Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx in South East

Dentons

The Milton Keynes team at Dentons is unique in the local market for its position in the mega-firm's vast global network, and the team regularly act in tandem with other offices on cross-border and international issues. The practice handles all types of commercial property matters, with high-value clients in areas such as telecoms infrastructure, retail, charities, and the public sector. Practice leader Roland Gray specialises in development work in key sectors, as well as landlord and tenant matters. Other names of note include Robert Wyatt and counsel Greg Rigby.

Practice head(s):

Roland Gray

Other key lawyers:

Robert Wyatt; Greg Rigby

Testimonials

‘A professional and approachable team; Knowledgeable of clients’ business and able to understand what is required from legal documents. Prepared to input into strategic conversations.’

‘A dynamic and commercial team.’

‘Prepared to give on the spot advice. Always available, never seems to avoid contact.’

Key clients

Standard Chartered Bank

Sainsbury’s

Argos

Metro Bank

Taylor Wimpey

National House-Building Council

Royal Mail

Department for Work and Pensions

Oak Furniture Land

John Lewis

Network Rail

Transport for London

ATS Euromaster

Work highlights

  • Advised Sainsbury’s on all aspects of ther sale of its joint venture with British Land to a US REIT for £429m.
  • Advised Standard Chartered Bank on the financing of a mixed-use office and residential property in London. A £40.5m loan was secured against the property valued at £57m.
  • Acted for Network Rail on the recent purchase of the Chart Leacon Depot in Ashford, valued at £10.9m.

EMW Law LLP

The commercial property team at EMW Law LLP handles the full scope of commercial property matters, including investment matters, real estate finance, social housing and construction. Practice leader Stephen Kay advises large corporate occupiers on substantial acquisitions and disposals, while Allawee Albaghdadi is known for his work on transactions and commercial and residential development. Marcus Carter acts for national operators and local businesses.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Kay

Other key lawyers:

Allawee Albaghdadi; Marcus Carter

Testimonials

Allawee Albaghdadi is always personally involved in transactions, attentive, commercially-minded and always keen to get the job done promptly.’

The right size firm to provide excellent service, without being so large we’d get lost in the system/in favour of larger customers.’

Key clients

Santander UK plc

Inter MK

MK Dons FC

BFS Group Ltd.

Toolstation

Rajapack

Formula One Auto Centres

Stonewater Housing Group

Grad Union Housing Group

Deichmann

Arqiva

Work highlights

  • Advised on the redevelopment of an existing YMCA-supported living accommodation in Central Minton Keynes, including negotiating complex overage provisions and options, a development agreement, building lease and sub-building lease.
  • Acted for BFS Group Ltd. on the property side in relation to the business sale of its trading arm known as Best Food Logistics to Booker Direct Ltd.
  • Acted for Milton Keynes Development Partnership LLP in relation to a new head office and manufacturing plant for Chargemaster plc with BP International Ltd acting as guarantor for Chargemaster.
  • Advised Santander UK plc on the part-freedhold part-long leasehold sale of a property in Leeds, with a sale price of £5.4m.

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP is known for advising commercial clients on a broad range of matters, including residential development for major PLCs, retirement villages and care homes, major occupancy transactions for corporations, and mixed-use retail and leisure developments. Practice leader Steve Wiltshire advises on residential, mixed-use, and commercial development. Catherine Williams is an expert in complex site assembly and conditional agreements for sale and lease, while Lisa Williams negotiates on behalf of landowners on complex overage deeds and option agreements. Elizabeth McKillop Paley is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Steve Wiltshire

Testimonials

Lisa Williams and Steve Wiltshire have a strong ability to grasp and deal with complicated matters.’

Key clients

Frontier Estates Ltd.

Galliford Try plc

Perseus Land & Developments

Volkswagen Group UK Ltd.

Citygrove Securities plc

Mercedes-Benz Retail Group UK Ltd.

Tingdene Estates Ltd.

Barratt Homes Ltd.

Kingsley Napley

Vistry Group

Balfour Beatty

easyHotel UK Ltd.

