Brabners LLP‘s Preston-based team focuses on advising clients within the wider Lancashire and Cumbria market; key areas of expertise include agriculture, landed estates, residential convenyancing, housing, and regeneration. Ross Shine has over 30 years’ experience, and has recently been appointed head of the newly established local authority team. Andrew Waugh leads on the development and infrastructure side. Other key practitioners include Richard Roberts and Iain Gamble. Charles Hansford specialises in assisting landed estates and agricultural clients.
Commercial property: elsewhere in the North West in North West
Ross Shine; Richard Roberts; Iain Gamble; Andrew Waugh
Other key lawyers:
Lancaster City Council
Sofology (Part of the DFS Group)
XLR8 (Part of JD Sports)
National Football Museum
The Mobility Group
Zen Jungle Estates Limited
The Dixon Group
- Advised Lancaster City Council on the disposal of land to form the Eden North Project.
- Advising Sefton Borough Council on all real estate matters relating to the Strand Shopping Centre.
- Advising County route on a joint venture CPO matter relating to the construction of the A130.
Butcher & Barlow LLP
Butcher & Barlow LLP‘s commercial property offering is spread across six locations in the North West, specialising in a range of issues including land acquisition, estate management, and commercial leases. The team of ‘premium quality individuals’ is headed by Rachel Martin who advises on strategic development transactions including option agreements and properties owned by medical practices. Daniel Woodcock leads on several key deals and Rebecca Jepson, whom clients describe as ‘attentive, erudite and driven’, has experience in agricultural property. James Hodgson has particular expertise in dealing with acquisitions and disposals on behalf of pension funds. Andrew Mackenzie is also recommended, while ‘dependable but dynamic‘ senior partner Jonathan Aldersley is another key figure in the team.
Other key lawyers:
Zoё Paton-Crockett; Daniel Woodcock; Andrew Mackenzie; James Hodgson; Rebecca Jepson; Jonathan Aldersley; Rowena Wilkinson
‘Bridging the gap between a city centre/national firm on the one hand, and a small but local practice on the other, is not easy, but Butcher & Barlow manage it naturally. As a client or fellow professional adviser our contacts at the firm have given us full attention and availability. Confidence that grows from experience in a particular field becomes evident as the instruction develops, rather than loudly advertised at the outset.’
‘Contact with senior partners down to associates and trainees is always personal, professional, and clearly team led. Jonathan Aldersley has been a dependable but dynamic port of call over many years, and Rebecca Jepson is attentive, erudite and driven.’
‘They know what they are doing and ensure that they offer practical advice at all stages. They don’t prevaricate, but instead get to the point and make things happen. They have always been available to discuss any matters.’
‘We have dealt with Rebecca Jepson on several deals and can’t speak highly enough of her. She is open and transparent, keeping you informed on all matters, timescales, giving you the good news along with the bad, but always trying to find solutions to possible problems.’
‘I’ve worked with James Hodgson consistently for a few years now, having used various other solicitors elsewhere beforehand. He is extremely detail orientated and knowledgeable, regularly highlighting points of potential risk when exploring different avenues of approach. I always feel very confident that any transaction with James at the helm is being undertaken with a level of diligence that gives us the comfort of knowing nothing has been overlooked or omitted.’
‘Butcher & Barlow was recommended to us by experts in the matter. The way they dealt with us by giving us guidance is nothing short of utmost professionalism, always with our interest at heart and as top priorities. I truly believe that we have come away with the best outcome because of Butcher & Barlow!’
‘Butcher & Barlow are phenomenal; they are co-ordinated, communicative and appear to hold the same values of honesty, speed, professionalism and friendliness with a clear emphasis on client satisfaction. From the receptionist through to the partners, they are all premium quality individuals. This naturally provides a strong sense of security and trust – often an underrated quality, but a vital element for the client. […] I will remain loyal to Butcher and Barlow for the rest of my life since I know that I will never receive such impeccable service anywhere else.’
‘Daniel Woodcock immediately springs to mind as an individual that very much stands out. He is clearly the consummate professional – having dealt with numerous (rather complicated) property transactions very efficiently and diligently for me over the years. His style is friendly, yet straightforward, and he keeps to the point of which I am always grateful for during my time-restricted days. Any documentation and contracts are always speedily prepared (without mistake) and he always follows my instructions to the letter. However, he is not afraid to advise if he feels it may not be the right way to go. I always know that I am in safe hands with Daniel.’
