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Birketts LLP has a team of four partners in Ipswich that is among the most highly regarded in the region. Chris Schwer has significant expertise acting for housebuilders and developers, advising on collaboration arrangements, joint ventures, options and promotion agreements. Chris Barker handles complex strategic land transactions and large development projects, and advises public-sector clients in the healthcare and education sectors. In addition to handling the sale and purchase of large investment properties, high-value leases and large-scale refinancing matters, Stuart Raven has specialist expertise in the area of retail and restaurant developments. Oliver Crichton is a leading property pensions lawyer with niche expertise in investments in commercial property using self-invested personal pensions or small self-administered schemes. The firm has strength in depth thanks to a team of associates that includes Stacy Aspden, who is noted for property elements of large corporate transactions; Vicki Chilton, who advises private developers, investor purchasers and business owners; Julie Hoy, whose expertise includes property refinancing and site acquisitions; Pam Dawson, who has a niche in ports and logistics developments; and Keith Andrews, who handles landlord and tenant matters. The team acted for Hopkins Homes Limited on the multimillion-pound acquisition of land to develop 645 new homes in Hunstanton, Holt, Needham Market, Bramford, Easton, Gazeley and Tunstall.

James Griffiths leads Ashtons Legal’s cross-office real estate team, which includes 20 lawyers in Ipswich. He advises on the full range of commercial property work but specialises in development, investment and property management matters for landowners, developers, investors, landlords and tenants. He can call on experienced associate Simon Burnip who regularly acts for lenders, developers, landlords, tenants, charities and local authorities. His recent transactions include the purchase of a development site that involved the simultaneous sell-off of a pub company and a lease agreement with a hotel operator. He also advised a local authority on securing an anchor tenant for a new development project. Solicitor Alexandra Chater handles the sale and purchase of freehold and leasehold premises, the management of investment properties, development work and landlord and tenant matters. Solicitor Sarah Duncan acts for education and public sector clients as well as developers, contractors and consultants. In a key mandate, the team acted for a Plc client on the property aspects of a multimillion-pound share sale.

At Gotelee Solicitors, Martin Whitworth leads a team of three partners, one associate and two assistants that handles commercial property matters for corporate clients based in Suffolk and London. Catherine Abbott handles commercial and agricultural property work including sales, acquisitions and landlord and tenant matters. Oliver Ray has a broad property practice that includes the sale and purchase of licensed premises and leasehold extensions. The firm’s highlights included acting on the sale of a waste disposal transfer station, handling the purchase of a truck stop with land for commercial development, advising on the development of a brownfield site that comprises starter units and large land plots, obtaining planning permission for a company to develop a new headquarters, and the purchase of a former petrol station and car showroom.

Kimat Singh at Kerseys Solicitors leads a team that has a strong presence in the retail sector in Suffolk and also acts for developers, corporates in the healthcare sector and food-service companies. Partner Jane Riley and consultant James Hayward are well regarded among the local business community and handle a broad range of commercial property matters. Highlights from 2016 included helping a large independent retailer to manage its property portfolio, which involved granting leases, licensing matters, option agreements and general landlord and tenant advice. The client also called on the firm for advice on the sale of development sites, the acquisition of investment properties including public houses and convenience stores, and a multimillion-pound retail redevelopment project. The team also acts for one of the UK’s largest chains of garden centres in regard to new lettings and lease renewals. Other clients include Cardinal Healthcare Properties, the real estate subsidiary of a well-known healthcare group.

Blocks has two highly experienced practitioners in Andrew Fleming and Gerry Field. The firm is one of only two providers of legal services to commercial lender Norwich & Peterborough Building Society.

Prettys recruited associate Graeme Burslem from Maclay Murray & Spens LLP, offsetting the departure of Tim Bacon for Ellisons Solicitors. Burslem’s track record includes multimillion-pound sales, acquisitions and land development transactions. 2016 highlights included advising a client on the multimillion-pound sale of land to Persimmon Homes for the development of 120 new residential units.

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