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Dentons

Based in Milton Keynes, Dentons acts on behalf of high-profile clients in the infrastructure, retail, banking, telecoms and public sectors on the full scope of commercial property matters, frequently involving cross-border and international elements. Practice leader Roland Gray promotes a ‘collaborative and inclusive approach’, and specialises in landlord and tenant matters, as well as development work. Robert Wyatt handles a range of commercial property transactions involving the acquisition, management and financing of commercial buildings, while counsel Greg Rigby advises on railway property work. Other key members of the team include senior associates Neill Pemberton and Lorna Rogers.

Practice head(s):

Roland Gray

Other key lawyers:

Robert Wyatt; Greg Rigby; Neill Pemberton; Lorna Rogers

Testimonials

‘The lead partner Roland Gary, from the get go, has been proactive in promoting a collaborative and inclusive approach. I feel my interests are protected and his approach is one of attempting to seek the best possible outcome, but equally aware that some times this isn’t always achievable. In these circumstances, the risks and liabilities are clearly defined. I have found this approach to be a common theme that runs through the whole Denton’s team. Their reaction was fast and displayed a real determination to get stuck in and play a full part.’

‘Dentons work collaboratively across many functions to ensure objectives are delivered, but equally to ensure the right level of protection is gained in all transactions.’

Key clients

The National Bank of Egypt

Taylor Wimpey

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Limited

Oak Furnitureland Group

Group 1 Automotive

Eastbrook Facilities Limited (SPV)

National Crime Agency

Mulberry Homes

Abbey Developments Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Sainsbury’s on its convenience store acquisition deals, such as exchanging on a number of sites in mixed-use development schemes and completing new sites.
  • Advised Taylor Wimpey on the acquisition of multiple site phases of development sites in Bingham and Nottingham.
  • Advised Eastbrook Facilities Limited (SPV) on a 110,000 sq ft building after the grant of a series of leases to pharmaceuticals giant Astra Zeneca in Cambridge.

EMW Law LLP

EMW Law LLP has specialist groups within its commercial property team covering real estate financings, developments, investment matters, planning work and construction issues, as well as healthcare, telecoms, education and social housing mandates. Located in Milton Keynes, practice leader Stephen Kay acts for large corporate occupiers on the acquisition and disposal of substantial properties, while Marcus Carter deals with investment and corporate occupier matters. Allawee Albaghdadi departed in November 2020, while Terence Ritchie and legal director Mary Phillips joined from SA Law LLP in March 2020 and September 2020 respectively.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Kay

Other key lawyers:

Marcus Carter; Terence Ritchie; Mary Philips

Testimonials

‘The team at EMW were knowledgeable and reliable, responding to any correspondence promptly.’

‘Stephen Kay and Marcus Carter are commercial in their approach, responsive, deadline driven.’

‘Commercial, responsive and able to work against deadlines for delivery.’

‘Terence Ritchie was a useful resource to rely on being available, to answer our questions and add useful expertise in finding pragmatic solutions to any challenges that arose.’

Key clients

Grand Union Housing Group Limited

Cottsway Housing Association Limited

Thrive Homes Limited

Formula One Autocentres Limited

BFS Group Limited

CBRE Global Investors Trustee Limited

Santander UK plc

National Westminster Bank

Inter MK/MK Dons

On Tower UK 1 Limited and On Tower UK 5 Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Milton Keynes Dons Limited on a development agreement relating to the proposed acquisition of the National Bowl.
  • Advised CBRE Global Investors Trustee on its investment acquisition of a multi-let industrial estate in Greenwich for £12.1m.
  • Acted for Thrive Homes Limited on its acquisition of a greenfield site in excess of £6m with a GDV of £25m.

Shoosmiths LLP

The Milton Keynes team at Shoosmiths LLP advises clients on a broad range of commercial property matters, including acquisitions and strategic work for major PLCs, sales and purchases for investors, care home and retirement village issues, corporate occupancy transactions, and mix-use retail and leisure developments. Practice leader Steve Wiltshire has experience in dealing with strategic developments under promotion, option and hybrid agreements. Catherine Williams is a commercial and mixed-use development expert acting for developers, operators and corporate occupiers, while Lisa Williams advises landowners on the sale and development of land. Principal associates Chris George and Kirsty Chalkley are additional names to note.

