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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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  1. Commercial property: investment
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

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

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

Other key lawyers:Sarah Sivyour

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

Samsung SRA Asset Management (South Korea)

Westfield (now Unibail Rodamco Westfield)

Lendlease

Oxford Properties

Savills Investment Management

Knight Frank Investment Management

Hines

BAE Systems

Tritax

Norges Bank

Invesco

Hammerson

Qatari Diar

M&G

DTZ Investors

Mirae Asset Daewoo (South Korea)

Korea Investment Management (South Korea

Vestas Investment Management (South Korea)

Korea Investment and Securities (South Korea)

The Valesco Group

LB Asset Management (South Korea)

Korea Investment and Securities (South Korea)

KB Securities (South Korea)

NH Investment & Securities (South Korea)

PGGM

Meritz Securities (South Korea)

Lovell Partnerships Limited

Grosvenor

First Panattoni

Ascendas REIT

Work highlights

  • Advised Samsung SRA Asset Management on the complex share acquisition, international tax structuring and financing of the landmark London office building, 200 Aldersgate, with 430,000 sq ft of prime multi-let office building located near Farringdon Station.
  • Advised a Korean consortium on the trophy asset acquisition of 20 Old Bailey, London from Blackstone for around £340m.  
  • Continuing to advise Westfield on phase 2 of the Westfield London development in White City in joint venture with Commerz Real Investmentgesellschaft.
  • Advised Ascendas REIT, Singapore's largest listed business space and industrial real estate investment Trust, on its maiden investment in the UK involving the acquisition of a portfolio of 12 prime logistics properties in the UK from Oxenwood Real Estate for £207m.
  • Advised Vestas Investment Management on another of the Capital's largest investment opportunities with the purchase, international tax structuring and financing of the 190,000 sq ft of prime office building, 125 Shaftesbury Avenue.

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

Practice head(s):Chris de Pury

Other key lawyers:Sam Narula; Claire Milton; Robert MacGregor

Testimonials

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

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

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

Key Clients

Landsec

Great Portland Estates

Canary Wharf Group

Blackstone

Qatari Diar

Tesco

The Carlyle Group

The Crown Estate

Hermes Investment Management

Quintain Estates and Developments

Work highlights

  • Acting for Ballymore on the acquisition of a major new development site (1,500 new homes plus education and commercial space and a theatre) at Millharbour.
  • Advised US private equity real estate group and new client HighBrook Investors on the largest real estate transaction executed in the Netherlands in 2018.
  • Advised Hong Kong based investor Kingboard Investments, on the purchase and leaseback of KPMG’s London headquarters, 15 Canada Square in Canary Wharf, for £399.99m.
  • Advised one of four bidders attempting to acquire Lone Star’s UK residential property company Quintain, the country’s largest build-to-rent opportunity.
  • Advised Get Living (the joint venture between Delancey, Qatari Diar, Oxford Properties and APG) on the acquisition of more than 800 build to rent apartments at Manchester's Middlewood Locks.

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

Practice head(s):Nigel Howorth

Other key lawyers:Adrian Levy; Alis Pay; Franc Peña; Mark Payne

Testimonials

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

'Extremely responsive and professional - especially Mark Payne.'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'Excellent quality team from top to bottom'.

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

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

AIG Global Real Estate

Angelo Gordon

Blackstone

Canary Wharf Group PLC

CK Asset Holdings

Employees Provident Fund of Malaysia

Hammerson plc

Legal & General

Network Rail

Samsung Life

Work highlights

  • Advised Network Rail on the sale of its commercial real estate portfolio to Telereal Trillium and Blackstone Property Partners for the total consideration of £1.46bn, one of the UK's largest ever real estate deals.
  • Advised a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of CK Asset Holdings Limited on the £1bn acquisition of 100% of 5 Broadgate, London from British Land and GIC.
  • Advised Samsung Life, the largest insurance company in South Korea, on its sale of 30 Gresham Street for a price in excess of £400m to the joint venture of two Hong Kong based developers, Wing Tai Properties and Manhattan Garments.
  • Advised the Malaysian state pension fund the Employees Provident Fund of Malaysia on the formation of a joint venture with Permodalan Nasional Berhad, the largest asset management firm in Malaysia, which will forward purchase and fund the development of Phase 2 of the landmark Battersea Power Station redevelopment in London.
  • Advised Blackstone on the acquisition of the National Exhibition Centre Group, the live event and exhibition operator which includes the National Exhibition Centre Birmingham, The International Arena and The Genting Arena, for an enterprise value of £860m.

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

Practice head(s):Ciaran Carvalho

Other key lawyers:Clare Thomas; Simon Staite

Testimonials

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

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

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

Key Clients

Columbia Threadneedle

Mitsui Fudosan

Landsec

M&G Real Estate

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Curlew Capital

CBRE Global Investors

Great Portland Estates

AXA IM Real Assets

Legal & General

Work highlights

  • Acted for AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets on its agreement, on behalf of joint venture clients from France, China and South Korea, to sell prime London office building Ropemaker Place  to a subsidiary of Singaporean-listed company Ho Bee Land, for £650m.
  • Advised Legal & General Capital on the investment with Bruntwood worth £360m to establish a landmark 50:50 partnership to create the UK's largest property platform dedicated to driving science and technology growth in regional cities.
  • Advised Singapore-based City Developments Limited on its £183m acquisition of Aldgate House in the City of London from Hermes Investment Management and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.
  • Advised US private equity firm Angelo Gordon on the sale of 55 Gresham Street, EC2, to New York-based Ella Valley Capital for around £200m.
  • Advised Queensgate Investment on the real estate aspects of its £475m sale of London Executive Offices to Celvam Management after a detailed bidding process.

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

Practice head(s):Jeremy Walden

Other key lawyers:Donald Rowlands; Richard Forsdyke; Ian Cox

Testimonials

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

'First rate firm of the highest quality.'

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

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

'Jeremy Walden is an outstanding, sensible lawyer.'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

Blackstone

Brookfield

Hammerson

Aberdeen Standard Investments

British Land

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Goldman Sachs

Allianz Real Estate

Citi Group

Argent Related

Work highlights

  • Advised on trophy London office sales including its disposal of Devonshire Square, London, to WeWork, TH Real Estate and Danish pension fund PFA Ejendomme and its sales of 20 Old Bailey and Cannon Bridge House.
  • Advised Broadgate joint venture on the sale of 5 Broadgate, the global headquarters of UBS.
  • Advised Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield on the £250m forward sale of 14 Westfield Avenue, an office scheme, in Stratford to Legal & General Pensions.
  • Advised Allianz Real Estate, the global real estate investment and asset manager of Allianz group, on the creation of a market leading student accommodation real estate joint venture in London with Greystar Real Estate Partners, the global rental housing leader, and Public Sector Pension Investment Board, one of Canada's largest pension investment managers
  • Advised on the sale and joint venture arrangements of a 50% stake in Highcross shopping centre in Leicester to an Asian investor for £236m.

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

Practice head(s):Andy Bruce

Other key lawyers:Tom Watkins; Simon Price

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

'Siobhan Burton is a very strong performer'.

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

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

Key Clients

CK Asset

Round Hill Capital

KanAm

Oaktree

Lendlease

Meyer Bergman

Cerberus

Abu Dhabi Financial Group (ADFG)

AustralianSuper

Triuva

CBRE Global Investors

Barratt Group (Wilson Bowden Developments)

Work highlights

  • Acted for Lendlease on its joint venture with Starwood Capital to acquire the £3.5bn Silvertown Quays urban renewal project in London.
  • Represented CBRE Global Investors in respect of all property dealings by the Pan-European Core fund across Europe including the significant retail pre-lets at Angel Central Islington in connection with a major ongoing re-modelling of the centre.
  • Represented Permodalan Nasional Berhad and the Employees Provident Fund on their acquisition of a stake the Battersea Power Station redevelopment for €1.76bn.
  • Acted for CK Asset on its unsuccessful bid for the Network Rail commercial property portfolio comprising over 5,000 railway arches units.
  • Acting for KanAm on various matters including the asset purchase of 3 Copthall Avenue, the share purchase of the SPV owning the freehold property at 30 Moorgate, and the financing of the Moorgate acquisition.

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

Practice head(s):Martin Wright; Chris Harvey

Other key lawyers:Iain Roberts; Caroline Humble; Jeremy Clay

Testimonials

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

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

'Diligent, knowledgeable and highly commercial.'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

The British Land Company Plc

The Silvertown Partnership

Gaw Capital

Crosstree Real Estate Partners

Scape

Xinyuan Real Estate

Rich World Holdings Ltd

Lee Kum Kee / Infinitus

Wing Tai

CIT

Helical

Tishman Speyer

Unilever plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Kingswood Edge Limited on the £411m acquisition of 30 Gresham Street, London.
  • Advised a private Asian client on multiple acquisitions in London throughout 2018 for a combined value of £185m.
  • Advised British Land on the acquisition of the Woolwich Arsenal Estate.
  • Advised Scape, the international student accommodation provider, on the sale and forward funding of a student housing site in Brighton.
  • Advised Hoi Hup Realty Pte Ltd on its acquisition of 322 High Holborn and 44 Southampton Buildings, London, from a client of Aberdeen Standard Investments.

