Firm Profile > Maples Teesdale LLP > London, England

Maples Teesdale LLP
30 KING STREET
LONDON
EC2V 8EE
England

Commercial property: investment Tier 2

Specialist real estate firm Maples Teesdale LLP, which is praised for 'punching well above its weight', provides expert knowledge on matters including forward funding, construction, redevelopment, joint venture agreements, site acquisitions and assemblies, leaseback transactions and pre-lets. Development and investment work for the group encompasses several sectors including retail, office, hotels and leisure, mixed-use, industrial and residential. Roger Thornton is ‘strong at identifying risks’ and heads the practice which is geared towards acting for landlords.

Practice head(s):

Roger Thornton

Other key lawyers:

Declan Power; Martin Smith; Katherine Watts

Testimonials

‘A great team, consistent in personnel, easily contactable and responsive to requests and requirements’.

‘Very approachable offering good advice highlighting options available. Provide regular progress updates and go the extra mile when closing out transactions.’

‘Advice is always decisive and firm, easy to get on with, prepared to discuss drafts on document face-to-face on over phone rather than relying on written representations only. Not overtly fee-driven.’

‘Service excellence, personal attention from partners, good no-nonsense advice’

‘Attention to detail and easy access to partners. Declan Power stands out in particular as someone I would appoint in the future to provide commercial property legal advice.’

‘The team comprises very commercial, hard-working, collegiate lawyers who focus on the UK real estate market and work on competitive terms. They punch well above their weight.’

‘Declan Power and Roger Thornton have vast experience and know how to solve issues and get deals done.’

‘Roger Thornton is very proactive and reactive to any work we require completing. Very approachable.’

‘Martin Smith is exceptional for his ability to negotiate a deal and make it work rather than bog it down in legal complexity. Provides actual advice rather than disclaimers.’

‘Maples Teesdale are large enough to be able to cover all real estate issues while being small enough to act coherently as a team on large projects. The firm is low on ego and seen as practical and friendly.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

BMO Real Estate

CBRE Global Investors

Cineworld

CLS Holdings plc

Legal & General

Lloyds Banking Group Plc

Martin’s Properties

Patrizia Immobilien AG

Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance plc

Tower 42

Tristan Capital Partners

US Government

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

Specialist real estate firm Maples Teesdale LLP, which is praised for 'punching well above its weight', provides expert knowledge on matters including forward funding, construction, redevelopment, joint venture agreements, site acquisitions and assemblies, leaseback transactions and pre-lets. Development and investment work for the group encompasses several sectors including retail, office, hotels and leisure, mixed-use, industrial and residential. Roger Thornton is ‘strong at identifying risks’ and heads the practice which is geared towards acting for landlords.

Practice head(s):

Roger Thornton

Other key lawyers:

Neil Sagoo; Katherine Watts; Chris Wilkinson

Testimonials

‘A great team, consistent in personnel, easily contactable and responsive to requests and requirements’.

‘Very approachable offering good advice highlighting options available. Provide regular progress updates and go the extra mile when closing out transactions.’

‘Advice is always decisive and firm, easy to get on with, prepared to discuss drafts on document face-to-face on over phone rather than relying on written representations only. Not overtly fee-driven.’

‘Service excellence, personal attention from partners, good no-nonsense advice’

‘Attention to detail and easy access to partners. Declan Power stands out in particular as someone I would appoint in the future to provide commercial property legal advice.’

‘The team comprises very commercial, hard-working, collegiate lawyers who focus on the UK real estate market and work on competitive terms. They punch well above their weight.’

‘Declan Power and Roger Thornton have vast experience and know how to solve issues and get deals done.’

‘Roger Thornton is very proactive and reactive to any work we require completing. Very approachable.’

‘Martin Smith is exceptional for his ability to negotiate a deal and make it work rather than bog it down in legal complexity. Provides actual advice rather than disclaimers.’

