Commercial property: Birmingham in West Midlands

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Underpinned by its significant national footprint, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP fields one of the largest real estate practices in the West Midlands, working with various blue-chip clients on a formidable volume of high-value projects and redevelopment schemes across a myriad of sectors. Birmingham real estate head David Jones anchors the firm’s commercial development arm, acting for world-renowned investors and developers on major logistics ventures and mixed-use schemes.  National corporate real estate lead Dawn Hilton is a key contact for some of the firm’s most high-profile consumer goods and financial services sector clients, including luxury automotive manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies. Global real estate practice chair Gurjit Atwal specialises in multi-jurisdictional commercial development and investment matters, while Philip Medford works with national house builders on residential development schemes. Iftkhar Ahmed focuses on consumer and financial institutions matters, whereas Mark Chester is a driving force behind many of the firm’s data centre projects, working with various owners and operators, both in the UK and internationally. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham. 

Practice head(s):

David Jones

Other key lawyers:

Dawn Hilton; Gurjit Atwal; Philip Medford; Iftkhar Ahmed; Mark Chester

Key clients

Paradise Circus LP


Boparan Restaurant Group

Catesby Estates PLC

Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

BDW Trading Limited

Swynnerton Estates


Work highlights

    Gowling WLG

    Commercially astute with a keen eye for detail‘, Gowling WLG‘s eminent real estate practice is consistently sought out by an enviable lineup of developers, investors, and blue-chip corporate occupiers for its capabilities in big-ticket projects. Practice head Richard Bate is a seasoned market presence with decades of experience in residential development matters, helping to deliver numerous consortium developments, planning and infrastructure agreements, and mixed-use schemes. Duncan Murphy acts as the go-to advisor for many of the nation’s top house builders and sports stadiums, advising on big-ticket transactions as well as the full scope of commercial concerns. John Burns is a highly experienced advisor to clients in the industrial developer community, with recent highlights including major regeneration projects in the manufacturing sector. Logistics co-chair Mike Trainer attracts superlative praise for his ‘formidable‘ and ‘incredibly insightful‘ work on developments in the logistics, office, retail, and energy sectors. Helen Emmerson heads up the firm’s energy and utility real estate offering as well as its corporate occupier desk, and is particularly noted for her capabilities in large-scale renewable energy projects. Matthew Walker, who heads up the firm’s student accommodation offering, is also noted for his expertise in industrial and logistics, retail and office sectors. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham. 

    Practice head(s):

    Richard Bate

    Other key lawyers:

    John Burns; Matthew Walker; Michael Trainer; Helen Emmerson; Ashley Mitchell


    ‘Responsive and knowledgable.’

    ‘The practice covers the multiple disciplines involved in development with senior experienced practitioners. There are not many aspect in complex development landscape that experienced members of the team have not previously encountered somewhere.’

    ‘Gowling are a pleasure to deal with. Commercially astute with a keen eye for detail, they make transactions straightforward.’

    ‘Michael Trainer is the best commercial property lawyer in the West Midlands. He is incredibly insightful and wonderfully engaging company. I have undertaken a number of transactions with Mike over many years and he is always my go-to. I really enjoy working with him and he is a formidable person to have in your corner.’

    ‘The team demonstrates wide ranging commercial knowledge that allows legal advice to be delivered in an effective and meaningful manner. Good balance of risk awareness and commercial judgement.’

    ‘The Birmingham team are able to cope with a huge workload. As a firm we had several large transactions going on at the same time and they were able to deal with all of them.’

    ‘All very approachable and proactive.’

    ‘Their ability to understand a commercial position and identify the optimum way forward is what sets them apart from their competitors.’

    Key clients

    A&J Mucklow


    Bellway Homes


    Bloor Holdings Limited

    Bridge UK Properties


    Coventry City Council

    Diageo Pension Trust

    Government Property Agency




    Highways England (National Highways)

