Commercial property: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire in Yorkshire And The Humber
Addleshaw Goddard has a considerable presence in the regional retail sector and handles residential developments and infrastructure financing work with a consistent flow of national mandates, acting for developers, financial institutions and corporates. Bruce Lightbody heads up the Leeds-based team, and advises national retailers and commercial occupiers on financing and leasing issues. Lucy Sturrock is recognised for her work in the hospitality and leisure sector, while Ian Smith is active in energy and infrastructure-related matters. Managing associate Amanda Davis has played a key role in several of the firm's high-profile commercial and retail mandates.
‘The well-sized team has strength and depth to efficiently and appropriately resource our deals. They are responsive and knowledgeable, and keen to help.‘
‘Peter Mason is a stand-out. He is consistently available and on top of the detail at all times. He is a safe pair of hands, and is well-supported by an able cohort of legal directors, senior associates and associates.‘
‘The individuals work as a complete unified team complementing each other extremely well. They react very quickly with advice that covers all options and importantly the solutions with recommendations. In summary, they provide practical advice that fully relates to the situation.‘
‘The partner dealt with, Ian Smith, was absolutely exceptional. Ian is very approachable, sociable and down to earth. His legal knowledge is excellent and his ability to apply that to the commercial situation is something I have very rarely come across in 30 years of dealing with property. His relationship with his colleagues is also excellent making for a fantastic team ethos which really comes across when you deal with them.‘
‘Their experience and knowledge of the Real Estate market in the locality and nationally made the selection of AG a straightforward decision. The understanding of our requirements and time they spent on the transaction also demonstrated the quality of their efforts.‘
‘The set up at AG is highly professional yet still human. The client feels special from the moment they walk through the door and are greeted by the arrivals team. That quality of client care is set at a high standard and maintained throughout.‘
‘Anna Heaton in the Leeds office is an excellent lawyer. Her ability to act on both a property transaction and corporate joint venture, means that the quality, consistency and response times of advice are constant throughout.‘
Aberdeen Standard Investments
Eastern and Oriental
Columbia Threadneedle Investments
Ribston Industrial Fund
- Acted for Green Investment Group (part of the Macquarie Group) on solar panel agreements with Amazon and Tesco.
- Acted for Muse Developments on its 100-acre distribution park at Logic Leeds.
- Acted for new client Channel 4 on its high-profile relocation to Leeds.
DLA Piper has a consistent flow of mandates across multiple industries and further bolstered its offering and client base in the hospitality and leisure sectors with the arrival of Susan Samuel from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in 2019. The team advises investors, national retailers, developers and financial institutions on high-value transactions, development projects and financing matters. John Kittle heads up the Leeds-based property team, Tim Field is active on national and international transactions, and newly promoted partner Ruth Williamson handles corporate occupier asset management issues, financial services work and portfolio transactions. Senior associate Dean Peachey recently assisted with several retail and hospitality sector developments.
‘This team delivers London quality work for regional prices. They can take on high value complex projects whilst offering innovative delivery methods and pricing structures for the low value more mundane projects. They have a very good team of fee earners at differing and appropriate levels of ability. They have effectively incorporated highly skilled paralegals into their team who rival the abilities of associates at other firms. Good billing transparency, they always keep us in the loop on costs and they pitch their fees at the right level.‘
‘Susan Samuel – She is an extremely commercial lawyer, she understands the business realities of a large multinational company and she can coordinate her team to deliver exceptional service. She is always reactive to our evolving needs as a business and is the first person we go to in a crisis. She knows the retail, hospitality and hotels sectors inside out.’
‘Matt Ramsden – A stand-out associate at the firm, he has great technical skills and is very good at issue spotting. Sometimes he identifies risks that we would not have otherwise spotted in-house. He also has great managerial skills and he can take large teams of Trainees/Paralegals and Junior Associates under his wing and delegate work at the right level effectively. He is well versed in working with large international clients and on high value complex real estate deals.‘
Royal Bank of Scotland
Harrison Street Real Estate
Sytner Group Plc
Diocese of Leeds Trustee
Elliott Group Limited
Kentucky Fried Chicken/Yum
Hain Daniels Group
United Kingdom Research and Innovation
Smithy Wood Business Parks Development
Northampton Roman Catholic Diocese Trustee
Ocean Network Express
- Acting for Harrison Street Real Estate on a joint venture with Trinity Investment Management, including the acquisition of five UK life sciences properties in a £250m transaction.
- Acted for Puma United Kingdom on the acquisition of newly developed warehouse space at Glasshoughton, near Castleford in Yorkshire.
- Advising St Paul’s Developments on the sale of land, which has a Development Consent Order for the development of a new power station.
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises on a wide range of work, with its nationally-focused team handling transactions, financing matters and development projects. George Bacon leads the practice, which counts major investors, developers, retailers and banks as clients. The team is regularly involved in cross-border deals, with Sue Buckworth leading the international real estate team and advising a number of US corporates on their UK portfolios. Simon Harris continues to play a key role in institutional investment and development matters, while Stephen Felstead notably acts for national and overseas investors. Susan Samuel is now at DLA Piper.
‘George Bacon is a excellent lawyer and easy to deal with‘.
Legal & General
UK Land Estates
Yorkshire County Cricket Club
- Advising Morrisons on the sale and development of an existing store.
