Firms in the Spotlight Commercial property: development

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP

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

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Commercial property: development in London


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

Practice head(s):

Sarah Sivyour; David Jones; Richard Vernon

Other key lawyers:

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

Key clients

The Crown Estate

British Land

Lendlease Group





Oxford Properties

Transport for London

Deutsche Bank

Countryside Properties




McLaren Group

BAI Communications



The Berkeley Group

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (“URW”)

Oxford West End Development


Greenland Group

Lovell Partnership

Balfour Beatty and Places for People

Telford Homes

Partners Group

Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation



Work highlights

  • Advised Invesco Real Estate on its joint venture with Related Argent in connection with BTR and residential development at Related Argent’s £8 billion Brent Cross scheme.
  • Advised Lendlease in connection with the £809m acquisition of 21 Moorfields, London from Land Securities plc.
  • Advised Ballymore on the formation of a joint venture with Transport for London for the acquisition development and letting of three landmark overstation developments at Bank Paddington and Southwark station.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

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

Practice head(s):

Chris de Pury; Samant Narula

Other key lawyers:

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


‘BCLP is a full service law firm. They have a very experienced team capable of acting on complex matters and an extensive range of specialisms in-house which is immensely useful. The service is bespoke for each client and are solution focused recognising the importance of completing deals and achieving deadlines.’

‘Calls and meetings outside of working hours are never an issue and the solution focused approach results in seeking the optimal outcome for her client rather than the easiest.’

‘The service from BCLP is very partner led which means the partners build strong relationships with clients and act as a one stop shop, pulling in expertise from other areas when required. There is always someone to help and the relationship partner is good at filling in the background to ensure efficiency.’

‘Strength in depth. The reports are presented in a user-friendly fashion.’

‘Liana Hewson is an absolutely critical member of our land disposal team. She is committed, incredibly knowledgeable and able to adapt her style and approach to the situation and the requirements of the client.’

‘Ruth Miller has a calm and measured approach and expertise in dealing with complicated commercial property issues.’

‘Liana Hewson stands out for her supberb client management: she spends time building strong, long-term relationships with clients and demonstrates a genuine interest in both the individuals and the business. Liana always finds the right person within the firm to deal with the question quickly and has always provided excellent client service.’

‘Celia Berg is pragmatic and thinks laterally.’

Key clients


WR Berkley Insurance

Canary Wharf Group


Oxford Properties

R&F Properties

CC Land

Federated Hermes

University of Cambridge

The Crown Estate


Transport for London


AGR Renewables




Work highlights

  • Advising AXA on the development of a 650,000-square-foot office space at 50 Fenchurch Street.
  • Advised HPCLP (a joint venture between BriTel, Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board and HOCWLP on the development of the Paradise scheme, a 1.74-million-square-foot development of in central Birmingham.
  • Advised Excel Winner, a joint venture between R&F and CC Land, in relation to its development at One Thames City in Nine Elms.

Clifford Chance LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Nigel Howorth

Other key lawyers:

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


‘They are very experienced and offer commercial advice. We view Clifford Chance as being the “high-end” of lawyers and therefore use them on complicated corporate real estate transactions.’

‘Alis Pay’s experience and knowledge of transactions involving complex cross-border portfolios is unrivalled.’

‘The team offer a first-class service backed by the wider expertise and range of skill sets within the organisation.’

‘The individuals in the team engage with their clients with the perfect balance of professionalism, high level of knowledge, outstanding track record and a love of resolving complex deals but with the most fantastic human qualities of empathy and understanding.’

‘Ian Painter is a leader in his field. He manages to combine commercial acumen with considerable legal knowledge; his client list is formidable and demonstrates the loyalty his client base shows towards him.’

‘Alis Pay and the team at CC were excellent in their support, commercial expertise and practical advice on all matters regarding development.’

‘Depth of knowledge, market visibility and availability.’

‘Alis Pay is pre-eminent in her field and our go-to adviser for both real estate acquisitions and development financing. She is sharp, analytical, and clear.’

Key clients

AIG Global Real Estate

Aldau Development

Angelo Gordon


Battersea Power Station Development Company


Canary Wharf Group plc

Coin Street Community Builders

Corinthia Hotels

Country Garden

Global Switch


Helical plc



Legal & General


Mitsubishi Estate

Mitsui Fudosan

Native Land

NorthWest Healthcare Properties REIT

Nuveen Real Estate

Sadler’s Wells


Work highlights

  • Advising Helical plc on its public procurement process to enter into a joint venture with Transport for London (TfL) for the redevelopment of three over-station developments with Project Platinum.
  • Advising Legal & General Investment Management on its development forward-funding of United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority’s 8,000 square metre research and development building at Culham Science Park.
  • Advising on the joint venture between Castleforge and Malaysia’s leading property developer Gamuda Group on the acquisition of Deutsche Bank’s London HQ for redevelopment.


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

Practice head(s):

Andrew Banton; Clare Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Jules Needleman; Marie Scott; Mark Heighton; Barry Morris; Caroline Maude; Chris Oakley; David Wilkinson; Amanda Howard; Alan Crawford; Amit Unadkat; Leilah Rawle; Ciaran Carvalho; Lindsey Barrett; James Miller; Hugh Picton Phillipps; David Crossley


‘The hallmarks of CMS’ service are responsiveness and commerciality. Their advice is always prompt, accurate and well-considered.’

‘The team offers a comprehensive one-stop legal service covering all aspects of real estate. The team is led by experienced partners who are willing to give chance to more junior solicitors with them coming in appropriately when necessary.’

‘Marie Scott is our primary contact and does an excellent job.’

Key clients




The Portman Estate

KKR Real Estate Partners Europe II

Swiss Life Asset Managers / Mayfair Capital

Native Land / Ashby Capital Joint Venture



London Stock Exchange

Work highlights

  • Advised Moorfields Eye Hospital on all real estate, development, planning, rights of light, procurement, and construction matters as well as the joint venture delivery vehicle for Project Oriel.
  • Advised SEGRO on all aspects of its joint venture with house builder, St George, to develop SEGRO V-Park Grand Union in Brent, North-West London.
  • Advised The Portman Estate on the headlease regear and redevelopment of 19-35 Baker Street.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Walden

Other key lawyers:

Donald Rowlands; Nicholas Turner; Simon Elliott; Julian Pollock; Richard Forsdyke; Will Turnbull; Paul Chases; Shona Grey; Alex Wright; Sebastian Taylor; Kathyrn Coveney; Ben Elkington; Lucas Barrans


‘A top-tier real estate practice, who bring excellence to everything they do. They are capable of handling any top drawer real estate transaction.’

‘One-stop shop for complex development work. The quality of lawyers is excellent.’

‘Will Turnbull is always professional, very responsive and co-ordinates the team to deliver a quality product within the deadlines required.’

‘They are technically excellent and the quality of work/advice is second to none. This is combined with an excellent commercial understanding of the development sector and a can-do approach.’

‘John Gordon stands out for his ability to spot problems on the horizon and provide quick solutions to ensure transactional timescales are met. He has excellent technical and negotiation skills. A highly organised individual.’

‘Excellent property development team.’

‘The team has continued to demonstrate an outstanding level of client service through ensuring the team understands their needs in great detail and providing the highest level of support in that regard.’

‘Jeremy Walden is closely supported by Sebastian Taylor. These two individuals have been the absolute stand-outs throughout the development.’

Key clients



Transmission Capital






Cain International



Madison International



Work highlights

  • Advised British Land on all aspects of the Canada Water development project.
  • Advised CPPIB on a new joint venture partnership with Lendlease Group of a new 50:50 development joint venture partnership.
  • Advised The Madison Square Garden Company on the proposed development of MSG Sphere London.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Oliver Chamberlain; Daniel Norris

Other key lawyers:

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

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard

Argent (and Related Argent)

Battersea Power Station

British Land

Calthorpe Estates

City of London Corporation


Coal Pension Funds

M&G Real Estate (Prudential)


The Ballymore Group

The Crown Estate

U+I Group

London Legacy Development Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised The Crown Estate on the completion of six windfarm agreements for lease.
  • Advised the London Legacy Development Corporation on the proposed development of its land holdings in Hackney Wick.
  • Advising Berkeley Homes on the development of a residential led scheme in partnership with Peabody. This led to 1,750 new homes and significant industrial floorspace, as well as expansive public open space.

