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Commercial property: Hampshire in South East

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP has a considerable presence in the commercial and residential development sector in the South East, acting for a rich and diverse roster of leading regional and domestic clients. The Southampton-based team is active in the leisure, hospitality and retail sectors, and is regularly instructed by a mix of high street mainstays on store acquisitions, roll-outs and landlord letting matters. Practice head Sean Palka handles an array of commercial real estate instructions, including refinancings, disposals, and transfers for retailers and not-for-profit organisations alike. Oliver Sowton concentrates on commercial development projects, lease renewals, and store roll-outs, while Dan Curtis is regularly engaged on high-value healthcare acquisitions. On the residential development side, Lara Borrett-Lynch advises national and regional housebuilders, as well as housing associations and local authorities. Anna Larbi, who has been a key contact for commercial tenants seeking Covid-related advice, is recommended for her retail and charity experience. Hollie Jones specialises in portfolio management for both landlords and corporate occupiers in the retail and leisure sectors. Alan Harlow retired in November 2020.

Practice head(s):

Sean Palka

Other key lawyers:

Lara Borrett-Lynch; Dan Curtis; Anna Larbi; Oliver Sowton; Debbie Brown; Hollie Jones

Testimonials

‘The team works very well together and provides a quality service.’

‘Highly skilled and motivated staff and a comprehensive approach to every deal. Solution finders!’

‘The level of service across departments is always high. Turnaround time on work is always very quick but with a high standard still maintained.’

‘Anna Larbi  and Debbie Brown are commercial, accurate, prompt, efficient, knowledgeable and personable.’

Key clients

Abri

Albion Care Communities

Appleby Castle Grouse Moor

Aster

BAE Systems Plc & BAE group companies

Barker Mill Group of Trusts

Beechcroft

Bellway Homes Limited

Berkeley Homes Plc

Blackmore Group

Bloor

Boatfold Limited

Brian Baker/Watergate Properties Limited

Clydesdale Bank Plc

Cobham Limited

Cobra Coffee Limited

Costa Limited

Coutts & Co

Dalgety Bay

Dandara

David Lloyd Leisure

De La Rue Plc & De La Rue Group companies

Dean & Reddyhoff Limited

Devine

Fitzroy Support

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Forelle Estates Limited

Gada Property Investments Limited

Gentian Development Group

Hamwic Education Trust

Harlequins Football Club

HSBC UK Bank Plc

Incape Family Investments Limited

Kedleston Group

Keebee Marine Developments / Bridge Road Developments

Kent Reliance

Kerry Group Plc & group companies

Marie Claire Jet Style

Maritime & Coastguard Agency

Meadow Partners

Merchant Navy Welfare Board

Metro Bank Plc

MWQ Properties Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Port of London Authority in relation to its role in the Oikos Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project at Hole Haven Wharf, Canvey Island.
  • Acting for Stratland Estates on a number of residential land development projects, locally and nationwide providing comprehensive development services including sales and acquisitions, options, complex overage provisions and conditional contracts, planning and construction.
  • Acting for food retailer Southern Co-op and its subsidiary Cobra Coffee in relation to its convenience store and Starbuck franchise roll-out and asset management of its 230+ combined store portfolio.

Moore Barlow

Moore Barlow’s recent merger has bolstered both its regional presence and its foothold across the leisure, retail, and hospitality sectors. In addition to its experience advising on acquisitions and disposals, the team is noted for its growing expertise in secured lending on high-profile landlord and tenant transactions, and on behalf of various financial institutions.  Practice head Luc Algar’s strong regional reputation makes him a key contact for a range of commercial clients, particularly in the transport, logistics, and marine sectors. Guildford-based Jo Farr manages the firm’s commercial property offering, and frequently handles work for  owner-managed businesses. Stephen Ball leads the land development team, often working in conjunction with Zoe Owen, the head of plot sales. Jolanda Peters heads up the leasehold enfranchisement sub-division, while Sarah Jordan is the lead contact for rural property matters.

Practice head(s):

Luc Algar; Jo Farr

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Ball; Sarah Jordan; Zoe Owen; Jolanda Peters

Testimonials

‘Very professional, responsive, with superb knowledge and experience. Always available and able to advise on complex matters. ’

‘Very responsive, great attention to detail, clear communication, thorough and will go the extra mile.’

‘Moore Barlow are great communicators and are transparent with the client from the start.’

