Firms in the Spotlight Commercial property: corporate occupiers

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP

Ronald Fletcher Baker attracts a diverse client base from financial institutions, high-net-worth individuals and substantial freehold corporate investors, as a result of which the firm has considerable expertise acting for corporate investors based in the BVI, Bahamas, Mauritius, Seychelles, Turkey and Isle of Man. This department also acts for sellers and buyers, and buy-to-let investors, …

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Commercial property: corporate occupiers in London


Recently undertaking a joint venture with Korean law firm HwaHyun, full-service firm Ashurst is active in the logistics, office, and residential sectors. The team has demonstrable experience advising on a broad spectrum of real estate funds and excels in acquisitions, disposals, financing and joint ventures, as well as lettings. Sarah Sivyour is seasoned in inward investment into European real estate, while Richard Vernon provides the team with expertise in the hotel and life science industries. David Jones is a key contact for South Korean investors, while Melanie Jordan is proficient in the build to rent and logistics sectors. Jamie Chapman handles the real estate aspects of railway projects, and Henry Moss spearheads the build to rent/private rented sector department. Tim Regis is adept in public procurement, as well as regeneration schemes, and Chris Benbow is well-versed in strategic land transactions.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Sivyour; David Jones; Richard Vernon

Other key lawyers:

Melanie Jordan; Jamie Chapman; Henry Moss; Tim Regis; Chris Benbow; Emma Potter


‘Melanie Jordan is an exceptional lawyer on all real estate matters. She has assembled a very solid team and can handle all complex projects.’

‘Melanie Jordan is exceptionally organised and provides high quality advice. She is also very commercial and practical.’

Key clients

Partners Group







IBK Securities

Vestas IM


Work highlights

  • Advised Partners Group on a revenue sharing arrangement with JLL, who will manage three areas within Partners Group’s Grade A office development at 80 Fenchurch Street.
  • Advised Panattoni in relation to its commercial office network and its HQ internal transactions.
  • Advised Exor on its UK headquarter move to office premises on Seymour Street in central London.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner boasts a broad practice encompassing asset management, in addition to high-value transactions. The practice is also able to draw upon an extensive support network of experts across the UK and enjoys a strong reputation in the build to rent, life sciences, logistics and student accommodation sectors. Robert MacGregor, Juliet Thomas, and Alan Wight are noted for their thorough expertise in pre-letting transactions, and the latter pair also cater to landlord and tenant mandates. Chris Rowe and Matthew Pomfret are proficient in development projects, while the former excels in urban regeneration schemes. Emma La Wita acts for both institutional landlords and occupational tenants, while Liana Hewson is well-versed in long term infrastructure-led large-scale projects. Ruth Miller thrives in development transactions in the residential and mixed-use sector, while global practice head Chris de Pury advises both regional and global investors in big-ticket transactions. UK practice head Samant Narula is primarily engaged in investment matters for domestic and overseas institutional investors, pension funds and private equity real estate funds. Adam Bogdanor has recently been engaged in a significant hotel transaction, while Celia Berg specialises in the retail and student accommodation sectors.  Claire Milton handles corporate support work, developments and lettings, as well as sales and purchases.

Practice head(s):

Chris de Pury; Sam Narula

Other key lawyers:

Robert MacGregor; Juliet Thomas; Alan Wight; Chris Rowe; Matthew Pomfret; Emma La Wita; Liana Hewson; Ruth Miller; Chris De Pury; Adam Bogdanor; Celia Berg; Claire Milton; Mateen Khan, Verity Waington, Claire Milton, Simon Kenley, Richard Brearley; Emma Le Wita


‘Everyone is friendly as well as professional and despite the large numbers BCLP manage to keep their key individuals involved in everything, so there is a real consistency of approach.’

‘Matthew Pomfret always goes above and beyond, recognising the really important issues for us and working all hours to resolve it with our best interests as the focus.’

‘Chris Rowe has excellent knowledge and experience, providing considered advice, but remains commercial.’

‘Juliet Thomas and Matthew Pomfret are very dedicated and considered in their advice and approach to transactions, balancing technical legal considerations with commercial outcomes.’

‘Matthew Pomfret has excellent knowledge across all areas of real estate, which is invaluable.’

‘Very client focused team seeking to understand client needs from the outset and deliver tailored and considered advice. Depth and breadth of teams across multiple specialisms to support various transactions and structuring work streams.’

Key clients


JP Morgan Asset Management

Argent/Kings Cross Central Limited Partnership


Lothbury Investment Management

GHS Limited Partnership (JV between GPE and HKMA)

Canary Wharf Group Plc

Work highlights

  • Advising BDO on legal work pertaining to their main offices at 55 Baker Street.
  • Advising JP Morgan Asset Management with regard to the asset management of their Bishops Square estate.
  • Advising KCCLP in relation to the on-going regeneration of the 67 acre King’s Cross scheme.

Clifford Chance LLP

With a ‘great deal of real estate asset knowledge’, Clifford Chance LLP handles headquarter transactions for both occupiers and landlords based in the capital. The team is also reputed for its expertise in Canary Wharf headquarter projects, direct and indirect investment, joint ventures as well as urban regenerations. Head of the London real estate team, Nigel Howorth has notable strength in energy-related matters including power station developments. Adrian Levy is proficient in domestic and cross-border real estate corporate finance transactions, while Angela Kearns, Alis Pay and Mark Payne are geared to handle foreign investment mandates. Ian Painter enjoys a strong reputation in the capital’s development and healthcare markets and Matt Taylor is knowledgeable of landlord and tenant matters. Melissa Jones is entrusted by investors, occupiers and sovereign wealth funds, and Marianne Toghill heads the UK real estate construction team. Senior Associate Ben Redding joined the team in June 2022 from Slaughter and May and advises lenders on the real estate aspects of financing.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Howorth

Other key lawyers:

Angela Kearns; Alis Pay; Mark Payne; Ian Painter; Matt Taylor; Melissa Jones; Marianne Toghill; Ben Redding; James Law; Franc Peña; Rob Donell; Alice Raine


‘They are very responsive and turn things around quickly without compromising on quality. The corporate capability within the real estate team adds a deeper level of understanding to real estate transactions.’

‘They are the best in class, responsive and willing to go the extra mile.’

‘Ian Painter’s broad knowledge of real estate and ability to steer clients through difficult and complex issues is unrivalled.’

‘They are very proactive, and their market knowledge is second to none. They are always a pleasure to work with.’

‘They are very personable and helpful. They anticipate problems before they arise and assist with finding a practical solution.’

‘Mark Payne is excellent, he is highly professional and very clear and futuristic in his thinking and advice.’

‘Ian Painter has been very responsive and anticipates questions before they are asked. The transaction would not have run as smoothly so far if we did not have their excellent counsel. His advice is commercially aware and practical.’

Key clients

Allianz Real Estate

Angelo Gordon

Apollo Global Management


Bike Works

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Canary Wharf Group

Clifford Chance LLP


Helical plc

Legal & General

Mitsubishi Estate

Mitsui Fudosan



NorthWest Healthcare REIT

Nuffield College, in the University of Oxford

Nuveen Real Estate

Sadler’s Wells

Work highlights

  • Advised on the joint venture between Castleforge and Gamuda Group on the acquisition of Deutsche Bank’s London HQ for redevelopment.
  • Advised Helical plc and Ashby Capital on the letting of several floors of the newly developed JJ Mack Building to international investment manager Partners Group, as well as several floors to private equity investor Motive Partners.
  • Advised the firm on their landmark relocation from their current tower to a building under construction in the City of London known as 2 Aldermanbury Square. 2


The ‘incredibly experienced team’ at CMS excels in the data centre, industrial, leisure, logistics, offices, and retail sectors. Andrew Banton has been praised for his ‘second to none technical ability’, and Mark Heighton focuses on alternative real estate assets. Jules Needleman is adept in headquarter lettings, while Marie Scott and Clare Thomas are both well-regarded in the hotel and living, office and retail sectors. Barry Morris and Caroline Maude excel in development projects in the capital. Chris Oakley thrives in regenerations, as well as joint ventures, while David Wilkinson is praised as ‘hands-on and diligent’, and Amanda Howard oversees the funds and indirect real assets practice. Alan Crawford is well-versed in landlord and tenant work, while Amit Unadkat advises global investors on inward real estate investment into the UK and Europe. Leilah Rawle leads the real estate state energy and infrastructure department and Ciaran Carvalho is a key contact for domestic and international developers, financiers and investors.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Banton; Jules Needleman; Marie Scott; Mark Heighton

Other key lawyers:

Barry Morris; Caroline Maude; Chris Oakley; David Wilkinson; Amanda Howard; Alan Crawford; Amit Unadkat; Leilah Rawle; Ciaran Carvalho; Lindsey Barrett; James Miller; Hugh Picton Phillipps; David Crossley; Clare Thomas


‘An incredibly experienced team that has both the commercial know how and tenacity to deliver results even with my organisation’s high standards and demands. The team has great communication internally meaning I don’t need to deliver the same piece of information twice.’

‘Andrew Banton is fantastic to work with, he is really switched on, knowledgeable in the market and calm under pressure. His technical ability is second to none, and he can think ten steps ahead of everyone in the room.’

‘I have worked extensively with Jules Needleman. He has an excellent understanding of the current market, and his advice is strategic and commercial.’

Key clients

Carbon Trust

University College London




Lazari Investments

HG Management/Hunting





Grant Thornton

Work highlights

  • Advised TikTok on the pre-letting of brand-new office space at 150 Aldersgate Street in London.
  • Advised CBRE on the major refurbishment and extension of their existing London HQ at Henrietta House in Henrietta Place, London.
  • Advised Grant Thornton on their new London headquarters.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Praised for its ‘deep expertise across the real estate spectrum’, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is particularly well-versed in big-ticket real estate transactions. With know-how of asset management, development, financing and leasing, practice head Jeremy Walden advises overseas clients with first time UK investments. Donald Rowlands is well-placed to assist clients with the corporate, property and taxation aspects of acquiring and disposing property, while Nick Turner leads the corporate occupiers space and caters to joint venture transactions, mixed-use developments and pre-letting transactions. Simon Elliot is often engaged in financing as well as landlord and tenant matters and Julian Pollock is sought out by inbound investors. Richard Forsdyke and Will Turnbull are geared for significant multi-phased development projects and head of the corporate real estate team Paul Chases is well-informed on development joint ventures. Shona Grey and Alex Wright are noted for their prowess in private equity transactions and Sebastian Taylor, as well as Kathyrn Coveney, were both promoted to partner in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Walden

Other key lawyers:

Donald Rowlands; Nick Turner; Simon Elliott; Julian Pollock; Richard Forsdyke; Will Turnbull; Paul Chases; Shona Grey; Alex Wright; Sebastian Taylor


‘The HSF team is a very approachable, down to earth and friendly team, however above all, they are diligent advisers. They understand the commercial challenges facing us as a business and help to steer around issues, ensuring progress on transactions.’

‘Shona Grey is always on hand to support and provide guidance where needed.’

‘The team generally go above and beyond to answer queries, make themselves available for calls, and support in any way that is needed.’

‘The team continuously demonstrated a high degree of focus and importance on the project, and a good level of urgency when acting on queries.’

‘An excellent working knowledge of the field.’

‘Shona Grey is a very friendly and approachable partner. She is supported by specialist partners who are always happy to support where needed if specific queries arise.’

Key clients



Transmission Capital






Cain International



Madison International



Work highlights

  • Advised British Land and its joint venture partner on their extensive redevelopment and pre letting programme.
  • Advised Lazard on the lease of its head office lease at 20 Manchester Square, London.
  • Advised Dechert LLP on its new London HQ at 25 Cannon Street, London.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

With a stellar client roster of corporate occupiers, Hogan Lovells International LLP advises developers, funds, and public bodies on the full spectrum of development and regeneration matters. The ‘collaborative and energetic team’ is also well-placed to assist global family offices, institutional investors, private equity houses and sovereign wealth funds across the entire property lifecycle. Head of the team Oliver Chamberlain caters to acquisitions and disposals, as well as the real estate elements of distressed debt. Global head of real estate Daniel Norris is seasoned in asset management, in addition to shopping centre purchases and sales, while Dion Panambalana and Gill McGreevy excel in development and regeneration projects. Jackie Newstead handles all aspects of commercial real estate, including joint ventures and secured lending, while Sian Owles provides the team with expertise in corporate wrapped real estate transactions and real estate funds.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Chamberlain; Daniel Norris

Other key lawyers:

Dion Panambalana; Gill McGreevy; Jackie Newstead; Sian Owles; Edward Newport; Nicholas Roberts


‘A collaborative and energetic team, who clearly care about their client’s and projects. They are able to provide clear advice quickly, whilst considering the cost efficiencies that a client will be seeking.’

