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Value Reimagined: part of the Legal Reimagined Series

Our Manchester Legal Reimagined event will focus on the value proposition for the in-house function, but with a greater focus on reimagining how teams manage both the strategic risk challenge and effective outsourcing solutions.

Legal Reimagined goes beyond the ‘talk shop’, focussing on outcome-based and solution-orientated discussion. Conversation will be led by our Advisory Group of North West based general counsel and supported by insights from KPMG partners Nick Roome, Ed Bartlett and Paul Kelly. We welcome guest contributors on risk (Annabel Reoch) and value in the supply chain (Nicola Brooks).

Be part of it: peer-to-peer experience, knowledge-sharing and insights to transform ideas into solutions and action.

12 September 2019 | One St Peters Square, Manchester

The ‘impressive’ team at Addleshaw Goddard provides ‘excellent service from partner level through to the paralegals’ and is ‘a key choice in Manchester for the top real estate transactions’; Stephen Kinsey continues to advise Bruntwood in relation to the Circle Square development in Manchester; and department head Peter Kershaw acted for Standard Life on the £70.7m acquisition of 33 Foley Street in London’s Fitzrovia, from Kier Property and acted for Corestate Capital Holdings on the £48m purchase of the Royal Liver Building in Liverpool from Royal London. Kershaw also led advice for Hermes Investment Management on the largest ever office pre-let in Leeds for a new regional government hub. Legal directors; Michael Corbett, who is experienced in the retail sector, Lucy Butterworth, Julie Hodkinson, who is experienced in renewable energy projects, railway property and projects specialist Robin Warburton, and Brian Ghatan, who is ‘especially skilled at navigating complex refinancing transactions’, are key members of the department, as are the ‘pragmatic’ Catherine Fearnhead and Vicky Niescier, who has ‘incredible knowledge and is extremely professional’. The team was significantly bolstered in 2018 by the hire of a six-partner team from Irwin Mitchell, which includes Anita Weightman, (former head of department at Irwin Mitchell), Paul Barnard, Patrick Duffy, real estate litigator Chris Perrin, Tony Weightman and planning lawyer Emily Williams. Colette Withey left the firm to join Ernst & Young.

CMS is regularly instructed on major real estate development and urban regeneration projects in Manchester, across the region and nationally. Department head Mark Haywood, who is active across real estate investment and development mandates and is noted for his expertise in forward funding structures, income strip and annuity leases, and Monica Brij, who specialises in development schemes and large-scale investment transactions for institutional and private investors, are advising Mayfield Development Partnership on an urban regeneration and development project to develop the former site of the Mayfield Rail Depot in Manchester city centre. Haywood and Brij also advised the Far East Consortium £1bn Northern Gateway scheme in Manchester, which is designed to deliver up to 10,000 homes in North Manchester. Brij is leading advice for joint venture vehicle, Ask Real Estate and Patrizia UK, on the regeneration of Gateshead Quays in Newcastle and Peter Winnard advised FQ Developments on the funding of the £750m residential development at Owen Street, Manchester, and is advising Select Property Group, which is operating in joint-venture with Bruntwood, on the development of Circle Square, Manchester. Other key figures include Nathan Jansen, who advises on the disposal, acquisition and development of mixed-use, retail and industrial schemes as well as primary care centres in the healthcare sector; energy, projects and construction team head Chris Hallam; senior associate Tanya Francis; and Nigel Lewis , who recently joined from Gowling WLG and heads the infrastructure, construction and energy disputes team.

