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  1. Commercial property: development
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

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At Ashurst, the firm's bench of real estate lawyers are ‚Äėextremely adept at tackling complex issues‚Äô and display an ‚Äėunrivalled attitude to supporting their clients‚Äô. On the development side, the team is active in the logistics, build-to-rent and private rented sectors and demonstrates prowess on urban regeneration and major development schemes. Investor clients span Europe, the Middle East, Australia, North America and Asia, particularly South Korea, Japan, China and Singapore, and entrust the group to handle the full range of asset management and cross-border investments. The team represents both corporate and government occupiers on the leasing of industrial, retail and headquarter buildings and also supports a number of household retailers on the full range of real estate matters, including planning and construction. The group notably continues to advise Westfield on phase 2 of the Westfield London development project in White City, which is extending the shopping centre by over 500,000 sq ft. David Jones¬†is a ‚Äėstand out‚Äô in the investment field and tailors his practice towards international real estate M&A and joint ventures, while Hugh Lumby¬†is another recommended name. Recently promoted partner Tim Regis¬†is recommended for regeneration schemes and joint ventures while 'tenacious and attentive'¬†senior associate Julie Connolly¬†is also well-regarded.

Practice head(s):Hugh Lumby; Richard Vernon; David Jones; Melanie Jordan

Other key lawyers:Jamie Chapman; Henry Moss

Testimonials

'The team has deep and incredibly insightful experience of highly complicated deals.'

'The working relationships between infrastructure, planning and commercial real estate partners is personal and collaborative in a way that delivers frictionless and excellent advice.'

'Highly knowledgeable and specialised in their field. Very accessible and consistently provide a high service and results regarding of the situation and problems encountered'.

'Very versatile and pragmatic in their approach. Always willing and able to overcome issues that with other firms can derail a deal'.

'Jamie Chapman and Henry Moss have between them a depth of legal and commercial expertise in real estate generally'

'Ashurst are extremely adept at tackling complex issues and identifying solutions in a clear, concise and professional manner. They have a broad range of expertise which makes them first choice for the most complex deals'.

'Donna Fleming stands out. She is an excellent negotiator, and understands the value of building excellent working relationships with the other side's counsel during deals. Her tenacity and commitment to get the deal done, in the right manner, on the right terms for her clients, and in the demanding timeframes, is exceptional'.

'What sets this practice apart from others we deal with is their attentiveness and unbridled commitment and persistence to seeing a transaction through to completion'.

'Jamie Chapman and Julie Connolly are most highly regarded given their tenacity and attentiveness and unbridled and persistence and commitment to seeing a transaction through to completion'.

'Henry Moss navigates complex legal and commercial points and discussions well. Good understanding of the real estate industry and where potential pitfalls can lie.'

'The Ashurst team is unquestionably different to other real estate legal teams in other firms. They have an unrivalled attitude to supporting their clients and have the expertise across the real estate practice to deliver. The property law, tax and structuring and real estate debt advisory teams all work seamlessly together and the result is excellence'.

'All members of the Ashurst team excel in putting their finger on the issues in a real estate transaction and they guide their clients to a solution that will work for them and the other party on the opposite side of the deal'.

Key Clients

Westfield (now Unibail Rodamco Westfield)

Lendlease

Stanhope

Great Portland Estates

Oxford Properties

Oxford West End Developments

Lee Valley Regional Port Authority

Berkeley Group

BAE Systems

Transport for London

Balfour Beauty

Invesco

Hammerson

Hines

Telford Homes

British Land

Qatari Diar

M&G

Grosvenor

Samsung SRA Asset Management (South Korea)

Mirae Asset Daewoo (South Korea)

Korea Investment Management (South Korea)

Vestas Investment Management (South Korea)

Korea Investment and Securities (South Korea)

The Valesco Group

LB Asset Management (South Korea)

Korea Investment and Securities (South Korea)

KB Securities (South Korea)

NH Investment & Securities (South Korea)

PGGM

Meritz Securities (South Korena)

Lovell Partnerships Limited

Grosvenor

First Panattoni

Ascendas REIT

Telford Homes plc

Partners Group

Kildare Partners

Associated British Ports

Work highlights

  • Acted for Lendlease on the development agreement for the High Road West regeneration scheme in Tottenham.
  • Advising Grosvenor on its strategic land project at North Eynsham to deliver a New Garden Village of potentially 4,000 units.
  • Advising Transport for London and Crossrail Limited on a significant number of over-station development projects located on new station boxes created for new Elizabeth Line Stations or existing London Underground stations.
  • Advised Invesco Real Estate on the £110m acquisition of 40 and 50 Eastbourne Terrace, Paddington from Hermes Real Estate Investment Managers.
  • Advising East Wick and Sweetwater on its development of over 1,500 new homes at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London.

Hailed as ‚Äėthe best team in the market for real estate‚Äô, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP¬†advises international investor clients on matters such as portfolio purchases, development site acquisitions as well as purchase and leasebacks. The team ‚Äėdrives the process from start to finish‚Äô, handling redevelopments, regenerations, joint ventures and residential schemes. On the corporate occupiers front, the team represents leasers and leasees alike, and calls upon its strength in development, investment and landlord and tenant matters to assist on the full range of relevant issues. High-profile retail entities instruct the team for licensing, real estate and retail development work with the firm also hosting a full service hospitality and leisure team. Practice chief¬†Chris de Pury¬†handles big-ticket sales, purchases and restructurings, leading a team which includes the ‚Äėsuperb‚Äô Claire Milton. James Knox¬†and Alan Wight¬†are go-to names in the retail and corporate occupier spaces respectively, while EMEA senior partner¬†Robert MacGregor¬†is a specialist in joint ventures and pre-letting transactions. Key client Silvertown Homes Limited recently instructed the group to advise on a ¬£3bn joint venture to develop a 50-acre Thameside West site at the Royal Docks in London.

Practice head(s):Chris de Pury

Other key lawyers:Robert MacGregor; Chris Rowe; Tessa Kimber; Liana Hewson

Testimonials

'The best team in the market for real estate, full stop. It understands development and is good at driving the process from start to finish.'

'Claire Milton is superb. She rolls up her sleeves and gets into the trenches. Nothing is too much trouble and she is always available. The associates supporting her are good as well. Rebecca Moore is very good'.

'The BCLP team stand out in their ability to distil complex issues and transactions into easy to understand concepts and user friendly concise reports'.

Key Clients

Homes England

Greater London Authority

Transport for London

London Legacy Development Corporation

Lewisham Gateway Developments Limited

Landsec

Great Portland Estates

Canary Wharf Group

Blackstone

The Crown Estate

Hermes Investment Management

Quintain Estates and Developments

Work highlights

  • Advising Silvertown Homes Limited on the real estate aspects of a joint venture between Silvertown Homes and the Greater London Authority to develop the 50-acre Thameside West site at London’s Royal Docks.
  • Advising Greater London Authority and Barking Riverside Limited on one of the largest residential schemes to have been undertaken to date at Barking Riverside which will deliver a total of 10,800 new homes.
  • Advising London Legacy Development Corporation on the ongoing residential-led development of the East Wick and Sweetwater quarters within the overall Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park regeneration comprising 1,500 homes valued in the region of £800m.
  • Advising Hines on the redevelopment of The Cabot in Canary Wharf.
  • Continuing to advise London Borough of Tower Hamlets and Greater London Authority on the Blackwall Reach regeneration project.

Clifford Chance LLP's ‚Äėpre-eminent‚Äô practice is a ‚Äėmarket leader, both domestically and cross-border‚Äô. Its corporate occupiers practice has a proven track record in acting on central London headquarter transactions, particularly those linked with development projects, and also handles secondary market lettings on both the landlord and occupier side. Development-related strengths include regeneration and infrastructure projects as well as developments over stations. Expertise on the investment side encompasses transactions and joint ventures pertaining to major real estate platforms, as well as high-end cross-border portfolio transactions. In a market-leading case, the team successfully acted for the Canary Wharf Group on its opposition to the¬†European Medicines Agency's claim that its 25-year lease in Canary Wharf had been frustrated due to Brexit. Jonathan Solomon¬†is highly experienced in central London development matters and is recommended alongside Adrian Levy, a specialist in real estate-related corporate finance. Angela Kearns¬†handles the full range of transactions, while the team also includes recently promoted partner Ian Painter. He and Mark Payne¬†are noted as ‚Äėextremely knowledgeable‚Äô. Alis Pay is a standout name in the hotels and leisure team which is well regarded for acquisition development financing and M&A-related transactions along with operating and related agreements.

Practice head(s):Nigel Howorth

Other key lawyers:Mark Payne; Franc Peña; Ian Painter; Angela Kearns; Jonathan Solomon

Testimonials

'Top level pan-European advice - best in class.'

'Extremely responsive and professional - especially Mark Payne.'

'Ian Painter and Mark Payne are both extremely knowledgeable in this area'.

'The team has strength in depth and market leading knowledge. Certainly one of the small handful of leaders in this area of legal practice.'

'Ian Painter is very knowledgeable, has a great work ethic and leads from the front as a partner in that practice.'

'Clifford Chance's practice is pre-eminent and the quality of their legal advice and transaction management is second to none.'

'The standout partner is Mark Payne together with associate, Rob Donnell. Mark is pragmatic, commercial and technical, all at the same time, an excellent combination. Rob provides excellent client service and is exceptional at transaction management'.

'Great strength in depth. High quality, commercial advice. One of the best firms in this sector.'

'Willingness to go the extra mile. Excellent response times and ability to advise on highly complex structuring issues. Particular mention to Angela Kearns and Ian Painter who are both outstanding'.

'Excellent quality team from top to bottom'.

'Market leading practice, both domestically and cross-border'.

'Ian Painter combines unparalleled market and legal knowledge with an unflappable nature to achieve trusted adviser status.'

'Catherine Cook is an outstanding partner with an incredible deep knowledge and experience in the industry. She will fight tooth and nail on behalf of her clients, while simultaneously reminding the client of what is fair to fight for and what is not'.

'Ian Painter takes charge of issues and sees them through to resolution with practical and commercial ideas.'

'Amina Tacconi and Alis Paye are responsive and resourceful. They respond quickly to the clients needs and go above and beyond by their creative thinking and innovative ways of agreeing an outcome that both parties can adhere to. They are problem-solvers whilst being experts in their legal field. There are no other lawyers like them'.

Key Clients

Helical plc

Native Land

Employees Provident Fund of Malaysia (EPF)

Nuveen

Hillwood

AIG Global Real Estate

Angelo Gordon

Horizon

Hammerson plc

Canary Wharf Group plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Helical plc on its over-station development at Farringdon East Crossrail station.
  • Advised Native Land in connection with its complex redevelopment of South Kensington Station.
  • Advised the Employees Provident Fund of Malaysia, the Malaysian state pension fund, on the formation of a joint venture with Permodalan Nasional Berhad, the largest asset management firm in Malaysia, which will forward purchase and fund the development of Phase 2 of the landmark Battersea Power Station redevelopment in London.
  • Advised Nuveen on the development pre-let of the Can of Ham.
  • Advised AIGGRE on the acquisition and forward funding of a number of student accommodation developments in strategic locations across the UK.

The top-of-the-market real estate practice at¬†CMS¬†is recommended for the ‚Äėbreadth of its service and expertise‚Äô, 'working seamlessly'¬†on multi-layered development¬†and regeneration projects and providing clients with full life-cycle support on tax, finance and construction issues. Clients in the hotels and leisure space include high-profile hotel operators, restaurants and entertainment venues, which routinely instruct the team for real estate, M&A, management, franchising, financing and litigation matters. Work for the group in the retail sector includes significant development and redevelopment projects, disputes and transactions. UK real estate head¬†Ciaran Carvalho¬†is ‚Äėvery collaborative' and 'commercial and astute‚Äô, while Mark Heighton¬†acts on development and letting transactions. Notable recent work has included advising AXA IM Real Assets on the ¬£650m sale of Ropemaker Place.

Practice head(s):Ciaran Carvalho

Other key lawyers:Mark Heighton

Testimonials

'The breadth and depth of their practice is a key attribute to CMS. Its real estate and supporting teams are strong in both numbers and experience. They have a strong leadership team in the partner group - the partners are proactive and responsive.'

'Ciaran Carvalho is very collaborative in his approach and draws upon his wealth of experience in the sector, providing invaluable support, advice and solutions'.

'Marie Scott is technically excellent in her advice and is also very solutions-focused.'

Key Clients

Lendlease

Great Portland Estates

Landsec

M&G Real Estate

CBRE Global Investors

Quintain

Hammerson

AXA IM Real Assets

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Select Property Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Battersea Power Station Development Company on its pre-let agreement with IWG, the world’s largest serviced office group, to lease 40,000 sq ft of office space to private members club No18.
  • Advised developer AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets on its high-profile agreement with insurance group Hiscox, which has taken up space in City of London tower Twentytwo, signing a 19-year lease over three floors of the building.
  • Advised Mitsui Fudosan on the sale of its long leasehold interest in 70 Mark Lane in the City of London, EC3 to Korea Investment & Securities.
  • Acting for Renaker on all aspects of the 1,500 residential unit Deansgate Square development.
  • Advised Lendlease and LCR on the forward sale of S9, the office building under-construction at IQL, which is majority let to Cancer Research and British Council, to DWS (formerly Deutsche Asset Management) for £240m.

The team at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP¬†delivers a ‚Äėconsistently high quality service from consistently high quality personnel‚Äô, working with a wide variety of owner, development and tenant clients on high-profile matters. The practice handles the full lifecycle of investment projects and transactions as well as large development and regeneration projects. The globally integrated hotels and leisure practice advises on areas including acquisitions, disposals, disputes, IP and employment issues, while expertise in the retail sector includes development, acquisition, disposal and letting issues. Donald Rowlands, a ‚Äėleader in his field‚Äô, is a key member of the team, as is Richard Forsdyke,¬†who is knowledgeable across the full spectrum of financing, development and investment matters. The group is currently acting for Madison Square Garden Company in relation to the proposed development of MSG Sphere London, a 20,000 seat entertainment venue in Stratford. Clients include sovereign wealth funds, private equity funds, investment and fund managers, borrowers and lenders.¬†Nick Turner¬†is a key name and leads the corporate occupier offering, while Paul Chases¬†is an expert in the structuring, negotiation and completion of complex development joint ventures. Also recommended is Shona Grey, a specialist in¬†corporate acquisitions and disposals in the private equity real estate sector.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Walden

Other key lawyers:Paul Chases; Donald Rowlands; Richard Forsdyke; Shelagh McKibbin; Julian Pollock; David Rosen

Testimonials

'Excellent level of knowledge and technical competency. Exciting people to work with and highly diligent.'

'First rate firm of the highest quality.'

'Richard Forsdyke is commercially extremely savvy and focuses on getting things done rather than getting bogged down in legal arguments'.

'Strong team with gravitas. Very knowledgeable and capable.'

'Jeremy Walden is an outstanding, sensible lawyer.'

'Jeremy Walden is a stand out practitioner. Aside from market-leading technical expertise, he is adept at quickly and accurately pinpointing client priorities.' 

'Sebastian Taylor is particularly skilled at manoeuvering complex negotiations with a balanced focus. He is a dedicated team leader and his ability to identify, understand and act on the commercial imperatives involved is especially well developed.'

'The team seamlessly bring together all of the different disciplines required to make large complex transactions happen. They are equally skilled at negotiating with counter parties and managing clients and clients expectations.'

'Don Rowlands and Nick Turner are a particularly strong team. They do a very strong double act as good cop/bad cop. They are also very efficient and fun to work with.'

'Consistent high quality service from consistently high quality personnel.'

'Don Rowlands is a leader in his field who often does the the dirty work that partners of his experience regularly pass down to juniors. There are no half measures with his approach.'