McCarthy & Stone

Kier

Bellway

Millbrook Proving Ground Ltd.

BSH Home Appliances Ltd.

Travelodge Hotels Ltd.

Revolution Bars Group plc

Kindale Ltd.

B P Collins LLP

B P Collins LLP deals extensively in commercial and development property work, including acquisitions, financings, lettings, re-gears, and sales. Its environment team plays a key role in the practice area, acting for clients in the waste management, mining and minerals, and renewable energy sectors, as well as developers and landowners. Practice leader Alison Taylor is an 'excellent' lawyer, with a strong track record on high-value corporate acquisitions. Maria Mowberry deals with commercial and corporate property transactions, property finance, and real estate finance work for institutional lenders.

Practice head(s):

Alison Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Maria Mowberry

Testimonials

Always attentive and responsive. Excellent advice, excellent service, and value for money.

A personal and efficient service, competitive, friendly, and approachable.

The team is very efficient, helpful, well qualified, and responsive to all our requirements.’

Maria Mowberry is an excellent all-round property lawyer.’

The real estate practice has experience across all relevant sectors and is extremely commercially aware, which adds real value to their offering.’

Alison Taylor is an excellent lawyer, a great team leader with exceptional commercial and market knowledge.’

Key clients

The Original Bowling Company

AMF Bowling

Hollywood Bowl

Biffa Group

Welford Investments Ltd.

Rico Logistics Ltd.

Summerleaze Ltd.

Mobile Mini, Inc.

Lacoste UK Ltd.

Wycombe District Council

CliniMed Holdings Ltd

Wellend Medical Ltd.

Bijou Living Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised on the relocation of exclusive fashion designer retail premises with an aggregated value of £11.5m on new lease.
  • Advised Welford Investments Ltd. on the acquisition of commercial investment property on industrial estate subject to commercial leases.
  • Acted on behalf of Hollywood Bowl on an agreement for surrender and new lease relating to relation of a family entertainment centre to a redeveloped shopping centre.

Blaser Mills Law

The team at Blaser Mills Law is experienced in advising and litigating on behalf of clients on all aspects of commercial property issues, including businesses in the hotels and leisure, office and industrial sectors. Its lawyers are known for their work on sales, acquisitions and finance, as well as general commercial leases. It has recently seen growth in acting for clients on development funding. Based in Amersham, the head of the real estate and development team Louise Benning mainly specialises in real estate development. Partner David Kemp and David Michaels also come recommended.

Practice head(s):

Louise Benning

Other key lawyers:

David Kemp; David Michaels

Testimonials

The real estate team is excellent at providing timely service. David Michaels is a very knowledgeable all-rounder lawyer.

Sensible commercial advice at reasonable fees within an acceptable timeframe.

David Kemp and Louise Benning are the partners of choice for commercial and residential conveyancing work.

Key clients

One Adlwych Hotel

The French Linen Company Ltd.

Ardmore Ltd.

Solai Holdings Ltd.

Debenhams Ottaway

The commercial property team at Debenhams Ottaway advises businesses on a range of complex and high-profile matters, covering property development, secured lending, property litigation, and diocese-related property and trust matters. The practice has also recently seen an increase in insolvency work. Practice co-leader Ruth Boulton is'responsive', 'pragmatic', and experienced in high-value property matters such as sales and acquisitions, portfolio management, and landlord and tenant work. Practice co-leader Jonathan Foy advises on areas such as high-value lease work and off-shore investor portfolio acquisitions. Senior associate Neil Mercer is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Ruth Boulton; Jonathan Foy

Other key lawyers:

Neil Mercer

Testimonials

Ruth Boulton can always be relied upon to be pragmatic and commercial in her outlook. She is responsive, personable, and a trusted contact.. Ruth can at times be quite busy, but challenging deadlines are always met without exception.’

Key clients

Market Reach Licensing Services Ltd.

Rapid Electrical Distributors (Watford) Ltd.

Greenwood Estates Ltd.

Seva Care Home Group

Reachprime Ltd.

