Commercial property: Essex in South East

Birkett Long LLP

Birkett Long LLP maintains a leading reputation in the residential development arena, where it acts for large national housebuilders on a wide ambit of issues, such as finance, plot sales and acquisitions, and site set-up. Elsewhere, the team has a strong profile among clients operating in the healthcare and education sectors. In addition, it acts for pension trusts and high-net-worth individuals on investment transactions. Property finance work from national lenders also drives activity; Melanie Bache has been instrumental in developing the firm's relationships with banks. Justin Stock is experienced in handling sales, purchases and leases of commercial properties, among other matters. Suzanne Bradbury co-heads the practice with Emma Wraight.

Practice head(s):

Suzanne Bradbury; Emma Wraight

Other key lawyers:

Melanie Bache; Justin Stock; Daniel Sturman


‘I worked with Emma Wraight. She was professional, easy to communicate with and hit her time deadlines. She was always available when needed.’

‘We were recommended Birkett Long for a property transaction and we were not disappointed in our choice. Daniel Sturman was allocated to us and from the start of the process his expert knowledge and consistent flow of information kept us well informed and in front for the whole experience. His attention to detail and explanation of the process was outstanding and a credit to his firm.’

‘Our main point of contact during our experience was Daniel Sturman, who was exemplary and a real credit to his company. Daniel’s work ethic and commitment to the cause was second to none, very professional at all times with a great delivery of news good or bad. ’

‘Really responsive and access to an internal network allowing quick referrals where advice is needed in other specialist areas. Take the time to build a relationship with us as a client. ’

‘Emma Wraight has supported us with a number of commercial leases and we will continue to return due to how professional and responsive she is. Always on hand to support with ad hoc issues and advice. Would happily recommend Emma to anyone. Keep up the great work! ’

‘We have continued to use the residential and commercial conveyancing teams at Birkett Long throughout the pandemic. They quickly put in place systems and working practices so that they could continue to serve their clients without interruption. They are efficient and practical and clearly knowledgeable in the advice that they give. Often they can see a simpler way to deal with complex resulting in a saving in time and costs. They are certainly not knit-picking in their overall approach. We can easily get hold of the relevant member of staff. ’

Key clients

North Avenue Development Co Limited

Fairfield Court Developments

Project Etopia Limited

Inclusion Ventures Limited

Southdowns Village Limited

Lloyds Bank Plc

Minchenden Limited

Pauls Fruit & Veg (Western International) Limited

Fairfield Holdings Limited (Fairfield Court Developments Ltd, North Avenue Development Co Ltd, North Avenue Development Co (Two) Limited, Chignal Properties Limited)

Farleigh Hospice

Cants of Colchester

St Helena Hospice

Atlantis Quality Developments

Paton & Lee Limited

Crown Holdings Limited

Kent Blaxill

Paul Hensher

Triolo Holdings Limited

Colchester Institute Corporation

Hand2mouth/Eat Natural

The Good Wine Shop

Evelyn Court (Deptford) Limited

Colwyn Property & Land

University of Essex




Work highlights

  • Advised Project Etopia UK Limited on the acquisition and funding of numerous development sites across the country. Project Etopia uses energy-efficient designs to deliver high-quality affordable housing at great speed.
  • Advised Colchester Institute Corporation on the sale of development land conditional upon relocation of telecommunication masts for £1.5m.
  • Acted for a client on a long leasehold unit of industrial building which is underlet for use a cold store and for the boning and packaging of meat and ancillary products for the wholesale of meat and meat products. The firm acted on the original purchase of the long leasehold interests relating to the whole land and building (comprising 4 units) and the underlease of whole to a national company.

