Commercial property: Manchester in North West

Addleshaw Goddard

The Manchester commercial property team at Addleshaw Goddard provides a full service offering, handling some of the region’s most prominent real estate matters. Peter Kershaw heads up the practice and is active across all sectors. Lucy Butterworth is praised for going ‘the extra mile’ when advising on build to rent and student accomodation deals. Experienced real estate transaction lawyers Patrick Duffy and Catherine Fearnhead regularly lead on key deals. Daniel Sweeney recently joined the team from TLT, bringing a wealth of experience in the retail and leisure sectors. Other key practitioners include Vicky Niescier. Legal director Emma Tonge left for Shoosmiths LLP.

Practice head(s):

Peter Kershaw

Other key lawyers:

Lucy Butterworth; Vicky Niescier; Catherine Fearnhead; Patrick Duffy; Daniel Sweeney; Robin Warburton


‘The team is very conscientious, hard working and excellent in their drafting, understanding and explanations of the complexities involved in development transactions and the statutory and regulatory controls on us as their client.’

‘Entrepreneurial, commercial, collaborative, keen to align and understand clients needs and business. Very good at value add initiatives and wider business collaborations.’

‘Lucy Butterworth will go the extra mile.’

Key clients


Access to Music

AIMS Investments

Allied London

Aviva Investors

Basil House Property Ltd

Batleys Properties Limited

Beech Brooklands Limited

Bowrovia Estates 2020 Limited

British Land

Bruntwood Group of Companies

Canal & River Trust

Cole Waterhouse /Priestley Family

Co-operative Group of Companies

Crossfield Developments/Crossfield Group


De la Rue Plc

Denton Associates

Deloitte & Touch LLP

Drive Energi Limited

DP World London Gateway Group of Companies

Enitial Limited & Meritas Scientific Holdings Limited

Federated Hermes

Findon Homes

First Investments – REM Group of Companies

Gladman Developments

Gravity Media (UK) Limited

Greater Manchester Pension Fund

Grove Crescent Stratford Limited

Hallam Land

Hermes Wellington Place Site 1 Nominee

Hollins Strategic Land

Hurstwood Properties

HPREF I Konect Investments S.A.R.L

Ifor Williams Trailers / IWT Holdings Limited


JD Sports Fashion plc

Liberty Charge Limited

London Cyrenians Housing Limited

Lookers plc


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

Mapeley Group of Companies

Maple Grove Developments

Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Limited

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

Northern Trust Group of Companies

One Heritage Plc Group of Companies

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

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

Stroma Specialist Access Limited

Swansway Garages

Sunhart Ltd

Telereal Trillium

Tim Horton’s

Thesleff Hospitality Group

Thomas Jones & Sons (Liverpool) Limited

Trustees of the Sidney Vaughan Gaskell Will Trust

T.R Ventures Limited

UK Biobank


Vincent Limited

Vision Express

Vue Entertainment

Wasabi Co Limited

Watkin Jones PLC

Workspace Group PLC

Zerum Consulting

Work highlights

  • Acting on the sale of the 37 acre creative, media, digital and tech hub known as MediaCityUK in Salford, Manchester.
  • Acting for Bruntwood SciTech in relation to Birmingham Health Innovation Campus, which is being delivered (pursuant to a 10-year masterplan) through a collaboration between The University of Birmingham (as landowner) and Bruntwood SciTech (as developer and investor).
  • Advised Standard Life Investments Property Holdings Limited on the acquisition and forward funding of the Glass Futures site in St Helens, a centre of excellence to make glass the low carbon, sustainable material of choice.


CMS has a broad commercial property practice notable for its involvement in the logistics and real estate sectors. The team is praised for their ‘trust, strong work ethic, solid fundamentals and a team ethos', often collaborating with the firm's newly-opened Liverpool office to advise on major regional regeneration projects. Real estate lawyer Mark Haywood heads up the practice and the firm's northern offices, specialising in forward funding structures and income strip deals across a range of sectors. Nathan Jansen has particular expertise in primary care developments and large-scale industrial structures, whilst Tanya Francis regularly advises businesses and local government bodies on regeneration schemes.

Practice head(s):

Mark Haywood

Other key lawyers:

Tanya Francis; Nathan Jansen


‘The CMS Manchester team provide a high quality service which combines solid legal fundamentals with commercial acumen. They are responsive and listen to the client needs and provide the legal advice to ensure the optimum outcome.’

‘Trust, strong work ethic, solid fundamentals and a team ethos.’

Key clients


Mayfield Development Partnership

Arrow Capital Partners

Manchester Airport Group

Genr8 Developments

Far East Consortium

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Cerberus European Investments LLC

Barings Real Estate Asset Management

Tristan Capital


Work highlights

  • Advising LandSec on its acquisition of a 75% stake in Peel Holdings (Media) Limited, therefore acquiring a majority stake in the holding structure for MediaCity UK, one of the largest media hubs outside London and the northern home to the BBC for £567.5m.
  • Advising Mountpark Properties on the disposal of their pan-European logistics and distribution portfolio to JP Morgan for £465m.
  • Advising Vita Group on the development, funding and stabilisation of Lewisham Exchange, a two tower development in South London, valued at approximately £250m.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provide a comprehensive real estate service to a range of clients including developers, institutional investors, and corporate occupiers. The 'bespoke and practical' practice is led by Nancy Brown who specialises in corporate real estate, advising clients in the financial services, retail, and logistics sectors. Phillip Tunney regularly acts for clients in the healthcare sector, and Michael Buchanan advises a number of private and institutional investors on property acquisitions. Legal director Joanna Sowerby specialises in development deals and regeneration projects, whilst Elizabeth Cartwright has particular expertise in investment transactions and defence properties.

Practice head(s):

Nancy Brown

Other key lawyers:

Phillip Tunney; Joanna Sowerby; Elizabeth Cartwright; Michelle Millard; Jan Stott


‘Very responsive and accurate.’

‘Elizabeth Cartwright, Jan Stott and Michelle Millard are all excellent.’

‘Bespoke and practical – Eversheds has demonstrated 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 is a stand-out partner. He has a strong ability to approach situations from the perspective of the clients involved, and provide very useful advice in helping manage relationships and negotiations outside of the legal work.’

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


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

General Projects

Work highlights

    DLA Piper

    DLA Piper‘s real estate team displays particular expertise in the development and investment sectors, working with local clients as well as international investment funds and institutional investors. Based in both Liverpool and Manchester, Alison Mills leads the team and regularly advises corporate occupiers in all asset classes. Mark Beardwood specialises in development deals, also splitting his time between both locations. Experienced real estate investment and development lawyer Tom Kelsall leads on key deals and continues to play a leading role in the practice.

