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Commercial property: Hull and East Yorkshire

Index of tables

  1. Commercial property: Hull and East Yorkshire
  2. Leading individuals

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP is noted for its expertise in complex projects in the retail, food and healthcare sectors, alongside substantial experience acting for port and dock operators. The group also handles option and collaboration agreements, property portfolio issues and renewable energy sector projects. Richard Mays and Paul Barker jointly lead the department; Mays counts retailers and developers as clients, and Barker has notable regional strength. Geoff Phillips has particular expertise in property acquisitions and disposals.

Practice head(s):Richard Mays; Paul Barker

Other key lawyers:Geoff Phillips


'The practice at Andrew Jackson exhibits detailed knowledge and understanding of its clients and the market'.

'Andrew Jackson provides excellent client service'.

Key Clients

Associated British Ports

Carpetright plc/Storey Carpets Limited

Wykeland Group Limited /Bridgeland Developments Limited /Watergate Developments Limited

Bretby (GP) LLP/Centurion Asset Management Limited

Kexgill Group

Coopland & Son (Scarborough) Limited

The Sheffield Investment Company Limited

Greyhawk Propco No 1 Limited

Gleeson Regeneration Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Associated British Ports on its agreements with an international energy supplier, wind farm operator and developer for the laying of cables to facilitate the UK's largest offshore wind farm.
  • Assisted Associated British Ports with the Green Port Hull development, particularly the redevelopment and letting of Alexandra Dock.
  • Acting for The Fruit Market on the development and letting of new-build and refurbished accommodation.
  • Handled rollout agreements and leases for Associated British Ports for the development of substantial operation and maintenance facilities.
  • Acting for Greyhawk on the acquisition and redevelopment of a property in the centre of York.

Under the leadership of property and real estate head Mark Teal, Gosschalks excels in acting for a wide range of clients with notable expertise in the pub, retail, leisure, public, agriculture and energy sectors. The group handles site acquisitions and assembly issues, construction contracts, planning issues, infrastructure work, and sales and disposals. Andy Bell focuses on the licensed retail and leisure sector, Charlotte Chilcott has expertise in landlord and tenant work and high street leases, James Houston acts for national retailers, and Justin Graves advises national public house landlords.

Practice head(s):Mark Teal

Other key lawyers:Andy Bell; Charlotte Chilcott; James Houston; Justin Graves

Key Clients

Ei Group Plc

Costcutter Supermarkets Group Limited

Age UK

Moto Hospitality Limited

William Hill plc

Wellington Pub Company plc

Beal Developments Limited

Arnold White Estates Limited

Horncastle Group plc

MKM Building Supplies Limited

Rougemont Estates

TFG Capital Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Age UK on its national acquisitions, disposals and lease renewals.
  • Handling new site acquisitions and estate management transactions for William Hill Organization Limited.
  • Assisting The Lords Feoffees of the Manor of Bridlington with the management of its property portfolio.
  • Acting for TFG Capital Limited on several bridging finance transactions.

Chris Crystal heads up the practice at Rollits LLP, which stands out for its expertise in the food, education, retail, charity and agricultural sectors. The team also has substantial expertise in secured lending matters (a key area for Crystal), and handling the real estate elements of wider corporate transactions. David Hextall focuses on secured lending work and development finance issues.

Practice head(s):Chris Crystal

Other key lawyers:David Hextall


'Rollits has a pragmatic and flexible approach to working with clients and ensures the client's needs are the first and foremost priority'.

'Chris Crystal is a valuable asset and ensures the client's interests are protected and that the overall objective is kept in sight'.

Key Clients

Reckitt Benckiser plc

Cranswick plc

Fenner plc

The Helmsley Group

Bishop Burton College

Hull City AFC/Allam Marine Limited

Lindum Group Limited

AAK International AB

Ideal Standard

Hull College

Work highlights

  • Advising a charity on estate planning issues and multiple real estate transactions.
  • Assisting a property developer with its property portfolio.
  • Assisting a client with securing the lease for its industrial headquarters.
  • Acting for a client on a land acquisition for a new manufacturing facility.
  • Handling a lease agreement for a retailer for a development site.

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

Index of tables

  1. Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

Rising stars

  1. 1

Addleshaw Goddard has a broad commercial property practice, led by the 'pragmatic, smart and deal-focused' Bruce Lightbody. The firm acts for some of the UK's largest institutional investors as well as some of the country's largest real estate investment trusts. The 'highly professional' Lucy Sturrock is another notable name, working on high-profile transactions and co-leading the firm's national hotel and leisure sector group. Ian Smith, who acts for a number of the firm's major clients, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Bruce Lightbody

Other key lawyers:Lucy Sturrock; Ian Smith


'The individuals we work with demonstrate a caring attitude; specifically Bruce Lightbody and David Shaw'

'Lucy Sturrock provided us with invaluable advice on a major hotel transaction. She has led the transaction for us in a highly professional manner, always maintaining a positive approach and providing the coordination and leadership required to best progress matters'

'The team consistently demonstrates very strong commercial thinking, combined with unrivalled levels of experience on transactions. This allows Addleshaw to provide advice which is strong, relevant and enables clear decision making at critical points'

'Knowledgeable and helpful, good with advice at the start of projects, proficient and timely.'

'Bruce Lightbody is one of the leading lawyers in the region'.

Key Clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Lancaster University

Muse Developments

Travelodge Hotels Limited

Heeton Holdings Limited

Columbia Threadneedle Investments

U+I and CTP

Ribston Industrial Fund

Siemens PLC


Work highlights

  • Advised Columbia Threadneedle Investments on the £42m acquisition of Network North Portfolios.
  • Advised Lancaster University on the £41m development of the Health Innovation Campus as well as a new whole-life care and research establishment.
  • Advised Muse Developments Limited on £40m pre-let of warehouse developments in Leeds to Premier Farnell.
  • Advised Travelodge Hotels Limited on the construction of new hotel in Middlesex Street, London.
  • Advised Heeton Holdings Limited on the acquisition of three hotels, including one in Glasgow and one in Edinburgh.

DLA Piper UK LLP is a leading firm for retail property law, with significant expertise in the manufacturing, transport and energy sectors, leveraging the firm's international presence to facilitate cross-jurisdictional work. Notable names include former practice head Tim Field, who acts for national and international clients, and Ruth Williamson, who has experience in corporate occupier asset management. Susan Samuel, who has acted for hotel operators and developers, joined the firm from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in early 2019.

Practice head(s):John Kittle

Other key lawyers:Tim Field; Ruth Williamson

Key Clients

JD Sports

British Airways

Diocese of Leeds

New Look


West Yorkshire Passenger Executive

Smithy Wood Business Park

Elliott Group Limited

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Sytner Group Limited

Telereal Trillium

Merlin Entertainments

Hain Daniels

Work highlights

  • Advising British Airways on its response to the Heathrow third runway expansion. The airline owns 20% of the land required for the development.
  • Advised RBS on a post completion re-organisation after the bank accepted seven pre-emption notices served by their landlord, a division of Legal & General, by serving counter notices.
  • Advised Smithy Wood Business Parks Development on the £6.1m sale of an investment property let to DPD Group Limited to Tritax.
  • Advising Uber on its European property portfolio, including all acquisitions and new developments.
  • Advising Telereal Trillium on the £300m grant of leases for 280 properties to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP boasts a national team with expertise in retail, development and investment work, and its large and prestigious client base puts it in the top tier for commercial property. George Bacon heads up the practice, which advises a range of big-name retailers and shopping centres, while Simon Harris has taken lead roles on some of the firm's major deals since his promotion to partner in 2018. Ian Barker, who has significant public sector development experience, recently relocated to the Leeds office from Manchester, while hospitality and leisure expert Susan Samuel departed for DLA Piper UK LLP.

Practice head(s):George Bacon

Other key lawyers:Simon Harris


'George Bacon is a excellent lawyer and easy to deal with'.

Key Clients

Legal & General

Wm Morrison Supermarkets


Kier Group



UK Land Estates

Harworth Group


Texton REIT

Work highlights

  • Advised Kier Property Developments on the £29m acquisition of Birmingham city centre development site at Arena Central from Miller Developments.
  • Advised Next on the £62.5m acquisition and forward funding of a warehouse facility at Waltham Abbey.
  • Advised KFC on sale of a portfolio of over 160 UK restaurants to numerous franchisees.
  • Advised London Pensions Fund Authority on the £45m purchase of a portfolio of seven established industrial estates.
  • Advised Wm Morrison Supermarkets on the acquisition of new store site in Amble in Northumberland.

Pinsent Masons LLP's growing national team is led by property head Jonathan Riley and property development and investment head Richard Daffern. The practice advises key regional developers, taking lead roles on high-profile housing and regeneration projects. Universities and higher education head Victoria Goddard advises universities on accommodation projects, campus redevelopment and estate matters, while other notable names include Stephen Glass, who has investor and residential expertise, and Natalie Harris, who acts for clients including investors, developers and public authorities.

Practice head(s):Richard Daffern; Jonathan Riley

Other key lawyers:Victoria Goddard; Stephen Glass; Natalie Harris


'Wide depth of knowledge and experience across all areas. Easy people to work with, who will take the time to work with our teams and will explain complex issues in an easy to follow manner. The team builds up good relationships with advisers acting on the other side.'

'Good understanding of my business and customer service. High standard of associates.'

'Richard Daffern has been my principal point of contact for many years - he has good knowledge of what the company does and is very responsive.'

Key Clients

Aviva Investors

Royal London

AXA - IM Real Assets

University of Leeds

Henry Boot

Leeds City Council

Westminster City Council

Octopus Healthcare/Medicx

London Borough of Wandsworth

London and Associated Properties

Work highlights

  • Advised the University of York on the £100m procurement and development of student accommodation at Heslington East.
  • Advising a joint venture between South Tyneside Council and Sunderland City Council on the promotion of a new 150-hectare manufacturing park in Sunderland and South Tyneside.
  • Advised House of Fraser on its property liabilities for its store portfolio across England and Wales in connection with its Company Voluntary Arrangement and administration.
  • Advising Westminster City Council in relation to Church Street regeneration project involving more than 1,750 homes and Church Street market.
  • Advised Grainger on a £52m acquisition by way of forward funding of a site for redevelopment as a 261-unit build-to-rent scheme.

Leeds firm Walker Morris LLP has an extensive client base across the Yorkshire region, London and the international arena. Nick Cannon leads the team while Jeremy Moore is noted as a 'standout' performer, handling work for many of the firm's overseas clients. Other important names are Judith Pike, whose recent work has focused on the energy and regeneration sectors, and Will Cousins, who has worked on a number of significant multimillion-pound transactions since making partner in 2017. Director Adam Reed is also well-regarded for his work for ultra high net worth individuals on London acquisitions.

Practice head(s):Nick Cannon

Other key lawyers:Jeremy Moore; Judith Pike; Will Cousins; Adam Reed


'We have been working with Walker Morris now for four years and have always found them to be particularly attentive and offer a first class service. We would have no problem recommending them to others.'

'The team offers unrivalled knowledge across the sector. This is accompanied by a level of personal care and attention you would expect from a family practice.'

'The all-round service offer set Walker Morris apart from its competitors.'

'Jeremy Moore and Martin McKeague are standout partners from the commercial property team.'

'Joanne Hunter is highly experienced in the residential team and has dealt with some complicated issues for our house building business.'

'Will Cousins is excellent, particularly attentive and always able to jump on things and turn them around quickly. He is always involved even if associates are taking the lead on matters and we have total faith that he has our clients interests at the forefront of his attention. It is for this reason that we have recommended other clients to engage with him and Walker Morris as a whole.'

'All individuals at Walker Morris (from front desk to partner) are personable and fun to work with.'

'The team at Walker Morris fields several exceptional talents. Judith Pike is an excellent lawyer, Jeremy Moore is a stalwart statesman and a class act, and Adam Reed is a smashing lawyer'.

Key Clients

Talisker Corporation


Homes England

Kier Property

Unite Group

St Bride's Managers

Scarborough Group

Port of Tilbury

Work highlights

  • Advised the Talisker Corporation on the acquisition of Wembley Central and purchase of The Cube in Birmingham.
  • Advised Kier Property on the £40m construction of new offices for Durham County Council.
  • Advised the Scarborough Group on the opening of the Thorpe Park Retail and Leisure Park.
  • Acted for St Bride's Managers on the purchase of several properties.
  • Advised the Unite Group on a 15-year lease of student accommodation to the University of Sheffield.

Clarion's real estate practice has grown significantly since its establishment in 2007, up from six lawyers in 2015 to fifteen in 2018. The team is led by the 'exceptional' Martin Grange who acts for a number of local and national developers. The team covers range of industry sectors including development, retail and leisure, property finance and investment. A notable name is the 'thorough and responsive' Alison Batty, who has become the team’s self-invested pension scheme specialist, while the 'commercially sensible' Lindsay Texel, who has led on several large portfolio acquisitions, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Martin Grange

Other key lawyers:Lindsay Texel; Alison Batty


'The Clarion team are exceptionally knowledgeable and professional. They have a proactive approach, which is refreshing'

'What makes Clarion's practice unique is their excellent approach to providing a first-class legal service'

'We have worked with Clarion on a number of property transactions and always find the team to be approachable and knowledgeable, providing commercial advice in a straightforward manner'

'Clarion provides a practical and no-nonsense approach based on dealing with the client's needs'

'Professional, friendly, informative and above all very proactive'

'Martin Grange is an exceptional partner who is always willing to jump in and help out at short notice if required'

'Alison Batty is thorough and responsive and always quick to respond'

'Eve Gregory is not our main contact but she stepped in to cover annual leave and it was amazing to get an exchange completed against a tight deadline'

'Having worked alongside Lindsay Texel and Alison Batty, their experienced knowledge and advice is invaluable. Two very genuine people that are passionate in providing an excellent service'

'Lindsey Texel is very good - commercially sensible and gets to the point and deals with things in a practical way. Generally happy to go above and beyond if needed'

'Marcus Watson is the lead contact. We have worked together on unique transactions and have found he is always capable of thinking out of the box to come up with a viable solution. He is able to present issues in an easy to comprehend manner without the use of legal jargon'

'They get on with the job but involve the client with how well or otherwise the job is progressing to ensure a satisfactory outcome is achieved'

'My dealings with Lindsay Texel and Eve Gregory and the rest of the conveyancing team have been a joy to say the least - they are proactive, friendly and professional and their knowledge and skill is the best I have encountered to date'

'Ben Lamb is really commercial, quick and efficient at getting deals over the line'

Key Clients

Arc Inspirations

Aldermore Bank

ATC Properties

HSN Care

Harron Homes

Persimmon Homes

Hill Giftware


KMRE Group


Work highlights

  • Advised the KMRE Group on the £27m acquisition of a site in Nottingham for a PRS scheme for over 100 units.
  • Advised Strata Homes Yorkshire on negotiation, exchanging and completing the £40m purchase of land in Dishforth for residential development.  
  • Acted for Sherburn Promotions on a collaboration to bring together two adjoining land parcels in Sherburn in Elmet for residential development.
  • Advised HSN Care on the acquisition and development of a Peterborough care home for profoundly disabled adults.
  • Acted for Gilbanks Group on the leasehold acquisition of two floors of Pinsent Masons' offices in Leeds.

Shulmans LLP has a strong presence in the housebuilding sector, deploying a specialist team to advise overseas investors on developing their portfolios, while it also focuses on property finance work for banks. Simon Jackson and Rosemary Edwards jointly head the team, with Jackson heading up the commercial real estate group and Edwards leading the residential development team. The firm has a 'broad range' of knowledge in commercial areas as evidenced by its work in the areas of retail and property development. Kieran Wilkinson provides 'clear, pragmatic advice', working closely with the firm's corporate finance team.

Practice head(s):Simon Jackson; Rosemary Edwards

Other key lawyers:Kieran Wilkinson


'Progressive firm with knowledgeable staff over a broad range of commercial areas'

'Always mindful of commercial interests and sensibilities. Extremely prompt responses and good quality work'

'Kieran Wilkinson continues to give clear, pragmatic advice. He and his team also turn documentation around very swiftly when required, thus ensuring we in turn give good service to our tenants'

'Simon Rhodes is now our go-to lawyer for commercial property matters'

Key Clients

Evans Property Group

Town Centre Securities

Clipper Logistics

Barratt Homes/David Wilson Homes

Duchy Homes

CALA Homes

Avant Homes

4Urban Consulting

Princes Quay Estates

Jones Homes

Work highlights

  • Represented Clipper Logistics in respect of a lease of a warehouse facility in Sheffield.
  • Handled portfolio management work for TCS Holdings at the Merrion Centre, a shopping centre in Leeds.
  • Ongoing portfolio work for Evans Property Group, including lettings at Minerva House to Arthur J Gallagher Insurance Brokers, Gateley and Stowe Family Law, as well as disposals of seven properties worth a total of £40m.
  • Acted for Cromsdale Property Group on the purchase of a 1.4-acre site in North Yorkshire for residential housing.
  • Negotiated the £3m disposal of a brownfield site in Harrogate for the development of a healthcare facility.

Squire Patton Boggs' practice, which provides an 'excellent service', is led by European real estate head Matthew Dalzell. The team covers a wide range of sectors, including development, retail and entertainment, and retains a strong position in markets across the north of England, continuing to pick up  mandates for a range of major infrastructure projects. Andrew Sprake, who leads the real estate finance team, is another key member of the practice acting as client relationship partner for Leeds City Council and leading on a number of key deals in the energy and public sectors. Prew Lumley, who advises a line-up of well-known retail and leisure clients, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Matthew Dalzell

Other key lawyers:Andrew Sprake; Prew Lumley


'Excellent service delivered all around.'

'Always available, practical and keen to solve issues and help deals over the line.'

Key Clients

Jomast Group

Leeds City Council

Live Nation Group

Muse Developments

Selfridges Group



Henry Boots Developments

Citu Group


Mayborn Group

Cheyne Capital

Capital & Centric



Pharmacy 2U

Mercia Power Response

Cath Kidston


Work highlights

  • Advising Charlotte Tilbury on the property, construction and tax aspects of a new lease for office and studio headquarters.
  • Advising Leeds City Council on the £650m South Bank regeneration project, including potential funding for the refurbishment of Temple Works and redevelopment and regeneration of wider South Bank area, a project which has the potential to enlarge Leeds by almost a third.
  • Advising Live Nation Music on the £250m acquisition of new London headquarters.
  • Acting for Visionary Leisure on a series of pub business acquisitions worth £20m.
  • Acting for Lloyds Banking Group on a number of real estate finance matters worth a combined total of £450m.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has a large real estate practice undertaking national work, underpinned by international connections bolstered by the firm's 2017 transatlantic merger. The Leeds team is led by Mark Owen, who is a 'force to be reckoned with', alongside the hugely experienced and high-profile Paula Dillon. The firm covers the retail, development, investment and residential sectors, and has secured a number of new client wins over the past year. Julia Dacre Field, a highly regarded specialist who leads the residential team, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Mark Owen

Other key lawyers:Paula Dillon; Julia Dacre Field


'The comprehensive service is one of the biggest attractions. I may be proceeding with a property development transaction, but I know that behind the scenes there is construction advice, planning advice, tax and corporate advice, so I truly receive a one-stop shop, but all with a single point of contact.'

'Good knowledge at all levels of the business.'

