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Commercial property: Hull and East Yorkshire

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Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP is praised for its ‘excellent knowledge’, particularly regarding development projects in the retail, food and healthcare sectors. Practice co-head Richard Mays specialises in acting for retailers and developers; he recently led advice to Associated British Ports on the redevelopment of the Green Port Hull and Siemens' letting of Alexandra Dock, and assisted Kensington and Edinburgh Estates with the redevelopment of a property in Islington for a mixed-use scheme. Other highlights included acting for Wykeland Group on its sale of a site to East Riding of Yorkshire Council, and advising Watergate Developments on the development and lettings of @theDock in Hull. Clients also single out co-head Paul Barker, Stephen Unwin, who is praised for his ‘commercial awareness, attention to detail and speed of response’, Chris Waterhouse, who primarily acts for property developers, Amanda Fenton, who handles investment acquisition work, and Adrian West. The practice also leverages its new Scarborough office with Christopher Harrison assisting with agricultural properties and rural issues.

Gosschalks is ‘one of the best in the sector, with unbelievable knowledge of its clients and experienced solicitors’. The practice has experience in the licensed, retail and leisure sectors; clients include William Hill Organization, which it advises on national property matters including site acquisitions and estate management transactions. Other mandates included acting for the shareholders of Humberside Aggregates on its sale to Breedon Southern, assisting Horncastle Group with the sale of a multi-let industrial estate in East Yorkshire, and handling all national acquisitions, disposals and lease renewals for the Age UK retail portfolio. Costcutter Supermarkets Group, Sally Salon Services, Wellington Pub Company and Moto Hospitality are also clients. Mark Teal leads the practice, which includes Craig Beetham, who advises local developers on site assembly issues, and Charlotte Chilcott, who handles developments, landlord and tenant issues, high street leases and agricultural property matters.

Chris Crystal heads the department at Rollits LLP, which includes Glenn Craft and David Hextall. Crystal is recommended for secured lending work, site acquisitions and clients in the agriculture sector, Craft focuses on the retail sector, and Hextall handles landlord and tenant matters, sales, purchases, development work and freehold issues. Director David Stone is also recommended for development projects. The team regularly handles mandates in the renewable energy sector, particularly in bio-gas and anaerobic digestion projects; food sector acquisitions, disposals and reorganisations, and education sector work focusing on academy projects and higher education matters. Clients include Reckitt Benckiser, Fenner, The Helmsley Group, Bishop Burton College and Hull City AFC.


Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

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  1. Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
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Addleshaw Goddard’s ‘excellent level of service, outstanding knowledge and responsive approach’ places it ‘head and shoulders above most of the firms in the space’. The ‘unbelievably helpful’ Bruce Lightbody, leads the practice, which includes Lucy Sturrock, who ‘really makes an effort to understand her clients’ business from a commercial and legal perspective’ and regularly acts for retail and leisure sector clients; Ian Smith, who advises institutional investors; investment property and portfolios sales expert Andrew Williamson; and development funding specialist Anna Heaton. In a recent highlight, Lightbody advised Leeds Beckett University on the procurement and development funding agreement relating to the acquisition of a site adjacent to the University’s city centre campus for a new performing arts building. Further mandates for the department include recently promoted partner and energy sector specialist Peter Mason assisting Hull Eco Park with the development of an energy business park, legal director Lesley Reeves acting on the disposal of four retails parks to Edison Property Investment Company for Stadium Group, and Sturrock and Williamson handling over 40 acquisitions and developments for Travelodge Hotels.

DLA Piper UK LLP’s advice covers regional, national and international mandates across transactional work and real estate investment issues with experience in the retail, financial services, manufacturing, transport and energy sectors. Highlights included advising Ocean Network Express (a new joint venture between NYK Group, K-Line and Mitsui OSK Lines) on the establishment of 49 new offices in multiple jurisdictions, acting for the Royal Bank of Scotland on its disposal of Premier Place and assisting Uber with all its real estate issues across the EMEA region. Tim Field heads the department, which includes renewable energy project specialist Andrew Clarke, Mark Lynch, who focuses on property portfolio work; and legal directors Ruth Williamson and Stacey Brook who handle asset management work and retail sector work respectively. Asda and JD Sports Fashion are also clients; Clarke is assisting the latter with land sales and with obtaining the funding for the extension of its European distribution centre in Rochdale. Valerie Mather retired.

Clients praise the ‘highly impressive’ team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, which ‘stands out for the dedication, care and respect it shows clients’ and its ‘ability to manage difficult and challenging circumstances with calmness, poise and brilliant expertise’. The practice, led by George Bacon, is recognised for its investment, development and real estate finance expertise and knowledge of the hospitality, leisure, retail and education sectors. Susan Samuel leads the firm’s hospitality and leisure group globally; she ‘is an extension to the clients’ teams and fits perfectly within their culture’. Samuel’s recent highlights include acting for Kentucky Fried Chicken (Great Britain) on the refranchising of 200 UK stores, while Bacon’s recent work includes advising the Government Property Agency on the letting of a new hub office for the HMRC in Leeds and handling Meyer Bergman’s pre-let of an office building to The Office Group. The team also advised Yorkshire County Cricket Club on the financing of the North stand at Headingly Stadium and assisting Legal & General with its investment in Newcastle Science Central, a new science park for the University of Newcastle. Other noteworthy team members include real estate investment specialist Stephen Felstead, Sue Buckworth, who focuses on international mandates; and principal associate Simon Harris, who advises institutional investors.

Walker Morris LLP’s ‘class-leading’ practice provides ‘responsive and coherent advice, which is well thought out with an excellent grasp of the optionality of any given situation’. Practice head Nick Cannon is ‘excellent’, Austin Judson is ‘hugely client and solution focused and is able to see through the white noise of complex situations to find the best solution’, and Jeremy Moore is ‘easy to trust implicitly’. Jacqueline Judson and senior associate Adam Reed are also key names to note. In a recent highlight, Jane Weaver led advice to Polish retailer LPP Reserve, a new client, on its lease for a new flagship store on Oxford Street. Further work includes Judith Pike and construction lawyer Julian Harbage acting for FCC Environment UK on the land and construction elements of HS2’s acquisition of a railway siding and Moore assisting Pharmaron UK with its purchase and leaseback of Merck Sharp & Dohme’s facilities in Hertfordshire. Asda, the Abu Dhabi United Group for Development and Investment and HSBC are also clients.

Notable areas of strength for DWF’s practice include development work, private rented sector (PRS) schemes and investment issues. Highlights included acting for Leeds Cricket Football and Athletic Company on the redevelopment of the South and North-South stands at Headingley Stadium, advising Custodian REIT on multiple investment acquisitions and disposals totalling £75m and assisting Sterling Capitol with its sale £18m sale of Capitol Park West to Squarestone. Moda Living and Moorfield group are also clients; the group advised the latter on the raising of finance against four of its PRS and student accommodation developments. Key names in the ‘brilliant’ team include practice head Andrew Flounders, Nic Crocker, who stands out for his car park expertise; development specialist Jim Speed and director Guy Rusling who joined from Womble Bond Dickinson in 2017. -Simon Meek joined Shoosmiths LLP.

Planning specialist Jonathan Riley leads the ‘pragmatic, commercial and knowledgeable’ team in Pinsent Masons LLP’s Leeds office following Jonathan Brocklehurst’s move to its Manchester base. Riley regularly handles housing and infrastructure projects, while Victoria Goddard is the key name for development work particularly in the education sector; Andrew Quinlan handles property investment and development work, Anne Bowden focuses on housing regeneration projects, Richard Daffern is an expert in real estate investments and James Long specialises in private healthcare investment mandates. Clients include Aviva Investors, Octopus Healthcare and L&G Capital. The team also advised AXA on its purchase of Retirement Village Group, assisted Grainger Land & Regeneration with the forward purchase of a build-to-rent development in Leeds and acted for the University of Sussex on its procurement of student accommodation buildings.

Shulmans LLP's department provides ‘excellent service levels’. The practice is led by Simon Jackson on the commercial property side, while Rosemary Edwards heads the residential development practice; Edwards’ recent mandates include assisting Avant Homes with land acquisitions, while Jackson recently led advice to Crown Properties and Governside on the management, lettings and renewals for several retail, office and leisure properties in London. Further highlights include property finance expert Edwina Hewson assisting TCS Holdings with various portfolio management issues and consultant Andrew Latchmore and Dawn Carlisle acting for S Harrison Developments on its acquisition of a student accommodation development site. Evans Property Group, Barratt Homes and Princes Quay Estates are also clients. Associate Kieran Wilkinson is also a key name to note  Julie Carr joined the residential development team in 2018 from Brady Solicitors .

