Boyes Turner is home to a broad real estate practice where the team advises corporate clients on their property portfolios and funding arrangements, and provides a full-service offering, including a dedicated plot-sales team, to commercial and residential developers. Further, the firm advises on niche areas such as offshore trusts, charities, and acts for lenders in general secured funding arrangements. Nick Carter handles commercial property transactions in highly regulated sectors such as telecoms and life sciences, leading the team together with William Nassau-Lake who heads up the firm’s development division. Renowned practitioner Mark Appleton is a specialist in acting for owners, occupiers, and investors in relation to industrial premises and their development. Senior associate Sarah Webb's expertise includes residential development matters.
Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 in South East
Nick Carter; William Nassau-Lake
Other key lawyers:
Mark Appleton; Derek Ching; Brian Dowling; Stella Perry; Sarah Webb; Phil Jacques; Mette Clifton; Russell May; Brian Dowling; Steph Richards
‘Philip Jacques was impressive as to how quickly and accurately he replied to all our queries.’
‘They provide a business professional service, but with a strong focus on personal engagement and they take the time to fully understand the client’s requirements rather than to assume things. They don’t operate a one-size-fits-all methodology, the service is tailored. Brilliant.’
‘Mark Appleton and Derek Ching always respond quickly, politely and with great knowledge.’
‘The Boyes Turner team as a whole appears to have a very strong bond and we have seamlessly been looked after by different divisions whilst all the team have a working knowledge of the subject project.’
‘William Nassau-Lake & Steph Richards think practically and logically through the issues that arise and find solutions. They are always happy to offer advice and assess their advice in a way that explains potential risks to make a commercial decision. We find their ‘hands-on’ approach refreshing. This makes them more approachable, gives you a better chance to explain and debate issues. They are also very flexible and deadline-orientated.’
‘Key strengths would be property experience, responsiveness, reliability and commercial mindset.’
‘Will Nassau-Lake and Steph Richards. Both are easy to deal with, responsive, reliable and are very knowledgeable.’
‘Have a wide area of expertise, always able to answer/respond quickly to questions.’
Cotswold Waters Ltd
Winslett Property Ltd
Castlefort Homes Ltd
Grove Park Properties Ltd
Ssassy Properties/Greencore Construction
Avnet Logistics Ltd
Thomas Homes Ltd
Guardian News & Media
Bentier Homes Ltd
Montpelier Estates Ltd
N&R Raymond Construction Ltd
- Acting for Wayfair Group on a £1.6m pre-let across two sites.
- Acting for Allerton Property Holdings a on portfolio acquisition of 120 units, across four portfolios, with a combined value of £25m.
- Advising Grove Park Properties Limited on its re-mortgage of twenty mixed tenure property portfolios.
Blake Morgan LLP advises corporate occupiers and institutional investors on niche and highly regulated sectors, including education, healthcare and telecoms, and on matters involving multiple jurisdictions. Practice head Andrew Farmery counts IWG Plc and the Canal and River Trust among his clients and advises on acquisitions, developments, disposals, and reorganizations. Michael Ward leads the real estate and corporate support team in Thames Valley and focuses his practice on developers and secured lenders. Their colleague George Panteli services clients in the office, industrial, and retail sectors and has particular complementary expertise in the Electronic Communications Code.
Other key lawyers:
Michael Ward; George Panteli; Robert Lynch; Zoe Wright; Angela Mildenhall; Rachel Sales; Sophie Boswell
‘The team is efficient, responsive and helpful. Always willing to pick up the phone and talk through any issues.’
‘Zoe Wright is amazingly responsive, commercially-minded and helpful at all points. It’s a pleasure to work with the team. Sophie Boswell is an extremely assured and capable presence. Her drafting and negotiation are top notch.’
DX Networks Services Limited
Canal & River Trust
Sorbon Estate Limited
The Methodist Church
Canary Wharf Group Plc
Aldermore Bank plc
Montpelier Estates Limited
XPS Pensions Consulting Limited
- Advised IWG Plc on negotiations pertaining to office lease restructurings.
- Advised DX Network Services Limited on a series of leasehold acquisitions and the legal aspects of managing its Nationwide property portfolio.
- Acting for Sorbon Estates Limited on estate management work pertaining to its office, retail, and industrial premises.