‘Maples Teesdale are large enough to be able to cover all real estate issues while being small enough to act coherently as a team on large projects. The firm is low on ego and seen as practical and friendly.’

Key clients

BDO (Previously Moore Stephens)

Cineworld

City, University of London

Endemol Shine

Eversheds Sutherland

FremantleMedia

Kingdom of Belgium

Old Mutual

Pacific Life Re

Royal & Sun Alliance

RSM

US Embassy

Commercial property: retail Tier 3

Specialist real estate firm Maples Teesdale LLP, which is praised for 'punching well above its weight', provides expert knowledge on matters including forward funding, construction, redevelopment, joint venture agreements, site acquisitions and assemblies, leaseback transactions and pre-lets. Development and investment work for the group encompasses several sectors including retail, office, hotels and leisure, mixed-use, industrial and residential. Roger Thornton is ‘strong at identifying risks’ and heads the practice which is geared towards acting for landlords.

Practice head(s):

Anastasia Klein

Other key lawyers:

Declan Power; Katherine Watts

Testimonials

‘A great team, consistent in personnel, easily contactable and responsive to requests and requirements’.

‘Very approachable offering good advice highlighting options available. Provide regular progress updates and go the extra mile when closing out transactions.’

‘Advice is always decisive and firm, easy to get on with, prepared to discuss drafts on document face-to-face on over phone rather than relying on written representations only. Not overtly fee-driven.’

‘Service excellence, personal attention from partners, good no-nonsense advice’

‘Attention to detail and easy access to partners. Declan Power stands out in particular as someone I would appoint in the future to provide commercial property legal advice.’

‘The team comprises very commercial, hard-working, collegiate lawyers who focus on the UK real estate market and work on competitive terms. They punch well above their weight.’

‘Declan Power and Roger Thornton have vast experience and know how to solve issues and get deals done.’

‘Roger Thornton is very proactive and reactive to any work we require completing. Very approachable.’

‘Martin Smith is exceptional for his ability to negotiate a deal and make it work rather than bog it down in legal complexity. Provides actual advice rather than disclaimers.’

‘Maples Teesdale are large enough to be able to cover all real estate issues while being small enough to act coherently as a team on large projects. The firm is low on ego and seen as practical and friendly.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Alteris Capital Partners

BMO Real Estate

CBRE Global Investors

Ellandi

Europa Capital

Legal & General

Patrizia

Royal & Sun Alliance

Scoop

Tristan Capital Partners

Property litigation Tier 3

Dellah Gilbert solely heads the 'responsive and professional' team at Maples Teesdale LLP following former co-head Michael Kilner's departure from the firm and legal private practice in January 2019. The team's expertise covers dilapidations, rights to light, business tenancy renewals and rent reviews, including arbitration and associated risk analysis, as well as contentious property matters arising from retail insolvencies; recently, this included obtaining orders requiring administrators to pay rent as necessary disbursement or expense of the administration as well as obtaining orders for possession where administrators would not consent to the forfeiture of a lease.

Practice head(s):

Dellah Gilbert

Testimonials

Provides excellent advice and direction.

Excellent service through personal attention from partners providing expert legal advice.

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

BMO Real Estate Partners

CBRE Global Investors

Cineworld

CLS Holdings

Ellandi

Legal & General

Patrizia

Royal & Sun Alliance (RSA)

The Cavendish Hotel London

U.S. Government

Workspace

Commercial property: development Tier 4

Specialist real estate firm Maples Teesdale LLP, which is praised for 'punching well above its weight', provides expert knowledge on matters including forward funding, construction, redevelopment, joint venture agreements, site acquisitions and assemblies, leaseback transactions and pre-lets. Development and investment work for the group encompasses several sectors including retail, office, hotels and leisure, mixed-use, industrial and residential. Roger Thornton is ‘strong at identifying risks’ and heads the practice which is geared towards acting for landlords.

Practice head(s):

Declan Power

Other key lawyers:

Chris Wilkinson

Testimonials

‘A great team, consistent in personnel, easily contactable and responsive to requests and requirements’.

