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Lesley Hughes

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Real estate.


Lesley has extensive experience of the full range of commercial property litigation disputes, with particular emphasis on landlord and tenant, including those with an insolvency aspect. She has dealt with complex service charge and dilapidations claims and provides strategic advice in relation to development agreements. She has expertise in rent review and notional rent claims under NHS contracts. Lesley works for both public and private sector clients. Lesley is experienced in alternative forms of dispute resolution in addition to court claims. She leads the real estate litigation team in the northern office of DAC Beachcroft.


Solicitor Clifford Chance 1988-97; associate Walker Morris 2000-08; partner Beachcroft (now DAC Beachcroft LLP) 2008 to date.


Property Litigation Association.


Manchester University.

London: Real estate

Commercial property

Within: Commercial property

The real estate department at DAC Beachcroft LLP focuses on asset management, strategic investment transactions and residential development projects. Headed by Robert Lee, the team provides comprehensive portfolio management advice to shopping centre operators including Westfield Europe, and on the tenant side, advised Panasonic on the relocation of its UK HQ. Similarly, Sakis Tombolis assisted a technology company on the lease of its new HQ in Slough. The team also handles landlord and tenant work for clients such as L’Oreal and Go-Ahead Group. On the development side, Gemma Leonard has handled strategic development site acquisitions for house builders including Bellway Homes, and Crispin Tomlinson advised Galliford Try Partnerships on the property aspects of its acquisition of five freehold site with potential planning for over 5,000 residential units. Investment highlights included Helen Murcott advising Hines, in conjunction with Greenberg Traurig, on the sale of its Grade A development at Cannon Place, and James Ross acting for The Royal London Mutual Insurance Society on its £152m acquisition of Hermes’ stake in Bluewater Shopping Centre. Further, Andrew Boulton and Graham Brothwood have handled investment transactions for local authorities including Waverley Council. Lesley Hughes is another key contact.

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North West: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

DAC Beachcroft LLP  is regularly instructed by institutional investors, shopping centre owners, property funds and REITs on in disputes relating to complex development and regeneration projects, rent reviews and asset management work. The team advised a national shopping centre owner on lease termination proceedings and defended Royal London Mutual Insurance Society on a breach of covenant claim. It also advised St Helens Borough Council on the implementation of and compensation issues around the compulsory purchase of land at Newton-le-Willows Station. Royal Mail Group, Lend Lease and Land Securities are also clients. Lesley Hughes and recently promoted legal director Rachael Reynolds head the team, which includes associate Simon Kelly has joined Birketts LLP.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Public sector

Local government

Within: Local government

The team at DAC Beachcroft LLP leverages its broad expertise in public law, public health, real estate and private finance to advise its local government clients on a range of matters. Bristol-based Stephen Hocking heads up the national practice, which includes senior associate Ioan Davies in Leeds, who is advising Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council on its schools PFI scheme.  In another work highlight, the team is acting for Bradford City Council on all aspects of its regeneration and relocation of Bradford Markets. Other key names to note in the Leeds office include Charlotte Burnett, Lesley Hughes and Michael Peeters for matters involving public health, real estate litigation and transport projects, respectively. Former practice head Eve Gregory joined Clarion.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Real estate

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

Within: Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

At DAC Beachcroft LLP, practice head Clare Hartley focuses on the telecoms sector; her recent work includes advising Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure on its acquisition of new telecommunication sites to improve 4G coverage and assisting the same client with the surrender and re-grant of 200 leases of telecommunication cell sites nationally. The group also advises telecoms clients on site sharing agreements, leases for new masts and renewal leases. Further clients for the firm include Leeds City Council, Land Securities and Telefonica UK. Consultant Lesley Hughes is recommended for contentious matters. -Eve Gregory  joined Clarion in 2018.

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