Recent highlights for Squire Patton Boggs’ ‘exceptional’ department include advising Zenith Vehicle Contract Group on the lease for a new headquarters in a new development in Leeds, assisting Muse Developments with the £200m regeneration of the Civic and Cultural Quarter in Doncaster and acting for Leeds City Council on the South Bank Regeneration Project. In the team, practice head Matthew Dalzell !Leeds is a key name in the region for student accommodation-related work, Prew Lumley !Leeds handles development work and regularly advises corporate occupiers, Karen French !Leeds is recognised for her manufacturing and higher education expertise, Andrew Sprake !Leeds focuses on real estate finance mandates and public sector regeneration schemes, John Leake !Leeds specialises in development work and David Chan !Leeds was promoted to the partnership in 2017.

Womble Bond Dickinson stands out for its work for a wide range of public and private sector clients on redevelopment and regeneration projects, in addition to handling mixed-use developments, retail developments, landlord and tenant work, and investment sales and purchases. Mark Owen leads the department, which also fields Paula Dillon , residential development expert Julia Dacre Field  and managing associate,  Adam Wilkinson who focuses on the retail sector. Highlights for the practice included advising Leeds City Council on the Victoria Gate development, assisting Commercial Estates Group with the land assembly of a site outside Newcastle and handling the regeneration of the Fruit Market in Hull for Wykeland Beal. St James Securities, Taylor Wimpey and Caddick Developments are also clients.

Martin Grange leads the department at Clarion, which provides ‘truly excellent and valuable advice with a great commercial perspective’ thanks to ‘a solution-focused team, which always puts the clients first’. The practice is highly regarded for its development expertise, particularly in residential developments; clients include Harron Homes, Persimmon Homes and Strata Homes. Other noteworthy areas of strength include the retail and leisure sectors, corporate occupier clients and real estate finance work. In a recent highlight, Lindsay Texel, who has ‘an excellent eye for detail paired with an approachable and pragmatic style’, advised Newby on the sale of the Cocoa Works in York to Clarion Housing for redevelopment into residential properties, and acted for Asics on the grant of a 10 year lease for a new flagship store on Regent Street. Clients also praise Ben Lamb, who is ‘a dedicated and thorough lawyer who has a brilliant work ethic’; he recently assisted Bosideng UK with its acquisition and redevelopment of a property in Central London and the subsequent letting to third party operators. ‘Unbelievably proactive’ legal director Alison Batty is also recommended and legal director Eve Gregory joined from DAC Beachcroft LLP.

Gateley Plc splits its development expertise into two distinct areas:  residential development work for housebuilders, and advising developers on retail and mixed-use development schemes. George Parker-Fuller and Philip Gregory are the key names for each area respectively; Parker-Fuller’s recent work includes advising Bellway Homes on the acquisition of land at East Halewood for a residential development, while Gregory assisted Headrow with its acquisition of a multi-let office block in Leeds city centre. Further highlights include handling the investment sale of a Manchester office building to F&C UK Property Fund for The Wakefield Property Partnership, advising Peveril Securities on the acquisition, letting and development of Costa Coffee drive throughs, and assisting Miller Homes with the development of a residential site in Wakefield.

Gordons LLP is ‘a force to be reckoned with’ when advising retail clients; examples include Heron Foods, Pavers Shoes and Safestyle UK. B&M Retail is also a key client; the group recently advised it on its acquisition of Heron Foods and handled its lease renewals and property management work. Joanne Fearnley is the key name for retailers; other noteworthy individuals include practice head Paul Young, who focuses on developments; Nick Chamberlain, secured lending specialist Simon Mydlowski, Michael Finett, who is noted for his residential development knowledge; and Sarah Ratcliffe.

Irwin Mitchell’s ‘professional, reliable and focused’ practice is led by the ‘technically excellent’ John Flathers, who has substantial expertise in development work, property finance matters and advising corporate occupiers. Flathers recently advised Thyssen Krupp UK on the sale of a former factory for redevelopment and assisted Craig & Rose with the negotiation of a new lease of a London property. Clients also single out ‘commercial, diligent and personable’ development expert James Knowles, who recently acted for Henry Boot Developments on its bid to develop the International Advanced Manufacturing Park in Sunderland, advised Clugston Estates on its purchase of a Manchester property through an SPV, and led advice to Gravity Fitness on the expansion of its trampoline park business including handling premises acquisitions and investment issues. Caddick Developments, Jones Lang LaSalle and Rula Developments are also clients.

David Whitaker leads the group at Lupton Fawcett and is highly regarded for his experience in acquisitions and disposals, investment property portfolios and charity clients. Other noteworthy practitioners include Jonathan Moore, who handles development transactions; and consultant David Coleman, who ‘offers fair and pragmatic advice with industry knowledge that is second to none’ and is noted for his expertise in property acquisitions, joint ventures and leasing issues. Highlights included assisting Belgrave with the sale of its let industrial properties portfolio to a Jersey-based investment company, advising Grangers International on its acquisition and funding of land for a new manufacturing store and distribution facility, and acting for Redhall Group on the disposal of its industrial buildings complex in Newcastle.

Schofield Sweeney’s ‘fantastic’ department is noted for having ‘the knowledge of the market and commercial ability to get the deal done’. Darren Birkinshaw heads the team, which handles residential developments, property finance transactions and stamp duty land tax work, and assists clients in the education, healthcare, renewables, retail and leisure sectors. Richard Innes is the key name for retail clients, Dean Jowett (who ‘delivers every time’) handles residential developments, Rob Hayes focuses on the health and transport sectors, and recently promoted partner Manjit Virdee is ‘extremely diligent’ and leads the property finance team. In a recent highlight, Jowett acted for Persimmon Homes on the purchase of a former hospital site for demolition and a residential development; Jowett also advised Alumasc Group on a new lease for a new manufacturing and warehousing facility in Goole, and Hayes assisted Shearings Leisure Group with the relocation of its corporate headquarters. Santander, the Trafford Centre and Yesss Electrical are also clients.

Recent highlights for Ward Hadaway’s ‘brilliant’ department include advising the Land Trust on a collaboration agreement and a property structure for a site in Leicester, assisting the Canal & River Trust with a bridge crossing agreement and sewer agreement for the Branston Lock development, and acting for a Welsh university on its adoption of the German incubator model. Further clients include Allied London, Barratt Homes, Lloyds Bank, The Scotfield Group and Frozen Value. Department head Kevin Weston is recommended for transactions involving property joint ventures and landowner collaborations, Jonathan Dickson acts for landowners, investors and charities on landlord and tenant work, acquisitions, disposals and portfolio management issues; and Andrew Pliener focuses on residential development work. David Pridmore and Simon Hellewell are also names to note.

Deborah Powell heads Bevan Brittan LLP’s practice, which also counts healthcare property team head James Atkins, social housing specialist Julie Cowan-Clark and Lyndon Campbell, who focuses on residential property developments and property finance mandates, as key practitioners. The team handles sales and leaseback schemes, disposals, acquisitions, developments, planning issues, joint ventures and commercial lease work; a recent highlight involved assisting Hornbeam Park Developments with the purchase of Victoria Park House in Harrogate with plans to construct an office building on the land. Brunswick Court Development, Bentley Homes, Cross Green Developments and A Shade Greener are also clients.

Blacks Solicitors LLP ‘approaches transactions with a commercial viewpoint and a highly pragmatic and professional level of service’ that ‘allows it to give clients real world and realistically sound advice no matter the complexity of the matter’. Team head Nicholas Dyson is ‘always available’, development specialist Ian Errington is ‘excellent at dealing with clients’, Matthew Hutchinson has ‘strong communication skills and is very level headed’, and senior associate Anushka Nicholas is ‘extremely knowledgeable and fights the client’s corner at all times’. Recent highlights include advising on energy-related refinancing issues, assisting with property acquisitions and restructuring leases.

At DAC Beachcroft LLP, practice head Clare Hartley focuses on the telecoms sector; her recent work includes advising Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure on its acquisition of new telecommunication sites to improve 4G coverage and assisting the same client with the surrender and re-grant of 200 leases of telecommunication cell sites nationally. The group also advises telecoms clients on site sharing agreements, leases for new masts and renewal leases. Further clients for the firm include Leeds City Council, Land Securities and Telefonica UK. Consultant Lesley Hughes is recommended for contentious matters. -Eve Gregory  joined Clarion in 2018.

Langleys Solicitors LLP ‘impresses across the board’ under the leadership of Tim Cross, who ‘knows his subject inside out and consistently gets the job done’. Cross and Emma Warner are recommended for their landlord and tenant expertise; Warner is also noted for her property finance and freehold disposal and acquisition experience while Cross handles developments, investment work and retail clients. Highlights included advising Barmston Developments on a development agreement for lease at Turbine Business Park in Sunderland, assisting In-Site Property Solutions with the sale of units in a business park, and acting for Handlesbanken on a ten year lease for offices in York. The team also gained multiple new clients; Paynes Dairies, The York Roast Co and H Bauer Publishing are examples.