The ‘universally excellent‘ team in Osborne Clarke LLP‘s real estate practice covers a wide range of work, but has particular expertise in finance, corporate occupiers, and in acting for house builders. Practice head Rebecca Tuffs is one such expert in finance and investment in the real estate sector and her work often has an international angle. Elizabeth Sturgess has particular expertise in land acquisition and development. Finally, Steven Schofield comes recommended for his residential development practice.
Other key lawyers:
Steve Schofield; Elizabeth Sturgess; Neil Bromwich; Anna Fouracre; John Baird
‘The Osborne Clarke real estate and planning team has a number of really top class professionals that are able to give a full service offering across a range of disciplines.’
‘I have worked with them on planning, commercial property and compulsory purchase compensation disputes and the team is universally excellent.’
‘Neil Bromwich is a leading planning specialist and a real pleasure to work with. Anna Fouracre was absolutely excellent and delivered a great result. Finally, John Baird is great to work with. He is quietly competent and always has a useful contribution to make to any legal discussion.’
Barratt/David Wilson Homes
Sovereign Housing Association
Laufin Properties Limited
Laufin Properties Limited
ERLP (Eupora Capital)
Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company
Hampshire County Council as administering authority of the Hampshire Pension Fund
- Advised Thames Valley Housing Association on its landholding within a major redevelopment scheme.
- Represented The Crown Estate Commissioners, Europa Capital, and other landowners in the sale of a parcel of a greenfield residential development scheme comprising up to 700 units to a major national house builder.
- Advised Newbridge Construction Limited on a management agreement to enable the client to regularize its arrangements with consultants working on a profit share arrangement.
The team at Shoosmiths LLP are experts in complex commercial property work, with special expertise pertaining to international cross-border matters and the highly regulated telecoms industry. Nathan Rees leads the practice and is a seasoned representative of major property investors with extensive experience in development work and corporate occupancy transactions. His colleague Alan Corcoran heads up three of the South-Eastern real estate teams and recently advised Henkel UK on disposing a manufacturing facility at £8.1m and its immediate leaseback. Further recommended comes associate Marcus Devanny who handles asset management for corporate occupiers and institutional investors. The firm recently welcomed Daniel Halstead, a specialist in student housing matters and formerly at TLT, and Ben Pariser, an expert in residential development formerly at DAC Beachcroft LLP, into its real estate team.
Other key lawyers:
Alan Corcoran; Daniel Halstead; Ben Pariser; Marcus Devanny; Liz McKillop Paley
‘The firm works in a very collaborative way, always ready to listen and explore different approaches. Always very responsive.’
‘Ben Pariser displays all the qualities listed above. He gets to the main issues very quickly and offers clear and concise advise.’
‘The team is very communicative and keeps the client updated on all progress. They quote and bill within their quote. They make sure we are happy and informed.’
‘They are great bunch of people to work with who are professional and make sure that non-legal clients understand the legal aspects.’
‘Not a weak link in sight! A rare thing indeed! They have attuned themselves so wholly to our business and investment approach that they can act for us confidently and exceptionally quickly, which we very much appreciate as this undoubtedly has cost and risk benefits for us. In short, they make my job immeasurably easier and are excellent value for money – what more could a client want?’
‘Nathan Rees is more than just a seasoned practitioner and technical expert, he intuitively “gets” our business, which is more than we can say for most. We trust his judgement explicitly – he has trusted adviser status, and is regarded as an invaluable support to our board in a way few external lawyers truly achieve.’
‘Nick Dalgleish has invested really well in building strong client relationships, building trust, which gives him the edge on transactions and allows him to serve us very efficiently. We have full confidence in Nick and appreciate his commitment to us and our workstreams which can often be multi-dimensional, challenging and drawn out.’
‘Nathan Rees – commercial and pragmatic, doesn’t waste anyone’s time, gets to the nub of the issues and provides clarity with a commercial approach.’
Department of Work and Pensions
Lloyds Bank PLC
McKay Securities PLC
Mabey Holdings Limited
Component Source Ltd
UKRO Property Holdings
Ghana High Commission
- Advised McKay Securities on the acquisition of Evergreen Studios Richmond for £14.75m followed by an immediate leaseback of the whole building to Sheen Lane Developments Limited.