    Practice head(s):

    Alison Mills

    Other key lawyers:

    Mark Beardwood; Tom Kelsall

    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

    CBRE Limited as Receivers on behalf of 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

    Greater Manchester Pension Fund

    Greater Manchester Combined Authority

    Beaufort Capital

    Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council

    Amstone Developments Limited

    4th Industrial Limited

    Envivo Group

    Elite Logistics Fund

    Elite Commercial REIT

    Ares Management UK

    Panattoni UK

    Crosslane Student Developments

    Rasmala Investment Bank

    Work highlights

    • Advising on the sale of a pan-European logistics and industrial portfolio with a total value of EUR520 million to Blackstone.
    • Advised CBRE Limited, acting as the joint LPA Receivers of Toys R Us Properties (UK) Limited, on the sale of the former Toys R Us 700,000 sq ft distribution centre in Coventry for GBP60 million to a joint venture between Bericote Properties and JP Morgan.
    • Advised Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited (USS) on the acquisiton and forward funding with Invesco for GBP143 million of 40 Eastbourne Terrace, Paddington to develop a 369-bedroom Premier Inn hotel and restaurant next to Paddington Station in London.


    The team at DWF regularly advise multinational household names as well as central government clients on a broad range of real estate matters. Paul Inman  has particular expertise in the hospitality sector, handling site acquisitions and developments for clients within the industry. Naveen Gupta co-heads the team with Inman, acting largely for leisure operators and institutional clients with large property portfolios. Rachel Lawler heads up the occupier sector group, and Catherine Haslam leads on telecoms sector deals.

    Practice head(s):

    Paul Inman; Rachel Lawler; Naveen Gupta

    Other key lawyers:

    Catherine Haslam


    ‘Extremely knowledgeable and up-to-date on key changes that would effect the business but at the same time a good personal relationship is built.’

    ‘Rachel Lawler continually goes the extra mile to ensure transactions are concluded in a timely manner and always seeks the most favorable terms where possible. Advice provided is always accurate, to the point and provided quickly to ensure the correct decisions are made to protect the business.’

    ‘The lawyers are keen to assist us in advising what it is we need to deliver the matter in what are sometimes short delivery deadlines. The advice given is concise and they work hard to understand what we need.’

    ‘They take time to get to know you and understand our business. The advice is always tailored to what we need and not just quoting the legal position.’

    ‘Naveen Gupta – personable, Naveen really knows his stuff.’

    Key clients

    Costa Coffee






    Speedy Hire

    EE (BT)


    Tapi Carpets & Floors

    BAI Communications Ltd

    Mobile Broadband Network Limited (MBNL)


    Royal Borough of Greenwich

    Work highlights

    • Advised Adidas on the UK property aspects of the £1.8 billion sale of the Reebok business to US company Authentic Brands Group, significant transactions with McArthur Glen, and the acquisition of new retail space at Kildaire Outlet Village.
    • Advised Costa Coffee in the delivery of all targets over the last 12 months particularly in relation to the restructuring of key assets and acquiring drive-thru stores.
    • Negotiated template property agreements with a number of district network operators, and thereafter rolling them out in volume through Shell’s network in order to achieve Shell’s target growth for EV charging in its retail portfolio.

    Pinsent Masons LLP

    The team at Pinsent Masons LLP has built a comprehensive practice with expertise and 'depth across all sectors' - particular strengths include industrial and logistics properties, residential matters, and national infrastructure deals. Jonathan Brocklehurst leads the team with extensive expertise in investment and development matters as well as the leisure sector. Ann-Marie Salmacis, who is praised for being a 'first class real estate lawyer', leads the firm's fast-growing international and cross-market logistics practice. Legal director Matthew Rowlands handles complex infrasturcture deals, and minerals aggregates and waste projects.

    Practice head(s):

    Jonathan Brocklehurst

    Other key lawyers:

    Ann-Marie Salmacis; Matthew Rowlands; Helen Smart


    ‘Good strength in depth across all sectors.’

    ‘Ann-Marie Salmacis is a first class real estate lawyer with a real desire to provide a quality service to her clients.’

    ‘The team provide comprehensive property advice which is tailored to the needs and nature of our business. Their strength is not only in the knowledge of the law but the way to apply it in a pragmatic and business effective way.’

    ‘Matthew Rowlands has a depth of knowledge and experience that is reassuring when dealing with matters of significance for the business. Matters are handled extremely well with efficiency and expediency. He is the driving force behind the team. Helen Smart has been instrumental in ensuring the purchase process is completed with minimal issues and quick responses when questions arise.’

    Key clients

    St Modwen Properties Plc

    Harworth Estates

    Bricks Capital

    Balfour Beatty

    Tritax Symmetry


    Homes England

    Whitbread (Premier Inn)

    United Utilities

    North Star


    HIMOR Group

    Merseyside Pension Fund

    The Ability Group

    Europa Capital

    Wilson Bowden (Barratt Group)


    Blazehill Capital

    HBD (Henry Boot)

    Work highlights

    • Advised Tritax Symmetry on a complex site assembly for a 1m sq ft landmark logistics facility at Huyton.
    • Advised Bricks Capital on the £80m development of a 859 bed purpose-built student accommodation scheme in Salford and the sale of Phase 1 of the scheme following practical completion.
    • Advising Balfour Beatty Vinci JV on the delivery of HS2’s £100bn+ project to design and construct high speed railways between London and Manchester.

    Shoosmiths LLP

    Noted for its strengths in high-profile development and living sector work, Shoosmiths LLP‘s commercial property practice is led by experienced development lawyer Andrew Pattinson. Together, James Brodie and Pattinson lead the living sector team, regularly advising student accommodation providers and housebuilders in the region. Daniel Monaghan handles major investment deals including funding agreements and asset management. Lisa On-Iam, who is particularly focused on large-scale regeneration projects, continues to play a leading role in the practice. Emma Tonge joined from Addleshaw Goddard.

    Practice head(s):

    Andrew Pattinson

    Other key lawyers:

    Lisa On-Iam; Daniel Monaghan; James Brodie; Vaqas Farooq; Paul Gidman; Vanessa Rickard; Christina Suddes


    ‘The team is responsive and always willing to take your call if urgent advice is needed. They’re able to understand the bigger picture, allowing them to focus on the key issues at hand.’

    ‘Dan Monaghan is a strong and proactive lawyer. He knows how to take a transaction from beginning to completion in the required deadline.’

    ‘Shoosmiths provide practical legal advice but are also in tune with commercial matters so that their sound legal advice marries well with commercial realities.’

    ‘Christina Suddes is an accomplished legal director. Always available to provide timely and commercially prudent legal advice. Paul Gidman’s legal knowledge is impeccable. The team always go above and beyond to service their clients.’

    ‘Vanessa Rickard values the trust of a client and is not afraid to highlight risk, but always with a solution or approach to mitigation thereof. Deals with all instructions promptly and effectively, with a calm and measured demeanour. Vanessa is not afraid to hold out in negotiations for matters in the Trust’s best interests even if that makes her unpopular with others on the opposite side of the transaction. Vanessa is highly respected by our property team.’

