Rising Stars

Firms To Watch: Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

Gowling WLG welcomed a number of lawyers from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, hiring well-reputed partner Julia Dacre Field in January 2023 to lead a new development-focused Leeds team that also includes strategic land expert Mark Owen and public sector specialist James Lawson.
Hill Dickinson LLP opened a new Leeds office in April 2022 and has seen rapid growth since its establishment, hiring a reputed team of development and regeneration lawyers led by former Shoosmiths LLP partner Richard Outhwaite.

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire in Yorkshire And The Humber

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard’s Leeds-based commercial property practice continues to excel at handling a wide range of work, including portfolio management and development projects. Nancy McGuire leads the team nationally, while the regional leadership of real estate transactions expert Lucy Sturrock sees the team advising major property holding entities, such as Columbia Threadneedle Investments, on standout purchases and disposals. Clients in the student accommodation space frequently instruct Peter Mason to assist with large development schemes, while Anna Heaton is a key contact for her ability to advise on urban regeneration projects. Logistics expert Andrew Williamson and investments expert Ian Smith are also highly recommended, and the team underwent further expansion with the arrivals of directors Jennifer Patterson from Ward Hadaway LLP and Ian Barker from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP. Bruce Lightbody retired from the firm in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Nancy McGuire; Lucy Sturrock

Other key lawyers:

Anna Heaton; Andrew Williamson; Peter Mason; Ian Smith; Jennifer Patterson; Ian Barker

Key clients

CPPI Bridgewater Place General Partner Limited

Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Maple Grove Developments Limited

National Grid Property Holdings Limited

The British Land Company PLC

Travelodge Hotels Limited

UK Commercial Property REIT Ltd

Vita Group / Select Property Group

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP acts for a wide roster of clients that encompasses residential developers, large national universities, local government entities, and healthcare providers, which regularly instruct the firm to advise on high-value and high-profile property disposals, development schemes, and urban regeneration projects. The team exhibits particular expertise in handling student accommodation and hospital developments. Richard Daffern further broadens the practice’s offering for institutional investors and large corporate clients seeking portfolio management and occupation advice. He co-leads the practice together with infrastructure expert Jonathan Riley. Victoria Goddard, who maintains close relationships with the practice’s university clients, and Stephen Glass, an expert in residential development work, are also highly recommended. Promoted to partner in May 2023, Natalie Hughes is highly recommended for her experience handling forward funded development projects. Andrew Quinlan retired in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Richard Daffern; Jonathan Riley

Other key lawyers:

James Long; Victoria Goddard; Stephen Glass; Natalie Hughes


‘Very client-focused, strong project management and an impressive grasp of detail.’

‘Natalie Hughes in particular has given us absolute confidence throughout a fast-paced and high-value transaction.’

‘Commerciality and a real can-do attitude. They work as hard as possible to get a deal over the line rather than looking for reasons why it won’t work. Wide range of skills within the team and wider company that can be pulled from. A stable team that have been there for a long time, with experience and continuity.’

Key clients





Apache Capital Partners

Aston University

Aviva Investors





Durham County Council

Eco World Developments

Frontier Developments

Grainger Plc

Henry Boot

Homes and Communities Agency



Kier Property

L & G Capital / IVG

Lambeth Council

Leeds City Council


London & Associated Properties plc

Lowell Financial

Manchester Metropolitan University

Mayfair Capital

McCarthy & Stone

Mint Velvet

Moda Living


Opus Later Living

Oxford University Press


Present Made

Royal London

Saint Gobain

St Modwen Properties plc

Unipol Student Homes

University College Birmingham

University of Huddersfield

University of Leeds

University of York

Wandsworth Council

Westminster City Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Saint Gobain on the property aspects of its disposal of the entirety of its UK distribution business of around 600 outlets, with a deal value of circa £740m.
  • Acted for Unipol (representation from the University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University) on a redevelopment in Leeds, Yorkshire, for a 604-bed student accommodation scheme known as Carlton Hill.
  • Advised Caddick Developments Limited on all aspects of the structuring of the funding and disposal of 25 acres of land at Leeds Valley Park for logistics “sheds”, including a forward funding transaction with Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) and all construction aspects.

Walker Morris LLP

Walker Morris LLP‘s real estate team works heavily in the investment space and is praised for development experience that is ‘second to none’. Beyond working with major property developers such as Caddick, the practice also advises clients such as Unite Students on major student accommodation projects and has worked with large international companies to assist international investors such as GIC with high-value acquisitions of prime real estate in city centres. Practice head Jeremy Moore stands out for his advice on acquisitions, while Will Cousins is noted for handling real estate financing matters. George Bacon, who frequently works on high-value commercial development projects, and Adam Reed are also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Moore

Other key lawyers:

George Bacon; Austin Judson; Will Cousins; Adam Reed; Cameron Baloyi-Rigby


‘Very client-focused and work with us as part of the team rather than just a conventional outside counsel relationship.’

‘Walker Morris are extremely client focused and definitely in the business of providing solutions rather than problems. By far the best legal practice I have worked with. Their development experience is second to none, and they always work with us to derive practicable solutions.’

‘Austin Judson is by far the best Real Estate Solicitor I have ever worked with. Austin continuously approaches challenges with a positive, collaborative, practical angle. This approach, linked with his intelligence and experience, has been a significant contribution to our projects. George Bacon’s experience and practical approach is also outstanding.’

‘The team at Walker Morris are laser-focused and always there for our business, whether it’s a small job or a large, multi-faceted instruction. The constant communication without having to chase them is something that makes them stand out to me.’

‘We have worked with Walker Morris for over ten years and never been let down. We have engaged them across a variety of teams, primarily their property department. They are all highly personable, attentive and never fail to deliver or provide succinct advice. We consistently recommend them to our peers and clients.’

Key clients


Caddick Group


Gregory Property Group

Kier Group

MBU Capital Group Limited

Moda Living

Next plc

Rushbond Plc

Unite Students

Work highlights

  • Advised GIC on the acquisition of a 75% share in British Land’s Paddington Central, valued at £700m.
  • Advised Unite Students on a conditional purchase contract in respect of the property known as Jubilee House, 2 Farthingale Walk, valued at £72m.
  • Advised Moda on the acquisition of the M&S central Birmingham store for a new BTW tower development with a GDV of over £100m.