‘Very approachable offering good advice highlighting options available. Provide regular progress updates and go the extra mile when closing out transactions.’

‘Advice is always decisive and firm, easy to get on with, prepared to discuss drafts on document face-to-face on over phone rather than relying on written representations only. Not overtly fee-driven.’

‘Service excellence, personal attention from partners, good no-nonsense advice’

‘Attention to detail and easy access to partners. Declan Power stands out in particular as someone I would appoint in the future to provide commercial property legal advice.’

‘The team comprises very commercial, hard-working, collegiate lawyers who focus on the UK real estate market and work on competitive terms. They punch well above their weight.’

‘Declan Power and Roger Thornton have vast experience and know how to solve issues and get deals done.’

‘Roger Thornton is very proactive and reactive to any work we require completing. Very approachable.’

‘Martin Smith is exceptional for his ability to negotiate a deal and make it work rather than bog it down in legal complexity. Provides actual advice rather than disclaimers.’

‘Maples Teesdale are large enough to be able to cover all real estate issues while being small enough to act coherently as a team on large projects. The firm is low on ego and seen as practical and friendly.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Legal & General

BMO Real Estate

Patrizia AG

Tristan Capital Partners

US Embassy

Calthorpe Estates

Henry Boot Developments

City, University of London

CLS Holdings plc

Commercial property: hotels and leisure Tier 4

Specialist real estate firm Maples Teesdale LLP, which is praised for 'punching well above its weight', provides expert knowledge on matters including forward funding, construction, redevelopment, joint venture agreements, site acquisitions and assemblies, leaseback transactions and pre-lets. Development and investment work for the group encompasses several sectors including retail, office, hotels and leisure, mixed-use, industrial and residential. Roger Thornton is ‘strong at identifying risks’ and heads the practice which is geared towards acting for landlords.

Practice head(s):

Katherine Watts

Other key lawyers:

Dellah Gilbert; Chris Wilkinson

Testimonials

‘A great team, consistent in personnel, easily contactable and responsive to requests and requirements’.

‘Very approachable offering good advice highlighting options available. Provide regular progress updates and go the extra mile when closing out transactions.’

‘Advice is always decisive and firm, easy to get on with, prepared to discuss drafts on document face-to-face on over phone rather than relying on written representations only. Not overtly fee-driven.’

‘Service excellence, personal attention from partners, good no-nonsense advice’

‘Attention to detail and easy access to partners. Declan Power stands out in particular as someone I would appoint in the future to provide commercial property legal advice.’

‘The team comprises very commercial, hard-working, collegiate lawyers who focus on the UK real estate market and work on competitive terms. They punch well above their weight.’

‘Declan Power and Roger Thornton have vast experience and know how to solve issues and get deals done.’

‘Roger Thornton is very proactive and reactive to any work we require completing. Very approachable.’

‘Martin Smith is exceptional for his ability to negotiate a deal and make it work rather than bog it down in legal complexity. Provides actual advice rather than disclaimers.’

‘Maples Teesdale are large enough to be able to cover all real estate issues while being small enough to act coherently as a team on large projects. The firm is low on ego and seen as practical and friendly.’

Key clients

Cineworld

Citadines Hotels

Legal & General

MW Restaurants

Megaro Hotels

Nespresso

Patrizia

The Cavendish Hotel

Tower 42

Contruction: non-contentious Tier 4

Maples Teesdale LLP's non-contentious practice specialises in commercial real estate, with key clients including property funds, banks and developers. The team is led by Sam Nichols who deals with a range of transactional matters including regeneration, development and infrastructure. Nichols was the lead partner advising The Collective on a development in Westminster and the design and build construction of a mixed rise building in Stratford with a combined value of £500m. Other key members of the team include Michael Craik.

Practice head(s):

Sam Nichols

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Good construction lawyers who are very precise and technically good but also able to take a commercial view.’

‘The team completely aligns themselves with their client and will work diligently to deliver above par results.’