    HSBC Bank Pension Fund

    IM Properties

    Jaguar Land Rover

    Kew Technology


    London & Cambridge Properties

    London Borough of Barnet


    Metro Bank

    Miller Homes

    National Farmers Union Mutual

    Northern Ireland Local Government Officers Superannuation Committee

    Oxford Properties

    Persimmon Homes

    Premier Foods


    Sanctuary Housing Association

    Schroder Real Estate Finance


    St Modwen Plc

    Taylor Wimpey

    Telereal Trillium

    The Arch Company

    The Hut Group

    The Mid Counties Co-operative

    The Rugby Football Union

    Triple Point Investment Management

    UK Power Networks


    Vistry Homes

    Whitehall & Bordon Development

    Work highlights

    • Advised Thakeham Homes on the creation of a network of interlocking strategic land agreements for Thakeham Homes to support UK’s first zero-carbon community in South-West Cambridge.
    • Advised Blackstone on the purchase of Elite Logistics Fund I from Macquarie Capital and Elite Partners Capital.
    • Advised Lincoln UK Services Limited on the delivery of a £750m mixed-use regeneration scheme for Station Hill, Reading, and the Thames Valley.

    Pinsent Masons LLP

    Widely praised for its ‘hardworking, diligent and commercial‘ approach, Pinsent Masons LLP‘s capabilities in regenerations, residential developments, and logistics projects makes it a strong choice for a sizeable roster of public and private sector clients. The practice is headed up by Tom Johnson , a residential development specialist who also advises on mixed-use ventures across the country. Kultar Khangura always goes above and beyond‘ on some of the region’s largest regeneration schemes, with recent highlights including major rail, road, and city centre transformation projects. David Meecham spearheads the firm’s public sector development offering, working with a host of local authorities and non-departmental bodies on procurement and transaction structuring matters. Praised by clients for her perceptiveness, investment and asset management head Lisa Middleton advises the firm’s most significant investor and developer clients on various acquisitions, disposals and forward commitments. Tom Eastwood co-chairs the firm’s renowned healthcare real estate team, working with a mix of internationally-listed REITs and sector operators on high-profile investment deals and ground rent transactions. Carl Scott, who focuses chiefly on restructuring, leads multiple relationships with lenders, distressed companies, and insolvency practitioners. The ‘bright and commercially minded’ senior associate Arminder Dhillon is also recommended.

    Practice head(s):

    Tom Johnson

    Other key lawyers:

    Kultar Khangura; David Meecham; Lisa Middleton; Tom Eastwood; Carl Scott; Arminder Dhillon


    ‘Total commitment and great teamwork.’

    ‘Lisa Middleton sees issues others don’t. A great communicator and assessor of risk.’

    ‘Kultar Khangura always goes above and beyond. Realistic in assessments of both legal and commercial positions, providing advise through this lens.’

    Key clients

    IM Properties

    Medical Properties Trust

    Exemplar Healthcare

    Kier Property

    HBD (Henry Boot)


    Urban & Civic Plc

    London & Continental Railways

    Barratt Group/Wilson Bowden Developments Limited

    Lovell Partnerships

    E.ON UK plc

    Urban Growth Company

    NEC Group

    Homes England

    Elevation Advisors

    CBRE Investment Management

    Ebbsfleet Development Corporation

    Birmingham City Council

    Wolverhampton City Council

    CBRE UK Affordable Housing Fund

    Basildon Borough Council

    London Borough of Brent

    Crawley Borough Council

    Worcestershire County Council

    London Borough of Waltham Forest

    Work highlights

    • Advising CBRE Investment Management on a range of high value sales and investments across the office, retail and industrial sectors.
    • Advising Wilson Bowden Developments on the ongoing development, letting and sale of major industrial projects at the Kingsway Business Park.
    • Advising Birmingham City Council on its procurement of a joint venture development scheme for the delivery of the regeneration of the Ladywood Estate in the City Centre, comprising around 1,000 homes, the majority of which are in council ownership.

    DLA Piper

    Leveraging its strong national network of offices, DLA Piper routinely works with a multitude of high-profile investors, developers, and blue-chip corporate occupiers on big-ticket property transactions and development projects. Monique Sutherland possesses expertise in development and infrastructure matters encompasses brownfield site acquisitions and disposals, promotion agreements, and contractual joint ventures, working with clients across a diverse range of sectors. Katie Jacobson is well-versed in large-scale investment and development transactions, advising known institutional investors, pension funds, and corporate occupiers on the full scope of commercial real estate matters. Senior associate Rachel Williams is noted for her focus on real estate financing work, acting for some of the nation’s leading investment banks. Sophie Murtough is also recommended.

    Practice head(s):

    Monique Sutherland

    Other key lawyers:

    Katie Jacobson; Rachel Williams; Sophie Murtough


    ‘The team are very friendly and approachable, and are quick to react – they have got to know our business well and are great to work with.’