    ‘The knowledge in the sector is second to none and the commitment to knowledge sharing throughout the team is exceptional.’

    Very personable and a willingness to help. They are not afraid of arming in house teams with knowledge and skills so that they can carry out business as usual work in-house.’

    ‘Friendly, personable, hard working, and understanding of clients. Lisa On-Iam and Vaq are great people and look after us.’

    Key clients

    Allied London

    Redrow PLC

    Canal and River Trust

    Bellway Homes

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

    Euro Garages Limited

    Nikal Limited

    Renaker Build

    Wirral Growth Company

    Peel Group

    Lend Lease Residential

    Muse Developments

    Marston’s plc

    Select Property Group

    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



    Estee Lauder Cosmetics Limited


    Royal Borough of Kingston

    Bolton Council

    Stockport Council

    Staying Cool

    St Modwen Properties plc

    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

    Monte Blackburn Limited

    Vistry Partnerships

    Taylor Grange Developments Limited

    Renaker 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

    Star Academies

    Cheshire East Council

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

    Hillcrest Homes

    Galliford Try Plc

    The Beam Trust (A multi-school acadamy trust)

    Brydell Partners

    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

    Work highlights

    • Advised Marston’s plc on the acquisition of 156 pubs from Wales biggest hospitality company, Brains, after the pandemic threatened their closure saving over 1,300 jobs from being lost.
    • Acting for Wirral Growth Company on the £1bn development and regeneration of Birkenhead Town Centre and surrounding areas.
    • Acting for Nikal on the first phase of the £300m Blackpool Central leisure development which will bring about transformational change to Blackpool.

    Brabners LLP

    With one of the largest real estate teams in the region, Brabners LLP boasts a broad practice which advises a range of clients from local authorities to national lenders. Sector lead Andrew Waugh continues to uphold his strong reputation in the development market, whilst Krista Powell provides strategic advice on complex development sites. Roy Barry leads on key deals within the manufacturing, logistics, and supply chain sector with particular expertise in major regenertion projects.

    Practice head(s):

    Richard Roberts; Iain Gamble; Andrew Waugh

    Other key lawyers:

    Roy Barry; Krista Powell; Helen Burns; Tom Wright; Paul Nicholls; Abdul Salam


    ‘The team are always quick to respond, explain everything well and are always incredibly helpful. They make everything a lot easier and smooth and I know I can rely on them and trust them to not only do a good job, but deliver when needed. The team are truly a credit to Brabners.’

    ‘Attention to detail. Client facing. Commercially minded. Balanced and considered advice.’

    ‘Krista Powell has always shown an exemplary understanding of the requirements of our businesses’ goals and drivers. Breaking down complex and challenging legal matters in such a way that has allowed the business to navigate its way through some complex legal structures and in the process finding manageable and negotiable routes forward.’

    ‘Brabners are one of those practices which are still refreshingly client, rather than process focussed. You can always get hold of the lawyer who is acting on your behalf, up to and including partnership level. I used to use half a dozen lawyers but I’ve gradually whittled this down to a couple and in the North, it is Brabners. Concise, no nonsense advice, fair fees and an emphasis on the ‘personal touch’ sets them apart from the rest. I never have to chase them and I’ve never come out of the other end of a deal with them thinking that they could have done more.’

    ‘They are all consummate professionals and give concise, commercial advice. The most appealing element of what they do however is the ‘style’ with which they do it. They all have a great sense of humour and when negotiating on your behalf, they employ a genuinely collaborative approach to get the deal done. They know when to take instructions and when to give advice – they’ve saved us significant amounts of money by giving well timed strategic advice.’

    ‘I like the integrated approach Brabners are able to offer from: site purchase, through the funding process with the bank and through the construction contracts, so one house can do the lot. This leads to obvious efficiencies.’

    Key clients

    Manchester Airport/The Airport City Limited Partnership

    Cole Waterhouse

    Real Estate Investment Partnerships

    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

    GTM Europe Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advised Lancaster City Council on the disposal of land to form the Eden North Project.
    • Advising the Airport City Limited Partnership on the implementation of the new office campus project for the Hut Group at the Airport City / Manchester Airport scheme.
    • Advise Sefton Borough Council on all real estate matters relating to the Strand Shopping Centre.

    Browne Jacobson LLP

    The commercial property team at Browne Jacobson LLP 'work smoothly across sectors', including government, health, and education. The practice is co-headed by Dominic Buckley - he advises developers on a full range of real estate matters, and regularly assists on high-profile multi party transactions in the region. Co-head Victoria Thourgood leads the firm's national health and social care real estate practice; she provides a specialist service to clients, and often leads on key projects both regionally and nationwide.

    Practice head(s):

    Dominic Buckley; Victoria Thourgood

    Other key lawyers:

    Michael Parkinson


    ‘Good value for money and transparent about costs associated with procedures. Always have worked with a good, knowledgeable team that can overcome most legal issues.’

    ‘Dominic Buckley – Excellent communication throughout projects and ability to perform when under pressure.’

    ‘Very helpful.’

    ‘The team work smoothly across sectors and I receive a joined up, efficient service as a result.’

    ‘Dominic Buckley and Michael Parkinson are knowledgeable and experienced. They are easy to contact and give clear and consistent advice and a speedy efficient service.’

    ‘Found the approach to understanding a clients needs and then identifying the key team members who were best served to deliver the right advise was very straightforward.’

    ‘Dominic Buckley has been excellent in deciphering the needs we have to achieve the overall objectives – brought in key team members when necessary and co-ordinated everything to provide seamless and clear advice.’

    Key clients

    Primas Property Group


    Orchard Dean Developments

    Homes England

    Stockport MBC

    Jayne Commercial


    Department for Work and Pensions

    Albumedix Limited

    YHA (England and Wales)

    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

    Towerview Care Ltd

    Avery Healthcare Group

    Clydesdale Yorkshire Banking Group

    Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

    Work highlights

    • Working alongside Prime Plc’s inhouse legal team on the development of a Multi-Storey Car Park and a cancer centre at Royal Surrey County Hospital.
    • Advising Stockport Council since 2020 in relation to leisure services that were hit badly by Covid.
    • Advised Xanadu on the acquisition from Blackrock of a high value property let to British Aerospace; negotiations took place against the backdrop of an existing tri partite arrangement between Blackrock, BAE and the neighbouring landowner Bellway Homes.

    DAC Beachcroft LLP

    The real estate team at DAC Beachcroft LLP stands out for its high-profile asset management work, regularly advising both private and public sector retail property owners. Practice head Alison Key specialises in the retail and leisure sectors, whilst Sally Morris-Smith leads the commercial development sector team. Dan Kendall brings considerable residential development expertise to the practice, as well as experience advising on complex city centre regeneration schemes.