Anglesey Homes Limited
Avondale and Waverley House Rhosneigr Limited
Barlows Limited/ Barlows Property Portfolio Limited
BGEN Limited (formerly Boulting Limited)
Blackmagic Design Limited
Branley Estates Limited
CFD Propco1 Limited
CFD Propco2 Limited
Chandos Homes Limited
Dappa Homes Limited
DMK Investments UK Limited
EBS Pensions Limited
Edward Foster Properties Limited
Fifield Glyn Limited
Handelsbanken – Manchester, Trinity Way
Helsby Community Sports Club Limited
Hollands Country Clothing Limited
Hulme Trust Estates
Jennings Family Property Limited
J&S Accessories Limited
Joseph Holt Limited
Kroll Advisory Limited
Land Recovery Limited
Land Recovery Enterprises Limited
Lawrence Mill Harwood Limited
Law Distribution Limited
Mancunian Spring Company
Mayflower North West Limited
New Keys Properties Limited
Osborne House Limited
Podium Property Developments (North) Limited
Roger Hannah Limited
Rufus Estates Limited
S&S Investments (2007) Limited
Same Day Teeth (West Midlands) Limited
Sanderson Weatherall LLP
Spitfire @ Cheshire Green 1 Limited
Steinsberg Properties Limited
The Beauty Quarters Limited
The Dale Farming Partnership
The Trustees of the Booth Charities
The Victor Group
Trafalgar Finance Limited
Trinity Investments (Stockport) Limited
Triple R Solutions Limited
Vintage Homes Limited
Zenith House Developments Limited.
- Advised Steinsberg Properties Limited on the re-finance of 9 multi-occupancy residential properties with Handelsbanken Plc.
- Advised The Dale Farming Partnership on the grant to a national house-builder of an option to purchase 20 acres of agricultural land.
- Advised Blackmagic Limited on an agreement for lease and lease of 20,000sqft of new-build ‘headquarters’ offices.
Gorvins Solicitors' broad commercial property practice covers estate management, secure lending, development agreements, as well as both commercial and corporate property acquisitions and disposals. Additionally, the team is experienced in advising bridging finance and lending clients. the team is co-led from Stockport by Martin Hoare, who specialises in both commercial and residential development and investment, and Claire Beaumont, who regularly advises lending institutions and works on high value investment and development transactions
Martin Hoare; Claire Beaumont
Other key lawyers:
Williams Motor Co
Universal Container Services (Holdings) Limited
Fabrica Holdings Limited
Urban Splash UK Residential Fund
PH Property Holdings Limited
Inner City Music Limited
Avonside Group NO
- Advised on the disposal of commercial element of previously acquired property on Baker St London by way of a long lease, valued at £4.95m.
- Advised on the funding of the £4million+ acquisition for office to residential conversion by Investar.
Land Law LLP
Boutique firm Land Law LLP, which is based in Altrincham, is renowned for its expertise in commercial property matters including development, investment transactions, and landlord and tenant work. The 'very competent team' is led by managing partner Angus Whyte, who handles property acquisitions, management and disposal cases. Helen Davidson specialises in commercial property development and infrastructure work, whilst also assisting with the management of the firm. Sarah Bonwick possesses extensive experience in dealing with industrial, commercial, residential cases, and Paul Grundy regularly works with developers, investors, and surveyors. Nicola Jackson 'works at great pace and with accuracy' in advising investment clients, as well as landlords and tenants.
Other key lawyers:
Helen Davidson; Nicola Jackson; Paul Grundy; Sarah Bonwick; Fay Wilshaw
‘Excellent team with strength and depth. Commercial, responsive and cost effective advice.’
‘Fay Wilshaw – so precise, clear and practical.’
‘The firm focuses on developing relationships and retaining them through the quality of service they provide. The quality of the legal advice is excellent and the managing partner ensures personalities are properly matched which also helps the whole process. The firm is very IT savvy and the use of a fully secure but accessible online portal gives clients easy access to all current and historic paperwork.’
‘Nicola Jackson is an extremely capable property solicitor and partner of the firm who works at great pace and accuracy. She never sits around waiting for feedback. If she needs it, she goes looking for it and this means the legal process is never held up from the client’s side.’
‘I have had dealings with Land Law over a number of years now on a range of legal issues. I have found the team at Land Law very capable, professional and always helpful with the legal advice offered.