‘Jolanda is extremely efficient and thorough. My job as a surveyor is so much easier when I am working alongside a solicitor who is on the ball and a good communicator. Jolanda is a pleasure to deal with and really stands out.’

‘We’ve worked with them for over 20 years which I think speaks for itself.’

‘Zoe Owen is an exceptional partner who we can always approach should we need to.’

‘Excellent pragmatic advice, highly responsive, easy to get on with, strength of depth within property team and multi disciplinary capability.’

‘Luc Algar is intelligent, engaging, easy to work with and able to tailor his advice to meet the commercial realities of a deal.’

Paris Smith LLP

Paris Smith LLP’s commercial property practice comprises dozens of lawyers across its two Hampshire sites, who regularly act for clients on a range of high-value real estate matters. Following the retirement of Mark Howarth, John Mansell has been leading the overall department. Mansell also leads the firm’s sizeable development practice - where Victoria Onoufriou is a key contact for brown and greenfield site acquisitions and infrastructure agreements. Rachel Saint handles retail and leisure instructions, supported by the landlord and tenant-focused Hannah Winchester. Claire Egerton runs the construction team, while Lisa Busby helms the firm’s growing telecoms offering. In the Winchester office, Stuart Allen heads up the property finance practice. All named lawyers are based in Southampton unless noted otherwise.

Practice head(s):

John Mansell (head of department); Rachel Saint (deputy head in Southampton); Janet May (deputy head in Southampton); Stuart Allen (deputy head in Winchester)

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Busby; Claire Egerton; Victoria Onoufriou; Hannah Winchester; Joanne Spittles

Testimonials

‘Paris Smith have an excellent track record of retaining talent, which means we benefit from longstanding relationships with team members who really understand our business and the issues that are important to us. Whilst we have one main point of contact for commercial property matters, Paris Smith makes sure that a wider team is available to support us. ’

‘I would not hesitate to recommend the partner I deal with. The speed of the service provided has always been first class.’

‘Many of the staff and partners have been with the firm a long while, which creates stability and consistency, especially when it comes to long-term strategic land promotion.’

‘Lisa Busby is great to work with. She has a sound commercial approach, great attention to detail, is responsive and really understands our needs.’

‘Joanne Spittles is a pleasure to deal with. She is an expert in all legal commercial real estate matters, always providing straightforward no-nonsense advice. She is consistent with her advice whilst always being able to explain more technical matters clearly and in a manner that makes it easier to digest. The same can be said with Victoria Onoufriou.’

‘All of the Paris Smith team have just the right balance between the personable and the professional. Each grasps the required direction of objectives quickly and, in each case so far, has effected the requested outcome.’

‘Stuart Allen has an incredible knowledge of the specialist market and his job. His team is an asset to the industry; highly motivated and knowledgeable staff that will go out of their way to help and support .’

‘I have always found dealing with Paris Smith to be very commercially minded and fast in turning things round. I can’t praise them enough.’

Key clients

Erbay UK Limited and their Turkish parent company

Red Funnel

DNA IC

Patrick Lewis Architects

New College Swindon

Dolphin Homes

Alfred Homes

Co-operative Group

Haskins Garden Centres

Hillier Nurseries

Hobbycraft Trading Limited

Footstep Living

AOFFS Friendly Society

Richmond Cars

CenturyLink

Work highlights

  • Acted for Haskins Garden Centres Limited on the purchase of Forest Lodge Garden Centre, Garden Style and Birdworld.
  • Acted for Dolphin Homes (Holdings) Limited on the refinancing of its care homes portfolio.
  • Acted for Alfred Homes on multiple development sites and onward sales.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

The sizeable commercial property team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP acts for a range of retailers, educational institutions, local authorities and financial services providers on the complete spectrum of real estate matters. In addition to its longstanding marine focus, the group is noted for its expertise in regeneration and development work, particularly in the manufacturing, renewable energy, infrastructure and national house building sectors. In recent months, the team has been bolstered by several new arrivals from Clyde & Co LLP, including Adam Taylor-Smith and Georgina Hook. The practice is led by Tim Burbridge, who chiefly handles real estate investment and residential development work on behalf of occupiers. Anthony Alderman concentrates on energy and marine sector transactions, while Alistair Walton is the go-to contact for the firm’s national retailer client base. Stephen Baker advises investors and developers on acquisitions and disposals, while fellow legal director Joanna Beattie-Edwards focuses on maritime estate management. Jonathan Hobbs also comes highly recommended. All named lawyers are based in Southampton.

