Firms To Watch: Commercial property: development

Led by national head Amanda Hanmore, the real estate team at Kennedys counts public sector development projects, regeneration matters and residential schemes in its workload. 

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


Best known for advising on big ticket real estate matters, Ashurst's full service offering in the development, investment and corporate occupier space makes the firm a top choice for clients. The group is frequently instructed on large scale development and regeneration schemes and has a strong pipeline of work in the logistics, BTR and life sciences sectors; Henry Moss leads on BTR / private rented sector work while Richard Vernon specialises in life sciences and hotels. The team has a strong international focus; David Jones is an expert on inbound inward investment from South Korea and the wider team regularly advises on deals in the UK and Europe, with particular expertise in global joint ventures and M&A. Global projects and real estate co-head Sarah Sivyour assists a diverse range of clients, including investors from the US and Singapore. Melanie Jordan heads the UK real estate team that includes Tim Regis and Jamie Chapman, an expert in major infrastructure and regeneration projects, including renewable energy transactions. The group’s extensive corporate occupier offering includes the acquisition and leasing of HQ buildings, portfolio management and lay-out construction advice, amongst others.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Sivyour; Richard Vernon; Melanie Jordan; David Jones

Other key lawyers:

Jamie Chapman; Henry Moss; Tim Regis


‘Outstanding people and outstanding outcomes. The key to this is that above all they understand their client, they know what we need and where we are coming from. We get a bespoke service that we can trust and rely on 24/7.’

‘Tim Regis and Emma Potter have been fantastic. Fantastic advice combined with determination and pragmatism. The key to this is that above all they understand their client, they know what we need and where we are coming from. We get a bespoke service that we can trust and rely on 24/7.’

‘Exceptional knowledge base, with a commercial view, enabling robust and clear advice to be given. Tasks allocated to specialist individuals and always to a personnel level appropriate for the task.’

Key clients


Transport for London

Oxford Properties



The Berkeley Group



City Developments Limited


Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (“URW”)

Work highlights

  • Advising Tritax/Abrdn on the real estate funding and construction delivery of Britishvolt’s £3.8bn gigaplant car battery factory and associated infrastructure.
  • Advising Lendlease on its joint venture with Haringey Borough Council on the  £2.8bn regeneration scheme in the High Road West area of Tottenham London.
  • Advising Transport for London on the regeneration of two development sites near Acton Town Underground Station and at the Ealing Common depot of the London Transport Museum.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner‘s impressive and diverse real estate offering ranges from day-to-day asset management to complex high-value regeneration projects. Its client base consists of domestic and international clients and covers both traditional and alternative asset classes. In the residential investment and development market, the group remains at the forefront of the BTR sector, with Andrew Yates continuing to lead in this area. Practice co-head Chris de Pury, Chris Rowe, and Liana Hewson have been heavily involved in advising on sustainable developments while Matthew Peel focuses on transactions in the healthcare and senior living sectors. Elsewhere, Claire Milton advises on lettings and corporate real estate deals. Co-head Sam Narula's experience includes investment work for private equity funds and HNWIs while Celia Berg has a strong student accommodation practice. Alan Wight, Robert MacGregor, Emma La Wita and Juliet Thomas are part of the corporate occupier team that is known for handling high-value pre-letting transactions.

Practice head(s):

Chris de Pury; Sam Narula

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Yates; Robert MacGregor; Chris Rowe; Liana Hewson; Matthew Peel; Ruth Miller; Celia Berg; Claire Milton; Alan Wight; Juliet Thomas; Chris Rowe; Emma Le Wita


‘Chris Rowe provides pragmatic commercial advice.’

‘Proactive, thoughtful; they push beyond standard legal services by creating unique networking opportunities. Active within industry lobbying initiatives. Personable and creative.’

‘I’d like to highlight Andrew Yates as being particularly insightful and creative. He is also an person with many outside interests which adds to the richness of his perspective.’

‘This team’s grip and understanding of complex transactions with multiple counterparties and multiple issues to be managed is quite exceptional. The capability of the associates has meant that they have achieved this while keeping the cost within manageable limits.’

‘The team has a good breadth of speciality knowledge – covering a broad range of areas. They collaborate well which is helpful to us as client as it ensures we get well rounded advice.’

‘Consistently excellent. Great depth in team capability – junior associates are as impressive as senior associates or partners providing confidence and helping to manage costs.’

‘This is a team which has strength across the board and a commitment to real estate beyond any other firm.’

‘Claire Milton is very good, she always gets involved and is really keen to ensure that the outcome for you as a client is as good as it possibly can be.’

Key clients


Federated Hermes

Oxford Properties

R&F Properties

CC Land

Transport for London


Argent/Kings Cross Central Limited Partnership

University of Cambridge

Get Living



AGR Renewables

Gent Fairhead



Elwood IM and Schroder’s Special Situation Fund

TFL – Connected Living

Work highlights

  • Advising Excel Winner, a joint venture between R&F and CC Land, in relation to its development at One Thames City in Nine Elms, one of the largest residential schemes in the UK.
  • Advised Ballymore on the £1.7bn development of Ladbroke Grove.
  • Advising King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP) led by Argent (as the development/asset manager for the King’s Cross estate) in relation to the ongoing regeneration of the 67 acre King’s Cross scheme, one of the largest regeneration schemes in Europe.

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP has a strong track record in complex real estate developments and is particularly well known for its City and Canary Wharf headquarter projects. Other areas of expertise include mixed-use, urban regeneration and infrastructure projects as well as corporate real estate acquisition and joint venture work. The group demonstrates significant cross-border expertise with Angela Kearns focusing on inbound investment work from the APAC region, particularly from Japan, while Mark Payne and Alis Pay assist international investors on a range of deals, including pan-European portfolio transactions. Elsewhere, the group has impressive credentials for acting on major HQ transactions for both occupiers and landlords and is involved in several secondary market lettings. Matt Taylor has experience in largescale landlord/tenant matters, with an emphasis acting on the tenant-side. Head of London real estate Nigel Howorth has a strong energy-related practice that includes advising on power station developments. Ian Painter is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Howorth

Other key lawyers:

Mark Payne; Angela Kearns; Ian Painter; Adrian Levy; Alis Pay; Angela Kearns, Matt Taylor; Sarah Dawson


‘Effective advice always delivered by deadlines; strength in depth across the team. When you need it, the CC drafting nearly always leaves you in a positive position.’

‘Excellent knowledge and understanding of full development cycle and all component parts including tax, financing, planning, construction and development. Particularly strong on complex and innovative structuring. Highly solutions driven.’

‘Extremely responsive with ability to tailor solutions to our specific business requirements and needs.

‘We have been working with the CC team on a set of construction contracts that are very heavily amended and quite complex. They are very good, consistently looking out for the client’s interests. Overall consistently thoughtful and considered in their advice.’

‘I have worked with Clifford Chance on a number of long running development projects over the years, they are second to none.  As they are full service, their team can cover the full lifecycle of developments, bringing expertise at all stages of the development. I like them because they stick with you and are genuinely excited about what you are creating. They work together seamlessly behind the scenes and the partners and directors seem to genuinely like each other and enjoy working together and it comes across. Highly recommend!’

‘I’d would absolutely single out Angela Kearns who is not only good fun to work with but a top quality lawyer, extremely commercial and a true development specialist. She is my go to lawyer as she has a broad practice and can turn her hand to the full lifecycle of projects, including the initial development structuring, rights of light, pre-letting, funding and ultimate exit. This is a real bonus as it means we don’t have to deal with multiple lawyers. She is on top of her game, works hard for her clients and gets deals done. She definitely deserves to be ranked as a Leading Individual in this category.’

‘We had a strong experience with the CC team as they helped us navigate entering a new market during the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and an inability for us to travel to the site. They defended our legal position well against an experienced counterparty and ensured that we were we were well informed. The team was large but collaborated well to ensure that information was disseminated appropriately. The team’s gender diversity was strong but ethnic diversity was average. Overall, we would recommend the firm and team but only on more complex transactions. Their fees are above market for relatively straightforward property transactions.’

‘We had a great experience with Alis Pay and Sarah Dawson, who were our main contacts through the transaction. They were available and ready to help us understand the market’s nuances.’

Key clients

AIG Global Real Estate

Angelo Gordon


Battersea Power Station Development Company

Canary Wharf Group plc

Coin Street Community Builders

Corinthia Hotels

Country Garden


Helical plc



Legal & General

Mitsubishi Estate

Mitsui Fudosan

Native Land

NorthWest Healthcare Properties REIT

Nuveen Real Estate

Sadler’s Wells

Work highlights

  • Advised Allianz Real Estate on their 50:50 development joint venture with Ivanhoe Cambridge for the redevelopment of Stonecutter Court in Farringdon, London.
  • Advised Helical plc on the acquisition 100 New Bridge Street, London EC4, the London HQ of international law firm Baker McKenzie, for a cash consideration of £160m.
  • Advised Heimstaden Bostad, a leading residential real estate company in Europe, on their acquisition of Soho Wharf in Birmingham for £160m from Apsley House Capital and Galliard Homes.


International firm CMS houses a ‘hugely knowledgeable and experienced’ UK real estate team, which is lead by Ciaran Carvalho. Carvalho is an ‘exceptionally good negotiator’ and serves an extensive range of international and domestic investors and developers which include Blackstone and Angelo Gordon & Co. On the development side of the practice, Mark Heighton principally focuses on residential and mixed use development projects, with an emphasis on BTR and senior living, while Barry Morris and Chris Oakley specialise in office developments in the City of London. Oakley also contributes his transactional experience in the retail, and industrial sectors. Leilah Rawle focuses on energy and infrastructure projects and networks. Has extensive experience advising on the real estate aspects of renewable energy projects and land portfolios. On the investment front, Amanda Howard is a key contact and heads the funds and indirect real assets group, whilst Caroline Maude spcialises in matters concerning the acquisition and disposal of offices and mixed use investments.  Alan Crawford supports the team with his particular focus on acting for opportunity funds and on fast paced transactions. The corporate occupiers side of the practice serves a number of lucrative clients such as TikTok, UCL, and Hogan Lovells. Andrew Banton, leads the China and Hong Kong inward investment team and acts for various occupiers in the retail, office, and leisure sectors with an emphasis on US corporates. Marie Scott is ‘focused, practical and experienced’ and leads transactions covering a variety of assets which include self-storage and data centres, and advises on occupiers, investment, and development matters, while Jules Needleman specialises in HQ lettings and provides ‘unparalleled support’ to clients.

Practice head(s):

Ciaran Carvalho


Other key lawyers:

Hugh Picton Phillipps; Mark Heighton; Barry Morris; Chris Oakley; Leilah Rawle; Alan Crawford; Amanda Howard; Caroline Maude; Marie Scott; Andrew Banton; Jules Needleman; Sergio Vella


‘One-stop service that covers every aspect of the commercial development.’

