Firm Profile > Maples Teesdale LLP > London, England

Maples Teesdale LLP
30 KING STREET
LONDON
EC2V 8EE
England

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

Specialist commercial real estate firm Maples Teesdale LLP provides a ‘much valued dedicated focus on property’ and is headed by investment specialist Roger Thornton, valued for ‘advising on the finer points of complex transactions’. Declan Power is the standout name on the projects front and handles a range of matters, including forward funding and purchases, joint ventures and development agreements, chiefly in respect of retail, mixed-use, office and industrial schemes. On the corporate occupier side, Katherine Watts caters to both occupiers and landowners alike while Neil Sagoo has forged a reputation for business-critical relocations.

Practice head(s):

Neil Sagoo; Katherine Watts

Other key lawyers:

Roger Thornton; Chris Wilkinson

Testimonials

‘Maples Teesdale’s staff are very knowlegable and approachable. In the nature of our dealings we require instant responses and they are always available to discuss any matters either via email or telephone. Where necessary, new technology requirements have been implemented seamlessly. We have enjoyed many years of excellent service.’

‘We have dealt with Chris Wilkinson for many years – what makes him unique is his ability to fully explain situations and set out all steps required in order to progress and completed matters. He is always aware of the audience he is dealing with and makes everyone involved feel fully at ease.’

‘Maples have always provided a responsive and considered service, taking into account the needs of our business and customers.  The team have good legal knowledge blended with commercial understanding, and generally approach things with a problem-solving mindset. The team works well together and cover all aspects of property for us. We value their dedicated focus on property and I would have no hesitation in recommending them.’

‘Roger Thornton is our main account holder and has led the team for many years now.  New team members are well-inducted and I meet with Roger regularly to ensure that the service we get is optimised and we straighten out any issues (on both sides) to avoid misunderstandings or any problems developing. There is a strong degree of trust involved in our business relationship which has resulted in some significant property acquisitions and disposals over the years.’

‘They are a dedicated property practice with good client relationship skills, are commercial and efficient.’

‘Roger Thornton is responsive, helpful and commercial.’

Key clients

BDO

Bleckmann Logistics

Cass Business School

Cineworld

City, University of London

Crestbridge

Endemol Shine

Eversheds Sutherland

FremantleMedia

Gerson Lehrman Group

Global Radio

NedBank

Old Mutual

Pacific Life Re

Royal & Sun Alliance

RSM

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 3

Specialist commercial real estate firm Maples Teesdale LLP provides a ‘much valued dedicated focus on property’ and is headed by investment specialist Roger Thornton, valued for ‘advising on the finer points of complex transactions’. Declan Power is the standout name on the projects front and handles a range of matters, including forward funding and purchases, joint ventures and development agreements, chiefly in respect of retail, mixed-use, office and industrial schemes. On the corporate occupier side, Katherine Watts caters to both occupiers and landowners alike while Neil Sagoo has forged a reputation for business-critical relocations.

Practice head(s):

Declan Power

Other key lawyers:

Martin Smith; Liam MacDonnell; Chris Wilkinson

Testimonials

‘Maples Teesdale’s staff are very knowlegable and approachable. In the nature of our dealings we require instant responses and they are always available to discuss any matters either via email or telephone. Where necessary, new technology requirements have been implemented seamlessly. We have enjoyed many years of excellent service.’

‘We have dealt with Chris Wilkinson for many years – what makes him unique is his ability to fully explain situations and set out all steps required in order to progress and completed matters. He is always aware of the audience he is dealing with and makes everyone involved feel fully at ease.’

‘Maples have always provided a responsive and considered service, taking into account the needs of our business and customers.  The team have good legal knowledge blended with commercial understanding, and generally approach things with a problem-solving mindset. The team works well together and cover all aspects of property for us. We value their dedicated focus on property and I would have no hesitation in recommending them.’

‘Roger Thornton is our main account holder and has led the team for many years now.  New team members are well-inducted and I meet with Roger regularly to ensure that the service we get is optimised and we straighten out any issues (on both sides) to avoid misunderstandings or any problems developing. There is a strong degree of trust involved in our business relationship which has resulted in some significant property acquisitions and disposals over the years.’

‘They are a dedicated property practice with good client relationship skills, are commercial and efficient.’

‘Roger Thornton is responsive, helpful and commercial.’

