Commercial property: Manchester in North West

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard’s ‘exceptionally talented and well-resourced real estate team’ retains a very strong position in the Manchester market, handling projects that will have a major impact on the region and matters at the cutting edge of real estate trends.  Peter Kershaw leads the practice – he is regarded as ‘exceptional in terms of content, values and communication’. During 2020 Anita Weightman and Tony Weightman retired and Stephen Kinsey joined Bruntwood as director of legal services, but the practice – which is praised for its ‘noticeable focus on customer service‘ – continues to boast a deep bench of experienced lawyers, including Lucy Butterworth, Patrick DuffyVicky Niescier, Catherine Fearnhead and ‘unflappable‘ legal director Emma Tonge.

Practice head(s):

Peter Kershaw

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Duffy; Catherine Fearnhead; Lucy Butterworth; Vicky Niescier; Michael Corbett; Emma Tonge; Dan Sweeney


‘An exceptionally talented and well-resourced real estate team in the north west. They have an excellent number of female partners across the team showing great representation. Overall, the team is known as the go-to firm for top quality work and complex transactions.’

‘The team is unique in terms of its investment in creating a long-term relationship with us, as its client, to enable it to offer us comprehensive legal advice within the context of our commercial realities. The team is proactive in terms of solving our problems in advance of us having to ask. They truly feel like an extension of our internal team.’

‘The team is organised, responsive, knowledgeable and diligent. It has a spread of fee earners allowing deals to be resourced appropriately. ’

‘Emma Tonge is unflappable, with superb attention to detail. Emma understands our business and how we operate and knows how to deliver advice within that context. ’

‘The practice has works with the company on several deals now and the partnership us becoming strong. There is a noticeable focus on customer service, notably with the intranet site and dedicated client handbook. In addition, the supplementary CPD sessions are also greatly received by all team members. ’

‘Individuals at the practice are approachable, possesses good knowledge and are always on hand to assist. They have a good knowledge of the key risks the company faces and actively strives to highlight and address these through the contract. ’

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Life Funds

Access to Music

AIMS Investments

Allied London

Armstrong Works Limited

British Land

Bruntwood Group of Companies

Canal & River Trust

Cole Waterhouse /Priestley Family

Co-operative Group of Companies

De la Rue Plc

Deloitte & Touch LLP

DP World London Gateway Group of Companies

Enitial Limited & Meritas Scientific Holdings Limited

Federated Hermes

First Investments – REM Group of Companies

Gladman Developments

Greater Manchester Pension Fund

Hallam Land

Hollins Strategic Land

Hurstwood Properties

Ifor Williams Trailers / IWT Holdings Limited

Liberty Charge Limited

London Cyrenians Housing Limited


Manacor (Jersey) Ltd & Manacor Nominees (Jersey) Ltd (KWAP)

Mapeley Group of Companies

Maple Grove Developments

Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Limited

Miller Group of Companies

Morning Foods

Muse Developments

National Grid Group of Companies

National Tyre Service Group

Nationwide Building Society

Network Rail

Northern Trust Group of Companies

OCS Group of Companies

Peel Group of Companies

Pinebridge Estates Limited

Preston City Council

Prologis Group of Companies

Public Sector Plc Group of Companies

Redsun Group of Companies

Regener8 Power Limited

SGN Group of Companies

SSE Group of Companies

Salford City Council


Scunthorpe Properties Limited and Crossway Park Limited

Swansway Garages

Telereal Trillium

Thomas Jones & Sons (Liverpool) Limited

UK Biobank


Vision Express

Vue Entertainment

Watkin Jones PLC

Workspace Group PLC

Zerum Consulting

Work highlights

  • Advised on the acquisition by the (AIMS) Holding Company, of Beech Holdings and Manchester Apartments Limited’s property development, management and letting businesses.
  • Advising Peel Land and Property on the letting of land to the German-based Therme group for the development of the Therme Health and Wellbeing Resort at Trafford City, Manchester.
  • Acting for Trinity (CW) Limited in the acquisition of parcels of land in Digbeth, Birmingham from multiple landowners creating a 5.1 acre development plot for a new cultural, commercial and residential neighbourhood built around a new public park and network of accessible yards and squares.


The practice at CMS is notable for its involvement in significant regeneration projects and some of the region’s most important real estate deals, such as the sale of Manchester Airport’s non-operational property assets. The team also acts for regional and international investment companies and has expanded its presence in the logistics and warehouse space. Mark Haywood is at the helm of the northern offices, leading on high-profile acquisitions and disposals, while Peter Winnard continues to be a prominent name in the real estate area. Tanya Francis plays a key role in the team, as does Nathan Jansen, who contributes expertise in industrial and healthcare-related developments.

Practice head(s):

Mark Haywood

Other key lawyers:

Peter Winnard; Nathan Jansen; Tanya Francis


‘Nathan Jansen provides clear and concise advice and has an excellent, strategic understanding of the overall process. ’

Key clients


Mayfield Development Partnership

Arrow Capital Partners

Manchester Airport Group

Genr8 Developments

Far East Consortium

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Cerebus European Investments LLC

Barings Real Estate Asset Management

Tristan Capital

Pimco Europe Ltd

Muse Developments

Roberto Cavelli

Jarron Investments

Assura plc

Place First Limited

Tritax Symmetry

New River REIT

London and Continental Railways

AimCo (Alberta Investment Management Company)



Manchester City Council

Mountpark Logistics

Places for People Leisure Management

Sigma Capital

English Cities Fund

Ask Real Estate Limited


Cromwell Property Group


City Heart Ltd


Metropolitan Borough of St Helens

Benson Elliott

Work highlights

  • Acting for St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council on all aspects of a long-term, multi-phase £850m over-arching development arrangement in partnership with English Cities Fund, the first and only borough-wide development arrangement between a local authority and a private sector developer.
  • Advising Manchester Airport Group on all aspects of the sale of non-operational property assets at three airports and the sale of Manchester Airport Group’s majority stake in Airport City Manchester to Columbia Threadneedle for around £350m.
  • Advising new client Mountpark Properties on its sale of a portfolio of industrial and logistics assets in the UK and Ireland for over £500m.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a varied practice and a broad client base of public and private sector developers, funders, investors, and corporate occupiers. Sector strengths include healthcare, education and energy; the team regularly handles complex cross-jurisdictional matters. Practice head Nancy Brown has a broad range of expertise and advises major financial services companies. Phillip Tunney supports industrial clients, healthcare sector clients, property developers and investors in property matters while Michael Buchanan also advises some of the team’s most high-profile clients. Legal director Joanna Sowerby acts on large sales and purchases. Experienced practitioner Phil Birchall joined the team from Pinsent Masons LLP in December 2020.

Practice head(s):

Nancy Brown

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Cartwright; Phillip Tunney; Michael Buchanan; Joanna Sowerby


‘Commercially minded, common sense advice. Very client focused – they go the extra mile.’