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

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

Other key lawyers:Michael Scott; Lee Sheldon; Simon Tager

Testimonials

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

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

'Responsive and practical'.

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

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

Key Clients

Aviva

Hermes

Wells Fargo

CC Land

Hammerson

M&G

PGIM

Threadneedle;

Ribston

Schroders

Heeton Holdings

Tellon

Dandara

Aberdeen Standard

HSBC Alternative Investments LImited

Aberdeen Standard Investments

GR Property Limited

KTB Asset Management

Cheung Kai

LondonMetric Property

Work highlights

  • Instructed to act on the corporate and real estate elements of Battersea Power Station’s ‘sale’ of the Power Station for £1.6bn.
  • Advised the Chinese Government on the relocation of its Embassy in London to the former Royal Mint Court site.
  • Advised GR Property Ltd, a listed Hong Kong property investor, on the acquisition of Juxton House, a prestigious building directly opposite St. Paul’s Cathedral, for a consideration of £134.5m.
  • Advising British Land on the sale of five Debenhams stores for a total consideration of £110m, involving two different purchasers across the five stores.
  • Advised Threadneedle on the sale of 65-68 South Molton Street in London W1.

Allen & Overy LLP is routinely engaged for high-end, cross-border work for a prestigious roster of clients. The practice, which is led by global real estate head Imogen Moss, also advises landlords and tenants on the leasing and management of real estate investments, covering rent reviews, insurance and repair obligations. Moss plays an active role in the firm’s thriving headquarters practice and is also an expert on joint ventures and investments which use complex offshore structures. In a recent highlight, the team advised Westbrook Partners on its acquisition of the Sterling Industrial Platform, a portfolio of 28 UK logistic assets spanning over three million sq ft of lettable space. Well-regarded counsel Emma Willoughby represents a range of developers, landlords and tenants from the retail, office and industrial sectors.

Practice head(s):Imogen Moss

Other key lawyers:Christopher Woolf

Key Clients

Oxford Properties

Evans Randall

THRE’s European

Cities Fund

China Vanke

Orion Capital Managers

Schroders

Westbrook

Work highlights

  • Advised TH Real Estate on the acquisition, in a joint venture with PFA, of the Devonshire Square Estate in London, together with the leaseback by of 200,000 sq ft of the estate to WeWork as anchor tenant.
  • Advising longstanding client Westbrook Partners on the acquisition of the Sterling Industrial Platform, a portfolio of 28 UK logistics assets comprising more than three million sq ft of lettable space.
  • Advised Westbrook Partners on the acquisition of the Martinbridge Industrial Estate in Enfield.
  • Advised Oxford Properties and another client on their significant investment in a new European logistics development fund.

Clients recommend Baker McKenzie¬†for its ‚Äėglobal coverage‚Äô, ‚Äėextremely responsive team‚Äô and ‚Äėcommercial advice‚Äô. The team is particularly well-regarded for investment matters, handling finance, structuring, documenting, development and divestment matters in addition to the negotiation of joint ventures. Overseas inbound investment is also a strength with the highly recommended Stephen Turner¬†recently advising Asian investor Far East Consortium on the acquisition of a ¬£200m development site in Manchester. Specific expertise is also held in relation to the European rollout of US and other international retail groups, while the practice also supports corporate occupiers on leasing, transactions, developments, planning and dispute resolution matters, among others. Justin Salkeld¬†is another standout name and heads the hotels and leisure offering. He is an expert on the acquisition, development, operation and disposal of hotel assets. His team is also engaged for employment, IP, tax, environment, franchise and construction-related instructions.

Practice head(s):Stephen Turner; Justin Salkeld

Testimonials

'The best for the level of services they provide, the competence, the assistance in each European country and the sense of urgency they put in each deal'.

'Stefanie Price is great and makes the client feel as though they are getting the best service'. 

'Global coverage, extremely responsive, ability to provide support and guidance across all business functions for completely different platforms and models. Excellent teamwork and resources within the organization to provide the best outcome in cross functional situations.'

'Very responsive - the team offers advice that is straightforward, pragmatic and commercial'.

'Stefanie Price is highly organised and ensures that momentum is maintained on all matters. She involves Stephen Turner whenever appropriate to get a second point of view or additional seniority.'

Key Clients

CLdN Cobelfret

Mapletree Investments

Employees Provident Fund

Far East Consortium

Work highlights

  • Advising a leading Asian investor on the acquisition of a £200m development site in Manchester.
  • Advised Mapletree Investments on a cross-border deal on the acquisition of numerous US and European assets for a purchase price of $860m.
  • Acting for Mapletree Investments on initial acquisition and subsequent management of Green Park business park which comprises of approximately 1.4 million sq ft of lettable space.
  • Acting for Mapletree Investments on the management of a multi-let 12-storey office building in Manchester.
  • Continuing to advise on various large commercial property, investment, infrastructure and development projects for CLdN Cobelfret.

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

Practice head(s):Rob Thompson; Andrew Henderson

Other key lawyers:Simon Masri; Nichola West

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'Commercially minded, good problem solving.'

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

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

Aberdeen Standard

Al Habtoor Group

Aprirose Real Estate Investment

Castleforge Partners

Caudwell Properties

CBRE GI

Cerberus

E&Y

GE Pension Investment Fund

Greyhound Investing Corp

HSBC

Inhabit

KanAm Grund

Karlin Real Estate

Mayfair Capital's The Property Income Trust for Charities (PITCH)

M&G real estate

Prestbury

Quintain

Rockspring

Secure Income REIT

Sigma Capital

Sports Direct

Tishman Speyer

Topland

Viridis Properties  Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Ho Bee Land Limited, the Singaporean real estate development and investment company, on the acquisition of Ropemaker Place, a multi-let trophy office building in London.
  • Acted for Secure Income REIT on the hotels element of a purchase, placing and financing of two property portfolios totalling £436m.
  • Advised Lloyds Bank plc as agent, arranger, bookrunner, senior lender, original hedge counterparty and security agent on the senior real estate finance investment facilities to a special purpose vehicle within the Chen group of companies to acquire 5 Churchill Place in London's Canary Wharf from Saïd Holdings.
  • Acting for Secure Income REIT in connection with the purchase of 17 properties let to Travelodge Hotels.
  • Acted for Park Hotels on the sale of a portfolio of Hilton Hotels for £135m to an affiliate of Starwood Capital Group's Starwood Global Opportunity Fund XI.

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

Practice head(s):William Naunton

Other key lawyers:Richard Wilkinson; Omer Maroof; Rob O'Hanrahan; George Burrha; Jonathan Northey

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

'Paul Dineen is incredibly keen to please.'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

Shaftesbury plc

The Pollen Estate

AXA Investment Fund Management

Oval Real Estate

LaSalle Investment Management

Prologis

PGIM Real Estate

St James's Place UK plc

Savills Investment Management

King Street Capital

Work highlights

  • Acting for Mace Developments on the Greenwich Square development.
  • Acting for Elliot Advisers on the disposal of a portfolio of pan-European real estate and the re-financing of a portfolio of 800 advertising hoardings across the UK as part of a restructure of its pan-European investments.
  • Acting on behalf of Shaftesbury for its strategic Soho acquisition on Berwick Street.
  • Acting for The Pollen Estate on the redevelopment of its Mayfair Portfolio.
  • Advising St James's Place on its mixed-use Fitzrovia scheme.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher is active on a wide range of commercial property matters, including corporate and investment acquisitions and disposals, financing and developments and joint ventures. Foreign-based investors, particularly those from the US and the Middle East, frequently instruct the team, as do lenders in high-end transactional work across mainland Europe and around the globe. Other clients include hotel groups, institutional real estate investors and sovereign wealth funds. The highly recommended Alan Samson serves as practice head and possesses expertise in relation to the acquisition of real estate loan portfolios. Of counsel Claibourne Harrison is another name to note and is a specialist on real estate private equity and mergers and acquisitions.

Practice head(s):Alan Samson

Other key lawyers:Amy Kennedy; Jeremy Kenley; Claibourne Harrison

Key Clients

AECOM Capital

Apollo Global Management

Ares Management

Brookfield

Cale Street Partners

Centerbridge

Davidson Kempner Capital Management

Deutsche Bank AG

Investcorp Bank B.S.C.

