Hall Of Fame

Commercial property in Wales

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Leveraging effective use of IT applications and benefitting from tremendous strength-in-depth, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides ‘cost-effective and commercial advice’, on both “bulk” style work as well as complex transactions, ‘always ensuring that the right people with the appropriate level of skills are allocated’. James Trafford provides ‘very knowledgeable and reliable’ advice to a plethora of large-scale employers on their corporate real estate needs, including as it relates to strategic structuring advice and large-scale acquisition, disposal and relocation programmes. Trafford is also one of many in the team with deep knowledge of renewables-related property matters, another being Geraint Pullin Thomas , who provides ‘clear, concise and commercial legal advice’, particularly in the context of solar matters. Gareth Ashfield  is a key contact for developer work, including for SEGRO on the development of several “brown field” sites for logistics parks. As part of his broad investor-side practice, David Emberson  oversees the firm’s advice to SEGRO, one of many core institutional clients which require advice in relation to  acquisitions and disposals and general property management work. Andrew Burns  has a core focus on transport infrastructure matters, and now heads up the team following Kathryn Roberts ‘ transitioning to a role as chair of the firm’s international offering. Legal director Jonathan Woodward provides ‘excellent, considered advice and support’ across a broad range of work, including for corporate pension funds on property matters.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Burns

Other key lawyers:

James Trafford; Elizabeth Fevyer; Kathryn Roberts; Geraint Pullin Thomas; David Emberson; Gareth Ashfield; Nicola Louise Smith; Alex Shapland


‘The team provides cost-effective and commercial advice across the whole property sector.’

‘The team truly work as an extension of our in-house team. There is such breadth and depth of experience I know they will be able to handle anything we send them.’

‘The team we’ve been working with at Eversheds have been very friendly and easy to work with, they are highly competent and very responsive.’

The entire team are willing to go the extra mile for their client.’

‘Geraint Pullin-Thomas is always available 24/7 and willing to provide clear, concise and commercial legal advice.’

‘James Trafford is very knowledgeable and reliable, we can trust him with anything.’

Jonathan Woodward provides excellent, considered advice and support to his client. Jonathan is always available and ready to support his client across the full range of real estate work.’

‘Alice Bushell is an up and coming star. Her advice is commercially focused and on point. I know I can let her advise the wider business directly without needing to filter the advice.’

Key clients

Telereal Trillium

Taylor Wimpey

The Entertainer Group

National Grid



GlaxoSmithKline PLC

EDF Energy

RWE Renewables

Network Rail

Work highlights

Acuity Law

Acuity Law provides ‘flexible and commercially driven’ advice to a range of stakeholders, both out of its Cardiff headquarters as well as its increasingly well-established London office and its nascent Bristol location. Developer work remains a core driver for the team, with longstanding client, Rightacres, continuing to provide a slew of instructions in relation to major development projects in Cardiff. Gareth Baker is pivotal to this work and has been the lead lawyer for Rightacres on its flagship Central Square regeneration scheme since 2014. Damien Cann has also been at the core of this work, particularly as it pertains to the developer’s funding arrangements – work which he combines with significant expertise within the healthcare sector. Steve Morris , who is ‘always supportive and knowledgeable’, co-heads the team alongside Baker, while at a more junior level Ben Honour, who was promoted to partner in June 2022, provides ‘client-focused’ advice on the acquisition and disposal of commercial property and development projects.

Practice head(s):

Gareth Baker; Steve Morris

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Geen; Damien Cann; Robert Morgan; Ben Honour; Robert Senior; Liz Gibbons


‘The team is very knowledgeable about our business. They are highly skilled, proactive and supportive. Always contactable, flexible and commercially driven.’

‘They provide clear, concise and knowledgeable advice over a range of property matters.’

‘Steve Morris is excellent, always supportive and knowledgeable. This leads to excellent outcomes.

‘Ben Honour is very organised and client focused.’

