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Commercial property: Bristol

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Burges Salmon LLP¬†is widely regarded as one of ‚Äėthe best legal firms in the region‚Äô and ‚Äėcompares very well to the more expensive Magic Circle firms‚Äô. The team, which is split into specialist sub-groups, is regularly involved in major development projects, strategic land deals and procurement, infrastructure property mandates and investment transactions. Richard Clark¬†heads the cross-department real estate sector group and advised Aerium Finance on its acquisition of units in a Jersey Property Unit Trust (JPUT), which was financed by Deutsche Pfandbriefbank and an ultra-high-net-worth shari‚Äôah investor. The development practice is headed by the ‚Äėinvaluable‚Äô Ross Polkinghorne, who is advising Change Real Estate on all real estate aspects of the ¬£200m¬†mixed-use regeneration project at Redcliff Quarter in Bristol. Similarly, Philip Beer¬†is acting for the Greater London Authority in relation to its development partner arrangements with a Chinese developer for the ¬£1.7bn regeneration project at Royal Albert Dock in east London. Richard Read, who leads the property investment group, assisted Virgin Active with the disposal of 16 health and racquet clubs to David Lloyd Leisure. Colin Ligman¬†heads the wider real estate department, which includes Euan Bremner¬†and senior associate Drew Nesbitt.

The team at Osborne Clarke¬†‚Äėprovides a level of service that matches anyone out there, while being personable and easy to deal with in a way one doesn‚Äôt always get with London firms‚Äô. Headed by Ian Wilkinson¬†(‚Äėa vastly experienced property lawyer‚Äô) the real estate group is especially strong in asset management mandates and property investment transactions in the student housing, renewable energy and retail sectors. Working alongside the funds and tax teams, Wilkinson assisted CBRE Long Income Property Club No1 Unit Trust with its ¬£161m acquisition of the Park Plaza Hotel at Waterloo in London. David North¬†advised Arlington Investors on the acquisition and debt financing of a portfolio of fully let student accommodation assets. The team also advised Credit Suisse on the forward funding in connection with the ¬£56m acquisition of Two Central Square, Cardiff. Dolf Darnton¬†assisted Mitie Group with the relocation of its UK headquarters to the Shard in London, and handles ongoing real estate matters for Marks & Spencer. In the development space, Michelle McGurl¬†acted for Barratt Developments in relation to a ¬£100m development at Ebbsfleet. Additional contacts include associate director¬†Alice Conway, legal director Matt Ashley¬†and David Powell, who heads the development practice.

The property department at Bevan Brittan LLP is highly regarded for its prolific healthcare property management practice and for advising local authorities on major regeneration projects. Indeed, department head Mark Calverley is assisting the London Borough of Newham with the procurement of a joint venture partner for the redevelopment of the highly publicised 23-acre Carpenters Estate in Stratford. Similarly, David Wardle is acting for the London Borough of Hounslow in relation to the £100m redevelopment of the Hounslow Town Primary School and the provision of over 250 additional dwellings. In the healthcare space, Rob Harrison is advising NHS Property Services on the long-running documentation of 4800 undocumented health and commercial occupiers across 10% of its entire health estate; Harrison also provides comprehensive portfolio management advice to the client, which includes disposals, development work and disputes. Moreover, David Hobbs is handles portfolio management work for Canal & River Trust, which holds a £500m property portfolio. Alison Buckingham is instructed by housing associations.

Clarke Willmott LLP¬†is ‚Äėvery comparable to most of its top regional competitors‚Äô and has particular strengths in residential and commercial development and property investment transactions. On the residential side, Greg Lovett¬†advised Barrett Developments on its ¬£75m acquisition, from Heron Developments, of land holdings and contractual positions in Bristol; this marked one of the client‚Äôs largest acquisitions outside of London. Also in the development space, Laurence Lacey¬†acted for a government entity in relation to a highly publicised complex redevelopment project in the UK. Lacey also handles development mandates in the renewable energy sector. Helen Wittram¬†assisted Stonewater with a number of matters in 2017 including the negotiation and exchange of a land and building agreement with Bellway Homes involving the construction and sale of 70 affordable homes. William Juckes¬†leads the commercial property team in Bristol, while Louise Brown¬†heads the firm‚Äôs wider real estate group. Beverley Pike¬†and Philip Thompson¬†are additional contacts.

DAC Beachcroft LLP¬†is ‚Äėundoubtedly one of the most proactive and professional legal advisers in the South West commercial property market‚Äô. The firm is best known for its comprehensive real estate work in the shopping centre sector, but has also developed a strong reputation in the house builder market and the property investment space. Of particular note, Nick Knapman¬†led a team including Richard Cross¬†that assisted Westfield Europe with the leasing arrangements for and subsequent opening of the 740,000 sq ft¬†expansion of Westfield London, which is now the largest shopping centre in Europe. Similarly, Julitta Yates¬†advises Land Securities on all landlord and tenant arrangements for the Bluewater Shopping Centre in Kent. Intu Properties is another major shopping centre client. Acting for banks and alternative lenders, Michael Pearce¬†has experience in real estate investment finance and has advised peer-to-peer funder Lendy on multiple bridging and development loans. Ben Pariser¬†leads the residential development practice and is instructed by clients such as Crest Nicholson and Bellway Homes. Graham Brothwood¬†and Michael Bothamley¬†jointly head the real estate group.

TLT¬†'s real estate department ‚Äėconsistently delivers high-quality service‚Äô. Acting for banks, developers and corporate occupiers, among other market participants, the team handles development, asset management and investment mandates for clients across a range of industry sectors. David Smithen¬†advised General Mediterranean Holdings on the conditional site assembly, development, planning and funding of a ¬£182m mixed-use development project at London‚Äôs Bridge Park. In the investment space, Andrew Glynn¬†assisted PINE Unit Trust (a specialist education JPUT) with its ¬£95m real estate disposal to USS Investment Management. Daniel Halstead¬†has experience in the student accommodation and healthcare sectors and recently advised The Mansion Group on its disposal of various operational student housing schemes in Colchester and Bristol. Halstead also assisted 90 North Real Estate Investment Partners with its ¬£50.5m disposal of 12 care homes to two REITs. Additional key figures include Julia Lucas, department head Maria Connolly, who has expertise in renewable energy development, and Julian Mant, who provides ongoing portfolio management advice to Greene King.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP¬†is ‚Äėhighly rated against its peer group‚Äô, and has particular strength in regeneration and development mandates, particularly in the renewable energy and rail infrastructure sectors. Simon Hughes, who leads the group‚Äôs energy and natural resources property practice, advised Dudgeon Offshore Wind on the leasing arrangements and associated rights for a ¬£1.5bn offshore wind farm development and continues to assist the client with landowner negotiations for the 48km landward side cable. Hughes also acted for a consortium of local authorities in connection with the land acquisition and agreements for the reopening of passenger train services between Bristol and Portishead. Similarly, Katherine Douglas¬†assisted Three Rivers District Council with the CPO strategy, planning process and development leases for the ¬£172m mixed-use South Oxhey Initiative.¬†Andrew Harding¬†advised Bristol City Council on the conditional sale of a high profile site to the University of Bristol. Managing associate Mark Li¬†assisted Network Rail Infrastructure with the grant of the South Western Franchise for passenger trains to First MTR South Western Trains, which involved leasing arrangements at 185 rail stations and eight light maintenance depots. Fiona O‚ÄôKane¬†heads the real estate business group.

Foot Anstey’s Bristol-based property group is best known for assisting nationally operating corporates with property portfolio matters. Richard Walford  advises FirstGroup on issues concerning its Great Western Railway property portfolio, which has recently included advice on the redevelopment of Paddington Station to support the Crossrail. Walford also provides ongoing property portfolio advice to Screwfix. Richard Sutton acted for South Gloucestershire and Stroud College Commercial Services in relation to a building lease granted to Welink Group for the development of a site at the Gloucestershire Science and Technology Park. Additionally, Paul Clark and Imam Qazi are regularly instructed by banks and investment groups in relation to cross-border property investment transactions and development financing. The commercial property group is headed by Martin Hirst, who practices out of the firm’s Southampton office and has particular expertise in residential development.

The property team at Thrings LLP has experience in residential development, corporate occupier mandates and property investment transactions, and is particularly active in the healthcare, retail, leisure and mining and minerals sectors. In the housing space, Steve Schofield advised Newland Homes on its acquisition of a development site, which will be the client’s largest development in the South West to-date. Ben Tarrant leads the healthcare sector group and assisted Helping Hands (the UK’s largest domiciliary care provider) with its acquisition of a leasehold in a 20,000 sq ft office building in Alcester. Legal director Robert Barnes has experience in secured lending and recently counselled a high-street lender on the provision of a development finance secured lending facility. David Mears is another key figure in the team.

VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)'s¬†commercial property group has particular expertise in the education and healthcare sectors, and public sector work more generally. Steven McGuigan¬†heads the practice group and has a notably wide-ranging practice. McGuigan advised The University of Bristol on its ¬£11.8m acquisition of St. Augustine‚Äôs Courtyard, and also assisted Highways England Company with the negotiation of two options agreements concerning a section of the M49 motorway. The department head is also assisting Fareham Borough Council with various land agreements concerning the National Grid‚Äôs IFA2 project. In the house builder space, a team including senior associate Gemma Williams¬†advises a national house builder on its disposals nationwide. Further, Jessica Booz¬†(‚Äėa consummate professional‚Äô) is acting for a residential developer in relation to various plot sales and leases on a London development site. Additional contacts include Ben Willis, Simon Linnitt¬†and senior associate¬†Robin Rajanah.

Headed by Edward Langford, the ‚Äėcompetent and efficient‚Äô team at Meade King LLP¬†specialises in real estate development, and property transactions, particularly in the in the healthcare sector. Langford has considerable experience in handling the property aspects of sale and purchase transactions involving healthcare businesses and dental surgeries. Catherine Ainley¬†focuses on acting for developers in development site and land transactions. Additionally, Simon East¬†handles property portfolio management and is instructed by charities and corporate clients.

