Commercial property: elsewhere in the North West in North West

Brabners LLP

Brabners LLP's team has significant expertise in development, investment and property management work, and it can count on support from practitioners that focus on ancillary disciplines, such as planning, environment and tax. The firm notably excels in large-scale regeneration schemes and mixed-use projects, such as the prestigious Eden North project. Elsewhere, other specialisms include acting for niche retailers, healthcare clients and high-profile landed estates. Practice head Ross Shine has over 30 years of experience handling real estate transactions. Another key practitioner is Charles Hansford, who focuses on advising landed estates and agricultural clients; his work covers landlord and tenant matters, as well as property sales and acquisitions. Andrew Waugh joined as sector lead for real estate in 2020; he works across the North West and brings significant experience from his previous legal and commercial roles. Richard Roberts, Iain Gamble and Rupert Jackson are other key individuals.

Practice head(s):

Ross Shine; Richard Roberts; Iain Gamble; Rupert Jackson

Other key lawyers:

Charles Hansford

Key clients

Lancaster City Council

Sofology (Part of the DFS Group)

Simply Design

XLR8

SUSD

Swinton

National Football Museum

Sajed Investments

T B Group

Frank King Holdings Limited

Carole Nash Insurance Limited

Trustees of Kittys Farm

Calibration and Consultancy Services

Lakeland Leisure

Countyroute

Work highlights

  • Advising Countyroute on a a long running CPO scheme relating to the construction of the A130.
  • Acting for Lancaster City Council, a landowner and key partner in the Eden North Project, on a large-scale development in Morecambe.
  • Advising Swinton on the reinstatement of a previously dissolved company to allow a disposal to proceed.

Gorvins Solicitors

Described as ‘deal focused, and technically very proficient’, the team at Gorvins Solicitors handles a wide range of work, with a particular focus on property acquisitions and disposals, residential and mixed-use development as well as landlord and tenant matters. The practice has experienced an uptick of work in the residential sector and has been involved in some new office to residential conversions. Martin Hoare, whom clients praise for being ‘commercial, diligent and a pleasure to work with’, co-heads the practice together with Claire Beaumont, who has expertise in investment deals and advising lenders.

Practice head(s):

Martin Hoare; Claire Beaumont

Other key lawyers:

Colin Mellor

Testimonials

‘The team at Gorvins are extremely reliable, commercial, deal focused, and technically very proficient. We would not hesitate to recommend them and have progressively directed more work towards them from the London practices we were using previously.’

‘Martin Hoare has proven himself a trusted advisor – commercial, diligent and a pleasure to work with. We met on the other side of a complex leasehold disposal and sought to work with him when the deal closed.’

Key clients

Select Group

Williams Motor Co

Investar

Universal Container Services (Holdings) Limited

Fabrica Holdings Limited

Urban Splash Residential Fund

PH Property Holdings Limited

Inner City Music Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Select Group in the £15.1m acquisition of a mixed use asset (cinema, retail offices and residential) on Baker Street in London.
  • Acted for Williams Motor Co in the £4m sale of a key strategic city centre entrance site of Manchester Metropolitan University.
  • Advised on the conditional contract for the £4m+ acquisition for an office-to-residential conversion by developer, Investar.

Land Law LLP

Specialist commercial property law firm Land Law LLP has particular expertise in development work, investment transactions and property management. International banks, property developers, property investors and retailers are among the firm’s clients. Managing partner Angus Whyte  leads the practice; he is active in commercial property acquisitions, disposals and management. Key practitioner Helen Davidson focuses on commercial property transactions, specialising in development and infrastructure work in particular. Nicola Jackson continues to be a name to watch, with expertise is landlord and tenant matters, while Paul Grundy has considerable expertise in development work.

Practice head(s):

Angus Whyte

Other key lawyers:

Helen Davidson; Nicola Jackson; Paul Grundy; Sarah Bonwick

Testimonials

‘The team is pragmatic and commercially minded, which is unusual with many solicitors. They understand that property transactions have a value and their approach and fees reflect this. Their client portal system is excellent giving the client full access to all the information they hold and even real time access to the work that they are doing. They continually invest in technology and in my experience are way ahead of all of their, often much larger, peers.’

‘They are all commercially minded and understand that their work has a value that is not necessarily just about the time that they spend on the project.’

‘The Commercial property team at Land Law adopt a close collaborative work ethic with their clients. I have used them for well over 15 years working in both a client and in a joint advisory role. They are relationship orientated and they understand the value of speed of response and a clear fee structure. They are always willing to assist with legal support and backup in advance of formal instructions, to help inform decision making ahead of for example agreeing terms to purchase or sell. Their client portal is a very strong feature and something we use regularly. This forms an easy access location to securely store legal and other documentation which can be shared in a controlled manner with other linked professionals. They value long term relationships and will design their fees to accommodate this.’

