Firms To Watch: Commercial property: Manchester

December 2022 marked the arrival to Deloitte LLP from Shoosmiths LLP of Lisa On-Iam and property disputes partner Wayne Nash, whilst January 2023 marked the joining of Daniel Hargreaves and Vaqas Farooq, who now heads Manchester’s real estate practice.

Commercial property: Manchester in North West

Addleshaw Goddard

The ‘very experienced’ transactional team at Addleshaw Goddard is renowned for its capabilities advising its significant portfolio of clients on the full remit of matters. Its workload consists of the nationally and locally notable, including complex developmental and strategic projects, which Catherine Fearnhead is experienced in handling, whilst Vicky Niescier is experienced in advising clients on net-zero initiatives. Leisure and retail matters are a key area of focus for Daniel Sweeney. Peter Kershaw has a strong ability to advise across real estate. Paul Barnard who is noted as ‘exceptional and highly recommended’, focuses on acquisition, whilst Lucy Butterworth has expertise in build-to-rent and student accommodation. Nancy McGuire leads the practice. Patrick Duffy departed to Shoosmiths LLP in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Nancy McGuire

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Fearnhead; Peter Kershaw; Vicky Niescier; Daniel Sweeney; Paul Barnard; Lucy Butterworth


‘A great team with good depth of experience and technical expertise. They have good understanding of real estate portfolios in the region because of their actual presence. They also have a good economic model for billing.’

‘We have long-term experience with the firm and the team has worked together a long time too; they have a clear commitment to delivering client objectives.’

‘They are a very experienced team with a great understanding of the complex legal issues facing many property transactions. They are always very efficient at breaking down complex issues to manageable elements with clear explanations of the issues at hand.’

‘Paul Barnard is exceptional and highly recommended. He understands our business and is able to give very clear advice knowing the operational issues facing our organisation. He has fantastic knowledge of all aspects of property law and always remains calm regardless of the issue. He is also a very nice guy.’

‘They have taken the time to understand our business and therefore serve us better. They have good commercial knowledge of the sectors we operate in. They also provide good template docs to aid preparation of future deal set-ups.’

Key clients


Access to Music

Affinity Water Limited

Blackden Estates Limited

Blackfriairs St Ltd

Blank Street UK Limited

British Land

Ball & Young Limited

Basil House Property Ltd

Batleys Properties Limited

Beech Brooklands Limited

Bowrovia Estates 2020 Limited

Blackden Estates Limited

Blackfriairs St Ltd

Blank Street UK Limited

British Land

Bruntwood Group of Companies

Bulla W8 Limited

Bury Bruntwood (Millgate) LLP

Canal & River Trust

Chiswick V.E Limited

Cole Waterhouse /Priestley Family

Co-operative Group of Companies

Coya Angel Limited

Crossfield Developments/Crossfield Group


De la Rue Plc

Denstone Parish Council

Denton Associates (Group) Limited

Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland

Deloitte & Touch LLP

Drive Energi Limited

DP World London Gateway Group of Companies

Eight Industrial (Wrexham 4) Limited

Enitial Limited & Meritas Scientific Holdings Limited

Equorium Property Company Limited

Federated Hermes

Findon Homes

First Investments – REM Group of Companies

Gladman Developments

Glenbrook BD Limited

Gloucester V.E. Limited

Gravity Media (UK) Limited

Great Ancoats Street Limited

Greater Manchester Pension Fund

GRIO Group of Companies

Grove Crescent Stratford Limited

Hallam Land

Harley Property Investments Ltd & DPMM Enterprises Limited

Hegenberger Medical Limited

Hermes Wellington Place Site 1 Nominee

Hollins Strategic Land

Horsham V.E Limited

Hurstwood Properties

HPREF I Konect Investments S.A.R.L

I for Williams Trailers / IWT Holdings Limited

Incognito Assets Ltd


JD Sports Fashion plc

JD Sports Gyms Limited

KCOM Central Asset Reserve Limited Partnership & KCOM Holdings Limited

KPFF Limited

KPFF Limited

Liberty Charge Limited

London Cyrenians Housing Limited

Lookers plc

Los Mochis W8 Limited

Lote Global Investments Ltd


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

Mansfield V.E. Limited

Manufacturers Network Ltd

Mapeley Group of Companies

Maple Grove Developments

Masshouse Residential Block HI Limited

Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Limited

Meridian Heathcomms Limited

Mexichem Specialty Compounds Limited

Middlewich and District Community Association

Miller Group of Companies

Mobile Data Systems International LTD


Morning Foods

Muse Developments

National Grid Group of Companies

National Tyre Service Group

Nationwide Building Society

Network Rail

Neptune Retail Limited

Northern Trust Group of Companies

Oakes Millers Limited

Oliver Charles Driver & Nancy Eve Driver as Trustees of the Rantum SSAS

One Heritage Plc Group of Companies

Oval Properties Limited

Ovi Stoke Crown Works Limited

OCS Group of Companies

Park Moor Farm

Peel Cubico Renewables Limited

Peel Group of Companies

Peveril Securities Limited

Pinebridge Estates Limited

Pochin Midpoint Limited

Popeyes Chicken UK

Preston City Council

Prologis Group of Companies

Purepay Retail Limited (trading as Peacocks, Edinburgh Woollen Mill and Bon Marche)

Public Sector Plc Group of Companies

Redsun Group of Companies

Revie Property Limited and Revie Enterprises Limited

Regener8 Power Limited

SGN Group of Companies

SSE Group of Companies

Salford City Council


Scunthorpe Properties Limited and Crossway Park Limited

Schroder Real Estate Investment Management

Span Group Limited

Stroma Specialist Access Limited

Story Homes Limited

Swansway Garages

Sunhart Ltd

Telereal Trillium

Tim Horton’s

Thesleff Hospitality Group

Thomas Jones & Sons (Liverpool) Limited

Todd Architects Limited

Trustees of the Sidney Vaughan Gaskell Will Trust

Tsunami Axis Limited

TGR Retail Ltd

T.R Ventures Limited

UK Biobank


Vincent Limited

Vision Express

Vita Belfast Limited

Vita Nottingham Guildhall Limited

Vue Entertainment

Wasabi Co Limited

Watkin Jones PLC

WG London Property Limited

Workspace Group PLC

Wrenman Lancaster Ltd

Yearsley Group Limited &Yearsley CS Limited

Zerum Consulting

Work highlights

  • Advised developers on the pre-let to The Government Property Agency of a sustainable 150,000 square foot net-zero civil service hub.
  • Advised Peel NRE Developments Limited on the acquisition of the 820 acre Fiddlers Ferry power station site from SSE plc for redevelopment by Peel NRE as a mixed-use development with a view to meeting net-zero.


The practice at CMS, described as a ‘go-to for property matters in the UK’ is led by investment, development and mixed-use regeneration specialist Mark Haywood. The team is well-equipped to advise its portfolio of preeminent clients on significant and high-value matters in the region, from forward-funding work to major lettings, sales and acquisitions. Tanya Francis focuses on key development and redevelopment work, a noteworthy example being her advising on the £800m mixed-use development of Mayfield Quarter in Manchester’s city centre. The ‘pragmatic’ Nathan Jansen notably led on the high-profile largest single asset warehousing acquisition in the UK for Arrow. Dave Lawson was notably promoted to partner in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Mark Haywood

Other key lawyers:

Nathan Jansen; Tanya Francis; Dave Lawson


‘The team in Manchester is our go-to for property matters in the UK. They provide quality commercial advice in a timely fashion, which is important as we are based overseas in a different time zone. The advice is not purely legal and, therefore, the advice that they provide is highly valued.’