Commercial property: Dorset and South Wiltshire

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Lester Aldridge LLP’s property department has particular expertise in property finance and investment transactions in the telecoms, healthcare, leisure, and port and marina sectors. Of particular note, Suki Samra is advising EE and Three on the property issues arising from a government-sponsored project to supply emergency network services. Samra also acts for bank-side clients in a litany of secured lending transactions. Additionally, Mark Benham advised Meggitt Properties on the property aspects of its £57.5m sale to QinetiQ Group. The team was also involved in a large medical centre disposal and acted for a landlord in a substantial corporate letting agreement. Marina Developments, McCarthy Stone, Big Yellow and Captiva Homes are among the team’s key clients. The department is led by Matthew Barrow out of the Southampton office.

Clients of Steele Raymond LLP¬†'cannot praise the team highly enough' for its ability to¬†'consistently provide exceptional advice‚Äô.¬†Noted for his ‚Äėdynamism‚Äô, department head Chris Twaits¬†advised a real estate group on a multimillion-pound acquisition of an office building in Bristol. Residential development specialist¬†Emma Stainwright¬†acts for agricultural landowners in multiple sale transactions regarding residential development sites. Stainwright also advised a developer on the multimillion-pound acquisition of a mixed-use development site in Hampshire. The ‚Äėtenacious and diligent‚Äô Jennifer Rogerson¬†provides comprehensive non-contentious property advice to Selwood, and assists Sydenhams with the property aspects of all of its acquisitions. Working alongside the firm‚Äôs corporate group, Rogerson advised a client on the property aspects sale of its multimillion-pound sale of a prestigious care home. Carol Elliott¬†is among Dorset‚Äôs ‚Äėeminent commercial property lawyers‚Äô. Sue Middleton¬†is another key figure in the team.

Laceys Solicitors incorporating HLF¬†is ‚Äėvery strong in the local commercial property market‚Äô and stands out for its ‚Äėexcellent client communication‚Äô. The property department was strengthened in 2017 by the arrival of solicitor Alanna McDonough, who joined from recently merged Bond Dickinson. McDonough and department head John Munro¬†acted for Wilson & Sharp Investments in negotiations with Arts University Bournemouth for the provision of 153 student housing units. Additionally, Munro advised on the purchase of an investment property in Devon, and acted for the landlord in a series of letting agreements for a town centre office block. Jonathan Ogden¬†was instructed by Bracken Developments in a number of site acquisitions, and also assisted Lime Wood Group with multiple hotel acquisitions. Further, Mark Preece¬† was involved in the multimillion-pound sale of a development site by Lidl.

Trethowans LLP has experience in residential development, landlord and tenant work and property finance. Senior associate David Jones handles secured lending work, and advised a European commercial bank on the provision of a loan to a private equity group, which was secured over a £23m redeveloped sixth form college. Jones has also acted for a client in the multimillion-pound sale of a commercial estate in east London, and assisted a national retailer with a letting agreement. Gareth Yeoman advised a property developer on its £2m site acquisition for the development of flats and offices. The property group is headed by Garry Treagust, who has expertise in pensions-related property transactions. Caroline Probert heads the Salisbury property team. A number of new fee-earners were hired in 2017 including consultant Biddy Walker, who joined from recently absorbed Thomas Eggars, and senior associate Juliet Biddle , who joined from Bevan Brittan LLP.

Highly regarded for its private client work, Wilsons¬†is often engaged by private landowners in development site transactions, and also advises corporates, charities and property investors in commercial letting and transactional property matters. ‚ÄėAn experienced and incisive property expert‚Äô, Jane Lonergan¬†advised Saba Software on a commercial lease agreement for its office space in the south of England. Lonegran also provides ongoing property advice to charities such as Help for Heroes and Sense. Moreover, the team acted for a prominent real estate investor in the sale of an office building in a central London location. Alison Bailey¬†has experience with development contracts, and is instructed by corporate and individual landowners. Also recommended are Dominic Ogden¬†and consultant Robert Swift.

Battens Solicitors Limited has substantial experience managing property portfolio matters for corporates and property investors, and also has experience in residential development. Ray Edwards has assisted an insurer with property due diligence in relation to the client’s asset and share acquisitions, while on the development side, consultant Robert Wright advised an investment company on a multimillion-pound development agreement. Additionally, consultant Anna Austin advises a house builder on ongoing property issues such as development agreements, disposals and planning and infrastructure agreements. The team also handles ongoing portfolio management issues for various property companies. Roger Chadwick is a contact in the Bath office.

Blanchards Bailey LLP¬†has ‚Äėa well-established commercial property group‚Äô, which focuses on agricultural land transactions, residential development and commercial investment property. Following the retirement of Mike Herbert, the team is now headed by Sarah Heath, who is instructed by corporates and developers in real estate and development site transactions and has also advised a high-net-worth individual in a multimillion-pound sale of a freehold property in London. Melanie Harrison¬†is a consultant in the practice group. The team has also handled commercial letting agreements.

Frettens LLP‚Äôs property group is considered by some peers to be ‚Äėon par with much of the local and regional competition‚Äô. The team is headed by Oonaugh McKinney, who has experience in large-scale commercial letting work and development land transactions. McKinney has been involved in a litany of lease transactions and has advised individuals and residential developers on various land transactions. Niki Adkins¬†handles freehold property transactions and has expertise in collective enfranchisement matters. Additional contacts include Clare Hallett¬†and solicitor James Love. Purewell Electrical Company is among the team‚Äôs clients.

Commercial property: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire

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Providing ‚Äėtrue City-style service from outside of London‚Äô, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP‚Äôs real estate lawyers are ‚Äėall-round experts in commercial and residential property‚Äô. The team is particularly active in residential and retirement home development, corporate leasing and property investment. Nigel Morton¬†advised Hearthstone Residential Fund 1 on its inaugural ¬£24m purchase of about 170 let apartments in Manchester, Nottingham and Birmingham. Morton is also assisted Aura Care Living with the development and structuring of two retirement villages in the South West. ‚ÄėDiligent, hard-working, and reliably responsive‚Äô, department head Ian Brothwood¬†is acting for Crab Hill Developments in relation to its development and disposal of a site in Oxforshire, which will include 1500 homes, a community centre and a primary school. Additionally, Brothwood advised a financial planning firm on a leasing agreement for a newly built office building in London. Recently promoted partner Naomi Nettleton¬†assists Topland Heanley Healthcare Investments with ongoing property acquisitions, which totalled about ¬£40m in 2017. Jonathan Wilkinson¬†specialises in SIPP/SSAS property investment transactions.

BPE Solicitors LLP¬†is instructed by corporate occupiers and property developers and regularly handles warehouse and development site transactions, corporate leasing, and property funding. Jo Bewley, who has expertise in real estate finance, advised Pure Gym on the property aspects of an equity sale to Leonard Green & Partners. Department head Antonia Shield¬†and senior associate Alex Curtis¬†assisted a well-known corporate with one of the nation‚Äôs largest warehouse lease acquisitions in 2017. Similarly, the ‚Äėresponsive and knowledgeable‚Äô Doug Armstrong¬†advised Boultbee Brooks Real Estate on its purchase of a city-centre warehouse in Leeds, and its subsequent refurbishment and pre-lets to various tenants. In the residential space, Thornton Allen¬†acted for Mears Housing Portfolio 2 in its ¬£13m acquisition of a development site for the development of nearly 100 houses. Lloyds Bank and SuperGroup are also among the team‚Äôs key clients. At the time of publication Rebecca Maxwell¬†was on maternity leave and Tim Williams¬†was on secondment to a nuclear power company.

Royds Withy King‚Äôs property group provides ‚Äėa standard of service that is comparable to many larger‚ÄĒand more expensive‚ÄĒLondon and Bristol firms‚Äô. Headed by Paul Daniels, the team has a particularly broad, sector-based real estate service, which covers healthcare, education and charity work, pension and investment property, residential development, corporate occupier and leasing work, and secured lending. Of particular note, Daniels assisted Gold Care Holdings and its shareholders with a high-value disposal and leaseback of 18 care homes to an American REIT. Edward Cooke¬†acts for residential developer Kersfield Group in connection with its ongoing property acquisition and disposal strategy. Senior associate Aman Hart¬†counselled a specialist property developer on the property and construction aspects of its development of a large care home and assisted living village; Hart also advised on the security arrangements for the associated financing. Further, the ‚Äėproactive, diligent, and commercially minded‚Äô¬†Greg Callard¬†, who made partner in 2018,¬†advised a company on a transaction with a European bank to refinance the client‚Äôs property portfolio. Peter Foskett¬†is also recommended.

The property team at Thrings LLP is best known for handling commercial agreements and strategic land transactions, but also advises corporates in property acquisition strategies and has a developing practice focused on renewable energy property. Alex Pinhey assisted a well-known regional brewery with its strategic acquisition of a pub and hotel. In the secured lending space, Pinhey advised a European bank on a multimillion-pound refinancing transaction, the financing for which was secured by several public houses. Edward Jackman assisted a high-net-worth landowner with a promotion agreement for a mixed-use development site of over 200 acres. Alan Goulding also specialises in strategic land transactions. Legal director Charlotte Barrett provides ongoing portfolio management advice to a LSE-listed company with over 200 properties under management. Associate Iain Mason is instructed by landowners and developers to handle various property aspects of renewables schemes.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys¬†is ‚Äėbig enough to be a serious player‚Äô in regional secured lending and property transactions, ‚Äėbut is small enough to be responsive, accessible, and very knowledgeable of its clients‚Äô goals‚Äô. The ‚Äėreliable and commercially minded‚Äô Mark Carter¬†specialises in secured lending work and was appointed as head of the real estate group. Carter advised a regional university on the procurement of separate refinance and development finance facilities with two high street banks.¬†Mark Fabian¬†assisted Gloucestershire College with its multimillion-pound land acquisition for the new Forest of Dean campus. Fabian also advised Cheltenham College on a local property purchase transaction. Senior associate¬†Annabel Hull¬†is also recommended. The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire is another key client, while lender clients include Lloyds Bank, Santander, HSBC and Paragon Bank.

