lease of a development site, handled the purchase of a £30m development site for a developer, and assisted a property management company with the incorporation of a property portfolio. NHS Property Services, Sovereign Housing, Brunelcare and Canal & River Trust are clients.

Capsticks LLP’s team ‘is excellent in all respects’. ‘Highly experienced’ practice head Lisa Gearyhas a knack of explaining complex legal issues in a straightforward and helpful way’ and Emma Brecknock ‘is very experienced and particularly helpful when dealing with leases and licences’. Geary advised Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust on the property-related aspects of the retendering of a contract for the provision of renal services to the Trust, and assisted Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust with two GP practice takeovers. Other work included advising the partners of Friarwood Surgery on the sale of the practice premises to Assura.

Harrowells Solicitors’ practice head Stephen Proctor acts for landowner, developer, industrial and other commercial leasehold clients. Matthew Hayward, who made partner in 2016, has wide-ranging expertise spanning acquisition and disposals, lease agreements, and securitisation work for banking clients. Recent highlights include advising an investment client on portfolio management issues; assisting a separate investor on the purchase of a building with multiple lettings, including government agency tenants; and assisting the corporate team with due diligence exercises pertaining to business acquisitions, including the assignments of leases and associated documents.

LCF Law stands out for its ‘good business acumen and tailored advice’. The team is experienced in managing commercial property portfolios, advising developers on potential residential and commercial projects, assisting charities and pension funds with property estates or investments, and advising commercial leaseholders and tenants. Practice head Paul Anderson has ‘excellent technical knowledge of commercial property matters and develops good client relations’; his recent highlights include advising a property company on the £11m sale of an investment property in London, following the conversion from five flats to one dwelling resulting from a freehold acquisition. Other key team members include Richard Davis, David Jameson, Deborah Finan, Tim Axe and Simon Mordey.

McCormicks’ practice head Heather Roberts has considerable expertise in retail, landlord and tenant, finance and development matters. Recent highlights include advising the Premier League on landlord and tenant issues relating to the extension of its facilities in its London headquarters and assisting a property investment company with a multimillion-pound purchase of a property let to two financial institutions on an investment lease. The team also has considerable private client expertise; it advised on redevelopment proposals, refinancing and land transfers for estates in Derbyshire and Cumbria encompassing 100 properties. Other clients include Yorkshire Agricultural Society and Leeds United FC.

Richard Longton leads Metis Law LLP’s team, which has expertise in development and property finance matters, charity and trust property issues and portfolio acquisitions, as well as niche strengths in the microbrewery sector. The team advised Northern Powerhouse Developments on the purchase of two hotels and a large country house, which is intended to be developed into a hotel, which involved unitised sales of the hotel rooms to finance the acquisitions. Director Andrew Marshall advised a borrower, Prosperity Noor and its bank Svenska Handelsbanken on the refinancing of 28 properties in West Yorkshire, and also advised Manku Group and National Westminster Bank on the acquisition of a site in Leeds from Johnson Group Properties and on the refinancing of several residential properties.

Quick and helpful service combined with competitive pricing’ makes Ramsdens an ‘excellent’ choice. Practice head Greg Dolan has strengths in real estate M&A, commercial leases and investment portfolio-related work. Simon Mills advises on residential and commercial developments, landlord and tenant matters, and secured lending. Notable highlights include assisting various developers with the acquisition of 11 development projects in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool, which included the £1.3m acquisition of a Manchester-based site to be converted into 116 apartments and five commercial retail units, and handling the acquisition of a retail park as part of a long-term investment project for an offshore property company.

At Weightmans, ‘advice is always concise and provided with a commercial reality reflecting industry knowledge’. Highly regarded team head Mark Crabtree specialises in advising leisure industry clients; he recently advised longstanding client Punch Taverns on converting several pubs into convenience stores, which involved handling lease agreement and warranties matters. Other work included assisting Enfield Council with the purchase of multiple properties subject to compulsory purchase orders, and advising Newham Council on replenishing its housing stocks. James Sargent, who joined from DLA Piper UK LLP in 2016, is experienced in handling development and investment work, acquisitions, disposals and landlord and tenant matters.


Commercial property: Sheffield, South Yorkshire

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CMS is now a key name in the region following its recent merger with Nabarro LLP. Key names in the team include Rebecca Kitchingham, who specialises in matters concerning multi-let properties, Tanya Holt, who focuses on the healthcare sectors, and Sarah Meldrum, who is an expert in retail-related property matters. The group recently advised Sheffield City Council on the pre-letting of approximately 140,000sq ft to HSBC, which involved a complex jigsaw lease agreement. It also assisted Metrocentre Partnership with multiple matters, including handling the completion of a 45,000sq ft extension to the Qube catering hub, advising on an 8,000sq ft extension to Primark’s premises, and obtaining possession of the former BHS store and subsequently assisting with a reconfiguration of the property to develop a flagship store for Next. Other highlights include advising Brockton Capital and Dunedin Property on a £300m portfolio of multi-let industrial properties, assisting Barnsley-based Quest Property with the development of a Sheffield city centre building, handling the sale of a trading estate for a real estate investment management company, and advising on the refinancing of 19 care homes for a healthcare company. Other clients include CBRE Global Investors, Columbia Threadneedle Investments, BlackRock Investment Management and Hammerson.

At DLA Piper UK LLP, practice head Nigel Howard, Stephen Blacksell and Vikki McKay, have considerable strength advising on student accommodation and urban regeneration schemes, as well as acting for European investors acquiring UK portfolios, and handling real estate financing. The team advised on Urbo Regeneration’s development project in Sheffield’s business centre and assisted Chesterfield Waterside with a large-scale town centre development, which included the forward sale of a hotel, the development and sale of 320 residential units, an office development scheme and the development of multi-storey car park and associated infrastructure. Other highlights include assisting Blackstone Europe with the purchase of 6msq ft of UK-based logistics assets for its European logistics company, Logicar, from a joint venture between funds managed by Oaktree Capital and Anglesea Capital, advising Prologis on its acquisition of property for development purposes, and handling Sheffield City Council’s compulsory purchase of city centre land for the development of a new retail quarter. Other clients include Tata Steel, LloydsPharmacy, Threesixty Developments, Keepmoat Homes and Hibernia Atlantic.

HLW Keeble Hawson’s ‘very strong’ team is known for its expertise handling property portfolios for retail clients, advising developers, motor dealers and investors on acquisitions and disposals, assisting healthcare clients with land reorganisations and advising care homes on property issues. Team head Richard Smith has ‘all-round expertise which is hard to beat’ and is supported by Alaric Birch, Craig Law, Claire Mayfield-Tulip and Doncaster-based Paul Goel. The group recently acted for St Luke’s Hospice in acquiring Clifford House, and provided subsequent construction-related advice concerning its renovation to a multi-use centre for community-based palliative care, and advised Ackroyd & Abbott on a development agreement with Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council and Universal Components to construct a 165,000sq ft advanced logistics facility for the relocation of Universal Components’ head office.