‘Angus Whyte, the managing partner of the firm, is open and friendly and takes the responsibilities of leading the firm very seriously. He will often go beyond the brief and has a strong commercial judgement. The ability to work with clients to assist with the assessment of risk (from a legal perspective) without missing the bigger picture is very valuable.’

‘Nicola Jackson is a thorough and very talented partner of the firm and is one of the fastest solicitors I have ever worked with. For property acquisitions and disposals as well as lease work she is exceptionally good. Given the detail involved in the property sector, her ability to keep things moving is commendable and one of her main strengths.’

‘I have worked closely with Land Law on a large range of legal matters of several years. Throughout this period I have found Land Law to have consistently offered a very high quality service to the client. The approach to business is very professional and the company have demonstrated time and again to be very knowledgeable and helpful when dealing with complex legal matters. The staff are approachable and helpful and ensure that you are kept updated regularly as legal matters proceed. This approach to communications, coupled with rapid adoption of on-line technology has been essential during the Covid outbreak and associated lockdowns.’

‘Helen Davidson of Land Law has worked closely with my business over the past few years. I have found Helen to be a highly competent and knowledgeable individual in the area of commercial law. She is very professional and structured in her approach which gives confidence for the client. Helen takes the time to understand our business needs and has consistently demonstrated a willingness to go the extra mile to ensure business objectives can be met. The approach is very collaborative and I see Helen in many ways as a key member of my team.’

‘Angus Whyte is a stand-out solicitor, very knowledgeable and very pragmatic. He is a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Peel

The Hut.Com Limited

De Trafford Group

North Cheshire Developments Limited

Swizzels Matlow Limited

GE

Quorum Estates Limited

Tata

Solvay

Eric Wright Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for Handelsbanken Plc as a tenant taking a 10 year lease of premises at a new development in Altrincham to form their flagship new offices.
  • Advised on the sale of six phases of residential development land to Redrow Homes, Rowland Homes and Eccleston Homes, for the construction of 436 homes.
  • Retained by a large North-West based property investment company to deal with acquisitions and disposals on behalf of the client, and management of their portfolio generally.

Myerson Solicitors LLP

Joanne Perritt heads the real estate team at Altrincham's Myerson Solicitors LLP, leading on key transactions as well as advising landowners and developers on strategic land matters. The practice regularly supports clients with the purchase and sale of sites as well as with residential developments, care home development being a particular area of future growth. While the team acts for a number of international clients and has been instructed in developments outside of the region, it also aims to support the local business community in the north west. The practice has recently been strengthened with two new solicitors joining the team. Former practice head Richard Lloyd  is now firmwide chief operating officer.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Perritt

Other key lawyers:

Richard Lloyd; Ian Gordon; Andrew Chapman; Sarah Fecitt

Testimonials

‘Joanne Perritt is fair and amenable – she will treat the client individually rather than just apply a blanket policy across the board. She is good at delegating which solicitor would be best suited for which work.’

‘Jo Perritt always keeps a keen eye on the work of her team members to ensure compliance and a good result. Joanne Cookson, the senior associate responsible for our most recent work, has shown herself to be knowledgeable and efficient. Both these individuals are pleasant and personable.’

‘A special mention to Richard Lloyd, currently the COO but previously head of the department. His knowledge of commercial property matters is of the highest order and we have known and dealt with Richard since he joined the practice in 2000.’

‘The availability Andrew Chapman has for his clients is second to none. Emails and calls are answered promptly and time is taken to explain his advice.’

‘The whole team that we deal with are excellent at adapting to our company’s ways of working, particularly regarding updates, advice and payment requirements. They will go above and beyond to ensure we get things over the line in time and provide tailored advice and recommendations.’

‘Sarah Fecitt is amazing.’

‘I mainly deal with Sarah Fecit and Joanne Perritt – I have full confidence in both for advice.’

Key clients

Armstrong Brooks Limited

ICI/Dulux/Akzo Nobel

Dean Property Group

Fortis Developments Limited

LadBible Group Limited

Fairhome Group Plc

Property North West Limited

Philip J Davies Holdings Plc

Aldbury Homes Limited

SRL Manchester Limited

Paramount Panels UK

Golden Key Property Limited

One Heritage Tower Limited

Marchington Stone Limited

Global Eagle Entertainment Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Fairhome Group Plc, a developer of supported living accommodation with numerous site acquisitions and disposals.
  • Continued and expanded the firm’s longstanding relationship with the AkzoNobel Group property team, looking after their 250+ site estate of Dulux Decorator Centres, and other property interests across England and Wales.
  • Acted for Aldbury Homes Limited and group companies in relation to the purchase, funding, site set up and ultimate plot sales of a number of residential development sites in the Home Counties.