The ‘responsive, knowledgeable and client-focused’ department at Mills & Reeve LLP handles an array of mandates including investment transactions, development projects, landlord and tenant portfolio management, and rent work; it also assists clients in the education, healthcare, agriculture, charity and energy sectors. The ‘technically brilliant’ Simon Sherwood  {Simon Sherwood 3936} is the key name in the Leeds office; he acted for Consolidated Property Group on the lettings of a new retail park developments in Newquay and St Albans, assisted Harmony Bridge with the acquisition and finance of the Civic Center in Nottingham, and advised General Practice Investment Corporation on multiple site assemblies and primary care centre development schemes. Clients also single out development-focused principal associate Andrea Newman, who relocated from the firm’s Cambridge office and ‘easily adapts to the client’s business style’; and principal associate Juliette Fisher, who handles real estate investment work, primary healthcare development projects and residential portfolio work.

With ‘an experienced practice of well-qualified individuals’, Raworths ‘provides a prompt and efficient service that focuses solely on the client’s needs’. Department head Alasdair Inglis advises on residential and commercial developments, the ‘knowledgeable’ Andrew Lawson acts on site acquisitions, lease agreements and investment sales for local developers; and Sally Robinson leads the residential property department. Janice Dale is the key contact for the trustees of Rockspring Hanover Property Trust, which she advised on lease agreement issues; Dale is also the main contact for social housing work. Yorkshire Bank, Quarters Developments and National Westminster Bank are also clients.

Simon Meek joined from DWF to lead Shoosmiths LLP’s newly established Leeds team, which saw significant recruitment from firms across the market. Development and investment specialist Judy Fawcett joined from Ward Hadaway, development-focused Thomas Hall and Kellie Hatton joined from Irwin Mitchell, Michael Whitworth, who focuses on residential work, and Edell Asquez arrived from DWF . Recent highlights for the new department include advising Highwood Group on its acquisition of a site for a residential mixed-use development, handling the acquisition of a motorway service area for Extra MSA Group, and acting for Cinnamon Group on the acquisition and development of multiple care home and retirement scheme sites. Strata Homes, Allied London, Sports Direct and Park Lane Properties are also clients.

At Weightmans, James Sargent is recognised for his development expertise alongside his experience in investment work, site acquisitions and disposals, and landlord and tenant matters. The highly regarded Mark Crabtree focuses on the licence and leisure industry; Punch Taverns is one of his clients. The team acts for investors and developers with particular experience acting for overseas investors buying properties for development or conversion into residential apartments and student accommodation, and also advises on residential conveyancing issues.

Berwins’ department has notable expertise in development transactions and agriculture-related mandates; clients include Commercial Development Projects, Pearl Northern Developments and Folk2Folk. Senior associate Jennifer Kirkhope leads the practice and specialises in advising commercial developers and landlords. Other noteworthy names include senior associate Allan Stewart, director and head of the residential property team Jo Randall and senior consultant Richard Wheeldon.

Capsticks LLP stands out for its healthcare-sector expertise, where it represents multiple NHS trusts, GP practices, private healthcare providers and community health partnerships. In a recent highlight, team head Lisa Geary, who has ‘a wealth of knowledge and is able to deal with complex issues’, advised Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust on the sale of an area of vacant land that was a former mental health hospital, acted for Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust on the transferral of properties owned or leased by the trust for the provision of community services, and assisting iGene London with the development of a Centre of Excellence for the provision of digital autopsy services. Clients also single out senior solicitor Emma Brecknock, who is ‘highly intelligent and articulate and manages to successfully balance all elements of the issues her clients face’.

At Freeths LLP, Liz Banks has ‘a reliable and friendly approach’ that allows for ‘a great level of service that sets the firm apart’. Banks and Matthew Thompson jointly lead the department, which provides the full range of commercial property advice including property management work, development issues, sales and acquisitions, and investment matters. Banks’ recent work includes advising Leeds City Council on its disposal of various brownfield sites, assisting Travis Perkins with portfolio management work, and acting for Wickes Building Supplies on refurbishment issues; while Thompson handled the development and letting of a retail and leisure scheme for Opus Land, and advised Gregory Projects on the purchase, development and sale of a site. Eshton Developments, Glentrool Estates Group and Marsdens Developments are also clients.

The ‘incredibly knowledgeable’ team at Harrowells Solicitors advises clients across four strands of work: residential housing developments, purchases and sales for regional businesses, commercial landlord and tenant work, and agriculture-related transactions. Stephen Proctor leads the team, which also counts Martin Thorpe, whose ‘attention to detail is second to none’; and ‘excellent communicator’ Matthew Hayward as key practitioners.

LCF Law has ‘deep roots and excellent resources across the board’ with ‘the ability to quickly resolve issues, no matter how complex’. Clients single out practice head Paul Anderson, who focuses on commercial and residential development schemes, David Jameson, Lynne Webster, Tim Axe, Simon Mordey, Ann-Marie Casey and Harriet Thornton. Areas of expertise for the ‘brilliant’ department include advising investment companies, charities and healthcare clients with knowledge of leasehold enfranchisements.

Heather Roberts heads the department at McCormicks  and is noted for her retail expertise, commercial lettings work, site acquisitions and developments, and landlord and tenant matters. Highlights included acting for Yorkshire Agricultural Society on a development agreement for a new aparthotel, assisting Leeds United FC with property issues relating to its stadium and training ground, and acting for the Premier League on matters surrounding the redevelopment of its London headquarters.

At Metis Law LLP  Leeds, team head Richard Longton  handles transactional mandates, real estate finance issues and development finance work. His recent work includes assisting Northern Powerhouse Developments with multiple hotel acquisitions, advising Afan Valley on a development in South Wales which will include a hotel, residential units, lodges and leisure facilities; and acting for Bradford Real Estate Group on multiple transactions including the purchase of an ice rink and bingo hall and the conversion of an office building to residential apartments. Other key names include legal directors Andrew Marshall  and Mark Beedel; Marshall has niche strength in the charity and trust sectors and Beedel focuses on conveyancing work and issues in the microbrewery sector.

Ramsdens fields a team of ‘highly responsive individuals’ led by the ‘superb’ Greg Dolan, who acts for developers, investors and companies with property portfolios. The group also includes Simon Mills, who specialises in site acquisitions and developments, commercial leases and secured lending; managing partner Paul Joyce, Julia Lees and Kate Donaldson.


Commercial property: Sheffield, South Yorkshire

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CMS’s ‘always available’ team is ‘one of the key names in the city’ for complex real estate transactions. Notable individuals include Chris Chambers, who handles asset management issues for retail clients; Sarah Meldrum, who advises institutional investors; Rebecca Kitchingham, who assists clients in the industrial and healthcare sectors; and Tanya Holt, who works with institutional landlords and tenants. Chambers, who is ‘very astute and commercially minded’, advised The Metrocentre Partnership on asset management issues. Other highlights for the team included assisting Brockton Capital and Dunedin Properties with the disposal of a £550m portfolio of light industrial estates to Blackstone and M7 Real Estate, acting for BlackRock UK Long Lease Property Fund on the acquisition of a portfolio of 13 pub assets for £23m, and handling a development agreement for Lancashire County Council relating to the development of the retail park and infrastructure elements of the Cuerden Strategic development site. Other clients include CBRE Global Investors, Intu Properties, Landsec, Sheffield City Council and Mercedes Benz.

Nigel Howard leads the department at DLA Piper UK LLP, which handles real estate transactions at a local, national and international level. Howard is the key name for development work; he recently advised Rhodia on the demolition, remediation and sale of a former chemical works in Leeds. The team also includes student accommodation specialist Stephen Blacksell, recently promoted partner Mark Keeling and senior associate Marc Harvey. Blacksell’s recent work includes assisting S Harrison Developments with its £14m acquisition of a property in York and advising Harrison Street on its acquisition of a development site next to Exeter City Football Club; and Keeling recently acted for Haworth on the sale of land in London to London & Quadrant Housing Trust. Tata Steel, The Watkin Jones Group, Lloyds Pharmacy and Miller Homes are also clients. -Vikki McKay joined Proskauer Rose LLP's London office.

HLW Keeble Hawson’s practice combines ‘excellent service levels’ with ‘a personable approach’, making it ‘a key firm for clients in the region’. Department head Richard Smith, whose ‘attention to detail and ability to progress work is excellent’, is recognised for his expertise acting for investor clients. He is ably supported by Alaric Birch, who focuses on construction mandates, Paul Goel, who acts for clients in the pharmacy and retail sectors, and Craig Law, who is the key name for hotel and leisure transactions. Recent highlights include advising Sky House Company on its acquisition of a development site for the construction of affordable homes, assisting boutique gym Trib3 with multiple site leases in Sheffield and Leeds, and acting for Henley Real Estate Developments on its acquisition of a development site for the construction of a luxury hotel. -Claire Mayfield-Tulip joined Shoosmiths LLP.

Irwin Mitchell is ‘great to deal with and consistently gets the job done’. Andrew Wallis, who took over the role of practice head from Paul Firth who retired in 2017. Key areas of expertise for the practice encompass strategic land and site assembly issues, investment work, student accommodation matters, developments, real estate finance and corporate occupier clients. Wallis, who is also national head of the firm’s housing, student accommodation and private rented sector teams, recently acted for Carillion on the regeneration of Sennymoor as part of the DurhamGate project. Kevin Fox led advice to Outokumpu Stainless on the sale of a former industrial site to Peel Logistics; he also acted alongside Wallis for Sheffield Hallam University on the acquisition of a development plot on the Olympic Legacy Park and acting for Canal Road Urban Village on the sale of land for residential development.