‘Hugh Picton Phillipps – Always available with excellent expertise in all fronts.’

Key clients

Ivanhoe Cambridge



Imperial College London

The Portman Estate

Greenlink Interconnector Limited; NeuConnect Britain Limited; National Grid


22 Bishopsgate Limited Partnership

Moorfields NHS Trust and University College London (in Joint Venture)



Work highlights

  • Advised Ivanhoé Cambridge, a global real estate industry leader, on 3 linked transactions at Stonecutter Court: a pre-let of 158,000 square feet to Travers Smith LLP; a headlease regear and development agreement with The City Corporation; and the 50:50 joint venture (JV) with Allianz Real Estate in relation to the redevelopment of the building.
  • Advised international property and infrastructure group, Lendlease, on a long-term strategic 50:50 partnership with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP Investments), one of Canada’s largest pension investment managers, for the development and ownership of a new office-led neighbourhood at International Quarter London (IQL).
  • Advised the Portman Estate on the headlease regear and redevelopment of 19-35 Baker Street, London, a 300,000 sq ft mixed-use office, residential and retail development by the headtenant, Derwent London, in the heart of the Portman Estate.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is well known for its expert handling of big-ticket real estate transactions. It has a strong track record acting for key players across the global property sector, including investors, developers, SWFs and private equity funds. Jeremy Walden chairs the UK and EMEA real estate practice, regularly working with investors to complete first investments and joint ventures in these regions. The group has significant expertise in major development and regeneration projects, with Donald Rowlands and Richard Forsdyke being the key contacts. Elsewhere, the team is highly active advising on large leasing transactions, including pre-lets; Nick Turner leads the corporate occupiers practice and also focuses on developments that interact with rail and underground assets. Shona Grey advises on high profile corporate acquisitions and disposals while Julian Pollock ‘s diverse practice includes advising inbound investors, particularly those from Asia. Paul Chases maintains a strong reputation in handling corporate real estate matters.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Walden

Other key lawyers:

Donald Rowlands; Richard Forsdyke; David Rosen; Julian Pollock; Shona Grey; Paul Chases; Nick Turner; William Turnbull


‘One of the key strength that puts HSF apart from other firms is that they partner with the client. The business has given feedback that they operate as if HSF is part of the team and go above and beyond to look after our business. HSF has excelled in making sure they understand the key commercial drivers of the business so that they are to provide pragmatic sound advice.’

‘Julian Pollock has advised our business for a number of years. He is an excellent lawyer and is very pragmatic. The service delivered is always excellent and tailored for business audience. This puts them apart from other firms whereby minimal amendments/adjustments are required by in house lawyer once HSF work is produced/delivered. There’s nothing worse than having to amend an external lawyers job so that it can be tailored to business audience.’

‘High end practice with lots of experience in the London market.’

Key clients




British Land

Argent Related

HB Reavis





Work highlights

  • Advising British Land on all aspects of the Canada Water development project. The resulting development, of circa 8m sq ft including 3,000 net-zero carbon homes, 2m sq ft of workspace for 20,000+ workers, and public leisure facilities, including 2 swimming pools and 16 acres of parks/public realm, will be the first new town centre in London for over 50 years.
  • Advising The Madison Square Garden Company on the proposed development of MSG Sphere London, a 20,000-seat next generation entertainment venue in Stratford, adjacent to the former Olympic Park.
  • Advising Brookgate on their masterplan developments of the mixed-use development schemes at Cambridge Central Station and Cambridge North Station.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP deploys its international strength and presence to act for an impressive overseas investors and major landowners, advising on the full life cycle of investment transactions and properties. The global real estate practice is headed by Daniel Norris, who specialises in direct and indirect investment transactions, asset management, and student housing. Oliver Chamberlain is head of the UK real estate practice; his expertise covers all aspects of commercial real estate and he represents lucrative clients such as the BBC, M&G Real Estate, and British Land, whilst former practice head Jackie Newstead can draw on many years of expertise in advising retailers and hoteliers on acquisitions and disposals, management arrangements, and financings. Gill McGreevy is particularly knowledgeable in areas relating to regeneration and development relating to energy projects, retail, and institutional investment. Dion Panambalana contributes his focus on mixed-use urban and non-urban developments and regeneration, structured sales, and leasebacks to the team.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Norris; Oliver Chamberlain

Other key lawyers:

Jackie Newstead; Gill McGreevy; Dion Palambalana


‘Engaging and responsive. Clear, quick advice. People are positive to work with and collaborative.’

‘Enthusiastic and passionate about the project work.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard

Argent (and Argent Related)

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

Work highlights

  • Serving as sole legal adviser to The Crown Estate in relation to The Crown Estate’s offshore wind, tidal, carbon capture & storage (CCUS) and gas storage portfolios in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Advised Argent Related on the redevelopment of Brent Cross Town, to create a 180-acre mixed use neighbourhood. This impressive scheme will provide 6,700 new homes and workspace for over 25,000 people.
  • Advising Berkley Homes in respect of its redevelopment in Plumstead-West Thamesmead. This joint venture with Peabody will result in the redevelopment of 17 acres of industrial land to deliver 1,750 new homes and significant industrial floorspace, as well as expansive public open space.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard is particularly active in major city regeneration schemes, acting for some of London’s biggest developers. It also represents several overseas investors, particularly from Asia and the Middle East; Leona Ahmed is the key contact for cross-border real estate matters. The team continues to be instructed on alternative asset classes, with divisional managing partner Adrian Collins specialising in BTR and student accommodation while Rachel Orton is an expert in the senior living and healthcare sectors. Practice head Iain Hindhaugh's wide range of expertise includes international inbound investment, listed UK PropCos, logistics as well as acting for corporate occupiers. Chris Cartwright  co-heads the corporate occupiers team in London.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Collins; Iain Hindhaugh

Other key lawyers:

Leona Ahmed; William Boss; Michael Scott; Rachel Orton; Christopher Cartwright


‘Broad range of experience across the sector, with depth of team.’

‘We benefit from our longstanding relationship with the firm and the partner-led service knows our approach and appetite for risk well.’

Key clients

British Land

Pension Insurance Corporation

Argent LLP

Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Ltd

Canary Wharf Group

Aviva Investors

Federated Hermes

The Eden Fund


Terra Firma

Angelo Gordon


Bank Leumi (UK) Plc

QIP Investments

Civitas Social Housing Plc

McLaren Property

DLA Piper

The ‘exceptional’ commercial property team at global firm DLA Piper is highly regarded for advising on complex living, office, pharmaceutical, and logistics development projects. Jonathan Northey leads the development side of the London practice, and specialises in complex multi-party development agreements and all parts of the development process, whilst senior associate Hayley Russell-White focuses on housing, mixed-use schemes, hotel and leisure, and healthcare projects. On the investment and corporate occupiers front, James Knox leads with over 30 years’ experience in acting for sovereign wealth and investment funds, private equity investors, and family offices both domestically, and in Europe. Key members of the team for investment also include William Naunton, who acts for a variety of fund managers and insitutional investors, and Bonnie Calnan with her wealth of experience in multidisciplinary private equity and investment transactions. For the corporate occupiers side of the practice, Paul Jayson, who has a special interest in sustainability strategy and leads the firm’s green real estate team, is a key contact. Senior associate Nicholas Haringman contributes his experience in advising institutional investors, pension funds, and retailers on a broad range of commercial real estate matters.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Northey

Other key lawyers:

Hayley Russell-White; Paul Jayson; Rob O’Hanrahan; Paul Dineen; George Burrha; Omer Maroof; William Naunton; Nicholas Haringman; James Knox; Bonnie Calnan; Jonathan Whiteford


‘This is a team that understands and delivers. Real estate development has become increasingly complicated, but the team at DLA manages to co-ordinate all of the relevant departments and specialisms to ensure the required outcome is delivered. This is why I use DLA for all of my transactions whatever shape they take.’

‘The individuals I deal with understand me, how my companies are put together, and what the companies need. It is the ability to manage the transaction across all of the relevant departments and specialisms, whilst never losing sight of the goal, that keeps my loyalty with DLA.’

‘Great full service team with market leading experience across all aspects of complex real estate transactions involving differing stakeholders.’

Key clients

Mace Developments

This is Gravity

World Wheel Company

Edyn Group

Far East Consortium (FEC)


Southend United Football Club

Hadley Property Group


Work highlights

  • Acting for Mace on all aspects of these two PBSA schemes; including the acquisition, development, finance, construction, and all planning aspects of the two sites in Exter and Cardiff.
  • Acting for This is Gravity Limited in connection with the redevelopment of the Gravity site near Bridgewater. The property is a decommissioned BAE Systems site to be developed into a sustainable low carbon smart campus spread over 635 acres with mixed use including offices, light industrial, residential, storage and distribution, energy generation and manufacturing.
  • Acted for the World Wheel Company on the long leasehold acquisition, planning and development financing of the “Giants on the Quayside” project on the banks of the River Tyne in Newcastle. This major regeneration project will create a waterfront destination for leisure, sport, food and drink.

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG uses its global reach to serve a wide range of domestic and overseas property investors, which include institutional investors and REITS, developers, occupiers, and regeneration authorities. Chris Hunt heads the real estate sector team; his areas of expertise include sizeable retail expansion programmes and distribution premises for retailers. Richard Bate has 30 years’ experience of acquisitions and disposals of large-scale consortium developments and strategic land, whilst Nick Mumby is known for advising on complex development projects for family run developers, institutional investors, and international private equity firms. On the corporate occupiers front, Helen Emmerson leads the team and advises clients on leasing regarding a variety of projects such as supermarkets and retail, to life science labs and offices.

Practice head(s):

Chris Hunt

Other key lawyers:

Nick Mumby; Helen Emmerson; Richard Bate; Richard Beckingsale; Giles Clifford; Ashley Mitchell

Key clients

Aldgate Developments Limited


Bevis Land Limited

Bracknell Regeneration Limited Partnership

Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Empiric Student Property plc

Intu Properties

Janus Henderson UK Property PAIF

LaSalle Investment Management

Legal & General


London and Strategic land

London & Cambridge Properties

Mosley Street Ventures

NFU Mutual

Portland Capital Real Estate Limited

Red Bull Racing

Royal London

Rushmoor Borough Council


Stamford Land Corporation Limited


The Hut Group

Transport for London and London Underground

U + I

Work highlights

  • Advised Hodson Developments on development and financing aspects of the Chilmington Green housing project.
  • Advised London Borough of Barnet on the acquisition of the Brent South Retail Park for £55m from Hammerson.