DWF delivers an ‘excellent service’ and is regularly instructed by major corporate occupiers and lenders, as well as regional and national developers and investors on transactions in the region and nationally. The retail, hotel and leisure sectors are key areas of specialism for the team and it has secured a three-year panel appointment as Whitbread's sole provider of real estate work for its Premier Inn, hub by Premier Inn, Restaurant and Costa brands. David Frankland is acting for Coplan Estates on its appointment as developer on a major mixed-used development scheme in Woking. Naveen Gupta continues to advise the adidas group on its property legal requirements, which included advising on a new flagship concept store in Westfield White City Shopping Centre, London. Catherine Haslam, who is experienced in advising on real estate issues in the telecoms sector, is advising EE on its agreements for the installation of electronic communications apparatus in a number of airports in the UK. Paul Inman heads the firm’s real estate teams in Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham, with Anita Gupta, who has a ‘very wide range of property knowledge and a very commercial attitude to risk’, leading the Manchester-based team. Christina Suddes, who is active on a range of commercial real estate mandates and David Walton, who is a member of the firm’s corporate occupiers group, are also recommended, as are senior associates Robin Sharp and Rachel Lawler.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is ‘strong on process and procedure and it picks up and allocates matters quickly’. The team regularly advises on complex, high-value, urban regeneration and development projects in Manchester, the north west region and across the UK; it continues to act for Manchester Airport Group and Airport City Limited Partnership on the Airport City development and is advising Airport City Limited Partnership on the forward funding and development of two hotels; and is also advising Mayfield Partnership, alongside colleagues in London, on the real estate, planning and site assembly aspects of the Mayfield regeneration scheme in Manchester. Michael Buchanan continues to lead advice for English Cities Fund on the £650m regeneration of Salford Central, recently advising on the land assembly, structuring, construction, pre-let and forward funding of the next phase of office development at 2 New Bailey Square and the development and construction of the four-storey Riverside House office on the River Irwell. Legal director Joanna Sowerby advised The Carlyle Group on the £60m investment sale of the landmark building, known as the Soapworks, at Salford Quays to Greater Manchester Pension Fund.  The ‘excellent’ Phillip Tunney  acts for a number of industrial clients in relation to their property holdings and is also experienced in mineral sector property mandates and Ian Barker is ‘fantastic’. Legal director Tracy Gibson, principal associates Elizabeth Cartwright, Roy Barry and Jayne Speers, and senior associate Lindsey Clark, are also key members of the department, which is led by the ‘outstanding’ Nancy Brown, who specialises in all aspects of corporate real estate, acting for clients in the financial services, healthcare, retail and logistics sectors.

The team at Shoosmiths LLP is ‘commercial and acts with speed and accuracy’ and delivers ‘the highest level of service’ for real estate mandates in the region. Key work includes advising Allied London on several matters including; the development of The Factory, a flagship cultural venue which will be owned by Manchester City Council and operated by MIF as the home of Manchester International Festival; the redevelopment of the former Granada Studios in Manchester City Centre; and the sale of its interest in No.1 Spinningfields, Manchester. It also advised Select Property Group on the purchase of a development site adjoining a railway to be developed as a mixed-use scheme. Northern real estate team head Vaqas Farooq is commended for his ‘knowledge, drive and contacts’, and Andrew Pattinson  heads the Manchester real estate team where; Penny Cranston has a focus on development work including student and residential accommodation mandates; Daniel Hargreaves has ‘excellent knowledge, organisations skills and delivers a personal service’; Daniel Monaghan is ‘always available and has a very pragmatic approach’; Paul Gidman is experienced across development, investment and strategic land work; and recently promoted partner Ruth Clare ‘at times appears super-human in her ability to manage complex and contentious lease negotiations while under extreme deadlines’.

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s ‘responsive and commercial’ department is ‘very thorough’ and specialises in large scale asset management work, fund management, property finance, residential and commercial developments. Team head Alison Key led advice for Hermes Real Estate Investment Management on the £322.5m sale of three of its major retail outlet centres to Land Securities and also led advice for Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council, as administering authority for the Greater Manchester Pension Fund, on the purchase of the Morgan Quarter, Cardiff. Peter Williams handles property finance and corporate occupier work and advised Property Alliance Group on the £9.5m acquisition of two office buildings in Leeds. Adrian Wallbank acts for property developers, owners and occupiers, and has particular experience in the retail sector, and worked alongside colleagues in the firm’s national network of offices, in advising Royal London on the launch of its new UK property fund.  Legal directors Liz Donnelly, Rachael Reynolds, who was recently promoted and Leanne Murray, who heads the residential development team, are also recommended, as is senior associate Nick Molloy. Nick Beko joined gunnercooke LLP in 2017.