Practice head(s):

Steve Wiltshire

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Williams; Lisa Williams; Chris George; Kirsty Chalkley

Testimonials

‘Clear communication, a great team effort from everyone with a can-do attitude and a commitment to complete the tasks at hand.’

‘There are very few situations in real estate which partner, Steve Wiltshire, hasn’t found himself in before, and it is always hugely reassuring when he confirms his ability to act.’

‘Our primary contact is Chris George, who we have always found to be highly knowledgeable, responsive, offering a high degree of expertise and always able to see how a transaction fits the wider strategy.’ 

‘Catherine Williams has phenomenal energy and her wit can lighten the most austere board room.’

‘Kirsty Chalkley, goes the extra few yards (and then some) when it comes to getting our deals over the line. Her perseverance is off the scale.’

‘We have used the real estate team at Shoosmiths for many years and found them very knowledgeable, responsive and able to provide a wide range of expert advice.’

‘Chris George’s knowledge is infallible. Chris provides an excellent client experience every time.’

‘Lisa Williams’ specialist and in-depth knowledge makes the most difficult commercial transactions understandable for all.’

Key clients

Vistry Group PLC

Gade Developments

McKay Securities PLC

Volkswagen Group United Kingdom Limited

Mercedes-Benz Retail Group UK Limited

Galliford Try PLC

Travelodge Hotels Limited

Coca Cola European Partners PLC

Revolution Bars Group PLC

Lloyds Bank PLC

The Open University

The Jockey Club

Balfour Beatty

Kier

Bellway

McCarthy Stone

Frontier Estates Limited

Tingdene Group

Millbrook Proving Ground Limited

Perseus Land and Developments

Yusen Logistics (UK) Limited

Storey Homes

Kindale

Larkfleet

Work highlights

  • Advised Revolution Bars Group in relation to property portfolio due diligence and provided restructuring advice to facilitate a successful CVA.
  • Advised McKay Securities and secured the disposal of 30 Lombard Street to a German institutional fund for £76.5m.
  • Advising Perseus Land and Developments Limited in relation to an acquisition program, compromising more than 20 transactions with a combined GDV in excess of £350m.

B P Collins LLP

Based in Gerrards Cross, B P Collins LLP handles commercial and development property work including acquisitions, re-gears, lettings, financings, management issues and sales. The property team regularly collaborates with the environment team, acting for clients in the mining and minerals sector on complex transactions including mineral extraction leases. The practice also has expertise in the leisure and retail sectors, as well as acting for developers and landowners. Practice leader Alison Taylor has experience in handling multiple property transactions and acts on high-value corporate transactions. Maria Mowberry focuses on real estate finance work for institutional lenders, while Martina Razaq handles complex property transactions and leads the residential sub-team.

Practice head(s):

Alison Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Maria Mowberry; Martina Razaq

Testimonials

‘The team is large, with breath and depth. Led by partner Alison Taylor, supported by partner Maria Mowbery and partner Martina Razaq, all of whom are very knowledgeable and experienced. This means a very competent partner is always available to advise on whatever may arise.’

‘Alison Taylor is always excellent to work with as she has fantastic market knowledge, is a great negotiator and very commercial.’

‘Good, sound and pragmatic advice from an excellent team with backup when required. Client goals are always to the front, and their attitude is very creative when involved scenarios are present.’ 

‘Maria Mowberry encapsulates the characteristics of B P Collins. Always on hand and personal attention faultless. Over many years now, I have developed great confidence in her ability, attention to detail and soundness of knowledge and judgement.’

‘Alison Taylor has always been very approachable and knowledgeable.’  

Key clients

The Original Bowling Company

Biffa Group

Welford Investments Limited

Rico Logistics Limited

Summerleaze Limited

Mobile Mini, Inc

Lacoste UK Limited

Wycombe District Council

CliniMed Holdings Limited

Bijou Living Limited

Debenhams Ottaway

Debenhams Ottaway advises both local and national clients, including hospitality companies, charities, corporates and local councils, on a range of matters including sales and purchases of owner occupied and investment property, property developments and secured lending matters. Based in St Albans, the team also provides specialist advice on diocese-related property and trust matters. Practice co-head Ruth Boulton deals with a range of property transactions, including high-value disposals and purchases, and residential matters. Fellow co-head Jonathan Foy handles complex lease work, while newly promoted partner Neil Mercer has expertise in matters concerning the occupation, development, purchase and sale of commercial property.