Addleshaw Goddard

Praised as ‘competent and commercial’, Addleshaw Goddard is noted for its capability in regeneration projects. Nancy McGuire and ‘talentedIain Hindhaugh oversee the department, while Rachel Orton has a breadth of experience in transactions in the senior living sector. Chris Cartwright excels in the financial services sphere and Andrew Martin is knowledgeable of the development, investment, and operation of build to rent and student accommodation assets. Leona Ahmed departed in May 2023 to join Taylor Wessing LLP.

Practice head(s):

Nancy McGuire; Iain Hindhaugh

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Orton; Chris Cartwright; Andrew Martin; Peter Hardy; Luke Harvey; Leanne Hale-Tulley


‘The team are top draw, both in their approach to work but also their ability to create relationships which are the bedrock of transactions getting over the line.’

‘I have an immense amount of trust in their ability to manage the risks to my organisation, but not to the level that it lacks commercial sense.’

‘The most competent and commercial team I have ever worked with, they are always entering discussions with a positive, problem-solving attitude.’

‘Rachel Orton is responsive, sensible, commercial and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

HB Reavis

Pension Insurance Corporation

Federated Hermes

Angelo Gordon

Qatari Investment Partners (QIP)

Argent LLP

Human + Nature

Hub Residential

Precis Capital Partners


Burges Salmon LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Ross Polkinghorne; Philip Beer; Gary Soloman

Other key lawyers:

Richard Read: Richard Clark; Amy Simpson; Philip Beer; Jessica Chesterfield; Ross Polkinghorne; Gary Soloman; Robert Forman; Matt Sims


‘Burgess Salmon are incredibly professional, diligent, and commercially focused, but just as importantly, very friendly and personable to deal with.’

‘Ross Polkinghorne is excellent, with a straightforward no-nonsense approach. He provides well thought through practical and commercially focused advice and is great at problem-solving.’

‘We were supported by lawyers who had specialist knowledge and experience.’

‘Ross Polkinghorne has been an excellent adviser over the years. His attention to detail and communication is second to none.’

‘The team is the ‘go-to’ for development work. We’ve partnered with Burges Salmon on multiple transactions, and they are stellar.’

‘Ross Polkinghorne is a stand-out practitioner. He is commercial, pragmatic and has a close eye on the details.’

‘They are excellent communicators and diligent in their work.’

‘Ross Polkinghorne and his team always seem to go the extra mile to provide high quality legal advice and services. Ross is a collaborator and very skilled at knowing when and where to bring in other professionals.’

Key clients

Greater London Authority (GLA)

Transport for London

YOO Development

YTL Developments (UK) Limited

University of Bristol

Hodgetts Industrial

St Modwen Properties

Stevenage Borough Council

UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)

A consortium of landowners comprising Aviva Investors, Land Improvement Holdings and the Diocese of St Albans

ADC Kimberley (Derriford) Limited

Historic England

LPPI Real Estate Fund

Work highlights

  • Advising a consortium of landowners comprising Aviva Investors, Land Improvement Holdings and the Diocese of St Albans on the development scheme, Linmere.
  • Advising St Modwen on a host of industrial and logistics and housing-led developments across the UK.
  • Acted as a leading advisor to the Greater London Authority on housing-led/mixed-use redevelopment and regeneration projects across London.

DLA Piper

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

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Northey

Other key lawyers:

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


‘The partners are experienced and can draw upon the support of the firm’s wider network.’

‘Andrew Yates is always proactive, and I would highly recommend him without any reservation.’

‘I have complete confidence in this law firm. It is highly rated and has a top reputation.’

‘Andrew Yates is top-notch and has a wealth of legal knowledge. He is also well-seasoned, with experience and capable of dissecting complexity into easy-to-understand savvy advice.’

Key clients

Mace Developments

This is Gravity

Regal London

Edyn Group

Far East Consortium (FEC)


Southend United Football Club

Hadley Property Group


T Rowe Price

Work highlights

  • Advising Far East Consortium on all aspects of their development of Consort Place.
  • Acting for Precis on the demolition of the existing Belgrove House building at Kings Cross and the development of an iconic new 25,000 square metre structure.
  • Advising This is Gravity Limited on the 635 acre redevelopment of the Gravity site near Bridgewater in the UK.

Gowling WLG

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

Practice head(s):

Chris Hunt

Other key lawyers:

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


‘The team at Gowling are able to disseminate complex information into easy-to-understand concepts for their clients.’

‘They are considerate and personable in their approach to clients, while offering a robust and unwavering approach in challenging negotiation scenarios.’

‘The team are very knowledgeable, technical and work well collaboratively. They are approachable and deal with matters expediently.’

‘The individuals have great technical expertise and the team has depth with an ability to resource transactions of scale.’

Key clients


Aldgate Developments


Audley Group


Clear Sky Capital

Columbia Threadneedle Investments


Ellis Campbell Group

Empiric Student Property plc

Friends Life

Greater London Authority

HC-One Limited

Inspired Villages

Intu Properties

Janus Henderson UK Property PAIF

Knight Frank Investment Management

LaSalle Investment Management

Legal & General

London Borough of Barnet

London and Strategic land

London & Cambridge Properties

LXi REIT plc

Industrials REIT (formerly Stenprop)

National Highways

NFU Mutual

Portland Capital Real Estate Limited

Revcap Advisors

Royal London

Salmon Developments


St Modwen

Stamford Land Corporation Limited


Transport for London

U + I

Universities Superannuation Scheme


Work highlights

  • Advised Royal London Asset Management (Royal London) on the development and subsequent letting of The Earnshaw on New Oxford Street, WC1.
  • Advised Cube Real Estate on the acquisition, funding, development, planning and construction of Unilever’s new headquarter development, Eden Campus.
  • Advised U+I on the joint venture project with TfL to develop and regenerate a derelict 1.7 acre site owned by TfL, The Liberty Of Southwark.

Jones Day

With demonstrable experience in the build to rent, logistics and student accommodation sectors, Jones Day counts Blackstone, Get Living and Greystar Real Estate Partners, to name a few, among its key roster of clients. David Smith and Anna Cartwright jointly lead the team; the former is knowledgeable of the health care, industrial, leisure and office sectors, while the latter is seasoned in real estate private equity. John Crowley acts for a range of clients, from developers and funders to investors and private individuals, while Alistair Grant is often engaged in real estate finance. Simon Kiff assists clients with joint ventures and structured acquisitions, as well as dispositions, and Laura Pembridge is sought out by corporate clients, founders, institutional investors, and management teams. Ryan Hill advises on landlord and tenant matters, meanwhile Kirsty Rogerson has overseen a range of developments in the capital. Matthew Peel joined the team in February 2023 from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner.

Practice head(s):

Anna Cartwright; David Smith

Other key lawyers:

John Crowley; Simon Kiff; Laura Pembridge; Ryan Hill; Kirsty Rogerson; Matthew Peel; Katie Brown; Alistair Grant


‘The team is thoughtful and pragmatic, and seeks our opinions on strategy.’

Key clients

Greystar Real Estate Partners LLC

Oxford Properties



ARA Dunedin Limited

MARK (fka Meyer Bergman)

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Oxenwood Real Estate LLP

Get Living plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Greystar Real Estate Partners on the purchase of the Bermondsey Project from Grosvenor.
  • Assisted Get Living on the ongoing development of Elephant and Castle.
  • Acted for MARK Capital on the sale of 130 development and investment logistic properties throughout Europe.

Linklaters LLP

Offering ‘a one-stop shop in getting large-scale transactions over the line with exceptional results’, Linklaters LLP acts for domestic and international developers, investors and occupiers on distressed real estate and regeneration, as well as real estate M&A transactions. Global head of real estate Andy Bruce is geared to handle disposals, development, financing and letting mandates, while Patrick Plant acts for clients on an array of international real estate projects. Siobhan Burton’s practice encompasses acquisition, financing, development, letting and disposal of offices, retail, student accommodation, logistics and mixed-use schemes. Martin Elliott excels in transactions pertaining to mixed-use development, offices, shopping centres and retail, while Matthew Plaskow and Tom Watkins are primarily engaged in real estate M&A. Kathryn Griffiths is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Andy Bruce

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Plant; Siobhan Burton;Martin Elliott; Matthew Plaskow; Tom Watkins; Kathryn Griffiths; Jack Shand


‘Jack Shand is able to cut through complexity quickly and effectively. Excellent client service and top quality advice. Recognised by all parties on transaction as top quality.’