'The team is well resourced with the required spread of experience to support our business both in terms of fee earner levels and specialisms. It has the ability to support us on large consortium projects and co-ordinate a multi-disciplinary approach from their team to provide us with streamlined and focused advice. Responsive and commercially aware.'

'I have worked with Julia Dacre-Field on a number of complex land assembly transactions over the recent years, and what stands out is not only her ability to decipher the complexities of the deals, but also to see the pragmatic and commercial way forward, to actually see the deals over the line. Her work ethic and persistence are a credit, yet all delivered with a down to earth and flexible manner.'

'Mark Owen has razor sharp knowledge and is a force to be reckoned with. He always focuses on the solution and finding a way through complex legal matters.'

'David Cole always gets the job done. An efficient and pleasant individual to work with.'

'They go the extra mile and put the client first. They do not come across as solely fee orientated like some other firms. Julia Field provides top quality practical advice and solutions and is finely tuned into her client's needs and requirements'

Key Clients

Commercial Estates Group

Leeds City Council

Bellway Homes

Town Centre Securities

Doncaster Borough Council

Linden Limited

Wykeland Group

Taylor Wimpey

University of Law

Caddick Developments Limited

Beal Homes

Barratt & David Wilson Homes

Strata Homes


Amer Sports


Yorkshire Land

Persimmon Homes

Work highlights

  • Acting for Leeds City Council in relation to the £600m redevelopment of Victoria Gate, Leeds.
  • Acting for Places for People Group in relation to an ongoing development programme including acquisitions of sites, development agreements and acquisitions of units from housebuilders.
  • Acting for the University of Law on the opening of its 10th campus in Nottingham.
  • Dealt with the acquisition of two parcels of land for Taylor Wimpey and Linden Limited.

DWF advises a wide range of real estate clients, both regionally and nationally. The team, which is led by the 'technically very competent' Jim Speed, has a client list which includes developers, investment funds, house builders and public sector organisations. Andrew Flounders is a standout individual who was lead partner on a major sports development project in Leeds, while senior associate Nick Wallace is also notable for having led a number of major investment and development cases.

Practice head(s):Jim Speed

Other key lawyers:Andrew Flounders; Nick Wallace


'DWF gives a personal professional service - we feel very much a valued client and they understand our company.'

'Jim Speed is technically very competent and will give a commercial view when required'

Key Clients


Caddick Group

Moorfield Group



Wykeland Group

Rivington Land

Sterling Capitol

Catella Real Estate AG

Oakgate Group

Palmer Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Acted for Leeds Cricket Football and Athletic Company in relation to the £40m redevelopment of the South Stand and North-South Stand at Headingley Stadium in Leeds.
  • Advised Opus North/Palmer Capital on the £31m sale of Morrisons units at Hunslet, Leeds to Aviva Investors.
  • Acted for Moorfield Group on the £66m sale of The Keel, Queens Dock, Liverpool and The Tramshed, Preston.
  • Acting for Trident Hotels on the £10m acquisition, development and funding of a new hotel in Barrow-in-Furness.
  • Advised Opus North/Palmer Capital on the £51.7m sale of Hillsborough Morrisons to Supermarket Income REIT.

Gateley Plc's real estate team has three key areas of focus; residential development, retail and mixed use development and real estate finance. The practice includes George Parker-Fuller and John Kiff who form the specialist residential team. Philip Gregory heads a team which carries out major work for developers on retail and mixed use developments. The firm has also been boosted by the addition of Barbara Rollin from Shoosmiths LLP, who now heads up the real estate finance team.

Practice head(s):George Parker-Fuller; Philip Gregory

Other key lawyers:John Kiff; Barbara Rollin

Key Clients

Bellway Homes

Taylor Wimpey

Miller Homes

Keepmoat Homes

BDW Trading

Peveril Securities

Commercial Development Projects

Marlborough Property Co

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to Taylor Wimpey around developing government and lending policy in New Build leasehold housing.
  • Advising Miller Homes on a mixed-use development spanning 2,500 houses and a commercial district centre.
  • Providing legal support to Lovell Partnerships Limited on the £30m development of 100 new homes in Louth.
  • Handling lease assignments, variations and new leases on a portfolio of properties acquired by Pavers Limited as a result of the administration of Jones Bootmaker.
  • Advising Miller Homes Limited and Story Homes on the £150m development of more than 500 new homes in Newcastle.

Gordons LLP has several key area of focus, including retail and residential development, property finance and distribution centres, advising a range of regional and national clients. The practice is led by Paul Young, who specialises in commercial development, residential development, secured lending and industrial acquisitions and disposals. Joanne Fearnley has 25 years of experience of dealing with commercial property transactions, while Sarah Ratcliffe is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Paul Young

Other key lawyers:Joanna Fearnley; Sarah Ratcliffe


'The team has the ability to explain things in straightforward terms, and we also receive valuable advice on ways to proceed. We've tried several others who fail in comparison.'

'Excellent attention to detail; swift and commercial.'

'Michael Finnett iexcellent, very balanced - he can adapt to our way of thinking. He is not afraid to tell us what we don't want to hear and his team are attentive, responsive and knowledgeable. They get the job done efficiently and professionally.'

Key Clients

Molson Coors

B&M Retail

Iceland Foods

AO World

Wren Kitchens


Hermes Parcelnet

Safestyle UK


Heron Foods

Timothy Taylors


Work highlights

  • Advised PMAC Energy on an option agreement and 28-year lease of 25 acres of land at Redcar Bulk Terminal. The site is intended to be used for a £250m waste to energy plant.
  • Acting as adviser to B&M Retail on property acquisitions, lease renewals and management work.
  • Sole legal adviser to Iceland Foods on all property acquisitions.
  • Assisting with the rollout of Hermes Parcelnet's national network of hubs and depots.

Irwin Mitchell has a broad real estate practice, with a focus on commercial development and regeneration, strategic land and site assembly, student accommodation and PRS, education, real estate finance, corporate occupiers and investment and management. The team is led by the 'stand out' and 'absolutely superb' John Flathers. Also notable is James Knowles, who has recently led on several major developments. Michelle Beaumont, who has a broad range of real estate transaction experience, joined the firm from Pinsent Masons LLP in late 2018.

Practice head(s):John Flathers

Other key lawyers:James Knowles; Michelle Beaumont


'Great partner contact - we see more from this Leeds partner in our London offices than we see from our other lawyers working round the corner'

'The Irwin Mitchell property team is extremely experienced and has a fantastic depth of knowledge to deal with. Irwin Mitchell's approach to solving problems and issues is first class. They are very commercial in their approach which enables the principle points of a negotiation to be focused upon'

'Easy to work with, commercial and efficient. They are proactive and do what they can to get a transaction over the line on time and on budget'

'Irwin Mitchell in Leeds have an outstanding property team who have been a pleasure to deal with. They are highly professional, approachable and efficient and I could not recommend them highly enough'

'John Flathers and Max Nesbitt both stand out and have been absolutely superb. We were involved in a challenging deal and John and Max's knowledge, professionalism, tenacity and clarity was key to the deal going through'

'John Flathers is a standout partner, always approachable and helpful'

'James Knowles is extremely diligent and very committed to his practice and role and addresses the majority of issues before reporting them to the client'

Key Clients

Henry Boot Developments

Clugston Estates

Rula Developments

Jones Lang LaSalle

Caddick Land

Gravity Fitness

Craig & Rose

National Grid

Newitt & Co

Country Style Foods


Work highlights

  • Acted for GNW Estates on the £6m development of a Travelodge in Mansfield.
  • Acted on behalf of Henry Boot Developments in connection with the £200m purchase of 85 acres of land.
  • Acting on behalf of Rula Developments on the £100m promotion of three prime sites.
  • Acted on behalf of Henry Boot Developments on the £6m acquisition of land from Derbyshire County Council.
  • Acting for FRP Advisory on the terms of their new Manchester, Leeds and Teeside offices.

Lupton Fawcett's real estate team is known for its property management expertise and has a range of clients across the Yorkshire region with David Whitaker leading the team. David Coleman, who offers 'concise and pragmatic' advice, is a notable name having been lead partner on much of the firm's development work. The practice was significantly boosted in late 2018 by the promotion of three senior associates to the partnership - Kirsty Barsby, Zoe Lang and Sarah Temple, nearly doubling the number of partners in the team.

Practice head(s):David Whitaker

Other key lawyers:David Coleman; Kirsty Barsby; Zoe Lang; Sarah Temple


'David Coleman offers concise and pragmatic property advice whilst retaining a commercial viewpoint. He does not seek to score points against the other side and instead concentrates on securing a commercial outcome for his client.'

Key Clients

Jack Lunn Properties

William Birch  & Sons

ISG Group

Redhall Group

Loxley Homes

Leeds Building Society

HIG Bauer Group


Evans of Leeds

Grangers International

Work highlights

  • Advised Loxley Homes on the £15m acquisition of a residential development site in South Yorkshire.
  • Acting for Leeds Grand Theatre to facilitate a £17m infrastructure project for Opera North.
  • Representing landowners in connection with an agreement to secure a £10m development of farmland.
  • Advised Grangers International on the £6m development of a new factory and sale of an existing one.
  • Advised Montgomery Property Investments on the £23m sale of three multi-let industrial properties.

Mills & Reeve LLP has a full service real estate team which advises on national and international property projects. The firm has a range of clients including investors, developers, land owners, institutional and local authority funds and corporations. The team is led by Simon Sherwood, who focuses on real estate investment, with a particular expertise in primary healthcare development work. Real estate represents roughly a third of Mills & Reeve's total turnover, demonstrating the significance of the practice to the wider firm.

Practice head(s):Simon Sherwood; Beverley Firth

Key Clients

Consolidated Property Group

Harmony Bridge

Encon Insulation

The British Library

Brookgate Property

Ridgeon Group

London House Exchange

DB Cargo

General Practice Investment Corporation


Work highlights

  • Advised Ridgeon Properties on the £27m sale of a brownfield site with the benefit of residential planning permission to Cambridge City Council.
  • Reviewing around 800 acres of land and buildings for bank security for Coutts & Company.
  • Advising Consolidated Property Group on lettings on new retail park developments at Newquay and St Albans to major retailers including B&Q, Wilko, Pets at Home, KFC and Costa Coffee.
  • Advising Encon Insulation on the grant of two new industrial leases following extensive landlord work.
  • Advising The British Library on general estates matters including lettings and occupation licences.

Schofield Sweeney's commercial property team is one of the largest in the region and has particular specialisms in residential development, property finance and renewable energy. Darren Birkinshaw heads up the practice, which has grown significantly with the addition of regional developers as clients. Manjit Virdee leads the firm's property finance offering, acting for a number of major banks, while the practice also covers the healthcare, retail and education sectors. Dean Jowett left after five years at the firm to establish Tyr Law.

Practice head(s):Darren Birkinshaw

Other key lawyers:Manjit Virdee


'Transparent fees and very user friendly. The firm understands onerous bank reporting requirements.'

'Quick to respond and manage workflow very well.'

'Easy to deal with and friendly people who are comfortable speaking to both us and our clients. They respond quickly and take action as requested. They are often cheaper than their peers, without any change in quality.'

'Readily available and quick to return calls, particularly at partner level. Manjit Virdee is a great example, always managing client expectations.'

'Well known across the whole professional market in all disciplines.'

Key Clients

The Trafford Centre

Santander UK

Persimmon Homes

Pinnacle View Homes

Geenhaus Group

Strata Homes

Shearings Group

Sheffield United Hotel

YPP Lettings & Management Co


Horton Housing Association

Chartford Housing

Wharfedale Grange

Averroes Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Shawbrook Bank Limited and Scarborough Group on a £7m funding line to support Scarborough Group's property developments in the Greater Manchester area.
  • Advised S&M Real Estate and SM Real Estate and Barclays Bank on a multimillion-pound refinance and capital raise in respect of the Grade II listed Britannia buildings in Huddersfield.
  • Acted for Persimmon Homes on the £50m purchases of former Castleford and Normanton hospital site for 150 new dwellings.
  • Advised Malik Halls on £3m refinancing on a Bradford student accommodation block and three ground floor retail units.

Shoosmiths LLP's Leeds real estate practice, which was launched in late 2016, has expertise in commercial investment, property finance, residential development and retail. The firm, which has a range of national and regional clients, also covers the more niche areas of equity release, motorway service areas and insolvency. Simon Meek leads the team, having notable experience in the investment sector. Matthew Lonergan joined as a partner from DLA Piper UK LLP in August 2018, while Barbara Rollin departed for Gateley Plc.

Practice head(s):Simon Meek

Other key lawyers:Matthew Lonergan

Key Clients

Allied London

Cinnamon Group

Extra MSA



Palmer Capital Partners

Park Lane Properties

Rhodes Asset Management

Sports Direct

The Brooke Group/Quest Property

Work highlights

  • Advised Highwood Group in relation to the £350m acquisition of a 62-hectare site at Stoneham Lane, Eastleigh.
  • Advising Extra MSA Group on the development and ongoing £50m financing of a new motorway service area in Leeds.
  • Acting for Cinnamon Group on the acquisition of luxury care home/retirement schemes with each transaction worth £10m.
  • Represented Moorfield Group on the £25m acquisition and forward funding of a student accommodation scheme.
  • Represented Allied London on its £300m investment in the old Granada Studios site.

Ward Hadaway's growing property team advises a number of regional residential developers, while also handling property finance work and other commercial development. The team is led by Kevin Weston, who has 25 years of experience working in the Yorkshire region, during which time he has built up a well-established client base. His key specialism is advising charity property holding clients on collaborations with partners covering both mixed use developments and regeneration schemes. David Pridmore is another notable name, being lead partner on work in the energy, property and refinancing sectors. Lucinda Peters, who joined from DWF, undertakes specialist work for private banks, covering development and investment finance.

Practice head(s):Kevin Weston

Other key lawyers:David Pridmore; Lucinda Peters


'Extremely responsive.'

'Helen O'Neil & David Pridmore are extremely responsive and constantly provide updates.'

'David Pridmore is always willing to give advice and comments even if that is without a formal instruction - his advice and comments are presented in a straightforward way and tasks are dealt with promptly and efficiently.'

Key Clients

OCS Group

Allied London

Canal & River Trust

The Land Restoration Trust

Eshton Group of Companies

Kirklees Council

Contract Natural Gas

TTS Shipping Group

Freudenberg Filtration Technologies UK

Springfield Healthcare

Work highlights

  • Dealing with the property aspects of the share sale of Kaystan Holdings, the operaters of a metal trading business across the north of England.
  • Acted for Keepmoat Homes on the conditional £7m acquisiton of land in Wakefield for a new housing scheme from the local authority and the ongoing disposal of the affordable units to Wakefield and District Housing.
  • Advising TTS on the real estate aspects of its strategic relocation of timber treatment and storage facilities from Alexandra Dock and King George Dock, Hull to new premises at King George Dock and Immingham Dock, Hull.
  • Acting for J Pullan & Sons on the acquisition of a site formerly occupied by Kodak at Morley in Leeds.
  • Advising Barclays on the refinancing of the property portfolio of a prominent Yorkshire company, a  transaction which involved securing a facility over fifty five residential properties which included registered and unregistered land.

Bevan Brittan LLP has a growing real estate team covering both the private and public sectors. The firm's specialisms include advising secured lending clients,  as well as private sector commercial developers, pension schemes, charities, industrial companies and education clients. Deborah Powell and Lyndon Campbell are two key partners who lead the private sector work, while Julie Cowan-Clark, who plays an important role in the firm's work in the social housing and residential development spheres, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Michael Boyd

Other key lawyers:Deborah Powell; Lyndon Campbell; Julie Cowan-Clark

Key Clients


Hornbeam Park Developments

A Shade Greener

Svenska Handelsbanken

TechHub Europe

W.P. Holdings

Park Lane Properties


Yorkshire Housing

Bestway National Chemists

Work highlights

  • Advising Svenska Handelsbanken on the £4.1m refinance of a large portfolio of mixed commercial property ranging from hotel/leisure, industrial and development land.
  • Advised WP Holdings on the £1.5m acquisition of an industrial unit in Leeds.
  • Advising on multiple lettings for Hornbeam Park Developments following the acquisition and redevelopment of Gardner House in Harrogate.
  • Acted for Yorkshire Housing Limited on the acquisition of a development site.
  • Acting for Classic Prop Hire Company in the taking of two leases worth £506,000.

Blacks Solicitors LLP's real estate practice advises clients in sectors including leisure, charity, sports, pensions and healthcare. The team is led by Nick Dyson, who has a particular interest in the holiday and home parks market, developing strong client relationships and building the firm's reputation as an authority in the sector. The residential real estate team provides advice on issues including plot sales, leasehold enfranchisement, investment portfolio transfers, finance, and bespoke, hi-value residential conveyancing.

Practice head(s):Nick Dyson


'All the team understood the key time in a transaction when going the extra mile is essential.'

'I have total faith and trust in both their integrity and advice.'

'My main and most important contact within Blacks throughout the time I have been working with them has been Marc Warren. He has a warm and welcome approach to our business. His outlook is always positive and he has made himself available for discussions over and above what would be deemed as everyday work. We have spoken outside of office hours and formed a great friendship over the months we have worked together.'

'Matthew Hutchinson has always been very responsive, he provides solid advice in difficult situations and takes a sensible/commercial view.

'Many solicitors spend too long counting the hours. Matthew was happy to work with fixed fees and complete the work on time.'

'Nick Dyson, Nigel Hoyle and David Patterson are the people who stand out because of their comnmitment to the client and determination to get deals done wherever possible.'

'Chris Allen is a highly accomplished solicitor and an inspirational leader with fantastic people skills who always displays a positive persona.'

'Charlotte Spowage and Ian Errington provide a fantastic service.'

'Chris Waddingham - I think his adaptability and loyalty is admirable as he tackles new challenges.'

'Nick Dyson and his team are highly professional and excellent communicators. Phone calls/ emails are responded to swiftly and queries are thoroughly and efficiently answered.'

'I feel like Black's only client when I talk to them.'

'A unique blend of commerciality, realism, proactivity and approachability.'

Work highlights

  • Advised the managing agent of a block of flats on lease terms, dealing with breach of lease covenants, preparing ancillary agreements, and additional lease regulations.
  • Provided a range of legal and management services relating to leasehold residential properties.

Freeths LLP's real estate team focuses on commercial development, leisure and retail, public sector and pharmacy clients. Matthew Thompson leads the practice, and also leads on much of the team's most significant work in sectors including manufacturing, retail and leisure. Liz Banks is another notable name, leading the firm's local government team, with a focus on investment and development transactions.

Practice head(s):Matthew Thompson

Other key lawyers:Liz Banks

Key Clients



Travis Perkins

Glentrool Estates Group

Highgrove Group

Opus Land

S Harrison Developments

Leeds City Council

Harrogate Borough Council

Prestige Car Direct Properties

Imaan Ltd

Sharief Healthcare

Marsdens Developments

Work highlights

  • Advised Prestige Car Direct Properties on the proposed £50m development and letting of Fieldon Bridge Retail and Leisure Park.
  • Represented Leeds City Council in connection with the £20m redevelopment of a key site in Leeds city centre.
  • Represented Wickes on numerous property matters, including the development of new stores and portfolio management.
  • Represented Bishopdyke Enterprises Limited in the £4.5m sale and forward funding of a 50,000 sq ft unit at Sherburn2, Sherburn in Elmet to Vickers-Lee Holdings.
  • Advised Opus Land on the £10m development of a retail and leisure scheme at Llandudno.