Birketts LLP

Birketts LLP's first-rate team has a strong track record acting for clients such as banks, national housebuilders, developers, investors, landlords and tenants. Practice head Grace Kerr is part of a sub-group that focuses on strategic land matters, such as option agreements, landowner agreements and promotion. With the firm being highly active in the residential development space, Steven Kay leads a team that acts for a sizeable number of regional developers and national housebuilders. Elsewhere, the firm is sought after for advice on investment acquisitions and sales, as well as portfolio management and property finance transactions. Legal directors Duncan WilliamsonDavid Springett and Johanna Cope are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Grace Kerr

Other key lawyers:

Steven Kay; Duncan Williamson; David Springett; Johanna Cope; Matthew Grindley; Hannah Harbottle; Adele Dean


‘Very professional throughout the practice. They have a large team which enables us to know there they can handle all our legal requirements.’

‘Duncan Williamson is knowledgeable and has a very good eye for detail in deals which others may miss. Whilst nothing gets past Duncan, he is also very commercial in finding ways past problems to make deals happen. Duncan even garners compliments from our clients in respect of his inter-action with their own solicitors.’

‘It is a local firm with the big firm clout. They have specialists covering all the major disciplines and you get consistent, high-quality advice across the board. Birketts’ billing is fair and the service represents excellent value for money. ’

‘David Springett is an incredible legal talent and an expert when it comes to navigating complex land and development cases. There is nothing pretentious in how he operates and I always get reliable and pragmatic advice.’

‘Excellent response time to customer enquiries, clear fee structure and solid advice from all involved.’

‘Grace Kerr and Hannah Harbottle in particular provide excellent legal advice on a wide range of legal matters. Always able to offer advice or referral even on the most challenging of requests.’

‘The team always exceed expectations at all points of contact.’

‘David Springett is a fantastic lawyer, he is diligent in what he does and very professional.’

Key clients

Countryside Properties plc

Oxford Instruments Plc

Ellisons Solicitors

Ellisons Solicitors' experienced team demonstrates strong capabilities in a broad cross-section of real estate mandates. The practice is led by Philip Roberts, who advises clients on matters concerning investment sites, property portfolios, development agreements and leasing. Another key figure is managing partner Guy Longhurst, who has 25 years of commercial property experience, and is knowledgeable about investment transactions involving commercial and mixed-use properties, and secured lending, among various other areas. In a significant development, the firm hired Andrew Fernandes from Nockolds Solicitors in 2020. Senior associate Wendy Martin, who specialises in landlord and tenant work, joined from Holmes & Hills.

Practice head(s):

Philip Roberts

Other key lawyers:

Guy Longhurst; Andrew Fernandes; Susan Ryan; Antony Mao; Wendy Martin

Key clients

Mersea Homes Limited

V&B Homes

Handelsbanken Plc

Landex Limited

East of England Co-operative Society Limited

Essex Wildlife Trust Limited

Eastlight Community Homes Limited

Harding Homes

Braintree District Council

Chelmer Housing Partnership

Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council

Work highlights

  • Advised E. Hobbs (Farms) Ltd on the development a new Grade A rural office business centre (approx. 35,000 sq. ft) in Earls Colne.
  • Acted for Earlswood Holdings (Colchester) Limited in respect of the acquisition of four blocks of vacant flats from a housing association for redevelopment into luxury apartments and construction on new flats in airspace above.
  • Acted for DSV in respect of the sale and leaseback of the newly renovated logistics centre (comprising circa 138,176 sf) in Purfleet.

Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP

Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP is particularly strong in land development work, although its real estate practice is also highly regarded in other areas, such as real estate finance, investment acquisitions and disposals, property portfolio transactions and commercial leasing. The practice is led by Ellen Petersen, whose work spans sectors such as charities and agriculture. In addition, she is experienced in property matters arising from sales and acquisitions of dental businesses. Ashton CarterLeon Pascal and Keeley Miller are among other key practitioners in the team. Louise Smith has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Ellen Petersen

Other key lawyers:

Ashton Carter; Keeley Miller; Leon Pascal


‘I have worked with many partners and associates and found them all to be efficient, knowledgeable and give excellent and valued advice.’

