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

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP

Noted for its expertise in the renewables and agricultural sectors, Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP has demonstrable experience in development projects, site acquisitions and disposals, property portfolio management and investment work, and counts national port and dock operators among its roster of clients. Following the recent retirement of Paul Barker, the ‘extremely responsive’ team in Hull is jointly led by retail and development expert Richard Mays and Geoff Phillips, who advises occupying businesses and investors on property acquisitions and disposals. Other key members of the team include Andrea Hewitt, who handles end to end development work, Stephen Unwin, David Dixon and Adrian West.

Practice head(s):

Richard Mays; Geoff Phillips

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Hewitt; Stephen Unwin; David Dixon; Adrian West


‘Overall, Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP cover the full remit of legal services which we require. With particular reference to the commercial property team, they have a breadth of expertise across all areas, including both purchasing and leasing.’

‘We work with a wide variety of partners, including Geoff Philips and Richard Mays, who are very proactive and responsive.’

‘In our experience, the client care that Andrew Jackson provide has been excellent. They enjoy a very good reputation regionally.’

‘We mainly dealt with Andrea Hewitt who is a partner in the commercial property team. She was able to grasp the details of an especially complex transaction which was structured in an unusual manner and saw the documentation through to conclusion, whilst being diligent in chasing the other party’s legal team on a regular basis.’

‘Andrew Jackson have a wide offer of disciplines in Hull and are very hands on in their approach to property related matters.’

‘Geoff Phillips is very knowledgeable.’

‘Extremely responsive, giving clear advice in either sale or purchases.’

‘Attention to detail and excellent client care.’

Key clients

Associated British Ports

Wykeland Group Limited/Bridgeland Developments Limited/Watergate Developments Limited

Kexgill Group

Lindum Group

Integra Buildings Limited

The Sheffield Investment Company Limited

Woodthorpe Hall Garden Centres Limited

Gleeson Regeneration Limited

Britcom Developments Limited

West Building Supplies Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Associated British Ports in connection with the ongoing management, letting and development of its Humber Port Estate.
  • Assisted in the sale of land in East Riding of Yorkshire to Keepmoat Homes for residential development of 470 homes with planning permission.
  • Acting for Kexgill Limited in the staged refinance of student accommodation in Hull, Nottingham and Liverpool.


Gosschalks advises entrepreneurial developers on a wide range of real estate matters including acquisitions and disposals in the license property sectors, planning agreements, infrastructure documentation, sales and leases. Mark Teal leads the practice and is noted for his expertise in the licensed retail trade sector, while Charlotte Chilcott advises on agricultural and development projects. James Houston and Zoe Carmichael handle property matters arising out of the betting and gambling sectors, and Andy Bell has experience in the licensed retail and leisure industries.

Practice head(s):

Mark Teal

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Chilcott; James Houston; Zoe Carmichael; Andy Bell


‘Industry specialists with a pragmatic and commercial approach to deal making. Sound advice and solution focused.’

‘Instead of summarising the law, they make recommendations on the best legal and commercial tactics. They understand our need for speed and value for money. The team always meets and often exceeds our expectations.’

Key clients


Wilko Limited

Lovel Developments (Yorkshire) Limited

Moto Hospitality Limited

EI Group Plc

William Hill Plc

Arnold White Estates Limited

Beal Developments Limited


Wellington Pub Company Plc

Horncastle Group Plc

Work highlights

  • Acted for Venture Business Parks Limited on the sale of a completed MKM dealership for £3.27m.
  • Acted for C4DI Ltd in connection with a new lease of Unit C, D and Unit E Treadmills, Northallerton.
  • Acting as sole transactional lawyers to William Hill plc on the multi-million value disposal and regear of the leasehold estate across the property portfolio in England.

Rollits LLP

Rollits LLP acts for clients across the education, retail and agricultural sectors on commercial property matters pertaining to sales, purchases and leases. The team is well-placed to leverage the expertise of the firm’s construction and development team, and frequently assists the corporate practice on property aspects of deals. Chris Crystal leads the team from both the Hull and York offices and is noted for his expertise in secured lending. Other key contacts in the team include associates Sophie Wheeldon and Ruth Maltby-Sinkler, who joined from Addleshaw Goddard in November 2021.

Practice head(s):

Chris Crystal

Other key lawyers:

Sophie Wheeldon; Ruth Maltby-Sinkler


‘Rollits have very strong technical knowledge with thoroughness in application to client cases.’

‘Local knowledge and responsiveness to queries and in the provision of advice. Very accessible with a dedicated team.’

‘Clarity in communicating advice, especially when under pressure, comes through. They establish composure with clients and other stakeholders alike.’

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

The Retreat York

York College

Work highlights

  • Advised York College on its partnership with the University of Sunderland at the former Northallerton prison site.