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  1. Commercial property: elsewhere in the North
  2. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

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    • Sean Logue - Baines Wilson LLP
    • Geoff Skeoch - Jacksons Law
    • Christopher Todd - Archers Law LLP
    • Simon Wake - Endeavour Partnership LLP

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A ‘leading firm in the North East’, Archers Law LLP fields a ‘very knowledgeable, professional and personal’ team that ‘listens to the client’s full situation and reviews all documentation thoroughly before providing advice’. Its expertise covers the full spectrum of commercial property work, from commercial property transactions and development projects to development agreements, conditional contracts and overage arrangements, landlord and tenant matters and property finance transactions. The team is led by executive associate Rachel List, who is noted for her ‘personal approach’, and includes recommended managing partner Christopher Todd, who specialises in commercial property development work. Clients include various public and private companies, public sector bodies and charities.

Baines Wilson LLP’s ‘strong’ team is considered to be ‘one of the best in the Carlisle and Cumbria area’. It receives praise for its ‘extensive knowledge’ and ‘good turn-around times’ as well as its ‘prompt, accurate and commercially astute advice’ and ‘excellent attention to detail’. The group provides a broad range of services with a specialism in development projects, while also receiving a steady flow of instructions pertaining to commercial property acquisitions, secured lending transactions and landlord and tenant matters. ‘Excellent communicator’ and team head Sean Logue is praised as being ‘commercially minded’ and ‘efficient’; he acts for several developers and works closely with ‘experienced’ associate Lynne McFaul, who ‘provides sensible and practical solutions’ for commercial property transactions. The ‘commercially focused’ Duncan Harty ‘gets things resolved’ and is another key individual of the team alongside the recommended Laura Barnfield; her sector expertise spans housing, industrial, energy, education, health and retail.

The ‘excellent’ practice at Burnetts ‘provides pragmatic advice’ and is ‘easy to deal with’. It handles a wide range of commercial property work but is best known for its real estate finance and planning development expertise, with an emphasis on the leisure, tourism, education and energy sectors. The ‘extremely good’ and ‘very professional’ Robbie Mather advised the Thomas Armstrong Group on multiple site purchases and estate set-ups, and Helen Hayward continues to assist the H&H Group with leasehold matters pertaining to a new Carlisle-based estate agency building and the development of the Rosehill industrial site. She also advised InvestAcc Pension Trustees on property portfolio transfers. Richard Miller heads the team.

Endeavour Partnership LLP is ‘impressively responsive’ and handles the full range of property, development, leisure and property finance transactions. Simon Wake heads the team and frequently acts for developers, owners of licensed premises and primary healthcare providers. He continues to advise a developer on the development of a large-scale visitor attraction in North Yorkshire. In other significant work, he advised a client on a development and lease agreement for the region’s first indoor snow centre. Jamie Brown is rated for his ‘very good knowledge of industrial property’, in addition to handling agricultural and renewable energy-related work. He is well equipped to guide clients through high-value transactions and has recently been involved in the development of one of North Yorkshire’s largest holiday parks, assisting the client with infrastructure agreements and site acquisitions. Solicitor Amie Leyden is noted for her expertise in franchisee landlord and tenant matters.

Cartmell Shepherd has a ‘vast team of professionals’, whose ‘excellent business acumen and industry knowledge’ translates into ‘sound advice’. Clients also appreciate the team’s ‘very good communication’ and experience in transactional work, which is a key area of expertise for the team. It is complemented by the team’s experience in managing property portfolios on behalf of large country estates. ‘Very experienced, responsive and personable’ associate and head of residential property Elizabeth Crouch has ‘excellent negotiation skills’ and handles commercial leases and refinancing work. She is an ‘excellent communicator who always responds in a timely and efficient manner’ and ‘works tirelessly to achieve the very best outcome for her clients’. Crouch assisted a bakery business with various lease matters, and advised a client on a commercial and residential leasehold conversion. Other significant work for the team included advising a client on the purchase of several leasehold industrial units, and advising a developer on the acquisition of a new site for residential and commercial development. Associate Mike Little heads the team, which includes associate Andrew Marquis.

Jacksons Law's ‘highly responsive and knowledgeable’ team provides a‘very good level of service’. Much of its work focuses on the acquisition of investment properties and the management of these portfolios, but the team also handles various landlord and tenant matters and has particular expertise in the energy sector and in work concerning industrial sites. ‘Experienced, approachable and responsive’ managing partner Jane Armitage acted for the landlord Scott Brothers Enterprises in lease matters concerning the use of an energy-from-waste plant, which involved various environmental issues to safeguard the client from clean-up costs at the end of the lease. Erica Turner  advised Eaglescliffe Golf Club on the grant of a conditional option to a developer; the option concerned the subsequent sale of golf club land to construct housing in exchange for the transfer of additional land to the client to construct a new golf course. Senior partner Geoff Skeoch heads the team, which includes associate John Bewick, whose ‘attention to detail is first class’. Associate Rebecca Dawson joined Mincoffs Solicitors LLP in July 2017.

Providing an ‘exceptional level of service’, Latimer Hinks Solicitors' ‘extremely knowledgeable, efficient and diligent’ team ‘deals with small details with professional expertise’ and also receives praise for its ‘unswerving commitment to its clients’ and ‘very good advice’, which ‘always highlights the risks and benefits’. The practice advises on transactions and land development matters alongside landlord and tenant issues involving commercial, residential and agricultural properties. Neil Stevenson specialises in the sale, acquisition and letting of commercial, retail and industrial premises with a focus on the agriculture and renewable energy sectors, while Nicola Neilson complements this offering with her expertise in secured lending. ‘Extremely good’ investment acquisition and disposal specialist Adam Wood has ‘extensive knowledge’ in landed estates and mineral leases and provides ‘honest advice’, and Martin Williamson is noted for his ‘critical eye for detail’.

The ‘very responsive and knowledgeable’ team at Swinburne Maddison provides a ‘fast, efficient and personal service’, offers ‘very good value for money’, and ‘takes a pragmatic approach’. The team has significant expertise in development work, leading to a steady flow of instructions from developers and landowners, and also handles lease matters in addition to the sale and acquisition of commercial premises. Practice head Victoria Walton assisted Moordale (North East) with the financing of a development site in Coxhoe, while the ‘very knowledgeable and experienced’ Simon Robinson advised Southlands Management on a collaboration agreement with a northern local authority concerning the development of land for residential use. Other key individuals include the ‘very professional and concise’ Kate Stephenson, Philip Robson and solicitor Chris Ross, who is ‘very good at handling self-build plot sales and land registration issues’. Durham Cathedral is a client.

Tilly Bailey & Irvine is singled out for its ‘commercially minded, forward-thinking and approachable’ team, which is now led by Gareth Jones following Martin Levinson’s move to a consultant position. Handling the full spectrum of commercial property work, the practice is adept at advising lenders and borrowers on real estate matters, assisting landlords and tenants with the acquisition and disposal of investment properties, and dealing with property transactions for self-invested personal pensions (SIPPs) and small self-administered schemes (SSASs). ‘Hard negotiator’ and ‘very professional’ associate Andrew Beattie, who also stands out for his ‘incredible attention to detail’, advised J.O. Brewis & Sons on matters pertaining to the sale of a substantial mixed farming estate consisting of two farms, development land and residential properties. Senior associate Sara Garnett assisted Swale Valley Construction with completing the acquisition of two development sites and exchanging contracts for a third site which was conditional upon planning permission being granted. Joanne Cowie is another key member of the team.

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