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Peter Kershaw

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Addleshaw Goddard

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Real estate.


Peter leads the Manchester real estate team and has a wealth of experience across various sectors. He is a focused and committed advisor, transacts large complex deals and has a proven track record of working collaboratively with clients' internal and external teams to originate new processes and protocols to streamline and improve working practices.

Peter advises investors, developers, financiers, corporate occupiers and public bodies. He has expertise in all real estate markets and their derivatives at every stage of the economic/political cycle. He understands market trends and keeps close to policy issues

As well as being an Account Partner for Hermes/ MEPC, Sainsbury's and Standard Life, Peter's experience includes:

  • Advising corporate occupier clients on root and branch reviews of their procurement processes regarding their interactions with intermediaries and their process for the acquisition, management and disposal of properties, leading to new systems and ways of working
  • Advising on the development of Wellington Place in Leeds, 1.5million sq ft of commercial, retail, leisure and residential space and one of the largest and most prestigious new city centre business quarters in Europe
  • Working with clients on constructing new propositions, including exposition of regulatory matters and the performance of letting documents, to engage better with the market

Peter is a founding Member of LandAid's North West Board.


Articled Addleshaw Booth & Co; qualified 1989; Addleshaw Booth & Co (now Addleshaw Goddard) 1987-96; partner 1996 to date.


Law Society of England and Wales; board member of North West Property Investment Forum.


Saddleworth Secondary School; Leicester University; Chester College of Law (1986 LLB).


Family time, mountain biking and cooking.

North West: Real estate

Commercial property: Manchester

Within: Leading individuals

Peter Kershaw - Addleshaw Goddard

Within: Commercial property: Manchester

The ‘impressive’ team at Addleshaw Goddard provides ‘excellent service from partner level through to the paralegals’ and is ‘a key choice in Manchester for the top real estate transactions’; Stephen Kinsey continues to advise Bruntwood in relation to the Circle Square development in Manchester; and department head Peter Kershaw acted for Standard Life on the £70.7m acquisition of 33 Foley Street in London’s Fitzrovia, from Kier Property and acted for Corestate Capital Holdings on the £48m purchase of the Royal Liver Building in Liverpool from Royal London. Kershaw also led advice for Hermes Investment Management on the largest ever office pre-let in Leeds for a new regional government hub. Legal directors; Michael Corbett, who is experienced in the retail sector, Lucy Butterworth, Julie Hodkinson, who is experienced in renewable energy projects, railway property and projects specialist Robin Warburton, and Brian Ghatan, who is ‘especially skilled at navigating complex refinancing transactions’, are key members of the department, as are the ‘pragmaticCatherine Fearnhead and Vicky Niescier, who has ‘incredible knowledge and is extremely professional’. The team was significantly bolstered in 2018 by the hire of a six-partner team from Irwin Mitchell, which includes Anita Weightman, (former head of department at Irwin Mitchell), Paul Barnard, Patrick Duffy, real estate litigator Chris Perrin, Tony Weightman and planning lawyer Emily Williams. Colette Withey left the firm to join Ernst & Young.

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