Clarion‘s real estate team is noted for its expertise in residential matters, where it has established itself as ‘a leading player‘ in the region. Noted for its wide roster of development clients, including strategic housebuilders and housing associations, the team is frequently instructed to handle the full life cycle of high-value and complex residential developments. Key contacts in the team for development work include Lindsay Texel as well as practice head Martin Grange, who is also a key contact for joint ventures and asset transfers. For real estate finance matters, Ben Lamb and Simon Mydlowski are further names to note. Alison Batty, a residential development expert who also handles commercial transactions, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Martin Grange

Other key lawyers:

Lindsay Texel; Ben Lamb; Simon Mydlowski; Alison Batty; Parul Hargreaves; Sean Meehan


‘Clarion have established themselves as a leading player in the legal property sector in the region. They have significantly expanded their capacity and enhanced their offer with the recruitment of a number of senior, high-quality individuals. They are very aware of the challenges and opportunities in the sector and have a very customer-focused offer, whilst maintaining strong relationships with fellow property professionals.’

‘Martin Grange is an experienced and personable individual who leads the team with distinction. Lindsay Texel is a highly competent and approachable property lawyer with a refreshing ‘can do’ attitude. Parul Hargreaves is an experienced and dedicated property lawyer who displays high levels of customer service.’

‘Clarion have a unique way of engaging with clients to really understand their businesses. Their partners are encouraged to spend time getting to know their clients and their businesses, so as to better advise on general business matters and not just focus on legal issues. This information is then disseminated across the team so that everyone working on my matters has a good, in-depth understanding of what drives us and what matters to us.’

‘I deal with Martin Grange (partner), Alison Batty (Legal Director) and Sean Meehan (Associate). Martin is an exceptional partner, always willing to step in and give commercial advice at short notice. Alison and Sean deliver a fantastic level of service and are always available to discuss things and to proactively push matters forwards.’

‘Simon Mydllowski is extremely strong in his commercial approach to each deal and offers a real belief and determination to hit a deadline. He is a problem solver! He finds a solution every time, and his communication is brilliant. Without Simon, we would not be the company we are today.’

Key clients


ATC Properties Limited

Aldermore Bank plc

Arc Inspirations Limited

Avant Homes

Berkeley de Veer Limited

Brook Taverner Limited

Candelisa Limited

Close Brothers Limited

Countryside Properties (UK) Limited

Emerald Property Developments (Yorkshire) Limited

Frank Marshall Estates Limited

HSBC UK Bank plc

HSN Care Limited

Hampshire Trust Bank plc

Harron Homes Ltd

Hill Giftware Ltd

Ilke Homes Limited

Illuminating Investments Limited

KMRE Group Ltd

Leeds Beckett University

Leeds and London Properties Limited

Masons Gin Limited

McCarthys Removals and Storage

Mott MacDonald

N. Peal Limited

Newby Investments Limited

Newett Homes Limited

Oaknorth Bank plc

Opus North

Persimmon Homes Ltd

Redefine Paragon Square (Hull) Limited (Hammonds of Hull)

Renewable Land Resources Limited

Rougemont Limited

Rusty Rabbit International Limited

Strata Homes Ltd

TFP Group Limited

Tate Estates Limited

The Ground Group Limited

The Mosaic Tile Company Limited

The Piece Hall Trust

The Wentworth Charity

Tile Giant Limited

Tolent Living Ltd

Transwaste Limited

V & A Homes

Warburtons Limited

Wolds Produce Limited

Yorkshire Housing Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Frasers Group Plc on its acquisition of the business and assets of Missguided Ltd (in administration) for £20m.
  • Advised Oaknorth plc on the provision of development finance to The Scarborough Group plc for the development of part of Thorpe Park Estate in the sum of £25.4m.
  • Acting for L & S Leeds Limited, the inbound subsidiary of a Singapore Fund, on the multi-million pound acquisition of a landmark Leeds City Centre building.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper‘s Leeds-based team frequently works alongside the firm’s nationwide offices to handle high-value corporate real estate acquisitions and leasing matters for blue-chip clients such as British Airways. The practice is noted for its ability to advise on cross-border matters and, under the new leadership of practice head Susan Samuel, who acts for major UK and global corporates and investors, the team frequently handles investments, disposals and portfolio management issues, as well as a growing number of mandates in the energy space. Tim Field, who regularly handles corporate property portfolios, is a key contact in the team, and Andrew Clarke is recommended for his experience advising on acquisitions. Ruth Williamson is a further name to note.

Practice head(s):

Susan Samuel

Other key lawyers:

Tim Field; Ruth Williamson; Andrew Clarke


‘The team are pro-active, diligent, super knowledgeable in general commercial real estate but also in specialisms and the management team are exceptional. We have a great working rapport at all levels.’

‘Leeds based but global reach. Very responsive and able to find the right expertise for us.’

‘Susan Samuel – excellent example of good client/partner management. She knows when to be involved and when to step back and let her team run matters.’

‘Our main contact there is Andrew Clarke who has advised us on property matters for the best part on 10 years and in whom we have total confidence.’

‘The DLA Piper team that act for us are very proactive and capable and we have full confidence in their advice and with the speed they work.’

‘Ruth Williamson is quite simply excellent and has to date never been unable to answer a technical question on the spot. When trying to run complex, fast moving processes, her work ethic and attention to detail whilst keeping an eye on the bigger picture is invaluable.’

‘Great team with diverse experience and commercial advice.’

‘Down to earth and responsive.’

Key clients



Avison Young

Aviva Investors/Aviva Capital Partners

Blank Street Coffee

British Airways Plc

HSBC Bank Plc

Hain Daniels

Harrison Street Real Estate


Interpath Advisory

Jenbo Corporation N.V.

Kentucky Fried Chicken

Maria Mallaband Care Homes Group

Merlin Entertainments

NatWest Group PLC


Ramsay Healthcare

Redical Holdings AG

Seleth Master Unit Trust


Tate & Lyle

Telereal Trillium

Work highlights

  • Acting for Seleth Master Unit Trust on the corporate real estate acquisition of Victoria Leeds, comprising Victoria Quarter, Victoria Gate and Wrays Buildings, from Hammerson.
  • Acting for Seleth Master Unit Trust on the corporate real estate acquisition of The Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford, from PGIM.
  • Advised British Airways Plc on a strategic review of its occupational interest in Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP maintains a Leeds offering that is tailored towards advising major UK investors, property holders and retailers, which instruct the team to advise on portfolio management and restructuring issues as well as major landlord and tenant work. The practice is jointly led by Simon Harris, who handles large-scale acquisitions and disposals, and Steve Felstead, who leads the team’s extensive work for clients looking to invest in prime commercial real estate. Legal director Peter Woods is noted as a key contact for asset management matters, while Charlotte Smart is recommended for her ability to advise on leases and acquisitions in the retail sector. Ian Barker departed the practice in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Simon Harris; Steve Felstead

Other key lawyers:

Peter Woods; Charlotte Smart; Rachael Newell


‘Of the firms I work with, the team at Eversheds are a winning combination: They are able to grapple with complex technical detail, and they are also pragmatic and listen to their client’s commercial objectives.’