Key clients

Henry Boot plc

BMO Real Estate Partners

Bywater Properties Limited

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Legal & General Investment Management

Calthorpe Estates

City, University of London

The Collective

CBRE Global Investors

London City Corporation

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 3

Specialist commercial real estate firm Maples Teesdale LLP provides a ‘much valued dedicated focus on property’ and is headed by investment specialist Roger Thornton, valued for ‘advising on the finer points of complex transactions’. Declan Power is the standout name on the projects front and handles a range of matters, including forward funding and purchases, joint ventures and development agreements, chiefly in respect of retail, mixed-use, office and industrial schemes. On the corporate occupier side, Katherine Watts caters to both occupiers and landowners alike while Neil Sagoo has forged a reputation for business-critical relocations.

Practice head(s):

Roger Thornton

Other key lawyers:

Declan Power; Martin Smith; Katherine Smith

Testimonials

‘Maples Teesdale’s staff are very knowlegable and approachable. In the nature of our dealings we require instant responses and they are always available to discuss any matters either via email or telephone. Where necessary, new technology requirements have been implemented seamlessly. We have enjoyed many years of excellent service.’

‘We have dealt with Chris Wilkinson for many years – what makes him unique is his ability to fully explain situations and set out all steps required in order to progress and completed matters. He is always aware of the audience he is dealing with and makes everyone involved feel fully at ease.’

‘Maples have always provided a responsive and considered service, taking into account the needs of our business and customers.  The team have good legal knowledge blended with commercial understanding, and generally approach things with a problem-solving mindset. The team works well together and cover all aspects of property for us. We value their dedicated focus on property and I would have no hesitation in recommending them.’

‘Roger Thornton is our main account holder and has led the team for many years now.  New team members are well-inducted and I meet with Roger regularly to ensure that the service we get is optimised and we straighten out any issues (on both sides) to avoid misunderstandings or any problems developing. There is a strong degree of trust involved in our business relationship which has resulted in some significant property acquisitions and disposals over the years.’

‘They are a dedicated property practice with good client relationship skills, are commercial and efficient.’

‘Roger Thornton is responsive, helpful and commercial.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

City of London Corporation

BMO Real Estate Partners

Legal & General Investment Management

Henry Boot plc

Patrizia AG

CLS plc

Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance plc

CBRE Global Investors

City, University of London

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

With a significant emphasis on the commercial property sector, including mixed-use properties, Maples Teesdale LLP is best known for its expertise in management and development-related work. This focus translates into regular instructions from landlords and tenants on rent reviews and rights to light (team head Dellah Gilbert is a key contact for both), lease renewals, dilapidations and insolvency-related matters. It also acts for landowners in proceedings against operators seeking the removal of telecoms equipment.

Practice head(s):

Dellah Gilbert

Other key lawyers:

Rosalind Cullis

Testimonials

Dellah Gilbert is a very experienced litigator.

The team is horough, professional, commercially minded, experienced, hands-on, and instils client confidence.

A really good firm that provides strategic advice.

I know that I can rely on the property litigation team for quick and sensible advice.

Rosalind Cullis and her colleagues in the property litigation team have dealt with issues in a timely and commercial manner and have been a pleasure to work with.

Real estate-focused and highly respected, very good client base, very responsive.

Dellah Gilbert is a strong litigation partner.

Key clients

Legal & General

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Royal & Sun Alliance

BMO Real Estate Partners

Patrizia AG

CBRE Investors

CLS Holdings Plc

Cineworld/Picturehouse

City of London Corporation

The Cavendish Hotel (London) Limited (part of The Ascott Group and CapitaLand)

Patrizia

Throgmorton UK Limited

Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 4

Maples Teesdale LLP advises its clients on a number of core construction matters, across residential, office, refurbishment and other asset classes. The team primarily acts on behalf of funders and developers, including a number of major property funds. Sam Nichols leads the team, advising on the full range of transactional matters, including assisting development funders with construction-based secured lending arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Sam Nichols

Testimonials

‘They are experienced in the construction process, client focused and fair.’

‘Professional, experienced, thorough, non-adversarial.’

‘The practice is very responsive and gives clear and effective advice. The service is also cost-effective.’

‘Great team players – they were constructive, collaborative and assisted in delivering two excellent deals on time and on budget.’

Key clients

The Collective

BMO Real Estate

CLS Holdings

Patrizia AG

Thames Brettenham Limited

Deutsche Hypo

Aberdeen Standard Investments

City, University of London

Legal & General

Conran & Partners

Pollen Street Capital

Dorsey and Witney

EPIC

Maslow Capital

Calthorpe Estates

Niveda

Real estate > Planning Tier 5

Led by John Bosworth, Maples Teesdale LLP is a specialist real estate law firm providing advice on all aspects of planning law. The team has experience in both contentious and non-contentious matters, with strategic land and development being a key area of work. Associate Robin Barnes has a keen interest in built heritage. In February 2021, Andrew Thomas joined the team as a consultant from Gowling WLG.