Irwin Mitchell’s team is ‘excellent for development matters’, and is also known for its strengths in mineral extraction work and acting for major property companies from the public and private sectors. National head of real estate Paul Firth acts for clients including Lafarge, Sibelco, Manchester Airports Group and the University of Sheffield on property portfolio issue and Andrew Wallis specialises in development projects from site acquisition through to exit strategies, particularly joint ventures and forward funding agreements. The duo advised a student accommodation fund on the disposal of a 25-unit portfolio to an Asian company, and are also advising Carillion on a £100m regeneration scheme in Durham, which comprises housing, commercial and retail developments. Thomas Hall joined Shoosmiths LLP’s Manchester office.

At Taylor & Emmet LLP, the team acts for a local and national client base, including SMEs, developers, pension funds, banks, charities, schools and not-for-profit organisations, on a range of property matters. Practice head Richard Kay, who splits his time between Bakewell and Sheffield, is experienced in acting for developers, local businesses and farmers, and handling sales and purchases of land, agricultural holdings and tenancies, as well as advising on mining leases for local tenant farmers and quarry owners. Recent highlights include assisting a family trust landowner with a proposed residential development, which included planning permission advice. Alastair Reid joined from Hill Dickinson LLP and George Thomson joined from BRM Solicitors.

At Wake Smith Solicitors Limited, practice head Neil Salter has expertise in retail investments and regeneration projects. Paul Gibbon advises landlords and tenants on commercial leases and acts for developers in acquiring residential and commercial developments, Lisa Davison assists with sales, purchases, and the funding of mixed-use developments, and Damien Donnelly and Ben Spencer are also noted. Recent highlights include advising Bisichi Northampton on the reorganisation of the retail parade element of a mixed-use asset; advising an investment company on the acquisition of a mixed-use development; and advising on the granting of two new leases to national retailers for H Ponsford at a newly redeveloped retail park in Sheffield.


Commercial property: Hull and East Yorkshire

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Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLPstands up very well against the largest commercial practices in the country’. Real estate head Richard Mays has ‘in-depth commercial property and development agreement knowledge’; he is advising Associated British Ports on the redevelopment of Green Port Hull and the proposed letting to Siemens of Alexandra Dock Hull to facilitate its offshore construction and facilities site, and also assisted Kensington & Edinburgh Estates with the redevelopment of a property in Islington. Chris Waterhouse, who is ‘strong on commercial leases and land and development agreements’, recently advised Wykeland Group on its development of @theDock, which comprises a 350 seat amphitheatre in Hull, and also handled a disposal of a business premises for Bridgeland Development. Adrian West, who has notable strength in and industrial unit and retail property transactions, assisted Ness Hall Partnership with the acquisition of a workspace centre at First Point Business Park in Doncaster. Commercial property head Paul Barker has ‘strong commercial property knowledge and takes a commercial and pragmatic view’ and Amanda Fenton is a key name for investment acquisitions. Bill Fisher is now a consultant.

Gosschalks has ‘a very professional and competent practice’, with particular expertise in the licensed, leisure and retail sectors. Team head Mark Teal focuses on the licensed retail trade sector, and advises on local and national development schemes and Andrew Bell handles high value acquisitions, disposals and development projects. Craig Beetham has ‘a practical approach to solving issues but stands firm when appropriate’ and Jonathan Beharrell ‘has very good attention to detail’. Charlotte Chilcott has particular strengths in advising on agricultural land matters, commercial and residential developments and energy, infrastructure and renewable sector mandates. The team handles new site acquisitions and general estate management for William Hill, and recently assisted a plc with the sale of 15 public houses, and also assisted a bank with the security on two multi-let industrial sites. Developer clients include Arnold White Estates and Beal Developments, and leisure sector clients include Wellington Pub Company and Enterprise Inns.

Rollits LLP’s ‘reliable’ team is led by Chris Crystal, who specialises in secured lending. Other key names include the ‘diligent’ Glenn Craft, who ‘understands clients’ needs’, David Hextall, who focuses on development finance, and Neil Franklin, who handles renewables and education projects. David Stone joined from Bond Dickinson LLP as a consultant and has expertise in a range of commercial property matters. Recent highlights include handling the refinancing of six properties for a care group, advising a plc on the acquisition of a food business, with assets including 12 freehold and 15 leasehold multi-use sites, and assisting with the development of a children’s leisure facility. Reckitt Benckiser, Cranswick, The Helmsley Group and Bishop Burton College are all clients.


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Addleshaw Goddard’s team is ‘excellent in every way, and can be relied on for fast, accurate and solid advice’. The group has notable strength in work concerning process engineering, as well as advising utilities companies and national developers, including SSE and the National Grid. David Shaw, who is a specialist in utilities, energy and infrastructure projects, is advising on various projects for United Utilities, including assisting with a Cumbrian water pipeline and the construction of new wastewater treatment facilities, and is handling various projects for HS1, including advising on Transport for London’s proposed extension of the Barking Overground line, and redoing HS1s precedent protective provisions agreement. James Reynolds has expertise in large infrastructure projects and renewables and is advising the joint Houses of Parliament on the restoration of the Palace of Westminster. John Emerton, who provides ‘good strategic counsel’, is representing Yorkshire Water in an adjudication brought by one of its partners. Joe Wilkinson has ‘a knack of seeing a position from the opponents view point’ and managing associate Ally MacKenzie is ‘one to watch’.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s sizeable team is stands out for its ‘depth of lawyers and excellent industry knowledge’. Team head Simon Plunkett is ‘very thoughtful and provides extremely well thought-out and reasoned advice’. Stacey Collins is ‘calm and quick-thinking during negotiations and strategy discussions, and is committed to helping clients achieve their objectives’, and Melanie Grimmitt has ‘the intellectual strength, drive, energy and enthusiasm to deliver large, complex projects’. The group has considerable strength handling infrastructure projects, adjudications and mediations, and advising clients in the rail, energy and transport sectors. Collins’ recent work includes advising the University of Huddersfield on numerous major construction and engineering projects, assisting Leeds City Council with a large infrastructure project involving the construction of a new road, and handling multiple projects for Hanson Group, including new builds, and work concerning regeneration, mining, demolitions, plant modifications, IT installations and emission control matters. Grimmitt advised E.ON on a battery storage procurement project, which had cross-border elements involving Italy and Germany. Other clients include Carillion, Amey, Balfour Beatty, Drax Power and Renew Holdings. Richard Anderson joined Gateley Plc.