‘Linklaters brings all the disciplines together to offer a one-stop shop in getting complex transactions over the line with exceptional results.’

‘Kathryn Griffiths hit the ground running.’

‘Matthew Plaskow is very reachable, provides great advice and has undoubted mastery of the industry.’

‘Efficient coordination.’

‘Martin Elliott is extremely knowledgeable.’

‘They are all extremely bright, personable and hard working. They are always going the extra mile.’

‘Andy Bruce is a consummate professional. He is practical, knowledgeable, insightful and thoughtful.’

Key clients

BDW Limited

Cale Street

Cory Group

Home Builders Federation

Lendlease Europe

RCL Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Lendlease as a shareholder under the joint venture with Starwood for the regeneration of Silvertown Quays.
  • Advising the Home Builders Federation on its negotiations with the UK Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) regarding building safety matters in light of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
  • Advising Cory Group in relation to the development and financing of the Riverside 2 energy-from-waste (EfW) facility.

Macfarlanes LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Clare Breeze

Other key lawyers:

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


‘The team are driven to get deals over the line, have strong industry knowledge and bring in specialists from the rest of the firm as needed.’

‘One of the best law firms I have worked with. Their standout quality is that they are extremely flexible to client requirements and very commercial in their approach.’

‘Excellent quality of work overall and very good negotiators. They work extremely hard to get the best results for their clients.’

‘It is a genuine partner-led team that works in small groups, so you are always dealing with someone knowledgeable on a deal. They work quickly and efficiently and deal with legal minutiae behind the scenes, ensuring our time is focussed on the key commercial issues.’

‘They are personable with us and our counter-parties and make dealing with complex legal issues seem as straightforward as possible.’

‘Dan Marriott is a hands-on partner and has a strong supporting associate/senior associate team.’

‘Dan Marriott gives excellent advice, and I would be extremely happy to recommend to any client.’

‘Nick Barnes is very thorough and keeps on top of all the potential issues facing complex multi-faceted developments.’

Key clients

Stanhope plc

Stanhope plc & Cadillac Fairview

Legal & General

Ministry of Sound

Realstar Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Stanhope Plc on the joint venture between Stanhope, Cadillac Fairview and Thomas White Oxford to develop a life sciences hub, Oxford North.
  • Advised Legal & General Residential (BTR) on forward funding in Cardiff to deliver 715 Build to Rent (BTR) apartments at the former Brains Brewery site in Central Quay.
  • Advised Realstar Group on the purchase and forward funding of a build to rent scheme at Latitude Blue, Leeds which will include circa 488 build to rent apartments.

Norton Rose Fulbright

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

Practice head(s):

Wasim Khan

Other key lawyers:

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


‘Dan Wagerfield expertly provided the overarching partner guidance to deliver on a number of projects.’

Key clients

Stena Line BV

Haitong Bank Investment Ireland plc and Haitong Bank S.A.


Caleus Capital Investors

Rugeley Power Limited


DP World London Gateway

British Racing Drivers Club

Resolution Property IM LLP

Europa Capital

Commerz Real

Prudential plc

Olympia London

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

Bank ABC

Schroder Real Estate Investment Management

Bank of Montréal

Employees Provident Fund

Ørsted Energy (formerly Dong Energy)


Ashby Capital


ICBC plc

Hobart Partners

Sidra Capital

Ivanhoé Cambridge

Barnard’s Inn Unit Trust

IMI plc (Truflo Marine Ltd)

National Westminster Bank plc


Civitas Social Housing/Civitas Investment Management

Setha Canterbury Limited

A Premiership Football Club

Work highlights

  • Advised 57 Whitehall S.à.r.l. on the continued and extensive redevelopment of the Old War Office in the heart of London.
  • Advised on the ongoing investment and £1.3bn redevelopment of London Olympia.
  • Advised Silverstone Racing Circuit on the development of the Silverstone motor racing circuit.

Slaughter and May

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

Practice head(s):

Jane Edwarde

Other key lawyers:

John Nevin; Simon Bartle; Mark Gulliford


‘They have excellent technical knowledge with a commercial approach to problem-solving. There is a high quality level of both junior and senior staff.’

‘Mark Gulliford has excellent technical knowledge, high quality service provision to tight timescales, and commercial advice with an awareness of wider client considerations.’

Key clients


Clothworkers’ Company

Derwent London

Elysian Residences



Fishmonger’s Company

Gamuda Berhad

Halsbury Homes

Legal & General


London Resort Company Holdings


MTR Corporation

NTT Urban Development Corporation


Therme Group

Work highlights

  • Advising the Derwent London and Lazari Investments joint venture on the mixed-use redevelopment of 50 Baker Street, London W1.
  • Advising Therme Group on its Therme Manchester development, a new wellbeing resort in Trafford City.
  • Advising Everton on the development of its new 52,000-seat stadium at Bramley‑Moore Dock and also on the future redevelopment of Goodison Park.

Taylor Wessing LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Paul Lawrence

Other key lawyers:

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


‘They are extremely proactive and hard-working. The team members have gone above and beyond for us on transactions.’

‘Matthew Swainston goes out of his way to make himself available at any time we need him and has helped us get some very difficult and time-consuming transactions over the line against challenging deadlines.’

‘I would happily recommend the team.’

‘Matthew Swainston has a group of capable senior and junior associates who we’ve been impressed with.’

Key clients

Clivedale Ventures Limited

McLaren Property

R&F Properties

Trammell Crow Company



Work highlights

  • Advising The Westbury Hotel Limited on the hotel’s major redevelopment and refurbishment project.
  • Advising Clivedale on a leasehold re-gear with the Crown Estate to facilitate a substantial redevelopment of 20-24 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1.
  • Advising R&F on their development of One Nine Elms and Nine Elms Square.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

The ‘resourceful and practical’ team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP is geared to advise on the development of and investment into all of residential assets. The practice also leverages support from the firm’s Malaysian and Middle East offices to support foreign with inward investment. Tonia Secker oversees the practice and Patrick Morris handles forward funding and sales, secured lending and shopping centre purchases. Rebecca Wardle has experience in regeneration projects for public and private sector organisations, and Lizzie Pillinger has been involved in joint ventures in the later living arena. Andy Barnard is active in build to rent, regeneration and student housing projects, and Samir Nathwani is proficient in development arrangements, as well as landlord and tenant mandates.

Practice head(s):

Tonia Secker

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Morris; Rebecca Wardle; Lizzie Pillinger; Andy Barnard; Samir Nathwani; Tom Calnan; Julien Allen; William Clements; Dwynwen Lewis


‘Thoughtful lawyers.’

‘Andrew Barnard is a stand out adviser.’

‘They are resourceful and practical.’

Key clients

Ellison Oxford Limited

Urban Logistics REIT PLC

Federated Hermes Property Unit Trust

Vengrove Real Estate Social Housing Partners

Octopus Real Estate


90 North Real Estate Partners LLP

Hyde Group

Cheltenham Borough Council

Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea

Apache Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Acted for Cheltenham Borough Council on all aspects of the procurement and subsequent appointment of a development partner for the Golden Valley development in Cheltenham.
  • Acted on a client’s acquisition of a 5.9-acre site in Oxford.
  • Advising the Museum of London on the proposed relocation from its current site in London Wall to a new location in the Smithfield Market.

A&O Shearman

The ‘commercial, efficient, and resilient’ team at A&O Shearman is knowledgeable of the corporate, financing and tax aspects of development and investment transactions. Christopher Woolf leads the department and is often engaged in investment acquisitions and disposals, landlord and tenant issues, in addition to refurbishments. Praised as ‘effective and charismatic’, Hayden Cameron has handled a range of transactions in the hospitality sector, while Nick Saner is proficient in joint venture development projects. Emma Willoughby is a key contact for lenders in the hospitality and retail sectors, as well as the student and senior living arenas.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Woolf

Other key lawyers:

Hayden Cameron; Nick Saner; Emma Willoughby; Daniel McKimm


‘Nick Saner and Hayden Cameron were both very responsive. They are able to deal with complex legal issues and new structures in order to deal with tax planning problems.’