- Advising Cosgrave Property Developments on the disposal of its interest in The Liberty Shopping Centre.
- Advising Yorkshire County Cricket Club on the development and funding of the new Emerald Stand, Headingley Stadium, Leeds.
Pinsent Masons LLP
Pinsent Masons LLP handles the full spectrum of commercial property work, including housing and regeneration projects, commercial issues and residential developments, real estate finance matters and property investments. The practice has seen a significant uptick in education and healthcare-related mandates, with student housing developments and care home portfolio issues notable growth areas. Richard Daffern and Jonathan Riley lead the team, focusing on transactional and development work respectively. Victoria Goddard leads on university and higher education projects, and Stephen Glass works with investors and developers in the regional residential sector. Associate Natalie Hughes has played a key role in a number of high-level investment and development matters.
‘Experienced and well balanced team structure set up to service the client needs.‘
‘Excellent knowledge and pragmatic approach to finding solutions.’
‘All of the team were focused on delivering the output we were looking for and worked seamlessly although they were based at different locations. In particular Victoria Goddard was excellent.‘
‘Leaders in design build finance operate deals for Higher Education clients with huge experience across commercial and property aspects of these structures. Deliver great service on commercial leases including complex properties and protecting client interests.‘
‘i have worked with Richard Daffern for over 10 years and he has grown into a good leader and tactician. Rachel Worrell has stepped up to her position in the company and will make a good partner in time.‘
AXA – IM Real Assets
Octopus Healthcare / Medicx
Homes and Communities Agency
Campus Living Villages
St Modwen Properties
Leeds City Council
University of Leeds
Apache Capital Partners
London & Associated Properties
Concept Business Group
Guildford Borough Council
Tynedale Roadstore Limited
Westminster City Council
Leeds City Council
London Borough of Wandsworth
Somerset County Council
South Tyneside Council
London Borough of Lambeth
Peterborough City Council
Sunderland City Council
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
London Borough of Croydon
- Advised Apache Capital Partners on the acquisition and funding of Blocks E and F Soyo, Quarry Hill, Leeds.
- Advising the Univerity of York on the largest student accommodation Design, Build, Finance and Maintain project to achieve financial close in 2019.
- Advised Aviva Investors on the purchase of five care homes in Yorkshire and County Durham through a share purchase from Hadrian Healthcare.
Walker Morris LLP advises national and international developers, corporates and investors on high-profile transactions and projects. Clients include major retailers, healthcare companies, energy and telecoms suppliers, and private equity funds, reflecting the group's broad sector expertise. The 'fantastic' Jeremy Moore leads the team and has been active in the healthcare sector, while Judith Pike focuses on energy and infrastructure development work. Consultant Nick Cannon has maintained his work for national retailers after moving into a consultant position, and Will Cousins handled several high-value site acquisitions for student property developers. Senior associate Adam Reed continues to play a key role in major transactions.
Other key lawyers:
‘Great property team led by Jeremy Moore. Very good planning team led by Richard Sagar.‘
‘Jeremy Moore – fantastic property knowledge available 24/7. Martin McKeague – excellent in all aspects of landlord and tenant litigation.‘
‘Knowledgeable, pragmatic, approachable and always available. Provide robust fee proposals and stick to them – out of scope work is flagged early. Work hard to get to know the business as well as the in-house legal team.‘
‘Chris Woodthorpe gets the job done – he is a safe pair of hands and always goes above and beyond to help drive projects to a conclusion.‘
Kirkland & Ellis
Gregory Property Group
S Harrison Developments
Port of Tilbury
- Acted for Hospital Topco on its sale of 30 acute care hospital facilities to US-based Medical Properties Trust and Circle Health.
- Completed a forward funding student accommodation development transaction known as The Refinery, worth £50m, for Gregory Property Group.
- Acted for Downham Land on the development and sale of Sun Business Park, Orpington to Essex County Council for £48m.
Clarion remains active in the retail sector and is a key name in the market for residential development and property finance work, acting for major clients regionally and nationally. The team advises commercial occupiers, shopping centre owners, banks and property developers on property transactions, leasing matters and financing issues. Practice head Martin Grange leads on development work, while Lindsay Texel specialises in acting for housebuilders, retailers and residential developers; and Ben Lamb handles property financing mandates for established banks and challengers. Legal director Alison Batty is also recommended, and associate Grace Allison attracts praise for her work on leisure sector leasing issues.
‘Clarions is unique in that it provides services for all sides of the legal profession in the same building. The parties I have personally dealt with have been nothing but attentive, professional, and diligent. Having dealt with many other firms I can categorically say that this firm is by far one of the best I have ever dealt with for their quick and resourceful resolutions to issues which have needed their attention.‘
‘The Individuals I have dealt with are Lindsay Texel, Eve Gregory, Sean Meehan. They have been attentive and diligent at all times. Lindsay and Eve are the most helpful, conscientious and genuinely care about their clients and always go that extra mile for them.’
Hampshire Trust Bank
Renewable Land Resources
Colvestone Real Estate
Redefine Paragon Square (Hull) Limited (Hammonds of Hull)
Leeds Beckett University
V & A Homes
Prospect Property Group
Tate Estates Limited
Trafford Borough Council
- Advised Newby on the acquisition and joint venture development of a £250m mixed-use scheme at Quayside West in Newcastle.