    Practice head(s):

    Alison Key

    Other key lawyers:

    Sally Morris-Smith; Dan Kendall

    Key clients

    Property Alliance Group



    Fradley Park Industrial Limited ( Evans Property Group )

    Pets at Home

    Ilke Developments

    Burnley Council

    University of Chester

    Unibail Rodamco Westfield

    Rock Co Limited

    Work highlights

      Davitt Jones Bould

      Davitt Jones Bould's real estate team - which is praised for 'clarity, compliance, work quality and transparent billing' - notably advises government clients such as National Highways, as well as focusing on major national landmarks and environmental issues. Founding partner Madeleine Davitt leads the practice, known for her management of large central government commercial property projects. Experienced consultant Tony Fitzmaurice regularly handles high-profile development deals, and Abigail Kay specialises in retail estates management. Richard Holmes is also recommended.

      Practice head(s):

      Peter Allinson; Madeleine Davitt

      Other key lawyers:

      Tony Fitzmaurice; Abigail Kay; Richard Holmes


      ‘Experienced solicitors who provide quality, commercial legal advice.’

      ‘Davitt Jones Bould has an outstanding reputation in property matters, based upon attracting and retaining very experienced lawyers specialising in this field who service an enviable client base.’

      ‘Really impressed with Abigail Kay’s service on one of my clients.’

      ‘They have a very clever business model of employing solicitors who don’t want to be based in an office, and often don’t work five days a week, and that means that they have great solicitors giving advice rather than the pyramid structure of many of the large firms.’

      ‘They are experts in their field.’

      ‘DJB are a well run firm and it is apparent in your dealings with them. Clarity of instruction, compliance, work quality and transparent billing are all excellent.’

      ‘Tony Fitzmaurice is a very experienced and sharp commercial property solicitor. He has demonstrated this to us over many years.’

      Key clients

      National Highways (formerly Highways England)

      Environment Agency

      Natural England

      Woking Borough Council

      Grainger Plc

      Westmorland Plc

      Exeter Science Park


      Fisher German LLP

      Health and Safety Executive

      Met Office

      St Helens Borough Council

      Office for National Statistics

      Work highlights

      • Advised National Highways on hundreds of acquisitions relating to the development of major road schemes throughout the UK.
      • Advised a national retailer with over 700 properties nationwide on numerous new leases at sites across the country.
      • Advised Woking Borough Council on the regeneration of the Sheerwater area.

      Gateley Plc

      The real estate and residential development team at Gateley Plc acts for a range of clients including national housebuilders, major banks and lending institutions, and retail companies. Darren Hughes and Louise Ilhan co-head the practice and together have significant expertise in acquisitions and disposals of investment properties. Specialist residential development lawyer Leanne Murray possesses in-depth knowledge of both the Welsh and English planning markets, and acts as lead adviser on several large strategic projects for the North West.

      Practice head(s):

      Darren Hughes; Louise Ilhan

      Other key lawyers:

      Leanne Murray

      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

      • Acting for 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 with the site value being in excess of £10,000,000.
      • Acting for Keepmoat Homes Limited on the acquisition of a serviced site for residential development of circa 130 dwellings at the Northern Gateway, Deeside, on land at the former Corus steel works site.
      • Acting for Network Space Developments in connection to the Glass Futures development project involving agreement for lease with St Helens Borough Council and Glass Futures Limited; grant funding agreement with Liverpool City Region Combined Authority; forward funding agreement with Aberdeen Standard Life; and building contract with Bowmer & Kirkland.

      Hill Dickinson LLP

      Praised for being ‘very commercial and accessible’, the team at Hill Dickinson LLP are particularly skilled in advising investors, occupiers, and public sector bodies on all aspects of real estate law. Practice head Darren Hamer specialises in the business parks market, whilst former national sector lead Jim Purves regularly handles major logistics deals. The team was recently boosted by the arrival of experienced partner Peter Winnard, formerly of CMS and before that Nabarro. Robin Sharp has left for JMW Solicitors LLP.

      Practice head(s):

      Darren Hamer; Alex McCann

      Other key lawyers:

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


      ‘Experienced property lawyers who are collaborative and responsive.’

      ‘Jim Purves – his level of engagement and attention to detail is excellent.’

      ‘The real estate team are unrivaled in their approach, efficiency and can do attitude. True professionals in their field and an absolute pleasure to deal with. All work undertaken at a very reasonable fee.’

      ‘Chris Johnston – the best solicitor I have had the pleasure to work with, bar none. A “solutioniser”, highly efficient and keen to resolve / finalise matters as quickly as possible, which is what I want as a client. Providing options to resolve matters is always greatly appreciated. A real asset to the firm’

      ‘Jon Pearson-Basudev is the best up and coming senior associate, a real talent and will become a great partner in due course’

      ‘Very commercial and accessible. Always keen to help solve issues and make clients lives easier.’

      ‘The personal service. The professionalism of the team. The fact that they understand our business and that the relationship between the Commercial Property practice and my organisation goes back some considerable time and, as such, they are well aware of our needs. They have provided us with an excellent service for many years.’

      Key clients


      Co-operative Group

      Cynergy Bank


      EP Properties

      Genus plc

      Gordon Moon Properties

      Lloyds Banking Group

      Lookers Motor Group

      M20 Property Group

      Oddfellows Friendly Society

      Peel Group

      Selbourne Group

      Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society


      Williams Lea Tag

      Work highlights

      • Advised logistics giant DHL on several new-build warehouses, including two separate units at East Midlands Gateway.
      • Advised Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society Limited in relation to a trio of newly-developed retail investments at Spalding, Wolverhampton and Castleford.
      • Advised Biz-Parks Ltd on the disposal of a substantial site comprising a redundant pottery works in Stoke for redevelopment.

      JMW Solicitors LLP

      With a client portfolio spanning a wide range of sectors, including investors and developers, the team at JMW Solicitors LLP offers a full real estate service. Thomas Pearson leads the practice with specialisms in healthcare and residential development in the region. Paul Burton continues to play a key role in infrastructure deals, notably advising national infrastructure platform CityFibre. The team was further strengthened by investment and development specialist David Frankland joining from DWF in early 2022, and Robin Sharp joining from Hill Dickinson LLP.

      Practice head(s):

      Thomas Pearson

      Other key lawyers:

      Paul Burton; Andrew Stone; David Frankland; Majid Mahmood


      ‘Andrew Stone is our point of contact for property related matters; the complex commercial or governance arrangements of some of our landlords combined with the specialist needs of our business often requires more nuance than a conventional commercial lease and he navigates the complexities well.

      ‘My experience with Andrew Stone has been that his advice is always based on best practice and then tempered with pragmatism. Andrew’s principal strength is demonstrated when things get complicated. He has proven his ability to manage the complexity and delays caused by counter-parties with complex internal governance arrangements of their own and to do so in a way that ensures our interests are protected whilst they sort out their own internal issues.’