Napthens LLP

With a team practitioners based across the firm’s network of offices across the North West, Napthens LLP is instructed by a broad and diverse base of clients. The team’s expertise ranges from acting in freehold and leasehold sales and purchases, to refinancing and lending instructions. Jamie Allison is head of the real estate group; he has strong relationships with the banking, corporate finance and professional property communities. ‘Excellent relationship partnerMartin Beardsworth leads the Preston team, and contributes experience in retail real estate and in residential development work. David Hill heads up the Blackburn practice, specialising in the leisure industry.

Practice head(s):

Jamie Allison

Other key lawyers:

Tony Coates; Martin Beardsworth; David Hill; Andrew Ferguson

Testimonials

‘They take a very practical, proactive and clear approach to all proposed transactions. A personal service with objective advice and a friendly approach’

‘David Hill represents us on property matters. His approach is always very thorough, clear and he ensures our risks are managed sensibly. Meetings are regular and as required depending on the workload.’

‘Dealing with Tony Coates on a retail lease instruction straight away gave us the feeling of being in safe hands. So much so, we used them a second time. We felt throughout that our lawyer was really working for us.’

‘Martin Beardsworth is an excellent relationship partner on all matters relating to real estate. His grasp of the matters is excellent but what makes him and his buisness a step ahead is his effective analysis of risk. Highly recommended.’

‘A diverse range of skills to call on for any business and a well established team who can be trusted to get the job done.’

‘I have worked with Martin Beardsworth at the firm for many years. I find his positive approach to his work unique and incredibly refreshing. The results he achieves speak for themselves. He is diligent, resourceful, pragmatic and always at the end of the phone when you need him.’

‘David Hill is particularly good. He has considerable experience in large commercial transactions and he has always given us excellent advice and responds urgently to our requests. ’

‘Napthens have a great team who keep each other appraised of the current position of whichever case they may be working on – you do not have to rely on one individual.’

‘Andrew Ferguson and Martin Beardsworth are our main contacts at the practise. Both of these individuals are highly trusted and respected throughout our business, providing daily advice on a wide range of matters. They consistently exhibit a sound knowledge and understanding of our business with discretion and sensitivity.’

Key clients

E. H. Booth & Co Limited (Booths Supermarkets)

Titanic Brewery Ltd

Calico Homes Limited

Seven Brothers Brewery (Middlewood) Limited

Daniel Thwaites Plc

Phoenix Court Ltd

Home Farm Limited

Henco International Ltd

Reward Finance Ltd

Cumberland Building Society

Bowker Motor Group

Kensington Developments Limited

HY Hotels

Windermere Marina Ltd

The Trustees of the Standen Estate

Melrose Developments Limited

Cox Motor Group Limited

HSBC Bank PLC

Clydesdale & Yorkshire Bank PLC

Svenska Handelsbanken PLC

Russells Construction Limited

Baxter Homes Limited

Aqua Cure Limited

Metalfloor UK Limited

Barker Developments Ltd

Paramount Real Estates Ltd

GUS Filters Ltd

Austin Watson Limited

The Bolton Gin Company Limited

UK Childcare Group Ltd

Tony Tops Childcare Limited

Direct 4 Baby Limited

HB Products Limited

Sawyer Europe Limited

Leo Properties & Investments Limited

International Pheromone Systems Limited

Lakeside Retreats (Lakeside Retreats Limited)

Work highlights

  • Advised Lakeside Retreats Limited on the acquisition of a luxury holiday resort in Lancashire which was being acquired as part of a growing North West leisure portfolio.
  • Acting for Seven Brothers on a number of transactions and assisting them with their expansion plans.
  • Advised Sawyer Europe Limited on the acquisition of a site consisting of a series of residential premises, converted agricultural buildings and office space. The site was spread over a series of registered titles, some of which were subject to restrictive covenants in respect of the existing use.

Aaron & Partners LLP

Providing a ‘comprehensive service to commercial clients’, Chester's Aaron & Partners LLP has strong, well-established client relationships, particularly in the food, retail and utilities sectors. The team also advises on residential, commercial and industrial developments as well as agricultural holdings and estates. Simon Ellis has expertise in the utilities and charity sectors. Emma McGlinchey, who focuses on retail and food retail work, took on leadership of the practice in May 2021. Iwan Williams is another key practitioner on the team.

Practice head(s):

Emma McGlinchey

Other key lawyers:

Iwan Williams; Simon Ellis

Testimonials

‘Iwan Williams has been advising clients on some large, high value development schemes. He has good attention to detail.’

‘Aarons is a high quality, medium-sized commercial practice based in the city of Chester, strong in many of areas of business law so as to provide a comprehensive service to the commercial client – litigation, insolvency, commercial conveyancing and planning.’

‘Good attention to detail from pleasant staff.’