‘The team will go beyond what is necessary to understand the people and projects. They are enjoyable to work with.’

‘Good strength in depth, particularly at partner level. A genuine full-service firm.’

‘They provide practical and commercial advice, respond quickly and have a good breadth of coverage and experience.’

‘They understand the situation and can get to a pragmatic solution.’

‘The team members are all very approachable and nothing seems to faze them. They are good at problem-solving, often providing practical solutions, and they are very responsive.’

‘Dion Panambalama and Oliver Chamberlain always make time for us. They are very supportive, and it’s reassuring when we have either one of them on a project.’

‘Dan Norris and Jackie Newstead are bright, experienced and commercial.’

Key clients


American Express



British Land

CCLA Investment Management




Coal Pension Funds

M&G Real Estate

News Corp

Eli Lilly

Work highlights

  • Advised M&G Real Estate on Kirkland & Ellis’ taking of space in 40 Leadenhall due to be finished in Autumn 2023.
  • Advised British Land on the development of their life sciences offering at Regent’s Place including their first lettings.
  • Advised Merck on a lease agreement for a new innovation and research hub on an island site opposite Kings Cross station.

Mayer Brown International LLP

Advising outbound Asian investors on acquisitions and disposals, ‘go-to firm’ Mayer Brown International LLP is a key contact for investment and private equity funds, as well as clients operating in the office, residential and student accommodation sectors. Iain Roberts key strengths lie in investment transactions, as well as mixed use property developments, while Caroline Humble and ‘first-class’ Chris Harvey advise European, UK and US clients on development and investment transactions. Simon Price is active in the hospitality sector and Joe Conder has notable experience advising international, open-ended and sovereign wealth funds. Alastair Dolman and Richard Page are often engaged in real estate private equity, while managing partner Jeremy Clay and head of UK real estate Andrew Hepner are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Chris Harvey; Andrew Hepner

Other key lawyers:

Iain Roberts; Caroline Humble; Simon Price; Joe Conder; Alastair Dolman; Richard Page; Jeremy Clay

Key clients

The British Land Company Plc

Meyer Bergman/MARK

Bain Capital Credit




Tribeca Holdings

Crosstree Real Estate Partners


Norton Rose Fulbright

Leveraging support from the firm’s international work, the ‘knowledgeable and commercial team’ at Norton Rose Fulbright is geared to handle domestic and international real estate development mandates. The practice is also well-regarded for its expertise in energy and infrastructure projects, inward investment, as well as large-scale social housing investment and financing. Head of real estate Wasim Khan and Charlie Pinkerton are knowledgeable of significant office moves, while the former also has know-how of the rationalisation of their space requirements. David Hawkins is adept in landlord and tenant matters, while Louisa Roe excels in leasing transactions. Dan Wagerfield often advises Asian investors and Juliette Kelly is informed in property financing. David Sinclair departed to Stephenson Harwood in December 2022.

Practice head(s):

Wasim Khan

Other key lawyers:

Charlie Pinkerton; David Hawkins; Dan Wagerfield; Juliette Kelly; Helen Finnis


‘They are very professional, personable, and reliable. Always available at short notice and urgent requests.’

‘Louisa Roe is an effective, efficient and friendly partner who is always willing to explain the legal complexities in a clear and understandable way.’

‘All our contacts at Norton Rose Fulbright go above and beyond for our business. They are always well-equipped with ideas and possible heads up on up-and-coming situations.’

‘The team adopts a very commercial but thorough approach, and we enjoy a strong, collaborative relationship that meets and often exceeds our corporate real estate needs.’

‘In addition to clear expertise in their field, individual members of the team have been a pleasure to work with, notably during challenging circumstances and working to tight deadlines.’

‘They have great market knowledge, are quick to respond and are proactive in their approach.’

‘Louisa Roe is very proactive and understands client requirements and how to manage these in an efficient and effective manner.’

‘Charlie Pinkerton is thoroughly knowledgeable and always makes himself available at short notice to answer difficult questions or deal with more complex matters that arise during a transaction.’

Key clients


Partner Reinsurance

Paragon 28 Inc

Saxo Capital Markets

British Airways Plc


Royex Real Estate Investments Limited

Voya Investment Management (UK) Limited

Exane S.A.

DP World London Gateway

Bank of Montreal

VF International

Civitas Social Housing

Korn/Ferry International


SOFAZ (State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan)

Olympia London

Ivanhoé Cambridge

Ashby Capital

Barnard’s Inn Unit Trust

Prudential Plc

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Europa Capital/Hobart Partners

Resolution Property Holdings

BMW Group

British Racing Drivers Club (Silverstone)

Commerz Real

GLL Real Estate Partners

Columbia Threadneedle Real Estate Partners and Global Asset Management


The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association Limited

Seamus Mulligan

Work highlights

  • Advised Olympus Property Holdings Limited on the pre-letting of a school venue to Alpha Plus Group.
  • Advised BentallGreenOak’s WELPUT fund on the acquisition, lettings, financing and management of six buildings within its London real estate portfolio.
  • Advised BMW on its UK-wide operational real estate portfolio.

Slaughter and May

With ‘thorough knowledge of acting for tenants in taking large occupational space for headquarters’, Slaughter and May is particularly well-versed in sport development projects. Head of the team Jane Edwarde boasts a stellar client roster of corporate occupier clients, including Arsenal, Everton and M&S, to name a few. Praised as ‘outstanding’, John Nevin and ‘standout associate’ Simon Bartle are entrusted by an assortment of law firms for headquarter moves, while Mark Gulliford, who is commended as ‘exceptional’, is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Jane Edwarde

Other key lawyers:

John Nevin; Simon Bartle; Mark Gulliford


‘Thorough knowledge and grasp of acting for tenants in taking large occupational space for headquarters.’

‘Standout associate Simon Bartle was on top of everything and was a very effective negotiator and communicator.’

‘The team are always available, have a pragmatic negotiating style and very good communication. They break down problems, so the lay person can understand them and always come with workable solutions to the issues.’

‘Simon Bartle at S&M is excellent, very personable, pragmatic and into the detail but very much focused on workable solutions to issues. He is my go-to person for any real estate issue.’

‘John Nevin is outstanding. He enters negotiations fully prepared with a calm practical persona and reliably deals with the issues at hand, any advice given is first rate and I would not use anyone else for real estate in London.’

‘John Nevin and Mark Gulliford are exceptional. They provide a flawless service. In all of our interactions with them, they have been responsive, pragmatic and completely unflappable. They are the go-to team for our organisation when anything remotely tricky crops up.’

‘John Nevin, Jane Edwarde and their wider team provide significant knowledge on all matters for office occupiers and provide first class service and advice.’

‘Slaughter and May ensure they understand their client’s needs and focus their attention on those needs when setting priorities in negotiations and drafting.’

Key clients


Bourne Leisure


Clifford Chance

Credit Karma



Dobbies Garden Centres

Elysian Residences




John Lewis Partnership

Kirkland & Ellis

London Resort Company Holdings


Marks and Spencer


Nimax Theatres


Reed Smith

Therme Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Clifford Chance on its new headquarters at 2 Aldermanbury Square, EC2.
  • Advised Kirkland & Ellis on its new London headquarters at 40 Leadenhall Street.
  • Advising Reed Smith on its new London headquarters at Blossom Yard & Studios.

Baker & McKenzie

Praised for its ‘technical knowledge’, Baker McKenzie routinely assists a litany of domestic and international blue-chip clients with HQ leases, lease restructuring and portfolio rationalisations. On the investment side, the team continues to advise Asian investors and has been praised for its ‘in-depth knowledge of the legal landscape’. Practice head Justin Salkeld advises investors and operators on the acquisition, development, disposal, and operation of hotel assets, and Ben Farnell is sought out by tenants on occupational and real estate management issues. Stefanie Price and Jack Rubin are noted for their expertise in real estate finance, while the formers practice encompasses landlord and tenant mandates, as well as the real estate aspects of corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Justin Salkeld

Other key lawyers:

Ben Farnell; Stefanie Price; Jack Rubin


‘Good industry and technical knowledge.’

‘Stefanie Price is always quick to respond with insightful and helpful advice.’

Key clients



Google UK Ltd

Mapletree Property Investments

Tapestry, Inc.

Edwardian Hotels Group


Nasdaq, Inc.


Capri Holdings




Cancer Research UK

Michael Kors



Employees Provident Fund


Lions Capital

Nasdaq, Inc.

Hutchison Whampoa

Inter Terminals


Work highlights

  • Advising Michael Kors on its EMEA store expansion and maintenance including all lease work across the client’s EMEA network.
  • Acting for Tapestry Inc. in respect of all their UK retail stores and numerous EMEA stores across their three brands: Coach, Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman.
  • Advised Mapletree Investments on property management and lettings at two sites.

Bristows LLP

Recently bolstering its technology and life sciences capability, the ‘collaborative’ team at Bristows LLP advises clients on noteworthy office relocations. ‘Standout professional’  Teresa Edmund leads the team and is a key port of call for charities, learned institutions and not-for-profit organisations. Tim Allen is knowledgeable of corporate transactions in the healthcare, logistics and office sectors and Suzanne Hooks often assists long-term client Blue Diamond Group. Gemma Kirsch provides the team with strength in asset management.

Practice head(s):

Teresa Edmund

Other key lawyers:

Tim Allen; Suzanne Hooks; Gemma Kirsch


‘The team are very collaborative when approaching a number of works streams and the individuals go above and beyond to meet deadlines and resolve issues.’

‘Bristows can always be relied upon to provide high levels of expertise and their team continually give clear and precise advice, sharing professional knowledge and ‘know how’, which gives a great deal of assurance when making key decisions during a legal process.’

‘A driven team and very commercially minded when it comes to completing a transaction. The communication was excellent so both client and consultants were up to speed on the progress at all times.’

Key clients

Waterland Private Equity Fund VII and Waterland Private Equity Fund VIII

Priory Group

Blue Diamond Limited

Frontier Economics

The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn

AMRO Real Estate Partners

Genomics England Limited

British Academy

Flexera Software Limited

Kodak Alaris

Delice De France Limited

Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale

IP Group

Orca Computing Limited

Dolby Europe Limited

Signature Litigation Limited

Kato International LLC

Bloomfield Service Stations Limited

Emperor Design Consultants Limited

Caviar Kaspia Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Frontier Economics on the acquisition of a new HQ premises comprising 3 floors of Worship Square in Shoreditch.
  • Acting for Genomics England on its relocation to One Canada Square.
  • Advising Blue Diamond UK Limited on the acquisition of the Van Hage family business which comprises 3 garden centres.

Burges Salmon LLP

Geared for infrastructure development projects in the capital, Burges Salmon LLP operates across Bristol and London, and has been praised for its ‘great strength in depth’. The practice also handles landlord and tenant work, including disposal and exit strategies, in addition to headquarter moves. Richard Read is sought out by domestic and international investors and occupiers, while Richard Clark advises investment funds clients operating in the industrial and retail, logistics and office arenas. Matt Sims handles business headquarter moves and Will Hall is primarily engaged in corporate occupier and investment mandates, pertaining to the industrial sector. Amy Simpson, Philip Beer and Jessica Garner are noted for their expertise in major regeneration and redevelopment projects, while Ross Polkinghorne was recently promoted to the head of the built environment practice. Gary Soloman oversees the firm’s planning and compulsory purchase team, and Robert Forman represents a plethora of private clients in the rural property sector.