‘They have taken a very collaborative approach and have a clear understanding and focus on my company’s business needs.’
‘I have worked with Helen Davidson extensively on a range of projects and negotiations over the last few years. Helen is a highly competent and professional individual who has always provided sound and timely legal advice. She has taken the time to fully understand what our business is and what it needs are. I have found Helen to be positive and approachable and always willing to help and guide both me and the members of my team. I feel that the work that is undertaken is well thought out and consistently of a very high calibre. She always ensures that deadlines are met. I would consider Helen to be a valued member of the team.’
‘A very competent team specialising purely in property work. Being out of the city centre makes them very competitive’
British Salt Limited
Quorum Development Management Limited
Blade Dynamics Limited
The Hut.Com Limited
Eric Wright Group
Swizzels Matlow Limited
- Advised Blade Dynamics Limited in relation to the acquisition of new wind turbine factories in the newly established Teesside Freeport.
- Acted for Quorum Development Management Limited in relation to the purchase of land in Cheshire, including acquiring missing title to complete the site.
- Assisted British Salt Limited in relation to the development of a new storage and distribution warehouse to enable them to restructure their existing logistics distribution hubs and combine them in one location.
Myerson Solicitors LLP
Myerson Solicitors LLP offers a full service real estate practice with specialists in core real estate development, residential work, and plot sales instructing on strategic land matters. Joanne Perritt heads the team in Altrincham, leading on key transactions and regularly advising on large-scale residential developments, commercial leases and secured lending questions. Legal director Ian Gordon works with both landlords and tenants, and is particularly experienced in development work including acquisitions and disposals. Mark Gillies is a key name on several deals, and is also recommended.
Other key lawyers:
Ian Gordon; Joanne Cookson; Mark Gillies
‘Myerson provide a personal but comprehensive legal service, covering all aspects of legal practice. Their advice is clear and uncomplicated, always offering options and choices. A graduated structure of practitioners is available as appropriate, from junior assistant to senior partner. Their approach is always professional, complimented by their no-nonsense approach.’
‘Fantastic property team of a good size to get through the work and not make you feel like you’re in a queue. Friendly, family feel firm but with fantastic skillset and broad experience in the market.’
‘Joanne Perritt leads by example, understands your needs and has solutions for complex property matters.’
‘I believe that the team are absolutely top quality people who are acting in my best interests.’
‘The firm is a regional player and has grown to encompass a wide variety of disciplines. They are therefore able to cope with the demands of our commercial clients.’
‘It is possible to build up a relationship with individual team members, who then get to know your business inside out and can thus advise on the correct course of action. Mark Gillies has always proven to be our go to person.’
‘Joanne Cookson is accessible, very easy to talk to, gives relevant advice, and charges for her services are fair.’
Armstrong Brooks Limited
Dean Property Group
Fortis Developments Limited
Fairhome Group Plc
Dransfield Properties Group
Renaker Build Limited
Monckton Properties Limited
Riversdale Homes Limited
LCC Group Limited
DRS Data Services Limited
Property North West Limited
Hallmark Developments (North West) Limited
Philip J Davies Holdings Plc
Aldbury Homes Limited
Peninsula Business Services Limited
Fit2fly Test Ltd
One Heritage Tower Limited
- Advised Openshaw Regeneration Limited on the £10 million sale of Lime Square, Openshaw to LCP, an institutional investor.
- Advising the AkzoNobel Group and in particular the Paints Division, acting on the acquisition of around 10 newly constructed or refurbished trading properties forming part of the company’s retail expansion plan.
- Acted for Marshalls Yard Limited in relation to a flagship letting to Scandinavian furniture/homeware retailer JYSK, who significantly expanded into the UK in 2021.
With offices across Lancashire, Merseyside and Cumbria, Napthens LLP offers a full range of services to property clients. The practice largely focuses on refinancing and lending instructions, freehold sales and purchases, and has recently seen an uptick in options deals. Team lead Jamie Allison is involved in the strategic development of the Cumbrian commercial property market, advising on leisure, licensing and rural matters. Based in Blackburn, David Hill specialises in leisure properties, landlord and tenant issues, and purchases of unincorporated bank financed businesses. Martin Beardsworth has extensive experience in retail real estate and Tony Coates handles property finance, and acquisitions and disposals of commercial property as well as small businesses.