HF Holidays Ltd.

Europa Components & Equipment plc

Stratton Land Ltd.

Cosmic Securities Ltd.

Fairgate Group Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Market Reach Licensing Services Ltd. on a new nine-year lease relating to the new Paddington Bear Café at Paddington Station, London.
  • Assisted HF Holidays with a high-value lease renewal of their head office.
  • Advised Greenwood Estates Ltd. on the re-gear of a large Sainsbury’s unit in West Yorkshire.

Freeths LLP

The Milton Keynes team at Freeths LLP provides real estate support on high-value matters for South East-area clients in key areas such as construction and development, property litigation and environmental matters. Notably, it has expertise in providing advice to regional airports and healthcare companies. Practice leader Leo Skinner advises clients in the leisure, drinks, and hospitality sectors on property acquisitions, disposals, and estate management. Valerie Warman deals with investment property and estate management, while Shashi Chambers is another key member of the team. David Danskin has joined as a consultant from EMW Law LLP.

Practice head(s):

Leo Skinner; Valerie Warman

Other key lawyers:

Shashi Chambers

Testimonials

Realistic, professional, expert, and commercial in their advice and assistance. Of particular note is Valerie Warman.

The practice team takes time to understand the quirks in our particular business allowing for timely advice and understanding our needs.’

Key clients

London Luton Airport

Burger King

FedEx Group of Companies

Red Oak Taverns

APCOA Parking (UK) Ltd.

Milton Keynes Parks Trust

Advanced Software

Bristol Airport

Wells & Co.

Work highlights

  • Acted on a significant lease of a new strategic depot at Heathrow for FedEx Group of Companies.
  • Act on 30-35 site acquisitions for Burger King each year, as well on the acquisition of franchised sites that are taken back into the Burger King managed estate.
  • Advised on the sale and acquisition of land that forms part of the Milton Keynes Parks Trust’s property investment portfolio.

Hewitsons

The Milton Keynes commercial property team at Hewitsons advises on all stages of large development projects, such as residential plots, schools, commercial offices, and community facilities. It has frequently negotiated complex conditional contracts, promotion agreements, and development agreements. The department has recently diversified to work for residential developers and landlord and tenant work. Head of real estate for Northampton and Milton Keynes David Wells specialises in investment sales in light industrial sectors, as well as commercial landlord and tenant matters. Yvette Morgan is known for her work advising developers on mixed-use development projects and large-scale housing. In June 2019, Simon Wain joined as partner from Shoosmiths LLP.

Practice head(s):

Yvette Morgan; David Wells

Key clients

British & American Tobacco

Homes England

AW James Ltd.

S.O.L. Services Ltd.

KPG Services Ltd.

Kirkby Diamond

Olney Properties Ltd.

Vantage Events

Richard Utley Ltd.

Delapre Abbey Preservation Trust

Bedford College (FE)

Booya Investment Ltd.

Levitt Bernstein Associates Ltd.

Wimbledon Property Holdings Ltd.

United Learning Group

Work highlights

  • Worked for AW James on various agreements for lease and leases by which a central Milton Keynes office building has been let to various bluechip tenants.
  • Acted for British American Tobacco UK Ltd on the leasehold acquisition of its new office premises in West London at an initial rental in excess of £1.4m per annum.
  • Advised Homes England on the disposal by way of building lease of the first phase of a 750 residential development of a 48 hectare site in Northampton.

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) advises high-profile bluechip clients on a broad scope of both residential development and commercial real estate matters, including instant land acquisitions and disposals, affordable housing sales, urban regeneration, and complex planning agreements. In 2019, the team expanded its coverage in the Thames Valley region by opening an additional office in Reading. Practice co-leader Vivien Rimmer specialises in residential development and regeneration, while Bill Bidder deals with high-value regeneration matters. Consultant Susan Mawson focuses on residential developments. Gemma Coles is also recommended. Miles Eckersley joined as partner from DMH Stallard LLP in May 2019; Christian Le Gouais departed for Gateley Plc in November 2019.

