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Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP

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

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Commercial property: investment in London


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

Practice head(s):

Sarah Sivyour; David Jones; Melanie Jordan

Other key lawyers:

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

Key clients

La Francaise

Savills IM

Transport for London

Deutsche Bank

Oxford Properties

Lendlease Group




McLaren Group



Cain International


City Developments Limited

Tritax and Delancey


Gaw Capital

Cromwell Property Group

Vestas IM

The Valesco Group

Arax Properties

Knight Frank Investment Management

Goldman Sachs



Samsung SRA

Samsung Securities



AIP Asset Management


LB Asset Management

Korean Investment Management

Korea Investment & Securities

KB Securities

Hana Financial

Kildare Partners

Norges Bank Real Estate Management






Davidson Kempner

Work highlights

  • Advised Oxford Properties on the €1 billion+ joint venture of the Sony Center in Berlin.
  • Advised Lendlease in connection with the £809m acquisition of 21 Moorfields, London from Land Securities plc.
  • Advised ICG Sale and Leaseback Fund in connection with the acquisition and leaseback of seven distribution centres from Wm Morrison Supermarkets.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

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

Practice head(s):

Chris de Pury; Samant Narula

Other key lawyers:

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


‘The partners have knowledge of the industry and the range of issues that may arise.’

‘Great partner knowledge of industry and range of issues that may arise.’

‘Verity Waington provides clear, concise advice.’

‘Advice is well-reasoned yet pragmatic.’

Key clients

Tristan Capital Partners


WR Berkley Insurance

Kingboard Holdings

BauMont Real Estate Capital

Oxford Properties

Unite Students


Zetland Capital


Ashby Capital


Northwood Investors

Ares Estates


The Crown Estate



Federated Hermes

Work highlights

  • Advised Tristan Capital Partners on the acquisition, joint venture and management arrangements in relation to the acquisition of the Point A hotel portfolio from Wellcome Trust and Queensway.
  • Advised Landsec on the sale of 21 Moorfields to a Sydney-listed investment vehicle managed by global real estate group Lendlease for £809 million.
  • Advised Goldman Sachs on the sale of a logistics portfolio comprising seven companies owning 10 properties in the industrial space to AXA.


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

Practice head(s):

Andrew Banton; Clare Thomas

Other key lawyers:

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


‘They have a partner-led approach.’

‘Trusted processes and commercial approach to distil issues. They have a highly pragmatic approach to commercial problem-solving.’

‘Excellent client servicing and advice.’

Key clients



Copley Point Capital

Pension Insurance Corporation plc

KKR Real Estate Partners Europe II

Brockton Everlast

CLI Dartriver



Barclays Pension Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised GPE on the forward sale of 50 Finsbury Square, London EC2. This building went through a comprehensive refurbishment to improve sustainability and wellbeing.
  • Advised KKR Real Estate Partners Europe II on its mixed-use development investment next to Tower Bridge.
  • Advised PIMCO on the establishment of Wallacea Living, a London-focused retirement community operating joint venture between a PIMCO-managed fund and the Wallacea management team.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Walden

Other key lawyers:

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


‘Very deep expertise across the real estate spectrum.’

‘Jeremy Walden is an assured and detailed team leader.’

‘They are responsive, client focused, and have in depth commercial understanding. They provide pragmatic and forward thinking solutions.’

‘Efficient team and a great understanding of market. Patient in getting clients up to speed.’

Key clients



Transmission Capital






Cain International



Madison International

Work highlights

  • Advised Blackstone on its £395 million sale of St Katharine Docks, a mixed-use marina complex in the city.
  • Advised Brookfield on the sale of Two London Wall Place to Kingboard Investments.
  • Advised Straits Real Estate on all aspects of the acquisition of seven office buildings, two industrial buildings and six plots of development land at Gloucester Business Park.

Addleshaw Goddard

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

Practice head(s):

Nancy McGuire; Iain Hindhaugh

Other key lawyers:

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


‘They’re great at connecting people. They do a fantastic job of managing transactions, but also do so much more with the sharing of contacts and knowledge.’

‘Their personal touch gets the transaction over the line.’

‘They are always finding ways to expedite and work around issues positively. They have exceptional ability to explain issues to ‘opposing’ teams making transactions run smoothly.’

‘A strong team.’

‘Iain Hindhaugh is one of the best lawyers I’ve ever worked with. He is incredibly talented.’

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

Key clients

Waterside Places Limited

Human + Nature

Hub Residential

Angelo Gordon / Beltane Asset Management

Al Jazira Capital, IQON Capital and Oval Partners

Realty Income

Magnetar Financial

United Colleges Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for Realty Income on the acquisition of 35 properties over the last year.
  • Acting on the corporate acquisition of the Vodafone property holding company.
  • Acted for Angelo Gordon / Beltane Asset Management on the acquisition of Newcombe House, Notting Hill Gate.

A&O Shearman

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

Practice head(s):

Christopher Woolf

Other key lawyers:

Hayden Cameron; Nick Saner; Emma Willoughby; Daniel McKimm; Lucy Goodwin


‘Commercial, efficient, resilient and a great team to work with.’

‘Hayden Cameron is commercial, effective and charismatic. He showed great commercial and legal leadership to help us navigate a highly challenging deal.’

‘A very capable team, straight-forward and commercial. Good at driving transactions to successful outcomes.’

‘Lucy Goodwin is trusted as well as professional. She led us through a challenging transaction and appreciated her resilience and good humour throughout.’

Key clients

Quadrant Estates

Supermarket Income REIT

Cofinimmo SA

Evans Randall

Kennedy Wilson



Orion Capital Managers

Oxford Properties


Work highlights

  • Advised Supermarket Income REIT on its investment into the Dragon and Highbury securitisation structure which was secured against a portfolio of 26 Sainsbury’s supermarkets.

Clifford Chance LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Nigel Howorth

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Levy; Angela Kearns; Alis Pay; Mark Payne; Ian Painter; Matt Taylor; Melissa Jones; Marianne Toghill; Ben Redding


‘An extremely diligent team with a great deal of real estate asset knowledge when executing complex transactions. Their bottom-up knowledge really assists with smooth execution.’

‘They have total dedication to the matters they work on and make life as easy as it can be with complex, large transactions.’

‘They have strong commercial and legal expertise.’

‘The real estate team at Clifford Chance are excellent to deal with. They are always available, hard-working and provide a commercial approach.’

‘Holistically, they are a great team to work with in terms of the structuring and execution of deals. Seamless service that is second to none.’

‘The CC team is truly in the detail of the transactions. Very efficient execution and manage the process and participants with precision.’

‘Alis Pay is fantastic – a genuine trusted adviser. She is highly experienced, pragmatic, and extremely client focused.’

‘Ian Painter would be my “go-to” partner for investment deals. He has a depth of knowledge, market intelligence and is very practical/commercial.’

Key clients

AIG Global Real Estate

Allianz Real Estate

Angelo Gordon





Canary Wharf Group plc

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC)

CBRE Investment Management

CK Asset Holdings


Helical plc

Heimstaden Bostad AB

Hillwood Investors


Hondo Enterprises

Legal & General


Mitsubishi Estate London

Mitsui Fudosan

Network Rail

NorthWest Healthcare Properties REIT

NTT Global Data Centres

Nuveen Real Estate

Partners Group


Thomson Reuters

Work highlights

  • Advising on the the joint venture between Castleforge and Gamuda Group on the acquisition of Deutsche Bank’s London HQ for redevelopment.
  • Advising Helical plc on its public procurement process to enter into a joint venture with Transport for London (TfL) for the redevelopment of three over-station developments with Project Platinum.
  • Advising Prologis on its €1.585 billion acquisition of a portfolio of 128 logistics facilities and six development sites located across seven countries in Europe from last-mile operator Crossbay.