- Advising Trafford Borough Council on the £25m investment acquisition of a city centre site let to one of the big four supermarkets.
- Providing support to Hampshire Trust Bank on its Northern operations including advising on over £50m worth of development finance transactions.
Following its acquisition of Shulmans LLP in early 2020, Knights plc has a range of expertise in property matters across Yorkshire and beyond, with key focuses including housebuilding mandates, portfolio management work, property financings and student housing issues. The team advises development companies, housebuilders and business occupiers on a regional and national basis. The practice is jointly led by residential development specialist Rosemary Edwards and national commercial property head Simon Jackson. Matthew Thompson focuses on commercial developments, joint ventures, funding mandates and conditional sale agreements, while Tim Halstead is also active in housebuilding work including strategic land and site assembly issues. Kieran Wilkinson attracts praise for his 'knowledgeable and prompt advice'.
‘Good sized independent practice with good sector expertise. Service level is high – always a quick response to queries. Don’t appear as fee driven as some larger practices thereby providing good value for money.‘
‘Simon Jackson is totally professional, has a close eye to detail and pursued with great energy the desired outcome for us as his client, pointing out the issues of contention, but with a solutions-based approach. He represented our interests about matters beyond our knowledgebase to excellent effect, achieving the required result.’
‘Fast and accurate turnaround of documentation.‘
‘Kieran Wilkinson – knowledgeable and prompt advice.‘
Evans Property Group
Town Centre Securities
Barratt Homes/David Wilson Homes
Princes Quay Estates
- Advised Caddick Group on the granting of lease of a media hub in Leeds city centre to be occupied by Opera North and studio operator Leeds Studios.
- Acted for Gateway Plaza on the grant of long leases for 129 residential flats across a complicated title structure and the discharge of bank financing.
- Acted for Opus North on the purchase of a landmark office building in Leeds city centre.
Squire Patton Boggs regularly advises on major projects locally, nationally and internationally, working with developers and investors, particularly venture capital and private equity funds. The team is involved in all key sectors, including the retail, hospitality and student housing industries, and also handles residential developments and commercial occupation issues. Practice head Matthew Dalzell works closely with international investors on high-value joint ventures, and also handles a range of developments, acquisitions, disposals and regeneration projects. Prew Lumley focuses on retail and commercial matters, while David Chan advises residential developers on land use and management issues. Andrew Sprake has moved to the firm's London office.
‘Responsive, commercial and able to deliver across the spectrum.‘
‘The commercial property team works methodically, quick and are friendly to clients and most often bears results quicker than expected.‘
‘Always available, they call back quickly, all are friendly and all are quick, very knowledgeable and communicate in a very professional way with us.‘
Leeds City Council
Live Nation Group
Lloyds Banking Group
Royal Bank of Scotland
Henry Boot Developments
Vistry Partnerships Limited
Beijing Construction Engineering Group International
Capital and Centric
Rymans/Partners the Stationers
TransUnion Information Group
Gate Gourmet London
Victus European Student Accommodation Fund
Peel Investment Properties
Campus Living Villages
- Advised Catalyst Capital on its joint venture with Indian company Hero to acquire and develop hospitality-led projects initially in the UK and Ireland.
- Acting for BCEGI Construction on its regeneration of Crompton Shopping Centre, Bolton, into a mixed-use scheme involving residential, offices and retail units.
- Acting for ZM Land and Capital on its regeneration of the former Shredded Wheat factory site at Welwyn Garden City into a mixed-use scheme involving residential units, a cinema, art exhibition centre, retail units and offices.
Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP handles the full spectrum of commercial property mandates, advising on residential developments, land promotion issues and major strategic site acquisitions. Key clients include developers, local authorities and various corporate entities; ITV is a notable new client. Based in Leeds, the team works prolifically in Yorkshire and on a national basis. Practice head Mark Owen specialises in public and private development work, while Julia Dacre Field focuses on residential development and investment matters, leading a dedicated practice, which acts for national developers. Claire Wilkinson is also noted for her leisure and hospitality sector expertise. Paula Dillon has retired.
‘Good clear advice.‘
‘David Cole is great with clients and easy to work with. He is everything a good solicitor should be.‘
‘WBD’s breadth of resource ensures that the client receives good quality rounded advice on any transaction. Their ability to pull in internal support, to fill gaps in the legal team is essential on certain projects.‘
‘Julia Dacre Field is my go to lawyer for the difficult and complex jobs. Her energy and enthusiasm to get the deal done sets her apart. Her experience of the residential sector in particular in the North of England, makes her one of, if not the, leading residential lawyer in Yorkshire.‘
Commercial Estates Group
Barratt & David Wilson Homes
Leeds City Council
Town Centre Securities
Doncaster Borough Council
University of Law
Marick Real Estate
Places for People Yorkshire Land
- Advising BDW Trading on the purchase of the brownfield regeneration land at Oughtibridge Mill, Sheffield for 284 residential dwellings.
- Advised Wykeland Beal on its development agreement with Hull City Council for the regeneration of Hull’s Fruit Market.
- Advising Commercial Estates Group on the disposal of a mixed-use development site at Manse Farm, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire.