‘I personally have been working with Eversheds for just over two years. Eversheds ensure that we remain updated with any legal changes, and they also think outside the box and offer us advice based on implications we may face over the long lease term. Eversheds understand the needs of our business and have always accommodated our needs. They are very attentive to detail and also work with us rather than for us in our instructions. They provide quality advice on all points that we need to consider, but also look to offer a recommendation where needed. The team are great to work with.’

‘Charlotte Smart and Rachael Newell from the team have been great from day one. Both are available for any queries that we have and provide us with great advice. They are always keen to support the team. They are always available when I need to discuss or sense check anything before a decision is made. They are up-to-date with the laws and regulations and look to make us aware of potential issues we may face as a business. Charlotte has been of great help. She goes over and beyond what is expected and is always available to discuss anything I need to discuss. Charlotte has become a key adviser to the business and her input is invaluable. A great way to show that they work “with us” rather than “on our behalf”.’

‘Eversheds Sutherland is a top team with some exceptional talent. They are very easy to work with and know their stuff.’

Key clients


Audley Group

Caddick Construction




Inspired Villages Group

Land Securities

Legal & General

Local Pension Plan Investments

MARK (formerly Meyer Bergman)

NewRiver REIT

Nord Anglia


Taylor Wimpey

UK Land Estates

Wm Morrison Supermarkets Limited

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP is particularly reputed for its expertise in the living sector, and the Leeds-based team maintains activities across the entire practice area and is also active in portfolio management, corporate occupation and investment matters. Led by living sector expert Simon Meek, the practice enjoys close relationships with developers such as the Moorfield Group and Packaged Living, which regularly instruct the team to advise on student accommodation projects, urban redevelopments, and strategic land matters. The team’s transactional practice is bolstered by Judy Fawcett, who is recommended for her advice on purchases and disposals. Richard Bellamy and Edell Asquez are further names to note. In May 2023, the team welcomed Philip Gregory from Gordons LLP. Philip Gregory joined the team from Gateley Legal in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Simon Meek

Other key lawyers:

Judy Fawcett; Richard Bellamy; Edell Asquez; Philip Gregory

Key clients


Hudd Student Living Limited

Moorfield Group


Packaged Living

Torsion Care


Work highlights

  • Advised Moorfield Group on one of the biggest student accommodation deals of the year in the sale of schemes at Hox Park in Egham and Toy Box in Birmingham.
  • Acted for Torsion, one of the fastest growing developers in Yorkshire, on its joint venture development of a large care home in York.
  • Acted for USAA on its first Build to Rent acquisition under its £1bn joint venture with Packaged Living, the development of a site at Ovatus, Old Hall Street, Liverpool.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs is a standout name in the development space, regularly working with UK-based and international developers such as Capital & Centric on all aspects of large redevelopment projects, student accommodation schemes, and urban regenerations. In addition to development work, practice head Matthew Dalzell has led the team towards a growing presence in the investments space and frequently assists high-value funds with acquisitions and disposals in the context of portfolio management advice. Other key names in the team include Prew Lumley, who is reputed for her advice on retail real estate matters, and David Hardy, a development expert particularly noted for advising on matters in the energy space. Karen French and Ian Hartley are also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Dalzell

Other key lawyers:

Prew Lumley; David Chan; Karen French; Ian Hartley; George Holden; David Hardy


‘The people are human, the advice is sound, the integrity is full, and the work is efficient.’

‘Karen French is outstanding in her role. She gives great advice and always knows someone who can help if you need expert knowledge. George Holden is excellent at his job and so efficient. Gives great advice and is a thoroughly nice person who speaks with you on a level you understand.’

Key clients

Ashcourt Group

Beijing Construction Engineering Group International

Bizspace Limited

Capital & Centric

Cazoo Group


Cummins Inc

EDF Renewables

Henry Boot Developments Limited

Jomast Limited

KFC/Pizza Hut


Mercia Power Response Limited

Muse Developments Limited


Nixon Property

Northern Powergrid

Redmayne Bentley LLP

Round Hill Capital

Taylor Wimpey

The Brookfield Group

Theo Paphitis Retail Group

URBN Limited

Vistry Partnerships Yorkshire Limited


Work highlights

  • Advised Beijing Construction Engineering Group International in connection with its joint venture with Cityheart on the redevelopment of The Galleries development at Wigan, with a deal value of £130m.
  • Advised Muse Developments Limited on the development of the mixed-use leisure-led Forge Island scheme at Rotherham, involving cinema, hotel and five restaurants, with a deal value of £60m.
  • Advised Capital and Centric on the development of a mixed-use scheme with a transaction value of £60m.

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP‘s real estate team in Leeds handles commercial developments, real estate financing mandates, and transactional work and is noted for being ‘willing to go the extra mile in providing assistance’ to its clients. Led nationally by Bristol-based lawyer Mark Calverley, the Leeds office is particularly reputed for its ability to handle real estate mandates for local authorities and healthcare providers. James Atkins regularly handles hospital redevelopments, acquisitions, and disposals, and social housing experts Julie Cowan-Clark and Richard Stirk frequently advise on development work for registered providers. Real estate finance expert Lyndon Campbell and investments contact Deborah Powell are also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Mark Calverley

Other key lawyers:

Lyndon Campbell; Deborah Powell; Richard Stirk; Julie Cowan-Clark; James Atkins


‘In my experience, the members of the Bevan Brittan LLP team are always willing to go the extra mile in providing assistance. Additionally, they appear to have the knack of explaining complex legal matters in a way that makes them completely understandable to non-legal people.’