DLA Piper

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

Practice head(s):

William Naunton

Other key lawyers:

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


‘Very good, comprehensive, real estate advice covering all sectors and specialisms including real estate disputes, construction, corporate and funds. We view DLA Piper as an excellent all-round service provider.’

‘DLA has great European coverage and is home to some excellent practitioners.’

‘They are an excellent team – they have a sense of the whole transaction, the commercial objectives, and how to get things done.’

‘They are of course competent in all the legal particularities, but they add great value over and above that. Their deep experience and knowledge, and their can-do attitude and efficient approach to everything, makes them an asset to any deal.’

‘Omer Maroof is very dedicated, calm, and commercial. He is a truly trusted adviser, and we are never disappointed with his dedication and responsiveness.’

‘James Knox is an excellent real estate lawyer with very good market knowledge. He is calm, patient and is unique in his ability and enthusiasm for leading multi-jurisdictional teams on large/complex deals.’

Key clients

Harrison Street Real Estate

Longfellow Real Estate Partners

USAA Realco Europe BV

Oval Real Estate

Regal London

Precis Advisory Limited

Far East Consortium Limited

T Rowe Price



Work highlights

  • Advising USAA Realco Europe BV on establishing a joint venture with Packaged Living Limited to invest in and develop a £1 billion portfolio of multifamily build to rent assets across the UK.
  • Advising LongFellow Real Estate Partners on the joint venture targeting a £1.5 billion venture focused on investing in life science and innovation real estate across the UK.
  • Advising Oval Real Estate on the £905 million direct acquisition of all of the property assets of the Janus Henderson UK Property PAIF ranging from student accommodation, residential, retail, industrial and offices to life sciences.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Lee Jackson; Nicholas Bartlett

Other key lawyers:

Tom Goldsmith; Lucy Chadwick; Chris Mullings; Emma Shepherd; Natasha Osment; Stewart Womersley; Clare Rudd; Mukhtiar Tanda; Balraj Birdi; Philippa Widman; Gareth Ashfield; Richard Lampert


‘Careful and conscientious advice, coupled with great depth in knowledge of commercial property investment law.’

‘A strong real estate team with experience in all areas.’

 ‘We have always found them to be professional and courteous.’


Key clients

Airport Industrial Property Unit Trust

Scottish Widows Property Authorised Contractual Scheme

Host Students

LaSalle Investment Management

Oxford Nanopore Technologies Plc

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted the Airport Industrial Property Unit Trust Fund in refinancing.
  • Advised Scottish Widows Property Authorised Contractual Scheme on the sale of its assets at Park Royal and Imperial Park Watford.
  • Advised Host Students on establishing an onshore/offshore joint venture comprised of Luxembourg, UK and Guernsey entities.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

‘Proactive and solutions-oriented’ US firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher is adept in property acquisitions and disposals, development, financing, and joint ventures. ‘Trusted partner’ Alan Samson leads the team, and advises on the acquisition of real estate loan portfolios. Claibourne Harrison acts for private equity investors across a breadth of sectors, while Jeremy Kenley focuses on real estate private equity. Isabel Berger caters to management equity and leveraged buyouts, as well as minority and majority investments.

Practice head(s):

Alan Samson

Other key lawyers:

Claibourne Harrison; Jeremy Kenley; Isabel Berger; Robert Carr; Patrick Hennessy


‘The team is an excellent balance of senior strategic advice and detail-oriented thorough work product.’

‘The working team is excellent at digesting large amounts of information, and swiftly identifying the critical business points for the deal team to debate.’

‘GDC is proactive, process driving, and the most solutions-oriented firm I’ve worked with. GDC highlights issues that weren’t on the radar, and can swiftly prioritise issues so that you spend the right amount of time based on impact.’

‘Alan Samson is a trusted partner, aggressive when necessary, thoughtful, strategic, and can always help us pick our battles.’

‘Claibourne Harrison is an extremely quick thinker with consistent thorough analysis, she is an absolute expert at simplifying and explaining complex concepts in clear and precise language so that we can highlight the issues.’

‘Alan Samson is second to none in terms of experience and knowledge of the sector.’

Key clients

Accuride Corporation

Apollo Global Management

Ares Management



Cale Street Partners


Davidson Kempner Capital Management

Deutsche Bank AG

Fremont Realty Capital, LP

Groupe Sofidy


Meadow Partners

Nuveen Real Estate

Oaktree Capital Management

Realty Income Corporation

Related Companies

Strategic Value Partners

Tishman Speyer


Gowling WLG

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

Practice head(s):

Chris Hunt

Other key lawyers:

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


‘The Gowling team operate as a cohesive team drawing on specialisms as and when required.’

‘Felicity Lindsay is commercially minded and practical.’

Key clients




Clear Sky Capital

Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Ellis Campbell Group

Empiric Student Property plc

Friends Life

HC-One Limited

Intu Properties

Janus Henderson UK Property PAIF

Knight Frank Investment Management

LaSalle Investment Management

Legal & General

London and Strategic land

London & Cambridge Properties

LXi REIT plc

Industrials REIT (formerly Stenprop)

NFU Mutual

Portland Capital Real Estate Limited

Revcap Advisors

Royal London


Stamford Land Corporation Limited


U + I

Universities Superannuation Scheme


Work highlights

  • Advised USS on the acquisition of three Butlins sites (Skegness, Minehead and Bognor Regis).
  • Advised Janus Henderson the sale of its £1bn property fund to an undisclosed buyer.
  • Advised NFU Mutual on its sale of a portfolio of prime logistics assets to Barings.

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Matthew Priday; Danielle Martin

Other key lawyers:

Carol Hopper; Steven Cowins

Key clients

Absolute Return for Kids (ARK)

Angelo Gordon

The Ardent Companies

BC Partners

Berkeley Homes


CBRE Investment Management

Crosstree Real Estate Partners


MGT Limited

Oaktree Capital

Oxford Properties

Paloma Capital

Macquarie / PLP

Trinity Investment Management / We are Pioneer Group

Schroders Capital

Valor Real Estate Partners

Vantage Data Centers

Vengrove Real Estate Management

Westbrook Partners


Work highlights

  • Advising Crosstree Real Estate Partners on the corporate acquisition of an asset operating under The Collective brand in Canary Wharf.
  • Acting for Zenprop on the sale of a majority stake in the Auriens platform to Oaktree Capital Management.
  • Advising a joint venture between Oxford Properties and Trinity Investment Management / Pioneer Group on their acquisition of the corporate structure which owns Victoria House, Holborn.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Oliver Chamberlain; Daniel Norris

Other key lawyers:

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

Key clients

SCPI Pierval Santé


Immediate Capital Group

Valor Real Estate Partners LLP

Aberdeen Standard

British Land


CCLA Investment Management

Columbia Threadneedle


Coal Pension Funds

M&G Real Estate (Prudential)




The Crown Estate

U+I Group Plc

Work highlights

  • Acting for SCPI Pierval Santé on its investment into the UK in the regulated care home/senior living market.
  • Advised Columbia Threadneedle and DV4 on the acquisition of Castlepoint Shopping Centre and the associated joint venture arrangements.
  • Advised Intermediate Capital Group (ICG) on its acquisition of the OVO Arena, Wembley.

