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Commercial property: Hampshire in South East

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP's property group has a strong reputation across the retail and leisure, development, commercial and charitable sectors, while also establishing a growing presence in the healthcare property and retirement living markets. The team's client base ranges from top 10 house builders to high street retailers and the firm has been involved in a number of regeneration initiatives in the region. Practice head Sean Palka is a specialist in the purchase, sale and development of commercial property and advises on complex landlord and tenant cases.

Practice head(s):

Sean Palka


Graham Bennett is exceptionally competent.

Blake Morgan is able to solve a range of complex site transactions through the wide experiences of their team.

Key clients

Metro Bank

Newbie by KappAhl



David Lloyd Leisure


The Southern Co-operative

Marie Claire Jet Style

South Coast Furnishing Company

Flying Pictures

Berkeley Homes

Bellway Homes

Persimmon Homes

Stratland Estates

Dandara Group

Sunley Developments

Keebee Marine Developments

Harlequins Football Club


Hampshire Heritage Developments

Aster Group Limited Housing Association

Radian Group Limited Housing Association

Vivid Housing Association

Richmond Housing Partnership

Forelle Estates

Dean & Reddyhoff

Gentian Development Group

The Barker Mill Trusts

Blackmore Group

Dalgety Bay


CVS Group

Kerry Group Plc

BAE Systems


UK Space Agency

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Port of London Authority

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

St John Ambulance

St John’s Winchester

Fitzroy Support

Sailors’ Society

University of Chichester (Multi) Academy Trust

Hamwic Education Trust

Winchester Diocesan Board of Finance

Portsmouth Roman Catholic Diocese

The Methodist Church

Kings Group Academies

Barclays Bank



National Westminster Bank


Coutts & Co

Shawbrook Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Metro Bank in relation to their continued store roll out programme across a range of disciplines.
  • Advised The Barker-Mills Trusts on the commercial development at Bargain Farm, Adanac Park, Southampton – a major, multi-phase commercial development site.
  • Advised an affordable housing client on a major regeneration project to increase the number of homes along the M27 corridor, cemented by the acquisition for the client of 150 homes for rent and shared ownership.

Moore Barlow

Moore Barlow's client base is dominated by housebuilders, developers, leisure sector operators, and corporate occupiers. The team is regularly called upon for its  expertise in high profile landlord and tenant matters, as well as all aspects of property investment. Mark Grant joined the team from Gateley Plc , bringing with him more than 25 years' experience in land development work. Martin Duck leads the commercial real estate team, Stephen Ball leads on land development matters and Jolanda Peters manages leasehold enfranchisement. Luc Algar and Mike Wilson lead commercial and residential property respectively.

Other key lawyers:

Mark Grant


Stephen Ball is the partner who is my principle contact. He is a very knowledgeable, personable and proactive lawyer. I would have no issue recommending to others within the Housebuilding and Development Industry.

The firm has a fantastic array of staff displaying competence in all manner of legal issues. Moore Barlow is a firm I would choose to use over many others due to their approach to the work undertaken.

The Southampton team is competent, excellent at working to deadlines, approachable.  Typically very close to quote.

Luc Algar is always available and friendly and differentiates himself with his desire to engage.  He balances understanding of the key legal issues with commercial competence rather bogging us down in “Legalese”.

Easy to approach. All round professional team who clearly enjoy what they do and display good interaction between their respective colleagues/departments.

Key clients

Gleeson Strategic Land

Inland Homes

Radian Group

Gleeson Strategic Land

South Somerset District Council

Imbiba Group

Camm & Hooper

Albion & East

Darwin and Wallace

Wright & Bell

Persimmon Homes

Churchill Retirement Living

William Grant & Sons


Ankers & Rawlings

Foreman Homes

Crayfern Homes

Hampshire Homes

Metis Homes

Bloor Homes

PNH Properties


Work highlights

  • Advised Camm & Hooper on its letting of Battersea Power House.
  • Acted on the acquisition of a 33,000 sq ft bespoke Veterinary Hospital, occupied by a PLC.
  • Advised on the purchase of a site with planning permission for more than 260 residential units involving complex arrangements relating to off-site infrastructure works, SDLT and a joint venture with a development partner and housing association.