Practice head(s):

Richard Read: Richard Clark

Other key lawyers:

Amy Simpson; Philip Beer; Jessica Chesterfield; Ross Polkinghorne; Gary Soloman; Robert Forman; Matt Sims


‘They have great strength in depth, with a true partner-led service.’

‘A strong commercial approach to dealing with legal issues.’

Key clients

Virgin Group/ Virgin Management Limited

Beauty Pie

St. James’s Place Wealth Management (SJP)


The Financial Conduct Authority

Ordnance Survey

Alpha Group

UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)

Pure Electric

Robuchon Restaurants

Work highlights

  • Advising Virgin Management Limited on their London HQ move and office consolidation project.
  • Advising Beauty Pie on its acquisition of a new HQ office space at Colegrave House, 70 Berners Street. London.
  • Advised the Financial Conduct Authority in relation to its London HQ and its Leeds and Edinburgh offices.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

The ‘very strong, well-resourced and capable team’ at DAC Beachcroft LLP is adept in regeneration and residential development projects. The practice also specialises in real estate logistics and is a key contact for corporate occupiers in the education, office, hotel, leisure, and retail sectors. Robert Lee oversees the department and excels in the housebuilding sector, while Madeline Ball handles landlord and tenant mandates. Andrew Boulton assists corporate occupiers with disposals of surplus property and lease renewals, as well as the management of nationwide portfolios. Charlotte Wilson is seasoned in residential development.

Practice head(s):

Robert Lee

Other key lawyers:

Madeline Ball; Andrew Boulton; Charlotte Wilson; Dean Parrett; John Noonan


‘Madeline Ball offers the same excellent service whether she is advising on a simple lease, a high value acquisition at short notice, or a highly complex transaction which takes years to negotiate.’

‘Their client care is excellent and though we are one of many clients, we never feel that way because they are so responsive when we need their help and always have time for us. Their big strength is in their commercial approach.’

‘The team really understand our needs as an organisation and always have those needs in mind when advising us. The team also take a commercial approach, coming up with creative solutions to problems to achieve our objectives.’

Key clients



The Big Bus Company

Go Ahead Group

Queen Mary University of London

Guy’s and Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust

Hard Rock Cafe


Portland Place (Properties) Jersey Limited

Royal London UK Real Estate Fund

Taylor Wimpey


Vistry Group

Crest Nicholson Operations Limited

Derwent London

Arab Investments Limited

Qatari Investment Bank



Canterbury City Council

Blackpool Borough Council

Allied Irish Bank

Waverley Borough Council

Wates Developments


Countryside Properties


Berkeley Homes


Hill Group

Places for People

Stonebond Properties

Ilke Homes


Clarion Housing Association Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for The Go-Ahead Group on the acquisition of industrial land in Barking for redevelopment purposes by way of share purchase.
  • Acting for Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in relation to the acquisition of their new headquarters building at London House, Bracknell by way of a 10 year lease following its recent refurbishment.
  • Advising L’Oréal (U.K.) on their corporate occupier requirements including offices, warehouse and distribution sites and retail premises.

Davitt Jones Bould

Noted for its expertise advising on corporate occupier and development mandates across the capital, Davitt Jones Bould is praised for providing ‘excellent service across the board’. Madeleine Davitt, Peter Allinson, and John Condliffe lead the team and the latter is knowledgeable of distribution hub developments and lease liabilities. Teresa Kamppari Baker often assists developers and hotel companies, as well as leisure and retail operators, while Louisa Swanton is seasoned in renewable energy projects and rural property transactions. Gillian Lewis, Sean Bulman and Philippa Hipwell are adept in development, in addition to landlord and tenant mandates, and Melanie Greer-Walker caters to business sales and purchases, portfolio management and refinancing matters. Mary Anderson is an expert in property finance and banking.

Practice head(s):

Peter Allinson; Madeleine Davitt; John Condliffe

Other key lawyers:

Teresa Kamppari Baker; Louisa Swanton; Gillian Lewis; Sean Bulman; Philippa Hipwell; Melanie Greer-Walker; Mary Anderson


‘The team have worked incredibly hard and shown great technical knowledge in the field of lease exit agreements and deeds of surrender.’

‘The individuals were attentive and responsive to our requirements and showed dedication to securing a successful outcome throughout the process.’

‘The team provide an excellent service across the board. They are always available and will follow up if we have not provided a response to any quires.’

‘They genuinely make the time to get to know clients and make sure they understand their respective business strategy.’

‘DJB have offered us a mixture of skills and are good at getting an understanding of the issue and referring us elsewhere if need be.’

‘Sean Bulman provides an excellent service and always adds value to any questions or queries we may raise. If he needs to seek instructions on any matters, he will always provide an overview of the issue and recommendations of how to resolve this.’

‘Teresa Kamppari Baker has worked with us on a number of property issues. She is very efficient, good at keeping us abreast of progress and in helping us plan ahead. She also is thoughtful in her communication.’

‘Melanie Greer-Walker is extremely competent, efficient and very easy to deal with. The quality of her work is first rate.’

Key clients

The Royal Parks

Guys and St Thomas Hospital

Rick Stein’s

Grant Thornton UK plc

UK Health Security Agency

Ministry of Defence


Department for Health and Social Care

National Highways (formerly Highways England)

Surrey County Council


Habitat for Humanity

Medical Research Foundation

Florence Nightingale Museum Trust

Woking Borough Council

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Natural England

Environment Agency

Brighton and Hove City Council

Optical Center

Integral UK plc


Grainger Plc

Blue Orchid Hotels

Bournemouth Christchurch & Poole Council

University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

London Mutual Credit Union

Loseley Park

Work highlights

  • Advising The Royal Parks on matters relating to The Green Park, St James’s Park, Hyde Park, Admiralty Arch, Horse Guards Parade and The Mall.
  • Advising Chef Rick Stein on his restaurant portfolio.
  • Advising many of the bodies responsible for the UK’s environmental protection and biodiversity recovery including Natural England, Environment Agency and Defra.


Dentons is active across the alternative asset, build to rent, senior living and student accommodation arenas. The team has also recently received increased instructions from investors in India, Luxembourg, South Korea, and the US investing into the UK. Rob Thompson oversees the department and is proficient in development and finance transactions, in addition to investment mandates. Alex Coulter is knowledgeable of asset management and is active in the logistics, office, and retail sectors. Laura Gowing is a key member of the firm’s hotel and leisure group, while Simon Masri handles disposals, joint ventures, and structured investment acquisitions. Partner John Arey joined the team from Ashurst in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Rob Thompson

Other key lawyers:

Alex Coulter; Laura Gowing; Simon Masri; John Arey

Key clients

RTP Global

Harrison Street



Royal Mail

John Lewis Partnership / Waitrose

Taylor Wimpey

Frasers Group Plc (Sports Direct)

Transport for London


P3 Logistics


Work highlights

  • Advised Royal Mail on the renewal of approximately 150 English, Welsh and Scottish Leases with the landlord, Telereal Trillium.

DLA Piper

The ‘excellent team’ at DLA Piper has notable expertise across the full spectrum of development asset classes, with particular know-how of living office, logistics and pharmaceutical projects. The team has also been praised for its ‘strength in depth’ and is a key port of call for developers, institutional investors, private equity and hedge funds. Paul Jayson oversees the corporate occupiers team and has been critical to the real estate department’s ESG initiative, while Nicholas Haringman thrives in industrial, office, and retail assets. Head of the development team Jonathan Northey is geared to handle all aspects of the development process, including land assembly and sight acquisitions, as well as multi-party development agreements. Andrew Yates joined the team from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner in January 2023 and is well-versed in domestic and international residential investments and regenerations. Rob O’Hanrahan is entrusted by developers and investors involved in logistic facility developments, while Omer Maroof is often engaged in acquisition and development finance. Hayley Russell-White is intimately familiar with the healthcare, hotel and leisure and transport sectors and James Knox is a key contact for global and regional corporate occupiers and developers, as well as sovereign wealth funds. William Naunton is a long-term adviser to institutional investors and hedge funds, and Chris Robinson is often engaged in landlord and tenant work.

Practice head(s):

Paul Jayson

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Haringman; Jonathan Northey; Andrew Yates; Rob O’Hanrahan; Omer Maroof; Hayley Russell-White; James Knox; William Naunton; Chris Robinson


‘Strength in depth, both in numbers and breadth of support.’

Key clients

Tata Steel UK Limited

ITM Power (Trading) Limited

T Rowe Price

Atos IT Services UK Limited


BPP Holdings Limited

European Medicines Agency

Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC)


Levi Strauss

Ocean Outdoor

Workspace Group

Blank Street Coffee

London International Exhibition Centre plc

UniCredit Bank

Work highlights

  • Acting for T Rowe Price in connection with their new London headquarters at Warwick Court in Paternoster Square.
  • Advised BPP on an agreement for leases and the subsequent leases of the ground, first, second, third and fourth floors at 1 Portsoken Street, London.
  • Acting for London International Exhibition Centre on their expansion to create one of the largest exhibition venues in Europe.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Bolstering its stellar client roster of household technology clients, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is often instructed by public sector clients on a range of development mandates. In the investment sphere, the team caters to a wide range of big-ticket projects and is geared to handle significant acquisitions and joint ventures. ‘Extremely practical and commercial’ Tom Goldsmith leads the London real estate team and is reputed for his thorough expertise in pre-letting for technology clients, particularly from the US. Lucy Chadwick is knowledgeable of the energy sector and caters to development funding transactions, as well as property acquisitions and disposals. Chris Mullings and Emma Shepherd are noted for their experience in acting for institutional investors, while Natasha Osment leverages her knowledge of the serviced office market following a secondment at Blackstone Property Management and The Office Group. Lee Jackson has been critical to the development of the firm’s private capital real estate business, while Nicholas Bartlett leads the living sector department. Stewart Womersley’s practice encompasses cross-border real estate investment, and Clare Rudd is well-informed on build to rent developments, forward funding and purchases and sale and leaseback transactions. Mukhtiar Tanda is noted for his experience in development and infrastructure urban regeneration projects, and Balraj Birdi is informed on enfranchisement, pre-emption rights and residential tenancies. Bruce Dear retired in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Tom Goldsmith

Other key lawyers:

Lucy Chadwick; Chris Mullings; Emma Shepherd; Natasha Osment; Lee Jackson; Nicholas Bartlett; Stewart Womersley; Clare Rudd; Mukhtiar Tanda; Balraj Birdi; Philippa Widman; Gareth Ashfield; Richard Lampert


‘The team operate as one and reflect on previous deals we have done to make suggestions on future deals based on their acquired knowledge of the organisation.’

‘Tom Goldsmith is incredibly approachable and calm under pressure. He has a way of explaining complex principles that means I’m comfortable putting him straight in front of my business clients without worrying that he will legalise the matter.’

‘Tom Goldsmith is very commercial and has a deep understanding of the market that is eminently useful.’

‘Natasha Osment treats every deal (no matter how mundane) with the same level of enthusiasm and attention to deal. A really safe pair of hands.’

‘Tom Goldsmith is always available, extremely practical, and commercial. He has deep occupier and film studio experience which commands respect during negotiations, and is able to cut through legal noise to focus only on real (rather than theoretical) risks.’

Key clients

Oxford Nanopore Technologies



Haleon Plc

Meta (previously known as Facebook)

Raymond James


William Blair

Work highlights

  • Advised GSK on the relocation of their global headquarters from Brentford to London’s West End via a pre-let of Royal London’s the Earnshaw Building.
  • Acted for Landsec on their conditional letting to Kindred Concepts.
  • Acted for Oxford Nanopore on the sale of its UK headquarters.

Lewis Silkin

Led by Brian Kilcoyne, the corporate occupiers department at Lewis Silkin is a strong choice for clients operating in the lifestyle, luxury brands and retail sectors. Rachel Francis-Lang handles the negotiation of commercial leases, while Julia Poulter co-leads the retail, hospitality, and leisure team. Patrick Brown’s recent work highlights include the pre-letting of the majority of a building located in Victoria. On the development side, the group has been busy in public sector regeneration. With ‘exemplary commitment’, Anthony van Hoffen is primarily engaged in mixed-use development and regeneration projects, including New Covent Garden Market in Nine Elms and Shepherd’s Bush Market. Clare Reddy is geared to advise clients on all stages of construction projects, while Sara Hanrahan has recently handled the re-development of Islington Square and the regeneration of Earl’s Court.