Practice head(s):

Tim Burbridge

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Alderman; Stephen Baker; Joanna Beattie-Edwards; Alistair Walton; Jonathan Hobbs

Testimonials

‘Great team with a good mix of solicitors who collaborate effectively. Having completed several smaller deals recently the service levels haven’t dropped at all. The partners provides excellent service.’

‘Good knowledge and always provide a pragmatic solution when needed. Always respond in timely fashion. ’

‘Jon Hobbs  is always available to provide effective advice whenever needed to ensure transactions remain on track and are successfully completed.’

 

Key clients

The Crown Estate

New Look Retailers

Babcock International Group Plc

Associated British Ports

Havant Borough Council

Moorfield Group

Rockspring UK Value 2 Fund (Patrizia Asset Managers)

Specsavers

Tristan Capital/Addington Capital

Historic England

CooperVision

CareerBuilder LLC

Go Ape!

University of Southampton

Quilter

London Borough of Sutton

Carpetright

Church Commissioners for England

BMO Property Growth and Income Fund

The Bournemouth Development Company LLP

Transdev

RATP Dev UK (London United)

Quidnet Capital Partners

Footlocker

AIG

Ann Summers

Equinor

Scottish Power

UKRI

Halifax (HBOS) Pension Fund (Patrizia Asset Managers)

London Theatre Company

Work highlights

  • Acting on the real estate aspects of Scottish Power Renewables’ proposed solar farm developments at Coldham and Coal Clough.
  • Advising The Crown Estate on a project to grant the first offshore exploration rights in the UK to explore for lithium.
  • Acting  for Associated British Ports on an Agreement for Lease for the construction and letting of a new 200,000 square foot warehouse in the western docks, Port of Southampton.

Clarke Willmott LLP

Clarke Willmott LLP is active in both the commercial and residential development market, with practice head Peter Swinburn  regularly instructed by a range of key regional and national housebuilders. Ground rent investments are a further key competency, with Paul Hinett’s experience in the acquisition and disposal of portfolios making him a key contact for clients for this work. Andrew Cooper heads up the investment offering, acting for both lenders and borrowers on retail and mixed-use development opportunities. The group also maintains a robust landlord and tenant offering, which has advised various national retailers on urgent revisionary lease matters over the past 12 months. Joseph Campbell is joint head of the firm’s real estate finance team. All named lawyers are based in Southampton.

Practice head(s):

Peter Swinburn

Other key lawyers:

Paul Hinett; Andrew Cooper; Joseph Campbell

Testimonials

‘Wonderful people, exceptionally talented, very efficient and diligent and very competitive fees. Also highly integrated departments.’

‘A good team with very capable skillsets to cover all property requirements, with a practical and commercial approach.’

‘Paul Hinett is an exceptional and exceptionally responsible solicitor with an incredible knowledge of commercial property.’

‘Peter Swinburn is a true leader running an exceptional firm of brilliant individuals. Wonderfully personable service.’

‘Peter Swinburn is outstanding and very proactive in his service to his clients – very highly recommended.’

Key clients

Lloyds Bank Plc

Fat Face Limited

The Cornish Bakery Shops Limited

Countryside Properties Limited

Historic Royal Palaces

The Brewery Square Development Company Limited

Import Services Limited

Persimmon Homes Limited

Sheet Anchor Evolve Limited

Sheet Anchor Evolve (London) Limited

Atelier Capital Partners Limited

Santander UK Plc

Farrow & Ball Limited

Evolve Estates Limited

L & C Investments Limited

Horatio Properties (Guernsey) Limited

Sainte Royale (Guernsey) Limited

Imperial Homes South Limited

Work highlights

  • Handling two simultaneous acquisitions and financings of shopping centres in Swanley and Hillsborough from different sellers throughout October 2020 completing the first in January 2021 and the second in February 2021.
  • Appointed to the Atelier Capital Partners Limited exclusive panel in 2020 and completing over 15 matters for the client over the year, with a total lend value in excess of £41,750,000.
  • Handling the conditional sale of part of the development scheme at Brewery Square in Dorchester.