Practice head(s):

Ruth Boulton; Jonathan Foy

Other key lawyers:

Neil Mercer

Testimonials

‘A well established local team of solicitors who are embedded in the local community. Highly knowledgeable team who are keen to work through issues with you for the clients benefit.’

‘The team offer great advice and are always available.’

‘Ruth Boulton is the best property lawyer that I have worked with.’

‘The team take a creative approach when dealing with problems in the property industry, always looking for solutions where others tend to settle for unsatisfactory compromises.’

Key clients

Red Kite Land Company Limited

New Era Fuels Limited

Stratton Land

Morpheus Construction Limited

Broadwing Homes Limited

The St Albans Diocesan Board of Finance

Royal Bank of Scotland PLC

Market Reach Licensing Services Limited (Paddington Bear Café)

Luxottica North Europe Limited

Luxottica Retail UK Limited

InspireAll Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted Red Kite Land Company Limited with acquiring a portfolio of eight supermarkets including Tesco, Co-Op and One Stops.
  • Acted for Royal Bank of Scotland on the refinancing of seven mixed-use properties with a £7.6m facility provided by the bank.
  • Advised HF Holidays Limited on the re-mortgaging of seven of its freehold sites throughout the UK.

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP is known for its expertise in the hospitality and leisure sectors, and also advises regional airports, banks and healthcare companies on high-value commercial property matters. Based in Milton Keynes, the team handles construction and development work, property litigation and environmental matters. Practice co-leader Valerie Warman acts on high-value transactions for corporate occupiers and landlords, while fellow co-leader Leo Skinner handles property portfolio acquisitions and disposals and general estate management work. Other key members of the team include Shashi Chambers and consultant David Danskin. Lucy Bradban joined from EMW Law LLP in April 2020.

Practice head(s):

Valerie Warman; Leo Skinner

Other key lawyers:

Shashi Chambers; David Danskin; Lucy Bradban 

Testimonials

‘Valerie Warman – I have always found her to be very knowledgeable and highly professional. She is highly professional and knows her subject in great detail. She is able to get over difficult concepts in an accessible and understandable way which makes reporting back into the business much easier.’

Key clients

FedEx Group of Companies

London Luton Airport

Burger King

Twickenham Studios

APCOA Parking (UK) Ltd.

Milton Keynes Council

Milton Keynes Parks Trust

Advanced Software

Work highlights

  • Advised Time and Space Studios Limited on its acquisition of a 50% interest in the famous Twickenham Studios.
  • Advised Milton Keynes Council and Milton Keynes Development Partnership on the sale of the Council’s former offices at Saxon Court (and MKDP’s adjoining landholding of a substantial area of open space) to First Base (funded by Patron Capital).
  • Acted on 30-35 site acquisitions for Burger King.

HCR Hewitsons

HCR Hewitsons acts on behalf of commercial clients, landlords, tenants and residential developers, regularly negotiating complex conditional contracts, development agreements and promotion agreements. The commercial property team also assists with the disposal of large mixed-use development projects comprising commercial offices, residential plots, schools and community facilities. Head of real estate for Northampton and Milton Keynes David Wells has experience in investment sales and acquisitions of offices as well as commercial landlord and tenant matters, and acts for clients in the light industrial sectors. Yvette Morgan specialises in large-scale housing and mixed-use development projects. Lewis Djemal joined the firm's Reading office from Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

David Wells; Yvette Morgan

Key clients

AW James Limited

Homes England

Richard Utley Limited

Vibe Estates Limited

Olney Property Limited

Ardent Hire Solutions Limited

Marchmont Farms Limited

Wimbledon Property Holdings Limited

Bright Horizons Family Solutions Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised AW James Limited on the refinance of its property portfolio with a major multinational bank, with estimated an estimated value of £100m.
  • Acted for AW James Limited on a letting deal involving the exchange of three agreements for lease.

IBB Law

The residential development and commercial real estate team at IBB Law advises high-profile clients on a range of matters including instant land acquisitions and disposals, urban regeneration projects, affordable housing sales, social housing issues and complex planning agreements. Led by property litigator Jon Mowbray, the practice acts for clients in the charity, retail, banking and finance sectors. Vivien Rimmer has experience in negotiating Section 106 agreements, while Bill Bidder handles complex land assembly issues, collaboration agreements and promotion agreements. Miles Eckersley and consultant Susan Mawson have experience in mixed-use residential developments, and Gemma Coles’ sector focuses include the offices, retail and leisure industries.