Practice head(s):

Brian Kilcoyne

Other key lawyers:

Julia Poulter; Rachel Francis-Lang; Patrick Brown; Anthony van Hoffen; Clare Reddy; Sara Hanrahan; Laura Bougourd


‘The real estate team are the best we have ever worked with, and they keep us updated on all of our projects on a weekly basis.’

‘They have a very personable approach and are practical.’

‘Rachel Francis-Lang is excellent. She sees the bigger picture.’

‘Brian Kilcoyne and Rachel Francis-Lang are just the best in their field, they are so knowledgeable and provide the best advice.’

Key clients

Jones Knowles Ritchie Limited

Havas UK Limited

Daniel J. Edelman Limited

The Continuity Company Limited

Mccann-Erickson EMEA Limited

Mediabrands Limited

Jack Morton Worldwide

IPG Dxtra

Brandopus LLP

Innocean Worldwide

Levy Real Estate

Pepper UK Limited

Howden Joinery Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc and its subsidiaries in relation to the acquisition and disposal of significant HQ properties for its agencies, often on a pre-let basis.
  • Advised an investor developer on lettings within a mixed use development in central London across a 4.5 acre site in Central London.
  • Advising Daniel J. Edelman Limited on the real estate, construction and tax aspects of its headquarter move to Derwent London’s Francis House in London SW1 on a pre-let basis.

Wedlake Bell LLP

Advising a plethora of corporate occupiers in the life science, retail and technology sectors, Wedlake Bell LLP caters to the full spectrum of residential development matters. The team is also well-equipped to support logistics and industrial property funders, as well as owners, at all stages of the property asset life cycle. Head of the team David De Maupeou is proficient in the central London office sphere and often acts on mixed-use development schemes, while Kathryn West is particularly active in the logistics sector. Leah Freeman is adept in institutional investments, in addition to mixed-use developments and Suzanne Gill assists high-net-worth individuals on the disposal and investment of commercial and residential properties. Sarah Blunn is acts for charities, corporates, professional services firms and retail occupiers on property strategies.

Practice head(s):

David de Maupeou

Other key lawyers:

Kathryn West; Leah Freeman; Suzanne Gill; Sarah Blunn; Justin Lewis Vivas; Ben Dunbar; Claire Nelson


‘Wedlake Bell provides a very thoughtful, pragmatic and down to earth service. A sensible and collaborative style is shown for clients and third parties which tends to make the process more efficient and enjoyable.’

‘A strong level of knowledge and experience.’

‘Suzanne Gill is excellent to work with. Very proactive and thorough – we know we’re in safe hands.’

Key clients

J. A. Kemp

Oxford Science Enterprises plc

Busaba Eathai

Hugo Boss




J. Choo Limited

Ivy Farm Technologies Limited


Quadrature Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Ivy Farm Technologies on their agreement for lease of 4050 Oxford Business Park.
  • Advising AlixPartners on its HQ office deal opposite Land Securities.
  • Advised Ascend Gene and Cell Therapies Ltd on a pre-let Lease of existing and future labs for life science/pharma client at Clare Hall Potters Bar.

Forsters LLP

With ‘extensive knowledge’, Forsters LLP draws upon support of the firm’s construction, corporate and planning teams to advise an assortment of significant financial services, media, and retail occupiers. Head of the department Glenn Dunn is proficient in business real estate requirements, including corporate headquarters relocations and lease portfolio management. Sarah Cook leads the construction practice, Lorna Dolan is noted for her capabilities in HQ transactions, while the ‘meticulous’ Owen Spencer is also highlighted.

Practice head(s):

Glenn Dunn

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Cook; Lorna Dolan; Owen Spencer; Ben Barrison


‘Clear communication in outlining the associated challenges and risk within the transaction.’

‘The team provided a solution-based approach for a challenging/multifaceted transaction. The team were able to pull in the right resources when required which ultimately provided the best possible solution for us.’

‘Very extensive knowledge, with a wide team to support on all aspects of matters.’

‘Forsters are very responsive with very impressive turnaround timeframes. We have utmost confidence in the advice they provide.’

‘Both Owen Spencer and Glenn Dunn kept us up to date and appraised of all matters to conclude our business.’

‘Owen Spencer is meticulous and has the ability to convey complex legal matters in a very simple way.’

‘Owen Spencer was my day-to-day lead on the project and was available 24/7. He was patient in explaining the pathways and interactions across the multiple stakeholders involved.’

‘Owen Spencer is a great problem solver and has a lot of experience acting for corporate occupiers and film studios. He brings commercial nous and technical skills to a deal.’

Key clients


Sony Pictures

Warner Bros. Discovery

McDonald’s Restaurants

RELX Group

Publicis Groupe


Warner Music

Fujitsu Services

Future plc

Gulf International Bank (UK)

Telstra Corporation

Roxor Gaming

Left Bank Pictures

The Financial Conduct Authority

Evolution Markets

Work highlights

  • Acting on Forsters’ own office relocation, consolidating its three existing Mayfair buildings into a single 50,000 square foot site at 22 Baker Street, London W1.
  • Advising Warner Bros. Discovery on the significant expansion of their film studios at Leavesden to increase the number of sound stages by 50% as well as providing larger backlots.
  • Acted for a FTSE listed private equity advisory business in relation to their HQ relocation within London.

BDB Pitmans

The ‘well-connected and collaborative team’ at BDB Pitmans is entrusted by high-net-worth individuals and investment companies on domestic lettings. Practice head Jonathan Fewster often advises charities on real estate matters, and is intimately familiar with acquisitions and disposals, development projects, landlord and tenant mandates, as well as property finance. Dennis Ko handles real estate developments and transactions for an assortment of Far and Middle East investors and Emma Roche caters to leasehold structures for corporate occupiers and landlords. Sarah Godfrey steers commercial and mixed-use portfolios for housing associations and private investors.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Fewster

Other key lawyers:

Dennis Ko; Emma Roche; Sarah Godfrey


‘We always get a very quick response with good, no-nonsense advice. It is a large practice, so cover is always available if your primary contact is away, but they also manage to retain a personal feel.’

‘A well-connected and collaborative team support us in our commercial property endeavours. BDB Pitmans are responsive and accommodating.’

‘Sarah Godfrey has been unfailingly supportive and helpful throughout numerous negotiations. She runs a very efficient team.’

Key clients

Faber & Faber

Throgmorton Assets PLC

The Corporation of the Church House

The Dyers’ Company

Clarion Housing Group

The Lutherans Council of Great Britain

Center on Long Term Risk

Purpose Europe Limited

Rich Mix Cultural Foundation

Mulberry One Capital Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Faber and Faber Limited on the lease of its new HQ in Hatton Gardens, Farringdon.
  • Advised Clarion Housing Group on their commercial property assets portfolio including taking a leasehold interest in its own new HQ in Haywards Heath, West Sussex.
  • Advised the Corporation of the Church House on the lettings of its conference centre and office space in its Grade II listed building next to Westminster Abbey.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Housing a robust life sciences practice, the ‘highly competent’ team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is knowledgeable of joint ventures and partnership arrangements. Lee Medlock leads the real estate team and Sarah Morley often caters to headquarter moves, in addition to the rationalisation of space. Mark White is a key port of call for investors in the leisure and social care sectors and Sarah Keens' practice encompasses commercial property transactions, in addition to development projects. Robin Grove, Suzi Gatward and Alexander Gold are knowledgeable of regeneration projects, and Louise Ward is experienced in advising new market entrants into the property market, with a particular focus on the life sciences sector. Eddie Richards is adept in property finance transactions, while Cara Imbrailo is active in the life sciences, office, and retail sectors. Lynsey Inglis handles a breadth of landlord and tenant matters, and Usman Khan is routinely sought out by charity and not for profit clients.

Practice head(s):

Lee Medlock

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Morley; Mark White; Sarah Keens; Robin Grove; Suzi Gatward; Alexander Gold; Louise Ward; Eddie Richards; Cara Imbrailo; Lynsey Inglis; Usman Khan


‘The CRS commercial property team are highly competent, quick to respond and personable.’

Key clients

Derwent Valley London Limited

BioMed Realty


David Lloyd

Bellway Homes Limited and Redrow Homes Limited

Stonegate Pub Company Limited

EQT Exeter

Derwent Valley Central Limited

Bellis Acquisition Company 3 Limited

Topland Olympus Limited

Crab Hill Developments

Hello Fresh

Freddies Flowers

TDR Capital

Derwent Valley London Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted US law firm Perkins Coie in advising Workday on taking new office space in Finsbury Avenue.
  • Advised David Lloyd Leisure on the acquisition of a new club in Cricklewood, London.
  • Advised WRM Capinvest Ltd on the 15-year lease of a whole Grade II listed office building at 51 Berkeley Square.


Operating out of London and Tunbridge Wells, Cripps is praised for ‘delivering an exceptional service’. The team is also well-regarded for its expertise surrounding mixed-use developments, as well as the logistics, offices, retail, and hospitality sectors. Oliver Morris has over two decades of experience in large-scale head office relocations; Ed Fowler leads the retail, leisure, and hospitality team, while Nitej Davda oversees the construction department and James Lee provides the team with experience in construction and engineering projects. Elizabeth Robertson is noted for her activity in the retail and London office market and Nicole Cameron is adept in town and country planning law-related matters. John McGeough and Stephen Hedley are knowledgeable of asset management and Beth Myers excels in acquisitions, disposals, and leasehold transactions. Alex Gallyer has acted for several landed estates on high-value commercial lettings and acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Morris

Other key lawyers:

Ed Fowler; Nitej Davda; James Lee; Elizabeth Robertson; Nicole Cameron; John McGeough; Stephen Hedley; Alex Gallyer; Kay Evans


‘Oliver Morris is prepared, experienced, available and flexible. It was a real pleasure to work with Oliver, he has all the qualities needed for a successful transition.’

‘Commercial real estate advisers.’

‘The team at Cripps combine a personable approach with a clarity of process. Partners, associates, paralegals and support staff work together to provide a holistic service that learns from what we do and how we want to do things.’

Key clients

Beach Point Capital



Econic Biosciences Limited


Go Puff


Infosys Limited

Jimmy Fairly


Maje Stores Limited & SMCP UK Limited

Mazars LLP

M&G real estate

Mott MacDonald Limited


Ocean Infinity Group

Pearson Ham Consulting Limited

Perkins + Will

PSK Surveyors

Punter Southall

Sloane Stanley Estate


Tabula Investment Management

Wayne McGregor

Wildstone Estates Limited


Work highlights

  • Acted as a sole legal adviser to Jimmy Fairly on acquiring the leases of 12 stores in key destinations across London.
  • Advised Advanz Pharma on the lease of their new London HQ including the negotiation of ESG/green-related clauses.
  • Acted for Yasa on a lease of a new unit at Catalyst Bicester.


With ‘the breadth of skills and experience to deal with all manner of property investment transactions’, Fieldfisher excels in healthcare, hotel, industrial and student residential asset classes. Anthony Philips co-leads the team alongside Paul Houston, who is well-regarded in the hotel and leisure sectors. Ramatu Banga acts for public sector bodies on the property aspects of transfer schemes, risk management, leases, licences, acquisitions, disposals and estate management matters, and Gary Pickard has over two decades of experience in transactional real estate. Jayne Elkins thrives in significant investment sales and purchases for both single properties and portfolios. Rhodi Pazzi-Axworthy is ‘experienced in dealing with complex structures and transactions’ and caters to real estate mandates concerning nursing homes, renewable homes, and student accommodation.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Philips; Paul Houston

Other key lawyers:

Ramatu Banga; Gary Pickard; Jayne Elkins; Rhodi Pazzi-Axworthy; Laura Mackenzie; Chris Eykel


‘We have worked very closely with Ramatu Banga and Chris Eykel and cannot give enough accolades to describe the exceptional support and skill they have provided us in very high stress, high stakes commercial property transactions. They act with calmness and professionalism.’

‘The people make this group outstanding. The entire commercial property team is professional, responsive, smart, and pleasant.’

