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  1. Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
  2. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

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The team at Addleshaw Goddard LLP is led by Bruce Lightbody, who took on the role following Michael Reevey’s retirement in April 2016. Other key individuals include Lucy Sturrock, who splits her time between Leeds and London and specialises in landlord and tenant work, and Ian Smith, who is advising Muse Developments as developer on the £250m redevelopment of Rolls-Royce’s Hucknall production facility. Sturrock is advising Travelodge Hotels on several acquisitions, and Lightbody is assisting British Land, a new client for the department, with the refurbishment of Meadowhall Shopping Centre. Andrew Williamson and Anna Heaton were promoted to partner in 2015.

DLA Piper UK LLP’s global footprint gives the practice’s workload a substantial international element in addition to its national work. Recent examples include Andrew Clarke’s advice to Aviva on the sale of a portfolio of loans and properties, and assisting Renesola with the acquisition, development and sale of four solar farms. Tim Field leads the department and acted for RBS in the £130m disposal of Aldgate Union. Also recommended are Mark Lynch, who stands out for property disposals, and Valerie Mather, who heads the national real estate retail practice.

Eversheds LLP’s team is ‘passionate, proactive and innovative’ and ‘always inspires confidence’. The department is now the main adviser to Morrisons and also gained Harworth Estates and the Kering Group as new clients. George Bacon leads the four-partner team and is advising Hammerson on the pre-lets for the Victoria Gate scheme in Leeds. Other key names include Stephen Felstead, who is strong in real estate investments; Sue Buckworth, who focuses on international mandates; and retail specialist Susan Samuel.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s ‘excellent’ team is noted for its ‘good, commercial understanding combined with informative and focused advice’. Investment and development specialist Jonathan Brocklehurst leads the department, which has considerable expertise in developing funding structures. Also recommended are Victoria Goddard, who leads in the universities sector, and Andrew Quinlan, who is strong in property investment mandates. Highlights included advising Lime Property Fund on the acquisition of the first phase of the redevelopment of the Television Centre in London, and assisting Aviva Investors with the acquisition of seven Premier Inn Hotels.

Walker Morris LLP is ‘a regional leader’ that stands out for its ‘consistently high-quality work’. Nick Cannon leads the practice and has substantial strength in student accommodation matters. Highlights included acting for Far East Orchard on the acquisition of a large development site in Newcastle, which will be used for student accommodation, and assisting Moorgarth Group with its acquisition of the Broad Street Mall Shopping Centre in Reading. Jeremy Moore, Austin Judson and the ‘truly excellent’ Jacqueline Seddon are also recommended.

At Bond Dickinson LLP, practice head Mark Owen and Paula Dillon specialise in developments across the public and private sectors. Owen is acting for Leeds City Council on the development of Victoria Gate, and Dillon is advising Wykeland Beal on the redevelopment of Hull’s Fruit Market. David Stone is recommended for out-of-town retail and house builder developments. Julia Dacre Field joined from Shulmans.

Andrew Flounders leads the 11-partner team at DWF, and recently advised the Caddick Group on the pre-let and forward funding of a logistics hub for TK Maxx in Wakefield. Jim Speed assisted Custodian REIT with its acquisition of the Indigo portfolio. The department has experience across several niche areas including hotels, car parks and arena developments. The highly regarded Nic Crocker is also recommended.

Squire Patton Boggs fields a ‘highly commercial and professional’ team that ‘makes everything easy for clients’ and ‘cannot be faulted in the property field’. The ‘straight-talkingMatthew Dalzell leads the department, which includes the ‘client-friendlyAndrew Sprake, who leads the firm’s real estate finance practice, and Karen French and Prew Lumley, who are praised for their ‘excellent service’. The firm has been advising Leeds City Council on the proposed relocation of Burberry’s manufacturing operation, and assisted Calderdale Borough Council with the Sowerby Bridge Copley Valley regeneration scheme. Lindsay Texel joined Clarion.

Clarion has seen a significant amount of development work, particularly in the residential arena, and is particularly active in the manufacturing and leisure sectors. Highlights for department head Martin Grange included advising Jabe Foods on its £3.8m acquisition of a commercial unit. Lindsay Texel joined the firm from Squire Patton Boggs.

Key team members at DAC Beachcroft LLP include Morag Joyce, who acts for telecoms companies and residential developers, and also leads the firm’s asset management department; Eve Gregory, who has experienced substantial growth in work for public sector clients, particularly in the health sector; and Lesley Hughes, who specialises in landlord and tenant disputes.

The ‘very knowledgeableJohn Flathers leads Irwin Mitchell’s ‘proactive, trusted and client-focused’ team. Flathers is strong in development transactions and property finance, and led advice to Henry Boot Developments on a lease of a distribution warehouse and a related funding agreement to Great Bear Distribution. Clients single out associate James Knowles for his ‘detailed approach’.

Schofield Sweeney’s ‘strong legal team’ is led by Darren Birkinshaw, who has experience with landlord and tenant matters. The department advises clients across a wide range of sectors including retail, healthcare, education and renewables. Clients include Trafford Shopping Centre, Santander and Thomas the Baker.

Shulmans has substantial experience in the housebuilding sector, and also has notable expertise in property finance and development matters. Head of residential development Rosemary Edwards advised Barratt Homes on a land acquisition. Other clients include Avant Homes and Andrew Page. Simon Jackson leads the commercial property team.

Ward Hadaway’s team is led by Kevin Weston and includes investment and development specialist Judy Fawcett, Jonathan Dickson, who has experience in landlord and tenant work, and Andrew Pliener, who focuses on residential developments. Clients include the Canal & River Trust and Allied London, which the department is advising on the sale of several retail properties.

The ‘always reliable’ Nicholas Dyson leads the ‘excellent’ practice at ‘good local firmBlacks Solicitors LLP, which has extensive experience involving leisure, holiday and park homes, and residential sectors. Other key names include Glen Salt and Chris Waddingham, who is ‘very thorough and can be relied upon’.

Gordons LLP acts for a strong retail client base including B&M Retail, Iceland and Pure Gym. Paul Young leads the practice, and Joanne Fearnley is recommended for retail acquisitions. Barbara Rollin joined Shoosmiths LLP in Manchester, Ian Errington joined Walker Morris LLP and Philip Gregory joined Gateley Plc.

Lupton Fawcett Denison Till’s ‘excellent and highly involved’ team is praised for its ‘exceptional response times, pragmatism and knowledgeable service’. David Whitaker leads the team, which includes the ‘commercial’ David Coleman, who recently assisted the Jack Lunn Group with its acquisition of two Farm Foods supermarkets. Other key names include Russell Davidson in Leeds, and head of residential property Ann Laverty and Jonathan Moore, who are both based in York. Chris Waterhouse moved to Andrew Jackson.

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