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Lodders Solicitors LLP

The Stratford upon Avon-headquartered Lodders Solicitors LLP provides ‘excellent service and out-of-the-box thinking’ in respect of land development projects for landowner consortia and landed estates, investment-related acquisitions and disposals, portfolio management, commercial leasing and real estate finance. Mark Miller fronts the department and is primarily focused on strategic land work as well as projects in the renewable energy space though is also well-versed in a wealth of residential, retail, industrial, healthcare and office schemes. He is supported by Caroline Nemecek who leads the dedicated town and country homes department, as well as Victoria Longmore who specialises in property-related due diligence and planning and highway issues. At the more junior end, associate Daniel MacLeod is noted for his 'hugely proactive' service in relation to residential development and strategic land matters. The firm also recently boosted its environmental capabilities with the hire of former Gowling WLG practice head Lee McBride.

Practice head(s):

Mark Miller; Alastair Frew; Caroline Nemecek

Other key lawyers:

Paul Mourton; James Mottram; Nick East; James Spreckley; Daniel MacLeod; Josy Haigh

Testimonials

‘Efficient, user friendly and very intelligent.’

‘Alastair Frew and James Spreckley are both extremely able.’

‘Mark Miller and Daniel MacLeod are team players who work together to get a result combining technical capabilities and experience.’

‘A well-established family firm which has kept itself relevant and up to date, adding specialist skills and technology while maintaining a personal and friendly service.’

‘Alastair Frew provides a great service and is always available. Josy Haigh is quick, efficient and a pleasure to deal with.’

‘We find Lodders to provide an excellent service. The individuals we deal with, namely Dan MacLeod and Mark Miller work around the clock and are always there to service our needs. We find they provide out of the box thinking which is critical with the complex nature of land sale transactions.’

‘The individuals we deal with, Daniel MacLeod and Mark Miller, have integrity, drive, enthusiasm and good humour.’

‘Daniel MacLeod and Mark Miller are both hugely proactive and work very well together so naturally. It does always feel like they support each other as a team, and if one is on leave the level of exceptional service is provided by whichever person is not away.’

Key clients

Cameron Homes Limited

Spitfire Bespoke Homes Limited

Hinton Properties

St Modwen Developments Limited

IM Properties PLC

Craigard Property Trading Limited

Christian Vision

EVCL Downton Limited

Rosconn Strategic Land Limited

AC Lloyd Homes Limited

Lone Star Land Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of Hinton Group in the acquisition and forward funding of land at Harlequin Office Park in Emersons Green, Bristol for a new commercial development.
  • Acted on behalf of a landowner in the sale of part of a significant residential development site to CALA Homes at the Long Marston Garden Village near Stratford upon Avon.
  • Acted on behalf of Stroud Park, Banbury on the installation of eight electric car charging points, in a deal which reflects the growing trend and interest in electric car ownership in the UK.

Higgs LLP

A ‘large and very professional organisation that still manages to deliver a personable service to its clients’, Brierley Hill's Higgs LLP provides a full life-cycle service on development projects, from strategic land acquisition and planning through to construction and plot sales. Practice head Cherry Elliott is particularly experienced in new build and substantial refurbishment transactions and her team is also especially well-regarded for mixed-use and student accommodation schemes, financings, letting and landlord and tenant matters. Clients include national retailers, corporate occupiers, landed estates, commercial and residential developers, investors and international banks.

Practice head(s):

Cherry Elliott

Other key lawyers:

Rachael Hobbis; Jennifer Hicks-Jones; James Adams

Testimonials

‘Though a large and very professional organisation, they still manage to convey a sense of knowing their client, understanding their position and concerns and making the client feel they are being invested in. We get a great service from them.’

‘The team comprises a number of individuals who punch above their weight. The fees charged are generally good value compared with our other panel firms.’

‘Jennifer Hicks-Jones is very dependable, thorough and conscientious.’