    ‘The breadth of DLA Piper’s practice means that they can easily bring subject matter experts to the team.’

    ‘Monique Sutherland is a stand-out property lawyer. She is technically excellent and is able to deal with complex and innovative projects.’



    Key clients

    HS2 Limited

    Dignity Funerals Limited

    National Grid PLC

    Aggregate Industries UK Limited (UK subsidiary of Lafarge Holcim Limited)

    UPS Limited

    Oval Real Estate


    Land Restoration Trust

    LaSalle Investment Management

    John Laing Limited

    Forensic Archive Limited

    Harris Strategic Land

    Far East Consortium

    Manex Properties Limited

    Cushman & Wakefield PLC

    Harrison Street Real Estate Capital

    Willis Towers Watson

    Work highlights

    • Advised John Laing on its £200m joint venture with Macquarie Capital and the acquisition of 250 retirement homes across the country.
    • Working with Far East Consortium on the acquisition of a development site with value of circa £250m at Canary Wharf, assembling over 18 land interests.
    • Advising Oval Real Estate on the creation of a new platform to acquire a number of regional office buildings in the UK.


    Helmed by newly promoted partner Charlotte Ward, DWF works with an enviable roster of blue-chip corporate clients, REITs, and local authorities across England on the full gamut of transactional and development-based matters. Toby Askin manages a number of the firm’s most high-profile client relationships, assisting various entities with acquisitions and investments. Melanie Williams , who heads up the firm’s hospitality sector offering, is sought out by numerous hotel chains and restaurant companies for property investment and development advice. Legal director Michelle Knight works with local authorities on regeneration projects and development agreements.

    Practice head(s):

    Charlotte Ward; Toby Askin; Melanie Williams

    Other key lawyers:

    Michelle Knight

    Key clients

    BT plc


    City of Wolverhampton Council

    Ashall Projects Limited

    Assura PLC

    Whitbread Group PLC

    Hortons’ Estate Limited

    St Francis Limited

    Ingenious Group

    Harcourt Capital Limited

    Severn Trent PLC

    Starboard Hotels Limited

    Greene King Limited

    Middlesbrough Borough Council

    Millenium Copthorne Hotels

    Downing LLP

    Unity Trust Bank PLC

    Homes England

    Work highlights

    • Assisting Panattoni with the acquisition of 100 acre site next to the M20 in Aylesford, Kent (developed value of over £300m).
    • Assisting LXi REIT to deploy £350m of equity on various acquisitions, including the £58.9m acquisition of Sainsbury’s supermarket in Middlesbrough.
    • Supporting City of Wolverhampton Council on a key deal for the local region, with regard to various lettings at the new Grade A office development, i9.

    Fieldfisher LLP

    Fieldfisher LLP regularly receives instructions from many leading names in real estate investment and development, both at a regional and national level. Practice head Sue Simpson possesses decades of experience in development and planning matters, with recent highlights including major refinancings, redevelopments, and regeneration projects for life sciences companies, residential developers, and REITs. Qualified chartered surveyor Mark Lee maintains a broad practice, working with pension funds, property companies, and corporate occupiers on portfolio transactions, and strategic land promotion and option agreements. Merle Wray works with both developers and occupiers on commercial and residential projects, as well as development finance transactions and forward funding deals.

    Practice head(s):

    Susan Simpson

    Other key lawyers:

    Mark Lee; Merle Wray

    Key clients

    Bloor Homes Limited

    Alldos UK Limited

    Avery Healthcare Group Limited

    I.M. Properties Plc

    Countryside Properties Limited

    CALA Midlands Limited

    CALA Southern Home Counties Limited

    EQT Exeter Properties

    Cambridge Medipark Limited


    Coventry City Football Club

    Nightingale Derbyshire Limited

    Corbally Holdings

    Lloyds Bank Group

    Robert Bosch Limited

    Skanska UK Plc

    Godwin Developments Limited

    Akzo Nobel Limited

    Cantel Medical

    RCB Bank

    Work highlights

    • Advising CALA Homes on all aspects of real estate acquisitions, planning and highways matters, currently acting on various options in the Cotswolds and in Essex and a major regeneration project in Warwickshire of the former Warwickshire Police Headquarters and Training Centre.
    • Acting for Cambridge Medipark Limited on the redevelopment and expansion of Cambridge Biomedical Campus, a site worth over £100m.
    • Advising Skanska UK on the sale of a £100m mixed-use residential development scheme in Surrey.