Lester Aldridge LLP

Lester Aldridge LLP’s Southampton-based practice fields an increasing number of instructions in the lender, residential, and leaseholder spheres - with residential and commercial development work seeing the greatest growth. Regional practice head Tom Alder acts for many large housebuilders and handles a range of real estate work for ports and marinas, medical practices, care homes, and hotels. Lucy Stevens is a planning and development specialist with notable experience in the care home and retirement living sector. Current managing partner (and former head of the real estate group) Matthew Barrow is a regular adviser on distressed property sales and lender security matters, while Claire Long is recommended for her landlord and tenant practice, often supported by associate Sian Rowland. Rebecca Humm is noted for her planning expertise.

Practice head(s):

Mark Benham (head of real estate group); Tom Alder (head of real estate, Southampton);

Other key lawyers:

Lucy Stevens; Claire Long; Sian Rowland; Rebecca Humm; Matthew Barrow

Testimonials

‘Lester Aldridge are an excellent firm and have always been accommodating and flexible in relation to their clients. In the last 12 months, in the most trying of circumstances, they have been outstanding. ’

‘It’s obvious that the ethos to put their client’s needs first comes from the top and is embraced throughout the firm. ’

‘The team are unique due their personal approach and their ability to transfer skills and specialties within their business to ensure that all areas of the required work are covered off.’

‘Tom Alder is always able to provide succinct and effective planning knowledge on development agreements.’

‘A very solid team with a full array of skillsets to deal with any commercial real estate matter and to provide expert advice. ’

‘Matthew Barrow has an immense knowledge which, when combined with his commerciality, makes his advice to our organisation invaluable. ’

Key clients

McCarthy & Stone plc

Capture Housing

Langham Land

Bargate Homes

Care South

Lewis Investments

Lloyds Bank plc

Daish’s Group

C&G Properties

Fragrance Group

CHG Holdings

Troika Developments

Work highlights

  • Advised Appledore Land Limited on the sale of assets to InfraStrata in a deal worth £7m, working under time pressure to ensure the sale completed in time for the reopening and a visit by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
  • Advised Bargate Homes on the purchase of a 17-acre residential site in the New Forest from Richborough Estates, which will deliver 100 new homes and over 5 acres of green space following the site’s allocation in the New Forest District Local Plan.
  • Advised Daish’s Group on the purchase of two hotels (located in Eastbourne and Torquay) during the second COVID-19 lockdown.

Shoosmiths LLP

The commercial property team at Shoosmiths LLP handles transactions and advisory matters for investors, developers, corporates and public sector organisations at both a regional and national level. The firm boasts a growing foothold in the retirement-living development market, while the arrival of Sara Hampson from Laytons LLP strengthens its expertise in residential and mixed-use projects. Practice head Joanne McGuiness is noted for her rail infrastructure and regeneration credentials, acting on behalf of key public and private-sector stakeholders. Mehar Patel concentrates on property finance mandates, especially on behalf of education-sector occupiers. Principal associate Jess Ready fields a range of investment and commercial development instructions. All named lawyers are based in Solent.

Practice head(s):

Jo McGuinness

Other key lawyers:

Sara Hampson; Joanne McGuiness; Mehar Patel; Jess Ready

Testimonials

‘I was amazed by the whole team at Shoosmiths, from senior partner through to the most junior associates.’

‘Mehar Patel is simply superb.’

‘Great knowledge of the sector. Seamlessly blends into the in-house team and understands our key needs, together with the issues that face the sector.’

Mehar Patel is responsive and commercial; a trusted adviser.’

‘Everyone in the team is responsive and has our best interests at heart. They truly deliver great client service.’

‘The team provide a mixture of professional legal advice, tempered by real world commerciality and delivered in a clear and helpful manner, including a touch of humour.’

‘Jessica Ready has acquired a deep understanding of our internal finance and governance requirements, as well as the unusual circumstances that we have to deal with.’

‘I work with Shoosmiths on a number of areas – lease acquisitions, lease surrenders, lease renewals, dilapidations, rent reviews and more. The team is well resourced with the right number of permanent contacts. They are commercial in their approach and I enjoy working with them.’

Key clients

Telefonica UK Limited

Hitachi Europe Limited

Hitachi Rail Limited

Dukes Education Group

The Hamleys Group

McCarthy & Stone Retirement Lifestyles Limited

Wolverhampton City Council

Thurrock Borough Council

South Somerset District Council

Almacantar Limited

Lifeways Care Group

Drew Smith Homes Limited

National Air Traffic Services (NATS) Limited

McKay Securities PLC

The Estate Office Shoreditch

Cavendish Education Group

Portsmouth City Council

Marsh Corporate Services Limited

Civil Nuclear Police Authority

Porterbrook Leasing Company Limited

IKEA Properties Investments Limited

Cignpost Diagnostics Limited

William Lacey Group Limited

BDW Trading Limited trading as Barratt David Wilson Homes Limited (Southern Counties)

London EV Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Cignpost in relation to licensing of private COVID-19 testing facilities across the UK.
  • Advising Thurrock Borough Council on the regeneration of the Grays Town Centre in Essex.
  • Advised Hamleys on the letting of nine new pop-up stores across the country.

