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Davitt Jones Bould

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Madeleine Davitt

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Davitt Jones Bould

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Commercial property.


Madeleine is a Senior Partner at Davitt Jones Bould and a specialist in commercial property law.  She acts as client liaison and main point of contact for a large number of the firm’s clients, spanning central government, local authority bodies, property investors and other private clients.

Notable clients include the Department for Work and Pensions, Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, The Royal Parks and the Cabinet Office. Madeleine has also managed substantial projects undertaken by the firm including the large-scale estates rationalisation exercise undertaken on behalf of Commission for Social Care Inspection (now Care Quality Commission).


Year admitted: 1987

Founding member of DJB.  Previously worked for Osborne Clarke and Government Property Lawyers. 


SRA number:  137956

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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Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

Real estate boutique Davitt Jones Bould has ‚Äėan excellent reputation as one of the country‚Äôs best small-scale property solicitors‚Äô. The firm is ‚Äėexcellent in its knowledge of the public sector and its requirements‚Äô and regularly acts for the Government and local authorities. Clients include the Cabinet Office, the Attorney General‚Äôs Office and numerous local councils such as Slough, Bristol, Leeds and Hertfordshire. The team is acting for the Royal Parks on matters such as licenses, removal of unauthorised occupants, personal injury liability and recovery of damages. Investors and developers are also common clients with notable examples being Squarestone Growth, Slough Asset Management and Thamesway Developments. Practice head Madeleine Davitt is a ‚Äėsuperb tactician with boundless energy‚Äô and other key names include Ted Dancey, Maeve Bonner and John Smith. Janani Puvi has joined the firm from Dewar Hogan.

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North West: Real estate

Commercial property: Manchester

Within: Commercial property: Manchester

Specialist real estate firm Davitt Jones Bould¬†delivers an ‚Äėexcellent service‚Äô. The team acts for Highways England on land acquisitions of relating to plots near roads and properties for CPOs. It also advised West Yorkshire Legal Framework on the sale of a former office and farm for Kirklees Council and is instructed by DEFRA on a range of matters, which included the ¬£13m disposal of a large lab complex to Capita. Senior partner Madeleine Davitt, who splits her time across the firm‚Äôs Manchester, Taunton and London offices, ‚Äėdeals with any client issues efficiently and effectively‚Äô. Emma Gormley¬†and Philippa Hipwell¬†operate across the firm‚Äôs Manchester and London offices, and Anita Gargye¬†is 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: Leading individuals

Madeleine Davitt - Davitt Jones Bould

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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