Meadow Partners

M&G

Nuveen Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Advised WeWork on the acquisition and financing of Devonshire Square, a 620,000 sq ft collection of 12 buildings over five acres in the financial district in the City of London.
  • Represented Crescent Heights on the sale of Vintners Place, a large office building in the City of London, situated on the River Thames next to Southwark Bridge, to a consortium comprised of Goldman Sachs and Greycoat Real Estate.
  • Advised Deutsche Bank AG in connection with the acquisition (jointly with  Oaktree Capital Management) of Project Lee, an Irish loan portfolio being sold by NAMA.
  • Advised Meadow Partners LLC on the sale of a newly developed 212-room hotel on Aldgate Place, London to Irish listed Dalata Hotel Group PLC.
  • Advised Deutsche Bank AG on the acquisition of Project Ines, a Spanish loan portfolio from SAREB and the related joint venture and asset management arrangements.

Hailed for ‚Äėthe breadth of its experience‚Äô, Goodwin¬†directs particular attention towards the hotels and leisure sector where it represents equity investors and other capital sources investing in hospitality assets, as well as operators of hotels and resorts. The City team, which is closely integrated with the firm‚Äôs US practice and operates on matters across the globe, handles acquisitions, disposals, financing, franchising agreements, developments, employment and regulatory matters, among others. Also noted as ‚Äėsolid on commercial property investment‚Äô, the group is recommended for inbound cross-border investment, capital raising and transactional work. The highly recommended Joe Conder¬†has a client base of sovereign wealth funds and ultra-high-net-worth managers and is a specialist on development financing, leaseback transactions and real estate financing.

Practice head(s):Joe Conder

Other key lawyers:David Evans; James Spence

Testimonials

'The funds team at Goodwin is simply brilliant. The breadth of their experience and the numbers of deals they are doing the market gives them a lot of insight into what is market or not.

'Samantha Lake Coghlan is always available, super pragmatic and commercial. She advises on every aspect of real estate funds and is a go-to person on every fund related question'.

Key Clients

Angelo, Gordon & Co

Ares Management

Deutsche Asset Management (RREEF)

Gramercy Property Europe

GreenOak Real Estate

Henderson Park

Kennedy Wilson Europe

M7 Real Estate

MPT (Medical Properties Trust)

Partners Group

Tunstall Real Estate

Workspace Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Medical Properties Trust, a US public REIT, on its €1.635bn joint venture agreement with Primonial Group.
  • Represented Kennedy Wilson Europe in a joint venture with Cain International.
  • Represented Kennedy Wilson Europe in a joint venture with AXA Investment Managers.
  • Represented GreenOak Real Estate in the investor club acquisition of two portfolios of French logistics assets.
  • Represented DWS, formerly known as Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management in RREEF Investment GmbH and Europe II SA SICAV-SIF’s £240m acquisition and forward funding of new headquarters development at the International Quarter London in Stratford.

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

Practice head(s):Danielle Martin; Matthew Priday

Other key lawyers:Sarah Atkinson; Steven Cowins

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

Aviva

British Airways Pension Fund

Goodman

Hines

Angelo Gordon

Patrizia

Blackstone

Schroders

Starwood Capital

Catalyst Capital

Work highlights

  • Represented new client Starlend UK on the acquisition of the Silvertown Quays development site, Royal Docks, London from First Base, Macquarie Capital and Chelsfield Properties.
  • Represented MGT Investment Management and Lincoln Property Company on the acquisition of the Station Hill development site in central Reading.
  • Represented real estate investment company Goodman with the drawdown of development leases under the Eastside Locks development.
  • Represented real estate developer TC Old Oak, known as The Collective, on the management buyout of their flagship co-living building Old Oak, in West London, from Singaporean and UK-based private wealth backers.
  • Represented Goldman Sachs’s new UK affiliate Bricks Acquisitions on its tender offer for 100% of shares in ROBYG, a real estate developer listed in the Warsaw Stock Exchange.

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

Practice head(s):Jackie Newstead; Daniel Norris

Other key lawyers:John Condliffe; Sian Owles

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

Aberdeen Standard

British Land

CCLA Investment Management

Landsec

LaSalle Investment Management  (Mars Pension Fund and Coal Pension Properties)

M&G Real Estate (Prudential)

Shaftesbury

TH Real Estate

The Crown Estate

U+I Group Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Prologis on the $1.1bn sale of a high-quality portfolio of buildings and land in Europe and the US to the real estate investment arm of Singaporean sovereign investor Temasek.
  • Advised Pontegadea on the £544m acquisition of the iconic Adelphi Building in London from Blackstone.
  • Acted on the acquisition of Lionel House in Birmingham, Queen Street Apartments Leicester and the forward purchase of a new scheme at Kirkstall Road Leeds.
  • Advised on the new Heatherwick redesigned Coal Drop's Yard experiential retail and leisure destination at King's Cross Central.
  • Acted for a Japanese Bank on the acquisition of a 49.95% interest in the Highcross Leicester Limited Partnership from Hammerson.

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

Practice head(s):David Roberts

Other key lawyers:Alistair Grant

Key Clients

Blackstone Group, The

The British Land Company PLC

CIT Group Partners LLP

CBRE Global Investors/Investment Partners

Delancey/DV4

Greystar Real Estate Partners

Hansteen Holdings PLC

Henderson Park Real Estate Fund

Henley Investment Management Limited

LaSalle Investment Management

LondonMetric Property Plc

Meyer Bergman, Ltd.

Oaktree Capital Management, L.P.

Oxenwood Real Estate LLP

Aermont Capital

Wells Fargo

Work highlights

  • Acting for Greystar on the recapitalisation of the Chapter Portfolio.
  • Acting for The Metro Shopping Fund on the sale of the Shop Stop Retail Parade at Clapham Junction Station.
  • Acting for Hansteen on the sale of a portfolio of 50 industrial estates to Warehouse REIT.
  • Acting for LondonMetric on the acquisition of an urban logistics portfolio from ACT Foundation.
  • Acting for Oxenwood  on the acquisition of a logistics unit let to DHL.

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

Practice head(s):Anthony Burnett-Scott

Other key lawyers:Clare Breeze; Nick Barnes

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

Covivio

Kenedy Wilson

Ecoworld

Ergo Real Estate

Legal & General

Realstar

Stanhope

Work highlights

  • Advised Covivio Hotels, the hotel subsidiary of French real estate investment company Covivio on the £858m purchase of a portfolio of 14 four and five-star hotels from US investment firm Starwood Capital.
  • Advised a consortium of Stanhope, Mitsui and AIMCo on the letting of 212,000 sq ft of office space at the landmark Television Centre development at White City, London to French multinational advertising and public relations company Publicis Media.
  • Advised the Realstar Group, in joint venture with Amerimar Enterprises, on the acquisition and completion of a hotel development project forming part of the wider mixed use scheme delivered by St George (part of the Berkeley Group) at One Blackfriars, London.
  • Advised co-owners Stanhope Plc and Benson Elliot Capital Management on the sale of the Station Hill development site in Reading to Lincoln MGT, a joint venture between Lincoln Property Company and MGT Investment Management.
  • Advising Malaysian developer Ecoworld on its forward funding from Invesco of two build-to-rent sites in London, with a combined development value of over £400m, and providing more than 1,100 new units for private rent.

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

Practice head(s):Roger Thornton

Other key lawyers:Declan Power; Martin Smith; Katherine Watts

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

BMO Real Estate

CBRE Global Investors

Cineworld

CLS Holdings plc

Legal & General

Lloyds Banking Group Plc

Martin’s Properties

Patrizia Immobilien AG

Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance plc

Tower 42

Tristan Capital Partners

US Government

Work highlights

  • Acting for the US Government on the new US Embassy at Nine Elms, which was the climax of ongoing advice to the US Government concerning the sale of the Grosvenor Square site, the relocation to Nine Elms and a number of residential block acquisitions.
  • Advised Aberdeen Standard Investments on a number of funds - in 2018 the firm worked on over £350m of purchases and disposals.
  • Acted for Amsprop on the sale of the freehold of The Crosspoint building to The Carlyle Group for circa £43m.
  • Advised UK Commercial Property Trust on its conversion to a REIT, now known as UK Commercial Property REIT, and their recent £136m purchases.
  • Acted for The Royal Philatelic Society London on its acquisition of a new headquarters at 15 Abchurch Lane in the City of London from a private investor.

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

Practice head(s):Nick Doffman

Other key lawyers:Stephen Hughes; Nick Minkoff; Edward Hughes-Power

Testimonials

'Overall an excellent team'.