‘Elizabeth Cartwright is an up and coming star. Elizabeth always gives excellent advice, works very hard to exceeds expectations and is solid and dependable. ’

‘The international offering is excellent for a global company who may need access to legal services in international markets. Eversheds take responsibility by project managing the legal work to ensure a consistent level of service is maintained. I therefore have the benefit of dealing with a single contact who is then across all of the international work and liasises with the various international offices. ’

‘Phillip Tunney offers practical and commercial advice. He will explain the legal position but will then run through the commercial realities and gives you confidence to make good business decisions.

‘Always responsive and adaptive to our needs.’

Key clients



Capital & Regional

Castle Green Homes Limited

The Co-operative Bank PLC

English Cities Fund


Evans Property Group


European Metal Recycling Limited

European Tyre Enterprise Limited/Kwik Fit


Johnson Controls Inc

Kier Property Developments Limited

Lancaster (Jardine Motor Group)


Manchester Airport Group/ Airport City Limited Partnership

Morris Homes Limited

Muse Developments Limited

PH Property

Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

Toni & Guy

University of Manchester

Work highlights

  • Advised English Cities Fund on their successful appointment as development partner for one of the largest development opportunities in the country, the  Salford Crescent Masterplan, a £2.5 billion, 248 acre major regeneration programme in Salford.
  • Continuing to act for Kier Property Developments Limited in connection with the proposed £200 million multi phased regeneration and development of a 1.16 hectare key city centre site in Liverpool.
  • Act as sole advisor to Barchester Healthcare in relation to its committed programme of delivering 10 care homes a year in England.

DLA Piper

Noted for its strengths in development and investment work DLA Piper  handles a range of high-value and often cross-jurisdictional transactions, drawing on the firm’s international network. The practice is also building a strong focus on the logistics, build to rent, care home and flex office sectors. Liverpool and Manchester-based practitioner Alison Mills leads the team, while Mark Beardwood, who also splits his time between both offices, continues to be a name of renown in commercial property. Tom Kelsall, who has particular expertise in real estate finance, plays a leading role in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Alison Mills

Other key lawyers:

Mark Beardwood; Tom Kelsall


‘Tom Kelsall provides exceptional service. He went the extra mile in 2020 in challenging circumstances, juggling work amongst some domestic responsibilities.’

Key clients

Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited

PGIM Real Estate

Heineken UK Limited

Downing Developments

Elite Partners Capital

CBRE Global Investors

LaSalle Investment Management

Schroder Real Estate Managers

Maslow Capital


Elan Homes Limited

Toys R Us Properties (UK) Limited (in LPA receivership)

John Lewis Partnership Pension Fund

Capital & Centric

Barings Real Estate Advisers

Orchard Street Investment Management/St James’s Place UK Plc

Transport for Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester Pension Fund

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Beaufort Capital

Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council

Amstone Developments Limited

4th Industrial Limited

Envivo Group

Room 2 Hometels

Elite Logistics Fund

Elite Commercial REIT

Work highlights

  • Advising Singapore-based Elite Logistics Fund in connection with the acquisition of a portfolio of sites across the UK and Europe for in excess of £235m.
  • Acting for 4th Industrial Limited and TPG on the acquisition of multiple logistics assets for in excess of £100m.
  • Advising Capital & Centric on the acquisition, financing and development management arrangements in relation to their new £60m mixed use development at Weir Mill, Stockport.

Pinsent Masons LLP

With ‘ a very good reputation for providing a very good all-round servicePinsent Masons LLP’s team displays particular sector strengths in the student accommodation, hotel, mining and industrial sectors. Jonathan Brocklehurst leads the practice - he has a broad range of investment and development expertise. Notwithstanding the departures in November 2020 of Phillip Birchall and Helen Robinson , the team includes practitioners with in-depth specialisms. Newly promoted partner Ann-Marie Salmacis heads up the international logistics practice, an area of considerable growth, while legal director Matthew Rowlands leads the firm's minerals and aggregates practice.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Brocklehurst

Other key lawyers:

Ann-Marie Salmacis; Matthew Rowlands; Jane Morden


‘The real estate team of Pinsent Masons in Manchester deservedly has a very good reputation for providing a very good all round service ’

‘Ann-Marie Salmacis is very professional and is committed to providing and excellent service to her clients ’

‘A strong team’

‘The team has a broad range of knowledge, good commercial acumen, and is able to turn work around quickly under tight deadlines.’

‘Matt Rowlands has a balanced, commercial approach to transactions and an ability to think outside of the box when resolving problems, which makes him a valuable part of the team when working on a transaction together.’

‘Pinsent Masons has well respected practice in the North West which acts for a number of major occupiers, developers and investors. The key capability is partner engagement which remains strong rather than being passed down the chain.’

‘I know they are promoting diversity and wellbeing in the workplace – staff remain happy, and this shows in their communication and performance.’

‘Ann-Marie Salmacis is engaging, communicative and most importantly commercial during the transaction process. We as a business have traditionally spread the work around different firms but we are finding now that Ann-Marie has taken time to understand our business and we now consider her part of our team, collecting more and more of our work as a result.’

Key clients

St Modwen Properties Plc

Harworth Estates

Bricks Capital

Balfour Beatty

Tritax Symmetry


Homes England

Premier Inn

United Utilities

North Star



Merseyside Pension Fund

The Ability Group

Europa Capital


Work highlights

  • Advising Bricks on the proposed development of a 177 bedroom Courtyard by Marriott hotel at Cornbrook, Manchester.
  • Advising iQ Student on the real estate aspects of a development framework agreement relating to their portfolio of 11 sites in Manchester.
  • Advising Northern Gateway (the Harworth Estates/Russell Homes JV) on the acquisition, promotion and development of a 1000+ acre site near Bury which is likely to include c10m square feet of industrial and logistics and advanced manufacturing and technology space.

Shoosmiths LLP

The team at Shoosmiths LLP is notable for its expertise in high-profile city centre developments as well as local community regeneration schemes, with a special focus on public and private partnerships. Praised for its ‘strength in depth across the practice’, the team acts for a large and diverse client portfolio. Andrew Pattinson, who heads up the real estate practice in the North, has been active in student accommodation, mixed-use and residential developments as well as in the logistics space. Lisa On-Iam continues to be a name to note, instructed by major funders and property developers.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Pattinson

Other key lawyers:

Lisa On-Iam; Daniel Monaghan; Dan Hargreaves; James Brodie


‘The Shoosmiths real estate team is known for being commercial in their advice and recommendations. They know to focus on the red flag issues rather than the minutiae, but that’s not to say they overlook small details..’

‘The whole Manchester real estate team from partner to legal directors provide sharp, effective, quick, and extremely valuable commercial advice. I don’t believe I will get a better service elsewhere as they go the extra mile to ensure our complex deals get over the line every time. We couldn’t do it without them. ’

‘Strength in depth across the practice, with experienced teams abler to handle complex deals. Responses coordinated by a lead contact with seamless advice across various legal disciplines.’

‘James Brodie offers excellent advice on property matters, combining a strong commercial attitude with a solid understanding of the legal landscape and it’s possible pitfalls.’