Langleys Solicitors LLP's practice provides the full range of commercial property services, both regionally and nationally, advising developers, investors, banks, pension funds and corporate end users. The team is led by Tim Cross , who focuses on development and investment matters, acting for a roster of retail clients. Another notable name is Emma Warner, who specialises in landlord and tenant matters, property finance and advice to high street retail clients.

Practice head(s):Tim Cross

Other key lawyers:Emma Warner

Key Clients

W Boyes & Co

In-Site Property Solutions

Bauer Consumer Media Ltd

Barmston Developments

Arrow Electronics (UK)

Helmsley Securities

York St John University

Bayford & Co (Developments)


York Potash Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted in relation to the grant of an agreement for lease and lease to the Travelodge premises at Monks Cross.
  • Advised Connaught Court on the £3m acquisition of land for residential development in York.
  • Advised Helmsley Securities on the £2.8m purchase of the freehold of 4 The Cross Worcester for a group of syndicated investors.
  • Advised G R Potter Holdings on the £1.4m purchase of an industrial site in Leeds for the expansion of client’s plant hire business.
  • Advised Encore Envelopes on an agreement for lease conditional upon the surrender of the existing lease to a third party, and lease of a site in Dewsbury to expand the client’s existing business.

Harrogate firm Raworths' real estate practice handles both commercial and residential property work, attracting clients from the Yorkshire region. The team is led by the 'thorough' Alasdair Inglis who advises on all aspects of mainstream commercial property work, including development, investment, corporate occupier and finance, and has a 'strong knowledge' of the 'key risk areas for lenders'. Another key figure in the firm is the highly experienced Janice Dale, who works with some of the firm's most well-established clients.

Practice head(s):Alasdair Inglis

Other key lawyers:Janice Dale


'A long established Harrogate firm with comparable expertise to much larger corporate legal firms. Its commercial property knowledge is strong, particularly for local transactions - the ability to meet at short notice to discuss any potential issues is a key advantage.'

'The property team at Raworths have been instrumental in the success we have achieved. Leases are drafted swiftly and circulated to the tenants.' 

'If we are unsure of how to deal with any unique legal elements, the firm is happy to offer the relevant advice and explain simply without complications. We can get hold of them and do not have to wait hours or days for emails or phone calls to be returned.'

Key Clients

Rockspring Hanover Property Unit Trust

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Work highlights

  • Handled year-round Instruction on all landlord and tenant matters for Rockspring Hanover Property Unit Trust, including a lease for 15,000 sq ft for a manufacturing tenant
  • Represented a landlord in securing a tenant at its industrial park.

Weightmans is known for its work in the leisure sector, acting for several pub companies. The team is led by James Sargent, who advises clients on development, acquisitions and investment alongside Mark Crabtree , a specialist in the licence and leisure industry. The firm's real estate team also acts for a number of investors and developers including overseas investors buying landmark buildings for conversion into residential apartments.

Practice head(s):Andrea Steventon; James Sargen; Mark Crabtree

Key Clients

Punch Taverns

Admiral Taverns

Greene King Plc

Broadland Properties

Hoyer Petrolog (UK)


Calderdale College

Bootham School


East Riding Fertility Services

Royal Mail Group

Energiepark UK LI GmbH

Martsons Plc


West Ranga Property Group

Kerfoot CS

Surrey & Sussex Police Forces

Berwins' real estate team is known for its high value commercial development transaction and agricultural work. The, practice, which is led by Jo Randall, is noted locally for advising landowners on various deals including options, conditional contracts and land promotion agreements. The team is also known for its work on freehold and leasehold commercial transactions.

Practice head(s):Jo Randall

Key Clients

Commercial Development Projects

Pearl Northern Developments

Andrew Cartlidge

Capsticks LLP's Leeds commercial property team draws on the firm's expertise in the health and social care and housing sectors. The local practice is led by Lisa Geary, who has particular expertise in advising clients in the healthcare sector on major land sales, acquisitions and developments. The firm also has experience in acting on PPP and PFI healthcare schemes as well as acting for GP practices, social enterprises and social care charities.

Practice head(s):Lisa Geary

Key Clients

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Humber NHS Foundation Trust

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

National Audit Office

Department of Health

NHS England

NHS Confederation

Work highlights

  • Advised iGene London on the £5m provision of a new mortuary at land adjacent to, and owned by, Stoke Council for the provision of digital autopsy services.
  • Advised University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust on £26m property arrangements connected to the transfer of community services from Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS FT to the client, as required by NHS Blackpool CCG.
  • Acting for Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council to regularise the commercial leases on a £45m urban regeneration scheme in south Hatfield.
  • Advised Chesterfield Royal NHS Foundation Trust in respect of the £1m taking over of three primary care contracts of three failing GP surgeries in the Chesterfield area via a wholly owned subsidiary of the Trust, Royal Primary Care.
  • Delivered a programme of advisory work for NHS England, Conexus Group and Cheshire Local Medical Committee for practice managers and GPs around the new models of working at scale and future changes in the delivery of primary care.

DAC Beachcroft LLP's real estate team undertakes a variety of commercial property matters, including acquisitions and disposals of freehold and leasehold properties for private and public sector clients. Alison Key leads the firm's northern real estate team.

Practice head(s):Alison Key

The commercial property team at Harrowells Solicitors is led by Stephen Proctor, who specialises in agricultural landholding matters. Another key figure is Matthew Hayward, who focuses on sales, purchases and development, acting for several regional property developers and commercial banking teams, while Martin Thorpe acts for a number of regional residential housing developers.

Practice head(s):Stephen Proctor

Other key lawyers:Matthew Hayward; Martin Thrope

LCF Law acts for a range of commercial property clients, including builders and developers, charities and pension funds with property estates or investments, as well as leaseholders and tenants. Sectors covered by the firm include healthcare, retail, investment, commercial and residential development, as well as agricultural and rural planning. The practice is led by Paul Anderson , who also leads the firm's charity team.

Practice head(s):Paul Anderson


'David Jameson is always accessible, understands our approach, and is happy to openly discuss all aspects of our requirements.'

McCormicks covers both commercial and residential property work and acts for a range of clients including owner occupiers, organisations, private individuals, charities, developers and portfolio investors. The team is headed by Heather Roberts, who advises on the full range of commercial property deals, advising high street retailers and retail schemes acting for both tenants and landlords. She has also worked with major developers, public bodies and occupiers to design, fund and deliver regeneration schemes.

Practice head(s):Heather Roberts

Key Clients

Royal Horticultural Society

John Strutt Conservation Foundation

The Premier League

Leeds United FC

Yorkshire Bank

Yorkshire Agricultural Society

John Strutt Centre for Parrot Conservation

John Strutt Memorial Foundation

The John Strutt Charity

Rudding Park

Work highlights

  • Advising Yorkshire Agricultural Society on exit from nine-year promotion agreement with Gladman Developments for the development of a residential in fill site in Harrogate.
  • Advised Leeds United on the first investment letting at the Elland Road stadium of two floors of the East Stand to Quindell.
  • Advised the Premier League on landlord and tenant issues and the internal redevelopment of Premier League’s headquarters in London.
  • Advised on the expansion of the Royal Horticultural Society's estate with the acquisition of land and buildings.
  • Provided real estate advice for a shooting client, including on tenancy of Heathfield and Hardcastle Grouse Moors.

Metis Law Limited's growing real estate team offers property finance and development finance advice, boasting a diverse client base including high net worth individuals, startup entrepreneurs and nationally known brands. The team is led by the 'commercially minded' Richard Longton , who advises on hotels, leisure parks, retail parks, student accommodation, convenience store developments and care homes. The firm has been described as 'the best hands-on law firm in Leeds'.

Practice head(s):Richard Longton


'Great team, good people and always on hand to help, wherever they can.'

'Metis Law is the best hands-on law firm in Leeds, offering client service second to none, catering to our needs when required.'

'Professional and always get the job done.'

Key Clients

NPD Group

Afan Valley Limited

Cadman Housing Project / Real Housing Foundation

Samara Group

Overland Developments

Warrior Group of Companies


E-Money Union/JustUs

Mena Developments

Elite Construction

Manku Construction

Work highlights

  • Represented Northern Powerhouse Developments on its £5.5m refinancing of its national hotel and care home portfolio.
  • Represented Northern Powerhouse Developments on a number of national hotel acquisitions, each worth more than £1m.
  • Represented Z&F Properties on the £1m acquisition of a multi-let West Yorkshire shopping centre and ongoing leasehold work.
  • Represented AS Plaza on £300,000 acquisition of a multi let building in Leeds city centre.
  • Advised K Lalani on £1m acquisition of a business that included care homes and educational establishments.

Ramsdens' team is led by Kirsty Jackson , who was promoted to head of commercial property in September 2018. She specialises in the landlord, tenant and property services sector, covering offices, restaurants and retail premises. She also acts for property investors and developers in regards to acquisitions and disposal of multi-let sites. The firm's recent acquisition of Huddersfield firm Holroyd & Co boosted the team with the addition of a consultant and a solicitor.

Practice head(s):Kirsty Jackson


'Very proactive. Always available to discuss issues and good at providing solutions to problems. Cost competitive compared to legal firms in Leeds'.

'Kirsty Jackson is extremely proactive and always contactable. She has a great 'can do' attitude'.

'The practice has a wide variety of legal practitioners who are always prepared to assist me with respect to the wide variety of tasks that occur within my daily workload. They are always prepared to give me the benefit of their advice when I need it'.

Key Clients

Titanic Spa

Expect Dsitribution

Autex Acoustics

Work highlights

  • Acting for the borrower on the refinance of the Grade II listed historic mill buildings occupied by the Titanic Spa.
  • Advised on relocation of the Expect Distribution premises to Euroway Business Park in Bradford.
  • Advised Autex Acoustics, a UK subsidiary of a manufacturing business, on the relocation of its UK base from Liverpool to West Yorkshire.

Commercial property: Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Index of tables

  1. Commercial property: Sheffield, South Yorkshire
  2. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

  1. 1

The team at CMS counts landlords, developers, asset managers, investors and occupiers as clients, handling a wide range of matters at both a local and national level. Chris Chambers focuses on asset management work, primarily in relation to shopping centres, industrial estates and offices; Sarah Meldrum specialises in portfolio transactions, Rebecca Kitchingham handles development and investment work, and Tanya Holt has advised on developments, landlord and tenant issues, and property sales and purchases.

Other key lawyers:Chris Chambers; Sarah Meldrum; Rebecca Kitchingham; Tanya Holt

While leveraging the firm's global network to handle international mandates, DLA Piper UK LLP is also active in the local market, acting for regional property companies and developers on a range of issues. Nigel Howard leads the department and focuses on development work, industrial asset-related matters and the public sector; Stephen Blacksell heads up the firm's EMEA student accommodation sector group, and Mark Keeling primarily acts for manufacturers and corporate occupiers.

Practice head(s):Nigel Howard

Other key lawyers:Stephen Blacksell; Mark Keeling

Key Clients

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Round Hill Capital

Harrison Street Real Estate

Langley Properties Limited (MAS REI)

ASD Limited

Tata Steel UK Limited

Medway Council

J F Finnegan Ltd

Laver Regeneration Ltd

URBO Regeneration Ltd

Tapton Estates

Wavin Ltd (Mexichem)

University of Sheffield

Work highlights

  • Advising a KKR and Round Hill Capital joint venture on the initial purchase of four purpose-built student accommodation assets in London, Glasgow and Coventry.
  • Assisting the University of Sheffield with an agreement for the development and lease of an advance manufacturing research institute in Wales.
  • Advising Harrison Street Real Estate on its joint venture with Uliving, a subsidiary of Bouyges, to develop a £40m PBSA scheme at Bath Court Birmingham.
  • Acting for Langley Properties Limited on the regearing of leases to create a high-value technology park.
  • Assisting Tata Steel UK Limited with the management of its UK assets.

Irwin Mitchell's Sheffield team handles the full range of property issues, with substantial experience in strategic land and site assembly issues, investment and management work, student accommodation matters, real estate finance and development, while the team also has strength in the retail, local authority, education, charity and care sectors. Andrew Wallis heads up the group and also leads the firm's national housing, student accommodation and private rented sector team; Steven Richardson focuses on residential developments, Martyn Holland handles investments and development projects, and Kevin Fox specialises in the manufacturing and education sectors.

Practice head(s):Andrew Wallis

Other key lawyers:Steven Richardson; Martyn Holland; Kevin Fox

Key Clients

Henry Boot Developments Ltd

Sibelco UK Limited

Fusion Global Management LLP

Hallam Land Management Limited

Sheffield Hallam University

Select Property Group

Suon Group

The University of Sheffield

Commercial Estates Projects Limited

Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust

Keepmoat Homes Limited

Strata Homes Limited

Persimmon Homes Limited

WP Carey

J F Finnegan Limited

Bolsterstone Plc

Dobbies Garden Centres Limited

Laver Regeneration Limited

Dyson Group Limited

Larkfleet Homes Limited

The International Mutual Fund

Thorntons Limited

Sheffield City Trust

Logicor Group

River Island Clothing Co Limited

Lloyds Pharmacy

Countrywide Residential Lettings

MBM Asset Management

St Paul’s Developments


Outokumpu Stainless Limited

Madecorn LLP

Memory Recall

Arora Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Fusion Students on its acquisition of a £100m development site in Sheffield.
  • Assisting New Era Developments with its £100m development of Sheffield's new 'China town' district.
  • Acted for Arora Hotels on the £40m sale of Premier Inn Gatwick Airport and Holiday Inn  Stanstead Airport.
  • Acting for a retirement living developer on the transfer of a living apartment scheme to an operator company.

With a strong regional client base, Keebles advises clients on development and investment work, and banking issues across the retail, hotel and leisure, healthcare, motor dealer, manufacturing and construction sectors. Team head Richard Smith has particular expertise acting for investor clients, Paul Goel leads the Doncaster-based practice, and Craig Law focuses on hotel and leisure acquisitions and disposals. The team was recently boosted by the hire of HSR Law Solicitors commercial property head Paul Russell.

Practice head(s):Richard Smith

Other key lawyers:Paul Goel; Craig Law; Paul Russell


'Dealings with Keebles are nothing but excellent. On every occasion the team is knowledgeable and provides accurate advice which is delivered in a professional but personable manner. Truly a first-class service'.

'The team takes a commercial view which allows clients to appreciate the risks without going over the top'.

'Keebles fields a personable, well-respected team, which provides excellent straightforward advice to its clients'.

Key Clients

Suon Limited

St Pauls Developments PLC

Sheffield Business Park Limited

Coalfields Regeneration Trust/CRT Property Investments Limited

Designer Contracts Limited

Jaguar Estates Limited

Ackroyd & Abbott Limited

Evenacre Limited

Rockliffe Homes Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Harworth Group on the pre-letting of Unit 3 AMPlify at the Advanced Manufacturing Park Rotherham to McLaren Automotive Limited.
  • Assisting Suon Developments Limited with the sale of two industrial units to Threadneedle.
  • Acting for HSBC Bank on the provision of a facility to Coppergreen Developments Limited for the purchase of two leisure sites.
  • Assisting CRT Property Investments Limited with the refinancing of its property portfolio with Handelsbanken.
  • Advising Ashgate Property Developments Limited on the refinancing of its property portfolio with Handelsbanken.

While still relatively new to the Sheffield market, Shoosmiths LLP handles complex matters throughout the local region under the leadership of Thomas Hall, who specialises in strategic land transactions. The team, now counts developers, promoters, local authorities and investors as clients. Kellie Hatton focuses on large-scale regeneration projects and mixed-use developments.

Practice head(s):Thomas Hall

Other key lawyers:Kellie Hatton


'Shoosmiths has brought a new edge to the commercial property sector in Sheffield, changing the feel of the traditional law practitioners from a staid and steady persona to a much more inclusive and progressive outlook. The team is strong and consists mainly of local staff who are known in the market, are engaging and are competent in their work. They stand out for their willingness to help, practical advice and personal touch'.

'Tom Hall and Kellie Hatton are ever present and hugely resourceful'.

Key Clients

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Buccleuch Property

Clugston Developments Limited

ECOM Agrotrade Limited

Hallam Land Management Limited

Henry Boot Developments Limited

Jaywing Plc

Litton Properties Limited

Palmer Capital Partners Limited (and Angle Property)

The Brook Group/ Quest Property

Underwood Meat Company

Work highlights

  • Advising Hallam Land Management Limited on the developments at Market Harborough including homes, a shopping centre and a primary school.
  • Assisting Hallam Land Management Limited with the promotion of a site at Favershem for new homes, a care home, a supermarket and other commercial space.
  • Acting for Buccleuch Property and Litton Properties Limited on the site assembly and development proposals for a new student development in Sheffield.
  • Assisting Buccleuch Property with the development of Kettering Busines Park.
  • Handling the development of a site in Olney for Angle Property.

Sheffield firm Wake Smith Solicitors Limited handles the full spectrum of property issues at a local and national level with niche strength in the healthcare sector, residential development schemes, and the investment and management of mixed-use schemes. Neil Salter leads the group and has expertise in retail investment, regeneration and development work; Paul Gibbon handles property disposals and acquisitions, and Lisa Davison is an expert in mixed-use properties.

Practice head(s):Neil Salter

Other key lawyers:Paul Gibbon; Lisa Davison


'Individuals at Wake Smith provide advice which ensures the client has coincidence in the decisions, and have an effective manner of dealing with a variety of property-related matters'.

Key Clients

London & Associated Properties

Salvation Army Trading Company Limited

Sheffield Diocesan Board of Finance

Steps Rehabilitation Limited


Turner Investments Limited

Betafence Limited

Campbell Homes Limited

Wantage Development Limited

Westfield Contributory Health Scheme Limited

Vauxhall Tavern London Limited

Eastco Homes Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for an investment company on its acquisition of an office space in Darlington.
  • Advised Analytical Properties Limited on the refinancing of its retail property portfolio.
  • Assisted Turner Investments Limited with the disposal of land for a major residential development scheme.
  • Advised Turner Investments Limited on the sale of multi-let premises.
  • Acting for Yorkshire Bank PLC on the acquisition and development funding of the construction of a new regional specialist neurocare facility.


Index of tables

  1. Construction
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1

Rising stars

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Addleshaw Goddard's construction practice handles high-profile local and national projects, covering engineering and infrastructure, regeneration and development, as well as complex construction litigation with key expertise in the energy, utilities and transport sectors. Non-contentious specialist James Reynolds heads up the Leeds real estate division while David Shaw specialises in utilities, energy and transport projects. Joe Wilkinson and legal director Ally MacKenzie focus on construction and engineering disputes, John Emerton handles energy and infrastructure-related disputes, and managing associate Niamh Batterton advises on development schemes.

Practice head(s):James Reynolds

Other key lawyers:David Shaw; Joe Wilkinson; John Emerton; Niamh Batterton; Ally MacKenzie


'Addleshaw Goddard has a good combination of legal knowledge and commercial awareness'.

'Clients are impressed with Addleshaw Goddard's detailed technical knowledge, rapid response times and clear and pragmatic professional advice'.