The ‘highly regarded’ team at DLA Piper UK LLP is active across a range of development, investment and property finance mandates for developers, pension funds, and public sector clients. North West department head Mark Beardwood advised London Borough of Southwark Pension Fund on the £10.2m acquisition of 74-80 North End, a mixed retail and office block in Croydon, London; and led John Lewis Partnership Pensions Trust on the £22.5m acquisition of a purpose-built hotel in Durham. Tom Kelsall advised E.H. Booth & Co on the income strip sale and leaseback of a portfolio of 14 freehold stores and acted for HS2 Ltd on the £130m acquisition of 132-142 Hampstead Road in London, which is a strategic site outside of Euston station which will form part of the new Euston Hub for HS2. Robert Arnison  delivers an ‘excellent service’ and advised Capital & Centric on the redevelopment of the listed Crusader Mill building in Manchester and advised on the associated new build of 220 apartments for private sale. Arnison also advised Prospect (GB) on the investment sale of three office buildings and an office and industrial site. Greater Manchester Pension Venture Fund, Balfour Beatty Investments and Barings Real Estate Advisors are also clients. Legal director Paul Burney is experienced in investment transactions and associate Andrew Walker is also noted.

Gateley Plc is active across real estate management, property finance, investment, development, regeneration and residential development mandates. The retail, sport, care home and renewable energy spheres are key areas of focus. Dean Copley, who heads the team with Darren Hughes, advised Logik Developments (Upper Brook Street) on the acquisition of a site on Upper Brook Street in Manchester for a student accommodation development, through a joint venture agreement with McLaren Developments. Jon Mason advised Glossop Land on the redevelopment of a site in Glossop for residential property and advised Vassilis on the sale of the retail phase of its mixed-use development at the former Radclyffe School site in Ordsall. Rod Waldie advised GlobalChina Capital (1) on the acquisition of a large development site in Bordesley, Birmingham. Gareth Atkinson, who is experienced in development work and Andrew Ward are also noted. Lidl UK is also a key client.

Hill Dickinson LLP’s ‘knowledge is second to none’ and its ‘response times are very fast’. Property investment and real estate finance matters are key strengths, and the team is noted for its experience in the retail, transport and logistics sectors. It also acts for a number of friendly societies. National head of construction and property Jim Purves advised DHL on a number of matters including the site acquisition for a warehouse development at Central Park, Avonmouth, and on the re-gearing of the leases for the NHS England warehouse distribution network. Purves also advised Rhenus Logistics on lease and construction and planning matters relating its new depot at Port Salford. Michael Blakey advised Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society on the £3.2m acquisition of a 62-bed hotel in Huddersfield from CRT Property Investments and advised Oliver Valves on the £33.5m sale of 17 acres of land at Parkgate, Knutsford to Chancerygate (Uxbridge). Jonathan Dover advised Selbourne Group on the development of a Kids Allowed nursery in Altrincham and Darren Hamer advised M20 Property Group on the £17m sale of six office buildings to Seneca Property Investments. Chris Johnston is ‘dynamic, focused and driven’ and senior associates David Herbert and Alison Batchelor are also recommended.

The ‘highly recommended’ team at JMW Solicitors LLP regularly acts for property developers, investors, corporate clients with property assets, healthcare, retail clients and lenders on a range of real estate matters including investment asset management, secured lending, investment disposals, acquisitions and major residential developments. Ian Gordon  advised Dransfield Properties on the redevelopment of a site in Gainsborough to deliver a new 56-room hotel and a restaurant and Tom Cressey advised Tattu Manchester on the lease of a large unit in Leeds. Key contacts among the ‘sizeable’ team include; Peter Chape, who regularly acts for developer clients; +Thomas Pearson, who is active on healthcare, student and residential development mandates; consultant Stephen Goodman; Majid Mahmood, who is experienced in residential developments; Claire Hamilton, who advises on property finance and commercial investment matters; recently promoted partners Paul Burton and Andrew Stone; and property finance specialist Warren Martin. Gordon heads the team alongside Ruth McCarthy who joined the team in 2017 from Berg. Consultant Samantha Blackburn also joined the team in 2017 from Slater and Gordon. Former team head Jim Banfi is now a consultant.