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

Brookfield

Delancey

Capital & Counties Properties plc (Capco)

Mansford LLP

Olayan Group (Knightsbridge Estate)

Berkeley Group

AEW

Minerva

Almacantar

Chelsfield

Helical plc

Fizzy Living

The Office Group

PGIM Real Estate Finance

Derwent London

Work highlights

  • Advised Student Roost (a business owned by Brookfield Strategic Real Estate Partners II fund) on the purchase of the Enigma Portfolio from Curlew Student Trust (a fund backed by clients of CBRE Global Investors).
  • Acted for Mansford LLP on the disposal of The Manchester Arena, The Chiswell Street Brewery and a portfolio of Travelodge hotels, as well as on the disposal of a portfolio of public houses.
  • Advised longstanding client Capital & Counties Properties PLC on the sale of the Empress State Building for £250m.
  • Acted for Delancey on the sale of 185 Park Street and 94-116 Southwark Park Road for £100m, to J&T Real Estate, Slovenia.

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

Practice head(s):Wasim Khan

Other key lawyers:David Hawkins; Charles Pinkerton; Nick Clayson; David Sinclair

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'Very good technical ability and excellent customer communication'.

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

Key Clients

Resolution Property IM LLP (UK)

Europa Capital (UK)

Ask Real Estate (UK)

Commerz Real (Germany)

Prudential plc (UK)

Olympia London

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

Bank ABC (Middle East)

Schroder Real Estate Investment Management (UK)

Tristan Capital Partners (UK)

HSBC Alternative Investments (UK)

DP World London Gateway

Bank of Montréal (Canada)

Employees Provident Fund (Malaysia)

Orstead Energy (formerly Dong Energy) (Denmark)

Argo Group (USA)

WELPUT (Jersey)

Ashby Capital (UK)

State General Reserve Fund (Oman)

SOFAZ (Azerbaijan)

Hobart Partners (UK)

Sidra Capital (Dubai)

Ivanhoé Cambridge (Canada)

Work highlights

  • Advising on the £700m redevelopment of Olympia London.
  • Completion of the £600m extension to the Westfield Shopping Centre in White City, London.
  • Acted for new client Resolution Property Holdings on the purchase of the iconic Royal Exchange office in the City of London.
  • Advised Bank ABC on the largest Shariah-compliant financing in the UK for the development of Regent’s Crescent, a historic Grade I listed property.
  • Advised a Chinese consortium on its £600m acquisition of a 30% stake in UK wind farm.

Paul Hastings LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėextremely knowledgeable‚Äô London team is led by¬†Michael James, a ‚Äėgo-to adviser for all property-related matters‚Äô with expertise in structured acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, finance matters and fund investments. He also possesses specialist knowledge of the hotels sector with his team recently acting on high-value portfolio acquisitions and disposals, international management agreements and development projects. The team is also recommended for investment-related acquisitions and disposals, including those with a cross-border element.

Practice head(s):Michael James

Testimonials

'The Paul Hastings team consistently delivers'.

'Michael James is a go-to adviser on all property related matters.'

'Stephen Nicolas is a rising star.'

'Michael James is an exceptional partner who goes above and beyond on every deal. His commercial judgement is excellent and his commitment and hard work are second to none.'

'They pick up on points that other lawyers miss'.

Key Clients

Starwood Capital

Starwood Capital/M7 Real Estate

LRC

GAC Group

Goldman Sachs

Work highlights

  • Represented Starwood Capital on its disposal of 12 full-service hotels forming part of the Principal Hotel Company to FdM for a purchase price in excess of $1bn.
  • Advised a joint venture of Starwood Capital and M7 as lead counsel on the corporate disposal of a portfolio of 49 logistics properties in the Netherlands and Germany to Blackstone.
  • Represented LRC UK Ltd on the acquisition of nine Mercure branded hotels across the UK with a headline purchase price of £118m.
  • Represented LRC on the acquisition of five Hilton/DoubleTree branded hotels across the UK with a headline purchase price of £260m.
  • Represented LRC in the acquisition of a further nine UK based hotels, each managed by Accor.

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

Practice head(s):Claire Hughes

Other key lawyers:Janet Matthews; Anthony Newton; Mike Reid

Testimonials

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

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

'Luke Miotte is attentive to complicated matters.'

'Commercial approach and very willing to work hard'.

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

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

Legal & General

AXA Real Estate Investment Management

LandSec Group

Invesco

Aviva Investors

Royal London Asset Management

The Portman Settled Estates

RDI REIT

Grosvenor Approx

90 North

Work highlights

  • Advised Royal London on the acquisition of a 800,000 sq ft industrial estate for £134m.
  • Acted for Aviva Investors on the £117m sale of 20 Soho Square.
  • Advising Hines's European Value Fund on the £40m-plus real estate acquisition of 354-358 Oxford Street opposite London's Bond Street tube station from London Underground.
  • Acting for the Legal & General Annuity & LPI Funds, in particular the pre-let of offices at New Bailey, Salford to the Government Property Unit.
  • Acted on the £70m development funding of a manufacturing centre of excellence being built for Meggitt in Coventry.

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

Practice head(s):John Kelsey

Other key lawyers:Matthew Hooton; Richard Hopkinson-Woolley

Testimonials

‘Good sense, hard work, responsiveness and a sense of humour’.

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

Key Clients

Deka Immobilien Investment GmbH

Legal & General

M7 Real Estate

The Collective Partners LLP

Sedco Capital

Valor Real Estate Partners LLP

Palmer Capital

Tishman Speyer

Oxford Properties

Columbia Threadneedle

Work highlights

  • Advised APG on the increase of its stake in a joint venture.
  • Advised a vehicle owned by Tishman Speyer and the Public Sector Investment Board (a Canadian pension fund) on the sale of Verde SW1.
  • Advising Sedco on the share sale of 54 Hagley Road.
  • Advising the Shareholders of London Properties Pte Limited on the sale of the ‘Old oak’ development.
  • Acting for Qatar Insurance Company on the acquisition and leaseback of 123 Winterstoke Road.

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

Practice head(s):Jane Edwarde

Other key lawyers:Richard Todd; John Nevin

Testimonials

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

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

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

Key Clients

Arsenal

Bourne Leisure

Bupa

Clothworkers’ Company

Delancey

Derwent London

Dobbies Garden Centres

Elysian Residences

Everton

Equinix

Fishmongers’ Company

Halsbury Homes

Legal & General

Masterworks

MCC

Midlothian Capital Partners

Ministry of Sound

MTR Corporation

Nimax Theatres

NTT Urban Development Corporation

Ocado

Sableknight

Tata Steel

Tottenham

Work highlights

  • Represented UD Europe on the sale of 265 Strand.
  • Advised Legal & General on the sale of seven properties from the Hyperion Portfolio.
  • Advised Legal & General on the acquisition of CALA Homes.
  • Advised the Cardinal Lysander Group on the sale of the Axis building in Birmingham.
  • Advised Shahid Khan on his offer to purchase Wembley Stadium.

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

Practice head(s):Michael Shaw

Other key lawyers:John Danahy; Rachel Orton

Testimonials

‘The firm provides a practical and pragmatic approach; finding solutions that work in the real world and not just taking a black and white stance.’

‘Gary Paddison and Rachel Orton are recommended’. 

Key Clients

Quintain

FORE Partnership

Equitix Ltd

Close Brothers Limited

EDF

One Healthcare Limited

Bank Leumi (UK) Plc

Retail Employees Superannuation Trust

Apsley House Capital Plc

VTP Global Holdings Ltd and VTP London Limited

Henley Investment Management

Work highlights

  • Acted for FORE Partnership (a grouping of family offices) in relation to the £51m purchase of Tower Bridge Court, London SE1 as a strategic investment and development opportunity.
  • Represented Aviva Investors UK Property Fund in its £46.9m sale of Broadway Plaza, a major leisure scheme in central Birmingham.
  • Representing Bank Leumi on the refinance of four build to rent assets comprising on excess of 400 units.
  • Advised EDF Renewables in relation to the sale of a 49% minority stake in 24 of its UK wind farms.
  • Advising Magnox on a notable nuclear transaction involving the disposal of land and facilities on a nuclear site designated under the Energy Act 2004, for new nuclear decommissioning operations.

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

Practice head(s):Keith Barnett

Other key lawyers:Mark Rajbenbach; Paul Lawrence; Chris Turley

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

Vivion Capital/ Intown Group

CrossTree

Invesco

Meadow Partners

InfraRed Capital Partners

Canada Life

McLaren Property

Brentford Football Club

Try Market Hall Limited

Secure Income REIT

Resolution Property

St George

RBS

Work highlights

  • Advising Vivion Capital / InTown on the acquisition of 20 IHG franchised hotels (Holiday Inn Express and Crowne Plaza) in addition to the captive hotel management platform (Lapithus Hotels) from Apollo Capital Management for over £700m
  • Advising Vivion Capital/ Intown Group on the purchase of a portfolio of nine assets for over £240m.
  • Advising Access Entertainment, a division of Sir Leonard Blavatnik's Access Industries, on its acquisition of the iconic Theatre Royal in London's Haymarket for an undisclosed sum.
  • Advising Secure Income REIT on its acquisition and associated financing of a portfolio of leisure assets, including the Manchester Arena, The Brewery Chiswell Street (the largest catered events space in the City of London) and 18 freehold pubs.
  • Advising Meadow Partners on the disposal of 20-22 Tudor Street, EC4, to serviced office provider Office Space for £21.4m.

