Hall Of Fame

Next Generation Partners

Commercial property: Bristol in South West

Burges Salmon LLP

Praised for being ‘exceptionally strong on both advising and structuring transactional work as well as in execution’, Burges Salmon LLP‘s real estate practice in Bristol covers the full gamut of related matters and acts for clients such as occupiers, public sector bodies, landowners and retailers. Nuclear sector expert Paul Browne and Richard Clark, who ‘will do his utmost to ensure that the correct advice is being provided’, jointly head the team. The ‘technically very able’ Richard Read advises domestic and international investors and occupiers on real estate investment and asset management matters. Further key contacts are Philip Beer, whose practice encompasses both the public and private sector, and energy specialist Euan Bremner.

Practice head(s):

Paul Browne; Richard Clark

Other key lawyers:

Richard Read; Philip Beer; Ross Polkinghorne; Euan Bremner


‘The team is exceptionally strong on both advising and structuring transactional work as well as in execution.  The team has real strength in depth and is very knowledgeable.’

‘Richard Read is outstanding as lead partner.  We have worked with him for over 15 years and would recommend him unreservedly.  He is technically very able, an excellent negotiator and very commercial in approach.’

‘Richard Clark, the Partner with whom I deal, is knowledgeable, contactable and will do his utmost to ensure that the correct advice is being provided.’

‘Well-briefed team with the ability to quickly draw other resources if partner or key players are on annual leave or away. Good advice and appropriately communicated depending on situation.’

‘Excellent ability to simplify complex topics.’

‘The Burges Salmon commercial property team has a very collaborative approach in providing complex advice.  It is clear that they talk to each other and so are able to cover a wide spectrum of advice relating to a particular project.’

‘Excellent range of experience, responsive, friendly and knowledgeable. Really good partner support. City of London service at regional prices.’

‘Excellent industry knowledge, first-rate legal minds, all combined with a thoroughly commercial and pragmatic approach.’

Key clients

Greater London Authority


University of Bristol

St. Modwen Properties Plc

Transport for London

UK Atomic Energy Authority

The John Lewis Partnership

Historic England

St. James’s Place Wealth Management

The Crown Estate

Work highlights

  • Advising Transport for Wales (TfW) on the transfer of the Core Valley Lines from Network Rail to TfW, which involved the transfer of 87 route miles of railway infrastructure, land and operational  track.
  • Acting as a leading advisor to the GLA  for over 15 years, advising on housing-led/mixed-use redevelopment and regeneration projects across London.
  • Advised the John Lewis Partnership on the acquisition from Tesco of a 1 million sq ft distribution centre at Fenny Lock in Milton Keynes.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Embedded in the firm’s national real estate practice, DAC Beachcroft LLP‘s commercial property team is regularly instructed by domestic housebuilders, regional developers and landowners. The practice fields strengths in asset management and shopping centre development, and in assisting the health and social care sector. Nick Knapman, whose offering encompasses real estate dispute resolution and lease advisory matters, heads the team. Stan Campbell is frequently instructed by healthcare providers, developers and funders on the full range of commercial property work, while Ben Thornycroft assists clients with day-to-day procurement and contract issues. Ben Pariser left the firm at the beginning of 2022. 

Practice head(s):

Nick Knapman

Other key lawyers:

Stan Campbell; Ben Thornycroft

Key clients


Vistry Partnerships Limited


LandSec (aka Land Securities Group plc)

Zurich Insurance plc

Elysium Healthcare Limited

Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

Longacre Rengen Eveleigh Limited

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation


Department for Education

Work highlights

  • Acted on the disposal of Elysium Healthcare by its private equity owners, BC Partners, to Ramsay Healthcare for c£775m.
  • Acted on the sale of Touchwood Shopping Centre for Lendlease Retail Partnership.
  • Advised Taylor Wimpey on the acquisition at Cribbs Causeway in Bristol.

Osborne Clarke LLP

With a ‘very astute and commercially minded’ team, Osborne Clarke LLP provides support in regard to development, transactional and leasing work on a regional and national scale. Clients such as investors, developers and lenders profit from the practice’s strengths including acquisition and divestment, finance and large-scale development. Michelle McGurl is the primary contact for the team and specialises in residential and mixed-used development matters. Investors and developers, particularly in the student accommodation space, regularly turn to David North for his real estate expertise, while Ian Wilkinson‘s service portfolio encompasses forward funding, forward commitment and asset management. Alice Conway and Joanna Risdale are further key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Michelle McGurl

Other key lawyers:

David North; Alice Conway; Joanna Risdale; Ian Wilkinson; Adam Hayward


‘The team is very astute and commercially minded. They are fast and nimble in their approach, with excellent communication and people skills. They have the ability to think laterally and come up with creative solutions to overcome any hurdles in the deal-making.’