Practice head(s):

John Bosworth

Other key lawyers:

Robin Barnes; Andrew Thomas

Testimonials

John Bosworth is brilliant.’

A really good firm with direct access to partner availability.’

A very strong team led by John Bosworth.

John Boswell takes a very pragmatic approach and dealt with the council in a very considered way to facilitate the agreement of our section 106.’

Key clients

City, University of London

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Bywater Properties

Martins Properties (Chelsea) Limited

Lands Improvement Holdings

Canadian & Arcadia

Prosperity Student Living

Dominvs Hotel Group

Henry Boot

Legal & General

Real estate > Property finance Tier 6

Specialist real estate firm Maples Teesdale LLP has particular strength in investment and development finance mandates. The ‘forward-thinking‘ and ‘incredibly client-focused‘ team acts for both lenders and buyers across the UK, handling work in the retail, office, hotel, student accommodation and construction sectors. The team is led by Rohan Campbell.

Practice head(s):

Rohan Campbell

Testimonials

‘The advice is solution based, always finding ways to best protect the client. Forward thinking with excellent communication. Proactive.’

‘My experience in dealing with Maples Teesdale is that they are incredibly client focused, and that each matter is dealt with in a personable, professional and expedient manner.’

‘Maples Teesdale are a specialist property law firm based in the City. They have all the skills and experience that this implies. More than this though, they are exceptional in their level of dedication to their clients.’

‘Problem solving, communication and commercial judgement. Experts in the field.’

‘The individuals we have worked with at Maples Teesdale, from the partners downwards, have all been friendly and approachable, and extremely hardworking and dedicated.’

Key clients

AgFe

Bretby Business Park LP

Bywater Properties

Cheyne Capital

Deutsche Hypo

Greenergy International Limited

ICICI Bank UK Plc

Investec

Lloyds Banking Group

Martin’s Properties

Maslow Capital

Patrizia

Tristan Capital Partners

United Trust Bank

Maples Teesdale is the leading specialist commercial real estate law firm in the UK and is acknowledged as a leader in its sector.  The firm provides innovative, full service and truly partner led services to UK based and international clients.