‘We generally work with Dave Lawson but where he’s unavailable, he always ensures that there is a partner that has been briefed that can provide seamless advice in his place.’

‘A great team with sound professional knowledge and good commercial acumen as well as a good level of support and breadth of knowledge to deal with all our legal requirements.’

Key clients


Mayfield Development Partnership

Arrow Capital Partners

Manchester Airport Group

Genr8 Developments

Far East Consortium

Liverpool City Regional Combined Authority

Cerebus European Investments LLC

Barings Real Estate Asset Management

Tristan Capital


Muse Developments

Roberto Cavallli

Assura PLC


Tritax Symmetry

NewRiver REIT





Manchester City Council

Mountpark Logistics

Place for People

Columbia Threadneedle

Patrizia UK

Brockton Capital

Blackrock Investment Management UK

Salford City Council

Select Group

Morris Homes

Sigma Capital

English Cities Fund

Ask Real Estate



CityHeart Ltd


Metropolitan Borough of St Helens

Benson Elliot

AECOM Limited


Royal Bank of Scotland

Caddick Developments

Goldman Sachs


Salboy Limited

ARA Dunedin

The G Group of Companies


CBRE Global Investors

National Grid, Cadent Gas and Strathclyde Pension Funds

Bolton City Council

Palace Capital

Land Securities

Tata Chemicals Europe

Inovyn Enterprises

Pensions Insurance Corporation

Keystone Partners

Work highlights

  • Advising Pensions Insurance Corporation (PIC) on the £105m forward funding of No 9 First Street.
  • Acting for Arrow Capital Partners in relation to a warehousing acquisition.
  • Acting for Salford City Council on three major lettings at 100 Embankment, a major new development in the city’s Medieval Quarter.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The cohort at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP X. Following the June 2022 retirement of former team lead Nancy Brown , corporate real estate expert Elizabeth Cartwright is at the helm of the practice. Also with a developing specialism in this particular area is Jayne Speers, who was notably promoted to partner in May 2022. ‘Standout partner’ Phillip Tunney has experience acting for national and international key clients across a range of industry sectors. The team has a strong reputation for its ability to advise on significant projects in the region, including developments such as the Mayfield; regenerations, which are Michael Buchanan‘s particular focus, an example being the ongoing regeneration of Salford Central; as well as acquisitions and disposals. Legal director Joanna Sowerby is adept in advising across the board.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Cartwright

Other key lawyers:

Phillip Tunney; Michael Buchanan; Phil Birchall; Jayne Speers; Michelle Millard; Joanna Sowerby; Tracy Gibson


‘The team provides a bespoke and practical service and demonstrated a strong commercial knowledge along with legal knowledge in their approach, which is refreshing. The partners have been exceptionally good at helping manage relationships with stakeholders.’   

‘Phillip Tunney in particular is a standout partner. He has a strong ability to approach situations from the perspective of the clients involved, and provide very useful advice.’

‘A very responsive and accurate team.’

‘Elizabeth Cartwright and Michelle Millard are both excellent.’

Key clients

AXA Investment Managers



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

General Projects


Johnson Controls Inc

Kier Property Developments Limited

Lancaster (Jardine Motor Group)

Lookers PLC

Manchester Airport Group/ Airport City Limited Partnership

Morris Homes Limited

Muse Developments Limited

PH Property

Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

Toni & Guy

University of Manchester


DLA Piper

Alison Mills, based in Liverpool, is at the helm of DLA Piper‘s commercial property offering. The team has a strong reputation for its abilities advising on the high-value sale of significant properties, issues involved in redevelopment and lease agreements. Liverpool-based Mark Beardwood ably advises across the remit of real estate issues, whilst Tom Kelsall is regarded as ‘excellent’. 

Practice head(s):

Alison Mills

Other key lawyers:

Tom Kelsall; Mark Beardwood; Andrew Walker


‘Quality service from partners in the team.’

‘Tom Kelsall is excellent – very commercial and a good negotiator, which results in speedier transactions.’

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

Picton Capital

John Lewis Partnership Pension Fund

Capital & Centric

Liverpool Football Club

Barings Real Estate Advisers

Beavertown Brewery

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

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

Envivo Group

Room 2 Hometels

Elite Logistics Fund

Elite Commercial REIT

Work highlights

  • Advising Greater Manchester Pension Fund on the sale of a prime UK Government let office building at 3-8 Whitehall Place, London to Legal and General IM for £155m.

JMW Solicitors LLP

The strength of JMW Solicitors LLP's cohort has continued throughout 2022 and has seen a particular uptick in focus on social housing-related acquisitions, disposals and asset management work. Its notable roster of clients has been bolstered by the 2022 additions of David Frankland and Robin Sharp respectively, who have both added to the leisure sector in that regard; it acts for such well-known companies as Greene King and Tattu Restaurants, its relationship with the latter of which is managed by development specialist Tom Cressey. Thomas Pearson  leads the team alongside Majid Mahmood, who was promoted to co-lead in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Pearson; Majid Mahmood

Other key lawyers:

Tom Cressey; Robin Sharp; David Frankland; Paul Burton; Simon Maddox


‘Paul Burton is detailed, knowledgeable and pragmatic – he endeavours to get the deals over the line efficiently.’

‘JMW make us feel valued and they have the right capabilities to deal with whatever we pass there way. Simon Maddox always compliments the core team with the correct resources. The team understands our business requirements. They are a very personable, diverse law firm able to cater for all our needs.’

‘Simon Maddox is a very personable individual and always on hand to discuss matters. He leads his team very well and introduces new partners and colleagues where appropriate and we have never felt under-resourced. He stays close enough to transactions that he is always up to speed.’

Key clients

Silverlane Developments

Tattu Restaurants


Henry Boot Developments/Barnfield Construction

Greene King

Quorum Estates Limited

Blueoak Estates Limited

Arc Inspirations Limited

Riverstone Developments Limited

CityFibre Limited, CityFibre Holdings Limited and associated companies


Grafton Land & Property

Warwick Investments (UK) Limited

Northhold Group

Brookhouse Group Limited

Boutique Hotel Group

Millennium Care UK

Hollins Strategic Land LLP, Hollins Homes Limited and associated companies

Blue Square Residential Ltd

LWC Drinks Ltd

Pinsent Masons LLP

The ‘reliable and trusted’ team at Pinsent Masons LLP, led by Jonathan Brocklehurst, who also leads the firm’s national development and investment team, his areas of particular expertise. The practice is well-equipped to assist its notable clients, including Whitbread; hotels and student accommodation are two key focus areas. Ann-Marie Salmacis ‘deserves special mention’ for her strong reputation advising developers, investors and occupiers on significant projects. Property investment and finance specialist, legal director Matthew Rowlands is noteworthy for his ‘extensive knowledge of his specialism’. Craig Tordoff is an associate to note.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Brocklehurst

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Rowlands; Ann-Marie Salmacis; Jane Morden; Craig Tordoff


‘The team have been a reliable and trusted source of advice relating to property matters for our business for a number of years. They have worked hard to build a relationship with us and understand the unique nature of our work to provide us with excellent quality advice.’

‘Matthew Rowlands has worked tirelessly with us to provide advice and solutions on complex legal issues. Matthew brings an extensive knowledge of his specialism together with a calm and reassuring presence during the most difficult and pressured matters.’

‘Incredibly approachable individuals who feel as much a part of our team as they do external lawyers. The team has changed over the years, however, they have seamlessly been able to ensure the standard of work remains at its highest, and bring new solicitors on who can deal with a very diverse portfolio of properties and land, and related issues.’