Key clients

The Old Station Nursery Limited / La Maison Bleue

London & Cambridge Properties

City Plumbing Supplies Holdings Limited

Urban Splash

Travis Perkins

Belford Homes Limited

Rubery Owen Holdings Limited

M&A Doocey Civil Engineering Limited

Beeswift Limited

Polaris

ETAC Limited

Allpack Limited

Native Antigen Company Limited / LGC Group

Work highlights

  • Advised The Old Station Nursery Limited on two strategic share acquisitions in the UK, comprising a total of 15 leasehold children’s nurseries: the Sunhill Daycare Europe Limited group of companies, and Bambino Ltd.
  • Advised Sheet Anchor Investments 2 Limited on the multi-million pound investment sale of Commerce Trade Park, Birkenhead.
  • Advising on the headquarters relocation for Beeswift Limited to a 120,000 sq ft part new build/part refurbished flag ship development in Birmingham.

MFG Solicitors LLP

A practice which ‘stands out as a team of exceptional experience with outstanding experience and knowledge’, MFG Solicitors LLP demonstrates a broad scope of expertise. The team handles a variety of development, strategic land, finance, investment, landlord and tenant, corporate occupier, finance and leasing matters with distinguished knowhow in the church and charities, public, leisure, renewable, retail and warehousing sectors. Worcester-based commercial property head Clare Regan is cited for her ‘great subject knowledge’ in respect of occupier and investor-led commercial developments.

Practice head(s):

Clare Regan

Other key lawyers:

Peter Copsey; Brian Flint; David Raymont; Lisa Morrison

Testimonials

‘Following a recent couple of commercial property transactions, I must say how impressed I was with Lisa Morrison. She exceeded my expectations at every level – she was accurate, efficient, deadline driven and always kept me up to date on progress.’

‘We started working with MFG Solicitors in 2020. Before we started working with MFG we used an international law practice. We decided to engage with MFG based on their performance in the market and national presence as a strong multi-practice law firm. The in-house collaboration across the departments is exceptional and extremely useful when it comes to working on new acquisitions and disposals of existing assets. The practice stands out by a team of exceptional professionals who have outstanding experience and knowledge in their fields.’

‘A cost-effective service with expertise in most required areas.’

‘Accessible and personalities that are at my level.’

‘Clare Regan has been of great use to us in concluding a business sale. She has great subject knowledge but is also very capable in face to face meetings when negotiating on our behalf and we very much appreciate her speedy response to any of our questions raised. When she feels necessary we will be allocated to the member of the team most appropriate to the particular need.’

Key clients

H20 Real Estate Limited

Farefield Estates

Chessgrove Park Day Nursery Limited

Goldthorn Properties Limited

Evesham Properties Limited

Portion Solutions Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Bolt & Nut Manufacturing Limited in the surrender of previous leases and completion of a new 10 year lease of 5 units, with break clause and rent reviews with an initial starting rent of circa £200k p/a.
  • Advised Cape Homes Limited on the purchase of development site in Hereford and subsequent site set up, advising in respect of build out and dealing with off plan sales.
  • Advised V W Investments Limited on the £8m purchase of Stadco Industrial Site at Shrewsbury.

Wright Hassall LLP

Hailed for its ‘well-presented and courteous’ service in addition to its ‘very good response times’, Wright Hassall LLP is home to a land development practice fronted by the ‘exceptionalClaire Waring; it is engaged on residential and commercial projects alike, including green and brownfield sites and urban regeneration schemes, advising on everything from strategic land transactions, development and joint venture agreements, planning advice and site assembly. Elsewhere, David Slade leads an investment property service which acts for funds, property companies, charitable trusts and high-net-worth individuals on purchase, funding and disposal matters. Andrew Jones heads the overall real estate department, honing his focus on acquisition, disposal and property management matters in the industrial, logistics, retail and leisure sectors.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Jones

Other key lawyers:

David Slade; Claire Waring; Emma Adams

Testimonials

‘Very good response times – the team are always on hand to explain items.’