Bevan Brittan LLP has increased its work with private sector developers and lenders, alongside maintaining its notable expertise in public sector real estate matters. Practice head Lyndon Campbell has seen an uptick in secured lending mandates, working with a variety of local investors. The team works closely with the public sector practice, led by senior associate Matthew Walsh, on healthcare property issues. Julie Cowan-Clark focuses on residential development projects for public and private sector clients. James Teagle arrived from Blacks Solicitors LLP in early 2020, contributing experience in contentious financing matters.
‘I find the team very friendly, very helpful and eager to help. I appreciate the value they place upon their clients by extend their approachable team spirit to involve clients in social events.’
‘Lyndon Campbell, is a very driven individual. I have complete confidence in his abilities and have relied on his advice and valued opinion for many years, I especially appreciate his down to earth and friendly personality.’
NHS Property Services
- Advised Yorkshire Housing on the acquisition of a large development site in Sherburn-in-Elmet with a deal value of £50m.
- Advising DC Enterprises on an ongoing residential development.
- Acted on the refinancing of part of Montgomery Property Group’s commercial investment portfolio, which comprised of four office parks let on multiple lease.
Led by James Speed in Leeds, DWF advises on commercial and residential projects and transactions, including notable developments in the sport sector, PRS schemes, portfolio management issues and project financing matters in Yorkshire and nationally. The team acts for a range of property developers, housebuilders and investment funds. Andrew Flounders specialises in large-scale development work, while Speed focuses on investment transactions and complex funding arrangements.
Other key lawyers:
Palmer Capital Partners
ReInvest Asset Management
- Acting for Leeds Cricket Football and Athletic Company on the redevelopment of the famous South Stand and the North-South Stand at Headingley Stadium in Leeds.
- Managing the property portfolio of Mileway.
- Advising Moda Living on the exchange of several agreements conditional on planning and other key conditions to acquire inner city sites for major PRS development schemes.
Freeths LLP has bolstered its department in Leeds with the arrival of John Flathers and Jonathan Crew from Irwin Mitchell and Progeny Law respectively; both new recruits act as practice heads alongside Liz Banks. Flathers specialises in development, property finance and transactional work and acts for several national development clients, while Crew assists national retailers with portfolio management and commercial development matters, and Banks handles property development and portfolio matters for retailers, hotel owners and leisure operators. Senior associate Emma Medina-Wallace is also noted for her work on residential developments and land promotion matters.
Other key lawyers:
‘I worked with the Freeths property team on a time-sensitive project covering multiple properties. They handled the transaction in a very efficient way, completing on-time and on-budget. They were very pro-active and practical in their advice and provided regular communication on progress.‘
‘They act very quickly on our instructions and work to our demanding timescales. They are commercial in their approach and advice. They work to a pre-agreed fixed fee scale rather than hourly rate.‘
‘Jonathan Crew has worked for us for circa 14 years whilst at various practices, most recently Freeths LLP and he has always provided a timely, professional and cost effective service.‘
Wickes Building Supplies
Leeds City Council
C.P. Hart & Sons
KCS Development Limited
Follingsby International Enterprise Park
- Acting for Follingsby International Enterprise Park on the site assembly and sale to Amazon of a logistics park in Gateshead called Follingsby Max for Amazon to build a new distribution warehouse.
- Advising on Magnet’s property portfolio nationally.
- Advising on Travelodge’s new hotel development programme.
Gateley Plc focuses on residential, retail and mixed-use developments and real estate finance matters, while new arrival James Sargent has added significant expertise in energy and investment work following his recruitment from Weightmans in 2019. The team acts for a number of developers, housebuilders, commercial occupiers and banks. Practice co-head George Parker-Fuller and John Kiff lead on residential developments, advising on large-scale schemes and strategic land considerations, while Barbara Rollin specialises in real estate financing, and practice co-head Philip Gregory focuses on retail and mixed-use developments.
Taylor Wimpey (UK)
McCarthy & Stone
Saint Gobain Building Distribution
Commercial Development Projects
- Advised St James Securities on its intended large-scale regeneration development scheme.
- Acting for various financial institutions on the total funding in excess of £1bn secured against various UK properties for a variety of borrowers including overseas entities.
- Advising Broadland Properties on the acquisition of an industrial and distribution facility in Castleford.
Irwin Mitchell acts on a number of high-value matters relating to strategic land acquisitions, residential and commercial developments (a key area of growth for the firm), corporate occupier issues, and real estate financings. Joint practice heads James Knowles and Michelle Beaumont specialise in development projects and university sector work respectively, with expertise encompassing industrial and commercial developments, care sector projects, education spaces, and student accommodation mandates. The team advises a number of major regional and national developers, universities and public sector entities - most notably the National Grid.
‘They know your business and the industry very well. They’re not just lawyers, they make themselves part of your business. Having worked with other law firms in Leeds, we view Irwin Mitchell’s property team as exceptional.’
‘Michelle Beaumont is standout. Her attention to detail is second to none, and her ability to understand perspectives from all party sides enables us to place our business in the best negotiation position possible. We view Michelle as an invaluable “add on” to our business.’
Henry Boot Developments
Pennine Property Partnership
Excel Parking Services
Country Style Foods
Jones Lang LaSalle
Vistry Partnership (Yorkshire)
Jackson and Jackson Developments
- Acted for Henry Boot Developments on the acquisition of 16 acres of land from Derbyshire County Council.
- Advised Pennine Property Partnership on its acquisition of the former St Luke’s Hospital in Huddersfield from Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, and the onward sale of part to Avant Homes.