‘The OC Team treat each client as if they were the only client. For me, this puts them above others. The team have an in-depth knowledge of the UK residential market.’

‘Adam Hayward’s knowledge of the industry is second to none. Adam has a strong work ethic and a friendly approach to conducting business.’

‘Excellent value for money. Efficient and at the right price point.’

‘I have dealt with Adam Hayward, who has been outstanding and very impressive to work with. He is always available and responds promptly with sensible and commercially-focused advice. He combines this with excellent drafting skills, which assures me that I am in safe hands.’

‘Very strong team offering a one stop shop for our house building business. This includes site purchase, planning, finance, Section Agreements, plot sales, Housing Association sales and build agreements.’

Key clients

CBRE Investment Management

Warehouse REIT

AEG Presents Limited

British Land

Packaged Living and Fiera Real Estate


Vistry Partnership

St Modwen Properties

Countryside Properties PLC

BDW Trading Limited


Taylor Wimpey

Places for People

Unite Students




DTZ Investors

Crest Nicholson

Work highlights

  • Acted for PGIM on the acquisition, via a share purchase, and subsequent refinancing of a tenanted office building in Shoreditch, London.
  • Instructed by BDW to complete due diligence on a £250 million acquisition due to our sector specialist in the strategic land arena.
  • Acted for a fund managed by CBRE Investment Management in the sale of 4 multi-let industrial estates located throughout London, totalling approximately 141,023 sq ft GIA, for £75.25 million.

Ashfords LLP

Large-scale property development, property finance and real estate investment are part of Ashfords LLP real estate practice, which attracts a variety of clients ranging from house builders and commercial developers to franchisors and local authorities. Practice head Andrew Worley is well versed in leases of retail property as well as purchasing property for personal pension schemes alongside franchising matters. Praised for her ability to ‘cut through issues quickly’, Kate Topp advises clients on the promotion, purchase and sale of land for residential development. Major regeneration and development projects constitute an area of expertise for Paul Butterworth.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Worley

Other key lawyers:

Kate Topp; Paul Butterworth; Ian Ramsay Tompkins; Warren Reid; Ben Tarrant


‘Kate Topp and her team are knowledgeable and approachable and provide pragmatic advice.’

‘What sets them out from the other regional firms available to us is their resource and ability to act quickly when requested for us, which we have not had the luxury of elsewhere.’

‘I work with the development team, Kate Topp and Ian Ramsay Tompkins. The team has in depth knowledge on development, works in a very efficient and proactive way.’

‘Kate Topp is exceptional. She knows how to cut through issues quickly and get matters resolved in a very pragmatic way.’

‘The team at Ashfords have been brilliant in helping set up tax efficient structures to accommodate commercial development activities. Their knowledge and expertise was demonstrated throughout the process and explaining all the complex things in simple terms.’

‘Paul Butterworth, Partner, was immense throughout the process using his knowledge and expertise to good effect to facilitate the end objective. His attention to detail and being proactive and arranging calls to explain complex things in simple terms and seeing the whole process through was exemplary.’

Key clients

David Wilson Homes South West

Barratt Bristol

Loungers Group

Crest Nicholson Operations Limited

Wainhomes Severn Valley Limited

Wichelstowe LLP (this is our JV of Barratt and Swindon Borough Council)

Vistry Homes Limited

Aster Group

Stonewater Limited

Sovereign Housing Association Limited


LiveWest Homes Limited


Cornerstone Housing

Stonewater Limited

Bicester Heritage

London Borough of Wandsworth

Brick by Brick Croydon Limited

UK Storage Company (SW) Limited

HFL Group Limited


James Hay Partnership

Curtis Banks

Taco Bell

Miss Millies Fried Chicken


Compass Children’s Homes

Lloyds Bank


Immersive Labs

Natwest Bank

Work highlights

  • Acting for Curtis Banks Group Plc in relation to the purchase of commercial properties into a members SIPP or SSAS plan, grant of leases to tenants and disposals of properties.
  • Advised Crest on the purchase of a development site with planning permission for 435 residential dwellings at Perrybrook, Brockworth, Gloucestershire.
  • Advised Stonewater on the acquisition of 103 affordable housing units at Drummond Park, Ludgershall, Wiltshire from Lovell Partnerships which form part of a 412-home development by Lovell.