‘We have had the pleasure to work with Gary Pickard when on several occasions he stepped in and picked up difficult matters with the same expertise, professionalism and results.’

Key clients

Crown Records Management Limited

Maybrook Developments Limited

Cambridge Medipark

Co-operative Group Limited

Countryside Properties Limited

Dominvs Group

DWS (formerly Deutsche Asset Management / RREEF)

Exeter Properties

H & M Hennes & Mauritz UK Limited

Imperial College, London

Kennedy Wilson Europe

Landprop Holding B.V. and Vastint UK B.V. (part of the inter IKEA Group of Companies)

Liberty Property Trust (UK) Limited

Lloyds Banking Group

Roche Products Limited

Sevenoaks District Council

Shell Pension Funds

The British Museum

Work highlights

  • Advising Banco do Brasil in taking a Head Office space in a newly refurbished location in London.

Fladgate LLP

Praised as ‘highly skilled and resilient’ Fladgate LLP’s multi-faceted team has notable expertise in asset mixed-use development and urban regeneration, as well as individual and portfolio investment. Head of real estate Stephen Lewis and Gavin Whitney are knowledgeable of the retail and leisure sectors, while the former excels in acquisitions and disposals, in addition to landlord and tenant matters. Madeleine Goward provides the team with real estate finance know-how, while Kirsty Corkum is experienced in leisure and hotel, mixed-use, and office urban development projects. James Fry is a key port of call for hotel owner-operators and Gideon Dabby-Joory often advises business occupiers on expansion programmes and space requirements. Partner Michael Metliss joined the team from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner in November 2022.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Gavin Whitney; Madeleine Goward; Kirsty Corkum; James Fry; Gideon Dabby-Joory; Matthew Williams; Simon Kanter; Gavin Whitney


‘Gavin Whitney was a pleasure to deal with, and his knowledge was excellent.’

‘Incredible client service and knowledge.’

‘The best part of Fladgate is the ease of communication. They are a very dedicated team, who have the skill set to cover all aspects of real estate, either from a landlord or tenant background.’

‘Gavin Whitney is the most balanced lawyer I’ve worked with. His knowledge is exceptional and his representation of us has been excellent.’

‘They were very good to deal with. Our lead solicitor had excellent communication skills and ensured that we were fully kept in the loop at all stages.’

‘They have always been professional and responsive and a pleasure to deal with.’

Key clients

Automata Technologies Ltd.

YO! Sushi UK Limited

Supermarket Income REIT plc

Halkin Serviced Offices

Equitix Ltd.

Fairgate Group

Tellon Capital LLP

Origin Housing

Sicasa Limited



LSL Capital

FEC Group

Central London Healthcare

KnowBe4 UK Ltd.

Conjure Group Limited

Fox Williams LLP

Seamlessly integrating with the firm’s tax department, the ‘exceptionally knowledgeable’ practice at Fox Williams LLP acts for occupiers based in the capital, as well as institutional and investor landlords. ‘Technically excellent’ Phillip Hope leads the team and is often entrusted by family offices, high-net-worth individuals and international companies. Elizabeth Ruff is well-regarded for her expertise in headquarter leasing and relocations, while Nish Kapoor acts for corporate occupiers operating in the technology sector. Rebecca Facey is a key contact for inward investor clients. Mary Majewska is also a key member of the group.

Practice head(s):

Phillip Hope

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Ruff; Nish Kapoor; Rebecca Facey; Mary Majewska


‘The Fox Williams real estate team offers a commercial, pragmatic, and highly responsive service to clients across varying geographies. We have complete confidence in their ability to meet our clients’ needs effectively and personably.’

‘The collaboration and understanding of our requirements have been outstanding. The Fox Williams team have always been available to offer expert advice to guide our commercial property transactions with confidence and speed.’

‘Nish Kapoor is an ultimate professional. I would recommend him to anyone. There is always a top level of service, and they will take the time to explain legal matters that may not be obvious to non-legal professionals.’

‘The team at Fox Williams are professional, friendly, and exceptionally knowledgeable. They collaborate well and offer a fantastic level of service to clients.’

‘Phillip Hope, Elizabeth Ruff and Rebecca Facey are all technically excellent, extremely user-friendly, and provide an outstanding level of client service. They are a pleasure to work with and are one of our “go to” teams when clients seek recommendations.’

‘Nish Kapoor has gone above and beyond with support and action. Rebecca Facey has shown great support which is highly valued.’

‘An exceptional company, especially Nish Kapoor and his team.’

‘Nish Kapoor and his team helped us with several real estate contracts related to our office move. Their patience, professionalism and advice were crucial to getting our new office. As we are not legal or real estate professionals, their insight and knowledge were very helpful.’

Key clients


Copper Technologies

Stride VC




Panther Securities Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Copper Technologies on all of its occupational real estate requirements after recent funding rounds of £25m and £51m from the exit of leased space in Mayfair, to the acquisition of high quality but short term temporary managed office space in Mayfair together with the marquee acquisition of 30,000 sq ft of leased space from an institutional landlord in Soho.
  • Advised Japanese international cosmetics company, Shiseido, on their exit from their existing leased space and the acquisition of c,13,500 sq ft of Grade A office space at 1 Kingsway.
  • Advised Glendower Capital LLP on its relocation to 8 St James’s Square, London.

Glovers Solicitors LLP

Commended as ‘experts in retail property’, boutique property firm Glovers Solicitors LLP remains a key port of call for clients in the restaurant industry. ‘KnowledgeablePhilip Shotter leads the team and counts Wagamama and Zizzi Restaurants Limited among his key roster of clients. Paul Jagger acts for hospital and leisure clients and has been engaged on a range of London office lettings and residential developments.

Practice head(s):

Philip Shotter

Other key lawyers:

Paul Jagger


‘The speed of response to any call or query is unbeatable.’

‘The whole Glovers team are experts in retail property, their knowledge and reputation is hugely important when building a new brand in the retail beauty and sector. They are well-known and respected by landlord teams which makes transactions smoother to complete.’

‘Philip Shotter is knowledgeable and provides measured strategic advice.’

Key clients

Agnes B UK Limited

ASK Italian Restaurants Limited

Aqua Restaurant Group

Barrio Bars Ltd

Bayley & Sage Limited

BDL Restaurants Limited (Bocca di Lupo, Plaquemine Lock)

Club Mexicana Limited

Deep Blue Restaurants Limited

Dishoom Limited

Doma Hospitality Group

Donald Byford & Sons Limited

Emerald Hospitality Group

Everyman Media Limited

Fatto A Mano Limited

Flat Iron Steak Limited

Frontier Pubs Limited

Giuseppe Zanotti UK Ltd

Hache Burger Connoisseurs Limited

Hop Vietnamese Limited

Hybrid Fitness Franchise Limited

Jack Wolfskin Ltd

Lane7 Ltd

McMullen and Sons Limited

Miscusi UK Limited

Nando’s Chickenland Limited

Noble Rot Limited

Neds Noodle Box (Holdings) Limited

Oaxaca Restaurants Limited

Perilla Dining Limited

Pizza Express Restaurants Limited

Prezzo Trading Limited

State of Play Hospitality Group

The Adventure Bar Group

The London Cocktail Club Limited

The Vurger Co Ltd

Townhouse Group Limited

Wagamama Limited

ZLC London Limited (The Palomar and The Barbary)

Zandi Enterprises Limited (Zuaya)

Zizzi Restaurants Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Everyman Media Limited on the acquisition of three cinemas at the International Quarter at Stratford International.
  • Acting for Lane7 on its new 28,000 sq.ft., flagship site at the Bullring Centre in Birmingham as well as a further new site in Altrincham.
  • Acted for Nando’s Chickenland Limited on the acquisition of ten restaurants.

Gowling WLG

With notable strength in industrial, mixed-use, regeneration and retail development schemes, the full-service real estate team at Gowling WLG excels in the energy sector.  The practice is also entrusted by occupiers, property REITS and regeneration authorities with the buying and selling, management and letting of assets. Chris Hunt oversees the real estate department and is proficient in office headquarter acquisitions and disposals, the real estate aspects of corporate M&A and retail expansion programmes. Head of the corporate occupier group Helen Emmerson caters to life science labs, retail, and supermarket leasing mandates, and Felicity Lindsay is well-versed in direct and indirect office investment transactions, as well as office developments and lettings. Kay Desai advises corporate occupiers in the retail and leisure sectors, while Nick Mumby is a key contact for debt-funds, family run developers and international private equity firms. Kate Cunningham advises private and public sector clients on mixed-use and transport-oriented regeneration projects and Dan Gwilliam is seasoned in advising institutional investors.

Practice head(s):

Chris Hunt; Helen Emmerson

Other key lawyers:

Felicity Lindsay; Kay Desai; Nick Mumby; Kate Cunningham; Dan Gwilliam; Reena Patel; Anna Colley; Emma Pioli

Key clients

Royal London

Metro Bank


The Hut Group

IM Properties



NFU Mutual



Intermediate Capital Group

Coca-Cola European Partners


Intu Properties


Birds Eye


A.F. Blakemore (Cash & Carry)


Young & Co.’s Brewery

Work highlights

  • Advised the Birds Eye group on the lease of their new office at 184 Shepherds Bush Road.
  • Advised Royal London Asset Management (Royal London) on the development and subsequent letting of The Earnshaw on New Oxford Street, WC1.
  • Advised on a new lease of a warehouse unit at London Gateway.

GSC Solicitors LLP

Engaged in landlord and tenant mandates, GSC Solicitors LLP acts for an array of blue-chip corporate clients, fast food franchises and hotel owners. Head of the team Harvey Posener and Amee Popat excel in commercial property transactions and often advise large corporate occupiers acquiring or leasing headquarters across the UK. Matthew Phillips has experience in real estate finance, while Peter Belcher handles property finance for acquisitions and developments in the banking, healthcare, hotel, and leisure sectors.

Practice head(s):

Harvey Posener

Other key lawyers:

Amee Popat; Matthew Phillips; Peter Belcher


‘Harvey Posener is our contact at GSC and we have always found him to be reliable, sound and aware of the needs of our business.’

‘GSC punches above its weight.’

‘Harvey Posener is the best property lawyer we have ever worked with. He is legally astute, commercially savvy, innovative, driven and a joy to work with.’

Key clients

Universal Music Operations Limited

Freshwater Group of Companies

Queensway Group


Work highlights

  • Advised CareTech on a property portfolio sale and leaseback investment by the Civitas Investment Management (CIM).
  • Advised Queensway in the acquisition of a majority holding in Raag Hotels Limited.

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Harbottle & Lewis LLP regularly works with corporate occupiers in the hospitality, office and retail sectors. Praised as ‘extremely knowledgeable and pragmatic’Melanie Benson leads the team and is adept in landlord and tenant mandates, while Leo Marino’s key strengths lie in ancillary leases, as well as business leases and renewals.

Practice head(s):

Melanie Benson

Other key lawyers:

Leo Marino


‘The collaboration was excellent. They had very good relationships with other suppliers we worked with and made the experience seamless.’

‘Melanie Benson was our primary contact and is extremely knowledgeable and pragmatic, excellent at communicating.’

Key clients

Gordon Ramsay Restaurants

Arch Light Cinemas Limited

IMO Car Wash Group

Second Place Limited

Rockstar Games UK Limited

Cleanland Limited

Kobalt Music Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Gordon Ramsay Restaurants on the acquisition of a large number of premises throughout 2022.
  • Acted for IMO Car Wash Group in connection with the management of its extensive portfolio of operating sites across England and Wales.
  • Advised Arch Light Cinemas Limited in connection with the acquisition of a premises for a new luxury, state-of-the art cinema in the Battersea Power Station development.