    Shoosmiths LLP

    Drawing on its robust national footprint, Shoosmiths LLP is rated by clients for its active commercial development practice, as well as its burgeoning residential and corporate occupier offerings. Department head Jason Jackson is a central figure within the West Midlands logistics and residential development practice, working with some of the market’s leading entities on transactions and advisory matters. James Needham , another name to note in the logistics development space, chiefly advises major UK institutions and foreign investors on pre-let and forward funded transactions. Birmingham office head Beth McArdle maintains an active corporate occupier practice, often negotiating head office leases for various public companies. Real estate finance team head Tim Flight is especially noted for his experience in the care home, student development and healthcare sectors. Senior associate Sophie Jack is also recommended. 

    Practice head(s):

    Jason Jackson

    Other key lawyers:

    James Needham; Beth McArdle; Tim Flight; Sophie Jack


    ‘Highly professional, efficient and experienced.’

    ‘Timely and commercial advice enabling a complicated deal to be concluded in tight timeframe.’

    Key clients

    Newlands Property Developments LLP

    Stoford Properties Limited

    Nurton Developments Limited

    Manor Oak Homes Limited

    Maximus Group Limited

    Tanglewood Care

    Birmingham Properties Group

    Aytan Holdings

    Parch Estates

    Lasercare Clincs (Harrogate) Limited t/a Sk:n

    XPO (Supply Chain) Ltd

    American Golf (Trading) Limited

    One Stop Stores Limited

    Accident Exchange Limited

    Aramark Limited

    Stellantis (PSA, Vauxhall and Fiat)

    The Foschini Group (Hobbs, Phase Eight and Whistles)

    London + Regional Properties Limited

    Fortis Living Limited

    Muir Group Housing Association Limited

    Midland Heart Housing Association Limited

    Walsall Housing Group

    Opus Land Limited

    IM Properties plc

    Waterstones Booksellers Limited

    Crown Paints Limited

    Krispy Kreme (UK) Limited

    Midland Heart Limited

    Rotala plc

    Atlantic Leaf Properties

    Equation Properties

    Leftfield Logistics Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advised Stoford Properties on the pre-letting, development and forward funding of a new distribution warehouse and office building for Pets at Home Limited in Stafford.
    • Advised a joint venture between Nurton Developments and Wittington Estates on the forward sale of two phases of the Branston Locks scheme in Burton on Trent to 2 separate investors for an aggregate of £43m.

    Trowers & Hamlins LLP

    Trowers & Hamlins LLP‘s ‘very knowledgeable‘ team is roundly praised for its willingness to ‘go above and beyond’ for a diverse lineup of house builders, local authorities, and other developers. The practice is jointly chaired by Fiona Thomson, a seasoned property lawyer whose commercial development focus is most pointedly concentrated in the industrial space, and Chris Plumley, who specialises in large scale public sector mandates, including big-ticket town centre regeneration schemes and nationally-significant infrastructure projects. In his capacity as co-lead of the regional public sector practice, Simon Robinson focuses on residential development matters, ranging from strategic land promotion initiatives to land assembly matters. Digby Morgan heads up the firm’s Midlands-based affordable housing offering, advising on RP-led development schemes, portfolio sales, and lease agreements for care facilities. Senior associate Natalie Owen, who runs the real estate finance team in Birmingham, is also recommended.

    Practice head(s):

    Fiona Thomson; Chris Plumley

    Other key lawyers:

    Simon Robinson; Digby Morgan; Natalie Owen


    ‘Having moved from other firms where the service and engagement was poor, it was a breath of fresh air to receive prompt replies, clear advice and to feel that our business mattered to those people we were dealing with.’

    ‘The team are engaged, and proactive in their approach to dealing with both complex and simple matters. Compared to other practices, they are are responsive and fully engaged in the matter at hand.’

    ‘Digby Morgan is exceptional in his approach, and willing to make himself available both via email and via phone – ready to explain both complex and simple matters.’

    ‘A very knowledgeable team that will recommend and seek specialist support from colleagues or escalate complex matters as necessary to ensure that the practice provides a high quality service.’

    ‘They go above and beyond to meet clients deadlines and expectations. With regards to fees, they are open and upfront and maintain transparency of billing. All in all, a very astute and switched on team that provide all information and scenarios to enable clients to make informed decisions.’