Jones Day

The ‘affable and extremely capable’ team at Jones Day has demonstrable experience in handling the full gamut of ‘sophisticated, complicated and cross-border transactions’, from disposals and acquisitions to fund formations, joint ventures and financing matters. With notable expertise in the office, retail and logistics sectors, high-value developments and regeneration schemes take up a large proportion of the practice’s workload. The US firm’s London real estate team is jointly led by Anna Cartwright, who has considerable experience in private equity and M&A transactions, and David Smith, who is a key contact for mandates arising out of the student accommodation and build-to-rent sectors. Ryan Hill was promoted to partner in January 2022 and Laura Pembridge focuses on domestic and international private equity real estate matters, while John Crowley advises on developments and infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Anna Cartwright; David Smith

Other key lawyers:

Ryan Hill;  John Crowley; Laura Pembridge

Key clients

ARA Dunedin Limited

Oxford Properties

Greystar Real Estate Partners LLC



Goldman Sachs

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

MARK (fka Meyer Bergman)

Pictet Alternative SA

Get Living plc

Oxenwood Real Estate LLP

M. Safra & Co.

Linklaters LLP

The top-class team’ at Linklaters LLP advises its roster of clients, including domestic and international developers and investors, on big-ticket transactions, including M&A and distressed real estate mandates, as well as high-value regeneration and development projects. Praised as a ‘a steady and knowledgeable guiding force’, global practice head Andy Bruce leads the London-based real estate team and handles acquisition, disposal and financing matters, while senior partner Martin Elliott is the practice’s key contact for development projects. Senior partner Patrick Plant has considerable experience advising investors, developers, lenders and tenants on the full gamut of real estate property mandates in the UK, and Tom Watkins focuses on real estate M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Andy Bruce

Other key lawyers:

Martin Elliot; Patrick Plant; Matthew Plaskow


‘Andy Bruce and his team (including Matthew Plaskow) provide clear, practicable and commercial advice. They are quick to respond despite the time difference and very agile in thinking of creative solutions.’

‘Andy Bruce is extremely personable, has in-depth market knowledge and very clear in his advice.’

‘Matthew Plaskow also stands out. He is extremely personable and very efficient.’

‘Andy Bruce is a steady and knowledgeable guiding force. Matthew Plaskow has been exceptional in working through complex legal concepts within structures, but always ready to explain the practicalities of these to inform commercial discussions.’

‘Dedicated team. Market knowledge is unrivalled when it comes to high-profile or trophy assets.’

Key clients

Permodalan Nasional Berhad

Lendlease Europe Limited

RCL Partners

Linklaters LLP

Work highlights

  • Advising Lendlease as development partner to Birmingham City Council in relation to the delivery of a £1.9bn, 17 hectare, mixed-use regeneration project in Birmingham city centre.
  • Advising Lendlease on the entry into a 50/50 joint venture with Starwood and the subsequent acquisition by that joint venture of a 100% interest in the Silvertown Partnership (TSP) which holds an interest in Silvertown Quays, an urban renewal project in East London.
  • Advising BDW Trading Limited (part of the Barratt Group) on the mixed-use scheme at High Street Quarter, Hounslow, including in relation to their headlease interests in the site, their development obligations and the pre-lettings of various commercial units within the scheme.

Macfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP acts for clients across the logistics and life sciences sectors on redevelopment and urban regeneration projects, and has demonstrable experience in cross-border commercial and residential property transactions, including mandates pertaining to build-to-rent, private rented sector and student accommodation. ‘First-class practitionerAnthony Burnett-Scott, who advises on mixed-use developments, jointly leads the real estate practice alongside ‘affable partnerClare Breeze, who acts for international investors in commercial property and financing matters, as well as joint ventures. In the corporate occupier space, the practice acts for professional services, retail and media occupiers on relocation projects, acquisition of new premises, disposal of excess space and management of existing premises. Well-placed to advise on the real estate aspects of high-value corporate transactions, the team’s workload relating to private equity real estate continues to grow.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Burnett-Scott; Clare Breeze

Other key lawyers:

Dan Marriott; Nick Barnes; Tania Barnes


‘Anthony Burnett-Scott is a high quality and approachable expert in the field and the first person we would pick up the phone to for a complex development-led property transaction. A first-class practitioner.’

‘Good sector knowledge and specialists.’

‘Clare Breeze is an affable partner, good sector knowledge and sensible in negotiations.’

‘Dan Marriott is a knowledgeable partner and a sensible negotiator.’

‘Tania Barnes is a rising star, an in-demand associate, knowledgeable, organised and drives deals forwards.’

Key clients

M7 Real Estate


Berkeley Homes


Canary Wharf Group

Derwent London


First Base

Kennedy Wilson

Legal & General

The Ritz

Work highlights

  • Advised Legal & General Capital Investments Limited (acting as developer) on the development of part of Begbroke Science Park for Oxford University.
  • Advising Stanhope Plc on its joint venture with Cadillac Fairview and Thomas White Oxford Limited to bring forward Oxford North, a £700m new global innovation development.
  • Advising on the extension and extensive refurbishment of the Ritz Hotel.

Mayer Brown International LLP

Praised for its ‘breadth of talent and experience’, Mayer Brown International LLP is no stranger to big-ticket real estate transactions, as demonstrated by its advice to Cabot Properties on the sale of its logistics portfolio to Blackstone Real Estate, led by head of development Caroline Humble. ‘InvaluableChris Harvey spearheads the firm’s UK and European real estate team and is the ‘go-to partner in the London market for Asian investors, who are looking to do substantial, complicated deals’. Simon Price is noted for his expertise in the hospitality sector and advises on corporate real estate transactions, joint ventures, acquisitions and high-profile lettings, while Iain Roberts handles headquarter relocations, post-property acquisition leasing transactions, as well as mixed-use development projects. Other key members of the team include head of corporate real estate Anita Jones, experienced practitioner Joe Conder, who joined from Goodwin in early 2021, and managing partner Jeremy Clay. The practice has demonstrable experience across the office, retail, residential, logistics, student accommodation and co-living sectors.

Practice head(s):

Chris Harvey; Andrew Hepner; Caroline Humble

Other key lawyers:

Iain Roberts; Jeremy Clay


‘Excellent knowledge of the commercial property market and great understanding of client needs.’

‘Christopher Harvey is knowledge, dedicated and always available. He is an excellent negotiator and advisor. He deserves a commendation and medal for the work he does.’

Key clients

Sinar Mas Land

Tide Construction

Gaw Capital


The British Land Company PLC

Cabot Properties, Inc.

Norton Rose Fulbright

The ‘exceptionally talented team’ at Norton Rose Fulbright has demonstrable experience in energy, infrastructure and other long-term development projects, as well as social housing investment mandates and leverages its international network to advise on complex cross-border real estate matters. UK practice leader and leading Islamic finance specialist Wasim Khan has experience in acting for developers and banks in relation to waste to energy schemes, in addition to renewable energy and power projects, while global head of real estate Dan Wagerfield handles mixed-use developments and outbound capital from Asia. Louisa Roe, who was promoted to partner in January 2022, is praised as a ‘tour de force’ when acting for both landlords and tenants in leasing transactions, while Charlie Pinkerton advises on office and headquarter relocations. David Hawkins focuses on mixed-use developments and David Sinclair handles a range of projects in the office, hotel and infrastructure sectors.

Practice head(s):

Wasim Khan

Other key lawyers:

David Sinclair; David Hawkins; Dan Wagerfield; Charlie Pinkerton


‘Very perceptive, engaged and professional.’

Key clients

Stena Line BV


Rugeley Power Limited (an ENGIE Group company)


DP World London Gateway

Dagenham Dock

British Racing Drivers Club

Resolution Property IM LLP (UK)

Europa Capital (UK)

Ask Real Estate (UK)

Commerz Real (Germany)

Prudential plc (UK)

Olympia London

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

Bank ABC (Middle East)

Schroder Real Estate Investment Management (UK)

Tristan Capital Partners (UK)

HSBC Alternative Investments (UK)

Bank of Montréal (Canada)

Employees Provident Fund (Malaysia)

Ørsted Energy (formerly Dong Energy) (Denmark)

Argo Group (USA)

WELPUT (Jersey)

Ashby Capital (UK)

State General Reserve Fund (Oman)

SOFAZ (Azerbaijan)

ICBC (London) plc

Hobart Partners (UK)

Sidra Capital (Dubai)

Ivanhoé Cambridge (Canada)

Barnard’s Inn Unit Trust

IMI plc (Truflo Marine Ltd)

National Westminster Bank plc


Work highlights

  • Advising on the sustainable, mixed-use redevelopment of Rugeley Power Station in Staffordshire, a major 10-15 year regeneration project to create 2300 low carbon homes, a school, golf course, parkland and 12 acres of employment space for commercial use.
  • Advising on the ongoing investment and £1.3bn redevelopment of London Olympia, a 130 year old exhibition and events business situated on a prime 14 acre freehold site in West London.
  • Advising Swedish ferry operator Stena Line on their joint development with Associated British Ports of a new £100m freight terminal at Immingham Port.

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May advises on all aspects of large-scale development projects, particularly in the sports sector, where the ‘excellent real estate team’ has demonstrable experience in major stadia mandates. In the corporate occupier space, high-profile headquarters relocations take up a large proportion of the practice’s workload - the team is notably well-regarded for its work for other major law firms. The team is well-placed to leverage the expertise of the firm’s corporate and tax groups to handle all forms of direct and indirect investments, particularly portfolio transactions, often involving a cross-border element. Jane Edwarde leads the team and has considerable experience in sports-related projects, such as advising Everton Football Club on the development of its 52,000-seat stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock. John Nevin has a ‘marvellous talent for distilling the key points’ when advising on acquisitions, developments and letting matters, while ‘exceptional’ senior counsel Simon Bartle is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Jane Edwarde

Other key lawyers:

Richard Todd; John Nevin; Simon Bartle


‘Slaughter and May are very good at considering every angle of a potential issue and considering how best to address this with recognition of their client’s key commercial/business requirements.’

‘Simon Bartle is exceptional. Consistently comes up with creative practical solutions to issues, and is highly effective in delivering them.’

‘I find the commercial pragmatism the most compelling reason to work with John Nevin and his team. Our deals often have a high risk, high reward nature to them and being able to distill down what the key issues are and mitigate against them requires sharp legal minds and experienced leadership.’

‘John Nevin has very deep expertise in the London property market, but is able to explain, in simple language, the key points and arguments. He has a marvellous talent for distilling the key points so that I as a client feel in full control of complex situations.’

‘In my work with John Nevin and his team and I have consistently enjoyed the value they bring to structuring around the challenges. To my mind, John excels in this space.’

‘Simon Bartle is an effective negotiator, he understands his client’s requirements and is very good at delivering what matters.’

‘Clear and straightforward advice. Complete understanding of us as an organisation, our ethos and mission. John Nevin and Simon Bartle have looked after us for many years and long-term relationships are very important to us.’