Paris Smith LLP

With the practice split across offices in Winchester and Southampton, Paris Smith LLP 's commercial property group covers the full spectrum of real estate work including: development, investment, property management, retail and leisure, charities and education, residential, construction, planning and property finance. The firm also has a full planning consultancy in-house, including chartered town planners and a chartered waste manager. Key names to note are Rachel Saint, Mark Withers, Janet May and Victoria Onoufriou. John Mansell leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

John Mansell


Renowned professional legal services business.  They are supported and led by a very capable management team and provide leading service in a wide variety of legal services.

Joanne Spittles is a very approachable lawyer with an extensive knowledge of property law.  She is adept at providing common sense solutions which enable deals to happen and which ultimately benefit her clients in both a material and financial sense.

I’ve dealt with Paris Smith for approximately 15 years and what I’ve noticed is the Partners have been in place for a considerable amount of time and therefore there is continuity in the service. I also find that they have a great deal of pragmatism with their advice, which tends to result in transactions being less problematic.

Partners offer consistency, professionalism and continuity which more often than not results in transactions running smoothly. In particular Joanne Spittles provides sound advice whilst at the same time ensuring the commercial aspects of the deal remain in the client’s favour. Similarly Victoria Onoufriou, always takes a considered view on contractual matters in order to conclude a transaction.

Paris Smith are an extremely confident and professional firm to work with and knowing you have the team’s expertise behind you is very comforting. We used numerous practices in the past before having Paris Smith recommended to us and the fact we are still using Paris Smith after 12 years speaks volumes.

Key clients

Co-operative Group

Fat Face

The Ancient Order of Foresters Friendly Society

Associated British Ports

Ann Summers


Petchey Industrial Holdings

Alfred Homes Limitd

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

Bargate Homes

Haskins Garden Centres

S.H.B. Hire

Millbrook Healthcare

Hillier Nurseries

Ageas Bowl

Work highlights

  • Advised Eastleigh Borough Council in relation to the Local Plan and a three month public consultation.
  • Acted on the property aspects on a high value share sale.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's six partner commercial property team in Hampshire has particular strength in the marine sector, advising on coastal infrastructure portfolios ranging from ports and marinas to dredging agreements. The department undertakes the full range of work including high value occupier work and real estate finance. Tim Burbidge leads the practice and focuses on residential development, while Alistair Walton is a specialist in retail property. Anthony Alderman is a name to note in the energy sector and is prominent in marine transactions. Stephen Baker acts for a variety of investors and developers as well as local authority and corporate occupier clients.

Practice head(s):

Tim Burbidge


Good communicators – especially at a senior level.

Alistair Walton is especially noted by us.

Advice and output is partner led.  The partners themselves take a keen interest and fully understand the ongoing processes, even when the legwork is being done by juniors.  All team members are quick to respond to clients.

Key clients

The Crown Estate

New Look Retailers

Babcock International Group

Associated British Ports

Ladbrokes Coral


Moorfield Group

Rockspring UK Value 2 Fund


Tristan Capital/Addington Capital

Historic England



Go Ape!

University of Southampton


London Borough of Sutton


Church Commissioners

F&C Property Growth and Income Fund

The Bournemouth Development Company



Quidnet Capital Partners



Ann Summers


Scottish Power


Halifax (HBOS) Pension Fund

Work highlights

  • Acting for Rampion Offshore Wind on all real estate aspects of the complex and high value Rampion Offshore Windfarm project.
  • Instructed by Quilter to act in the acquisition of its new head office in London.
  • Acting for Carnival , the parent company for P&O Cruises and Cunard, on the extension of its lease to remain at Carnival House, Southampton until 2038.