- Assisted Wilton with a conditional purchase of land at Selby Road, Doncaster.
Lupton Fawcett advises clients from a range of industries, including the professional and financial services, healthcare and education sectors. The group has recently seen an increase in residential development work, expanding beyond its established expertise in high-value portfolio acquisitions, disposals and commercial development mandates. David Whitaker leads the team, dividing his time between Leeds and York; while Sarah Temple heads up the Leeds practice with Zoe Lang, who advises on landlord and tenant issues. David Coleman leads on development work, particularly in the residential space. Jonathan Moore and Kirsty Barsby are now with Knights plc.
‘I have worked with Lupton Fawcett LLP for a number of years now and in a number of different roles. They have provided a wide range of legal support including contract drafting, property transactions and litigation all of which have been delivered with an incredibly high level of professionalism. As a practice they go the extra mile to provide me with advice and support in a format that I require avoiding unnecessary jargon. A stand out feature with Lupton is their desire to reach a resolution rather than creating opportunities to bill a client. Other organisations I have worked with feel like I am constantly on the clock, with Lupton’s I know we can have an open and honest conversation about fees without feeling this will impact on the level of service I receive.‘
‘The majority of work I undertake is with Sarah Temple, Partner, Commercial Property and she is an absolute pleasure to work with. We have a constant pipeline of work with Sarah ranging from simple lease renewals through to complex acquisitions and disposals, all of which are delivered with the same level of professionalism and expertise. Sarah fully understand how our organisation works, the things we see as risks and the standard protections we look to secure. She knows where I need extra guidance and support and takes the time to provide this advice on a case by case basis. Sarah is incredibly approachable and is a credit to her profession, I would 100% recommend her to any individuals looking for legal support in the area of Real estate and Commercial property.‘
H.I.G. Bauer Group
Jack Lunn Group
William Birch & Sons
Leeds Grand Theatre
Leeds Building Society
Hand Picked Hotels
- Advised Infinity Investments on the acquisition of Turnstone Business Park in Widnes, subject to 23 occupational leases.
- Advised Loxley Homes on a residential development site acquisition at Marton le Moor near Ripon.
- Advised Jack Lunn Group on the disposal of an office block in Leeds, subject to occupational leases.
Mills & Reeve LLP fields a dedicated real estate team, which advises on residential and commercial developments, investment transactions, landlord and tenant leasing issues, and portfolio management matters. Clients include education and healthcare providers in the public and private sector, commercial occupiers, developers and energy companies. The practice works on regional, national, and international mandates. Simon Sherwood heads up the team in Leeds, and has particular expertise in healthcare development work; Andrea Newman focuses on mixed-use and charity sector matters.
Other key lawyers:
‘It is partner led. It is good to know that even if a more junior or other more appropriate specialist solicitor provides services the responsible partner maintains an appropriate ongoing involvement – such as providing the detail/information you have supplied etc/ensuring the firm provides the service in the way we like it. They adapt to you. Good legal but commercial advice is a given.’
‘Simon Sherwood. Very personable. Provides very good legal advice and applies it to the commercial realities of the transaction. Detailed but doesn’t over load our team with legal jargon. Gets the job done whilst protecting our interests.’
Consolidated Property Group
Local Housing Group
- Advising Consolidated Property Group on letting retail park developments to major retailers nationally.
- Advising Westerleigh Group on the negotiation and exchange of conditional purchase contracts, strategic development options and exclusivity arrangements for sites for new operational developments all over the country.
- Advising Ridgeon Properties on the novation of a development agreement and transfer of land within a development scheme.
Darren Birkinshaw leads the practice at Schofield Sweeney, which advises on transactional, development, and financing matters for corporates, commercial and residential developers, and banks. The team is active across Yorkshire and nationally, advising retailers, housebuilders, and hospitality industry clients. Manjit Virdee focuses on lender-side financing matters, while Richard Innes handles retail sector work on the landlord and tenant side, and Birkinshaw focuses on development and regeneration projects. Dean Jowett departed to Tyr Law.
‘Highly responsive team who always go about their work with a smile. The team are our go to firm in Yorkshire.‘
‘Manjit Virdee is a 24 hour hands on partner, available and responsive at all times. Never seems to take holiday and always has a positive attitude.‘
The Trafford Centre Limited
Pinnacle View Homes
Park Lane Group of Companies
Sheffield United Hotel Limited (part of the Scarborough Group)
YPP Lettings & Management Co
Frank Marshal Group
Horton Housing Association
- Advised YPP on the purchase of Westgate Point Leeds for an estimated £9.3m.
- Advised Santander on a bilateral loan facility with both fixed and floating arrangements, to acquire a portfolio of 15 commercial properties.
- Advised Santander on the £8m restructuring of loans issued to Keelham Farm Shop for the purpose of restructuring the business.
Shoosmiths LLP advises on commercial and residential developments, including large-scale retail development projects; the group also acts on care sector mandates, student housing issues and PRS matters. Simon Meek leads the team, which balances regional and national work for its client base of national developers, retailers and hospitality companies. Richard Outhwaite specialises in landlord and tenant issues, particularly for retail tenants looking to acquire new premises; he also handles portfolio management matters, property acquisitions and leasing matters.