Jones Day

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

Practice head(s):

Anna Cartwright; David Smith

Other key lawyers:

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

Key clients

Greystar Real Estate Partners LLC

Oxford Properties



ARA Dunedin Limited

MARK Capital (fka Meyer Bergman)

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Oxenwood Real Estate LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised MARK Capital on the sale of a last-mile logistics platform to Prologis.
  • Advised Oxford Properties and M7 Real Estate on the acquisition of a portfolio of 7 logistics assets from M&G Real Estate.
  • Advised Greystar Real Estate Partners on the joint venture and anti-trust aspects of their acquisition of Student Roost from Brookfield.

Linklaters LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Andy Bruce

Other key lawyers:

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


‘The Linklaters team is very knowledgeable and professional.’

‘Andy Bruce leads a competent and committed investment team.’

‘Matt Plaskow is incredibly bright, calm, knowledgable and hard working. A fantastic asset.’

‘Fast and organised, the team is able to mobilise on any real estate investment opportunity.’

‘Andy Bruce is an anchor for real estate investors. He is the one to rely on in order to drive the deal alongside investors business team and land it safely to closing while uncompromising on protection of clients’ interest.’

‘No-fuss engagement. Down-to-earth and easy to communicate with. They provide timely advice, are very accommodating and are extremely well-versed with commercial aspects. A joy to work with.’

‘Very collegial and investor friendly practice.’

Key clients

Boreal Investment Management

Cale Street Partners

CBRE Investment Management

City Developments Limited

GIC & Greystar

Ho Bee Land Ltd

Obayashi Corporation


Work highlights

  • Advised City Developments Limited (CDL) on the purchase of the landmark 23-acre St Katharine Docks.
  • Acted for Ho Bee Land Limited on their share purchase of the Jersey company which owns the freehold of The Scalpel landmark HQ building in the City of London.
  • Advised a consortium comprised of GIC and Greystar on its acquisition of the Student Roost student accommodation business from Brookfield.

Macfarlanes LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Clare Breeze

Other key lawyers:

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


‘They have strong senior associates and associates coming up through the ranks.’

‘They are particularly strong in supporting UK REITS, understanding sale and leaseback transactions, as well as property and corporate acquisitions.’

‘They are very strong in terms of speed of delivery, detail/quality of work, commercial awareness/understanding.’

‘Clare Breeze is a great choice.’

Key clients

Hillwood Investment Properties

Legal & General

Berkeley Group

Stanhope and AIMCo

Binderholtz Group

Ekistics Property Advisors

Realstar Group

Supermarket Income REIT Plc


NatWest Pension Trustee Limited

Arcus Infrastructure Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Legal & General Assurance (Pensions Management) Limited in connection with the $1 billion sale of its office space to Google.
  • Advised Hillwood Investment Properties on the UK aspects of the $4.9 billion sale of a 28.4 million sq ft logistics portfolio by Hillwood to CBRE Investment Management.
  • Advised Supermarket Income REIT on the corporate acquisition of the JPUT which owns the Willow Brook Centre at Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

Mayer Brown International LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Chris Harvey; Andrew Hepner

Other key lawyers:

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


‘They provide the full service for the deal life cycle and have great communication.’

‘Caroline Humble and Sam Harris have a depth of experience.’

‘Chris Harvey and the rest of the team are first class.’

‘Chris Harvey is well-known in Hong Kong and Singapore and acts for the majority of Asian investors. He is razor sharp, commercial and responsive.’

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

Key clients

The British Land Company plc

Sykes Holiday Cottages

Meyer Bergman/MARK


Bain Capital

Chinachem Group


Tide Construction

SinarMas Land


Manhattan Garments

Wirtgen Invest Holding GmbH


M3 Capital Partners/Evergreen Extra MSA Group

Hoi Hup

Mishcon de Reya LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Stephen Hughes

Other key lawyers:

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


‘Excellent partner led practice.’

‘They provided us with very tailored advice and they have an incredibly strong understanding of issues that may genuinely impact on business.’

‘They have all the skills a listed REIT would need to protect its interests including subject matter expertise, strong teams, excellent availability and very good negotiating skills.’

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

‘Anju Suneja is an exceptional lawyer who goes the extra mile for their clients, in every transaction she has shown high levels of professionalism, constant availability and great all-round skills in delivering a superior product efficiently and cost effectively.’

Key clients


Brookfield’s ‘Student Roost’

PGIM Real Estate

Fusion Students

Watkin Jones

Capital & Counties Properties plc (Capco)


Get Living

Berkeley Homes

Derwent London

Dominvs Group


Helical plc

Fizzy Living

Work highlights

  • Acted for Brookfield on the real estate and finance aspects of its sale of the Student Roost business to GIC/Greystar.
  • Acted for Watkin Jones on the sale of a portfolio of five purpose-built student accommodation schemes.
  • Advised Topland on the pre-let of 150 Aldersgate Street, London to TikTok.

Pinsent Masons LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Claire Hughes

Other key lawyers:

Mike Reid; Anthony Newton; Sarah Williams; Adam Carney


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

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

Key clients

CBRE Investment Managers

Royal London

Legal & General

Land Securities Properties Limited

AXA Investment Managers Real Assets

Oxford Properties


The Portman Estate

Pension Insurance Corporation

Abstract Securities Limited

Grainger PLC

Berkeley Homes

Archer Hotel Capital

Rennaisance Impact Investment

Cycas Hospitality B.V

Brightbay Real Estate Partners

Court Collaboration

RP Assets

BYM Capital

Work highlights

  • Assisted Cycas Hospitality in relation to assuming management of InterGlobe’s portfolio of European hotels.
  • Acting for Grainger on the forward funding of a BTR scheme.
  • Advising Court Collaboration on the forward funding of the 68 storey skyscraper at One Eastside, Birmingham.

Taylor Wessing LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Paul Lawrence

Other key lawyers:

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


‘Taylor Wessing were able to bring together a team of experts at short notice to cover all aspects of the transaction.’

‘Mark Rajbenbach is always available, providing consistently calm and considered advice.’

‘They are experts with sufficient resources to deal with whatever the deal throws up, they also act in a commercially astute manner.’

‘First-class commercial real estate department. Commercial approach to complex matters, getting to the heart of issue with limited reading in time.’

Key clients

Cain International



Pike Investment Trust

C C Land


British Land

Canada Life


Tritax Big Box REIT

Blackstone / Revantage




Work highlights

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

Baker McKenzie

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

Practice head(s):

Justin Salkeld

Other key lawyers:

Ben Farnell; Stefanie Price; Jack Rubin


‘We work closely with the team in navigating complex and nuanced legal quandaries, and it is clear that the team have an in-depth knowledge of the legal landscape, and how this impacts our company’s priorities.’

‘Their knowledge of real estate law and practice is second to none.’

‘Stefanie Price demonstrates her exceptionally broad, in-depth knowledge of UK real estate law in delivering detailed advice on complex issues. We value her partnership very highly.’

Key clients

Intermediate Capital Group (ICG)

Shiying Property Holdings Limited

CLdN Cobelfret

Frasers Property

Capri Holdings

HNA International Property Investment Company Three Limited

HIG Realty

Fattal Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for ICGL in relation to the purchase and subsequent forward funding of the new 2.94 million sq ft global parts logistics centre for Jaguar Land Rover at Mercia Park.
  • Acting for Shimao in connection with the sale of their landmark asset building, Christ Church Court (now re-named “Sancroft”) on Paternoster Square adjoining St Paul’s Cathedral.
  • Advised FLCT on the forward-funding of the development of a Peugeot logistics centre in Ellesmere Port.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Lee Medlock

Other key lawyers:

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


‘The team are responsive and commercial.’