‘The team have an excellent knowledge of the sector with a can do problem-solving ethos. They foresee potential issues and advise with clarity the recommended courses of action and processes. They are always available on the phone/email and respond very quickly to queries. They have dealt with a number of extremely complex purchases on my behalf in a highly efficient and expeditious manner achieving legal completions quicker than expected.’

‘Excellent personal service. Proactive and commercial. Willing to carry out small tasks efficiently. All team very experienced and personable. Bring to bear wide experience from across the firm.’

‘Dan Hargreaves is very calm, methodical and experienced. A steady hand on the tiller. Solicitors on the other side often bow to his knowledge and experience.

‘Great understanding of the clients profile and their risk profile. Always respondent, helpful, and understanding. ’

Key clients

Allied London

Estee Lauder Cosmetics Limited

Euro Car Parks

Lend Lease Residential

Muse Developments

Marston’s plc

Revolution Bars Group plc (formerly Inventive Leisure)

Select Property Group

XPO (formerly Norbert Dentressangle)

Watkin Jones

Countryside Properties Plc

Footasylum Plc

Derwent Holdings

Svenska Handelsbanken AB

Ted Baker Plc

Work highlights

  • Acted for Renaker on phase two of the Crown Street development, which will deliver a pair of 52 storey towers, known as the Blade and the Circle housing 890 apartments, commercial space, a 210 place primary school, a multi storey underground car park and public park.
  • Acting for Wirral Growth Company (WGC) – a 50:50 joint venture between Wirral Council and Muse Developments – on the £1bn development and regeneration of Birkenhead Town Centre and surrounding areas.
  • Advising Property Alliance Group on the acquisition of the prominent Renaissance Hotel site in Manchester city centre in a joint venture with Starwood Capital Group from Urban & Civic.

Brabners LLP

The 'excellent team of professionals‘ at Manchester firm Brabners LLP works with a variety of clients, from developers and local authorities to large infrastructure operators, aided by specialist support teams. Since Roy Barry joined in 2020 the practice has bolstered not only its client base, especially in the real estate finance and development areas, but also its team, with Abdul Salam joining from JMW Solicitors LLP in December 2020. New sector lead Andrew Waugh, who joined in April 2020, has aimed to enhance the practice's commercial outlook.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Waugh; Richard Roberts; Iain Gamble

Other key lawyers:

Roy Barry; Krista Powell; Abdul Salam


‘Brabners have always had a well resourced team and clear lines of communications between partners to ensure the advice is seamless.’

‘I was super impressed with their ability to digest all key documents and provide clear-cut advice, drawing on the key issues.

Reliable, credible, market-leading professional practice. ’

‘Roy Barry is a skilled very diligent lawyer. Gets the deal done with minimal drama reflecting skill as excellent communicator. Adept at listening and asking insightful questions of the client to work out to strategies, and receptive to feedback. Good at building consensus to ideas and industrious. Pragmatic and sensible. ’

‘Dealing with Brabners has ensured us to transact in an effective and speedy manner. Despite lockdown restrictions, individuals from their team made themselves available at short notice to meet with our requirements. ’

‘I have dealt with Abdul Salam for a number of years and his steadfast approach to to ensure my needs are met with the upmost professionalism and competence. He has proved time and time again that there is no task to small or large that isn’t dealt with in the most methodical approach possible, executed with brilliance. Outstanding advocate for his firm.’

‘Brabners have an excellent team of professionals and we particularly liked the integration between the property and litigation teams.’

‘Krista Powell is an excellent partner in the firm’s real estate team. She is always prepared to go the extra mile for clients and peers in commercial property. In particular, we love the fact that you can pick up the phone and get some pragmatic advice without immediately fearing what the cost of the conversation will be.’

Key clients

Manchester Airport/The Airport City Limited Partnership

Cole Waterhouse

Real Estate Investment Partnerships


Generation Limited

Our Studio

Adam Scott

Coutts & Co



Hillcrest Homes

CorpAcq Group

Manchester & Sale Rugby Club (Sale Sharks)

J W Lees & Co (Brewers) Limited

Harrison Hunt

Jumani Holdings

The Averill Group


Arbuthnot Latham & Co

Brown Shipley & Co Limited

Begbies Traynor


Doncaster Sheffield Airport Limited

Oldham Borough Council

Sunway Residence (Guernsey) Limited

OakNorth Bank PLC

Cityheart Developments

Work highlights

  • Advising the Airport City Limited Partnership on the implementation, ongoing development management and delivery of the office campus project for the Hut Group at Airport City North, Manchester Airport.
  • Advised K Dock Limited on the sale of two parcels of land forming a one acre site in a prime position on King’s Dock Street in Liverpool.
  • Advising Cityheart in connection with the new Stockport interchange.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Advising on large retail properties and real estate developments, DAC Beachcroft LLP, led by real estate specialist Alison Key has not only supported its existing clients throughout a challenging Covid year, but has also grown its client base and team with the arrival of Dan Kendall from Knights plc. Adrian Wallbank's expertise in landlord and tenant matters, high value occupational leases and shopping centre management make him a pivotal figure in the firm's asset management team.

Practice head(s):

Alison Key

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Wallbank, Gemma Leonard, Dan Kendall

Key clients



Warrington Council

Pets at Home

Ilke Developments


University of Chester

Unibail Rodamco Westfield

LTE Group –(Manchester College)

Cheshire West and Chester Council

Land Securities

Work highlights

  • Advising Pets at Home in connection with a complex conditional agreement for the development of a 670,000 square foot national distribution centre with ancillary offices and recycling unit, store and gatehouse and the grant of a 20 year lease of the site at £4 million a year.
  • Advising Warrington Borough Council on making a £200 million loan for the construction and development of six distribution centres (plus its new HQ office) and the refurbishment of two of its Manchester city centre hotels, the King Street Townhouse and the Great John Street Hotel.
  • Advising leading modular housing company, Ilke Homes (and immediate back to back sale to Ilke’s exit partner, global hedge fund giant. Man Group) of a 14.6 acre site in Grantham which will be transformed into the company’s largest scheme to date.

Davitt Jones Bould

The ‘highly experienced team’ at Davitt Jones Bould stands out with its work for central government clients, such as Highways England, while also advising other law firms, and assisting corporate clients and local authorities. Founding partner Madeleine Davitt - ' the doyenne of lawyers in terms of client care' - leads the practice in multiple offices across the country while prominent consultant Tony Fitzmaurice is regularly involved in high-profile matters. The team has been strengthened with new addition Abigail Kay from Clyde & Co LLP in December 2020; she is a specialist in retail estates management work.

Practice head(s):

Madeleine Davitt

Other key lawyers:

Tony Fitzmaurice; Abigail Kay; Richard Holmes


‘The practice offers a good and efficient service, and has dealt with any instructions in an efficient manner.’

‘You are guaranteed to get a solicitor with experience dealing with the types of property matters required’

‘DJB’s Manchester office is small but punches well above its weight.’

‘Tony Fitzmaurice stands out.’

‘Madeleine Davitt is the doyenne of lawyers in terms of client care.’