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP‘s property practice is well-regarded in the market for its expertise in the key sectors of health, local authorities, housing and the private sector. Practice head Mark Calverley is regularly involved in major regeneration and development projects on a regional and national scale. The ‘very knowledgeable’ Alison Buckingham fields extensive knowledge of the public sector environment, and is at the forefront of the firm’s social housing team. Asset management specialist David Hobbs and health expert Rob Harrison are further key members of the practice. In March 2021, Jessica Church joined the firm with comprehensive know-how in housing finance matters.

Practice head(s):

Mark Calverley

Other key lawyers:

Alison Buckingham; David Hobbs; Rob Harrison; Jessica Church


‘Proactive team, get to the heart of the matter easily, respond to questions in a timely manner with the ability to explain more difficult issues in an understandable way. A large practice with multi disciplines really adds to their strength.’

‘Alison Buckingham is very knowledgeable with a great understanding of my organisation’s requirements from contracts and legal agreements. Alison is able to explain complex legal matters in a straightforward and understandable way and responds to any questions I or my team have very quickly.’

‘Experience, punctuality, wealth of knowledge, always keen and happy to help, capable to bring in colleagues where their experience adds value, administration is superb and accurate.’

‘I have found the solicitors I have worked with to be competent and very helpful and am happy to continue using the firm.’

Key clients

Places for People Homes Limited

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

Canal & River Trust

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Manchester City Council

North Somerset Council

Cardiff Council

Square Food Foundation

London Borough of Hounslow

Sovereign Housing Association Limited

London Borough of Ealing

Havebury Housing Partnership

Work highlights

  • Advising Canal and River Trust on the management of its £500M property portfolio.
  • Instructed by Cardiff Council in connection with the proposed development of the new £150M Arena in Cardiff Bay.
  • Acted for The Havebury Housing Partnership in connection with a £60 million revolving credit facility with Lloyds and a £150 million private placement.

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP fields a real estate team with comprehensive knowledge in public infrastructure, property investments, regeneration and development, as well as public and private collaborations. Regeneration, infrastructure and local government specialist Duncan Tringham leads the practice together with managing partner Adam Watson. Michael Bray is specialised in energy development matters, while Dan Cuthbert brings to bear extensive know-how in regard to telecoms projects. Property funds and ventures are handled by Emily Settle and Charlotte Hugo.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Tringham; Adam Watson

Other key lawyers:

Michael Bray; Dan Cuthbert; Emily Settle; Charlotte Hugo


‘Duncan Tringham stands out in particular. His strategic advice and collaborative, measured approach was absolutely critical to concluding the deal. He successfully navigated us all through many obstacles and challenges including the counter-parties and their advisers.’

‘The Team that Freeths have provided to support the commercial element of the project is excellent. Freeths have our total confidence in their activity and their knowledge of the markets that we are operating within.’

‘Duncan Tringham is a key member of the team who we trust implicitly and value his advice and guidance. He is cautious and will go the extra mile to ensure that we have all available information to facilitate decision making. He is sure and steadfast and maintains a clear and direct approach with partners to ensure there is no doubt around the legal position.’

Key clients

The Cornwall Council

Exeter City Council

South Somerset District Council

The West London Alliance (7 London Boroughs)

The London Borough of Enfield

The London Borough of Hackney

The London Borough of Merton

Leicester City Council

Walsall Borough Council

Bristol Airport

Luton Airport

Icosa Water Group

Affinity Water Group

Liberatis Group (aka The 4th Utility)

Plymouth Energy Community

The Clean Earth Energy Group

Photovolt Development Partners

Harworth Estates Group

SmartParc Limited

The Copas Partnership

RE Property Developments

Work highlights

  • Advising Cornwall Council on an urban extension to the town of Hayle in Cornwall, comprising up to 1,000 new homes, a new school, 9,000sqm of office space, 14,000sqm of employment space, link road and public open space.
  • Advising the West London Alliance on a digital project to roll out ‘Small Cells’ telecoms networks on hundreds of thousands of street furniture and other public assets across 7 London Boroughs.
  • Advising Clean Earth on a wind energy scheme involving the development of a large turbine to supply 9 million kilowatt hours of renewable electricity to the AB Inbev (aka Budweiser) brewery in Magor, Wales.