'The team is hardworking, always available and provides sound legal knowledge'.

'David Shaw provides intelligent legal solutions to business issues. He understands issues quickly and his response time is fantastic, on top of which he is a delightful, genuine professional'.

Key Clients

Edinburgh Airport

Amey Rail

Calderdale Council

West Yorkshire + Transport Fund

Broadgate Estates

KDC Demolition

York University

Mitsubishi Hitachi

Stansted Airport


British Land


National Grid



Standard Life


United Utilities

Manchester Airport


Lancaster University

Leeds Beckett University

University of Brighton

London Luton Airport Limited

The Co-operative Group plc

Redrow Homes

Aberdeen Asset Management


Lend Lease

National Nuclear Laboratory


Waterside Places

Stadium Group

UK Parliament

William Hare

Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospital NHS Trust

Henry Boot

Work highlights

  • Advising SSE on the demolition of Ferrybridge C, a coal-fired power station.
  • Acting for Edinburgh Airport on its £200m capital investment programme.
  • Advising Leeds Building Society on its redevelopment programme relating to its move to new Leeds premises.
  • Assisting Muse Developments/Waterside Places (a Muse JV vehicle) with the development of its manufacturing and distribution park at Logic Leeds.
  • Advising the UK Parliament on its works framework with Wates Construction for the refurbishment of Parliament's Northern Estate.

DLA Piper UK LLP's construction practice is regularly involved in high-profile local, national and international projects, leveraging the firm's wider global network. The team is also active in a broad range of sectors including the energy, infrastructure, real estate, regeneration, manufacturing and consumer goods industries; clients include plcs, banks, energy providers, developers and government agencies. Sheffield-based Ian Doig and David Moss in Leeds jointly lead the group and specialise in non-contentious and contentious matters respectively. Ben Peecock handles large-scale energy and infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):Ian Doig; David Moss

Other key lawyers:Ben Peecock


'DLA Piper fields an excellent team of reliable and responsive lawyers'.

'DLA Piper has a strong capability to commercially assess construction dispute issues'.

'David Moss is a standout partner. He is well respected and his opinion carries weight'.

'The individuals are good communicators, both written and verbally, are efficient and have a balanced approach'.

Key Clients


Visa Europe

Henry Boot

Bouygues E&S UK Limited

Severfield (UK) Limited

Yorkshire Water Plc

Highways England

Roundhill Capital

Credit Suisse

Work highlights

  • Advising Clean Marine AS, with the firm's Norwegian office, on a manufacture, supply and supervision contract for the supply and installation of exhaust gas cleaning systems into cargo ships.
  • Assisting Ocean Network Express with the establishment of 51 new offices across Europe and Africa.
  • Acting for St Enoch Trustee Company Limited on the design and construction of a nine-screen cinema development including restaurant units at St Enoch Shopping Centre, Glasgow.
  • Assisting Visa Europe Limited with the construction contract for designing, building and commissioning an additional building at one of its data centre sites.
  • Advising Volgafert LLC as project sponsor on the EPC contract for the construction of a urea plant in Russia.

At Pinsent Masons LLP, litigator Simon Plunkett heads up the construction advisory and disputes group while Melanie Grimmitt leads the finance and projects practice. The group excels in the energy and infrastructure sectors at a national and international level and primarily acts on the supplier side of matters. Mark Harris is the key contact for energy sector infrastructure projects internationally, Stacey Collins handles transactional work, John Williams is experienced in the rail, power and highway sectors, while senior associate Naomi Stafford focuses on contentious issues.

Practice head(s):Simon Plunkett; Melanie Grimmitt

Other key lawyers:Mark Harris; Stacey Collins; John Williams; Naomi Stafford

Key Clients

Renew Holdings Plc

Drax Group Plc

EPH Group

Amey Group Plc

Kier Infrastructure and Overseas Ltd

Hanson Group

E ON A.G. Group

BH EnergyGap Group

Cyden Homes Limited

Balfour Beatty Group

Orsted Group

NDA Group

Johnson Matthey Plc

Laing O'Rourke Group

Yorkshire Ventures Group

University of Huddersfield

Royal Bam Group

Scottish Power Group


Samsung C&T Corporation

China Triumph International Engineering Co Ltd

University of Leeds

Simons Group

Homes England Group

Saint Gobain

Lendlease Group

Black & Veatch Group

Roberston Group

Veolia Group

Kaplan Inc

University of Sheffield

Centrica Plc

SBM Group

Sembcorp Industries Ltd

Engie UK

Work highlights

  • Advising Drax Group on multiple projects including contracts related to its repower project and the construction contracts for two open-cycle gas turbine development projects.
  • Representing  Walter Lilly & Co. Ltd in High Court and Court of Appeal proceedings relating to the liability for delays relating to the redevelopment of a high-end residence in Kensington and Chelsea.
  • Advising EP UK Power Developments and Eggborough Power Limited on the procurement and consenting of two new-build combined-cycle gas turbines.
  • Assisting the University of Huddersfield with multiple construction projects including a new science building and refurbishment projects for several other university buildings.
  • Representing Koupler Limited in arbitration proceedings against the Hellenic Republic of Greece relating to a large-scale photovoltaic power project in Southern Greece.

Squire Patton Boggs focuses its expertise on three key areas; energy and utilities, development projects, and infrastructure, public sector and regeneration work. The team also benefits from the firm's global network and is regularly involved in international mandates. Group leader Zakir Mulla handles construction, engineering and infrastructure issues; James Duckworth focuses on development and infrastructure project procurement; and Matthew Mulqueen is an expert in renewable energy matters.

Practice head(s):Zakir Mulla

Other key lawyers:James Duckworth; Matthew Mulqueen

Key Clients

Muse Developments Limited

Leeds City Region Revolving Investment Fund LLP

Catalyst Capital


Price Waterhouse Coopers Dubai

Dubai Municipality

Developer of major mixed use development in GCC capital city

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind A/S

Frontier Investment Management

Africa Renewable Energy Limited

NKT Cables

Capital and Centric

Maro Developments

Brookfield Group

Work highlights

  • Advising a developer on the preparation of infrastructure procurement documentation for a mixed-use development in the Middle East.
  • Acting for a city authority of a GCC government on a major waste project.
  • Assisting MHI Vestas Offshore Wind with the supply and installation of wind turbines at the Moray East Offshore Wind Farm in Scotland.
  • Acting for Selenkei Investment Limited on the development financing of a solar photovoltaic project in Kenya.
  • Advising Chania Green Generation Company Limited on the development and financing of the Chania onshore wind farm in Kenya.

Walker Morris LLP's client base spans listed companies, local authorities, education providers, developers, contractors and consultants, which the team advises on contentious and non-contentious issues at a national and increasingly international level. Martin Scott leads the department and focuses on construction disputes, Tom Peel is active across the full spectrum of work, Jules Harbage handles energy projects, and senior associate Carly Thorpe is also a key name to note. Former director Joanne McNamara left in early 2018 for an in-house role at Home Group, but the team was subsequently boosted by the promotion of Paul Hargreaves and Dan Lyon to the partnership.

Practice head(s):Martin Scott

Other key lawyers:Tom Peel; Jules Harbage; Paul Hargreaves; Dan Lyon; Carly Thorpe


'The team at Walker Morris works extremely hard to protect the client's interests and makes great efforts to ensure their opinions on matters are considered while ensuring that the correctness of the legal advice isn't compromised'.

'Walker Morris fields a team of stellar individuals, which is laid back and a pleasure to work with. It instills confidence in clients, who tend to trust its judgment, and will fight any case as well as it can be fought, often coming up with creative ideas to get results'.

'The team demonstrates a real strength in depth, commitment to its clients and proactively progresses projects. It balances sound technical expertise with a pragmatic, commercial approach'.

'Martin Scott has excellent commercial instincts'.

'Tom Peel provides great support on a wide range of matters and has excellent sector knowledge, consistency and a strong client care ethos. He is highly commercially confident but approachable and realistic'.

'Jules Harbage stands out for his in-depth industry knowledge and strategic advice. He easily sees the big picture'.

'Paul Hargreaves never stops fighting and works exceptionally hard to find an angle that others would likely miss'.

'Carly Thorpe is always excellent for concise and accurate legal advice. She is very commercial and spot-on with her tactical advice. It is refreshing for a relatively junior person to be so commercially aware and confident in her decisions'.

Key Clients

Unite Group plc

Infinis PLC

Tolent Construction Limited


Rushbond Group

Drax Power Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisting YP Real Estate Limited with the construction elements of a residential development on the site of the former Yorkshire Post building.
  • Representing Unite Group Plc in a claim against Shepherd Construction for the losses arising from the recladding and related closure of a building.
  • Advising Crosslane Student Developments UK limited on the construction aspects of its joint venture with Harrison Street Real Estate with the purpose of developing four sites for student accommodation.
  • Assisting Homes England with the construction documents related to a £7m development for 37 residential homes and the related infrastructure.
  • Acting for Peel Property and Investments PLC on the £5m redevelopment of its Washington Retail Park.

The dedicated practice at CMS has notable expertise in the energy and infrastructure spaces and regularly acts for developers, investors, contractors and consultants. The team is continuing to build on opportunities presented by the firm's merger with Nabarro and Olswang in 2017, securing roles on an increasing number of international projects, while also handling PFI disputes and energy-from-waste litigation. Group leader Fraser Askham - 'a down-to-earth, proactive lawyer with a great bedside manner' - focuses on infrastructure work, and senior associate Jenny Whipps handles contentious matters.

Practice head(s):Fraser Askham

Other key lawyers:Jenny Whipps


'CMS' user-friendly and proactive team is the best in Sheffield and deserves high recognition for the work it does, giving rival firms in Leeds a run for their money'.

'CMS provides an exceptional service in terms of legal analysis, prompt and efficient working and managing a highly complex matter while at the same time doing everything possible to assist the client in reaching a sensible compromise'.

'Fraser Askham leads the team and is really pushing the practice on. He is a down-to-earth, proactive lawyer and has a great bedside manner with clients'.

Key Clients

University of Sheffield

Amey LG

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

International Hotel Properties

Crown Commercial Services (Wider Public Sector) [panel appointment]

Global Fire Systems

Galliford Try

NG Bailey Group


Wates Group

BUG AluTechnic

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Representing BUG AluTechnic in three separate Technology and Construction Court disputes relating to the design, manufacture, supply and installation of materials to a residential building in Manchester.
  • Acting for NG Bailey in a dispute brought by Elutions for alleged infringement of a number of agreements.
  • Representing Lendlease in a dispute against Balfour Beatty relating to allegations of significant defects arising from the design and construction of a PFI hospital.
  • Assisting the Education and Skills Funding Agency and the Department for Education with their regional framework agreements for the Priority School Building Programme 2.
  • Advising Marcus Worthington Group on the 125 Deansgate development in Manchester.

At DWF, Leeds-based Andrew Symms heads up the national practice, which leverages the firm's global network to advise on national and international mandates. The Leeds team has a strong energy focus and regularly acts for both purchaser and supplier side clients including contractors, developers, funders and public sector clients. Christian Hellmund focuses on renewable energy matters.

Practice head(s):Andrew Symms

Other key lawyers:Christian Hellmund

Key Clients

Scottish Power

United Utilities

Babcock International Group

Doosan Power Systems SA


Whitbread Group plc

Sanef SA/Emovis

Caddick/Maple Grove


Royal Bank of Scotland



Yingli Namene

Sterling Capitol

Downing Capital


Work highlights

  • Advising Scottish Power Plc on a combined-cycle gas turbine project in Kent.
  • Handling Whitbread Plc's construction work including three forward funding deals.
  • Assisting Caddick and Maple Grove with the redevelopment of Headingley rugby stadium.
  • Acting for Doosan Power Systems in a dispute in France relating to the conversion of a coal-fired power station to biomass.
  • Assisting Moorfield Group with multiple student accommodation schemes nationally and the acquisition and forward funding of residential blocks.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP acts for national and international clients in the energy and infrastructure spaces on both contentious and non-contentious matters. The group is also growing its experience in specialist rail work and cross-jurisdictional oil and gas issues. Jo Hatton-Jones leads the practice and handles mandates in the energy, water, utilities, retail, property and education sectors. Senior associate Matthew Shotton focuses on contentious issues, and Simon Chamberlain and Gregory Buckley divide their time between Leeds and Manchester.

Practice head(s):Jo Hatton-Jones

Other key lawyers:Matthew Shotton

Key Clients

WM Morrison Plc


Next Plc

Legal & General

Severn Trent Water Limited


UK Land

University of Leeds

JD Williams & Company

Work highlights

  • Advising an airport on its procurement of major redevelopment works including new aircraft stands and a passenger terminal extension.
  • Assisting N Brown's subsidiary on an upgrade to its distribution and processing abilities at its warehouse.

Gordons LLP's construction team expands on the firm's retail expertise with supplementary knowledge of the engineering and renewables sectors, as well as experience in property development, process engineering projects and disputes. Richard Piper heads up the team and Anjon Mallik handles construction disputes.

Practice head(s):Richard Piper

Other key lawyers:Anjon Mallik

Key Clients

PDR Construction Ltd

BDB Design Build Ltd

Rawlings Consulting UK Ltd

Kinder Haven Ltd

BASF plc

Triangle Investments and Development Ltd

Hermes Parcelnet Ltd

Wren Kitchens Ltd

DG Utilities Ltd

Glen Dimplex Home Appliances Ltd

Eshton Developments Ltd

United Living Group Ltd

Work highlights

  • Successfully acting for Rawlings Consulting UK Ltd in adjudication proceedings against Maelor Foods for non-payment of an interim application.
  • Advising BASF plc on the procurement of a new chemical production facility.
  • Assisting Huddersfield Town Football Club with the redevelopment of its training facilities.

Boutique construction and engineering firm Hawkswell Kilvington Limited handles matters at a local, national and international level. The firm is headed up by co-founders Jonathan Hawkswell and David Kilvington; the latter also leads the firm's non-contentious department. Other key practitioners include Daniel Silberstein, who heads up the dispute resolution team and fellow litigator Thomas Salter.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Hawkswell; David Kilvington; Thomas Salter; Daniel Silberstein

Other key lawyers:Daniel Silberstein; Thomas Salter


'The team is first class with outstanding knowledge of the construction sector and an ability to provide excellent advice, which takes into account the legal and commercial position. It can communicate well with the client and understand the competing pressures it faces'.

'The firm has an ability to identify the key points among the smoke of an issue so the work is focused, direct, concise and efficient'.

'The group has a very straightforward way of providing its advice and demonstrates great experience of the sector and an understanding of its client's appetites for risk'.

Key Clients

John Sisk & Son Limited

Shepherd Construction Limited

J Murphy and Sons Limited

Bachy Soletanche Limited

Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastructure Limited

Briggs & Forrester Group

Electricity North West Limited

Yorkshire Housing Limited

VolkerStevin Limited

Interserve Construction Limited

McMullen Facades Limited

Suez Recycling and Recovery Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Hallam Land Management Limited on infrastructure works to be carried out relating to a new housing development in Mansfield.
  • Assisting a gas distribution network operator with an update to its existing direct service provider framework agreement.
  • Advising Electricity North West Limited on contract negotiations with an international pharmaceutical company for the construction of a new substation.
  • Assisting Sutcliffe Construction Limited with the contract terms for an extension to a distribution centre for a major UK retailer.
  • Acting for KMRE Group (Riverside) Limited on a development in Nottingham.

Helen Johnson heads up the department at Kennedys, which has seen continued growth in its non-contentious offering -which advises both domestic and international developers and investors - alongside its traditional strength in construction disputes, which it regularly handles for contractor clients. Senior associate Helen Johnson is a key name for non-contentious work.

Practice head(s):Sarah Maylor

Other key lawyers:Helen Johnson


'Kennedys provides a first-class service, is hardworking, efficient, professional and always on the ball, and gives swift and accurate advice'.

'Helen Johnson is a pleasure to work with. She is very personable yet at the same time professional. She is very intelligent and competent, can think on her feet and provides on-the-spot advice. At the same time, she is thorough and always takes the time to make sure the client understands the legal jargon and its implications'.

'Helen Birchall is definitely one to watch. She is a dedicated lawyer who gives her clients 110%, no matter the time of day'.

Key Clients

Metrojet Limited

Paul Hastings LLP

Airport City Limited Partnership

Cruden Construction Limited


William Hare Limited

The Ambassador Theatre Group Limited (ATG)

Bolton County Council

LPC Living

Scarborough Group Limited


Owen Architects

Work highlights

  • Advising Airport City Limited Partnership on all construction issues relating to Airport City including the documentation for two offices and a car park and handling issues arising from the insolvency of Carillion.
  • Assisting Bolton County Council with the purchase of Crompton Place Shopping Centre as part of the council's regeneration project.
  • Acting for Metrojet Limited on the design and construction of a new aircraft hanger facility at Clark International Airport in the Philippines.
  • Assisting WASPS Holdings Ltd with the development of a new training ground for Wasps rugby team in Coventry.
  • Acting for three separate offshore development companies in a series of adjudications relating to the discolouration of joinery items at the properties and the scope of remedial works required.

Construction boutique Barton Legal Limited specialises in non-contentious matters for clients in the UK and overseas. The practice, which is led by Bill Barton, has notable experience in the renewable energy sector and regularly receives referrals from national law firms.

Practice head(s):Bill Barton


'Bill Barton is a clear leader in the sector and in the region'.

Key Clients

Lupton Fawcett

Bridge McFarland Solicitors

Wetheralds Painters and Building Services Ltd

NobelClad Europe GmbH & Co.KG

Babease Limited

ABM Precast Solutions Limited

A. Burrell and Sons Limited

JSL (Trevenson) Limited

Holbeach Hospital & East Elloe Hospital Trust

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Lupton Fawcett on behalf of its client Flamingo Land Resorts on various construction matters including an agreement for lease.
  • Instructed by Bridge McFarland Solicitors on behalf of its client WW Medical Facilities Limited on the construction of a new private hospital.
  • Representing Wetheralds Painters and Building Services Ltd in contract disputes.
  • Representing NobelClad Europe GmbH & Co.KG in a dispute with one of its English contractors.
  • Assisting Babease Limited with the construction and re-fit of a factory occupied by its subsidiary, Brecon Foods Limited.

With substantial expertise in contentious work and construction-related insurance claims, DAC Beachcroft LLP focuses on the engineering, design and build sectors and counts contractors, architects, engineers and insurers as clients. 'Class act' Andrew Marsh leads the team and also heads up the firm's national construction professionals group. Senior associate Laura Clayburn, whose 'technical knowledge is second to none', is another key name to note.

Practice head(s):Andrew Marsh

Other key lawyers:Laura Clayburn


'The team at DAC Beachcroft is knowledgeable and approachable in equal measure'.

'The practice is pragmatic and professional. It provides the right answer and the right advice which at times may not be what the client wants to hear. It knows the law and what makes a good case and encourages client engagement to ensure that the best possible position is tested'.

'DAC receives top marks for its preparation of position statements, mediation advocacy and generally looking after the client's interests'.

'Both Andrew March and Laura Clayburn are experts in their fields. Laura's technical knowledge is second to none. The speed with which she acquires a deep understanding of the underlying issues in a claim is truly impressive'.

'Andrew and Laura know their work and know the market. They are a fantastic team and work together to ensure that the best possible outcome is achieved. Their advice is clear, concise and to the point. Everything is done in an easy and friendly way but smacks of nothing but professionalism'.

