Commercial property: Dorset and South Wiltshire in South West
Lester Aldridge LLP's commercial property work is centred on sectors such as healthcare, leisure, telecoms, housebuilding, and ports and marinas. The practice demonstrates strong capabilities in the acquisition and sale of freehold and leasehold properties, sub-leases, portfolio management and investment transactions, among other matters. ‘Brilliant lawyer’ Suki Samra, who leads the Bournemouth-based team, assists landlords and property investors with landlord and tenant work and enfranchisement. Mark Benham is also highly recommended.
Matthew Barrow (Southampton); Suki Samra (Bournemouth); Mark Benham (Bournemouth)
‘A remarkable depth of knowledge’
‘The team is very strong and provides highly efficient advice’
‘Suki Samra has built an excellent reputation in the field‘
McCarthy & Stone
Merck & Co.
Yorkshire Building Society t/a Norwich & Peterborough Building Society
- Advised Monzo Bank on its move to new head office premises in Finsbury Square, London.
- Advised McCarthy & Stone on a large number of property acquisitions, including a £1m purchase of a site in Chorley acquired by way of a joint venture development with supermarket Lidl.
- Advising a banking company on the secured lending on property investments of total worth over £100m.
- Acted for Fragrance Group in respect of its acquisition and subsequent letting of St Chads Hotel in Blackpool.
- Assisted a real estate developer with the sale of multiple medical centres.
Steele Raymond LLP
Steele Raymond LLP's team advises on matters such as sales and acquisitions of properties, leases, licenses, mortgages and charges, among others. Practice head Chris Twaits is ‘proactive and demonstrates an extremely high level of professional skills and ability’. Jennifer Rogerson, who is ‘always attentive and highly professional’, excels in retail sector landlord and tenant work, as well as investment and pension property investment mandates. The ‘excellent’ Emma Stainwright handles residential development mandates for landowners and regional housebuilders. Carol Elliott and associate Kayleigh Medland are also highly recommended. In April 2019, Caroline Probert joined from Trethowans LLP.
‘Very responsive and always willing to help even under great pressure’
‘The firm’s commercial property service exceeds other property firms in the area’
‘The team is thorough, comes up with creative solutions, and has a highly professional approach’
‘The team adopts a personal approach but it is also sufficiently big in size to handle more demanding issues’
Toogoods Property Company
West Wales Airport
Grange Mill Investments
World of Water Garden Centre
West Quay Holdings Poole
Pivotal Homes Group
Bournemouth Churches Housing Association
Harry J Palmer
GP Commercial Investments
Old Malthouse (Purbeck)
Stewarts Garden Centres
The Jurassic Coffee Company
Laceys Solicitors incorporating HLF
Laceys Solicitors incorporating HLF handles sales and purchases of land for development purposes, estate conveyancing, all types of landlord and tenant issues, refinancing and various other types of transactional commercial property work. Practice head John Munro acts for owners, developers and investors. Clients also benefit from the experience of Jonathan Ogden, who is knowledgeable about commercial tenancies, and advises multiple hoteliers on sales and purchases of hotels and associated businesses. The practice was strengthened recently by the hire of associate Claire Taylor, who was formerly an interim legal services manager of shared legal service for Kettering Borough Council, Daventry District Council and The Borough Council of Wellingborough. In another development, solicitor Roger Clayson joined from Glaisyers LLP. Clayson has specialist expertise in real estate matters related to the nuclear and renewable energy industries. The 'very knowledgeable' Mark Preece and solicitor Patsy Whitford (‘goes the extra mile to help’) are also recommended.
‘Very professional and very efficient’
‘Proactive in their approach to clients and great at understanding what their business needs’
‘The culture of the team is one of professionalism, transparency and focus on clients’ interests’
‘All staff members are friendly, happy to help where they can, and can be relied upon to communicate quickly to help run the particular sale or purchase smoothly‘
Mploy Staffing Solutions
John Brassington and Roger Clark Partnership
Wilson & Sharp Investments
Wilsons has successfully built up a base of longstanding clients, such as landed estates, landowners, trusts, charities, and private investors. Its team has extensive expertise in property transactions, commercial landlord and tenant work, and residential and commercial development, among other matters. The ‘amazing’ Jane Lonergan handles complex property issues for charities, including military charities. Alison Bailey specialises in rural property matters and assists landowners with developments of predominantly green field sites. Consultant Robert Swift, Timothy Clayden and associate Sarah Secker are also key contacts.