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

Practice head(s):Malcolm Macfarlane; Justin Lewis-Vivas

Other key lawyers:Ivan Fitzherbert; Claire Nelson

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

Care UK

Spire Healthcare

Fresh Wharf Estates

The Bristol Port Company

William Nash PLC

Royal London Asset Management

Helical PLC

West 11

Work highlights

  • On behalf of clients affiliated to Care UK, the firm acted on the sale of 14 care home investment properties in four portfolios for in excess of £230m.
  • Advising Fresh Wharf Estate on a complex transaction for the redevelopment of the northern part of Fresh Wharf Estate in Barking, to deliver significant regeneration to the area, including 911 homes and commercial units.
  • Advising on purchase of office buildings in N1 and EC1 for in excess of £50m.
  • Advised on sale of four redeveloped houses for £112m.
  • Advising on the office elements of a development scheme in Battersea.

White & Case LLP has a distinct industry-centric focus which includes retail, real estate investors, financial institutions and data centres. The highly recommended James Dodsworth serves as practice head, leading a team which excels on investment-related acquisitions, sales, portfolio management and leasebacks, including those with complicated cross-border elements. Sudhir Nair’s recent arrival from Baker McKenzie strengthened the group’s real estate finance expertise.

Practice head(s):James Dodsworth

Other key lawyers:James Johnson

Key Clients

Oaktree Capital Management

Digital Realty

ESAS

Selfridges

Credit Suisse

Blue Horizon Investor Limited

London Stock Exchange

Welcome Break

Westmont Hospitality

A major Israeli bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Oaktree Capital Management on its sale of the SACO property portfolio, one of the UK's leading providers of serviced apartments with an extensive network of properties around the world, to Brookfield Asset Management.
  • Advised longstanding client, Digital Realty, a New York Stock Exchange listed REIT, in relation to the grant of a new data centre lease and services agreements to BP International, Tesco Stores, Commerzbank and BT.
  • Advised Credit Suisse on the cross-border sale and leaseback of its critical data centre facilities in both London and Singapore to Iron Mountain.
  • Advised Blue Horizon Investor Limited, an Abu Dhabi investor in connection with its acquisition of a commercial real estate asset located in Rotterdam known as Blaak16 for €65m.

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

Practice head(s):Simon Williams;

Other key lawyers:Andrew Wilmot-Smith; Dennis Ko; Caroline King;

Testimonials

‘ Recommended for their resources and knowledge’.

‘The team is approachable and reliable.’

Key Clients

Grosvenor

Marriott International

IBM UK Pensions Trust Ltd

Bedford Estates

Black Pearl Limited

Berry Brothers & Rudd

Harcourt Investment Limited

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

Practice head(s):Richard Clark; Rick Read

Other key lawyers:Matt Sims

Testimonials

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

'Commitment to delivering a solution.'

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

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

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

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

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

'Flexible, committed, proactive, responsive'.

Key Clients

The Crown Estate

Aerium Group

HSBC

Virgin Active

East Hampshire District Council

Bath & North East Somerset District Council

Gardiner Haskins

Darwin Alternative Investment Management

UPE 3

Change Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Advising Gardiner Haskins on proposed disposal and redevelopment of premises.
  • Advised Change Real Estate on the Redcliff Quarter regeneration, a scheme involving both development and investment elements.
  • Advising North Somerset District Council on its acquisition, in partnership with Legal & General, of Weston-super-Mare’s Sovereign Shopping Centre.
  • Advised HSBC in relation to a high-value loan provided to Kier Group and a housing association.
  • Advising Bath and North East Somerset District Council on its acquisition of The Hollies Shopping Centre, Midsomer Norton.

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

Practice head(s):Mark Smith

Other key lawyers:Lee Medlock; Louise Ward; Simon Ewing; Melville Rodrigues

Testimonials

Professionalism, diligence and integrity‘.

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

Key Clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

BioMed Realty L.P

Berkeley Group

Caring Homes Group

City of London Corporation

David Lloyd Leisure Limited

Octopus Property

Derwent London

Elan Capital Management LLP

Eton College

Henderson Global Investors (now Janus Henderson Investors)

Howard de Walden Estate Limited

National Museum for the Royal Navy

Stonegate Pub Company

The Church Commissioners

Leicester City FC

London & Cambridge Properties Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Derwent London on the negotiations for the new Soho Place development above the Crossrail station at Tottenham Court, which will include a new West End theatre.
  • Acted for Stonegate Pub Company Limited on the acquisition of national cocktail chain Be at One Limited.
  • Acted for the Corporation of the City of London on the purchase of 68-71 Fleet Street, EC4 from Royal London Group.
  • Advised a private investor on its disposal of 5/7 Chancery Lane, London.
  • Advised nursing care home operator Country Court Care Homes on a restructuring refinance of its entire care home portfolio, consisting of roughly 30 homes across England.

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

Practice head(s):Graeme Taylor; Martin Quicke

Other key lawyers:Will Deeprose; John Pearce; Annabelle Redman

Testimonials

'Excellent technically and very responsive.'

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

'Martin Quicke is a very experienced lawyer'.

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

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

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

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

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

Samuel Clarke is a great professional - very technical'.

Key Clients

RIU international hotel group

Montreaux Limited

London Borough of Southwark

Spelthorne Borough Council

Grainger plc

Native Land Limited

Hutchison Property Group Limited

Marcol Group

Lai Sun Developments Limited

Urban&Civic plc

One 55 Fenchurch

KHI Holding Group

Freston Ventures

Work highlights

  • Acted for Native Land on the acquisition and funding of the Bankside Quarter mixed-use development scheme and involvement in outworking the development itself.
  • Advising Spelthorne Borough Council on all aspects of their acquisition of the portfolio of three buildings from Brockton Capital.
  • Advising Spelthorne Borough Council on the acquisition of 12 Hammersmith Grove, W6 from Aberdeen Asset Management for circa £170m.
  • Acting for Grainger Plc on its joint venture with Lewisham Council on a new rental housing schemeat Besson Street within the London Borough of Lewisham.
  • Acting for a subsidiary of Lai Sun Developments Limited on the sale of a London office building in Queen Street.

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

Practice head(s):Robert Lee

Other key lawyers:Nick Marshall; Helen Murcott; Paul Hicks; Madeline Ball

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

Greenridge

Qatari Investment Bank

Ahli Bank

Royal London

Westfield

Bouygues (UK)

Royal Mail

Arab Investments

Savills IM

Hines

Panasonic

Inchcape

Irish Life

Lloyd's of London

KCM Invest AG

Work highlights

  • Acting for new client Ahli United Bank, advising a consortium of private Middle Eastern high net worth investors in the acquisition of 360+ bedroom luxury student accommodation in Durham for £33.55m from student accommodation developer Studious.
  • Continuing to represent Royal London on its high street retail property portfolio, which forms part of the £7.2bn of real estate assets under Royal London’s management.
  • Acting for Queen Mary University of London in connection with the development and letting of a 445-bed student accommodation scheme.
  • Represented Royal London in the House of Fraser CVA and administration process.
  • Acting in connection with the disposal of The Kings School in Macclesfield's existing site and the acquisition of a new 80-acre site together with the construction of a new £60m purpose-built state-of-the-art campus.

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

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

Practice head(s):Rhodri Pazzi-Axworthy; Jayne Elkins

Other key lawyers:Paul Houston; Susan Simpson; Mark Lee

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

Shell Pension Funds

BP

HCP, Inc

DWS

Kennedy Wilson Europe

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

Imperial College ,London

Cambridge Medipark

Liberty Property Trust (UK) Limited

Co-operative Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Shell Pensions Funds on a number of sales and purchases and the day to day running of all the property investments for these funds.
  • Acting for London Southend Airport Company Limited on the investment sale of the Holiday Inn Hotel at London Southend Airport.
  • Acting for GHG London Holdings on the sale of the Curtain Hotel, Shoreditch.
  • Acting on the purchase of Hammersmith Magistrates Court London for multiple hotel developments.
  • Acting for EPF on the investment sale of the office building, Norfolk House, in Central Manchester.