Squire Patton Boggs stands out for its ‘excellent’ industry knowledge. Practice head Zakir Mullais particularly good at adjusting contract clauses’ and has strengths in major construction, engineering and infrastructure projects. His recent highlights include advising Calderdale Council on the redevelopment of Piece Hall, a Grade I listed building in Halifax and the construction of a new library, and advising Muse Developments on the construction of a landmark office building for Conwy County Borough Council. Matthew Mulqueen, who splits his time between Houston and the UK, is advising GSC Holdings, as its international legal counsel, on the development of ten phases of a 500MW photovoltaic solar development in Northern Cameroon. James Duckworth, who divides his time between the UK and Dubai, focuses on major development and infrastructure projects particularly in the energy, waste, transport and healthcare sectors. New clients include MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, Gildemeister Energy Solutions and Radiant Energy (Mauritius).

At Walker Morris LLP, the overall service and industry knowledge is ‘excellent’ and its ‘very attentive and highly trained’ team responds ‘efficiently’. Team head Martin Scott focuses on contentious issues, Jules Harbagemitigates risk and provides comprehensive advice’, Tom Peel handles non-contentious and contentious matters and senior associate Joanne McNamara focuses on student accommodation projects. Harbage recently advised the Port of Tilbury on a £12m bespoke contract with the Environment Agency for the replacement of existing navigational gates at the port. Peel is advising St James Securities on the development of a £35m retail park on a former college site in Sheffield, and advised Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council on construction contracts with the main contractor for the redevelopment of Barnsley town centre, and also assisted Fairbriar Developments Scarborough with a new residential and commercial development in Manchester. Peel and Harbage defended the Kier Group in three adjudications brought simultaneously by a subcontractor. Other highlights include advising Principal Hayley Hotels on the £50m refurbishment of a building in Liverpool to construct a five-star hotel, and representing Yorkshire Building Services in a cross-border dispute with a Danish manufacturer of textile ducts, regarding defects in the ducts.

Specialist construction firm Barton Legal Limited is well regarded nationally. Bill Barton, who is president of the Leeds Law Society, provides ‘great client service at highly competitive rates’ and the firm is ‘a great alternative to some of the London construction practices’. The practice has particular expertise in drafting and negotiating specialist bespoke contracts in relation to wind farms and renewable energy such as solar and biomass, as well as standard construction projects.

CMS’ practice, which is known for its strengths handling large infrastructure and construction projects in the development, regeneration, energy, renewables and waste sectors, is jointly headed by Fraser Askham and Martin McKervey. The latter is representing Biffa in four-party litigation proceedings in the High Court against MW High Tech Projects UK, West Sussex County Council and Megtec Environmental, in a dispute pertaining to defects, time extensions and termination issues regarding the design, construction and commissioning of Biffa’s new flagship energy waste plants in Horsham. Chris Hallam joined from Pinsent Masons LLP and has expertise in drafting contracts for complex construction, engineering and infrastructure projects and associate Jenny Whipps provides ‘cost-effective’ advice.

DLA Piper UK LLP’s practice is led by Ian Doig, who handles the non-contentious aspects of construction and engineering projects, with a particular emphasis on the manufacturing, nuclear, energy, infrastructure and property development sectors. He also advises on development agreements, building contracts, regeneration schemes and process facilities. Recent highlights include handling various projects for Threesixty Developments, including the sale of a 15-unit student accommodation portfolio and two private rental-sector assets, and advising Tata Technologies on the construction of its new headquarters in Warwick. Legal director Ben Peecock, who joined from Addleshaw Goddard, assisted Henry Boot Developments with the construction documents pertaining to the construction of a new international exhibition and conference centre in Scotland.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP acts for national and international clients in the energy and infrastructure sectors, on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Team head Jo Hatton-Jones regularly advises major international clients in the process, utilities and energy sectors on the procurement of key construction projects, and principal associate Chris Vickers specialises in the infrastructure, retail and energy sectors. Recent highlights include advising a national retailer on its framework agreements with contractors; advising on the procurement of a new sewage treatment works project for a local council; and assisting a technology manufacturing company with an EPC contract for an offshore wind project. Key clients include Next, the University of Leeds and Morrisons.

Gordons LLP provides ‘excellent advice and has good industry knowledge’. ‘Professional’ practice head Richard Piper has strengths in both contentious and non-contentious matters, handles large property development schemes, litigation, arbitration, and adjudication, and also has notable expertise in renewable energy and chemical and process engineering projects. The team is advising Opus North on a substantial Yorkshire-based retail development scheme, including handling contract negotiations with a forward-funding investor, commercial tenants, professional design consultants and the main building contractor. Piper is also handling the negotiation of various engineering contracts with numerous contractors for BASF regarding the redevelopment of the client’s Bradford-based chemical works site.

Hawkswell Kilvington Limited provides ‘excellent in-depth niche knowledge and exceptional value for money’. Jonathan Hawkswell provides ‘incredible accessibility and really thinks outside the box and recognises opportunities that will benefit the client’. The ‘tenacious’ Daniel Silberstein is ‘well able to think on his feet’ and ‘impressive’ Thomas Salter, who specialises in contentious matters, ‘is able to summarise complex legal and contractual points very well’. David Kilvington recently advised Electricity North West on contract negotiations for a £12m upgrade of its on-site electricity distribution systems at a major food manufacturing site, and also advised social housing provider Accent Housing on a £25m ten-year bespoke maintenance contract for its properties.

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s practice is led by Andrew Marsh, who acts for general contractors, architects, engineers, quantity surveyors, project managers, and specialist sub-contractors, as well as having niche strengths in assisting major insurance clients with CAR and liability claims arising from domestic and international construction and engineering projects. Marsh is defending professional indemnity insurers, public liability insurers and the insured, an electrical engineer, against a claim for damages concerning a fire at a retail park. Christine Burrows, who heads the non-contentious team, acts for developers, funders, NHS bodies and local authorities; she advised West Yorkshire Combined Authority on the procurement and construction of a multimillion-pound framework for municipal engineering, transport and regeneration projects. Simon Arnold left to become a barrister.

DWF is known for its expertise in energy and infrastructure projects, and advises suppliers and purchasers, as well as having strengths in high-value contentious process engineering work in the energy and chemicals sectors. Team head Andrew Symms and senior associate Christian Hellmund have notable renewables expertise and act for several German clients. Other work includes handling EPC contracts and framework agreements for South Staffordshire Water; managing framework agreements for Whitbread, which includes advising on forward funding deals; and assisting Discovery Park with the construction of a biomass-fired combined heat and power plant. Other clients include ScottishPower, Babcock International, Doosan Power Systems and Vensys Energy.

Irwin Mitchell’s team has expertise in advising on EPC contracts, building contracts, collateral warranties, bonds and guarantees, development agreements, and engineering, construction and energy matters. Recent highlights include assisting Hardy Mills with preparing construction documents for the conversion of an existing property in to nine apartments and the construction of three new build mews houses. The team is also advising Sheffield Hallam University on the construction of a research centre as part of Sheffield’s Olympic Legacy Park, which is being supported by a £14m grant from the Department of Health. Consultant Steven Bate handles contentious matters. Julie Morrissy joined Keystone Law.