'Emma Carter has a prodigious work rate which is always of the highest quality. A clear listener who delivers on what her clients specifically ask for and gets things done'.

Key Clients

British Land

Almacantar

The Madison Square Garden Company

Transport for London

Aberdeen Standard Investments (formerly Standard Life)

Brookfield

Argent Related

Lendlease

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Capco

Hammerson

Work highlights

  • Acting for Madison Square Garden Company on the proposed development of MSG Sphere London, a 20,000 seat next generation entertainment venue in Stratford, adjacent to the former Olympic Park.
  • Advised Argent Related on its major regeneration scheme for Tottenham Hale in London.
  • Advised on British Land's plans for the redevelopment of a 46-acre site in Rotherhithe, southeast London, which will include flats, retail, leisure and offices.
  • Advised Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield on the £250m forward sale of 14 Westfield Avenue, an office scheme, in Stratford to Legal & General Pensions.
  • Advised Cain International on its 50:50 joint venture with US fund Kennedy Wilson in respect of the €500m development of City Block 3 in North Quays, Dublin.

Hogan Lovells International LLP's practice represents high-profile landlords and tenants in the corporate occupier arena, and demonstrates particular expertise in surplus property disposals. The firm is also home to a well-regarded hotels and leisure practice which assists clients with relevant transactions, joint venture agreements, hotel developments, financing, disputes and operational agreements. Investment clients include institutional investors, sovereign wealth funds, private equity houses and overseas family offices who rely on the team for the full cycle of asset management transactions. The 'absolutely fantastic' Dion Panambalana and Gill McGreevy are key contacts for development and regeneration work with the team undertaking the full range of related matters including planning allocation, procurement, delivery, letting and disposals. In a recent caseload highlight, Panambalana represented Calthorpe Estates in an agreement with U+I concerning a substantial urban regeneration project in Birmingham. The highly recommended Daniel Norris and Jackie Newstead head the practice which includes recently promoted partners Katie Gill and Paul Tonkin. Counsel Christopher Somorjay is a standout junior member of the team, representing numerous institutional investor and pension fund clients.

Practice head(s):Jackie Newstead; Daniel Norris

Other key lawyers:Dion Panambalana

Testimonials

'They genuinely provide competitive advantage through their advice. They can only do that by really understanding the business at a strategic and operational level and the markets within which the business operates.'

'They think about their impact on the business and its customers, both in terms of what they say, but also how they say it. They continually challenge themselves to bring genuine value as commercial lawyers. Nick Roberts and Graham Cutts exemplify this.'

'Dion Panambalana is very focused, pragmatic and user friendly.'

'The ability for them to quickly obtain the necessary information be it legal, tax or another area of financial law is highly impressive and key to a successful project.'

'Dion Panambalana is absolutely fantastic, both in his professionalism but also in his commitment and interest in the project he is working on. The way in which he interacts and uses schematic diagrams and flow charts to simplify complicated processes is extremely useful.'

'Excellent and wide ranging offer in terms of services such that there is full and highly competent range of professionals to deal with the most complicated of real estate transactions.'

'Dion Panambalana is extremely personable and attentive to detail. His response to our requests have been both timely and considered, often going the extra mile.' 

'The team at Hogan Lovells have shown themselves to not only be clear and concise in their advice but are also able to adapt that advice to emerging and unprecedented situations.' 

'Practical application of the law with a commercial understanding. High quality across the various disciplines: commercial, litigation, construction and planning.'

'John Condliffe is a high quality individual, a pleasure to work with'.

'Daniel Norris has very strong business skills, good interpersonal skills - he is an excellent negotiator and good communicator.'

'John Condliffe and Laura Oliver in particular offer excellent levels of service and advice.'

'Victoria Sutcliffe and senior associate Chris Somorjay must be mentioned for their application and abilities.'

Key Clients

Aberdeen Standard

Argent (and Argent Related)

British Land

Calthorpe Estates

Landsec

LaSalle Investment Management

M&G Real Estate/Prudential

Shaftesbury

The Ballymore Group

The Crown Estate

U+I Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Calthorpe Estates on an agreement with U+I on one of the estate's landmark deals of the last century.
  • Advised Berkeley Homes (East Thames) Limited in connection with the proposed development of the West Thamesmead Gateway development site.
  • Acted for AFC Wimbledon on the historic acquisition of a new stadium site, and the subsequent construction of the new stadium, at Plough Lane in the London Borough of Merton.
  • Advised IQ Student Accommodation on a number of forward fundings and the development of various large student schemes.
  • Acted for the BBC on its pre-let to take, and enable, the development of the cultural and educational district at Stratford.

Linklaters LLP's ‚Äėexcellent' real estate team¬†represents domestic and international investors, developers and occupiers on premium investments, high-value regeneration and developments and lettings. Practice head Andy Bruce¬†is highly recommended and experienced in financing, development, acquisition, letting and disposal matters across the UK and Europe. In a recent highlight for the practice, a team led by Patrick Plant¬†advised Malaysian investors on the ¬£1.6bn purchase of a stake in the Battersea power station redevelopment project. Simon Price¬†has notable experience with structured investments and is also possesses expert knowledge of the hotels sector, while the 'exceptional' Martin Elliott¬†leads the development team.

Practice head(s):Andy Bruce

Other key lawyers:Patrick Plant; Martin Elliott

Testimonials

'The team has an excellent working knowledge of our company's structures and requirements. Advice is always timely and concise. The practice has a very thorough and expert knowledge of the development process.'

'Martin Elliott is exceptional in his knowledge of the real estate process and our companies needs. He surrounds himself with excellent associates, notably Richard Liversedge, Kathryn Griffiths and Kate Pearson.'

'Patrick Plant is knowledgeable and well respected. His advice is well balanced and commercial - he understands when to push and when to give.'

'Linklaters have an excellent real estate development and construction team that provides practical advice on all relevant matters for real estate lenders.  They are able to tailor their advice for a lender (rather than, say, the developer or owner).'

'Siobhan Burton is excellent and always provides practical and useful advice.'

'Siobhan Burton is a very strong performer'.

'Excellent service; commercially aware advice; always available to client and quick turnaround of documents.'

'Martin Elliott and his team provide a great service to clients, with a thoroughly professional and friendly approach.  Readily available and excellent advice.'

Key Clients

Lendlease

Richardsons Capital

Meyer Bergman

Deutsche Bank

Barratt Group (Wilson Bowden Developments)

Work highlights

  • Acting for a joint venture of Malaysian investors on the £1.6bn acquisition of the commercial assets comprised within Phase 2 of the wider seven-phase Battersea redevelopment project, one of London’s largest redevelopment sites.
  • Advised Lendlease on the entry into a 50/50 joint venture with Starwood and the subsequent acquisition by that joint venture of a 100% interest in The Silvertown Partnership which holds an interest in Silvertown Quays, a £3.5bn urban renewal project in East London.
  • Advised Lendlease on its £2bn+ ongoing regeneration of Elephant & Castle, London, comprising 300,000 sq m of new build and mixed-use development.
  • Advised Richardson’s Capital on various matters including logistics facilities at South Normanton Avonmouth; student accommodation at Brayford Wharf, Lincoln and related sites; and mixed-use development at Milburngate, Durham.
  • Acted for a US media company on its acquisition and development of an iconic new European HQ in London and development of an adjacent speculative office building.

The highly regarded commercial property practice at Mayer Brown International LLP is 'well resourced, incredibly capable and commercial'. On the corporate occupier side, it represents both landlords and tenants on headquarter relocations and post-property acquisition leasing transactions, and is also reputed for its handling of large mixed use schemes. Development-related strengths include land acquisition, site assembly and structuring, planning and statutory issues, tendering and procurement, development constraints strategy and environmental issues. Firmwide managing partner Jeremy Clay is a key name on the investment side and primarily represents private equity funds, though the group also acts for property companies, family offices and overseas investors. Martin Wright recently acted for First Base Limited, Macquarie Capital and Chelsfield Properties on the sale of The Silvertown Partnership to a joint venture vehicle between Lendlease and Starwood Capital. Iain Roberts is recommended for high-value investment transactions and mixed use property developments while Caroline Humble is another standout name and was recently promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):Martin Wright; Chris Harvey; Caroline Humble

Other key lawyers:Iain Roberts

Testimonials

'Very high quality; exceptional availability and thoughtful approach.'

'Exceptional quality of personnel around the whole team. Highly commercial and effective.'

'Diligent, knowledgeable and highly commercial.'

'A well resourced and incredibly capable team who are highly commercial.'

'Excellent at giving strategic advice and structuring complex deals. Always commercially aware.'

'Outstanding strategic advice on complex transactions - Jeremy Clay is particularly recommended.'

'They have a number of talented junior lawyers who provide a strong service'.

'Martin Wright is very adept at understanding our key commercial objectives. He is able to strike a sensible and pragmatic balance between covering the detail and ensuring our commercial property transactions progress expeditiously.'

'Very strong commercially, ability to think round corners in extremely complicated scenarios.'

'Chris Harvey has excellent skills and always provides great partner time.'

Key Clients

The British Land Company Plc

Helical Plc

Gaw Capital

Tide Construction

Kennedy Wilson Europe

Tishman Speyer

Scape

Cabot Properties Inc

Crosstree Real Estate Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised First Base Limited, Macquarie Capital and Chelsfield Properties Limited, on the disposal of The Silvertown Partnership to a joint venture vehicle established by Lendlease and Starwood Capital.
  • Representing British Land on the acquisition, redevelopment and leasing of their high-profile scheme at Clarges.
  • Representing British Land on the redevelopment and structuring of Blossom Street, Shoreditch.
  • Advising the Butterfly Hotels Group on the development of 7/8 St Martin’s Place, London.
  • Instructed in connection with the on-going redevelopment of the Bower, Old Street, the single largest asset in Helical’s property portfolio.

Clients recommend the lawyers at Norton Rose Fulbright¬†for their ‚Äėtenacity and attention to detail‚Äô, ‚Äėtechnical ability‚Äô and ‚Äėcommercial acumen‚Äô. The team is reputed on the investment and development fronts for global inward investment, infrastructure projects, financing and long-term projects, including an increasing number of mixed-use and residential-led schemes. The firm‚Äôs hotel and leisure practice, led by the highly recommended Nick Clayson, handles a broad range of work on cross-border branding, construction and development, data protection, IP, franchising and financing matters, among others, while high-profile corporate occupier clients engage the group for pre-letting negotiations, construction and refurbishment contracts, IT procurement and strategic lease advice. Recent work highlights include advising on the ¬£700m redevelopment of the Olympia London exhibition centre. David Hawkins¬†is a go-to name in the development space while David Sinclair¬†possesses ‚Äėan incredible grip on the minute details of each project‚Äô and is active on a broad range of investment and development projects, including hotels, infrastructure, offices and shopping centres. Louisa Roe¬†was recently promoted to counsel and is a specialist on complex leasing transactions.

Practice head(s):Wasim Khan;

Other key lawyers:Dan Wagerfield; David Hawkins

Testimonials

'The team make a concerted effort to understand the exact requirements of the client, as well as appreciating what the client cannot accept before entering into any negotiations. They also take time to understand the corporate structure of the client to appreciate the nuances behind decision making requirements. This makes the deal process much easier and significantly more manageable from a client perspective.'

'Louisa Roe is pragmatic, commercial, has a can-do ethic, understands the requirements of the client and translates these into manageable obligations and requirements.'

'Dan Wagerfield has fantastic knowledge and ability to apply legal expertise to the issue at hand to ensure pragmatic workable solutions are achieved.'

'The turnaround time on advice is very quick, which is hugely valuable, but the advice is always clear, concise and well explained. They have a great understanding on what the client's needs are and what they want to achieve and are always on hand to offer advice to help bring matters to a conclusion.'

'Very pragmatic and commercial, not points scoring solicitors. They get the deals done with the minimum of fuss.'

'Tenacity and attention to detail. Commercial acumen. Speed and efficiency'.

'Friendly and helpful, willing to support even when other members may be on leave'.

'Alex Parry is very helpful, competent and supportive'.

'Very good technical ability and excellent customer communication'.

'David Sinclair has an incredible grip on the minute details on each project and provides an excellent level of service.'

Key Clients

Resolution Property IM LLP (UK)

Europa Capital (UK)

Ask Real Estate (UK)

Commerz Real (Germany)

Prudential plc (UK)

Olympia London

57 Whitehall S.à.r.l. (Old War Office) (India and Spain)

Bank ABC (Middle East)

Schroder Real Estate Investment Management (UK)

DP World London Gateway (Middle East)

Tristan Capital Partners (UK)

HSBC Alternative Investments (UK)

Bank of Montréal (Canada)

Employees Provident Fund (Malaysia)

Orstead Energy (formerly Dong Energy) (Denmark)

Argo Group (USA)

WELPUT (Jersey)

Ashby Capital (UK)

State General Reserve Fund (Oman)

SOFAZ (Azerbaijan)

Hobart Partners (UK)

Sidra Capital (Dubai)

Ivanhoé Cambridge

Work highlights

  • Advising on the £700m redevelopment of Olympia London.
  • Acting for 57 Whitehall on the redevelopment of the iconic Old War Office.
  • Acting for London Gateway on the ongoing development of Europe’s largest logistics park.
  • Advised Bank ABC on the largest Shariah-compliant financing in the UK for the development of Regent’s Crescent, a historic Grade I listed property.
  • Acting for longstanding client CRI, one of Germany’s largest open-ended real estate funds, on the 740,000 sq ft extension to the Westfield Shopping Centre at White City, London in a 50/50 joint venture with Westfield.

Addleshaw Goddard¬†is home to a ‚Äėwealth of expertise‚Äô, ‚Äėproducing high-quality and innovative legal solutions‚Äô. Significant development works in London, including those with a cross-border element, are an area where the team excels, and the same likewise applies to regeneration works and joint venture projects. Leona Ahmed¬†is ‚Äėoutstanding in every way‚Äô and is currently advising Battersea Power Station Development Company in relation to the development and asset management strategy of the commercial assets within Phase 2 of the power station development. Ahmed is an expert on inbound investment, particularly from Asia, and the team also counts several high-profile real estate investment funds and property companies among the client base. Luke Baines is key in the hotels and leisure sector where the team enjoys a particularly strong reputation for hotel finance and also handles development, construction, financing, IP, employment and commercial agreements in addition to leisure schemes for pub and restaurant clients. The practice also acts on HQ relocations and main office transactions, and in the retail space is particularly experienced within the shopping centre arena.

Practice head(s):Leona Ahmed; Lee Sheldon; Adrian Collins

Other key lawyers:Simon Tager

Testimonials

'The investment team is extremely thorough and diligent, yet commercial. They are always thinking ahead and anticipating needs. Partners and associates are very strong.'

'Leona Ahmed is outstanding in every way. Very commercial and has an understanding of the market beyond what one would expect a lawyer to have. She is extremely well connected. She is always looking beyond the current task ahead to the next ones. In general, all the associates are great, with Hanan Taousi-Chahboun standing out.'

'Responsive and practical'.

'The team are receptive, commercial, knowledgeable and dependable.' 

 'Andrew Martin has distinguished himself as an expert in his field, a professional services adviser at the very top of his game.'