Other key lawyers:
Tony Coates; Martin Beardsworth; David Hill, Marc Appleton
‘A real personal service. Great knowledge of our business and of the property market we work in. Forward thinking in their approach to resourcing and solving any challenges we raise.’
‘David Hill is excellent to work with. Brilliant knowledge alongside practical experience and expertise makes the whole process of buying and selling properties more efficient. He prefers face to face meetings which I think works best and is always available for advice. He is happy to debate the relevant points and take on board our opinions while offering his advice on the best way forward.’
‘An excellent team that is focused on understanding the needs of the client and interpreting what is required to be delivered.’
‘Approachability, little use of legal jargon, tells it how it is and adaptable.’
‘Responsive, and attention to detail’
‘We are pleased with the work by Marc Appleton, who spends detailed quality time considering the paperwork, and getting fully to grips with the problem at hand.’
‘Napthens were able to anticipate many of the issues and problems before they arose. They worked collaboratively with the commercial agent to expedite the purchasing process for the property. As well as this, Tony Coates was honest and available, this meant any questions were answered quickly and efficiently. The supporting team were extremely quick with any documentation both in providing it to us and chasing up the vendor to make sure the process was able to proceed as quickly as possible.’
‘Tony Coates was the key partner in the transaction and he managed to keep an open line of communication constantly throughout a lengthy purchase. Any email exchange with the sellers solicitor or other relevant parties was forwarded so we consistently knew the progress of the purchase. Tony went above and beyond to make himself available at weekends and unsociable hours.’
Aaron & Partners LLP
Aaron & Partners LLP's Chester-based team specialises in residential development, secured lending, renewable energy, and agricultural estates. Leader Emma McGlinchey has a background in food retail and 'delivers work to the highest standard'. Trish Randles handles deals for landlords and tenants, as well as high net worth individuals with property portfolios. Simon Ellis leads on several key deals, and development specialist Iwan Williams is also recommended.
Other key lawyers:
Simon Ellis; Trish Randles; Iwan Williams; Joseph Fletcher Hunt
‘The practice is unique in Chester in providing a comprehensive commercial service with experts in every field of normal commercial business.’
‘This firm is exceptional, it has some exceptional solicitors who are very client focused. They always get right to the heart of the matter and provide sound, practical legal advice. Their people are their strength. In addition to the legal abilities they actually listen, pay attention and take on board a clients concerns which is a major factor in instructing them. They also provide great value for money.’
‘The team go above and beyond to complete all tasks with great care and attention in a very timely manner. ‘
‘Iwan Williams has paid a lot of attention to detail and has always handled our matters efficiently and well.’
‘Simon Ellis is an absolutely brilliant property lawyer – he has a quiet unassuming manner but gets to the heart of a transaction very quickly and where there may be difficulties he can always be relied upon to find a way around those difficulties.’
‘Emma McGlinchey delivers work to the highest standard and will always prioritise work in the correct order. ‘
Dŵr Cymru Cyfyngedig (Welsh Water)
Stapeley Jewish Care Home Limited
Just Go Travel (Trading as Hays Travel)
Chester Diocesan Board of Finance
HBL Leisure Limited
Parkfield Homes Limited
Corbett Sports (Bookmaker)
University of Chester
- Advised residential developer Edenstone Homes, providing full service to meet their property demands from acquisition to disposal via finance and acquisition of rights.
- Advised regional utility supplier Dŵr Cymru Cyfyngedig (Welsh Water) on all aspects of operational property matters.
DTM Legal LLP
DTM Legal LLP’s commercial expertise includes development advice for large institutions, energy projects, and landed estates, working out of bases in Chester and Liverpool. Anna Duffy leads on contentious work within investment and retail, and co-heads the practice with Sue Elias on the non-contentious side. Stephen Lunt advises on secured lending and infrasturcture projects, and Paul Makinson works with agricultural clients. Helen Nash, who specialises in energy and utilities, is also recommended.
Anna Duffy; Sue Elias
Other key lawyers:
Stephen Lunt; Paul Makinson; Helen Nash
‘We have had a long-term relationship with DTM who have looked after our portfolio for a number of years. We find them to be professional and hard working and achieve the best results for us.’