Key clients

Rightacres Property Co Limited

South Wales Land Developments Limited

Owens Road Services Limited

Sony Europe Limited

Greenhill Investments (Vale) Limited

Quinbrook/Private Energy Partners

Marshal European Investment Co Sarl

Principality Building Society

Queensberry Properties

Richard Morgan & Company

Eden Living Properties Limited

Location One Limited

Beech Developments Limited

Incrementum Housing (Warrington Council)

Premier Forest Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for Rightacres in connection with the development of the former Brains Brewery site Cardiff – known as Central Quay.
  • Acting for Private Energy Partners (Quinbrook affiliate) in their securing of exclusive development rights from renewable energy firm SIMEC Atlantis Energy to develop one of the largest battery storage systems in the UK.
  • Advised Eden Living on the launch and development of an innovative private rented sector business, focusing on the acquisition and subsequent letting of newly built housing in South Wales and the Southwest of England.

Blake Morgan LLP

Leveraging complementary expertise across the firm's banking, construction and planning practices, as well as being able to resource matters utilising its own in-house quantity surveyors, Blake Morgan LLP's commercial property team can provide a holistic service throughout the life-cycle of projects, particularly as it relates to high value and complex development sites, infrastructure and energy transactions. Mirroring the firm's cross-practice public sector prowess, team head James Egan  has considerable experience advising both local authorities and central government across a range of matters, including on large-scale development projects. The 'exceptionally gifted' Louise Howells has a focus on social housing real estate work and provides a 'solutions-focused' service to Wales and England-based housing associations across a range of acquisition/disposal and financing work. On the private sector front, Nigel Griffiths maintains a market-leading retail leasing practice as a result of his longstanding representation of Canary Wharf Group Plc. Geoff Reed  is also recommended and has vast experience advising both private developers and commercial lenders on property matters.

Practice head(s):

James Egan

Other key lawyers:

Geoff Reed; Nigel Griffiths; Philip Jardine; Louise Howells; Daniela Smith; Dawn Smith; Charlotte Whitehead; Natalie Lawley; Victoria Morley-Jones


Louise Howells is an exceptionally gifted lawyer, who is solutions focused and provides an exceptional client service.’

Key clients

Canary Wharf Group Plc

Welsh Government

Cardiff Parkway Developments Limited

Cardiff University

NHS Wales

The Royal National Institute for Blind People

Symrise Limited

Newport City Homes Housing Association Limited


Linc Cymru Housing Association

Cardiff and Vale College

ClwydAlyn Housing Limited

Swansea University

Transport for Wales

Short Bros (Developments) Limited

Sovereign Housing Association Limited

Work highlights

  • Continued portfolio management and new leases/re-gears for long standing client, Canary Wharf Group, owners of the Canary Wharf Estate.
  • Acting for SPTS Technologies Limited on its acquisition and development of a site at Celtic Way in Newport for a “BREEAM excellent standard” semiconductor and microelectronics manufacturing and production facility.
  • Acting on the £23.94m acquisition of 143 affordable housing units at Camborne which was time critical to fall within bpha’s financial years and to ensure a continued good working relationship with Taylor Wimpey.

Geldards LLP

Led by Susanne Bradley, Geldards LLP provides ‘a high level of expertise’ for a balanced mix of private, public and third sector clients across the panoply of their commercial property requirements. Always seeking ‘to find solutions to problems as well as anticipating issues that might arise’, Adam Thomas continues to grow his reputation in the market for investors and end-users on the private sector front, and alongside Ioan Owen is at the forefront of the firm’s impressive retail portfolio offering. Harriet Morgan is ‘extremely knowledgeable’ about the property concerns of charitable organisations and housing associations, as is the ‘extremely capable’ Liz Ganderton.

Practice head(s):

Susanne Bradley

Other key lawyers:

Ioan Owen; Adam Thomas; Liz Ganderton; Harriet Morgan; Henry Bright


‘The attentive team provides a high level of expertise and shows an outstanding commitment to achieve deadlines.’