'Andrew Marsh has a relaxed but firm style of advocacy, is receptive to ideas put forward to enable progress, and is altogether a class act'.

Work highlights

  • Defending a geotechnical engineering consultancy in a claim brought by a contractor arising from alleged defective foundations for a new industrial and commercial premises.
  • Acting for a developer in a claim against its contractor relating to extensive water damage to completed properties.
  • Representing a construction consultancy in extension of time claims, loss and expense claims.

Key sectors for Irwin Mitchell include commercial property, retirement living, student accommodation and education, with the practice handling both contentious and non-contentious mandates. Notable practitioners include consultant Mike Plews, who has experience in high-profile schemes, and associate Zoe Williams, who focuses on construction disputes relating to payment issues, defects, time extensions and professional negligence matters.

Other key lawyers:Mike Plews; Zoe Williams


'Irwin Mitchell really listens to the client's needs, and Mike Plews understands that clients don't have a limitless budget, so provides first-class advice within those constraints'.

Schofield Sweeney is noted for its experience in contentious construction and engineering disputes and professional indemnity claims, which it handles for a client roster spanning architects, contractors, developers, housebuilders and public sector clients. Practice leader Gary Ashton excels in construction adjudications while his colleague Richard Stockdale is an accredited mediator.

Practice head(s):Gary Ashton

Other key lawyers:Richard Stockdale


'With thorough knowledge of all aspects of construction, Schofield Sweeney is articulate and has a proactive approach. The depth of knowledge and experience within the practice is not widely available at other firms'.

'The construction team at Schofield Sweeney demonstrates great knowledge of both the relevant law and, importantly, the local market. Clients would have no hesitation in saying that the team compares extremely favourably to much larger firms'.

'Gary Ashton stands out for his ability to quickly formulate a strategy to solve complex problems. His thoroughness is outstanding'.

'Gary Ashton is always on hand, works tirelessly to meet short deadlines and handles matters personally'.

'Gary is a breath of fresh air, understanding the construction industry and being proactive in ways that are not often thought of. He also is very attentive and has a great wealth of knowledge'.

Key Clients

KNG Building Services Limited

Radcliffe Construction

Enock Foundations Limited

AJN Electrical Limited

Maple Sunscreening Limited

Cawdell Brickwork Limited

Amber Precast Limited

Ebor Concretes Limited

Ashfield Building Group

Group Management Electrical Services Limited

Stirling Capitol

Network Demolition Services LLP

Pitts Wilson Limited

Work highlights

  • Defending Enock Foundations Limited in a dispute against a contractor relating to remedial costs and damages to electricity cables following a failure to carry out site investigations.
  • Represented KNG Building Services Limited in a claim against Bio Global Industries Ltd arising out of the supply and installation of a biomass boiler.

Freeths LLP is noted for its contentious expertise, with a particular focus on the water, energy, utilities, engineering and technology sectors. The group has also recently handled a number of procurement processes. Joseph Hale and Rachael Yates jointly lead the department; Hale handles procurement work alongside his contentious expertise and Yates counts employers, contractors and subcontractors as clients.

Practice head(s):Rachael Yates; Joseph Hale


'Freeths' team of specialists gives thorough and sound advice. The small size of the team means clients have regular personal contact with partners, and everyone is willing to get stuck in to get things done. The team values personal relationships with clients and goes above and beyond to ensure that client expectations are met and provides a first-class service along the way'.

'Joseph Hale is an excellent contentious and non-contentious partner. He is very bright and knowledgeable on the law and gives sensible and clear advice. He is fun to work with and clients respect and trust him'.

Key Clients

Mott MacDonald Bentley

Vital Energi Utilities Limited


Amey Plc

Engie Fabricom

Delta Simons

Sarens (UK) Limited

Mayfair Developments and Properties Limited

GF Tomlinson and Sons Limited

Gyron Internet Limited

James Fisher Nuclear Limited

Kanfa Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Kanfa Group on its terms and conditions.
  • Defending Sarens (UK) Limited in a final account dispute relating to a subcontract with Cleveland Bridge UK Limited for works to install steel bridges.

With one of the largest teams in East Yorkshire, Gosschalks acts for local construction companies and also has substantial expertise in the renewable energy and rail infrastructure sectors. On the contentious side, the team primarily represents contractor clients, and mainly handles non-contentious issues for developer clients. Department head Matthew Fletcher specialises in contentious matters with a notable niche expertise in statutory wayleave issues, while newly promoted partner William Buckenham handles rail disputes.

Practice head(s):Matthew Fletcher

Other key lawyers:William Buckenham


'Gosschalks is very commercial with great knowledge and a focus on what the client needs to achieve'.

'The team at Gosschalks is exceptional. It gives one-to-one service which surpasses others. It consistently demonstrates a genuine expertise in construction law and, coupled with its professional and friendly attitude, it provides clear, sound and honest legal advice to the highest standard'.

'Lead partner Matthew Fletcher provides no-nonsense advice and William Buckenham offers friendly, helpful and professional advice'.

Key Clients

C Spencer Ltd

Hobson and Porter Ltd

Ei Group Plc

PDR Construction Ltd

Geo Houlton and Sons Ltd

Arnold White Estates Ltd

C R Reynolds Ltd

Horncastle Group Plc

East Yorkshire Aluminium and Glass

Kingspan Group Plc

Work highlights

  • Acting for C Spencer Ltd in a dispute relating to the interpretation of the dispute resolution provisions in a contract.
  • Representing a client in a professional negligence claim against a structural engineer.
  • Advising Ei Group Plc on the construction documentation for a UK-wide refurbishment project.
  • Representing C Spencer Limited in disputes relating to works at Lynemouth Power Station including a claim relating to the disposal of contaminated material.
  • Advising a specialist engineering services company on a £1.5m production facility installed in the Russian Federation.

Rollits LLP handles matters for local housing associations, including building contracts, framework agreements and professional appointments; industrial developments and issues in the education sector, particularly in Hull and the surrounding area. Practice head Caroline Hardcastle acts for employers, developers and contractors in the Technology and Construction Courts, and David Myers handles construction projects.

Practice head(s):Caroline Hardcastle

Other key lawyers:David Myers


'Rollits is user-friendly and very responsive. It also has a mix of general construction law and litigation, which covers most requirements clients could need'.

'David Myers is a team player and is prepared to engage'.

Key Clients

Reckitt Benckiser (Brands) Limited

Yorkshire Housing Limited

Pickering & Ferens Homes

The Abbeyfield Society

Work highlights

  • Assisting Reckitt Benckiser (Brands) Limited with the construction of the £100m redevelopment of its Hull site.

The newly formed construction team in Shoosmiths LLP's Leeds office excels in national matters including student accommodation work, motorway service area developments, hotel and care home issues and retail matters. Team leader Rick Atha specialises in non-contentious construction matters and is dual qualified as a chartered civil engineer. Senior associate Christine Burrows, who joined from DAC Beachcroft LLP, focuses on project work.

Practice head(s):Rick Atha

Other key lawyers:Christine Burrows


'Shoosmiths is fundamentally proactive in all aspects of a deal and provides a joined-up, well thought through due diligence process, which makes working with all parties enjoyable. The team is thorough, conscientious and diligent in all of its work and is always on hand to discuss challenges'.

'Rick Atha and Christine Burrows are always on hand and available at all times as well as very thorough and extremely helpful'.

Key Clients

Extra MSA Group Limited

Gilltown Limited

Moorfield Group

Cinnamon Care Capital

Allied London

Park Lane Properties


Palmer Capital

Footasylum Plc

Peugeot Motor Company Plc

Work highlights

  • Advising Extra MSA Group on the development of a new Skelton Lake motorway services area.
  • Assisting Gilltown Limited with the construction of two large student accommodation schemes in Bournemouth and Coventry.
  • Advising Moorfield Group as funder and forward purchaser on a 290-bed student accommodation project in Birmingham.
  • Advising Cinnamon Care Capital on the construction of multiple new care homes nationally.
  • Asissting Allied London with the development of the Astley & Byrom House in Manchester including an extension to the existing building.

Shulmans LLP's specialist construction team works closely with the firm's commercial property group and handles contractual issues, construction litigation and is increasingly active in other elements of the construction process. Department head Sarah Wilson joined from Watson Burton LLP and focuses on construction litigation.

Practice head(s):Sarah Wilson


'Shulmans fields a team of dedicated professionals who readily grasp the issues and get to the point'.

'The firm fields a strong and diverse team which is capable of dealing with all types of matters'.

'Shulmans is a practice which you really want to have on your side when dealing with litigation. It has a direct and reliable team, which always looks to provide robust advice even when it is not always the news the client is looking for'.

'Sarah Wilson is very approachable and prides herself on understanding her clients needs by fully examining every aspects. She is firm and manages cases extremely well and achieves the best possible outcome'.

'Sarah Wilson is very methodical and has a very calm demeanour that works well when dealing with conflict'.

Key Clients

Cairn Cross Civil Engineering Limited

Advinia Health Care

Barmston Developments

H20 Urban (No 2) LLP


Wilson Field

Governside Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for a sub-contractor in a disruption claim via adjudication.
  • Advising Advinia Health Care on the construction elements of its care home projects.
  • Assisting Barmston Developments with the construction contracts related to a key commercial site in Sheffield.
  • Acting for H20 Urban (No 2) LLP on a project to develop a site into a new student accommodation building.
  • Assisting H20 Urban (No2) LLP with the redevelopment of a site into a major retail park.


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  1. Environment
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

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Next Generation Partners

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With a strong presence in all areas of environmental law, DLA Piper UK LLP handles environmental litigation and prosecutions, transactional matters, compliance issues, waste-related work and regulatory mandates. The department also includes specialists in climate change, emissions and product stewardship. Highly regarded practice head Teresa Hitchcock handles contaminated land issues, nuisance disputes, climate change law and regeneration projects. Newly promoted partner Alastair Clough leads the transactional element of the practice.

Practice head(s):Teresa Hitchcock

Other key lawyers:Alastair Clough


'DLA Piper provides a first-class service at all levels from junior to partner level, deriving from wide experience and detailed attention to each matter. It is a full-service firm with resources to match'.

'The practice has an exceptionally broad client base and provides all-round strength in both contentious and non-contentious matters'.

'Teresa Hitchcock is an able and extremely determined lawyer, fiercely loyal to her clients and has remarkable strategic sense'.

Key Clients

Tarmac Services Limited

Boparan Holdings Limited




Heineken UK Limited

Lloyds Pharmacy Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Tarmac Services Limited on an existing remediation notice requiring the clean-up of an aquifer.
  • Acting for Boparan Holdings Limited on the sale of parts of its food business operations including the environmental and food-related aspects.
  • Assisting Unilever with the environmental elements of its acquisition of Graze, the snack box company.
  • Advising Wilko on an environmental review process including compliance issues and environmental management system matters.
  • Advising the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the safety and environmental issues relating to the redundant Teesside integrated iron and steel works site.

CMS has expertise in the energy, waste, contaminated land and consumer product sectors and is knowledgeable on environmental permitting issues, clean energy and climate change. The team is led by Lukas Rootman, who regularly defends clients in Environment Agency prosecutions. Senior associate Rebecca Roffe is the key contact for transactional work, while senior associate Esme Saynor has particular experience of advising on plastics regulations.

Practice head(s):Lukas Rootman

Other key lawyers:Rebecca Roffe; Esme Saynor


'CMS is a key name in the Sheffield market for environmental work'.

Key Clients

Red Industries

Whitemoss Landfill Limited

Fitzwilliam Wentworth Estates


Arora plc

National Grid UK Pension Fund

AXA Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Advising on the environmental elements of the development of two energy-from-waste facilities.
  • Assisting with the environmental permitting and planning requirements for a minerals client for the restoration of multiple former open cast coaling sites.
  • Advising an energy client on the potential impact of habitats legislation relating to a development consent order for an offshore wind scheme.
  • Advising various landlords on the impact of the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards.
  • Assisting various developers with compliance reviews of environmental statements for submission with planning applications.

Freeths LLP is known for its work on complex development sites, handling issues relating to wildlife and the natural environment, water, waste and contaminated land work. The group also assists with permitting matters, environmental crime work, water and ground pollution incidents, transactional mandates and judicial reviews. Team leader Penny Simpson is an all-round environmental lawyer and counts developers, mineral, energy and water companies, charities and public sector bodies among her clients.

Practice head(s):Penny Simpson


'Penny Simpson is a well-known name in the environmental world and a go-to practitioner in the field'.

Key Clients

The States of Jersey Government

Howard Sawston Ltd

Naturespace Partnership Ltd

Thatchers Cider Company

Commercial Estates Group Ltd

Affinity Water Ltd

Morris Homes Ltd

Cornwall Council

Work highlights

  • Assisting The States of Jersey Government with the content and scope of its draft natural environment legislation.
  • Advising Howard Sawston Limited on the risk of liability, remediation and investigation works being made a condition of the planning permissions for a site in Sawston resulting from historic leather processing activities.
  • Securing seven protected species licences for Naturespace Partnership Ltd to protect species during the delivery of developments in the South Midlands.
  • Reviewing UK environmental legislation for Thatchers Cider Company Limited to inform advice on the regulatory requirements applicable to its operations and ongoing compliance.
  • Advising Commercial Estates Group Ltd on the conservation constraints that apply to its planning application strategy for a residential development.

Following the departure of former team head Helen Peters - who left at the beginning of 2019 to join a close nuclear client of the firm - key contacts in Pinsent Masons LLP's Leeds office now include legal director Louise Nahon, who handles environment disputes; Jonathan Riley, who focuses on planning work; and corporate partner Andrew Kerr, who assists with transactional matters. On a national level, the team is notably strong in the nuclear, energy, manufacturing and real estate sectors, acting on permitting work, contaminated land issues, waste management, chemical matters, projects advice and carbon trading work.

Other key lawyers:Louise Nahon; Jonathan Riley; Andrew Kerr

Key Clients

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

NuGeneration Limited

Drax plc

Hanson UK

United Utilities Group plc


Celanese Acetate Limited

AMEC plc

Homes England

Veolia UK

Work highlights

  • Defending United Utilities Water Limited in a damages claim brought by Manchester Ship Canal Company Limited, which alleges trespass caused by the client's discharges of water and treated sewage into the canal.
  • Advising Drax on its acquisition of four peaking plant power station projects and the related planning and environmental work.

Shulmans LLP's practice excels in advisory and contentious work alongside the transactional support it provides to the firm's corporate and real estate teams. The group's contentious expertise encompasses appeals related to permitting applications, noise nuisance abatement notices, defending prosecutions and enforcement notice breaches. The team also has notable knowledge of the manufacturing, waste, chemical, retail, transport and real estate sectors; all are key areas for practice head Lyn Dario. Mark Lumley and Richard Wadkin are also noted for their experience of the retail and transport sectors respectively.

Practice head(s):Lyn Dario

Other key lawyers:Mark Lumley; Richard Wadkin


'Shulmans has knowledge of both legislation and the Environment Agency, which are fundamental to this area of law'.

'The team comprises a number of senior experienced lawyers who have cut their teeth on complex projects. Its key strengths are the ability to think strategically, speed of response and a genuine concern to get the best possible outcomes for clients'.

'Lyn Dario is passionate about her area of law, has the ability to look at problems holistically and is prepared to go that extra mile to get results'.

Key Clients

H2O Urban (No 2 LLP)

Work highlights

  • Advising a joint venture partnership between the Canal & River Trust and bloc, a specialist developer, on environmental issues relating to a site for the development of a waterfront hotel and builders' merchant.

At Walker Morris LLP, the 'bright and tenacious' Alison Ogley heads up the civil element of the firm's environmental practice, while Stuart Ponting leads the criminal aspect. The group handles the full range of contentious, non-contentious, civil and, increasingly, criminal environment matters and fields a number of former regulators. Recent expertise includes providing permitting advice and handling enforcement cases, planning-related work, European environmental law matters, High Court claims and biodiversity issues.

Practice head(s):Alison Ogley; Stuart Ponting


'The team at Walker Morris is approachable, has first-rate knowledge and always puts the client first'.

'Alison Ogley is professional, bright and tenacious. She is a joy to work with and always makes herself available with commercial advice. You would not want her acting on the opposite side'.

Key Clients

Hargreaves Services Plc

Commercial Estates Group

Homes and Communities Agency

FCC Environmental Limited

Taylor Wimpey (Yorkshire) Limited

Rainford Timber Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for a client in a landfill tax dispute with HM Revenue & Customs.
  • Advising a client on the appropriate assessment relating to a special area of conservation near its proposed mixed development site.
  • Instructed by a client to review an environment statement and an environmental impact assessment on a proposed residential development.
  • Defending a client against an abatement notice.
  • Advised a client on its liabilities under the waste packaging regulations.


Index of tables

  1. Planning
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Rising stars

Rising stars

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DLA Piper UK LLP's planning team sits within the firm's international real estate practice and handles both regional and national matters. The Yorkshire team focuses on major infrastructure projects, regeneration projects, energy matters and funding issues. Group head Andrew Batterton leads the development and infrastructure planning teams across Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester and Liverpool, and senior associate Claire Stoneman assists with development planning, compulsory purchase work and energy and infrastructure issues.

Practice head(s):Andrew Batterton

Other key lawyers:Claire Stoneman


'DLA Piper has a strong grasp of what makes commercial sense for the client. It fields a team of very sound lawyers with a clear eye for the end to be achieved'.

'The team's advice is decisive rather than looking at lots of options and leaving you as a client to decide which approach to take'.

'The practice provides first-class support and guidance during matters and has a commercially oriented and straightforward approach, making it good to work with'.

'Andrew Batterton provides excellent advice and guidance throughout. Clients feel well supported and confident that he is representing their best interests. His experience, knowledge and contribution to matters are essential in any process'.

'Andrew Batterton is thorough, personable, works hard for his clients and is very commercially oriented'.

Key Clients

York Central Partnership

Highways England


Sheffield City Council and Urbo (West Bar) Limited


National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc/ National Grid Gas Plc / Cadent Gas Limited



Work highlights

  • Advising York Central Partnership on the redevelopment of York Central.
  • Assisting Highways England with the promotion of a number of new highway and highway improvement DCO schemes.
  • Acting for Nexus on its consenting  strategy for rail improvement work to its network.
  • Assisting Sheffield City Council and Urbo Regeneration on the redevelopment of West Bar Square, Sheffield and the related compulsory purchase order.
  • Advising Prologis on the planning issues related to its project and portfolio acquisition, development and refinance.

Jonathan Riley heads up the department at Pinsent Masons LLP, which advises on some of the biggest planning schemes across Yorkshire and other major northern cities, as well as handling nationally significant infrastructure projects, urban extensions and compulsory purchase orders. Riley is also a key name for transport matters. Legal director Nick McDonald handles development and infrastructure projects and legal director Jo Miles focuses on residential and mixed-use developments.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Riley

Other key lawyers:Nick McDonald; Jo Miles


'Pinsent Masons has a knowledgeable and approachable team with a range and depth of expertise that is unmatched'.

'Jonathan Riley is an exceptional communicator with a fantastic ability to put complex legal issues into plain English'.

'The team is thorough, professional and shows excellent capabilities in recalling details for specific scenarios. It is an excellent advocate and provides valuable advice to enable planning officers to engage with the applicant with confidence'.