‘I have worked with Ellen Petersen for a number of years and cannot fault her commercial knowledge. Easy to deal with clear and concise advise given. A true credit to the firm.’

‘FJG have a full in-house capability, which ensures a high quality of service.’

Communication is a key strength and it assists us greatly when discussing legal aspects that we are unclear of.’

‘Uniquely available partners willing to work hard to deliver on time, even at short notice. Great quality work and highly reliable.’

‘Keeley Miller consistently produces high quality work and is willing to be very flexible to meet client deadlines. Always reliable and available.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a longstanding client on securing development finance from NatWest and the subsequent sale of 10 x residential plots off-plan at a site in Ingatestone, Essex.
  • Advised a longstanding client on the sale of a freehold retail property in Brentwood, Essex subject to the occupation of a national retailer.
  • Assisted a longstanding client with assembling a small development site by way of option agreements with three parties. Options were required for access to the site (by way of 2 x deeds of easement) such that a ransom strip could be circumvented and to swap some of the land acquired under one of the options with another landowner in order to make the site viable.

Tees Law

Tees Law's real estate practice, which is led by Aaron Cane, is spread between the Brentwood, Chelmsford and Saffron Walden offices. In addition to Cane, other experienced practitioners to note are Jane Winfield (Brentwood), consultant Graeme Atkinson (Chelmsford) and consultant Mark Carter (Saffron Walden). The team handles a diverse workload for clients, including commercial leasing, property finance, commercial property acquisitions and disposals, portfolio management and development matters. The practice is highlighted for its increased activity in sectors such as solar energy, infrastructure and agriculture. Cane is particularly experienced in regeneration and development projects in the south east.

Practice head(s):

Aaron Cane

Other key lawyers:

Jane Winfield; Graeme Atkinson; Mark Carter; Tom Moulsdale; Shaun Moody; Aldene Derrick


Jane Winfield – very commercial minded and practical in her advice. She puts service before fees.’

Jane Winfield has always provided us with excellent support – diligent, thorough, responsive and efficient. All other associates from Tees have been equally professional and efficient.’

Jane particularly is friendly, realistic and approachable yet single minded and focussed to get the best outcome for the client; very rare these days.’

Aaron Cane heads up the commercial property Team at Tees Law and provides pragmatic and accessible advice with a focus on a positive outcome.’

We find the commercial property team to be friendly and approachable while maintaining the highest levels of professionalism and thoroughness. They communicate effectively between themselves which enables an accessible service even when individual members are not immediately available. Through the disruption of the last year, they have adapted to working from home and have continued to provide us with a seamless service.’

Aaron Cane’s level of knowledge and experience are exceptional and he maintains complete professionalism and upholds the highest standards in the quality of service he provides. He is also fast to respond while being friendly, approachable and a pleasure to deal with. He provides us with an exemplary service. We also deal with Shaun Moody who inspires confidence with his knowledge and professionalism. He demonstrates an ability to focus on detail and has the ability to identify on the important issues.

A very hands on practice with attention to detail working in an timely efficient manner.

The key strength of this team is the personal knowledge that the partner has of our situation and of the town in which it works. They are approachable and keen to solve problems, whether a formal lease agreement, or a small question regarding procedure. They have managed remote working well.’

Key clients

Northumbrian Water Limited

Great Baddow Parish Council

Lightsource BP

Work highlights

  • Acted for an individual on the sale of the golfing and events businesses operated at Warley Park Golf Club worth £5m.
  • Advising a local property investment company on the acquisition of various multimillion pound development sites (circa £50m total) across the home counties and dealing with the forward sale of the affordable housing units on various sites golden brick and development agreements.
  • Advising a property investor on the sale of a multi-let industrial estate in Essex for £12m.