Taylor & Emmet LLP’s client base spans SMEs, developers, pension funds, banks, schools and charities with notable expertise in the social housing sector. Richard Kay leads the team and splits his time between Sheffield and Bakewell; he is a key name for agriculture clients and advises on land sales and purchases, agricultural holdings and tenancy matters. Other key individuals include social housing specialist Alastair Reid and George Thomson, who advises rural clients on land sales, planning promotion agreements and renewable energy projects. The team recently advised auctioneers Bagshaws on a new lease for Bakewell’s livestock market and assisted a residential developer with the £5.9m acquisition of a site in Sheffield.

Neil Salter  heads Wake Smith Solicitors Limited’s practice and is noted for his expertise in retail investment and regeneration mandates. Clients also single out Paul Gibbon , who handles property disposals and acquisitions in the office and industrial sectors; Lisa Davison , who advises on the sale, purchase, funding and management of mixed use properties; Damien Donnelly , who specialises in residential developments, and Ben Spencer , who acts for landlords and tenants with retail property portfolios. Recent highlights include handling the acquisition of a former school site for a residential developer and advising Wantage Developments on its acquisition of a former Ministry of Defence base. Spectrum Community Health CIC, Westfield Contributory Health Scheme and Betafence are also clients.


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Addleshaw Goddard  ‘can be relied on for fast, accurate and solid advice due to its ability to fully understands its clients’ thanks to ‘a great level of knowledge and experience paired with a team of individuals who are genuinely nice to work with’. The team handles complex national projects with notable expertise in the transport, engineering, energy and nuclear sectors advising on developments, disputes and regeneration matters. Key practitioners include energy and infrastructure expert David Shaw, practice head James Reynolds, and the dispute-focused Joe Wilkinson, John Emerton and legal director Ally MacKenzie. In a recent highlight, Shaw advised Stanstead Airport on its transformation programme including a new arrivals building, an extension to the existing departures building and various infrastructure works; he also acted for SSE on its procurement of a combined-cycle gas turbine. Other work includes Reynolds assisting the House of Commons with its £160 Northern Estate programme which involves the conservation of several historic buildings in Westminster, acting on the construction of a new stadium for Castleford Tigers, and handling multiple regeneration schemes nationally for Muse Developments including schemes in Leeds, Manchester and South Shields.

Under the leadership of ‘subject matter expert’ Ian Doig, DLA Piper UK LLP provides ‘perceptive and technically sound advice’ from ‘a team of responsive and well-resourced lawyers who have a commercial focus and an added ability to draw upon global expertise through the firm’s international network’. Doig focuses on non-contentious construction mandates; he recently advised Merseytravel on the construction of new depot facilities on the Merseyrail network, assisted British Airways with the construction of a new facility at Heathrow Airport for express shipments and pharmaceuticals, and acted for Gazprom Energoholding on the construction and commissioning of a power plant and pipeline for the supply of LNG in Serbia. Legal director Ben Peecock is also noted for his ‘clear, decisive and practical advice’; he led advice to Falck Renewables on the construction elements of two wind farms in Sweden comprising 31 wind turbines, and handled Henry Boot Development’s construction of a manufacturing park in the North East. Cadent Gas, Highways England, Yorkshire Water, Sellafield and Unilever are also clients.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s ‘market-leading’ department ‘cannot be faulted in any way’ and is praised for its ‘excellent industry knowledge, effective approach and seamless connection with its clients’. The practice is also recognised for its ‘extensive experience in the energy sector’ through the ‘absolutely brilliant’ Stacey Collins, oil and gas infrastructure specialist Mark Harris and Melanie Grimmitt, whose ‘intellectual strength and enthusiasm marks her out for exceptional advice on complex projects’. Recent mandates for the practice include Collins advising Drax Group on multiple open-cycle gas turbine development projects, John Williams assisting Samsung C&T with a contract relating to the design, procurement and construction of a $600m combined-cycle power plant in Turkey, and Grimmit acting for Eggborough Power on issues relating to a combined-cycle gas turbine project. Clients also praise Simon Plunkett, who is the key name for disputes and advisory work; he defended Cyden Homes in a high-profile case relating to the allocation of responsibility for concurrent delay, while Harris represented Walter Lilly & Co in High Court proceedings relating to the responsibility for delays regarding a residential development in Kensington and Chelsea.

The ‘excellent’ Zakir Mulla !Leeds leads the department at Squire Patton Boggs and is highly active in the energy, utilities, development and infrastructure sectors; he recently advised Muse Developments on the construction of an office building for Conwy County Borough Council. The practice also has notable experience in international mandates; James Duckworth !Leeds divides his time between Leeds and Dubai, and Matthew Mulqueen !Leeds is based in the firm’s Leeds and Texas offices. Duckworth focuses on major development and infrastructure projects; recent mandates include acting for a developer on an urban mixed-use development in a GCC capital city, and advising a GCC government on the structuring and financing of an extension to a metro network. Mulqueen’s recent work encompasses acting for GSC Holdings on the development of a solar development in Cameroon, and advising Radiant Energy on the development of two solar projects in Kenya. Other clients include Leeds City Region Revolving Investment Fund, Brookfield Group, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind and Rotherham Council.

‘A highly respected team in the industry with a reputation to match’, Walker Morris LLP’s ‘first-rate, top-notch and outstanding practice is in a league of its own’. Department head Martin Scott, who has ‘excellent commercial nous’, focuses on construction litigation; Tom Peel is ‘trusted as a safe pair of hands’ and advises on contentious and non-contentious mandates, Jules Harbage specialises in energy and engineering work, director Joanne McNamara handles student accommodation projects, and senior associate Carly Thorpe ‘has an exceptional ability to analyse the options available and find a way through difficult negotiations’. Starbucks and Drax Power Station are clients; Harbage advised the latter on the construction, installation and commissioning of a cold reheat pressure reduction system. Other highlights include Harbage assisting the Homes and Communities Agency with two residential developments in Kent, and Scott representing 99 owners of 160 apartments in litigation relating to a failed residential development in Bradford.

CMS’s ‘commercially oriented’ team is ‘one of the best in Sheffield’ for infrastructure and construction development projects and regenerations particularly in the renewable and waste sectors. In a recent highlight, ‘brilliant professional’ Martin McKervey advised Sheffield City Council on the first phase of the development of the Sheffield Retail Quarter including the construction of a mixed-use office and retail building. McKervey jointly leads the department with Fraser Askham, who is the key name for construction disputes; Askham recently defended Daventry District Council in a multi-party High Court proceeding pertaining to a waste management and recycling services agreement and payment issues. Amey Communities, New Era Development, Henry Boot, the London Borough of Wandsworth and Manchester Airports Group are also clients. Senior associate Jenny Whipps is also a name to note.

Jo Hatton-Jones heads Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s practice, which also counts principal associate Chris Vickers  and associate Matthew Shotton , who handles delay and final account disputes, as key practitioners. Hatton-Jones is highly regarded for her experience in the process, utilities and energy sectors; the team also advises on retail issues, developments, education sector work, procurements and construction disputes.

Gordons LLP excels in the property development scheme space with recent work including advising BASF on the development of a new chemical production facility and assisting Hermes Parcelnet with the acquisition and development of a new distribution hub in Hemel Hempstead. Practice head Richard Piper  led on those matters and also represented Bradford Academy Trust in a defects claim relating to the construction of the academy. Piper also has experience in process engineering projects, property finance work, public procurement issues and retail and renewable sector mandates. Anjon Mallik  is recommended for construction disputes and acts for contractors, sub-contractors and developers.

Boutique construction firm Hawkswell Kilvington Limited fields ‘a top-notch team of individuals who are prompt and decisive in their guidance and are responsive to clients’ needs no matter the situation’. Department head Daniel Silberstein has ‘an abundance of assets to draw upon including his tenacity, experience, attention to detail and industry knowledge’, recently promoted partner Thomas Salter ‘consistently demonstrates the upmost of professional standards and composure in the face of difficult circumstances’, and founding partners Jonathan Hawkswell and David Kilvington are ‘doyens of the field’. Highlights included representing Suez Recycling and Recovery in a dispute against its contractor in delay and disruption claims, assisting Saint-Grobain Construction Products with the construction of two new grinding mills, and acting for Electricity North West on the manufacture and installation of high voltage switchgear, transformers and cabling at Manchester Airport.

DAC Beachcroft LLP ‘delivers its advice with a proactive and commercial approach that is both professional and personable’ under the ‘exceptional leadership’ of Andrew Marsh. Marsh focuses on construction disputes and regularly represents architects, engineers and design and build contractors. Senior associate Christine Burrows is the key name for non-contentious mandates; she recently advised Property Alliance Group on the construction of a new vehicle maintenance workshop and assisted it with two residential and mixed-use developments in Manchester, acted for Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council on the construction elements of its purchase of the Morgan Quarter in Cardiff, and handles all construction issues relating to Queensgate Shopping Centre in Peterborough for Invesco Real Estate. Senior associate Laura Clayburn is also a name to note.