Key clients

St Modwen

Harworth Estates


Balfour Beatty

Tritax Symmetry


Homes England

Whitbread (Premier Inn)

United Utilities

North Star



Merseyside Pension Fund

Europa Capital

Wilson Bowden (Barratt Group)

Motor Fuels Group

Blazehill Capital

The Casey Group

HBD (Henry Boot)

Heylo Housing

Work highlights

  • Advised St Modwen on the sale of Wythenshawe Town Centre, with circa 200 tenants, to Manchester City Council, unlocking development plans for homes, new civic square and public realm areas.
  • Advising Tritax Symmetry on the site assembly, acquisition and pre-let to Yodel of a £1m landmark logistics facility and country park in Huyton.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs‘ practice has notable capabilities assisting on innovative net-zero projects which span various northern cities, a key example being its advising on the developments surrounding the Manchester Clean Air Plan and the Greater Manchester Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Project; renewables and transport are strengths of Nick Helm. The team is well-equipped to handle high-value, large-scale matters across the range of industry sectors, including infrastructure, renewables and regeneration, which is Mark Gaffney‘s area of expertise. Build-to-rent and student accommodation are particularly active areas for the team, which is led by Mark Barker. Richard Nichols is a senior associate to note.

Practice head(s):

Mark Barker

Other key lawyers:

Mark Gaffney; Nick Helm; Jonathan Brooke; Richard Nichols


‘We very much value Mark Gaffney’s input, ability to work to agreed timescales and also his keeping within agreed budgets – not something we have particularly experienced elsewhere.’

‘Mark Gaffney’s ability to understand issues from a commercial perspective and frame the legal documentation around that (rather than the other way round) is both refreshing and uncommon. Documentation is always produced within agreed timescales and rarely needs input from ourselves.’

Key clients

Watkin Jones Group

Co-op Group

Muse Developments

Safe As Houses Investment Plc

Warrington Borough Council

Preston City Council

Manchester City Council

Leeds City Council

Transport for Greater Manchester

AIG Global Real Estate

Panacea Developments


Taylor Wimpey

NPL Group

Galliford Try Investments

Fresh Property Group


Vital Energi


Dolphin (Costain Pension Fund)


InfraRed Capital Partners

Amber Infrastructure


Sheffield City Council

Green Earth Developments Limited

First Step Group

Work highlights

  • Advising TfGM on the proposed Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan and the Greater Manchester Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Project.
  • Advising Preston City Council on the key strategic redevelopment of the city’s indoor market for a leisure-led scheme anchored by a multi-screen cinema operator and a bowling operator.
  • Acting for Watkin Jones on a number of key, high-value site acquisitions for subsequent developments for built-to-rent or purpose-built student accommodation.

Brabners LLP

The practice at Brabners LLP is noted as ‘brilliant to work with’. The team is experienced in assisting its clients in the array of transactional real estate matters. Ross Shine has relocated to the Manchester office from Preston in 2022 and is a key name, with expertise in transactional real estate, particularly in retail and charity contexts. Roy Barry is described as ‘more than impressive’. Krista Powell frequently handles high-value acquisition and development projects. Investment and property expert Richard Roberts and Iain Gamble, both based in Liverpool and Preston-based Robert White, who is experienced in all aspects of real estate, co-head the Manchester team cross-office.

Practice head(s):

Richard Roberts; Iain Gamble; Robert White

Other key lawyers:

Ross Shine; Roy Barry; Krista Powell; Abdul Salam; Helen Burns, Jennifer Potts


‘Tight-knit and highly experienced team who are brilliant to work with. There’s always someone at the end of a phone to discuss things with and communication is top-notch.’

‘Helen Burns and Jennifer Potts provide exceptional service and support – their advice, especially on complex financing cases, is valued.’

‘Service and communication are key. Having matters dealt with in a timely way and having regular communication is the standout with the team as being supported by a superior is extremely important and the experience can be exasperating.’

Key clients

Manchester Airport/The Airport City Limited Partnership

LWC Drinks

Pitalia Real Estate

Transforming PLC

Watts Group Ltd

Cole Waterhouse

Real Estate Investment Partnerships

Atzaro Real Estate

QB Technology

McColl’s Retail Group plc

Well Pharmacy

Generation Limited

Pumps and Gearboxes

Adam Scott

Coutts & Co


Hillcrest Homes

CorpAcq Group

The Atlanta Group

Manchester & Sale Rugby Club (Sale Sharks)

J W Lees & Co (Brewers) Limited

Harrison Hunt

Jumani Holdings


Arbuthnot Latham & Co

Begbies Traynor


Doncaster Sheffield Airport Limited

Sefton Borough Council

Oldham Borough Council

Sunway Residence (Guernsey) Limited

OakNorth Bank PLC

Cityheart Developments

The Charity Bank

Close Brothers

Lancaster City Council

Sofology (Part of the DFS Group)

Simply Design

XLR8 (Part of JD Sports)

National Football Museum

The Mobility Group

Zen Jungle Estates Limited

The Dixon Group


Pendle Business Park Limited

Wells Pharmacy Limited

GTM Europe Limited

Harrison Hunt

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company/Peel Ports on the legal structure for both the funding and development of new £12m contemporary logistics facility for Finsa UK at Birkenhead Docks.
  • Acted for Nelcrest Limited in connection with a multi-million pound portfolio refinance of 161 properties, including due diligence reporting on the same.
  • Advised property developer Cole Waterhouse in relation to their acquisition of a 3.8 acre brownfield site outside Leeds City Centre to build a brand new mixed use scheme, Leeds City Village.

Clyde & Co

The cohort at Clyde & Co is noted for its ‘quality of service’. The firm merged with BLM in July of 2022, which resulted in its gaining team members including Stephen Lintott who now leads the team alongside Andrew Wallis. The team’s workload includes high-value acquisitions and disposals as well as advising on significant development and regeneration projects in the region, which is Tessa Leonard‘s area of expertise. Nouman Bhatty, who also joined as part of the merger, has a developing specialism in residential and finance-related work.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Lintott; Andrew Wallis

Other key lawyers:

Tessa Leonard; Nouman Bhatty; Kimberley Frost


‘Quality of service is paramount in the commercial area that I operate in. Attention-to-detail and adhering to solid service levels in what is a competitive business is imperative, and that is what this firm offer.’

‘The team has great attention-to-detail and they work through complicated deals in a clear and precise manner.’

‘Stephen Lintott and Kimberley Frost we have dealt with for fifteen and twenty years respectively – they both have excellent communication skills and are both proactive in their approach.’

Key clients

Salboy and related entities

Urban Splash and related entities

Redwater and associated companies

Evonik UK Holdings Limited

Vita Group Limited

FG Victoria House Ltd

McCaul Group Limited

The Trustees of the Gylo Property Unit Trust

ENGIE Regeneration (now Equans).

Citu Group Developments

New Era Developments Limited

Richard Lloyd Developments Limited

Dwell Developments/Dwell Properties

Ellis Brigham Limited

Work highlights

  • Providing complex property and environmental advice on the disposal of former industrial sites for remediation and potential development to Evonik.
  • Working for Vita Group in the real estate sector, involving several disciplines operating as one team, based in different jurisdictions.