‘My main contact in Bevan Brittan is Lyndon Campbell. I have worked with Lyndon for many years, and even during difficult legal and complex problems that we have experienced, Lyndon has taken the time to understand the organisation I work for and, where necessary, to then provide expert advice to us.’

‘They provide a partner-led service, and almost all our contact is with the key partners who manage our relationships. They respond to inquiries quickly and within agreed timescales. They keep us informed throughout the process, so we always know the current status of a matter.’

‘They have formed strong relationships with us and clearly explain legal matters so that we can make informed decisions.’

Key clients

A Shade Greener Finance and related companies

Anchor Hanover Group

Communication Workers Union

Fernhill Property Holdings Limited

Hornbeam Park Developments Limited

NHS Property Services Limited

Reward Finance Group


Shred it Limited

Westbrooke Private Capital S.A.R.L

Worthing Borough Council


DWF‘s commercial property group targets large national development and investment clients, primarily in the logistics and industrial sectors. The team regularly assists with high-value site developments and sales and is also capable of handling real estate financings, landlord and tenant matters, and portfolio management issues. James Speed, whose expertise lies in real estate investments, jointly leads the team with development specialist Guy Rusling. Andrew Flounders is another key contact in the team and maintains close relationships with retail and local government clients. Helen Balliger departed the firm in October 2022.

Practice head(s):

James Speed; Guy Rusling

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Flounders


‘We work with the property team. but from time to time other departments are required such as corporate, bank lending and litigation. The wide spectrum of expertise at DWF has been invaluable.’

‘We work with Jim Speed, who is a key contact and maintains a strong involvement in the delivery of our work, coordinating between people and departments. Unlike some partners, he remains very visible in all work we do. Jim Speed is good at giving bespoke legal advice on specific property matters with excellent technical knowledge.’

Key clients

Barrett Steel

Caddick Developments

Custodian REIT plc

Helios Wynard/Northumberland Estates


Moda Living

Potter Space

Q-Park Limited

Sterling Capitol


Work highlights

  • Acted for Sterling Capitol on its joint venture deal with PLP for a 1.1m sq. ft. logistics/warehouse hub at Capitol Park, Leeds on Junction 28 of the M62.
  • Acted for Sterling Capitol plc on an agreement for lease with Howdens for a 515,000 square foot warehouse and distribution hub at Capitol Park, Goole.
  • Acted for Custodian REIT on over £30m of investment acquisitions and disposals.

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP’s commercial property practice excels at advising national retailers and corporate entities and is noted by clients as being ‘a joy to work with’. National clients such as Aldi Stores and Travelodge Hotels frequently instruct the firm on strategic land and property development matters. The team also frequently works with property developers and holding entities in connection with transactional and financing matters. Retail development expert Liz Banks leads the team together with key investment contacts John Flathers and Jonathan Crew.

Practice head(s):

John Flathers; Liz Banks; Jonathan Crew

Other key lawyers:

Emma Medina-Wallace; Tristan Milner


‘The team are a joy to work with. They provide easy to understand, pragmatic advice and work with me to obtain the desired end result efficiently and effectively.’

‘John Flathers provides practical advice which is easy to understand and works with me to achieve the results I require.’

Key clients

Aldi Stores Limited

C.P. Hart & Sons

FRP Advisory Trading Limited

Hargreaves Services PLC

KCS Development Limited

Magnet Limited

PPG Architectural Services UK Limited (Johnstones Paints)

Samara Group

The Gym Group

Travelodge Hotels Limited

Wickes Building Supplies Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted on Henry Boot Developments’ sale of its interest in a Joint Venture with Huddersfield & Calderdale Trust for £20m.
  • Advised on a £19.4m forward funding agreement for Travelodge Hotels in connection with a new 113-bed hotel in Chiswick.
  • Advised on the refinancing of a significant number of investment properties (13 freehold and 17 leasehold) for Samara Properties.

Gateley Legal

Gateley Legal maintains both an active commercial real estate group and a distinct specialist residential development team, with both teams forming a practice that is capable of advising on the full spectrum of property matters. The team particularly excels in advising developers and investors, which instruct the team on financings, acquisitions, lettings and disposals in the context of major development and regeneration schemes. The commercial real estate team encompasses highly recommended partners James Sargent and Barbara Rollin. The development team, meanwhile, is led by John Kiff, a key contact for residential projects who oversees the development work of key contacts Keelie Evans and George Parker-Fuller. Philip Gregory left the team in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

John Kiff

Other key lawyers:

Barbara Rollin; Keelie Evans; James Sargent; George Parker-Fuller

Key clients

Akkeri Developments Limited

Bellway Homes


Broadland Properties Group

Commercial Development Projects Limited

Harworth Investments Limited

Lidl Great Britain Limited

Looping Group

Lovell Partnerships

Mamas & Papas

Persimmon Homes

Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Sheffield Housing Company Limited (a public-private JV) on the state and private funding for and subsequent draw down of further phases of a 15-year, 2,300-unit regeneration scheme.
  • Advised Bearmont Capital Limited on the acquisitions, letting, and disposal of large historic premises situated in a large North Wales town.
  • Advising Akkeri Developments Limited on the raising of development finance from Homes England to fund the development of 55 residential units in Kilham, East Yorkshire.

Gordons LLP

The commercial property team at Gordons LLP ‘provides excellent, straightforward advice’ to a range of clients, especially those in the retail and logistics spaces. Under the leadership of acquisitions and leasing expert Joanne Fearnley, the team is very active on warehousing and logistics matters, frequently advising clients such as Evri and Iceland Foods on large development projects. In addition to its retail expertise, the practice also regularly handles the full scale of residential development projects and is increasingly active in advising on real estate matters in the energy sector. Further key contacts in the team include Nick Chamberlain, who maintains relationships with many of the firm’s key corporate clients, and Michael Finnett, an expert in residential development matters. Sarah Ratcliffe and James Kimberley are also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Fearnley

Other key lawyers:

Nick Chamberlain; Michael Finnett; Sarah Ratcliffe; James Kimberley


‘Gordons have a very good understanding of what our business needs are and consistently strive to achieve our requirements in terms of dealing with transactions at speed, while maintaining a high and consistent standard of work. The team that deal with our work clearly work well as a team as well as individually.’

‘I worked with James Kimberley and found him to be very approachable, commercial and flexible in dealing with our particular transaction, which was under pressure to complete on time, which we achieved thanks to the team’s hard work.’