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP attracts praised for its ‘detailed understanding of the client, ensuring that its advice is practical and relevant’. The real estate team acts for key regional and national clients on large and complex real estate transactions. Highlights included advising Crewe Assets on the sale of a BAE Systems-occupied manufacturing warehouse near Crewe to a consortium of Korean institutional investors for £56m, advising Stoke Properties on the sale of a retail warehouse for £22.65m, and advising Bretton Properties on the £17.5m acquisition of Peterborough retail park The Bretton Centre, from Aviva Investors Pensions. The team also advised Persimmon Homes Lancashire on the £5m purchase of a key regeneration site. Department head Nick Nyunt, who is ‘a fount of commercial and technical knowledge, and delivers his expertise consistently in a strong and unwavering manner’, leads on development and portfolio work, as well as acquisitions and disposals, with Adam Hymes. Hymes also heads the residential development team. Managing partner Steve Eccleston  ‘always finds the source of any contention and offers sound and focused guidance in reaching practical solutions’ and handles a range of real estate work, which includes advising on holding structures and debt structuring. Also recommended are David Haffner, who heads the syndicated investment structures team; Martin Davies, who leads the property management team; senior associate Steve Jackson, who recently joined from Southerns and handles landlord and tenant work; Christopher Hardy, who leads the investment and funding team; David Moroney, who specialises in commercial property purchases; Stephen Lopeman; and consultant Tony Fitzmaurice.

The team at Mills & Reeve LLP delivers an ‘excellent level of service’ and was significantly bolstered in 2018 by the arrival of Mike Edge, Rachel Pitman and senior associate Alexandra Murphy from Pinsent Masons LLP. The team is instructed on local, national and international property projects and acts for developers, strategic land owners, major corporates, and education and health and care provider clients. Recent highlights included advising Marick Capital and Mill Lane Estates on the £33m sale of a Hampton by Hilton hotel at London’s Royal Docks and advising Marick Capital, Topland Group and Mill Lane Estates on the £30m sale of the Holiday Inn Express at The Trafford Centre, Manchester. Advising Pilgrim Technology on the sale of the former Leyland DAF test track site near Leyland, Lancashire, and advising Eden Point Developments on the £3.2m purchase of Eden Point, Cheadle, were also key matters for the department. Team head Caroline Hanratty is ‘brilliant’ and specialises in development mandates with expertise in the hotel and residential sectors. Principal associate Jennifer Lewis is active in the education and health sectors and is praised for her ‘excellent and timely advice’. Consultants Keith Davidson, who specialises in contaminated land issues, and Anne Fairhurst are also recommended, as is senior associate Graham Collier. Louise Robinson has joined Trowers & Hamlins LLP.

Pinsent Masons LLP delivers ‘timely advice, which demonstrates an impressive breadth of commercial awareness and technical knowledge’ on complex real estate development and regeneration projects and is also noted for its real estate finance experience. Highlights include advising Manchester City Council on the Northern Gateway Project, for significant development in north Manchester which includes the provision of 10,000 new homes; and advising ASF European Holdings on its bid to acquire and develop Albert Island, a 25-acre site overlooking London City airport, as a marina and trade hub with ancillary development. Phillip Birchall has ‘good technical knowledge’, recently promoted partner Helen Robinson is ‘brilliant’ and senior associate Matthew Rowlands is also recommended. Jonathan Brocklehurst has relocated from the firm’s Leeds office to head the department, as former department head Mike Edge and Rachel Pitman have recently left the firm to join Mills & Reeve LLP.

Squire Patton Boggs is regularly instructed on development and regeneration mandates across the chemicals, sport, transport, infrastructure and leisure sectors, and also handles real estate finance matters. The team advised Warrington Borough Council on its £211m acquisition of a business park and advised Watkin Jones on the forward funding sale of a portfolio of six student development schemes to a new Luxembourg-based investment fund, set up by Generation Estates and Europa Capital. The team also acted for Watkin Jones on the development of a mixed-use scheme in Bournemouth. HB Villages, Create Developments, Bell Developments and Unique Boutique Hotels are also clients of the team, which is headed by Mark Gaffney, who handles a range of property development and regeneration matters, and advises on property joint ventures, public sector funding, leasing, management and portfolio transactions. Jonathan Brooke regularly advises developer clients on strategic land acquisitions and assembly matters and Mark Barker specialises in development work, and has a particular emphasis on complex and strategic regeneration projects. Nick Helm, who joined in 2017 from DLA Piper UK LLP is a member of the firm's infrastructure team and regularly advises on project finance and PPP mandates.