Key clients

Dŵr Cymru Cyfyngedig (Welsh Water)

Thomas Plant Hire

Edenstone Homes

John Holford Charity

Chester Diocesan Board of Finance

Santander

Parkfield Homes Limited

Corbett Sports (Bookmaker)

University of Chester

Special Needs Group

Work highlights

  • Advising on a series of developments for Edenstone Homes Limited, an expanding developer focused on the South Wales and South West area.
  • Acted in sweeping up asset land for Dŵr Cymru Cyfyngedig (Welsh Water), where there are no deeds known to exist, as the final part of a large scale registration project.
  • Handling ongoing investment property work for Galliers Properties Limited within the Shrewsbury market including property management work and regularising tenancy arrangements as preparation for asset disposal.

Butcher & Barlow LLP

Butcher & Barlow LLP offers clients ‘an extremely well-rounded service, with specialist solicitors in a range of areas’ from its offices across the North West. ‘Excellent property lawyerZoë Paton-Crockett is known for her work on land acquisitions, planning and development in the commercial and residential sectors. Jonathan Aldersley took over as head of the practice from Paton-Crocket in April 2021 - he is described as an ‘outstanding leader’, with expertise in public house sales and purchases and commercial refinancing. Daniel Woodcock who joined the firm in 2019, has almost two decades of experience in the market.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Aldersley

Other key lawyers:

Zoë Paton-Crockett; Daniel Woodcock; Andy Mackenzie; James Hodgson

Testimonials

‘Agile, speedy responses from a well integrated team despite being spread across several local offices.’

‘Jonathan Aldersley leads the firm. He is exceptional. He has a huge ability to deliver excellent service and be readily available to speak to clients at any time. An outstanding leader who sets high levels of service for the firm.’

‘Zoe Paton-Crockett is an excellent communicator, highly responsive and accessible, understands the complex needs of our business and makes us feel like a valued and prioritised client. Excellent knowledge in her field and offers practical and commercial solutions. Transparent approach to fees and billing and offers excellent value.’

‘Andy Mackenzie has always shown a high level of proficiency, pragmatism and professionalism in all our dealings. Andy’s ability to provide a personal approach to a wide range of clients has stood out throughout the passage of time.’

‘James Hodgson is by measures reliable and proactive when dealing with his clients. We refer a number of clients directly to him safe in the knowledge that he sees them as individuals and is fastidious in carrying out his duties for them. He always goes that extra mile that commercial property purchases inevitably call for.’

‘I find the people I have dealt with at Butcher & Barlow in relation to commercial property matters are exceptional, both in terms of their knowledge of the law, their ability to convey that in a very understandable manner, and the fact that they are responsive, competitively priced and easy to do business with.’

‘The team at Butcher & Barlow offer what I feel to be an extremely well-rounded service with specialist solicitors in a range of areas. It is very rare that I will have a legal requirement which cannot be met within the firm in regards to real estate, whether that be tenant disputes, litigation, conveyancing or otherwise.’

‘Daniel Woodcock is very approachable and has a very broad range of experience. I have worked with Daniel on a number of cases and he has provided a detailed level of knowledge and commercial understanding which has resulted in some very positive outcomes.’

Key clients

Dappa Homes Limited

Branley Estates Limited

Branley Homes Limited

Podium Property Developments (North) Limited

Joseph Holt Limited

The Trustees of the Booth Charities

Fifield Glyn Limited

Zenith House Developments Limited

Mancunian Spring Company

Handelsbanken – Manchester, Trinity Way

Chandos Homes Limited

Lawrence Mill Harwood Limited

New Keys Properties Limited

Mayflower North West Limited

J & S Accessories Limited

Twenty Thirty Investments Limited

Hollands Country Clothing Limited

Zenith House Developments (Hartford) Limited

Zenith House Developments (Church Lawton) Limited

Zenith House Developments (Alsager) Limited

Zenith House Developments (Sandbach) Limited

Same Day Teeth (West Midlands) Limited

CFD PROPCO1 Limited

CFD PROPCO2 Limited

Stretton Abodes Limited

Stretton Abodes Developments Limited

Cheshire Demolition & Excavation Contractors Limited

Trustees of the Cheshire Demolition Directors Pension Scheme

Duff & Phelps Limited

Land Recovery Limited

Land Recovery Enterprises Limited

Repairdata Limited

Blackmagic Design Limited

Dogs 4 Rescue CIC

Avondale and Waverley House Rhosneigr Limited

Menpark 1 Limited

Helsby Community Sports Club Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised family investment company Twenty Thirty Investments Ltd in connection with a refinance of a portfolio of 22 investment properties with Lloyds Bank plc worth £1.2m.
  • Acted for an investment company in acquiring a multi-let industrial site worth over £1.5m.
  • Acted for Land Recovery Ltd in connection with a complete property and corporate refinance worth over £3m in less than two months from instruction.