Key clients

Quadrant Estates

Supermarket Income REIT

Cofinimmo SA

Evans Randall

Kennedy Wilson



Orion Capital Managers

Oxford Properties


Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Lee Medlock

Other key lawyers:

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


‘Knowledge delivered clearly and with understanding of the client’s business.’

‘Personable and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Derwent Valley London Limited

BioMed Realty


David Lloyd

Bellway Homes Limited and Redrow Homes Limited

Stonegate Pub Company Limited

EQT Exeter

Derwent Valley Central Limited

Bellis Acquisition Company 3 Limited

Topland Olympus Limited

Crab Hill Developments

Hello Fresh

Freddies Flowers

TDR Capital

Derwent Valley London Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Bellway Homes Limited on the acquisition of a development parcel at their flagship scheme at Barking Riverside in East London.
  • Advised Helical on the sale of their long leasehold and freehold interests in a residential development of luxury apartments near Smithfield Market.
  • Advised Biomed Realty on a joint venture agreement with Babraham Research Campus Limited for the development of a 40,000 sq ft purpose-built life sciences building.

Clyde & Co

Noted for its expertise in the build to rent sector, the ‘well-integrated and highly knowledgeable team’ at Clyde & Co is a key contact for public sector clients. Will Deeprose co-leads the practice alongside Annabelle Redman, both of whom are knowledgeable of residential-led mixed-use developments, while the latter is also adept in inward investments. Praised as ‘technically excellent’, John Pearce has recently been engaged in Grainger plc’s partnership with TFL and Graeme Taylor is often sought out by development companies, high-net-worth individuals and insurance companies. Kathryn Salsbury is knowledgeable of asset management, purchasing and refinancing mandates.

Practice head(s):

Will Deeprose; Annabelle Redman

Other key lawyers:

John Pearce; Graeme Taylor; Kathryn Salsbury; Laura Oliver; Paul Cole


‘The real estate team is well-resourced, with enthusiastic and competent lawyers that hit deadlines and always provide clear and commercially sound advice.’

‘The team houses good lawyers, who are responsive and good at explaining technical points in simple language.’

‘Good team work and support between members of staff and partners. There is great project management and they build good relationships with other parties involved in the deal.’

Key clients

Native Land Limited

Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk

Grainger plc

Regal London

Connected Living London

Anderson O&U Limited

Corinthian Homes

Bolsover Land Limited

Wyngrove Limited/Premcor Estates

Kingfisher plc

Osborne Development Holdings Limited

Noatum Logistics

Barwood Capital


Work highlights

  • Assisting Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk with the proposed structure of arrangements to develop The South East King’s Lynn Strategic Growth Area.
  • Advised Corinthian Homes (Sennybridge (Hayle) Limited in relation to the design and construction of a new mixed use development at Hayle Harbour in Cornwall.
  • Acting for Grainger on the forward funding of three new residential blocks with additional commercial space in Southall, London.


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

Practice head(s):

Rob Thompson

Other key lawyers:

Alex Coulter; Laura Gowing; Simon Masri; John Arey

Key clients

RTP Global

Harrison Street



Royal Mail

John Lewis Partnership / Waitrose

Taylor Wimpey

Frasers Group Plc (Sports Direct)

Transport for London


P3 Logistics


Work highlights

  • Acted for John Lewis in relation to all property aspects of its £500m joint venture with abrdn for the development of Build to Rent schemes.
  • Advised Life Science REIT on its acquisition of Oxford Technology Park and developments.
  • Advised Frasers Group on the sale of nine freehold and long leasehold retail parks to an investment vehicle of Realty Corporation.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Mukhtiar Tanda; Balraj Birdi

Other key lawyers:

Tom Goldsmith; Lucy Chadwick; Chris Mullings; Emma Shepherd; Natasha Osment; Lee Jackson; Nicholas Bartlett; Stewart Womersley; Clare Rudd; Philippa Widman; Gareth Ashfield; Richard Lampert


‘Mukhtiar Tanda has a strong partner approach to relationship management and problem-solving.’

‘Good strategic advice.’

Key clients

National Highways

The London Borough of Barnet

Bedford Borough Council

The University of Manchester

Work highlights

  • Advising National Highways on two business critical technology frameworks to support the delivery of its Road Investment Strategy.
  • Advising Brent Cross Council on planning and CPO aspects of the regeneration of Brent Cross Cricklewood involving several million square feet.
  • Advised the University of Manchester on its development known as “ID Manchester”, a 26 acre, £1.5 billion GDV scheme in Manchester City Centre.

Farrer & Co

The ‘incredibly attentive’ mid-market practice at Farrer & Co advises institutional clients on construction and master planning mandates, as well as private energy and estate management structures. Head of the department Kate Corke acts for borrowers, investors and private banks, while Mark Gauguier is proficient in urban developments. Henry Stevens is often engaged in portfolio management and Fred Lee caters to real estate disposals. Other key contacts in the group include Hayley Wilson, who ‘has a joie de vivre approach blended with commitment and focus, and Barbara Beasley.

Practice head(s):

Kate Corke

Other key lawyers:

Mark Gauguier; Henry Stevens; Hayley Wilson; Barbara Beasley; Sarah Aggarwal; Meghan Hatfield; Fred Lee


‘One of the most widely respected commercial property teams in the UK. An attentive and highly professional service with original and innovative solutions to problems that are tailored to clients’ needs.’

‘They are my go-to practice for all legal property matters.’

‘A highly professional, innovative and bespoke service that is perfectly tailored to clients’ needs.’

‘Great service from a fantastic team.’

‘There is no one in the industry who understands legacy developments and the legal requirements and specifics to make these schemes work as well as Farrer & Co.’

‘Exceptional depth.’

Key clients

Charities Property Fund

Duchy of Cornwall

Highbridge Properties plc

Shinfield Studios Limited

UKVB LuxCo 1 S.à r.l

London Bioscience Innovation Centre

Burghley Estate

The British Library

Property Trust Group

Englefield Estate

Gascoyne Cecil Estates

Graven Hill Purchaser Ltd

Welbeck Estates

Commonwealth Real Estate LP

Shadowbox Studios

Work highlights

  • Acted as the legal advisers to the Duchy of Cornwall on their Poundbury and Nansledan development.
  • Advising on the British Library’s St Pancras development.
  • Advised a client on a transaction with The University of Reading for the construction of a major film studios complex in Shinfield, Berkshire.

Fladgate LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Stephen Lewis

Other key lawyers:

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


‘The team at Fladgate are particularly diligent and are always there to provide sound advice when needed. Their ability to deliver under tight timescales and pressure is unquestionable and this is why we look to use them on projects.’

‘The practice is highly skilled, resilient, hard-working and knowledgeable of all the current legislation impacting development.’

‘Kirsty Corkum is a key adviser for us, she never misses the detail in a project, and we have full confidence in her when negotiating on our behalf. Her efficiency, attention to detail and commerciality is what stands out.’

Key clients

Flora Developments Limited (ABIL Infraprojects Limited)

Black Sheep Coffee Limited

Scape Students

Yoo Capital

Weston Homes Plc

BYM Capital

Forma Capital Partners

Delta Properties Limited

4C Hotel Group

“Paper Moon” (Roof Investment)

Patron Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising on an acquisition of two large sites in North London destined for wholesale change of use to create a new residential, office, infrastructure, experiential and creative hub.
  • Acted for Weston Homes on an unconditional purchase of the SE26 Limited Development site of the former Dylon factory in Sydenham.

Lewis Silkin

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

Practice head(s):

Anthony van Hoffen

Other key lawyers:

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


‘Good industry knowledge.’

Noted for his exemplary commitment, Anthony van Hoffen provides creative, constructive and relevant advice, which engages with the wider and often historical context of problems.’

‘Approachable and commercial.’

Key clients

London Borough of Camden

London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

London Legacy Development Corporation

The Liliesleaf Trust UK

Sydell Group

Shinfield Studios Limited

Howden Joinery Limited

Withers LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised London Borough of Camden on a land disposal to a developer to act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the Regis Road Growth Area.
  • Advised London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham on the redevelopment of Shepherd’s Bush Market to provide a new market, offices and affordable residential units in partnership with Yoo Capital.
  • Advised the London Legacy Development Corporation on a Grant of Rights to Energy Centres for District Heating Network.