Stone King LLP runs a dynamic cross-office property team with experience in general commercial property and property finance, but is perhaps best known for its prolific non-profit client-base, which includes a host of religious charities, educational bodies, community groups and cultural charities. Joanne Burton assisted Harrow College with a £10m disposal of two adjoining sites to a foreign SPV. Similarly, Hugh Pearce is instructed by the National Heritage Memorial Fund, in addition to various religious organisations and diocese. Sarah Lane has advised No. 1 Loungers on a number of leasing transactions involving the client’s operations in various UK hub airports, including Heathrow and Gatwick. In the property finance space, Stephanie Howarth acted for a European bank in relation to a number of multimillion-pound property finance and refinance transactions.

Acting for landowners, developers, corporate occupiers and non-profits, Willans LLP¬†is ‚Äėextremely thorough‚Äô and is rated for is work on ‚Äėparticularly complex real estate and construction mandates‚Äô. Department head Nigel Whittaker¬†provides a standard of service that literally inspired one client to ‚Äėvolunteer to pay a higher rate than what was billed‚Äô. Whittaker has particular expertise in freehold and leasehold transactions and advised two Republic of Ireland-registered companies on the multimillion-pound sale of a property in Bath, subject to a lease agreement in favour of a building society. Alasdair Garbutt¬†was promoted to partner and assisted Joedan Group with a number of office and industrial property acquisitions in 2017. Whittaker and Garbutt also provide ongoing portfolio management advice to local, regional, and national charities such as Sue Ryder. Susie Wynne¬†is ‚Äėa go-to partner‚Äô for development projects, property finance and investment transactions. Wynne assisted Cavendish Homes with a land promotion agreement in relation to a site with a potential development value of ¬£37.5m. Other key clients include Holy Trinity Brompton and Princess Alice Hospice.

Headed by Alasdair Kirkpatrick, the real estate group at Clark Holt has experience in real estate development and site transactions, property finance and secured lending, and non-contentious landlord and tenant issues. Of particular note, the team advises London private equity firm Meyer Bergman on its ongoing acquisitions of strategic real estate assets in relation to a massive redevelopment project in the City. Additionally, the group assisted Hallam Land Management with the proposed multimillion-pound sale of a plot of land, which has been promoted for residential development. Jonathan Ashbridge, who specialises in property finance, is instructed by national and international banks. Rachel Booth has experience acting for national house builders, farmers and estate owners, investors, local authorities, and non-profits.

Lodders Solicitors LLP’s Cheltenham-based property team is instructed by residential and commercial developers, investors and owner/occupiers, and is regularly involved in high-value transactions that belie the office’s size. Paul Mourton heads the department and assisted C.M. Downton Haulage with its £12m full-occupancy lease for a new distribution facility in Chepstow. Acting alongside senior associate Constantine Berry, Mourton also advised a large UK developer on the promotion agreement for a 250 acre residential development site, subject to planning permission. The team has also handled high-value office lease transactions for household-name occupiers and regularly work alongside its Stratford-upon-Avon colleagues. Additional clients include Hinton Properties, The King’s School Gloucester and I.M. Properties.

Commercial property: The West Country

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With expertise in the residential, renewable energy and healthcare sectors, Ashfords LLP¬†is ‚Äėthe team clients go to when they need major development work done‚Äô. Brian Hegarty¬†advised Willow Green Developments on the acquisition of a 49-acre mixed-use development site, and continues to assist the client with a long-term development strategy, including funding and site disposals. Andrew Rothwell¬†and Tim Heal¬†are also recommended contacts in the development practice. In the energy space, Hegarty advised Hooton Bio Power on the property aspects of a brownfield waste-to-energy project. Andrew MacMillan-Scott, who specialises in investment property, advised Torbay Council on its ¬£29.6m acquisition of a newly constructed logistics building. James Heath¬†handles strategic residential site acquisitions for various companies in the Burrington Estates Group, and also has experience in secured lending transactions. Additional clients include David Wilson Homes and MJL Cornwall.

Davitt Jones Bould¬†runs ‚Äėan efficient and well-organised team‚Äô, which has ‚Äėserious expertise in public sector property work‚Äô. Of particular note, Stuart Bould¬†advised the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the property aspects of the ¬£15m transfer of the Wave Hub to Cornwall Council. Robin de Wreede¬†is acting for Exeter Science Park in relation to a new science park development; he also assists the client with sales and high-value leasing transactions. The team, which includes Maeve Bonner¬†and Elizabeth Palmer, provides comprehensive property advice to Highways England (Exeter), and also handles leasing, investment and development mandates for local authorities across the South West, including Bath and North East Somerset Council, Swindon Borough Council and Dorset County Council. Senior partner Madeleine Davitt¬†oversees a team that serves as sole property lawyers for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Firm co-founder Tim Sylvester-Jones¬†is another key figure.

Foot Anstey’s West Country property team has particular expertise in major residential and mixed-use development projects and nationwide portfolio management. Duncan Tringham is advising London Borough of Tower Hamlets on two major developments: the £250m Ailsa Wharf mixed-use regeneration and the £300m Blackwall Reach redevelopment. Similarly, Tringham is assisting Cornwall Council with the property aspects of a landmark £400m development scheme, which will bring 2,500 new homes and a significant commercial space, including a new football/rugby stadium. Richard Walford assists Screwfix with its property portfolio management, which recently included the opening of its 500th store; he also advises FirstGroup on the ongoing management of its GWR portfolio. Walford is also acting for the two main landowners in connection with a garden village project in Culm, Devon. In the investment space, senior associate John Catchpole advised TClarke on a newbuild 26,000 sq ft prefabrication facility in Essex.

The ‚Äėmarket-leading‚Äô team at Michelmores LLP¬†provides ‚Äėproactive and commercial service‚Äô in development land acquisitions and real estate investment transactions. ‚ÄėAn exceptional property lawyer‚Äô, David Howe¬†acted for Retirement Rentals, as joint venture partner in The Retirement Housing Partnership, in relation to the ¬£100m sale of its partner‚Äôs limited interest in the partnership to Traderisks REIT. Having acted on the land acquisition for Skypark Development Partnership‚Äôs 5,779 sq ft¬†office building development in Devon, Joanna Damerell¬†recently assisted the partnership with leasing transaction for the completed building. Further, Emma Honey¬†assisted Barratt Homes with the site acquisition for a substantial residential development, and Lucy Smallwood¬†advised Persimmon Homes on the concurrent acquisitions of two linked residential development sites in Essex. Other key contacts include Stephen Newson, who assisted Oxygen House (Grenadier Paternoster) with a strategic property transaction, and Richard Honey, who handles public sector property transactions nationwide.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has a wide-ranging property practice, which covers institutional investment, public sector development, and secured lending and property finance. Department head Craig Moore advised English Cities Fund on the £30m acquisition of a major residential development site in Plymouth. Moore also led a team including associate Lucie Hadwick that assisted Rittal with the lease acquisition for its new UK headquarters in Canary Wharf. The team also provides comprehensive real estate advice to Flybe Group, and has niche specialism in LPA receivership work. Also recommended are managing associate Paul Bramall, who has advised a clothing retailer on various letting transactions for new stores in London, and legal director Samantha Orluta. Additional clients include Plymouth University, Taylor Wimpey, Teignbridge District Council, and high street lenders such as NatWest, Lloyds Bank and HSBC.

Clarke Willmott LLP¬†provides ‚Äėefficient, competent and commercial advice‚Äô in development land and portfolio investment transactions. The highly regarded Roger Seaton¬†advised Nakuru Holdings on its ¬£8m acquisition of a site intended for mixed-use redevelopment. Seaton and Philip Brown¬†assisted Rebus Holdings with the ¬£9.9m purchase of a high-profile office building in Bracknell. Similarly, Brown advised Ruskin Properties on its ¬£3m purchase of the former sewerage treatment works at Caledonian in Lye. Associate Sarah Manley¬†assisted Horton Manor with its sale of a large commercial site, and also has experience acting for high street banks in secured lending transactions. Tim Walker¬†and senior associate Claire Tofts¬†are also contacts. Additional clients include RGP Holdings, Ashville Group and Sovereign Housing Association.

The real estate team at Stephens Scown LLP focuses on residential and strategic land development and property finance. Simon Harding has experience in residential and commercial development and advised a regional developer on a complex multimillion-pound development lease agreement. Department head Nigel Coveney represented a client in negotiations with two national house builders for a collaboration agreement concerning a large residential development. Simon Trahair-Davies assisted Strongbow Exploration with the property due diligence for the acquisition of the South Crofty Tin Mine project. The department also provides property advice to the firm’s corporate clients in the mining, agriculture, energy and caravan park sectors. Additional contacts include Michael Beadel, Keith Wright and Mike Northcott.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP¬†has a ‚Äėrespected reputation in the South West‚Äô and is ‚Äėa first port of call‚Äô for real estate sales transactions, residential development work and social housing mandates. Christopher Rundle¬†is acting for FWS Carter & Sons in relation to the ongoing development and letting of an expanding business park in Exeter, which currently spans over one million sq ft¬†and has more than 100 separate occupiers. Joseph Acton¬†advised the sellers of an extensive costal site in the South West. Additionally, Georgina Savill-James¬†is advising a housing company on a joint venture partnership for a mixed open-market and affordable housing development. Rachel Carter¬†and Hugh Winterbotham¬†also have considerable experience in residential development. Galliford Try Group, West Midlands Pension Fund and Civitas Social Housing are among the group‚Äôs varied clients.

GA Solicitors has strengths in commercial development and investment work, and has a particularly active secured lending practice. Indeed, Lucy Foster, who heads the secured lending practice, has been instructed by a number of lenders including Finance Solutions, which she advised on the provision of a £1.5m term loan secured over a housing development in Cornwall. Tony Dupreez assisted Beacon Homes with its £4m acquisition of a hotel for a luxury apartment redevelopment project. Department head David Stone acted for ERS Transition in relation to a transfer of 17 property assets across the UK following its purchase of a business contract for emergency services from the NHS.

