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Davitt Jones Bould

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Robin de Wreede

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Davitt Jones Bould

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Commercial Property



Robin specialises in both commercial property and planning matters, making him ideally placed to advise on urban regeneration and other major projects.  An active member of the CPO Association, Robin has advised on major infrastructure and town centre developments for a number of local authorities and their joint venture partners.  Robin has also advised on major events, acting for The Royal Parks in connection with Winter Wonderland, BBC Proms in the Park, Radio 2’s 'Festival in a Day', the British Summer Time Concerts and a number of other events.  Robin previously worked in-house at a local authority and as a solicitor for a national law firm. 

Clients often comment on Robin's ability to understand their wider political and commercial needs.   He is recommended by both the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.  

Regeneration Advice to Slough Borough Council:  Advised Slough Borough Council on a major regeneration project as part of a Local Asset Backed Vehicle Partnership. The work encompassed seven key sites, for a variety of uses. Robin advised on planning agreements and other areas of commercial property law.

Development of the London Cycle Superhighway:  Advised the Royal Parks on the construction of this scheme.  His work included drafting the overarching agreement that regulates the works and ensures the preservation of St James's Park and Hyde Park. 

Regeneration of Sheerwater:  Leading this regeneration project for Woking Borough Council. This includes securing a CPO and multiple negotiations.  The Council are building over 900 new homes as well as various commercial and community infrastructure.  


Year admitted:  2003

Previous roles:  Private Practice - Edwards Geldard (now Geldards LLP) & Morgan Cole (now Blake Lapthorn LLP). In-house at Torridge District Council & Teignbridge District Council (Devon).


SRA number:  320871

London: Public sector

Local government

Within: Local government

Davitt Jones Bould has a partner-led offering which is said to have 'excellent lawyers who are receptive to the needs of a local authority in challenging times' and is also 'efficient and discreet.' Malcolm Iley is the experienced head of the practice who has a focus on property and regeneration projects. Robin de Wreede is a planning and property specialist who is highlighted for his 'depth of knowledge and diligence in pursuing matters' and John Qualtrough has years of experience advising local authorities on planning issues. It is advising on a number of large-scale regeneration projects including Woking Borough Council on the £500m urban regeneration of Sheerwater.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property

Within: Commercial property

Davitt Jones Bould is 'an extremely client-focused, solutions-driven' boutique firm, which handles investment transactions, letting and notional estate management work, and is particularly noted for its prestigious central government and public sector client base. An example of the team's nationwide mandates includes Madeleine Davitt and Robin de Wreede advising a national corporate occupier on the negotiation of over 300 leases for offices and other properties. In the investment space, Philippa Hipwell is assisting Woking Borough Council with its £72m acquisition of Dukes Court from a special purpose vehicle, and also acted for an investor in relation to the £75m acquisition of a large retail park. The team provides estate and portfolio management advice to Plato Estates, The Royal Parks and Highways England. Tom Castle and Emma Gormley are also recommended.

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South West: Public sector

Local government

Within: Local government

‚ÄėExcellent niche property and planning firm‚Äô Davitt Jones Bould¬†acts for over 50 local authorities in the UK on high-value investment, acquisition and regeneration projects. Malcom Iley¬†heads the team. Robin de Wreede¬†led on advising Woking Borough Council on the urban regeneration of sheerwater, this includes a compulsory purchase order and the matter is worth over ¬£500m. Sophie Philippon-Thomas¬†led on advising Poole Borough Council in relation to several academy transfers, completing leases and commercial transfer agreements. Sean Bulman¬†, Philippa Hipwell¬†, Madeleine Davitt¬†and Maeve Bonner¬†are also recommended. The firm was appointed to the West Yorkshire Legal Framework to provide property services to councils in the region such as Leeds City Council and Kirklees Council.

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South West: Real estate

Commercial property: The West Country

Within: Commercial property: The West Country

Davitt Jones Bould¬†runs ‚Äėan efficient and well-organised team‚Äô, which has ‚Äėserious expertise in public sector property work‚Äô. Of particular note, Stuart Bould¬†advised the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the property aspects of the ¬£15m transfer of the Wave Hub to Cornwall Council. Robin de Wreede¬†is acting for Exeter Science Park in relation to a new science park development; he also assists the client with sales and high-value leasing transactions. The team, which includes Maeve Bonner¬†and Elizabeth Palmer, provides comprehensive property advice to Highways England (Exeter), and also handles leasing, investment and development mandates for local authorities across the South West, including Bath and North East Somerset Council, Swindon Borough Council and Dorset County Council. Senior partner Madeleine Davitt¬†oversees a team that serves as sole property lawyers for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Firm co-founder Tim Sylvester-Jones¬†is another key figure.

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Within: Planning

Davitt Jones Bould has considerable experience with planning mandates for long-running public sector infrastructure and residential projects. Robin de Wreede is assisting Woking Borough Council with certain planning aspects, including compulsory purchase orders, for the £500m regeneration project at Sheerwater. De Wreede also advised The Royal Parks on the works licenses and permissions for the commencement of the construction of the London Cycle Superhighway. The South West team regularly works alongside the firm’s London office, which was strengthened by the arrivals of Penny Jewkes and senior associate Rachel Lindop, who joined from Cambridge City Council and Russell-Cooke LLP, respectively.

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