‘The team understand what makes their clients tick. They get the urgency of situations and they see issues from and with a commercial, common-sense perspective. The majority of work is dealt with by partners, and where junior fee earners are involved, they are always closely overseen by a partner.’

Key clients


B&M Retail Limited

British Garden Centres

Carnell Management Services

DM Keith


Eshton Developments


Go Cardless Ltd

HSBC Bank UK Plc

Heron Foods Limited

ISG Global

Iceland Foods Limited



Jollyes – The Pet People

Limes Developments Limited

Molson Coors

Piccolino and Restaurant Bar & Grill

Safestyle Windows

Skipton Properties Limited

Smiffys (Fancy Dress)

The Original Factory Shop

Timothy Taylors

Wren Kitchens Limited

Yorkshire Building Society

Work highlights

  • Advised Iceland Foods Limited on a new, state-of-the-art distribution warehouse comprising 505,000 square feet, in Warrington.
  • Advised Evri (formerly Hermes UK), the UK’s largest dedicated parcel company, on the site acquisition, planning and construction of a new distribution depot near Gatwick Airport.
  • Advised Limes Leisure Investments LLP on the £11m acquisition of a high-quality investment property adjacent to Newbury Racecourse which is let to Nuffield Health.

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell‘s Leeds-based team, which frequently collaborates with the firm’s Sheffield office, is very active on development matters, advising property developer clients such as Rula and Henry Boot on a variety of residential, commercial, educational and mixed-use schemes and regeneration projects. The team is capable of assisting with the full cycle of development projects and is frequently instructed to handle financing, site acquisition, corporate leasing and contracting matters. Transactional real estate partner James Knowles heads up the Leeds office and advises on a number of long-term mixed-use development projects. Michelle Beaumont, who frequently works with developers, investors and occupiers, is also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

James Knowles

Other key lawyers:

Michelle Beaumont; Clare Davitt


‘James Knowles provides a first-rate partner-led service.’

Key clients

Al Ain Holding LLC

Arcam Developments Management 1 Limited

Artisan Real Estate

Artium Group Limited

Boston College

Caddick Land

Christeyns (UK) limited

Country Style Foods Ltd

Crescent Developments (York) Limited

Dobbies Garden Centres Limited

EE Ventures Limited

Excel Parking Services Limited

Ferrero UK Limited

Furnival Quay Limited

Fusion Global Management LLP

Gleeson Homes

Gravity Active Entertainment


Hartpury University

Henry Boot PLC

Heworth Green Developments Limited

Jaynic Properties Ltd

Jones Lang LaSalle Limited

Keepmoat Homes Limited

Magnum Homes

Manor Oaks Property Limited

Newham Sixth Form College

Newmarket Lane Limited

Pennine Property Partnership

Persimmon Homes Limited

Peveril Securities Limited

Rula Developments Limited

Rula Homes

Sheffield Hallam University

Strata Homes (Yorkshire) Limited

Summit Learning Trust

Suon Group

Swallowfield Homes Limited

The Dyson Group PLC

Thorntons Limited

University of Maryland

Vistry Partnerships (Yorkshire) Limited

Wilton Developments Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Wilton Developments on its purchase and development of a 180 acre site adjacent to junction 6 of the M18 at Thorne, Doncaster for up to 3.52m sq ft of logistics and industrial space.
  • Advised Rula Developments on the conditional purchase of land at the former Hatfield Main colliery (currently known as Unity) at J5, M18 as well as the forward fund to Blackbrook Capital of the development of the land as a 405,411 sq ft logistics facility.
  • Advised Vistry Partnerships on the acquisitions of three sites in Yorkshire and Humberside, which will deliver over 450 new homes, along with disposals to registered providers and single family PRS units.

Lupton Fawcett

The ‘very knowledgeable team‘ at Lupton Fawcett advises on an array of commercial property matters for clients in the ecclesiastical, retail, education and property development spaces. Beyond the team’s ability to advise on the full scale of residential and leisure developments, it also handles property investments and disposals and assists with the management of large retailers’ property portfolios. Adam Wilkinson, who leads the team, is an expert on strategic land and retail matters, while Zoe Lang is the key contact for the team’s investor clients and is an expert in portfolio management issues. Sarah Temple and Julie Perkins departed the firm in the summer of 2022.

Practice head(s):

Adam Wilkinson

Other key lawyers:

Zoe Lang


‘Adam Wilkinson has excelled in handling option/promotion agreements thoroughly and in time.’

‘Very knowledgeable team. Efficient and commercial.’

‘Adam Wilkinson is not only a very able lawyer, but is also very responsive and keeps the client informed at all times. He is also pragmatic and committed to getting the deal done, rather than looking for obstacles as to why a deal shouldn’t proceed. Adam is always looking for the solution, not the problem, and he doesn’t try to score points against the other side. He is very approachable and has a co-operative manner.’

Key clients

Bauer Group

Hartshorne Crossroads Properties Limited

Jack Lunn (Properties) Limited

Ledden Developments Limited

Loxley Homes

Swan Homes

Tetra Tech Limited

University of Law

University of York

Vigo Properties Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Ledden Developments Limited on a development involving a 90-bedroom extension to Premier Inn’s South Bay Hotel in Scarborough.
  • Advised Jack Lunn on the acquisition, forward funding and disposal of a development site in Highbridge, Somerset, including pre-lets to Costa and Toolstation.
  • Advised Sinstine Properties on the sale of a large freehold property in Norfolk for in excess of £10m, subject to a lease to a specialist therapeutic school.

Schofield Sweeney

Schofield Sweeney delivers strong advice on development and real estate finance matters to clients in the banking, development, investment and energy sectors. The team has particular experience handling portfolio financing and development funding work, and it frequently advises on such matters in connection with residential development projects and renewable energy schemes. The team is led by the Bradford-based duo of development expert Darren Birkinshaw and property finance lawyer Manjit Virdee. Bradford is also home to Farooq Zar, whose experience with Islamic property finance expands the firm’s international offering. Leeds-based lawyers Richard Innes, Adam Hastie and Rob Hayes are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Darren Birkinshaw; Manjit Virdee

Other key lawyers:

Farooq Zar; Richard Innes; Adam Hastie; Rob Hayes


‘Farooq Zar is a hard-working member of the team, he is diligent, has a keen attention for detail and deals constructively and politely with the other side’s solicitors. We are copied into correspondence, so we are aware how Farooq has handled contentious issues diplomatically, fairly and with respect to all involved in the commercial property transactions we have so far completed and are in the process of completing.’