Key clients


Clothworkers’ Company

Derwent London

Elysian Residences

English National Ballet


Fishmonger’s Company

Gamuda Berhad

Halsbury Homes

Legal & General


London Resort Company Holdings


MTR Corporation

NTT Urban Development Corporation


Therme Group

Tottenham Hotspur

Work highlights

  • Advising Derwent London on the mixed-use redevelopment of 19-35 Baker Street, London W1 including in connection with the re-gearing of its joint venture with The Portman Estate.
  • Advising Therme Group on its Therme Manchester development, a major new wellbeing resort at Manchester’s 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

Praised for its ‘exceptional dedication to serving the client at any time, on any matter’, international firm Taylor Wessing LLP’s real estate team has demonstrable experience in big-ticket transactions, regularly involving cross-border elements, and has been particularly in advising on investments arising out of the logistics sector. Large-scale residential and mixed-use development projects take up a large proportion of the practice’s workload, as well as lease renewals and regears, and major letting matters. Paul Lawrence leads the firm’s international and UK real estate group, and Mark Rajbenbach, who is commended for his ‘uncompromising approach to detail and results’, advises on hotel portfolio sales and purchases, leasebacks and management agreements. Keith Barnett is a key contact for corporate occupier matters and Matthew Swainston handles joint ventures, in addition to landlord and tenant transactions, while Alan Evans focuses on sales and leasebacks, as well as portfolio acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

Paul Lawrence

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Swainston; Paul Leamy


‘Exceptional dedication to serving their client at any time on any matter. Commercially astute and they won’t waste time debating theoretical outcomes. Can cut to the heart of any situation with relative ease.’

‘Mark Rajbenbach combines a user friendly approach with an uncompromising approach to detail and results.’

Key clients

British Land


Tritax Big Box REIT

Invesco Real Estate


Canada Life

LabTech Investments Limited

McLaren Property

CityPride Limited

R&F Properties

Cain International


Work highlights

  • Acting on the development and disposal of commercial assets within the trophy building the Landmark Pinnacle, the UK’s tallest residential tower.
  • Advising on the acquisition of a long leasehold interest in Fleet House, a 1950s office building situated in Blackfriars, from the City of London Corporation.
  • Advising The Westbury Hotel Limited, owners of The Westbury, Mayfair London, a Luxury Collection Hotel, based in the heart of Mayfair, on the hotel’s redevelopment and refurbishment project.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

The full-service real estate practice at Trowers & Hamlins LLP has ‘a broad range of expertise across the development lifecycle, from site acquisitions and planning to construction and delivery’ and has demonstrable experience in acting for local authorities on large-scale redevelopment and regeneration schemes. With an active inward investment practice, particularly from the Far East and Middle East, the team is also noted for its capability in the mixed-use, office, retail, hotel and leisure sectors. Tonia Secker leads the practice, as well as the firm’s affordable housing group, and Rebecca Wardle acts for both private and public sector clients in residential development and regeneration projects, with particular expertise in student accommodation and build to rent mandates. Tom Calnan joined the team from McDermott Will & Emery LLP in April 2021 and focuses on private equity real estate matters.

Practice head(s):

Tonia Secker

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Wardle; Patrick Morris


‘The Trowers team has a deep understanding of the real estate market, commercial drivers and their client’s goal. They have a broad range of expertise across the development lifecycle, from site acquisitions and planning to construction and delivery.’

‘Trowers give honest, frank and straightforward legal advice, enabling clients to evaluate situations with minimal ambiguity.’

‘The team was incredibly responsive and completed a complex deal in a very short period of time. Tom Calnan led the team and brought in expertise to ensure the deal was executed with the necessary experience and resources.’

Key clients

Global Net Lease (NYSE: GNL)

Broadside Holdings Limited

Ellison Oxford Limited

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

Urban Logistics REIT PLC

Boklok Housing Limited

Phoenix Community Housing Association

Westminster City Council

Hill Residential Limited

Bury Council

Vengrove (Vengrove Real Estate Social Housing Partners Fund)

Apache Capital Partners

Poplar Housing and Regeneration Company Limited

Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB)

American Realty Capital Global (ARC)

Wates Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for Broadside Holdings Limited, a joint venture between BBS Capital, Melburg and Galliard Homes.
  • Acted on the recent acquisition by the Ellison Institute of a 5.9-acre site in Oxford.
  • Acting for Boklok Housing Limited, the sustainable and quality low-cost home provider jointly owned by Skanska and Ikea, on several development projects in the last 12 months.

Burges Salmon LLP

The national real estate practice at Burges Salmon LLP is spread across Bristol and London and serves clients on a full spectrum of matters, from large-scale infrastructure projects to headquarters relocations. Richard Clark   leads the real estate sector group, advises private and public sector clients, which include Transport for London, The Crown Estate, and John Lewis Partnership. Paul Browne  contributes to the development and investment side of the practice, regularly acting for banks as well as lenders wherever the matter concerns real estate assets; Browne has particular expertise in the real estate side of the nuclear industry and also advises multi-national organisations and institutions. Richard Read advises UK and international investment funds and companies, and global corporates. experience in offices, retail, and industrial asset classes with an emphasis on student accommodation, hotels, and leisure. Ross Polkinghorne is passionate about sustainable real estate and has a great deal of experience in sustainable regeneration schemes.

Practice head(s):

Paul Browne; Richard Clark

Other key lawyers:

Richard Read; Ross Polkinghorne; Philip Beer


‘Richard Clark offers clear, straightforward advice. Always available, with timely production of drafts for consideration.  Clear understanding of bigger picture.  Knowledgeable of our counterparty’s position which aided negotiation.’

‘Ross Polkinghorne really knows his stuff; an excellent example of what makes Burges Salmon a trusted law firm.’

‘Philip Beer was excellent in a complex land deal. Excellent manner when negotiating with third parties.’

‘Ross Polkinghorne is excellent, and immediately focuses on the key points of a transaction providing practical and commercially minded advice in a straightforward manner.’

‘Commercially minded legal expertise with quick turnaround times for projects.’

‘Attentive to detail – bring in expertise in specialist sectors as and when necessary- very careful in ensuring that advice is fully understood.’

‘The team is helpful and responsive. Burges Salmon have a highly committed team.’

‘The people and team we worked with over a few transactions were fantastic. They extremely diligent and also understanding with certain requests. They also stuck to timelines extremely well.’

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Led by Lee Medlock, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP offers a ‘one-stop-shop’ service for a mix of investors, commercial developers and corporate occupiers. The group handles complex mixed-use schemes, with particular expertise in joint venture and partnership agreements. The team demonstrates considerable strength in both the logistics and life sciences sectors, with Eddie Richards and Suzi Gatward focusing on the former, while Louise Ward concentrates on the latter. Robin Grove and Alexander Gold are the key names for development work, specialising in regeneration schemes. Sarah Morley leads the office occupiers practice at the firm and focuses on headquarters moves and the rationalisation of space.

Practice head(s):

Lee Medlock

Other key lawyers:

Robin Grove; Suzi Gatward; Louise Ward; Lynn Povey; Alexander Gold; Eddie Richards; Sarah Morley


‘Full range of services provided so one-stop-shop, extremely professional, always available or will phone you back as soon as available – the team are known by other legal practices, which assists with progressing new opportunities’

‘Open and honest advice; they will work through problems to find the best solution – Robin Grove and Suzi Gatward provide ongoing and continuous advice across all areas in a timely manner’

‘Excellent partner-led service with a team that genuinely care about the client and its requirements with a focus on delivering outcomes.’

‘Robin Grove – a class above. His calm but thoughtful approach delivers valued commercial results.

‘Suzi Gatward – always goes out of her way to deliver beyond our expectations. A valued and trusted advisor.’

Key clients

Derwent Valley London Limited

BioMed Realty


David Lloyd

Bellway Homes Limited

Redrow Homes Limited

Stonegate Pub Company Limited

EQT Exeter

Derwent Valley Central Limited

Bellis Acquisition Company 3 Limited

Topland Olympus Limited

Topland Riversway Limited

Crab Hill Developments

Hello Fresh

Freddie’s Flowers

TDR Capital

Countryside Properties (UK) Limited

Higgins Homes

The Hill Group

Derwent Valley London Limited

Vistry Homes Limited Kent

Vistry Partnership Limited

TDV Development Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Countryside Properties on the joint agreement with Department of Education to deliver Ark Soane, a mixed-use development in Ealing, West London, comprising a new 1,200-pupil secondary school, Ark Soane Academy, and 116 high-quality homes as well as advising them on the simultaneous sale to a PRS and affordable housing provider.
  • Advised IQHQ, the premier life sciences real estate development company, on the acquisition of two adjoining sites on Cambridge Science Park for life science-focused REIT, IQHQ for a purchase price of £40m.
  • Advised David Lloyd on the forward funding agreement in respect of a site in Bicester, including the sale of land to KFIM Long Income Property Unit Trust.

Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co's real estate practice is recognised for the full range of service it offers and the longstanding client relationships the team builds. The practice is co-headed by Will Deeprose, who focuses on residential led mixed-use development, retail, and trade park projects, and acts for public sector entities; and Graeme Taylor, who has over 25 years’ experience of advising a spectrum of clients, which include domestic and international institutional investors, development companies, charities, and high net worth individuals. The firm also has notable strength in build to rent schemes as well as regeneration projects and retail.

Practice head(s):

Graeme Taylor; Will Deeprose

Other key lawyers:

John Pearce; Daniel Keys; Annabelle Redman; Laura Oliver

Key clients

Native Land Limited

Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk

Brentwood Developments (a joint venture between Brentwood Borough Council and Morgan Sindall/Muse)

Connected Living London (a joint venture between Grainger Plc and TFL)


Corinthian Homes Group

U+I Plc (now part of Land Securities Plc)

Bolsover Land Limited – a JV between iSec and St Francis Group

Grainger Residential Limited (part of the Grainger PLC group)

Native Land Limited

Regal London

Osborne Development Holdings Limited

Mylecke NV

Signal Capital Partners


Wyngrove Limited

B&Q Limited

Kingfisher plc (and group companies)


Multinational firm Dentons advises a host of international investors from as far afield as South Korea, India, the US, and Luxembourg, drawing on its large, cross-border real estate network. The firm is active in the alternative assets and BTR sectors, as well as the senior living market and student accomodation, all of which national real estate practice head Deepa Deb has a particular focus in. Rob Thompson is head of the national and Middle East real estate practice and uses his 'deep knowledge' to advise banks, private equity funds, and listed and non-listed property companies, in addition to large corporates which operate in the office, hotels, logistics, retail, and high-end residential sectors. Alex Coulter  focuses on investment, development, and lease negotiations in the logistics, retail, and office sectors, while associate Carla Revelo has 'excellent attention to detail' and extensive expertise in high-value development projects and investment portfolios.