‘A highly experienced team offering a real breadth of experience over all real estate matters. All the solicitors have substantial post qualification experience which always shows in the quality of advice provided. All willing to work collaboratively if necessary to ensure the right outcome for the client.’

‘Richard Holmes is efficient, responsive and always available to chat things through. ’

Key clients

Well Pharmacy

Highways England

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

Fisher German LLP

Grainger Plc

Integral UK plc

Natural England

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Care Quality Commission

Bradford City Council

Office for National Statistics

Kirklees Council

NEPO Frameowrk

Westmorland plc

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Mary Monson Solicitors

James Elliman Homes

Sandyford Properties Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Well Pharmacy on various property issues to occur out of the c.760-property estate.
  • Advised Woking Borough Council on the comprehensive regeneration of Sheerwater to deliver over 1100 homes, new community facilities and public open space. ​
  • Advised Highways England on over 200 issues last year, covering all aspects of real estate law.


DWF stands out for its work managing the portfolios of household name clients such as Costa and adidas both nationally and beyond. Following Anita Gupta’s departure to Knights plc in December 2020, Paul Inman lead the team, which is praised for ‘thinking outside of the box when needed and reacting proactively’. David Frankland contributes strengths in the residential and student sector, while Naveen Gupta specialises in corporate occupier work, portfolio management and high value acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

Paul Inman

Other key lawyers:

David Frankland; Naveen Gupta; Rachel Lawler


‘DWF continually provide expert advice in all property related matters and ensure we do not enter into any agreements/clauses which would be detrimental to the business. They think outside of the box when needed and react proactively to ensure matters are dealt with efficiently and correctly.’

‘All individuals I have dealt with have always gone the extra mile to ensure timely and correct advice is given.

‘Naveen Gupta – stand-out, responsive, friendly and informal. Rachel Lawler – Sound commercial advice, matters are dealt with quickly and without fuss.’

Key clients


Premier Inn/Whitbread

BT/EE Limited




Greene King



Speedy Hire

Work highlights

  • Acting as exclusive legal property advisors to Costa Coffee in England and Wales. Acting on all aspects of real estate – acquisitions, disposals and portfolio management.
  • Acted in respect of EE Limited’s Special Projects sites, dealing with contracts for the installation of its electronic communications equipment in airports, public buildings, hospitals and shopping centres including the agreement for the installation of distributed antenna systems at Manchester, Stansted, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Gatwick Airports and drafting and negotiating contracts for the installation of electronic communications apparatus at Sellafield, the Scottish Parliament and the RIBA award-winning Bloomberg building.
  • Acting for Assura, one of the UK’s leading investors in primary healthcare premises, in the acquisition and development of GP premises around the UK.

Gateley Plc

With expertise in commercial real estate transactions, as well as residential and commercial development projects, the team at Gateley Plc, led by Darren Hughes and site acquisition expert Louise Ilhan, has expanded its portfolio over the last year to also include some of the UK's largest housebuilders. The team was boosted in 2020 by the arrival of legal director Leanne Murray, formerly of DAC Beachcroft LLP. Gareth Atkinson contributes expertise in industrial property and development.

Practice head(s):

Darren Hughes; Louise Ilhan

Other key lawyers:

Gareth Atkinson; Nick Becko; Rod Waldie; Leanne Murray


‘A growing team of strong, personable and approachable individuals. They benefit from exceptional experience in the real estate sector and provide partner/director level advice with high level support from the wider firm on other related areas, including planning, corporate and taxation when required.’

‘Throughout the pandemic the level of service has been excellent and they have been on hand to support our own growth in the region.’

‘The depth of knowledge and expertise makes this firm well placed to deal with all our legal needs.’

‘The individuals pay close attention to the detail and strongly negotiate key points on our behalf. This makes my job much easier than that experienced with other firms.’

‘Leanne Murray is knowledgeable and foresees some of the problems likely to be faced and is quick responding and is a lateral thinker’

‘We provided the team with instruction for a large residential development acquisition on our behalf which was conditional on tight deadlines being met. The team took a hands on approach and got up to speed very quickly with the details of the deal, driving it forwards thereafter, providing clear and concise advice along the way. ’

‘Accessibility and accuracy is a key part of the teams success and why I would recommend the firm. Teams calls were used during lockdown, but what set the team apart from its competitors was their willingness to be flexible. Having kids at home results in working unsociable hours, but the firm were willing to work with me out of hours. This is extremely helpful. ’

Key clients

Fairhome Group Plc

Bellway Homes Limited

Bloor Homes Limited

Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

Lidl Great Britain Limited

JD Sports Fashion Plc

Network Space Developments Limited

McCarthy and Stone Retirement Lifestyles Limited

Barratt (Manchester) Limited

Hurstwood Holdings Limited

Harworth Estates Limited (North West)

LPC Living Limited and Group

Cityblock Limited

Rothschild & Co Wealth Management (UK) Limited

HSBC UK Bank plc

Miller Homes Ltd

Hollins Homes Ltd

Countryside Properties Plc

Persimmon Homes

Story Homes Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Bellway Homes Limited on the acquisition of land for the purpose of residential development comprising the construction of 257 dwellings on the former Burton’s Biscuits factory, on the Wirral.
  • Advised Taylor Wimpey UK Limited on the acquisition of a two-phase 700-unit scheme forming part of an existing development of 1600 new homes overall on a fully serviced basis.
  • Advised on the sale of Units 201-206 Mere Grange, St Helens, comprising a 162,000 sq ft industrial/logistics development, which was 90% let to occupiers at a sale price of £17.6m.

Hill Dickinson LLP

With a client portfolio spanning multiple sectors including property investment, retail and logistics, the team at Hill Dickinson LLP, headed by experienced practitioner Jim Purves is praised for ‘regularly going the extra mile‘. Seasoned commercial property expert Michael Blakey has more than 35 years of experience of advising clients on commercial property investment, whilst investment and portfolio specialist Darren Hamer‘s diverse expertise sees him work a variety of corporate and local authority clients.

Practice head(s):

Jim Purves

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Dover; Michael Blakey; Darren Hamer; Chris Johnston; Robin Sharp


‘I’ve dealt with Hill Dickinson for the last three years and they have been very good and can be relied on to deliver.’

‘Approachable, knowledgeable. Most importantly, provides clear, defined guidance.’

‘The team have a focus on getting the job done, as quickly and efficiently as possible, regularly going the extra mile. Collaboration is the word and not just internally but externally as well.’

‘We have worked with Chris Johnston for 15 years and nothing is too much trouble for him – he is always eager to help and is a ‘solutioniser’ if issues occur. The go-to solicitor for many in the industry given his approach, attention to detail and hard work. A true asset to Hill Dickinson.’

‘They care about their clients and want to make sure that they achieve the desired outcome. ’

‘Jim Purves – very knowledgeable and very practical. Jim looks for solutions and seeks the best possible outcome.’

‘Robin Sharp’s work ethic combined with his in-depth technical knowledge make a real asset to the smooth running of our business.’