‘Adam Thomas always seeks to find solutions to problems as well as anticipating issues that might arise.’

Harriet Morgan is extremely knowledgeable, addresses the needs of the client and delivers impartially.’

‘Liz Ganderton is extremely capable with her no nonsense, pragmatic approach. She is highly experienced and focused on getting the deal done, whilst also protecting her client’s interests.’

Key clients

Admiral Insurance

Cardiff Gate Business Park Limited

Development Bank of Wales

Lloyds Banking Group

Principality Building Society

Richard Hayward Group

Royal Voluntary Service

Natural Resources Body for Wales

Welsh Ministers/Welsh Government

Western Power Distribution

Leekes Limited

LDC (Managers) Ltd


Sofa Brands

University of Wales: Trinity Saint David

ADRA (Tai) Cyfyngedig

Rutherford Health plc

Council of the City and County of Swansea

Cardigan Building Preservation Trust

Dandara West Limited

Empowered Homes Limited

The Future Generations Commissioner for Wales

Spectrum Fibre Limited

Bestseller Wholesale Uk Limited

Uswitch Limited

South Tees Combined Authority

Caerphilly County Borough Council

Lexington Corporate Advisors Limited

George LB Limited

Mad Dog Brewery Co Ltd

Societe LDC Sa

Bute Energy

Burnley Borough Council

Curtis Bank SIPP TQT

Hawklands Estates Limited

Torfaen County Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Caerphilly County Borough Council as developer on the Cwm Ifor solar farm project.
  • Carried out full due diligence and provided banking advice to Lloyds Bank Plc in relation to a £10m facility to fund the acquisition of two multi-let industrial estates close to the M4 at Caerphilly.
  • Acted for the Welsh Government in the purchase, for remediation and development, of the 900-acre site at Baglan Energy Park Port Talbot, being the location of the former BP Chemicals works and one of largest brownfield sites in Wales.

Hugh James

Acting on its own, as well as being able to effectively leverage resources from other firmwide complementary practice areas, Hugh James is well-equipped to provide 'a good service' for a varied mix of public, private and third sector clients. 'Excellent' team head Peter Hurn has nurtured a particularly acclaimed development-side offering, both in relation to commercial property as well as for numerous high-profile housebuilders on large-scale residential developments, including on land acquisitions and disposals. The social housing space also remains a fertile source of instructions for the team, with Caroline O’Flaherty regularly advising a myriad housing associations on their property needs, including an increasing number of mandates involving sustainable goals. 'Knowledgeable and diligent' senior associate Shelley Ikram is a 'very calm and shrewd negotiator' and is effectively able to bring her broader planning expertise to bear for large scale consortiums on major developments.

Practice head(s):

Peter Hurn

Other key lawyers:

Caroline O’Flaherty; David King; Daniel Morgan; Richard Macphail; Kelly Davies; Rachel Arentsen; Shelley Ikram


‘It is a great team with lots of knowledge and expertise.’

‘All the lawyers are really approachable and not afraid to provide advice that is well received.’

‘The team members are experienced, thorough, cool under pressure and focused on providing a good service for their clients.’

‘The team is solution focused and always find ways forward which is refreshing.’

‘Peter Hurn is excellent.’

‘The knowledgeable and diligent Shelley Ikram is a very calm and shrewd negotiator.’

Key clients

Tirion Group



Coleg Gwent


Great Point Studios Limited

BDW Trading Limited (Barratt Homes)

Wrexham County Borough Council

Brackley Investments Limited


Work highlights

  • Advising Pobl Group on an innovative mixed use development known as Biophillic Living; a pioneering development in sustainability, attracting complex funding including investment from the innovative housing programme and involves the installation of fish tanks with the fish waste being farmed in order to fertilise a roof top garden.
  • Advising Tirion Group Limited on the £150m development at The Mill, Cardiff, a former 53-acre brownfield site providing up to 800 new homes, completion of the Ely Trail, and the construction of a new riverside park and improved transport links.
  • Advising the Welsh Rugby Union on the Principality Stadium and Westgate Hotel and leading the Welsh Rugby Union’s sponsored Club Incorporation Project, which involves the transfer of all real estate and non-real estate assets and dealing with numerous property related issues from unregistered leases, lost deeds, deceased or missing trustees to bona vacantia and Treasury Solicitor issues.