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

Practice head(s):Stephen Lewis

Other key lawyers:Daniel Polden; Gavin Whitney; Simon Kanter

Testimonials

'Personable, knowledgeable, accessible and helpful.'

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

Black Sheep Coffee

Bourne Offices

London Executive Offices

Mindspace

Odeon

Penguin Random House

Turner Broadcasting

Squire & Partners

4C Hotels Limited

Aldgate Tower Investments

Beagle Investments Lux S.à r.l.

 CIMC

easyGym

Flora Developments Limited

Highgate Hotels

Hodson Developments

ING Real Estate Development

Kreativ House

London and Regional

Madison International Realty

Otium Real Estate

APAM, Patron

Paul Smith Limited

Pod

Primary Health Care Centres Ltd

R55

Seastar Developments

Soho Estates

Starboard Hotels

Strawberry Star

Tellon Capital

The Max Barney Estate

Weston Homes

Yo! Sushi

Work highlights

  • Acting for Beagle Investments Lux in relation to a £178m construction and development facility.
  • Acting for The Max Barney Estate concerning a c.£40m loan for Kingsland Road 1 Ltd and Kingsland Road 2 Ltd from HSBC Bank secured on properties on Kingsland Road, Phipp Street and Great Eastern Street.
  • Acted for Paul Smith Limited on the acquisition of a new store.    
  • Acted for Harpur Centre on the acquisition of the freehold in Harpur Centre in Bedford.
  • Acting for Stonehealth Alpha Limited on the acquisition of a portfolio of health centre properties from Octopus Healthcare.

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

Practice head(s):Matthew Swainston

Other key lawyers:Katherine Ekers; Smita Edwards; Eugene McMahon; Andrew Crabbie

Testimonials

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

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

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

Key Clients

British Airways Pension Fund

Patrizia (Formerly Rockspring Property Investment Managers LLP)

Buccleuch

Moorfield

The Crown Estate

LaSalle Investment Managers

LXB Retail Properties

Work highlights

  • Advised The Crown Estate on the acquisition of the long leasehold interest in 30 Warwick Street, London W1 in a joint venture arrangement with Norges Bank Real Estate Management.
  • Advised longstanding client LaSalle Investment Management on the sale of a shopping centre in Bolton for £14.8m.
  • Advised Moorfield Group, the UK real estate private equity fund manager, on securing two new tenants at Aurora, the fully refurbished office building in Ealing, London.
  • Advised its longstanding client the British Airways Pension Fund on the £37.1m sale of a modern 133 bedroom student development on St Aldates/Queen Street, Oxford, to Legal & General Retirement.
  • Advised clients of Rockspring Property Investment Managers LLP, a Patrizia company, in relation to the purchase of a mixed use office and hospital building in a prime location near to Old Street, London EC1.

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

Practice head(s):Richard Bate

Other key lawyers:Peter Thorne; Dan Gwilliam; Reena Patel

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

Lidl

London and Strategic Land

Mosley Street Ventures

HC-One Limited

Portland Capital Real Estate Limited

TIAA Henderson

U and I (formerly known as Development Securities)

LaSalle Investment Management

NFU Mutual

AXA

Intu Properties

USS

Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Transport for London and London Underground

Stenprop

Legal & General

Triple Point Investment Management LLP

Work highlights

  • Acting on a joint venture between NFU Mutual and Salmon Developments Limited, including the site acquisition, forward funding, development and pre-let of a 100,000 sq ft office scheme at 3 Glass Wharf, Bristol to HMRC.
  • The firm has been acting on the regeneration of Bracknell town centre since 1995.
  • Advising Commonwealth Government on the issues arising from the vacation of its existing High Commission, the agreement for the refurbishment of that building, the terms for occupation of temporary decant premises and the re-occupation of newly refurbished High Commission.
  • Acted for Bride Hall Developments Ltd in relation to all documentation in respect of the acquisition of a freehold interest in Plot 5, Fletton Quays from Peterborough Investment Partnership.
  • Advising a client on the terms for and the negotiation of the agreement for the development of a new 100,000 sq ft head office building and its fitting out.

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

Practice head(s):Wayne Smith

Other key lawyers:Kevin Greene; Neil Logan Green; Rajeev Joshi

Testimonials

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

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

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

Key Clients

Nuveen Real Estate

Standard Life Aberdeen (ReAssure)

Gramercy Europe Ltd

The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Borough Council

Investec Bank Plc

Workspace Group Plc

Laing O'Rourke

Vixcroft Limited

First Urban

Z Hotels Limited

The London Borough of Croydon

Vanquish

Work highlights

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

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

Practice head(s):Charles Staveley

Other key lawyers:Michael Giess; Laura Holdaway; Orla O’Sullivan

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

Floreat Real Estate

St John’s College, Cambridge

Railways Pension Fund

University of Cambridge

Lendlease

Pigeon Group

Hillview Group

Hill Residential

Ipswich Borough Council

Hillview Group

Howard Group

Bericote Properties Limited

Bruntwood

Client of Aberdeen Standard Investments

Pembroke Real Estate

Urban&Civic

Work highlights

  • Instructed by investment manager Floreat Real Estate on the acquisition by a BVI fund of two office buildings in Bristol and Cardiff for a price of £44.7m via the purchase of a Jersey registered holding company and on the acquisition financing from Investec Bank.
  • Acted for a BVI limited company represented by Floreat Real Estate on the acquisition of the issued share capital in the Jersey company that owned the shipping building, a newly refurbished office building located on the former EMI vinyl factory site in Hayes.
  • Acting for Hillview Beta Holdings Limited on the acquisition of a modern four storey office building in central Swindon by The Hillview Group, an independent merchant bank and alternative asset manager.
  • Acting for Bericote Four Ashes Limited on the sale to First Panattoni, acting through an overseas vehicle of a 24-acre development plot at Four Ashes Business Park, Gravelly Way, Wolverhampton.  
  • Acting for HPG Gonville Limited on its acquisition of Batim House which was subject to an existing lease that had to be surrendered prior to exchange and completion.

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

Practice head(s):Peter Day

Other key lawyers:Tim Hart; Anastasia Gorokhova

Testimonials

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

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

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

Key Clients

Ellandi LLP

M&G Real Estate

Warburg HIH Invest

Redevco

Nuveen Real Estate

Topland

U and I Group Plc

Janus Henderson UK Property PAIF

Marchmont Investment Management

LabTech

Long Harbour

Occulus Real Estate Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for M&G Real Estate UK Residential Fund on its £87.2m deal to buy 186 new homes from Redrow Homes.
  • Advised Cording Real Estate Group on the acquisition of a £50m build-to-rent development, known as the Merlin Works site, in the Waterside regeneration area in Leicester, by way of a forward funding structure.
  • Advised M&G Real Estate (acting via its general partner) on its acquisition (by way of a forward funding structure) of a new build-to-rent residential development in Reading.
  • Advised Warburg HIH Invest on the sale of an 8.3-acre residential development site in Salford to a Royalton/Frogmore joint venture.
  • Acted for U+I Group Plc on the £12m acquisition of a shopping centre in central Bournemouth.

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

Practice head(s):Jimmy Theodorou;

Other key lawyers:Andrew Jenkinson; Brigid North;

Testimonials

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

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

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

David Seymour’s team at Ropes & Gray LLP serves a client base of private equity and debt funds, endowments, sovereign wealth funds, operating partners, overseas investors and family offices on investment matters in both the UK and Europe. It is particularly well-versed on joint ventures, co-investments, direct and indirect acquisitions and disposals, leasebacks and financing with experience in operating in a range of industries such as hotels, hospitals, retail and leisure, student accommodation, offices and logistics.

Practice head(s):David Seymour

Other key lawyers:Will Bryant

Key Clients

APG Asset Management

Said Holdings

UK Span Property Limited

Bain Capital Real Estate

Arrow Capital Partners

Citi Private Bank

PIMCO

QuadReal

Cathexis Investment Management

Siguler Guff

Work highlights

  • Representing APG Asset Management, the Netherlands-based pension fund on its joint venture with TH Real Estate.
  • Representing UK Span Property on the £107m acquisition of One Bartholomew Lane, London.
  • Advising a family office on the acquisition, development and funding of the world’s largest data centre.
  • Representing a sovereign wealth fund, on its 50:50 €1.3bn joint venture.
  • Representing a real estate client on the establishment of a programmatic, platform joint venture with a local operating partner, to acquire office assets in Paris.

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

Practice head(s):Jonathon Wilkes

Other key lawyers:Stephen Laud; Simon Brading

Key Clients

LondonMetric

Tristan Capital

Schroders

Avanton

Mount Eden Land

Reef Estates

LaSalle Investment Management

Longmead

Trinova

O&H Properties

Work highlights

  • Advised SEA Group on the purchase of 33 Old Broad Street.
  • Advised Tristan Capital Partners on the sale of the Cube.
  • Advised Schroder regarding the lease of One Lyric Square to The Office Group.
  • Advised GRIT Real Estate on the listing on the London Stock Exchange.
  • Advised Schroder on the lease of the 3rd to 7th floors of Victory House Brighton to BUPA.