K&L Gates LLP

Bolstering its hospitality and retail expertise, the ‘efficient, skilled, commercial and diverse’ practice at K&L Gates LLP excels in big-ticket development, investment, and regeneration matters. Head of real estate Christian Major advises institutional funds on the acquisition, letting and management of commercial and residential assets and portfolios. Steven Cox and Joanna Williams thrive in the corporate occupiers arena and often handle landlord and tenant mandates. Williams is also noted for her expertise in property finance. Chiara Del Frate is adept in logistics, restaurant, shopping centre and student housing property mandates, both in the UK and Italy, and ‘exceptional’ Tim Webb assists real estate private equity funds. Wayne Smith and Christopher Swallow primarily act for institutional investors, and Emma Maher is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Christian Major

Other key lawyers:

Steven Cox; Joanna Williams; Chiara Del Frate; Tim Webb; Wayne Smith; Christopher Swallow; Emma Maher; Richard Dollimore


‘The real estate team provide high level legal advice, is multidisciplinary and offers a unique global platform. The team is also commercial and able to anticipate the needs and problems of our business.’

‘The team were very professional and provided excellent advice throughout the complex project.’

‘The leadership and knowledge shown by the individuals was excellent. They were able to help us deal with a very complicated transaction in a very straight forward fashion.’

‘Chiara Del Frate is experienced with an excellent commercial and practical sense. She is a skilled negotiator, very responsive, able to deal with complex cross-border matters, accurate and well organised.’

Key clients

Abrdn Plc

Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA)

Coty Inc.

Edinburgh St James Limited Partnership

European Estates Plc


Home House

LRC Group

Nuveen Real Estate


Royal Academy of the Arts

Slalom Consulting

The Guinness Partnership

Unity Software

Workspace Group Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised global super brand Hakkasan on landlord and tenant matters.
  • Advised Optiver on their new headquarters in London and adapting the space to meet specific requirements.
  • Advising Slalom Consulting in relation to their expansion across the UK.

Macfarlanes LLP

Praised for its ‘strong industry knowledge’Macfarlanes LLP advises hotel, leisure, media and retail corporate occupiers and owners. The team is well-regarded for its knowledge of mixed-use developments and is a key port of call for clients operating in the living, logistics and life sciences sectors. Commended as ‘a great choice for the head of real estate’Clare Breeze is well-informed in high-value commercial property and financing matters, while Anthony Burnett-Scott’s practice encompasses mixed-use schemes and urban regeneration. Dan Marriott and Nick Barnes are active in commercial leases for both landlords and tenants, while the former also handles the commercial real estate aspects of financing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Clare Breeze

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Burnett-Scott; Dan Marriott; Nick Barnes; Tania Barnes; Tom Pedder; Cate Taylor


‘The team is thorough, responsive and able to deal with items in a commercial manner.’

‘Excellent client service at all levels. Partner engagement and supervision of teams. Outstanding commitment.’

Key clients

Hayfin Capital Management LLP

Stanhope & Cadillac


Ekistics Property Advisors

Legal & General Capital Investments Limited

Stanhope Plc

Derwent London Featherstone Limited

Marshall Wace Asset Management Limited

Parkdean Resorts

Maybourne Hotel Group

The Economist

Work highlights

  • Advising Hayfin on the new Elizabeth line station in Mayfair.
  • Advising Legal & General Capital Investments Limited on their pre-let of the the Faber Building to RSA Insurance Limited.
  • Advising Ekistics Property Advisors on their acquisition of 19-20 St James’s Street and their subsequent refinancing.

Maples Teesdale LLP

The ‘commercial and professional’ team at Maples Teesdale LLP is sought out by an assortment of global and US law firms on real estate matters. Neil Sagoo is proficient in headquarters and business-critical relocations, while Katherine Watts is seasoned in leisure and hotel acquisitions. Helen Kearns is knowledgeable of asset management and Declan Power is active in the distribution, mixed-use, office, and retail sectors. Sam Nichols thrives in transactional construction matters and Jon Blackburn is well-versed in property joint ventures. Tim Dodd joined the team from Katten in October 2022 and provides the team with thorough expertise in the hotel and hospitality sphere. Roger Thornton and Charles Elgood are also key members of the group.

Practice head(s):

Neil Sagoo; Katherine Watts

Other key lawyers:

Helen Kearns; Declan Power; Sam Nichols; Tim Dodd; Roger Thornton; Charles Elgood; Adam Bernstein; Ed Bird; Mark Harryman; Charles Elgood; Martin Smith


‘Partner led service at an affordable fee.’

‘Katherine Watts pays real attention to client requirements.’

‘Neil Sagoo is our main contact and is a great commercial lawyer.’

Key clients

Shine TV Limited

Cine-UK Ltd

Bleckmann Logistics

Eversheds Sutherland

FremantleMedia Group Limited


Hili Coffee House (UK) Limited

Royal & Sun Alliance



Work highlights

  • Representing Cineworld as a tenant/guarantor in respect of 14 claims for rent arrears falling due during the pandemic and period of enforced business closures.
  • Advising Bleckmann Logistics on its occupational requirements.
  • Advising RSM on their portfolio of offices throughout England and Wales.


Boutique firm RLS Law is well-equipped to assist domestic corporate occupiers on industrial unit, office and warehouse lettings. The practice is also geared to handle property development and litigation, as well as the advising on the property aspects of corporate transactions. Practice heads Julien Rutler and Craig Themis are noted for their thorough experience of headquarter relocations, acting for key clients such as Sony Music. ‘Excellent’ Tom Foley has demonstrable experience in the leisure sector, while Liam McArdle has recently been engaged in Covent Garden and Soho lettings.

Practice head(s):

Julien Rutler; Craig Themis

Other key lawyers:

Tom Foley; Liam McArdle


‘Very good with our lease renewals.’

‘Craig Themis has extensive legal knowledge to meet the needs of corporate occupier’s real estate matters, and provides a hands-on service for clients throughout the course of the legal process.’

‘They are great at taking projects off our hands and running with things, only requiring input on really commercial points.’

‘Pragmatic advice.’

‘RLS Law are a bespoke law firm, providing legal services without the constriction of a large office structure but the knowledge and service standards of a firm twice their size.’

‘Tom Foley is excellent and knows the sector well.’

‘Julien Rutler is always on hand to support with whatever property matters arise in our business.’

‘Liam McArdle is excellent.’

Key clients

AllianceBernstein Limited

Sony Music Entertainment Limited

Ottolenghi Limited

Octopus Energy

Viacom CBSinc.


Urban & Provincial


Computacenter PLC

Soho Housing Association Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Octopus Energy Limited on the acquisition of over 83,000 square feet of offices on a pre-let basis for its new southern headquarters.
  • Acting for Gravity Media in the acquisition of over 29,000 square feet of offices / studios at White City Village, London.
  • Acting for Jellycat Limited in its headquarter relocation to the Westworks Building in the Whitewood Media Village, London.

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP

Often working in conjunction with the firm’s property and property litigation teams, Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP assists clients with headquarter leases and leaseback transactions. Praised as a ‘leading name in the industry’, Rudi Ramdarshan co-leads the practice and recently appeared before the Supreme Court. Co-head David Burns is proficient in enfranchisement, lease extensions and right of first refusal matters, while Simon Lawrence assists landlords and tenants on commercial lettings.

Practice head(s):

Rudi Ramdarshan; David Burns

Other key lawyers:

Simon Lawrence; Ben Frost


‘The team at Ronald Fletcher Baker was very thorough with their knowledge in real estate and they handled all the matters with professionalism.’

‘The main difference between them and the competitors is the efficiency and the accuracy and how fast they complete their tasks.’

‘Excellent professionals with in-depth knowledge of the Goering framework. They are a team with diverse expertise hence all matters related to business are taken care of in house which us advantageous as there is always help available at hand if required.’

‘Expert advice provided promptly with a clear understanding of scope, requirements and regulations under which it is required.’

‘The firm has exceptional solicitors at all level. When you instruct a solicitor at RFB you feel the full force of the team supporting you.’

‘Rudi Ramdarshan is a leading name in the industry. He brings commerciality, clarity, and real vision when you bring him on a deal. He can solve even the most difficult problem.’

‘David Burns’s brain is working away finding angles to best help you on the deal.’

‘Simon Lawrence is the go-to name in the industry. He is able to complete deals and solve problems at a speed which is unrivalled.’

Key clients

Glasshouse Asset Management

Dominvs Group

Habib Bank AG Zurich

Keystone Holdings Limited (Isle of Man)

Drakesfield Group

Urban Spectrum Property Management Limited

Ganco Limited

Harson Investments Limited

ILM Capital

Work highlights

  • Acting for Comptoir Group Plc in the acquisition of a number of high value leases.
  • Acting for ILM Capital in the acquisition of a number of distressed mixed-use properties and allowing the redevelopment of the properties and grant of new leases.
  • Acting for Glasshouse Asset Management in the redevelopment of complex multi-party mixed-use redevelopment matters in prime London locations.

Shoosmiths LLP

With demonstrable experience advising on portfolio transactions, in addition to asset management mandates, Shoosmiths LLP’s recent work highlights include acting for Frasers in a logistics investment. Head of real estate Joseph Mazzucca boasts an impressive client roster including Currys, Holland & Barrett and McArthurGlen. Liam Phillips is a key contact for data centre investors and operators, housing associations, mixed-use developers and property investors.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Mazzucca

Other key lawyers:

Liam Phillips


‘Joe Mazzucca is bright, commercial and easy to deal with.’

Key clients

McArthurGlen Group

M&G Investment Management Limited

UK Outlet Mall Fund – Nuveen

Frasers Property

Berkeley Homes

Currys PLC

Holland & Barrett

Global Switch Limited

Proximity Data Centres Limited

Telereal Trillium Limited

Ralph Lauren UK Limited

Petchey Holdings Limited

Artmax Property Limited

Invesco Real Estate

Far East Consortium

Sosei Heptares / Heptares Therapeutics Limited

Attic Self Storage

Iron Mountain Data Centres

O&H Properties

Work highlights

  • Advised a European owner, developer and manager of designer outlets in relation to all UK asset management and leasing work.
  • Advised Currys plc on 75 mandates including the closure of its standalone Carphone Warehouse stores in the UK.
  • Represented Holland & Barrett in tenant matters.

Taylor Wessing LLP

The ‘extremely proactive and hard-working’ team at Taylor Wessing LLP works in conjunction with the firm’s corporate, finance, and tax teams to support clients on cross-border development and investment matters. Head of the real estate department Paul Lawrence regularly acts for international investors in the private wealth arena, while Matthew Swainston caters to joint ventures, as well as landlord and tenant transactions. Paul Leamy is well-versed in mixed-use retail and leisure schemes and Adam Marks collaborates with the firm's private wealth department to advise ultra high-net-worth families. Mark Rajenbach is knowledgeable of lease agreements, management-back transactions and portfolio sales and purchases in the hotel, leisure, and logistics sectors. Leona Ahmed joined the team from Addleshaw Goddard in May 2023 and is a key contact for Asian and Middle Eastern clients looking to invest in the UK.

Practice head(s):

Paul Lawrence

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Swainston; Paul Leamy; Adam Marks; Mark Rajenbach; Leona Ahmed; Georgina Watt; Louise Tabott; Michael Helfgott; Jane Hilton; Chris Komodromou; Sarah Bolton

Key clients

Estrella Damm



Nuclera Nucleics


Work highlights

  • Acting for Blackstone (and previous owners) on all asset management work at St Katharine Docks.
  • Advised Clivedale on the strategic pre-let of BP’s new HQ.
  • Advised on the letting of 50,000 square feet to Diageo at Mercers’ Covent Garden estate.

Bates Wells

Praised for its wide range of expertise’, Bates Wells is well-established in the charity, education, and finance sectors. Mark Traynor leads the team and is adept in property work concerning hydro-electric and solar panel systems, while Karli Hiscock advises commercial organisations on headquarter movements. Jamie Huard handles matters pertaining to heritage property and Amy O’Gorman is proficient in property finance.

Practice head(s):

Mark Traynor

Other key lawyers:

Karli Hiscock; Jamie Huard; Amy O’Gorman; Malcolm Headley; Rebecca Rider


‘This practice has a wide range of expertise, and everyone I have dealt with has been knowledgeable and approachable with an uncomplicated approach to topics and issues. They take a practical approach and give you a straight answer.’

‘Bates Wells have a very collaborative approach when working with clients, giving the feeling of a very personal service.’

‘Jamie Huard provides a thoroughly comprehensive view of the most pertinent issues in a way which is incredibly easy to understand, with a commercial overlay to advice given.’