Key Clients

Aviva Line Fund

Hermes

Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

HB Reavis

Mount Anvil

UPP

Muse Developments

Kasamar Holdings

Taberner House LLP

Battersea Power Station Development Company

People's Republic of China

Work highlights

  • Advising Battersea Power Station Development Company on an agreement relating to the transfer of and long term development and asset management strategy for the commercial assets within Phase 2 of the Battersea Power Station development.
  • Advised the Chinese Government on the relocation of its Embassy in London to the former Royal Mint Court site. The site will be re-developed following the grant of planning for the new embassy.
  • Advising London developer Mount Anvil on a joint venture with Catalyst, one of London’s leading housing associations, for the regeneration of the Friary Park estate in Acton, West London.
  • Advised Kasamar Holdings on the acquisition of 16-17 Hanover Street, London.
  • Representing Taberner House LLP on the forward funding of three residential towers in the Taberner House redevelopment in central Croydon to Legal & General and London & Quadrant to deliver 513 new homes, of which over 50% will be affordable housing

At Dentons, Simon Masri¬†and senior associate¬†Laura Gowing¬†are standout names in the firm's acclaimed hotels and leisure team, which handles high-value transactions and projects across the EMEA region. The firm's caseload includes mixed-use hotel projects, day-to-day operational work and franchising matters with a standout instruction recently coming from Topland on the sale of a portfolio of 26 hotels for ¬£220m. The firm also hosts a full-service development offering which has recently been boosted by the arrival of former¬†Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP¬†partner¬†Deepa Deb, a specialist in residential-led mixed used schemes and the alternative assets sector. Investment clients include family offices and sovereign wealth funds based in China, the Middle East and South East Asia while corporate occupier clients rely on the team for leasing, construction, planning, dispute, joint venture, fund management and finance matters. Richard Budge¬†is a standout in the retail space where the team's¬†construction, structuring, planning, funding advice, competition, franchising and GDPR issues complement its core real estate offering. Real estate head¬†Rob Thompson¬†‚Äėgoes the extra mile‚Äô for clients and is a specialist in complex corporate real estate and real estate finance transactions on both a domestic and international scale.

Practice head(s):Richard Budge; Virginia Glastonbury; Rob Thompson

Other key lawyers:Lewis Myers

Testimonials

'Clients receive a high quality and a very professional service from Dentons. They have high skilled staff coupled with great industry exposure. The value Dentons render is immense and they have a unique approach to professional attend each and every query with high importance.'

'The real estate team at Dentons have a complete commercial awareness that means even the most complex deals can be negotiated with confidence.'

'Rob Thompson, Lewis Myers and Carla Revelo bring a wealth of experience and valuable mix of skills from due diligence to complex structuring. They are always willing to explore options and go the extra mile.'

'Andrew Henderson has a very detailed knowledge of the market and provides very commercial advice in order to help get deals done.'

'A client-focused practice with experts in their field.'

'Emma Frost displays unrivalled dedication to her clients and goes the extra step to find creative solutions. She has a strong ability to anticipate and deal with the arguments of the opposite side at the negotiating table.'

'Rob Thompson leads the team with quiet authority. He is responsive, available and goes the extra mile for the benefit of the client.'

'Harleen Kandola shows great diligence and takes a commercial approach to negotiating leases and other documents appreciating which points can be conceded to achieve gains elsewhere.'

'Dentons have demonstrated on numerous occasions their commercial awareness and ability to think out of the box to present solutions to clients and lead on complicated property transactions.'

'Commercially minded, good problem solving.'

'Richard Budge is a high quality lawyer. Creative and focused on getting things done.'

'There is an excellent balance to the team in terms of individual qualities and characteristics, not to mention diversity, which helps to maintain the high quality of advice received'.

'They never drop the ball. Their attention to detail and quality of advice is superb. Their extensive market coverage across skill-lines is very important'.

'Sarah Rowlands and Emma Frost are always available for advice and work tirelessly to execute deals'.

'Pragmatic approach to problem solving. Good communication between the lawyers and litigators. Partner level involvement.'

Key Clients

Taylor Wimpey

Slough Urban Renewal

Stoke Wharf / Muse

That Group

HOOPP / Verdion

Sports Direct

Fraser Group

Transport for London (TfL)

Greater London Authority (GLA)

Work highlights

  • Instructed to act for Taylor Wimpey on the acquisition of a new site for housing development on the outskirts of Reading.
  • Advising on a proposed, residential development of circa 240 new homes, situated adjacent to the Grand Union Canal.
  • Advising SUR on the Thames Valley University development project in Slough.
  • Advising That Group on various mixed-use development projects in UK cities.
  • Acting for Greater London Authority in relation to the re-development of Beam Park, an industrial site located on the boundary between the London Boroughs of Barking and Havering.

DLA Piper‚Äôs practice is lauded for its ‚Äėcomprehensive set of real estate skills' which enable it to¬†execute complex transactions, including all aspects of property investment work. In the development sector, the firm possesses particular experience on housing and mixed-use schemes along with build-to-rent projects. In addition, the firm‚Äôs hotel and leisure practice excels in a broad range of industries, representing global, regional and national hotels in addition to sports operators, health and fitness facilities, cinemas, gambling establishments and leisure complexes, among others. The team is notably advising the European Medicines Agency in a high-profile case which raises the question of whether Brexit has frustrated its lease at Canary Wharf. Paul Jayson¬†heads the retail and corporate occupier practices, handling a caseload which includes asset management, acquisitions and disposals, disputes and financing. 'Strong leader'¬†William Naunton¬†is highly recommended and represents a variety of fund managers and institutional investors.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Northey

Other key lawyers:Paul Jayson; Hayley Russell-White

Testimonials

'A high quality team and expertise in all facets.'

'Recommended for quality of the advice as well as quick turnaround of the work.'

'The team is responsive and gets real world issues, rather than being stuck in an ivory tower in the City divorced from what goes on in the real world. They do all that is needed plus more to get the deal done on time. They operate in a practical, constructive and collaborative way.'

'Really hard working and dedicated. Keen to impress.'

'Paul Dineen is incredibly keen to please.'

'Very responsive, decisive and reliable team. Depth of knowledge and transaction experience.'

'The team's strength in depth makes it stand out. All aspects of property investment are covered including contract, structuring, tax and construction. In each case the individual advising is best in class.'

'The team has a comprehensive set of real estate skills which enables to it provide clear advice and execute complex transactions.'

'William Naunton is a strong leader with a thorough understanding of his client's needs'.

'Mark Keeling captures all the detail of complex matters and translates them into simplified concise points.'

'They consider all aspects of bringing a hotel project to delivery and are able to bring together experienced partners in a coordinated way.'

'Excellent client information, easily reachable, well informed and excellent network.'

'William Naunton combines a very open, client focused approach with high quality of advice.'

Key Clients

Mace Group Ltd

Cheyne Capital

Sanofi & Aventis Pharma Limited

Vale Europe Limited

Hadley Property Group

Places for People

Shaftsbury

Orchard Street

Herbal House Investments Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented various Mace Group entities on the acquisition and financing of sites in Exeter and Cardiff for development as purpose-built student accommodation.
  • Represented Cheyne Capital on a £75m facility to develop The Old Southwark fire station into 199 residential apartments (with commercial space) and a new secondary school with ancillary sports facilities.
  • Represented Mace Developments (Greenwich) Limited on its £71.8m finance of Phase Two of the Greenwich Square development, a new residential development on the former Greenwich District Hospital in East Greenwich, London comprising 650 residential units.
  • Acting for Vale Europe Limited on the sale of Acton Refinery for £67m for redevelopment by Goodman with complex demolition and remediation works obligations imposed on Vale Europe Limited, to include the recovery of precious group metals from the fabric of the property.
  • Acting for The Pollen Estate on the  redevelopment of numerous buildings in Cork Street, Bond Street and Cork Street Mews in Mayfair, London as two principal office buildings and seven retail units.

Forsters LLP¬†‚Äėprovides a high level of expertise and delivers a very professional service‚Äô. It is well-regarded for complex long-term redevelopment schemes, with core strengths including site assembly, funding, joint venture agreements, development finance, pre-letting, site disposal and overage matters with the group routinely representing overseas investors and leading UK property funds. Also forming the client base are high-end London retail boutiques and luxury hotel operators who engage the practice for hotel financing deals. On the corporate occupier side, the workload includes HQ relocations, portfolio management, leasehold transfers as well as landlord and tenant matters. Practice head Matthew Swainston¬†holds notable expertise concerning the redevelopment of landmark properties while Victoria Towers¬†is a development specialist with particular knowledge of the logistics sector.

Practice head(s):Matthew Swainston

Other key lawyers:Eugene McMahon; Smita Edwards; Victoria Towers

Testimonials

'Recommended for their ability to understand the key issues and report them in a relevant and concise way.'

'The team is responsive, pragmatic and adept at dealing with fast-paced transactions.'

'Victoria Towers is responsive, approachable and extremely engaged on all matters, and provides excellent client service.'

'Forsters have a no nonsense, proactive approach. They just get on with it and don't feel the need to show off about what they are doing.'

'Guy Jordan is accessible and pragmatic.'

'All members of the team are strong. Eugene McMahon as lead partner is an exceptional team leader and will take the lead on larger and more complex instructions.'

'Katherine Ekers is extremely impressive.'

'Forsters provide a high level of expertise, they are knowledgeable and deliver a very professional service.'

Work highlights

  • Advising owner/developer Alloy MTD on the 400,000 sq ft mixed use development at One Crown Place, EC2.
  • Acting on a project for LXB’s Stafford which entailed the acquisition development pre-letting and sale of superstore, retail park and leisure investment in Stafford town centre.
  • Advised Patrizia on behalf of Rockspring TransEuropean Property Limited Partnership V, in conjunction with its development partner PLP, in relation to the development and sale of the 256,000 sq ft Island Road logistics development in Reading.
  • Advised Rockspring Hanover Property Unit Trust in relation to the off-market sale of a Grade A office building at 6 Queen Street, Leeds to clients of Mayfair Capital Investment Management.
  • Advised Wrenbridge, on behalf of the Palmer Capital Development Fund IV, in relation to a joint venture arrangement with the owner of a site in Basildon for the redevelopment of that site into a new 223,000 sq ft warehouse scheme.

Gowling WLG¬†is hailed for its ‚Äėexceptional credentials and impressive client list in the retail sector‚Äô where it undertakes a wide spectrum of matters including joint ventures, refinancing and restructurings, expansions and store acquisitions. Also recommended for its investment and development work, the team is engaged by institutional investors on buying, selling, asset managing and letting work and also acts on mixed-use development and regeneration matters. In the hotels and leisure space, IP, operating agreements, regulatory issues and M&A are among the group‚Äôs offering, as is insolvency, finance and construction work. Corporate occupier matters are also a focus for the department, which includes the highly rated Jon Lloyd, who is recommended for retail and mixed-use investment and development projects and is also handling an increasing number of residential-focused schemes.

Practice head(s):Richard Bate

Other key lawyers:Jon Lloyd; Rabinder Chaggar; Dan Gwilliam

Testimonials

'Exceptional credentials and impressive client list in the retail sector. Competitive fee quotes.'

'Chris Hunt inspires confidence. Kay Desai is exceptionally hardworking, thorough and very responsive.'

'The team works well across a range of different disciplines and offices, providing a seamless service which targets the key issues at hand. The ability to bring in skills at different price points depending on the complexity of the work keeps costs down to the minimum. Above all, the firm is commercial in their view which means that a good solution is usually reached quickly and without fuss.'

'Khalil Ahmad is an efficient and effective lawyer. Turnaround times on documents are often scarcely believable in their speed, yet the quality of the work is consistent. He is also a good judge of when to revert with questions and when to work autonomously without instruction. He displays an excellent understanding of our business.'

Work highlights

  • Advised on joint venture between NFU Mutual and Salmon Developments Limited, in which the team advised on the site acquisition, forward funding, development and pre-let of a 100,000 sq ft office scheme at 3 Glass Wharf, Bristol to HMRC.
  • The firm has been acting on the regeneration of Bracknell town centre since 1995.
  • Acted for Bride Hall Developments Ltd in relation to all documentation in respect of the acquisition of a freehold interest in Plot 5, Fletton Quays from Peterborough Investment Partnership.
  • Advising a client on the terms for and the negotiation of the agreement for the development of a new 100,000 sq ft head office building and its fitting-out.
  • Negotiated a development agreement and lease on behalf of Crossrail and advised on all ancillary aspects of the transaction with regards to the proposed 1-14 Liverpool Street over site development.

Jones Day is highly recommended for the full breadth of development and investment projects, boasting expertise in the private rented, residential and student accommodation sectors. Practice head David Roberts is reputed for his knowledge of the logistics sector as well as the retail market in which the team recently handle premises sales. Of counsel Kirsty Rogerson supports clients through the full lifecycle of developments from site assembly to subsequent lettings, and the team also provides expertise on international joint ventures and structures.

Practice head(s):David Roberts

Other key lawyers:Kathryn West

Key Clients

Blackstone Group, The

The British Land Company PLC

CIT Group Partners LLP

CBRE Global Investors/Investment Partners

Delancey/DV4

Greystar Real Estate Partners

Hansteen Holdings PLC

Henderson Park Real Estate Fund

Henley Investment Management Limited

LaSalle Investment Management

LondonMetric Property Plc

Meyer Bergman, Ltd.

Oaktree Capital Management, L.P.

Oxenwood Real Estate LLP

Aermont Capital

Wells Fargo

Work highlights

  • Acted for Greystar on the acquisition of a plot of land in Croydon.
  • Acting for Delancey on the regeneration of Elephant and Castle.
  • Acting for British Land on the regeneration of Plymouth city centre.
  • Acting for LondonMetric on the development of Bedford Link Logistics Park.

At Macfarlanes LLP, the ‚Äėcommercial property team provides an excellent level of service‚Äô. In the development and investment space it is engaged for joint ventures, real estate fund structuring and inward investment along with the full range of financing and construction matters. On the corporate occupier front, the¬†group handles relocation programmes, premises management and acquisitions, construction and planning issues. The firm is also home to a hotels practice which advises on tax, financing, management and franchising affairs. Standout individuals include Ian Nisse, a specialist on the structuring and financing of real estate projects, and Nick Barnes,¬†whose strengths include debt financing, commercial letting and joint ventures.¬†Dan Marriott¬†is another standout name and is active on the full array of commercial property affairs.

Practice head(s):Anthony Burnett-Scott

Other key lawyers:Dan Marriott; Nick Barnes; Ian Nisse

Testimonials

'The team work collaboratively with each other, take a commercial view and delegate work to the right level.'

'Clare Breeze is proactive, very open to feedback and responsive. Tania Barnes is very capable, calm and doesn't let anything slip on a large transaction. Dan Marriott is very responsive and has a good knowledge of our previous deals with him.'

'The Macfarlanes commercial property provide an excellent level of service. The team fully understand commercial objectives and risk appetite, and approach their commissions in such a way as to ensure these are met and managed accordingly.'

'Dominic Cunliffe, Margaret Rhodes and Chris Smith deliver a consistently high level of service and are very proactive. They are very knowledgeable and highly experienced, which, along with their good communication skills, provide a great deal of comfort in often complex and difficult situations.'

'The partners always make themselves available. Dominic Cunliffe is an excellent person to have on your team.'

Key Clients

Ecoworld

Kenedy Wilson

Aberdeen Asset Management

Arora International

Berkeley Homes / St William Homes LLP

Brookfield

Canary Wharf Group

CLS Holdings plc

Derwent London

First Base

Friends Life Limited / Aviva

Intu Properties plc

Legal & General

Muse Developments

Realstar Group

Stanhope

Work highlights

  • Acted for the joint venture of Stanhope and Mitsui Fudosan UK in connection with the development of a 2.8 acre site to the north of the British Library’s Grade I Listed building creating an additional 100,000 sq ft of new space for for learning, exhibitions and public use, including a new northern entrance and a headquarters for the Alan Turing Institute, the national centre for data science research.
  • Advising Arora Group on the development of the Crowne Plaza London and Holiday Inn Express London at Heathrow’s Terminal 4.
  • Advising Malaysian developer Ecoworld on its forward funding from Invesco of two build-to-rent sites in London, with a combined development value of over £400m, and providing more than 1,100 new units for private rent.
  • Continuing to advise the Legal & General UK Build to Rent Fund on its acquisition, development and funding of its nationwide build to rent portfolio.
  • Advising Legal & General’s Pension Fund on all of its deals with the Government Property Association’s Hub Programme, which aims to partner with Government departments to unlock savings and find new approaches to the departments’ property requirements.