Kitsons LLP handles a wide range of property mandates including residential development, and sale, purchase and letting transactions in the leisure, renewable energy and healthcare sectors. In the development space, Cameron Caverhill is acting for CG Fry & Son in relation to a multimillion-pound mixed-use residential and commercial development site in Bradford on Avon. Dominic Hollingsworth has been involved in numerous multimillion-pound hotel sale transactions. The team, which includes Patrick Gaskins, also has experience in public sector work and advised Teignbridge District Council on the conditional and commercial lease agreements associate with a negotiated land swap. Moreover, Peter Boyne is advising Libraries Limited South West on its leasing and subleasing agreements for library premises throughout Devon.

At Maitland Walker LLP, Ben Slade handles a range commercial property transactions and estate management mandates for clients in the leisure, residential and high-street gaming sectors. Slade has been involved in numerous London-based residential property disposals, and also advised a well-known European corporate on the acquisition on its UK headquarters in London. The practice head also assisted a client with the acquisition of a student accommodation block in Cardiff. Hilary Coles has experience in conveyancing and planning matters.

OTB Eveling’s real estate group has experience in commercial leasing, and investment and development transactions in the leisure, retail and residential sectors. Department head Keith Biggs has assisted Pearce Fine Homes and Stevens Homes with multiple site acquisitions and disposals. Biggs also advised Oneserve on a lease agreement in relation to its office relocation to the new industrial estate at Exeter Airport. Working in conjunction with the corporate group, the property team has also been involved in a number of hotel sales. Other key figures include senior associate Charlotte Curtis, who handles property disputes, and senior associate Jonathan Day, who joined the team from Chubb Bullied.


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The team at Burges Salmon LLP¬†can ‚Äėstand up to any national practice‚Äô. Headed by William Gard, the construction department is involved in many of the UK‚Äôs largest transport and energy infrastructure projects, and also has an experienced contentious practice. Indeed, Gard represented a household name UK retailer in long-running arbitration proceedings, which recently settled. On the non-contentious side, Gard advised Costain on the design and construction contracts for the Greater Manchester Waste Project, which comprises 42 waste facilities across 27 sites. The ‚Äėpragmatic and collegiate‚Äô Marcus Harling¬†advises The Crown Estate and various joint venture partners on the construction aspects of numerous London projects, including the 260,000¬†ft2 St. James‚Äôs Market mixed-use development. Lloyd James¬†is assisting Highways England with the procurement of construction contracts for its A303 Stonehenge expressway. The team is also engaged in a momentous national energy project. Senior associate Matthew Crossley¬†joined the team from TLT. Other key clients include Babcock, Hochtief and Engie.

Osborne Clarke‚Äôs construction department is ‚Äėexceptional‚Äô. The non-contentious group advises suppliers and purchasers on a range of projects including renewable energy and student accommodation developments, but the group is perhaps best known as ‚Äėthe go-to construction disputes team in the region‚Äô. Associate director¬†David Kirkpatrick¬†regularly represents some of the largest national and European construction companies in high-value construction disputes. In the non-contentious space, Philip Davies¬†assisted Brighton and Hove City Council with the construction procurement for the ¬£500m redevelopment of the Brighton Conference Centre. Davies is also advising U and I Group on the construction aspects of a number of commercial developments and mixed-use regeneration projects in the Greater London environs. Additional contacts include Carl Thompson, associate director¬†Sarah McCool¬†and legal director Alexandra Gower.

The construction group at Ashfords LLP has extensive experience in utilities, waste and renewable energy projects, and also has an active construction disputes practice. Patrick Blake, who leads the non-contentious practice, advised a UK construction company on contractual issues regarding a London hotel regeneration. Blake is also acting for an engineering company in a headline national energy project. Senior associate Catherine Welch was instructed by Torbay Council to handle the construction due diligence for three potential project acquisitions, and Mark Manning advised Cornwall Council on the establishment of a framework for its entire capital works projects. On the contentious side, Stephen Homer represented Riva Properties in claims against Foster + Partners regarding the design of the first five-star hotel at Heathrow Airport. Homer also acted for Exeter City Council in a professional negligence claim against Allies & Morrison concerning the refurbishment of the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter.

Bevan Brittan LLP has particular expertise in public sector construction procurement and development projects in the healthcare, education, and residential and social housing sectors. Department head Louise Robling is representing North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust in a number of disputes arising from the defective design and construction of the Peterborough City Hospital. Jonathan Turner advised JV North on the procurement of consultant and contractor frameworks for various newbuild housing developments totalling £180m. Turner has also assisted Places for People Homes with the procurement for a number of residential and mixed-use developments. Additional clients include North Bristol NHS Trust, Creagh Concrete Products and Plymouth City Council. Senior associate Jessica Evans is also recommended.

With particular expertise in the social housing, waste and infrastructure sectors, Clarke Willmott LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėefficient and effective‚Äô construction department leverages ‚Äėa high level of industry knowledge‚Äô across a wide range of contentious and non-contentious construction mandates. The ‚Äėfortitudinous‚Äô Zoe Stollard¬†heads the non-contentious construction practice and is instructed by funders such as Secure Trust Bank, commercial developers such as Ashville Group, and development joint ventures. On the contentious side, Anna-Liisa Blanks-Walden¬†defended M+H High Tech Projects UK in a ¬£20m claim by Biffa West Sussex concerning the termination of an EPC contract. Additional clients include Sutton Harbour Services and Stonewater Housing Association. Kate Lister¬†was promoted to senior associate, and Michael Craik¬†left for a consulting position at Maples Teesdale LLP.

Michelmores LLP  has developed a formidable construction department, which handles contentious and non-contentious matters for developers, public sector authorities, contractors, project managers and funders. Chris Hoar is acting for Chilworth Construction Management in relation to its involvement in the development of £100m energy recovery facility in Scotland. Having advised Brighton and Sussex University Hospital NHS Trust on the construction procurement for its £420m 3Ts Hospital Redevelopment Programme, the team is representing the client in a substantial dispute with a contractor for the project. Gerald Offen specialises in construction disputes and is representing Midas Construction in a £12m dispute with Pendennis Shipyard concerning the completion of a super yacht manufacturing facility in Falmouth. Alan Tate joined the team in 2017, having previously headed the construction group at Trowers & Hamlins LLP, and Catherine Davis joined as a consultant from Foot Anstey.

TLT‚Äôs construction team provides ‚Äėconsistently high-quality service, on time and at a competitive rate‚Äô. Headed by Simon Goss, the team has strength in contentious and non-contentious work in a number of areas including energy, residential development and public sector mandates. Neel Mehta¬†is advising Wates Construction on various capital projects operated by Birmingham City Council, and is also assisting Galliford Try with the design and construction of a university building in Greater London. In the contentious space, Tom Wrzesien¬†is acting for a wind farm developer in connection with disputes arising out of the construction of several wind turbines. Wrzesien has also been instructed by a national housing association concenring alleged defects in a residential development block. Additional clients include Anesco, Midas Construction, Integral UK and the Mayor‚Äôs Office for Policing and Crime.

VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards) handles public sector procurement, construction transactional due diligence and disputes, and has particular experience in the education and healthcare sectors. Of note, Jason Prosser is leading a team that is advising Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew on the construction aspects of its £50m five-year capital development programme. In the contentious space, Prosser represented a property development group in a number of adjudication proceedings against a contractor regarding a luxury housing development. Department head Huw Morgan assisted Imagination Technologies with the construction due diligence of a £32.5m property transaction. The team also acts for a variety of universities and local authorities. Other key contacts include senior associate Alice Lang and solicitor David Arnold, who has experience in construction disputes.

A well-known name in the insurance space, DAC Beachcroft LLP¬†handles insurance-related disputes arising from negligent design and construction, and also advises on construction due diligence and public sector contracts. Ben Thornycroft¬†is advising Tunbridge Wells Borough Council on the construction procurement for the redevelopment of its civic offices and the construction of a new commercial space. Thornycroft has also assisted Lendy with the construction due diligence in relation to a series of development loan transactions. Similarly, the team including senior associate Benjamin Thomas¬†advised Shore Capital on the construction aspects of the funding contracts for the development of an IVF Clinic. The ‚Äėstand-out‚Äô Phillip Roberts¬†has experience in indemnity claims against construction professionals. Additional clients include Bristol Water, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Wates Construction.

Royds Withy King¬†regularly handles design and construction procurement for large regional residential and commercial development projects, and is particularly noted for its contentious construction practice. ‚ÄėA very good alternative to any London-based construction lawyer‚Äô, department head Andrew Ash¬†represented a civil contractor in claims against a residential developer regarding concerning the cost of certain engineering works. Ash and Terry McDermott¬†advised the University of Bath on the appointment of an architect for a ¬£70m campus development, including new premises for the School of Management. Similarly, Graham Street¬†assisted a developer with the design and construction procurement for a residential development. The team, including associate Abigail Garty, also advises lenders and corporate occupiers on construction due diligence in connection with real estate and funding transactions. Philip Banks-Welsh¬†also has experience in construction disputes.

Thrings LLP handles a range of contentious and non-contentious construction matters for a range of project participants, including student accommodation developers, utilities providers, and constructors and sub-contractors. Steve McCombe is acting for a commercial property group  in a £1m dispute arising from defective works in a mixed-use development in central London. McCombe is also defending a sub-contractor in a dispute with a major house builder concerning alleged defects in various completed houses. Associate Natalia Sokolov advises Fusion Student on a host of construction matters in relation to its ongoing student accommodation developments. Eric Livingston is another key figure in the department. Additional clients include Truespeed Communications, AFL Services Europe and Braintree Properties.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP¬†handles a range of non-contentious matters in connection with energy developments and investment and funding transactions, and has acted for insurers and major contractors in ‚Äėsubstantial construction-related disputes‚Äô. Department head David Skelton¬†is advising Plymouth Community Homes on the construction aspects of the North Prospect residential development. Additionally, Skelton is assisting Network Rail Infrastructure with the restructuring of a number of engineering contracts in relation to the Crossrail project. In the contentious space, the team represented Renewable Energy Systems in a series of LCIA arbitrations with a Spanish EPC contractor. Associate¬†Matthew Phipps¬†, who has expeirience in construction and engineering disputes, joined the team from Clarke Willmott LLP¬†in 2018.