Practice head(s):

Deepa Deb

Other key lawyers:

Rob Thompson; Alex Coulter; Carla Revelo


‘High level service across various disciplines and effectively incorporated into one transaction seamlessly. Excellent attention to detail at junior level and partners are able to think ‘commercially’ whilst defending client’s interests and advising on what key issues are red lines from a legal perspective and reasons why.’

‘Rob Thompson – excellent advice and deep knowledge of the sector. Able to summarise and raise key issues with clarity and make commercial recommendations with client’s priorities in mind without getting bogged down in legal minutiae. Good level of service even on transactions of smaller scale.

‘Carla Revelo – excellent attention to detail and able to provide information in a prompt and clear manner.’

Key clients

Abbey Developments

Frasers Group Plc

Harrison Street


John Lewis Partnership/Waitrose



Royal Mail

RTP Global

Sigma Capital

Taylor Wimpey

Transport for London

Work highlights

  • Acted for Kier Property on their logistics development joint venture with PGIM. The partnership provides for the investment of up to £133m equity funding to develop a porfolio of industrial and last-mile logistics warehouses.
  • Advised the Singapore based investors Woh Hup, Lee Kim Tah Holdings, Metro Holdings, and Way Capital on their purchase of the newly constructed, purpose built student accommodation.
  • Acted for Cheyne Capital Management (UK) LLP in the £40m development load to Lifestory, who are developing various residential sites across the UK.

Farrer & Co

The Farrer & Co team is well known for its mid-market work as well as its legacy developments with landowners; clients consider the group to be ‘pioneers’ in this space. Elsewhere, it has seen an increase in instruction from US backed private equity firms looking to invest in development projects in the UK, particularly in TV and film studio productions. Practice head Mark Gauguier handles both development and investment work, with specific expertise in handling large scale urban developments. Henry Stevens  specialises in development transactions and portfolio management relating to institutions and estates, while senior associate Barbara Beasley focuses on institutional investment, including forward funding and purchases.

Practice head(s):

Mark Gauguier

Other key lawyers:

Charles Anderson; Kate Corke; Sarah Aggarwal; Henry Stevens; Barbara Beasley


‘The Farrers team are the pioneers of working with landowners for legacy development. It is their common aspiration that creates the legal environment which fuses landowner ambition with the commercial acumen of the developer, leading to better social, aesthetic and financial outcomes and the creation of better new places.’

‘The team are all high calibre individuals who are very focused upon their work, engaging well with all parties and working collaboratively towards the best outcome for their clients.’

‘The best connected firm of lawyers in the country with an extraordinary depth of knowledge.’

‘Charles Anderson – a level of knowledge and experience like no other with a true passion for his job.’

‘Barbara Beasley is a good thinking lawyer who is quick to understand problems and works hard to resolve them.’

Key clients

Charities Property Fund

Duchy of Cornwall

Highbridge Properties plc

Shinfield Studios Limited

UKVB LuxCo 1 S.à r.l

The Ironmongers Company

The Royal College of Surgeons of England

The British Library

Property Trust Group

Victoria and Albert Museum

Arbuthnot Latham & Co Ltd

Commonwealth Real Estate LP

Blackhall Global Partners LLC

Englefield Estate Trust Corporation

Gascoyne Cecil Estates

Graven Hill Purchaser Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising the Duchy of Cornwall’s Poundbury Development (the urban community at Dorchester) and their Nansledan Development (the urban community at near Newquay in Cornwall).
  • Advising in relation to the British Library’s St Pancras development, reported as a £1 billion project.
  • Advised on Blackhall Global Partners on a landmark transaction with The University of Reading for the construction of a major film studios complex in Shinfield, Berkshire, the acquisition and associated development costs of which are circa £350 million.

Fladgate LLP

The 'incredible, smart, and skilled' real estate team at Fladgate LLP assists a host of clients with their commercial property needs from a single office in London. Practice head Stephen Lewis acts for family offices, banks, offshore and onshore private investors, with a particular focus on the retail and leisure sectors. Gideon Dabby-Joory advises a range of clients, which include private funds and institutional investors, on urban markets; corporate occupiers on expansion programmes and headqaurters relocations; and often acts for providers of shared office space and retail occupiers. Dabby-Joory and Alan Karsberg  are key to the corporate occupiers side of the practice; Karsberg is particularly adept in advising on complex portfolio transactions, sales and leasebacks, as well as landlord and tenant work. Kirsty Corkum  joined the team from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner and contributes over 25 years' experience in providing advice on mixed-use and urban development projects for developers, investors, landlords, and tenants.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Kirsty Corkum; Gideon Dabby-Joory; Gavin Whitney; Richard Reuben; Alan Karsberg; Richard Reuben; Simon Kanter


‘Very good’

‘Kirsty Corkum is very experienced in commercial property conveyancing and a first class professional.’

Key clients

Forma Real Estate Fund II

YOO Capital Fund II

Work highlights

  • Acted for Forma Real Estate Fund II, an Israeli HQ Private Equity Fund in connection with the acquisition and redevelopment of a very high profile office building in the core central business district of Glasgow.
  • Advised Yoo Capital Management, on the acquisition and redevelopment of the former Saville Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue, London.

Lewis Silkin

Led by Brian Kilcoyne, the real estate team at Lewis Silkin ‘go the extra mile’ for clients across the media and entertainment, retail, hospitality and leisure sectors when advising on high-value development projects and regeneration mandates. Rachel Francis-Lang is a key contact for corporate occupier matters, including the negotiation of commercial leases and acquisitions of headquarters premises on a pre-let basis. Anthony van Hoffen, whose ‘knowledge and expertise is exceptional’, leads the development and regeneration group, which counts major projects in the private and public sectors in its workload. Other key members of the team include co-head of the firm’s retail, hospitality and leisure team, Julia Poulter, who handles landlord and tenant issues and property management work, and planning expert Sara Hanrahan, who advises on redevelopment projects and regeneration schemes.

Other key lawyers:

Sara Hanrahan


‘Anthony Van Hoffen’s knowledge and expertise is exceptional. He always responds very promptly and is available and accessible.’

Key clients

London Legacy Development Corporation

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

St. John Fisher Catholic School


Sager Group

Southern Water

Fairview Homes

Oakley Square Development (SPV)

Work highlights

  • Advising London Legacy Development Corporation on the ongoing regeneration of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
  • Advising London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham on the multi-billion regeneration of Earl’s Court following the demolition of the Exhibition Centre by the Earls Court Development Company.
  • Advising St. John Fisher Catholic School on the comprehensive redevelopment of the school on a new site.

Maples Teesdale LLP

Praised as ‘diligent’ and ‘always hungry for deals’, specialist commercial real estate firm Maples Teesdale LLP provides a partner-led, ‘seamless service’ to its client roster, ranging from institutional investors and property developers to UK-based construction companies, international occupiers and global law firms. Declan Power handles forward funding and purchases matters, as well as joint ventures and development agreements, arising out of the retail, mixed-use and industrial sectors, while Roger Thornton is a key contact for investment transactions, including high-value sales and purchases. Neil Sagoo acts for occupiers in headquarters and other business-critical relocations, while Katherine Watts focuses on both corporate occupier and landowner matters.

Practice head(s):

Declan Power

Other key lawyers:

Martin Smith; Liam MacDonnell; Chris Wilkinson; Sam Nichols


‘A very responsive and integrated firm, where the real estate teams work well together to provide a seamless performance.’

‘Maples Teesdale is a specialist property firm. They have skills and experience comparable to a much larger firm’s real estate team. I have worked with Maples for ten years and have always found them to be highly professional, capable and generally good people to work with.’

Key clients

London City Corporation


Henry Boot plc

BMO Real Estate Partners

Thames Brettenham

Bywater Properties Limited

Legal & General Investment Management

Calthorpe Estates

City, University of London

CBRE Investment Management

Work highlights

  • Advised City of London Corporation on a £350 million development project at Stonecutter Court opposite Canadian pension fund, Ivanhoe Cambridge, in a JV with Allianz.
  • Advising Thames Brettenham Limited on the redevelopment of Brettenham House, Lancaster Place, WC2.
  • Advising Royal & Sun Alliance on the redevelopment of Royal Bank of Scotland’s former headquarters at 62 Threadneedle Street in the City, adjacent to the Stock Exchange and the Bank of England.

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP’s commercial real estate group leverages the expertise of the firm’s property disputes, planning, construction, tax and finance teams to handle high-value, multi-jurisdictional transactions and projects. Praised for its ‘high degree of integrity, thoughtfulness and collaboration’, the practice is noted for its expertise in the build-to-rent, student accommodation and senior living sectors. Team leader Stephen Hughes advises on portfolio acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, as well as regeneration projects, while Edward Hughes-Power handles investment sales and acquisitions in the alternative residential sector. Other key members of the team include Simon Hart, Nick Minkoff and Ian Paul, while Lee Foxcroft joined the firm from Slaughter and May in March 2022.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Hughes

Other key lawyers:

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


‘A sizeable team that is able to apply itself effectively to any issues and address them quickly in a very professional manner. The team also has a strong collaborative ethos.’

‘Edward Hughes-Power and Simon Hart are both excellent.’

‘High degree of integrity, thoughtfulness and collaboration.’

‘Very strong all round service. Good commercial acumen, balanced advice and do not point-score.’

Key clients


Brookfield’s ‘Student Roost’

PGIM Real Estate

Fusion Students

Watkin Jones

Capital & Counties Properties plc (Capco)


Get Living

Berkeley Homes

Derwent London Plc

UBS Global Asset Management

Dominvs Group


Helical plc

Fizzy Living

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's London-based real estate practice has demonstrable experience in high value investment transactions across the logistics, office and alternative residential sectors, and acts for local authorities on high-profile regeneration projects. Noted for her expertise in the hotel and leisure sectors, Claire Hughes leads the team and has considerable experience in investments and mixed-use development schemes, while ‘exceptional partnerMike Reid also focuses on development schemes, as well as joint ventures, pre-letting and letting matters. Other key members of the team include Richard Lloyd, who handles real estate projects with significant development components, and ‘outstandingNatalie Harris, who focuses on housing, student accommodation and build to rent projects.

Practice head(s):

Claire Hughes

Other key lawyers:

Mike Reid; Richard Lloyd; Natalie Harris


‘Natalie Harris is outstanding. She really understands build-to-rent development and is very thorough.’

‘Very diligent and provide comprehensive support.’

‘Real sector expertise, particularly in the build-to-rent sector.’

Key clients

Aviva Investors

Royal London Asset Management

Legal & General

AXA Real Assets



Capital & Counties Properties plc



The Portman Estate


Lend Lease

Abstract Securities Group

Grosvenor Europe

Ministry of Defence


Oxford Properties

Kier Property Developments

Berkeley Group

Junson Capital

William Pears Group

Telereal Trillium (Land Improvement Holdings)

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts



Anglo American Plc


Urban & Civic


Guildford Borough Council

LaSalle Investment Management

iQ Student Accommodation

90 North

Melia Hotels International

William Pears Group

Telereal Trillium (Land Improvement Holdings)

Romulus Construction

EcoWorld International

Elevation Advisors

Medical Properties Trust REIT

Central Group

Signa Holding

Land Securities

Pensions Insurance Corporation PLC

EVI Leadenhall S.A.R.L.