Praised for its ‘technical knowledge’, the team at TLT handles real estate mandates for clients across the leisure, retail, energy, housing, TMT, financial services and public sectors; and advises New World Trading Company (UK) on its ongoing acquisition programme including the acquisition of new sites at Mediacity Salford Quays, Park Street Bristol and Church Street, Cardiff. It also advises Lookers on site acquisition ‎and development projects as well as disposals and asset management, acted for Athena Healthcare on the acquisition, development, finance and occupational letting of a portfolio of luxury care homes, and advised Total Fitness Health Clubs on the £3.2m sale and leaseback of the Total Fitness Health Clubs in Bolton to Pemberstone Group. Landmark Investments Group and Pets at Home are also clients. Andy Bell is the national head of financial services for real estate and acts for banks and other financial services clients on real estate finance and real estate recoveries work. Patrick Sheehan advises on a range of property finance, acquisitions and disposals, landlord and tenant, development and LPA receivership matters. Matthew Forrest handles property litigation mandates, while Daniel Sweeney, +John Hyde, who joined in 2017 from Weightmans LLP, and legal directors Philip Moran and Fay Wilshaw are also noted.

BLM’s ‘responsive’ team is active across commercial, residential and public sector development and regeneration. The team has particular expertise in housing work and is advising Smiths Dock, a joint venture between Urban Splash and Places for People, on the scheme to transform the former North Shields shipyard. The team is also advising FICM on the redevelopment of land for a mixed-use site at Trinity Way, Manchester, advises retailer Schuh on a number of lease transactions, and advised an associated company of BTS on the negotiation of a contract, conditional on planning permission, for the acquisition of a derelict warehouse in the Northern Quarter in Manchester. Department heads Stephen Lintott and Stephen Crook joined the firm in 2017 from Slater and Gordon, as did Tessa Leonard and Mark Alexander.

Brabners LLP acts for well-known retailers, lenders, occupiers and developers on a range of development, investment, property management, real estate finance, housing and regeneration mandates. The team regularly supports on corporate transactions and advised Bridgestone UK on the property aspects relating to the sale of Kingsway Tyres; and also advised the shareholders of Pentagon Motor Group on the property aspects relating of the £28m sale of Pentagon Motor Group to Motus Corporation. Advising Forshaw Land and Property on the £39m on the acquisition of a site for development in Manchester is another key highlight. Matthew O’Brien heads the department which includes Peter Barlow, who is noted for housing and regeneration work, and senior associate Cathy McFadden. Russel Forward heads the real estate finance team. Paul Firth joined as regional head of real estate in June 2018 from Irwin Mitchell.

Browne Jacobson LLP is noted for its expertise in advising clients in the health, education, corporate and public sectors on a range of real estate-related instructions. The team advised Homes England on the regeneration of a 43-acre former brownfield site at Northfleet Embankment on the Thames. The team also acts for a number of schools on their conversion to academies, which involves a range of real estate-related issues. Guildford Borough Council, YHA (England and Wales), Renold and Burnley Council are clients. Recently promoted partner Dominic Buckley heads the team, which includes Victoria Thourgood, who is experienced in advising on health and social care-related real estate matters.

Clyde & Co LLP is active on commercial development and regeneration mandates throughout the region and advised Mayfield Development Partnership on the site acquisition and lettings relating to the regeneration of the former Mayfield railway station in Manchester city centre. It also advised Wilton Estates on the sale of land for the regeneration of areas at Hareshill in Rochdale. The energy sector is also a key area of focus for the team and it advised AGE Energy on the purchase of 11 sites for gas peaking plants. Stelios Coutsavlis !Manchester , who leads the team with construction and engineering specialist Steven Cannon !Manchester, advises on development, regeneration and energy projects. Senior associate Alison Barton!Manchester is also recommended. Liam Buckley left the team in 2017 to join Fieldfisher.