    Key clients

    West Midlands Combined Authority

    Legal & General Affordable Homes

    Walsall Housing Group

    ReSI Housing Limited

    Opus (Wolverhampton) LLP

    Kent County Council

    The Community Housing Group

    Urban Growth Company and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

    Guildford Council

    Wirral Council

    London Borough of Enfield

    Birmingham City Council

    Eutopia Homes Limited

    Richborough Estates

    Work highlights

    • Advised Urban Growth Company and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, on the creation of the UK Central Hub, one of Europe’s largest regeneration schemes.
    • Advising Guildford Council on many aspects of their regeneration plans.
    • Acted for Legal & General Affordable Homes in the acquisition of 101 shared ownership units from Chelmer Housing Partnership.

    Bevan Brittan LLP

    Bevan Brittan LLP‘s Birmingham-based real estate practice is routinely sought out by city councils, registered providers (RPs), universities, and healthcare operators for assistance in delivering high-profile projects. Rebecca Pendlebury works with a multitude of local authorities, both within the West Midlands and beyond, on various development and regeneration schemes, ranging from new stadiums to infrastructure overhauls. Alongside Pendlebury, senior associate Emma Holmes is a central figure within the firm’s housing team who works with local authorities and national RPs on affordable residential developments and tenanted stock disposals. Senior associate Claire Hamlin, who joined from Higgs LLP in September 2021, is also recommended. 

    Practice head(s):

    Mark Calverley

    Other key lawyers:

    Rebecca Pendlebury; Emma Holmes; Claire Hamlin


    Rebecca Pendlebury is efficient, plain speaking and gets the deal done.’

    Key clients

    London Borough of Waltham Forest

    County Council of the County and City of Cardiff

    London Borough of Havering

    Sixty Bricks Limited

    Leicester City Council

    Bournemouth Christchurch & Poole Council

    Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

    Milverton Homes

    Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

    London Borough of Sutton

    Hertsmere Developments Limited

    National Places LLP

    Oxford City Housing (Development) Limited

    Pioneer Housing

    Midland Heart

    Work highlights

    • Advised the County Council of the City and County of Cardiff on a procurement to appoint a consortium to design, construct, maintain and operate a new flagship 15,000 capacity music/entertainment and events arena in the city as part of a wider masterplan redevelopment of the Cardiff Bay area.
    • Advised Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council on the acquisition of a £45m residential-led development from Inland Homes Limited between August and October 2021.
    • Advised Milverton Homes, Warwick District Council’s Housing Company, on its joint venture with Vistry Linden Limited Group with the first development being delivery of 620 homes over a 76 acre site in Kenilworth.

    Browne Jacobson LLP

    Browne Jacobson LLP‘s diverse public and private sector clientele regularly seek out the team for assistance in a range of development and regeneration matters. Practice co-chair Dominic Swift , who splits his time between Birmingham and Nottingham, is a highly experienced commercial property lawyer who regularly advises some of the firm’s leading public sector and higher education clients. Thomas Howard specialises in local authority investment matters, working on a range of site acquisitions and projects involving healthcare operators. Zo Hoida focuses on public sector regeneration schemes with international stakeholders, including civic and residential redevelopments. Senior associate Philip Gray is noted for his capabilities in mixed-use projects. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham unless stated otherwise.

    Practice head(s):

    Dominic Swift

    Other key lawyers:

    Thomas Howard; Zo Hoida; Philip Gray

    Key clients

    Homes England

    Buckinghamshire Council

    Oxford City Council

    Inland Homes

    London Borough of Sutton

    London Borough of Croydon

    Shropshire Council

    South Cambridgeshire District Council

    Coventry City Council

    Warwick Independent School Foundation

    Stewart Milne

    Railway Paths Limited

    The Parigan Property Company

    Elevate Property Group

    Telford & Wrekin Council

    Royal Wolverhampton Hospital NHS Trust

    King’s College London

    Work highlights

    • Advised the London Borough of Sutton on the acquisition of St Nicholas Shopping Centre for £26m.
    • Advised Oxford City Council on the installation of an Electric Vehicle Charging Hub in their park and ride car parks, soon to be the largest rapid charging station in the UK.
    • Advised Inland Homes on the dual £50m+ disposal of a 583 unit residential scheme in Walthamstow to an RP and a BTR operator.