‘The team provides quality commercial advice to a wide range of national clients on complex real estate transactions. Clients receive succinct advice led by a partner.‘
‘They endeavour to understand the clients aims and tailor their advice accordingly. Richard Bellamy is hands on and ensures his advice is commercial and in line with clients’ aims.‘
House of Fraser
Extra MSA Group
Angela Swift Holdings
Cinnamon Care Group
Retirement Bridge Management
- Advised House of Fraser on the acquisition of a department store in Wolverhampton for House of Frasers’ new concept store ‘Frasers’.
- Advised Extra on the development, financing and ongoing management of one of its ‘new concept’ Motorway Service Areas at J45 M1, Leeds.
- Acting for KPMG on the administration of Monarch Aircraft Engineering.
Headed up by Kevin Weston, the team at Ward Hadaway advises residential property developers, charities, banks and corporate occupiers on a range of matters encompassing lending and property finance work, property acquisitions, development and regeneration projects, and disposals. The firm's work for charities encompasses complex sector-specific issues, including land restoration matters and compulsory purchase orders, necessitating a multidisciplinary team able to act across the full range of matters. This work is primarily led by Jonathan Dickson, while Andrew Pliener specialises in residential matters.
‘We mainly deal with Kevin Weston and Alicia Vickers both of whom give outstanding service with prompt, easy to understand advice. Nothing is too much trouble.‘
Canal & River Trust
The Land Restoration Trust
BDW Trading Limited
Contract Natural Gas
Eshton Investments Limited and Eshton Developments
- Advising on the new 10-year lease of the Malt House, Leeds Dock, Leeds to Intermarketing Group.
- Advised Keepmoat Homes on the acquisition of a brownfield development site for a new residential development in Birkenhead.
- Advising Kirklees Council on the acquisition of land for road widening purposes.
Blacks Solicitors LLP advises on commercial and residential property matters, acting for a range of commercial clients and charities. Highlights include development projects, landlord and tenant issues, financing mandates and residential sector work. The team's client roster spans commercial occupiers, investors and care homes. Practice head Nick Dyson specialises in leisure and holiday industry issues. James Teagle joined Bevan Brittan LLP.
‘In-depth knowledge of commercial property matters including but not limited to: Stamp duty, land tax, VAT implications in relation to transactions in land, and Commercial property law generally. Excellent communication of key matters to clients and attention to detail. Blacks team is such that very a high standard of work is guaranteed. The key benefit of Blacks compared to some, but not all, other firms is the certainty of client care.‘
‘The key factors to a good legal service are good client friendly communications, attention to detail and a timely service. Nicholas Dyson (partner) and Jennifer Gillespie (associate solicitor) are my primary contacts. The level of service has been excellent at all times.‘
‘Blacks offer a first class service at competitive fee levels. Their response time to phone or email queries is second to none and significantly quicker than other firms. Quality of advice is not however compromised. However large or small nothing is too much trouble.‘
‘Smart, attentive, commercially astute and realistic in terms of their reward aspirations.‘
‘The Property Team at Black’s react quickly to advice and requests – something that is very important to our business. The quality of their advice is always excellent and their knowledge of our business is also. They have strength in depth and we feel comfortable using any member of their team.‘
‘Professional, friendly and organised.‘
‘My main contact is Matt Hutchinson in the commercial property team with whom I now work closely on several clients we have in common. Matt is highly efficient, communicates well, establishes strong rapport with both client and bank and flags up potential areas of difficulty very early in the transaction so the Bank has time to fully consider how it might deal with this. Any information I ask of him is providing promptly and in a format that can be clearly understood. ‘
‘The team are extremely professional and approachable and most of all they are always available to communicate and provide realistic proactive advice for the real world – not just that from a text book.‘
Berens & Company
Music and Arts Products
- Advised Music and Art Production on the landmark purchase of Hope Foundary.
- Advised Vida Healthcare on the £3.3m purchase of bare land; and the £15.5m development of a state-of-the-art residential care home.
- Advising Walter Ingham and Co on a longstanding basis regarding the voluntary lease extensions for several residential developments.
Gordons LLP advises on property financing mandates, residential and commercial developments, and portfolio acquisitions, acting for regional and national clients. The practice also works closely with the firm's dispute resolution and banking teams. Paul Young leads the practice.
Langleys Solicitors LLP
Langleys Solicitors LLP acts for a variety of clients in York and the surrounding area including rural estate holders, commercial occupiers and several major local developers. The 'professional yet pragmatic' team is led by Tim Cross, who is experienced in the retail and development sectors, with senior associate James Bradley also praised for his 'truly professional service'.
Other key lawyers:
‘Local office with local people, with a smaller team, that are able to deliver a more personal approach and service. Cross services are often used when more intricate and complicated matters arise, where we may need to involve their litigation team for example, and the advice is always provided promptly and professionally.‘
‘Tim Cross and James Bradley deliver a personal and detailed service, with a fantastic attention to detail and communicate well with our younger team. James is always prompt in the delivery of his work and responses, and offers a truly professional service that makes us feel confident that we are being looked after and given the correct advice. Langleys take a professional yet pragmatic approach when delivering their advice, which makes them stand out from their competitors.‘
‘We have developed an excellent working relationship having worked with them for 10 years, they are conveniently located, have an excellent specialist knowledge and experience of commercial property matters, are well respected by other professionals and we value and trust their advice.‘
‘They know their stuff and we enjoy working with them!‘
‘A close team with shared knowledge of their client’s business needs. There is always a colleague able to offer help and advice when key staff are absent.‘
‘You are never left waiting for a return phone call or email. They are all disciplined, attentive and commercially minded. All attributes undoubtedly passed down by the Head of Commercial Law and Managing Partner Tim Cross.‘
‘The firm provide an extremely efficient.‘
‘James Bradley a senior associate in the firm is an outstanding solicitor and is a real credit to the business. His in-depth knowledge of the sector and practicalities make him stand out and his commercial attitude makes Langleys a pleasure to deal with.‘
In-site Property Solutions
York St John University
W.Boyes & Co
- Advising Helmsley Securities on its strategic investment purchase of a retail unit occupied by Boots UK in York.