Mishcon de Reya LLP's¬†‚Äėexcellent‚Äô team is hailed for its ‚Äėexceptional knowledge of the real estate industry‚Äô. The practice handles high-value portfolio acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, structuring and finance issues, as well as development funding matters. Inward investment, particularly from the Far East, is an area where the group demonstrates prowess and likewise alternative asset classes are among its core strengths. Recent highlights have included advising Delancey, APG, Qatari Diar and Oxford Properties on the development of the former Olympic Village in Stratford, East London. Led by the ‚Äėexceptional knowledge‚Äô of Nick Doffman, the practice is also active in the retail space and represents several household high-street names in addition to emerging and luxury brands. Another standout name is Stephen Hughes, who possesses expertise across the full array of commercial property matters including joint ventures.

Practice head(s):Nick Doffman

Other key lawyers:Stephen Hughes; Nick Minkoff; Simon Hart

Testimonials

'Overall an excellent team'.

'Just very high quality at all levels - a pleasure to deal with.'

'The team has exceptional knowledge of the real estate industry. Their advice have allowed us to eliminate or mitigate different kinds of risks in transactions. In addition, they treat clients as good friends and it is always enjoyable to work with them.'

'Nick Doffman and Kirpal Kaur, in additional to their exceptional knowledge and vast experience, always provide advice that is specific to the client's organisation and transactions.'

'They get under the skin of the business so their advice tends to be right first time.'

Key Clients

Brookfield

Delancey

Capital & Counties Properties plc (Capco)

Mansford LLP

Olayan Group (Knightsbridge Estate)

Berkeley Group

AEW

Minerva

Almacantar

Chelsfield

Helical plc

Fizzy Living

The Office Group

PGIM Real Estate Finance

Derwent London

Work highlights

  • Advised Student Roost (a business owned by Brookfield Strategic Real Estate Partners II fund) on the purchase of the Enigma Portfolio from Curlew Student Trust (a fund backed by clients of CBRE Global Investors).
  • Acted for Derwent London on the development and letting of the Brunel Building in Paddington, a 243,000 sq ft office scheme.
  • Acting for Delancey, APG, Qatari Diar and Oxford Properties on their ongoing programme of development for East Village, the former Olympic Village in Stratford, East London

Osborne Clarke LLP is renowned as one of the go-to firms for commercial property matters within the retail market. Among its key strengths within the sector are leasing and management work, store transactions and developments as well as financing and refinancing matters. The practice is also busy in the development space where it handles projects in the mixed-use, residential, commercial office, leisure and logistics spaces. Peter Day heads the department which also assists investment clients within both land and property acquisitions for the purposes of development, value accretion and commercial leasing. Legal director Tim Hart is highly recommended, particularly for his knowledge of development transactions and mixed-use regeneration schemes.

Practice head(s):Peter Day

Other key lawyers:Rajindh Mangat; Jo Footitt; William Gay; Tim Hart

Testimonials

'Knowledge, ability, speed of response and very nice people to do business with.'

'Very responsive, commercial and pragmatic: against tight deadlines, they ensured they were on top of all legal aspects and guided the process to the required conclusion. No dramas, no over complicating matters.'

'Peter Day understands requirements quickly and conveys them to his team who are then able to act appropriately.'

Key Clients

Ellandi LLP

Gazeley

M&G Real Estate

Warburg HIH Invest

Redevco

Student Castle

TH Real Estate

Topland

U and I Group Plc

Welbeck Strategic Land

LabTech

Long Harbour

Work highlights

  • Acting for Gazeley GLP on a joint venture with Ashfield Land in relation to the c. £700m development of Rail Central, a proposed new rail freight interchange in Northamptonshire.
  • Advising Gazeley on the planning, development site acquisition and development of the UK’s first three-storey logistics facility.
  • Advised Cording Real Estate Group on the acquisition of a £50m build-to-rent development, known as the Merlin Works site, in the Waterside regeneration area in Leicester, by way of a forward funding structure.
  • Acted for M&G Real Estate UK Residential Fund on its £87.2. deal to buy 186 new homes from Redrow Homes.
  • Advised M&G Real Estate (acting via its general partner) on its acquisition (by way of a forward funding structure) of a new build-to-rent residential development in Reading.

Pinsent Masons LLP¬†is home to a ‚Äėwell-coordinated team that covers all aspects of development, construction and investment‚Äô. It represents institutional UK investors, commercial and residential developers, local authorities and financial institutions on a variety of high-profile investment and development projects within the UK and abroad. Student accommodation, build to rent and retirement living are sectors where the team, headed by Claire Hughes, is particularly well-versed. The practice also has a market-leading reputation in the hotel and leisure sector where core strengths include management contracts, franchising and transactions, as well as the full range of related issues. Recent highlights for the team have included¬†advising Heathrow Airport on the third runway expansion project.

Practice head(s):Claire Hughes

Other key lawyers:Mike Reid; Kevin Boa; Anthony Newton

Testimonials

'A very strong team who have a very solid understanding of the requirements of the client's business.'

'Their attention to detail is excellent and they are always on hand to deliver well thought out advice. There are two standout partners - Kevin Boa and Natalie Harris both of whom are excellent lawyers and very good to work with.'

'Luke Miotte is attentive to complicated matters.'

'Commercial approach and very willing to work hard'.

'Good project management. Focused on risk and protecting client interest. Personable, courteous, professional.'

'Project management and an understanding when to make a recommendation and when to take instruction.'

'A very approachable team which shows expertise and professional knowledge throughout all transactions. They have a very pragmatic approach, that gets the very best for my company.'

'A well co-ordinated team that covers all aspects of development, construction and investment sales.'

'Mike Reid is an accurate, commercially minded and results focused lawyer - he has a can do attitude.'

Key Clients

Legal & General

LandSec Group

Capital & Counties

ABP London Investment

Grainger

The Portman Settled Estates

Lend Lease

Abstract Securities Group

Grosvenor

90 North

Ministry of Defence

Work highlights

  • Acting for Heathrow Airport on the Heathrow Expansion Project.
  • Acting for LandSec on the acquisition of office site at Lavington Street, London.
  • Acting for the London Borough of Southwark on the 1.8 million sq ft development of Canada Water by British Land and the council.
  • Acting for the Legal & General Annuity & LPI Funds, in particular the pre-let of offices at New Bailey, Salford to the Government Property Unit.
  • Acted on the £70m development funding of a manufacturing centre of excellence being built for Meggitt in Coventry.

Slaughter and May is particularly well-regarded for its work on stadium developments, and has been advising Everton Football Club on the development of its new stadium at Bramley Moore Dock, with leasing, financing, construction, planning and real estate issues coordinated by the firm. On the investment side, major transactions, including property disposals, form the workload while on the corporate occupiers front, headquarter letting and relocations are a key strength. The department prides itself on high-value, non-commoditised work and has particular expertise in the energy and retail sectors. Jane Edwarde serves as practice head and handles the full range of commercial property matters.

Practice head(s):Jane Edwarde

Other key lawyers:John Nevin; Richard Todd

Testimonials

'The team has a wide-ranging knowledge of property issues and a sound commercial approach to practical problems.'

'John Nevin keeps a close eye on transactions even when they are allocated to more junior fee earners and offers excellent advice when necessary.'

'Really bright people who are committed and work very hard.'

Key Clients

Arsenal

Bourne Leisure

Bupa

Clothworkers’ Company

Delancey

Derwent London

Dobbies Garden Centres

Elysian Residences

Everton

Equinix

Fishmongers’ Company

Halsbury Homes

Legal & General

Masterworks

MCC

Midlothian Capital Partners

Ministry of Sound

MTR Corporation

Nimax Theatres

NTT Urban Development Corporation

Ocado

Sableknight

Tata Steel

Tottenham

Work highlights

  • Advising Everton on the development of its new stadium at Bramley Moore Dock.
  • Advising Derwent London on the over-station development at Soho Place.
  • Advised Cardinal Lysander Group in connection with the development and sale of the Axis Building.
  • Advising Tottenham Hotspur in connection with the development of its new stadium.
  • Advising Legal & General in connection with the acquisition and forward funding of a development site at Treforest Business Park.

Noted for its ‚Äėefficiency, commerciality and approachability‚Äô, the team at Travers Smith LLP¬†is active on the full spectrum of commercial property matters. It recently handled a number of investment transactions relating to care homes, infrastructure, hotels and retail centres and counts a number of real estate funds and private equity entities among its client roster. The alternative asset classes, particularly healthcare, student housing, build to rent and the private sector, are particular strengths, as are purchases, finance transactions, lettings, developments and CVAs. Additional industry expertise of extends to the logistics, leisure, retail, energy and infrastructure sectors. Simon Rutman¬†heads the department which was recently bolstered by the lateral hire of Alex Millar¬†from Jones Day. He tailors his practice towards development and regeneration projects.

Practice head(s):Simon Rutman

Other key lawyers:Alex Millar

Testimonials

'Ease of use and efficiency, commerciality and approachability, easy to digest advice.'

'Speedy and efficient'.

Key Clients

Patron Capital

Ancala

Breedon

Bridgepoint

Impact REIT

Office Space in Town

Clearbell

Lothbury

AshbyCapital

Ciel Capital

Voreda

Westrock

Cinnamon Capital

Highgate Hotels

Oxford University

Work highlights

  • Acting for Westrock in relation to its major Boulevard redevelopment of the eastern end of Crawley town centre involving the construction of a new town hall and office building for Crawley Borough Council, new residential units, a district heat network centre and new leisure spaces.
  • Acted for Patron Capital, a key client, on the purchase of several sites for development as care homes.
  • Advising Clearbell Capital on the ongoing development and management of its placemaking development in Durham.
  • Acting for Greenacre Capital Limited as part of a joint venture to develop land between Haine Road and Manston Court Road in Thanet for 900 homes, a school, hotels, restaurants, bars and other businesses.
  • Acted for Westrock's Platform_ on forward funding and joint venture arrangements in respect of PRS development in Exeter, Sheffield and Cardiff with a combined post-development value of over £150m.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP is reputed for both residential and commercial development and investment matters including mixed-use, student housing, senior living and sheltered housing projects. Local authorities and other public sector bodies are prominent within the client base, as are inward investors, particularly those from the Middle East and Malaysia. Sara Bailey, Adrian Leavey and Tonia Secker jointly helm the practice which also specialises in acting for private wealth clients as well as hospitality and leisure outfits such as restaurants, clubs, bars and resorts.

Practice head(s):Sara Bailey; Adrian Leavey; Tonia Secker

Other key lawyers:Julien Allen; Rebecca Wardle; Julian Keith

Key Clients

Argent

Bath and North East

Somerset Council

The Berkeley Group Plc

Bouygues UK Limited

BT Plc

CapCo

Caprice Holdings Limited

City Pride Limited

Landmark Pinnacle

Civitas Social Housing Plc

Galliford Try

Gloucester City Council

Greater London Authority

Hill Residential Limited

Homes England

Lendlease

London Borough of Hackney

Mount Anvil Limited

Museum of London

Quintain Plc

Work highlights

  • Advising Apache Capital Partners on its newly formed, £1bn joint venture with Moda Living to establish the UK’s first regional private rented sector platform.
  • Acted for Transport for London Limited on its arrangements with Apartments for London to develop affordable homes over car parks and other sites owned by the transport authority.
  • Acting for TAG Aviation, owner and operator of Farnborough Airport on development and leasing project for a new state of the art maintenance repair and overhaul facility including hanger space, offices, customer areas and ancillary facilities.
  • Advised Stevenage Borough Council on a major town centre regeneration project, involving the acquisition and improvement of a town centre mixed use site currently comprising retail and commercial accommodation by a Pension Fund.
  • Advised Gravesham Borough Council on a major town centre retail/leisure regeneration scheme.

Boodle Hatfield LLP is strong on both the development and investment fronts, with practice head Simon Williams particularly experienced in relation to city centre urban renewal projects and hotel developments. His team is also recommended for major portfolio work including lettings, disposals and acquisitions as well as mixed-use and residential developments. Private capital clients rely on the group’s expertise, including family offices, private funds and overseas high-net-worth individuals.

Practice head(s):Simon Williams

Other key lawyers:Caroline King; Simon Williams; Dennis Ko

Testimonials

'Recommended for their resources and knowledge'.

'The team is approachable and reliable.'

Key Clients

Grosvenor

Marriott International

IBM UK Pensions Trust Ltd

Bedford Estates

Black Pearl Limited

Berry Brothers & Rudd

Harcourt Investment Limited

Clients recommend Burges Salmon LLP¬†for its ‚ÄėCity quality advice at regional rates‚Äô, with the breadth of its offering in the development space covering joint ventures, regenerations, forward funding, sales and lettings along with niche expertise in sustainable and public sector projects. Investment clients include major landowners, investment managers, developers and constructors along with local authorities and other public sector bodies. On the hotels and leisure and retail fronts, the team draws upon the firm‚Äôs wider expertise on matters such as disputes, IT and IP, advertising, finance and M&A to assist on instructions that extend beyond real estate. In addition, corporate occupiers rely on the team, which is headed by Richard Clark, for matters including HQ moves, lease work, rent reviews, exit strategies and dilapidations.

Practice head(s):Ross Polkinghorne

Other key lawyers:Philip Beer; Will Woodall

Testimonials

'Good liaison between the individuals directly involved in the project and, after discussion/agreement on a way forward, the willingness and ability to bring in other people and specialists as and when required.'

'Commitment to delivering a solution.'

'Enjoyable to work with, professional and friendly, dedicated.'

'As you'd expect of Burges Salmon, they provide City quality advice at regional rates. They also bring the corporate transactional mind-set to the real estate sector where it is often absent - speedy and commercially astute advice. Good dynamic between partners and associates - partner closely involved for key negotiations but delegating for cost-efficiency as appropriate.'

'Rick Read combines dynamic advice, ready availability and affability very well.'

'Overall Burges Salmon always provide clear, professional and honest advice.'  

'Partner led advice in this instance is a genuine strapline. Matthew Sims provides exceptional advice.'

'Flexible, committed, proactive, responsive'.

Key Clients

The Crown Estate

Greater London Authority

Aerium Group

Crosstree Real Estate Partners

St Modwen

Compass House Limited

Transport for London

IV Real Estate

Skanska

Stevenage Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Advising AEG and the AEG/Crosstree Real Estate Partners JV on the development of a new designer outlet village at The O2.
  • Advising Greater London Authority on the £1bn-plus, 10.2 hectare Albert Island Development.
  • Advising Malaysian property developers YTL on the high value redevelopment of Filton airfield site.
  • Advising on the selection of a development partner for the large and complex development project to regenerate Royal Albert Dock.
  • Advised Change Real Estate on the Redcliff Quarter regeneration, a large and prestigious mixed-use regeneration project.

The team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP was recently bolstered by the arrivals of Melville Rodrigues and David Paxton from CMS and Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP respectively. Rodrigues joined as head of the real estate funds team, while Paxton has bolstered the team’s development transaction offering. International and domestic institutional private investors, HNWs, asset managers and property funds routinely instruct the team for matters including urban renewal and mixed-use developments, PRS schemes and modular housing. The corporate occupier workload includes disposals, acquisitions, HQ relocations, exit strategies, restructuring, sales and leasebacks as well as portfolio management. Mark Smith heads the practice which includes recommended senior associate Eddie Richards, a specialist in secure lending and development projects. The group, which is highly regarded for its sector expertise, provides expert understanding of the charities, education, retail and leisure, healthcare and residential markets.