    Freeths LLP

    Freeths LLP‘s Birmingham real estate practice is headed by Mitchell Ball , whose practice covers both commercial property and planning matters. The team advises across the spectrum of real estate work including real estate sales and acquisitions, property financing, planning and construction. The practice also advises on property management matters, and regularly works on retail acquisitions and with local authorities on town centre development schemes.

    Practice head(s):

    Mitchell Ball

    Other key lawyers:

    Richard Beverley;  Nathan Holden; Alexander Jones; Lucy Jackson; Hannah Greatbatch; Nikki Guest

    Key clients

    Paul Smith Limited

    Real Estate Investors plc

    Santander UK plc

    Measure Corporation Limited

    Calthorpe Estates

    Gant UK Limited

    Lacoste UK Limited

    The Kooples UK Limited

    Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

    Leicester City Council

    Cherwell District Council

    Castle Point Borough Council

    Telford & Wrekin Council

    West Northamptonshire Council

    West Yorkshire Combined Authority

    Lloyds Bank plc

    The National Exhibition Centre Limited

    National Westminster Bank

    Richborough Estates Group Limited


    Birmingham Metropolitan College

    Gloucester City Council

    Cheltenham Borough Council

    Hereford & Worcester Fire Authority

    Oxford City Council

    Tamworth Borough Council

    Kent County Council

    West Midlands Combined Authority

    Opus Land Limited

    Smartwater Limited

    North East Lincolnshire Council

    Isle of Wight Council

    Rathbone Housing

    Irwin Mitchell

    Irwin Mitchell is a strong choice for a mix of residential and commercial developers, institutional lenders, and corporate occupiers, ranging from national retail chains to real estate consultancies. Practice chair Ben Acheson, who also serves as national head of the strategic land team, has a wide-ranging practice that encompasses refinancings, site acquisitions, and development joint ventures. Senior associate Gurpreet Hayer notably advises investor clients on a spectrum of real estate assets and financing transactions across the office, industrial, and retail sectors. Stuart McDonald is also recommended.

    Practice head(s):

    Ben Acheson

    Other key lawyers:

    Gurpreet Hayer; Stuart McDonald


    ‘Using the acquisition side of the business is a pleasure and their commerciality helps on both sides of the deal.’

    ‘Ben Acheson and Stuart McDonald are always at the other end of the phone, and you do not feel you need to chase for answers.’

    Key clients

    A.C. Lloyd Holdings Limited

    Henry Davidson Developments Limited

    Persimmon Homes Limited

    Owl Homes Limited

    Lifestory Group

    Godwin Developments Limited

    Euro Property Investments Limited

    W Wing Yip

    LNT Care Developments

    Court Collaboration

    Work highlights

    • Advised A.C. Lloyd on the acquisition and funding of a former Severn Trent Water owned development site in Nottingham for 6 major industrial units, 12 trade units, a local centre, a pub, a hotel, a care home and other small uses.
    • Acting for the Lifestory Group developer, Anthology, on the bespoke refinancing of two high quality residential schemes in Wembley and Deptford.
    • Acting for Persimmon on the conditional acquisition of phase 1 of a strategic land site at Caverswall Lane, Stoke and on the collaboration agreement to ensure that the joint development of the wider site continues without delay.

    Mills & Reeve LLP

    Mills & Reeve LLP is routinely sought out for their capabilities in education and healthcare sector projects, working with a stellar lineup of universities, colleges, and trusts on big-ticket acquisitions, sales, and development deals. The practice is jointly chaired by Michael Whatley , a health and automotive sector specialist, and Christian Bull , who primarily handles education sector matters. Senior associate Charlotte Morris is also noted. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.

    Practice head(s):

    Michael Whatley; Christian Bull

    Other key lawyers:

    Charlotte Morris


    ‘A very good team led by Christian Bull. Competitive pricing and very good communication and response times.’

    ‘Whenever I have a query, no matter how complex or simple, I always get a response.’


    Key clients

    Coventry College

    Sheffield Hallam University

    Starship Technologies Limited

    St. Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocesan Board of Finance

    Birmingham City University

    University of Birmingham

    South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust

    Supply Chain Coordination Limited


    Arden University

    University of Worcester

    The Martin James Group

    Work highlights

      Roythornes Solicitors

      Fielding an expanding team of ‘dedicated experienced professionals‘, Roythornes Solicitors is especially active in the residential development sector, advising a number of national house builders, care home providers, and other development specialists on the full gamut of transactional and project-based mandates. National practice head Bhavesh Amlani ‘s recent engagements include big-ticket mixed-use site acquisitions and land promotion agreements. Benjamin Smith  is noted for his expertise in leases and licences, and joint venture development agreements. Emily Danson is a key port of call for many of the firm’s house builder clients, who turn to her for her expertise in complex regenerations.