DTM Legal LLP

Described as a team that is ‘focused on providing a full spectrum of commercial real estate advice to a high standard’, DTM Legal LLP covers both contentious and non-contentious commercial and residential real estate matters. Sue Elias heads the practice together with Anna Duffy. ‘Approachable, straight talkingStephen Lunt is a key practitioner, as is Paul Makinson, both of whom have around two decades of experience in the commercial property sector. The team was strengthened with the addition of Helen Nash, who has a specialism in energy and utilities, from Knights plc in early 2020.

Practice head(s):

Anna Duffy; Sue Elias

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Lunt; Paul Makinson; Helen Nash

Testimonials

‘The real estate team is very professional and proactive, providing an overall excellent service.’

‘Whilst DTM Legal is a relatively small practice, it has an experienced team of solicitors focused on providing a full spectrum of commercial real estate advice to a high standard. Throughout the last 12 months, the service levels have been maintained and dedication to its clients has been creditable. ’

‘Over the last 12 months my dealings have been with Stephen Lunt, who is approachable, straight talking and easy to get hold of. Discussions about cases never feel rushed and I always find that my queries or concerns are understood and considered and the legal aspects and considerations of lease negotiations are always clearly explained. I have no hesitation in recommending Stephen to clients as I know they will receive a high level of personable service together with value for money. ’

‘The team offer excellent support combined with offering a very personal relationship. They are responsive and are keen to offer advice and guidance when necessary.’

‘By far DTM’s biggest strength is their commitment to customer service.’

‘Extremely hard working with excellent technical knowledge. ’

‘Paul Makinson instils confidence. ’

‘The approachability and accessibility of the staff at DTM Legal is second to none.’

‘The practice benefits from highly experienced members and the knowledge of the team shines through when less than standard issues present themselves. Most things are done remotely at the minute and everything works efficiently. Definitely the best firm we have worked with.’

Key clients

Prestige Homes (Yorkshire Ltd)

Reid Homes Limited

Pro Investments Limited/FI Real Estate

The Anwyl Group

Morbaine Limited

Delamere Homes Pulford Limited

Chester Rugby Union Football Club Limited

Chester Zoo

Urban Space Property Holdings Limited

Clogau Gold of Wales Limited

Tattenhall Dairy Products Limited

Helsby Parish Council

Wastdale Investments Ltd

Legat Owen

Manweb

The Majory Body Tees Ltd

Willan Group

Larchfield Bell LLP

F & O Homes Ltd

A Bernie Queensferry Auction Ltd

FG Whitley & Sons

Dandy’s (Chester) Limited

Vivio Developments Ltd

Marcol Developments

Kingmead Limited

Kinsey Farming

Ursula Keyes Trust

Frodsham Town Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Prestige Homes (Yorkshire) Limited on a development loan and the associated purchase and development of a site for residential development of 56 houses in Holmfirth, Yorkshire.

Forbes Solicitors

The team at Forbes Solicitors continues to grow, offering ‘excellent legal advice’ across a range of specialised workstreams, including a recent uptick in development and construction work. Commercial property head Adam Bromley, who is described as ‘straight talking, extremely knowledgeable and capable’ also leads the team’s firm's construction sector group. Helen Marsh leads on landlord and tenant retail work in the Manchester area, while ‘knowledgeable and diligentRichard Clithero has close ties to the Lancashire business community.

Practice head(s):

Adam Bromley

Other key lawyers:

Helen Marsh, Richard Clithero; Matthew Jones; Mohassan Mehmood

Testimonials

‘Adam Bromley is straight talking, extremely knowledgeable and capable. He is well respected and connected in the market. ’

Adam Bromley and his team are knowledgeable, professional and easily approachable are are more than happy to assist in all aspects of commercial property law.

‘Forbes have a can-do approach and have gone above and beyond what most law firms will do to ensure that their client’s interests are protected.’

‘Communication has always been excellent and Forbes really emphasise building long term relationships with their clients. ’

‘A strong all-round team offering one expertise in a wide range of specialist areas’

‘Forbes are a great team to work with. The events they put on are all top quality and very well organised.’

‘Adam Bromley leads up a fabulous team in the commercial property sector supported by Mohassan Mehmood.’

‘Excellent legal advice, easy to contact despite lockdown, prompt responses and competitive fees.’

Key clients

McDermott Homes

ETC Urban Ltd

Lofthouse of Fleetwood Limited (Fishermen’s Friend lozenges)

Stokers limited

Rumulus Limited

Trust Inns Limited

Hesketh Bank Community Centre

Mattioli Woods PLC

Puckator Limited (trading as Yabai)

Huntapac Produce Limited

Kepak Group

Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP

EP Properties Group

Osan Limited t/a Sockshop

James Hargreaves Plumbers Merchants

Senator Group

Baybutt Holdings Limited

Senator International

Work highlights

  • Instructed by McDermott Homes in the acquisition and site set up of three sites, one in Clitheroe one in Darwen and one in Thornton-Cleveleys.
  • Instructed in the acquisition of two sites for Stokers Limited, fine furniture manufacturers and retailers.
  • Acted for local family business Lofthouse of Fleetwood Limited in the acquisition of a large plot of development land (circa 20 acres) adjacent to their existing facilities in Fleetwood.