‘Claire Waring has time to explain matters and is always available. She makes you feel like a valued customer.’

‘The practice is very well presented and I always get a sense of professionalism and a good karma when entering the building. All staff members I have engaged with have been very courteous and have made me feel welcome and above all a sense that my business was important to them.’

‘Claire Waring has at all times provided an exceptional level of service – her communication has been responsive and on point. I have always received prompt and succinct responses and technical details have been presented in straightforward language that have been well explained.’

Key clients

Rosconn Strategic Land Limited

Deeley Group Limited

AC Lloyd Homes Limited

Wigley Contracts (Barby) Limited

JBRT Developments Limited

Piper Homes

Sir Thomas White’s Charity

Work highlights

  • Acted for Scholastic Limited  on the disposal of its Southam warehouse (owned since 1974).
  • Acted for EDR Developments in their recent acquisition of a section of the Enfield Industrial Estate site in Redditch from Hanson UK to build more industrial units from 3,500 sq ft to 12,000 sq ft on a speculative basis.
  • Acted for DCS Group in negotiating the terms of the lease of their new 90,000 sq ft manufacturing facility in Redditch.

Ansons

At Ansons, the ‘quality of advice is very good and clear’, namely in respect of asset management, secured lending, investments, developments and a wealth of agricultural, HS2, land, building and firming-related transactions. Richard Saum, the group’s head, is particularly well-versed in landlord and tenant matters as well as those which pertain to land for development; he is closely supported by Neil Faunch, who focuses on property disputes, housing projects, compulsory purchases and leasing affairs.

Practice head(s):

Richard Saum

Other key lawyers:

Neil Faunch; Laura Pyatt; Jonathan Rowley

Testimonials

‘They provide a wide spectrum of support as a one-stop shop, as opposed to us needing to engage different lawyers from separate firms.’

‘They have knowledge of the sector we work in and remedies for problems.’

‘The firm has strength in depth and all personnel that we deal with are approachable and efficient. Their quality of advice is very good and clear. We have a clear understanding of costs. They compare very favourably with other local solicitors.’

‘Our closest working relationship is with Neil Faunch, whom I have found it a pleasure to work with. He is helpful, accessible, knowledgeable and flexible as regards his work and I would happily recommend him to anyone who required a commercial property lawyer to act for them.’

‘Ansons has a hands-on approach.’

‘Laura Pyatt made every effort to ensure a swift and precise response regarding all property transactions.’

‘There is a good team of specialists in different areas. You get referred to the appropriate member as deemed necessary. Very professional’

‘I deal with Jonathan Rowley and find him helpful and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Boningale Homes Limited

LPR La Pallet Rouge

Sandyford Properties Limited

IP Developments Limited

Portal Construction NW Limited / Andrews Property

Tippers Builders Merchants Limited / Walter Tipper Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Boningale Homes Limited on the set-up of a two phased development comprising 120+ residential plots with a gross development value of c.£30m.
  • Advised LPR La Pallet Rouge (UK) Limited on the acquisition of leasehold pallet/distribution depots in Essex and Coventry for £7.7m.
  • Advised the shareholders of RANDD UK Limited on their sale of the R & D Tax Credit Claims business to the AIM listed buyer, K3 Capital Group PLC, for a sale price which could rise to £16.8m.

Band Hatton Button LLP

Band Hatton Button LLP’s commercial property practice is headed from Coventry by Daniel Blood, a specialist in the charity and retail sectors who also supports on commercial and residential development-related matters from site acquisition through to subsequent disposals. Dina Parmar is another prominent figure whose expertise encompasses property finance, transactions involving healthcare assets and leasehold enfranchisement from both a landlord and tenant perspective. The other key partner in the team is Philip Costigan who is well-connected in the Republic of Ireland property market.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Blood

Other key lawyers:

Dina Parmar; Philip Costigan; Cormac Glynn

Testimonials

‘The team is a well organised busy unit who provide a responsive and efficient service. Property transactions have gone through smoothly, despite the pandemic, and this is testament to modern technology put in place prior to the pandemic. Band Hatton Button were read for the lockdown and deploy legal tech without glitch. One can be assured of receiving a response in a timely fashion. They go above and beyond to make the property transactions as seamless as possible, and manage client expectations.’