      Practice head(s):

      Bhavesh Amlani

      Other key lawyers:

      Benjamin Smith; Emily Danson


      ‘A talented coherent unit which acts like a well oiled machine.’

      ‘Emily Danson has superb attention to detail and an eye to spot commercially relevant problems One is used to seeing this in a lawyer but she does it so well and unassumingly, taking it to a different level.’

      ‘The team are dedicated experienced professionals who provide an excellent service to me and my business. The team are always on hand to support and provide a commercially driven service to support our business aims.’

      ‘Benjamin Smith is dedicated and always performs getting each scheme across the line.’


      Key clients

      Tilia Homes

      Owl Homes

      Piper Homes

      Macc Group

      Gilbert and Goode

      Allison Homes

      Elan Homes

      Woodhall Homes

      Grace Homes

      Living Space

      Work highlights

      • Advising Macc Care Group on its share purchase acquisition from Octopus Healthcare Development Limited to secure the care home site acquisition in Blythe Valley Park, Solihull with planning for an 80 bed care home.
      • Advising Tilia Homes on completion of the second phase of the multi-phase development at Hardingstone, Northampton.
      • Advising Macc on its acquisition of a care home and housing site in Leicester.

      Shakespeare Martineau LLP

      Shakespeare Martineau LLP is rated by clients for its capabilities in the full scope of commercial property matters, ranging from development site and land parcel acquisitions to asset disposals, promotions, and collaboration agreements. Practice chair Adrian Bland is a key contact for a number of regional and national players in the real estate investment and regeneration space. Debbie Irwin is a highly experienced residential development specialist who works with a number of national and regional house-builders on strategic land acquisitions and consortium developments. Andrew Mellor ‘s diverse development expertise encompasses industrial and logistics schemes, city centre regeneration projects, and student accommodation sites. James Gooch is praised by clients for his ‘depth of knowledge and ability to think outside the box‘ in development transactions. Clive Read , who joined the practice from an in-house role in May 2021, is widely regarded for his extensive experience in the higher education sector.

      Practice head(s):

      Adrian Bland

      Other key lawyers:

      Debbie Irwin; Andrew Mellor; James Gooch; Clive Read


      ‘Knowledgable, diligent, quick to react and, importantly, have a keen understanding of the commercial reality and how it relates to legal transactions.’

      ‘James Gooch offers a consistently high, all-round level of service. In addition to a thorough base of legal knowledge, his commercial awareness and understanding of the priorities of our business are key to ensuring transactions are routinely completed in an efficient and satisfactory manner. Regular, clear and concise communication is also a major factor in the high level of service provided.’

      ‘They are a large regional firm that are able to offer advice on all aspects of our work. They are flexible and readily available. They compare favourably with others we come across in the same sector.’

      ‘We instruct James Gooch on numerous matters. His depth of knowledge and ability to think outside the box is greatly appreciated.’


      Key clients

      Barratt Homes Eastern Counties

      Barratt Homes Northampton

      Barratt Homes West Midlands

      Barratt Homes – East Midlands

      Barratt Homes – Cambridgeshire

      David Wilson South Midlands

      Deeside Regeneration Limited


      Gallagher Developments

      Hillwood Group

      Jessup Construction

      Kendrick Homes

      L&Q Estates

      Opus Land

      Partner Construction Limited

      Trebor Developments LLP

      Vision Express

      Real Estate Investor Plc

      Northern Trust Company Limited

      Lovell Partnerships

      Work highlights

      • Acting for Plc promoter in site assembly and sale worth in excess £500m.
      • Acting for Northern Trust on the purchase of 71 unit industrial and office portfolio across 7 estates, worth £33m in aggregate.
      • Advising on the development of a nuclear and manufacturing research centre, produced via a joint venture between Derby City Council, University of Derby and Sheffield University.