Harrison Drury & Co

The team at Harrison Drury & Co, described as ‘very knowledgeable, skilled and attentive‘, has extensive experience of commercial property transactions, routinely cooperating closely with other practice areas within the firm. The team's work encompasses commercial and residential developments, agricultural and landed estates, acting for charities and regional businesses. Simon England leads the practice, with particular expertise in landlord and tenant matters. Amanda Marwood has expanded the firm’s presence in the holiday rental sector while Naomi Fell has particular expertise in the agricultural sector.

Practice head(s):

Simon England

Other key lawyers:

Naomi Fell; Mike Fetherstone; Daniel Boulton; Amanda Marwood

Testimonials

‘The team are very knowledgeable, skilled and attentive. They solve problems and stick to timelines and budgets. They are vey client-focused.’

‘The firm has communicated excellently, especially during the pandemic, when this has become ever so important. We are always kept up to date with progress with legal cases, and delivery of completed work has been exceptional. The firm is very highly regarded in our local market place and the expertise in the commercial property arena is second to none.’

‘Amanda Marwood has worked tirelessly during the pandemic on a number of cases for us and has done an exceptional job, especially given the challenges brought about by working from home. She has communicated on a regular basis to keep us up to date with how our cases are progressing, and this is the main factor we look for when choosing our lawyers. We are often asked by our clients where we are up to on the ‘legals’ and to have already been updated by Amanda has been key in us delivering our products and services to our clients.’

‘A dynamic team with excellent communication skills – knowledgeable, reliable, enthusiastic and always on hand to help – excellent service all round and a pleasure to deal with!’

‘The only word to use to describe my experience with working with Harrison Drury is excellent.’

‘Naomi Fell has a great depth of knowledge and advice in this field’

‘Simon England is extremely knowledgeable, approachable and friendly and exceptional at understanding our position and point of view. Daniel Boulton is great at filtering what information needs highlighting to us, and what issues need bringing to our attention, without overloading us with more than we need, which makes working with him very easy and efficient. Working with both Simon and Daniel has been a pleasure.

Key clients

No 8 Hotels Limited

SC2 Limited

Brandshank Ltd

Person 1st Childcare Limited

Watling Investments Limited

Union Mill Business Centre Limited

The Avenue Hotel

Also Leisure Limited

P&D Development North West Limited

Eric Wright Group Limited

James Alpe Developments Limited

Eric Dunmore

Peter Jackson, the Jewellers

PJM Property Investments

Sir Simon Towneley (Worsthorne Estate, Cliviger and Burnley)

Applethwaite Homes

Linda O’Hanlon

Oakfield Park, Kirkby Lonsdale

Ballytherm UK Limited

Jon Armitage

FDC (Holdings) Limited

Inceptum 2 Limited

Velino

Work highlights

  • Advised on a multi-million-pound mortgage of part of an estate to Hoares Bank to provide funding for a significant poultry shed.
  • Advised on the multi-million-pound development set-up and sale and leases of 21 of 32 new build industrial units and office space.
  • Responsible for the multi-million-pound property portfolio management of long-standing client Eric Wright Group Limited and Eric Wright Pension Trustees.

HM Legal

The practice at HM Legal attracts praise for being ‘mindful of the commercial aspects of cases’. Caroline Jones in Chester acts for a diverse client base which includes banks, owner-managed businesses and developers. She leads the team together with Ian Millington, who splits his time between Liverpool and Birkenhead – he is described as ‘ extremely knowledgeable and easy to approach’.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Jones; Ian Millington

Other key lawyers:

Christine Sutton

Testimonials

‘Caroline Jones gives straight talking, no-nonsense commercial advice. She goes beyond the usual expectations of a property lawyer to give rounded advice on key commercial elements of a deal. She heads up a tight-knit team who are exceptionally hands-on and service-orientated. She is always aware of what needs to be done, who is doing what and what the status is, while the rest of the team is working on delivery in the background.

‘The team – in common with all of the teams we deal with at HM Legal – are great. They always respond promptly to contact and provide accurate advice, and are mindful of the commercial aspects of cases.’

‘Ian Millington is great: he is always on hand to provide advice and turns that around promptly, making our lives easier. He is extremely knowledgeable and easy to approach.’