Our sole focus is squarely on commercial real estate. This means that all of our experience, knowledge, work and industry relationships are sharply focused on helping you and your real estate requirements.  We have a deep understanding of the market in which our clients operate, and provide 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, the US Embassy, BMO Real Estate Partners, CBRE Global Investors, Patrizia, Legal & General Investment Management,  City, University of London, CLS Holdings, The Collective, 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
Property finance Rohan Campbell rcampbell@maplesteesdale.co.uk 020 7600 3800
Planning John Bosworth jbosworth@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
Photo Name Position Profile
 Rejwan Ali  photo Rejwan Ali
 Robin Barnes  photo Robin Barnes Robin is an associate in the Planning team. Robin has experience in all aspects…
 Adam Bernstein  photo Adam Bernstein Adam is a Senior Associate in Maples Teesdale’s commercial real estate team. He has…
 Edward Bird  photo Edward Bird Edward is a Senior Associate in Maples Teesdale’s commercial real estate team. He has…
 Jon Blackburn  photo Jon Blackburn Jon is a corporate real estate partner specialising in corporate acquisitions and disposals and…
 John Bosworth  photo John Bosworth John is Head of Planning at Maples Teesdale and has extensive experience working in…
 Paul Burke  photo Paul Burke Paul is a corporate real estate partner and has extensive experience of portfolio acquisitions…
 Scott Burn  photo Scott Burn Scott is an associate in the commercial real estate team at Maples Teesdale. Scott…
 Emily Butson  photo Emily Butson Emily is an Associate in the commercial real estate team at Maples Teesdale. Emily has…
 Rohan Campbell photo Rohan Campbell Partner in the Property Finance team and the lead partner in the…
 Georgia Carnegie  photo Georgia Carnegie Georgia is an associate in Maples Teesdale’s commercial real estate team. Georgia has experience…
 James Cox  photo James Cox James is an associate in the commercial real estate team at Maples Teesdale. James…
 Michael Craik  photo Michael Craik Michael is a construction lawyer advising on both non-contentious and contentious construction matters, advising…
 Eleanor Crawford-Drake  photo Eleanor Crawford-Drake Ellie is a corporate real estate lawyer with experience in a broad range of…
 Rosalind Cullis  photo Rosalind Cullis Rosalind is a partner in our Dispute Resolution team. She has acted…
 Charles Elgood  photo Charles Elgood Charles is Of Counsel in Maples Teesdale’s commercial real estate team. He has extensive…
 Tom Farrell  photo Tom Farrell Tom is a real estate finance lawyer acting for lenders and borrowers on a…
 Katherine Garner  photo Katherine Garner
 Charlie Gilbert-Wood  photo Charlie Gilbert-Wood Charlie is an Associate in the construction team, with experience of advising on development…
 Adam Grant  photo Adam Grant Adam is a trainee solicitor at Maples Teesdale currently undertaking a variety…
 Sarah Greene  photo Sarah Greene Sarah is Of Counsel in Maples Teesdale’s commercial real estate team. She has extensive…
 Mark Harryman  photo Mark Harryman Mark is a partner in Maples Teesdale’s commercial real estate team and is Head…
 Alex Homatas  photo Alex Homatas Alex is an Associate in the construction team, where he focuses on negotiating and…
 Adrian Howard  photo Adrian Howard Adrian is an Of Counsel in the commercial real estate team. Adrian has extensive…
 Edward Hunt  photo Edward Hunt Edward is an Associate in the construction team, where he focuses on negotiating and…
 Mark Johnston  photo Mark Johnston Mark is an associate solicitor in Maples Teesdale’s commercial real estate team. Mark has…
 Helen Kearns  photo Helen Kearns Helen is an associate solicitor in Maples Teesdale’s commercial real estate team. Helen has…
 Anastasia Klein  photo Anastasia Klein Anastasia is a partner in Maples Teesdale’s commercial real estate team and is Head…
 Shilpa Kotecha  photo Shilpa Kotecha Shilpa is a senior associate in the commercial real estate team. Shilpa has significant…
 Fiona Larcombe  photo Fiona Larcombe Fiona is professional support lawyer who advises the team on all aspects…
 Liam MacDonnell  photo Liam MacDonnell Liam is a partner in the commercial real estate team with extensive experience in…
 Anna McDowell  photo Anna McDowell Anna is an associate solicitor in Maples Teesdale’s commercial real estate team. Anna has…
 Zoe Miller  photo Zoe Miller Zoe is a Senior Associate in the Real Estate Finance team and the…
 Tom Mills  photo Tom Mills Tom is an associate in the dispute resolution team with experience in landlord and…
 Robert Mullarkey  photo Robert Mullarkey Robert is an associate in the dispute resolution team with experience in landlord and…
 Claire Munn  photo Claire Munn Claire is a senior associate in the dispute resolution team with experience in landlord…
 Megan Newnham  photo Megan Newnham Megan is an Associate in real estate finance team, acting for borrowers and lenders…
 Sam Nichols  photo Sam Nichols Sam is the Head of Construction at Maples Teesdale and has extensive experience advising…
 Declan Power  photo Declan Power Declan is Head of Development at Maples Teesdale and is a partner…
 Joanna Preece  photo Joanna Preece Jo is a senior associate in the construction team with significant experience advising on…
 Mary Romanov  photo Mary Romanov Mary is a construction lawyer with experience advising on development schemes, acquisitions and financings…
 Neil Sagoo  photo Neil Sagoo Neil is a partner in Maples Teesdale’s commercial real estate team and is Head…
 Samuel Sidenbladh  photo Samuel Sidenbladh Samuel is an associate in the commercial real estate team with experience in property…
 Clare Sivill  photo Clare Sivill Clare is a senior associate in the commercial real estate team with experience in…
 Martin Smith  photo Martin Smith Martin is Head of Strategic Land at Maples Teesdale with extensive experience in strategic…
 Holly Stylianou  photo Holly Stylianou Holly is an associate in the commercial real estate team with experience in all…
 Andrew Thomas  photo Andrew Thomas Consultant
 Roger Thornton  photo Roger Thornton Roger is Head of Commercial Real Estate at Maples Teesdale and is a key…
 Alex Watkins  photo Alex Watkins Alex is an associate in the commercial property team with experience in all areas…
 Katherine Watts  photo Katherine Watts Katherine is a Partner in the commercial real estate team at Maples Teesdale. Katherine…
 Christopher Wilkinson  photo Christopher Wilkinson Chris is the Managing Partner at Maples Teesdale and has extensive experience…
 Stephanie Willis  photo Stephanie Willis Stephanie is an associate in Maples Teesdale’s commercial real estate team.  Stephanie has experience…
 Dellah Xitsas photo Dellah Xitsas Dellah is the Head of Dispute Resolution at Maples Teesdale and has extensive experience…
 Chris Xitsas  photo Chris Xitsas Chris is Of Counsel in the commercial real estate team, with a broad range…
Number of UK partners : 16
Number of other UK fee-earners : 43
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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



Key amongst our values at Maples Teesdale is to ensure that we offer a friendly, flexible, supportive, inclusive and collegiate working atmosphere for our staff.