- Advised Dukes on the acquisition of Oliver House School, Clapham for £10m alongside the acquisition of Broomwood Hall Lower and Upper School, Northcote Lodge and Northwood Senior Schools for £60m.
- Advised Third Space Group in connection with the sale of a majority interest in Third Space itself from Encore Capital to KSL Capital Partners.
Led out of London by Jonathan Fewster, BDB Pitmans‘ real estate practice has a particular focus on residential property development. Sarah Potter heads up the Reading division and has a diverse practice, including acquisitions, disposals, landlord and tenant matters, as well as property management and finance. For specialist expertise in commercial development pertaining to hotels and landmark, as well as the motor industry, Delphine Mehouas comes recommended. Marcus McCluggage is the leading practitioner in the team for residential development.
Jonathan Fewster; Sarah Potter
Other key lawyers:
Delphine Mehouas; Marcus McCluggage; Victoria Moss; Imran Choudhary
Palatine Homes Limited
Brookworth Homes Limited
Garden Trading Limited
- Advised CALA Homes Chiltern on a land purchase conditional on a satisfactory planning permission.
- Advised Ashill Land Limited on the sale of land, including a planning permission for 67 dwellings and an agreement with a third party landowner to carry out biodiversity works.
- Advised Garden Trading Limited on the real estate aspects of its sale of its entire share capital.
Blandy & Blandy LLP handles strategic development, transactions and landlord and tenant matters, and advises a list of banks on secured lending, Jane Gunnell has extensive experience in the latter. The team is led by Katja Wigham who has industry expertise pertaining to charities, educational institutions, and third sector organizations. John Dingle acts for house builders in a variety of matters and is a specialist at the intersection of property and the healthcare sector. In addition to Wigham, Gemma Smith advises charities as part of her broader commercial real estate practice.
Other key lawyers:
John Dingle; Gemma Smith; Jane Gunnell
‘The team is led by very experienced partners. I always feel confident in the advice given and consider them to be part of our team. The team is well respected throughout the industry.’
‘Client care is excellent – they are responsive.’
‘John Dingle is an excellent client partner.’
Englefield Estate Trust Corporation Ltd
University of Oxford
Simplyhealth Group Limited
R Collard Limited
Austin Fraser Limited
Cove Construction Limited
H & T Properties Limited
- Acted for Giganet Limited in taking three leases at Apex Plaza, Reading, and Solent Business Park respectively.
Clarkslegal LLP handles developments, transactions, and investment portfolio management work for clients in the automotive, healthcare, and education sector. Team lead Simon Ralphs also has a strong practice pertaining to the hospitality sector. Associate Pierre Dutton works closely with Ralphs, advising on acquisitions, disposals, landlord and tenant matters as well as insolvencies and restructurings.
Other key lawyers:
‘Extremely responsive. Thorough advice.’
‘This is a substantial practice. I cannot rate the firm as a whole, but I can recommend without reservation Simon Ralphs who has provided an excellent and skilled service at reasonable costs.’
‘Good lawyers use their legal skills and expertise to add value to their clients’ commercial ambitions and objectives. Bad lawyers add cost and diminish their client’s opportunities. I am pleased to report that the partners I deal with at Clarkslegal are intellectually bright, legally competent and, importantly, commercially aware.’
‘Clarkslegal was recommended to me and I never looked back. Clarkslegal covers several different areas of the legal system, basically, it’s ONE-STOP practice, I will defiantly recommend it.’
‘Simon Ralph is very experienced in any property matters, he has a wealth of knowledge, and I have taken his advice. I also worked with Pierre Dutton. The whole team stands out.’
‘The team is available whenever required, always has an answer to my queries and if they are unsure will speak to someone else within the team that has the right knowledge. Very efficient at getting deals over the line and meticulous in their work.’
‘The individuals that we work with are very personable. They are interested not only in the work that we provide for them but us as a company and individuals. They understand the intricacies of our company, that makes them stand out from competitors.’
NTT Data UK Limited
Crown Packaging Manufacturing UK Limited
Newham Sixth Form College Further Education Corporation
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
St Clair Developments Limited
Lafarge UK Pension Trustees
Eden Motor Group
Offsite Archive Storage and Integrated Services (OASIS)
Liquidators of Carillion plc
- Advising Urban regeneration company on the redevelopment of two large indoor shopping centres.