Kennedys is one client’s ‘first point of call for contractual legal advice’. Practice head Sarah Maylor is ‘extremely impressive’ and is ‘unflappable, calm and sensible when things get tough’. Associate Helen Johnson is ‘an excellent lawyer who gets stuck into the detail’ and Helen Neale is ‘impressive’. Highlights on the contentious side included representing Cruden Construction in a £1m termination claim on a design and build contract, and representing Black & Veatch and its insurers in a multi-party claim from its sub-sub-contractor relating to asbestos damage arising from construction at the claimant’s property. Other work included advising various SPV subsidiaries of Fortress One on the redevelopment of eight mixed-use developments in London.

Gosschalks’ practice is jointly headed by Matthew Fletcher, who leads on contentious work and is ‘a very able and thoughtful construction lawyer’, and Chris Groves who handles non-contentious issues. The team has notable expertise advising on rail infrastructure and renewables matters. Recent highlights include handling construction documentation for Litton Parkgate regarding a demolition and subsequent new build project in Rotherham and advising Arnold White Estates on the £1.5m installation of a wind turbine, which included negotiating collateral warranties. Other clients include Horncastle Group, C Spencer, Dome Technology and Beaumont Morgan.

Rollits LLP’s team is ‘highly accessible, professional, knowledgeable and goes beyond what clients expect’. Practice head David Myers has ‘an overall appreciation of all property-related matters from land purchase to building contract law’ and Caroline Hardcastle handles contentious matters, in particular adjudications and health and safety-related disputes. The team is advising Reckitt Benckiser on the building contracts for a new £100m Centre of Scientific Excellence in Hull, and is advising a care facility on building contracts and sub-contractor warranties.

Shulmans LLP’s ‘very professional and client-facing’ practice advises public and private sector clients on contentious and non-contentious matters, including JCT, FIDIC, and PFI contracts and TCC enforcement proceedings and arbitrations. Team head and ‘seasoned litigatorPhil Morrison is ‘excellent at seeing strengths and weaknesses in clients’ cases’ and has ‘great knowledge’ of building disputes. Highlights included advising Town Centre Securities on construction procurement documents relating to refurbishment works at a retail shopping centre; representing Ground Developments in an adjudication concerning an NEC contract; and handling building contracts and collateral warranty packages for nine tenants of a development scheme on behalf of 4Urban Consulting.


Environment

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According to a client, DLA Piper UK LLP has ‘the best practice in the UK’. ‘Truly excellent’ team head Teresa Hitchcock has expertise in contaminated land, nuisance disputes and regeneration projects, and Stuart Ponting handles contentious issues for national and international corporations including environmental and regulatory investigations and general crisis management. Alastair Clough handles environmental, health and safety and product safety matters as well as compliance issues, and fellow legal director Ailish Oxenforth is a key name for defending Environment Agency enforcements. Highlights included acting for an international drinks manufacturer in enforcement proceedings brought as a result of a chemical manufacturing accident, which resulted in the death of several fish and defending a potential group litigation nuisance claim for a manufacturing company regarding one of its manufacturing operations. Other work includes assisting administrators with the management of environmental, and health and safety risk issues associated with the sale of a waste management facility, and handling an Environment Agency investigation for a UK company regarding allegations of improper land reclamation activity, falsification of duty of care documentation, the transfer and disposal of illegal waste and the failure to obtain appropriate regulatory permits.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s practice is led by the ‘approachableHelen Peters, who ‘is a very competent environmental lawyer, who really understands the nuclear sector’. The team has expertise in all aspects of UK, EU and international environmental policy, and routinely handles civil disputes, regulatory compliance issues, and matters arising from serious pollution incidents. Peters, along with Paul Rice, advised NuGeneration on drafting environmental and operational permit applications for radioactive substances activity, combustion activity and waste discharge activity pertaining to its new nuclear power station in West Cumbria. Peters also assisted Himor Carrington with environmental contractual issues arising from the acquisition of a site, as well as assisting with remediation matters, water management and environmental permitting. Other clients include Drax Power, United Utilities, Hanson and Amec Foster Wheeler.

Freeths LLP’s practice head Penny Simpson, who is ‘highly rated for nature conservation matters’, has considerable expertise pertaining to protected species and habitats matters, water resource issues, environmental permissions and licenses, and defending criminal investigations. Nicola Power focuses on complex contaminated land and water pollution issues, including mine water liabilities, waste and environmental permitting. The team defended a supermarket chain in a regulatory action concerning diesel leakages at two of its regional logistics sites; advised new client Cornwall Council on environmental compliance assessments relating to a significant development scheme; and assisted Hallam Land Management with an environmental permit required to remove protected species from a large development site in advance of attaining planning permission.

Shulmans LLP’s team has expertise in handling regulatory enforcement actions and liability risks, and also advises on the environment aspects of corporate and real estate transactions. Practice head Lyn Dario’s experience and work quality ‘is second to none’, and she is supported by ‘an exceptionally knowledgeable’ team. The team recently assisted a construction company with an investigation regarding the alleged deposit of waste material; defended a Leeds-based retailer in an asbestos investigation; and advised a property company on damage caused by the client’s contractors to a listed structure.


Planning

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DLA Piper UK LLP’s ‘proactive and positive’ team is known for its strengths in planning matters pertaining to energy and infrastructure, as well as for handling development and regeneration work. Andrew Batterton, who leads the development and infrastructure planning teams in Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds, ‘is at the top of his game and a leading UK expert in CPO’; he has expertise in large infrastructure planning, and mines and minerals matters. Senior associates Claire Stoneman and Sophie Stewart have strengths in Development Consent Orders (DCO) and CPOs. Batterton is advising the National Grid on the North West Coast Connections Project, particularly the consenting, property and commercial aspects, which includes assisting with the pre-application process and statutory consultation and development consent application. He is also advising British Airways on the development of its headquarters in Heathrow, and assisted with the compulsory purchase of land for the development and subsequently defended a compensation claim brought by a landowner. Other highlights include advising Sheffield City Council on the West Bar Square development, which includes handling planning applications, indemnity agreements and CPOs.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s team head Jonathan Riley is known for his expertise in national infrastructure planning and high-profile energy projects. Strategic planning advisor Jan Bessell has strengths in the energy and transport sectors. Senior associates Jo Miles and Nick McDonald focus on road schemes, energy generation and national infrastructure projects. Riley is advising South Tyneside Council and Sunderland City Council on the £300m promotion of a new 100 hectare international advanced manufacturing park, which involves assisting with a DCO application, advising on the land acquisition strategy and structuring the promoting corporate vehicle. He is also advising Drax Power on the promotion of the White Rose Carbon Capture and Storage power station project, including handling the main DCO application, the environmental permits, consultation processes, and negotiations with local authorities and other stakeholders. McDonald is assisting Ballymore with a major mixed-use town centre scheme at Brentford Waterside, which includes advising on a CPO indemnity agreement, land and rights required in the CPO and related matters such as stopping up and planning variations.