‘Sam Nichols has the knowledge and ability to interpret contracts into real world situations. Additionally he can cut to the core of a problem and present a solution which is effective and efficient. This ability is almost unparalleled and the key to his success.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Legal & General

BMO Real Estate

Rockspring

The Collective

Niveda Reality Group

CBRE Global Investors

Deutsche Hypo

Amsprop

Conran & Partners

Property finance Tier 6

The team at real estate specialist Maples Teesdale LLP was boosted in 2018 by the arrival of Rohan Campbell from Irwin Mitchell to jointly lead the practice with Chen Ikeogu. The team is noted for its expertise in investment and development finance across the full range of asset classes, and is particularly strong on the lender side, with clients including major banks, challenger banks, debt funds and bridge lenders.

Practice head(s):

Chen Ikeogu; Rohan Campbell

Testimonials

Maples Teesdale is a specialist real estate law firm which means that they are experts in that field.

Chen Ikeogu is knowledgeable, pragmatic and always provides clear and concise advice, even when dealing with complex matters. He is always responsive and reliable.

The team is very responsive and committed to delivering a high-quality service for clients.

Chen Ikeogu is a very proactive and hands-on partner.

Maples Teesdale is large enough to cover all the real estate issues and small enough to work together as a team.’

Rohan Campbell is not afraid to negotiate and efficient in ensuring compliance.

The team’s strength lies in its ability to pull in real estate expertise from many related areas, whether it be planning, construction, finance or pure property. Its financing expertise is broad, meaning that there are often proactive suggestions to ensure that we are always incorporating best practice.’

Rohan Campbell is extremely user friendly, with deep experience of the financial technical aspects, very pragmatic, and effective at execution.

The team is proactive, engaged, clearly identifies the key risks and offers an excellent interpretation of the issues.

Rohan Campbell is proactive and efficient – he is always on hand and willing to go the extra mile.

Key clients

Martin’s Properties

Maslow Capital LLP

Deutsche Hypothekenbank

Bank and Clients plc

ICICI Bank UK plc

Lloyds Bank plc

OakNorth Bank plc

Investec Bank plc

Patrizia Immobilien AG

Tristan Capital Partners

Alteris Capital Partners

Maples Teesdale is the leading specialist commercial real estate practice and is acknowledged as a leader in its sector. The firm has a deep understanding of the market in which its clients operate, and provides legal advice within a commercial context. It handles all aspects of commercial property, including construction, real estate litigation, real estate finance, planning and corporate work.

The firm: Clients include major institutional investors, property developers, construction companies, banks and occupiers. Among them are Aberdeen Standard Investments, Royal & Sun Alliance, Mace, the US Embassy, CBRE Global Investors, Patrizia, Legal & General Investment Management, The Collective, Amsprop, Ellandi and Tristan Capital.

Over the last few years, Maples Teesdale has continued to gain significant new instructions and has also made new staff appointments. Clients say the firm has ‘a robust negotiating style and bring intellectual capital to the table. They are thinking, creative lawyers who solve problems’.

Types of work undertaken: The real estate team deals with all types of commercial property work, including development work, acquisitions and disposals, sale and leaseback transactions, all types of investment work including lettings, and landlord and tenant issues.

The construction group gives advice on both contentious and non-contentious matters, negotiating building contracts, professional appointments and related documentation.

The corporate team advises on company and partnership matters, joint ventures, shareholder agreements, partnership and company formations, trading agreements, and purchase and sale of businesses.

The planning team advises on all aspects of the town and country planning system, compulsory purchase and appropriation, highways, environment and energy matters, building regulations, affordable housing and judicial review.

The real estate finance team acts for both lenders and borrowers on property investment and development finance transactions. Developments range from mixed-use residential and commercial developments to large commercial forward fundings on complex property developments.

The real estate litigation team handles all property-related disputes, including specific performance or termination of contracts, injunctions and claims for damages. The team has been very active recently helping clients with service charge disputes, rights of light issues, rent reviews, dilapidations, planning disputes and enforcement of lending obligations.