‘The team are attentive to detail and very proactive.’

‘We deal with several people from Schofield Sweeney, and they all have the same ethos of putting the client first and delivering the right advice at the right time.’

‘The team is very much customer-driven and holds the client at the heart of what they do in delivering their legal services and products. An excellent firm across all their departments.’

‘Manjit Virdee is an exceptional Partner at the firm. He delivers excellent service at all times, communicates clearly, and I hold him in a very high regard. He goes the “extra mile” for his clients and always delivers on transactions/tight deadlines. He personifies the values of his firm and leads by example. It is evident that he works hard on ensuring the culture of the firm is very positive and always client centric. He’s an asset to the legal profession.’

Key clients

Barclay Firth Limited

Company Shop Ltd


Cubico (UK) Limited


Fenwood Estates Limited

Frank Marshall Group of Companies


Greenhaus Group


Mayfair Group of Companies

Oak North Bank PLC

One Medical Group

Park Lane Group of Companies

Recognise Bank

Regal Food Ltd

Santander UK PLC

Shearings Group

Sulzer Electro Mechanical Services (UK) Limited

The Trafford Centre Limited

YPP Lettings & Management Co Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for United Trust Bank plc on its provision of significant development funding to a borrower for part of a site formerly belonging to Leeds Girls Grammar School.
  • Acted for High Point Estates Limited and associated companies in connection with a portfolio refinancing of the company’s existing circa £58m facility with NatWest.
  • Acted for Lambert’s Yard Estates Limited in connection with a development finance transaction, negotiating and finalising a complex facility agreement along with the associated security documentation for a high-value mixed use scheme.

Ward Hadaway LLP

Ward Hadaway LLP maintains a ‘well-resourced, commercial’ Leeds-based real estate offering that is particularly focused on residential development and landlord/tenant work. Led by development experts Kevin Weston and Andrew Pliener, the team advises a client base encompassing national housebuilders and developers, land owning charities and trusts, and registered providers of social housing. These clients instruct the practice to handle acquisitions, disposals, planning agreements, and leasing issues in connection with development and regeneration schemes. Further key contacts in the team include strategic development expert Jonathan Dickson, as well as David Pridmore and Jennifer Robinson.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Weston; Andrew Pliener

Other key lawyers:

David Pridmore; Jonathan Dickson; Jennifer Robinson; Lucinda Peters; Laura Gooddy


‘Well-resourced, commercial, quick, technically sound, easy to use and work with.’

Key clients

Canal & River Trust

Keepmoat Homes Limited

BDW Trading Limited (trading as Barratt Homes)

The Land Restoration Trust (Trading as the Land Trust)

Places for People Homes Limited

Places for People Developments Limited

Strata Homes Limited

Various NHS Trusts

Allied London

Banks Property Limited

Gleeson Homes (Yorkshire and North West Divisions)

OCS Group (UK)

First Alliance

Springfield Healthcare

Park Designed Homes Limited

Camstead Limited

Yelcon Limited

Karbon Homes Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising several NHS trusts on the grant of several renewal agreements pursuant to the Electronic Communications Code.
  • Advising Keepmoat Homes Limited on the acquisition of land for new residential development in Yorkshire, together with the partnership disposal of affordable homes to a registered provider partner.
  • Acted for Park Designed Homes Limited on its acquisition of the vacant Old Court House, Raglan Street, Harrogate.

Blacks Solicitors LLP

Blacks Solicitors LLP provides its roster of clients with ‘expert knowledge‘ on acquisitions, investments and corporate leasing matters as well as maintaining activities in the residential development and property finance spaces. The team works with a wide range of corporate occupiers, from family businesses to clients such as the Rugby Football League, and has, under the leadership of Nick Dyson, maintained particular expertise in advising clients in the holiday and home parks sector. Matthew Hutchinson, who advises on developments in the energy space, and Beth Laidler, who handles landlord and tenant matters, are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Nick Dyson

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Kay; Matthew Hutchinson; Beth Laidler


‘The team work tirelessly to get the job done without cutting any corners. They understand the needs of clients and work to the deadlines provided. They add value at each step of the process and make things easy and transparent. The team are really engaged, responsive, and proud of what they do and always want to do a good job. Additionally, the quality of the more junior members of the team is first class which, with the vast knowledge of the partners, has made this team stand out. Nothing has been too much trouble for the team, and we are very grateful to work which such a great group of people.’

‘I believe that the team’s expert knowledge, attention to detail and personable approach help them stand out from the rest. They are great communicators and really try to understand the key issues that need to be resolved. The ease of access to partners is also impressive.’

‘Nick Dyson (partner) and Jonathan Kay (senior associate) have always been particularly helpful in projects we have been jointly involved. They focus on delivering a seamless and well communicated level of service to clients, and this is very much valued.’

‘The team are professional, reliable and efficient. They are a friendly bunch who are approachable and knowledgeable, able to explain details to the layperson, which was very welcome to us.’

‘Nick Dyson is a forward-thinking and approachable contact, willing to support community projects and taking a personal interest in our social enterprises ethos and aims.’

‘This is a long-established Leeds firm that has a major presence in this area and offers multi-faceted legal services to a significant and loyal customer base who recognise the commitment and personal service they receive. In our opinion, they offer a high-quality, proactive service at very fair and competitive rates, with staff who take a dedicated attitude to customer satisfaction.’

‘The team at Blacks Solicitors are extremely helpful and always professional throughout any transaction. There is a real depth of quality within the team.’

‘Nick Dyson has a strong following in the holiday park sector. He is very easy to deal with. Matt Hutchinson is also very easy to deal with, easy to get hold of, and pragmatic. The team is known for providing sensible, practical advice and getting things done.’

Key clients

Aberford Road Limited

DJ School Leeds CIC

Heywood Homes

Rugby Football League Limited

Walker Humphrey Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the Rugby Football League (RFL) on moving its head office from Leeds to Manchester, where it has taken a long term lease as part of the prestigious Etihad sports complex development.
  • Advised Heywood Homes (a residential property developer based in Kirklees) on its most recent acquisition, development, finance and refinance of a site in Netherthong, Holmfirth (near Huddersfield) for the development of 38 residential properties.
  • Advised DJ School Leeds on taking a lease of new premises and provided pro bono advice to the School to help it with its move.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP is active in the portfolio and asset management space, working with national retail clients such as Westfield and Royal London to advise on a wide array of letting, development and transactional matters. Under the leadership of portfolio management and property litigation expert Clare Hartley, the team also maintains close relations with a roster of clients in the telecoms industry. These clients instruct the practice to assist with acquisitions, infrastructure roll-out agreements, and development matters. Senior associate Richard Bell is another key contact for telecoms-related property work.