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

Practice head(s):Matthew Farmer; Brendan Patterson

Key Clients

Faccenda Property Limited

Equinix, Inc.

Raven Property Group plc

Audley Court Limited

Ampersand Group Holdings Limited

Coln Park LLP

Royalton Group Holdings Limited

Pegasus Life Ltd

Digital Realty Trust, L.P.

The Hillesden Trust

BLOK London Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented the Hillesden Trust in relation to a loan facility from Lloyds bank to finance further investment property acquisitions.
  • Represented Faccenda Property on the acquisiton of a strategic land site near to Bicester Village.
  • Representing Digital Realty in its development of Archway House, Docklands, the acquisition of a new data centre in Docklands, and management of Digital’s London data centre portfolio.
  • Acted for Skimmingdish Lane Projects LLP and Albion Land Limited on the forward sale to RDI REIT and subsequent development of two large warehouse units in Bicester with a GDV of over £25m.
  • Represented Pegasus Life Limited in obtaining acquisition and development funding across its portfolio of current and future development sites.

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

Practice head(s):Simon Rutman

Other key lawyers:Alex Millar; Paul Kenny

Testimonials

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

'Speedy and efficient'.

Key Clients

CALA Homes

Patron Capital

Clearbell Capital

Lothbury Investment Management Limited

Bridgepoint Advisors Limited

Ancala Partners LLP

Breedon Aggregates PLC

Impact REIT

Laxfield Capital

Westrock

AshbyCapital

Ciel Capital

Cinammon Capital

Work highlights

  • Represented Bridgepoint, one of the firm's key clients, on its sale of Pret A Manger.
  • Advising CALA Homes on the acquisition by Legal & General of the 52.1% interest in CALA Homes that it did not previously own, resulting in Legal & General now taking full ownership of CALA Homes.
  • Acting for Microfocus on the sale of its Suse software business.
  • Acting on the acquisition of a portfolio of operational quarries in England and Northern Ireland.
  • Advising Impact Healthcare Reit plc on its continued expansion including the acquisition of a further £76m's worth of care homes.

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

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

Other key lawyers:William Clements; Julien Allen

Key Clients

Argent

Bath and North East

Somerset Council

The Berkeley Group Plc

Bouygues UK Limited

BT Plc

CapCo

Caprice Holdings Limited

City Pride Limited

Landmark Pinnacle

Civitas Social Housing Plc

Galliford Try

Gloucester City Council

Greater London Authority

Hermes Property Unit Trust Hill Residential Limited

Homes England

Kames Capital

Lendlease

London Borough of Hackney

London Borough of Enfield

Mount Anvil Limited

Museum of London

Naissance Capital Real Estate

Quintain Plc

Residential Secure Income plc

Steamrock Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising existing client Apache Capital Partners on its newly formed, joint venture with Moda Living to establish the UK’s first regional private rented sector platform.
  • Acted for Malaysian sovereign wealth fund Permodalan Nasional Berhad on the 20-year letting of Aviation House to WeWork.
  • Advised longstanding client Global Net Lease on its £230m refinancing.
  • Acted on the sale of Pinnacle House, Wimbledon to a private European client of Clay Street for £40.25m.
  • Advised Stevenage Borough Council on a major town centre regeneration project, involving the acquisition and improvement of a town centre mixed-use site.

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

Practice head(s):Jason Tann; Stephen Hedley

Other key lawyers:John McGeough

Testimonials

'Stephen Hedley and his team worked on a complex transaction for us; ensuring the documentation tied together to minimise risk whilst also finding solutions to a number of different requests from occupiers, owners and contractors was a credit to their performance and reflective of all the work they undertake on our behalf.'

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

Helical PLC

John Lyon’s Charity

Kennedy Wilson

Kato Kagaku Co. Limited

Hermes Real Estate

The Cadogan Estate

The Eyre Estate

The Baltic Exchange

The Sloane Stanley Estate

Niveda Group

Baylight Properties Ltd

Native Land Limited

RO Group

Emirates National Bank of Dubai

The Max Barney Estate

The Academy of Medical Sciences

M&G Real Estate

Liberty Property Trust UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Helical on the sale of a multi-let office facility in Central London for a sale price of £125m.
  • Acting for Kennedy Wilson Europe on the disposal and asset management for a portfolio of 190 properties with the asset management of six regional shopping centres and a retail park.
  • Assisting Kato Kagaku Co. Limited with the refurbishment of the iconic Aldwych Quarter, comprising Bush House, Melbourne House and four other adjacent buildings on The Strand in London.
  • Serving as sole legal adviser, dealing with all lettings, asset management and construction work for the Hermes shopping centre in Milton Keynes.
  • Representing the purchaser on the acquisition of Somerset Hall, Bath.

Davitt Jones Bould¬†‚Äėspecialises in commercial property and has a vast depth of talent in this particular area‚Äô. The team undertakes all relevant work for corporate occupiers, notably acting for high-profile landowners at a range of landmark locations. The full spectrum of relevant work is undertaken including large estate management projects and major projects work such as Hyde Park‚Äôs showing of the 2018 World Cup. In the investment space, high-value investment property acquisitions, estate management work and investments for local authorities form the caseload. A plethora of new arrivals have recently bolstered the practice, most notably¬†Nigel Heilpern,¬†who joined from King & Spalding LLP¬†and regularly undertakes investment work for US and London-based pension funds.

Practice head(s):Madeleine Davitt

Other key lawyers:Tom Castle; Philippa Hipwell

Testimonials

'Davitt Jones Bould provides an excellent service to the clients. All the individuals are very knowledgeable and well qualified to deal with transactions. They are also approachable and helpful and they have a very efficient and well organised team who keep on top of the administration side.'

'The firm does of course specialise in commercial property and so has a vast depth of talent in this particular area. Their solicitors are very experienced, giving clients the confidence that their work is being dealt with at an appropriate level. They also have a particular focus on public sector work, which gives them an advantage over other firms in dealing with matters involving the public sector'

'Madelaine Davitt is extremely good at dealing effectively with any client issues which have arisen in relation to the project, and generally manages the client relationship extremely well.'

'Very strong public law awareness and skills in Compulsory Purchase elements in particular. Many of their team are from public sector backgrounds so understand the additional issues specific to the sector in the real estate arena. Very good on drafting development agreements across numerous partners.'

'Robin de Wreede in particular feels like part of our in house team from the natural way he grasps the projects and supports the client.'

'Good quality and cost effective.'

'Geoffrey Lander is very creative and imaginative.'

'Sophie Davies is outstanding and proactive.'

Key Clients

The Royal Parks

Hierons LLP

Woking Borough Council

Fujifilm UK plc

Rick Stein (TV Celebrity Chef) restaurant group

Squarestone Investments

Attorney Generals Office

Runnymede Borough Council

Plato Estates

Slough Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Acting for Slough Borough Council on a £40m head office investment.  
  • Advising Plato Estates on the growth of their investment property portfolio.

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

Practice head(s):Andrew Bailey

Other key lawyers:Charles Anderson; Mark Gauguier

Testimonials

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

'Knowledgeable, experienced, friendly, approachable.'

'Great empathetic and responsive team'.

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

Charities Property Fund

Duchy of Cornwall

Highbridge Properties plc

Lloyds Banking Group

Diageo GB

The Ironmongers Company

The Royal College of Surgeons of England

The British Library

Altitude Real Estate

Victoria and Albert Museum

Arbuthnot Latham & Co Ltd

Work highlights

  • Ongoing work for an open-ended common investment fund which exists to enable charities to invest in commercial property and is a substantial and important investor in the UK property market.
  • Acted on behalf of a University of Oxford college on the acquisition of a multi-let distribution estate near Reading for £10m.
  • Acted for a livery company in connection with the strategy and structure for the redevelopment of their Livery Hall and offices.
  • Ongoing work on the Duchy of Cornwall’s investment portfolio.

Clients recommend Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP¬†for its ‚Äėstrong knowledge' and¬†'fantastic deal management‚Äô. Darren Rogers¬†heads the City practice which is closely integrated with the firm‚Äôs New York office and is active on a range of cross-border matters in the UK and across Europe. Particular strengths include portfolio acquisition and disposals, joint ventures and structured investments, real estate finance and funds, leasing arrangements and restructuring matters. Rogers joined the firm from Ashurst in 2017 alongside the 'exceptional' Patrick Williams, who also advises on the full spectrum of transactional real estate matters.