Trethowans LLP

Fielding partners across several offices in the region, the commercial property practice at Trethowans LLP is well placed to act for key corporate and financial services clients on a range of instructions.  Led by property finance and development specialist Paul Longman, the team has seen growth in its property investment offering, and continues to be a mainstay for various landlords and tenants. In Salisbury, Garry Treagust and Jenni Wicheard are key contacts for property pensions work, while Guy Morgan is an established presence in the healthcare market. Gareth Yeoman heads up the commercial property team at the firm’s Poole office, focusing on land acquisitions for commercial and residential plot sales. Bournemouth lead James Kidner specialises in residential development work.

Practice head(s):

Paul Longman

Other key lawyers:

Garry Treagust; Jenni Wicheard; Gareth Yeoman; James Kidner

Testimonials

‘Well-connected, multi-service sector teams that offer a comprehensive approach to legal advice’

‘Paul Longman is an approachable, efficient and highly skilled solicitor who offers a wealth of experience and an approach that leaves clients feeling relaxed and sure of the advice they have received.’

‘Trethowans have every legal service my business and I require. I particularly respect and admire the firm’s knowledge of real estate and commercial property transactions – no matter how challenging and complicated they may prove to be.’

‘James Kidner has been instrumental to the growth and progression of our business. James has provided us with sound advice that has enabled us to make informed decisions about whether to proceed or not.’

‘Clear, timely and practical advice provided in a commercial and sensible way.’

‘Trethowans are really professional, supportive and unique.’

Key clients

Lloyds Bank Plc

Santander UK Plc

HSBC Bank Plc

James Hay Pension Trustees Limited

Vivid Housing Association

Rowanmoor Trustees Limited

James Hay Pension Trustees Limited

Ladbrokes Coral Limited

Stannah Lifts Holdings Limited

Legal & General Assurance Society Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for a consortium of international shareholders as tenant in £20m agreement for lease and associated documentation subject to planning.
  • Advising ReAssure on the transfer of c33 SIPP properties from Legal & General as part of the transfer of all L&G business assets to ReAssure –under Part VII of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.
  • Representing the partners of the Concord Medical Centre, Bristol on the surrender by University Hospital Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust of an existing lease at the Medical Centre and the grant of a new lease of a chemotherapy unit to them, conditional upon the GPs completing certain works at the property.

Foot Anstey

The Southampton team at Foot Anstey takes on a broad range of commercial property mandates for a client base that includes well-known retailers, housebuilders, and TMT providers. The department is headed by Martin Hirst, the firmwide real estate group leader who is also a key contact for a number of regional developer clients. Carol Phillips is an experienced retail and leisure sector lawyer, with specific expertise in telecoms and infrastructure property matters. Marina Wickens and Nicola Sutton both concentrate on residential developments, while David Fanchi handles real estate refinancings for borrowers and lenders.

Practice head(s):

Martin Hirst

Other key lawyers:

Carol Phillips; Marina Wickens; Nicola Sutton; David Fanchi

Testimonials

‘The practice has a strong, property, planning and construction team. They are responsive, ambitious, and  great value.’ 

‘The team is always looking to introduce solutions that will help our business improve the management of our real estate portfolio and transactions. The collaboration tools have allowed colleagues to benefit from a streamlined transaction process.’

‘Nicola Sutton continues to act as a trusted adviser, especially on deals where she will take the time to ensure the client is able to understand the legal complexities and make informed decisions. All of the people that I have dealt with are diligent, responsive and committed to exceptional customer service.’

‘Whatever the matter, simple or complex, there is always some at the right level and with the right experience to provide practical advice and solutions. ’

‘In what have been very challenging times, the service we have received has been excellent.’

‘Carol Phillips is an excellent lawyer, quick to grasp the complexities of issues, incisive, and always providing commercial and creative solutions.’

‘Marina Wickens is pragmatic, available and solution driven. She is sensible in her advice and keeps a cool head under pressure.’