‘Very dedicated to the client.’


Key clients

Derwent London Limited

BioMed Realty, L.P


David Lloyd Leisure

Bellway Homes Limited and Redrow Homes Limited

Stonegate Pub Company Limited

EQT Exeter

Asda Stores

Topland Olympus Limited

Crab Hill Developments

Hello Fresh

Freddies Flowers

TDR Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised BioMed Realty on the JV agreement, Agreement for Lease and Lease at 960 Babraham Research Campus.
  • Advised Asda Stores Limited on the real estate elements of its landmark acquisition of the Co-operative Group’s petrol station business.
  • Advised EQT Exeter on the letting of a large distribution unit in Bridgwater to EDF to assist them in facilitating their Hinkley Point nuclear site.


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

Practice head(s):

Rob Thompson

Other key lawyers:

Alex Coulter; Laura Gowing; Simon Masri; John Arey

Key clients

RTP Global

Harrison Street



Royal Mail

John Lewis Partnership / Waitrose

Taylor Wimpey

Frasers Group Plc (Sports Direct)

Transport for London


P3 Logistics


Work highlights

  • Advised Life Science REIT on its acquisition of Oxford Technology Park and developments.
  • Advised Frasers Group on the sale of nine freehold and long leasehold retail parks to an investment vehicle of Realty Corporation.
  • Advised sovereign wealth fund GIC on an acquisition of UK Land Estates from Northwood Investors.

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is well-equipped to advise clients across the full spectrum of real estate assets. Darren Rogers, who spearheads the firm's European real estate department and advises on joint ventures, letting and mixed-use development matters, jointly leads the team alongside Fiona Kelly. Patrick Williams is sought out by developers, fund managers, institutional and private equity investors to act on acquisitions and disposals, asset management and property finance mandates. Other key contacts in the group include Devina Rana, who has experience advising on real estate finance matters, Freya Dear and Joy Chen.

Practice head(s):

Darren Rogers; Fiona Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Williams; Devina Rana; Freya Dear; Joy Chen


‘Darren Rogers is ever-positive, ambitious and focused on client objectives.’

‘They are motivated, engaged and care about the quality of service. They deliver and are commercially minded.’

‘Darren Rogers leads an excellent team with fantastic support from Devina Rana and Joy Chen. They are always available to help and coordinate the process and offer wise counsel.’

Key clients

Madison International Realty

Brookfield Asset Management

Invesco Real Estate

Cove Communities

Catalent, Inc.

Starlight Investments

PSP Investments

Goldman Sachs

Alecta Pension Fund

Invesco Real Estate and China Investment Corporation (in joint venture)

Work highlights

  • Acted as counsel to Madison International Realty on a co-investment for the acquisition and development of 105 Victoria Street in London.
  • Acted as counsel to Invesco Real Estate on the sale of Winchester House for £257 million.
  • Advised Brookfield Asset Management in their c. £635 million acqusition from billionaire Safra family.


Often working in conjunction with the practice’s finance, funds, regulatory and tax teams, Goodwin is well-placed to advise clients throughout the full lifecycle of an investment transaction. Praised for his ‘exceptional knowledge’, practice co-leader Martin Smith acts on asset and corporate SPV mandate, while team co-head James Spence is a key contact for a plethora of stakeholders, and David Evans is noted for his expertise in fund restructuring. Simon Woodcock, who advises on real estate M&A, as well as asset management agreements, is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

James Spence; Martin Smith

Other key lawyers:

David Evans; Simon Woodcock; Eric Lim; Justin Cornelius; Adnan Bhaiji


‘Martin Smith is a long-standing and trusted contact. He has exceptional knowledge and is highly diligent.’

‘A strong multi-disciplinary team who can provide a full-service offering.’

‘Eric Lim is an outstanding lawyer who makes his clients feel like he is only working for them. Eric gives balanced, considered advice and thinks about the situation from a variety of angles.’

Key clients

Kadans Science Partner

Partners Group


Fidera Vecta

The Townsend Group


Kennedy Wilson

Crossroads Real Estate

Tokoro Capital

Medical Properties Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised Kadans Science Partner on the acquisition of a long leasehold interest at Canary Wharf’s North Quay as well as a development platform with Canary Wharf Group to build a sustainable lab enabled building.
  • Advised Frogmore Real Estate Partners IV, L.P., on the acquisition of the corporate structure owning the Hilton London Olympia from HPL Olympia Pte Ltd.
  • Advised global real estate investment manager Kennedy Wilson on the acquisition of a portfolio of logistics assets from Leftfield Advisors.

K&L Gates LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Christian Major

Other key lawyers:

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


‘We have been working with K&L Gates for ten years and are fully satisfied by the high quality of the legal services they provide.’

‘They have a great global platform and are able to deal with complex investment and cross borders matters. They are efficient, skilled, commercial and diverse.’

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

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

‘An exceptional team.’

‘Chiara Del Frate is available, accurate, skilled, and commercial with great communication and management skills. She is able to anticipate our needs and support our business.’

Key clients

Abrdn Plc


Beehive Affordable Homes

Caisson Investment Management LLP

Coty Inc.

Cromwell Property Group

Edinburgh St James Limited Partnership

European Estates Plc

The Guinness Partnership


LRC Group

Nuveen Real Estate

Patrizia AG

Stroud District Council

Workspace Group Plc

Work highlights

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

Maples Teesdale LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Declan Power

Other key lawyers:

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


‘Very professional and commercial.’

‘The team are a long held and trusted set of advisors who have a deeply developed understanding of our ethics and values which are key to our long standing track record of success.’

Key clients


CBRE Investment Management

City of London Corporation

CLS Holdings plc

Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Henry Boot plc

JR Capital / Chancerygate

Legal & General Investment Management



Yoo Capital

Work highlights

  • Acted for City Corporation on a major project in Basinghall Street in London.
  • Advised Pictet Alternative Advisors in partnership with Pinnacle Investments on their purchase of 3 built-to-rent developments.
  • Acted for the City of London Corporation on the purchase of 85 London Wall.

Norton Rose Fulbright

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

Practice head(s):

Wasim Khan

Other key lawyers:

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


‘A knowledgeable and commercial team, who take an enthusiastic and proactive approach.’

Key clients

Countryside Partnerships Plc

British Racing Drivers Club (Silverstone)

Prime London Ventures Partnership Limited

LRC Management Europe Limited

L1 UK Property Investment Pty Ltd

Ocubis Limited

Caleus Capital Investors

Greenergy International Ltd

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Ltd


Greencoat UK Wind


Bank of London and the Middle East Plc

GLL Real Estate Partners

United Overseas Bank Limited

ICBC plc


Resolution Property IM LLP

Europa Capital

Civitas Social Housing/Civitas Investment Management

Work highlights

  • Advised Civitas Investment Management on its investment to acquire specialist care properties from CareTech.
  • Advised RWE on its acquisition of a solar and battery storage portfolio.
  • Advised on the investment and redevelopment of Olympia London into a major cultural and entertainment destination.