- Advising Helmsley Securities on its purchase of a retail unit in York occupied by WH Smith from a UK REIT.
- Advising In-site on its sale of investment premises at Old Lane, Sheffield, which was occupied by Tractel UK and required a re-gear prior to the sale.
Harrogate-based firm Raworths is adept at commercial and residential property matters, advising clients across Yorkshire including developers, manufacturing companies, and businesses in the leisure industry. Recent highlights include financings, development projects, corporate leasing work and acquisitions. Alasdair Inglis heads up the practice, and Janice Dale has several longstanding clients.
‘Efficient, commercial advice at reasonable fees. Very happy to recommend.‘
‘Raworths are a firm who are part of our regional legal panel. They are a long established local practice whose partners have a key knowledge of the local market.‘
‘Response times are always good. Very helpful to be aware early of any potential issues with the transaction. Simon Morris and Alasdair Inglis are the key contacts.‘
Patrizia Hanover Property Unit Trust
- Acting for Patrizia Hanover Property Unit Trust on the maintenance of a large industrial estate.
Berwins focuses on high-value commercial development and agricultural work, advising freeholders and landowners on negotiations with residential developers and promoters on land promotion issues; the team also assists with option agreements and conditional sale and purchase contracts. The practice also works with developers and investors as tenants and landowners on leaseholding matters. Allan Stewart heads up the team.
Other key lawyers:
‘I work with Richard Wheeldon in dealing with Development Land transactions, both conditional and unconditional land sales, as well as for strategic land promotion, in the form of options and promotion agreements. Richard is one of the best in this sector, and is certainly a stand out lawyer I would always be delighted to recommend to landowners. He has an excellent knowledge of this key area of work, his attention to detail is superb, whilst also being willing to take a sensible and pragmatic approach. Richard is also incredibly diligent, he works effectively and quickly, and has a desire to see a conclusion in a timely manner, which is refreshing. His availability is excellent, and you can be sure of a call back, or email response the same day or sooner.‘
Pearl Northern Developments
Commercial Development Projects
Led by the 'absolutely excellent' Lisa Geary, the Leeds team at Capsticks LLP notably works with healthcare clients across Yorkshire and nationally, including NHS trusts, GP practices and social care charities. Mandates include portfolio management matters, premises management work, and PFI/PPP issues.
Other key lawyers:
‘Absolutely excellent. Friendly – approachable – trustworthy and expedient. Knowledgeable. The consummate experts in their areas.‘
‘Lisa Geary – absolutely excellent. Professional. Knowledgeable and quick to resolve situations to avoid time wasting. 100% committed to clients. Loyal and excellent listener. ‘
‘The highly personal approach and strict continuity of matter management is what sets Capsticks apart from other firms I have worked with historically. Having worked with the Capsticks team for a number of years, with team members invariably changing within the team as other opportunities have taken them to pastures new, I am always impressed by the continuity of service received from the team following such change. I have never experienced any lack of understanding as a result of poor case management handover and commend Capsticks for their approach to continuity of service delivery. The personal approach to communication and the lack of any feeling of clock watching impresses me. Understanding that within the commercial world, fees need to be covered, I have never felt that this was a driver within the Capsticks team, meaning that any and all advice received has been provided in as timely and efficient a manner in the particular circumstances.’
‘Lisa Geary has been our consistent Partner contact within the firm for the period of time we have utilised the services of Capsticks.‘
‘Tracey Blundell – practical, pragmatic, approachable, common sense approach and with broader knowledge than simply a specialism.‘
‘The team are extremely knowledgeable but also practical and apply a common sense approach whilst ensuring our position is adequately protected. They are happy to work to tight deadlines and pull together as required to get the job done.‘
‘As a charity we value the sound advice of Capsticks in dealing with property matters immensely. Capsticks are very good in explaining the legal implications of contractual arrangements in an accessible way. They play a vital part in helping us negotiate with both public and private sector partners to achieve the positive outcomes we require for the beneficiaries of the charity. They help us protect the interests of the charity.‘
‘We value working with Lisa Geary for her knowledge, expertise, and the confidence we can go into any negotiation over a commercial property matter with sound legal support. It does help in dealing with both public and private sector partners that they know that we have a high calibre lawyer working for us. Lisa always responds very quickly, and whatever the situation, gives very astute pragmatic advice.‘
Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council
Community Health Partnerships
The Methodist Church
South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Agencia Consulting Limited
Managing Trustees of the Rotherham and Dearne Valley Circuit
Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
- Advised Community Health Partnerships on the regularisation of occupancies of a community estate held by the client.
- Advised NHS England on key strategy and documents relating to funding directions and grant agreements relating to capital investment in the primary care estate.