Practice head(s):

Vivien Rimmer; Bill Bidder

Other key lawyers:

Susan Mawson; Gemma Coles

Testimonials

IBB are an exceptional practice and offer valuable insight and years of experience. Especially strong when it comes to real estate law and property. The individuals I work with are personable, knowledgeable, and hard working.’

There is always someone on hand to take a call if the person you are looking for is not available. They are very aware of what is going on with each other’s cases.

Key clients

Lands Improvement

Older Women’s Co-Housing Group

Thrive Homes Ltd.

Riverdale Developments Ltd.

Optima (UK) Ltd.

Dandara Ltd.

Aviva

Frontier Estates Ltd.

AIB Group (UK) plc

Renault Retail Group UK Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Frontier Estates in relation to the negotiation and exchange of a contract to purchase land from the NHS Trust in Sunbury.
  • Acted for a tenant on the lease of a 335,000 square foot distribution warehouse.
  • Acted for a major national house builder in relation to the conditional acquisition of a high school and sporting facility.

SA Law LLP

The commercial property team at SA Law LLP advises on high-value deals for a number of regional commercial clients, establishing relationships as a trusted advisor in the retail and healthcare sectors, with extensive experience in farming and commercial real estate. Additionally, the team has a dedicated in-house team of real estate litigation experts. Steve Kenneford and Terence Ritchie joinly lead the practice, while Gary Dunger is known for his work in commercial development and property management.

Practice head(s):

Steve Kenneford; Terence Ritchie

Other key lawyers:

Gary Dunger

Key clients

Tulsesense Ltd.

Royal Bank of Scotland

Eurochange Ltd.

HSBC

Handelsbanken plc

Watford Football Club

Sheraton Property Ltd.

PHS Ltd.

Bahlsen LLP

Portman Finance Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised client on over 45 plot sale cases, from site assembly through other statutory agreements.
  • Advised on the £13.5m sale of a 425 acre site to Gazeley UK as part of a one million square foot extension to the Manga Park Industrial Logistics Site.
  • Advised Eurochange on a new concept letting as part of the rollout of its NM Money brand.

Sherrards Solicitors LLP

The St Albans property team at Sherrards Solicitors LLP advises clients in the retail, franchising, leisure, and healthcare sectors on all aspects of commercial development work, from initial acquisitions to ongoing property management. The team frequently collaborates with the wider firm's dedicated property litigators on contentious matters. Practice leader Terry Fendt has particular experience advising high street retailers on all matters. Stephanie Kierans focuses on both acquisitions and disposals in the retail sector, while managing partner Alasdair McMillin is another key figure. Consultant Martin Halling joined from Forsters LLP in January 2019.

Practice head(s):

Terry Fendt

Testimonials

‘The practice is very commercially minded and get on with the job at hand in a professional manner and quickly. If you can’t get hold of one person, their colleagues are available and will know the latest issues to pick up matters when required.’

‘Terry Fendt and Stephanie Kierans are fantastic property lawyers. They advise their clients thoroughly and have very good attention to detail. They work as a great team and do all we can to get the deals done in a professional and timely manner.’

‘Stephanie Kierans is great. Approachable, knowledgeable and efficient.’

‘A responsive and efficient team.’

Key clients

Pico’s Ltd.

Funstation Ltd.

Serendib London Ltd.

Energie Property (UK) Ltd.

Chokdee Ltd.

Menkind Ltd.

Evapo Ltd.

Rituals Cosmetics

Foodco UK LLP

Work highlights

  • Continue to act for Funstation Ltd. in connection with their property estates.
  • Acted for Serndib London Ltd. in connection with purchase of a restaurant business in London.
  • Continued to work with Energy Fitness in connection the acquisition of corporate stores.