LEN Property Investment Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting on the acquisition and forward funding of Amazon’s new distribution centre at Panattoni Park, Swindon.
  • Acting on all aspects of Abstract’s two phase acquisition of a site known as Cambridge International Technology Park.
  • Acted for Landsec on a corporate forward commitment for a 77,000 sqft, £60m new office at Berkeley’s Oval scheme.

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Winckworth Sherwood LLP’s real estate practice is noted for its expertise in regeneration projects and residential development schemes, particularly those with joint venture and PPP elements, and has demonstrable capability in acquisitions and disposals. The team is well-placed to advise on the entire project lifecycle, from planning and development to construction and financing. Practice leader Francesco Ferrari acts for registered providers of social housing and national housebuilders on major development schemes, while Andrew Bedford handles regeneration projects, mixed-use schemes and residential developments. James Corbett is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Francesco Ferrari

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Bedford; James Corbett; Alan Duncan

Key clients



Redrow Homes Limited

Barratt London

Aviva Investors

Keepmoat Homes Limited


Euro Investments Overseas Inc

Meyer Homes


Telford homes

Laxton Properties Limited

Otto Group

St George PLC


Regis Group Plc

J Sainsbury PLC

Allen & Overy LLP

Magic circle firm Allen & Overy LLP's real estate practice assists a wide range of international investors, developers of complex redevelopment projects, and financial institutions. Christopher Woolf is the global head of real estate at the firm, with over 20 years’ experience in advising private equity and sovereign wealth funds, institutional investors, public bodies, and family offices; Over the last decade, Woolf has advised on over £15bn worth of investment transactions spanning across the Europe and the UK. Nick Saner provides expertise in commercial real estate transactions relating to the acquisition and disposal of offshore property holding structures, and has deep experience in advising sponsors on renewable energy projects. Emma Willoughby handles direct and indirect property sales and purchases, as well as lettings and landlord and tenant matters. Hayden Cameron was promoted to partner in May 2021 and has a particular focus on indirect real estate investments and the establishment of real estate joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Woolf

Other key lawyers:

Nick Saner; Emma Willoughby; Hayden Cameron; Daniel McKimm; Jane Fox-Edwards


‘Strong team in London and Paris’

‘Nick Saner is excellent’

Key clients

Quadrant Estates

C C Land

Evans Randall

Kennedy Wilson



Orion Capital Managers

Oxford Properties


Bevan Brittan LLP

The national team at Bevan Brittan LLP ‘go the extra mile’ to provide advice on strategic property matters for clients which include NHS bodies, registered providers, and local authorities; Mark Calverley heads the property department. Mark Paget Skelin is ‘quick’ and ‘practical’, and has over 25 years’ experience in healthcare property work, while Ian Caplan‘s expertise lies in hospital redevelopment. Steven Smith has ‘sound business acumen’ and leads the team on high profile local authority development work for over 20 london boroughs.

Practice head(s):

Mark Calverley

Other key lawyers:

Mark Paget Skelin; Ian Caplan; Steven Smith; Andrew Shaw; Simon Jackson; Dalee Kaur; Sarah Skuse


‘I invariably feel that the Bevan Brittan team go the extra mile: they provide not only effective legal advice, but also pragmatic and commercially astute recommendations.’

‘They are extremely collaborative in that they never seem to “sit on the fence” but always want to give the benefit of their experience and expertise.’

‘Steven Smith has sound business acumen’

‘They’re easily accessible when I need them, and seem to enjoy the challenge of trying to solve problems (often extremely effectively) by providing advice in real time as project issues emerge.’

‘Some other law firms provide similar standards of service, although Bevan Brittan are very consistent in terms of their approach.’

‘I work closely with Steven Smith, partner, he stands out as a lawyer due to his pro-active support.’

‘They  realise the importance of cultivating a good relationship with the other parties to the transaction, and they’re good at “thinking outside of the box”, to problem-solve.’

‘Thorough and detailed with good supporting depth and a spread of expertise.’

Key clients

Acacia Care Investments Limited

Peabody Trust

Anthology (Kennington Stage) Limited

Royal Holloway University of London

City of London Corporation

Birmingham City Council

Barts Health NHS Trust

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising the City of London Corporation on its partnership with the Museum of London, for the £600m redevelopment of former Smithfield Market to provide a new, state-of-the-art facility for the Museum.
  • 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 Birmingham City Council on its £1.9bn, 17 hectare Birmingham Smithfield sustainable mixed-use construction and regeneration scheme, for development of a new City quarter.

Boodle Hatfield LLP

Boodle Hatfield LLP‘s real estate practice is known for advising a variety of private capital clients, which include family offices, private funds, and overseas investors; Simon Williams leads the team; he has a keen interest in the retail and office market and significant experience advising hotel owners on investment and development projects. The firm’s fortes include advising on the financing, development, asset management, and disposal of mixed-use and residential developments and investments, while co-working spaces and serviced offices continue to be an area of growth. Caroline King has long-standing experience in real estate transactions across multiple sectors which include residential build-to-rent, senior living, hotels and retail, and industrial.

Practice head(s):

Simon Williams

Other key lawyers:

Caroline King; Andrew Wilmot-Smith; Rajeev Joshi; David Rawlence


‘Collectively the team has a well rounded in-depth knowledge of property matters.’

‘Thorough and in-depth knowledge of property matters. Ability to find solutions to issues/concerns of parties around the table. Ability to adequate present the risks associated with the drafting for client to make decisions based on calculated risk.’

‘The partners genuinely become invested in all matters and are critical in successfully resolving any issues.’

‘The partners stay actively involved throughout the process, they are very responsive and diligent in their approach.’

‘They are intelligent and knowledgeable and offer commercial solutions’

‘We work with David Rawlence and he is very knowledgable about our space and has a very commercial understanding. He listens and gives an honest appraisal.’

Key clients

Marriot International

IBM UK Pensions Trust Ltd

Bedford Estates

Black Pearl Limited

Berry Brothers & Rudd

Harcourt Investment Limited

Lovett Enterprises

Collyer Bristow LLP

The commercial real estate team at London firm Collyer Bristow LLP is led by Michael Grace - he leads a team of partner who handle a range of corporate occupier, development and investment matters.

Practice head(s):

Michael Grace

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Gawne


‘Quality of service, attention to detail and clear and concise information.’

‘Individuals are attentive, and take time to listen to individual concerns.’

‘The team at Collyer Bristow have been a phenomenal asset as we have navigated complex lease arrangements and projects. Best in class, living and breathing our shared values and always service with a smile. Partner level engagement is outstanding and you are made to feel like their only client time and time again.’

‘No nonsense, expert advice with partners able to translate complex and confusing information into something that is digestible and easy to understand.’

‘Stephen Gawne in particular is by far the best property lawyer I have ever had the pleasure to work with.’

DAC Beachcroft LLP

The real estate team at DAC Beachcroft LLP is an 'excellent blend of professional, experienced and approachable', and advises a varied client base across the retail, leisure, health, hotel, offices, and government sectors; the firm's strengths also include advising on Shari'ah compliant financing. Practice head Robert Lee has over 35 years' experience in advising clients across the residential development sector, large regeneration projects, and joint ventures. Charlotte Wilson is 'an outstanding solicitor' with a deep knowledge of the negotiation and implementation of complex acquisition agreements, strategic land matters, and development partnerships with public sector landowners. The firm often serves international and domestic investors, as well as a number of NHS Trusts. On the corporate occupiers front, the firm assists lucrative clients such as L'Oréal and Hard Rock Cafe on a diverse portfolio of retail shops, hairdressing academies, and the acquisition of freehold interests.

Practice head(s):

Robert Lee

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Wilson; Elliot Tomlinson; Ashley Dewar; Crispin Tomlinson; Gemma Leonard; Andrew Boulton; Lucy Walsh; Shahnaz Sharif; Matthew Cox


‘Easy to work with firm who give solid advice and are always available.’

‘Charlotte Wilson is an outstanding solicitor. Her commercial understanding is second to none and her ability to assist in a smooth transaction as well as confidently report to board is excellent. She is one of the top real estate solicitors in the country.’

‘DAC Beachcroft provide a reassuringly competent and efficient service, which is consistent across all team members. Their multi-disciplinary experience is easy to access and their partners and associates are an excellent blend of professional, experienced and approachable.’

Key clients

The Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Limited

Portland Place (Properties) Jersey Limited

Royal London UK Real Estate Fund

Taylor Wimpey


Vistry Group

Crest Nicholson Operations Limited

Derwent London

Arab Investments Limited


Go Ahead Group


Guy’s and Thomas’s Hospital

Royal Brompton Hospital Trust

Qatari Investment Bank



Canterbury City Council

Blackpool Borough Council

Allied Irish Bank

Waverley Borough Council

Wates Developments


Countryside Properties


Berkeley Homes



Hill Group

Places for People

Stonebond Properties

Ilke Homes


Clarion Housing Association Limited

Davitt Jones Bould

Specialist real estate firm Davitt Jones Bould works nationally under the leadership of Madeleine Davitt, who has a stellar reputation for her work on lucrative public sector projects such as the new Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, and the London 2012 Olympics, in addition to her advice to local authorities. The firm has a strong performance record in advising on corporate occupiers and development matters for important landmarks including the development of a new Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre at Victoria Gardens, and Fujifilm’s new headquarters. The firm is benefiting from the experience brought by new members of the team, which include: John Condliffe from Hogan Lovells International LLPJohn Adams from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP; Michelle Powell from Wedlake Bell LLP; and Tina Durani from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

Practice head(s):

Madeleine Davitt; Peter Allinson

Other key lawyers:

Malcolm Iley; Teresa Kamppari Baker; Melanie Greer-Walker; Sean Bulman; Philippa Hipwell; Tina Durani; John Adams; Sophie Philippon-Thomas; John Condliffe; Michelle Powell


‘I have collaborated with DJB. Worthy of note is their absolute professionalism, speed of turnaround and innovative approach. My experience of them is that they also empower their associates and team members. More than that, they are consistent in performing to a high standard and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Madeleine Davitt is extremely client focused and ensures that the firm consistently delivers to a high standard.’

‘The business model adopted by this firm is absolutely fantastic. Real care is given to matching the clients need to the most suitable fee earner – choice of specialist is given allowing for any financial budgeting – you will always be represented by somebody whose key skills are those best suited to client requirement – and the client is care is second to none. The relationship is one of true collaboration.’