Practice head(s):Mark Smith

Other key lawyers:Suzi Gatward; Robin Grove; Lynn Povey; Eddie Richards

Testimonials

'Professionalism, diligence and integrity'.

'Very professional, very rigorous, smart, ethical and results-oriented'.

Key Clients

Berkeley Homes

Derwent London

BioMed Realty L.P

Caring Homes Group

City of London Corporation

Crest Nicholson

Eton College

Leicester City FC

National Museum for the Royal Navy

Bellway Homes Limited

Persimmon

Royal Marines Charity

Taylor Wimpey

The Church Commissioners

Howard de Walden Estates Limited

London & Cambridge Properties Limited

The Merchant Taylors’ Company

Greenwich Millennium Villages Limited

Countryside Properties

Work highlights

  • Acting for This is Gravity on the purchase of a brownfield site comprising a 635-acre site currently known as Huntspill Energy Park in Somerset.
  • Advising Lum Chang Holdings on the purchase and redevelopment of a major site in Wembley, London.
  • Advised Leicester City Football Club on the acquisition of land for development as a new training facility.
  • Advising Countryside Properties in relation to a joint venture with Clarion Housing Group in order to deliver 2,600 new homes in Ebbsfleet Garden City, a part of the Ebbsfleet Garden City programme which will provide 6,000 new homes in the area, including Build to Rent accommodation.
  • Advising Higgins Homes in its acquisition of Zone 3 at Chobham Farm, Leyton Road, Stratford, London for the development of 149 residential units including commercial floor space, public open space and up to 49 parking spaces.

The team at Clyde & Co LLP¬†demonstrates a proven track record on development matters and investment work, both domestically and abroad,¬† ‚Äėtaking the initiative and going beyond what is required‚Äô. Public sector-driven schemes and projects are a particular strength; so too is the retail sector, where the practice is able to call upon the firm‚Äôs planning, construction, litigation and IP departments, among others, to provide clients with a full service. David Wyatt¬†heads the retail practice, while Martin Quicke¬†and Graeme Taylor¬†lead on development and investment matters. The firm is also recommended for corporate occupier instructions.

Practice head(s):Graeme Taylor; Martin Quicke

Other key lawyers:John Pearce

Testimonials

'Excellent technically and very responsive.'

'John Pearce has great attention to detail, is an excellent lawyer, and is very responsive.'

'Martin Quicke is a very experienced lawyer'.

'The team at Clyde & Co always go the extra mile. They are committed, engaging, accessible and responsive.'

'Will Deeprose has made the trick of herding kittens (his client) look simple and straightforward and with no small amount of humour and enjoyment along the way.'

'Very thorough team that provide detailed analysis on the various aspects of a transaction'.

'A practice with skilled individuals that is always able to provide the right information'.

'Annabelle Redman is a great professional who always provides relevant advice and thinks about unforeseen matters.'

Samuel Clarke is a great professional - very technical'.

Key Clients

GRE Assets

Quintin Hogg Trustee Limited

Montreaux Limited

Grainger plc

Howard Osborne LLP

Regal London

Native Land Limited

Hutchison Property Group Limited

U+I

Urban&Civic plc

Work highlights

  • Acting on the acquisition and funding of the Bankside Quarter mixed-use development scheme and involvement in outworking the development itself.
  • Acting on the completion of the development agreement and the sale of a student accommodation development site in Brighton.
  • Acting for Grainger Plc on its joint venture with Lewisham Council on a new rental housing scheme at Besson Street within the London Borough of Lewisham.
  • Acting for Native Land on the completion and development finance of Regent House.
  • Acting for Urban & Civic on their Wolverhampton regeneration scheme.

DAC Beachcroft LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėoutstanding all-round team‚Äô represents institutional, international and private investors and developers, and is particularly adept on mixed-use schemes while also handling asset management, litigation and strategic land projects. The build-to-rent sector is an emerging keystone of the practice while joint ventures are also an established fortitude. Retail and corporate occupier expertise are also part of the firm‚Äôs offering, with the team acting on acquisitions and disposals, landlord and tenant law, regulatory matters and environmental requirements.¬†Andrew Boulton¬†serves as practice head, while at the junior end, residential development specialist Charlotte Wilson¬†'provides innovative solutions'.

Practice head(s):Robert Lee

Other key lawyers:Lucinda Walsh; Crispin Tomlinson; Gemma Leonard; Nicholas Taylor; Charlotte Wilson

Testimonials

'The team is focused on delivering clear and concise advice. They are proactive and should any unforeseen events occur they advise promptly and offer workaround solutions.'

'Good quality people who are capable and work to get a deal over the line.'

'Gemma Leonard has a good grip on the overall picture and proactively works to resolve issues with significant success.'

'Charlotte Wilson is an expert at drafting and providing innovative solutions to tricky contractual points.'

'An outstanding team all round. They are always available and responsive and deliver on time. Whilst remaining organised and pragmatic, they are very personable and genuinely care about the client'.

'One to one attention. High quality of service. Specific client contacts that make the effort to understand the requirements of business.'

Key Clients

Barratt

Taylor Wimpey

Persimmon

Berkeley

Bellway

Redrow

Linden/Galliford Try

Bovis Homes

Crest Nicholson

Bloor

Countryside

CALA

Fairview

Wates Developments

Criterion Capital

Campbell Buchanan George

Work highlights

  • Represented a joint venture company comprising two housebuilders (one a top ten housebuilder) on the £200m acquisition of land off Hounsome Fields, Basingstoke.
  • Represented two top ten housebuilders in their £50m acquisition of Blue Mountain Golf Course, Binfield, Bracknell.
  • Represented a top ten housebuilder in negotiating a complex hybrid agreement to accommodate a proposed garden village scheme for up to 3,000 homes.
  • Represented a top ten housebuilder in a complex collaboration agreement in relation to a development of 3,500 houses.
  • Represented a top ten housebuilder in a complex agreement for the development of 675 homes with a gross development value of £250m.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is a market leader in the corporate occupier space and recently acted for Facebook on a multi-building pre-let of 620,000 sq ft at Argent’s King’s Cross development. The highly recommended Bruce Dear led on the matter, with other recent highlights including office relocations, headquarter expansions and a range of complex leasing issues. The retail sector is another area in which the practice excels as it handles data privacy, insolvency and smart warehousing matters, among many others. The firm is also recommended for its work in the hotels and leisure industry as well as development and investment matters.

Testimonials

'The team who worked with us were all highly competent and highly intelligent. It was wonderful to see how skilfully and diplomatically they negotiated with the other side, maintaining their composure throughout the process, during what was probably a time-consuming and irritating process at times.'

'Nick Bartlett is a highly capable, innovative and personable lawyer, with extremely strong commercial acumen equalled by public sector knowledge.'

'Mark Shepherd is a pleasure to work with. He provides solutions when issues arise, and is always accessible.'

Farrer & Co is particularly well-regarded for high-end residential and private office investments, urban extension projects and mid-market transaction, particularly those in London. Clients include a number of overseas ultra-high-net-worth individuals from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong and Russia as well as educational bodies, charities and landed estates. Practice head Andrew Bailey also represents major banks on the funding of development and investment transactions and is experienced on the development of business parks and mixed-use schemes.

Practice head(s):Andrew Bailey

Other key lawyers:Charles Anderson; Mark Gauguier

Testimonials

'Established and capable team in all aspects of property law.'

'Knowledgeable, experienced, friendly, approachable.'

'Great empathetic and responsive team'.

'Charles Anderson has an excellent mix of experience and talent in his team to deal with any issue at the right level'

'There is a seamless handling of clients which have structures requiring work in both property and private client areas. The team at Farrers are always fully engaged and work well as as team'.

'Great and personable with good technical knowledge but also the ability to take a step back and think commercially.'

'The team have the ability to think outside the box, to understand their clients' needs and aspirations, and then to help them to achieve their ambition in an innovative and highly effective way. '

Key Clients

Charities Property Fund

Duchy of Cornwall

Highbridge Properties plc

Lloyds Banking Group

Diageo GB

The Ironmongers Company

The Royal College of Surgeons of England

The British Library

Altitude Real Estate

Victoria and Albert Museum

Arbuthnot Latham & Co Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Duchy of Cornwall on the Poundbury Development.
  • Acting for The Royal College of Surgeons of England on the redevelopment of the client’s prime central London site.
  • Advising in relation to the British Library's flagship St Pancras development.
  • Acted for a livery company in connection with the strategy and structure for the redevelopment of their Livery Hall and offices.
  • Advised the Charities Property Fund on all aspects of the client's prestigious Smithson building.

The commercial property team at Fieldfisher possesses particular experience of representing occupiers in the leisure and hospitality, healthcare and industrial sectors, while the investment practice is increasingly acting for overseas entities, particularly from the US, along with clients from the real estate private equity sector. Elsewhere, the retail offering includes franchising, advertising and IP knowledge in addition to acquisitions, lettings, asset management, leasing and portfolio management expertise. Hotel and leisure clients turn to the 'hard working and commercially savvy' Paul Houston 's team for high-value transactions, financing, competition, brand protection, employment and advertising matters. The firm’s development department prides itself on its full service offering, from planning and environmental matters through to land acquisition, constructions and disposal. Ramatu Banga - 'the epitome of a professional'- works with both private and public sector clients.

Practice head(s):Rhodri Pazzi-Axworthy; Susan Simpson

Other key lawyers:Liam Buckley

Testimonials

'Fieldfisher seem to be a firm that puts client service right at the top of their agenda.'

'They have genuine experts in all the areas required areas and absolutely offer a one-stop shop for legal services.'

'Great technical strength and very commercial, the team really understand the hotel market, and get the deal done quickly and effectively.'

'Client service is fantastic, the team go the extra mile including delivering bespoke training on real estate, finance and other technical matters.'

'The Hotel and Leisure team at Fieldfisher is led by Paul Houston who is a fantastic real estate and development lawyer.'

'In addition to Ramatu Banga's expertise and experience, she possesses a further quality of understanding the client's business and culture.'

'Paul Houston is really hard working and commercially savvy. Outstanding dedication to the acquisition, with commercialism and attention to detail.'

'Ramatu Banga is outstanding and dedicated with a strong work ethic to get the job done to the required expertise required.'

'The practice is unique in its commercial perspective and focusing on the outcome requried by the client and not on winning legal points.

'Ramatu Banga is the epitome of a professional. Precise, likeable, good humoured, but most importantly possessing the ability to solve complicated property issues.'

Key Clients

Shell Pension Funds

DWS

Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate plc

Imperial College, London

Birmingham International Airport

Countryside Properties Limited

CALA Homes Limited

Cambridge Medipark

Liberty Property Trust (UK) Limited

Co-operative Group Limited

Royal Academy of Dance

CA Ventures

Work highlights

  • Represented Co-operative Group Food Limited when taking a 600,000 sq ft strategic logistics hub at Biggleswade.
  • Represented booking.com on the acquisition of a new headquarters office building in the new development by Allied London at St. John's / Enterprise City, Manchester.
  • Acting for London Southend Airport Company Limited on the investment sale of the Holiday Inn Hotel at London Southend Airport.
  • Acting for Dominvs Group on various site acquisitions for development as hotels.
  • Acting for CA Ventures on its debut acquisition of three development sites with a GDV of circa £115m.

Greenberg Traurig, LLP's practice, which has ‚Äėdeep expertise in all areas of commercial property‚Äô, is particularly acclaimed for investment and development matters. The team is well-versed in acquisition and finance-related instructions as well as projects in luxury hospitality, co-living, the private rented sector and build to rent. Tim Webb¬†is a key name and is experienced in representing domestic and multinational real estate companies, private equity funds and family offices on projects across the UK, Europe, South East Asia, China and Brazil. The department has recently seen partner count increase with the arrivals of Carol Hopper¬†and Partha Pal¬†from Ropes & Gray LLP¬†alongside Ben Eaton¬†from Goodwin.

Practice head(s):Danielle Martin; Matthew Priday

Other key lawyers:Steven Cowins; Sarah Atkinson; Michael Goldberg; Tim Webb

Testimonials

'The team are incredibly knowledgeable but just as important to a client is that they are very user-friendly and take a common sense approach to providing the right advice.'

'Sarah Atkinson and Dani Martin are a pleasure to work with. They are both exceptional in providing the right advice in a timely manner and are very easy to work with.'

'Very responsive to client needs. Deep expertise in all areas of commercial property due diligence, security and documentation. Client interest at forefront of mind at all times.'

'Partha Pal, Carol Hopper, Priya Patel, Samantha De Souza make an outstanding team.'

Key Clients

Aviva

British Airways Pension Fund

Goodman

Hines

Angelo Gordon

Patrizia

Blackstone

Schroders

Starwood Capital

Catalyst Capital

Work highlights

  • Represented new client Starlend UK on the acquisition of the Silvertown Quays development site, Royal Docks, London from First Base, Macquarie Capital and Chelsfield Properties.
  • Represented MGT Investment Management and Lincoln Property Company on the acquisition of the Station Hill development site in central Reading.
  • Represented real estate investment company Goodman with the drawdown of development leases under the Eastside Locks development.
  • Represented Aviva on the £90m sale of a logistics development site to Lidl forming part of the Houghton Regis development site.
  • Represented Leopard Investment Holding LLP on the £200m acquisition of a development site in Chelsea. The site will be used by Auriens to developed a super prime senior and assisted living facility.

Clients recommend¬†Lewis Silkin LLP¬†for its ‚Äėhighly commercial and pragmatic‚Äô advice, with the practice priding itself on its sector-specific knowledge, specifically in the advertising and media, technology and professional services industries. Headed by Jonathan Reuben¬†and recommended on all commercial property fronts, the practice is adept on HQ relocations, major development works and regeneration projects. Investment-related work includes the acquisition and disposal of high-value multi-tenanted Central London properties in addition to related refinancing and portfolio management for both high-net-worth individuals and foreign investors. High-profile retailers form the client base, as do a number of hotels¬†which instruct the team for developments, redevelopments and asset acquisition, among other matters. Legal director Julia Poulter¬†is a recommended junior member of the team.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Reuben

Other key lawyers:Anthony van Hoffen

Testimonials

'Highly commercial and pragmatic with spirit of the law guidance rather than letter of the law edict.'

'Good legal knowledge, available, responsive, commercial'.

'Anthony van Hoffen and Philip Foster provide good strategic advice and great technical knowledge'.

'They are friendly in their approach which makes you feel comfortable interacting with them, yet they maintain formality when appropriate. Nothing appears to ever be too much trouble.'

'Direct partner engagement on all matters. Very practical approach on various legal and business situations. Quite refreshing.'

'From day one, direct partner attention. Industry knowledge is plentiful and always available when needed.'

Key Clients

London Legacy Development Corporation

London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

Cain International

Work highlights

  • Acting for Cain International on the redevelopment of the former Royal Mail North London Post Sorting Office site  into a mixed use scheme.
  • Acting for London Legacy Development Corporation to provide ongoing advice on the rights required to be granted for the provision of infrastructure for the regeneration of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Legacy.
  • Acting for Notting Hill Home Ownership Limited on the re-development of a mixed use scheme incorporating office, retail and cafe uses to provide 3,149 sq m of commercial space, together with 79 residential units (including 31 affordable units) and associated access, servicing, refuse storage, car and cycle parking, and landscaped amenity areas.
  • Advised Far East Consortium International Ltd on the acquisition and redevelopment of the Grade II Listed Hornsey Town Hall in Crouch End.
  • Representing Via Developments on Phase 2 of the development of land at Tall Trees, Yarm in a joint venture with the landowner to provide 330 dwellings and associated infrastructure and public open space.