- Acting for Offsite Archive Storage and Integrated Service Holdings Limited on a number of real estate projects across the UK.
Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors handles developments and lease holdings, Tim Read acts for both landlords and tenants on the latter and has particular expertise in residential development. Practice head Jonathan Foulds has a broad practice, advising clients in the retail, industrial, and office sectors. In addition to developers, Ian Graham counsels charities on real estate matters. Senior associate Spencer Grimshaw has specialist expertise in development sales and purchases in the retail and leisure sectors.
Other key lawyers:
Tim Read; Ian Graham; Spencer Grimshaw; Jeremy Cave
‘The time spent to understand the client and the property. Communication is tailored to suit the client and how they are able to best respond.’
‘They never fail to come back to me with the correct answers, they are prompt. polite, professional and nice to deal with.’
‘Jonathan Foulds is exceptional at his job, when things look impossible he always comes through. We feel very comfortable when contacting them.’
‘Tim Read demonstrates genuine interest and care to do the best job. Problem solver and works well with other firms/key stakeholders to overcome hurdles sensibly to achieve the best outcome quickly and effectively.’
‘Jonathan Foulds is a highly responsive, knowledgeable and personable individual. Jonathan is quick to grasp situations and is forward-thinking in his execution of technical advice.’
‘Jonathan Foulds is very easy to work with, he explains matters carefully and ensures that we understand the risk involved in each decision. He is pragmatic while also being a safe pair of hands, which enables us to take on the right projects, and to reject projects that are too risky.’
‘The team works closely with us on each project as an integral part of our land acquisition process. They understand what matters to us and they escalate the important issues early.’
‘Great depth of knowledge in the team. They appear to have come across most of the issues that arise and are therefore able to deal with them quickly and efficiently.’
Lawsons Holdings Limited
- Acted for Natta Group in disposals of new build residential properties with a value in excess of £18m.
- Acted for Nike Group on a sale of freehold land and premises comprising a disused ice rink and parking areas for a value of just under £6m.
- Advised Lawson Holdings Limited on property aspects of company acquisitions.
Field Seymour Parkes LLP is home to a specialist strategic land team as well as an experienced real estate financing practice and advises among others blue-chip companies and high-net-worth individuals, a specialism of practice head Marcus Francis. Dean Bickford is Francis’ second in command and focuses on corporate occupiers, charities, and educational institutions. James Burgess is renowned in the Reading real estate market.
Other key lawyers:
Dean Bickford; Michael Higgin; Richard Higgs; Joe Preisner; Anna Zatouroff; James Burgess
‘I think the most important thing for me is the availability of the team. Their fees are fair and reasonable and transactions are dealt with in a timely manner.’
‘Michael Higgin is thorough, patient, and a pleasure to know and work with.’
‘Joe Preisner is excellent. All of the people there are.’
‘Excellent, friendly, and exceptionally competent team.’
Thames Property Group
Grant and Stone
University of Reading
Westbury Street Holdings (Benugo, Searcys, BaxterStorey)
Euro Car Parts
- Advised Astroscale Limited on their letting of space at Harwell Science Centre.
- Advised Whistl UK on the acquisition of a 300,000 square foot fulfilment centre at Magna Park, Lutterworth.
- Advised Bewley Homes plc on a £17m acquisition of consented development land.
Between Milton Keynes and Oxford, Lucy Bradban, Leo Skinner , and Patrick Whetter lead Freeths LLP‘ commercial real estate team which has a particular strong foothold in food and retail as well as a growing life sciences specialism. Whetter advises landlords and occupiers, the latter is additionally a focus point for Philip Gray ‘s practice. Particularly for his work in the agricultural and rural sectors, Balvinder Jaj comes recommended. Director Laura Brown is also noted.
Lucy Bradban; Leo Skinner; Patrick Whetter
Other key lawyers:
Philip Gray; Balvinder Jaj; Kelly Sawyer; Laura Brown; Katherine Burge; Laura Czapski; Maxinne Endicott; Melissa Coleman
‘I can say with certainty that the team is excellent. They are not only knowledgeable and supportive, but also responsive and proactive. They bill us clearly and transparently, the portal we have access to is extremely useful and they work with us continually to improve how we collaborate.’