Clarke Willmott LLP

Clarke Willmott LLP's team covers a wide range of property work ranging from investment, retail, property finance to development. Peter Swinburn, who clients describe as 'outstanding' leads the practice and is also the managing director of the firm's national commercial property division, having been promoted to this role in the autumn of 2019. Elsewhere in the practice, Paul Hinett has substantial experience in the acquisition and disposal of ground rent investments, including large portfolios, corporate acquisitions and forward sales. Andrew Cooper is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Peter Swinburn


Experienced team who keep you informed in the process. Can take a common sense approach when required or explain the risks in making a decision to enable swift completion if up against tight time frames.

Ability to cut to the chase and prioritise actions in a very simplistic way. Peter Swinburn would be my standout individual.

Knowledgeable, focused and responsive.

Clarke Willmott have a responsive and professional team who we hold in the highest regard and trust to deal with our matters. They are nice people to work with and we consider them to be part of our team.

All of the team are an asset to the firm. I have worked with a few over the years and each has the same professional, committed approach to the work and not once do they seem phased by the amount of work we put their way. We consider them to be a valuable resource, in particular Paul Hinett who has been our main solicitor for a decade now and we see as the best in our specialist market.

Professional and diligent and always available and willing to find solutions.

Peter Swinburn is outstanding and leads his team by example.

Key clients

Interbay Funding

Lloyds Bank

Fat Face

New Forest District Council

Meritas Properties

London & Cambridge Properties

Sheet Anchor Evolve

Sheet Anchor Evolve

The Cornish Bakery

Countryside Properties

Persimmon Homes

E & J Capital Partners


Import Services

Historic Royal Palaces

The Brewery Square Development Company

Work highlights

  • Acting in respect of property, corporate and banking work in relation to The Brewery Square in Dorchester and all subsequent asset management work leading to near full occupancy in Brewery Square.
  • Acting for the landowners and developers of a large regeneration project at Paddington Basin comprising circa 450 residential units, mixed commercial uses and a distinct phase comprising two hotels and a new school.

Lester Aldridge LLP

Lester Aldridge LLP has significant expertise in housebuilding, currently acting for five of the ten largest national housebuilders. The team is also seeing significant growth in the affordable housing sector and has a strong focus on the care market, as well as sheltered housing. Roger Woolley is a leading development lawyer and heads up the real estate group. Claire Long joined the team from Irwin Mitchell and advises on all aspects of non-contentious landlord and tenant work, while John Townsend arrived from Lewis Townsend LLP  and specialises in leasehold transactions.


The commitment to us is second to none – Lester Aldridge always put our commercial interests at forefront of mind; have an excellent commercial awareness, which they balance with the interpretation and application of relevant law and regulation; and are viewed by us as being an integral part of our business and in particular, of our Land, Planning and Development team…..rather than simply being an adviser to the company. Moreover, they are proactive in providing support, and consistently recommend improvements to our business operations, policies and processes.

Roger Woolley and Mark Benham are exceptional lawyers. They have both worked with and have supported us for many years, and have consistently provided a superb service via robust legal advice, while appreciating the wider commercial interests of the business. They are both highly talented and experienced property lawyers, who come with a good sense of humour and an ability to get on well with everyone (at all levels within our organisation), and both (together with  their teams) are prepared to go the extra mile in order to help us achieve our business goals and targets.

‘Knowledgeable and very pro-active in providing solutions.

 Sian Rowland is always upbeat and helpful.  Nothing is too much trouble and she has a pragmatic and practical approach to ensure transactions are moved forward promptly.

I feel the strength of LA is their team work. There is a very strong cohesive team with a great “can do” attitude. Any problems can quickly be answered and often with think out of the box solution.

Roger Woolley’s outside the box thinking is like no other. His thinking is strategic not just on the deal or problem we are working on but for the company as a whole.