‘Cormac Glynn stands out due to his “can do” attitude and problem solving abilities. He brings a human touch and always delivers on what he says he will do. He breaks down complex property legal jargon so that it makes practical sense, this can then be used to form commercial decision making. He will go the extra mile to meet a target and this is impressive given how busy he has been through the pandemic. He charges fairly for the work instructed and gives great value for money. You always know what stage any particular transaction is at due to the effective email reporting system he deploys.’

Key clients

Heart of England Co-Operative Society Limited

McLean Restaurants Limited

Talk Talk Mobile Phones Limited

Grace Homes Limited

Adroit Group Limited

Allied Irish Bank

Venture Construction & Developments Holdings (Worcester) Ltd

Cresco Investors Limited

The Godiva Awakes Trust

Deeley Homes Limited

Work highlights

  • Providing assistance to Heart of England Co-Operative Society Limited, one of the largest retail groups in Warwickshire, with its continued expansion of its retail and property portfolio.
  • Assisting the largest female UK McDonalds franchisee with her continued expansion of her franchisee restaurants.
  • Advising Talk Talk Mobile Phones Limited on renewal leases and lease rent deferrals during the Covid-19 difficulties.

George Green LLP

With a team hailed as a ‘credit to the legal profession’, George Green LLP’s commercial property work spans acquisitions and disposals, site purchases and development site ancillary work, landlord and tenant matters, as well as secured lending transactions. Cradley Heath based department head Kevin Styles is supported by Alex-Jayne Lowe, a ‘go-to­’ choice for various bridging lenders. The other key partner in the team is Paul Woodman who specialises in residential development acquisitions and notably counts housing associations, education providers and charities among his client list.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Styles

Other key lawyers:

Alex-Jayne Lowe; Paul Woodman

Testimonials

‘I utilise the services of George Green LLP for real estate work, both standard landlord and tenant and also litigation services. A strong team; they are responsive and deal with instructions in a proactive and commercial manner.’

‘Kevin Styles is knowledgeable and well experienced in all aspects of real estate work. I find he is sensible in his approach but is more than capable of standing up to the big boys when required.’

‘We have worked with George Green for over 10 years and they adopt a very pragmatic and commercial approach to our property transactions as they do not hold things up for unnecessary minutae.’

‘Kevin Styles is our main partner contact there who without fail responds quickly to queries and chases us in a non-confrontational manner if we are late with anything’

‘The team at George Green LLP are a credit to the legal profession, they all work together to deliver excellent advice and a very efficient service. ’

‘Alex-Jayne Lowe has been my go to person at George Green for the last three years. She has excellent real estate knowledge coupled with deep understanding of the commercial realities in decision making. Provides clear and concise advise and always keen to pick out the key issues and potential options.’

Key clients

St Francis Group

Scrivens Limited

Telent Technology Services Limited and Telent Limited

Eriks Industrial Services

C G Murray & Son Limited

Ortus Secured Finance I Limited and OSF (UK) I Limited

Dudley College of Technology

W Brindley (Garages) Limited

ThyssenKrupp UK Plc and ThyssenKrupp Materials (UK) Limited

St Philips Care

CapitalRise Finance Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised an investor client based in the Midlands in connection with the £5m sale of a retail investment parade comprising 20 plus retail shops and offices.
  • Advised Stondon Capital Limited on the provision of a facility for the acquisition of the long leasehold reversionary interest in a Bristol office block for £6m.
  • Advised housebuilder Kendrick Homes Limited on the purchase of a development site with the benefit of planning permission for up to 45 residential units including the negotiation of complex overage provisions.