Practice head(s):Darren Rogers

Other key lawyers:Patrick Williams

Testimonials

'Strong knowledge and capability on real estate matters. High problem solving skills based on fact based decisions. Good interaction across the team with positive working relationships within the hierarchy.'

'Darren Rogers, Patrick Williams and Devina Rana all consistently deliver high client service. They offer support and proactive recommendations.'

'Fantastic deal management with quality individuals at all levels of the firm, very commercial.'

'Aptitude, excellent case and client management, a really nice team of people, enjoyable to work with - specifically Devina Rana.'

'Patrick Williams is exceptional. A lawyer who represents his clients in an outstanding way, dealing with potential dealbreaker moments with humility and respect. His attitude is positive and collaborative, which is rare.'

Key Clients

Invesco Real Estate

Citadel

Madison International Realty

VGO Capital Partners

Aquamarine Capital Partners

SA Corporate Real Estate

Country Garden

Goldman Sachs

Brookfield Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Advised on the super prime residential purchase of the flagship Penthouse Apartment, Peninsula Residences, Belgravia, for a transaction value in excess of £100m.
  • Acted as counsel to a longstanding client of the firm's New York office in its share purchase of a Jersey SPV owning a single, end-of-terrace house overlooking St James’s Park, London for a consideration in excess of £90m.
  • Provided post-completion advice to the Invesco Real Estate European fund in connection with its acquisition of a 50% interest in the owning Jersey limited partnership holding Southside Shopping Centre, Wandsworth from a Delancey-managed fund together with a new joint venture with Land Securities.
  • Acted as counsel to Madison International Realty on the restructuring of their joint venture with Central London Office Fund (a managed client of Nuveen Asset Management) in relation to the Houndsditch Estate, a mixed-use estate comprising six mixed-use buildings at Houndsditch London EC3.
  • Provided counsel to the joint venture on the refinancing with Bank of China of Winchester House. Winchester House is a 310,000 sq ft building located in the City of London and is the London headquarters of Deutsche Bank.

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

Practice head(s):Mark Hurst

Other key lawyers:Joseph Holder; Nigel Mason

Testimonials

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

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

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

'Professional and highly experienced.'

'Highly qualified and available for the client'.

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

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

Key Clients

William Pears Group of Companies

Structadene Group of Companies

Firefly Capital

Casa Bella Developments Limited

Park Plaza Hotels

Lightstone Properties LLP

Criterion Capital

Marwees Ltd (Edgware Trust)

Palace Capital plc

Citrus Group

Work highlights

  • Advising The Structadene Group on real estate legal matters in connection with its substantial portfolio of commercial and residential investment properties.
  • Advising Citrus Group on the acquisition, pre-let, refinancing and sale of an undeveloped site in East Anglia.
  • Acting on a range of key matters for the William Pears Group, one of Britain’s largest property companies.

  • Advising new client Casa Bella Developments Limited on the purchase of a property and the preparation for redevelopment of three further properties in London.
  • Acting for Park Plaza Hotels on the acquisition, sale/leaseback, construction and re-mortgaging of a 400 bed hotel on the Great West Road, London.

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

Practice head(s):Andrew Berry

Other key lawyers:Justin Dunlop

Work highlights

  • Advising a hotel investor on the restructuring of an adjoining underperforming mixed use asset to create a new private members club in Mayfair.
  • Advising a a Danish property investor/developer on 18th century Manor House and land off-market.  

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

Practice head(s):James Nadin

Other key lawyers:Vinay Veneik; James McNeilly

Testimonials

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

Key Clients

Aprirose Real Estate Investment

Canali

Chesterman Consultants Ltd

Lavignac Securities Ltd

Alumno Student Developments

Work highlights

  • Acting for Aprirose Real Estate Investment on the funding and development of two of Birmingham’s largest city centre residential schemes with a combined value of in excess of £120m.  
  • Acting for Chesterman Consultants Ltd as purchaser of The Mercure Farnham Bush Hotel from Laser (Mercure) Limited.
  • Acting for Lavignac Securities, which was contracted to buy the land and property of a factory site on Shadwell Street in Birmingham’s historic former manufacturing district known as the Gun Quarter.

The ‚Äėdynamic and pragmatic‚Äô team at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP¬†is noted for its ‚Äėexceptional client service‚Äô. Real estate practice head¬†Amit Unadkat¬†is ‚Äėalways on the ball‚Äô and oversees a team with specialist knowledge of acquisition and disposals, developments, corporate occupier work, structuring and joint ventures as well as real estate-related corporate and banking transactions. Among the team's client roster are real estate funds, investors, ultra-high-net-worth individuals and asset managers.

Practice head(s):Amit Unadkat

Other key lawyers:Harriet Clarke

Testimonials

'Very helpful, very well-organised, very knowledgeable, very efficient and very professional.'

'Amit Unadkat, Max Herfurth, Paul Cole and Harriet Clarke are all very good.'

'Dynamic and pragmatic team. Client service is exceptional.'

'Harriet Clarke is exceptional. She always goes the extra mile to ensure that clients receive the best possible service and value for money. She is highly respected and a pleasure to work with.'

'Amit Unadkat is a good communicator and gets involved to solve problems'

'Professionality, reliability, good practical advice.'

'Amit Unadkat is great to work with. He is quite responsive and is always on the ball.'

Key Clients

Lee Kum Kee Group

Lazari Investments

Floreat Real Estate

Consensus Business Group

PwC LLP

Round Hill Capital Group LLC

City Developments Limited

Soilbuild Group Holdings

Honeywell International Inc.

CRP Hotels

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

Practice head(s):Stephen Hubner

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Rickard; Elaine Hunter

Testimonials

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

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

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

Key Clients

Accrue

OLIM Property

Scarborough Group International

Mactaggart and Mickel

Ellandi

Fairbriar Real Estate

TJAC

Safestay plc

Clydesdale Bank plc

Cordatus

BDL Select Hotels Ltd

Instant Managed Offices

Reach plc (formerly Trinity Mirror plc)

Soor Capital

Work highlights

  • Acted for Trustees of the Weston Super Mare Unit Trust on the purchase of Sovereign Shopping Centre, Weston Super Mare from Legal & General Investment Management.
  • Acting for Austin Friars Properties Ltd on the purchase of 23-26 Austin Friars.
  • Representing Gatehouse Bank plc in the sale of Sovereign Street, Leeds.
  • Representing BDL Select Hotels on the disposal of two English hotels and one Scottish hotel to the Bansal Family, the Distinct Group and Rhu.
  • Acting for Mactaggart & Mickel Homes Ltd and Mactaggart & Mickel Homes England Ltd on the sale of various sites in England.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP’s highly rated hotels and leisure practice has a strong track record in transactional work, as well as asset management, outsourcing, procurement and technology matters. Felicity Jones heads the department, which was recently bolstered by the lateral hire of Barry Hembling from Fladgate LLP. Clients include brand and property owners, consultants, funders and franchisees with an interest in the sector, as well as hotels, resorts, restaurants, airlines and cruise ships. Gary Ritter leads the overall real estate practice, which is regularly referred development and investment instructions pertaining to the residential and energy sectors, and specialises in acting for Asian and institutional investors as well as funds clients.

Practice head(s):Gary Ritter

Other key lawyers:Hetan Ganatra

Key Clients

Ropemaker Properties Limited (the property arm of BP Pension Fund)

Frasers Hospitality

Frasers  Centrepoint

P3P

Pears Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Frasers Property Limited on the acquisition of Maxis Business Park for £67.7m.
  • Acted for BP Pension Fund on the sale of a distribution centre in Warrington for £26m.
  • Acted for Greenacre Capital on the acquisition and financing of a portfolio of four student accommodation properties in Worcester, Gloucester and Cheltenham.
  • Acted for BP Pension Fund on the acquisition of Peter House, a multi-let mixed use building in central Manchester.
  • Acted for BP Pension Fund on the sale of the former Alfa Laval Tower in Brentford.

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

Practice head(s):John Ralph; Tim Burbidge

Other key lawyers:Jon Hobbs; Tom Willows

Work highlights

  • Refinancing the Capital Industrial One portfolio with the Prudential Insurance Company of America.
  • Advising a leading Hong Kong private investor in connection with the acquisition of a six-storey mixed use building at 147-155 Wardour Street, London from Thor Equities.
  • Acting for Moorfield Group on the sale of a portfolio of industrial and logistics assets to an institutional investor buyer for £42.5m.  
  • Acting for Tristan Capital Partners/Addington Capital (EPISO Fund) on the complex conditional portfolio sale of five mixed use assets, with a total deal value of £45m.  
  • Acting for Quidnet Capital Partners  (JV with Angelo Gordon & Co) on the  acquisition of a c.£50m portfolio of industrial estates in South Wales from a private investor.  

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