      ‘I am pleased to be able to recommend JMW without reservation in respect to not just giving advice but proactively driving to a successful conclusion numerous highly complex land and development agreement transactions. They encourage collaboration not just across their varied real estate, tax and corporate teams but facilitate partnerships between clients to help grow their respective businesses.’

      ‘The type of transaction that our business specialises in requires time and critical co-ordination between land owners and operators, whilst bearing in mind differing priorities. Thomas Pearson has succeeded in this respect on our behalf in numerous transactions and his proactive approach is highlighted by his flexible approach in terms of looking for solutions to problems, availability and being willing to pick up a telephone to other solicitors to accelerate the process rather than relying on correspondence as many do!’

      ‘Robin Sharp is one of the most accessible lawyers I have ever had the pleasure of working with. His attention to detail in unrivaled. We receive regular updates and matters are progressed very efficiently.’

      Key clients


      Northhold Group

      Blueoak Estates

      Grafton Land & Property

      Blue Square Residential Ltd

      Blackacre (Great Blakenham) Limited



      Hollins Strategic Land and associated companies

      Investar Developments Limited

      Grafton Land & Property Limited

      The Brookhouse Group of Companies

      LWC Drinks Limited

      Fortlands Group

      Millennium Care UK

      Quorum Group

      Work highlights

      • Advised HSPG on their deal with Fiera Infrastructure to support the delivery of a brand new UK social infrastructure platform, Domus Social Housing: delivering circa 50 properties, providing accommodation to approximately 1,000 residents.
      • Advised CityFibre on its nationwide rollout of its full fibre UK Gigabit Broadband Network to reach up to eight million premises.
      • Advised Blackacre (Great Blakenham) Limited and landlord on its pre-let and onward sale for £38 million of a 296,000 logistics warehouse at Port One, Freeport.

      Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

      Kuit Steinart Levy LLP‘s ‘consistently excellent‘ commercial property practice is headed by development specialist Nick Nyunt who regularly advises on complex acquisitions and disposals. Managing partner Steve Eccleston handles property holding structures and debt structuring matters, while David Moroney leads the investment sector team. Tim Arkwright predominantly deals with housebuilders and developers, and the addition of Sally Knight from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP has further bolstered the team’s client base. Adam Hymes is head of property development.

      Practice head(s):

      Nick Nyunt

      Other key lawyers:

      Chris Hardy; Steve Eccleston; David Moroney; Sally Knight; Tim Arkwright; Emma Nimmo; Adam Hymes


      ‘We have used Kuits for many years and have found them to be consistently excellent. Accessible, responsive and highly commercial, the team is focused on understanding our commercial drivers and delivering our transactions on time every time. We cannot recommend them highly enough.’

      ‘Chris Hardy is highly motivated to deliver an excellent service. Strong technical ability but also very commercial and solutions driven and an excellent communicator.’

      ‘Nick Nyunt is one of the most knowledgeable commercial property lawyers I have ever come across. A tremendous eye for detail and a prodigious work ethic. There is scarcely an issue that arises that he hasn’t seen before.’

      Steve Eccleston is a fantastic problem solver. His background in real estate finance gives him an excellent perspective and his ability to cut through the noise and find the way to unlock a problem is peerless.’

      ‘Kuits are a very hands on practice. The team we work with are innovative, hands on and easy to get hold of. No problem can’t be solved!’

      ‘This practice is unique as they are efficient, they respond immediately, they are very thorough.’

      ‘Nick Nyunt and Emma Nimmo have never failed to provide a first class service on all my dealings with them. They are very personable and have expertise knowledge in their field. They take time to explain.’

      Key clients

      University of Salford

      Beech Holdings

      David Samuel Properties

      Property Alliance Group

      Trafford Housing Trust

      Persimmon plc

      PIN Property

      Heaton Group

      Salboy Limited

      Stewart Milne Homes

      Work highlights

      • Advised Trafford Housing Trust on flagship deal to lease all 128 units in a residential tower currently being developed at Victoria Riverside, Red Bank, Manchester.
      • Advised Prime Property on the development and sale of the Wire 81 industrial unit at Ash Road North, Wrexham Industrial Estate, extending to circa 81,550 sq ft.
      • Advised Heaton Group on acquisition of a development site at Seymour Grove, Old Trafford known as Trafford Plaza. The site will be developed by the client for a residential housing block, with plans to have 174 new build apartments in the 12-16 storey structure.

      Mills & Reeve LLP

      With 'a massive depth of skills across the practice', Mills & Reeve LLP's Manchester real estate team is led by 'tremendously experienced' property lawyer Mike Edge, whilst the wider national practice is headed by Richard Hanson in Norwich. Rachel Pitman regularly advises local authorities on numerous development schemes; Jennifer Lewis specialises in public sector real estate with a focus on health and education, and Hannah Cheminais works with occupiers and private investors in the region.

      Practice head(s):

      Richard Hanson; Mike Edge

      Other key lawyers:

      Rachel Pitman; Caroline Hanratty; Jennifer Lewis; Hannah Cheminais


      ‘A massive depth of skills across the practice. Huge reservoir of knowledge.’

      ‘Caroline Hanratty and Rachel Pitman stand out in the commercial property department. The readily available knowledge and their ability to speak from a position of having experienced the issues before is invaluable.’

      ‘Very responsive with a good turn around in dealing effectively and commercially with instructions.’

      ‘Mike Edge and Rachel Pitman are tremendously experienced, well connected within the market and very client focused.’

      ‘Readily available and formed a good business relationship. Understand where we need to get to and very solution focused.’

      ‘The team work well as a unit and coordinate advice across various areas of specialism.’

      ‘The team are very professional, personable, approachable and pragmatic. They have the right specialists in the right place to deal with projects and transactions of a unique, large and complex nature.’

      ‘Mike Edge leads the team exceptionally well and has a great team beneath him. Everyone we have dealt with at Mills & Reeve has the skills and expertise to do the job we appoint them to do and they do it in a highly personable and approachable manner and communication and the pace of work is excellent.’

      Key clients

      Langtree Property Partners Limited

      University of Salford

      Stockport MBC

      Bruntwood SciTech Melbourn Limited

      Salford City Council

      Church Commissioners

      Homes England

      Tritax Symmetry Properties Limited

      Land Trust

      Urban & Civic plc

      Work highlights

      • Acted for Bruntwood SciTech Melbourn Limited in its acquisition of Melbourn Science Park, marking Bruntwood’s entrance into the Golden Triangle.
      • Advising Salford University on its collaboration with Barratt Homes to develop a lived in experimental zero carbon home on campus.
      • Dealing with the infrastructure agreement between the client, Robertson Group, (as developer), the pension fund (landowner), Lancashire County Council and Preston City Council for the delivery of large infrastructure scheme, the Preston West Distributor Road, to unlock a scheme which will deliver more than 1,000 new homes in Bartle, Preston.