Great service and full advice.


Key clients

Excalibur Communications Group

McCarthy & Stone

Breeze Motor Group


Bargate Homes

Bloor Homes


Captiva Homes

Marina Developments

Care South

CHG Holdings

Meyrick Estate


Yorkshire Building Society t/a Norwich & Peterborough


Monzo Bank

Fonthill Care

Capture Housing

Langham Land

Lewis Investments

Fragrance Group


Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP's property group has significant experience with clients in the infrastructure and transport sectors, regularly advising on all regulated rail matters. They also work with local authorities in relation to strategic development sites and regeneration projects. Joanne McGuinness, who leads the practice, leads on large-scale projects for blue chip clients who require cross-office support. New arrival Mehar Patel is a name to note for property finance and development, as well as landlord and tenant work.

Practice head(s):

Joanne McGuinness


Georgina Massey is probably the best solicitor that we deal with.  Timely, approachable but, legally, rapier sharp and no-nonsense.

Very capable, professional commercial property team, able to deal with a wide variety of unexpected situations, in addition to the normal commercial lease renewals, rent reviews, dilapidations. All of the team are always quick to respond to telephone calls or emails in a calm, friendly but professional way.

Jessica Ready has a very organised and calm approach to dealing with everything that we throw at her and the team and is incredibly thorough and careful in all her preparation.

Key clients

Telefonica UK

Hitachi Europe

Hitachi Rail

Dukes Education Group

The Hamleys Group

McCarthy & Stone Retirement Lifestyles

Wolverhampton City Council

Thurrock Borough Council

South Somerset District Council

Lifeways Care Group

Drew Smith Homes

National Air Traffic Services

McKay Securities

Owton Family

The Estate Office Shoreditch

Connect Managed Services

Edison Education Group

Cavendish Education Group

Work highlights

  • Advised on a freehold portfolio sale comprising 34 newly constructed retirement living schemes across England and Wales.
  • Advised Thurrock Borough Council on the regeneration of the civic offices, high street and mixed-use redevelopment.

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell is best known for advising developers, landowners and promoters in relation to complex strategic land development schemes. The team is also experienced in regeneration projects and also acts for a number of privately owned mixed property investment and development companies. A niche specialism  is college capital projects and the team regularly advises clients in the education sector. Tina Webster and Brian Dowling, who both moved from the Chichester office, now jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Tina Webster; Brian Dowling

Other key lawyers:

Peter Green; Samuel Knight


The Property and Planning teams have given me total and undivided support over the recent months and achieved results that seemed impossible/extremely unlikely in the timescale indicated at the outset of the tasks.

Tina  Webster worked all hours including weekends to motivate and  encourage her various teams to complete very complex and challenging projects.  She took control  from the outset and ensured/achieved  results from other professionals outside her own practice.

Samuel  Knight faced continual changes to his task but took them all in his stride.

The work that I have seen from them has been top notch – comprehensive, accurate, but easy to understand and very commercial and sensible in its outlook and recommendations.

Tina Webster gets to grip with the issues very effectively; spots the difficulties coming down the line, and asks all the right questions; very easy work with.

Peter Green is very experienced, reliable and not inclined to score points for the sake of it.  Samuel Knight is very professional and good at getting to grip with the details, he understands why something is important and follows through.

There is excellent teamwork amongst the property team and where specialist advice is needed, an individual will confer with an appropriately experienced colleague to come back with good advice. I find Tina Webster extremely experienced and she gives excellent advice.