Key clients

Wirral Metropolitan College

Boo Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Progress Schools Ltd, a national organization with independent secondary schools based across England, on lease transactions throughout the North West as a part of their continued expansion.
  • Advising FAS Developments Limited on ongoing development projects, including an option on a parcel of land in Liverpool to facilitate planning permission.

SAS Daniels LLP

SAS Daniels LLP’s core expertise includes residential developments, landlord and tenant matters as well as the financing and refinancing of property portfolios. The team regularly supports clients with sales and acquisitions, and often handles multimillion-pound deals. Steven Percy leads the commercial property team; he splits his time between Macclesfield and Congleton and is supported by Neil Powell, who acts for strategic land promoters, and Andrew Clarke who contributes expertise in development as well as leasing and portfolio management.

Practice head(s):

Steven Percy

Other key lawyers:

Scott Tams; Neil Powell; Andrew Clark

Testimonials

‘Very professional’

‘Excellent knowledge and support’

‘Scott Tams has taken considerable time to get among our business model, but more so the wider stakeholders and intuitions which fund our industry. It is with this level of detail that we are able to be more professional, smooth and dynamic. Scott and his team almost feel like they are integral to our team.’

‘They are very efficient and helpful, thorough and transparent.’

Key clients

Frederic Robinson Limited

Wren Properties Ltd

Willan Homes

Silkdale Properties Limited

Dawsons Music & Sound Ltd.

Henderson Homes

Dean Lewis Estates Ltd

Handelsbanken Plc

Beluga Projects Ltd

Enabling Homes

Work highlights

  • Acted on the acquisition of Dawsons Music Limited from administration and the subsequent lease of several prime retail sites across the country with a combined rental value of over £4.85m.
  • Acted for Henderson Homes (UK) Ltd on the acquisition of a £1.4m derelict site in an affluent area with planning difficulties/objections.
  • Acted for Cranford Estates (Projects) Limited on a conditional contract to vary an option agreement with a post development value of in the region of £5m.

Slater Heelis

The team at Slater Heelis is spread across Sale, Manchester and Timperley; Zara Banday heads up the residential property department from the Sale office, drawing on a broad range of expertise, including sale and purchase transactions and landlord and tenant matters. Jay Lafinhan and Hannah Al-Shaghana, both of who are also based in Sale, play a leading role in some of the practice’s most significant matters.

Practice head(s):

Will Henson; Zara Banday; Nicola Deutsch

Other key lawyers:

Mike Fox, Jay Lafinhan; Hannah Al-Shaghana

Key clients

P J Livesey Group

Coppergreen Developments Limited

Aramex (UK) Limited

Restaurant Bar and Grill Limited (in administration)

Individual Restaurant Company Limited (in administration)

Jessica Stellina D’Acampo

Work highlights

  • Represented Aramex in connection with entering into an Agreement for Works and Lease of a property. Also advised on the drafting and negotiation of the building contract for the fit out works.
  • Acting for Restaurant Bar and Grill Limited and Individual Restaurant Company Limited on a frequent basis during the year in connection with a number of the existing restaurant properties,  mainly dealing with general lease management.

Baines Wilson LLP

The team at Baines Wilson LLP 's Lancaster office covers both commercial and residential development projects, handling commercial property acquisitions, option arrangements and landlord and tenant instructions. Practice head Duncan Harty draws on strong ties with residential developers across the region, supporting housebuilders in a wide range of matters from initial site assembly to end disposals. Sean Logue contributes extensive experience in the commercial property space, especially in development and regeneration projects.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Harty

Other key lawyers:

Sean Logue

Testimonials

‘A close working team that has a blend of knowledge that works very well for clients. They talk to each other about jobs, and the best person for that task is the one appointed. This does seem to be quite unique.’

‘All the partners are easy to contact and if not immediately available will always respond. Invariably prepared to work outside of normal hours and deliver what is needed.’

Blackstone Solicitors Limited

Described as ‘ friendly, professional and incredibly efficient’, the team at Blackstone Solicitors Limited acts for a client list that includes small and medium-sized enterprises, housing associations as well as commercial and residential developers. Director Michelle Rothburn, who splits her time between in Hale and London, leads on much of the team's key work. Sarah Hughes joined the team in June 2020 as head of residential conveyancing.

Other key lawyers:

Michelle Rothburn; Sarah Hughes

Testimonials

I have found Blackstone to be friendly, professional and incredibly efficient. I have worked with Michelle Rothburn for over 15 years and her professionalism and expertise in her area is second to none. I have used Blackstone for both commercial and residential property, and I cannot fault them in their work. I have recommended them to friends and colleagues and will continue to do so. I moved from another solicitors to Blackstones and have never looked back.

Blackstone Solicitors are responsive and helpful, having a dedicated team works well for us. They can flex the team accordingly and are always willing to go the extra mile.’

‘We used Blackstone for our lease agreement and the communication throughout was top notch. They were very knowledgeable and on the ball on everything.’