Berry Smith

The 'very professional and knowledgeable' team at Berry Smith provides a 'fantastic personal service' to lenders, developers and public sector clients across a broad spectrum of their real estate needs. The 'very business-oriented' Martin Pursall leads the firm's secured lending team and has, over his many years' in practice, amassed considerable experience advising lenders on the provision of finance to facilitate development and investment sites throughout the UK. Chris Jones co-heads the overarching property team alongside Pursall, and is particularly adept at advising on development work, both from a commercial as well as residential perspective.


Practice head(s):

Martin Pursall; Chris Jones

Other key lawyers:

Mathew Clapham; Leanne Nixon


‘It is a very professional and knowledgeable team that provides a fantastic personal service. ’

‘Martin Pursall is very business-oriented.’


Key clients

Principality Commercial

Development Bank of Wales

Carmarthenshire County Council

Vastint Hospitality

Bridgend County Borough Council

Jehu Group / Waterstone Homes/Waterstone Estates (now in administration)

Fox Group (Moving & Storage)

Actoris Group


St Brides Investments Ltd

Portabella Group

Rombourne Limited

Industrial Property Assets Limited

Shedmead Limited

Arbenigol Limited

Tenovus Cancer Care

Cadwaladers (Ice Cream)

Welsh Government

HEFCW (Higher Education Funding Council for Wales)

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council

Denbighshire County Council


Short Bros Developers Limited

Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council

Monmouthshire Building Society

Pewsey Properties Ltd

Monmouthshire Housing Association

Quantafuel Sunderland Limited

The County Council of The City & County of Cardiff

Work highlights

  • Acting for Quantafuel, a Norwegian based organisation who transform recycled plastic waste into valuable low-carbon fuel regeneration in respect of an Option Agreement with Sunderland City Council for a new 25-year Lease of 12 acres of land at Sunderland Dockside to construct and operate a new processing plant.
  • Acting for Cardiff Council in respect of the development by Cardiff & Vale University Health Board of the New Wellbeing Centre at Llanederyn Drive, Cardiff and a lease back of the Café area to the Council.
  • Acted for Fox Self Storage Limited in the purchase and development of a new self-storage depot at West Park, Chelston, Wellington, Somerset to replace their existing leasehold premises which were surrendered, the building being constructed by the freehold seller, Summerfield Developments (SW) Limited.

Capital Law Limited

In lockstep with the firm's general entrepreneurial approach, Capital Law Limited's partner-led commercial property team provides an 'innovative and pragmatic' service (which frequently partners up with external consultancy firms) to public and private sector clients on large-scale mandates, including complex development/regeneration projects. Team head Leanne O’Brien has been central to the firm's success in the area, and frequently drawing upon the expertise across the firm's wider construction and environmental teams, has been particularly successful in advising on large-scale property projects involving sustainability and ESG goals. Jon Ely  joined RPC in December 2022.

Practice head(s):

Leanne O’Brien

Other key lawyers:

Hannah Vosper; Angharad Jones; Catrin Mackie; Emma Chapple


They provide an innovative and pragmatic service.’

Key clients


University of South Wales

Howard Tenens

Sero Energy

Associated British Ports

Development Bank of Wales (DBW)

Ascona Group Holdings Limited

Cardiff City Football Club

Transport for Wales

Royal Mint Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising US-based LanzaTech to identify a site suitable for their plans to build, and commission the world’s first commercial-scale alcohol-to-jet (ATJ) production facility using ethanol feedstock made from steel mill waste gases and other wastes.
  • Advising Bridgend College on Phase 2 of its Strategic Plan: delivery of a town centre regeneration project that will be underpinned by a £50m Town centre campus development.
  • Advising Arasam on two acquisitions in Cardiff City Centre (Park House and the Waterston Building) in less than 12 months.