Prestige Homes (Yorkshire Ltd)
Reid Homes Limited
Pro Investments Limited/FI Real Estate
The Anwyl Group
Delamere Homes Pulford Limited
Chester Rugby Union Football Club Limited
Urban Space Property Holdings Limited
Clogau Gold of Wales Limited
Tattenhall Dairy Products Limited
Helsby Parish Council
Wastdale Investments Ltd
The Majory Body Tees Ltd
Larchfield Bell LLP
F & O Homes Ltd
A Bernie Queensferry Auction Ltd
FG Whitley & Sons
Dandy’s (Chester) Limited
Vivio Developments Ltd
Ursula Keyes Trust
Frodsham Town Council
Forbes Solicitors' ‘excellent and high performing team’ is led by Adam Bromley, who splits his time between central Lancashire, Blackburn and Preston. Helen Marsh has carved out a retail specialism, while Richard Clithero, described by clients as ‘exceptional’, has expertise in high value transactions and secured lending work. Matthew Jones leads a sub-team within the practice, focusing on construction and development deals across Lancashire.
Other key lawyers:
Helen Marsh; Richard Clithero; Matthew Jones; Stuart Shorthouse; Mohassan Mehmood
‘A well resourced and close knit team that is able to work together without ego and deliver.’
‘Richard Clithero is exceptional at delivering what the client needs and explaining it in a thorough and patient manner.’
‘They always make you feel like you are important to them and keep you up to date on progress.’
‘Adam Bromley is very knowledgeable when it comes to commercial property but specifically in the area of pensions, we feel like we are in very safe hands. Mohassan Mahmood is also developing well in this area.’
‘Will respond to all queries within 24 hours. Will take on instructions and deliver with strict deadlines from time to time, when needed. Produce excellent Title Reports, reader friendly; making it simpler to report on.’
‘The Forbes commercial property are an excellent and high performing team. They are well known and respected throughout Lancashire and widely recognised as the ‘go to’ team for property matters.’
‘Adam Bromley is a superb communicator and has the experience and knowledge base to be able to adeptly deal with matters outside the ordinary.’
‘They remain very close to their clients throughout a transaction. They are also very proactive in conversing with the vendors solicitors.’
ETC Urban Ltd
Lofthouse of Fleetwood Limited (Fishermen’s Friend lozenges)
Pet’s Choice Limited
Trust Inns Limited
Reward Capital Limited
Mattioli Woods PLC
Huntapac Produce Limited
EP Properties Group
Thrive Propco Limited
James Hargreaves Plumbers Merchants
Baybutt Holdings Limited
- Advised on the acquisition of a brownfield site on the Fylde coast for housing development. This comprised of land that was previously intended for commercial development, so there were numerous issues to resolve.
- Negotiating a 10-year Lease, Licence for Alterations and Agreement for Lease conditional on landlord works and obtaining a Premises Licence for the sale of alcohol, for Six by Nico.
- Acting for lender in relation to the loan of a facility in excess of £1,500,000, to be secured over a portfolio of 5 properties (including a mixture of 1st party and 3rd party security).
Harrison Drury & Co
The ‘outstanding‘ commercial property team at Harrison Drury & Co advise clients in a range of matters including large-scale development projects, agriculture properties, and conveyancing. Simon England leads the practice and is a specialist in landlord and tenant matters. Based in Kendal, Naomi Fell has particular experience in the agricultural sector and Amanda Marwood is a key practitioner on leisure and tourism deals. Wendy Newbury and Lara Watts advise on all aspects of property transactions, from acquisitions to real estate finance.
Other key lawyers:
Naomi Fell; Mike Fetherstone; Amanda Marwood; Hannah Hughes; Wendy Newbury; Lara Watts; George Wilson
‘They have a passion for client outcomes – a genuine interest to see client results and to share these back to you. Simon England has been keen to better understand how we as a business support our clients, and during the pandemic reached out to ensure that they were able to provide holistic overviews with their content and support.’
‘A commitment to client service, reasonable fees, and a desire to build partnerships with clients rather than simply service their businesses.’
‘Genuinely care about their clients and want to delight them. Amanda Marwood has a laser-like focus on what truly matters. Wendy Newbury is calm and clear, taking time to articulate complex issues.’
‘Harrison Drury makes the process of buying and selling properties so much easier and quicker for a company who are not based locally to them. Because of Harrison Drury, I do not need to make long round trips which in 2022 is unnecessary, and therefore means we are able to sell much quicker.’