Key Clients

Eggborough Power (EPH Group) 3 No

Leeds City Council 10+ No

Drax Generation Developments Limited / Drax Power Limited

Sunderland City Council

South Tyneside Council

London Legacy Development Corporation

Ballymore Group

United Utilities Water Limited

South Gloucestershire Council

Portsmouth City Council

Homes and Communities Agency

Wembley National StadiumLimited

VPI Immingham B Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Ballymore Properties Ltd on the compulsory purchase order for its 900-home Brentford Waterside regeneration scheme.
  • Assisting the London Borough of Wandsworth with the land assembly and compulsory purchase order for its flagship estate regeneration project in Clapham Junction, London.
  • Assisting VPI Immingham B Limited with promoting its proposed gas-fired power station through the Planning Act 2008 consenting process.
  • Advising Eggborough Power Limited on the consenting and compulsory acquisition for its new gas-fired power station at the site of the existing coal-fired plant in Eggborough, East Yorkshire.
  • Acting for Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospital NHS Trust on the new Midland Metropolitan Hospital in Sandwell.

With notable expertise in contentious planning matters, Squire Patton Boggs advises public and private sector clients including energy companies, local authorities, retailers and commercial, residential and leisure developers. David Hardy is dual qualified as a barrister and solicitor and is the key contact for compulsory purchase matters, as well as contentious work and developments in the energy, transports and mines and minerals sectors. Practice leader Richard Glover is highly regarded for his experience representing electricity clients in applications for consent under the Electricity Act.

Practice head(s):Richard Glover

Other key lawyers:David Hardy

Key Clients

SP Manweb


Energy Systems Catapult

Egdon Resources UK Limited

Lincolnshire County Council

Electricity North West

Energiekontor (UK) Limited

Leavesley Group

Conrad Energy

Northern Powergrid

Pendle Borough Council

Falck Renewables

Citadel Estates Limited

JPE Aggregates Limited

Newby Estates

White Brothers Limited

Statuslist Limited

Greenpower International Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising SP Manweb on promoting a development consent order for a new overhead power line.
  • Assisting Innogy/Ventient with the first commercial extension of life appeal for a wind farm at Kirkby Moor.
  • Acting for New World Payphones in multiple appeals and High Court disputes relating to the correct interpretation of permitted development rights for telecoms operators.
  • Representing Energiekontor (UK) Limited in a case in the Court of Appeal relating to the Pencarreg turbines in West Wales and the interpretation of section 73 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
  • Advising Egdon Resources UK Limited on an application for planning permission relating to the production of oil from an existing wellsite at Wressle.

Walker Morris LLP's client base spans individual landowners, property developers, housing businesses, mineral companies, care homes, student developments, and companies in the residential, mixed-use development and strategic land areas. Team head Richard Sagar has substantial experience in strategic planning advice, planning applications, compulsory purchase orders, High Court challenges and environmental issues; Chris Slater handles section 106 planning obligations; and dual-qualified barrister and solicitor Alison Ogley focuses on contentious work alongside growing non-contentious experience.

Practice head(s):Richard Sager

Other key lawyers:Chris Slater; Alison Ogley


'Walker Morris commands an excellent reputation in this field and justifiably so. Its professionalism, quality of work, depth of knowledge and honest advice all contribute to its proven success rate'.

'The team provides a well-rounded perspective on all aspects of planning. The group never fails to answer or help with a query and the broad range of expertise from junior to partner level is not surpassed elsewhere'.

'Walker Morris has a sterling reputation for planning in the North, acting for some of the most litigious clients in the most complex and controversial cases. It has a depth of experience across the full range of planning disciplines, which gives it a real understanding of both commercial and legal issues, and it offers incredibly sound, pragmatic and correct advice. A first-rate set of solicitors'.

'The key personnel at Walker Morris are highly professional but at the same time very approachable. They know their profession inside out and get to the heart of issues directly'.

'Richard Sagar and senior director Robert Moore are excellent advocates who leave no stone unturned in the quest to present the strongest case possible at appeal or in court'.

'Chris Slater provides excellent commercial advice'.

'Richard Sagar is a highly experienced planning partner, who is expert in a range of planning disciplines and manages to marry pragmatic and realistic strategic advice with forensic attention to detail, based on his vast experience. He is great with clients and a steely negotiator'.

Key Clients

Hallam Land Management Limited

The Peel Group

Bowmer & Kirkland Limited

Taylor Wimpey

Persimmon Homes

Commercial Estates Group

Asda Stores

BDW Group

Evans Property Group

Unite Group

Work highlights

  • Representing Hallam Land Management Limited in an appeal against the council's refusal for an application for planning permission for 600 homes in Doncaster.
  • Assisting Hallam Land Management Limited with the promotion of a planning application for a residential development near Wetherby, West Yorkshire.
  • Acting for Hallam Land Management Limited in a successful appeal against the refusal of an application for reserved matters approval for 160 dwellings in Winsick.
  • Representing Gascoines Group Ltd in a successful appeal to secure planning permission for a new residential development in Scarborough.

The Sheffield-based planning team at CMS has a breadth of expertise, encompassing town centre regenerations, minerals and waste issues, commercial property portfolio work, transport and infrastructure projects, residential and mixed-use developments, retail planning work and energy matters. The practice handles the full spectrum of the planning process including applications, public inquiries, court appeals and judicial reviews, compulsory purchase orders and environmental issues. Team leader Chris Bowes has particular expertise in compulsory purchase issues and senior associate Rebecca Roffe's practice includes a focus on development consent orders.

Practice head(s):Chris Bowes

Other key lawyers:Rebecca Roffe

Key Clients


Hammerson Pc




Benson Elliot

Vita / Select


National Grid

Whitemoss Lanfill

Work highlights

  • Advising Hammerson and Aberdeen Standard Life on the planning and compulsory purchase order issues related to the extension of Brent Cross Shopping Centre in North London.
  • Assisting Joseph Partners with the planning and compulsory purchase order elements of an urban regeneration project in North Finchley.
  • Acting for Benson Elliot on the land assembly and compulsory purchase elements of a major urban redevelopment of the Vicarage Field shopping centre in Barking.
  • Advising North York Moors National Park Authority on the planning and related agreements for a deep mine development.
  • Defending a legal challenge to Whitemoss Landfill's development consent order in the Court of Appeal relating to a hazardous waste landfill facility.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's planning and infrastructure consenting team has notable experience in the retail, renewable energy and commercial development sectors, with practice head Peter Nesbit excelling in minerals and oil and gas work, and principal associate Roddy Macdonald leading on residential work.

Practice head(s):Peter Nesbit

Other key lawyers:Roddy Macdonald

Key Clients

WM Morrison Supermarkets plc

Evans Property Group

London South Bank University

IGas Energy

Banks Mining

Belview Golf Ltd

Infinergy Limited

Persimmon Homes North East Limited and Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

HJ Banks and Company Limited

Kentucky Fried Chicken (Great Britain) Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Morrisons on planning issues relating to the regeneration of the Camden Goods Yard area in London.
  • Advising Evans Property Group on a planning application for the construction of 350 dwellings in Fradley Park, Litchfield.
  • Assisting London South Bank University with the proposed regeneration of two campus buildings in the London Borough of Southwark.
  • Assisting IGas Energy with the planning submissions for IGas' Ellesmere Port proposal for a hydrocarbon plant.
  • Acting for Banks Mining in a High Court challenge to a refusal for planning permission for a surface coal mine.

Shulmans LLP stands out for its residential development planning expertise, as well as extensive knowledge of infrastructure issues, mixed-use development planning and compulsory purchase orders. The 'commercially astute and strategically decisive' Amanda Beresford heads up the practice and handles national matters. Solicitor Emma Thomas is strong in the telecoms sector.

Practice head(s):Amanda Beresford

Other key lawyers:Emma Thomas


'The planning team at Shulmans is a leader in the practice area. It has the ability to understand clients' requirements and deal with a wide range of planning matters. The team is strong in being able to provide excellent planning advice on any planning matter and is a planning law team of choice'.

'Amanda Beresford's reputation precedes her'.

'Amanda Beresford's breadth and depth of planning knowledge is outstanding and she can always be relied on to be very helpful and give focused, clear, commercially astute and strategically decisive advice'.

Key Clients

Barratt/David Wilson Homes Limited

Extra MSA Group Limited

Chatsworth Settlement Trustees

Lidl UK GmbH

Caddick Group

Makins Enterprises

Duchy Homes Limited (North West)

Avant Homes

Wallhill Limited

Greggs plc

Work highlights

  • Represented Caddick Residential Limited in a residential planning appeal.
  • Acting for Wallhill Limited on a planning judicial review relating to the development of a mixed-use site in Ealing.
  • Advising Princes Quay Estates Limited on issues relating to an application by Highways England for a development consent order for works on the A63, which will affect the client's retail park and shopping centre.
  • Assisting Barratt/David Wilson Homes Limited with a public highway diversion order.
  • Acting for Greggs plc in its objection to an application for a starter home development on allocated employment land next to its North East manufacturing facility.

Weightmans acts on national projects under the leadership of residential and infrastructure project specialist Lee Gordon. Key areas of expertise for the group include advising on development consent orders related to infrastructure and energy projects, residential and urban extension projects, public sector work and promoting compulsory purchase orders for highways and mixed-use developments. Bob Pritchard counts multiple public sector organisations as clients.

Practice head(s):Lee Gordon

Other key lawyers:Bob Pritchard

Key Clients

Welsh Government

Royal Mail Group

Leeds City Council

York City Council

Prospect Estates

British Steel

Robinsons Brewery

Peterborough City Council

Viridor Waste Management

North Yorkshire County Council

Sheffield City Council Council

Selby District Council

Nottingham County Council

East Hertfordshire Council

Broad Energy

Work highlights

  • Advising the Welsh Government on the development consent order applications for the proposed new nuclear power station at Wylfa on Anglesey.
  • Acting for five local authorities on the delivery of Harlow Garden Town, a project consisting of 23,000 dwellings and major infrastructure.
  • Assisting Peterborough City Council with a proposed £1.5bn township development, which will include 5,300 homes, new schools and retail space.
  • Advising York City Council on the promotion of a proposed compulsory purchase order for a £38m project to improve York's ring road.
  • Acting for Selby District Council on a delivery strategy for the proposed development of an urban extension project.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's team focuses on the energy, transport, housing and public sectors, and has notable expertise in infrastructure projects, regeneration schemes, compulsory purchase orders, planning litigation and transport issues, among other areas. Claire Brook heads up the team and has expertise in waste, energy and chemical matters; she works with legal director Jocelyn Denton, who regularly acts for local authorities, and managing associate James Garbett, who specialises in town and country planning.

Practice head(s):Claire Brook

Other key lawyers:Jocelyn Denton; James Garbett


'The team at Womble Bond Dickinson understands its clients' needs implicitly and is able to tailor its advice such that it reflects the particular needs and aspirations of the client'.

'As a team, Womble Bond Dickinson works seamlessly with colleagues from other parts of the business, notably real estate and construction, which is of paramount importance during the sometimes lengthy negotiations'.

'Claire Brook has a forensic approach to legal questions with sound practical advice founded in strong sector knowledge and experience'.

'James Garbett provides exceptional advice on a variety of complex legal issues. His approach is calm, forensic and strategic and his advice allows clients to navigate difficult commercial situations with ease'.

'James Garbett has a fantastic breadth of knowledge of the planning process which allows him to provide quality advice'.

Key Clients

Wheelabrator Technologies Inc.

Leeds City Council

Augean PLC

Sembcorp Utilities UK Limited

London Borough of Lewisham

Commercial Estates Group (CEG)

Strata Homes Limited

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council

Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

NHS Property Services Limited

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

The University of Law

London Borough of Bexley

Persimmon Homes Limited

Grainger PLC

BDW Trading Limited

Linden Homes Limited (part of the Galliford Try group)

FCC Environment (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising the London Borough of Lewisham on proposals by St Mowden Properties for the redevelopment of Leegate Shopping Centre.
  • Assisting the London Borough of Bexley with its strategy and attendance at a public inquiry to determine a planning appeal against the refusal of Roxhill Development's scheme to build a rail freight interchange in the metropolitan green belt.
  • Acting for the University of Law in a planning appeal against the refusal by Cheshire West and Chester Council of a scheme to redevelop its existing campus.
  • Asssiting the London Borough of Lewisham with the Lewisham Gateway Scheme, part of the regeneration of Lewisham town centre.
  • Advising Network Rail on the negotiation of a multi-party deed of variation to an existing section 106 agreement relating to the redevelopment of the former Horwich locomotive work.

Following the departure of former team head Glenn Sharpe to York City Council, the key Leeds-based contacts for Addleshaw Goddard's planning group include legal director Julia Dixon, who joined from Squire Patton Boggs in late 2018, and associate Daniel Marston. The national group is highly regarded for its expertise in housing and mixed-use developments, rail and energy projects, and retail projects.

Other key lawyers:Julia Dixon; Daniel Marston

Key Clients


Newark & Sherwood District Council

Sewell Construction

BP Oil UK Limited



Muse Developments plc

Work highlights

  • Acting for SSE on securing the development for a new gas-fired power station and the associated infrastructure.
  • Advising Sewell Construction Limited on the proposed development of the Yorkshire Energy Park.
  • Assisting Strawson Holdings Limited with its planning applications for an employment-led mixed-use development adjacent to the M6.
  • Advising Knightwood Trust Farms Limited on the promotion of a planning application for a strategic housing development.
  • Drafting and negotiating multiple section 106 agreements for Newark & Sherwood Council relating to an urban extension.

Boutique planning firm LB & Co Limited counts national clients on its roster and has substantial expertise acting for national housebuilders, developers, local councils, charities and infrastructure companies. 'First-rate planning lawyers' Carolyn Lord and Kate Butterfield are co-founders of the firm; Lord handles regional and national mandates and Butterfield is noted for her expertise in retail and housing projects.

Practice head(s):Carolyn Lord; Kate Butterfield


'LB & Co has excellent knowledge of planning law, strong experience and attention to detail coupled with a strong client and team ethic'.

'The team has unrivalled experience in planning matters and delivers pragmatic and focused advice. It doesn't overly focus on the narrower points in a transaction'.

'Carolyn Lord and Kate Butterfield are first-rate planning lawyers with strong planning experience coupled with an understanding of how to make things happen. They take a thorough and careful approach to all applications and legal matters and have a strong track record of success'.

'Both Kate Butterfield and Carolyn Lord have been involved in a large number of significant projects in the region for many years and are well known to the key regional developers. Their insight and expertise is well renowned in the region - there are few scenarios they haven't seen before and they are well connected'.

Key Clients

CEG (Commercial Estates Group)

Persimmon Homes Limited

GMI Properties Limited

Caddick Developments Limited

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council

Litton Properties

Ashgate Investments Limited

Hoyland Developments Limited

DB Cargo (UK) Limited

Myers Group

Work highlights

  • Advising CEG (Commercial Estates Group) on its proposed £350m mixed-use regeneration scheme for a site in Leeds city centre.
  • Assisting Persimmon Homes Limited with planning matters over multiple residential schemes including negotiating planning agreements and handling planning appeals.
  • Advising GMI Properties Limited on the Clay Cross town centre regeneration scheme, new developments in Saltaire World Heritage Site and a potential residential development site on a Yorkshire-based green belt site.
  • Acting for Caddick Developments Limited on a planning application for the Quarry Hill site in Leeds.
  • Advising the Diocese of Leeds and Catholic Care separately on their portfolio of sites and older people's residential schemes.

Rollits LLP's dedicated planning practice has an active practice which advises on residential developments, land promotions, care home developments, education facility developments and social housing issues. Hull-based team head Mark Dixon is noted for his expertise handling mixed-use developments and the related section 106 agreements. Infrastructure elements. David Myers is the key contact in the firm's York office.

Practice head(s):Mark Dixon

Other key lawyers:David Myers


'The Rollits planning team is accessible, knowledgeable, very competent and is willing to go beyond the call of duty with client care'.

'Mark Dixon is the area's leading specialist planning lawyer'.

'David Myers is excellent with clients who value his expertise and approachable manner'.

Key Clients

Lindum Group Limited

Yorkshire Housing Limited

Lovel Developments (Yorkshire) Limited

Central Land Holdings Limited

Colten Care Limited

Cranswick plc

Boston Mayflower Limited

Reckitt Benckiser (Brands) Limited

Bishop Burton College

Colten Developments Limited

Pickering & Ferens Homes

DN Colleges Group

Hull College FE Corporation

East Riding College

Work highlights

  • Advising the client on a section 106 agreement for an outline planning permission of 32 dwellings.
  • Assisting Bawtry Farms Limited with the preparation of a section 106 agreement for planning permission for 150 dwellings.
  • Acting for Brierstone Limited on issues relating to the viability of a development due to affordable housing instructions.
  • Acting for an individual in a public inquiry relating to an enforcement notice appeal.
  • Advising Central Land Holdings Limited on the preparation of a section 106 agreement for an outline planning permission of 80 dwellings.

Property litigation

Index of tables

  1. Property litigation
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

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Next Generation Partners

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Addleshaw Goddard handles the full spectrum of contentious property work for a client base spanning blue chip tenants, investors, developers and infrastructure providers with notable expertise advising on the contentious aspects of the management of shopping centres, litigation arising from company voluntary arrangements in the retail sector and trespasser evictions. Leeds-based Julie Middlemass heads up the national team, working with managing associates Elizabeth Cape and Chris McGrath, who handles landlord and tenant matters, and associate Louise Minshull, who focuses on mixed-use development mandates.

Practice head(s):Julie Middlemass

Other key lawyers:Elizabeth Cape; Chris McGrath; Louise Minshull


'Addleshaw Goddard is very strong nationally and in Yorkshire and fields an excellent team'.

'Julie Middlemass is clearly one of the go-to names in the country for property disputes'.

'Elizabeth Cape is truly incredibly and stands out among the crowd'.

Key Clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Associated British Foods/Primark Stores Limited

Aviva Investors


British Land

Columbia Threadneedle


National Grid

Siemens plc

Travelodge Hotels Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for a range of institutional landlords affected by company voluntary arrangements including Carpetright, New Look, House of Fraser, Mothercare and Prezzo.
  • Assisting a property company with its strategy to prevent encroachments impinging on a potential development.
  • Acting for Promontoria (Henrico) Limited in a possession claim relating to residential buy-to-let properties.
  • Acting for a joint venture between a developer and landowner in securing a possession order and a High Court writ over a large development site, which is susceptible to entrance by travellers.
  • Advising a property company on a vacant possession strategy to enable the future development of a shopping centre.

Stephen Scott heads up the team at CMS, which attracts praise for its development and site assembly work, asset management disputes, landlord and tenant matters, party wall disputes and issues relating to the telecoms, mines and minerals sectors. Scott also handles matters relating to vacant possession strategies, dilapidations, rent reviews, service charge disputes, possession cases and squatters issues. Senior associate Edward Gamble is the key contact for landlord and tenant issues and senior associate Martin Garner focuses on the telecoms sector.

Practice head(s):Stephen Scott

Other key lawyers:Edward Gamble; Martin Garner


'CMS stands out in Sheffield for its experience, industry knowledge and strategic approach'.