Woodfines LLP

Woodfines LLP provides a broad spread of legal services to businesses and property investors on a range of matters, including acting for lenders on complex and high-value transactions, advising on commercial and mixed-use developments, planning and construction matters, and acting for specialist care homes and registered charities. The Sandy office team has been recently amalgamated with the Bedford office commercial property team. Head of the commercial property team Sylvia Goulding advises on sales and acquisitions, planning and development issues, and large auction sales. Suzanna Stephenson and senior associate Suzanne Folbigg both are key contacts. In 2019, three solicitors joined the practice: Kate Chalk joined from Bates Wells & Braithwaite, Reena Mistry joined from Healds, and Mansoor Haroon joined from Premier Solicitors.

Practice head(s):

Sylvia Goulding

Testimonials

Suzanna Stephenson is an excellent operator and runs a very tight ship.’

We found them very easy to talk to, knowledgeable, and they always understood our concerns. They always kept us informed as the process continued and were always in contact.’

Sylvia Goulding is knowledgable, helpful, and kept us informed all the time. Her advice was invaluable and she would not let us be bullied or pushed by the other party into something that was not suitable for us. We always felt the whole team always had our best interests at heart!

Highly professional, very approachable, extremely competent, pragmatic when the need arises and very easy to recommend.’

A very efficient property department. The solicitor I dealt with took time to understand exactly what I wanted and delivered on her promise. We were kept in the loop the whole time.’

Key clients

Bedford Athletic Rugby Football Club

Bedford Group of Internal Drainage Boards

Bedford Group Companies

Continental Landscapes Ltd.

Earthwork plc

Fen Reeves of Biggleswade Common

Fortis Corporate Ltd.

Geodis UK Ltd.

Habro Properties Ltd.

Lousada plc

Parrott Construction Ltd.

Active Urban Property Group Ltd.

Metro Bank

Kidderminster Property Investments Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Bedford Developments Ltd. on a large development site requiring examination of a number of ecological issues.
  • Worked for Kidderminster Property Investments Ltd. on a complicated development of 240 dwellings and a mixed-use space.
  • Advised Cranfield University in relation to the occupation of the Estate by third parties, valued in the millions of pounds.

Howes Percival LLP

The Milton Keynes-based team at Howes Percival LLP provides commercial advice to local development clients on property finance matters such as complex funding and strategic land disposals. It is also known for investment fund acquisitions and disposals and has recently seen growth in banking and property finance work. Practice leader Lisa Mantle specialises in property finance work for both lenders and borrowers, as well as advising on high-end residential property. Mark Davies has experience in leasehold re-gears and the formation of joint venture vehicles.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Mantle

Other key lawyers:

Mark Davies

Key clients

Milton Keynes College

InDome Developments Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Milton Keynes College on establishing an Institute of Technology at Bletchley Park, valued between £18m to £21m.
  • Advised InDome Developments Ltd. on site assembly, acquisition, and mezzanine funding for development sites.
  • Acted for Carislease Contracts in connection with the assembly of a supported living portfolio of properties.

Longmores Solicitors LLP

Longmores Solicitors LLP advises commercial clients and local landowners on complex land sales, including options, overage provisions, and promotion agreements. Practice leader Rachael Spalton is known for her work in finance, including development and investment complex option arrangements, and promotion agreements. Victoria Sandberg specialises in rural land transactions and estate management matters. Two solicitors joined the practice in 2019: Helen Bunting from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP, and Douglas Traill-Stevenson from DAC Beachcroft.

Practice head(s):

Rachael Spalton

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Sandberg

Testimonials

‘The practice works in a cohesive and non-hierarchical way to the benefit of its clients and their other professional advisers. As a result they seem able to draw opinion from each other and quickly answer queries or deal with problems. They move things forward in a timely way and are ‘solution’ rather than ‘problem’ driven.’

‘They have the talent and expertise of a large, City firm but the approachability, availability and value for money of a provincial practice.’

‘Rachael Spalton is very personable, knowledgeable, experienced and hard-working. She works well with kindred professionals, with a good understanding of when to take the initiative and when to support, consult or advise.’

‘Rachel Spalton is very approachable and extremely knowledgeable. She will always work a bit later or even out of hours to get things done.’

‘Victoria Sandberg is incredibly diligent and client focused.’