Key clients

Co-operative Group

Cynergy Bank


Genus plc

Gordon Moon Properties

Lloyds Banking Group

Lookers Motor Group

M20 Property Group

Oddfellows Friendly Society

Peel Group

Royal Sanders (UK) Limited

Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

Trafford Borough Council


Williams Lea Tag

Work highlights

  • Advised global logistics operator DHL on agreements for lease for the development of several new warehouses across the country.
  • Advised Rekom UK on the acquisition of 42 bars and nightclubs from the administrators of the UK’s largest nightclub operator, Deltic Group.
  • Advised The Oddfellows Friendly Society on the acquisition of the Kingston Unity Friendly Society (including extensive property assets) by Unity Mutual.

JMW Solicitors LLP

Praised for its 'commercial awareness’ the team at JMW Solicitors LLP, helmed by Warren Martin, acts for property developers, investors, and corporate clients, with a particular focus on SMEs. Thomas Pearson  leads on a range of retail, social housing and healthcare sector matters. Paul Burton has been playing a key role in assisting Cityfibre as it continues its large-scale rollout of fibre infrastructure. The team was strengthened with the arrival Helen Daley from TLT in March 2020.

Practice head(s):

Warren Martin

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Pearson; Paul Burton; Majid Mahmood


‘Very responsive team who work closely with clients to achieve desired outcomes. ’

‘I enjoy working with JMW. Trust is an important factor for me and having only two principal points of contact has allowed me to develop that. I know that JMW will deal with matters promptly, using the people necessary and will give meaningful advice that is actionable. In return, JMW know that I treat them as a valuable resource and rely on their expertise; they understand the nature of our business, our customers and suppliers and know if I ask for work to be undertaken it is important to us.  ’

‘The commercial awareness demonstrated in a proactive attitude that helps us to conclude land and development transactions is a key differential from other firms we have worked with.’

‘Thomas Pearson has continued to be not just accessible but at the heart of our ambitious development programme throughout the Covid pandemic. He has established a regular zoom networking/market intelligence programme, allowing clients from different market sectors and professions to gain first-hand knowledge of market trends. This has led to spin-off working relationships outside the forum at a time when establishing new business opportunities is naturally limited.’

Key clients

Northhold Group

HS Property Group

Grafton Land & Property


The Brookhouse Group of Companies

Investar Developments Limited (and group)

Blueoak Estates

Boutique Hotel Group

LWC Drinks Ltd

Blue Square Residential Limited

Castlemead Group Limited


Millenium Care UK

Whitecroft Group

Ascend Properties

Tattu restaurants

Fortlands Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for CityFibre (the UK’s third national digital infrastructure platform) on all English property related matters, in relation to CityFibre’s nationwide rollout of its full fibre UK Gigabit Broadband Network.
  • Advising Northhold Group on a large number of site acquisitions and disposals across England and Wales for development of new petrol fuel stations and convenience stores.
  • Acting for Brookhouse Group, a client for over 30 years on its involvement at Helsby, part of a 15 year project. Recently concluded a land swap development deal resulting in the construction of the new Helsby Sports Club on Brookhouse land and the sale of the old Helsby Sports Club to Trafford Housing Trust for residential development.

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

The team at Kuit Steinart Levy LLP is well-regarded for ‘offering clear, good advice in a prompt fashion’. ‘Outstanding lawyerNick Nyunt leads the practice and specialises in property development, while ‘exceptionalAdam Hymes contributes expertise in residential development. While long-serving partner David Haffner left the team in 2020, the addition of Andrew Knight from Clyde & Co LLP in the same year strengthened the team’s landlord and tenant management capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Nick Nyunt

Other key lawyers:

Adam Hymes; David Moroney; Andrew Knight; Steve Eccleston


‘The team at Kuits is our first call in relation to commercial property. Their ability to help us to think through and then implement commercial property transactions in a highly commercial and pragmatic way give us a key commercial advantage. They are specialists in all the areas we need and are highly collaborative both with us and with our counterparties.’

‘Nick Nyunt is the partner heading the team and is an outstanding lawyer. He has a tremendous eye for detail but never lets that get in the way of the commerciality of the deal.

‘Andrew Knight handles our landlord and tenant requirements. Very user-friendly and very smart.’

‘Steve Eccleston is an exceptional problem solver and his input has often proved invaluable in support of the team. ’

‘Adam Hymes is exceptional. The way he has performed over the last year is a credit to both his firm and the profession. ’

‘Every member of the property and litigation teams we’ve dealt with are efficient, accessible and proactive.’

‘A great team to work with given all specialities within the firm. To date we are yet to encounter an issue that Kuits were able to guide us on firmly and with experience. From a commercial perspective, not only the ability but also willingness to lead a deal to completion, liaising with our consultants on their own initiative and arguing points on open calls with parties on the other side.’

Key clients

Beech Holdings

David Samuel Properties


PIN Property

Property Alliance Group

Salboy Limited

Stewart Milne Homes

The Ventnor Group

Trafford Housing Trust

University of Salford

Work highlights

  • Advised PIN Property on the purchase of an 80,000 sq ft office complex in Cheadle for £6m from BASF.
  • Advised Cantt Pak Limited on the purchase of an 18.6 acre development site in Wolverhampton for £5m.
  • Advised property investment firm Yakel Consultants on the acquisition of a 50,000 sq ft office complex Connect Business Village in Liverpool.

Mills & Reeve LLP

With a growing client base, the Manchester real estate practice at Mills & Reeve LLP is led by eminent commercial property lawyer Mike Edge and noted for its ‘flexible and pragmatic approach’. Edge can draw on 30 years of experience of acting for developers, investors, institutions and occupiers, while key practitioner Caroline Hanratty contributes experience in hotel development. Associate Hannah Cheminais continues to play a key role on the team, as does associate Jennifer Lewis, specialising in the health and education sectors.

Practice head(s):

Mike Edge; Richard Hanson

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Hanratty; Rachel Pitman; Hannah Cheminais; Jennifer Lewis


‘The Mills & Reeve team are professional, personable and appear to be highly knowledgeable. They take a flexible and pragmatic approach which we value in the work that we do where much of the legal work is no-standard. Mills & Reeve have the specialists to deliver and generally perform their duties in a timely manner.’

‘Rachel Pitman is a go-to solicitor if you want to get the deal done – she is excellent at blending reasoned legal advice with understanding a client’s commercial position and the nature of the negotiations.’

Specialisms with development land. A knowledge and depth of expertise unlike any other firm in that area.’

‘Rachel Pitman completes the job in a timely and professional manner. Always gets the point.’

‘Caroline Hanratty – Great at the job, carefully nudging and cajoling everything to the right end point.’

‘Very commercial and very responsive in dealing with instructions. There is a good team spirit that is evident and a strong culture.’