Maples Teesdale LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Declan Power

Other key lawyers:

Neil Sagoo; Katherine Watts; Helen Kearns; Sam Nichols; Tim Dodd; Roger Thornton; Charles Elgood; Adam Bernstein; Ed Bird; Mark Harryman; Charles Elgood; Martin Smith


‘Martin Smith is a first-class real estate solicitor and exceptionally experienced in all aspects of strategic and development land.’

Key clients

City of London Corporation

Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Henry Boot Developments Limited

Bywater Properties

Interglobe Hotels

Deutsche Hypo Nord/LB Real Estate Finance

Calthorpe Estates

DTZ Investors

Northview Investment Advisors Limited

Eversheds Sutherland

Cheyne Capital

CBRE Investment Management

Dominus Property Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for City Corporation on a major project in Basinghall Street in London.
  • Advising Columbia Threadneedle Investments on the redevelopment / refurbishment of Royal Bank of Scotland’s former headquarters.
  • Assisted Henry Boot Developments Limited on the disposals of their units comprising The Quad 2, Butterfield Business Park, Luton: sales of four units, and the grant of a lease of one unit.

Mayer Brown International LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Chris Harvey; Andrew Hepner; Caroline Humble

Other key lawyers:

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


‘Joe Conder is excellent at taking ownership of a deal, forcing the pace, and always finding a solution to issues that arise.’

Key clients

The British Land Company PLC

Meyer Bergman/MARK

Bain Capital Credit

Tide Construction


Bain Capital

Crosstree Real Estate

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP’s commercial real estate team often works in conjunction with the firm’s construction, planning, property litigation, tax and finance practices, and has been particularly active in the alternative residential market. Praised for its ‘depth of expertise’, the team also excels in the build to rent, senior living and student accommodation sectors. Head of the department Stephen Hughes thrives in acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, and structuring. Nick Minkoff has considerable experience in development projects and the purchase of investment properties, while Anju Suneja is knowledgeable of the logistics sector. Simon Hart is experienced in development funding work and Ian Paul provides the team with expertise concerning the letting and leasehold of commercial and mixed-use property. Other key contacts in the group include ‘exceptional’ Lee Foxcroft and Nick Doffman.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Hughes

Other key lawyers:

Nick Minkoff; Anju Suneja; Simon Hart; Ian Paul; Lee Foxcroft; Nick Doffman; Edward Hughes-Power


‘This is a high-quality team who resource deals appropriately.’

‘Strong leadership with hands-on partners. The team is sufficient in terms of size and has the depth of expertise to ensure you get the right person for the job.’

‘Lee Foxcroft an exceptional lawyer. He is the first person I pick up the phone to if there is a legal issue big or small that crops up.’

‘Their deep subject matter expertise, pragmatic and client focused approach make them an ideal legal adviser.’

‘The team is very commercial and take great efforts to understand our business needs. They will do what it takes to get transaction closed.’

‘Lee Foxcroft is exceptional, he is a skilled negotiator and really cares about getting the best position for his clients. He led a complex transaction for us and the client service we received throughout was excellent.’

‘Anju Suneja is an exceptional lawyer who fully understands what we are trying to achieve. She is always available around the clock and delivers an exceptional product.’

Key clients

Watkin Jones

Derwent London

The Olayan Group

Fusion Students


Taurus Investment Holdings

Equites Property Fund

Bridge Industrial

Higgins Partnerships

Elysian Residences

Metropolitan District Securities

Seaforth Land/Quadreal

Jesta Properties


Harwell Campus


Work highlights

  • Advising Derwent London Plc on the redevelopment of the Network Building on Tottenham Court Road.
  • Advising on the The Knightsbridge Estate.
  • Advised Taurus Investment Holdings on the joint venture arrangements with Cole Waterhouse to deliver a mixed-use scheme in Digbeth, Birmingham.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP advises developers, investors, and operators across the affordable housing, build to rent and student accommodation spheres. With over three decades of experience, Claire Hughes leads the real estate team and is especially knowledgeable of the hotel and leisure sectors. Mike Reid is proficient in investment joint ventures and pre-lettings, while Anthony Newton oversees the alternatives practice and is supported by associate Sarah Williams. Adam Carney is adept in development agreements, forward funding arrangements and leasing structures.

Practice head(s):

Claire Hughes

Other key lawyers:

Mike Reid; Anthony Newton; Sarah Williams; Adam Carney


‘A supportive team.’

‘Michael Reid is experienced, responsive, easy to deal with, and has wide sector/market knowledge. He is also commercial and always thinks about the bigger picture.’

‘Great team work and support between members of staff and partners. There is great project management and overview of the wider transaction.’

Key clients

CBRE Investment Managers

Royal London

Legal & General

Land Securities Properties Limited

AXA Investment Managers Real Assets

Oxford Properties


The Portman Estate

Pension Insurance Corporation

Abstract Securities Limited

Grainger PLC

Berkeley Homes

Archer Hotel Capital

Rennaisance Impact Investment

Cycas Hospitality B.V

Brightbay Real Estate Partners

Court Collaboration

RP Assets

BYM Capital

Work highlights

  • Acted for The Portman Estate in connection with the redevelopment of One Great Cumberland Place, London W1, opposite Marble Arch.
  • Advised Grainger plc on a forward funding Build to Rent transaction.
  • Advised LandSec on a funding transaction for 161 new homes in Newham.

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

The ‘super knowledgeable and attentive’ team at Winckworth Sherwood LLP is geared to advise clients throughout the full lifecycle of real estate projects. Francesco Ferrari leads the department and is proficient in development and regeneration schemes concerning public and private body joint ventures. Andrew Bedford focuses on local authority, mixed-use, and residential and student development schemes, while James Corbett has been praised as ‘excellent’ and assists housebuilders, local authorities and private developers with collaboration agreements and transactions.

Practice head(s):

Francesco Ferrari

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Bedford; James Corbett; Alan Duncan; Elizabeth Pipe; Shree Hindocha


‘I have been very impressed with the service provided.’

‘Their ability to recognise the complexities of the task and resource from the outset was impressive especially at such short notice.’

‘James Corbett and Shree Hindocha were excellent and understood exactly what was required. Their knowledge and ability to ask the right questions and to understand the key issues is second to none.’

‘The team is super knowledgable and attentive, responsive, and sensitive to time matters.’

Key clients


Barratt Homes

Berkeley Homes

Bouygues / LinkCity



Euro Investments Overseas inc


J Sainsbury PLC

Keepmoat Homes Limited

Laxton Properties Limited


Meyer Homes


Redrow Homes Limited

Regis Group Plc

SC Johnson

St George PLC


Telford homes


Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of Horiba MIRA with the implementation and management of the venture and development framework agreement between Horiba MIRA Limited and Evans Randall Capital Advisers.
  • Advising A2D on a JV with Hammersmith and Fulham to build on top of a listed town hall building and create a new mixed-use campus on surrounding land.
  • Advised Countryside on their sale of an 80-unit development site to Sigma Capital at Beam Park.

Bevan Brittan LLP

Led by Mark Calverley from the firm's office in Bristol, Bevan Brittan LLP acts as the key adviser to NHS Property Services, advising on high-profile regeneration projects in London. Ian Caplan has considerable experience in health-related property mandates and acted on the substantial redevelopment of Barts’ Whitechapel and Whipps Cross Hospital sites. Mark Paget Skelin advises on a range of acquisitions and disposals, while Dalee Kaur assists public and private sector clients with planning applications, appeals and urban regeneration schemes.

Practice head(s):

Mark Calverley

Other key lawyers:

Ian Caplan; Mark Paget Skelin; Andrew Shaw; Sarah Skuse; Fiona Mcdonald


‘Immediate responses.’

‘Mark Paget Skelin, Ian Caplan, and Mark Calverley are always available and happy to go the extra mile to get the work completed, even when set challenging deadlines.’

‘Bevan Brittan have an exceptional commercial property team, with particular expertise in the public and health sectors. Strength in depth across the team with national coverage through a portfolio of regional offices.’

‘Highly effective advice, based on a detailed understanding of the sector.’