      Squire Patton Boggs

      The real estate team at Squire Patton Boggs have a 'wealth of experience' in advising clients across a range of sectors including retail, regeneration, and renewables. Development expert Mark Barker leads the team, largely focusing on complex and strategic regeneration projects. Nick Helm regularly acts on renewable energy and transport schemes and Mark Gaffney has expertise in property joint ventures and public sector funding. Jonathan Brooke is also a key name in the development market.

      Practice head(s):

      Mark Barker

      Other key lawyers:

      Mark Gaffney; Nick Helm; Jonathan Brooke; Richard Nichols


      ‘Mark Barker has provided clear, concise and pragmatic advice acting for us on a difficult negotiation of a forward funding agreement, where the funder was represented by a large international firm. His knowledge of the market and of the particular idiosyncracies of this funder have been invaluable in the negotiation.

      ‘The team provide clients with sound practical advice and support. There is a wealth of experience and consistency throughout the department and in my experience I have found them to be extremely responsive and proactive.’

      ‘Mark Barker leads a very capable and well organised team, He is very personable by nature and provides clear and practical advice. Mark is extremely knowledgeable and is thoroughly pragmatic in his approach to, and management of complex real estate transactions.’

      Richard Nichols offers excellent advice and sound guidance. He is an excellent communicator and adopts a realistic approach. He always goes that extra mile for his clients and has consistently demonstrated his ability to innovate to resolve complex issues.

      ‘Mark Gaffney’s attention to our needs and ability to turn things around quickly and accurately is something we have not experienced elsewhere.

      ‘Strategic insight and a desire to know and understand our business.’

      ‘Mark Barker has a deep understanding of the residential for rent markets and offers great commercial insight. He also takes the time to understand the requirements of our business.’

      Key clients

      Watkin Jones 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


      Sheffield City Council

      Work highlights

      • Advising TfGM (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 the £35.5m forward funding sale of a purpose build student accommodation scheme in Leicester.
      • 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.


      The 'very pragmatic and commercial' lawyers on TLT's real estate team are known for their advice to principal financial institutions, national retailers, and leisure clients. Real estate finance expert Andy Bell leads the practice, assisting numerous international banks, while Patrick Sheehan handles secured lending and property recovery matters. Despite Daniel Sweeney's departure to Addleshaw Goddard, retail and leisure specialist Philip Moran continues to uphold the team's reputation in the sector.

      Practice head(s):

      Andy Bell

      Other key lawyers:

      Philip Moran; Patrick Sheehan


      ‘Very pragmatic and commercial lawyers. Very strong on keeping us up to date, always answer calls and emails in a timely fashion. Very friendly, and great to work with.’

      ‘Several deals needed to draw in a short timeframe. They brought in additional lawyers to ensure the deadline wasn’t missed, and did it all with a smile, despite having to go above and beyond in terms of their involvement and similarly putting in some long hours.’

      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

      • Advised Merlin Entertainments on its partnership with Mondēlez International which involves it acquiring the business and assets of Cadbury World UK.
      • Assisting boohoo with a new store concept with Debenhams Beauty which involved negotiating agreements for lease, eases and ancillary licences and documents.

      Clyde & Co

      Clyde & Co recently merged with BLM; acquiring a Manchester commercial property team known for its expertise in private commercial, residential and public sector development and regeneration. Stephen Lintott heads up the practice, and specialises in advising on acquisitions and disposals of land, including complex, development, and lease work. Tessa Leonard, another key member of the group, regularly leads teams in delivering town centre redevelopment and multi-phased regeneration projects.

      Practice head(s):

      Stephen Lintott

      Other key lawyers:

      Tessa Leonard


      ‘Good value for money; understand client needs well.’

      ‘Stephen Lintott is a highly competent partner.’

      ‘They have great attention to detail and deliver a service specific to our company’s requirements.’

      ‘The team leader, Stephen Lintott is the main reason we use the firm for our property deals. He has a great understanding of our company and his negotiation skills particularly with other solicitors smooths the way to conclude deals in a speedy and efficient manner.’

      Key clients

      Urban Splash and related entities

      Bradley Edge LLP

      Domis Blackfriars Limited

      Redwater and associated companies

      Evonik UK Holdings Limited

      FICM Limited ; Salboy Central Limited ; FG Victoria Ltd

      Property (Done)Limited

      Naples Street Properties Limited

      Castle Irwell Limited

      QN Street Limited

      Magnificent Developments Limited

      BTS NQ Ltd

      Dwell Developments/Dwell Properties

      Cramant Homes Limited

      Work highlights

      • Advising Evonik on a portfolio of properties including complex multi-party transactions, some of which will lead to the regeneration and management of brownfield sites.
      • Advising Salboy Limited and related entities, such as Viadux, Castle Irwell Limited and 55 Queen Street, on funding the developments and the delivery of a high volume of plot sale transactions.
      • Advising Warton East Developments Limited on a multi-party site assembly and onward sale of a large residential development site to a mainstream housing development.


      Fieldfisher's 'highly professional commercial real estate team' is led by development expert Liam Buckley who regularly advises national retailers, local government bodies, and industrial clients. Kirsty Tinsley-Fenney handles matters in the financial services sector, and leads on numerous complex regeneration schemes alongside Matthew Dobson - a development lawyer who specialises in real estate finance.

      Practice head(s):

      Liam Buckley

      Other key lawyers:

      Kirsty Tinsley-Fenney; Matthew Dobson; Martin Bloor


      ‘Kirsty Tinsley-Fenney – excellence, and always swift.’

      ‘A highly professional commercial real estate team offering extensive knowledge within the sector.’

      ‘A very approachable team who react with commercially driven advice.’

      ‘A very client focused property team that deliver consistently good service and sound commercial advice to achieve our business objectives.’

      ‘Martin Bloor is a solid property lawyer with practical solutions and a commercial approach to move transactions forward in a positive way; always dependable and helpful.’

      Key clients

      Allianz Real Estate

      Aspen Bridging Limited

      Aura Finance Limited

      Avamore Capital 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/Noviniti group of companies

      Pitalia Real Estate Limited

      Richer Sounds Limited

      Seddon Developments

      Shell Group

      Simon Carves Engineering Limited

      Standard Chartered Bank

      The Royal College of Physicians

      Toorak Bridging clients

      West One Loan Limited

      Worthing Borough Council

      Work highlights

      • Advised in securing new 230,000 sq. ft headquarters at Manchester Goods Yard at the notable Enterprise City.
      • Advising on a lease acquisition for Royal College of Physicians’ impressive 70,000 sq. ft £1 billion flagship expansion site at The Spine, Paddington Village, Liverpool, bringing The Royal College of Physicians in as anchor tenant.
      • Advising Pitalia Real Estate Limited on the acquisition of 3 industrial warehouse units spanning over 250,000 sq. ft of space at 380-acre Cheshire site, Winsford Industrial Estate, for a purchase price in excess of £8m.