At Squire Patton Boggs, the ‘response times are excellent, industry knowledge is very good, and advice is always appropriate, straightforward and clear’. Practice head Richard Glover’s ‘depth of knowledge, presentation skills and experience are key factors in clients’ success’; he has particular expertise advising on issues pertaining to the Electricity Act 1989, wayleave hearings for utilities, and wind and solar farm planning. David Hardy, who is dual-qualified as a solicitor and barrister, handles planning work related to energy, residential and commercial developments, mines and minerals and transport development matters. Senior associate Julia Dixon’s recent work includes representing clients in public inquiries, including inquiries concerning an underground gas storage proposal, a gas pressure reduction installation and supermarket developments. Glover recently advised SP Manweb on applying for wayleaves regarding the construction of overhead lines in Wale; assisted Ineos Upstream with the development of wells for the potential production of shale gas; and is advising ITV on negotiations with TfGM concerning the construction of a tramline near its studios. Hardy handled a planning appeal for Energiekontor concerning the extension of a wind farm in Yorkshire, which resulted in in the granting of planning permission, and also represented Midland Pig Producers in an appeal over an environmental permit application, which was granted following an inquiry.

Walker Morris LLP’s practice has ‘an excellent reputation and standing in the wider North’ and ‘strong commercial acumen and compares excellently to its competition’. Practice head Andrew Williamson ‘leaves no stone unturned’; he represented Peveril Securities and Sladen Estates in an appeal against the refusal of planning permission for a student development in Durham. The ‘meticulousRichard Sagar, who ‘goes the extra mile to get the best job done’, advised Persimmon Homes on the planning application and subsequent public inquiry concerning the development of 156 properties. Chris Slater’s strengths lie in negotiating planning and highways agreements, community infrastructure levies and compulsory purchase work; he advised Grantley Hall on the planning aspects of the conversion and extension of a Grade II listed building. Senior associate James Garbett advised the London Borough of Bexley on an application brought by the Peabody Trust concerning a demolition and subsequent mixed-use development. Other clients include Commercial Estates Group, Hallam Land Management, Taylor Wimpey and Linden Homes.

CMS’ team is led by the ‘well-respected and knowledgeableChristopher Bowes, who has ‘great client care skills’ and is ‘relaxed but on the ball’. Bowes recently advised new client Inhabit on the planning aspects of its mixed-use scheme in Leeds and assisted Hammerson with the compulsory acquisition of land required for the redevelopment of a significant quarter of Leeds City Centre. Other work included acting for Tarmac in a planning inquiry concerning a review of old minerals permissions at a quarry in Wales. ‘Efficient and hard-working’ senior associate Rebecca Roffe is ‘an absolute star; she is great at energising and propelling a team through a case’.

At Bond Dickinson LLP, practice head Claire Brook and legal director Jocelyn Denton are the key names. The duo have notable strength advising on regeneration schemes, CPOs and large infrastructure projects, and also handle waste, energy and chemical-related planning matters. Denton recently advised the London Borough of Lewisham on the £1bn redevelopment of a mixed-use site in Bermondsey, which is part of the Borough’s wider regeneration scheme, and assisted Doncaster Council with planning advice concerning the construction of a new road. Brook advised Town Centre Securities on planning applications and s106 agreements relating to a hotel development, and assisted Wheelabrator Technologies with an application for a DCO for an energy-from-waste plant.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s practice is led by Peter Nesbit, who focuses on planning matters pertaining to mixed-use developments and large infrastructure projects. Principal associate Roddy Macdonald has expertise in handling planning appeals and judicial review challenges and advises on the promotion of sites for planning permission, the negotiation of complex planning obligations, EIA issues and town and village green issues. Macdonald recently represented Miller Homes in securing planning permission for three Leeds-based sites following an appeal, and advised Siglion on the planning aspects of the promotion of its Chapelgarth strategic housing site. Nesbit advised Kier Group on the planning aspects of its retail park and residential development in Wakefield.

Rollits LLP’s team ‘makes its regional presence felt by delivering a London City service’ and ‘provides very prompt response times and has a proactive approach’. Highly regarded team head Mark Dixon has strengths in negotiating s106 agreements, advising on the planning aspects of new care homes and mixed-use developments, and handling redevelopment projects carried out by education institutions. He recently advised Central Land Holdings on s106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 related to the planning application for a residential development with a supermarket and school; David Myers advised the same client on a variation deed associated with a major urban extension in Derby. Other clients include The Abbeyfield Society, Cranswick, East Riding College, Heron Foods and Bishop Burton College.

Shulmans LLP’s team is led by the ‘superbAmanda Beresford, who has ‘a keen eye for small detail and offers commercial and practical advice’. The practice is known for its strengths in handling planning-related judicial reviews, residential, commercial and mixed-use developments, infrastructure projects, CPOs, planning appeals and highways matters. Recent highlights include advising Extra MSA Group on a planning application for a new motorway service area, which included s106 and highways agreements; advising Greggs following an objection to a planning application for a starter home development on land allocated for employment adjacent to Greggs’ manufacturing facility; and representing Barratt/David Wilson Homes in a planning appeal against the local authority’s refusal to grant permission for the development of 300 houses in East Ardsley. The group also handled three judicial reviews for Shepherd Homes concerning the local council’s decision to grant planning permission for a residential development.

Weightmans has ‘an exceptionally well organised, strong regional team’, which is led by Lee Gordon, who has ‘great strategic vision and does everything to a high standard’. The team advises on major residential and urban extension projects, CPOs, and planning issues related to energy and infrastructure matters. The team recently advised Charnwood Borough Council on the North East Leicester Sustainable Urban Extension project, a development that will see 4,500 properties built over a 15 year period. Gordon, along with David Mathias, represented a nationwide logistics company in a judicial review challenge against Peterborough City Council’s decision to grant planning permission that would impact the client’s network.


Property litigation

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  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

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CMS’ department, led by Stephen Scott, is best known for handling disputes concerning complex development projects, vacant possession strategies, business lease renewals and terminations, dilapidations, rent reviews, service charges, arrears recovery, squatters and possession cases, landlord and tenant insolvency and real estate-related disability discrimination cases. Managing associate Jane Turley has a strong track record handling litigation, arbitration and mediation concerning commercial real estate issues; contractual disputes; portfolio management; and mines and quarries-related work, including overage disputes and occupiers’ liability advice. Other key team members include senior associates Edward Gamble, who focuses on landlord and tenant disputes, high-value contractual disputes and complex possession claims, and Martin Garner, who advises institutional landlords, tenants and developers on business lease renewals, debt recovery, dilapidations, trespassers, rights of light and insolvency disputes. Scott and Garner recently advised Hammerson on a vacant possession issue relating to the Victoria Gate shopping centre development, and assisted The Mall with the redevelopment of a Camberley-based site, including the extent of statutory undertakers’ rights over the site and public right of way issues. The team also represented NOMA in proceedings concerning the removal of protestors from properties adjoining its site in Manchester.