Practice head(s):

Jon Mowbray

Other key lawyers:

Vivien Rimmer; Bill Bidder; Miles Eckersley; Susan Mawson; Gemma Coles

Testimonials

‘They seem to work well together. On a recent letting their building department worked very well with the letting department to bring about a successful letting.’

‘The partner I deal with is super quick and very diligent about getting things done. I never have to chase her; in fact I am normally behind where she is. She has closed deals that I would have struggled with alone.’

Key clients

Lands Improvement

OWCH (Older Women’s Co-Housing Group)

Thrive Homes Limited

Riverdale Developments Limited

Optima (UK) Limited

Dandara Limited

Aviva

Frontier Estates Ltd.

AIB Group (UK) plc

Renault Retail Group UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Renault Retail Group UK Limited on the freehold sale of its headquarters together with a leaseback, valued at £39m.
  • Advised a large registered provider on the intergroup transfer of housing stock from parent company to subsidiary company.
  • Advised an independent property development company on the acquisition of two parcels of land formerly used as farmland, each with separate planning permissions.

SA Law LLP

Based in St Albans, SA Law LLP advises clients in the charity, retail, healthcare and hospitality sectors on a range of commercial property matters including investment acquisitions and disposals, option agreements, and landlord and tenant work. The department also leverages the firm's in-house team of real estate litigation experts. Practice co-head Steve Kenneford specialises in residential conveyancing work, while co-head Gary Dunger advises on future income generation through the retention of overage rights on disposals, and investment acquisitions. Other key members of the team include Steve Ryan and John Moore.

Practice head(s):

Steve Kenneford; Gary Dunger

Other key lawyers:

Steve Ryan; John Moore

Key clients

Tulsesense Limited

Royal Bank of Scotland

Eurochange Limited

HSBC

Handelsbanken PLC

Watford Football Club

Bloomsbury Leisure Group

PHS Limited

Bahlsen LLP

Portman Finance Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Eurochange Limited on over 40 instructions as the company re-brands its portfolio to NM Money, and continues its portfolio expansion with new store openings.
  • Advised a residential development client on high-value matters including site assembly, planning issues, statutory agreements and plot sales across sites in the Northern Home Counties and East Midlands.
  • Advised Bloomsbury Leisure Group on the acquisition of a new London location, expanding the client’s portfolio of eating and drinking establishments, accommodation, and bowling alleys.

Sherrards Solicitors LLP

Based in St Albans, Sherrards Solicitors LLP has experience in the retail and hospitality, franchising, leisure and healthcare sectors, advising clients on commercial property matters including acquisitions, planning work and construction mandates, as well as sales and lettings. The team frequently draws on the expertise of the firm’s property litigators on contentious matters. Practice leader Terry Fendt has experience in the retail industry and acts for well-known high street retailers. Stephanie Kierans also deals with transactions in the retail sector, including acquisitions and disposals, while managing partner Alasdair McMillin remains a key contact for commercial property work.

Practice head(s):

Terry Fendt

Other key lawyers:

Stephanie Kierans; Alasdair McMillin

Testimonials

‘Very good, approachable and commercial. They just get the job done.’

‘They keep you informed the whole way, always happy to pick up the phone and discuss matters. Provide excellent client service.’

Key clients

Chokdee Ltd.

Menkind Ltd.

Evapo Ltd.

DGMP Ltd.

Funstation Ltd.

Energie Property (UK) Ltd.

Foodco UK Franchising Ltd.

Rituals Cosmetics UK Ltd.

ABMM Ltd.

DBD Distribution Ltd.

Olney Headwear Ltd.

Fawcett Mead

Victory Advisors Ltd.

Woodfines LLP

Woodfines LLP advises clients in the retail, transport, leisure, hotel, office and industrial sectors on a broad range of commercial property matters, including large-scale property transactions involving acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, property and construction developments and funding work. The team also acts for landlords and tenants on commercial leasehold transactions. Based in Milton Keynes, practice head Suzanna Stephenson advises clients on property acquisitions, disposals, development work and commercial landlord and tenant matters. Sylvia Goulding specialises in receivership work and property-related insolvency matters. Suzanne Folbigg departed to Leeds Day in August 2020.