‘Victoria Sandberg and Rachael Spalton never fail to impress. It is a pleasure to work with them.’

Key clients

The Tappenden Group

Roof Property LLP

Simmons (Bakers) Ltd.

Wedge Investments Ltd.

Hertfordshire County Council

Pulse Healthcare Ltd.

Svenska Handelsbanken AB

Fayers Plumbing and Building Supplies Ltd.

Hertfordshire and Middlesex Wildlife Trust

Great Northern Works Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised landowners in relation to a hybrid promotion/option agreement over 125 acres of land.
  • Advised landowners on the £2.2m sale of a farm.
  • Advised Tappenden and Co Ltd. on the acquisition of a light industrial building for £5.2m.

Taylor Walton LLP

Taylor Walton LLP specialises in a number of key areas in commercial property law, including landlord and tenant work, overage agreements, and acting for lenders offering mezzanine finance. Practice leader Angela Thomas has expertise in property finance, real estate acquisitions and disposals and development work. Managing partner Dermot A Carey has a track record of work for clients in the retail and industrial sectors.

Practice head(s):

Angela Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Dermot A Carey

Testimonials

‘Taylor Walton have strength in depth and are not just a one-man team.’

‘The team we work with at Taylor Walton provide exceptional service, are always available and conclude transactions quicker than any of the other firms we work with.’

‘Dermot Carey is the ‘go-to man’ of the North Home Counties commercial property solicitors.’

‘The attention to detail and the commerciality of the team truly stand out compared to other firms we use.’

Tees Law

The commercial property team at Tees Law is known for providing a broad range of services for clients, including commercial landlord and tenant matters, collective and individual enfranchisement, strategic and current site acquisitions, social housing issues, and commercial property disposals. It has continued to diversify into areas such as agricultural property, energy projects, and mineral exploitation. Kay Piper, who heads the team in Bishop's Stortford, was promoted to partner in April 2020, while partner David Miller works on diversification projects.

Practice head(s):

Mark Carter; Kay Piper

Other key lawyers:

David Miller

Testimonials

Reliable, first-class, professional lawyers we confidently use for all manner of legal services but most recently when concluding a lease negotiation renting offices in London. Their identifying lease provisions we would want to be changed, agreeing to changes with landlord lawyers, avoiding onerous side letters of agreement, etc, all concluded in a satisfactory final outcome for both parties.’

The lawyer handling our lease negotiation took us, step by step through all the lease provisions and issues thereby safeguarding us, where necessary, with agreed amendments. She also assisted both sides with workarounds and solutions to some lease issues such as level of service charge provisions.’

The team is very professional and knowledgeable. The personal touch and the patience they took to explain everything needed to know.’

Unrivalled level of service from an expert team.

I found using Tees Law a very good experience, always on hand to answer questions, etc, would definitely use again.’

Kay Piper’s work is comprehensive, clear, and goes above and beyond – always. She is always incredibly helpful, ensures she keeps me informed of all stages, and I am never unsure of where I stand legally. I have had to use other solicitors previously and have always found the experience slightly anxiety-ridden – not so with Kay. I would simply not consider using another solicitor while she is still working.’

Tees is a medium-size legal practice with the breadth and depth of legal skills found in large practices but the customer care typically found in smaller ones. I have worked with a number of associates and partners over many years and found them all to be friendly, helpful, and highly competent.’

Kay Piper is friendly and approachable whilst remaining professional. She is easy to contact and methodical in her work.’

Excellent personal service – what I really like is that if there is something outside their area of expertise they have excellent contacts.’

I have worked with Tees for many years in mainly rural elements of their commercial property practice. Throughout that time I have found them to offer sound, balanced advice to clients and to be clearly focused on delivering results.’

I have worked with Kay Piper on a number of transactions and found her to have a very straightforward and common sense approach with a keen appreciation of the commercial aspects of a deal.’

Key clients

Birchanger Investment Company Ltd.

Braybrooke Settled Estate

C U Phosco Ltd.

Evolution Insurance Company Ltd.