Lanyon Bowdler

Lanyon Bowdler’s commercial property team is geared to handle the entire lifecycle of projects, including site assembly, funding arrangements and development construction contracts, and is also active in terms of commercial acquisition and landlord and tenant matters. Telford-based department head Praveen Chaudhari leverages transactional experience in industrial, agricultural, retail and public house asset while the ‘always availableAndrew Evans is the key contact for development matters. Elsewhere, associate solicitor Tania McGee  'manages complex sales in a timely manner' while Charlotte Nutting’s arrival from FBC Manby Bowdler LLP has bolstered the group’s hospitality and leisure prowess.

Practice head(s):

Praveen Chaudhari

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Evans; Charlotte Nutting; Susan Grazier; Lynsey Cater; Tania McGee

Testimonials

‘A knowledgeable, friendly team that are responsive to our needs and understand our requirements.’

‘Tania McGee and her support team have managed complex sales in timely manner and is responsive to our need. She has gone out of her way to deliver excellent results ’

‘They have a first class property team who keep us up to date with issues and progress on our developments on a weekly basis. The team are knowledgeable and work well together to give us valuable commercial advice. They are able to deal with all property and funding matters and take a pro-active approach to representing us. Bills are always agreed in advance. Other solicitors that we have worked with don’t have the same in-house experience and often ask us what we want them to do rather than suggesting solutions.’

‘Andrew Evans has worked with us for over 20 years and has developed a team that can deal with all of our needs. Andrew is easy to contact and responds quickly to questions by telephone and e-mail. He is always available either personally or through one of his team members should his particular experience be needed.’

Key clients

Pricewise Homes Limited

Baylis Farming Limited

SY Homes (Lord Hill) Limited

Fletcher Homes (Shropshire) Limited

Hubert Vincent Jones & Glenys Elizabeth Jones

Tayna Towers Ltd

Mr Tecwyn Jones and Mrs Janice Jones

Derwen College

ASG (Telford) Property Limited

Peartree Bridge Homes Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for developer client Fletcher Homes (Shropshire) Limited in the purchase of a new housing site adjacent to their existing development.
  • Acting for developer Pricewise Homes Limited in various site acquisitions and subsequent plot sales.
  • Acting on behalf of Tayna Towers Ltd in its purchase of a commercial premises.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Caroline Irvine is the key contact commercial property contact at Shakespeare Martineau LLP's Stratford Upon Avon office. She is hailed for her ‘highly knowledgeable, efficient and remarkably quick’ service and runs a broad workload which spans investment transactions, lease granting and acquisitions, break clauses, licenses and buy to lets, among other matters. The firm’s wider offering in the West Midlands is also well-regarded for substantial residential and commercial developments, financings and corporate occupier matters at office, industrial and logistics assets. The team was bolstered by the arrival of residential development specialist Kevin Joynes from Higgs LLP in summer 2021; he has joined the Solihull office.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Irvine

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Joynes; Elizabeth Wright

Testimonials

‘Caroline Irvine is highly knowledgeable, efficient and remarkably quick. Excellent communications.’

Key clients

Avonbridge Insulation Supplies Limited

A R Fitness Limited

Links Courier limited

Simba Properties Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for a client on a purchase of retail premises that needed to complete quickly to secure the client’s business.
  • Acted on a purchase of a gym business that needed to complete within two weeks. The team advised on the lease and the business acquisition.
  • Advised Avonside on two leases renewals on existing premise and the grant of a new lease.

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

At FBC Manby Bowdler LLP, David Grove serves as lead partner within the commercial property department; he serves a broad client roster of residential and commercial property developers, investors and landlord and tenants.