‘All levels of the team from Bates Wells are always available.’

‘Malcolm is very accessible and pragmatic in his approach, explaining the concepts and risks clearly and offering efficient solutions.’

‘A breadth of expertise and pre-eminent knowledge of the charity sector in particular.’

‘An incredibly pragmatic team of experts that can marry up commercial demands with the law and find solutions to sticky issues.’

‘Jamie Huard is a personable and highly knowledgeable lawyer who exercises initiative and thinks outside the box.’

Key clients

Postal Heritage Museum

General Pharmaceutical Council

The Royal British Legion

Children with Cancer

Handelsbanken plc.

Horniman Museum

The Woodland Trust

Work highlights

  • Acted for Nuffield Foundation on the sale of its office premises at 28 Bedford Square, London.
  • Acted for Children with Cancer in the purchase of a farmhouse for the charity to offer respite care and other services.
  • Advised General Pharmaceutical Council on lease regears.

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP supports a range of blue-chip companies on landlord and tenant matters, development projects, lease negotiations, as well as purchases and sales. Jonathan Baker leads the practice and handles the real estate aspects of corporate and infrastructure projects, while James Salford is a reputed figure in the leisure and hospitality sector, and is also particularly proficient in real estate and hotel finance matters. Peter Nicholson is knowledgeable of acquisitions and disposals, developments and investments, in addition to tax restructuring. Lorna Young and Alexander Greenwood are also key contacts in the group.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Baker

Other key lawyers:

James Salford; Peter Nicholson; Lorna Young; Alexander Greenwood


‘Bird & Bird’s real estate team is an unassuming property powerhouse. The personable and pragmatic approach is second to none.’

‘The property and construction teams are knowledgeable, supportive and responsible.’

‘They are very solution driven and deliver an excellent service.’

‘Peter Nicholson is an excellent strategic real estate lawyer but is also a personable and pragmatic client lead for our business. He is always supportive, responsive & solution driven.’

‘Alexander Greenwood is extremely experienced, professional and consistent with his follow ups. He is a world-class solicitor.’

Key clients

Allegro Foodservice Limited

Cara Jewellers

Kindred Education Limited

Occhio GmbH

Weaves UK Trading Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised on the acquisition of a variety of retail units for the Weaves (trading as Khaadi).
  • Assisted Maersk on the acquisition of several newly developed warehouses.
  • Assisting Creams with site acquisition, as well as landlord and tenant matters.

Collyer Bristow LLP

Mixed-use and residential development work remains a cornerstone of the ‘exceptional’ practice at Collyer Bristow LLP. The team has know-how of the acquisition and development of build-to-rent schemes, joint ventures and planning agreements. Practice head Michael Graces practice encompasses business lease renewals and terminations, dilapidation claims, in addition to rent review issues. Stephen Gawne is experienced in advising landlords and tenants on the full array of commercial lettings and the management of large portfolios. Alex O’Connor is noted for his capability in property development financing and Rory Macpherson is well-informed on the funding of the residential work mandates. Anjana Dahya focuses on commercial landlord and tenant matters, while Mandeep Mattu has built a strong relationship with developer clients. Aimee Stevens advises on the sales of completed commercial and residential units.

Practice head(s):

Michael Grace

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Gawne; Alex O’Connor; Anjana Dahya; Mandeep Mattu; Aimee Stevens; Dan McCarron


‘Collyer Bristow, and in particular, the truly exceptional Stephen Gawne, continue to provide outstanding support across a wide range of real estate activities.’

‘We have had a number of challenging matters, all of which were met with a refreshing sense of urgency, motivation to deliver successful outcomes, expert advice and brilliant client care and engagement.’

‘Time and time again, we are made to feel like their one and only client.’

‘Stephen and the broader team live and breathe our values of excellence, respect, collaboration, agility and empowerment.’

‘They take the time to understand the needs and complexities of our business, and ensure we receive the correct level of advice or counsel.’

Key clients

The Deltic Group

Ipsus Developments Ltd

EcoWorld London

Heatherwick Studio

Etro Fashion

Workman LLP

EDHEC Business School

Topham Guerin Limited

Arney Fender Katsalidis (international architects)


Fountain Court Chambers

Falck UK/Community Ambulance Services

Westgreen Construction Ltd

Equus Software

Skills Training UK

April International

Druces LLP

Praised as ‘supportive and proactive, offering sound pragmatic advice’, Druces LLP is particularly active in the leisure sector and frequently acts for Hong Kong and US clients. In the retail and office arenas, the team has experience in rental renegotiations, termination of existing leases and lease negotiations. Karen Chapman spearheads the team and Adrian Footer is well-versed in mixed-use schemes, while Lisa Cardy is geared to handle commercial property acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

Karen Chapman

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Footer; Lisa Cardy


‘Adrian Footer is extremely capable, articulate and commercially minded.’

‘Supportive and proactive, offering sound pragmatic advice.’

‘Adrian Footer combines a profound knowledge of his subject with a practical and commercial approach to his work.’

‘Knowledgeable and commercial.’

‘Adrian Footer makes a point of really getting his head around the details of any deal we might be doing, understands what really matters to us as his client and applies a “can do” attitude to getting deals over the line. His no nonsense, practical approach is refreshing, as is his ready accessibility and responsiveness.’

Key clients

AXA Insurance UK Plc

Arnold Kuthe and Carl Bechstein

Houzz UK Limited

CIEE Study Abroad London Limited

Dogs Trust

Dulwich College

Keltie LLP

AK Retail Holdings and Yours Clothing Ltd

Stamford Trust

Work highlights

  • Acting for Houzz UK Limited on the assignment of a lease.
  • Advised Dogs Trust on a sub-lease to another animal charity.
  • Acting for AXA Insurance UK Limited on the lease of a substantial part of a headquarters building in East Anglia.

Hill Dickinson LLP

Leveraging support from the firm’s global office network, the ‘efficient and extremely experienced’ practice at Hill Dickinson LLP is well-equipped to advise African, European, as well as Far and Middle East clients on inward investment. With know-how of the hotel and leisure sector, Jim Garton leads the team and has a wealth of experience assisting banks and financial institutions, corporate occupiers, developers, and investors. Richard Taylor’s practice encompasses the acquisition, development, disposal and funding of investment and redevelopment properties. Paul O’ Brien, Louise McMahon and Ian Newman advise clients on commercial landlord and tenant matters, while Emma McIntosh focuses on real estate finance mandates. Partner Alastair Moss joined the team from Memery Crystal in January 2023 and counts city centre retail developments in his workload.

Practice head(s):

Jim Garton

Other key lawyers:

Richard Taylor; Paul O’ Brien; Louise McMahon; Ian Newman; Emma McIntosh; Alastair Moss


‘Highly prompt and professional.’

‘Paul O’ Brien did a really great job, he is proactive and reactive when needed.’

‘Alastair Moss stands out as not only just an effective property lawyer, but also an all-round, sharp and measured trusted business adviser.’

Key clients

Lancashire County Cricket Club

Fuel Oils

Maidenhead Aquatics

Various Real Estate Occupiers

Daniel Housego Cricket Coaching Limited

Ashtrom Properties UK

Work highlights

  • Acting for Lancashire County Cricket Club on its regeneration partnership with Lancashire County Council which will deliver a new sports facility in central Lancashire.
  • Advising Fuel Oils on the Swedish Wharf site on the Thames.
  • Acting for Maidenhead Aquatics in relation to their 140 plus UK stores.

Howard Kennedy LLP

With demonstrable experience in handling student accommodation mandates, Howard Kennedy LLP has thorough expertise in the residential/living sector. Graham Kaye and Kate Woodgate oversee the commercial and residential development team, while David Philips and Astrid Stanley are noted for their proficiency in development site acquisitions. On the corporate occupiers side, the team, led by Adam Walford and Anthony Hunt, often advises franchisers, owners, and operators in the hospitality and leisure sector. Antonia Frangakis caters to re-gears and disposals, while Lydia Christie is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Adam Walford; Anthony Hunt; Graham Kaye; Kate Woodgate

Other key lawyers:

David Philips; Astrid Stanley; Antonia Frangakis; Lydia Christie; Anna Armstrong; Stephanie Brigg; Vanessa Laundon; Jason Tann

Key clients


PureGym PLC

Lina Stores




Blewlett’s Holding Limited

Pizza Hut


Wonderland Restaurants

Work highlights

  • Acting for PureGym on 35 active acquisitions.
  • Acted for Blewett’s Holdings Limited on the purchase of the Mill End Hotel together with several of its accompanying cottages by way of share purchase.
  • Assisted Reef with their rapid acquisition programme in order to give them a foothold in the UK.

Keystone Law

With a strong reputation in the retail sector, Keystone Law advises clients in based in the UK and the Middle East on landlord and tenant matters. James Daglish is proficient in commercial property acquisitions and disposals, while Lisa Raymond’s practice encompasses mixed-use developments and subsequent lease structures. Guy Hitchin is entrusted by clients in the hospitality, leisure, and office sectors.

Other key lawyers:

Dagmara Selwyn-Kuczera; Adam Cornbloom; James Daglish; Guy Hitchin; Lisa Raymond


‘The team is very solution oriented.’

‘Lisa Raymond has been our dedicated solicitor for over 25 years and during all of her time at Keystone Law. What makes her stand out is her outstanding attention to detail and willingness to stand her ground and always get us the best possible terms on the smallest or largest transactions.’

‘The team has exceptional attention to details and thoroughness to always get the best for their clients. The team also works exceptionally well with other departments within their organisation if advice is needed on other subject matters during the transaction.’

Key clients

Gorillas Technologies UK Ltd

Berjaya Corporation

Wadham College, University of Oxford

Edd China

Culden Faw

Kingsley Napley LLP

Led by Bethan Owen, the team at Kingsley Napley LLP has been praised as ‘swift and thorough’. The practice often handles real estate finance transactions and is sought out by landlords and tenants on commercial spacing leases. Daniel Clyne and Daniel Browne are noted for their experience in the logistics, office, and retail sectors, while Paul Harbour is commended as a ‘great lawyer for landlord and tenant matters’.

Practice head(s):

Bethan Owen

Other key lawyers:

Paul Harbour; Daniel Clyne; Daniel Browne; Vanessa Rhodes


‘The team is highly responsive, and we get an excellent client service.’

‘They are swift and thorough, and good at listening to us. They take our unique requirements into consideration.’

‘What makes them stand out is the ability to translate technical terms into understandable terms. They are very informed on the potential impact of clauses in contracts.’

‘The solicitors offer pragmatic and commercial advice.’

‘Friendly, approachable and accessible.’

‘Paul Harbour is a great lawyer for landlord and tenant matters, he is highly technical and great to work with.’

Marriott Harrison LLP

Marriott Harrison LLP advises an assortment of corporate occupiers, including other law firms, on break clauses and headquarter relocations, as well as lease negotiations and regears. Praised as a ‘true expert in commercial real estate’Mark Lavers heads the team, while Stephen Whittaker thrives in real estate financing.

Practice head(s):

Mark Lavers

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Whittaker


‘Quick turnaround with reasoned, informative responses. A highly skilled team under the direction of Mark Lavers.’

‘The partners take the time and attention to fully understand the brief. Their knowledge and experience are immensely valued as is their advice and recommendation.’

‘Speedy responses, depth of understanding, approachability and commitment to providing an excellent service make the Marriott Harrison team stand out from the rest.’

‘Mark Lavers was always ahead of the game and offered sound commercial advice to the client.’

‘Mark Lavers is a stand-out partner and a true expert in commercial real estate. Mark is quick and efficient and has the ability to demystify complex issues to non-solicitors.’

‘ Mark Lavers makes himself fully available to clients and other professionals. He has access to tax and construction colleagues who provide the same depth of knowledge and speed of response.’

‘The team at MH are wonderful to work with. You get a consistent team so always deal with the same people/partner. This makes everything so much easier as your case is always well known to all involved.’

‘They are incredibly knowledgeable, patient and of good humour. I always feel like they have our back and that I can completely trust the advice I am being given.’