Davitt Jones Bould

Davitt Jones Bould‘s founder, the experienced Madeleine Davitt, leads its Manchester practice. The team continues to assist some of the UK’s biggest landowners on such key projects as the major road scheme developments in and around Manchester, for National Highways, a matter Nichola Gray and the ‘tactful, clear and totally informed’ Zaheer Bashir are advising on. The ‘highly respected’ Tony Fitzmaurice ably manages a broad range of complex portfolios. Richard Holmes regularly works on high-profile developments for key clients. Net-zero specialist partner Stephen Chalcraft joined from Shakespeare Martineau LLP in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Madeleine Davitt

Other key lawyers:

Richard Holmes; Abigail Kay; Tony Fitzmaurice; Zaheer Bashir; Nichola Gray; Stephen Chalcraft


‘The firm combines able practitioners and a relaxed and straightforward approach with a ‘small firm’ mentality of client care.’

‘DJB provide and instruct the appropriate level of experienced staff to match our requirements, who can cover any aspect of the case and who are always available to discuss or take immediate instruction. They propose solutions with clear recommendations and options from the beginning. They treat all of our staff, especially the inexperienced, with respect and understanding.’

‘DJD provide realistic timescales and meet milestones, taking steps to unlock third party delays. They are responsive to our objectives and targets and adaptable to our request for better forecasting, such as providing a monthly progress sheet.’

‘Zaheer Bashir is an expert in the use of compulsory powers, very knowledgeable about the use of Development Consent Orders and how to use compulsory powers to acquire land interests. He is tactful, clear and totally informed. He will often take on the most difficult and complex cases until they are complete, collaborating to help us achieve the best outcome.’

‘It is a comfort to deal with a team of laser focus property lawyers who cover all aspects of property transactions and have the resources to deal with peculiar issues should they arise.’

‘Richard Holmes takes his time to understand both the client and the transaction to provide tailored advice targeted at getting the results desired in a manner that is easy to comprehend. He is a great asset to have standing shoulder-to-shoulder with you when making important decisions.’

‘Tony Fitzmaurice is a very experienced and skilled property lawyer. He is a highly respected by the consulting team. He absorbs many very complex property issues simultaneously and explains possible avenues to follow simply.’

Key clients

National Highways

Environment Agency

Natural England

Woking Borough Council

Grainger Plc

Westmorland Plc

University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)


Sandyford Properties

Health and Safety Executive


The ‘proactive’ practice at DWF is co-led by Paul Inman and the ‘very diligent’ Naveen Gupta. The team’s workload consists of a variety of complex work, including landlord and tenant; acquisitions and disposals; and portfolio management for key clients. Rachel Lawler has strong capabilities handling all such matters. Additionally, it advises on restructuring and development work of note, an example being its ongoing advising of Costa Coffee in this regard. Catherine Haslam has a niche expertise in telecoms-related commercial landlord and tenant work in particular.

Practice head(s):

Paul Inman; Naveen Gupta

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Lawler; Catherine Haslam; Katherine Carey


‘A proactive Manchester team that provides sound commercial real estate advice and has done so for us for 5 years.’

‘Naveen Gupta gives great commercial advice whilst Rachel Lawler is a strong commercial real estate professional.’

‘They understand our business needs.’

Key clients


Speedy Hire

Tapi Carpets & Floors Ltd

Costa Coffee

The adidas Group

BT/EE Retail



LPPI Real Estate Fund

Premier Inn Hotels/Whitbread


BAI Communications

Hutchison 3G UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised MBNL in relation to some of the first landmark decisions under the Electronic Communications Code in the Upper Tribunal as well as on a major project delivery facilitating the roll-out of new technologies.
  • Advised Costa Coffee on the delivery of all targets over the last 12 months, particularly in relation to the restructuring of key assets and the acquiring of drive-thru stores.
  • Acted for LPPI in respect of the sale of Princes Mead Shopping Centre, Farnborough to Sovereign Housing Association.

Gateley Legal

The practice at Gateley Legal‘s has is well-equipped to handle the full spectrum of commercial property matters, though its workload consists in large part of high-value and regionally significant residential developments, an example being its assisting Bloor Homes Limited in the acquisition of land for a substantial new development. Legal director Nick Molloy leads on this project. Leanne Murray is another name to note for her specialism in this area. Darren Hughes and Louise Ilhan co-head the team.

Practice head(s):

Darren Hughes; Louise Ilhan

Other key lawyers:

Leanne Murray; Nick Molloy

Key clients

Vistry Group

Bellway Homes Limited

Harworth Estates Limited (North West)

Gleeson Homes

Barratt Homes / BDW

McCarthy and Stone Retirement Lifestyles Limited

Bloor Homes Limited

Persimmon Homes

Morris Homes

Taylor Wimpey

Anwyl Homes


Castle Green Homes

Crompton Property Developments

Duchy Homes

Hollins Homes

Hurstwood Holdings Limited

Keepmoat Homes Limited

Linden Homes

Lovell Homes

Miller Homes

Urban Splash


Story Homes

Countryside Homes

Fairhome Group Plc

JD Sport Fashion Plc

Network Space Developments Limited

LPC Living Limited and Group

Cityblock Limited

Rothschild & Co Wealth Management (UK) Limited

HSBC UK Bank plc

Salboy Limited

Mansion House Group Limited

Home REIT plc

Work highlights

  • Advising Salboy Limited in connection with a joint venture for a 40-storey residential and hotel skyscraper development in Manchester city centre.

Hill Dickinson LLP

Darren Hamer heads Hill Dickinson LLP‘s Manchester real estate offering with support from its national head of real estate and construction, Liverpool-based Alex McCann. The practice frequently advises such well-known clients as Salford Council, on sizeable and high-value residential development and significant regeneration projects, an area in which Peter Winnard is well-known. Its workload spans both the city centre and broader national contexts and has a focus on the finance and logistics side of key matters; ‘solutions-driven’ Chris Johnston has strong expertise in this area. The ‘excellent’ Jim Purves stands out for his work in complex acquisition and leasing matters.

Practice head(s):

Darren Hamer; Alex McCann

Other key lawyers:

Jim Purves; Peter Winnard; Chris Johnston; Jon Pearson-Basudev


‘Experienced, collaborative and responsive property lawyers.’   

‘Alison Batchelor and the team have gone the extra mile to ensure service levels are protected in the last few years.’

‘A strong team with good in-depth property knowledge who make effort to understand their customers and regularly provide them with updates. They are proactive in highlighting issues that may impact on clients.’  

Key clients


Co-operative Group

Cynergy Bank


EP Properties

Fox Brothers Group

Genus plc

Gordon Moon Properties

Hurstwood Holdings

Lloyds Banking Group

Lookers Motor Group

M20 Property Group

Oddfellows Friendly Society

Peel Group


Public Sector Plc

Salford City Council

Selbourne Group

Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society



Williams Lea Tag

Work highlights

  • Advised logistics giant DHL on several new-build warehouses across the country.
  • Advising a consortium of landowners on a £350m residential development opportunity in Manchester city centre.
  • Advised Fox Brothers Group on the acquisition and funding of 8 industrial sites across England & Wales for use by their newly-acquired company Cotswold Roller Hire Limited.

Mills & Reeve LLP

The practice at Mills & Reeve LLP includes ‘trusted and reliable advisors’ and is experienced assisting key clients on residential developments, regeneration schemes, leases and sales of significant scale. Leader of the Manchester real estate team Mike Edge noted as the bedrock to what is an excellent service’ regularly handles development and investment deals, and is supported by Norwich-based Richard Hanson who heads the wider firm’s practice. Investment and development expert Rachel Pitman is described as a ‘first-class partner’ whilst Caroline Hanratty is noted as an ‘amazing mind’. Other names to note include the ‘highly professional’ Hannah Cheminais and health and education-focused Jennifer Lewis.