Darwin Gray LLP

The ‘very professional and accessible’ team at Darwin Gray LLP provides ‘a cost-effective and highly personal service’ to private, public and third sector clients across a range of commercial property work. ‘Very commercially minded’ team head Catherine Burke has ‘excellent technical knowledge’ and is particularly effective advising on complex development and site assembly work. Gareth Wedge is the other partner in the team and has a particular focus on landlord and tenant work.


Practice head(s):

Catherine Burke

Other key lawyers:

Gareth Wedge


‘The team is very professional and accessible.’

‘They provide a cost-effective and highly personal service.’

‘The responsive Catherine Burke is very commercially minded and has excellent technical knowledge.’

Key clients

Development Bank of Wales

Fabco Holdings Limited

Persimmon Homes Limited

Principality Commercial

DS Properties/Loftco

Dawan Developments Limited

X Stream Properties Limited

Aspect Developments

Mill Bay Homes Limited

Monmouthshire Housing Association

Work highlights

  • Advised Fabco Holdings on the acquisition of a strategic development site from Welsh Government
  • Advised Principality Commercial on numerous high value investment and development deals.
  • Advised Development Bank of Wales on a residential development on a site of archaeological and ecological significance within a National Park.

Morgan LaRoche

Swansea-based firm Morgan LaRoche provides a ‘professional, prompt and cost-effective service’ to an eclectic mix of stakeholders on local and UK-wide transactions. Team head Kevin Thomas has a varied practice that seems him regularly acting on high-profile local mandates, including his ongoing work for a developer in its acquisition of a mixed use development site in Swansea’s city centre (as part of the city centre’s regeneration programme), as well as work outside of Wales, including in the context of student accommodation development. Thomas also has expertise in handling renewable energy-related property work, as does the ‘proactive and responsive’ Alun Price, who leads the firm’s Carmarthen-based property efforts. Deploying a ‘can-do and commercial attitude’, David Palmer is a popular choice among investors and developers in the retail, office, industrial, logistics, care and energy sectors, and is noted for his ‘very strong work ethic and a very broad property experience’. Consultant Rosemary Morgan also remains active and is able to call upon a deep reservoir of knowledge gleaned through her many years’ expertise handling commercial property mandates within the retail, leisure and transport sectors, in particular.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Thomas

Other key lawyers:

David Palmer; Alun Price; Rhys Thomas; Nick Baker


‘The team provides a professional, prompt and cost-effective service.’

‘David Palmer has full knowledge of the real estate industry and understands the intricacies of deals to ensure they happen.’

‘David Palmer has a can do and commercial attitude, which is essential in making deals happen. He has a very strong work ethic and a very broad property experience which is crucial in complicated transactions.’

Key clients

Culina Group

Persimmon Homes

AMP Clean Energy

Greenberry Capital


Hallmark Care Homes

Colosseum Dental

Enzo’s Homes

The Trade Centre Group

LBS Builder’s Merchants

Mercian Developments Limited

CKC Properties Group

Hacer Developments Limited

Swangate Developments Limited

The Penllergaer Estate

Work highlights

  • Advising a property investor in connection with the acquisition of three adjoining industrial units in Enfield from three different vendors, the re-gear and surrender of occupational leases and the ultimate sale (by way of a same day sub-sale) of the asset to an international property investment company.
  • Advising a property developer in its acquisition of a mixed use development site in Swansea’s city centre, being an integral part of the city centre’s regeneration programme.
  • Advising an energy group on 38 separate sites across England for the site assembly of its “Urban Reserve” portfolio of gas and battery storage peaking plants with a projected generating capacity of at least 20MW.