DWF’s department, which is ‘excellent in all aspects’ is led by Andrew Symms, who ‘consistently provides sound and thoughtful advice that the client can always rely on’. The team recently advised on the construction of a combined-cycle gas turbine project in Kent for ScottishPower; it also assisted Caddick with the redevelopment of Headingly Stadium, represented Doosan Power Systems in a dispute relating to the conversion of a coal-fired power station to biomass, and acted for Wrenbridge on its involvement in the development of sports and leisure facilities in the new York Community Stadium. Clients also single out recently promoted partner Christian Hellmund, who focuses on the energy and renewables sectors, and director Shaun Hill, who handles non-contentious matters for retail sector clients.

Keys names in Irwin Mitchell’s Yorkshire-based practice include consultant Steven Bate , who focuses on construction disputes; associate Zoe Williams , who handles payment, defect and professional negligence litigation; and consultant Mike Plews , who is recognised for his work on offshore wind farm and biomass power station matters. Key sectors for the group include the process engineering, finance, public and education sectors with notable expertise in retirement living and student accommodation mandates.

Highlights for Kennedys’ ‘exceptionally strong team, which understands the industry deeply and provides effective commercial advice’ include advising Airport City Limited Partnership on the redevelopment of Manchester Airport, acting for Metrojet on the design and construction of a new aircraft hangar facility at Clark International Airport in the Philippines, and assisting Fortress One with the redevelopment of eight mixed-use developments in London and the surrounding area. The practice has built on its contentious expertise expanding its transactional work for a variety of clients including Wasps Holdings, Scarborough Group and William Hare. Sarah Maylor heads the department and is ‘a go-to practitioner’ for many clients and is supported by non-contentious-focused senior associate Helen Johnson.

Boutique construction firm Barton Legal Limited 'has a growing reputation in the region' with firm founder Bill Barton praised for his 'enthusiasm and commitment to his clients'. The firm is noted for its contractual expertise, with recent mandates including advising Systagenix Wound Management in Skipton on the contract for an extension to its medical facility, assisting ABM Precast Solutions with its involvement in the joint venture to supply pre-cast concrete sections for HS2 and acting for a private developer on a small development in Leeds.

At Gosschalks, Matthew Fletcher, who ‘combines a friendly approach with clear and professional advice’ leads the practice and is recognised for his litigation expertise particularly regarding statutory electricity wayleave matters; he recently represented SOG in a pylon wayleave compensation claim in the Upper Tribunal. Other key individuals include James Phinn, who specialises in wind turbine supply agreements; William Buckenham, who focuses on the rail industry; and solicitor and energy sector specialist Abigail Milner. The group also has substantial expertise in the renewable energy and rail infrastructure sectors and regularly acts for employers, contractors, sub-contractors, developers, insurers and funders.

Rollits LLP’s expertise encompasses advising housing associations and assisting with industrial developments. Recent highlights include advising Reckitt Benckiser on the redevelopment of its research and development facility in Hull; Yorkshire Housing, Leeds Federated Housing Association and the University of Hull are also clients. David Myers  leads the group and is noted for his planning and development expertise; Caroline Hardcastle  handles contentious mandates.

With ‘a growing construction practice that has the potential to be a key player in the market’, Schofield Sweeney’s department is led by the ‘highly reputable’ Gary Ashton, who joined from Hawkswell Kilvington Limited, and also fields Richard Stockdale and solicitor Annie Hui-Gillen, who is ‘a brilliant junior lawyer who is thorough, hardworking and can easily handle complex issues’. The practice has substantial experience in construction disputes including engineering litigation and professional indemnity claims. Clients include Shearings Group, White Peak Construction, Oranmore Environmental Services, Templeborough Biomass Power Plant and Santander.

At Shulmans LLP, department head Phil Morrison, who ‘understands his clients commercial position and provides pragmatic legal advice that helps them achieve their aims’, has ‘assembled a dedicated and professional construction team with the highest standard of service’. Recent highlights for Morrison include advising HBS Southern Group on the construction of a solar photovoltaic system, representing Chiorino in litigation relating to defects and movement in a warehouse building, and assisting a lender with a loan facility to a residential housebuilder. BHC, Kavanagh Roofing and Powerfirm Access Solutions are also clients.


Environment

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  2. Leading individuals

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DLA Piper UK LLP ‘cannot be faulted’ and is ‘far and away the best’ for its ‘excellent response times and in-depth understanding of the industry’. Practice head Teresa Hitchcock is ‘a straight talker with an exceptional grasp of complex issues and an ability to connect with the client and its needs’; she recently advised the Keller Group on environmental issues and obligations in multiple jurisdictions. The team handles environmental litigation, prosecutions, compliance issues, approvals and assessments, waste disposal work, and matters involving the transportation of dangerous goods. Alastair Clough is the key name for contaminated land and waste management issues and allocating liability risk in transactions; he assisted Cufe Investments with the environmental elements on its sale of Metal and Waste Recycling to European Metal Recycling, and acted for Morgan Advanced Materials on the sale of its electro-ceramic business to CeramTec including site access issues and the negotiation of contractual liability risk allocation. Legal director Ailish Oxenforth is the main contact for Environment Agency (EA) enforcement issues. -Stuart Ponting joined Walker Morris LLP in 2017.

Legal director Helen Peters heads Pinsent Masons LLP’s ‘outstanding’ team in Leeds and is praised by clients as ‘an excellent communicator who is always open to considering new and innovative ways of achieving the client’s objectives’. She handles environmental issues at a UK, EU and international level with notable specialisms including the nuclear, manufacturing, energy, real estate, government agency and local authority sectors. The practice’s work encompasses permitting issues, contaminated land work, waste management, transactional advice and litigation; highlights included defending United Utilities Water in a claim for damages brought by Manchester Ship Canal Company relating to the client’s discharge of water and treated sewage in the Manchester Ship Canal; advising Drax Generation Developments and Drax Power on the environmental elements of its acquisition of four peaking plant power station projects and assisting L&G Capital with the environmental due diligence relating to its acquisition of Renaissance Care Villages from Helical. The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, NuGeneration, E.ON UK and Veolia are also clients.

The main contact at Freeths LLP for contentious and non-contentious issues is Penny Simpson , who has substantial expertise surrounding protected species, nature conservation sites, wildlife law, water law and environmental impact assessments. Other noteworthy practitioners include senior associate Nicola Power , who specialises in the development, waste, mining and minerals sectors.

Shulmans LLP ‘ticks all of the boxes you would expect an excellent team to tick’; the ‘trustworthy and personable group provides clear and concise advice and has an outstandingly commercial approach’. Department head Lyn Dario ‘stands out from the crowd’ particularly in the chemicals, waste and manufacturing sectors. The team also includes Mark Lumley, who is noted for his work advising technology and providers clients; and litigator Richard Wadkin, who handles matters in the logistics and road transport sectors.

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s ‘advice is always high quality, pragmatic and thoroughly professional’ under the leadership of Kirsty Gomersal, who is ‘a formidable presence and is meticulous in her attention to the factual details of a matter’ and ‘goes the extra mile for her clients and keeps her running shoes on to go even further’. The team assists with all elements of environmental compliance work including EA investigations, enforcement notices, prosecutions and transactional support; highlights included advising the University of Sheffield on its sale of a plot of land to Boeing which had contamination issues, acting for Logistics in a multi-agency investigation relating to noise and dust issues, and assisting a waste and landfill site operator with its purchase of a landfill site. Associate Matthew Breakell is recommended for criminal investigations and prosecutions brought by regulatory agencies.

Walker Morris LLP is ‘emerging as a key team in the region for environmental law issues’ led by Alison Ogley on the civil side and Stuart Ponting for criminal matters; they joined in 2017 from Kings Chambers and DLA Piper UK LLP respectively. Clients praise Ogley for her ‘welcoming yet pragmatic and forthright style with no posturing; she has an excellent knowledge of the field, provides sound and honest advice, and has outstanding communication skills’. Ponting is ‘very easy to work with’. Recent highlights include advising Valeo Foods on compliance and contamination issues following its acquisition of Big Bear Confectionary, The Lindum Snack Company and Candy Plus, defending Darrington Quarries in proceedings relating to plans to extend an existing quarry, and assisting MVV Umwelt with the contamination and flood risk issues related to the Dundee & Angus Waste Treatment Project. Commercial Estates Group, Taylor Wimpey and FCC Environmental are also clients. Andrew Williamson is now a consultant with the firm.