Specialist real estate firm Davitt Jones Bould delivers an ‘excellent service’. The team acts for Highways England on land acquisitions of relating to plots near roads and properties for CPOs. It also advised West Yorkshire Legal Framework on the sale of a former office and farm for Kirklees Council and is instructed by DEFRA on a range of matters, which included the £13m disposal of a large lab complex to Capita. Senior partner Madeleine Davitt, who splits her time across the firm’s Manchester, Taunton and London offices, ‘deals with any client issues efficiently and effectively’. Emma Gormley and Philippa Hipwell operate across the firm’s Manchester and London offices, and Anita Gargye is also recommended.

Fieldfisher is active across a range of development, investment, energy, asset management and property finance mandates and key work included advising Berkshire Assets (West London) on the £120m acquisition of a key development site in Brentford; acting for McGoff Group on the development of 368 apartments in Salford; advising The Co-operative Group in a joint venture with Manchester City Council regarding strategic development site Angel Meadows in Manchester; and advising Russells Ltd, by its SPV JDH (Manchester), on the purchase, development and sale of a city centre site for a 4 star hotel in Manchester. Liam Buckley, who joined from Clyde & Co LLP in 2017, heads the team, which includes; Krista Powell, who recently joined from Freeman Fisher LLP; Stephen Evans-Jones, who heads the real estate finance practice; Matthew Dobson, who focuses on development and real estate finance; and Leo Rossiter, who is active across energy projects, property investments and asset management. Senior associates Sam Mason and Michelle Howell are also recommended.

Irwin Mitchell is experienced across high-value investment transactions across the public and private sectors including residential developments and work within the leisure, warehousing and distribution sectors. The team is also noted for its expertise in landlord and tenant matters. Recent highlights include advising Ask Real Estate on the £15m acquisition of land at Churchill Way, Macclesfield. Department head Roy Beckett has ‘pragmatic excellence’ and specialises in real estate development and investment transactional work, and corporate real estate occupier work. Senior associates; Emma Tonge, who is ‘first-class’, handles landlord and tenant transactions and property management work and is experienced in the acquisition and disposal of both investment and development sites; and Vanessa Rickard, are also recommended. Former department head Anita Weightman joined Addleshaw Goddard in 2018 alongside Paul Barnard, Tony Weightman and Patrick Duffy.

The ‘quick and knowledgeable’ team at Nexus Solicitors Limited is active across the retail and food sectors and regularly handles development work as well as landlord and tenant instructions. The team advised on the acquisition and transfer of 258 Subway stores in 2017, and also acts for clients such as Swinton Group, Johnson Cleaners UK and Sayers The Bakers on portfolio management work. Des O’Driscoll heads the team, which includes Paul McGladdery and associate Sarah Malkin, who recently joined from JMW Solicitors LLP.

Slater Heelis LLP is commended for its ‘quick response times’ and for its ‘in-depth knowledge’. The team is noted for its experience in residential and mixed-use projects and it also handles real estate finance matters, particularly in relation to security requirements and commercial funding. The team advised a property investor on the sale of a block of flats in Manchester and advised a dairy producer on the acquisition of land for the development of a proposed cheese production facility. Anne Irwin specialises in residential and leisure developments and led advice for P J Livesey Group in relation to the development of a former South Manchester teaching campus into a mixed-use site; and also advised P J Livesey Group, working in partnership with Bruntwood, on a mixed-use development in West Didsbury. Simon Maddox  is noted for his retail sector expertise and associate Victoria Wright  ‘provides a service that is tailored to her clients’ needs’. Will Henson and Edward Michell head the team.

The ‘highly rated’ team at Turner Parkinson LLP is experienced in residential investment matters and advised Artisan Investment Group on the sale of two multi-let listed buildings in Manchester. The team also advised Ground Rents Income Fund (GRIF) on the £3m purchase of a portfolio of residential apartment blocks from Muse Developments and acted for Seven Capital on the £36.5m acquisition of Eastwood House, Chelmsford. Department head Paul Bibby handles a range of commercial real estate mandates and has particular experience in commercial and residential development, complex portfolio ground rent acquisitions and property finance. Jonathan Kay is regularly engaged on matters relating to property funds in the student accommodation, ground rent and private rented sectors. Associate James Robinson joined in 2017 from BLP.