‘The difference in working with DJB Law is palpable. This is a company that truly cares about their clients. One is never made to feel like ‘just a client’ – the absolute care and attention really does set them apart – genuine people doing amazing things within the legal profession.’

‘It is the service that individuals give that singles out the practice as outstanding.’

‘The commercial property team provide a high quality service and have a wealth of knowledge and are very experienced in dealing with a broad spectrum of commercial work, including high value and politically sensitive projects.’

Key clients

Department for Health and Social Care

The Royal Parks

National Highways (formerly Highways England)

Ministry of Defence

Surrey County Council


Habitat for Humanity

Woking Borough Council

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Natural England

Environment Agency

Brighton and Hove City Council

Spelthorne Borough Council

Met Office


Grainger Plc

Plymouth City Council

Wiltshire Council

Chichester District Council

Runnymede Borough Council

Achieve Together Limited

Southampton City Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Woking Borough Council on the regeneration of Sheerwater.
  • Advised Fujifilm on the development of their new UK headquarters.
  • Advised The Royal Parks on the proposed development of a new Holocaust Memorial at Victoria Gardens, next to the Palaces of Westminster.

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

The London real estate team at US firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP provides a one-stop shop for investment fund clients in addition to developers and charities. Danielle Martin has extensive experience in the private equity real estate space, with an emphasis on restructurings, investment sales, and purchases. Martin co-heads the practice with Matthew James Priday, whose expertise covers the breadth of commerical real estate, and includes investments sales and purchases as well as development projects. The firm also works on a variety of schemes which include redevelopment and logistics, and joint ventures. Daniyal Ansari joined the team from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner in March 2022.

Other key lawyers:

Steven Cowins; Sarah Atkinson; Carol Hopper; Daniyal Ansari

Key clients

Berkeley (SQP) Limited

Westbrook Partners

Paloma Capital

Absolute Return for Kids

Hillside Holdings



The Ardent Companies

Oaktree Capital and MGT Limited

Valor Real Estate Partners


Work highlights

  • Advising Berkeley (SQP) Limited in relation to real estate aspects of its GBP600 million development of South Quay Plaza.
  • Represented longstanding client, Westbrook Partners, on its disposal of two large logistics portfolios to Blackstone.
  • Represented Goodman in connection with the purchase of Mowlem Trading Estate, Tottenham together with the subsequent financing and the transfer of the purchasing vehicle into a newly formed joint venture.

K&L Gates LLP

K&L Gates LLP ‘can be relied upon to deliver sound advice across a broad range of real estate property matters’ and its ‘breadth of knowledge and experience means the team is able to act as a one-stop-shop‘ to its roster of clients in the fashion, retail, finance, logistics and technology sectors. Head of the London-based real estate team Christian Major and of counsel Steven Cox, who notably acts for clients in the leisure sector, are key contacts for corporate occupier matters, often involving an international element, while Wayne Smith advises institutional investors on acquisitions, disposals and portfolio management. Tim Webb has experience in acting for multinational corporations and domestic real estate companies across Europe, South East Asia, Brazil and China on real estate private equity matters, as well as institutional investments and development projects. ‘IntuitiveEmma Maher and special counsel Chiara Del Frate are key contacts in the team.

Practice head(s):

Christian Major

Other key lawyers:

Wayne Smith; Tim Webb; Neil Logan Green; Emma Maher


‘K&L Gates is great to work with because of their partner availability and engagement, their efficiency in dealing with legal proceedings and their communication regarding the cases.’ 

‘For me, it is Tim Webb who makes the practice unique. Tim is ahead of the curve on all aspects of transaction delivery.’ 

‘Emma Maher is a hard worker, intuitive, flexible and creative.’ 

‘The breadth of knowledge and experience means the team is able to act as a one-stop-shop, which can be relied upon to deliver sound advice across a broad range of real estate property matters.’ 

‘I work principally with Tim Webb and Emma Maher, who have been an immense support to lean on from both a legal perspective and a source of knowledge. Their client-focused approach enables you to leave matters in their capable hands.’

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

Madison International Realty

Nuveen Real Estate

Patrizia AG

Stroud District Council

Workspace Group Plc

Work highlights

  • Advising Guinness Homes/The Guinness Partnership on the £92m sale Long Harbour, of a London sited 28 storey build-to-rent and commercial investment in the course of development.
  • Advising Edinburgh St James Limited Partnership on the real estate construction aspects of the £850m St James quarter development.
  • Advising Patrizia on the c.£110m purchase from Berkeley Homes (BH) of residential build-to-rent units.

Osborne Clarke LLP

The real estate practice at Osborne Clarke LLP frequently collaborates with the wider firm’s construction, litigation, planning and finance teams to handle development and regeneration projects arising out of the logistics, mixed-use and alternative residential sectors. Noted for its capability in mid-market mandates, the team’s workload includes investment transactions, leasing matters and joint ventures. Practice leader Louise Cartwright advises on portfolio deals, corporate wrapper acquisitions and real estate finance mandates, while Richard Wilkinson has experience in joint ventures, corporate real estate transactions and headquarters relocations.

Practice head(s):

Louise Cartwright

Other key lawyers:

Richard Wilkinson; Jo Footitt; Rajindh Mangat


‘Richard Wilkinson has excellent people management skills.’

Key clients

M&G Real Estate

The British Land Company Plc

Global Logistics Properties


Reef Group

Bank of America

Hughes House Liverpool GP Limited

A joint venture between Patrizia and Kingston Space Property known as the Greater London Industrial platform (GLI)

Mirastar Real Estate Investment Management and KKR

Packaged Living Limited


Fiera Capital

Colony Capital

Marchmont Investment Management

Work highlights

  • Acted for Global Logistics Properties on the acquisition of 396 acres of development land known as Mulberry Logistics Park.
  • Advised M&G Real Estate on the launch of the M&G Shared Ownership Fund, the first institutional shared ownership fund, and a long-term strategic partnership with the Hyde Group to deliver £500m of new, sustainably designed affordable homes.
  • Advised on Patrizia and Kingston Space Property OC on a new last mile logistics development platform, now named GLI (Greater London Industrial).

Reed Smith LLP

The ‘knowledgeable and responsive’ team at Reed Smith LLP has demonstrable experience in large-scale portfolio acquisitions and disposals, sales and leasebacks, auction deals, as well as mixed-use and commercial developments. Noted for its expertise in the hospitality and alternative residential sectors, the London practice, which is led by global head of real estate Jimmy Theodorou, is well-placed to collaborate with the firm’s offices globally to handle multi-jurisdictional matters. ‘Outstanding partnerNick Harris handles mixed-use development projects, while Andrew Jenkinson ‘provides clear, commercial advice on the most complex of issues’ pertaining to portfolio transactions. Other key members of the team include Brigid North and Chris Beaumont-McQuillan, who focuses on corporate real estate deals.

Practice head(s):

Jimmy Theodorou

Other key lawyers:

Brigid North; Nick Harris


‘The team is knowledgeable and responsive. They are open to discussions on fees and pragmatic in their advice.’

‘Nick Harris is an outstanding partner.’

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons’ workload includes a wide variety of high value investment transactions and development projects, pertaining to skyscrapers, retail centres, alternative living, office buildings and industrial warehouses and logistics premises. Led by John Kelsey, who has demonstrable experience in real estate finance matters, the team counts joint ventures and corporate wrapper deals in its workload and is noted for its active asset management practice. Other key members of the team include Ali Crosthwaite, who advises on inbound investments into the UK and Europe, and Matthew Hooton, who handles corporate wrapped real estate mandates. Former head of Stephenson Harwood’s real estate practice, Jonathon Wilkes, joined the firm in June 2022.

Practice head(s):

John Kelsey

Other key lawyers:

James Curry; Ali Crosthwaite; Simon Gardiner; Deian Rhys; Caroline Turner-Inskip; Jonathon Wilkes

Key clients

Deka Immobilien Investment GmbH

Hondo Enterprises

M7 Real Estate


Breakthrough Properties

Old Park Lane Management

Columbia Threadneedle

Goldman Sachs Asset Management

LaSalle Investment Management

Man Group plc



Nationwide Pension Fund

Tishman Speyer

Legal & General Assurance Society Limited

Patrizia AG


Valor Real Estate Partners LLP

Westcore Europe

Work highlights

  • Advised Goldman Sachs in respect of its 75% stake in the EDGE London Bridge development (60 Thomas Street).
  • Advising Great Elm/Old Park Lane Management in relation to its 450,000 square foot office development of Linklaters global headquarters in Moorgate.
  • Advising Baola/Old Park Lane Management in relation to its 126,000 square foot office development of 7 Millbank in Westminster.

Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP

Praised for its 'second to none' service, US firm Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP handles a wide range of development projects, from logistics and industrial, mixed-use and alternative residential schemes to data centres, hotels, leisure and residential projects. The team also has demonstrable experience in investment transactions, including acquisitions and disposals in the office and technology sectors, as well as landlord management work. Matthew Farmer leads the team and advises on a variety of joint venture structures, while ‘invaluableSimon Collis focuses on resort and leisure development projects and Sam Kelly is 'exceptional at closing transactions’.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Farmer

Other key lawyers:

Simon Collis; Sam Kelly


‘Client focused. Provide commercial and detailed legal advice’

‘Simon Collis’ approach is invaluable to us as a growing business.’

‘The property team at Steptoes is very partner-focused and as a result, provides clients with a service that we have found to be second to none.’

‘Sam Kelly offers commercial and legal advice.’

‘Simon Collis is great at articulating important issues with clarity and efficiency. He has been extremely helpful in identifying and explaining critical issues.’

‘Our lead partner, Sam Kelly, is very commercial, provides solid legal advice and is exceptional at closing transactions.’

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

Lifestory Group Limited

Banbury Road Projects LLP and Albion Land Limited

Lancelot Developments Limited

Royalton Group Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting 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 called ‘Lakes by Yoo’ in the Cotswolds.
  • Acting for Faccenda Foods since its merger with Cargill subsidiary, and the subsequent joint venture of Avara Foods.

Wedlake Bell LLP

Praised for its ‘diligent attention to detail, personal relationship management and depth of experience across the team’, City firm Wedlake Bell LLP acts for a wide range of domestic and international corporate buyers and funds in investment transactions. Led by David De Maupeou, the real estate group is noted for its capability in residential development projects, as well as mixed-use and business park schemes, with Kim Lalli being a key contact in this space, particularly for housebuilders and healthcare providers. David Roberts has considerable experience in investments arising out of the retail and logistics sectors, while Sarah Blunn and Suzanne Gill, who is commended for her ‘razor sharp mind’, are key contacts for corporate occupier matters.

Practice head(s):

David de Maupeou

Other key lawyers:

Kim Lalli; Suzanne Gill; David Johnston


‘As a client, to have a team like this who in on top of everything, and leaves no stone unturned to find the right answer, is worth so much. There were quite a few aspects of this project that needed looking at and Wedlake Bell were always there, with timely and good advice.’