Paul Hastings LLP

Well-placed to leverage the support of the firm’s corporate, tax, securitisation and structured finance practice groups, Paul Hastings LLP regularly handles cross-border real estate transactions. Michael James spearheads the team and has considerable experience advising on investments pertaining to commercial, industrial, office, residential and senior living assets. Stephen Nicolas acts on corporate real estate mandates, including joint ventures and management agreements, while Edward Meadowcroft and Matthew Peters are noted for their capability in handling cross-border investment matters.

Practice head(s):

Michael James

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Nicolas; Edward Meadowcroft; Matthew Peters


‘They are commercial, quick thinking, pragmatic and approachable. The lawyers at Paul Hastings have a deep understanding of the business objectives and act seamlessly on our behalf.’

‘The standout would be Stephen Nicolas. We have worked with him on many transactions and he always over delivers.’

Key clients

LRC Real Estate

Starwood Capital

Goldman Sachs


Grand City Properties

Evans Randall Investors

PineBridge Benson Elliot

Walton Street


Angelo Gordon


DPK Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Advised Starwood Capital on the acquisition of 13 light industrial units located across the U.K.
  • Advised Angelo Gordon on a large number of sale and leaseback transactions across England, Ireland, Netherlands and Spain.
  • Advised DPK Real Estate on the real estate aspects of the acquisition of leasehold interests in the development site known as Phase 1, Royal Albert Dock.

Reed Smith LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Jimmy Theodorou

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Jenkinson; Brigid North; Nav Sahota; Nick Harris

Ropes & Gray LLP

Praised as the ‘best in class when it comes to complex real estate private equity’, Ropes & Gray LLP continues to showcase its capability in handling big-ticket real estate transactions. The team also has thorough expertise across distressed, data centre, logistics, life science and student accommodation real estate. Co-lead of the team Will Bryant is a key port of call for pension funds, sponsors, and sovereign wealth funds on domestic and international investment, while co-head David Seymour advises investors on UK and European PERE deals. Other key contacts in the group include Harriet Banner and Joseph Patchitt.

Practice head(s):

David Seymour; Will Bryant

Other key lawyers:

Harriet Banner; Joseph Patchitt


‘The team strikes a great balance of breadth and depth with a youthful, entrepreneurial energy. They are highly capable and responsive.’

‘The Ropes & Gray UK team are best in class when it comes to complex real estate private equity matters. They have an advanced understanding of real estate transactions, but also of the equity and investment structuring behind those transactions.’

‘Competent, driven, knowledgeable and flexible.’

‘In a fast-paced industry, the R&G team stands out for their responsiveness, creativity and expertise. David Seymour and Will Bryant are quick to respond with thoughtful answers to complex problems.’

‘We had a great experience with Harriet Banner and Joey Patchitt.’

‘David Seymour and the team are fantastic. They have a very calm methodical approach and are very easy to deal with.’

‘David Seymour always goes the extra mile and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients


Arax Properties

Arrow Capital

Bain Capital Real Estate

BioMed Realty



Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)


King Street

Millemont Capital Partners

Partners Group


Sixth Street

Work highlights

  • Advised CPPIB on the acquisition of a 33.3% stake in Bullring Shopping Centre, Birmingham, from Nuveen Real Estate.
  • Advised Partners Group on its programmatic joint venture with Host Student Housing to build up a £1 billion UK purpose-built student accommodation and co-living platform.
  • Advised Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, GIC, on its interest in The Oxford Science Park (TOSP).

Simmons & Simmons

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

Practice head(s):

John Kelsey


Other key lawyers:

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


‘Matthew Hooton is top drawer. Technically first-class, commercially savvy and has excellent. He’ll win you points without torching the transaction or relationships. A really impressive operator.’

Key clients

Breakthrough Properties

Old Park Lane Management Limited

Deka Immobilien

Next Energy

Legal & General


Realty Income



Valor Real Estate

Slaughter and May

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

Practice head(s):

Jane Edwarde

Other key lawyers:

John Nevin; Simon Bartle; Mark Gulliford


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

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

Key clients

Clothworkers’ Company

Derwent London

Fishmongers’ Company

Legal & General


Midlothian Capital Partners

NTT Urban Development Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Derwent London on the acquisition of City Road Island, the site of the Moorfields Eye Hospital and UCL Institute of Opthalmology.
  • Advising the John Lewis Partnership on its £500 million residential property investment joint venture with abrdn.
  • Advising the Clothworkers’ Company on the grant of a long leasehold interest to AXA IM Alts for a new 36-storey office tower at 50 Fenchurch Street.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Tonia Secker

Other key lawyers:

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


‘The team are highly knowledgeable, with a focus on solving problems. They have become a vital part of our extended team.’

‘William Clements is diligent, professional and personable.’

Key clients

Ellison Oxford Limited

Urban Logistics REIT PLC

Federated Hermes Property Unit Trust

Vengrove Real Estate Social Housing Partners

Octopus Real Estate


90 North Real Estate Partners LLP

Hyde Group

Cheltenham Borough Council

Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea

Work highlights

  • Advised Ellison Oxford Limited on the acquisition of a site in Oxford which will become one of the leading cancer research centres in the world.
  • Acting for Urban Logistics REIT Plc in respect of various industrial asset acquisitions across the UK.
  • Assisted Federated Hermes Property Unit Trust with all real estate and construction matters.

Wedlake Bell LLP

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

Practice head(s):

David de Maupeou

Other key lawyers:

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


‘Strong real estate offering.’

‘Claire Nelson is easy to deal with and accessible. She is pragmatic and will come up with solutions to get the deal done.’

Key clients

Urban Logistics REIT Plc

LondonMetric Property PLC

Oxenwood Real Estate and a number of its joint ventures

Jersey Co

London City Mission

Summix Capital

Eleventy World UK Limited

Satila Studios

Work highlights

  • Acted for an Oxenwood and Mulberry Developments joint venture vehicle on the successful sale of Unit A Power Park 38 to Pro-Direct Group by way of the grant of a 999-year lease.
  • Acted for Eleventy World UK Limited on their acquisition of a retail boutique at the Berkeley Hotel, London.
  • Acting for Hugo Boss in connection with their acquisition of various McArthur Glen units for their Hugo stores.

White & Case LLP

The multi-faceted practice at White & Case LLP ‘excels’ in the investment sphere, and regularly advises an array of clients on cross-border real estate transactions. With ‘great industry knowledge’, practice head James Dodsworth and James Johnson have thorough expertise in the data centre arena. Victoria Landsbert advises on the buyer, lender, and seller side on an assortment of development and investment matters, and Jane Bergin is knowledgeable of real estate financing. James Pullen is another key contact in the team.

Practice head(s):

James Dodsworth

Other key lawyers:

James Johnson; Victoria Landsbert; Jane Bergin; James Pullen; Emma Jell


‘The team under the leadership of James Dodsworth has followed the emergence of the data centre industry as a separate investment class up close. The wider team excels in all aspects of this asset class, vastly exceeding capabilities provided by other firms.’

‘James Dodsworth has great industry knowledge.’

‘James Pullen stands out for his availability, problem solving and diligence.’

Key clients

Fenwick Limited

Crosstree Real Estate LLP

Starwood Capital Group

Westmont Hospitality

Antin Infrastructure Partners

Credit Suisse

The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC)

Macquarie Asset Management

Matter Real Estate LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised Fenwick on the sale of its 130 year old iconic New Bond Street department store in the heart of London to the Lazari Group.
  • Advising funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. on a joint venture.
  • Advised Crosstree Real Estate Partners on a mezzanine tranche on the the £772 million loan financing of the One Nine Elms project in London.

