Commercial property: Hull and East Yorkshire in Yorkshire And The Humber

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP

Providing 'excellent legal advice at a fair rate', Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP is sought after by national port and dock operators for projects within the renewable energy sector. In addition, it also has a strong track record undertaking property portfolio work for retailers. Richard Mays and Paul Barker jointly lead the practice. Geoff Phillips acts for occupying businesses and investors on acquisitions and disposals of properties.

Practice head(s):

Richard Mays; Paul Barker

Other key lawyers:

Geoff Phillips


‘Excellent legal advice at a fair rate.’

‘Good old fashioned advice and service.’

‘Geoff Phillips is a good property solicitor with good knowledge and is very professional.’

‘The people we deal with have good technical knowledge but also the ability to apply it to provide solutions in a challenging market place. It is good to have the continuity of individual involvement so that the practice is instantly familiar with the issues on a given property’.

Key clients

Associated British Ports

Wykeland Group Limited/Bridgeland Developments Limited/Watergate Developments Limited

Kexgill Group

Askham Bryan College, a further education corporation

Integra Buildings Limited

Coopland & Son (Scarborough) Limited

The Sheffield Investment Company Limited

Woodthorpe Hall Garden Centres Limited

Gleeson Regeneration Limited

Bretby (GP) LLP/Centurion Asset Management Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Wykeland on the acquisition of former Marks & Spencer store on Whitefriargate, Hull and the acquisition of the HMV and former New Look stores on Whitefriargate, Hull.
  • Acting for Associated British Ports on the ongoing management, letting and development of its substantial Humber Ports Estate (comprising Hull (including Green Port Hull), Goole, Grimsby and Immingham).
  • Acting for Kexgill, one of the largest privately owned student accommodation specialists in the UK, on the sale of a portfolio of 54 properties let via an institutional Home Office approved contractor, to a private investor.


Gosschalks fields an 'approachable practical team with the skills, knowledge and experience in the licensed property sector'. The practice is highly active in property acquisitions and disposals and it advises developers on site acquisition and assembly, infrastructure documentation and leases. Practice head Mark Teal and Charlotte Chilcott are among the names to note. In the licensed leisure, betting and gaming sector, Andy Bell, James Houston and Zoe Carmichael are key figures.

Practice head(s):

Mark Teal

Other key lawyers:

Andy Bell; Charlotte Chilcott; James Houston; Zoe Carmichael


‘An approachable practical team with the skills, knowledge and experience in the licensed property sector.’

‘Consistency of service and quality of partner interaction. We have been fortunate to be able to deal with the same individuals over a period of years, which is of great benefit to our business.’

‘Gosschalks have a large and experienced commercial property team with vast experience in dealing with multi-site retail portfolio work. They are able to react quickly to high demand on projects with skill, care and personal attention given to each and every situation. With partner/associate level involvement on most transactions, you know you receive a high degree of knowledge. They are flexible to client needs – monthly billing, access to the archives team, and building disposal packs have all been done on request. The speed of service is brilliant.’

‘The personal service – combined with the high volume and speed of transactions – is key. Partners James Houston and Zoe Carmichael stand out with a personal and professional approach to each transaction, chasing matters to ensure a quick resolution.’

Key clients


Wilko Retail Limited

Lovel Developments (Yorkshire) Limited

Moto Hospitality Limited

EI Group Plc

William Hill Plc

Costcutter Supermarkets Group Limited

Arnold White Estates Limited

Beal Developments Limited


Wellington Pub Company Plc

Horncastle Group Plc

Work highlights

  • Sole transactional lawyers to William Hill plc on multi-million value disposal/regear of the leasehold estate across the property portfolio in England.
  • Lead transactional lawyers for EI Group in a disposal of multiple properties in a multimillion pound transaction as a result of a Competition and Markets Authority Directive.
  • Advised Venture Business Parks Limited on a £2.1m industrial park acquisition with over 50 occupational interests.

Rollits LLP

Rollits LLP has benefited from the arrival of Leanne Hatch from Sandersons in 2020, which bolstered its capabilities in all areas of commercial property work, particularly landlord and tenant matters, secured lending, acquisitions and disposals. The practice is known for its strong client portfolio in the food and drink, retail and charity sectors. Chris Crystal, who leads the Hull and York offices, specialises in advising education providers on commercial property matters.

Practice head(s):

Chris Crystal

Other key lawyers:

Leanne Hatch


Their underlying knowledge of us, built up over many years, undoubtedly enables them to respond in an efficient and practical manner. They are viewed as a key member of our wider professional team.

It would be unfair to single out an individual as the whole property team consistently meet our needs in a timely and professional manner – often having several members of the Rollits team dealing with different matters. This reflects the understanding of us as a client by the wider team, which is reassuring.’

Key clients

Reckitt Benckiser plc

J R Rix & Sons Limited

TEC Partnership

Paneltex Limited

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

Grimsby Humber and Cleethorpes YMCA

The Retreat York