TLT‘s team is particularly active in real estate matters pertaining to the leisure, retail, clean energy and public sectors. Additionally, the firm is sough out by clients for its expertise in major developments and property acquisitions. Maria Connolly leads the group and combines her real estate experience with a focus on clean energy. The members of the practice sport a highly specialised sector approach: Andrew Glynn handles public matters; Julian Mant and Julia Lucas cover the leisure sector; Philip Collis‘ know-how encompasses financial services and the public sector; and James Webb is the key contact for assignments in the retail space. Daniel Halstead left the firm in summer 2021.

Practice head(s):

Maria Connolly

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Glyn; Julian Mant; Julia Lucas; Philip Collis; James Webb


‘The team has provided valuable assistance in a range of complex property sales and property construction projects.’

‘Julian Mant has an excellent understanding of our business and the counterparties that we deal with. He has excellent attention to detail and has provided great, independent commercial advice, even if that meant lower billing for the firm. One’s left with the impression that you’re in a very safe pair of hands.’

‘Our long-standing relationship of trust and confidence in TLT makes working with them as easy as if they were in-house. They have invested significantly in familiarising themselves with every aspect of our portfolio, and their support is highly valued.’

‘The team is very willing to help all parties understand beyond the immediate stakeholders. This might extend to different colleagues or the customer, and this reduces overall friction in a process and expedites a smooth conclusion.’

Key clients


Greene King

WH Smiths

Punch Pubs


London Borough of Ealing

TUI Travel

Eagle One

Brothers Drinks

Imperial Brands

Work highlights

  • Acting for BBC Studios on its relocation from the BBC’s historic Bristol base on Whiteladies Road to modern office premises in Bristol city centre.
  • Advising long-standing client Ecotricity on the sale of the Electric Highway to sustainable energy company GRIDSERVE.
  • Acted for the Showering family, founders of the Brothers Drinks, on the purchase of the Kilver Court Designer Village in Shepton Mallet.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

With ‘an excellent team that provides commercially minded and highly effective advice and support’, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP‘s real estate practice acts for public and private sector clients, often in matters pertaining to energy, institutional real estate investments and retail. The team is jointly led by Katherine Douglas, energy and natural resources expert Simon Hughes, and head of the Bristol office Fiona O’Kane. Institutional investments and development projects form the core areas of Andrew Harding‘s offering, who also regularly advises clients from the hospitality and leisure sectors.

Practice head(s):

Katherine Douglas; Simon Hughes; Fiona O’Kane

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Harding


‘Have experience of property matters relating to renewable energy schemes from both landowner and developer sides, so they can provide sensible commercial advice on what the other side are likely to accept. Transparent billing.’

‘Katherine Douglas is particularly of note with a level of communication and availability that is consistently exceptional. Advice is commercial and pragmatic across a wide range of property issues and consistently delivers against tight timescales on complicated matters.’

‘Simon Hughes – very strong on legal issues and giving commercial advice. Excellent at forming and cementing long-standing relationships. Extremely capable.’

‘Strong technical knowledge in commercial property relating to real estate for energy developments. Commercial pricing, and collaborative negotiations.’

‘An excellent team that provides commercially minded and highly effective advice and support. Communication and availability are excellent across the team.’

‘Strong team who are excellent at working to tight deadlines and produce quality work. Good value for money. Partner attentiveness.’

Key clients

Majestic Wine Warehouses Limited

Renewable Energy Systems Limited

Post Office Limited

Bristol City Council

Ashfield Land Limited

RO Group

South Gloucestershire District Council

REG Windpower Limited

Bristol City Council

Martin’s Properties

The Ministry of Justice Estates Directorate

The Ministry of Defence


Work highlights

  • Advising North Somerset Council, Bristol city Council, South Gloucestershire Council, and Bath & North East Somerset Council on strategic land acquisition and key land agreements connected to the reopening of the railway between Bristol and Portishead for passenger train services.
  • Advising the Ministry of Defence on a multitude of matters from the grant and acquisition of leases for offices, nurseries, land for military exercises, aircraft simulators and police/fire stations on the various military bases throughout the UK.
  • Acting for Bristol City Council on the disposal of Temple Island, Bristol to Legal & General (L&G) for redevelopment.