Weightmans LLP is noted for its experience in complex investment, development and regeneration matters for public and private sector clients.  The team advised Concept Property UK on an industrial investment acquisition at Gelderd Lane West in Leeds, and advised The Co-operative Group on the disposal of properties with planning consent for mixed residential and commercial uses. It also advised In The Style Fashion on a new warehouse premises to enable the relocation of its head office and acted for The Council of the Borough of Milton Keynes on the development of multiple new school provisions. Head of built environment, Karl Jackson, specialises in city centre regeneration and development matters, acting for public and private sector clients; Andrea Steventon handles property development and regeneration work, as well as investment acquisitions and disposals; and Steven Silver is experienced on multiple site acquisition and disposal projects for major retailers. In 2017, John Hyde left the firm to join TLT and Varun Maharaj moved to an in-house role.

Freeths LLP handles a range of investment and transactional mandates in the real estate sector. The team includes Ian Tempest, who is noted for his public sector expertise, and Stephen Lewis, who is regularly instructed on site acquisitions and sales, and also has retail sector expertise. Paul Calladine has joined gunnercooke LLP .

Kennedys, which merged with Berg in 2017, is instructed on a range of commercial real estate projects and is also active on for real estate finance, landlord and tenant and development work. It is advising Airport City Limited Partnership on a range of real estate, construction and development matters relating to the Airport City development at Manchester Airport, and is advising an international development company on the redevelopment of Bolton town centre. It is also advising an international development company on the site assembly and development agreements to facilitate the £60m construction and pre-sale of a hotel in Liverpool city centre. Bury Council also instructed the team on the procurement, and negotiation, of a development agreement for a 13-acre business park. Senior associate Darren Ashworth is recommended. Ruth McCarthy  recently joined JMW Solicitors LLP.

Pannone Corporate LLP is regularly instructed by developers and corporate occupiers on a range of matters including land acquisition and disposals, landlord and tenant issues, sale and leaseback transactions, development and funding agreements, compulsory purchase, development and regeneration projects, and real estate finance. Team head James Wynne advised Revolution Bars Group on a pre-let agreement and lease in relation to a former library site at Temple Street in Birmingham and advised Junkyard Golf Club (Manchester) on a pre-let agreement and lease a venue at Home, a mixed-use development at First Street Manchester.  Wynne is also advising GTV (Crowley) on the purchase of Park Moss Farm, a grade II Listed collection of buildings earmarked for residential development and sale. Senior associate Gareth Birch and director Garry King, who joined in 2017 from Shoosmiths LLP, are also key members of the department.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP is noted for its work across sales, purchases, and asset management, and real estate finance and regularly acts for developers, local and central government, regulators, financiers and occupiers. Matthew Holbrook, who is ‘always available to deal with matters however trivial’ and specialises in landlord and tenant matters and asset management, advises St Helens Council on management matters relating to the Church Square Shopping Centre; advised Bank of London and Middle East on the £24.5m purchase and refinancing of an large industrial site; and advised Southway Housing Trust on the £3.3m purchase of its head office on Princess Road in Manchester. Amanda Stubbs advises on environmental, health and safety matters in relation to major development projects and senior associate Anna Metham specialises in landlord and tenant matters and asset management. Manchester team head Suzanne Benson specialises in major projects.

HRC Law LLP’s ‘very efficient and thorough’ team is regularly instructed by retail sector clients on portfolio management matters and is also engaged by childcare sector clients on acquisitions and disposals. The leisure and warehousing sectors are also key areas of focus and the team is also instructed on property investments and real estate finance mandates. Highlights included advising THE Chinese Buffet on their purchase of a flagship restaurant site in Speke. Bench, DOMU Brands, Nicce Ltd, Kids Planet Day Nurseries and Chemicare UK are also clients. Team head Helen Marsh is ‘very dedicated and very commercial’ and is ‘good at keeping clients informed of progress’.

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