Key clients

Langtree Property Partners Limited

University of Salford

Urban & Civic

Bruntwood Science Limited

Wantage Investments Limited

Church Commissioners

Crosslane Co-Living

Tritax Symmetry Properties Limited

Land Trust

Urban&Civic plc

Borough Care

L Rowland Company (Retail) Limited

Marick Real Estate Ltd

Kirkland Developments

Hillwood Investments Limited

LTE Group

Robertson Construction

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

HIMOR (Carrington) Limited

Odeon Cinemas

Work highlights

  • Advising the University of Salford in partnership with Salford City Council throughout the process of the appointment of their private sector development partner to implement their £850 million plan to provide 1.1 million sq ft of educational floor space, 2,500 new homes, almost two million sq ft of public realm, green landscaped routes and cycle track and 1.6 million sq ft of commercial space.
  • Assisting L. Rowland with all of its real estate work across its 500-plus sites including retail and industrial depots.
  • Acted for Hillwood Investment Properties on the acquisition of 170,000 sq ft of space at North Gatwick Gateway.

Squire Patton Boggs

Led by development expert Mark Barker, praised for his ‘loyalty and professional integrity’, the team at Squire Patton Boggs advises clients on a wide range of both private and public sector matters, with a particular focus on advising public bodies on clean air and decarbonization initiatives. Additional areas of sector focus include retail and energy as well as sport and leisure. Mark Gaffney's expertise in regeneration and high value, complex transactions make him a key figure on the team.

Practice head(s):

Mark Barker

Other key lawyers:

Mark Gaffney; Nick Helm; Jonathan Brooke


‘A team that can switch between individuals quite easily and keep continuity. They have provided free training sessions for our team on matters that we selected – this has been exceptionally valuable for us.’

‘Jonathan Brooke is credible, knowledgeable and has an endless capacity to deal with all of the complexities we face in our land deals. I have worked with Jonathan for approaching 10 years and he has consistently been our preferred lead on all legal matters.’

‘The team have huge commitment to supporting our business. They have good knowledge of our internal and external sensitivities and risk appetite. They are highly supportive of our business plan and growth. They will go the extra mile to support us on operational deals. They have looked to include us in interesting round tables and initiatives. They have been highly supportive during the pandemic with good fee flexibility’

‘Mark Barker has been a huge supporter to our business. He has great loyalty and professional integrity. Mark will always go the extra mile for us when the pressure is on. Mark does not point-score but forms a strong relationship with the opposite advisers and commands their respect.’

Key clients

Watkin Jones Group

Peel Group

Co-op Group

Muse Developments

HB Villages

Warrington Borough Council

Preston City Council

Manchester City Council

Leeds City Council

Transport for Greater Manchester

AIG Global Real Estate

Bespoke Hotels Limited

Panacea Developments

Stewart Milne Group

Taylor Wimpey

NPL Group

Create Developments

Galliford Try Investments

Fresh Property Group

Findel plc

Vital Energi


Dolphin (Costain Pension Fund)


InfraRed Capital Partners

Amber Infrastructure

Work highlights

  • Advising Transport for Greater Manchester (and indirectly 10 Greater Manchester local authorities) on the proposed Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan and the Greater Manchester Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Project.
  • Acting for Watkin Jones on a range of property and development projects including the forward funded development of over 550 units of purpose built student accommodation and over 100 co-living units at Fulford Way, York and Unity Street, Bristol with a Luxembourg SPV funder owned by Brookfield brand, Student Roost.
  • Acting for Vital Energi in respect of a 18MW energy from waste project sited at Drakelow, Burton upon Trent.


The team at TLT is praised for its ‘ability to manage large, complex projects’, assisting financial institutions, international and UK retail and leisure clients, as well as acting on high volume developments. The practice is led by real estate finance expert Andy Bell, while Patrick Sheehan is another key member of the team, acting for investors and lenders.

Practice head(s):

Andy Bell

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Sheehan


‘I’ve dealt with TLT for about seven years now and they are one of my go-to firms. Competitive on pricing and they get things done well. ’

‘Great ability to manage large, complex projects; attention to detail through completion and consistent ability to provide substantive solutions to solve issues.’

‘A great team. ’


Key clients

Manchester Airport Group

JD Sports Gyms Limited

Edinburgh Woollen Mill

Hickory’s Smokehouse

Tim Hortons

Yorkshire Building Society

Landmark Investments Group

Oldham Borough Council


Barburrito Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Acts on the estates-management, retail, warehouse, office and hotel portfolio at Manchester, Stansted and East Midlands airports.
  • Advising on a number of high value fundraisings for Landmark Investments Group, as well as a number of large ground-rent acquisitions.
  • Advising North American coffee and dining brand Tim Hortons on a number of acquisitions and its expansion across the UK and Ireland.

Clyde & Co

The ‘exemplary’ commercial real estate team at Clyde & Co LLP displays particular strengths in residential and mixed-use development work. Stephen Lintott, who ‘has excellent commercial acumen’ heads up the team. While there have been some departures, including Stephen Crook, who left for Knights plc in October 2020, the team continues to draw on considerable expertise, such as that of Tessa Leonard, experienced in regeneration work and town centre redevelopment.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Lintott

Other key lawyers:

Tessa Leonard


‘Good value for money. Very good strategic advice on deal structures and negotiations. ’

‘Stephen Lintott is very thorough and has excellent commercial acumen. He has provided us valuable strategic and detailed advice on the transaction. ’

‘I have worked with Stephen Lintott at BLM for a few years and find him and the practice to be exemplary. I find them a lot more approachable than other firms I have worked with in the past.’

Key clients

Urban Splash

Schuh Limited

86TR Limited

Realty Estates Limited/Deansgate Securities LLP

Ellis Brigham Limited

Evonik UK Holdings Limited

Salboy and related entities, including:

FICM Limited

Property (Done) Limited

Naples Street Properties Limited

Castle Irwell Limited

QN Street Limited

Magnificent Developments Limited

BTS NQ Limited

Dwell Developments/Dwell Properties

Redwater Group

McCaul Group Limited (and related companies)

GW Developments Northern Limited

The Caravan Club

University of Central Lancashire


Heatley Developments

Scarisbrick Hall School Limited

Lancashire County Developments

Cramant Homes

Motor Insurance Bureau

Urban Splash and related entities

Property (Done)Limited

Dwell Developments /Dwell Properties

Bradley Edge LLP

Chester Halo Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Lancashire County Developments in relation to all sales, acquisitions, lettings, property management and property disputes at the 150 acre Lancashire Business Park and the 300,000 square foot White Cross Business Park.
  • Advising Urban Splash on the redevelopment of the Park Hill project in Sheffield.
  • Advising national retailer Ellis Brigham on its portfolio of properties.  

Browne Jacobson LLP

The Manchester real estate team at Browne Jacobson LLP has a strong emphasis on health and social care. The team is co-led by Dominic Buckley who is ‘very strategic and pragmatic in his advice’ - he assists public sector clients, large corporates and developers. Co-head Victoria Thourgood contributes expertise in independent health and social care real estate. The practice’s client list includes a mix of private and public providers, as well as medical universities.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Buckley; Victoria Thourgood


‘Very professional, dedicated and helpful team. Use of technology to help with face to face meetings, vital in the current environment.’