Green King Brewing & Retailing

Hastingwood Developments (Harlow) Ltd.

Haverhill Properties Ltd.

Henry Rowe

Hereward Estates

Level Acre Developments

Lightsource BP Ltd.

Newhall Projects Ltd.

Pelham Structures Ltd.

Place for People Homes Ltd.

Pub Prop Ltd.

VWV

The Watford-based team at VWV acts for developers, landlowners, charities, and educational institutions regarding residential, commercial, and mixed-use developments and developments on large disposals of land. Joint practice leaders David Marsen and David Power deal with complex projects such as site assemblies and commercial developments. Joe Kwok advises on high-value portfolio refinances.

Practice head(s):

David Marsden; David Power

Other key lawyers:

Joe Kwok

Key clients

Watford Community Housing Trust

Property Bridging Lender

Oakford Homes Ltd.

Pharmaceutical Group of Companies

Oakman Inns and Restaurants Ltd.

Laxton Properties Ltd.

Gade Group

Osprey Homes Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Instructed by the Watford Community Housing Trust to negotiate a development agreement valued at £2.5m.
  • Undertook over 20 transactions for a property bridging lender with values totalling over £12m.
  • Advised Oakford Homes Ltd. on the purchase of Wyevale Garden Centre Beaconsfield for residential development.

Crane & Staples LLP

Operating out of Welwyn Garden City, the team at Crane & Staples LLP specialises in matters relating to real estate and property development, including acquisitions and disposals, commercial refinancing and lettings and finance. Well-regarded commercial head Bonnie Twiggs specialises in leasehold enfranchisement work, while residential property head Christopher Brewis advises on matters such as the acquisition of commercial premises. Senior associate Manish Patel is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Bonnie Twiggs; Chris Brewis

Other key lawyers:

Manish Patel

Testimonials

‘Chris Brewis is approachable and has good people skills; a competent practitioner with a competitive streak that makes him stand out, always returning calls and willing to go that extra mile for his clients. I regularly recommend him and have had no complaints. He sets a high standard within his specialist field.’

‘Bonnie Twiggs always gets straight to the point and explains things in layman’s terms – it is really valuable to receive practical, clear advice without the legal jargon that other solicitors use. Bonnie also has a common sense approach and will always get the job done quickly and efficiently.’

‘Manish Patel has great energy and a positive attitude at all times – he is highly understanding through various challenges; his patience and attention to detail makes it a pleasure to do business together.’

‘Friendly, efficient personal service. Easy to contact, professional team. Helpful and thorough.’

‘Highly professional, and importantly very responsive. They are proactive in chasing up on outstanding questions, and are very thorough and diligent. Very approachable, happy to meet face to face and you feel they are constantly pushing to move forward.’

‘A hard-working team who provide a transparent service with integrity.’

‘Bonnie Twiggs provides an exceptional service – she takes the weight off of the client’s shoulders and onto her own.’

‘A very friendly, knowledgeable firm delivering to our local community.’

Key clients

Simmons (Bakers) Ltd.

Hatfield Trading Ltd.

Isabel Hospice

Netherdown (Herts) Ltd.

Peter Alexander Investments Ltd.

Park Securities Ltd.

RBL Field House Care Ltd.

Renshaw UK Ltd.

W Austin & Sons

Transport Planning Associates

Willowcity Estates

Meadow Holdings Ltd.

Anergreen Properties Ltd.

Lawlock Ltd.

Longcroft Luxury Cat Hotel

Cresthaven Developments Ltd.

Haydenlang Ltd.

PaybyPhone Ltd.

Home Hug Ltd.

Azza Ltd.

Easyrent Ltd.

Gigi & Valter Ltd.

Paramour Properties Ltd.

AJD Tiverton Ltd.

Thrive Assets Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Acted for a property developer in connection with the acquisition of a plot of land for residential development, with a potential value of over £5m.
  • Acted for an ambulance trust taking a seven-year sub-lease of part of an office unit in a business park.
  • Acted for a property developer in the purchase of a block of flats to be refurbished, with a value of £1.45m.