Foot Anstey acts for sub-contractors and property groups in construction-related disputes and regularly handles contractor agreements and construction due diligence in relation to funding and development transactions. Department head Ian Stubbs is advising Acorn Property Group in relation to a £6m dispute with the contractor of a residential development. Stubbs also led a team that advised Green Frog Connect on the EPC contracts and framework agreements for the delivery of gas peak power plants in the UK. The team, which includes senior associate Tris Tucker, also handles certain construction and fit out works for firm clients such as Screfix and B&Q. Legal director Brian Hitchcock joined from Michelmores LLP, and Zac Spyrou left for an in-house role.

Keystone Law has built a strong construction practice in its Bristol office, which provides comprehensive contentious and non-contentious construction advice to educational institutions and sub-contractors. Martin Howe advises University of Southampton on all of its major ongoing construction projects, including a £33m development on the Bolderewood Campus and the £30m development of a new teaching centre on the Highfield Campus. Similarly, the team advised University of Bristol on the construction aspects of the re-tendering of its consultant frameworks. Additionally, a team including Louise Garcia assists Geoffrey Osborne Limited with all of its ongoing contentious and non-contentious contract and tendering matters. Additional clients include Interserve, Forcia, Kingston Building Contractors and The University of West England.


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‚ÄėIn terms of practicality and technicality‚Äô, clients rate Burges Salmon LLP‚Äôs environment group as ‚Äėone of the top practices in the nation‚Äô. The firm is most active in industry sectors with considerable environmental risks, such as energy and real estate development and transportation, and the environment team has developed formidable regulatory expertise to service the firm‚Äôs varied client-base. Department head Michael Barlow¬†represented Geo Specialty Chemicals in an unprecedented appeal regarding the company‚Äôs obligations under a climate change agreement. The highly recommended Simon Tilling¬†helped advise The European Commission in evaluating the adequacy of its REACH regulations in addressing microplastic pollution in the cosmetic industry. Acting alongside Ross Fairley, Tilling also assisted a major energy company with the decommissioning of a coal-fired power plant. The group has also been increasingly involved in corporate noise pollution claims. Other key figures include Ian Salter¬†and James Phillips.

Working across a range of industry sectors, Osborne Clarke regularly advises its clients on environmental concerns relating to renewables and housing development, distribution and supply chain agreements and climate change regulation. Matthew Germain is instructed by a number of corporate utility providers and waste management groups and is acting for those clients on the environmental aspects of various infrastructure projects. Germain also represented a recycling company in a major investigation by the Environment Agency. Moreover, the department has a dedicated contentious environmental practice led by senior associate Georgia Lythgoe, who specialises in health and safety and environmental crime. Alan John heads the environment department and senior associate Caroline Bush is another active member of the team. Key clients include Churngold Recycling, Northacre Renewable Energy and Barratt London.

‚ÄėResponsive, pragmatic and technically sound‚Äô, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP¬†provides a range of contentious and non-contentious environmental advice to clients in the oil and gas, waste, minerals and transport sectors. Managing associate Stephen Panton¬†represented a major client of the team in an Environment Agency prosecution relating to a chemical spill allegedly responsible for the death of a large fish population. In the non-contentious space, the team often handles the environmental aspects of infrastructure development. Indeed, legal director¬†Sarah Holmes¬†advised a consortium of local authorities on the environmental assessments related to the reopening of passenger train services from Bristol to Portishead. Holmes is also noted for her ‚Äėextensive knowledge of waste-related legislation‚Äô. Group head Jon Cooper¬†has defended corporates in matters ranging from an oil spill to noise pollution. The Crown Estate, Network Rail Infrastructure and Shell UK are among the team‚Äôs key clients.

With strengths in the waste, agriculture and construction sectors, the environment team at Ashfords LLP¬†is best known for defending corporates in Environment Agency investigations and enforcement actions. Recognised for his ‚Äėpragmatic approach to regulatory negotiations‚Äô, senior associate Jeremy Asher¬† has represented agricultural groups, large utilities providers, haulage companies and individuals against the Environment Agency in various matters including pollution and breach of environmental permits. Asher also assisted a harbour company with a private prosecution concerning an oil spill in the client‚Äôs harbour. Further, Jack Baumgardt¬†is defending an individual in connection with a chemical spill and subsequent ground water contamination. On the non-contentious side, Voke is advising a major transportation company on a strategic plan to address traffic pollution in a large domestic metropolitan area. CCC Construction is among the departments clients.

Clarke Willmott LLP advises on environmental issues associated with planning and infrastructure development mandates and is also well-known for its experience in the agricultural industry. The team also assists individuals in non-regulatory environmental contentious claims. Indeed, senior associate Daniel Gill successfully represented a car wash owner against Bristol City Council regarding a series of complaints made by local residents concerning noise emanating from the client’s business. Department head Neil Baker advised a property developer on a threatened enforcement claim regarding the company’s alleged failure to complete relevant environmental surveys in relation to a particular site. Further, Karen Howe advised Crematoria Management on the need for a scoping opinion request in connection with the re-determination of a planning request for a new crematorium. Howe has also advised significant public and private sector clients on contaminated land liability concerns. Tim Hayden is another key contact.

Noted for its ‚Äėcommitment to outstanding service‚Äô, DAC Beachcroft LLP¬†provides environmental advice in the context of property development, regulatory investigations and public and private sector corporate and commercial transactions. Practice head Anne Harrison¬†is a qualified barrister and was promoted to legal director in 2017. Harrison is acting for a UK building materials company in relation to claims by a household-name multinational corporate regarding alleged emissions emanating from the client‚Äôs neighbouring site. On the non-contentious side, Harrison has assisted clients such as Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and The University of Sheffield with environmental due diligence in connection with property sale and transfer transactions. The team also advises Wainhomes North West on compliance matters, and recently counselled the client on a threatened enforcement action by the Environment Agency. Neil Scott¬†is an ‚Äėextremely professional‚Äô consultant in the department.

TLT‚Äôs ‚Äėhighly specialised department‚Äô is ‚Äėmore than capable of dealing with most serious environmental concerns‚Äô. Headed by Katherine Evans, the team regularly advises its enviable corporate client-base on compliance and environmental due diligence in connection with corporate and real estate transactions. Additionally, Evans is counselling an energy company on its liabilities in connection with a headline national energy project. The highly regarded Kerry Gwyther¬†acts for Punch Taverns in relation to its statutory nuisance proceedings, and is also advises a major UK festival on compliance and risk mitigation. Similarly, legal director Duncan Reed¬†is advising a prominent UK educational institution on a matter regarding an alleged asbestos exposure. The Bristol team regularly works alongside the firm‚Äôs specialist environment lawyers in Manchester and Belfast.

The team at Michelmores LLP¬†possesses ‚Äėa breadth of expertise‚Äô that makes it ‚Äėa serious contender in the regional environmental law market‚Äô. The highly regarded Mark Howard¬†has particular expertise in planning and waste-related environmental issues. Indeed, Howard has assisted local authorities with waste disposal contracts and landowner agreements governing mineral extraction; he has also advised a prominent house builder on a business-critical environmental concern. The team also handles environmental due diligence for corporate and real estate transactions and has experience in contaminated land and flood plane analyses. On the contentious side, Howard represented a farmer in negotiations with the Environment Agency concerning the breach of an environmental permit.

Well known for its formidable mining and mineral practice, Stephens Scown LLP¬†regularly advises on myriad complex environmental issues facing the mining industry. Following success at first instance, the ‚Äėapproachable, but professional‚Äô department head, Christopher Tofts, defended a quarry operator in an appeal concerning a statutory nuisance claim brought by a local authority. Further, Tofts provides ongoing non-contentious environmental advice to clients such as Strongbow Exploration and Imerys Minerals. In addition to its mining-sector work, the team has advised Ixora Energy on various planning and environmental issues concerning its anaerobic digestion sites throughout the South West. Additional clients include Portland Stone Firms and Mulciber.

Thrings LLP has particular experience with environmental matters in the energy, waste and agricultural sectors. Of particular note, department head Alex Madden acted for PB Gelatins UK in negotiations with Natural Resources Wales in relation to a pollution incident on the River Taff. Additionally, Madden is representing a landowner in an investigation by the Environment Agency regarding water discharge activities. The team also advised WZ Packaging on an alleged environmental permitting regulations offence and continues to act for the client in relation to potential claims brought by the local authority. In the non-contentious space, the group regularly handles environmental due diligence projects and advises on the environmental aspects of planning permits. Associate Matt Gilks joined from Dutton Gregory LLP.


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The planning team at Burges Salmon LLP has experience handling major residential developments and energy projects, and is regularly involved in nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIP). Indeed, Elizabeth Dunn is acting for Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm in relation to its National Grid connection, marking the longest-ever linear NSIP. Department head Gary Soloman is advising Isle of Anglesey County Council on all planning aspects of the proposed nuclear power station at Wylfa and the subsequent 400kV grid connection. In the residential space, Soloman assisted Redrow with the planning agreements for a 900-acre development in North West Cardiff for over 6,000 houses and substantial community and infrastructure provisions. Additionally, Julian Boswall was instructed by Highways England to obtain a development consent order for its M20 J10A project. Patrick Robinson has particular experience with planning litigation and is involved in a dispute regarding the grant of a planning permission, which is likely to reach the Supreme Court. Other key clients include Canal & River Trust, the Environment Agency, and US-based energy technology developer Powersite.