Practice head(s):

Richard Hanson; Mike Edge

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Pitman; Caroline Hanratty; Hannah Cheminais; Jennifer Lewis


‘We rate the real estate team at Mills & Reeve highly. They rank as trusted and reliable advisors.’

‘Mike Edge and Rachel Pitman have an excellent understanding of our business, remain accessible at all times, provide quality technical and commercial advice and deliver value for money. They support each other well and have a solid team behind them.’

‘Rachel Pitman is great to work with and steadfastly professional. Caroline Hanratty has an amazing mind and great ability to understand very complex documents – a star.’

‘Mike Edge and Rachel Pitman are first-class partner contacts who ensure that not only do they give excellent service but that their team does too.’

‘The Mills & Reeve team are all highly personable and accessible. They are great to work with, have the essential breadth of expertise across the team and the depth necessary in the individual specialisms to work on complex property transactions. I haven’t once felt like I’m not getting the highest quality advice.’

‘The individuals across the team really seek to understand you and your needs as a client. Mike Edge has great client-handling skills and is able to bring the necessary expertise to the table. Hannah Cheminais is great to work with – highly professional, accessible and personable and able to drive the lawyers on the other side of the transaction and broker solutions, which is perhaps what we value most.’

‘The team had a unique understanding of the needs and decision-making processes of a range of types of client, which enables them to provide focused and considered advice and to manage the expectations of the vendor, both of which are invaluable.’

‘Mike Edge is as good a lawyer as I’ve come across in my thirty years in property. He really stitched the M&R team together and I think that proves to be the bedrock to what is an excellent service.’

Key clients



Salford City Council

M7 Real Estate

Wain Estates

Worldwide Foods

Urban & Civic

Tritax Symmetry

Homes England

Metropolitan Borough of Stockport


University of Salford


Robertson Group

Operose Health

Land Trust

LTE (Manchester College)

Work highlights

  • Advised Salford City Council on its purchase of the Mall Shopping Centre, Eccles.
  • Advised Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council in connection with bringing forward Phase 4 Stockport Exchange with its development partner Muse.

Shoosmiths LLP

The cohort at Shoosmiths LLP has strong abilities advising on high-value matters across the range of commercial property issues. It is experienced in handling high-value sales and acquisitions, as well as the funding and development of significant structures in Manchester. Andrew Pattinson leads the team. Significant team changes include the arrival of partner Patrick Duffy and legal director Emma Tonge, both from Addleshaw Goddard in August 2022. Additionally, December 2022 marked the departure of partners Lisa On-Iam and Wayne Nash, whilst January 2023 marked the departures of partners Vaqas Farooq and Daniel Hargreaves, all of whom moved to Deloitte LLP.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Pattinson

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Duffy; Daniel Monaghan; Ruth Clare; Paul Gidman; James Brodie; Adam Barrett; Emma Tonge; Anna Lowe


‘Patrick Duffy, Adam Barrett and Emma Tonge deal predominantly with town centre regeneration; they provide excellent commercial advice and value for money.’

‘Patrick Duffy, Adam Barrett and Emma Tonge have solid experience in both investment and development work with good knowledge of the office, retail and residential sectors. They are always accessible, proactive and deliver quality outcomes.’

‘They collaborate very well internally, are always available and very responsive. They are able to provide good, commercially-driven advice which is easy to understand. They have a strong understanding of the law and common market practice in that area.’

‘Anna Lowe is able to tailor her advice and approach depending on who she is speaking to ensure that it is commercially-driven and easily understood. She was able to put my overseas colleagues at ease on certain points which they didn’t understand due to the UK law being very different to that in Europe. She worked with us very well.’

Key clients

Taylor Wimpey

Lovell Partnership

Gleeson Homes

Allied London

Estee Lauder Cosmetics Limited

Lend Lease Residential

Muse Developments

Marston’s plc

Select Property Group

XPO (formerly Norbert Dentressangle)

Countryside Properties Plc

Footasylum Limited

Derwent Holdings

Svenska Handelsbanken AB

Urban Splash

PDI (Holdings) Limited


The Gym Group Limited

Synergie Holdings Limited

Aspire Gym

Humberside Airport

Virgin Wine Online



Bellway Homes


Royal Borough of Kingston

Bolton Council

Stockport Council

Staying Cool

St Modwen Properties plc

Property Alliance Group Limited/Alliance Real Estate LLP/ARE II LLP

Patrick Properties

Keepmoat Homes Limited

Anwyl Land Limited/Anwyl Construction Company Limited

Gladman Developments Limited

Austringer Limited

Greenbank Partnerships Limited Retail Limited

Walgreen Boots Aliance

EG Group (including Euro Garages, Leon, Cinnabon and Cooplands)

Monte Blackburn Limited

Vistry Partnerships

Taylor Grange Developments Limited

Renaker Build

Kellen Homes

Landmark Investments

Total Developments Limited

Ralph Lauren UK Limited

The Restaurant Group plc

Sigma Property Capital Limited

Chantler Trading Limited

Stretton Wakefield Limited

Lancashire County Council

Morbaine Limited

Edgefold Homes

PLP (formerly Peel Logistics)

Harworth Group

Ainscough Strategic Land

Sourced Regent Plaza Limited

Mount Property Group Limited

Your Housing Group

Nikal Limited

Wirral Growth Company

Peel Group

Star Academies

Cheshire East Council

Nicoventures Retail (UK) Limited (part of British American Tobacco)

Hillcrest Homes

Canal and River Trust

Galliford Try Plc

The Beam Trust (A multi-school acadamy trust)

Brydell Partners

Redrow PLC

Access to Music Limited

Milligan Limited


Stretton Denman Limited

Perfection Point Enterprises Limited

Place Capital Limited

Progress Housing Group

LDS Sales Guarantees Limited

Bury Metropolitan Borough Council

Prestbury Estates Limited

Canterbury City Council

London Borough of Hounslow

Wain Homes

Glass Futures

Storage 24



Bruntwood Works

Bruntwood SciTech

Cole Waterhouse

Henderson Park


Peveril Securities

Foursynergy Group


Williams Group

Work highlights

  • Acting on the development and funding for Three 60 at Crown Street, a 50+ storey residential tower forming part of the wider Great Jackson Street development, set to be the first cylindrical skyscraper in the city.
  • Acting on behalf of Countryside plc on the acquisition of the former Brackley Golf Club site, Little Hulton, Manchester, for residential development.

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP‘s practice is well-equipped to handle the remit of commercial property matters, but has a particular focus on and specialism in related public and private health and social care work, managing portfolios of significant clients in this area; Victoria Thourgood, who co-heads the team alongside the ‘pragmatic’ and ‘knowledgeable’ Dominic Buckley, has notable expertise in this area. It handles matters of significant value in relation to the acquisition, sale and lease agreements relating to key developments in the region.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Thourgood; Dominic Buckley

Other key lawyers:

Michael Parkinson


‘The Browne Jacobson team blend specialist expertise (i.e. commercial property) with sector expertise (esp. healthcare services) and collaborate closely with others within their business to provide a particularly joined-up and tailored service.’

‘I have worked repeatedly with Victoria Thourgood on property projects and have always found her to be very responsive, competent, and balanced in her approach.’

‘The team are friendly and responsive and form good relationships with clients. They have good sector specific knowledge.’

‘Dominic Buckley provides pragmatic, commercial advice. He works efficiently to support time critical projects while also taking a proportionate approach to arising risks.’

‘Practical advice from a responsive team.’