Maples Teesdales’ strategy is to focus on commercial real estate, build strong relationships with clients in the sector, and provide a partner-led service. The firm is committed to growth and consolidating its position as the leading specialist commercial real estate firm.

Department Name Email Telephone
Commercial property Chris Wilkinson cwilkinson@maplesteesdale.co.uk 020 7600 3800
Construction Sam Nichols snichols@maplesteesdale.co.uk 020 7600 3800
Property litigation Dellah Gilbert dgilbert@maplesteesdale.co.uk 020 7600 3800
Corporate Paul Burke pburke@maplesteesdale.co.uk 020 7600 3800
Planning John Bosworth jbosworth@maplesteesdale.co.uk 020 7600 3800
Property finance Chen Ikeogu cikeogu@maplesteesdale.co.uk 020 7600 3800
Commercial property - Development Declan Power dpower@maplesteesdale.co.uk 020 7600 3800
Commercial property - Investment Roger Thornton rthornton@maplesteesdale.co.uk 020 7600 3800
Commercial property - Hotels & Leisure Katherine Watts kwatts@maplesteesdale.co.uk 020 7600 3800
Commercial property - Retail Anastasia Klein aklein@maplesteesdale.co.uk 020 7600 3800
Commercial property - corporate occupiers Mark Harryman mharryman@maplesteesdale.co.uk 020 7600 3800
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Number of UK partners : 17
Number of other UK fee-earners : 40
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COMPANY/FIRM: Maples Teesdale
TESTIMONIAL: As a focused team specialising in real estate they have a very high level of commerciality and, as a niche firm, they become connected across the real estate market – this is important to clients because Maples can put people together and draw together information from different people in the market which can be of critical value


COMPANY/FIRM: Maples Teesdale
TESTIMONIAL: The partners are very accessible and work extremely well with our team.  Their speed of delivery is very good, they are technically excellent and their advice is very commercial and focused on getting the deal done


COMPANY/FIRM: Maples Teesdale
TESTIMONIAL: Maples give top quality commercial advice on high value, complex transactions and provide a close–knit team. We get a great deal of care and attention, not just in terms of transactional support but also as a partner to the business, keeping our broader needs in mind and working alongside us to keep us informed of new developments in the law and best practice


COMPANY/FIRM: Maples Teesdale
TESTIMONIAL: We love to work with Maples due to their focus and commitment to commercial real estate and the strength in depth they have throughout the business


COMPANY/FIRM: Maples Teesdale
TESTIMONIAL: We have only recently started to use Maples Teesdale and are very pleased with the level of diligence and professionalism we have received; we certainly envisage a long and fruitful relationship


The Lex 100 Verdict

Maples Teesdale attracted applicants for being a renowned 'specialist real estate firm' with 'impressive clients'. The current cohort were delighted with the amount of responsibility they were given from the offset, which is reflected in the 'hands-on training' Maples Teesdale provides. Many agreed that 'being part of a small firm means a lot of exposure to great work', whilst others felt that the firm's modest size means that social opportunities are limited. The nature of the training grants 'more client contact', allowing new recruits to get 'involved in multiple high-value deals'. Completing tasks from 'instruction to completion', 'leading on the drafting of documents' and 'working on a multi-million pound transaction with just one partner' were moments trainees relished. On the other hand, respondents did grumble about performing 'mundane tasks' such as 'indexing countless documents' and 'checking and scheduling deeds', but were mindful that 'someone has to do it'. Limited benefits were also a concern, 'although this is improving with private medical insurance now being provided'. On the upside, Maples Teesdale boasts a good work/life balance; many felt that they work 'better hours' than trainees at some larger firms. One trainee labels the firm 'the full package' and the contributing elements are only heightened by the 'friendly atmosphere'. If property law is your niche and hands-on training sounds appealing to you, consider applying to Maples Teesdale.