Key Clients


Land Securities


National Grid Pension Fund

CBRE Global Investors

Colombia Threadneedle


The Crown Estate

Work highlights

  • Handling all real estate dispute matters across The Crown Estate's regional retail portfolio including shopping and retail parks, shopping centres and a leisure centre.
  • Acting for the Mayfair Partnership on the contentious issues relating to the redevelopment strategy of a site in Manchester City Centre.
  • Acting for Sainsburys Supermarkets Limited in opposed and unopposed lease renewals, dilapidations and break notices.
  • Representing Segro Plc and Airport Property Partnership in various contentious real estate matters relating to its industrial and airside properties.
  • Acting for Threadneedle in multiple asset management issues including lease renewals, possession claims against squatters, dilapidations and property notices.

DLA Piper UK LLP's team of property litigators in Leeds and Sheffield includes specialists in a myriad of sectors including retail, healthcare, financial services, transport and leisure. The team handles matters at both a local and national level for regional and global clients. 'Inspirational leader' Petra Billing and the 'extremely knowledgeable' John Kittle lead the teams in Sheffield and Leeds respectively; Billing has specialist knowledge of mining and minerals litigation and Kittle focuses on commercial landlord and tenant matters and portfolio management work. Senior associate Rob Shaw is also well regarded. Long-serving partner Matthew Lonergan left to join Shoosmiths LLP in mid-2018.

Practice head(s):Petra Billing; John Kittle

Other key lawyers:Rob Shaw


'DLA Piper has profound knowledge of its subject matter and deep specialisms, which is unusual for a firm in its location'.

'The team is very experienced and dedicated with an impressive client list. It also takes the time to get to know its clients so it understands the key drivers and internal process which impact its approach to issues'.

'Petra Billing is an inspirational leader. Her knowledge of the mines and minerals world, its law and practices is unrivalled'.

'Rob Shaw is one of the best technical landlord and tenant solicitors around'.

'John Kittle is extremely knowledgeable and has excellent judgement'.

'Petra Billing is a reliable and trusted adviser. She is always available when urgent support is needed and pulls together high-quality and concise advice on short notice'.

Key Clients


Telereal Trillium

J.D. Sports Fashion Plc

Dixons Carphone Plc

British Airways Plc

The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc

Liberty Steel

Arconic Inc.

Aggregate Industries UK Limited ( UK subsidiary of LafargeHolcim Limited)

HS2 Limited

Heineken UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Telereal Trillium in the Court of Appeal against a non-domestic rating decision of the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) affecting one of its properties.
  • Handling all property litigation work for Debenhams Properties Limited including defending service charge claims brought by landlords of shopping centres and acting in hostile lease renewal proceedings.
  • Acting for Telereal Trillium in a case relating to the interpretation of an RPI rent review clause, which increases the rent at double the inflation rate.
  • Advising Heineken UK Limited on all the disputes arising from its property portfolio.
  • Representing Tata Steel UK Limited in multiple dilapidation disputes, tenancy terminations, overage agreements and break option issues.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's Leeds team, which forms part of the global firm's national practice, includes experts in the retail, transport, education and telecoms sectors with practitioners focusing on niche areas of expertise. Team head Damian Hyndman is highly regarded for telecoms-related property disputes, Alison Oldfield is a key name nationally for reputationally sensitive disputes and protester and campaign group-related issues; and insolvency specialist Andrew Todd has recently handled a number of high street company voluntary arrangements (CVAs). Associate Charlotte Miller is noted for her portfolio management expertise.

Practice head(s):Damian Hyndman

Other key lawyers:Alison Oldfield; Andrew Todd; Charlotte Miller


'The team at Eversheds Sutherland really puts its clients first and utilises its expertise to handle a broad range of complex matters'.

'Charlotte Miller is a bright star and one to watch for the future'.

Key Clients

WM Morrison Supermarkets Plc

Network Rail

The Peel Group

Legal & General Retail Limited

Arqiva Limited

Hammerson UK Properties Plc




Work highlights

  • Advising Network Rail Infrastructure Limited on issues relating to raising revenue from the sale of its commercial estate.
  • Representing Harcourt Developments Unlimited Company in a dispute in the Business and Property Courts affecting residential development land including defending the presentation of a winding-up petition.
  • Acting for Clydesdale Bank Plc in high-value possession proceedings.
  • Representing Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc in the judicial review of the planning permission for the demolition of its store in Brentford.
  • Handling all property litigation matters for Sports Direct including break notices, lease renewals and vacant possession issues.

Pinsent Masons LLP's expertise spans the full spectrum of property litigation work including dilapidations, lease renewals, tenant defaults, judicial reviews, easements, trespass work and town and village green matters. Team head Matthew Baker is a expert in the right to light and assisted the Law Commission with a review of the law in this area. Other key practitioners include senior associate Nicola Charlton, who handles rights to light and landlord and tenant disputes.

Practice head(s):Matthew Baker

Other key lawyers:Nicola Charlton


'Pinsent Masons isn't afraid of a fight and will support its client's position and always puts the best foot forward in a strategic and efficient way. It fields a team of genuine specialists in real estate litigation'.

'The firm fields a strong and competent practice which is always available and very responsive'.

'Matthew Baker is determined on behalf of all his clients to extract the best outcome possible, a real pleasure to work with, calm and self assured, and a great negotiator'.

Key Clients

United Utilities Water Ltd

Whitbread Group PLC

RR Wing Portfolio Limited

Mayfair Capital

Milton (Peterborough) Estates Company

Aviva Investors

Sterling Capitol PLC

London & Associated Properties PLC

Rachel Securities

Crown Student Living


Royal London


University of Manchester

University College London

London School of Economics

University of London

Work highlights

  • Defending United Utilities Water Limited in litigation brought by Manchester Ship Canal Company Limited relating to the right to discharge water into private watercourses.
  • Acting for Rachel Securities Limited in a dispute relating to a rent review arbitration.
  • Representing United Utilities Water Limited in its first promotion of a compulsory purchase order relating to the proposed construction of a new outfall into the Manchester Ship Canal.
  • Acting for Analytical Properties Limited in a claim for the possession of premises currently operating as a nightclub in Brixton.
  • Representing Market Row Limited in claims for unpaid additional rent under service charge provisions in leases.

Walker Morris LLP's client base encompasses national retailers and occupiers, landlords, public sector companies and energy sector clients. The group has a notable reputation for handling contentious matters relating to developments, particularly housebuilding work. Other areas of expertise include portfolio management issues, contentious disposals and acquisitions, residential lease forfeitures and enfranchisements; the team is also growing its contentious defective title insurance work. Andrew Beck and Martin McKeague jointly lead the department, Malcolm Simpson focuses on developer clients and Karl Anders handles residential landlord and tenant matters.

Practice head(s):Andrew Beck; Martin McKeague

Other key lawyers:Malcolm Simpson; Karl Anders


'The team works closely with in-house counsel to try and identify creative solutions that strongly advocate for its clients, but simultaneously aims to achieve a mutually agreeable solution'.

'Walker Morris fields experts in the field who succeed in their key areas and provide an outstanding service at a reasonable price'.

'Martin McKeague and his colleagues approach litigation from the client's perspective. The advice is sound from a legal viewpoint and also commercial. Martin gets to the bottom of the problem quickly and provides real commercial directions, which is unique in the field'.

Key Clients

Post Office


Secretary of State for Defence


Barratt Homes

Department of Health

Coal Authority



Work highlights

  • Acted for Ramsgate Estates Limited and Torquay Estates Limited as landlord on issues arising from New Look's CVA.
  • Representing The Coal Authority in a claim for the recovery of royalties payable under an agreement for the extraction of minerals and the importation of waste.
  • Acting for Plesvale Limited as landlord in the High Court in a claim against its tenant seeking declaratory relief.
  • Acting for the landlords of a large distribution centre in a rent review arbitration.
  • Defending the Walker Family Trust in the High Court against claims alleging guaranteed tenant obligations in a lease of a department store for a tenant, which is now in liquidation.

Gordons LLP's strengths in the retail sector have recently seen the firm called upon to handle a substantial number of matters relating to company voluntary arrangements. Team co-head Richard Cressall also has notable experience in the institutional property sector and fellow co-head Graeme Davy is a key name for debt recovery litigation. Richard Jobes also has experience in judicial review challenges and compulsory purchase matters.

Practice head(s):Richard Cressall; Graeme Davy

Other key lawyers:Richard Jobes


'Gordons is the go-to name for clients in the retail space and has developed a national reputation for this type of work'.

Key Clients

YBS Group

Wren Kitchens


B&M Retail

Hermes Parcelnet


Card Factory

The Fragrance Shop

Heron Foods

Safestyle UK

Work highlights

  • Acting for The Fragrance Shop in the High Court in a landmark case relating to the security of business operation and rights to stay in properties at the end of a lease.
  • Advising Limes Developments on the CVA insolvencies of Carpetright and Homebase at its retail parks.
  • Representing  OneSubsea UK Limited in a possession order and injunction to prevent trespass following damage to one of its sites by a criminal gang in a co-ordinated attack.
  • Acting for  Iceland Foods Limited in multiple disputes including the removal of trespassers and handling the contentious decommissioning of telecoms equipment.
  • Acting for B&M Retail Limited on all its property matters including lease work and estate management issues.

Irwin Mitchell's specialist team, which acts for a range of both local and national clients, has notable expertise in property portfolio management-related work and is increasingly acting for landlords. The group's client roster also encompasses investors, developers, retailers, corporate occupiers, local institutions, banks, estate agencies and charities. The 'extremely impressive' Danny Revitt heads up the department and focuses on landlord and tenant disputes, while senior associate Lisa Stratford handles national property portfolio management mandates.

Practice head(s):Danny Revitt

Other key lawyers:Lisa Stratford


'Danny Revitt heads up a very successful nationwide property litigation team, which has broad experience in disputes of all kinds, gets on with it in a proactive way and gives clients confidence in the decisions being made'.

'The team is extremely knowledgeable and sets out its advice and tactics in an ordered and logical way, which makes it easy to make decisions on the next steps and the way forward'.

'Danny Revitt is extremely impressive and is to be highly recommended. He is an excellent communicator, extremely thorough and a true pleasure to work with'.

'Danny Revitt understands the client's business and quickly gets to grip with risks and the problems being presented'.

Key Clients

Artisan Real Estate Investors

Tobermory S.A.R.L /Trilogy Property

Real Estate Investors PLC

Clugston Estates Limited

BNP Paribas Real Estate Advisory and Property Management UK Limited


New Era Development (UK) Limited

Redwood (Light Industrial) Propco SARL (part of Logicor Group)

Thorntons Limited

River Island Clothing Co Limited

Jones Lang LaSalle Limited

RGIS Inventory Specialists Limited

The University of Sheffield

Sheffield Hallam University

Henry Boot Developments Limited

Hallam Land Management Limited


Lloyds Pharmacy Limited

Dobbies Garden Centres Limited

A&J Mucklow PLC

Peveril Securities Limited

Devonshire Green (Broomgrove Road) Limited (part of City Estates Group)

M&M Asset Management

Sheffield International Venues Limited/Sheffield City Trust

Sheffield Methodist Church Circuit

Orkney UKCO Limited

Countrywide Residential Lettings Limited

Dyson Industries Limited

Persimmon Homes

Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation

Work highlights

  • Acting for a global professional services business in successfully exercising a break option in an office lease.
  • Representing Clugston Estates Limited in the exercise of a break option to obtain vacant possession of a large serviced office complex.
  • Acting for BNP Paribas Real Estate and Advisory UK Limited on issues arising from the relocation of its city centre office.
  • Represented an international property investment company in opposing an attempt by a beneficiary of a covenant from restricting the use of premises on a business park by a retailer.
  • Advising a national retailer on compliance by its franchisees in its network of premises.

Shulmans LLP is recognised nationally for its expertise in claims relating to dilapidations and telecoms, and regularly acts for property investors and developers, local authorities, shopping centres, retailers and manufacturers. Team head Michael Watson specialises in the team's key areas and counts national companies as clients. Helen Hill has a niche expertise in party wall and and neighbourly matters, acting for housebuilders and commercial developers, while newly promoted partner Richard Robinson assists developers, funds, public sector bodies and corporate occupiers.

Practice head(s):Michael Watson

Other key lawyers:Helen Hill; Richard Robinson


'Although based in Leeds, Shulmans is definitely competing with the big City firms for quality of work and clients. It is excellent, very focused and thorough. It has particular expertise in the areas of dilapidations and telecoms work and is at the very top of its game in these fields'.

'Both Michael Watson and Richard Robinson are top notch. They really understand what the matter is about and how to get the best for their clients. They are also very straightforward to deal with'.

Key Clients

Greggs Plc

Commercial Estates Group

Princes Quay Estates Limited

Trust Inns Limited

Saint Gobain


Costcutter Supermarket Group

Millfield Estates

Barratt David Wilson Homes

Town Centre Securities Plc

Work highlights

  • Acting for Greggs Plc in portfolio management work including defending opposed lease renewal proceedings and property disrepair issues.
  • Acting for Commercial Estates Group in telecoms removal issues, dilapidations claims, tenant arrears work and insolvency matters.
  • Handling portfolio management work for Princes Quay Estates Limited including lease renewals, terminations and dilapidations.
  • Representing Trust Inns in all its contentious real estate work including tenant insolvencies, rent recovery work and terminations.
  • Defending Saint Gobain in a dilapidations claim brought by one of its landlords.

With notable expertise in compulsory purchase and land compensation cases, Squire Patton Boggs also has a strong track record in the retail, leisure, utilities and charities sectors across the full range of commercial landlord and tenant matters. David Holland leads the national team 'with gravitas and mature authority' from the Leeds office and is a specialist in land compensation matters.

Practice head(s):David Holland


'Squire Patton Boggs fields a team of professionals who have an excellent commercial understanding, which is crucial, alongside strong but sensitive management of the client's expectations for a successful outcome. The team meets clients needs throughout'.

'David Holland listens, understands the situation and makes recommendations as to the strategy and actions with a balanced command and forcefulness. He leads the team with gravitas and mature authority'.

Key Clients

Manchester Airport Group

Birmingham Airport Limited

United Utilities Group plc

Co-operative Group

Provident Financial plc

Reach plc (formerly Trinity Mirror Group plc)

Yum! Brands

American Greetings (Clinton Cards)

Selfridges Group

Signet Group plc

Cancer Research UK

The Mansion Group


Henry Boot plc

Six Degrees Group

Lidl UK

PA Consulting

2 Sisters Food Group

Cath Kidston

FORE Partnership

Mr Richard Hartle

TIP Trailer Services UK Limited

London Borough of Redbridge

Cummins plc

Western Power Distribution plc

Electricity North West Limited

S P Manweb plc

Work highlights

  • Representing United Utilities Group plc in a range of compulsory purchase and land compensation matters.
  • Acting for Manchester Airport Group in land compensation claims relating to public works at Stanstead Airport.
  • Handling all contentious real estate matters for Reach plc including landlord and tenant matters, break clauses, dilapidations and development disputes.
  • Acting in landlord and tenant matters for AG Retail Cards Limited relating to its 400 Clintons Cards stores nationally.
  • Representing Provident Financial plc in a range of landlord and tenant matters including dilapidations and service charge disputes.

Blacks Solicitors LLP's recently expanded property litigation group handles the full spectrum of contentious matters, from development disputes to landlord and tenant matters. The group has built a reputation for acting for lenders and LPA receivers in property disputes, and solicitor Aimee Hutchinson is a key contact for holiday and home parks clients. James Teagle leads the department, while associate solicitor Rachael Donnelly has specialist knowledge of agricultural law and enfranchisement issues.

Practice head(s):James Teagle

Other key lawyers:Rachael Donnelly; Aimee Hutchinson


'The team at Blacks is always readily available and the instructions received are always clear and concise. It also includes approachable individuals, particularly at partner level'.

'Blacks is a unique firm due to the communication between client and professional. Clients experience a high level of expertise and never feel let down by the team'.

'James Teagle goes above and beyond the call of duty'.

'Rachael Donnelly is quick to respond on matters requiring urgent attention and is available at all times'.

'Aimee Hutchinson is extremely knowledgeable in the park industry. No matter what the question, issue or problem, she can always be relied on for professional, detailed and knowledgeable advice. Her industry knowledge is outstanding and she is a real credit to Blacks'.

Key Clients

Aura Finance Limited

Bridgeco Limited

HNW Lending Limited

West One Loan Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing HNW Lending Limited in a claim against a borrower and personal guarantors for a breach of mortgage terms.
  • Representing a lender in a recovery claim.
  • Acting for a client in a dispute relating to a conditional break clause.

With a niche focus on the pub industry, Gosschalks also has notable expertise in the high street retail sector and fields a separate residential team. Rob Hastie heads up the practice and is a lead adviser for Pubs Code work. Victoria Quinn specialises in landlord and tenant issues for high street shops and betting offices, Julia Williams handles possession claims, injunctions and opposed lease renewals for pubs, and Rachel Garton focuses on service charge disputes, long leaseholds and residential possession claims.

Practice head(s):Rob Hastie

Other key lawyers:Victoria Quinn; Julia Williams; Rachel Garton


'Gosschalks undoubtedly stands out for its expertise in the pub industry - no other firm comes close'.

Key Clients

Ei Group plc

William Hill Plc

Wellington Pub Company plc

Wilko Retail Limited

Age UK

Costcutter Supermarket Group

W H Brakspear & Sons Limited

Greene King Plc

Work highlights

  • Acting for Ei Group plc in a judicial review of the Pubs Code Adjudicator's advice.
  • Representing Ei Group plc in a tenant's challenge to the enforceability of the beer tie.
  • Acting for Ei Group plc in a Pubs Code case.
  • Representing Unique Pub Properties Alpha Limited in a possession recovery by opposing the tenant's application for a new lease.
  • Acting for Wilko Retail Limited on a lease renewal and a dilapidations claim.

At Lupton Fawcett,  Rob Cooke leads the teams in Leeds and Sheffield. Cooke excels in housebuilding and pub-related matters. The firm leverages its pan-Yorkshire presence to advise on regional matters including contested commercial lease renewals, easement and covenant disputes, possession claims and tenancy issues.

Practice head(s):Rob Cooke


'Lupton Fawcett is a good full-service firm, which provides reliably high-quality advice with a real sense of how to meet commercial clients' needs with a personal touch'.

'The team is extremely knowledgeable, approachable and technically excellent. It really cares about getting the best results and is a delight to work with'.

Key Clients

Victoria Hall Management Limited


Redhall Group Plc

Primeur Limited

The United Reformed Church

Scott Albion Property Limited

Mr Marcus Heaney

Leeds Building Society

Work highlights

  • Acting for an individual in the Court of Appeal in an adverse possession case.
  • Acting for a landowner in a dispute over title deeds dating back to the 17th century.
  • Obtaining an injunction for individuals enabling them to proceed with a residential development.
  • Representing a client in a claim against a party wall surveyor.
  • Acting for an international company in multiple arbitrations arising from a construction project in the food manufacturing sector.

Shoosmiths LLP, which launched in Leeds in late 2016, is continuing to expand in the city, and the team now includes experienced property litigator Matthew Lonergan - who joined after more than 20 years at DLA Piper UK LLP - and senior associate Michael Gaughan. The team forms part of the firm's national practice and regularly handles development constraints work, development agreements, portfolio management issues and insolvency and distressed property matters.