Boodle Hatfield LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Andrew Wilmot-Smith

Other key lawyers:

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

Burges Salmon LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Richard Clark

Other key lawyers:

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


‘Richard Read is outstanding. Commercially minded, responsive and intellectually rigorous.’

Key clients

Darwin Alternative’s Leisure Property Fund

Aerium Group / Knight Frank Investment Management

LPPI Real Estate Group (Local Pensions Partnership Investments)

Aviva Investors, Lands Improvement Holdings, St Albans Diocese

The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers

CSL (a JV between IV Real Estate and a family office)

West Ranga Property Group Limited

Larch Life No.1 (UK) LTD and Larch Boss LTD

Hodgetts Industrial

Zetland Capital

Octopus Investments

Gresham House Housing BSI LP and Rise Homes


Farmcare Trading and The Wellcome Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising Darwin Alternative’s Leisure Property Fund on the refinancing of the Fund which invests in UK holiday parks.
  • Advising Aerium Group in relation to their UK-wide real estate portfolio.
  • Advising West Ranga on the sale and leaseback of a portfolio of five Cazoo sites across in the UK.

Clyde & Co

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

Practice head(s):

Will Deeprose; Annabelle Redman

Other key lawyers:

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


‘A well-integrated and highly knowledgeable team who made themselves available to support us at all hours during complex negotiations.’

‘They are fully hands on at partner level, with a timely delivery of accurate work. They are excellent at identifying and delivering solutions.’

Key clients

Tony Khalastchi


10SJP Limited

Regal London

Dewsbury 1 LLP

Anderson O&U Limited

Noatum Logistics

Applegarth Properties Limited

Osborne Development Holdings Limited

Newcore Capital Management

Native Land Limited

Wyngrove Limited/Premcor Estates

Work highlights

  • Acting for Anderson O&U Limited on the sale of land that is to be potentially developed at Coldhams Lane at Cambridge.
  • Assisted Newcore Capital Management on the refinancing of an investment portfolio of nine properties in England with Lloyds Bank.
  • Acted for Native Lane Limited on the letting of the Arbor building at Bankside Yards.

Davitt Jones Bould

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

Practice head(s):

Peter Allinson; Madeleine Davitt; John Condliffe

Other key lawyers:

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


‘The service is personal and always available when required. Very professional and with high integrity. Time commitment to the project is excellent.’

Key clients

The Royal Parks

Guys and St Thomas Hospital

Rick Stein’s

Grant Thornton UK plc

UK Health Security Agency

Ministry of Defence


Department for Health and Social Care

National Highways (formerly Highways England)

Surrey County Council


Habitat for Humanity

Medical Research Foundation

Florence Nightingale Museum Trust

Woking Borough Council

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Natural England

Environment Agency

Brighton and Hove City Council

Optical Center

Integral UK plc


Grainger Plc

Blue Orchid Hotels

Bournemouth Christchurch & Poole Council

University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

London Mutual Credit Union

Loseley Park

Work highlights

  • Advising a FTSE 250 company on their large nationwide portfolio.
  • Advising a property investment company on the management of their properties across London.
  • Advising local authorities on the management of their property investment portfolios.


Leveraging support from the firm’s corporate real estate team on structured asset holding and joint venture arrangements, DWF handles a range of multi-jurisdictional transactions for domestic REITs and funds. Co-head of the practice James Froud ‘is able to adapt himself to his client’s expectations’ and caters to portfolio transactions, while Damian Fleming frequently advises investment funds in Europe and Asia on inward UK investment. Other key contacts in the group include Neal Bhattacharyya and Mark Shepherd, who supports clients across a range of asset classes including hospitality, logistics, office, and residential development. Carla Revelo joined the team from Dentons in February 2023.

Practice head(s):

James Froud; Damian Fleming

Other key lawyers:

Mark Shepherd; Carla Revelo; Neal Bhattacharyya


‘James Froud is a high quality lawyer.’

‘High level of involvement and quality legal advice.’

‘James Froud is able to adapt himself to his client’s expectations and therefore is able to anticipate everything. I feel always backed up.’

Key clients

Evans Randall

Tikehau Investment Management

Starwood Capital

Investec Bank

The Freehold Acquisition Corporation Limited

Alvarium (LXI, Home Long Income fund & [Home REIT Fund]),


Corum XL



Work highlights

  • Acted for TRETO in the development of 83-85 Pall Mall.
  • Acted for Evans Randall in an ongoing joint venture with Horiba Mira to develop the Mira Technology Park.
  • Advises Starwood Capital on the financing of 35 residential care home properties.

Farrer & Co

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

Practice head(s):

Kate Corke

Other key lawyers:

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


‘They provide reliable and solid advice, with impressive attention to detail. They always go the extra mile in terms of commitment to get the work completed.’

‘Hayley Wilson has a joie de vivre approach blended with commitment and focus.’

‘Not only are all the individuals capable, but incredibly attentive.’

‘Meghan Hatfield is a breath of fresh air with her can-do calm and detailed advice. A very talented solicitor who deserves to excel.’

Key clients

Charities Property Fund

Duchy of Cornwall

Highbridge Properties plc

Shinfield Studios Limited

UKVB LuxCo 1 S.à r.l

The Ironmongers Company

Burghley Estate

The British Library

Property Trust Group

Englefield Estate

Gascoyne Cecil Estates

Graven Hill Purchaser Ltd

Welbeck Estates

Commonwealth Real Estate LP

Shadowbox Studios

Victoria and Albert Museum

Work highlights

  • Advised Shinfield Studios Limited on a transaction with The University of Reading for the construction of a major film studios complex in Shinfield, Berkshire.
  • Advised Charities Property Fund on numerous investment transactions.
  • Advised a newly-formed Luxembourg real estate investment fund on various acquisitions focusing on the retail park sector.

Fladgate LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Stephen Lewis

Other key lawyers:

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


‘Fladgate have commercial expertise, strong communication, real estate knowledge and work ethic.’

‘They have strong leadership, and the client is fully aware at all times of the status of the deal.’

‘Simon Kanter is a superb, technical lawyer with important negotiation skills.’

‘They have a superb team with a practical approach to transactions. I have worked with them on complicated transactions in this area, and they have ensured completions of these.’

‘There is high quality senior level involvement on projects.’

‘Simon Kanter is an excellent lawyer with years of experience. He has a deep commercial experience and expertise and brings meaningful added value to transactions.’

‘I would highly recommend Gideon Dabby-Joory.’

Key clients

Flora Developments Limited (ABIL Infraprojects Limited)

Black Sheep Coffee Limited

Scape Students

Yoo Capital

Weston Homes Plc

BYM Capital

Forma Capital Partners

Delta Properties Limited

4C Hotel Group

“Paper Moon” (Roof Investment)

Patron Capital

Work highlights

  • Acted for Flora Developments Limited on the sale of a development site on the Strand to Whitbread Plc, the parent company of Premier Inn.
  • Acted for Black Sheep Coffee in connection with a series of 19 acquisitions of shops in London and the regions.
  • Acted on the acquisition of 22 Kingsway for the student housing developer Scape.

Mills & Reeve LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Laura Holdaway

Other key lawyers:

Christine de Ferrars; Vincenzo Maggio; Orla O’Sullivan; Michael Giess; Carina Davis; Andy King; Charles Staveley; Joanna Davies


‘This is an experienced and commercially astute team, who focus on the key deal issues. They make the process very easy and try and maintain an amicable process with the other side.’