      Squire Patton Boggs

      Working closely with its offices in London and the US, Squire Patton Boggs‘ interdisciplinary real estate practice is regularly engaged by clients from the worlds of hospitality, retail, and healthcare. Practice head Nick Green is recommended for his expertise in commercial relationships and portfolio advisory work, most notably in the hospitality, retail, and healthcare sectors. Neil Taylor handles both residential and commercial development matters, acting for national house builders, regeneration specialists, and investors. Residential development specialist Kevin Nagle acts for both developers and landowners on national housing projects, and possesses particular experience in later-living and logistics matters. Senior associate James Thorman focuses on residential land acquisitions, and landlord and tenant matters for logistics sector operators.

      Practice head(s):

      Nick Green

      Other key lawyers:

      Neil Taylor; Kevin Nagle; James Thorman


      ‘Hardworking and very transparent on fees and billing.’

      ‘Neil Taylor is very helpful, approachable, and intuitive.’ 

      ‘Very helpful and persistent.’

      Key clients

      Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

      Volvo Cars UK Limited

      Molson Coors Brewing Company UK Limited

      Dalata Hotel Group

      Signet Group

      Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

      St Francis Group

      Claire’s Accessories (UK) Limited

      Rexel UK Limited

      Octopus Healthcare Development Limited

      Hackman Capital Partners

      Cazoo Holdings Limited

      Bild Studios Limited

      Montreux Healthcare Fund PLC

      United Healthcare Developments Limited

      Ontic Engineering and Manufacturing UK Limited

      Work highlights

      • Advised Cazoo Holdings Limited on acquisition of Vans365, including assisting with agreeing Cazoo’s occupation rights and advised on property due diligence and related planning and environmental issues.
      • Assisted United Healthcare Developments Limited in the conditional acquisition of the site and simultaneous purchase and leaseback of two GP practices’ existing premises, entering into agreements for lease with the GP practices and separate development funding agreement for the new facility.
      • Advised Ontic Engineering and Manufacturing UK Limited on acquisition of the business and assets of Triumph Aerospace Operations UK Limited, including assisting with the assignment and licence arrangements.

      Clarke Willmott LLP

      Clarke Willmott LLP is especially noted for its capabilities in the retail sector, handling a range of refinancings, leasings, and site acquisitions for renowned names in the market. The practice is jointly led by Fiona Rendell, a seasoned commercial property lawyer; Iain Harrison , who anchors the team’s retail offering; and Jonathan Morton , who specialises in site acquisitions and portfolio secured lending.

      Practice head(s):

      Fiona Rendell; Iain Harrison; Jonathan Morton


      ‘What I think makes Clarke Willmott unique is the fact that I am dealing with solicitors who give straightforward advice and are not afraid of applying a commercial view where appropriate.’

      Key clients

      Lidl Great Britain Limited

      Lloyds Bank plc

      Beechdean Homes Limited

      Trevonny Investments Limited

      Rediweld Holdings Limited

      Snap Fitness Limited

      Work highlights

        The Wilkes Partnership

        Extremely professional, reliable and attentive to our every need‘, The Wilkes Partnership draws praise for its capabilities in the full gamut of commercial and residential development matters. Solihull-based practice co-chair Tim Coplestone‘s broad capabilities encompass site assemblies, portfolio restructurings, and real estate financing matters. Practice co-chair Mark Hodgson is instructed by owner-managed businesses operating in the leisure, motor trade, and retail sectors, while Solihull-based Andrew Watts focuses on investment portfolio management, working with a number of institutional lenders. The ‘excellent’ Bryan Poultney specialises in investment acquisitions in the retail, industrial and leisure sectors. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham unless stated otherwise.

        Practice head(s):

        Tim Coplestone; Mark Hodgson

        Other key lawyers:

        Andrew Watts; Bryan Poultney


        ‘Wilkes have taken care of us for many years and provide a friendly and straightforward approach with good response times and high quality advice. They communicate well and without using technical jargon and I feel their aim is always to get the best outcome for us. Their fees are transparent and reasonable.’

        ‘Very proactive in attending to commercial issues. Bryan Poultney is excellent in progressing matters.’

        ‘Approachable, knowledgeable and efficient and professional in their advice.’

        ‘Mark Hodgson gives a personal service, he takes time to consider your views and concerns and applies his knowledge to ensure the optimum outcome all within a reasonable cost.’

        ‘Extremely professional, reliable and attentive to our every need.’

        ‘Always friendly, approachable, helpful and considered.’

        Key clients

        Wesleyan Bank

        Rigby Group Plc

        Cambridge & Counties Bank Limited


        Wesleyan Assurance Society

        Gallan Developments

        Roost People Limited

        Work highlights