Key clients

Berkeley Homes Limited

Persimmon

Beechcroft Developments Limited

Direct Wines

Screwfix Direct Limited

M Baker Property Services Limited

Gregory Distribution (Holdings) Limited

B&Q plc

Berkeley Strategic Land Limited

Dandara

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell is noted for its experience in mixed use property and strategic land development schemes, advising a range of developers, landowners, and promoters on new garden village settlements and brownfield regeneration schemes. Practice head Tina Webster handles long-term strategic development agreements pertaining to greenfield sites, and is the lead for the firm’s education sector client base. Brian Dowling concentrates on large residential transactions for private sector developers and local authorities alike. In Chichester, Samual Knight has broad residential development and commercial property capabilities, and has become a key contact for a number of the firm’s occupier clients. All named lawyers are based in Southampton unless noted otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Tina Webster; Brian Dowling

Other key lawyers:

Samual Knight; Sejal Patel

Testimonials

‘‘Irwin Mitchell have a strong depth of talent in their real estate team who are quick to respond and available, when many firms seem unable to attend to work in a timely manner during the pandemic.’

‘They are commercially minded, good communicators, reactive and proactive in getting deals across the line. ’

‘An extremely competent team – led by Tina Webster – who found nothing, in my extremely complex transaction, too much trouble. I could not have asked for anything more’

‘Tina Webster – an extremely competent lawyer giving great guidance to both myself, my partners and her team. Samuel Knight – a very safe pair of hands and great team member. Sejal Patel – a very bright and approachable individual.’

Key clients

Option Two Developments Limited

Berkeley Strategic Land Limited

Idverde Limited

Seaward Properties Limited

Store Property Investments Limited

Artisan Real Estate Investors

Chichester College Group

Greater Brighton Metropolitan College

Langtons Farm Partnership LLP

Dorrington Estates PLC

North Street Quarter Limited

South Essex College

Aventier Limited

Pallant Homes

Landacre Developments Limited

Saabon Limited

Coolground Properties Limited

Shopland Gray Developments Limited

Hanbury Properties Limited

Heathco Country Homes Limited

Skeller Limited

Thesis Asset Management Limited

HTH Harrogate LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised a private landowning LLP on the sale of a 320 unit plus greenfield development site to Taylor Wimpey.
  • Advising Greater Brighton Metropolitan College on the ongoing multi-million re-development of its  campus in central Brighton.
  • Advising Artisan on forward funds and ongoing development and disposal of sites across England, including 240 bed hotel led scheme in Bristol and 260 units in Kirkstall Square, Leeds.

Dutton Gregory LLP

Dutton Gregory LLP’s commercial property team is increasingly active in the healthcare and secured lending markets,  with Sophie Macarthy particularly active here. The practice is led from Winchester by Denise Bull, former chair of the Southampton Property Association, who handles secured lending for clients seeking assistance on borrowings and refinancings. Bull is also experienced in portfolio management for landlords and tenants.

Practice head(s):

Denise Bull; Paul Sams

Other key lawyers:

Sophie Macarthy

Testimonials

‘Dutton Gregory have been diligent, patient when needed, and delivered on all areas to our satisfaction, even during the challenging times that we have found ourselves in.’

‘Dutton Gregory have always been efficient, good with communication and a great support for our company. They have a good working team during this pandemic.’

‘Always go the extra mile.’

‘Friendly, efficient local firm representing good value for money.’

‘Denise Bull grasped the problem and resolved this. The problem had been outstanding for some time! ’

‘Denise has a good approach to problem solving. Positive advice given at every step of the process.’

BDB Pitmans

BDB Pitmans handles transactions, lease work, and general commercial matters for a number of local authorities, port and harbour operators, and agricultural stakeholders. Residential developments are also a core competency. Reading-based practice head Sarah Potter, who also oversees the firm’s Southampton office, acts for institutional investors on property financings, and in landlord-tenant matters. Marcus McCluggage is active on residential development instructions from large national housebuilders and privately-funded developers.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Fewster

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Potter; Marcus McCluggage

Testimonials

‘I have had a very longstanding relationship with the firm and really like the way the partners understand what we want and remember the history of a particular issue. It means great continuity.’

Key clients

Premier Marinas Limited

Isle of Wight Council

The Foundation for Liver Research

Westbourne Group Limited (Westbourne Homes)

Earlswood Homes Limited

CALA Group Limited (Cala Homes)

iSmash UK Trading Limited