Holmes & Hills

Holmes & Hills is highly reputed for development and land work, and it attracts a strong flow of mandates from developers, land promoters and landowners. Practice head Rebecca Mason has been spearheading the growth of the firm's offering in this space. The firm's strengths are reinforced by it housing specialist teams that cover planning and development, as well as construction. It also has a dedicated new-build and shared ownership group, which provides plot sales services to developers. Elsewhere, the firm stands out in agricultural property matters, with senior solicitor Philippa Jerram being seen by farming clients as a first port of call for advice on sales, acquisitions and transfers of farming land and businesses. Associate Helen Hendry joined from Greene & Greene in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Mason

Other key lawyers:

Michael Wright; Philippa Jerram; Helen Hendry


‘Philippa Jerram is highly knowledgeable in her sphere of commercial property transactions, so is thorough whilst at the same time gets the deal done. I deal with a wide variety of other associates and partners; their communication is outstanding so both client and their agent are regularly updated on progress on transactions. I continually recommend the firm to commercial clients who receive good service.’

‘Good efficient service. Competitive prices.’

‘Personable and efficient.’

‘Holmes & Hills have a very good team of people who have never failed to provide good advice and service to us. We are always directed to the person best suited to the issue. It is nice to know that we have their wealth of knowledge to support us.’

‘Rebecca Mason is my go-to person, she is extremely knowledgeable and goes the extra mile to provide the service that we need. I work at odd hours due to my personal situation and Rebecca accommodates me outside business hours when needed. She is always upbeat, positive and reassuring, a pleasure to work with.’

‘The team is there and available. Always someone to answer the questions.’

‘These individuals know our company and how we work, so they understand what we wish to happen.’

‘Rebecca Mason is highly competent, easy to deal with and very efficient. Always available when required. Explains matters in an easy to comprehend manner.

Key clients

Montare LLP (Land Promoter and Developer)

David Watson Transport Ltd

DSG Developments Ltd

Mersea Homes Ltd

Rose Builders (Properties) Ltd

Mattar Estates AS – Geneva

Essex X-Ray Ltd

Sona Real Estate Ltd

Larch Housing Association

E J Taylor & Sons Ltd (Developer and Contractor)

Abbeyfield Braintree Boking & Felsted Society Ltd

Tiptree Parish Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Mattar Estates AS – Geneva on the lease and proposed prospectus for the development of a Sri Lankan island, with the lease being granted directly by the Sri Lankan Government and proposed development of the island to include private villas, multiple five-star resort hotels, private hospital, two golf courses, village and school, ferry and boat terminal, alongside substantial infrastructure. The project will provide for investment in the region of £400m and the creation of over 4000 jobs.
  • Advising a farmer and landowner in their dealings as the largest landowner among a consortium of landowners, advising on and drafting the Consortium Agreement as well as the complicated Option Agreement with the national land promoter, where the clients’ land alone is worth a minimum of £150m upon sale.
  • Advising a world leading manufacturer of high voltage interconnects on the property and development aspects of a business relocation project which will see the client move into bespoke constructed premises on a brand new, local authority led innovation park in Essex.

Attwaters Jameson Hill Solicitors

Attwaters Jameson Hill Solicitors' full service commercial property offering sees it attract mandates from a wide client base spanning Essex, Hertfordshire and London. The firm's acquisition of Stafford Young Jones in 2019 has seen it undertake an increasing amount of property work for charities. Other clients of the practice include developers, property investors and occupiers. Nicholas Evans, who heads up the department, is experienced in handling the property aspects of business acquisitions and sales,

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Evans


‘We have used this practice in respect of commercial property. The solicitor that acts for us has been known to us from her previous employer for many years. Her familiarity with our properties is invaluable.’

‘Technical knowledge, speed of response, familiarity with our business, relationship with our other professional advisers – the full package.’

Key clients


Volker Fitzpatrick

BTMK Solicitors

BTMK Solicitors' recent work included sales of development sites, investment acquisitions, property refinancing and commercial leasing. Among the key contacts are directors Lee Emptage and Ian Powell, who are based in Rayleigh and Southend. Another key figure is Matthew Clark, whose practice is split between the Southend and Leigh-on-Sea offices.