‘My main contact is David Johnston – a man with incredible knowledge, capacity, integrity and diligence. His advice is always spot on and I know that if he says we need to take this course of action or that, I can trust him entirely.’

‘Friendly, efficient and tenacious.’

‘David de Maupeou gets things done quickly and effectively.’

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 LondonMetric Distribution on the forward fund of new temperature controlled distribution warehouse at Alconbury Park.
  • Advising Jaynic Suffolk Park Logistics on the lease and forward fund of SP76 Suffolk Park Bury St Edmunds.
  • Advising Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance on two development agreements with two house builders in relation to sites adjacent to their existing building in Deptford.


Based across offices in Tunbridge Wells and London, Cripps serves a host of clients which include developers and housebuilders, banks, and real estate investors. Stephen Hedley heads the overall real estate practice at the firm, while Jason Tann leads the commercial real estate team and advises landed estates, property companies, private high net worth investors, and offshore investors. Corporate occupiers remains one of the core areas of focus in the firm. Led by Oliver Morris, who has over 20 years’ experience in advising clients on large-scale head office relocations in the professional services, financial services, advertising media, and technology sectors, the team also advises occupiers on domestic and international expansions, negotiating new lease terms, disputes, and relocations.

Practice head(s):

Jason Tann

Other key lawyers:

Beth Myers; James Lee


‘They are a brilliant outfit from trainee all the way up to partners. There’s no hierarchy or grandstanding when advice is needed and partners are on-the-ball with all issues. Absolutely wonderful to work with.’

‘Jason Tann – available, accessible and understandable!’

Key clients

Baylight Properties Limited

Birchall Properties Limited

Crossrail Limited

English National Ballet

Endurance Land (AG EL LWB B.V.)

Eyre Estate

Hermes Real Estate Investment

Harrow School

Home Office

John Lyon’s Charity

Liberty Property Trust UK Limited

M&G Real Estate (formerly PRUPIM)

Niveda Group


The London Diocesan Fund

The Sloane Stanley Estate

Francis Holland Schools Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising Birchall Properties as a landowner and developer on all aspects of a £400m development of the Peak Resort lesiure scheme in Derbyshire.
  • Advising on construction for the development of Harrow School’s 300-acre estate including development of a new-build accommodation block and a new build science block.
  • Advising Cadogan in relation to its commercial and residential developments across Chelsea.

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP‘s real estate practice is known for 'delivering a responsive and commercially focused service'. Adam Walford leads the team on corporate occupier related matters, with expertise in the retail and restaurant sectors. On the development side, Kate Woodgate co-heads the team alongside Graham Kaye, providing a rounded offering which covers both residential and commercial developments, and mixed-use schemes. David Philips  is ‘an exceptional lawyer‘ when it comes to large, complex development mandates, while Astrid Stanley has ‘excellent industry knowledge‘ on transactions and advising investors, landlords, and occupiers advice on commercial aqcuisitions for lease.

Practice head(s):

Kate Woodgate; Graham Kaye

Other key lawyers:

David Philips; Charles Maxwell; Astrid Stanley; Paul Amandini


‘The Howard Kennedy commercial property development team delivers a responsive and commercially focused service to us. The advice has always been of top quality and first class.’

‘David Philips is pragmatic and easy to deal with and is extremely responsive and very practical. He is diligent, commercial and very user-friendly. He is simply an exceptional lawyer who is also extremely knowledgeable.’

‘Excellent understanding of our business and the market.’

‘Astrid Stanley is very knowledgeable. She has taken the time to really get to know our business and how we work, and also has excellent industry knowledge. She is our go-to lawyer for all property related matters.’

Key clients

RER London Limited

Orlandis Capital

F3 Group

Octopus Real Estate

Galliard Homes


First Base


The Club Company

CJ O’Shea and Company

Abernile Limited

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP advises its roster of clients on acquisitions and disposals, in addition to handling portfolio management work, and continues to see an increase in alternative asset investment, including life sciences, student accommodation, senior living and higher education. Charles Staveley, who divides his time between the firm’s London and Cambridge offices, leads the investment practice and acts for institutional pension funds, management houses, family offices and property investors. The development team, which is led by London-based Orla O’Sullivan and Michael Giess, and Cambridge-based Christine De Ferrars Green, has demonstrable experience in asset-specific development projects, as well as regeneration mandates.

Practice head(s):

Orla O’Sullivan; Michael Giess; Christine de Ferrars Green

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 the acquisition of property at Kings Cross, London, for development of new life sciences and technology innovation space.
  • Acted for Wrenbridge and its funder, Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing, on the acquisition of a prime 5-acre industrial site in Waltham Cross, for redevelopment to create a logistics scheme comprising three units, totalling over 116,000 sq ft.
  • Advising SUE Developments LP on the sale of BtR parcel at Houlton, Rugby to Goldman Sachs, with back-to-back development funding agreement and construction package.

Payne Hicks Beach LLP

Counting investors from the US, Scandinavia and the Middle and Far East among its key roster of clients, Payne Hicks Beach LLP has demonstrable experience in residential investments, as well as acting for landowners on various aspects of developments, including promotion agreements, forward funding and land sales. Andrew Berry, who is noted for his expertise in the residential, hotel and leisure sectors, jointly leads the practice alongside Emma Copestake, who advises on landlord and tenant matters, lease extensions and funding arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Emma Copestake; Andrew Berry

Other key lawyers:

Justin Dunlop; Marisa Beccarelli


‘Outstanding professionalism, hugely able and a history that speaks for itself. Andrew Berry and Marisa Beccarelli are outstanding.’

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Real estate investment transactions make up a large proportion of Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP’s workload, as well as high-value development projects, office relocations, leasing negotiations and distressed property matters. James Nadin leads the team and has demonstrable experience in portfolio acquisitions and disposals, while James McNeilly focuses on long income real estate mandates and consultant Simon Allan has considerable experience in handling large-scale high-value development and infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

James Nadin

Other key lawyers:

Simon Allan; James McNeilly; Louis Manches

Key clients

Munroe K Luxembourg SA

Fairbridge Developments Limited

Scarborough Group International

Work highlights

  • Acting for Scarborough Group International on the funding and £500m development of Middlewood Locks, a 25 acre waterside development in the Salford area of central Manchester.
  • Advising Munroe K on the continued expansion and development of White Rose Office Park in Leeds, including the joint venture with West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Network Rail for grant financed construction of mainline White Rose Station worth £100m.

Sharpe Pritchard LLP

Sharpe Pritchard LLP is ‘hugely knowledgeable’ in large-scale developments and regenerations projects in the public sector, including housing-led and mixed-use schemes, as well as estate renewals and joint venture arrangements. The team is also well-placed to handle development agreements, and portfolio sales and purchases. Jo Pickering leads the practice and advises on the real estate aspects of infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Jo Pickering

Other key lawyers:

Aidan Dickinson; Gemma Duncan


‘Hugely knowledgeable team. Good reach within department to cover all manner of commercial property matters. Collaboration with team has been exceptional and there is a personable approach to our interaction with the Sharpe Prichard team.’

‘The team have been agile to deal with countless issues when needed.’

‘All team members display a genuine interest and enthusiasm for the successful delivery of our project.’

Key clients

Hertfordshire County Council

Southend on Sea Borough Council

Stephen Court Limited

Lewisham Homes

Great Yarmouth Borough Council

Metropolitan Housing Trust Limited

Historic England

Buckinghamshire County Council

Sutton Court Limited

Internet Connections Limited

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Worcester City Council

Light Blue Fibre

Portsmouth Water

Cornwall Council

London Borough of Camden

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

London Borough of Merton

Stoke City Council

Dartford Borough Council

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs’ real estate practice acts for public sector clients, energy and distribution providers, as well as entertainment and healthcare companies in development projects and counts site assembly issues, memorandums of understanding and development and forward funding agreements in its workload. The London-based team, which is well-placed to collaborate with the firm’s Manchester and Leeds offices, handles acquisitions and disposals, fund formations, in addition to leasing mandates in the City of London. Practice leader Andrew Sprake has demonstrable experience in town centre regeneration projects, while Bradley Silver, who joined from Gowling WLG in May 2021, is focusing on bolstering the firm’s capability in the investment space.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Sprake

Other key lawyers:

Bradley Silver; Patrick Ryan

Key clients

FORE Partnership

Grafton Group plc

Reditum Capital Limited

One Healthcare Limited

Taylor Wimpey UK

EDF Energy (including EDF Thermal, EDF Nuclear and EDF Renewables)

Retail Employees Superannuation Trust

Genuit Group PLC (including Polypipe and Adey Innovation)

Quintain Limited

Macquarie Group

HC-One Limited

Selfridges Group

Live Nation Group (including Ticketmaster, Academy Music Group, Festival Republic)

Leeds City Council

Citron Hygiene UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Live Nation and Oakview Group on a bid to develop the Cardiff Indoor Arena and a Travelodge hotel.
  • Acting for Western Power Distribution plc on the diversion of an overhead power line network at Staplegrove, Taunton.
  • Acting for Leeds City Council in relation to the redevelopment and restoration of Temple Works, involving the establishment of the British Library North.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP excels in advising local authorities on major development projects and has demonstrable experience in regeneration schemes, as well as mixed-use, affordable housing and residential projects. The London-based team, which is led by Martin Stacey, can also leverage the expertise of the lawyers in the firm’s offices in Leeds, Southampton and Newcastle. Stacey is noted for his expertise in town centre and retail-led schemes, in addition to large-scale mixed-use projects.

Practice head(s):

Martin Stacey

Other key lawyers:

Will Fraser; Mark Owen


‘They offer all the relevant expertise, but on a cost efficient basis.’

‘The key partner is Will Fraser and he has provided useful commercial advice and support.’

Key clients

Oxford City Council

The Borough of Broxbourne and Hertfordshire County Council

London Borough of Lewisham

PFC Property Limited

Rimstock Limited

NHS Property Services Limited

Nash Business Capital

Tevva Motors Limited

Portsmouth City Council

Airwave Solutions Limited

Oxford City Council

The Borough of Broxbourne and Hertfordshire County Council

London Borough of Lewisham

PFC Property Limited

Rimstock Limited

NHS Property Services Limited

Nash Business Capital

Tevva Motors Limited

Portsmouth City Council

Airwave Solutions Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Oxford City Council on £500m Westgate Shopping Centre redevelopment working alongside Land Securities and anchored by John Lewis.
  • Advised the Borough of Broxbourne and Hertfordshire County Council on the creation of a c.£400m new retail and leisure development with Sovereign Centros at Brookfield Riverside.
  • Advised the London Borough of Lewisham on the creation of a £150m joint venture/co-investment vehicle on a build to rent development/operation with the private sector (Grainger Plc).