DLA Piper UK LLP’s team provides ‘a strong service with excellent knowledge and commercial acumen at a senior level’ and is jointly headed by the ‘measured and knowledgeable’ John Kittle and ‘dynamic litigator’ Matthew Lonergan. Kittle represented the landlord Telereal Trillium in an objection to the exercise of a break option by its tenant on the condition of vacant possession, he also handles all litigation issues arising from a portfolio of 1500 public houses owned by Heineken, which includes advising on legislative changes relating to tied public houses. Lonergan handles disputes and transactional property work for RBS in the UK, Ireland and EMEA. Sheffield office managing partner Petra Billing is ‘extremely knowledgeable and experienced, particularly in the area of minerals’. She handles disputes for key client Debenhams Properties, recently advising on the recovery of disputed service charge accounts; defending an opposed £30m lease renewal on a development site; and handling the referral of a £1m unopposed lease renewal to the Professional Arbitration on Court Terms scheme. Legal director Michael Gaughan ‘takes a strong proactive approach to litigation’. Arcadia, British Airways, Dixons Carphone and TATA Steel are also clients.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has ‘enormous strength-in-depth’ and considerable expertise ‘across the whole range of property litigation work’. Damian Hyndman, who ‘is a reassuring presence’, is defending a healthcare group tenant on a claim for backdated rent. Andrew Toddstrikes fear into his opponents, he is an imaginative thinker and is always one step ahead’; he represented The Peel Group in a dispute concerning a contested application to list a former military hospital as a Grade II listed building. Alison Oldfield is ‘strategic, careful and considered with an excellent understanding of the internal politics of big businesses’. Her recent highlights include successfully defending South Hunsley Academy Trust in judicial review proceedings, which challenged the decision to close a swimming pool and redeploy the space for academic use; representing Asda in a dispute with a developer concerning Asda’s obligations to purchase land for a supermarket development; and advising Network Rail on a redevelopment project in London. Head of retail James Batham’s clients include Morrisons, JD Sports, Blacks Outdoor Retail, Booker, Samsung Electronics, Greggs and Mitchells & Butlers.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s practice ‘is a major force and can hold its own against anyone regionally or nationally’. The team is led by the ‘pragmatic and commercialMatthew Baker and includes ‘extremely able, conscientious and hardworking’ legal director Michael Smith. The group has a reputation for handling high-profile, high-value property investment and development disputes, and also has strengths in matters concerning right to light issues, trespassing, vacant possession, residential tenant issues and energy, utility and infrastructure disputes. Recent highlights include acting for Hanson Marine in a dispute regarding the occupation of a concrete production plant; the client is seeking urgent possession of land required to carry out the Thames Tideway Tunnel, a national infrastructure project. Smith is defending United Utilities against a substantial claim for damages brought by Manchester Ship Canal, alleging trespass concerning the client’s discharge of water and treated sewage into the canal. Baker has substantial experience acting for clients in right to light matters, recent examples of his work in this space include handling disputes for Aviva Investors relating to a proposed oversite development at Tottenham Court tube station and, separately, a development in Reading; acting for universities in disputes concerning student accommodation developments, and representing the Ecclesiastical Insurance Office in a dispute concerning the development of land adjoining its London office.

At Walker Morris LLP, ‘the senior fee earners are experts in what they do, they understand the business and the industry and provide very sound, pragmatic, commercially focused advice’. Team head Andrew Beck has strengths in multijurisdictional mortgage fraud cases, town and village green inquiries, asset recovery disputes and high-value professional negligence claims against solicitors and surveyors. Litigator Martin McKeague is experienced in landlord and tenant matters and arbitrations; Malcolm Simpson acts for developer clients in disputes arising from option agreements, conditional contracts, planning promotion agreements, and supply chain disputes; Karl Anders has expertise in handling agricultural property and party wall disputes; and senior associate Emma Porritt regularly handles town and village green disputes for local authorities and developers. McKeague recently acted for an indemnity insurer in a dispute concerning the enforcement of a prescriptive right of way following an obstruction by the landowner; an interim injunction was granted in the client’s favour. Beck defended Gladman Developments in an application to register a proposed development site as a town or village green, the dismissal of which enabled the development of over 100 houses to be built on the disputed site.

Addleshaw Goddard’s practice is ‘knowledgeable, attentive, provides reasonable value for money, and gives sensible and practical advice’. ‘Impressive’ team head Julie Middlemass has strengths in breach of contract claims, dilapidations, break notice disputes, forfeiture and contested lease renewals. Associate Elizabeth Cape advises on landlord and tenant matters, service charge issues, rights of way and rights of light disputes and tenant insolvencies. Recent highlights include representing a family-owned property development group in a dispute regarding the operation of a tenant’s break option at a substantial premises in Sheffield, and acting for a joint venture property developer in a dispute before the Property Chamber First Tier Tribunal following an application by the leaseholder and management company regarding service charges. Richard Symonds joined Shoosmiths LLP.

Irwin Mitchell’s team ‘impresses with the level of service, speed of response and commercial advice offered’. ‘Approachable and straightforward’ team head Danny Revitt is ‘always on hand to give technical and practical advice’ and senior associate Lisa Stratford has ‘a no nonsense approach and gives solid advice’. The team has expertise in landlord and tenant litigation, lease renewal and termination proceedings, dilapidations claims and rent and service charge recovery. It acts for investors, developers, retailers and corporate occupiers with national property portfolios. Recent highlights include acting for a real estate fund in court proceedings against a corporate office tenant regarding its contribution to lift refurbishment works, and acting for a national property investor in securing vacant possession of an adopted road providing access to a large industrial estate.

Stephen Green leads DWF’s department, which has a reputation for handling disputes relating to commercial and residential landlord and tenant matters, service charges, dilapidations, commercial lease renewals, repossessions, trespassing and nuisance claims, adverse possession, lease terminations and withholding consent and boundary disputes. Nic Crocker focuses on real estate investment and finance, and commercial and residential development matters, and has niche expertise in matters pertaining to car parks. Clients include Q-Park, Persimmon Homes, Magnet and Grainger.

