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Addleshaw Goddard LLP fields ‘an excellent, proactive and pragmatic’ practice, which is singled out for its ‘friendly, can-do attitude’. Department head Julie Middlemassmakes a real effort to understand her clients’ business’. Clients of the practice include investors such as Threadneedle Property Investments and British Land, as well as Sainsbury’s, Travelodge Hotels and GVA. Legal director Richard Symonds is recommended and clients single out associate Elizabeth Cape, who is ‘friendly, approachable and knowledgeable’.

The ‘exceptionally knowledgeable’ team at DLA Piper UK LLP is headed by Petra Billing in Sheffield, and Matthew Lonergan and ‘clear communicator’ John Kittle in Leeds. Billing led advice to Hibernia Networks in litigation relating to the new Hibernia Express submarine cable system. Kittle is acting for Heineken UK on all contentious matters concerning its portfolio of 1000 pubs. Other clients include Arcadia Group, Telereal Trillium and British Airways.

Eversheds LLP’s ‘top-drawer’ team was significantly strengthened in 2015 following the recruitment of Andrew Todd from Gordons LLP. Todd is praised as being a ‘tactically very astute litigator’ with a ‘strong commercial sensibility and the ability to get stuck in’, and has substantial experience in portfolio management issues. The ‘hardworking and friendlyDamian Hyndman leads the practice, which includes the ‘calm and experiencedAlison Oldfield, who specialises in property-related judicial review challenges, and James Batham, who leads the firm’s retail sector. Clients include Morrisons, Network Rail and Arqiva.

Strong in all regards’, Nabarro LLP’s ‘seasoned and knowledgeable’ team is led by Stephen Scott and includes Jane Turley, who ‘provides good, proactive and professional advice in a very efficient way’. The department is highly regarded for its development and site assembly work and also asset management mandates; Turley advised Capital & Regional as landlords in all contentious asset management issues for the Luton and Camberley shopping centres.

Pinsent Masons LLP is ‘among the top ranks’ and its ‘substantial presence in Yorkshire combines strength with depth’. Practice head Matthew Bakerhas a real skill in bringing the right team together for a case, and perfectly understands the clients’ objectives’. Legal director Michael Smith is also recommended for his ‘sound legal judgement’. The department recently represented Milton (Peterborough) Estates Company in a complex planning dispute. Other clients include United Utilities Water and Amber Homeloans.

At Walker Morris LLP, department head Andrew Beck is acting for Gladman Developments in challenging a decision by the Registration Authority to register a proposed residential development site as a town and village green. Other key team members include the ‘very impressive’ Martin McKeague, who has ‘a good understanding of clients’ needs’; and Malcolm Simpson, who focuses on advising developer clients and is ‘a determined litigator’.

The ‘clear, concise and practicalDanny Revitt leads Irwin Mitchell’s team from Sheffield, which has considerable experience in portfolio management and landlord and tenants issues. The department recently acted for a national property investor in recovering vacant possession of an industrial premises. Clients include Max Industrial, Thorntons, Sheffield Hallam University, and new client Orkney UKCO. Associate Lisa Stratford is noted for her ‘pragmatic and easy-to-understand solutions’.

Patrick Walker leads the three-partner team at Squire Patton Boggs, which specialises in land compensation cases with a notable strength in airport-related matters; Walker recently advised Stanstead Airport in a land compensation matter. Other clients include Manchester Airport, Trinity Mirror Group and Marshall Group. Senior associate David Holland is also recommended.

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    In the field of the acquisition of easements by prescription, little has caused more consternation over the last decade or so than the question of whether a right to park cars can be acquired by twenty years user as of right. The types of property capable of being adversely affected range from individual residential units all the way up to major development sites. The establishment of such a right can have a devastating impact on the value of the burdened land.

    - Falcon Chambers

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