Practice head(s):

Suzanna Stephenson

Other key lawyers:

Sylvia Goulding

Testimonials

‘Suzanna Stephenson is very down to earth and gives clear and full explanations.’ 

‘The team treats us with respect, and values our needs and requests. They have a professional and understanding approach.’ 

‘A very high standard of professional services and advice are consistently provided by the partners and staff at all levels. This is always a firm we know will not avoid taking a call when a conversation is needed.’

‘Knowledge of law with different departments that specialise in that field.’

Blaser Mills Law

Located in Amersham, Blaser Mills Law advises clients in the office, industrial, hotel and leisure sectors on commercial property issues ranging from sales, acquisitions and financings to general commercial leases, development work and securitisation matters. Head of the real estate and development team Louise Benning specialises in real estate developments, while David Michaels has experience in complex property transactions.

Practice head(s):

Louise Benning

Other key lawyers:

David Michaels

Testimonials

‘David Michaels is very good and dedicated.’

‘Communication and the ability to get things or make things happen on time and thinking outside of the box to overcome problems are stand out features.’

Longmores Solicitors LLP

Based in Hertford, the property team at Longmores Solicitors LLP is split into two departments dealing with commercial and residential property matters. Practice leader Rachael Spalton advises both developer and landowner clients on development and strategic land transactions, as well as handling promotion, option and overage agreements. Victoria Sandberg specialises in rural land mandates and deals with estate disposals and property management work. The practice benefits from the support of John Wagstaffe, who heads up the property disputes team.

Practice head(s):

Rachael Spalton

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Sandberg; John Wagstaffe 

Testimonials

‘The team work well together and have very good communication skills, which is vital in ensuring the smoothest conveyancing process.’ 

‘Victoria Sandberg is very efficient and provides a high degree of confidence.’

‘Communication and timeliness are key in agency transactions. I have worked closely with Victoria Sandberg on a number of transactions and, as well as ensuring that the legal side of the matter is dealt with properly, she is in regular contact with all parties and especially if a problem arises, which means that the matter in hand can be dealt with quickly.’ 

Key clients

Shine Partnerships Limited

Yellow Tomato Homes Limited

Tappenden & Co Limited

Rooff Group

Wedge Investments Limited

James Taylor Group

Pulse Healthcare Limited

Svenska Handelsbanken AB

Hertfordshire and Middlesex Wildlife Trust

Great Northern Works Limited

King & Co Properties Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Shine Partnerships Limited on the sale of a portfolio of supported living accommodation to a large social housing provider for over £4m.
  • Advised landowning clients on a promotion agreement for a potential residential development of greenbelt land, with a minimum sale price of over £4m.
  • Advised Yellow Tomato Homes Limited on its first purchase of a small development site for £1.5m.

Taylor Walton LLP

Taylor Walton LLP advises clients on a range of commercial property matters, including site assembly issues, overage arrangements, mezzanine finance work and landlord and tenant mandates. Practice leader Angela Thomas has experience in real estate acquisitions and disposals, portfolio management issues and commercial development matters. Managing partner Dermot Carey specialises in the retail, industrial and office park sectors. Other key members of the team include James Cottrell and James Khakpour-Smith.

Practice head(s):

Angela Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Dermot Carey; James Cottrell; James Khakpour-Smith

Testimonials

‘James Khakpour-Smith is the partner we deal with on a regular basis and he is absolutely fantastic to work with. Always goes above and beyond, is commercially minded and always gives considered advice.’

‘I have valued Taylor Walton’s breadth of legal experience in dealing with various matters beyond simple conveyancing. This is particularly important for increasingly more complex property transactions. And it helps to have this knowledge base under one roof.’