‘Partner Dominic Buckley is pragmatic, knowledgeable and provides good supervision, senior associate Michael Parkinson is pragmatic, hardworking and has good attention-to-detail.’

Key clients

YHA (England and Wales)

Avery Health Care

Newham Borough Council

Covanta Energy



Orchard Dean


East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

DAC Beachcroft LLP

National leader of DAC Beachcroft LLP‘s commercial property team Alison Key, leads the northwest practice with support from specialist Sally Morris-Smith and Peter Williams. The team, noted as ‘clear, strategic and friendly’, advises well-known clients on the range of topics surrounding potential and actual acquisition and sales relating to significant regeneration and redevelopment projects, which Dan Kendall has notable experience in.

Practice head(s):

Alison Key

Other key lawyers:

Sally Morris-Smith; Peter Williams; Gemma Leonard; Adam Tait; Louise Ward; Billy Poulter


‘The knowledge and overall expertise in respect of the matters being dealt with is, without question, first-class. There is a good range of resources and expertise from relevant lawyers. There is little delay in providing the service and fees are appropriate.’

‘The individual lawyers are approachable and are always contactable with regards any issues that arise from the matters being worked upon. Their knowledge is appropriate and they are up-to-date in connection with advice and modern drafting. The resource available in respect of matters relating to data sites is commendable and the information together with accessibility is extremely good.’

‘I found the strength-in-depth comforting; I trust that all our requirements will not only be covered but anticipated in advance. They have a clear, strategic and friendly approach to explaining things in both plain and technical legal language.’

Key clients

Surrey County Council


Royal London

Knowsley Metropolitan BC

Rock Co Ltd

Ares Asset Management

Glentrool Estates Group

Evans Property Company

Vistry Partnerships

Work highlights

  • Advising Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council on the acquisition of the Derby Road retail precinct in Huyton, as part of their regeneration masterplan.
  • Advising a national housebuilder on a potential new and significant residential and mixed-use neighbourhood at Peel Hall, Warrington.
  • Advising long standing client Royal London Asset Management on the sale of Central Exchange Buildings, Newcastle.


Fieldfisher’s ‘highly professional’ practice, led by experienced development specialist Liam Buckley, is well-equipped to handle complex finance matters in particular; the ‘exceptionally helpful’ Kirsty Tinsley-Fenney and Matthew Dobson both have expertise in real estate finance. Additionally, the team handles regeneration projects and developments for a range of well-known clients.

Practice head(s):

Liam Buckley

Other key lawyers:

Kirsty Tinsley-Finney; Matthew Dobson; Martin Bloor


‘The team work together collaboratively and are problem solvers for complex transactions.’

‘Kirsty Tinsley-Finney and Martin Bloor in particular have stood out as being exceptionally helpful and commercially-driven.’

‘The team always delivers on time and knows how to prepare documents in a way which knits well with our operations and minimises queries. They present solutions, not problems.’

‘We receive personal service and timely responses. The team is always available to offer quality and assured advice.’

‘A personal service is provided.’

‘The team is highly professional.’

Key clients

Aspen Bridging Limited

Catalyst Property Finance

Colliers International Property Consultants

Co-operative Group

Cynergy Bank

Deutsche Asset Management – DWS Alternatives GMbH

Dominvs Group

Funding 365

Green Switch Capital

Hagan Land Limited/Urban Waterside Limited

Hope Capital

Kennedy Wilson

Kingmoor Park Properties Limited

Market Financial Solutions

Marlowe Plc

NHG Group

Noviniti Limited/Noviniti group of companies

Octane, Octopus Property

Pitalia Real Estate Limited

Restore Plc

Richer Sounds Limited

Shell Group Pension Fund

Simon Carves Engineering Limited

Standard Chartered Bank

Toorak Capital


Worthing Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Acting for Kingmoor Park Properties Limited on the first phase of the expanded Kingmoor Park business park in Carlisle, which involved the development of a bespoke parcels delivery facility for DPD.
  • Acting on a retained continuing basis for Green Switch Capital in relation to the negotiation and entering into options agreements over numerous sites across the UK.
  • Acting for on the continuing work relating to the company’s new Manchester headquarters offices at Manchester Goods Yard, Enterprise City, Manchester.

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

Experienced practitioner Nick Nyunt, noted as standout amongst advisers in his field’, leads the team at Kuit Steinart Levy LLP which has strong capabilities advising clients across the range of industry sectors on a multitude of regional and national work. ‘Fantastic commercial adviser’ Steve Eccleston advises clients on the structuring of significant transactions. High-value sales, acquisitions and leases are key features of the team’s workload, which Tim Arkwright has expertise in across the board, as well as development, which Adam Hymes specialises in.

Practice head(s):

Nick Nyunt 


‘Kuit’s commercial property team is very responsive to our needs. They have taken the time to understand our commercial drivers and ensure that these are front and centre in the way they handle our work. They are very strong, results-orientated technical lawyers and continue to be our go-to in this competitive sector.’

‘Nick Nyunt has a great attention-to-detail and a commercial overlay that makes him stand out amongst advisers in his field. ‘

‘Steve Eccleston is a fantastic commercial adviser in all matters commercial property. There is scarcely a complication or issue we have come across that Steve has not been able to help us navigate through.’

‘Chris Hardy is a smart and savvy property lawyer with wide industry expertise.’

‘Sally Knight has handled a number of acquisitions for us and complements very strong technical expertise with a highly proactive workstyle, which drives transactions forward in line with our own commercial drivers and objectives.’

‘They are very personable and will go an extra mile to assist with transactions whilst treating you as an individual case.’

‘All members of staff, particularly Nick Nyunt, offer an excellent service.’

Key clients

PIN Property

Property Alliance Group (PAG)

The Prime Group

Jackson’s Row Developments Ltd (JRDL)

Persimmon Homes



Danish Crown

Wey Securities Limited and Wey Securities 2 Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Danish Crown on the lease for their new factory.
  • Advised Salboy Build Partners on several residential site acquisitions.
  • Advised Property Alliance Group on the agreement for the acquisition of Ontario Basin site.

Pannone Corporate LLP

Leisure, retail and industrial sector specialist James Wynne leads the ‘very experienced’ team at Pannone Corporate LLP alongside April 2022 addition from Knights plc James Harris. The cohort has strong abilities advising both landowners and developers on matters ranging from development projects, to complex transactional matters, to landlord and tenant asset management. Garry King acts on key acquisitions in the northwest, particularly in town retail.

Practice head(s):

James Wynne; James Harris

Other key lawyers:

Garry King


‘The team is very experienced and offers a personalised service. They are highly knowledgeable and able to represent the core interests of their clients without prompting. They are friendly, available and responsive. A smaller team that offers a big company service  and an ethos personalised to the needs of the client.’

‘James Wynne and Garry King are valued members of their team and ours. They are always available and ready to answer quick questions and give advice.’

Key clients

Inquesta Corporate Recovery and Insolvency


SH Capital Limited

Junkyard Golf Club Group

Manchester Central Convention Complex Limited

Costcutter Supermarkets Group Limited

Total Fitness Health Clubs Limited

Ardagh Glass Limited (and other group companies)

Citychance Limited

Palmbest Limited

Bestway Retail Limited

Batleys Properties Limited

Evans UK Property Group

Kamani Commercial Property Limited

Mission Mars

Cestrian Properties Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Inquesta Corporate Recovery and Insolvency as Administrators of Bury Football Club (in Administration) on the sale and disposal of Gigg Lane stadium and the assets of Bury FC to a propco, Gigg Lane Stadium Limited and Gigg Lane Propco Limited.
  • Acting for Estateguru to prepare real estate secured lending documentation for implementation in the UK.
  • Acting for SH Capital Limited to bring forward a derelict site with hotel/public house use into use as a 70-bed care home facility in Doncaster.