Key clients

Anavo Capital

Care Concern Group

London Borough of Newham

City of London Corporation

Peabody Trust

Barts Health NHS Trust

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Property Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Care Concern Group on multiple corporate and property acquisitions for development.
  • Advising Barts Health NHS Trust on the redevelopment of Whipps Cross Hospital, comprising a site of 18 hectares on the edge of Epping Forest.
  • Advising the City of London Corporation on its partnership with the Museum of London, for the redevelopment of former Smithfield Market to provide a new, state-of-the-art facility for the Museum.

Boodle Hatfield LLP

Boodle Hatfield LLP advises blue-chip office, residential and retail clients on mixed-use development and investment projects in the capital. Andrew Wilmot-Smith oversees the property department and counts developers, family offices, landed estates and private capital entities among his key roster of clients. Caroline King is knowledgeable of retail developments, joint ventures and urban regeneration schemes, while Rajeev Joshi is particularly active in the hotel sector and David Rawlence has experience in the services offices sphere. Sophie Henwood assists developers and landowners on option, promotion, and overage agreements, in addition to section 106 agreements.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Wilmot-Smith

Other key lawyers:

Caroline King; Rajeev Joshi; David Rawlence; Sophie Henwood; Graham Winkley


‘The team has a detailed working knowledge of the different aspects of law involved in standard lease negotiation and more detailed due diligence work.’

‘Andrew Wilmot-Smith has an excellent eye for detail, is very proactive in responding to issues and clear in his advice.’

Collyer Bristow LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Michael Grace

Other key lawyers:

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

Key clients

Aldersgate Investments Ltd / Motcomb Estates Ltd (Reuben brothers)

Bewley Homes plc

Chase New Homes Ltd

Crest Nicholson plc

The Deltic Group

GMS Estates Limited

Ipsus Developments Ltd

Lochailort Investments Ltd

Sutton Harbour Holdings plc

EcoWorld London

Heatherwick Studio

Etro Fashion

Workman LLP

EDHEC Business School

Topham Guerin Limited

Arney Fender Katsalidis

Plus500UK Ltd

Charterhouse Voice and Data plc

Fountain Court Chambers

Falck UK/Community Ambulance Services

Swallow Property Investments Limited

Westgreen Construction Ltd

Vincent Court Management Limited

Taggart Homes

Halls Victoria Limited

Betsy Capital Partners

DAC Beachcroft LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Robert Lee

Other key lawyers:

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


‘The team’s efficiency of service is noteworthy.’

‘They pay great attention to detail and are always supplying thorough advice.’

‘A very strong, well-resourced and capable team with great knowledge of the industry.’

Key clients

Royal London Asset Management



Canary Wharf Group

Crest Nicholson Operations Limited

Vistry Partnerships

Taylor Wimpey



Countryside Properties





Hill Group


Stonebond Properties


Clarion Housing Association

Places for People

Blackpool Borough Council

Surrey County Council

Elysium Healthcare

Guy’s & St Thomas’s NHS Trust FT

Royal Brompton Hospital Trust

Derwent London

Arab Investments

Queen Mary University Hospital

Go Ahead Group


Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sports

Work highlights

  • Advised Countryside on its regeneration of Clapham Park.
  • Advised Crest on its acquisition of Oxford Brookes Wheatly Campus.
  • Advising Countryside on it acquisition of- 170 acre Peel Hall site in Warrington.

Davitt Jones Bould

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

Practice head(s):

Peter Allinson; Madeleine Davitt; John Condliffe

Other key lawyers:

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


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

‘The team is property-focused and it shows. They demonstrate an excellent understanding of the context of transactions and any local/political sensitivities.’

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

‘Mary Anderson has a personable approach to everything.’

‘Philippa Hipwell and Melanie Greer-Walker are both excellent and approachable. They take the time to fully understand the detail of the instruction, so they can fully advise on all the possible permutations and particular matters to look out for.’

Key clients

The Royal Parks

Guys and St Thomas Hospital

Rick Stein’s

Grant Thornton UK plc

UK Health Security Agency

Ministry of Defence


Department for Health and Social Care

National Highways (formerly Highways England)

Surrey County Council


Habitat for Humanity

Medical Research Foundation

Florence Nightingale Museum Trust

Woking Borough Council

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Natural England

Environment Agency

Brighton and Hove City Council

Optical Center

Integral UK plc


Grainger Plc

Blue Orchid Hotels

Bournemouth Christchurch & Poole Council

University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

London Mutual Credit Union

Loseley Park

Work highlights

  • Advising The Royal Parks on the development of the Holocaust Memorial at Victoria Tower Gardens.
  • Advising Wiltshire Council on the Future Chippenham development, a major mixed-use town extension development project.
  • Advising Woking Borough Council on regeneration of the Sheerwater area, involving the development of thousands of new homes and other infrastructure.

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Routinely sought out by investment fund clients, Greenberg Traurig, LLP is noted for its expertise in mainstream and operational real estate. Matthew Priday co-leads the team and is knowledgeable of development projects, investment sales and purchases, in addition to letting issues. Practice co-head Danielle Martin is focused on private equity real estate, while Carol Hopper has experience in the data centre sector. Steven Cowins co-heads the real estate funds group and Sarah Atkinson left the practice to join Addleshaw Goddard in March 2023.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Priday; Danielle Martin

Other key lawyers:

Carol Hopper; Steven Cowins

Key clients

Absolute Return for Kids (ARK)

Angelo Gordon

The Ardent Companies

BC Partners

Berkeley Homes


CBRE Investment Management

Crosstree Capital Partners


MGT Limited

Oaktree Capital

Oxford Properties

Paloma Capital


Trinity Investment Management / We are Pioneer Group

Schroders Capital

Valor Real Estate Partners

Vantage Data Centers

Vengrove Real Estate Management

Westbrook Partners


Work highlights

  • Advised on the proposed 63 storey tower redevelopment of 55 Bishopsgate for Schroders.
  • Assisted Vantage Data Centers on the development of a 48 MW campus across two data centre facilities in North Acton, London.
  • Advising PLP in connection with the purchase of land outside Milton Keynes with a consented 2 million square foot major logistics development.

K&L Gates LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Christian Major

Other key lawyers:

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


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

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

‘In BTR investment/development, the team is extremely strong.’

‘Tim Webb is exceptional. He is polished, cool headed, and gets stuck in. He knows what I want and delivers.’

‘Emma Maher is exceptional. She is in control of all the workstreams and assists Tim to ensure all bases are covered. She’s also very proactive.’

Key clients

Abrdn Plc


Beehive Affordable Homes

Caisson Investment Management LLP

Coty Inc.

Cromwell Property Group

Edinburgh St James Limited Partnership

European Estates Plc

The Guinness Partnership


LRC Group

Nuveen Real Estate

Patrizia AG

Stroud District Council

Workspace Group Plc

Work highlights

  • Advising Edinburgh St James Limited Partnership and Nuveen Real Estate on the real estate construction aspects of the St James Quarter Development.
  • Advising Guinness Homes/The Guinness Partnership on a sale of a 28 storey ‘Build To Rent’ units.
  • Advising Patrizia on the purchase of residential build to rent units from Berkeley Homes.

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP’s real estate team is geared to support clients on the full spectrum of development mandates, and this ‘shines through in their clear and consistent advice’. On the investment side, the team thrives in the healthcare, living and offices sectors and is a strong choice for owner-developers, private equity investors and REIT’s. Louise Cartwright heads the department and is seasoned in asset, portfolio and corporate wrapper deals, in addition to real estate finance. Richard Wilkinson and Emma McPeake provide the team with expertise in the logistics sector, while Peter Day advises clients on investment transactions and portfolio management.

Practice head(s):

Louise Cartwright

Other key lawyers:

Richard Wilkinson; Emma McPeake; Peter Day; Jo Footitt


‘Osborne Clarke have a thorough understanding of the challenges of development, and this shines through in their clear and consistent advice.’

Key clients

Global Logistics Properties (GLP)

British Land




Centerbridge / Panattoni

Mirastar / KKR

Barratt Developments

Packaged Living

Work highlights

  • Acted on the establishment of a joint venture between Packaged Living and USAA to develop a portfolio of build to rent assets across the UK.
  • Acted on the establishment of a joint venture between Genr8 Kajima Partnerships and Newcastle University to acquire and regenerate the former Newcastle general hospital into an innovative campus for ageing vitality.
  • Advised Welbeck on its strategic land fund 5.