Practice head(s):

Claire Hartley

Other key lawyers:

Richard Bell

Key clients

Axione Fibre Ltd

British Telecommunications plc

Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Ltd

Glentrool Estates Group

Liberty Charge Ltd

Quintain LDO

Surrey County Council

Telefonica UK Ltd


Virgin Media

Work highlights

  • Acted for Telefónica UK on all aspects of its telecoms network estate.
  • Advised Cornerstone on many aspects of its property estate.
  • Advised Westfield on the asset management of its two large shopping centres in London.


LCF Law has particular expertise in corporate acquisition and leasing work, which it handles for both landlords and corporate tenants in relation to the occupation of large commercial and retail spaces. The team’s activities also encompass a wide number of residential development and property disposal mandates. Harriet Thornton, who leads the practice from Bradford, is a key contact for commercial leasing work alongside former practice head Paul Anderson. Ann-Marie Casey and Steven Silver are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Harriet Thornton

Other key lawyers:

Paul Anderson; Steven Silver; Tim Axe; Ann-Marie Casey

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP‘s ‘helpful and knowledgeable’ commercial property team is particularly active on property investments in the healthcare space, advising on acquisitions and disposals in connection with major health and hospital premises. The team also regularly advises on corporate leases and handles acquisitions and disposals for a roster of asset management and investor clients. Practice head Simon Sherwood is a key contact for development and real estate investment work and leads on many of the team’s healthcare real estate activities. Andrea Newman, who maintains close relations with a number of charitable institutions, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Richard Hanson; Simon Sherwood

Other key lawyers:

Cassandra Clark; Andrew Newman


‘There is ready and easy access to partner expertise and knowledge. The partner always has a good understanding of what the team members are doing. Work is done at the right level, ensuring good expertise and great value.’

‘They have taken the time to get to know our business and have an excellent understanding of what we are about. What we need and where we need advice. The advice is always legally accurate and is applied in a commercial and practical way – exactly what we need.’

‘Simon Sherwood and Cassandra Clark are both willing to take the time and effort to discuss all aspects and provide sound commercial advice always.’

‘Helpful and knowledgeable in the fields we deal with.’

‘We mainly deal with Simon Sherwood who always delivers as required, often going above and beyond.’

‘Responsive, partner-led service at a reasonable cost.’

‘Simon Sherwood is excellent – very commercially aware and provides a responsive, partner-led service that offers clear advice and gets deals done.’

Key clients

British Library

Brookgate Property Limited

Crosslee Properties Limited

Evesham Properties Limited

Science Museum Group

Westerleigh Group


The Harrogate-based team at Raworths is noted for providing ‘a centre of excellence‘ to its clients, which instruct the firm to handle commercial leases, acquisitions and disposals, and development projects, especially in connection with large warehousing and industrial premises. The firm is led by Alasdair Inglis, who regularly works with regional property owners and unit trusts. Further key contacts in the team include Janice Dale and John Carter.

Practice head(s):

Alasdair Inglis

Other key lawyers:

Janice Dale; John Carter


‘A legal firm locally within Harrogate providing a centre of excellence for businesses and individuals. There is a modern approach, with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, from a sector not known for these attributes.’

‘John Carter and Janice Dale are extremely competent solicitors with excellent interpersonal skills to get the job in hand done without fuss and unnecessary complications.’


Tyr offers its roster of clients, which primarily encompasses developers and national house builders, a ‘very good, quick and reliable service‘ in relation to advice on conditional acquisitions, site transfers, strategic option agreements and planning permission. Beyond its expertise in residential development work, the team is also well-versed in handling commercial leases from both a landlord and tenant perspective. The team is led by Dean Jowett, who is highly recommended for his expertise on commercial and residential development matters. Sarah Temple, who joined the team from Lupton Fawcett in July 2022, and Marcus Watson are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Dean Jowett

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Temple; Marcus Watson


‘Very good, quick and reliable service. Nothing is too much and extra resources are pulled in when required.’

‘Sarah Temple is a very good lawyer who is committed to getting transactions over the line in a prompt and efficient manner. She is very pragmatic and always looking to progress the deal rather than seeking to delay. She is also very responsive and approachable, and it is a pleasure working with her.’

Key clients

Astonish (Cleaning Products)

Carlton Forest Group

E.Bottomley & Sons Limited

Harrison Developments

Jack Lunn (Properties) Limited

Leeds Building Society

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Neom Organics

Persimmon Homes Limited

Strata Homes

Teakwood Developments Limited

Thomas the Baker

YESSS Electrical

Work highlights

  • Acted for Persimmon Homes Limited on the unconditional purchase of a 450 unit housing scheme in Morley, Leeds with a land value of £28m.
  • Advised Strata Homes on the conditional acquisition of a development site from Nottingham Council for circa 130 units with a land value of £7.5m.
  • Advised Harrison Developments Limited on Malton Enterprise Park, a mixed-use enterprise scheme made up of 100+ single/double storey (mezzanine) commercial units, which range from 1,000sq ft. to 100,000 sq ft.

Capsticks LLP

Capsticks LLP is noted for its ability to advise social enterprises, local government entities, churches and clients in the healthcare sector on property finance, redevelopment and portfolio management matters. Working as part of a specialist healthcare firm, the Leeds-based team handles the commercial property work of a large number of medical centres, GP practices, and NHS Trusts. Lisa Geary, who leads the team, specialises in transactional and development work, while Tracey Blundell handles commercial leases and sales. At the associate level, Deema Sodha is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Geary

Other key lawyers:

Tracey Blundell; Deema Sodha


‘Excellent knowledge of primary care contracts. Great understanding of the way primary care is funded and rent reimbursed and structured. The team were very efficient, with rapid turnaround of any queries raised, and they summarised the legal terminology and placed this in layman’s language.’

‘The team are very helpful, experienced, knowledgeable and approachable. Communication is effective in all forms and the service received is always excellent from initial inquiry to completion of the project/advice. The practice are able to call upon colleagues from all departments when required to ensure that full, well-rounded advice is given.’