‘Michael Giess is a very safe pair of hands, with a good approach to leading on transaction. A very able technician and an all round nice guy. a rare combination.’

Key clients

M7 Real Estate


South Kensington Estates

Bruntwood Science Limited

HSBC Alternative Investments Ltd

Urban&Civic plc


Trinity College, Cambridge

LaSalle Investment Management

Legendre Group Limited

London & Regional Properties

Langtree Property Partners Limited

Fidelity UK Real Estate Fund

Bericote Properties Limited

Pandox AB

Hines UK

Royal Mail Pension Plan

Hermes Fund Managers Ltd

Henley Investment Management



Henderson UK Property PAIF

Rhône Group LLP

Derwent London

Achilles Therapeutics UK Limited


Floreat Real Estate


Autolus Limited

Pigeon Group

O&H Properties

Hillview Group

Kadans Science Partner

Work highlights

  • Advised Kadans Science Partner on a full-service acquisition and development basis on their portfolio across the Golden Triangle.
  • Acted for Railpen Long-Term Income Fund as the purchaser/forward funder of a hospital premises for redevelopment and letting to an NHS Trust.
  • Acted as lead adviser to DIF and its partner Engie (now Equans) in relation to its student accommodation PPP project with LSE.

Osborne Clarke LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Louise Cartwright

Other key lawyers:

Richard Wilkinson; Emma McPeake; Peter Day; Jo Footitt


‘They are great to work with,  friendly and willing to be involved.’

‘They understand the strategic importance of the project and are quick to respond.’

Key clients

British Land


PGIM Real Estate


Mirastar / KKR

Marchmont Investment Management

Nuveen Real Estate


Oculus Real Estate

Orchard Street Investment Management

Redevco UK Limited

Ellandi Asset Management Limited


Work highlights

  • Assisted Mirastar Real Estate Investment Management on behalf of KKR’s Core+ fund on the acquisition of UK logistics assets in Harlow from TPG and Stoford.
  • Acting for HIH Invest on the acquisition of 15 Fetter Lane in London via a share deal and the subsequent refinancing of the site with Postbank.
  • Assisted on all of the real estate aspects of Santerre’s acquisition of Caring Homes Healthcare Group Limited.

Sidley Austin LLP

Praised for its ‘proactive approach’, Sidley Austin LLP has demonstrable experience across the full range of real estate assets, including hotels, logistics, and student accommodations.  Emilie Stewart is seasoned in bespoke and heavily structured investments in debt and equity products. Jack Mayall is also noted for his expertise in real estate finance matters. Former practice heads Lyndsey Laverack and Jade Williams-Adedeji have both left the firm.

Other key lawyers:

Emilie Stewart; Jack Mayall


‘Proactive approach, professionalism, and dedication. They are also supportive of diversity and female empowerment.’

‘Their personal approach, empathy and willingness makes them stand out.’

Key clients

Scale Facilitation Partners LLC (BritishVolt)


HIG Realty

Women’s Inclusive Team Ltd

Northwood Advisors

Work highlights

  • Advising Scale Facilitation on their acquisition of business and assets.
  • Assisted funds managed by Apollo affiliates on their agreement to acquire Miller Homes Group Limited (Miller Homes) from Bridgepoint Group plc.
  • Advised WIT on their occupation of premises in Tower Hamlets.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP caters to the development, financing, leasing, sales and acquisitions of portfolios and individual assets. The department also frequently helms real estate transactions for private equity real estate funds, including The Blackstone Group. Praised as ‘an intelligent partner with vast transactional expertise acting for pre-eminent players in the market’, Wheatly MacNamara leads the practice and focuses on private equity dispositions and joint ventures, while Samuel Charlton is a key contact for global fund sponsors.

Practice head(s):

Wheatly MacNamara

Other key lawyers:

Samuel Charlton


‘This is the number one M&A real estate team in London,’

‘Wheatley McNamara stands out. An intelligent partner with vast transactional expertise acting for pre-eminent players in the market. Sam Charlton is an up and coming star.’

‘The team is technically very good, highly efficient, commercial, and on top of market trends. They are also very attuned to the needs of its clients.’

Key clients

The Blackstone Group

Blackstone Real Estate Partners

Blackstone Property Partners Europe

Blackstone Tactical Opportunities

Blackstone Strategic Partners

BC Partners

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts

Northwood Investors

Bourne Leisure

Work highlights

  • Advised Blackstone on its its €21 billion recapitalisation of Mileway.
  • Advised funds managed by Blackstone in a joint venture with Hudson Pacific Properties in their acquisition of a 91-acre site.
  • Assisted Northwood Investors on the launch of a joint venture with Chancerygate.

Stephenson Harwood

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

Practice head(s):

Simon Brading

Other key lawyers:

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


‘David Sinclair is an excellent commercial property lawyer. He has a wealth of experience and his reputation as a top lawyer is fully justified.’

‘Stephenson Harwood is a respected firm within the commercial property sector.’

‘Our main exposure is to David Sinclair. He cares about what we want to do, and we always feel he has our needs at heart.’

‘A nice team to deal with.’

‘Bringing in David Sinclair has further improved the strength and depth within the team’

‘Simon Brading gets things done without any fuss and is super-responsive.

Key clients

Schroder Real Estate



Mayfair Capital

The Langham Estate


Rynda Healthcare

Reef Estates Limited

Tristan Capital

Magnetar Capital

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Macquarie Asset Management

Beaumont Hotel

Aver Property



Peterson Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Schroder UK Real Estate Fund on its joint venture with Immobilien Europa Direkt to acquire The Brewery retail warehouse and leisure scheme in Romford, London.
  • Advised Schroders Capital UK Real Estate Fund on the forward funding and investment disposal to Pension Insurance Corporation of Two Ruskin Square.
  • Acted for LXi on all aspects of a merger.

Collyer Bristow LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Michael Grace

Other key lawyers:

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


‘Very commercial, good all-round understanding of our requirements and how to achieve them.’

‘Committed and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Aldersgate Investments Ltd / Motcomb Estates Ltd

Bewley Homes plc

Chase New Homes Ltd

Crest Nicholson plc

The Deltic Group

GMS Estates Limited

Ipsus Developments Ltd

Lochailort Investments Ltd

Sutton Harbour Holdings plc

EcoWorld London

Heatherwick Studio

Etro Fashion

Workman LLP

EDHEC Business School

Topham Guerin Limited

Arney Fender Katsalidis

Plus500UK Ltd

Charterhouse Voice and Data plc

Fountain Court Chambers

Falck UK/Community Ambulance Services

Swallow Property Investments Limited

Westgreen Construction Ltd


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

Practice head(s):

Stephen Hedley

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Morris; Ed Fowler; Nitej Davida; James Lee; Elizabeth Robertson; Nicole Cameron; John McGeough; Beth Myers; Alex Gallyer; Kay Evans


‘Not only are they hard-working, practical and knowledgeable, but they are also approachable and helpful. They are happy to go above and beyond what is required and will take the time to talk through any questions you may have.’

‘Beth Myers is an excellent solicitor. She is practical and really listens to her clients. A breath of fresh air in the legal industry.’

Key clients



Baylight Properties Ltd


The Eyre Estate

Emirates National Bank of Dubai

Federated Hermes

Fender Musical Instruments Europe Limited


Kennedy Wilson

The Prudential Assurance Company Limited

Sloane Stanley

SRG Holdings

The Academy of Medical Sciences

The Zetter Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Birchall Properties on all aspects of the development of the Peak Resort scheme in Derbyshire.
  • Advising an investment and development client on three mixed-use acquisitions in central London including retail offices and residential units.
  • Acting for a German investor owner on the letting of 4 London hotels to an established aparthotel operator.