‘Philip Gray and Kelly Sawyer are both approachable, available, supportive, and communicative. For me their understanding and appreciation of the fact that I am not a solicitor, and their subsequent willingness to translate complex legal matters into everyday language without having to be asked, is really refreshing – they are great to work with.’
‘The property team is very client-focused. As a client I take the fact that the team has good legal knowledge for granted, I look for committed and original thinking lawyers. The Oxford property team provides this approach and their innovative solutions to problems are extremely valuable to my business.’
‘Laura Brown deals with the more esoteric and complex property matters and her clear thinking and ability to deal with unusual situations without being phased is impressive. I also respect the fact that Laura knows when to call upon colleagues when a specific matter requires a specialist.’
‘Maxinne Endicott and Melissa Coleman in the conveyancing team have diligently and professionally dealt with a significant number of plot sales, often on sites that can be quite challenging. Their patience and communication are essential to me.’
Kerridge Commercial Systems Limited
Micheldever Tyre Services Limited t/a Protyre
Oxford University Press
Gardner Leader LLP acts for domestic clients as well as UK subsidiaries of international entities on acquisitions, financing, developers, landlords and tenants. In Newbury, practice head Greg Humphreys focuses on commercial real estate work, particularly in relation to restaurants. Suki Hardy ‘faces off against the Magic Circle on a regular basis‘ and has particular sector expertise in telecoms and data centres. A generalist, Richard Buckeridge advises a wide variety of clients on all things real estate out of the Maidenhead office.
Other key lawyers:
Richard Buckeridge; Suki Hardy; Karron Whitter; Joanna Bullard; Dominic Dos Remedios; Tim Blackman; Renata Lovat Short
‘Suki Hardy is an absolute stand-out partner, who has a fantastic practice acting for US tech companies active in the UK. She is a meticulous technical real estate lawyer who faces off against the Magic Circle on a regular basis.’
‘The commercial property team does big ticket complex real estate acquisition and letting transactions. They have very clever lawyers, who are excellent at collaborative working both with their clients’ other advisers and also with the other side(s) to find solutions to get the deals done.’
‘Karron Whitter is extremely thorough, is an expert in her field, and is always available to answer queries.’
‘Tim Blackman is available for discussion when we need him. He has proven himself as diligent and insightful. We consider ourselves fortunate to work with him. Without exception, we have never needed to contact his partner and, unless timing prevents it, if Tim is absent, we wait until his return.’
‘A dedicated team that can cover all aspects of commercial property solutions from purchases, sales, to leasing. A professional and efficient operation.’
‘All correspondence and queries answered swiftly and efficiently. Richard Buckeridge and Tim Blackman have always been efficient and worked within prices quoted to bring projects to completion.’
‘The practice appears to embrace diversity. The team is supportive and knowledgeable and has a broad range of legal attributes. Tim Blackman is personable and very diligent and breeds trust.’
‘Tim Blackman is excellent to work with. He quickly understands client priorities and needs and preferred means of working. He is personable, honest, hard-working and diligent. Richard Buckeridge is very knowledgeable.’
CloudHQ UK Limited
Swift Logistics Group
Newbury Building Society
GWP Group PLC
- Advised Rivar Limited in relation to the development of its residential sites and numerous onward sales of completed units.
- We act for GWP Group PLC on all of its property holdings.
- Acted for Zetabyte Limited in relation to the acquisition of the entire share capital in a target company that operated five EE franchise stores.
Simon Knott leads Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP real estate practice in Oxford, where he complements the firm’s focus on development, science parks, and colleges through his retail and leisure-centred practice. Laura Gorman and consultant Charles Seaward are two highly active members of the team, with the latter acting in matters regarding the acquisition and disposal of land as well as for corporate occupiers and Gorman handling a wide array of transactions, including real estate financing. For his extensive expertise in portfolio management, Justin Winterbottom comes particularly recommended.
Other key lawyers:
Justin Winterbottom; Laura Gorman; Lauren Bray; Roberta Bombaci; Charles Seaward
‘Great market knowledge with an understanding of the commercial aspect of contracts as well as the legal points.’