- Advised Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust on the £8m sale of a large redundant hospital in three phases for residential development.
DAC Beachcroft LLP
DAC Beachcroft LLP specialises in work for telecoms companies, asset managers, and healthcare sector clients, advising on estate management issues, strategic land acquisitions and disposals, and retail landlord mandates. The Leeds-based team is led by Clare Hartley, who also leads the telecoms team, and works closely with offices across the North of England.
Telecommunications Infrastructure Ltd
Telefonica UK (02)
Property Alliance Group
Babylon Healthcare Services Limited
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
AT Medics Limited
Canal & River Trust
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
- Providing transactional support relating to Cornerstone’s appeal of a Lands Tribunal decision to the Court of Appeal.
- Acted for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust on the sale of development land at the front of the Trust’s new Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington to Assura for a mixed-use development.
- Instructed to grant 20 leases of substations located across Canal & River Trust’s portfolio to Western Power.
Harrowells Solicitors acts primarily on agricultural landholding matters, commercial developments, and residential project financing and planning work. Clients include developers and high net-worth individuals in York and North Yorkshire; the practice leverages the firm's satellite offices across the aregion. Practice head Stephen Proctor focuses on agricultural work, while Matthew Hayward works with commercial clients and Martin Thorpe takes the lead on residential matters.
Led by Paul Anderson, the team at LCF Law handles a range of matters, including commercial leasing work, portfolio management issues, contracts, and warranties. Clients include retailers, nationally-prominent charities, and healthcare organisations. Harriet Thornton specialises in leaseholder enfranchisements for tenants and landlords, while Ann-Marie Casey has particular expertise in assisting the firm's charity clients.
‘I have used this practice for two fairly complex planning matters. Compared to another practice I have used I would say that my cases have been dealt with very professionally and promptly at all times. I have never had to chase things up. All in all I would highly recommend LCF Law and will continue to use the practice for all my legal affairs in the future.‘
‘The Solicitor who dealt with my recent cases was Tim Axe, who is a specialist Planning Consultant Solicitor. He successfully dealt with two very difficult cases for me. Tim acted on my behalf working through various planning considerations with the planners and my architects and we had a very positive outcome for all parties. I cannot recommend him highly enough.‘
‘The practice is very hands on in all aspects of property with a team that co-ordinates as necessary to offer a good all round service on a sensible fee structure which puts the needs of the client at the forefront. A wealth of experience within the team which means they can react quickly to the practicalities of the work which is essential, especially in today’s difficult times.‘
- Acting for Round Strategies on an ongoing basis in relation to the ownership and renovation of a Victorian house.
McCormicks advises on commercial and residential property matters, encompassing site acquisitions, developments and occupancy issues, including landlord and tenant mandates and commercial leasings. The team counts charities, sports clubs and private individuals as clients. Heather Roberts leads the practice, and has particular experience in handling commercial letting matters for retailers and urban regeneration schemes.
Royal Horticultural Society
John Strutt Conservation Foundation
The Premier League
Leeds United FC
Yorkshire Agricultural Society
John Strutt Centre for Parrot Conservation
John Strutt Memorial Foundation
The John Strutt Charity
The Ripley Castle Shoot
- Advised the Royal Horticultural Society on expanding its estate with the acquisition of additional land and buildings which will be incorporated into the RHS Centre.
- Maintaining the Estate of John Strutt, the Eden Place Estate, the Belper Estate together with associated trusts and charities.
- Advising on the Premier League’s Headquarters building in London, including internal re-development issues.
Ramsdens Solicitors LLP
Ramsdens Solicitors LLP acts for clients in the healthcare, retail, and manufacturing industries, advising on financing issues, sales and disposals, leasing matters and planning agreements. The team is headed up by Kirsty Jackson , who has substantial expertise in landlord, tenant and property services matters, advising hotel operators, restaurants and retailers, alongside several new development clients.
‘I have made contacts that I now consider trustworthy friends. Something I have not experienced before.’
‘Experienced and yet approachable. Mr Greg Dolan in particular.’
‘A capable and very helpful team. Always approachable and responsive to a range of commercial issues. Good to work with and always available for discussion and explanation.’
‘Greg Dolan and Nick Armitage encapsulate the comments above. Their collective guidance is very important to us.’
Newly established commercial boutique Tyr Law advises on residential and commercial developments, with practice head and firm founder Dean Jowett acting for national and regional developers; he previously worked at Schofield Sweeney. Senior associate Marcus Watson arrived from Clarion in early 2020, supplementing the firm's expertise in residential work with notable experience in the commercial property and retail sectors. Environment and planning expertise is provided by former Shulmans LLP partner Lyn Dario, who joined in April 2020.
Other key lawyers:
‘Lyn Dario is our go-to person in environment. She has an ability to get to the heart of the problem extremely quickly and is always prepared to go that extra mile.’
Persimmon Homes Limited
Thomas the Baker
Beckwith Knowle Developments
- Advising Persimmon Homes on a range of high-value immediate and strategic land acquisition transactions.
- Acting for Beckwith Knowle Developments on the acquisition and immediate disposal of part of a high-value mixed-use development scheme in Harrogate to a specialist dementia care provider Vida Healthcare.
- Acting for PPB, a paper and board manufacturer, on the acquisition of a new build commercial unit in Dartford from a regional commercial developer.