With key instructions from national house builders, Osborne Clarke¬†is often involved in large residential and mixed-use regeneration projects. The ‚Äėuser-friendly‚Äô team also provides ‚Äėclear and concise strategic advice‚Äô to retail-sector corporates on contentious and non-contentious planning issues, and has extensive experience in renewable energy developments. Having advised Western Power Distribution on the planning aspects of the Brechfa Forest Wind Farm, Neil Bromwich, who jointly heads the practice alongside a London-based partner, has received two additional instructions from the client: one concerning the M4 motorway around Newport, and the other regarding HS2. Bromwich is also acting for Taylor Wimpey in relation to a controversial housing scheme in Bristol, which aims to provide 4,500 new houses. Associate director John Webster¬†assisted CoPlan Estates with the compulsory purchase order for a regeneration site in Surrey, which will be developed into a large leisure and retail space. Senior associate Richard Harding¬†provides ongoing planning advice to Barratt Homes, David Wilson Homes and Bloor Homes.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP handles contentious and non-contentious planning mandates for public and private sector clients involved in major national energy projects and regeneration schemes. Jonathan Bower and Katherine Douglas are assisting West Berkshire District Council with the planning aspects of a number of regeneration projects in Newbury, including a mixed-use development at Parkway and the regeneration of an industrial estate at London Road. In the energy space, Victoria Redman advised Vattenfall on the planning aspects of two new offshore wind farms. Similarly, Bower and Redman are handling the land negotiations and strategic planning issues for two multibillion-pound energy developments. The team has also advised corporates such as River Island on the impact of HS2 on its West London headquarters. Additional contacts include Kevin Gibbs and Richard Guyatt. Managing associate Jennifer Holgate joined the team from Pinsent Masons LLP, while Duncan Tilney left for Stephens Scown LLP.

Ashfords LLP is instructed by public sector bodies and housing developers in relation to large regeneration schemes in London and the South West. Of particular note, department head Graham Cridland is assisting the London Borough of Brent with the planning agreements for the £1.7bn Wembley Park Development, which is, at the time of publication, the UK’s largest ongoing build-to-rent scheme. The team also has niche expertise in costal planning. Indeed, David Richardson and senior associate Lara Moore are advising Hastings Harbour Quarter on the planning aspects of a major costal regeneration project at Hastings. In the contentious space, legal director Duncan Moors is acting for Wandsworth Borough Council in relation to the planning application for a mixed-use space, which was called-in by the Mayor of London. Additional key clients include Exeter Estates, the London Borough of Croydon and Bovis Homes.

Clarke Willmott LLP¬†has ‚Äėexcellent all-round knowledge‚Äô of the planning aspects of large residential and regeneration projects and regionally important infrastructure developments. Chris Charlton¬†is advising Cranbrook New Community Partners on a long-running new town development in East Devon, which is projected to bring around 7,500 dwellings. Department head Neil Baker¬†is acting for Curo Places in relation to a multimillion-pound regeneration project at Foxhill Estate in Bath. Similarly, Caroline Waller¬†is advising South Hams District Council on the general planning aspects of a major redevelopment of the Noss Marina. Also of note, Karen Howe¬†assisted Bath Abbey with the permission for certain refurbishments to be made to the Grade 1-listed abbey, in the face of objections by The Victorian Society. The team has also acted for a landowner client in relation to a NSIP.

Stephens Scown LLP is involved in a variety residential and commercial development projects, but has formidable experience in the contentious and non-contentious planning aspects of projects in the mining and mineral sector. Duncan Tilney, who joined the team from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, represented Red Funnel Ferries in a public inquiry regarding the client’s proposed ferry terminal expansion; following a successful judgment at appeal, Tilney concluded the associated planning agreements with the Isle of Wight Council. Similarly, practice head Christopher Tofts is acting for Imerys Minerals in relation to a comprehensive review of the planning permissions for the largest open quarry site in England; this has included safeguarding certain sites against residential development and representing the client in various hearings. Tofts is also advising Ixora on planning and environmental issues in relation to 20 anaerobic digestion plants throughout the South West. The team has also handled planning permissions for a major hotel and leisure redevelopments.

TLT is involved in large regeneration projects and renewable energy developments, and is particularly active in contested planning matters and judicial reviews. Indeed, Katherine Evans is advising Crematoria Management on judicial review proceedings regarding a decision by the Secretary of State to grant planning permission for one particular site rather than the competing site. Similarly, Evans assisted Viridor with the removal of various planning restrictions in the face of judicial review. The team is also acting for a prominent local body in relation to a number of compensation claims arising from a highly publicised infrastructure project. In the non-contentious space, legal director Fergus Charlton is assisting a joint venture comprising Persimmon Homes and Elan Homes with the planning application for over 800 homes and infrastructure works, including highways and schools, on the outskirts of Barnstaple. Other key clients include WHSmith and London Borough of Brent.

Bevan Brittan LLP’s planning department handles the non-contentious planning aspects of a litany of significant regional and London regeneration projects. Department head Kathryn Lawrance is advising the London Borough of Newham on the planning aspects of its £1.5bn redevelopment of the Carpenters Estate in Newham. Similarly, Lawrance assisted the London Borough of Hounslow with the compulsory purchase of land for a £750m regeneration project in Brentford. The team also has a strong presence in the healthcare sector. Indeed, Lawrance is advising Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust on the planning agreements for the redevelopment of the Chase Farm Hospital. Other key clients include Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Sedgemoor Distric Council and Birmingham City Council.

Davitt Jones Bould has considerable experience with planning mandates for long-running public sector infrastructure and residential projects. Robin de Wreede is assisting Woking Borough Council with certain planning aspects, including compulsory purchase orders, for the £500m regeneration project at Sheerwater. De Wreede also advised The Royal Parks on the works licenses and permissions for the commencement of the construction of the London Cycle Superhighway. The South West team regularly works alongside the firm’s London office, which was strengthened by the arrivals of Penny Jewkes and senior associate Rachel Lindop, who joined from Cambridge City Council and Russell-Cooke LLP, respectively.

Michelmores LLP¬†is instructed by developers, estate trusts, local authorities and other public sector bodies, and has particular expertise in strategtic planning, valuation and ultra vires. Mark Howard¬†heads the department and is noted for his ‚Äėoutstanding legal know-how and commercial acumen‚Äô. Howard assisted a South West local authority with the planning agreements for a large residential development, and also advised a national house builder on a deed of variation for a complex existing planning agreement. In the contentious space, Howard is acting for The Met Office in relation to the planning application for a proposed wind farm that will impact a certain weather radar. The department head is also handling a planning objection for another central government body. Senior associate Sarah Phillips¬†is another contact

DAC Beachcroft LLP¬†provides ‚Äėtotally satisfactory advice‚Äô to local organisations in relation to contested planning matters and also handles non-contentious planning applications for residential developers. Of particular note, legal director Anne Harrison¬†is advising a joint venture comprising Taylor Wimpey and Deeley Freed Estates on the planning agreements for the 5,000 unit Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood in South Gloucestershire. The team also provides ongoing advice to Taylor Wimpey in relation to various projects throughout the South West. In the contentious space, Harrison represented Save Stokes Lodge Parkland in High Court claims brought by a landowner following the grant of town and village green status to a particular area in Bristol.

Having picked up several first-time instructions from developers and local authorities, Foot Anstey is establishing itself in the South West planning market. Department head Tim Taylor assisted new client Persimmon Homes with two separate contentious planning issues concerning the appropriation of some of its land by a local authority. Taylor has also begun advising Duchy of Cornwall on the planning aspects of several projects, including in 3,500 unit development in Newquay. Additionally, the team, which includes senior associate James Clark, is acting for Cornwall Council in relation to a 1,500 unit residential development at Langarth Farm and a related mixed-use project at West Langarth Farm. Additional clients include London Borough of Tower Hamlets and Beechcroft Land.

The planning team at Thrings LLP¬†provides landowners and residential developers with ‚Äėa safe pair of hands‚Äô in contentious and non-contentious planning matters. Alex Madden, who heads the planning team, acted for Cotswold Homes in connection with its contested planning permission for a residential development in South Gloucestershire. Acting alongside the Southampton team, Madden also advised the majority of landowners in relation to Pennyfeathers Property Company‚Äôs proposed mixed-use development on the Isle of Wight. Further, the team acted for a third party objector in judicial review proceedings concerning a new planning permission for a residential development in a conservation area. The department has also taken on a number of new lawyers including Matt Gilks, who joined from Dutton Gregory LLP.

VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)¬†provides ‚Äėcomprehensive and consistently solid planning advice‚Äô, but perhaps most importantly, the team ‚Äėtypically finds a way to add value to the projects on which it advises‚Äô. Headed by David Bird, the planning group handles a range of mandates, but has particular expertise in oil pipeline work. Bird advises clients such as Mainline Pipelines and CLH Pipeline System on protective provision agreements and land rights associated with the HS2 project. In the contentious space, Bird represented Redcliffe Homes in a successful appeal against the planning permission for a residential development near Bristol. Additionally, a team including the highly recommended solicitor Thomas Ewings¬†assisted P3 Group with the planning agreements for a development including 1,700 houses, a commercial space and significant infrastructure provisions. The team also has expertise in contentious and non-contentious CPO mandates.

Property litigation

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The team at Burges Salmon LLP¬†is ‚Äėvery technically knowledgeable and brings a practical and commercial approach‚Äô to a range of contentious property issues, including property insolvency, corporate lease disputes and landed estate matters. Department head Richard Bedford¬†acted for Eden Investments and the LPA receivers in relation to a ¬£6m damages claim against Sainsbury‚Äôs concerning a breach of covenant in its anchor tenant lease in a shopping mall. Bedford also provides ongoing contentious property advice to Waterstones Booksellers. James Sutherland¬†advised Virgin Clubs on the lease renewal process relating to its Kensington Roof Gardens location; following the decision to terminate its lease, Sutherland continues to assist the client with decant and dilapidations analyses. Noted for providing ‚Äėprompt responses and clear explanations‚Äô, senior associate Chris Preston¬†advised the University of Bristol on issues such as removal of existing third-party rights arising from its purchase of the Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus. Senior associate David Benjamin¬†is also highly recommended.

Known for its ‚Äėpragmatic and results-driven‚Äô approach, Osborne Clarke¬†has expertise in real estate development disputes and landlord and tenant matters, and has become ‚Äėa standout firm for utilities sector disputes‚Äô. Indeed, newly promoted partner David Shakesby¬†has been called ‚Äėan invaluable asset‚Äô for investors and developers in the utilities and renewable energy sectors. Shakesby is assisting SSE with a project to procure land rights, through compulsory purchase order, for the purpose of constructing underground network reinforcement cables. Emily Van Schalkwyk¬†is ‚Äėa hardworking and organised‚Äô associate director who focuses on energy infrastructure and development disputes. The department is headed by Leona Briggs, who is by some clients‚Äô reckoning ‚Äėone of the best property lawyers in the region‚Äô; she is advising a household-name online business on certain UK property regulations governing issues such as premises management and tenancy deposits. Briggs is also representing Vodafone in a complex landlord and tenant dispute. Associate director Sue Thompson¬†leads the residential landlord and tenant sub-group. Additional clients include Western Power Distribution, Ward Homes and Heineken.