Practice head(s):

Lee Emptage; Ian Powell; Matthew Clark


‘Unstuffy and commercial in approach.’

‘The partner and associate I have worked with have been very willing to be flexible in their handling of our legal matters – happy to share their ideas and advice and also incorporate client ideas and strategies.’

‘BTMK have been our solicitors for many years and have been essential for us. They have helped us with numerous issues including litigation and conveyancing and have provided invaluable advice over the years. Each member of staff that we have worked with have been professional and helpful.’

‘We have built up a working relationship with BTMK and because of this they know us and our businesses well and this makes things so much easier.’

‘A jolly nice bunch of very pleasant able solicitors with polite staff. A joy to work with.’

‘Pleasant able solicitors who provide truthful information rather information I may like to hear. Generally, get on with the job without fuss or fanfare.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a client on the letting of a substantial building to a local NHS Trust at a rent of £275k per annum over a 10 year term with a turnaround time of just 3 weeks.
  • Advised a client on an option of land for development with a value of £8m.
  • Acted for a client on the financed purchase of a property for £3.2m.

Jefferies Essex LLP

At Jefferies Essex LLP, department head Mark Hidveghy has 30 years of commercial property experience, which has included acquisitions and sales of factories, hotels and pubs, as well as shopping centres. Another key individual is Katrina Holland, who has played a key role in increasing the volume of the firm's work from referrers, as well as new and existing clients. Amelia Hayes serves a national client base, which includes developers, property investors and companies.

Practice head(s):

Mark Hidveghy

Other key lawyers:

Katrina Holland; Amelia Hayes; Helen Martin


‘Jefferies Essex LLP are a warm and welcoming firm. They have a strong team of professionals that can support in many areas of law. They have provided us with support in many different areas, over the years, and we have always found their teams to be knowledgeable, professional and successful.’

They meet deadlines and communicate well which is critical in these type of transactions and can make, or break them. However their approach is a calm and considered one.’

I think their team are at the heart of their success. They are passionate and motivated and extremely loyal. I think this says an awful lot about the culture of the company that they work for.’

‘Katrina Holland is an absolute credit to her profession. I have never met someone who is so committed to her work. Not only that though, it is the high standards that she holds herself too that really make her stand out for me.

Proactive in her approach, able to offer a different perspective, well considered and totally reliable, you absolutely want Katrina Holland in your corner and to get the deal done, no matter what the challenges.’

‘The diversity of expertise. Able to advise on all business and domestic situations.’

Work highlights

  • Represented landlord granting lease of part of their hotel car park to a car charging station and also a separate substation lease to UK Power Networks Plc
  • Acting for a client on the sale of warehouse buildings to a buyer subject to planning permission and a sub contract with a housing association.
  • Acted for an overseas company on the sale of a commercial building in London for residential development.

Meaby & Co

Nicky Cleightonhills is the lead partner at Meaby & Co, which is notably active in rooftop and airspace developments, as well as ancillary construction and financing matters. Elsewhere, other drivers of work include portfolio transactions, property financing and refinancing, as well as development projects (commercial, residential and mixed-use).

Practice head(s):

Nicky Cleightonhills

Mullis & Peake LLP

At Mullis & Peake LLPJoanne Wood became the head of the property department at the end of 2020. The firm's commercial property workload covers areas such as landlord and tenant (including the preparation and negotiation of business leases), freehold and leasehold sales, and commercial mortgages. Andrew Fidler is experienced in acquisitions and disposals of development sites, and complex land transactions involving option agreements and overage payments. Solicitor Eva Daboh is also recommended for development-related mandates, as well as investment acquisitions and disposals, lettings of retail/restaurant/office premises and regeneration schemes. Solicitor Shelley Fitzpatrick specialises in leasehold extension and enfranchisement work.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Wood

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Fidler; Eva Daboh; Shelley Fitzpatrick


‘I find them efficient and available to deal with my commercial property needs in a good time frame. ’

‘Andrew Fidler has been my ‘go to’ person ever since I took over managing our property portfolio around 10 years ago. I find him approachable, diligent and very knowledgeable. Most importantly he is very accessible. He is also my primary contact within the firm so pretty much everything that I need legal advice on I speak to him first. If he can’t advise (which is rare), he will know who can. I trust his advice and appreciate his ability to foresee problems before they occur. In particular his work in getting things through over the last year in such difficult times has been valued by our company.’