Reed Smith LLP

With demonstrable experience in the care home, data centre and hospitality sectors, big-ticket real estate development projects remain a cornerstone of the practice at Reed Smith LLP. On the investment side, the team regularly assists clients based in Europe, the Middle East, and the US on large-scale transactions. Jimmy Theodorou oversees the department and is primarily engaged in matters pertaining to the hotel and leisure sector, while managing partner Andrew Jenkinson’s broad real estate practice encompasses development and investment mandates, as well as sale and leaseback financing structures. Brigid North is knowledgeable of mixed-use and residential real estate, while Nav Sahota is active in financing. Nick Harris advises clients in the office, residential, strategic land, retail and leisure sectors.

Practice head(s):

Jimmy Theodorou

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Jenkinson; Brigid North; Nav Sahota; Nick Harris


‘Seamless co-ordination within the wider team and a client-focused approach.’

‘They are extremely personable and make a real effort to get to know the individuals and business objectives, as well as providing exceptional technical advice.’

Simmons & Simmons

Counting real estate fund managers among its key roster of clients, Simmons & Simmons has been praised for its ‘exceptional mix of legal expertise, attention to detail and commercial approach’. The team is geared to support clients throughout the life cycle of investments and has notable strength in asset management, construction, development, and planning. Head of real estate John Kelsey has a wealth of experience in real estate transactions, particularly in the build to rent, hotel and leisure, and student accommodation sectors. Simon Gardiner caters to housing-led developments, while Ali Crosthwaite is noted for her know-how of inward investments into the UK. Matthew Hooton assists developers with assemblies, forward fundings, forward purchases and pre-lets, and Alice Bell provides the team with expertise in the corporate occupiers arena. Partners Jonathon Wilkes and Ashley Davidson joined the team from Stephenson Harwood in June 2022.

Practice head(s):

John Kelsey

Other key lawyers:

Simon Gardiner; Ali Crosthwaite; Matthew Hooton; Alice Bell; Jonathon Wilkes; Ashley Davidson; Deian Rhys; Caroline Turner-Inskip; James Curry


‘Their exceptional mix of legal expertise, attention to detail and a commercial approach leads to a considered and collaborative approach.’

‘Their focus on what the client needs is unmatched. They take the time to understand how the business works, who does what on the team, and what the team’s goals and needs are.’

‘An excellent commercial-orientated real estate team focused on delivering the best results for their clients.’

Key clients

Breakthrough Properties

Old Park Lane Management Limited

Deka Immobilien

Next Energy

Legal & General


Realty Income



Valor Real Estate

Steptoe UK LLP

With a ‘combination of high-level commercial advice and detailed legal advice’, Steptoe UK LLP is adept in handling residential development projects. The practice is also often engaged in industrial and logistics schemes, mixed-use development schemes, warehouse developments and property managements. Head of the practice Matthew Farmer caters to an array of development projects, in addition to investment acquisitions, while Simon Collis is seasoned in resort and leisure development projects. Sam Kelly is focused on the retirement living sector, and Andrew Miles acts for charities, institutional landlords and tenants.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Farmer

Other key lawyers:

Simon Collis; Sam Kelly; Andrew Miles


‘Customer focus and a combination of high-level commercial advice and detailed legal advice.’

‘Simon Collis is an exceptional lawyer who provides great advice; it feels like he is part of our team.’

‘Steptoe provides excellent advice and support.’

Key clients

Equinix, Inc.

Yoo Capital Limited

Avara Foods Limited

Faccenda Investments Limited

Digital Realty Trust, L.P.

Howes Lane Projects LLP and Albion Land Limited

Audley Group Limited

Banbury Road Projects LLP and Albion Land Limited

Harwin PLC

Royalton Group Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Equinix on the renewal of further leases at their Slough Trading Estate, Matrix Park, and Manchester Science Park mature data centre sites.
  • Acting for Yoo Capital’s SPV, Coln Park LLP, in relation to the residential development and sale of luxury houses at a scheme, ‘Lakes by Yoo’ in the Cotswolds.
  • Advised Avara Foods on their joint venture.

Wedlake Bell LLP

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

Practice head(s):

David de Maupeou

Other key lawyers:

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


‘An excellent team, which is technically sound. They provide accurate advice.’

‘Suzanne Gill is client friendly, commercial and sensible.’

‘Wedlake Bell LLP holds the perfect balance of size and service in commercial property, blending responsiveness with legal expertise, due diligence, negotiation skills and attention to detail.’

‘David Johnston’s service and manner are exemplary. He remains courteous throughout but steely and determined at pivotal moments. He has premiership knowledge in real estate and knows when to reinforce other matters with specialist expertise from WB’s excellent team.’

Key clients


Care UK

Carpenters’ Company


Global Holdings Group

GSE Group

Hugo Boss


Ivy Farm Technologies



Native Land


Sir Richard Sutton Estate

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Tungsten Properties

Zeno Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance on extending their facilities by entering into two development agreements with two house builders.
  • Advised on the purchase of a waste processing site in Cricklewood for the residential redevelopment of over 250 homes.
  • Acted on the disposal of a build to rent scheme and associated build contracts for the delivery of 107 build to rent dwellings.


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

Practice head(s):

Nitej Davda

Other key lawyers:

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


‘Cripps is committed to delivering exceptional service.’

‘Our dealings with the company have been efficient and productive.’

‘Everyone is committed to delivering exceptional service. Cripps team take charge, make the difference, delivering a successful outcome.’

Key clients

Birchall Properties Limited


English National Ballet

Eyre Estate

Federated Hermes

John Lyon’s Charity

Kadans Science Partner

M&G Real Estate (formerly PRUPIM)

Peer Group

Sloane Stanley Estate


Work highlights

  • Advising Harrow School on the development and maintenance of their 300-acre estate.
  • Acting for Cadogan on public realm works for the development of a ‘green boulevard’ along Sloane Street.
  • Advising a private property investment company on all of its investment and development projects including refinancing a proportion of its portfolio to provide funding for a future residential scheme.

Howard Kennedy LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Kate Woodgate; Graham Kaye

Other key lawyers:

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


‘Howard Kennedy has an excellent multidisciplinary team which means all aspects of a transaction can be covered quickly and effectively, saving time and money. They maintain excellent client relationships, and it’s always a pleasure to work with them.’

‘Astrid Stanley is a fine lawyer, she is always available to meet clients needs.’

‘A highly professional team which is prepared to always go the extra mile in situations whereby pressure to conclude a transaction is at its highest.’

‘Antonia Frangakis provides an excellent service and support.’

‘Consistently great service from team.’

‘Astrid Stanley is a perfect blend of commercial savvy and property knowledge. She had a direct and problem-solving approach.’

‘Jason Tann is an excellent communicator, a true resolver and simplifier of potentially complicated challenges.’

Key clients

Van Hague

Galliard – David

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Van Hage family on the disposal of their garden centre business to Blue Diamond UK Limited, by way of a share sale.
  • Aacted for Galliard Developments Limited & Redington Developments (Industrial) Limited & CJ Group O’Shea Limited & Tamigu Limited in respect of the sale of the “Honey Monster site”.

Mills & Reeve LLP

Bolstering its expertise in real estate finance, Mills & Reeve LLP often steers significant regeneration projects and is a key port of call for corporates, developers, and strategic landowners. Laura Holdaway heads the real estate finance and investment teams, and Christine De Ferrars is adept in strategic development projects. Vincenzo Maggio is active in the life science sector, while Orla O’Sullivan’s key strengths lie in development management agreements and Michael Giess is knowledgeable of joint ventures. Other key members of the team include Carina Davis, who leads the firm’s patient capital investment practice, and Andy King, who oversees the London-based real estate finance team.

Practice head(s):

Orla O’Sullivan; Michael Giess; Christine de Ferrars

Other key lawyers:

Laura Holdaway; Vincenzo Maggio; Orla O’Sullivan; Michael Giess; Carina Davis; Andy King; Charles Staveley; Joanna Davies

Key clients




London & Regional Properties


Kadans Science Partner

Bruntwood Science Limited

Urban&Civic plc


Trinity College, Cambridge

Peabody Developments Limited

Marshall Group Properties

Howard Group


Pigeon Group

O&H Properties

Keepmoat Homes


Cinnamon Collection Limited

Langtree Property Partners

London Diocesan Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised Kadans Science Partner on a full-service acquisition and development basis on their portfolio across the Golden Triangle.