Gordons LLP’s team is praised for ‘understanding clients’ businesses and adding value’ and is ‘excellent value for money’. The team is known for its strengths in disputes involving enfranchisement, agriculture, utilities, telecoms, and planning and for handling arbitration, and it acts for a range of retail clients. ‘Commercially minded’ practice head Richard Cressall deals with factually complex issues ‘particularly well’. He handled various matters for Iceland, including renewals, disrepair, and consent-related disputes, and acts for YBS Group on contentious matters concerning lease renewals, dilapidations, residential possession proceedings, parking easements and trespass issues. B&M Retail is also a client. Bradford-based Graeme Davy made partner in 2016. Alan Herbert joined from Setfords Solicitors.

Excellent litigator’ Rob Hastie leads Gosschalks’s practice, with support from landlord and tenant specialist Victoria Quinn, and Julia Williams and Rachel Garton who advise pub tenants. Hastie specialises in commercial lease disputes, and acting for landlords in cases involving public houses and restaurants; he recently advised Enterprise Inns on the consequences of the new Pubs Code and related policies. Quinn represented Wellington Pub Company in a lease renewal dispute regarding a pub in Central London. Other highlights included advising a care home on closure proceedings following funding cuts by the local authority; construction litigation head Matthew Fletcher and associate Sarah Coates-Madden led the advice. Other clients include William Hill, Wilko, Age UK and Sally Salon Services.

Lupton Fawcett LLP’s team has ‘a great blend of business focus and attention to detail’, and has expertise in disputes involving commercial, residential, student accommodation, agricultural and ecclesiastical properties. The practice is led by ‘master tacticianJonathan Warner-Reed, who, according to one client, ‘should be on any corporate counsel’s go-to list’. Recent highlights include acting for two individuals in separate claims relating to adverse possession; handling a lease renewal claim for a car dealership; acting for a private tenant in an enfranchisement claim regarding a property in Central London; and representing a national commercial landlord in bringing a dilapidations claim against a former tenant.

At Shulmans LLP, the level of service and value for money is ‘excellent’ and the team is ‘responsive, commercial and personable’. Dilapidations expert Michael Watson, who leads the practice, also has key strengths in landlord and tenant disputes and Helen Hill and solicitor Richard Robinson ‘tailor advice to the clients’ needs’. Hill is a key name for party wall disputes and Robinson focuses on dilapidation claims. The team is handling various matters for Greggs, including assisting with real estate competition issues, a claim relating to misrepresentation, Landlord and Tenant Act lease renewals, dilapidations claims and expert witness advice. The team also represents Trust Inns in disputes concerning tenant insolvency, recovering rent and other arrears, termination notices, possessions and lease forfeitures.

Squire Patton Boggs’ team has expertise in Landlord and Tenant litigation, vacant possessions, right of light disputes, land access issues for utility and renewable energy providers, and judicial reviews relating to planning issues and CPOs. Senior associate David Holland leads the practice and focuses on land compensation matters. Recent highlights include advising an airport on its strategy for managing land compensation claims; representing a pharmaceutical company in a dispute over the exercise of a commercial lease break clause relating to an office premises; and assisting a plc client with its strategy for dealing with compensation claims from residential property owners. New clients include United Utilities and Provident Financial. Patrick Walker left to become a fulltime mediator,

3volution Limited’s team is, according to one client, ‘head and shoulders above the competition’, and has strengths in property-related professional negligence claims, residential possessions, dilapidations and contested CPOs. Practice head Matt Pugh is ‘forward-thinking’ and his knowledge in this space is ‘second to none’. Recent highlights include defending international testing services provider ALS Global in a £1m dilapidations claim brought by its former landlord’s successor following the client’s exit from a site in Runcorn. Pugh is also representing a commercial landlord in a £400,000 dilapidations claim against Sky and 365 Media Group concerning Sky’s former Leeds offices.

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP’s practice advises local and national retail investors on litigation arising from property portfolios, and also handles boundary disputes, dilapidations and property nuisance claims. Paul Barker, who ‘is a particularly good communicator’, and Richard Mays, who ‘has in-depth commercial property and development agreement knowledge’, jointly head the team. Nick Dean and Stephen Kell are other key names and have considerable landlord and tenant expertise. Recent highlights include handling a right of access dispute between two farmers; representing trustees of the Westoby Pension Fund in a construction dispute, which involves a dilapidations claim and structural engineering issues; and acting for a food company, as the commercial landlord, in a dispute regarding a lease break clause.

Blacks Solicitors LLP’s practice is led by Oliver Gross who ‘is very easy to deal with’ and specialises in advising holiday park clients. Luke Patel and James Teagle, who has ‘a measured approach’ and stands out for his ‘technical know-how’, have expertise in contractual disputes, dilapidations, easements and nuisance claims. Recent highlights include representing a commercial landlord in a challenge against a new lease; handling a dilapidations claim for a landlord; and acting for the owner of a mobile home site in a dispute concerning pitch possession following a period of unpaid pitch fees by the occupants.

At DAC Beachcroft LLP, practice head Lesley Hughes has expertise in landlord and tenant disputes, particularly those with an insolvency aspect, complex service charge and dilapidations claims, break rights, issues arising from development agreements and rent reimbursement claims under NHS contracts, Recent work includes handling declaratory proceedings regarding a £50m break clause; assisting with the termination of conditional development agreements; and advising on town centre regeneration matters for a local authority, which included assisting with procurement, landlord and tenant, listed building and right to light issues.

The team at LCF Lawhas good business acumen and provides tailored advice and good value for money’. ‘Proactive and pragmatic’ team head Ragan Montgomery ‘is always willing to go above and beyond’. The team advises Stagecoach South Western Trains on trespass issues related to its station property. Other highlights include representing private proprietors of a rural residential property in a dispute over an alternative right of way, and acting for the executors of a private estate on a multimillion-pound fraud and negligence claim against conveyancers. Other clients include The Salvation Army, Citispace Properties and Yorkshire Building Society.

McCormicks’ team ‘is extremely impressive in complex litigation’. Key individuals in the group include practice head Philip Edmondson, who has expertise in multimillion-pound dilapidation claims, highly regarded name partner Peter McCormick, Heather Roberts, who handles a broad range of contentious commercial property matters, and Kayleigh Fantoni, who has strengths in breach of covenant claims. Roberts and Fantoni have niche expertise in shooting leases; the duo recently acted for a high-profile client in a claim concerning a shooting lease.

Raworths’ team, led by Matthew Hill, is ‘always very professional and knowledgeable’ and it ‘is a great firm to work with’. The team, which provides ‘commercially driven advice’, has strengths in advising large institutional landlords, commercial landlords and tenants, landed estates, ultra-high net worth individuals, farmers and SMEs on a broad range of property litigation matters. Recent highlights include defending private tenants in a rural property dispute, which involved issues concerning trespass, adverse possession, express and prescriptive rights of way, and an application to rectify the Land Registry title of a large part of agricultural land. Other highlights include defending high-net-worth private property purchasers in High Court proceedings relating to a breach of contract over the abortive purchase of a £2.5m residential property.

