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CMS’s ‘always available’ team is ‘one of the key names in the city’ for complex real estate transactions. Notable individuals include Chris Chambers, who handles asset management issues for retail clients; Sarah Meldrum, who advises institutional investors; Rebecca Kitchingham, who assists clients in the industrial and healthcare sectors; and Tanya Holt, who works with institutional landlords and tenants. Chambers, who is ‘very astute and commercially minded’, advised The Metrocentre Partnership on asset management issues. Other highlights for the team included assisting Brockton Capital and Dunedin Properties with the disposal of a £550m portfolio of light industrial estates to Blackstone and M7 Real Estate, acting for BlackRock UK Long Lease Property Fund on the acquisition of a portfolio of 13 pub assets for £23m, and handling a development agreement for Lancashire County Council relating to the development of the retail park and infrastructure elements of the Cuerden Strategic development site. Other clients include CBRE Global Investors, Intu Properties, Landsec, Sheffield City Council and Mercedes Benz.

Nigel Howard leads the department at DLA Piper UK LLP, which handles real estate transactions at a local, national and international level. Howard is the key name for development work; he recently advised Rhodia on the demolition, remediation and sale of a former chemical works in Leeds. The team also includes student accommodation specialist Stephen Blacksell, recently promoted partner Mark Keeling and senior associate Marc Harvey. Blacksell’s recent work includes assisting S Harrison Developments with its £14m acquisition of a property in York and advising Harrison Street on its acquisition of a development site next to Exeter City Football Club; and Keeling recently acted for Haworth on the sale of land in London to London & Quadrant Housing Trust. Tata Steel, The Watkin Jones Group, Lloyds Pharmacy and Miller Homes are also clients. -Vikki McKay joined Proskauer Rose LLP's London office.

HLW Keeble Hawson’s practice combines ‘excellent service levels’ with ‘a personable approach’, making it ‘a key firm for clients in the region’. Department head Richard Smith, whose ‘attention to detail and ability to progress work is excellent’, is recognised for his expertise acting for investor clients. He is ably supported by Alaric Birch, who focuses on construction mandates, Paul Goel, who acts for clients in the pharmacy and retail sectors, and Craig Law, who is the key name for hotel and leisure transactions. Recent highlights include advising Sky House Company on its acquisition of a development site for the construction of affordable homes, assisting boutique gym Trib3 with multiple site leases in Sheffield and Leeds, and acting for Henley Real Estate Developments on its acquisition of a development site for the construction of a luxury hotel. -Claire Mayfield-Tulip joined Shoosmiths LLP.

Irwin Mitchell is ‘great to deal with and consistently gets the job done’. Andrew Wallis, who took over the role of practice head from Paul Firth who retired in 2017. Key areas of expertise for the practice encompass strategic land and site assembly issues, investment work, student accommodation matters, developments, real estate finance and corporate occupier clients. Wallis, who is also national head of the firm’s housing, student accommodation and private rented sector teams, recently acted for Carillion on the regeneration of Sennymoor as part of the DurhamGate project. Kevin Fox led advice to Outokumpu Stainless on the sale of a former industrial site to Peel Logistics; he also acted alongside Wallis for Sheffield Hallam University on the acquisition of a development plot on the Olympic Legacy Park and acting for Canal Road Urban Village on the sale of land for residential development.

Taylor & Emmet LLP’s client base spans SMEs, developers, pension funds, banks, schools and charities with notable expertise in the social housing sector. Richard Kay leads the team and splits his time between Sheffield and Bakewell; he is a key name for agriculture clients and advises on land sales and purchases, agricultural holdings and tenancy matters. Other key individuals include social housing specialist Alastair Reid and George Thomson, who advises rural clients on land sales, planning promotion agreements and renewable energy projects. The team recently advised auctioneers Bagshaws on a new lease for Bakewell’s livestock market and assisted a residential developer with the £5.9m acquisition of a site in Sheffield.

Neil Salter  heads Wake Smith Solicitors Limited’s practice and is noted for his expertise in retail investment and regeneration mandates. Clients also single out Paul Gibbon , who handles property disposals and acquisitions in the office and industrial sectors; Lisa Davison , who advises on the sale, purchase, funding and management of mixed use properties; Damien Donnelly , who specialises in residential developments, and Ben Spencer , who acts for landlords and tenants with retail property portfolios. Recent highlights include handling the acquisition of a former school site for a residential developer and advising Wantage Developments on its acquisition of a former Ministry of Defence base. Spectrum Community Health CIC, Westfield Contributory Health Scheme and Betafence are also clients.

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