Key clients

Berkeley Strategic Land

Seaward Properties

Store Property Investments

Artisan Real Estate Investors

Chichester College Group

Greater Brighton Metropolitan College

Langtons Farm Partnership

Hallam Land

Micheldever Tyre Services

Dorrington Estates

North Street Quarter

South Essex College



Pallant Homes

Landacre Developments

Domusea Developments

The Collinson Group

Between the Lines


Stance (Europe)

Bosham Sailing Club

Coolground Properties

Condor Ferries

Shopland Gray Developments

Hanbury Properties

Heathco Country Homes

Maddoxwood Developments


Thesis Asset Management

HTH Harrogate

Work highlights

  • Acted for Greater Brighton Metropolitan College on all aspects of Campus redevelopment project  to provide state of  the art new college facilities funded by the sale of part of the campus, LEP funding and bank support.
  • Advised Store Property Investments Limited on the purchase of a warehouse facility.

Trethowans LLP

Trethowans LLP's commercial property group has added a partner, with the arrival of Guy Morgan from Lester Aldridge LLP, who heads up the firm's new healthcare property team. Property finance is a large part of this practice's work and the team acts regularly for several leading banks. Paul Longman leads the Southampton practice and is an expert in property finance, while pension property specialist Garry Treagust heads up the Salisbury team.

Practice head(s):

Garry Treagust; Paul Longman

Other key lawyers:

Guy Morgan; Melanie Trim


Always available and on hand – nothing too complicated or difficult to handle.

Melanie Trim is a delight to work with. Knows how to handle lawyers on the other side and agents alike. Super efficient, excellent work ethic and gets the deals done!

Key clients

Lloyds Bank

Santander UK


James Hay Pension Trustees

Vivid Housing Association

Rowanmoor Trustees

James Hay Pension Trustees

Ladbrokes Coral

Stannah Lifts Holdings

Legal & General Assurance Society

BDB Pitmans

With expertise in retail property and residential development matters, BDB Pitmans' commercial property team recently added Sue Macpherson to its ranks, adding further depth to its practice. The team is led by Sarah Potter who has experience in a wide variety of work, including acting for institutional investors in relation to acquisitions and disposals, development agreements, conditional pre-lets and all aspects of landlord and tenant work.  

Practice head(s):

Sarah Potter; Jonathan Fewster

Other key lawyers:

Sue Macpherson

Key clients

Premier Marinas

Red Funnel Group

Isle of Wight Council

The Foundation for Liver Research

The Appointment Group Limited (TAG)

Westbourne Group

Earlswood Homes

CALA Group

iSmash UK Trading

Dutton Gregory LLP

Dutton Gregory LLP undertakes the full range of commercial property work, with specialisms in the care homes, charity, retail, and telecoms sectors. Practice head Denise Bull has over 30 years' experience in all aspects of commercial property and specialises in portfolio management for both landlords and tenants. With similar experience, Richard Brown is an expert in commercial leases for investor landlords and business occupiers.

Practice head(s):

Denise Bull

Other key lawyers:

Richard Brown

Foot Anstey

Operating as one commercial property team across multiple offices in the south, Foot Anstey's Southampton team specialises primarily in residential development and property portfolio work. The team undertakes all aspects of residential development work, from acquisitions through to disposals. Carol Phillips is the key name to note for the portfolio management side and works closely with clients in the retail and leisure sector. Martin Hirst leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Martin Hirst

Other key lawyers:

Carol Phillips


‘Pragmatic solution-driven team, who have a thorough understanding of the work they are tasked with.’

‘They are very client-facing, are able to deconstruct a situation and create solutions.’

‘The team benefits from a broad practice area with great depth of knowledge in anything from planning and car parking issues to litigation. Foot and Anstey are our go to on all things property, providing high quality and innovative solutions.’

‘Carol Phillips is outstanding in every way. Having worked in house Carol really understands the key commercial drivers for businesses and her advice is always incisive and pragmatic. She is a calm presence who knows how to keep deals running smoothly. Carol is an impressive lawyer.’

Key clients

Berkeley Homes


Beechcroft Developments

Direct Wines

Screwfix Direct

M Baker Property Services

Gregory Distribution (Holdings)

B&Q plc

Berkeley Strategic Land