Key clients

Capita PLC

The Entertainer (Amersham) Limited

Barnardo’s

Brook Street (UK) Limited

Chamberlain Holdings PLC

Jarvis Homes Limited

Tees Law

Tees Law provides a range of services to clients, including handling renewable energy issues, infrastructure projects, agricultural property work and mineral exploitation matters. Based in Bishop’s Stortford, the commercial property team handles residential portfolio acquisitions and disposals, sales of high-value development land, and commercial and residential management work. Practice leader Kay Piper deals with a range of complex work including leasehold enfranchisement, development and finance mandates, as well as general sales and purchases, while David Miller handles diversification projects and senior associate John Buckley is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Kay Piper

Other key lawyers:

David Miller; John Buckley

Testimonials

‘Tees Law has in-depth acumen, experience and knowledge in all matters relating to development, planning and bringing large scale projects to fruition. They helped bring a conclusion during all the vicissitudes of lockdown.’ 

‘David Miller is incredibly detailed, hard working and imaginative to get the answers you require. Often ends up directing the deal from the off between all the parties involved.’

‘Kay Piper is a partner at Tees Law and we found her very professional, intuitive and she provided a personal service.’

‘John Buckley quickly identifies the key legal and practical issues, and works with fellow professionals to deliver results for clients.’ 

‘Efficient, knowledgeable and reliable. Response time is excellent to queries and a range of team experience to call upon.’ 

‘David Miller has very extensive knowledge of the renewables sector and is very clear in his mission to protect his client’s interests.’

‘We have found Kay Piper excellent in her approach, attitude and diligence with a wealth of knowledge on her finger tips to ensure work is carried out proficiently.’ 

‘I have been using the Tees commercial property team for many years now. Despite the huge challenges of the last year, they have been helpful and responsive. Where government restrictions have hampered normal relations, they have found ways to facilitate ongoing practice enabling us to keep our projects moving forward, mainly by rapidly adapting their use of IT systems.’ 

Key clients

Birchanger Investment Company Ltd.

Braybrooke Settled Estate

Greene King Brewing & Retailing

Hastingwood Developments (Harlow) Ltd.

Haverhill Properties Ltd .

Hereward Estates Ltd.

Pub Prop Ltd.

Vacton Properties (South) Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised a client on the sale of 350 acres of development land at a price in excess of £60m.
  • Acted for a global logistics service provider in the sale of its UK commercial premises for £2m.
  • Advised a renewable energy client on the development, acquisition and long-term management of large-scale solar projects and smart energy solutions.

VWV

Based in Watford, VWV advises clients in the charity and education sectors, as well as developers and landowners, on issues including residential, commercial and mixed-use developments, and large disposals of land. Practice co-leader David Marsen has expertise in property development matters, while co-head David Power deals with strategic land issues through promotion agreements and property joint ventures. Joe Kwok has experience in landlord and tenant matters.

Practice head(s):

David Marsen; David Power

Other key lawyers:

Joe Kwok

Crane & Staples LLP

Crane & Staples LLP is known for assisting local families and individuals with conveyancing issues, as well as acting for local property developers, landowners and care homes on real estate and property development matters. Led by Bonnie Twiggs, the team has experience in commercial refinancings, acquisitions and disposals, as well as the sale and purchase of residential property and agriculture land. Christopher Brewis specialises in high-value property matters, while Manish Patel handles care home transactions and commercial office work and leases.

Practice head(s):

Bonnie Twiggs

Other key lawyers:

Manish Patel; Christopher Brewis

Testimonials

‘Bonnie Twiggs has an excellent approach to her work. She is professional, while at the same time offers a pragmatic approach to more complicated matters which is vital, especially in the commercial arena. She has excellent knowledge of her field. Her work is consistently to a high standard and we know that we will never find mistakes in her documentation.’

‘Christopher Brewis is very attentive, thorough and perseveres when inevitable difficulties arise and always finds a suitable solution in those situations.’ 

‘The main strengths of Crane & Staples is the calibre of the team and the fact that they are totally reliable, prompt in their responses and always give measured, informed advice. Enabling you to feel confident and secure in all transactions. They are acting on your behalf and you always feel you are their main priority.’ 

‘Manish Patel is a particularly diligent, outstanding individual who strives on customer service and excellence.’

‘Bonnie Twiggs is quick to respond, good knowledge of specialist areas, personable and calm.’ 

‘Christopher Brewis has excellent technical knowledge and attention to detail. Professional, efficient and a calm manner.’ 