      Pannone Corporate LLP

      The team at Pannone Corporate LLP is notable for undertaking complex transactions for clients in the retail and leisure, logistics, and real estate finance sectors. The practice is headed by James Wynne who advises on numerous national student accommodation schemes and real estate finance transactions for care home providers. Garry King regularly handles large leisure property purchases and acquisitions, while Gareth Birch deals with landowners and developers on residential and commercial developments.

      Practice head(s):

      James Wynne

      Other key lawyers:

      Garry King; Gareth Birch; Rosie Korcz


      ‘I find the team very helpful and personable. My needs are understood and worked upon in a timely, efficient and thorough manner. The firm appears to embrace technology and has many colleagues to call upon for differing requirements or business types.’

      ‘I work with Garry King, he is excellent. He has now taken over all property work in three of my businesses. Pannone seem to be able to advise on all aspects of my numerous business interests. They are all helpful and reasonable with my requests.’

      ‘I find the team to be of good value, charging a fair rate even though often going beyond their remit to assist me further. The team always reply promptly.’

      ‘Small enough to be client focused but large enough to provide multi discipline cover when required.’

      ‘Rosie Korcz – commercially aware and focused on “getting the deal done”. Good communication throughout the process.’

      ‘I worked with a number of different individuals in the team and found everyone to be very responsive and understanding of my business. The partner would ensure the team had been briefed about how I like to work – the good and the bad! this meant that they came prepared with good advice and alternative courses of action depending on what avenues were available to the business.’

      ‘Names to mention – James Wynne and Rosie Korcz. The team were tenacious when they needed to be with the other parties solicitors / representatives and calm when I needed a level head to think through a problem.’

      Key clients

      Bestway Retail Limited

      Junkyard Golf Club Limited UK Limited

      Manchester Central Convention Centre Complex Limited

      Costcutter Supermarkets Group Limited

      Total Fitness Health Clubs Limited

      Ardagh Glass Limited (and other group companies)

      Citychance Limited

      Palmbest Limited

      Hilti UK

      Sing Hunter Capital

      Maya Property Developments Limited

      Work highlights

      • Advised Boohoo Holdings Ltd on the acquisition of the entire shareholding of SML Great PTE Limited, and SPV holding the former Microsoft and Nokia head office building on Great Pulteney Street, London, W1.
      • Advised Maya Property Developments Limited at each step of their canal side residential development in Altrincham from planning through to development finance, site set up and plot sales.
      • Advised Citychance on the proposed lettings of their newly refurbished office suites on Macklin Street, London.

      Trowers & Hamlins LLP

      The team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP undertakes a range of real estate work including commercial acquisitions, large regeneration projects, and leisure facilities. Tonia Secker leads the national real estate practice from London, while major projects specialist Suzanne Benson heads up the Manchester team. Matthew Holbrook handles commercial property matters, and Amanda Stubbs has extensive expertise in environmental, health, and safety matters. Anna Metham is a key name on asset management matters.

      Practice head(s):

      Suzanne Benson; Tonia Secker

      Other key lawyers:

      Matthew Holbrook; Amanda Stubbs

      Key clients

      Medivet Group Limited

      Step Places

      Latimer Developments Limited/Clarion Housing Group

      CERT Property

      Swanton Care and Community Limited

      Caretech Group

      Chalegrove Properties Limited/City Pride

      Federated Hermes Property Unit Trust

      AnyNest Limited

      Tatton Group

      Homes England

      St Helens Borough Council

      Cringle Corporation

      Wolverhampton City Council

      Countryside PLC

      Bury MBC

      Warwick District Council

      Ainscough Strategic Land Limited

      Work highlights

      • Advising Medivet Group Limited on their share and business acquisitions of individual veterinary practices.
      • Acting for Federated Hermes Property Unit Trust on the asset management of their property portfolio; including numerous sales, purchases, leases lease renewals, consent applications and re-gears, as well as a number of complex letting scenarios involving back to back deals.
      • Advising Great Places Housing Association on the acquisition of several schemes in the regeneration of Ancoats and New Islington areas of Manchester for development purposes, including schemes at Laystall Street, Downley Drive and the former Ancoats Dispensary.

      Weightmans LLP

      Weightmans LLP's real estate team has a broad range of expertise, notably handling numerous significant regional and national regeneration projects. Team co-head Andrea Steventon has a particular specialism in property development and also leads the national practice. Karl Jackson acts as national head of the firm's Built Environment group and is regularly instructed by local authorities on regeneration work.

      Practice head(s):

      Andrea Steventon; Karl Jackson

      Other key lawyers:

      Brian Ghatan


      ‘Great working with this team. Capable of handling a wide variety of property work, ranging from routine lettings to major acquisition and disposals, very often with strict deadlines. Timely, clear advice throughout.’

      ‘Quickly identify all the relevant issues and the likely structure of the transaction. Knowledgeable and easy to contact when required.’

      Key clients

      Barratt Homes

      Oak Tyres UK Limited

      MHA London


      Elan Homes

      Eccleston Homes Ltd

      Escape to Freight Island


      Nottinghamshire County Council

      Thomas Jones & Sons (Liverpool) Limited

      Transport for Greater Manchester

      Milton Keynes Council

      Samsonite Europe

      Stockport Homes Limited

      Midland Heart Limited

      Sandway Homes Limited

      KS Habro

      BDW Trading Limited

      Work highlights

      • Advised MHA London on their purchase of the Debenhams building at the Moor in Sheffield from the M&G Property Portfolio. There were complications to the deal by virtue of Debenhams’ insolvency, previous CVA and its temporary arrangements in place with the seller.
      • Acting on behalf of FTSE 100 housebuilder BDW Trading Limited in the acquisition of land acquired from Homes England at Cottam, Preston for 117 dwellings Complex Building Lease arrangement under Homes England’s Accelerated Development protocol with freehold drawdown arrangements for plot sales .
      • Acting on behalf of  Thomas Jones & Sons (Liverpool) Limited in connection with an exchange of conditional contracts for a site subject to planning, satisfactory services and suitable ground conditions.

      Beyond Corporate Law

      Commercial experts Beyond Corporate Law provide a boutique service to housebuilders, developers, and clients in the leisure sector. Construction specialist James Flynn heads up the practice and handles key development matters. Having recently joined from Slater Heelis, Hannah Al-Shaghana advises private and public sector clients on a variety of retail, industrial, and landlord and tenant matters. Owen McKenna is also a key member of the team, leading on high-profile acquisitions and disposals.

      Practice head(s):

      James Flynn

      Other key lawyers:

      Hannah Al-Shaghana; Owen McKenna


      ‘Passionate about quality in service provided, comprehensive understanding of the objectives of our business and exhibit desire to support our business in achieving our goals. Focused on ensuring they never under-deliver and have excelled in aiding us deliver complex and time pressured projects.’

      ‘Very strong team of partners and associates, delivering high quality advice consistently. Great continuity also, with a good breadth of knowledge and experience.’