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

Practice head(s):

Anthony Philips; Paul Houston

Other key lawyers:

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


‘The team’s attention to detail and the people make Fieldfisher what it is today. For me, they are my go-to experts.’

‘They are very commercial and always find a way to get the deal done.’

‘A nice team with the breadth of skills and experience to deal with all manner of property investment transactions and management.’

‘Jayne Elkins is a standout partner. All are experts and work tirelessly for their clients. I cannot speak highly enough of their professionalism and knowledge in their areas of expertise.’

‘Jayne Elkins is incredibly experienced in the sector. She combines commercial sense and academic attention to detail well.’

‘Paul Houston is a long standing and trusted contact. I value the honesty of his advice.’

‘Rhodri Pazzi-Axworthy is an excellent lawyer to have on your team. I cannot think of many property lawyers better versed in all the detailed nuances of property law, but he applies his knowledge with a commercial lens. Rhodri is also experienced in dealing with complex structures.’

Key clients

CA Ventures

Cambridge Medipark

Co-operative Group Limited

Countryside Properties Limited

Dominvs Group

DWS (formerly Deutsche Asset Management / RREEF)

Exeter Properties

Kennedy Wilson Europe

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

Liberty Property Trust (UK) Limited

Lloyds Banking Group

Roche Products Limited

Rocket Properties

Sevenoaks District Council

Shell Pension Funds

City of London Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised a CA Ventures entity on the sale of a portfolio of 3 PBSA developments in Sheffield, Glasgow and Edinburgh to vehicles managed by Apollo Global Management.
  • Acted on behalf of Kennedy Wilson in connection with the acquisition and financing of a c.950,000 sqft estate in West Horndon from Federated Hermes.
  • Acted for DWS on the purchase of 12 Wells Mews, a multi-occupied office investment in central London from AG Berners Street BV.

Hamlins LLP

The ‘top-class’ team at Hamlins LLP is well-versed in leasehold enfranchisement and high-end residential matters. Practice leader Mark Hurst and Joseph Holder are praised by clients as ‘exceptional partners’; the former is proficient in portfolio transactions, and the latter is a key port of call for family offices, funds, and institutional investors. John Leasure handles an array of real estate transactions, while Ben Kilshaw has demonstrable experience advising clients in the hotel and leisure sectors.

Practice head(s):

Mark Hurst

Other key lawyers:

Joseph Holder; John Leasure; Ben Kilshaw; Victoria Camfield


‘The partners are exceptional and their quality and support from the other solicitors makes us enjoy working with the team. They have particular ability in investment work and are quick to carry out all the due diligence when purchasing and submitting contracts.’

‘Their legal expertise on real estate is top-class and their work ethic is excellent.’

‘Great people. Commercial minded. They are invested in getting the client the result.’

‘Mark Hurst and John Leasure are exceptional partners, who are always available, give solid and commercial advice, and do whatever it takes to secure completion of purchases and sales whatever the size of transaction.’

‘Joseph Holder has a lot of experience and is always available and accessible.’

Key clients

Hamilton – Pyramid Europe

William Pears Group

Firefly Capital

Structadene Group

Palace Capital PLC

National Car Parks Limited (NCP)

Brunei Investment Agency

Ego Restaurants

LEON Restaurants Limited

Rosa’s Thai

Pizza Pilgrims Limited

Pizza Union

Lone Star Land

Beyond Group

Epwin Group plc

Work highlights

  • Acted for Hamilton – Pyramid Europe on a new joint venture with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP Investments) focused on the European hospitality sector.
  • Acting for the William Pears Group with a property portfolio centred on London and the South East with a variety of acquisition and disposals as well as portfolio management.
  • Acting for the Structadene group on the sale of various properties.

Memery Crystal

With know-how of commercial, mixed-use, and residential real estate, Memery Crystal is entrusted by domestic and international family offices, high-net-worth individuals and private property companies. Daniel Abrahams has considerable experience advising on the full spectrum of commercial property mandates, while steering corporate and property finance transactions. John Aynsley caters to the acquisition, disposal, development, financing, and management of high-value assets, and head of the private property practice Nicola Kravitz is noted for her expertise in the retail sector. Other key contacts in the group include Tristan WarkAyesha Qayum and Craig Jones.

Practice head(s):

John Aynsley; Daniel Abrahams; Nicola Kravitz

Other key lawyers:

Tristan Wark; Ayesha Qayum; Craig Jones


‘Superb communication and client-centred delivery of legal services.’ 

‘Dedicated, client-focused application of legal advice. Excellent communication skills.’

‘John Aynsley is an outstanding partner and leader.’

Key clients

Telford Homes

Round World Group

Unity Real Estate

Medivet Investments Limited & Medivet Property Holdings Limited

Countryside Properties (UK) Limited – now part of Vistry

Canary Wharf Group

Southwark Homes Limited

Charterhouse Property Group Holdings Ltd

Stonehage Fleming Financial Services Limited

The Change Group

Rontec Roadside Retail

Telford Homes

Round World Group

Unity Real Estate

Medivet Investments Limited & Medivet Property Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted Telford Homes on the property and construction aspects of a forward-funding deal for three Build to Rent developments.
  • Advised Countryside Properties on a number of serviced land sales to other housebuilders at sites such as St James Park Bishops Stortford; Wolsey Park, Rayleigh and Kings Hill.
  • Assisted a client on the construction of a multipurpose development in Southwark.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

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

Practice head(s):

James Nadin

Other key lawyers:

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

Key clients

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

Great Western Developments

Munroe K

Work highlights

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

Shoosmiths LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Joseph Mazzucca

Other key lawyers:

Liam Phillips


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

Key clients

McArthurGlen Group

M&G Investment Management Limited

UK Outlet Mall Fund – Nuveen

Frasers Property

Berkeley Homes

Currys PLC

Holland & Barrett

Global Switch Limited

Proximity Data Centres Limited

Telereal Trillium Limited

Ralph Lauren UK Limited

Petchey Holdings Limited

Artmax Property Limited

Invesco Real Estate

Far East Consortium

Sosei Heptares

Kier Living Limited

Attic Self Storage

Iron Mountain Data Centres

O&H Properties

Frasers Property

Work highlights

  • Acting as the main adviser to Nuveen on the sale of Cheshire Oaks and Swindon Designer Outlets.
  • Acting as the main adviser to M&G Investment Management Limited on the sale of The Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford.
  • Acting as the main advisers to M&G Investment Management Limited on the sale of Bridgend Designer Outlet.

Travers Smith LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Emma Pereira

Other key lawyers:

Alex Millar; Emma Sykes; Gareth Wynne


‘The Travers Smith real estate team are a group of dedicated, passionate real estate lawyers for whom no task or deadline is a challenge. They work proactively with us as client to find the right solution.’

Key clients

Patron Capital

Lothbury Investment Management

Impact Healthcare REIT plc

University of Oxford


BOC Group Limited

Clearbell Capital


Work highlights

  • Advised Storeshield Limited on the sale of logistics company Gist Limited to Marks & Spencer Group PLC.
  • Advised Hamberley on the sale and leaseback of six care homes focused on providing facilities for residents with care requirements to Octopus Real Estate.
  • Advised the University of Oxford on the development / redevelopment on two cutting-edge life-sciences projects, the Life and Mind Building and Begbroke Science Park.