As ‚Äėone of the strongest regional firms‚Äô, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP‚Äôs property litigation¬† group ‚Äėcan compete alongside any City firm and is far above average on a national basis‚Äô. The firm‚Äôs ‚Äėinternational clout‚Äô was strengthened by its tie-up with US-based Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP, which has resulted in an increase in international instructions, particularly in the energy sector. Patrick Wetherall¬†is advising an international offshore wind farm operator on various issues relating to option agreements with over 40 landowners situated along an electricity cable route. Wetherall is also acting for Three Rivers District Council in a litany of landlord and tenant issues arising from the ¬£150m South Oxhey regeneration project. James Rees¬†is ‚Äėextremely able and experienced‚Äô and acts as client partner for a number of the department‚Äôs most significant clients, such as Network Rail Infrastructure, Ladbrokes Coral and National Trust. Sasha Hinton¬†and Stephanie Doyle¬†are managing associates in the department.

Ashfords LLP handles a range of strategic and contentious real estate issues, but is perhaps best known for advising public and private sector clients on landlord and tenant matters and complex development disputes. Department head Sian Gibbon has attracted praise from clients and peers alike; she assisted the construction arm of a national residential developer with obtaining orders for possession of a development site and the subsequent removal of various equipment from the site. Gibbon also advised a commercial occupier on a disputed lease renewal at a prominent London location, and assisted a water utility company with an interim possession order for a site that had been occupied by travellers. Rob Nicholson successfully represented CDS (Superstores International) in a claim of misrepresentation brought against one of the client’s landlords following the discovery of asbestos in a commercial property. Senior associate James Hemsley and solicitor Sophie Michaelides joined the team from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP.

Clarke Willmott LLP provides strategic property advice to a range of market participants including residential developers, property investors, corporate retailer tenants, local authorities and social housing providers. Simon Freeman advised Hansteen Holdings on recovering vacant possession of a multi-let business park, and subsequently assisted the client with the termination of various leases. Nicola Seager provides comprehensive contentious property advice to Marcol, a London-based real estate investor. Seager also has experience in property insolvency. Graham McIntyre advises Mapeley Estates on landlord and tenant matters across its property portfolio, and also acts for corporate tenants such as Burger King. Kary Withers leads the social housing sector group and also has expertise in telecoms mast issues. Withers represented PG Group in proceedings to remove telecoms equipment from the roof of a building in order to facilitate development; she is also handling the client’s related damages claim. Other key contacts include Neil Ham and department head Chris Taylor. Bonnie Martin and Amy Rudrum opened Estate Legal in 2017.

Headed by Nick Knapman, the team at DAC Beachcroft LLP specialises in matters involving shopping centres and major retail property portfolios and provides comprehensive contentious property advice to Westfield Europe and Intu Properties. In addition to advising the group’s most significant shopping centre clients, Knapman has been involved in a number of multimillion-pound dilapidations claims, and also acted for a national housebuilder in a substantial disputed collaboration agreement. The department is also known for advising large corporate occupiers and landowners in the finance, health and residential development sectors. Senior associate Alison Moore handles ongoing lease work for AXA Insurance UK, and also advised a property management and investment group on a multimillion-pound dispute regarding the termination of a development agreement. Senior associate Richard Marshall is another key contact. Additional clients include EE, Zurich Assurance and Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service.

In terms of client care, Foot Anstey¬†is ‚Äėamong the very best in the South West‚Äô. Headed by Richard Bagwell, ‚Äėa collegiate and pragmatic‚Äô litigator noted for his ‚Äėbroad and deep-seated knowledge‚Äô, the property litigation department assists retailers with property portfolio management and has recently been involved in a number of mining-related disputes. Bagwell provides ongoing advice to many of the group‚Äôs key clients, including Screwfix Direct and Tregothnan Estates. Daniel Cuthbert¬†is advising the London Borough of Tower Hamlets on various right to light concerns arising from multiple development sites. Additionally, Cuthbert and senior associate Nicola Purcell¬†successfully represented a sovereign entity in a substantial claim regarding its embassy building in London. The team also has experience in agricultural land disputes and has been increasingly engaged by receivers in relation to property realisation pursuant to the Law of Property Act.

The team at Michelmores LLP has historically been focused on public sector work, and although it maintains a prolific public sector client-base, the property group is increasingly instructed by private sector developers, land owners and corporate occupiers. Department head Andrew Baines is advising Poplar Housing & Regeneration Community Association on the relocation and new lease strategy of over 60 commercial tenants in relation to the Chrisp Street redevelopment project in east London. Baines is also representing a property holding group in a dispute over a property financing agreement and, separately, is advising Aberystwyth University on a £900k dilapidations dispute. Additionally, the team, which includes senior associate Naomi Cunningham, has acted for multiple developer clients in cases regarding breached or terminated contracts.

TLT¬†combines ‚Äėthe size and expertise of a national firm with the individual client service one would expect from a smaller, regional firm‚Äô. The property litigation group is known for advising public sector bodies and clients in the retail and leisure industries on landlord and tenant issues and development disputes. Department head Mark Routley¬†advised Covent Garden Market Authority on the landlord and tenant aspects of the ¬£470m redevelopment of its 52-acre site at Nine Elms, London. Kane Kirkbride¬†defended Knightstone in a FTT claim by an adjoining landowner for prescriptive easement against the client‚Äôs land. The team has also handled disputed lease renewals for clients such as WHSmith and Greene King. Additionally, legal director Alex Payne¬†advised an aggregates supplier on an access dispute with a farmer, and also defended a local authority in a misrepresentation claim regarding a tenancy lease.

With ‚Äėsolid technical knowledge and extremely competitive rates‚Äô, VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)¬†‚Äėcompares favourably to its regional competitors‚Äô and has particular strength in public sector property disputes. The ‚Äėsensible and commercial‚Äô Michelle Bendall¬†is representing Highways England Company in an Upper Tribunal matter concerning the level of compensation due with respect to a compulsory purchase order. Bendall also assisted MD Homes with a possession order regarding a development site that had been occupied by protesters. Also recommended is David Bird, who advised a client in the education sector on an infringement of its right to light in an office block in Birmingham. Senior associate Daniel Hall¬†manages the department‚Äôs work for PricewaterhouseCoopers and associate Georgina Little¬†has experience in landlord and tenant issues and breach of covenant claims. St Vincent de Paul Society and Crest Nicholson Operations are also among the team‚Äôs clients.

Bevan Brittan LLP's dedicated commercial property and housing litigation practices provide contentious property advice across the firm’s client base, which includes Places for People Homes and Bath and Northeast Somerset Council. Department head Steve Eccles was instructed by Canal & River Trust to terminate the occupation rights of over ten commercial occupiers in an industrial site, which was subject for redevelopment. Eccles also advised East Hampshire District Council on the termination of a tenant lease in the Metro Inns hotel following a number of health and safety breaches. The team, which includes senior associates Kevin Dawson and Kate O’Brien , also provides ongoing contentious real estate advice to Rentokil Initial and NHS Property Services.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP handles the full range of strategic and contentious property matters for corporates, land-owning trusts and high-net-worth individuals. Senior associate Paul Dench represented Europa Oil and Gas in a highly publicised dispute regarding a drilling site that had been occupied by protesters; the team successfully obtained a possession order and injunction in High Court proceedings. Dench also advised a foreign real estate developer on its options in light of an improperly terminated development and lease contract. A team including associate Emma Preece assists The Bathurst Estate with ongoing contentious property work such as rent arrears recovery, possession action, forfeitures and contested lease renewals. Samuel Lear is an active associate in the team.

Well known for its ‚Äėexcellent transactional real estate practice‚Äô, Davitt Jones Bould¬†also has a ‚Äėgrowing property litigation team‚Äô, which was recently strengthened by the arrival of associate director Janani Puvi, who joined from property litigation boutique Dewar Hogan. Acting primarily for a government client base, Maeve Bonner¬†acted for a central government department in relation to a contentious lease renewal for a property in a high-profile London location. Associate director John Smith¬†has assisted a national transportation group with issues such as the removal of travellers, and recently advised the Department of Education on an historical dilapidations claim. Additional contacts include Zaheer Bashir, who is a ‚Äėknowledgeable‚Äô senior associate. The team also provides ongoing contentious property advice to The Royal Parks and Defra.

With particular focus on the telecoms, marinas and care home sectors, the team at Lester Aldridge LLP provides comprehensive landlord and tenant advice to regional and nationally operating corporate clients. Indeed, department head Kate Stewart advises clients such as Marina Developments and Big Yellow on a litany of contentious tenant matters, such as service charge recoveries, contested lease renewals and forfeitures. Acting alongside the insolvency team, Stewart also assists national lenders and insolvency practitioners with the contentious aspects of mortgage recoveries. Stewart is assisted by solicitor Charlotte Wilson, who has been involved in property-related professional negligence claims, and also assisted with proceedings to evict a group of trespassers from a multimillion-pound development site in London.

Stephens Scown LLP¬†has ‚Äėa strong reputation in the South West‚Äô and the property litigation team ‚Äėcan hold its own against regional competitors‚Äô. Mark Richardson¬†provides ongoing advice to regional property manager Whitton & Laing regarding conditions for forfeiture across its property holdings. Richardson is also acting for a mining company in a matter concerning the presence of subterranean infrastructure on a potential development site, which has given rise to a substantial compensation claim. Senior associate Ian Thomas¬†is assisting Spectrecom Films in negotiations to determine whether a particular flooding incident is an insured event under its tenancy lease. Other key figures include the ‚Äėpragmatic and down-to-earth‚Äô Mike Davies¬†and Toby Claridge.