Key clients

Avalon Television

Sister Ray

Luk Events

Hook Technology

Total Media Group

Makers Academy

Falck Renewables


Chiltern Capital

Spradling UK

Work highlights

  • Advised Luk Events Limited on a property transaction agreement with the Crown Estate, allowing it to run its Lapland UK event in Windsor.
  • Advised numerous tenants on their HQ office leases in areas such as Canary Wharf, the City and Mayfair.
  • Acted for Bucherer on new leases around the country.

McGuireWoods London LLP

McGuireWoods London LLP boasts a well-established client roster of FT100 and FT250 companies, including AstraZeneca. Callum Hassall is active in the senior care and accommodation arena, while Hannah Irish acts for developers, investors, and tenants across the financial, life sciences, and hospitality sectors. Former practice head Martin Barrett retired in June 2023.

Other key lawyers:

Callum Hassall; Martin Barrett


‘Very efficient and highly knowledgeable team with seamless cover provided at crucial times.’

‘They are very efficient and able to handle quick turnaround time scales, without any loss of intellectual input.’

‘All instructions are carefully prepared, even when times are tight, and fully thought through.’

‘All those we deal with within McGuire Woods are totally approachable, while maintaining a professional approach at all times. They are all a pleasure to deal with.’

‘They stand out for their responsiveness and detail.’

‘A great team. They are sensible, responsive, commercial, and easy to get along with.’ 

‘Very knowledgeable, responsive and friendly.’ 

‘McGuire Woods and Callum Hassall really help you navigate through the legal hurdles needed including turning technical terminology into a language any business leader could understand.’

Key clients

AstraZeneca UK Limited

MedImmune Limited

Energizer Holdings Inc

Revera Inc

Signature Senior Lifestyle Care Homes

Highgate Hotels International Limited

Mitsubishi Corporation International (Europe) plc and Mitsubishi Corporation

Thrive Parent Holdings, LLC

Relativity ODA, LLC

Bank of America Merrill Lynch International Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Thrive Parent Holdings, LLC on the shared acquisition of UK company, Custard Technical Services Limited.
  • Advised AstraZeneca UK Limited and MedImmune Limited in connection with their UK property portfolio.
  • Advised Energizer Holdings Inc on the grant of a new 15-year lease of 103,000 square feet industrial unit at Tafarnaubach Industrial Estate, Tredegar.

Payne Hicks Beach LLP

Payne Hicks Beach LLP often supports Middle and Far Eastern, Scandinavian and US investors, in addition to blue chip, hotel, leisure and restaurant occupiers. The team also has extensive knowledge of new development and town planning, landlord and tenant issues, as well as property management. Emma Copestake is often engaged in bank, developer and investor property purchases, while Andrew Berry is sought out by a range of high-net worth clients in the residential and leisure sectors. Simon Blackburn helms the sale of land for development, while Marisa Beccarelli and Alex Blain are noted for their knowledge of real estate financing. Andrea Yiakoumetti recently oversaw the acquisition of two Central London restaurants for a foreign conglomerate.

Practice head(s):

Emma Copestake

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Berry; Simon Blackburn; Marisa Beccarelli; Alex Blain; Andrea Yiakoumetti; Penny Miller


‘Alexander Blain is very dedicated and service-orientated.’

‘One of the go-to firms for property work. The department is brilliantly headed by Andrew Berry and Marissa Beccarelli is a total star.’

Quastels LLP

The ‘experienced and progressive firm’ Quastels LLP supports clients across the hospitality, office, and retail sectors with leasing issues. Michael Haringman co-leads the team and counts property investors among his key roster of clients, while co-head Jonathan Gross often acts for clients in the art and financing arenas. Mark Cornelius assists tenants with headquarter relocations, while Naomi Jones advises on conditional sale and purchase agreements.

Practice head(s):

Michael Haringman; Jonathan Gross

Other key lawyers:

Mark Cornelius; Naomi Jones; Julia Khalique; Aisha Anjum


‘The team are competent across a variety of disciplines and are readily accessible.’

‘I have always found the practice to be professional and reliable. They have covered all of our legal needs over the years and provide an excellent service.’

‘I have found Quastels to be of good quality, and they also respond to queries quickly.’

‘Quastels is a very experienced and progressive firm. They go above and beyond with the work they do and the advice they give.’

‘The partners provide great guidance and have access to other legal expertise to support transactions.’

‘They are agile, responsive and always available. Mark Cornelius know his way around commercial property transaction.’

‘Mark Cornelius is always able to push deals over the line.’

‘Naomi Jones provided an exceptional level of service. Naomi is obviously a very intelligent individual with a remarkable knowledge of property.’

Key clients

Christian Louboutin




My London Home


Jungle Pubs

Kingswood Holdings

Balmain Fashion UK Limited

Island Poke Limited

Ross Shire Engineering

Fingleton Limited

Beers Contemporary

Tommis Burger Joint

Magnum Properties plc

Easyflyers Logistics Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for a client on the surrender of their lease in South Audley Street and their relocation to Mount Street.
  • Acted for a client in connection with the grant of a lease within the Battersea Power Station Development.
  • Advising a client on taking a lease of a flagship store in the heart of Knightsbridge.


RPC is entrusted by a range of corporate occupiers with headquarter establishments, office moves and portfolio management, in addition to sales and leasebacks. Elizabeth Alibhai leads the team’s Bristol and London offices and acts for developers in the residential and retail sectors; Alibhai's recent work highlights include Frasers’ acquisition of Coventry Building Society Arena. Catherine Young advises on the property aspects of corporate and finance transactions, while Ben Malone is another key contact in the group. Partners Arash Rajai and Jon Ely joined from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and Capital Law, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Alibhai

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Young; Ben Malone; Arash Rajai; Jon Ely; Sukh Ahark


‘Liz Alibhai genuinely understands and cares about our business, makes seamless introductions to specialist colleagues and is always motivated to support and add value.’

‘I have been dealing with Ben Malone, as well as Elizabeth Alibhai. I was able to get exactly what I need, and their communication is always very clear.’

‘They have been very thorough and have all the resources we need. Also, they were very prompt with responses to queries.’

Key clients

Frasers Group

Lockguard Limited

St Modwen


Hasib Holding Company Establishment

Howden Group

Kout Food Group

Triumph Group

Shepherd Neame


Downing LLP

Adderstone Group

Berkshire Hathaway

Office Space in Town


Dellner Woodville

Mosaic Insurance


Work highlights

  • Acting for Frasers Group on its acquisition of the Coventry Building Society Arena.
  • Advised Office Space in Town on acquiring full ownership of its portfolio of four high-end City based serviced office blocks at New Broad Street.
  • Assisted Darabase on their project to set up a property digital rights registry.

Russell-Cooke LLP

The ‘impressive team’ at Russell-Cooke LLP boasts a strong client roster of corporate occupiers, including Pret a Manger and Wasabi. Matt Garrod leads the team and assists clients with portfolio expansion and lease re-gears, as well as advising investment funds on acquisitions, developments and high-value lettings of office and industrial properties. Arnold Isaacson is entrusted by clients on the development and letting of landmark buildings in the capital. Robert Lusher acts for corporate occupiers in the industrial, leisure, office, and retail sectors, and Neil Dryer handles asset management, while Chris Barkley focuses on real estate finance matters.

Practice head(s):

Matt Garrod

Other key lawyers:

Arnold Isaacson; Robert Lusher; Neil Dryer; Chris Barkley


‘They have a lot of very user-friendly solicitors working in a variety of fields, and I have been very happy with the service.’

‘An impressive team, who will respond as quickly as possible.’

‘They stand out for their responsiveness.’

‘Neil Dryer is always available to help and advise us. He has extensive knowledge and is always responsive at short notice. We rely on him to protect our business and help us with new contracts.’

Key clients

Pret a Manger Limited & Eat Limited

Wasabi & Co Limited

Blackstone Group / Revantage UK


Sirosa Properties Establishment

Strandbrook Limited

Tokoro Capital LLP

Karma Co-Kitchens

Gorillas Technologies UK Limited

Viewranks Limited

Clipstone XI Limited


Padmanor Investments Limited

Reichmann Properties plc

ESAS Group

NYK Group Europe Limited

Goreford Ltd

NWB Properties Limited

Goldcrest Land Limited

Bourneford Limited

Marine Society and Sea Cadets

Quantum Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for Pret in growing their national base of franchisees and all of the property aspects involved in that process.
  • Acted on a number of asset management matters across Blackstone’s UK portfolio.
  • Advised Sirosa, the freehold owner of a landmark six storey building on Oxford Street W1 on the management, letting, development and litigation matters that arise from the portfolio.

RWK Goodman

Praised as ‘reliable and responsive’, the team at RWK Goodman frequently acts for corporate clients on an array of commercial leasing mandates. Dominic Whelan, who has experience in significant pre-let agreements, jointly leads the practice alongside David Paxton, who caters to real estate asset optimisations, joint ventures, lettings and sales. Chris Langan and Priya Pandya provide the team with expertise in real estate finance, while Ross Sidwell is praised as an ‘outstanding solicitor’ and Susanna Caulfield handles the acquisition and disposal of development sites.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Whelan; David Paxton

Other key lawyers:

Chris Langan; Priya Pandya; Ross Sidwell; Susanna Caulfield


‘RWK Goodman are a fantastic law firm. They have a great work ethic which means that they always get things done and over the line, even within tight timescales. Furthermore, they have a large network of specialists within the firm, so there is always someone who specialises in that filed on hand to help out.’

‘Ross Sidwell is an outstanding solicitor with a huge knowledge base and an incredible work ethic, he also provides invaluable advice when necessary. He has a great ability to de-risk projects through his work.’

‘Efficient and thorough service through complex contracts. Reliable and responsive.’

Key clients

Thornsett Group

Work highlights

  • Advised The Office Group on their UK portfolio.
  • Advised UTB in respect of development finance mandates.
  • Assisted Thornsett Group on their acquisition of a new development site in Notting Hill.

Sherrards Solicitors LLP

With demonstrable experience in the hospitality, leisure, and retail sectors, Sherrards Solicitors LLP works in conjunction with the firm’s corporate and commercial departments to provide support on the property elements of transactions. Practice leader Terry Fendt counts outlet high street retailers among his key roster of clients, while Shane Knight has a strong focus in the charity sector. Stephanie Kierans has experience advising on acquisitions and disposals arising out of the retail sector and Guy Morgan joined the team from Trethowans LLP in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Terry Fendt

Other key lawyers:

Shane Knight; Stephanie Kierans; Guy Morgan


‘An approachable team, with impressive experience acting for local authorities and charities.’

‘I trust Guy Morgan with complex and sensitive work.’

Key clients

Chokdee Ltd Trading as giggling Squid

Menkind Limited

Foodco UK Franchising Limited (Trading as Muffin Break)

Rituals Cosmetics UK Limited

DBD Distribution Limited

Central City Training Venues (CCTV)

Langney Trustees

What Stores limited

AM Coffee Retail Ltd

Robinson Webster

Work highlights

  • Acting for a range of GPs in the purchase and/ or sales of surgeries around London, Norfolk and Hertfordshire.
  • Advised MenKind Limited on a variety of commercial property work including renewals, lease re-gears, strategic break notices and re-locations.
  • Advised  Rituals Cosmetics UK Limited with their new lease at Battersea Power Station.

Travers Smith LLP

Noted for its expertise in development and investment projects in alternative real estate, Travers Smith LLP often assists law firms with their headquarters moves. Practice leader Emma Pereira acts for real estate funds and real estate private equity funds on investments, lettings and developments, while Alex Millar focuses on development and regeneration projects. Sarah Walker is often engaged in the development and investment of non-core real estate assets, while Emma Sykes is noted for her expertise in property financing.

Practice head(s):

Emma Pereira

Other key lawyers:

Alex Millar; Sarah Walker; Emma Sykes; Gareth Wynne

Key clients


Clearbell Capital

Guenther Bakeries

Index Ventures

Houlihan Lockey

Ashby Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Liniar on the significant re-gearing of their existing manufacturing premises together with a further letting of a new 350,000 sqft facility at the same site.
  • Advising Houlihan Lokey on the regear of its London offices at Curzon Street.
  • Advised Index Ventures in relation to its acquisition and development of its new high-class office headquarters in Piccadilly, London.