Planning

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  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next generation lawyers

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As ‘one of the leading firms in the field’, DLA Piper UK LLP is ‘highly professional, pragmatic and always provides appropriate and proportionate advice’. Andrew Batterton leads the department, which handles national and international projects with notable expertise in infrastructure projects, regenerations and energy sector issues. Batterton ‘has a good eye for what really matters to the clients and is very thorough and helpful in his approach’; his recent highlights include advising Highways England on its new highway and highway improvement schemes, acting for Sheffield City Council and Urbo Regeneration on the West Bar Square regeneration project, and assisting Liverpool City Council with the consents required for the dualling of the A565. VPower, National Grid Electricity Transmission, Nexus and Merlin Entertainments are also clients. Associate Claire Stoneman, who handles development and infrastructure matters, is also a name to note.

Pinsent Masons LLP fields ‘an excellent team with a wide skillset across all elements of the planning field’. The ‘experienced, focused and professional’ Jonathan Riley heads the team, which is ‘easily the best for infrastructure projects’ and also assists with urban extensions, housing projects and retail planning mandates. Other key names include strategic planning adviser Jan Bessell, who is experienced in the energy, transport, commercial and residential mixed-use sectors; legal director Nick McDonald, who can ‘engage with clients at all levels to provide the right support and guidance’; and legal director Jo Miles, who focuses on residential and mixed-use developments. Recent highlights for the practice include acting for Leeds City Council on the first planning application associated with the East Leeds Extension and the delivery of an associated new dual carriageway, assisting Drax Generation Developments with the planning elements of its acquisition of four peaking plant power station projects, and advising South Gloucestershire Council on the delivery of 6000 new homes on a former BAE airfield.

Richard Glover  leads the department at Squire Patton Boggs and is recognised for his expertise in applications for consent under the Electricity Act 1989, representing utility companies in compulsory wayleave hearings and energy-related projects. Dual-qualified barrister and solicitor David Hardy  handles compulsory purchase matters and is active in the energy, residential, commercial, heritage, mines and minerals, and transport sectors; consultant David Goodman is recommended for planning appeals, highway schemes and issues relating to overhead electricity lines; and senior associate Julia Dixon advises developers, occupiers and investors. In a recent highlight, Glover advised Inoes Upstream on its development of wells for the exploration of shale gas; other mandates include representing Egdon Resources in a planning appeal following the refusal of planning permission for the production of oil from an existing wellsite and handling a Development Consent Order (DCO) for SP Manweb. Leeds City Council, Northern Powergrid, Electricity North West and Lidl are also clients.

Walker Morris LLP ‘has an excellent reputation in the field in the Leeds area and beyond’ and is ‘renowned for the quality of its work and proven success rate’. Department head Richard Sagar ‘knows his profession inside out’ and recently represented Hallam Land Management in its appeal against the refusal of planning permission for an urban extension outside Doncaster; Chris Slater is ‘always available’ and handles planning and highways agreements, community infrastructure levies, compulsory purchase work and large developments; consultant Andrew Williamson regularly acts for developers and advised Roomzzz on the planning elements of a proposed aparthotel in Harrogate. Other team members include environment-focused Alison Ogley, who re-joined the team from Kings Chambers, and directors Robert Moore and James Garbett.

Addleshaw Goddard’s practice has seen substantial expansion following the recruitment of department head Glenn Sharpe  from DWF in 2017. Sharpe’s expertise encompasses the aviation, minerals, waste and energy sector; he recently represented NATS in its objection to two proposed wind farms in Scotland, advised Somerset County Council on multiple Highways Agreements regarding the proposed construction of the Taunton Western Relief Road, and assisted the University of Brighton with a Section 106 agreement related to the development of a former barracks site in Brighton. Associate Daniel Marston  is also a name to note; he specialises in residential, industrial and mixed-use developments. London Luton Airport, Muse developments and Standard Life Assurance are also clients.

Chris Bowes, who is ‘incredibly easy to work with’, is the key name to note at CMS and has experience across town centre regenerations, infrastructure projects, minerals planning and compulsory purchase work. Recently, Bowes acted for Hammerson and Aberdeen Standard Life on the planning elements of a mixed-use regeneration scheme, advising the North York Moors National Park Authority on planning issues surrounding a deep mine development, and defended Whitemoss Landfill in a challenge to its DCO in the Court of Appeal relating to a new hazardous waste landfill facility. Senior associate Rebecca Roffe is noted for her DCO experience and development work, and associate Roisin Laycock focuses on construction-related planning matters.

Key areas of expertise for Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP  (International) LLP Leeds include the residential, retail, development, renewable energy and mineral sectors; example clients include Wm Morrison Supermarkets, Kier Property Developments, Taylor Wimpey, Next and EDF Energy Renewables. Team head Peter Nesbit has experience across planning, highways and compulsory purchase orders and knowledge of the energy and natural resources, transport and development sectors. Principal associate Roddy Macdonald  is also a name to note and focuses on the housing sector. Highlights included advising IGas Energy on obtaining the consents required for the drilling of exploratory wells, assisting Templegate Developments with a residential development, and acting for Alpha Real Capital on the redevelopment of a former iron and steel works site.

In Shulmans LLP’s ‘excellent department’, practice head Amanda Beresford’s ‘knowledge and attention to detail are exceptional’. Key areas of expertise for the group include residential development planning, planning-related judicial reviews, infrastructure mandates and mixed-use development planning matters. Recent highlights include advising Lidl on the planning elements of the development of a new store in Barton-upon-Humber, assisting Extra MSA Group with planning advice regarding a planning application for a new motorway service area, and represented Greggs in its objection to a residential development next to its North East manufacturing facility. Barratt Homes, Chatsworth Settlement Trustees and Avant Homes are also clients. Solicitor Emma Thomas is the key name for advice to telecoms operators.

Weightmans is noted for its expertise in residential and urban expansion projects, public sector work, infrastructure and energy sector projects and compulsory purchase work. The practice recently advised Peterborough City Council on a proposed new township development; it also assisted Corby Borough Council with the Priors Hall Park urban extension project, handled the planning aspects of the West of Loughborough Sustainable Urban Extension Project for Charnwood Borough Council, and acted for North Yorkshire County Council and Selby District Council on the DCO application for the construction of a combined-cycle gas turbine power station. Lee Gordon , who divides his time between Leeds and Manchester, heads the department, which recently recruited Bob Pritchard  from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

Noteworthy individuals in Womble Bond Dickinson’s department include team head Claire Brook , who has particular experience in the waste, energy and chemical sectors; and legal director Jocelyn Denton , who regularly acts for local authorities on mixed-use development schemes. Brook recently advised Sembcorp Utilities on its application for a DCO for a combined-cycle gas turbine power station and assisted Wheelabrator Technologies with its DCO application for an energy from waste plant, while Denton’s recent work includes acting for the London Borough of Lewisham on the planning and property aspects of the redevelopment of the New Bermondsey site and handling the regeneration of Lewisham Town Centre for the London Borough of Lewisham.

Rollits LLP’s ‘proactive approach and excellent service’ is provided by ‘a highly professional team’ led by Mark Dixon and also includes David Myers and senior solicitor Libby Clarkson. Dixon’s expertise includes mixed-use developments, Section 106 agreements and the care home and education sectors; he recently advised the Lindum Group on the planning permission for a mixed-use commercial scheme in Lincolnshire and assisted Cricketer Farm with a Section 106 planning agreement for 50 new dwellings on the site of a redundant factory and farm in Somerset. Myers’ recent work includes preparing a Section 106 agreement for a private landowner. Yorkshire Housing, Lovel Developments (Yorkshire), Central Land Holdings and Fulford Builders are also clients.


Property litigation

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  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

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Julie Middlemass  leads the department at Addleshaw Goddard, which has experience across the retail, leisure, food and drink, finance, energy, transport and industrial sectors, with an emphasis on disputes arising from the management of shopping centres, contentious landlord and tenant issues, development disputes, professional negligence issues, trespassing mandates and property-related insolvency. In a recent highlight, Middlemass advised British Land on issues relating to its plans to build a leisure hall at Meadowhall Shopping Centre in Sheffield; she also represented multiple clients including Muse and Bizspace in proceedings to remove disruptive travellers from sites owned by the clients, and defended an institutional investor in an attempt by its tenant to break a lease of premises in London. Other names to note include managing associate Elizabeth Cape , who handles landlord and tenant issues, break notice disputes, service charge issues and dilapidation claims; managing associate Chris McGrath , who focuses on landlord and tenant disputes; and associate Louise Minsull , who has expertise in mixed-use development issues. Other clients include Associated British Foods, the National Grid, Network Rail, Primark Stores and Skanska.

CMS’s expertise encompasses development and site assembly work, landlord and tenant work, asset management disputes, party wall litigation and issues in the mines and minerals sectors. Department head Stephen Scott  handles developments, vacant possession strategies, business lease renewals, dilapidations, rent review issues, service charge disputes and squatter cases. Other noteworthy practitioners include senior associate Edward Gamble , who specialises in landlord and tenant work, contractual disputes and possession claims; senior associate Martin Garner , who focuses on telecoms disputes; and senior associate Sarah Pope , who assists with asset management issues for retail and industrial clients. In a recent highlight, Scott represented Westmark (Lettings) in a residential service charge dispute. Land Securities, Aviva Investors, Intu, Hermes and Hammerson are also clients. Jane Turley  retired.