Harold Benjamin

The commercial property team at Harold Benjamin advises clients on a wide range of property matters, including structured lending, property developments, and real estate investments and leasing. The head of commercial property team Ray Oshry has particular experience advising banks on matters such as development loans. Vijay Parikh took over as managing partner in January 2019 and specialises in property acquisitions and disposals, as well as auctions for small to mid-range property developers. Partner Robert Souber focuses on leasing and investment work in the retail and leisure sectors. Legal director Bilyana Munic joined from Tees Law in January 2020.

Practice head(s):

Ray Oshry

Other key lawyers:

Vijay Parikh; Robert Souber

Lennons Solicitors

Lennons Solicitors advising on a broad spread of commercial property matters, including acquisitions and disposals of investment property, secured lending, and large-scale development work. Managing director Andy Coyle advises on issues such as sub-sales of developments and secured loans for residential development sites.

Practice head(s):

Andy Coyle

Other key lawyers:

Ed Monniot

Testimonials

Lennons are universally regarded as by far the best property and commercial practice in the Chilterns. Quite simply, they have no competitors. Apart from the strength and depth of their expertise at the partner level what is important is that this goes right through the team in terms of skill and efficiency. This is something you will not find in any other legal practice in the area and additionally means that they are good value for money when the bill arrives.’

Andy Coyle, the senior partner is widely regarded as the best property lawyer in the Chilterns, in terms of expertise and quality of advice and is excellent particularly where complex and difficult property issues are concerned.’

The team have expanded and have bought in some very experienced personnel; however, they are still approachable and flexible. They stand out above other firms in that they are keen to understand situations and they work actively with commercial property consultants such as myself, rather than being slightly aloof, as some solicitors are.

They are very knowledgeable and pragmatic.’

The team we work with provide an excellent level of advice and cover. Critically if someone is away, there is another that will pick up the workload.’

Their level of experience and knowledge enables us to fully trust them. This puts them at a level far above other people we have worked with.’

Key clients

Howarth Homes plc

Ridgepoint Homes

W.E. Black Ltd.

Hawridge Properties Ltd.

New Homes Estates Ltd.

Lioncrest Homes Ltd.

Harrington Property

Handelsbanken

Carrington Residential

Machins Solicitors LLP

Based in Luton, Machins Solicitors LLP provides advice to regional clients such as charities, property and corporate investors and banks, on a range of matters, including estate development work, freehold and leasehold acquisitions, and auction transactions. Practice leader Santokh Singh is an expert in property and estate development work, as well as auction transactions. Nick Ginger advises clients on sales of development land and conditional contracts.

Practice head(s):

Santokh Singh

Other key lawyers:

Nick Ginger

Testimonials

Machins deliver solid advice you can rely upon and are great value for money. Nick Ginger provides an excellent blend of experience, insight and pragmatism.’

I have been using Machins for both business and personal affairs for a period of some 40 years. Each and every aspect is dealt with professionally using a specialist department in whatever field is required. The relevant partners remain approachable at all levels throughout any negotiations.’

I have been dealing with Nick Ginger throughout my relationship with this firm. Nick at all times offers advice and assistance in a thorough and practical manner whatever and whenever the need arises. He is most approachable and understands we are human and not merely a client number. Nick is able to deal with issues from the mundane to the most complex with complete confidence at each step.’

Machins Solicitors are a well-known and respected firm in Luton. They have a large team of solicitors who work together to bring about a solution to clien’s requirements and problems.’

A reliable, fast, and efficient service. A very good team. Machins are always friendly and make you feel that your business is important to them.’

Nockolds Solicitors

The Bishop's Stortford team at Nockolds Solicitors frequently advises regional and national developers on commercial development matters, including development agreements, Section 106 agreements and site assembly matters, and also has a history of advising on social housing issues. Leader of the commercial property team Michael Talbot has experience in planning and infrastructure agreements and specialises in large-scale residential development; he works alongside Andrew Fernandes.

Practice head(s):

Michael Talbot

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Fernandes