Andy Bell leads the real estate offering at TLT, which has a strong reputation for its abilities handling transactional property work and landlord and tenant matters. Its portfolio of clients includes such well-known names in the leisure sector as Tim Hortons and JD Sports Gyms Limited, which is Philip Moran‘s specialism. It is also adept in advising banks regarding commercial lending; financial investment is ‘proactive adviser’ Patrick Sheehan‘s area of focus.

Practice head(s):

Andy Bell

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Sheehan; Philip Moran; Rachel Smith; Stephen Hale


‘The team at TLT have remained consistent over the many years we have worked with them.’

‘Rachel Smith is a good contact, always at end of phone to talk queries through.’

‘Patrick Sheehan is a proactive adviser who can handle project changes well.’

‘Stephen Hale is thorough, clear on what is needed, works hard on complex matters, and is extremely organised and efficient.’

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

  • Advising Manchester Airport Group on all elements of landlord and tenant and transactional property work.
  • Advising Hickory’s on its sale to Greene King.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

The team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP ably handles significant property acquisition and sale matters of value frequently in the millions. Matthew Holbrook specialises in landlord and tenant work as well as asset management; Darren Ashworth who ‘goes the extra mile with client care’ is another name to note. Suzanne Benson heads up the Manchester offering with support from London-based national head of real estate Tonia Secker. The ‘effective and efficient’ Anna Metham and the exceptionally good’ Joe Hawthorne are senior associates to watch amongst the offering.

Practice head(s):

Suzanne Benson; Tonia Secker

Other key lawyers:

Darren Ashworth; Anna Metham; Andrew Nicoll; Amanda Stubbs; Joe Hawthorne


‘The firm combines specialist knowledge with an understanding of client needs and in my experience level of advice given is thus appropriate and cost-effective.’

‘The standout partner for me is Darren Ashworth, who goes the extra mile with client care. I have always found his advice to be high-quality and he ensures that advice delivered outside of his remit remains of this quality level.’

‘The capabilities of the team and their capacity to get through work are notable.’

‘Anna Metham and Andrew Nicoll are experienced, enthusiastic, effective and efficient.’

‘Joe Hawthorne is exceptionally good and the same seems to go for his support team.’

‘Joe Hawthorne is prompt, on-the-ball and his advice and representations always seem to be correct, well-balanced and pragmatic.’

Key clients

Step Places

CERT Property

Tatton Group

Ruttle Group

Bury Council

Wirral Council

Legal & General Affordable Homes

Lockwood Homes

Armstrong Projects

Swanton Care and Community Limited

Caretech Group

Federated Hermes Property Unit Trust

Mount Anvil

St Helens Borough Council

Wolverhampton City Council as the administrating authority of the West Midlands Pension Fund

BKUK Devco Limited/BKUK Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for BKUK Devco Limited/BKUK Group Limited as occupier on the management of their leasehold property portfolio.
  • Acted for Step Places on a joint venture to deliver 208 town centre homes, green space and commercial units in Bolton.
  • Acting for Federated Hermes Property Unit Trust on the asset management of their property portfolio.

Beyond Corporate Law

Beyond Corporate Law‘s specialist corporate and commercial practice has noteworthy experience in advising on high-value joint venture arrangements and acquisitions of key developments in Manchester. In addition, it frequently assists its clients in leasing negotiation and arrangement cases. Hannah Al-Shaghana, who has a strong client portfolio, is described as ‘quite simply first-rate’. Development specialist James Flynn leads the team. Owen McKenna is experienced in the remit of transactional real estate cases.

Practice head(s):

James Flynn

Other key lawyers:

Hannah Al-Shaghana; Owen McKenna


‘Beyond Corporate offer a personalised and extremely commercial approach, with easy access to senior lawyers across a broad-range of disciplines. All their lawyers are personable, approachable individuals whose expertise punches well above their size of firm. It truly is an exceptional boutique practice which is unusual outside of London.’

‘Hannah Al-Shaghana is quite simply first-rate. She is technically excellent but always combines that knowledge with exceptional commerciality. She is thorough, diligent and always available to chat through different approaches to issues.’

‘The team is always available when needed.’

Key clients

Gino D’Acampo Hotels & Leisure Ltd

Isterco Associates Limited

Castlefield Estates Limited

Property Alliance Group

Motel One (UK) Limited

New Care

James Hall and Company Limited (SPAR supermarkets)

Supreme Imports Limited

Hurstwood Holdings Limited

Pringle Executive Homes Limited

Errigal Developments Limited/Owen McLaughlin

McGoff Group

Cert Property

Capital & Centric

Rise Homes

Logik Developments

Sykes Seafood Limited

Mandelbrot Holdings Limited

Novo Property Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Sykes Seafood Limited on the leasehold acquisition of a 167,000 sq. ft. logistics/manufacturing facility.
  • Acted for Motel One on two new hotel developments in Bridewell and Blackfriars, London, which will provide circa 405 bedrooms in total, with a capital value of over £100m.
  • Acting for Gino D’Acampo Hotels & Leisure Ltd on relevant matters.

Glaisyers Solicitors LLP

The team at Glaisyers LLP is co-led by David Marlor and Ross Wellman, whose ‘knowledge is exceptional’. It has a strong reputation for its ability to ‘carry out transactions at lightning speed’. Site acquisition and plot sales are key areas of strength for the team, and an area of focus for residential specialist Mick Hewitt. Eric Quirk has expertise across the range of industry sectors, including healthcare, retail and restaurants. Notably ‘great’ team member Sarah Milligan was promoted to senior associate in October 2022.

Practice head(s):

Dave Marlor; Ross Wellman

Other key lawyers:

Eric Quirk; Mick Hewitt; Sarah Milligan


‘We’ve worked with the Glaisyers team, namely Ross, for many years and, unlike other solicitors we’ve used in the past, they never falter. The consistency across the business is second-to-none and Ross demonstrated this recently with a very important client of ours.’

‘The team is able to carry out transactions at lightning speed – their high-end skill became further apparent in their post-completion action.’

‘Glaisyers offer turn-key service abilities across the group. I can’t recommend Ross and the Glaisyers team highly enough to any financial professional and we feel lucky to have a brilliant team that can help our clients for many years to come! I feel they are excellent value-for-money and their communication is unparalleled.’

Key clients

Property Alliance Group

Group First Global Ltd

Store First Self Storage Ltd

Mann Island Properties Limited

Heaton Group

Business First North West Ltd

SG World


Taylor Rhodes Group

Hallmark Developments Ltd

Russell Homes

Together Finance

Stewart Title



SPAR10 Limited and Marple House Ltd

PLP Estates Limited


Kroll Advisory Ltd

McPartland & Gifford Limited

McPartland & Gifford Limited

DNA Financial Solutions

Avison Young

Aria Land Limited

Lancashire Properties

Irwin Mitchell

Real estate regeneration and development specialist Stelios Coutsavlis, who has a focus on renewable energy and healthcare-related work, leads the practice at Irwin Mitchell following the May 2022 retirement of former head Roy Beckett. Senior associate Sarah Swann is experienced in acting for key corporate occupier clients.

Practice head(s):

Stelios Coutsavlis

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Swann


‘A very strong reputation within the sector.’

‘Strong customer service is provided by the team.’