‘Michelle Rothburn is top class. Fast, efficient and accurate. Feels like she is one of our team.’

‘I worked with Sarah Hughes and she was very thorough and went through the title/report in detail. Excellent at her job. She pushed the matter so we the chain could all complete on the same day. Very organized. Always responded same day.’

‘Blackstones offer a very personal approach and pair you with the best suited person for the job you need doing. I am proud that they are my solicitors and highly recommend them to anyone in need.’

Key clients

Beautiful Drinks Limited

JLT Properties Limited

Yumi Nutrition Ltd

Ark Traders (Manchester) Limited

Hillcrest Homes (Est.1985) Limited

Azar Estates Limited

Bowdon Developments (Cheshire) Limited

Qualis Residential Development

Shenila Javed

Thornley Groves

Work highlights

  • Advised Bowdon Developments (Cheshire) Limited on the purchase of a plot of land with planning permission for the demolition of the existing buildings and construction of 14 detached family dwellings with associated hard and soft landscaping.
  • Advising Yumi Nutrition Limited on a new occupational lease for the company’s new headquarters in Salford Quays.
  • Advising Ark Traders (Manchester) Limited on a conditional sale contract of land and buildings for residential development, with various supplemental deeds of variation.

Farleys Solicitors LLP

The team at Farleys Solicitors LLP supports clients in a wide range of matters including acquisitions and disposals of commercial property, commercial leases and licenses as well as estate management. Practice head Tom O’Neill in Blackburn has over 15 years of experience in commercial property and acts for several local companies. Stephen Greenwood in Preston handles property acquisitions and disposals, leases, development work and secured finance.

Practice head(s):

Ian Liddle; Tom O’Neill; Stephen Greenwood

Testimonials

‘Farleys is a relatively large firm in the North West area, but treat their clients and professional contacts in such a professional and friendly manner, it is like dealing with a small family solicitor. The team I deal with have a great deal of knowledge and experience and always provide great service. Just as important however, the service they provide is always prompt and accurate ’

‘I currently regularly deal with Stephen Greenwood but have also worked with Ian Liddle a lot. Both are exceptionally professional, knowledgeable, diligent, prompt & efficient. They don’t just do what they are told or the bare minimum, they think of the bigger picture and if required, will advise another course of action.’

Work highlights

  • Advising Clydesdale Bank as a lender in a £4.5 million acquisition of commercial property premises in Lancashire.
  • Advising on the purchase of a £5 million country estate in Northumberland, including multiple properties, land and sporting rights.
  • Advised Safe as Houses Investment plc on the £1.2m sale of a large apartment block, alongside a number of other commercial property transactions throughout the year.

Jolliffe & Co LLP

The team at Jolliffe & Co LLP handles client instructions from all over the country, ranging from complex developments to landlord and tenant work. Rose Moss heads up the commercial property practice; she handles a wide variety of commercial property transactions, including property acquisitions and disposals, development, refinance and asset management.

Practice head(s):

Rose Moss

Oglethorpe Sturton & Gillibrand

The commercial property team at Oglethorpe Sturton & Gillibrand, a firm with a long history in the Lancaster region, prides itself on its well-established client relationships. The team is described as ‘very well equipped and knowledgeable’, handling property development, refinancings, commercial sales and acquisitions as well as landlord and tenant work. Alison Kinder leads the practice, drawing on sector expertise in leisure and hospitality. Allan Sumner, who has extensive experience in the commercial property area, is another key practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Alison Kinder

Other key lawyers:

Allan Sumner

Testimonials

‘The team is very well equipped and knowledgeable. I find that matters are dealt with efficiently and pragmatically and appropriate resources are applied to each.’

‘All I can say is that I have received the most wonderful service at Oglethorpes. I believe that they are on top of their game and this gives me peace of mind and every reason to recommend their services.’

‘You get the feeling that you are dealing with a partner-led practice, and your matter matters.’

‘The property team have the experience to deal with the whole range of property work, ranging from small scale personal property transactions, to larger multi-party land deals and development work. They thrive on building personal relationships with their clients, especially professionals in the property sector.’

‘A long established firm with an excellent knowledge across almost every aspect of commercial property.’

‘Allan Sumner has superb knowledge in the development land sector.’

‘Alison Kinder has a great ability to focus on property matters of all sorts, hone in on the detail, find the issues and suggest solutions.’

‘Professionalism and subject matter knowledge is excellent.’

Key clients

Windmill Oaks Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for the lender on the refinance of a large portfolio of coastal and Lake District Hotels worth over £25 million.
  • Advising Windmill Oaks Limited on a site acquisition and the sales of a development consisting of 12 exclusive detached properties with an average value of £1.3m.
  • Advised on the site acquisition of a bespoke riverside development including the plot sales of over 60 properties in multiple phases.