Reed Smith LLP's ‚Äėhigh quality',¬†‚Äėvery commercial and proactive‚Äô team handles both commercial and mixed-use developments as well as prime London and portfolio investment acquisitions, complementing its offering with the wider firm‚Äôs knowledge of finance, tax, planning, construction and environment. Data centres and industrial assets are sector specialisms, as is the hotels and leisure industry where the group advises on matters such as sales, acquisitions, leases and regenerations. Jimmy Theodorou¬†heads the department which includes development and investment specialist Brigid North.

Practice head(s):Jimmy Theodorou;

Other key lawyers:Nick Harris; Brigid North;

Testimonials

'High quality, responsive team that provides good value for money.'

'The team are very commercial and pro-active trouble shooting in difficult situations.'

'Nick Harris is particularly helpful and always responds in a very timely manner.'

The practice at Simmons & Simmons, which is led by John Kelsey, advises on a broad array of development and investment projects including skyscrapers, offices, industrial and logistic premises, mixed-use, residential and retail centres. Specific expertise encompasses forward funding, taxation and financing as well as renewable and clean tech development matters, namely wind, hydro, solar and energy from waste projects. Its hospitality practice operates on an international scale, routinely assisting on cross-border investment, construction finance and the full gamut of real estate matters.

Practice head(s):John Kelsey

Other key lawyers:Ali Crosthwaite; Simon Gardiner; Matthew Hooton

Testimonials

'Good sense, hard work, responsiveness and a sense of humour'.

'The team's quality is good from top to bottom. They have high standards and work hard to maintain them. At the same time they are very approachable'.

Key Clients

Deka Immobilien Investment GmbH

Legal & General

M7 Real Estate

The Collective Partners LLP

Sedco Capital

Valor Real Estate Partners LLP

Palmer Capital

Tishman Speyer

Oxford Properties

Columbia Threadneedle

Work highlights

  • Acting for Great Elm Assets Limited on the redevelopment of two existing sites into a 27-storey tower.
  • Advising Hines UK Limited on its joint venture with Chancerygate.
  • Acting for Deka Immobilien Investment GmbH on its acquisition of the Cursitor Building.
  • Advised APG on the increase of its stake in a joint venture.

Taylor Wessing LLP‚Äôs commercial property practice has ‚Äėconsistently demonstrated exceptional service over a number of years‚Äô, and excels in the hotels and leisure space, particularly on the M&A front, recently advising Vivion Capital on the acquisition of almost 60 UK hotels via three separate portfolio deals totalling in excess of ¬£1.25bn. Additional core strengths include investment sales and purchases, major portfolio sales, urban regeneration projects and property portfolio management. International and institutional investors, funds and REITs are among the key investment clients while corporate occupiers regularly engage the department for acquisitions and leasehold negotiations. In addition, the practice demonstrates experience in advising owners, developers and occupiers in the retail space on the full range of related real estate issues and is also well-regarded within the student accommodation, co-living, residential and logistics sectors.

Practice head(s):Keith Barnett

Other key lawyers:Paul Lawrence; Paul Leamy

Testimonials

'First class offer, good value for money in comparison to other similar sized firms. Prepared to stand by their advice and work in a dedicated manner to a successful outcome. Available and accessible at all times. Integrated corporate and property advice with one point of contact.'

'Mark Rajbenbach is astute, commercial and able to assist with transactions as if he is genuinely part of the client team. Keith Barnett has excellent technical and pragmatic lawyer with strong and wide ranging contacts.'

'Georgina Watts and Adam Marks are can do individuals who respond quickly and give great advice even if it's not always the client wants to hear.'

'The firm's commitment is with out question and they really care about the success of the project.'

'Adam Marks is a brilliant adviser who provides excellent advice throughout our time working with him. His colleague Al Watson really knows his stuff on planning and is an invaluable support'.

'Their breadth and depth of experience comes through when providing advice in complex and unusual circumstances,'

'The continuity of the team is their strongest attribute, making for a strong working relationship.'

'The Taylor Wessing team have consistently demonstrated exceptional service over a number of years. They have a wide ranging team covering all aspects of real estate but also have access to in house specialists in their wider team for specific area such as employment matters or capital project management.'

Key Clients

Meadow Partners

InfraRed Capital Partners

Canada Life

McLaren Property

Brentford Football Club

Try Market Hall Limited

Secure Income REIT

Marsh & Baxter

Resolution Property

Work highlights

  • Advising an UHNW on The Tulip - a proposed 1,000ft concrete and glass tower in the heart of the City’s financial district.
  • Advising Brentford FC on its relocation and development of its new stadium and related facilities.
  • Advising on all planning, infrastructure and CIL related matters across three major development sites purchased by R&F Properties in the last 18 months.
  • Advising Marsh & Baxter (Truro) Limited in connection with the proposed development of a new multi-let retail park scheme in Truro, Cornwall comprising more than 90,000 sq ft of ground floor retail space.
  • Advising The Royal Bank of Scotland in connection with the £48.2m development financing of a contemporary mixed-use scheme on Edgware Road, which will form part of the Portman Estate.

Praised for its ‚Äėbreadth of experience in residential and commercial development‚Äô, the commercial property practice at Winckworth Sherwood LLP¬†also has core strengths in regeneration work, joint ventures, public and private procurement as well as fixed income investments. Francesco Ferrari¬†regularly acts for independent management companies and commercial organisations, while Roger Fitton¬†represents house builders, housing associations, local authorities and charities on the full range of development projects. The duo jointly head the department.

Practice head(s):Francesco Ferrari; Roger Fitton

Other key lawyers:Eollyn Ives; Andrew Bedford

Testimonials

'A well founded and real view of the planning world. They understand the intricacies and trip wires that are part and parcel of the development world.'

'Recommended for its breadth of experience in residential and commercial development with an excellent town planning team. Good understanding of commercial as well as legal issues. Excellent deal management.'

Key Clients

Catalyst

A2Dominion

Redrow Homes Limited

Barratt London

Aviva Investors

Keepmoat Homes Limited

M&G

EURO INVESTMENTS OVERSEAS INC 

Meyer Homes

Fidelity Investment Management

Work highlights

  • Advising Meyer Homes in connection with a complex forward funding development on a 255 build to rent project in Hounslow, West London.
  • Advising Catalyst Housing Limited on a multi-phased joint venture with leading residential developer Mount Anvil.
  • Acting for A2Dominion in connection with a significant forward funding and purchase of units forming part of a major new high profile residential scheme on the Old Kent Road.
  • Acting for Redrow Homes Limited in connection with the completion of a regeneration agreement with the London Borough of Wandsworth for the estate regeneration of the Alton Estate in Roehampton, West London.
  • Acting for Catalyst Housing Limited in relation to an incorporated joint venture with Galliard for the development of a significant mixed use scheme on the site of the former Wimbledon greyhound racing stadium.

Jonathan Fewster‚Äôs team at BDB Pitmans¬†is a ‚Äėwell-rounded group, offering excellent advice and a hands-on attitude‚Äô. The firm, which is a result of the recent merger of Bircham Dyson Bell and Pitmans Law, is particularly reputed for its corporate occupier work which ranges from asset management to acquisitions and leasing arrangements. Development and investment matters are also a particular focus including day-to-day portfolio management, acquisitions and disposals. Also forming the caseload is landlord and tenant work, construction, property finance, planning and enfranchisement work along with a range of matters in the charities and not-for-profit sector such as leasing and constitutional restructuring.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Fewster

Other key lawyers:Ellen James

Testimonials

'A well rounded group offering excellent advice and a hands-on attitude.'

'Ellen James is always willing to provide off the cuff advice and has time to discuss issues before they arise.'

'Bhaminee Sharma impresses with her diplomacy and patience'.

At Bevan Brittan LLP, Mark Calverley heads the team which possesses specialist expertise in representing public bodies, most notably the NHS, as well as local government on a broad range of development and regeneration projects across London and the UK. In a standout case highlight, the group has been advising the London Borough of Ealing in relation to the £1bn Southall Gateway mixed-use development which is set to create 4,000 new homes. Numerous registered providers of social housing also regularly engage the practice which has recently been bolstered through the arrivals of Wendy Wilks and Fiona McDonald from Dentons.

Practice head(s):Mark Calverley; Ian Caplan

Other key lawyers:Steven Smith; Andrew Shaw

Key Clients

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Barts Health NHS Trust

NHS Property Services Limited

City of London Corporation

London Borough of Ealing

London Borough of Hounslow

Peabody

Places for People

Greater London Authority

London Borough of Sutton

Birmingham City Council

London Borough of Barnet

London Borough of Bexley

Lewes District Council

Work highlights

  • Advised London Borough of Ealing on its £1bn Southall Gateway mixed-use development, set to create 4,000 new homes and significant new infrastructure.
  • Advising London Borough of Hounslow on its £500m Brentford Waterside joint venture with Ballymore to create 16,000 sq ft of new retail floor space and a 3,000 sq m grocery store, a gym and leisure centre, an arts centre/cinema, as well as 900 new homes.
  • Advising the City of London on its £600m Smithfield Market redevelopment (creating a new home, with 9,500 sq m of gallery and exhibition space, for the Museum of London, enabling thousands of unseen relics to be displayed for the first time); and on the City's creation of the Centre for Music, a new, world-class concert hall for London Symphony Orchestra.
  • Advising Slough Borough Council on its £600m five-phase, mixed-use, residential-led development of Slough's North West Quadrant, set to deliver 1,443 new homes, high-grade office space and new retail/leisure space.
  • Acting for Buxworth Homes on the acquisition of a large former insurance office, nightclub, petrol station and high-rise residential tower for a major regeneration and refurbishment project to provide 220+ flats and ground floor commercial premises, alongside the 60 existing flats.

Fladgate LLP‚Äôs practice ‚Äėprovides depth across real estate‚Äô, delivering ‚Äėexcellent attention to detail and customer care‚Äô. On the corporate occupier front, it represents major office occupiers, co-working providers, professional businesses, barristers chambers and restaurateurs on the full range of landlord and tenant work. Elsewhere in the development space, urban regeneration along with office, industrial, mixed-use and residential projects are among the areas of expertise. The group is also active in the investment arena, priding itself on its knowledge of tax considerations and routinely acting on sales and acquisitions, lettings, joint ventures, finance and receiverships. Sector expertise encompasses the retail, hotel and leisure sectors, where the team caters to a client base of casinos, cinemas, gyms, hotels, museums, resorts, restaurants and theatres on a range of matters. Stephen Lewis¬†heads the practice, which was recently bolstered by the arrivals of Simon Kanter¬†and James Norton¬†from CMS. Kanter advises on reconstructions including debt acquisition and work-out schemes, while Norton directs particular focus towards acquisitions, disposals and investment management.

Practice head(s):Stephen Lewis

Other key lawyers:Gideon Dabby-Joory; Gavin Whitney; James Fry

Testimonials

'Personable, knowledgeable, accessible and helpful.'

'They are true principals as lawyers, and time is never an issue for them. They make the time.'

'Very comprehensive service, clear explanation of issues and tenacity.'

'Stephen Lewis is extremely helpful and consistent with the high level of service'.

'Excellent attention to detail and customer care. Top quality advice.'

'The team provides depth across real estate in conveyancing, finance, litigation and planning to a standard expected of larger practices. The firm is gaining recognition and weight for the transactional work.'

Stephen Lewis makes the time and puts in the effort to help the client achieve its goals. He has both sound legal understanding and enough commercial experience to seek solutions to the hurdles every transaction has these days.'

Key Clients

Black Sheep Coffee

Bourne Offices

London Executive Offices

Mindspace

Odeon

Penguin Random House

Turner Broadcasting

Squire & Partners

4C Hotels Limited

Aldgate Tower Investments

Beagle Investments Lux S.à r.l.

 CIMC

easyGym

Flora Developments Limited

Highgate Hotels

Hodson Developments

ING Real Estate Development

Kreativ House

London and Regional

Madison International Realty

Otium Real Estate

Patron, APAM

Paul Smith Limited

Pod

Primary Health Care Centres Ltd

R55

Seastar Developments

Soho Estates

Starboard Hotels

Strawberry Star

Tellon Capital

The Max Barney Estate Office

Weston Homes

Yo! Sushi

Anthology London

Luxx

Work highlights

  • Advised Hodson Developments on the acquisition and financing of a substantial part of a development site at Chilmington Green, Ashford.
  • Redevelopment of Anglia Square Shopping Centre for mixed use including residential.
  • Acquisition of a 6.9 acre development site in Luton - the former Vauxhall car-making facility.
  • Advised on the £92.5m acquisition of prime real estate in Central London known as Griffin House, 5/6 Strand - the former head office of Land Securities Group.
  • Advised Rooms & Studios Group on a £61m development loan.

K&L Gates LLP's practice¬†is home to ‚Äėwide expertise' within the commercial property¬†arena. The hotels and leisure team represents clients on large-scale, urban and resort hotel projects across the globe while the corporate occupiers department has recently been busy handling headquarter establishments, office acquisitions and lease work. The team‚Äôs cross-disciplinary structure provides it with an edge in the investment and development space with expertise on finance, construction, tax and planning all readily available. Highlights in the retail space include development work, supermarket acquisitions, refinancing and lettings. Wayne Smith¬†heads the team which includes recommended special counsel Paul Alger, who is well-versed in acquisitions and disposals for institutional investors, landlord and tenant matters, property finance and institutional portfolio management.

Practice head(s):Wayne Smith

Other key lawyers:Rajeev Joshi; Neil Logan Green; Chris Major

Testimonials

'The K&L Gates team are a class apart. Clear, concise advice is offered'.

'Paul Alger is a key member.  Paul always gives you comfort that everything is on track and under control, and provides solutions when discussing problems that we encounter in each transaction.'

'K&L Gates have expertise in a wide area within commercial property. They strike a good balance between reach across the industry while offering a personal service.'

Key Clients

Nuveen Real Estate

Standard Life Aberdeen (ReAssure)

Gramercy Europe Ltd

The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Borough Council

Investec Bank Plc

Workspace Group Plc

Laing O'Rourke

Vixcroft Limited

First Urban

Z Hotels Limited

The London Borough of Croydon

Vanquish

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to St James Edinburgh Unit Trust on the construction aspects of the St James Quarter Development, a massive mixed-use regeneration project in Edinburgh with a value of £850m.
  • Acting for Standard Life Aberdeen and Lloyds Bank Pension Fund in relation to the sale of newly developed Morrisons Supermarket at 399 Edgware Road, London.
  • Representing Unity Software in relation to occupation of a Brighton development.
  • Acting for Vanquish Properties (UK) Limited Partnership on the development of 40 Leadenhall Street.  
  • Acting for Transport for London in connection with the proposed river crossing between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf.

Specialist real estate firm Maples Teesdale LLP, which¬†is praised for 'punching well above its weight', provides expert knowledge on matters including forward funding, construction, redevelopment, joint venture agreements, site acquisitions and assemblies, leaseback transactions and pre-lets. Development and investment work for the group encompasses several sectors including retail, office, hotels and leisure, mixed-use, industrial and residential. Roger Thornton¬†is ‚Äėstrong at identifying risks‚Äô and heads the practice which is geared towards acting for landlords.

Practice head(s):Declan Power

Other key lawyers:Chris Wilkinson

Testimonials

'A great team, consistent in personnel, easily contactable and responsive to requests and requirements'.

'Very approachable offering good advice highlighting options available. Provide regular progress updates and go the extra mile when closing out transactions.'

'Advice is always decisive and firm, easy to get on with, prepared to discuss drafts on document face-to-face on over phone rather than relying on written representations only. Not overtly fee-driven.'