Clarke Willmott LLP

Taking a ‘collaborative and responsive approach’, Clarke Willmott LLP advises clients on the full spectrum of real estate asset classes. The firm sports a specialism in telecoms, where it acts almost exclusively for landowners, and counts retail, the public sector, as well as the housebuilding sector amongst its key areas of focus. Simon Day leads the practice and is the key contact for investment and landlord and tenant financing matters. Beverley Pike handles the full range of commercial property work, while Philip Thompson focuses on the housebuilding sector. Laurence Lacey, whose offering includes development, regeneration and energy projects, is noted for his ‘willingness to work collaboratively’.

Practice head(s):

Simon Day

Other key lawyers:

Beverley Pike; Philip Thomson; Laurence Lacey


‘Collaborative and responsive approach to our requests and suggestions to ensure process and communication in doing our legal work is as streamlined and efficient as possible.’

‘Laurence Lacey – promptness of response, willingness to work collaboratively on how matters are structured and processed so they can run as efficiently as possible, doesn’t talk down to his clients in the public sector.’

Key clients

Mapeley Steps Ltd


Thor Equities

BDW(Barratt) (Bristol)

Persimmon Homes Limited

Vistry Homes Limited

University of Bath

Bath Recreation Limited

Homes England

Cornwall Council

Work highlights

  • We have acted for Mapeley for over 15 years, predominantly on their HMRC portfolio of properties. This relationship is a great example of the strength of our reputation in real estate investment and portfolio asset management work.
  • We act for some of the UK’s largest housebuilders such as BDW Homes, Persimmon, David Wilson Homes, Countryside Properties, Vistry Group Plc, Blue Cedar Homes, Crest and Mactaggart and Mickel.
  • We have acted for Homes England for a number of years on some of their most significant developments across the UK. We are often involved from inception through to multi phased completion. Our strength in public sector work is further demonstrated by the wide range of councils that we act for, including the Lawyers in Local Government – South West branch framework of councils.

Foot Anstey

Foot Anstey‘s commercial property practice fields particular strengths in the firm’s core sectors development, retail and leisure, financial services, and energy and infrastructure. The practice is headed by a quartet of practitioners consisting of Martin Hirst, Islamic finance expert Imam Qazi, renewables and energy specialist Stuart Cleak, and Richard Sutton, who acts for both private and public sector clients. Complex commercial property transactions are an area of specialisation for Mark Li.

Practice head(s):

Martin Hirst; Stuart Cleak; Imam Qazi; Richard Sutton

Other key lawyers:

Mark Li


‘Very diligent, very personable, commercial and have a can-do attitude.’

‘Highly commercial, experienced and user friendly.’

Key clients

Robert Hitchings

Weston College

Screwfix Direct Limited

Sidra Capital

Atlas Hive

Riyad Bank

Blacksand Real Estate Company W.L.L

Work highlights

  • Advising Screwfix on the continued roll out of English trade counters.
  • Advised Sidra Capital (UK) on the acquisition of Pemberton House, Uxbridge from M&G Plc, a 122,000 Sq feet Grade A office building wholly let to Coca-Cola Enterprises as their European HQ.
  • Acted for a commercial developer Atlas Hive and its development partner Studio Hive on the sale of its block of purpose-built student accommodation in Dean Street, Bristol.

Thrings LLP

Thrings LLP is sought out by clients for its experience in secured lending, residential development and investment matters. Landlord and tenant, as well as corporate occupier work are a further part of the practice’s core areas. Ben Jones, who is regularly involved in acquisitions and disposals, alongside development schemes, property finance and transaction specialist Robert Barnes, and property litigator Gemma Featonby jointly lead the team. Legal director Alastair Wallworth joined the firm in August 2021 from Hill Dickinson LLP.

Practice head(s):

Ben Jones; Robert Barnes; Gemma Featonby

Other key lawyers:

Alastair Wallworth


‘Ability to contextualise the issues and summarise the key problems and solutions from the start.’

Key clients


Newland Homes

Curo Enterprises Limited


Burrington Estates

Baylis Estates Limited

Blue Cedar Homes

Forgerock Limited

Teleperformance Limited

Essilor Limited

HSB Bank Plc

National Westminster Bank Plc

Work highlights

  • Advising HSBC Bank Plc in respect of a £600,000 loan secured by way of first legal charge over a commercial property being acquired by the borrower company.
  • Acting for National Westminster Bank Plc in connection with a £30 million development finance revolving credit facility, ensuring perfection of security and compliance with the lending conditions on each instruction.
  • Acted for a land promoter on the sale of an allocated greenfield site in Bedfordshire for c.£15M to a national house-builder.