DLA Piper UK LLP’s ‘brilliant’ department is jointly led by Petra Billing in Sheffield and John Kittle and Matthew Lonergan in Leeds; Billing specialises in minerals litigation, Kittle handles commercial landlord and tenant matters and portfolio management work, and Lonergan is recognised for his dilapidation and possession claims experience. Billing’s recent mandates include representing Telereal Trillium in the Court of Appeal relating to issues surrounding a non-domestic rating decision regarding an empty commercial property, and successfully acting for Aggregate Industries in litigation regarding nuisance, trespass, injunctive relief and damages claims against two individuals who built a log cabin in a non-operational mine owned by the client. Kittle handles all property litigation for Heineken UK’s portfolio of public houses including issues arising from legislative changes, and Lonergan defended the Royal Bank of Scotland in claims for misrepresentation and breach of lease covenants. Legal director Michael Gaughan is recommended for retail work and senior associate Rob Shaw is another name to note.

Under the leadership of the ‘thorough and responsive’ Damian Hyndman, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s ‘leading practice can handle literally everything’ for its clients, which ‘get the very best from the proactive, knowledgeable and client-focused team’. Hyndman’s expertise includes property-related telecoms disputes and discrimination claims; other key names in the department include the ‘outstanding’ Alison Oldfield, who focuses on judicial review challenges and issues involving protestors and campaigner groups; and ‘absolute star’ Andrew Todd, who is ‘tenacious and savvy with excellent technical knowledge’ and is highly regarded for his development dispute expertise. The team regularly acts for clients in the retail, transport and telecoms sectors; examples include Wm Morrison Supermarkets, Network Rail and Arqiva. Recent highlights include acting for SportsDirect.com in break notices, lease renewals and a vacant possession strategy; representing Clydesdale Bank in a possession case in the High Court, and acting for Armstrong World Industries in various issues surrounding its exit from its UK headquarters including a dilapidation claim. -Richard Jobes joined Gordons LLP in 2017.

Pinsent Masons LLP has ‘an exceptionally strong regional presence and draws upon the quality and strength of the national practice in the property litigation space’. Key names in the Leeds office include ‘very able and enthusiastic’ team head Matthew Baker, who is ‘keen to fight the client’s corner’; and legal director Michael Smith, who is ‘highly diligent and has sound judgement’. The department is noted for its expertise in the energy, utility, waste and infrastructure sectors and handles rights to light disputes, vacant possession strategies, development disputes, trespass issues and judicial reviews. Recent highlights include defending United Utilities against Manchester Ship Canal Company regarding damages claims alleging trespass caused by the client’s discharge of water and treated sewage in the canal, representing Rachel Securities in a rent review arbitration, and acting for various clients in asset management issues including lease renewals, forfeiture actions, dilapidations and tenant insolvencies. Whitbread Group, House of Fraser, Aviva Investors and Sterling Capitol are also clients.

Walker Morris LLP’s ‘highly experienced and effective team’ is ‘one of the best in the North of the country’ and is ‘first class in all respects’. Clients praise team co-heads Andrew Beck and Martin McKeague; Beck is ‘excellent’ and McKeague is ‘focused, pragmatic, proactive and tenacious’. Highlights included assisting Legal and Contingency with enforcing a prescriptive right of way, representing the Coal Authority in a claim relating to the recovery of royalties payable under an agreement for the extraction of minerals and importation of waste, and acting for Plesvale in the High Court against a tenant seeking declaratory relief. Malcolm Simpson is also singled out as ‘a brilliant all-rounder and tough litigator’; he regularly acts for developers in disputes arising from option agreements, contracts, planning promotion agreements and supply chain issues. Other noteworthy individuals include Karl Anders and senior associate Ruth Ormrod, who focuses on landlord and tenant matters.

Irwin Mitchell’s extensive client base encompasses commercial property investors, developers, retailers, banks, local institutions, corporate occupiers and high-net-worth individuals; examples include Logicor, Thorntons, River Island and the University of Sheffield. Danny Revitt, who ‘provides clear advice so that matters are dealt with in a practical and commercial fashion’, leads the ‘impressive’ department and focuses on landlord and tenant issues; he recently advised a regional property investor on the aftermath of the administration of a tenant and represented a real estate investor in a dilapidation claim against a former tenant of office premises. ‘Proactive’ senior associate Lisa Stratford and associate Joanne Mills are also names to note; the pair worked together acting for a real estate fund in a service charge claim regarding historic disrepair.

David Holland !Leeds heads the real estate litigation team at Squire Patton Boggs, which ‘provides an excellent service due to in-depth knowledge, a professional attitude and an ability to always think two steps ahead’. Holland, who was promoted to the partnership in 2017, is highly regarded for his expertise in specialist land compensation matters. He recently advised United Utilities on its compulsory purchase of development lead and sewerage plant for a town centre relief road, representing Manchester Airport Group in claims under the Land Compensation Act 1973 relating to public works undertaken at Stanstead Airport, and acted for SP Manweb in a high-value compensation claim arising from the grant of a necessary wayleave under the Electricity Act 1989. Other clients include Trinity Mirror Group, Live Nation UK, Yum! Brands, the London Borough of Redbridge and Birmingham Airport.

Key sectors for DWF’s practice include the retail, care, parking and development sectors with clients including Q-Park, Moorfield, Bupa, Sterling Capital and Magnet. Group head Stephen Green  regularly acts in commercial landlord and tenant disputes and development issues; he acted for Capitol Park Leeds in a dispute with the Coal Authority relating to the liability for capping an old mineshaft that opened up, and represented a private individual in proceedings for the modification and discharge of a restrictive covenant relating to planning permission to build a second house on their land. Jonathan Smith  also handles landlord and tenant work, and made partner in 2017.

Gordons LLP ‘deals with each stage of proceedings impeccably’ and ‘expertly supports clients while simultaneously providing robust advice’. The practice is highly regarded for its expertise in the retail sector; it recently represented Iceland Foods in litigation relating to its acquisitions and handled multiple leases and related litigation for B&M Retail. Other clients include The Original Factory Shop, new client The Fragrance Shop and Wren Kitchens. Richard Cressall leads the practice; clients claim ‘his work to ensure cases are presented in the best possible light is second to none and cases run smoother due to his input’; other practitioners include Graeme Davy in Bradford and senior solicitor Richard Jobes, who joined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in 2017.

Gosschalks’ department is ‘on top of its game’ and is led by Robert Hastie, who is ‘easily the best solicitor for property work involving pub companies and licensed houses’; he recently acted for Ei Group in issues relating to The Pubs Code Regulations 2016, and represented Wellington Pub Company in recovering possession of a public house that was being used as a shisha bar. William Hill, Wilko Retail, Age UK and Sally Salon Services are also clients. Victoria Quinn is also a name to note; she acts for public houses, high street shops and betting houses and regularly handles landlord and tenant renewals.

Lupton Fawcett has ‘an excellent reputation derived from the quality and experience of its lawyers’ including practice head and ‘grandmaster of property litigation’ Jonathan Warner-Reed, who ‘confidently outmanoeuvres his opponents staying several moves ahead of the game’. Other key individuals include Johanne Spittle, who acts for landlords and landowners; Rob Cooke and Hayden Glynn. The practice receives praise for its adverse possession expertise and key industry sectors for the group include the retail, finance, agricultural, ecclesiastical, residential and student accommodation sectors; example clients include the Leeds Diocesan Board of Finance, Host Students, Leeds Building Society and Hartshorne Motor Services.

‘Enormously experienced’ team head Michael Watson and Helen Hill are key names at Shulmans LLP, which is ‘the leading Northern firm for dilapidations’ and also has expertise in telecoms issues. Clients also praise associate Richard Robinson, who ‘combines pure talent with extensive market knowledge’. Recent highlights include representing Greggs in a misrepresentation action, a professional negligence claim and dilapidation issues; acting for Brookfield in litigation relating to the removal of five telecoms operators from a building’s roof, and handling a terminal dilapidation claim and defending a repair action for Bet Fred. Commercial Estates Group and Trust Inns are also clients; Hill acted for the latter on tenant insolvency issues, rent recovery and possession work.

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP’s ‘commercially minded team’ is ‘an absolute pleasure to deal with’ and is active in the retail space, where it advises on property portfolio issues and development work. Richard Mays and Paul Barker jointly lead the group; clients praise Mays as ‘incredibly knowledgeable’ and single out Barker for his ‘excellent technical skills and highly personable approach’. Stephen Kell and Nick Dean are also recognised for their ‘understanding of the market’; both are recommended for landlord and tenant work. Recent highlights include representing an individual in a right of access dispute and acting for the trustees of the Westerby Pension Fund in a dilapidation claim. Associated British Ports, Carpetright and Heron Foods are also clients.