'Service excellence, personal attention from partners, good no-nonsense advice'

'Attention to detail and easy access to partners. Declan Power stands out in particular as someone I would appoint in the future to provide commercial property legal advice.'

'The team comprises very commercial, hard-working, collegiate lawyers who focus on the UK real estate market and work on competitive terms. They punch well above their weight.'

'Declan Power and Roger Thornton have vast experience and know how to solve issues and get deals done.'

'Roger Thornton is very proactive and reactive to any work we require completing. Very approachable.'

'Martin Smith is exceptional for his ability to negotiate a deal and make it work rather than bog it down in legal complexity. Provides actual advice rather than disclaimers.'

'Maples Teesdale are large enough to be able to cover all real estate issues while being small enough to act coherently as a team on large projects. The firm is low on ego and seen as practical and friendly.'

Key Clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Legal & General

BMO Real Estate

Patrizia AG

Tristan Capital Partners

US Embassy

Calthorpe Estates

Henry Boot Developments

City, University of London

CLS Holdings plc

Work highlights

  • Advising West Tey – Temple Border Consortium on the planning promotion and delivery of a new garden village in Essex.
  • Acting for Prosperity on a £175m, 550 unit PRS development in central Manchester.
  • Advising London & UK on a circa £45m GDV PBSA development project at Globeworks in Birmingham.
  • Acted for Amsprop on the development and subsequent sale of the freehold of The Crosspoint building to The Carlyle Group for circa £43m.
  • Acted for Prosperity Capital to fund the development of a 326-bed student accommodation scheme in Derby known as The Croft.

‚ÄėFriendly, approachable, comprehensive and commercially savvy‚Äô, the team at Mills & Reeve LLP¬†enjoys a rich reputation for investment and development matters. Among its areas of specific expertise are development management and landowner collaboration arrangements, mixed-use schemes, asset specific developments and large scale regeneration projects. The private rented, education, health, rural land, debt funds and residential sectors are industries where the group is well-versed with clients including a number of pension funds, real estate investment trusts and private property companies.

Practice head(s):Beverley Firth

Other key lawyers:Michael Giess; Christine de Ferrars Green; Michelle Cookson; Carina Cobbold; Caroline Dean

Testimonials

'Friendly and approachable with a can-do attitude.'

'Solicitors offer fantastic customer service - response times to emails and phone calls are excellent.'

'The firm offers thorough and comprehensive advice, with commercial savviness.'

'Charles Staveley is highly knowledgeable, very experienced and incredibly reassuring.'

'Vanessa Walton works tirelessly to get the best deal for her client - she is meticulous, with a fanatical attention to detail.'

Key Clients

Fidelity UK Real Estate Fund

Bericote Properties Limited

Client of Aberdeen Standard Investments

Pembroke Real Estate

Urban&Civic

Trinity College, Cambridge

Marshall Group Properties

Howard Group

Lendlease

Pigeon Group

O&H Properties

Keepmoat Homes

Cinnamon Collection Limited

Family Mosaic (to be called Peabody Developments Limited)

The Kilverstone Trust

Work highlights

  • Acting for Bericote Four Ashes Limited on the sale through an overseas vehicle of a 24 acre development plot at Four Ashes Business Park, Wolverhampton.  
  • Advising Urban & Civic on a series of development land transactions and finance arrangements for commercial development at the Enterprise Campus and residential development within the first neighbourhood at Alconbury Weald.
  • Advising Marshall on its plans for two major development schemes in Cambridge comprising of 2,500 dwellings and commercial.
  • Advising on all aspects of the redevelopment of Dunsfold Aerodrome for 1,800 dwellings, employment, community and associated uses.
  • Acting for landowners who are selling land for a residential led development of circa 5,000 leases near Thetford known as Kingsfleet.

At Sharpe Pritchard LLP, the team possesses a distinctive expertise in advising public sector clients on large-scale development and regeneration projects. Jo Pickering is a specialist on joint venture agreements between the public and private sector and oversees a team which is also active on housing-led and mixed-use schemes and estate renewals, compulsory purchases, investment portfolio transactions and landlord and tenant matters.

Practice head(s):Jo Pickering

Testimonials

'Very supportive, knowledgeable and excellent negotiators.'

'Working with Jo Pickering has been a lovely experience; she effortlessly drafts, negotiates complex agreements and defends her client's position without resorting to aggression or unpleasantness, which is seen in a lot of legal interactions. She works well with clients and colleagues. We have had an excellent working relationship with her and she is our go-to person for complex development/property matters.'

Key Clients

London Borough of Merton

South Holland District Council

Stoke on Trent City Council

Herefordshire County Council

Dartford Borough Council

ABP (London (Investment) Limited

Barry’s Bootcamp Limited

London Borough of Camden

Hertfordshire County Council

Broxstowe Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Acting for Herefordshire County Council in the acquisition by agreement or compulsory purchase of land and rights required for the construction of a link road to the south of the City of Hereford, which is intended to relieve traffic congestion in and around key areas of the city.
  • Acting for Hertfordshire County Council in its competitive dialogue procurement (jointly with the Borough of Broxbourne) of a development partner to regenerate the Brookfield Riverside area of Broxbourne, including advising on the procurement process, joint venture structures and property issues.
  • Advising Southend-on-Sea Borough Council on its Better Queensway project.
  • Acting for London Borough of Camden in connection with its project to bring about the comprehensive refurbishment and remodelling of its Grade II listed Camden Town Hall.

Squire Patton Boggs is adept on both the investment and development fronts, specialising in acquisitions and disposals, structuring, fund formation, property management and forward funding agreements, among other areas. Michael Shaw heads the department, which is routinely instructed for residential, office, mixed use and build to rent projects and is also active on occupier and financing matters. Sector specialisms include energy and infrastructure, healthcare, hotels, retail and leisure. The highly rated Rachel Orton is an expert in real estate in the healthcare sector.

Practice head(s):Michael Shaw

Other key lawyers:John Danahy; Rachel Orton

Testimonials

'Provides a practical and pragmatic approach, finding solutions that work in the real world and not just taking a black and white stance.'

'Gary Paddison and Rachel Orton are recommended'. 

Key Clients

Quintain

FORE Partnership

Equitix Ltd

Close Brothers Limited

EDF

One Healthcare Limited

Bank Leumi (UK) Plc

Retail Employees Superannuation Trust

Apsley House Capital Plc

VTP Global Holdings Ltd and VTP London Limited

Henley Investment Management

Work highlights

  • Acted for FORE Partnership (a grouping of family offices) in relation to the £51m purchase of Tower Bridge Court, London SE1 as a strategic investment and development opportunity.
  • Advising Close Brothers on its second development finance facility in Salford Quays.
  • Representing Bank Leumi on the refinance of four build to rent assets comprising on excess of 400 units.
  • Acquisition of a portfolio of 13 sites for battery storage development and subsequent re-purposing for gas peaking plants.
  • Advising VTP Global on the acquisition and development of a London based vertical theme park.

Active on a range of development and investment work, Stephenson Harwood provides clients with full lifecycle support from acquisition to disposal. Sectors of particular activity include warehouse and logistics, retail, data centres and mixed-use with an increasing number of instructions pertaining to regeneration and alternative assets. Jonathon Wilkes heads the department, which gears its inward investment practice towards France, Hong Kong, Dubai and Singapore, among other jurisdictions. The hotels and leisure sector is a further area where the practice excels, representing a roster of hotel managers, nightclubs, restaurants and casinos on real estate, tax, corporate, employment and health and safety matters.

Practice head(s):Jonathon Wilkes

Other key lawyers:James Trundle

Key Clients

LondonMetric

Tristan Capital

Schroders

Avanton

Mount Eden Land

Reef Estates

LaSalle Investment Management

Longmead

Trinova

O&H Properties

Work highlights

  • Advised easyHotel on the acquisition of three sites for the purpose of redevelopment as hotels.
  • Advised Firethorn Trust on the purchase of a serviced office building in Canary Wharf.
  • Advised Conegate on a restructuring of its business.
  • Advised O&H Properties on the redevelopment of 7-11 Cavendish Place.

Wedlake Bell LLP’s real estate team is 'well led and resourced with well qualified individuals’ who cater to a client base of investors, developers, banks, owner-occupiers, tenants, retailers and charities. In the corporate occupier space, the team represent several health and care sector clients and has recently handled several high-profile HQ relocations in addition to cross-border leasing and acquisition matters. Investment-related work has seen an uptick on the inward investment front while the development team is particularly well-regarded for residential projects. David de Maupeou recently joined from Cripps Pemberton Greenish and brings with him particular expertise of central London office space and mixed use development schemes.

Practice head(s):Justin Lewis-Vivas

Other key lawyers:Kim Lalli; Suzanne Gill; Malcolm Macfarlane

Testimonials

'Wedlake Bell provide high quality legal work, with strong communications and a sense of personal ownership of issues and work flow by the respective partners. In an increasingly complex and confusing world in the post brexit era Wedlake Bell provide clarity and strong counsel.'

'Suzanne Gill is an excellent legal adviser, transactional lawyer and highly personable individual. She brings a refreshing prospective to the law. Suzanne has immense gravitas and a razor sharp legal mind.'

'Sarah Blunn is an exceptional real estate lawyer, commercial and dedicated to her clients'.

'Leah Freeman has expert knowledge of our business, stores and internal ways of working'.

'Personable, professional, prompt, detailed and authentic people to deal with.'

'The team is well led and resourced with well qualified individuals who are intent on providing a responsive service and giving commercially sound legal advice. Their team has wide ranging expertise and are able to offer a comprehensive legal service, avoiding the need to approach alternative sources.'

Key Clients

Care UK

CALA Homes

Antler Homes

City & Country Group PLC

GSE Waterbrook

Spire Healthcare

Carpenters Company

Taylor Wimpey

Fresh Wharf Estates

Helical PLC

Native Land

West 11

The Bristol Port Company

Elysian Residences

Bank of Ireland

Second Home

Illumina Cambridge Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Fresh Wharf Estate on a complex transaction for the redevelopment of the northern part of Fresh Wharf Estate in Barking, to deliver significant regeneration to the area, including 911 homes and commercial units.
  • Advising CALA on the acquisition of a large site in Essex from three separate sellers for construction of 250 residential dwellings.
  • Advising GSE, a developer in single family ownership on the major mixed-use redevelopment of Waterbrook Park near Ashford.
  • Handling a client's sale of four redeveloped houses for £112m.
  • Advised on sale of three plots on Suffolk Park for Taylor Wimpey with a combined gross developed value in excess of £60m.

Development, land acquisitions, and regeneration, renewable energy and rail infrastructure projects are key planks of the development offering at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP. The practice, headed locally by Martin Stacey, is also active in the retail and corporate occupier arenas, where it undertakes portfolio management, letting work, general landlord and tenant matters and the full range of retail and trading law issues. Institutional investment is also a core pillar of the practice, which works with a broad range of clients including local businesses, councils, national and international corporates, national housebuilders, retail landlords and consumer brands.

Practice head(s):Martin Stacey; John Ralph

Other key lawyers:Mark Owen; Barbara Painter; Tom Willows

Work highlights

  • Handling the development of  Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm, an offshore wind farm being developed 32 km north of Cromer off the coast of Norfolk, in the North Sea, England.
  • Advising the London Borough of Lewisham on the Lewisham Gateway scheme, a strategic site which is key to the regeneration of Lewisham Town Centre and of major importance to achievement of the council’s planning and regeneration objectives.
  • Acting for Leeds City Council in relation to the £600m redevelopment of Victoria Gate, Leeds.
  • Acting for Places for People Group in relation to its ongoing development programme including acquisitions of sites, development agreements and the acquisition of units from house builders fulfilling their section 106 obligations.
  • Acting for ABP in the development of a new training facility for the Royal Navy Cadets in Cardiff.

Blake Morgan LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėcommercially aware and proactive‚Äô practice is engaged for a broad array of commercial property projects including development, investment, asset management and corporate occupier affairs. Practice head Tony Coyne¬†is well-versed in acting for UK and overseas lenders and borrowers on high-end projects and counts a number of Far Eastern entities among his client base. Other particular strengths within the team include investment acquisitions and sales, leasing matters for both landlords and tenants as well as portfolio transactions. The restaurant and leisure sectors are also a specific focus.

Practice head(s):Tony Coyne

Other key lawyers:Kate Silverman; Mark Hiley; Prashant Dave; Gareth Williams

Testimonials

'Mark Hiley deals with matters quickly and has has a good commercial awareness.'

'Michelle Davenport deals with matters promptly and gives good advice.'

'Commercial approach, exactly understood the requirements and worked as a team to meet them. Focused and well resourced.'

'Commercially aware, proactive, understanding of our business.'

Key Clients

Igloo Regeneration (General Partner) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Igloo Regeneration (General Partner) Ltd on all issues arising out of the Porth Teigr regeneration scheme.

Collyer Bristow LLP is highly rated in the hotels and leisure space, representing a client base of hotel owners, operators, restaurants, bars and sports clubs on matters such as extensions, sales and leases, refurbishment and licensing. A further key strength is development, with the group holding particular expertise in relation to mixed-use sites, joint ventures, profit sharing, planning agreements, overage agreements and renewable energy matters. Development-related finance is also a core focus, with a number of banks and financial institutions forming the client roster. In the corporate occupier space, the practice has recently represented a number of regulatory bodies in relation to office moves and is also engaged by banks for related matters.

Practice head(s):John Rochman

Other key lawyers:Alex O’Connor; Rory Macpherson

Key Clients

Aldersgate Investments Ltd / Motcomb Estates Ltd (Reuben brothers)

Bewley Homes plc

Chase New Homes Ltd

Crest Nicholson plc

The Deltic Group

EcoWorld International Limited

GMS Estates Ltd

Ipsus Developments Ltd

Lochailort Investments Ltd

Sutton Harbour Holdings plc

Willmott Dixon Holdings Ltd / Be Living Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for an entity within the Ipsus Development group on a joint venture with a pension fund in connection with the acquisition, funding and development of a site in Caversham for residential and mixed use redevelopment and the grant of a development agreement for a lease of part of the site to a social housing provider.
  • Acting for Aberfeldy New Village LLP (a joint venture between Be Living (Willmott Dixon) and Poplar Harca) in connection with continuing site assembly, funding, development and sales of phase 3 onwards at Aberfeldy New Village in East London.
  • Continuing to act for Be Living entities in connection with the acquisition, development and sales at sites in Reading, Sevenoaks and Cheshunt.
  • Acting for Crest Nicholson and an Aberdeen Asset Management entity in connection with post-development work for a large retail and residential development site in Hemel Hempstead.
  • Acting for Dee Park Partnership LLP (a joint venture between Prime Place Developments (Willmott Dixon) and Catalyst Housing) in connection with phase 3 of their development in Dee Park, Reading.

Cripps Pemberton Greenish¬†has an ‚Äėimpressive client base and a diverse depth of work that reflects its quality service‚Äô. Its development team is frequently instructed for commercial and residential projects, advising on all relevant issues including site purchases, planning permission, overage and subsequent lettings. In particular, mixed-use developments are a keystone of the practice with the group lending its expertise to prime central London projects, regenerations and joint ventures. The investment practice has a track record of acting for the principal London Estates, and also assists institutional property investors, government departments, housebuilders, banks and high-net-worth individuals. Retail is a sector specialism, with the group acting for nationwide shopping centre owners on asset management and development schemes in addition to providing luxury brands and other stores on disputes, transactions, construction, employment and planning affairs.

Practice head(s):Jason Tann

Other key lawyers:Henry Bowman; John McGeough

Testimonials

'Jason Tann is pragmatic and very sensible to deal with.'

'The team has a commercial proactive approach to legal advice.'

'Jason Tann remains an excellent operator. Good client focus and creative thinker and solution finder.'