‘George Wilson – down to earth and approachable. George has provided very complex advice on mines and mineral matters. He has an expert understanding of the subject area and is very clear in his advice and communication.’
‘Genuine feeling they care and are highly considerate of our needs throughout. Great at managing our expectations and providing clear, helpful advice, useful in real world scenarios.’
‘Extremely dedicated to their work and consistently contactable. Proactive in providing meaningful updates – regularly over the phone too rather than all on email. Lara Watts in particular is a world class professional.’
‘They have very outstanding people, who can deliver under difficult circumstances and deadlines. They also gave us very good insight into future risks and consequences of some of our decisions, and used technology effectively to speed up the process.’
Eric Wright Group Limited
James Alpe Developments Limited
Cumberland Building Society
Peter Jackson, the Jewellers
PJM Property Investments
Sir Simon Towneley (Worsthorne Estate, Cliviger and Burnley)
Oakfield Park, Kirkby Lonsdale
- Advised James Alpe Developments Limited on its multimillion-pound development from its inception.
- Advised Barley residents on the purchase and operation of an historic Lancashire pub in the heart of the Ribble Valley by their company PTL Property Limited.
The diverse commercial property practice at HM3 Legal is led by Chester-based director Caroline Jones who works with financial institutions, developers and pension trustees. The team’s co-head Ian Millington, who splits his time between Liverpool and the Wirral, advises on commercial lending including mezzanine and bridging finance, property acquisitions and disposals, and landlord and tenant issues.
Caroline Jones; Ian Millington
Progress Schools Limited
ADS Graphics Limited
- Advising Progress Schools Ltd on all lease transactions throughout the North West this year as part of their continued expansion.
SAS Daniels LLP
SAS Daniels LLP‘s expertise lies in residential development work, however the team also advise on financing and re-financing of property portfolios as well as sales and acquisitions. Steven Percy leads the team, splitting his time between the firm’s Macclesfield and Congleton locations. Andrew Clark supports a range of clients from private individuals to corporations, and Nigel Read is praised for going ‘the extra mile‘ when advising on primarily residential property matters. Nicola Deutsch recently joined from Slater Heelis, where she was head of residential development.
Other key lawyers:
Nigel Read; Andrew Clark; Nicola Deutsch
‘I find the team at SAS Daniels helpful and they are happy to take the time to talk things through where needed. They have a large team so you are covered for whatever legal situation may arise.’
‘We receive a prompt service and matters are dealt with in a straight forward manner.’
‘This team are tremendously good at dealing with all kinds of situations, particularly difficult situations with the solicitor of the other party involved in the transaction!’
‘Partner Nigel Read goes the extra mile whenever required. He is available in unsocial hours and always does his best to deal with situations in a rapid, professional, and exceptionally effective way.’
Frederic Robinson Limited
Duchy Homes Limited
Big Brand Ideas Limited
Svenska Handelsbanken PLC
Frankly Financial Management
Willan Trading Limited
Aramex (UK) Limited
- Advised Josolyne LLP on the relocation of its head office, signing a long lease in a prime office location.
- Advised JW Houses Ltd on the acquisition of a site in the Lake District with a GDV of over £5m.
- Advised Frederic Robinson Ltd on the acquisition of the business and assets at The Swettenham Arms.
Baines Wilson LLP
Baines Wilson LLP's Lancaster-based team has expertise in commercial and residential development, as well as commercial real estate management of various logistics properties. Practice head Duncan Harty advises on all types of deals including secured lending transactions and landlord and tenant matters. Sean Logue has significant specialist experience in development transactions from site assembly through to disposal.
Other key lawyers:
Sean Logue; Naren Deen; Elizabeth Sewell; Sophi Al-Tikriti
‘Practical, commercially focused team, always willing to help.’
‘Duncan Harty and Sean Logue are excellent in their own fields. Commercially minded, open minded to different situations and always looking to go the extra mile.’
Genesis Homes Limited
Kingmoor Park Properties Limited
Farleys Solicitors LLP
Farleys Solicitors LLP's team advises on a wide range of matters including options and conditional contracts, estate management, and property development. Tom O’Neill co-heads the practice, specialising in acquisitions and disposals as well as landlord and tenant matters. Stephen Greenwood is based in Preston and regularly advises on leases, development work and secured finance.