Rollits LLP’s team, led by Christopher Drinkall, has expertise in right of way, dilapidations and terminations disputes and contested commercial leases. Managing partner Ralph Gilbert advises on tenancy litigation and possession proceedings, and landlord and tenant law for private and public sector landlords. Andrew Digwood is another key contact; he acts for plcs, national and local charities, educational institutions and social housing providers. The team recently advised a quarry company on its opposition to a commercial lease renewal; acted for a college and local farming panel in various disputes with their landlords relating to the use, occupation and sale of substantial farmland used for educational purposes; and handled a dilapidations dispute for a manufacturing company regarding commercial premises sublet to a third party.

Bradford-based James Staton leads Schofield Sweeney’s practice, and has niche expertise in advising landowners on investigations and prosecutions by regulatory authorities concerning endangered species, water pollution and waste management infringements. Director Sophie Morley has strengths in landlord and tenant disputes including forfeiture, Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 issues, rent reviews and dilapidations; she also advises developers on title issues, development agreements and vacant possession strategies, as well as handling termination strategies and enfranchisement claims for residential landlords. The team recently represented a Yorkshire-based property investor in a lease renewal dispute, and defended Yorkshire-based farming clients against a damages claim related to trespassing.

Wake Smith Solicitors Limited’s team has longstanding experience in the space and is led by Elizabeth Shaw, who provides ‘a top quality level of service’. Shaw’s recent work includes acting for a local manufacturing company in a £500,000 dilapidations claim; handling a derogation claim for a payroll service company regarding redevelopment work on a neighbouring property in London; and defending a dilapidations claim for the subsidiary of a multinational company headquartered in Belgium. Nick Lambert recently handled an easement dispute for the English subsidiary of a multinational company.

Ward Hadaway’s team is ‘reliable and personable’ and handles dilapidations claims, break notice and service charge disputes, possessions and forfeitures, and disputes arising from portfolio estates. Practice head Sharon Mathieson focuses on landlord and tenant litigation and property-related professional negligence claims, and is supported by Newcastle-based associate Jeremy Hardy, who has a ‘tactical’ approach, is ‘a pleasure to work with and is able to see the bigger picture’. The team is defending a developer against a nuisance claim brought by the landowner of an adjoining residential development, which alleges that damage was caused by waste materials produced as a result of development work undertaken by the client.


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Pinsent Masons LLP’s team provides advice ‘which combines commercial reality and a good understanding of public law with the practicalities and restriction of working in the public sector’. ‘First-class’ team head Anne Bowden provides ‘to the point, clear and helpful’ advice, has expertise in nationwide regeneration and development schemes and acts for numerous local authorities. Kate Orviss focuses on PFI housing projects. Recent highlights include advising the Borough of Wandsworth on an estate renewal scheme, which involves structuring contractual agreements with the private sector, site assembly issues, including buying residential and community assets in preparation for the regeneration, advice on CPO strategy, planning issues and technical housing law issues. Other work includes advising Westminster City Council on the development and letting agreements for University Technical College, which included assisting in negotiations with Network Rail; advising the Borough of Haringey on the creation of a borough-wide housing investment vehicle with a private sector partner; and assisting the Homes and Communities Agency with various matters including the procurement of a development matter for the regeneration of a hospital, and assisting with the provision of Builders Finance Fund grant funding for recipients of various housing-led schemes.

Walker Morris LLP’s practice is led by Chris Woodthorpe, who has ‘excellent industry knowledge and exceeds clients expectations’; he acts for registered providers, the Homes and Communities Agency, local authorities and developers and contractors on a broad range of issues including residential and mixed-use developments, landlord and tenant matters, acquisitions, disposals and stock transfers. Karl Anders heads the firm’s housing management and litigation department; he has notable expertise handling possession claims, injunction applications, public law and judicial review challenges, and enfranchisements and enforcements, including forfeiture and right-to-buy. Lucie Bryan, who joined in January 2017 from an in-house position, is a key name for advising social landlords on housing management issues. Recent highlights include advising a national FTSE 250 contractor on delivering mixed-tenure housing for five registered providers, as well as assisting with site acquisitions for associated joint ventures and negotiating conditional sales contracts; advising Cambridge City Council on its options and powers to deliver below-market rented housing and below-market sale homes for residents who don’t qualify for social housing; and handling Rykneld Homes’ acquisition of a site in North Wingfield for the delivery of affordable housing, which included assisting with title issues, third party agreements and negotiations with the council to provide mutual rights of access and services.

Bevan Brittan LLP’s team has ‘a proactive approach to problems and extensive industry knowledge’. Practice head Richard Stirk, Julie Cowan-Clark and Shelley Williams are ‘diligent, thorough, and dependable, have excellent property and social housing knowledge and experience, and present complex legal drafting and terminology in a client-friendly manner’. Stirk has a focus on development and security work and Cowan-Clark advises on asset management, security and commercial leasing and plot sales management; she and Williams mainly act for housing associations. Recent highlights include advising Yorkshire Housing on the acquisition of a greenfield development site, which was a contractor-led scheme involving site assembly issues, and assisting Leeds and Yorkshire Housing Association with a regulatory review involving locating title information, missing deeds and the reconstitution of title deeds. John Cox joined the firm from Clarke Willmott LLP.

Rollits LLP’s team acts for social housing clients on site acquisitions, options, conditional contracts and site assembly work. Practice head Douglas Oliver focuses on s106 matters, construction, management agreements and purchases and David Myers handles site and unit acquisitions for registered providers. Oliver recently advised a local registered provider on a 50-unit contract for a national builder, which included handling s106 agreement amendments, and assisted a regional registered provider with title, contract and transfer issues relating to a low-cost housing development managed by the client.

At Schofield Sweeney, Andrew Hurst and Simon Petchey are the key names. The duo act for registered social landlords and their funders on a broad range of issues including funding, governance, group structures and mergers, development and regeneration projects, and everyday housing management advice and litigation. Recent highlights include advising a housing group on the completion of two social housing schemes and assisting with ongoing negotiations for future schemes. Other clients include Leeds Federated Housing Association and Horton Housing Association.

Addleshaw Goddard’s key contact is Lee Shankland following Ruth Snell’s retirement. Shankland is ‘always ready to roll up his sleeves and pitch in’, and focuses on social housing finance matters; he also advises major lenders and stakeholders including the Council of Mortgage Lenders, the Homes and Communities Agency and the Department for Local Government and Communities.

John Murray is the key contact at Ward Hadaway and has longstanding experience of acting for registered providers. Other names to note include Helen O’Neill, who advises developers partnering with social housing providers on large residential and mixed-use schemes, and associate Simon Thirtle, who handles contentious social housing matters. Recent highlights include obtaining anti-social behaviour injunctions for a registered provider; assisting Inclusion Housing with funding and occupational agreements; and advising County Durham Housing Group on property and development acquisitions from housebuilders.


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