Split across the firm’s Swindon and Bristol offices, the property litigation department at Thrings LLP is regularly instructed by corporate occupiers and agricultural landlords in contentious lease matters and also handles strategic property portfolio management. Warren Reid is advising a prominent estate agent concerning contentious property issues across its portfolio of around 1,400 properties. Michael Tatters has assisted corporate retailers and consumer product companies with contested lease renewals. Further, Gemma Featonby advised a regional holiday park on residential property management issues including service charge disputes, arrears and breach of lease agreements. Featonby also has experience in collective enfranchisement mandates. Key clients include BAM Nuttall, and Countrywide Estate Agents.

In the area of landlord and tenant disputes, Laceys Solicitors incorporating HLF¬†‚Äėfares very well in terms of actual performance and value for money‚Äô. Department head Mark Timberlake¬†represented a legal firm in a six-figure dilapidations claim and also acted for an estate in connection with the sale of a site that was occupied by a protected tenant. The team also handles collective enfranchisement and other residential disputes and has particular expertise in acting for the owners of housing blocks. Further, associates Brendan Herbert¬†and Rob Kelly¬†have experience in freehold property disputes. The team also represents a large regional chain of estate agents in all of its contested office lease matters.

Pardoes Solicitors LLP¬†is primarily instructed by large regional estates and private landowners in boundary and right of way disputes, contentious planning issues, disputed will and trust property and professional negligence claims in the development space. Department head Bhavani Hogarty¬†represented a landowner in a right of way dispute regarding a proposed housing development, and has handled professional negligence claims against architects and conveyancing professionals. Hogarty, who has ‚Äėexceptional client-care skills‚Äô, has also handled right of way and right to park disputes involving commercial and residential properties in London. Additionally, Hogarty and Nigel Kinder¬†acted for the claimants in relation to the enforcement of commercial arrears. Kinder has particular expertise in agricultural land disputes.

The team at Royds Withy King provides wide-ranging strategic and contentious property advice to regional corporates and individuals. The department is headed by Caroline Preist, who has expertise in commercial landlord and tenant matters and easements, boundary, covenant and title disputes. Associate Sarah Taylor specialises in residential long leasehold disputes, but also advised a foreign embassy on a possession claim regarding a foreign-owned property in central London. Additionally, senior associate Marianne Johns defended a group of related clients in possession and forfeiture proceedings for alleged non-payment of rent. Johns also has experience in property-related professional negligence. Bath Rugby and Triumph UK are among the team’s key clients.

By one client‚Äôs estimation Steele Raymond LLP¬†is ‚Äėgenerally head and shoulders above any other firm in Bournemouth‚Äô, and the property litigation team is ‚Äėa pleasure to work with, indeed‚Äô. The group is now led by senior associate Hannah Dare, ‚Äėan absolutely first-rate property litigator‚Äô, who joined the firm from Fladgate LLP. Dare advises a national retailer on ongoing contentious property issues, and is assisting a commercial landlord with negotiations regarding a substantial dilapidations claim. Additionally, the team was involved in a collective enfranchisement project, and has been engaged by a development company to advise on a right of way concern. Peter Rolph¬†heads the wider disputes resolution department. Simone Ritchie left the firm to become a sole practitioner/property litigation consultant.

‚ÄėVery highly rated in the region‚Äô, Stone King LLP¬†is instructed by charities, developers, educational trusts and high-net-worth individuals in a wide variety of contentious property issues. Particularly recommended is department head Tony Pidgeon, ‚Äėan astute litigator, who is quickly able to cut to the heart of a complicated and fractious dispute‚Äô. Pidgeon is involved in a substantial breach of confidence dispute regarding a proposed property purchase, and has represented individuals and charities in various disputes including dilapidations, beneficial ownership and commercial lease assignment. The team also has experience in the removal of trespassers. Solicitor Simon Stone¬†is another key figure in the department.

Trethowans LLP ’s contentious property practice is headed by Ian Singleton, who handles commercial, agricultural and residential landlord and tenant disputes, and property-related professional negligence. Singleton has particular experience in forfeiture and possession claims, contested lease renewals and dilapidations, and is instructed by individuals and corporates.

In terms of of client service, Willans LLP¬†has been rated by clients as ‚Äėmuch better than the local competition‚Äô. Headed by the ‚Äėefficient and knowledgeable‚Äô Nick Cox, the team focuses on commercial lease work for individuals and clients in the charity sector, though it also has experience with covenant, right of way, and boundary disputes, as well as adverse possession claims. Cox is instructed by a number of national charities, including Scope, which he and Nick Southwell¬†represented, as claimant, in a contested lease renewal hearing. Cox is also advising The Works Business Company (Slough) on a dispute regarding substantial commercial rent arrears. The team also has experience in agricultural tenancy work.

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TLT  is well known for advising local authorities, registered providers and private contractors on major London regeneration projects, property transactions and disputes. David Isaacson  acted for TPG in a joint venture with Blackthorn Homes for the development of private for-sale housing on land acquired jointly by the two parties. Further, Isaacson is assisting New Charter Housing Trust with the due diligence for its proposed merger with Adactus Housing Group. Employment lawyer Siobhan Fitzgerald  specialises in housing-sector work, Kane Kirkbride  has experience with disputes in the social housing sector, and Isabelle Clement  is an active associate in the practice group. Paul Butterworth joined Ashfords LLP in September 2018.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP¬† is ‚Äėa clear market leader‚Äô in the social housing space. Headed by Joseph Acton, the Exeter team works in conjunction with the firm‚Äôs London office to provide comprehensive contentious and non-contentious advice to national residential developers and housing associations. Acton provides ‚Äėall-round knowledge and support‚Äô to clients on various corporate and property transactions, including a property portfolio disposal, and a corporate cost sharing partnership for the provision of utilities servicing thousands of housing units. Georgina Savill-James¬†is assisting a housing association with numerous property disposals in connection with a stock realisation project. Managing associate Hannah Jackson¬†often works alongside the firm‚Äôs London-based partners to advise housing associations on significant bank financing and debt capital markets transactions. Rachel Carter¬†is another key figure in the department. Additional clients include regional developers such as Devon & Cornwall Housing Group and Plymouth Community Homes, and national groups including Yarlington Housing Group, TGP and Galliford Try Group.

Ashfords LLP¬† handles property transactions and joint venture agreements for housing associations and local authorities, but is particularly strong in social housing-related litigation. Indeed, the ‚Äėunflappable‚Äô Sian Gibbon¬†has acted for registered providers and local authorities in a range of property disputes. In the non-contentious space, Michael Gay¬†advises Knightstone Housing Association on lease-hold flat and house disposals in accordance with certain Housing and Communities Agency standards. Additionally, Tim Heal¬†has acted for housing associations in a litany of housing unit acquisitions. Specialising in public procurement, Elizabeth Gibson¬†is advising a London borough on the establishment of a corporate group for the development of social and market housing. Similarly, Gibson assisted Exeter City Council with the establishment of a wholly-owned housing company for the development of social and affordable housing. Sovereign Housing Association, TGP and London Borough of Croydon are also among the team‚Äôs clients.

Bevan Brittan LLP¬†‚Äôs real estate team has developed ‚Äėa good understanding of the social housing sector‚Äô through its deep public-sector expertise and experience with major residential regeneration schemes. Practice head Jonathan Turner¬†is acting for Peabody Land in connection with the ¬£3.5bn Thamesmead Waterfront regeneration. Matthew Waters¬†is advising Brighton & Hove City Council on a joint venture with Hyde Housing for the development of 500 living-wage rent homes and 500 shared-ownership homes. Chris Harper¬†advised JV North (a consortium of housing associations across the north of England) on the procurement of consultant and contractor frameworks for new build housing developments in the North West and the Midlands. Additionally, Alison Buckingham¬†assisted Yarlington Housing Group with the negotiation of an option agreement with Persimmon Homes in relation to affordable units in various stages on a development site near Taunton. Steven Eccles¬†has handled property disputes for clients such as Sovereign Housing Association.

Headed by Oliver Smedley, Clarke Willmott LLP‚Äôs social housing sector group provides ‚Äėgood property support‚Äô to regional and national housing associations in property transactions, joint venture development partnerships and disputes. Helen Wittram¬†advised Aster Group on its ¬£6.7m acquisition of 42 affordable housing plots from Bellway Homes. Wittram is also acting for a registered provider in relation to its acquisition of land, subject to planning permission, for the development of affordable housing. On the contentious side, Kary Withers¬†acted for TGP in connection with the temporary relocation of rooftop telecoms equipment so that the client could undertake urgent roofing repairs. Anna-Liisa Blanks-Walden¬†has represented housing association clients in construction disputes, and Simon Day¬†advised Sovereign Housing Association, as landlord, on a commercial letting agreement. Senior associate Aaron Macauley¬†also has experience with property disputes in the social housing sector.

‚ÄėProfessional, knowledgeable and approachable‚Äô, Stephens Scown LLP¬†provides ‚Äėgreat ‚Äúplain-English‚ÄĚ advice at competitive rates‚Äô and has experience in a variety of matters involving social housing, shared ownership and community land trusts. Having assisted English Rural Housing Association with various site acquisitions, Keith Wright¬†is now instructed to handle all of the client‚Äôs property work. Hilary Pitts¬†has acted for housing associations in housing stock transactions and development land acquisitions. Additionally, construction lawyer Jim Gorrod¬†advised Devon and Cornwall Housing Association on the construction of its new office in Exeter. The team, which includes Simon Harding, has also advised Hastoe Housing Association on an increasing number of site acquisitions and enfranchisement issues, and has also assisted the client with property disposals from its older stock portfolio.

Acting primarily for regional housing associations, Tozers Solicitors LLP¬†is known in the South West for providing ‚Äėexcellent advice on development contracts and land sale agreements‚Äô. Simon Sanger-Anderson¬†heads the cross-departmental social housing practice group and is noted for his ‚Äėdeep industry knowledge‚Äô and ‚Äėfriendly and accommodating service‚Äô. Stephen Burtchaell, who leads the registered provider property group, has been instructed by various housing associations in housing stock transactions, development agreements, property acquisitions and commercial letting arrangements. Key clients include South Devon Rural Housing Association, Cirencester Housing Association and Plymouth Community Homes; the team has also acted for national housing groups such as TGP.

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