Jane Lonergan; Alison Bailey; Tim Clayden
Other key lawyers:
Robert Swift; Sarah Secker
Sense, The National Deafblind and Rubella Association
Alabaré Christian Care Centres
- Acts for Sense, the National Deafblind and Rubella Association on commercial property acquisitions and disposals, and manages the charity’s commercial property portfolio.
- Assists Alabaré Christian Care Centres with commercial property acquisitions.
- Assists Greensleeves Care with property acquisition transactions aiming at expanding the charity’s care home portfolio.
Battens Solicitors Limited
Roger Chadwick heads the commercial property practice at Battens Solicitors Limited, whose clients include developers, corporates, landlords and tenants, individuals, pension funds and charities. Other key contacts at the firm are Yeovil-based consultants Anna Austin and Robert Wright; the latter is praised by clients for his 'excellent law skills and business understanding'.
‘The firm has very solid knowledge of the local market and the regional players‘
- Handled lending arrangements for Folk2Folk.
- Advised Cawdor Construction Developments on property acquisition.
Blanchards Bailey LLP's team has experience of property mandates involving the healthcare, agriculture, hospitality, social housing and retail industries. It also features prominently in agriculture sector matters. The department is led by 'strong and very committed leader' Sarah Heath, who acts for both landowners and developers on large-scale development projects, including those involving greenfield and brownfield sites. The 'very capable' Stacey Brooker joined from Clarke Willmott LLP.
Other key lawyers:
‘An experienced and well-staffed team offering good value services in connection to all aspects of property conveyancing, leasing, management and other contractual matters’
‘A strong backing team at more junior level’
‘Several factors distinguish the team from others on the local market: its experience, practicality, understanding of commercial property transactions, and fair value for money’
‘Sarah Heath is a very capable head of the department, who has great knowledge and is also very strong in handling complex contractual negotiations’
- Assisted a property development consultancy with the acquisition of a part of a brownfield site for residential redevelopment.
- Advised a property development consultancy on the proposed acquisition of a group of companies from a private equity fund which comprises a portfolio of 108 commercial property sites.
Frettens LLP's commercial property department advises clients on landlord and tenant work, lease extensions and secured lending transactions. In addition, working with the firm’s commercial group, the team also handles property sales and purchases for clients in the hotels, restaurants and retail arenas. Oonagh McKinney and Clare Hallett jointly head up the practice. Associates Niki Adkins and Ben Cobb are also key contacts.
Oonagh McKinney; Clare Hallett
Pivotal Housing Association
28A Supported Living
Aspire Property Holdings (Castle)
Raymond Brown Will Trust
Taylor Grey Homes
Vivera Property Ventures
Trethowans LLP has developed a national reputation for commercial property transactions for pensions, with Garry Treagust being a noted expert in this area. The firm also has significant experience in landlord and tenant matters, residential development and property finance. In addition to undertaking standalone work, the commercial property team supports the corporate practice on M&A deals. Gareth Yeoman has a wealth of experience acting for developers, and advises on matters concerning the terms of purchases, the setting up of sites, as well as the subsequent sale and leasing of units. In 2018, James Kidner joined from Ellis Jones Solicitors LLP. In another development, Tom Mitchell made senior associate. Treagust took over as the head of the Salisbury property department from Caroline Probert, who moved to Steele Raymond LLP.
Other key lawyers:
‘A solid team‘
James Hay Pension Trustees
Saint-Gobain Building Distribution/Jewson
Stannah Lifts Holdings
Sentinel Housing Association
- Advising an European operator on the grant of a new lease to Ikea of leasehold premises with an annual rent of over £1m.