Practice head(s):

David Grove

Hawkins Hatton Corporate Lawyers Limited

Hawkins Hatton Corporate Lawyers Limited's workload covers commercial disposals and acquisitions, high-value leasing, property-related corporate support and secured lending handled on behalf of banks, financial institutions, investors and other borrowers. Colin Rodrigues fronts the department which operates across a plethora of asset-types such as industrial and manufacturing sites, farmland, holiday parks, residential care homes.

Practice head(s):

Colin Rodrigues

Testimonials

‘What makes this firm unique is the in-house collaboration supported by the appropriate software and each member of staff using that software and updating things accordingly.’

‘We had some very tight deadlines, and all the individuals we worked with got things done without excuses and delays. ’

‘Excellent communication and explanation.’

‘They are proactive, looking at cases in a practical, straightforward way.’

‘They will swiftly and thoroughly respond to any legal queries that I have asked them to answer or investigate.’

Key clients

Rossco Civil Engineering Limited

Horton Wood Properties Limited

Murphy Property Investments Ltd

Coast 2 Coast Developments Limited

Dovecote Care Limited

BCH Property Limited

Khera Partnership

Holy Cross Care Homes Limited

IBC Heath Care Ltd

Lester Hall Apartments Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of Coast 2 Coast Developments Limited in its prospective sale of a popular holiday hotel located in Cornwall for the value of £2.8m.
  • Acted for Rossco Civil Engineering Limited in relation to a corporate restructure involving the transfer of 38 properties valued at in excess of £5m.
  • Acted for Murphy Property Investments Limited in the purchase of two new build apartments located in London valued at in excess of £1m.

Pickerings Solicitors

A ‘fantastic commercial property team’, Pickerings Solicitors is focused on leasing, development and funding matters, also working in tangent with its commercial team to provide corporate support where necessary. ‘Standout’ practice head Sue Albini is ‘unbelievably thorough’ when engaged for residential development site projects and landlord and tenant work; she is supported by the ‘terrificKate Pearce who provides distinguished knowhow in agricultural and equine property matters.

Practice head(s):

Sue Albini

Other key lawyers:

Kate Pearce

Testimonials

‘A fantastic commercial property team. Their commitment to clients is exceptional; they will never let you down. ’

‘Sue Albini is just a mind of commercial property legal knowledge. Unbelievably thorough. A fantastic lawyer.’

‘Kate Pearce is a terrific commercial property lawyer. Great negotiating skills. Her dedication is unquestionable.’

‘Sue Albini is a problem solver, very very capable property lawyer, very client focused and knowledgeable.’

‘Availability, attention to detail ,thorough research, diversity of service, interest in project, fee awareness, billing at regular intervals.’

‘Sue Albini and her team provide extensive knowledge – they always keep the client informed of progress.’

‘Kate Pearce is a very detailed and responsive commercial property solicitor.’

Sue Albini has provided excellent back-up and very quick assistance when there was an urgent matter.’

Thursfields Solicitors

The commercial property department at Thursfields Solicitors enjoys a notable track record in transactions pertaining to healthcare, retail and leisure sectors. Led by Tony Gibb, the other key pillars of the practice are strategic land work, which sees it represent land owners and promoters in respect of promotion agreements, in addition to its proficiency in real estate deals which involve pension schemes.

Practice head(s):

Tony Gibb

Other key lawyers:

Robert Pettigrew; Stewart Coles

Testimonials

‘Thursfields provide a broad range of services. All of the Thursfields solicitors we have dealt with have been very responsive and very professional. Advice is always practical, user friendly and to the point.’

‘Robert Pettigrew is very proactive and responsive. He has played a key role with the management of our stores during lockdown, advising on market trends in dealing with landlords and keeping us updated on legislative changes.  His commercial approach and responsive are greatly appreciated.’

Key clients

PM Commercials Limited

New College Worcester

De Montfort Fine Art Limited

Bull@Barston Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for De Montfort Fine Arts Limited, a major gallery operator with retail premises at over 60 locations across the country from Mayfair to Leeds.  
  • Acting in the acquisition of premises for Bull@Barston Limited’s expansion programme.