Payne Hicks Beach LLP

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

Other key lawyers:

Marisa Beccarelli; Alex Blain; Andrea Yiakoumetti; Penny Miller


‘Alex Blain is a rough diamond with excellent legal skills.’

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Praised for its ‘commercial and diligent approach’, real estate transactions remain a key component of Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP’s practice. James Nadin oversees the commercial real estate team and advises institutional and private clients on development fundings, in addition to portfolio disposals and acquisitions. James McNeilly is focused on long income real estate, while Alison Lewis is a key contact for on-shore and off-shore private sector developers. Greg Phillips’ notable work highlights include Paddington Square and Liverpool Street developments.

Practice head(s):

James Nadin

Other key lawyers:

James McNeilly; Alison Lewis; Greg Phillips; Louis Manches; Simon Allan; Ben Law; Alex Prew


‘They have a full-service offering and are a national powerhouse. The partners are keen to work alongside in-house counsel and the business collaboratively. They take the time to understand the client’s business.’

‘Alison Lewis has been very easy to work with, she is clear with her advice and uses suitable language for the audience involved. She is also commercial, astute, proactive and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Alex Prew is very responsive and commercially aware of the matters affecting our business. A true collaborator and partner to our business.’

‘PMC are able to quickly form a bespoke team that meets our needs across property, planning, corporate and HR disciplines. The team are responsive and fast to provide their advice.’

‘We always feel that Alex Prew leverages his real estate and development experience to help us find solutions on contractual negotiations.’

‘They have a commercial and diligent approach; Alison Lewis also stands out as someone who can carry out complex large transactions.’

Key clients

Mersey 1 Limited (a joint venture between Sellar Property Group and MTR Corporation)

Great Western Developments

Munroe K

Work highlights

  • Advising Mersey 1 Limited (a joint venture between Sellar Property Group and MTR Corporation) on its proposed redevelopment of Liverpool Street Station and the Andaz Hotel.
  • Advising Great Western Developments Ltd on a Paddington Square development.
  • Advising Munroe K on the continued expansion and development of White Rose Office Park in Leeds.

Sharpe Pritchard LLP

Bolstered by the establishment of a specialist regeneration unit, Sharpe Pritchard LLP is a key port of call for public sector clients. Jo Pickering leads the ‘experienced team’ and is well-informed on infrastructure projects in the renewable energy, transport, and waste sectors. Aidan Dickinson oversees the compulsory purchase department and is adept in acquisitions and disposals, as well as development and pre-emption agreements. Gemma Duncan advises local authorities on school land matters, while Rachel Hey provides the group with expertise in highway and planning law mandates. Lillee Reid-Hunt assists clients in the housing, leisure, and telecommunications sectors on commercial property transactions and James Nelson is knowledgeable of asset management.

Practice head(s):

Jo Pickering

Other key lawyers:

Aidan Dickinson; Gemma Duncan; Lillee Reid-Hunt; James Nelson; Niki Constantinou; Susie Sharpe


‘A very experienced team with particular knowledge of the restraints under which local authorities have to operate.’

‘Jo Pickering and her team, including Susie Sharpe and James Nelson, offer a very personal service.’

‘Staff are approachable, knowledgeable and responsive. They give clear advice and work collaboratively with us to find the best outcome.’

‘Lillee Reid-Hunt was very friendly and easy to work with. She was responsive to communication and gave pragmatic and commercial advice.’

‘Knowledgeable team with expertise in procurement of delivery partnerships.’

Key clients

Hertfordshire County Council

London Borough of Southwark

London Borough of Wandsworth

Bracknell Forest Borough Council

Gloucestershire County Council

Metropolitan Housing Trust Limited

Milton Keynes

London Borough of Enfield

Worcester City Council

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Southend on Sea City Council

Stoke City Council

Buckinghamshire Council

Work highlights

  • Acted for Hertfordshire County Council in its procurement of a master developer partner for its North Baldock Urban Expansion Project.
  • Advised Wandsworth Borough Council in connection with their competitive dialogue procurement of a development partner to deliver a two-phase regeneration scheme.
  • Acted for Southend on Sea City Council in connection with the Better Queensway Regeneration Project.

Squire Patton Boggs

Based in London, the sizeable practice at Squire Patton Boggs is able to draw upon the support of the firm’s Birmingham, Leeds, London and Manchester offices. Andrew Sprake spearheads the department and is accomplished in town centre regeneration projects for public sector clients. Bradley Silver’s practice encompasses real estate finance work, with demonstrable experience advising on care homes, senior living, social housing, and student accommodation assets. Patrick Ryan has a wealth of expertise in assisting institutional and property company investors and developers.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Sprake

Other key lawyers:

Bradley Silver; Patrick Ryan

Key clients

Asprey of London

Ardian Investment UK Limited

Avinia Healthcare Limited

Brampton Heath Golf Club

Capital Economics Limited

Campus Living Villages UK Limited

Care Assist Limited

Cerberus Business Finance LLC

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Limited

EDF Energy

FORE Partnership

Genuit Group PLC

Green Investment Group Limited / Macquarie Group

HC-One Limited

Huite Capital

Leeds City Council

Lintbells Limited

Live Nation Group

Lloyds Bank PLC

London & Cambridge Properties Group

London Wall Lending Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising HC-One Limited on the development of a new 78 bed care home at Milton Keynes with Aspire More Ten Ltd and the development a new 80 bed care home at Oswestry with Care Developments (Oswestry) Limited.
  • Advising Man Group GPM on the land purchase and development of 146 residential housing units (including 130 modular units and 14 apartments and 2 flats over garages) at Glenvale Park, Wellingborough.
  • Advising Cardiff Arena Operations Limited/Live Nation Entertainment and Oakview Group on a joint venture bid to develop the new Cardiff 15,000 seat indoor arena and new Travelodge hotel.

Stephenson Harwood

With demonstrable experience across the hospitality, industrial and office sectors, the team at Stephenson Harwood advises developers, private equity funds and REITS on development projects. In the investment arena, the practice handles debt and equity-led investment projects, holding structures and strategic land management issues. Head of the department Simon Brading is knowledgeable of the data centre sector, and has overseen industrial, office and shopping centre transactions. Catriona Berman advises clients on regeneration projects, while Stephen Laud is knowledgeable of the hotel and leisure sectors and Archie Campbell is adept in green loan documents, as well as term sheet amendments. Alexander Chadwick has been engaged in acquisitions and disposals for institutional and private investors, and David Sinclair, who joined from Norton Rose Fulbright in January 2023, is knowledgeable of building and infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Simon Brading

Other key lawyers:

Catriona Berman; Stephen Laud; Archie Campbell; Alexander Chadwick; David Sinclair

Key clients

Schroder Real Estate


The Langham Estate

Rynda Healthcare

Reef Estates Limited

Tristan Capital

Magnetar Capital

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Macquarie Asset Management

Thornsett Group plc

Beaumont Hotel

Aver Property



Travers Smith LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Emma Pereira

Other key lawyers:

Alex Millar; Sarah Walker; Emma Sykes; Gareth Wynne


‘Brilliant service that places client needs front and centre. The team work hard to cultivate their client relationships.’

‘Responsive, commercial, pragmatic; they can be trusted to deliver on the most challenging of projects.’

‘I can always rely on Alex Millar to deliver when he says he will. Both commercial and practical in his approach, he is able to cut to the nub of issues on complex projects quickly and efficiently and navigate multiple internal and external stakeholder relationships with ease.’

‘Sarah Walker is technically very strong, responsive, clear-sighted and a lovely person to deal with.’

Key clients

Patron Capital

Impact Healthcare REIT plc

University of Oxford

Guenther Bakeries UK Limited



Clearbell Capital


Index ventures

Work highlights

  • Advised the University of Oxford on the development / redevelopment of the Life and Mind Building as well as the Begbroke Science Park.
  • Advised a Lothbury-Nomura SPV on its mixed-use development at 127-133 Charing Cross.
  • Advised Clearbell Capital on all aspects of its mixed-use business park development in Maidsone, Kent.