'Joined up thinking from top to bottom so emails are drafted in the same way and advice is consistent from partner to paralegal. Proactive and commercial in their advice.'

'They have an excellent understanding of what is important to the client. Attention to detail in documentation is impressive.'

'Easy to contact. Easy to understand. Always have a definitive view that is helpful on how to progress.'

'John McGeough is a stand-out individual.'

Key Clients

Baylight Properties Limited

Birchall Properties Limited

Crossrail Limited

English National Ballet

Eyre Estate

Hermes Real Estate Investment

Harrow School

Home Office

John Lyon’s Charity

Liberty Property Trust UK Limited

M&G Real Estate (formerly PRUPIM)

Niveda Group

RO Group

The Cadogan Estate

The London Diocesan Fund

The Sloane Stanley Estate

Francis Holland Schools Trust

Native Land Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising on a £400m GDV Peak Resort leisure scheme in Derbyshire including first pre-let to household name leisure provider.
  • Advising developer on development finance and development issues relating to a 738 bed student accommodation scheme in Liverpool.
  • Acting for Liberty Property Trust UK Limited in relation to its 800-acre site at Kings Hill in Kent, comprising over 800,000 sq ft of business property, homes for over 7,000 people and retail, education, sport and leisure facilities.
  • Advising on the purchase of land earmarked for 1,880 units at a new site at Whitely in Hampshire. This matter involved a consortium of housebuilders including Taylor Wimpey and Crest Nicholson.
  • Handling the refurbishment of the iconic Aldwych Quarter, comprising Bush House, Melbourne House and four other adjacent buildings on The Strand in London.

Hamlins LLP‚Äôs commercial property team ‚Äėgoes above and beyond what is expected of a law firm‚Äô. The retail, hotels and leisure sector are core pillars of the practice, which advises on commercial contracts, litigation, employment, IP and brand protection matters. Examples include hotel acquisitions, restaurant rollouts and brand development as well as operating agreements and lease granting. 'Exceptional leader'¬†Mark Hurst¬†heads the real estate team, which represents professional property companies, sovereign wealth funds, private equity investors, banks and high-net-worth individuals on transactions, developments, management, structuring and lending affairs.

Practice head(s):Mark Hurst

Other key lawyers:Nigel Mason; Ben Kilshaw

Testimonials

'Mark Hurst is an exceptional leader of this particular team. He often has to deal with difficult, complex deals and lettings and always has good commercial solutions to achieve the best results.'

'The Hamlins team are very client focused. They take the time to understand the needs of the client and in many instances go above and beyond what is expected of a law firm.'

'Joseph Holder organizes the team in a very effective and efficient manner - ensuring there is constant coverage and transactions are always moving forward.'

'Professional and highly experienced.'

'Highly qualified and available for the client'.

'The majority of work is carried out at partner level meaning the instruction is undertaken by professionals with significant experience.'

'Joseph Holder is a real estate partner with years of experience'.

Key Clients

National Car Parks

CitizenM Hotels

Park Plaza Hotels

The Sports and Leisure group Ltd (Playfootball)

Casa Bella Developments Limited

Firefly Capital

Citrus Group

Work highlights

  • Advising National Car Parks on all  of its property requirements, including leases of trading sites, sales/purchases of investments and the redevelopment of major city centre sites.
  • Acting for a landlord and developer client in relation to the refurbishment of a 300,000 sq ft building in Liverpool.
  • Acting for Park Plaza Hotels on the acquisition, sale / leaseback, construction and re-mortgaging of a 400 bed hotel on the Great West Road, London.
  • Advising Citrus Group on the acquisition, development, letting, refinancing and sale of an undeveloped site in East Anglia.
  • Advising The Structadene Group on the acquisition and subsequent development of a golf course and country club for a potential disposal value of c.£15m.

Excelling in the retail, hotels and leisure sectors, Howard Kennedy LLP handles M&A, tax and finance, employment, immigration, litigation and IP matters alongside property and construction instructions for an international client base. Hotels, including luxury brands, boutique operators, mid-sized chains and international operators, frequently engage the practice, as do restaurants, golf groups, luxury gym brands and casino operators. Leasehold negotiations are an area of specific expertise while entry into the UK market is a specialism for recommended legal director Vanessa Laundon. The luxury goods market is a sector of particular knowledge while team also represents investors, developers, house builders, funders, banks and asset managers in relation to site acquisition, planning, sales and acquisitions, commercial letting, sales and developments. Ed John is a new partner-level arrival from Shoosmiths LLP and brings experience of development disputes and property-related insolvency.

Practice head(s):Julian Hindmarsh; Kate Woodgate; Mark Johnstone

Other key lawyers:Charles Maxwell; Graham Kaye; Jenny Farrington

Key Clients

Aldermore Bank plc

Ballymore

CJ O'Shea and Company

Galliard Homes

Hermes Alternative Investments

Heronslea

London Green

LRC Group

Metro Bank plc

Octopus Property

Redington Capital

The Club Company

Work highlights

  • Advising Galliard on the sale of Ailsa Wharf, a £68m scheme in Tower Hamlets to Country Garden for development into 786 homes.
  • Advising Heronslea on the purchase of a substantial development site in Bushey from a charitable trust and the site is about to be granted planning consent for 52 houses.
  • Represented a client on its £45m acquisition for redevelopment of the 40,000 sq ft former R&D HQ of television and broadband internet services provider.
  • Provided development and forward funding advice on a £150m+ docklands development for 3,000 new homes.
  • Acting on £46.5m sale of brownfield plant in London for redevelopment to residential use and extensive regeneration.

Irwin Mitchell's team of ‚Äėhighly professional, knowledgeable and responsive‚Äô lawyers has a particular focus on residential and mixed-use development schemes, along with investment and development-related finance. The practice's offering is complemented by the wider firm's expertise in construction, planning litigation, leasehold enfranchisement and tax issues. International investors regularly instruct the team for residential purchases while the retail, office and industrial industries are among its sector specialisms.¬†Ian Silverblatt joined Kingsley Napley LLP.

Other key lawyers:Gordon Anderson; Ayesha Hasan; Chris Baker

Testimonials

'Chris Baker is very approachable and sensible.  He has great expertise in this area.'

'Ayesha Hasan is a standout partner and is very experienced and talented in her specialist areas which include insolvency and core real estate roles.'

'Highly professional, knowledgeable and responsive - the firm also has a very fair approach to fee negotiation'.

'Nikki Link is very professional and approachable and excellent to work with.'

Key Clients

Cauldwell Properties Limited

Goethe Institut Ev

National Union of Journalists

Wombats Hostels

Coutts & Co

HSBC Bank plc

Arbuthnot Latham Co., Limited

Black & Gold Developments Limited

Santander

Resolution Property plc

Belimo Automation (UK) Limited

Lab-Tech

HSBC UK Bank plc

Coinford Limited

West eleven

Honda

Work highlights

  • Acting for Wombats London Limited in lease extension and development work.
  • Acting on the purchase of a development site in Brighton on behalf of Black & Gold Developments Limited.
  • Acting for Coinford on the set up of a residential development.
  • Advising Lab-tech on the construction contracts for the mixed–use development of 101 Camley Street incorporating the construction of a pedestrian bridge over Regent’s Canal.
  • Advising Westeleven on the development of 39 residential units over 14 storeys and a new sports hall for the neighbouring Harris Academy.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP’s development expertise encompasses mixed use sites, energy projects and mixed tenure private and affordable residential schemes. The practice is particularly active in the shopping centre space, handling not only developments but corporate occupier work such as leasing, construction and strategic asset management for industry clients. Other areas of expertise include the technology, industrial and logistics and hotels and healthcare sectors, as well as retail where the team delivers transaction, acquisition and finance, commercial leasing, strategic management and regulatory advice. UK real estate head Anne O’Neill is regarded as a 'go-to solicitor' who 'leads her team with the utmost professionalism.'

Practice head(s):Anne O’Neill; Andrew Denye; Fiona Stone

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Preece; Sara Branch

Testimonials

'Reliable and experienced team offering first class expert knowledge in all areas of retail property'.

'Anne O'Neill leads her team with the utmost professionalism, providing excellent advice.'

'Very responsive, quick, good commercial advice. Resourcing is managed carefully across our portfolio. Everybody is accessible.'

'Fiona Stone is hugely knowledgeable and offers good commercial advice.'

'Andrew Denye is very commercial, approachable. A good leader.'

'The members of the practice go beyond providing legal advice; they become members of the project team working towards creative solutions and achieving the most beneficial outcome. The legal advice is excellent, accurate, reliable and robust - it is the authority with which it is delivered in commercial negotiations which makes the practice unique.'

'Anne O'Neill is a go-to solicitor. Sara Branch is excellent and a first choice to negotiate complex contracts and development agreements.'

Key Clients

Bioenergy Infrastructure Group

BlackRock Renewable UK Income Fund

Bluefield Solar Income Fund

CAB International

Chobham Farm North LLP

intu Properties Group

NextEnergy Solar Fund

NVIDIA Technology UK

Notting Hill Housing Group/ Notting Hill Genesis

Project Light Development

Rubicon West plc

TLD Kidbrooke LLP

Work highlights

  • Advising WRP Management Limited on deals with key tenants ahead of the opening of a £178m shopping centre development in Watford.
  • Providing pro bono advice to CAB International on development documentation and the sale of land in Oxfordshire in order to fund the development of a new UK headquarters building.
  • Acting for longstanding client intu Watford Limited, introducing a new rock-climbing concept by Rock Up into a traditional shopping centre setting through an extension of the site.
  • Acted for intu Lakeside Limited in respect of a £73m development of new leisure facilities spanning 200,000 sq ft at Lakeside Shopping Centre.

In the development space, Payne Hicks Beach is particularly recommended for large-scale residential and commercial projects including promotion and forward funding agreements, land sales and funding arrangements. It represents a number of international clients, primarily from the Middle and Far East, France and Scandinavia, on the acquisition of development sites and investments including high-value residential properties. The firm also specialises in acting for bluechip occupiers with large portfolios on the management of hotel, retail, restaurant, warehousing and office premises. Andrew Berry heads the team which was recently bolstered by the arrival of Simon Blackburn from Macfarlanes LLP, an expert in the landed estates team.

Practice head(s):Andrew Berry

Other key lawyers:Richard Stapylton-Smith

Work highlights

  • Advised a landed estate in connection with the prospective development of 90 acres of its agricultural holdings for several thousand units of mixed commercial, residential development, community-use and care homes.
  • Advising major land owners on the heads of terms for an option agreement in relation to 38 acres of land to be granted to the promoter of Rail Central in Northamptonshire.
  • Advising a hotel investor on the restructuring of an adjoining underperforming mixed use asset to create a new private members club in Mayfair.
  • Acting on a complex development scheme valued at around £100m which required the cooperation of multiple landowners.    
  • Led on negotiation of heads of terms for a mixed use housing development in Yorkshire, the settling of a contract for sale conditional on obtaining planning permission and preparation of funding documentation.

At Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, the practice handles a wide range of development projects and transactions, including forward funding deals, and recently supplemented its offering with the hire of Simon Allan from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, a specialist in working with private capital on infrastructure-related assets. The acquisition and disposal of investment properties and portfolio is a further core strength, as is fund and asset management work. The client roster includes institutional investors, real estate companies and funds, family officers, banks and tenant occupiers. James Nadin heads the practice which is also instructed by hotels for acquisition, disposal, development and leasing work.

Practice head(s):James Nadin

Other key lawyers:Louis Manches; Simon Allan; Alison Lewis

Testimonials

'They are a very commercial firm and focus on the key issues that really matter.'

 

Key Clients

Munroe K Limited

Aprirose Real Estate Investment

Wavendon Residential Property LLP

Lester Hotel Group

Alumno Developments

Work highlights

  • Acting for Munroe K Limited on the strategic expansion of White Rose Office Park Leeds to incorporate a station on the main Leeds to Manchester train line.
  • Acting for Aprirose Real Estate Investment on the funding and development of two of Birmingham’s largest city centre residential schemes with a combined value of in excess of £120m.  
  • Representing a joint venture between a group of ex-directors of Burford Group PLC and an Oxford College on the acquisition of two golf courses in Wavendon Bucks, and worked with the clients whilst planning permission was obtained for residential development.
  • Acting for Lester Hotel Group on the acquisition/financing of site for development of prime hotel in central Glasgow.

Shepherd and Wedderburn‚Äôs ‚Äėexcellent advice‚Äô and ‚Äėsupportive and thorough‚Äô approach earns it strong recommendations from clients. Stephen Hubner¬†heads the team, which has been bolstered over the past year through the promotions of Elaine Hunter¬†and Lauren McLeod¬†to partner. The practice's recent caseload has included leasing and acquisition work for corporate occupier clients, high-value disposals and acquisitions for investors as well as residential and commercial developments.

Practice head(s):Stephen Hubner

Other key lawyers:Stephen Hubner; Sally Morris Smith

Testimonials

'Excellent advice, supportive, and thorough. Joined up with other departments for holistic advice'.

'When undertaking a leveraged corporate property transaction the different disciplines with in the partnership worked together very well and appeared completely joined up.'

'Supportive and proactive. All the partners are good at summarising technical points in layman's terminology.'

Key Clients

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Scarborough Group International

Ørsted – formerly Dong Energy Wind Power A/S

Scottish Power

Mactaggart and Mickel Homes England Ltd

Ellandi

Fairbriar Real Estate

INEOS

TJAC

IGas

Ocado

BayWa

Safestay plc

Instant Managed Offices

Cordatus

Soor Capital

Bayliss Property Management Ltd

Reach plc (formerly Trinity Mirror plc)

Work highlights

  • Acted for Fairbriar Developments Limited on the sale and forward funding and development agreement of the PRS element of the Middlewood Locks Scheme, comprising more than 800 homes and associated public realm.
  • Advised on forward funding the development of the former printworks in Liverpool with Select Group and subsequent pre-lets on behalf of Reach plc.
  • Advised on £22m development funding acting for Oaknorth Bank.
  • Represented Mactaggart & Mickel Homes England Limited on a wide range of English development matters, including development site acquisition and subsequent infrastructure works required to prepare the sites for construction and future plot sales.
  • Represented Mactaggart & Mickel Homes England Limited on the sale of a development site at Keynsham with permission for the construction of over 250 homes.

US firm Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP's London practice is engaged for mixed-use, office, supermarket, warehouse and residential development projects and also frequently represents investor clients on the acquisition and disposal of office and technology buildings. Matthew Farmer and Brendan Patterson head the practice which possesses notable experience in handling the acquisition, development and financing of retirement villages and also counts a number of data centre operators and entrepreneurs within its client list.

Practice head(s):Matthew Farmer; Brendan Patterson

Other key lawyers:Simon Collis; Sam Kelly

Key Clients

Faccenda Property Limited

Equinix, Inc.

Raven Property Group plc

Audley Court Limited

Ampersand Group Holdings Limited

Coln Park LLP

Royalton Group Holdings Limited

Pegasus Life Ltd

Digital Realty Trust, L.P.

The Hillesden Trust

BLOK London Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Equinix in relation to acquisition of ground lease of development site at Slough Trading Estate.
  • Acting for Coln Park LLP in relation to the residential development and sale of luxury houses at a scheme in the Cotswolds.
  • Representing Digital Realty in its development of Archway House, Docklands, the acquisition of a new data centre in Docklands, and management of Digital’s London data centre portfolio.
  • Represented Skimmingdish Lane Projects LLP and Albion Land Limited on the forward sale to RDI REIT and subsequent development of two large warehouse units in Bicester with a GDV of over £25m.
  • Represented Pegasus Life Limited in obtaining acquisition and development funding across its portfolio of current and future development sites.

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