Key clients

Athena Healthcare Group

Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Limited

Page Group


The General Medical Council

Tatton Group

The Trafford College Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for Athena Healthcare on a range of acquisitions and financings of sites for a care home and accompanying development.


Primas‘ team, noted as being a ‘diverse team with experienced leaders’ is led by Simon Baxter, and is equipped to handle all aspects of significant acquisitions and disposals, development, investment and regeneration matters of high-value. Additionally, it is well-equipped to handle landlord and tenant matters regarding complex aspects of leases. Yasar Kaushal is remarked as having ‘an excellent reputation’ in the sector. David Vayro continues to provide provide construction transactional and dispute resolution advice.

Practice head(s):

Simon Baxter

Other key lawyers:

Yasar Kaushal; David Vayro; Nataliya Healey; Ann-Marie Daly; Tim Dillon; Katie Carr


‘Primas Law have a strong presence in the real estate sector in Manchester.’

‘Yasar Kaushal has an excellent reputation in the commercial property sector. He is thorough and detail-orientated which is exactly what one needs from their property lawyer.’

‘The people and the team as a whole are very approachable, knowledgeable and easy to engage with. It is a diverse team with experienced leaders.’

Key clients

CNC Robotics Limited

Bismillah Limited

Torus62 Limited

Westshield Limited

V10 Limited

Stanley Investments

ESH Construction Limited

Elite Residential Developments

Stretton Capital Limited

Cityside UK Limited

SEP Construction Services Limited

Hoober Urban Partnerships

DAM Group UK Limited

P.Casey (Developments) Limited

Bentley Motors

Ash Waste Services

Mammoth Capital

Gemini Finance Ltd

Norlife (QEH) Limited/ Guildhouse UK Limited

Hall & Co Developments Limited

P&D Northern Asset Management Limited

Liquid Funding Business Limited

Marco Living 2 Living

SEDA Pharmaceutical Developments Limited

Vauxhall Industrial Estate (Stockport) Limited (Oxford Park Limited SPV)

Wilkins Property Holdings Limited

Collaborate Living Limited

SJJ Property Group

MRV Property Group Limited

Ryan Tax Services UK Limited

Shipley PropCo Limited


Advent construction (North West) Limited

King Associates

Lincoln House

Redington Capital Limited

AMS Accountants Group

Sirloin Steaklounge (trading as Ribeye Restaurants)

Evuna Restaurant Group

MyLahore Restaurant Group

CERT Property Group

Covax Properties Ltd

Zen Holdings Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised a London developer on £300m land acquisition and development deal.
  • Advised a developer in a £38m affordable housing purchase and disposal to Housing Association.
  • Advised a Housing Association on the acquisition and delivery of a £20m extra care scheme.

Slater Heelis

Slater Heelis‘ team is co-headed by Sale-based Zara Benday and Manchester-based Will Henson who has ample experience handling transactional real estate matters. From Manchester, the team is well-equipped to assist on acquisitions and disposals of considerable value. Ceri Jones leads the plot sales team. Jonathan Kay is noted as being ‘simply exceptional’.

Practice head(s):

Zara Banday; Will Henson

Other key lawyers:

Ceri Jones; Jonathan Kay


‘Slater Heelis offer a very personal service that makes you feel part of the Slater Heelis family. Great communication and updates on matters that are proactive. They really make you feel that you matter as a client and their quality of advice is unrivalled.’

‘You never get the feeling that they are just fee-takers trying to hit their targets, they’ll tell you straight how best to approach a matter; they think long-term, which I’ve not experienced from a law firm before.’

‘Jonathan Kay is simply exceptional, I can’t say enough about how good he is.’

Key clients

Justice Properties Limited

60 Oldham Street Limited

District and County Investments Limited

Shareholders of Sunnysands Caravan Park Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted in property aspects arising from the disposal of the entire issued share capital of Sunnysands Caravan Park Limited in an acquisition made by Lyons Holiday Park Limited as part of a series of acquisitions in the holiday park sector.
  • Represented District and County Investments Limited and its group member DCI 2 Limited, in respect of obtaining a Revolving Loan Facility from Shawbrook Bank Plc.
  • Represented Justice Properties Limited on a complex sale of a commercial building in Manchester city centre on a deal structure which required a Lease, Option to Purchase and a loan from the Client to the buyer for the refurbishment of the building.

Ward Hadaway LLP

Ward Hadaway LLP‘s practice is experienced in handling acquisitions, disposals significant regenerations in the north west. Key names to note in Manchester are partners Matthew O’Brien who has a particular focus on student and hospitality developments, and development and property finance specialist Andrew Dunn. Managing associate Emma Collins is active on many of the team’s standout matters. The team is led Robin Atkin and Lesley Fairclough, both of who are based in Newcastle.

Practice head(s):

Robin Atkin; Lesley Fairclough

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Dunn; Matthew O’Brien; Phil Wright; Emma Collins


‘Very knowledgeable regarding residential transactions and planning matters.’

‘Andrew Dunn and Phil Wright are both very knowledgeable.’

Key clients

High Street Bank

Tees Valley Combined Authority

Barratt Homes

Maro Developments

David Wilson Homes

Cole Waterhouse

Gleeson Homes

JW Lees

Neville Johnson

Work highlights

  • Advised High Street Bank on a large industrial multi-site refinance to facilitate an acquisition of a further industrial site.
  • Advised Tees Valley Combined Authority on a transaction which forms part of the next stage of multi-million pound regeneration of Middlesborough as a regional centre for business.
  • Acting for Barratt Homes on the acquisition of Leyland Test Track, Lancashire site for a proposed circa 1,000 new homes with Barratt leading on the required extensive infrastructure & remediation.

Weightmans LLP

The practice at Weightmans LLP, noted as ‘experienced in the development market’ is led by Andrea Steventon. The team ably advises its clients on transactional and planning matters, namely involving the acquisitions of large development sites, and the handling of complex lease agreements. Urban regeneration expert Karl Jackson is noted for his ‘excellent experience in real estate’. Brian Ghatan departed in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Steventon

Other key lawyers:

Karl Jackson; Eleanor Hadfield


‘We have used Weightmans for many years. Karl Jackson has good knowledge of our business and the way we operate and the team provides good value-for-money services.’

‘Karl Jackson is attentive to our requirements and responsive to our demands. He has excellent experience in real estate.’

‘Very knowledgeable regarding residential transactions and planning matters.’

‘Karl Jackson is very knowledgeable.’

‘An excellent, multi-disciplinary practice attentive to clients’ needs, with a great ethos to provide ancillary learning and workshops to clients.’

‘Karl Jackson stands out as having a keen eye for detail, an excellent comprehension of client needs and a can-do attitude in the face of challenging requirements. He has a great skill for cutting through complexity to simplify solutions’.

‘The team really listen to the client’s requirements and provide sensible advice. They are experienced in the development market’

‘Karl Jackson is sensible, pragmatic and nice to deal with.’

Key clients

Thomas Jones & Sones (Liverpool) Limited

Elan Homes Limited

MHA London


Transport for Greater Manchester

Eccleston Homes Ltd

Oak Tyres Limited

BDW Trading Limited

Castle Green Homes Limited

K/S Habro

Glade Housing Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Oak Tyres Limited in connection with its lease of Point 23 Haydock Business Park comprising 82,000 square feet; a complex agreement for lease and lease for the building.
  • Advised BDW Trading Limited (Barratts) on its acquisition of development sites at Cottam 15, Cottam 5 and Whittingham in Preston from Homes England.
  • Acting for private clients as sellers of a derelict garden centre and industrial site to a housing developer for residential development.