‘A broad interest is shown across different areas and a good knowledge of emerging sectors, particularly the impact of fast-paced market environments as well as the move to more sustainable property and infrastructure. Charlie Seaward and Justin Winterbottom have been a great support in getting agreements over the line.’
‘Pennington Manches is able to advise and deal with a very wide range of legal matters related to our commercial property business. I am impressed with their commercial knowledge and always aware of the current market. They are able to help us with their wide legal knowledge.’
‘Justin Winterbottom is outstanding. He deals with things promptly and is always there if we need any immediate advice. He is very professional, highly knowledgeable and is happy to speak to anybody involved. He makes things for our business run smoothly and is an absolutely pleasure to deal with.’
Frontier Estates Limited
The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals
Exact Sciences Innovation Limited
Oxford Biodynamics PLC
T-Cypher Bio Holdings Limited
Evox Therapeutics Limited
23.5 Degrees Limited
Donnington New Homes Limited
- Acting for Fortitudo Homes on the acquisition and development of a mixed use scheme in Bournemouth known as Glen Fern & Fir Vale Road, valued at £200m.
- Acting for Vaccitech Limited on a lease of over 31,000 square feet of newly built space at Harwell Campus.
- Acting for Frontier Estates Limited on a major new retail and industrial scheme valued at £60m.
Other key lawyers:
‘We’ve been very impressed with the work of the commercial team. Every fee earner who has worked on our cases has been diligent and responsive and very capable of dealing with the sometimes complex nature of work.’
‘I’ve worked with a number of property lawyers and firms and feel HCR is exceptional in the work they provide.’
‘Proactive and gets on with things at a fair price.’
‘Lewis Djemal is always available and gives great advice and finds a way to get it done.’
Country Estates Group
Harry A Coff
Grow Properties Group
Steer Automotive Group
Cambridge & Counties Bank
Secure Trust Bank
YMF Equity Partners
- Advised Darcliffe Homes on the disposal of 66 plots at Stoneham Park, Tilehurst.
- Advised Progressive Investments on its retail investment acquisitions for ca. £4m.
- Advised Procook on its acquisition trail of new stores across the UK.
Aside from expertise in strategic land transactions, commercial landlord and tenant laws as well as development, and property financing and disputes, SE-Solicitors additionally handles specialized matters such as non-contentious construction and agricultural property. Andrew Woods heads the practice and assists clients on complex and strategic high-value cases. His team includes Andrew Querelle, who represents both developers and owner-occupiers in commercial development transactions and is a specialist in automotive retail space. Further recommended comes associate Emma Daniels, for her expertise in investment acquisitions, commercial and residential developments, and landlord and tenant matters.
Other key lawyers:
Andrew Querelle; Emma Daniels; Andrew Symington; Sneh Parekh
‘Subject matter expertise. Quality of communication. Speed of response and bringing matters to conclusion.’
‘Sneh Parekh has been excellent in all our dealings with her, going above and beyond.’
‘I have continued to use SE for property work, and transactions with inherent difficulties are dealt with in a very satisfactory way. SE continues to punch above its weight and provide city standard advice in the provinces.’
‘Simply the key feature is the way in which the lead partner understands how I conduct business and that the client contact has been adapted and moulded for me. Andrew Woods gives me outstanding service regardless of project size, and has ensured that other departments feed back to me in the same way.’
‘We were recommended to Andrew Symington and have been very happy with the excellent level of service he has provided.’
‘Full range of strategic land skill set. Knowledgeable and approachable and user-friendly for landowners, charging rates are clear and transparent and most importantly sensible.’
‘We have received excellent advice from Emma Daniels which has been implemented with great efficiency and a friendly and very professional attitude.’
Winckworth Sherwood LLP is led by Jamie Barton and focuses on corporate occupiers and development work, especially in the hospitality and logistics sectors where the firm represents McDonald’s and Pret A Manger. Additionally noteworthy is its extensive expertise in acting for ecclesiastical office holders.
Other key lawyers:
Richard Mulcock; Darren Oliver
McDonald’s Restaurants Limited
Pret A Manger (Europe) Limited
Simon Hegele Logistics & Service Limited
Oxford Diocesan Board of Finance
The Arcadia Group
Harleyford Estate Limited
Tufton Warren Farm LLP
Hot Pickle Trading Limited