‘Our primary contacts are Jo Wood and Andrew Fidler, both of whom have always been freely available and happy to discuss issues before they start charging.’

‘Our main point of contact for dealing with our needs is Andrew Fidler who is always on hand to assist us in matters of conveyancing together with large land acquisitions in relation to purchasing for house building. Andrew is extremely experienced in this field and we have every confidence in his abilities to protect our company when large sums of money are involved. His approach is both professional and friendly at all times.’

‘Very personable and organised team . Efficient systems , very responsive to emails and coordinate well with reporting to clients.’

‘M&P were recommended to me. I phoned them and gave a very brief overview of my requirements and was promised a call back. The return call was from Andrew Fidler and it was obvious that my overview had been relayed to him. We arranged a meeting. I came away from the meeting with confidence of Andrew’s commercial competence. Legal competence is, or should be, a given commercial competence and understanding is harder to find.’

Key clients

Unisystems Freight (UK) Limited


Palmers made a significant investment in its commercial property practice when it hired Elena Nicolaou  from Nockolds Solicitors in November 2020 to head up the department. Nicolaou, who has over 30 years of commercial property experience, is particularly strong in development and regeneration work. Her experience spans residential, commercial and mixed-use schemes. Director Carey Jacobs is notably active in property matters connected with the insolvency, local government and education sectors. Elsewhere, the industrial sector is a cornerstone of the work undertaken by the team, with practitioners acting for a mix of landlords, tenants and pension schemes. Associate Maisie Yau is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Carey Jacobs; Elena Nicolaou

Other key lawyers:

Maisie Yau


‘Maisie Yau has been my contact at Palmers for many years and we return to her again and again because of her diligence and care when dealing with our conveyancing. She works long hours to ensure that anything urgent is dealt with immediately rather than leave it in a pile for the next day.’

‘Always available and approachable with an in-depth knowledge of all matters relating to property law. Very impressed with the way the team resolve complex issues with practical solutions.’

‘Right throughout the team, the service has been excellent. Calls and emails are always returned promptly. Everyone is approachable and always helpful. Carey Jacobs has been outstanding in all our dealings and even though I am sure she is very busy, she will always keep a hands on approach to any case that her team is dealing with to ensure a timely completion.’

‘My dealings with Palmers are very much with them as a team with different individuals aware of the situation and able to respond quickly to assist in our needs. This means that there are no delays due to someone being unavailable through absence or other engagement and are queries are always swiftly dealt with.’

‘All members of the team I have dealt with perfectly balance a professional approach with a friendly and helpful manner. This coupled with there great knowledge and experience means that they are ideal as our legal advisers.’

‘I have worked with Carey Jacobs for a number of years now and have found her to be a very efficient and effective solicitor. She is highly knowledgeable, quick to respond, collaborative with her counterparts and their clients and this all leads to great results.’

‘I like the way that Palmers commercial property team take a pragmatic and commercial approach to their advice. It’s not just about racking up fees contesting legal trivialities.’

‘The Palmers Commercial Property team are proactive and highly commercial in their advice. They work together as a tight team so that senior, experienced advice and review of negotiations is provided at the right time. This ensures that we receive high quality commercial input and oversight without excessive cost implications.’

Paul Robinson Solicitors LLP

Paul Robinson Solicitors LLP's practice attracts a wide variety of mandates from clients such as landlords, tenants, financial institutions, developers, investors and business owners, among various others. Billericay-based partner Mark Deans and Wendy Cole in Westcliff-on-Sea co-head the team, whose experience includes development projects, investment transactions, joint ventures, secured lending and commercial leases. In addition to undertaking work for clients in Essex and London, the team acts for clients on matters further afield in England and Wales.