      ‘Beyond Corporate is a modern law firm that works hard but efficiently to get our deals across the line. They can respond quickly in negotiations to resolve any issues while always standing their ground. They are an excellent team with good all-around attention to detail and a pragmatic, commercial approach.’

      ‘Beyond Corporate have a unique ability to translate legal drafting into precise commercial terms, giving clients the platform for clear decision making.’

      ‘They have an extensive understanding of terms under a variety of agreements which are typically acceptable to contractors, and institutional lenders / funders. This insight significantly reduces the negotiation period.’

      ‘Beyond Corporate have the capability to cut through sticking points to ensure agreements arrive at an agreed form in an efficient manner. They have an instinct for the right form of communication at the right time, and have the commercial understanding for all stakeholders which allows them to propose and agree the compromises required to get things done.’

      ‘We have been working with the firm for over 2 years now and we have always found all the team to be very knowledgeable, highly competent and very approachable at all times and on all types of matters.’

      ‘Practical and friendly application of good professional knowledge.’

      Key clients

      Gino D’Acamp 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 PLC

      Hurstwood Holdings Limited

      Pringle Executive Homes Limited

      Errigal Developments Limited/Owen McLaughlin

      McGoff Group

      Mulbury Homes

      Capital & Centric

      Investar Property Group

      Work highlights

      • Acting for Motel One (German hotel operator) on a new £100m mixed use hotel and office development in Old Street, Hackney.
      • Acting for Property Alliance Group on the £70m development of 3 St Peter’s Square, Manchester into a 600 room hotel to be occupied by two different hotel operators.
      • Acting for Gino D’Acampo Hotels & Leisure Ltd in connection with all of their leasehold acquisitions of restaurants within the various Melia Hotels across the country.

      Glaisyers Solicitors LLP

      Glaisyers Solicitors LLP commercial property team is praised for having a 'broad and wide-ranging experience base', advising both private and public sector clients with a focus on real estate finance. The practice is led by property lending specialist David Marlor and development expert Ross Wellman. Eric Quirk further strengthens the team with expertise in the logistics and leisure sectors.

      Practice head(s):

      David Marlor; Ross Wellman

      Other key lawyers:

      Eric Quirk


      ‘The team were excellent and removed all the hassle out of what was a large multi transactional piece of work.’

      ‘Great team – all very helpful and constructive.’

      ‘Dave Marlor gives me a top quality and reliable service along with a smile – also I don’t feel they’re watching every penny in terms of time spent.’

      ‘The team have a broad and wide-ranging experience base with regard to property matters.’

      ‘Communication is a core strength – keeping us as a client up to date constantly and taking through decision making processes with logic and common sense.’

      ‘Glaisyers commercial property are very good to deal with, they are approachable, they are all very knowledgeable about their roles within the team and they have obviously been trained very well.’

      ‘Ross Wellman heads up the commercial property team and is a very good, knowledgeable, practical and efficient lawyer, has all the necessary skills to run a fully helpful and approachable commercial property team. Ross is very experienced and very practical in this approaches to service providers and clients alike.’

      ‘Eric Quirk is very thorough. On numerous occasions I have used his services the other party have commented on his very detailed work and some were so impressed that they said that they would be using his services in the future. I have found Eric to be very knowledgeable in his field and found him to go the extra nine yards to ensure everything is done properly.’

      Work highlights

      • Advised a client on the complex bridging and refinance of a large portfolio of properties raising over £7m.
      • Advised a client on the sale of five business centres and other property for £9.5m.
      • Advised a client on the sale of an office building, was sold subject to 35+ leases for £2.25m.

      Irwin Mitchell

      Following Roy Beckett 's retirement, leadership of Irwin Mitchell's real estate team was taken over by renewables specialist Stelios Coutsavlis. The practice continues to handle real estate development and investment transaction work, while expanding into renewable energy and healthcare sectors.

      Practice head(s):

      Stelios Coutsavlis

      Key clients

      Athena Healthcare Group

      Bruntwood Estates


      Gazprom Retail

      The General Medical Council


      Tactus Group

      Tatton Group

      The Trafford College Group


      Work highlights

      • Advised Athena Healthcare Group on the acquisition of a site at Congleton. Involved checking the title and ensuring it is fit for development and dealing with the site contraints sufficient to ensure that it is satisfactory for development.
      • Advised Athena Healthcare Group on the refinancing of a site at Lytham for care home development with RM Funds and working constructively with the lender to ensure that the site is satisfactory for development.
      • Acted for the landowner Pointon and JCM Holdings (UK) Limited on the option for the grant of leases of a solar farm conditional upon planning.


      Commercial property specialists Primas are 'making their mark in Manchester' with extensive knowledge in real estate development, investment, and regeneration. Practice head Simon Baxter regularly acts for clients on large-scale residential housing schemes, and has particular expertise in planning agreements. Yasar Kaushal handles acquisitions and disposals as well as property finance matters, and David Vayro leads the Built Environment projects team.

      Practice head(s):

      Simon Baxter

      Other key lawyers:

      Yasar Kaushal: David Vayro


      Simon Baxter – his knowledge of the area is commendable. He assists us with any small or large problem and is always happy to have a call/meeting to discuss any matters or problems.

      The people at Primas are knowledgeable, professional and approachable.

      ‘Primas are building a strong team of decent lawyers, who specialise in commercial real estate. They are making their mark in Manchester.’

      Yasar Kaushal – he is one of the best commercial property lawyers that I have come across. He goes above and beyond for clients and ensures that they are fully aware of all of their obligations whether buying or selling real estate. Yasar is transparent and competitive with his pricing.’

      The team of skilled professionals at Primas make negotiating the legal system a much smoother experience. They are always on hand to deal with matters in a professional and timely manner and are extremely proactive in negotiations. Their commercial and property knowledge is exemplary and they always look for a workable solution to any issues that arise. They approach all our projects with professionalism, flexibility and a can-do attitude.’

      Very specialist experts and responsive whilst offering good value for money.

      The team at Primas continue to prove themselves as market leaders in property development, especially in land transactions. They are strong in their ability to move transactions forward quickly, guiding mixed tenure and complex schemes to completion while giving great assurance of risks to investors.

      Simon Baxter and his team are highly valued partners to our organisation and operate in an approachable, friendly, supportive manner with great cognisance of the issues that matter most to their clients. They are excellent representatives of their clients especially in complicated projects in dialogue with third parties.’

      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

      Mulbury Homes Limited

      Marco Living

      SEDA Pharmaceutical Developments Limited

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

      Wilkins Property Holdings Limited

      Collaborate Living Limited

      Work highlights

      • Devised and led the legal project to secure the acquisition and delivery of a £10m high specification residential development and new library facility.
      • Acting on securing a £20m much needed extra care scheme for a Housing Association in partnership with a private developer.
      • Creating the legal framework to preserve the sporting legacy of Liverpool Football Club’s iconic training ground and many new affordable homes for TORUS62 Housing Association.