‘The team are very flexible to the needs of the project and finding solutions to work in an agile manner.’

‘Strong individuals led by Lisa Geary, who is always available to discuss professional matters but also takes an interest at a personal level. Mentions are also due for Deema Sodha and Tracey Blundell, who are excellent solicitors who understand the sector but also very personable people who you are happy to have a coffee with.’

‘I have worked with Capsticks over the years whilst I have been a representative for various trusts. In all cases I have found them extremely professional, responsive, knowledgeable and respectful. The management leadership is second to none and the service offered and delivered is exemplar. I would in all instances recommend this company and would not hesitate to use them time and time again.’

‘The Practice, led by Lisa Geary, are the best primary care solicitors in the sector, with a wide-ranging knowledge and real experience in understanding and advising on the issues that arise during transactions between stakeholders in the sector.’

‘Lisa Geary has unparalleled knowledge and experience in the primary care sector of commercial property and is always alive to the myriad legal, commercial, and NHS process implications of the relevant matters on each transaction.’

‘We were primarily supported by two of the Partners – Lisa Geary and Tracey Blundell. Both took a proactive and supportive approach to the legal work required from inception through to completion of the project. This was alongside crafting the necessary legal frameworks required to ensure the success of ongoing partner/user group relationships in the finished project.’

Key clients

Affinity Trust

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS FT

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS FT

Genesis Cancer Care UK Limited

Granta Medical Partnership

Greenwich Leisure Limited

Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Humber Teaching Hospitals NHS FT

Humberside Local Medical Committee

James Paget University Hospitals NHS FT

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS FT


Methodist Council of Great Britain

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Middlewood Partnership

Montgomery House Surgery and Alchester Medical Group

NHS England

North Tees and Hartlepool Hospitals NHS FT

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS FT

Northumberland CCG

Priory Medical Centre

Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS FT

Salford Primary Care Together CIC

Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust

Sheffield Teaching NHS FT

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS FT

Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS FT

Varian Medical Systems UK Limited

Yorkshire Ambulance Services NHS Trust

Yorkshire Health Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised NHS England on the provision of £7.8m in grant funding to a GP practice in a highly deprived area of London to allow development of a new health centre to improve healthcare facilities and health opportunities for local residents.
  • Advised the Property Development Committee appointed by the Methodist Council in relation to the £10m conversion of a Methodist Chapel in Camden into a 39 room boutique hotel.
  • Advised Hull University Hospitals NHS Trust on all commercial property aspects relating to the £19m redevelopment of the front entrance of Hull Royal Infirmary.

Harrowells Solicitors

Harrowells Solicitors maintain its presence in the commercial property market with a York-based team that is capable of handling a wide spectrum of real estate mandates. The practice advises on portfolio management work, commercial leasing issues, and residential and commercial developments. Matthew Hayward, who leads the practice, maintains a strong roster of industrial landlord and developer clients, while Martin Thorpe is very active on rural development matters.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Hayward

Other key lawyers:

Martin Thorpe


‘We have been clients of Harrowells for many years and are very happy with the level of service and expertise. We feel that whatever needs to be done and whatever situations arise, Harrowells are able to provide an excellent professional tailored service.’

‘We feel extremely well-supported and protected by Matthew Hayward. Matthew is always contactable and provides excellent advice and support. He is approachable, and we feel we can ask him a range of questions and know we will get the best advice. It is important to us that we have the trust and confidence in our solicitor and the practice, and feel really pleased that we have Matthew (and Harrowells) by our side. We highly recommend Matthew and Harrowells and have done so on many occasions.’

‘Martin Thorpe is my main solicitor contact, and the service he gives is outstanding. A number of previous solicitors at different practices were often hard to get a hold of or delayed getting back to you. Martin is mega-efficient, always gets back to me swiftly if he isn’t immediately available, and always gives excellent advice and looks to resolve situations.’


McCormicks stands out for its property advice to clients in the sports, charity and leisure sectors, including Leeds United and the Yorkshire Agricultural Society. The team frequently advises on the property aspects of sports clubs’ commercial operations, and it also assists with the development of residential and freehold sites for cultural and leisure activities. The practice is additionally instructed by an increasing number of retailers and corporate entities, which instruct the team to handle portfolio management as well as landlord and tenant work. Heather Roberts, who leads the team, is recommended for her ability to advise on a wide array of commercial property matters.

Practice head(s):

Heather Roberts

Key clients

John Strutt Centre for Parrot Conservation

John Strutt Conservation Foundation

John Strutt Memorial Foundation

Leeds United FC

The John Strutt Charity

The Premier League

Yorkshire Agricultural Society

Ramsdens Solicitors LLP

Ramsdens Solicitors LLP continues to expand its presence in the investment and development space, advising a number of property holding entities on acquisitions, funding activities, and construction and planning agreements in connection with industrial and retail development schemes. Huddersfield-based partner Kirsty Jackson leads the team and specialises in handling commercial development work. In January 2023, the team welcomed Gwen Sharp, an investments and transactions specialist, from Pinsent Masons LLP.

Practice head(s):

Kirsty Jackson

Other key lawyers:

Gwen Sharp


‘Fast, efficient, down to earth, easy to deal with.’

‘Fantastic communication and organisation. Prompt replies and easy to get in contact with.’

‘Very proactive commercial property team. Can be relied upon to meet tight timescales.’


The commercial property team at Weightmans is reputed for its corporate acquisitions and leasing work in the licensing and leisure industries, as well as for its portfolio management work in support of the firm’s healthcare team. The team’s client base also includes property investors, which instruct it to handle acquisitions and disposals in the industrial space. Practice head Mark Crabtree, who maintains close relationships with a number of national pub franchises, handles estate management and corporate occupation work, while associate Matthew Jones is a key contact for healthcare clients.

Practice head(s):

Mark Crabtree

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Jones; Aamir Khan

Key clients

Admiral Taverns


Punch Partnerships (PML) Limited

TT Angell

Work highlights

  • Advised Silkstone Finance Limited on its acquisition of Unit 9 Witan Park, Station Lane Industrial Estate, Witney for £4.5m.
  • Advised Silkstone Finance Limited on its acquisition of Site 10, Springvale Road, Grimsby for £3.1m.
  • Advised Ad Hoc Pubs Limited on the taking of a lease for 10 years at a rent of c. £100,000 per annum.