Key clients

Simmons (Bakers) Limited

Hatfield Trading Limited

Isabel Hospice

Netherdown (Herts) Limited

Peter Alexander Investments Limited

Park Securities Limited

RBL Field House Care Limited

Renshaw UK Limited

W Austin & Sons

Transport Planning Associates

Willowcity Estates

Meadow Holdings Limited

Longcroft Luxury Cat Hotel

Yeoman Estates

Lawson Hobbs

Work highlights

  • Acted for a property developer regarding the option to purchase a development site, subject to planning, with an estimated development value of £8m.
  • Acted for a corporate client in connection with the acquisition of new business premises valued at £4m.
  • Acted on the purchase of a residential care home business, together with freehold premises using commercial financing, with a potential value of £10m.

Howes Percival LLP

Based in Milton Keynes, Howes Percival LLP’s commercial property team regularly advises clients on a range of matters, including the acquisition and disposal of residential and commercial development land and built out sites. Headed up by Marcus Carter, who joined from EMW Law LLP in June 2021, the practice has also seen a growth in banking and property finance work.

Practice head(s):

Marcus Carter

Lennons Solicitors

Based in Chesham, Lennons Solicitors handles a broad range of commercial property work including landlord and tenant matters, acquisitions and disposals of investment properties, secured lending issues and development work. Managing director Andy Coyle advises on complex acquisitions and sub-sales of development sites, as well as investment work. Senior associate Serdar Mehmet joined from IBB Law in December 2020, and solicitor Da-Hae Kwon is recommended by clients.

Practice head(s):

Andy Coyle

Other key lawyers:

Serdar Mehmet; Da-Hae Kwon

Testimonials

‘Excellent team, in-depth knowledge of their chosen specialities and very approachable.’ 

‘Andy Coyle offers clear, prompt advice, making the legal process a great deal smoother and efficient.’

‘Lennons are widely regarded as one of the top commercial property firms in the Chilterns. A particular characteristic is the strength and depth of their team.’ 

‘We first worked with Andy Coyle and we were very satisfied, then we worked with Da-Hae Kwon and after four years, we want to continue working together. She is meticulous, helpful, very polite, very kind and with a professionalism that makes us really like working with her.’ 

‘This practice is unique as the team looks at various different property conveyances and any problems that arise, they always come up with a suitable answer. The team are good communicators and will avoid unnecessary expensive legal expenditure on the clients behalf.’ 

‘Andy Coyle has exceptional technical knowledge and the ability to deal with complex issues quickly and in a straight forward manner.’ 

‘The team facilitate our business to operate in the way it does. Without them, I doubt we would be the business we are.’ 

‘Co-ordination between the various members of the team is very good, and all parts of the team are aware of the situation on the ground and therefore are able to act with speed and accuracy.’ 

Key clients

Howarth Homes PLC

Ridgepoint Homes

W.E. Black Limited

Hawridge Properties Limited

New Homes Estates Limited

Lioncrest Homes Limited

Harringtons Property

Troy Homes Limited

Carrington Residential

Machins Solicitors LLP

Machins Solicitors LLP advises property and corporate investors, charities and banks on a range of commercial property matters including freehold and leasehold acquisitions, estate development work and auction transactions. Based in Luton, practice co-head Simeon Clipstone specialises in property asset-based business sales and purchases, as well as landlord and tenant matters. Fellow co-head Santokh Singh focuses on acquisitions of sites for mixed-use developments. Nick Ginger is also a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Simeon Clipstone; Santokh Singh

Other key lawyers:

Nick Ginger

Testimonials

‘I have found Nick Ginger to be most thorough in all aspects of commercial leasing and conveyancing. Always available to deal with matters, however minor they may be.’

‘Receive rapid, relevant responses from Simeon Clipstone and I am kept up to date on everything. Possible issues are identified and handled without being aware of them.’

‘Nick Ginger is very experienced, but also extremely commercial.’

Nockolds Solicitors

Located in Bishop’s Stortford, Nockolds Solicitors advises clients on complex purchase and sales transactions regarding sites for residential and commercial development, as well as handling matters including option agreements, conditional contracts and Section 106 agreements. Practice leader Michael Talbot advises local and regional property developers on the acquisition and development of sites, including planning and infrastructure agreements, while James Griffiths, who joined from Ashtons Legal in May 2020, specialises in property portfolio investment management work; and principal associate Lucy Riley handles leasehold enfranchisement mandates.

Practice head(s):

Michael Talbot 

Other key lawyers:

James Griffiths; Lucy Riley