Clarke Willmott LLP

While it remains best-known for its financing prowess in the social housing sector, Clarke Willmott LLP also handles a considerable volume of more conventional commercial property mandates and was recently strengthened, particularly for developer work, by the arrival of Julia Morris  from Le Gros Solicitors Limited in November 2022. Clare Gregory  is one of the principal contacts for work in the space, including as it relates to acquisition and disposals (including exclusivity agreements, promotion agreements and option agreements), joint venture and collaboration agreements.

Practice head(s):

Clare Gregory

Other key lawyers:

Vicky Kells; Julia Morris; Charlotte Lord; Scott Keddle


‘The team is very responsive and solutions-oriented.’

‘The lawyers are professional yet personable, which helps build good relationships and trust which is essential.’


Key clients

RHA Wales Group Limited

Fortem International plc

Portavia Developments Limited

Castle Trust Capital Plc

Gloucester City Homes Limited

Careers Wales

Isle of Anglesey Council

Welsh Government

Homes Plus Limited

Andrew Owen and Nigel Davies

Hafod Housing Association Limited

Caredig Limited

Orbit Group Limited

Principality Building Society

Silva Homes Limited

Metropolitan Housing Trust Limited

Taff Housing Association Limited

Homes England

Work highlights

  • Conducted detailed property due diligence on over 1,000 titles for one Hafod Housing Association transaction.
  • Recently been re-appointed to the Homes England panel and assist them across their portfolio.
  • Instructed on the sale of a further 196 properties by Orbit Group Limited.

Douglas-Jones Mercer

Under the leadership of Michael Price, Swansea-based firm Douglas-Jones Mercer continues to gain traction in the local market on property development mandates, including for landowners, developers, lenders and housing associations. The team also has niche expertise advising on pensions-related property matters.

Practice head(s):

Michael Price

Other key lawyers:

Claire Thatcher; Eleri Archer

Key clients


Action For Children

InvestAcc Pension Trustees Limited

Swansea University

Morgan Developments (Wales) Limited

Morgan Lloyd Pension Trustees Limited

Odyssey Pension Trustees Limited

Dawn Meats Group

Principality Commercial

Pobl Homes and Communities Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Swansea University on the disposal of Former Vice Chancellor’s Residence.
  • Advised Morgan Developments (Wales) upon the acquisition of a site for 150 properties
  • Advised Handelsbanken Plc in relation to a refinance Oyster Wharf, Mumbles development.

Harding Evans LLP

Drawing upon 'a good understanding of the local community', Newport-based firm Harding Evans LLP provides an 'excellent personal service’ to local developers, SMEs, building contractors and high-net-worth individuals across a wide range of commercial property transactions. Team head Mike Jenkins has a varied practice, including work for the firm's core agricultural client base.

Practice head(s):

Mike Jenkins


‘The team has a good understanding of the local community and displays an excellent personal service’

‘Excellent personal service particularly from Michael Jenkins in the commercial property department.’


Work highlights

Harrison Clark Rickerbys

Led by Justin Mason , the 'very pragmatic and proactive' team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys has a core focus on development work, both in the public and private sector. In this regard, the Cardiff team continues to grow its offering since the department was formally established in June 2022, with a number of recent associate hires providing more resources with which to handle an expanding workload. Mason also has niche expertise advising on property work in the funeral sector. Lisa Gibbs  heads up the residential property group.

Practice head(s):

Justin Mason (Commercial Property); Lisa Gibbs (Residential Property)

Other key lawyers:

Rhys Langley


‘There firm is very pragmatic and proactive in identifying solutions to potential issues. They have always been available when required and are able to bring a commercial perspective as well as pure legal advice.’

Very knowledgeable, very co-operative and brilliant people to work with.’

