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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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