Other key lawyers:Matthew Lonergan; Michael Gaughan


'Shoosmiths' move into the Leeds market has really shaken things up, and the property litigation team is no exception'.

Key Clients

Travelodge Hotels Limited

Park Lane Properties Limited

Allied London

Extra MSA

Highwood Developments

Watkin Jones Group

Hallam Land

Landmark investments

Palmer Capital

Work highlights

  • Acting for a national retailer in successfully obtaining a prohibitive final injunction against squatters across 17 of its sites.
  • Defending a financial institution in a dilapidations claim relating to an office building in the Midlands.
  • Acting for the receivers in enforcing the terms of a deed of guarantee.
  • Acting for multiple retail clients on property portfolio management issues including lease renewals, service charge disputes, dilapidations and easements.
  • Advising a national retailer on its right to park at various out of town retail parks.

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP focuses its efforts on the retail sector and regularly acts for retail tenants, as well as property investors and owners. The firm's other sector expertise includes food, renewables and healthcare, while the group is also noted for its port expertise, which it leverages to advise on local Hull matters. Stephen Kell and Nick Dean jointly lead the group; Kell acts for owners of investment properties and business tenants, and Dean handles landlord and tenant work.

Practice head(s):Stephen Kell; Nick Dean


'Andrew Jackson is a key firm in the East Yorkshire and Hull region for contentious property matters'.

Key Clients

Associated British Ports

Carpetright plc/Storey Carpets Limited

Wykeland Group Limited/Bridgeland Developments Limited/Watergate Developments Limited

Bretby (GP) LLP/Centurion Asset Management Limited

Kick School Group

Coopland & Son (Scarborough) Limited

Sheffield Investment Company Limited

Greyhawk Propco No. 1 Limited

Gleeson Generation Limited

Wren Kitchens Limited/The West Retail Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for a farmer in a right of access dispute.
  • Representing an individual and the trustees of the Westerby Pension Fund in a construction dispute involving a dilapidations claim.

Clarion moved into real estate litigation work in mid-2017, and the team is now made up of two fee-earners, a trainee and a paralegal. The practice sits within the firm's real estate group and focuses on landlord and tenant work and estate management issues, particularly dilapidations. Legal director Sophie Morley leads the team, drawing on her experience of development issues and disputes relating to tenant insolvency and mortgage arrears.

Practice head(s):Sophie Morley


'The team at Clarion is very responsive to client needs, provides clear advice and comes up with solutions for a speedy and successful conclusion to matters'.

'The individuals in the team really do understand what is needed for a claim to succeed'.

Key Clients

Asics (UK)

Caterleisure Limited

Northedge LLP

FDS Informal Foods Limited (Honeymonster) part of Benecol Ltd

Heritage Care Villages Limited

TFG Capital Limited

Equi-Trek Limited

AllScripts Healthcare (UK) Limited

Leeds City Council

ATC Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Asics UK Limited in a conditional break clause issue and subsequent dilapidations claim.
  • Representing Allscripts Healthcare (UK) Limited in various estate management issues including break notices and the operation of a conditional break.
  • Representing a developer in a High Court application for pre-action disclosure under an option agreement.
  • Acting for FDS Informal Foods Limited in a dilapidations claim.
  • Representing TFG Capital Limited in numerous secured lending default scenarios.

At DWF, Stephen Green heads up the practice across the North East, Yorkshire and the Midlands out of the firm's Leeds office. His work focuses on both commercial and residential landlord and tenant law, including disputes relating to service charges and dilapidations, lease renewals and repossessions.

Practice head(s):Stephen Green

The newly established team at Gateley Plc primarily focuses on the housebuilder market through the expertise of practice head Gavin Winter. Winter, who joined the firm from Watson Burton LLP in late 2017, also advises landlords and tenants on disputes over dilapidations, service charges, break notices, rent reviews and lease renewals. Other clients include corporates, investors, asset management companies and retailers. Simon Ingham is also recommended for residential development disputes, Gerard Khoshnaw is a mediator, and Andrew Johnson is another name to note.

Practice head(s):Gavin Winter

Other key lawyers:Simon Ingham; Gerard Khoshnaw; Andrew Johnson


'Gateley has a good, commercially aware team, which has some good partners and provides a one-stop-shop which results in a seamless approach to resolving complex legal problems'.

'The team at Gateley is happy, professional and motivated and it shines through in the work it does. It keeps the client regularly updated, provides robust professional advice and achieves the desired results'.

'Gavin Winter manages cases well and ensures that processes are managed effectively and communicated well'.

'Gerard Khoshnaw is an experienced partner who is on the client's side and very good to deal with'.

'Simon Ingham is very good commercially and a technically capable partner'.

'Andrew Johnson is down to earth, a good leader, professional and understanding of his client's needs'.

Key Clients

Pavers Limited

Bellway Plc

Bovis Homes Limited

Taylor Wimpey plc

Dr Oetker

Crest Nicholson plc

Miller Homes Limited

Teesside University

Spinney Homes Limited

Avant Homes (England) Limited

Bloor Homes Limited

Avignon Capital Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Crest Nicholson Plc in the contested valuation of a plot of land in the South East.
  • Representing a farming family in a dispute with a developer relating to the terms of an overage agreement.
  • Advising a housebuilder on long stop provisions in a conditional contract relating to the purchase of residential development land.
  • Acting for Bovis Homes Limited in a claim for damages and injunctive relief for nuisance against an occupier of a neighbouring site.
  • Acting for the landlord of a multi-tenant commercial property in Norwich in a claim brought by a tenant for damages and injunctive relief.

LCF Law is noted for its leasehold enfranchisement strength alongside expertise in other landlord and tenant work, acting for clients at both the local and national level. Ragan Montgomery leads the team from the firm's Bradford office and associate Tom Edwards acts for clients in the County and High Courts.

Practice head(s):Ragan Montgomery

Other key lawyers:Tom Edwards

Key Clients

South Western Trains

Yorkshire Building Society

Citi Space Ltd

London Property Investments

Woodhead Group of Companies

International Society for Krishna Consciousness Limited

Grovehall Estates Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Indomito Properties LLP in a dispute relating to the interpretation of a rent review clause in its lease.
  • Representing Omavale Limited in a commercial lease renewal claim relating to the termination of French Connection (UK) Limited's lease in Central London.
  • Handling multiple property disputes for a charity including lease termination issues.
  • Acting for Yorkshire Building Society in several dilapidations claims and the recovery of commercial rent arrears.
  • Representing London Property Investments Limited in multiple dilapidations claims and contested lease renewals.

McCormicks handles the full range of contentious real estate work with particular knowledge of commercial landlord and tenant work; the group also leverages the firm's strength in the sports arena to acts for clients in the sector on property disputes. Philip Edmondson leads the group and Heather Roberts specialises in retail work; Roberts' expertise also includes development-related issues, shooting rights work and lease mandates.

Practice head(s):Philip Edmondson

Other key lawyers:Heather Roberts

Key Clients

The Premier League

John Strutt Conservation Foundation

Executors of John Herbert Strutt Deceased

Leeds United FC

John Strutt Centre for Parrot Conservation

John Strutt Memorial Foundation

GMI Holdings PLC

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Premier League in a dilapidations claims made by its former landlord.
  • Handling all property management issues for the estate of the late John Strutt, including forfeiture issues, right of way work and adverse possession claims.
  • Representing Leeds United FC in contentious property issues relating to the Elland Road Stadium and the club's training ground.
  • Representing the John Strutt Centre for Parrot Conservation in a boundary dispute.
  • Acting for GMI Holdings PLC in multiple property disputes including a boundary dispute and development issues.

Raworths' expertise focuses on complex land disputes across the rural and agricultural sectors. Clients include SME and owner-managed businesses, entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals. Matthew Hill heads up the department and acts for institutional and commercial landlords and tenants, landed estates and individuals.

Practice head(s):Matthew Hill


'The team at Raworths deals with high-quality work at all levels of the court system and has a practice of a much larger firm but without the prices associated with Leeds practices'.

'Raworths fields an approachable and sensible team, which has the ability to deliver on promises'.

'Matthew Hill is equally adept at fashioning a careful settlement when appropriate, or taking a very robust approach if the matter is one which needs to be litigated'.

Key Clients

The Trustees of the Rockspring Hanover Property Unit Trust

Parkmount Estates Company (Allerton) Limited

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society

The Royal Antediluvian Order of the Buffaloes

H. & F.N. Smith (Ellis Laithe) Limited

Work highlights

  • Handling a range of property litigation matters for Parkmount Estates (Allerton) Limited including rights of way issues, adverse possession of development land work, and rent recovery matters.
  • Acting for The Royal Antediluvian Order of the Buffaloes in various issues arising out of the disposal of its national property portfolio.
  • Acting for individuals in a development dispute.
  • Representing a client in a claim for interference with a right of way over commercial land.

The practice at Rollits LLP is particular recognised for its specialist knowledge in dilapidations, contentious lease renewals and restrictive covenants issues. Chris Drinkall leads the practice and commercial litigator Ralph Gilbert handles contested break clauses, easements and restrictive covenants work.

Practice head(s):Chris Drinkall

Other key lawyers:Ralph Gilbert

Key Clients

University of Hull

Hymers College

Hull City Tigers

SuperStadium Management Co

East Riding College

Ideal Standard

At Schofield Sweeney, associate Laura Salvati heads up the Leeds property litigation team and has notable strength in estate management issues relating to lease renewals, break clauses, rent recovery and dilapidations; she also regularly acts for developer clients. James Staton leads the group in the firm's Bradford office.

Practice head(s):Laura Salvati; James Staton


'Schofield Sweeney is a well-known medium-sized firm which has a solid practice in real estate and commercial landlord and tenant work'.

'Laura Salvati is an absolute perfectionist in all she does. She is on top of all the legal points that arise in a matter and produces first-rate instructions; a real team player who is a joy to work with'.

Key Clients

Games Workshop Limited

Shearings Group Limited

Trafford Centre Limited

Dilbag Cloth House Limited

Kingston Unity Friendly Society

Up and Running (UK) Limited

Thomas of York Limited

Greenhous Limited

Closegate Hotel Group

Persimmon Homes Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing a national retailer in a dilapidations claim.
  • Acting for a property investment company in multiple lease renewals.
  • Advising a pension trustee company on the interpretation of a payment clause in an overage deed.
  • Acting for an industrial occupier in a dilapidations claim.
  • Assisting a house developer with the purchases pursuant to option agreements.

Wake Smith Solicitors Limited's practice is one of the key names for property litigation in the Sheffield market and is led by Elizabeth Shaw, whose work spans landlord and tenant disputes, dilapidations, professional negligence claims, contested lease renewals and possession actions. Nick Lambert is also a key name to note.

Practice head(s):Elizabeth Shaw

Other key lawyers:Nick Lambert


'Wake Smith employs some of the best in the profession for the level of work it undertakes and has an excellent reputation in Sheffield. The team is very knowledgeable on key issues put to it and, thanks to a variety of different specialisms, can deal with all property matters with ease'.

'The team as Wake Smith has tremendous knowledge, excellent communicators who are highly efficient at their work, and a strong desire to see a project through while maintaining a high standard'.

'The stand-out practitioner is Elizabeth Shaw. She is always approachable and willing to assist, she rapidly assesses a situation for a client and offers clear and simply understood advice. Clients are put as ease by her manner and her judgement is sound'.

Key Clients

Salis Properties Limited

Salvation Army Trading Company Limited

Nottingham One Limited

Westfield Health Contributory Scheme

Samtech Limited

Charlie Shuttleworth

G I Group Recruitment Limited

Shrewsbury Hospital Estates

London & Associated Properties Limited

Turner Investments Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for a landlord in a damages claim for failure to repair.
  • Representing a client in a complex right of way claim.
  • Acting for a client in a dilapidations claims relating to a listed building.
  • Assisting a landlord with serving section 20 notices on a mixed use building.
  • Handling issues relating to dispute over quasi-easements of parking.

The dedicated team at Ward Hadaway primarily acts for commercial and public sector clients with particular expertise assisting NHS trusts and other healthcare clients, and handling portfolio management issues. Sharon Mathieson leads the group and splits her time between Leeds and Newcastle; she specialises in dilapidation claims, service charge issues, break notices, lease renewals and possession matters. Associate Simon Thirtle advises clients including landlords, tenants and private individuals.

Practice head(s):Sharon Mathieson

Other key lawyers:Simon Thirtle


'The team at Ward Hadaway is always very responsive to clients' needs and delivers practical advice in a timely manner'.

Key Clients


Canal & River Trust

Virgin Money


Newcastle Airport

Allied London

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

Northumberland Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust


Pulman Skoda

Work highlights

  • Acting in arbitration proceedings relating to the price payable for development land.
  • Representing a university in an application of rights of pre-emption in favour of the freeholder on the disposal of the university's leasehold interest in several properties.
  • Acting for an occupier client in possession proceedings.

Social housing

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Bevan Brittan LLP's dedicated housing practice focuses on property and development work with a substantial housing association and local authority client base. The group also handles social housing finance and governance work, property sales and resales, and housing management issues. Richard Stirk leads the Leeds-based security, property development and sales team alongside Julie Cowan-Clark, who focuses on housing association clients. Hugo Stephens is a key contact for finance work, and John Cox handles housing management work.

Practice head(s):Richard Stirk; Julie Cowan-Clark

Other key lawyers:Hugo Stephens; John Cox


'Bevan Brittan fields a team of strong practitioners, which stands out in the market'.

'Julie Cowan-Clark is a sound operator'.

Key Clients

Yorkshire Housing Limited

Together Housing Association Limited

Connect Housing Association Limited

Leeds and Yorkshire Housing Association Limited

Unity Housing Association Limited

Torus Group

Warrington Borough Council

Acis Group

Places for People

St Annes Community Services

Work highlights

  • Advising Yorkshire Housing Limited on a multi-party acquisition of a key development site in Helmsley.
  • Assisting Together Housing Association Limited with the refinancing of its £210m loan facility from Dexia Credit Local by increasing its loans with four other lenders.
  • Acting for Yorkshire Housing Limited on multiple development sites across Yorkshire to achieve its corporate plan commitment to acquire and develop 3000 homes by 2021.
  • Advising Together Housing Association Limited on the full recertification of 1,300 units of stock to facilitate moving the stock to a security trustee arrangement.
  • Assisting Warrington Borough Council with the consent to Helena Partnerships and Golden Gates Housing Trust conversion to a community benefit society and the subsequent merger with Liverpool Mutual Homes.

Pinsent Masons LLP regularly advises on complex national housing renewal schemes and has notable expertise in social housing PFI work, finance issues and London housing zone matters. Clients encompass national housing associations, local authorities and government departments. Group leader Anne Bowden acts nationally for housing clients with significant experience in London housing schemes, legal director Nick McDonald has specialist expertise in site assembly and vacant possession matters, and Stephen Glass counts housebuilders and developers as clients.

Practice head(s):Anne Bowden

Other key lawyers:Nick McDonald; Stephen Glass


'Pinsent Masons is easily one of the best firms in the region for social housing work and is led by the exceptional Anne Bowden'.

Key Clients

Homes England

Westminster City Council

London Borough ofLambeth

London Borough ofHaringey

Galliford Try Partnerships

Lovell Partnerships

Countryside Properties

London Borough ofWandsworth

London Borough ofHackney

London Borough of Brent

Places for People

London & Quadrant

Hyde Housing Association

Work highlights

  • Advising Westminster City Council on its Church Street regeneration project, which involves over 1,750 homes and Church Street market.
  • Assisting London Borough of Wandsworth with the creation of a joint venture to deliver the 2,000-home Winstanley and York Road project.
  • Acting for Leeds City Council on its Eastern Leeds Orbital Road extension to facilitate the urban extension of 5,000 new homes.
  • Advising Homes England on multiple housing development projects including the procurement of a new development partner for the regeneration of Standish Hospital in Gloucestershire, and the procurement of a developer for the construction of a residential scheme.
  • Handling the 1,100-home regeneration of Alton Estate in Roehampton, London for London Borough of Wandsworth.

Walker Morris LLP's client base spans housing associations, local authorities, registered providers, contractors, arms-length management organisations and finance clients. The team regularly assists with development and construction transactions, procurement work, joint ventures, housing regulation, housing management, disputes, affordable housing disposals and finance work. Chris Woodthorpe leads the department, which also includes Karl Anders, who heads up the housing management and litigation team; and public sector expert David Kilduff.

Practice head(s):Chris Woodthorpe

Other key lawyers:Karl Anders; David Kilduff


'Walker Morris is dedicated and responds quickly to client requests, and tries to add value to the matter wherever possible'.

Key Clients

Homes England

Hyde Housing Association

Anchor Hanover Group

St Leger Homes Doncaster

Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing

Broadacres Housing Association


South Cambridgeshire District Council

Rykneld Homes

Harrogate BC

First Choice Homes

Work highlights

  • Advising Home Group on the construction of multiple developments across the UK including 66 dwellings in Darlington and 66 dwellings in Carlisle.
  • Assisting Harrogate Borough Council with its strategy to acquire and potentially develop affordable housing.
  • Advising South Cambridgeshire District Council and its housing company on its development opportunities.
  • Acting for Homes England on its acquisition of a site for a mixed-tenure housing development in Plymouth.

Rollits LLP focuses on the regional market, with notable strength in East and North Yorkshire. The team, which is led by Douglas Oliver in York, handles development issues, construction matters, general residential property issues including landlord and tenant work and shared ownership mandates, and charity law. Oliver primarily acts for registered providers. David Myers is a key name for construction work.

Practice head(s):Douglas Oliver

Other key lawyers:David Myers


'Rollits has excellent relationships with its clients thanks to a wide knowledge of the subject matter, and a professional, efficient and reliable approach'.

'David Myers is a dedicated professional. He has excellent attention to detail and expert knowledge of conveyancing and contract law. He deals with the clients personally and is trustworthy and efficient'.

Key Clients

Yorkshire Housing Limited

Leeds Federated Housing Association

Pickering & Ferens Homes

Boston Mayflower Limited

Hull Churches Housing Association

The Abbeyfield Society

Work highlights

  • Advising a Hull-based charity on the auction sale of a portfolio of properties, which the registered provider considered unsuitable in its holdings.
  • Assisting Yorkshire Housing Limited with its purchase of a development site in West Yorkshire.
  • Acting for a Hull-based charity on the transfer of multiple units from one part of the charity to another, which is a registered provider.

Ward Hadaway's Northern team handles all aspects of the social housing sphere, including development work, governance issues, housing management, planning matters, finance mandates and litigation. In the Leeds office, John Murray heads up the social housing group and the housing management team; he specialises in housing management and contentious matters including anti-social behaviour work, disrepair claims and leasehold disputes. Associate Simon Thirtle is also recommended and counts registered providers as clients.

Practice head(s):John Murray

Other key lawyers:Simon Thirtle


'Ward Hadaway is a strong team in the North and is dedicated to getting the best results for its clients'.

Key Clients

Livin Housing

Thirteen Group

South Lakes Housing

Yorkshire Housing

Byker Community Trust

Home Group

Mosscare St Vincent's

Home Group


County Durham Housing Group

Work highlights

  • Advising South Lakes Housing on its acquisition of tenanted stock in Kendal from The Guinness Partnership.
  • Assisting Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council with a project to bring empty houses back into use.

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