Ian Liddle; Tom O‘Neill; Stephen Greenwood
- Advised Silverwoods Waste Management Limited on the acquisition of Blenkinsopp Hall country estate in Northumberland, for £5m.
- Advised Jetglobal Limited on the sale of a large investment property for £3.5m.
- Advised Cowgill Holloway Business Recovery LLP as administrators in the sale of a failed student development complex, for £2.15m.
Oglethorpe Sturton & Gillibrand
Oglethorpe Sturton & Gillibrand's Lancaster-based team has built a loyal client base through its expertise in property development, sales and acquisitions, and landlord and tenant matters. Alison Kinder leads the practice and has over 25 years of experience within the commercial and residential property sectors. David Park advises on agricultural properties and promotions agreements, whilst Allan Sumner acts for regional and local developers.
Other key lawyers:
David Park; Allan Sumner; Charlotte Russell
‘Alison Kinder, has dealt with in excess of 30 million pounds worth of property transactions for me. If I want the job done properly, Alison is the only person I would trust.
‘Alison Kinder, David Park, Allan Sumner and Charlotte Russell all provide an excellent service to clients. Helping them to understand fully and efficiently solve any problems.’
‘Alison Kinder’s stand out quality is that she is very calm. No matter how highly stressed the situation becomes, I have never seen that quality challenged. It is a very good weapon to have in the locker. It also lulls the other side into thinking that she may be soft or easily coerced – she isn’t and she won’t. If I ask her to represent us on a matter which is outside of her area of expertise, she will guide me towards another person in the practice.’
‘Personal attention of team members and practical approach to solving the inevitable issues arising. Superb engagement with clients’
‘You always feel that you receive value for money with OSG.’
‘Professional team. We have access to the lawyers we are working with – direct line, email etc and can meet to discuss cases around the table. Very approachable. A diverse team in terms of specialisms, age, personality etc, so can cover a spectrum of legal areas and often match personalities to the client.’
‘Diversity of in house service and specialisms. Always on hand. Nothing is too much trouble’
‘Great feel to the business. Friendly yet professional and personable all at the same time. Strong partners lead the business and maintain contact throughout.’
Windmill Oaks Limited
Pluspod Eco Limited
Spring Bank Development NW Limited
Lunar Developments Limited
- Advising vendor in a sale which involved a number of property transactions including transfers out of the target company, leases to the target company, and allocation of significant environmental risk by way of put and call options. Deal worth over £2million.
- Acted for a landed estate in connection with the sale of first phase of land in Atherton. Number of phases to be sold. Phase 1 to Bloor Homes for a consideration of just over £6 million.
- Acted for tenant in complex landlord and tenant work involving industrial units in the South Lakes Area worth over £1million. Suite of technical legal documents negotiated and completed including lease, option to purchase, pre-emption, overage deed and option for easement.
Whilst the commercial property team at Temple Heelis regularly advises on a range of transactions, its expertise lies in the hospitality and leisure sectors. Associate solicitor Lucy Benton leads the practicem handling matters for various clients from farmers to charities, and investors to manufacturers. Benton is closely assisted by Yasmin Blamire who works on landlord and tenant matters, financial restructuring of property portfolios, and option agreements.
Other key lawyers:
‘Very pleasant people, efficient and always responded quickly.’
‘Yasmin Blamire and Lucy Benton have always been great communicators – it’s the main reason I use them. Both of them keep me in the loop.’
‘I recommend Yasmin Blamire and Lucy Benton. I’ve used them a number of times.’
‘Relatively small and local practice but with superb expertise. Very involved with and caring for the local community. Excellent customer service and great value for money.’
‘Lucy Benton optimally balances professionalism with friendship and understands how to get the most out of the solicitor / client relationship. Always available & replies promptly. Efficient & speedy responses and supported by a first class support team.’
J & J Smith (Hotels) Limited
Mr & Mrs Shail
Brathay Properties Limited
Mr & Mrs Conway/Still Point Osteopathy
Mr & Mrs Sanders
Lakeland Housing Trust
Mr & Mrs Fraser/Wiltshire Farm Foods
Sapore Kendal Limited
- Advised the shareholders of J&J Smith (Hotels) Limited on the sale of their longstanding hospitality and leisure company.
- Advised Brathay Properties Limited on the acquisition of Diamond Lodge Hotel.
- Advised clients on the acquisition of ancillary staff accommodation in the Lake District to house the employees of Rothay Manor Hotel.