Blacks Solicitors LLP’s ‘competent, professional and personable department’ includes ‘incredibly helpful’ group head James Teagle, who has ‘an excellent grasp of the technical issues’ and acts for secured lenders and fixed charge receivers in property disputes; Oliver Gross and senior associate Rachael Donnelly, who handles business tenancy renewals, landlord and tenant disputes, possession actions, trespass claims and boundary disputes. The team is also highly regarded in the holiday and home parks sector through the experience of ‘highly knowledgeable’ associate Aimee Hutchinson.

Clarion recently established its real estate litigation practice with the recruitment of legal director Sophie Morley  from Schofield Sweeney in 2017. Morley’s expertise encompasses landlord and tenant disputes, break clauses, dilapidations, forfeiture issues and tenant insolvency with expertise in development issues and advising clients in the retail sector. Recent mandates include acting for a national retailer in multiple break clauses relating to retail properties, advising a developer on a development proposal under an option agreement and representing a food manufacturer in a lease termination and dilapidation claim. Clients include Asics, Caterleisure FDS Informal Foods and Heritage Care Villages.

The team at DAC Beachcroft LLP focuses on landlord and tenant issues with particular expertise in the telecoms sector; it recently defended a telecoms operator in Code possession proceedings, acted for an operator in proceedings relating to a lease renewal and handled a dilapidation dispute involving alleged damage to a rooftop for another operator. Telefonica UK, Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure and CTIL are example clients. Clare Hartley  leads the department, which also counts senior associate Chris Luscombe  and associate solicitor Kai Ricciardiello  as key practitioners.

LCF Law’s ‘extremely effective’ group fields ‘a dedicated team of client-focused lawyers’ who ‘hold their own against the bigger firms in the region’. Team head Ragan Montgomery is ‘terrific with clients and expertly utilises his experience’; clients also praise the ‘brilliant’ Joanne Barnes, consultant Deborah Finn, Harriet Thornton, who focuses on leasehold enfranchisements; and associate Tom Edwards, who is ‘enthusiasm personified’ and is ‘a bright, solution-driven and effective lawyer who is clearly going places’. The team recently represented South Western Trains in obtaining possession of station property from trespassers and travellers, and handled lease forfeitures and possession claims for the Salvation Army.

Philip Edmondson  and Heather Roberts  jointly lead the practice at McCormicks, which handles landlord and tenant work, property management issues, shooting lease mandates and dilapidation claims. Recent highlights include acting for the John Strutt Centre for Parrot Conservation in two boundary disputes; representing Leeds United FC in disputes relating to Elland Road Stadium and the training ground at Thorp Arch, and handling a lease renewal dispute for a retail property. The Premier League is also a key client for the firm; name partner Peter McCormick leads the relationship.

As ‘one of the key firms in Harrogate’, Raworths ‘provides an excellent service from the outset’ with ‘a thorough and professional team which is reassuringly consistent’. The team is highly regarded for its expertise in rural-based land disputes; it recently acted for the trustees of the Rockspring Hanover Property Unit Trust in a break notice dispute and dilapidation claim against Balfour Beatty. The Doncaster Trades Union and Labour Club, Parkmount Estates Company and the Yorkshire Agricultural Society are also clients. The ‘open and personable’ Matthew Hill leads the department and ‘presents things very clearly and concisely thanks to a sharp mind and a deep understanding of the subject matter’ and ‘on top of it all is ultimately a thoroughly nice and affable man’.

Chris Drinkall  is head of the team at Rollits LLP, which handles dilapidation disputes, contentious lease renewals, repossession actions and trespass and nuisance actions. Specific areas of expertise for Drinkall include rights of way issues, adverse possession claims, boundary issues and landlord and tenant disputes. Ralph Gilbert  is also a name to note. The firm’s client roster includes Ideal Standard, Cranswick, Superstadium Management Company, Hull City Tigers and Hull College.

Schofield Sweeney ‘provides expertise and advice that is beyond the norm and is not afraid to say what is right rather than what a client may wish to hear’. James Staton and associate Laura Salvati lead the team from Bradford and Leeds respectively; Salvati’s expertise includes estate management issues in the retail sector, landlord and tenant issues, break notices, dilapidation claims and the recovery of rent arrears. In a recent highlight, Salvati acted for Thomas of York in an unopposed lease renewal claim. Games Workshop, ATC Properties, Trafford Centre and Universal Components are also clients. -Sophie Morley joined Clarion.

The ‘professional and client-focused department’ at Wake Smith Solicitors Limited ‘is genuinely excellent for well-documented and timely advice with in-depth industry knowledge and unbreakable discipline’. Elizabeth Shaw, who is ‘a highly driven individual with vast experience and knowledge’, heads the group, which also includes Nick Lambert, who ‘analyses the issues with precision and has a keen eye for detail’. Shaw’s recent work includes representing a local manufacturing company in a dilapidation claim and acting for a claimant in a possession action.

Ward Hadaway’s practice, which ‘provides accurate and realistic advice’, is led by Sharon Mathieson, who splits her time between Leeds, Newcastle and Manchester and focuses on dilapidation claims, service charge issues, break notices, lease renewals forfeitures and possession proceedings. Mathieson’s recent highlights include representing a local authority in proceedings related to limiting the use of land designated as a village green, acting for an occupier in a contentious lease renewal and handling a boundary issues for a landowner. Associate Simon Thirtle is also a name to note and advises commercial landlords, tenant, private individuals and public sector clients.


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Anne Bowden  heads Pinsent Masons LLP’s department, which also counts Kate Orviss  and legal director Stephen Glass as key practitioners; Bowden focuses on national housing schemes and work for local authorities, while Orviss handles PFI housing projects and Glass regularly acts for housebuilders on residential developments and funding structures. Recent highlights include advising the London Borough of Haringey on its procurement of a strategic investment and development partner for the Haringey Development Vehicle, acting for Leeds City Council on its deliverance of new homes in the East Leeds Extension, and assisting Westminster City Council with the development and letting arrangements for its flagship Sir Simon Milton University Technical College which is cross funded by the delivery of 47 residential units. The team is also handling a regeneration scheme opposite Clapham Junction station for the London Borough of Wandsworth and counts the Homes and Communities Agency as a key client. Lovell Partnerships, the London Borough of Hackney, Countryside Properties and Galliford Try Partnerships are also clients.

Walker Morris LLP ‘provides an excellent level of service across the board’ and ‘easily understands the intricacies of any deal it is involved in’. Department head Chris Woodthorpe is ‘one of the best people in the market’ and advises government departments, local authorities, developers and contractors; recent mandates include advising North Lincolnshire County Council on a city centre regeneration for social housing, assisting the Cabinet Office with the disposal and development of a mixed tenure scheme including affordable units and retirement living accommodation, and handling the acquisition of units at Stonebroom Alfreton for Rykneld Homes. Clients also single out housing management and litigation expert Karl Anders, who is assisting a social housing provider with changes derived from the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 and associated Social Housing Rents (Exceptions and Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2016. Consultant Richard Auton is recommended for local housing company delivery structures.

Key practitioners in Bevan Brittan LLP’s practice include department head Richard Stirk , Julie Cowan-Clark , Hugo Stephens  and John Cox ; Stirk handles security, property development and sales mandates, Cowan-Clark regularly acts for housing associations on developments, asset management issues, commercial leasings and plot sale management; Stephens focuses on finance mandates, and Cox is a key name in the housing management team. Clients include Warrington Borough Council and Together Housing Association; Stirk acted for the latter on the recertification of its stock. Other mandates for the department include assisting Yorkshire Housing with its acquisition of a strategic site for development and with its Section 106 acquisition programme, advising Unity Housing Association on its loan agreements and security in a double refinance, and handling a range of property issues for Richmond Fellowship.

Rollits LLP’s expertise encompasses site acquisitions, section 106 agreements, construction issues, landlord and tenant mandates, charity law work and site assembly work. Practice head Douglas Oliver  regularly acts for registered providers; he recently advised Yorkshire Housing on a site assembly matter and assisted Hull Churches Housing Association with 34 units that are pursuant to a section 106 agreement. Recently promoted partner David Myers  is also a name to note; he acted for Yorkshire Housing on its acquisition of land at Allerton Bywater for the development of 55 affordable homes. Other clients include Leeds Federated Housing Association, Pickering & Ferens Homes, Boston Mayflower, Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust and the Abbeyfield Society.

Andrew Hurst  and Simon Petchey  are the key names to note at Schofield Sweeney; Hurst is recommended for his funding and social housing development expertise and regularly acts for registered providers and funders, while Petchey’s recent work includes assisting various housing associations with refinancing work.

Ward Hadaway’s registered provider client base includes Inclusion Housing, which it advised on five projects with Civitas Social Housing; Livin Housing, which it assisted with an option agreement relating to a development; and Isos Homes, which is acted for on its merger with Derwentside Housing. Bernicia, Byker Community Trust, Home Group, Thirteen Group and Mosscare St Vincent’s are also clients. Key practitioners include department head John Murray, who specialises in housing management issues and has experience in anti-social behaviour, disrepair and leasehold disputes; and associate Simon Thirtle, who handles housing litigation. The practice works closely with the firm’s Newcastle office.


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