As a firm specialising in commercial property we also value an understanding of the real estate market and strive to be reflective of the industry and the community in which we operate and that we provide commercial advice and are available and responsive to our clients.

We proactively address gender, age, sexual orientation, disability and socio-economic discrimination at all levels of our business; from recruitment to engagement in an active programme of internal and external community, charity and environmental events and initiatives run by our CSR Committee. Our Wellbeing Committee has organised for members of our team to be trained as mental health counsellors and run unconscious bias workshops. We also regularly celebrate cultural diversity, marking events such as religious holidays, Pride and National Womens’ Week.

We are proud of our work with the East End Community Foundation, an organisation that connects businesses with grassroots organisations in the East End. We linked up with the Foundation as we recognise that when you are working in an office in the City it is easy to overlook the poverty and other socio-economic issues on your doorstep. We provide volunteers from our firm for activities as diverse as fixing fences in a community farm, to offering CV and interview technique advice and work experience. Our team is very committed to this relationship and at a recent event we had volunteers from all levels of the firm, from the managing partner to support staff.

As a firm we are signatories to the Commitment Statement and active members of Real Estate Balance, a group which is committed to addressing gender imbalance in the real estate sector. This is an area we are particularly passionate about, because as a specialist commercial property law firm, we have a foot in two industries where women are underrepresented; law and real estate. Earlier this month we organised and hosted our second annual event for our clients and contacts about supporting women in business making the transition into senior management roles and the role of management in 2021. This is part of an ongoing project for us to offer practical advice to women in our in our industries and we are proud of the recognition we have had for these efforts in the market. In September 2020 we interviewed Ric Lewis of Tristan Capital Partners, in association with Bisnow, and discussed how Tristan built a business with an intentional culture that paves the way for diversity and what the real estate sector more broadly can do to solve its diversity problem.

The results of all of the above taken with our ongoing commitment to continued improvement, has been remarkable internally in terms staff engagement, motivation and general well-being and the cohesiveness of the team has been strengthened further.

We recognise that it is our people that make us stand out and that because we can attract and retain the best talent, we are able to offer our clients the best level of service. We offer flexible working and a good work-life balance leading to a very low staff turnover rate which means that clients have consistent teams that they work with allowing long-term relationships to develop. This consistency of teams, enables us to develop a genuine understanding of our clients’ business priorities and plans, assets, styles of working, preferred clauses and procedures. Furthermore, our exclusive focus on the commercial real estate market means that as a Firm, we share our experiences and understanding of the real estate industry both internally and externally, which enables us to keep abreast of developments in the industry and to advise and update our clients accordingly. All of this means that we can tailor our service to ensure we provide commercial advice, delivered in the way our clients want and with deals moving forward swiftly and smoothly.

The Lex 100 Verdict

 Known for commercial property prowess, Maples Teesdale excels in offering ‘excellent work/life balance, friendly colleagues and a niche focus on real estate’. Maples provides trainees with responsibility and ‘exposure to clients of varying sizes from large pension funds to private individuals. whilst allowing trainees to run matters under direct supervision of a partner and liaise directly with clients’. Trainees rate both the training and the interaction with partners and senior staff, describing them as ‘highly approachable and experienced, and almost always happy to spend five minutes going over a fiddly question’. Maples Teesdale is a Lex 100 Winner in an impressive four categories -  quality of work, work/life balance, confidence in being kept on, and approachability of supervisors. Trainees comment that ‘work/life balance is not just a buzz word. You are actively encouraged to prioritise when it comes to your work and your life outside of work. If it is after hours and the matter can wait, you are encouraged to go home’; if you do work late ‘it is a string in your bow, not an expectation’. Negatives mentioned are communication between departments, the level of admin tasks required and ‘delivering hundreds of legal notices in the rain to reluctant occupiers’ but such incidents are rare. Highlights included being ‘responsible for the day-to-day progression of a multi-million pound refinance and being able to drive the matter from start to finish’ as well as ‘being mentioned in The Times for our client work’. If commercial property is your interest, check out Maples Teesdale.