‘Dominic Buckley is very strategic and pragmatic in his advice. He can talk us through a transaction at a high level at the outset and identify where there might be sticking points.’

Key clients

Orchard Dean Developments

Homes England

Stockport MBC

Kersh Commercial

Jayne Commercial



Department for Work and Pensions

Albumedix Limited

YHA (England and Wales)

Runneymede Borough Council

Care Fertility Group

Prime Plc

East Midlands Ambulance Service

Wrightington Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Primary Health Properties Plc

Derbyshire Community Health Service NHS Foundation Trust

Willowbrook Healthcare Developments Limited

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised on the setting up of Manchester’s NHS Nightingale Hospital.
  • Advised the Youth Hostel Association on the re-purposing of their national property portfolio of hostels to house key workers and the homeless in the context of Covid-19.


The team at Fieldfisher, headed by leading development lawyer and practice veteran Liam Buckley, takes a ‘very responsive and commercially aware’ approach, assisting a range of retail, investment and development clients, as well as acting for local councils. Buckley is supported by a skilled team of practitioners; Matthew Dobson contributes expertise in development and real estate finance, acting on sizeable residential developments, whilst Kirsty Tinsley-Fenney assists corporate clients in the logistics sector.

Practice head(s):

Liam Buckley

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Dobson; Kirsty Tinsley-Fenney; Michael Dulhanty


‘The team is very responsive and commercially aware.’

‘Michael Dulhanty is a fantastic individual to work with on complex development projects. He combines a great commercial awareness with good technical knowledge and excellent communication. ’

‘The team delivered a very smooth approach to a potentially complicated purchase.’

‘Kirsty Tinsley-Fenney has great overall vision of the transaction and elements involved.’

Key clients

Allianz Real Estate

Aura Finance Limited

Charles Topham Properties (CTP) Limited

Colliers International Limited

Co-operative Group Limited

Cynergy Bank

Deutsche Asset Management – DWS Alternatives GMbH

Dominvs Group

Getir UK Limited

Hagan Land Limited/Urban Waterside Limited

Industrials UK Property Unit Trust

Kennedy Wilson

Kingmoor Park Properties Limited

McGoff Group

Noviniti Limited

Seddon Developments

Shell Group

Simon Carves Engineering Limited

Standard Chartered Bank

Toorak Bridging clients

West One Loan Limited

Worthing Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Acted on the development of a 600,000 sq ft regional logistics hub for Co-operative Group Food Limited at Biggleswade by Tritax Symmetry Limited, with Co-operative Group Food Limited taking a lease of the completed development.
  • Acting for on the acquisition of circa 230,000 sq ft for a new headquarters office building at Manchester Goods Yard, St John’s, Enterprise City, Manchester.
  • Acting for Charles Topham Properties Limited on the development management agreement between CTP Limited and Kier Construction in connection with the Pall Mall development in Liverpool.


The practice at Kennedys has gained additional depth and breadth with the hire of Amanda Hanmore, who joined as national head of real estate and non-contentious construction from Trowers & Hamlins LLP in September 2020; she divides her time between the firm's Manchester and London offices. Hanmore has expertise in large regeneration schemes, especially joint public-private ventures, and also supporting insurers with their property requirements. Experienced senior associate Angela Bhaseen is a key Manchester-based practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Hanmore

Other key lawyers:

Angela Bhaseen


‘Angela Bhaseen is very personable, intelligent, articulate, very hard-working, and cares. The time and effort put into her work is extremely pleasing from a customer’s perspective, as is her understanding of situations that are not necessarily run-of-the-mill.’

Key clients

Airport City Manchester J.V.

The Borough Council of Bolton

Inox Group

Newly Weds Foods

Winfresh (UK) Limited (in administration)

Duff & Phelps

Sheffield United Football Club

Rammon Group (Properties) Limited

Rammon Group (Properties) Limited and associated companies

Bardsley Group Limited/Bardsley Construction Limited (in administration)

L & I Eaton Arc Limited

Silva Timber Holdings Limited

Wilkinson Group SIPP and Fun Arena Limited

Sisk Group

Vinci Developments

Paul Hastings (Europe) LLP

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Inox Group in connection with its planning and collaboration agreement with Cornwall Council to deliver a stadium-led 4,000 residential unit garden village in Truro – the largest development of its kind in the region.
  • Acting for Newly Weds Foods in connection with its renegotiation of a lease with a US landlord.

Pannone Corporate LLP

With a focus on the retail, leisure and logistics sectors as well as residential development, the team at Pannone Corporate LLP, led by James Wynne, assists clients in joint property ventures and acquisitions. Building on 'trusted partner' Gareth Birch's close relationship with retail clients, the team acts on major investment acquisitions. On the residential side, the team assists both landlord and tenants in disputes.

Practice head(s):

James Wynne

Other key lawyers:

Gareth Birch; Gary King


‘The approach of Pannone and their staff is very much aligned to our values, what is important to us and the way we like to operate, Pannone recognise this and it’s reflected in the service they provide. It’s important when dealing with legal matters that a firm has the ability to tailor its service to work in partnership with its clients, take time to understand our objectives, the way we operate and therefore offer a more bespoke service to deliver the right outcomes. I feel that this is a specific strength of Pannone.’

‘The individuals very much reflect the approach of the team, they are the team I work with. They take the time to understand our business, needs and objectives and provide a service that is tailored to this.

‘Gareth Birch supported us on two deals – the tailored, personal approach provided a positive experience in some difficult circumstances.’

‘Honesty and responsiveness are specific qualities I value in individuals from Pannone. ’

‘The dedication to the needs of us, as clients, is excellent. The folks we work with have always tried to flex around us and find ways of making things fit. The service feels personal to us, which is as unusual as it is valued.’

‘Gareth Birch is an exceptional asset. He operates as a trusted partner for us and I value his input across the board. He has provided guidance and risk assessment on every step and every scheme. I feel he has our best interests at heart of every stage of engagement. I know how hard he will work to help us

Key clients

Bestway Retail Limited

Junkyard Golf Club Limited

Mersten Limited

Manchester Central Convention Centre

Oliver James Associates Limited

Bunny Jacksons Juke Joints Limited

Stockport Homes Limited

Alternative Futures Group Limited

Palmbest Limited

Maya Property Developments Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Palmbest Limited on its £28m acquisition of Staples Corner Retail Park, London.
  • Advised the Kamani Property Group on the acquisition of its new headquarters in Manchester City centre’s Knott Hill district.
  • Advised HS Credit (Birmingham) Limited in their first year after coming to market as a new provider of bridging finance to the real estate market.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

The team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP assists clients on various commercial property and development matters, as well as working alongside local councils. It is led by Suzanne Benson, who leads on high-profile advisory work for Homes England. Matthew Holbrook focuses on commercial property; he and Anna Metham have expanded the practice’s institutional investor work, assisting clients with property management. The team’s depth of expertise was bolstered with four partner promotions in July 2020.

Practice head(s):

Suzanne Benson

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Holbrook; Anna Metham; Darren Ashworth; Ru Anwar


‘Strong customer focus and offer a ‘human face’ rather than relying on a corporate brand reputation.’