Practice head(s):

Mark Deans; Wendy Cole

Pinney Talfourd LLP

Complementing its domestic work, Pinney Talfourd LLP is also seen in property matters with an international dimension; Julien Pritchard's recent work has involved jurisdictions such as Jersey, the Bahamas and Australia. The diverse practice covers property acquisitions and disposals, leases, secured lending, and option and pre-emption agreements. In addition to undertaking matters on a standalone basis, the commercial property team works with other departments on corporate and commercial transactions (including share/asset sales and purchases), as well as insolvency issues.

Practice head(s):

Julien Pritchard


‘Julien Prichard is a very experienced lawyer and uses his wealth of knowledge to deliver timely and practical advice to his clients. This is especially important with in-house clients who desire solutions to complex problems.’

‘Julien Pritchard stands out by his understanding and insight into the issues we face, exactly what my company is trying to achieve and for directly incorporating that into the work he does and the results he produces. Added to his outstanding knowledge of the commercial property sector, this results in effective solutions to our issues that are produces in a timely and efficient manner. He is always available and prioritises work appropriately.’

‘Julien Pritchard is always on hand to provide simple workable solutions within an excellent response time. His in-depth knowledge of commercial leases never fails to impress. Difficult and sometimes challenging propositions are always meet with quality results.’

Key clients

Keech Hospice Care

Electric Playbox Limited

Ashberry Healthcare Limited

Berwen Limited

Kiani Property Investments Ltd

Work highlights

  • Assisted UK WWL Limited, a large logistics company part of Worldwide Logistics Group, with securing 55,670 sq. ft of warehouse space on a commercial lease and in dealing with the surrender of their existing unit.
  • Assisted Electric Playbox, an innovative new venture offering an immersive interactive digital experience, with securing leases in both the Arndale Centre Manchester and Lakeside Thurrock.
  • Assisted a residential care home provider with on-shoring 7 residential care homes from a company registered in the British Virgin Islands subject to legal charges and subsequently assisted with a refinancing of the portfolio in support of a management buy-out.

Thompson Smith and Puxon

Thompson Smith and Puxon's team in Colchester is regularly called upon to advise on a wide range of commercial property and rural land matters. The scope of the practice covers commercial and agricultural land and property transactions, as well as related development work. Kerry Addison is notably active in strategic land projects. Stephen Firmin, who has over 30 years of experience, is the head of the team. Mark Rowlands is also a name to note. Clients include landowners, developers, farmers, property investors and UK subsidiaries of international companies.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Firmin

Other key lawyers:

Kerry Addison; Mark Rowlands


‘Mark Rowlands, in particular, has a unique ability to think laterally and expansively, outside of normal principals, in order to work through complex transactions. His breadth of knowledge across various property types and practice areas is impressive and his practical approach refreshing.’

‘The team’s strength is its individuals. Kerry Addison and Stephen Firmin demonstrate their grasp of my clients’ commercial requirements and work with me in a collaborative manner. The team’s networking events are useful and relevant too.’

‘I have worked with Kerry Addison on a number of occasions and have introduced her to new clients. I have been pleased with how she provides solutions to any commercial issues and understands the client’s objectives. I am happy to recommend Kerry to other clients because of her commercial and pragmatic skillsets delivered in a personable and friendly manner.’

‘Mark Rowlands was excellent and very confident in his job which gave me the reassurance I was in good hands.’

‘A great team with a variety of experience.’

‘Stephen Firmin is an outstanding commercial property lawyer with exceptional attention to detail’

‘Having originally been recommended to the firm they have proved to be first class. All contact is simple, efficient and you receive polite, efficient and prompt attention.’

‘I work closely with Stephen Firmin. He gives high quality advice and is very experienced.’