Key clients

Dartmouth Town Council

Folkestone & Hythe District Council

BN Developments Limited

Thame Community Land Trust

Green Axis Limited

Opex Logistics

Albion Lodge Limited and Albion Lodge Developments Limited

Memoria Limited

Low Cost Funeral Limited and The Independent Funeral Partnership 2020 Limited

TVS Supply Chain Solutions Limited

Urbane London Limited

Homer Pensions & Investments Limited

Sandpiper TKL Limited (trading as Lockley Homes)

Work highlights

  • Advising Dartmouth Town Council in respect of the acquisition and proposed development of the Former Cottage Hospital.
  • Continuing to act for Sandpiper TKL Limited in respect of their programme of high-end residential development sites in the Midlands including all aspects of the process from option agreements and planning advice through to plot sales.
  • Acting for Green Axis Limited in respect of an innovative acquisition structure relating to local authority land for the development of eight net-zero carbon homes with a view to rolling out the structure on future developments.

Howells Solicitors

In addition to the firm's bulk conveyancing work, Howells Solicitors handles a significant amount of commercial property matters, including as it relates to development, finance and estate management. Rhidian Hobbs heads up the commercial property team and 'is a font of information' across a range of issues, including on development matters.

Practice head(s):

Rhidian Hobbs


‘The firm is always prompt with replies to any queries or work we wish to place with them.’

‘Rhidian Hobbs is a font of information and if necessary recommends a colleague who can help.’

Work highlights

Lewis Silkin

Acting on its own, as well as frequently alongside practitioners from its well-resourced London headquarters, Lewis Silkin‘s ‘hardworking and diligent’ Cardiff office punches above its weight and provides ‘a first-class service’ on corporate real estate matters, as well as an increasing volume of work for local developers, primarily for residential use. With ‘the ability to take a 360 degree view on a deal’, both on the buy and sell side, team head Emily Meredith Hardy has an excellent perspective of commercial property transactions and has been central to the firm’s growing stature in the locality. Managing associate  Tom Merrick is ‘incredibly responsive and organised’, and is also a key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Emily Meredith-Hardy

Other key lawyers:

Tom Merrick; Aimee Dring


‘It is a very hardworking and diligent team. Under tough deadlines they remain calm under pressure and deliver a first-class service.’

Their technical knowledge is superb as is the work ethic.’

‘I’ve found the individuals at Lewis Silkin to be very personable and easy to understand. Their straightforward and open approach makes it easy to work with them.’

‘Tom Merrick is incredibly responsive, organised and makes it very easy to cut through the legal jargon to the crux of the matter and outline the key decisions and associated impacts.’

‘I have been working with Emily Meredith-Hardy and Aimee Dring over the last 12 months. They have the ability to take a 360 degree view on a deal ensuring good levels of stakeholder management on buy and sell side.’

Key clients


Howden Joinery Limited

Navana Group of Companies (including Sacul Investments Limited, Bafen Limited)

Alaraby Television

Moov Limited

In Practice Systems Limited

Handle Recruitment

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Ian Dring

Work highlights

  • Advising Howden Joinery Group Limited on its acquisition of leasehold land at Capital Park, Goole, pursuant to an Agreement for Lease with Landlord’s Works.
  • Acting for Navana Real Estate on its entire property portfolio, involving acquisitions, disposals and corporate and finance support work.
  • Acting for Alaraby TV on its head office move.


Development work is central to many of the matters handled by Newport-based firm RDP Law, particularly for the firm’s core roster of local agricultural landowners, including as it relates to strategic development schemes. ‘Knowledgeable’ team head James Davies is at the forefront of this work, as well as in relation to landowner-based renewable energy matters, an area of continued growth. Associate Amber Ellis-Martin is also recommended and has been pivotal to the firm’s strategy to grow its roster of developer clients.

Practice head(s):

James Davies

Other key lawyers:

Amber Ellis-Martin


They provide efficient and sound commercial advice.’

The team has unrivalled local technical property understanding.’

‘James Davies is knowledgeable, hands-on, has a good understanding of the local market and great deal making smarts.’

Work highlights