‘Their individuals have been sensitive and supportive to the pressures our SME company has experienced in delivering the projects. Suzanne Benson has a really effective style and this works through her team.’

‘The most recent schemes have been pretty complex deals and have been managed by Ru Anwar. Ru is very pragmatic and proactive. She will prompt and chase me for information to move matters forward whereas I find that I am the one doing the chasing with other practices.’

Key clients

Granite-Turner Limited

BT Plc

Ainscough Strategic Land Limited

Tatton Group

Homes England

Cambian Group

Rowlinson Construction Ltd

Countryside PLC

Wolverhampton City Council

Legal & General Affordable Homes

Latimer Developments Limited/Clarion Housing Group

CERT Property Group

City Pride Residential Limited

St Helens Borough Council

St Albans Council

Patrick Properties Limited


Cringle Corporation

Swanton Care and Community Limited

Stockport Homes

The Brew by Rent 24

First Step Group t/a Step Places

Work highlights

  • Advised BT plc on its acquisition at the New Bailey development, which will provide 175,000 sq ft of office space and become a base for up to 2,000 people.
  • Advised Granite Turner on the conversion of a historic grade two listed building in Le Mans Crescent Bolton into an 87 key boutique hotel.
  • Advised Latimer Developments Limited on their Media City scheme working with Glenbrook and Peel for a 280 bed apartment scheme with a development value of over £70 million.

Weightmans LLP

The ‘friendly and down to earth’ team at Weightmans LLP is regularly instructed by local authorities and assists with regeneration projects. The practice also undertakes residential development and retail sector-related matters. Experienced practitioner Andrea Steventon, acting on large real estate acquisitions, leads the team together with head of the firm’s Built Environment Group Karl Jackson. Brian Ghatan, who joined in 2019 from Addleshaw Goddard, is acting for several major clients and is aiming to strengthen the practice’s presence in the energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Steventon; Karl Jackson

Other key lawyers:

Brian Ghatan


‘The team are friendly, down to earth, practical good listeners and good value for money.’

Key clients

Barratt Homes

Broad Environmental

MHA London

Nottinghamshire County Council

Chiesi Limited

Sonoco Limited

Thomas Jones & Sons (Liverpool) Limited

Oak Tyres

Elan Homes

Transport for Greater Manchester

Macclesfield Town Football Club Limited


Work highlights

  • Advising BDW Trading on the purchase of Kings School Macclesfield from Homes England.
  • Involved in the sale of Haw Bank House in Cheadle. Acting on behalf of the seller in connection with the investment disposal of a high profile multi-let property within the local area.
  • Advising Broad Environmental on the purchase of  a very large industrial site in Stoke on Trent.

Freeths LLP

The Freeths LLP Manchester real estate team includes local government specialist Ian Tempest, Stephen Lewis and Paul Bibby.

Other key lawyers:

Ian Tempest; Stephen Lewis; Paul Bibby

Glaisyers Solicitors LLP

Led by managing partner David Marlor, the property practice at Manchester's Glaisyers LLP has a particular focus on real estate finance, acting for developers as well as banks and other lenders. Ross Wellman is a key practitioner on the team, handling site acquisitions, property sales and residential development matters. He is supported by recently promoted partner Mick Hewitt.

Practice head(s):

David Marlor

Other key lawyers:

Ross Wellman; Mick Hewitt


‘The team are highly personable and ambitious to grow their business, and have in recent times expanded and been proactive in marketing their services and expertise.’

‘They focus on delivery to timescales while adopting a commercial approach to the resolution of issues.’

Key clients

Property Alliance Group/Cowm Top Properties et al

House Crowd

British Engineering

James Walker Properties

Heaton Group

PLP Estates

Muscle Food

Sutton Group

Samuel Beilin and partners


Hoyle Developments

Taylor Rhodes Group


Hallmark Developments Ltd

Sadaqat Global

Russell Homes

Together Finance

Broadoak Private Finance


Roma Finance

Stewart Title

Countryside Properties

HS Credit


Work highlights

  • Advised Cowm Top Properties et al on a complex portfolio acquisition under time pressures for £5.6m.
  • Advised Heaton Group on the financing of a Preston site for residential development with a GDV in excess of £25m.
  • Advised TRG SK4 LIMITED on the acquisition of a site for residential development with a GDV of £6.5m.

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's team is led by Roy Beckett, who deploys expertise in real estate development and investment transactional work for corporate clients and city councils. The 'excellent team, with youth, experience, strength and depth' has continued to effectively support its clients throughout the difficult Covid year, drawing from its broad base of competencies and Beckett's 'hugely in depth knowledge of the Manchester commercial real estate market'.

Practice head(s):

Roy Beckett


‘The commercial real estate team at Irwin Mitchell in Manchester has consistently provided us with excellent advice on property transactions starting with agreeing heads of terms right through to disposals. I’m always confident that Roy Beckett and his team have a clear undertsanding of our requirements and that they are going that extra mile to ensure that as a client we get the best possible outcome. ’

‘Roy Beckett at Irwin Mitchell has a hugely in-depth knowledge of the Manchester commercial real estate market and the transactions that have been done. This allows him to advise when to stand firm in lease negotiations and just as importantly when not to. His advice prior to heads of terms being agreed always proves invaluable. Roy is able to provide his advice and guidance in clear language that is understandable to those of us who don’t permanently work in this sector.’

‘An excellent team, with youth, experience, strength and depth. They represent great value for money and have consistently provided high quality advice and execution over a number of years.’

‘Roy Beckett heads up a fantastic and talented team.’

Key clients

Bruntwood Estates

Northwind 5s

Swansway Group

Northpoint Developments

The General Medical Council


Compass Minerals

Gazprom Retail

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Trafford College Group on the sale of part of the town centre Stockport campus to Investar Group extending to 2.89 acres to provide over 400 new residential units.

Slater Heelis

Led by experienced commercial property expert Will Henson, the team at Slater Heelis assists clients on a variety of matters ranging from residential and commercial development to retail sector work. With particular expertise in social housing and statutory agreements, Nicola Deutsch heads the residential development team while Jonathan Kay contributes strengths in the acquisition and disposal of commercial property as well as property portfolio management.

Practice head(s):

Will Henson; Zara Banday; Nicola Deutsch

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Kay


‘They understand our business objectives and deadlines for completion. Slater Heelis have never let us down or missed a deadline that was set. They provide information and advice in a format that is simple to understand.’

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

  • Continuing and new instructions on site acquisitions and infrastructure to expand the PJ Livesey Group’s existing resort in North Yorkshire with which the firm has been involved for over 10 years.
  • Continuing and new instructions on site acquisitions and infrastructure to expand the Coppergreen Developments Limited ’s existing resort in North Yorkshire with which the firm has been involved for over 10 years.
  • Continuing instructions on the grant of a strategic option by an individual to a regional residential developer of land allocated for housing in the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework. Assisting the land owner with complex option provisions particularly in relation to future calculation of the market value of the land.