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Andrew Steele

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Stevens & Bolton LLP

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Real estate.


Partner and head of the commercial property department. Andrew deals with all aspects of commercial property, with particular focus on occupiers, developers and banks financing investment purchases and development sites; head of corporate support; has acted on numerous complex and high-value transactions. Acts for clients in the aviation, retail and leisure, franchising and healthcare sectors.


Trained Robson McLean; qualified Scotland 1996; England and Wales 1997; New South Wales 2002; solicitor Freshfields 1996-2000; Finers Stephens Innocent 2000-01; senior associate Freehills, Sydney 2001-03; associate Stevens & Bolton LLP 2003-06; partner 2006 to date; head of real estate 2016 to date;


Law Society of Scotland.


Hutcheson’s Grammar School; University of Edinburgh (1993 LLP Hons; 1994 DIPLP).


Golf, skiing, other sports.

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Franchising

Stevens & Bolton LLP  runs the gamut of franchise work with clients that include Papa John's and My Cookie Dough. Practice head Nicola Broadhurst  has extensive experience in handling franchise agreements.  She advised TM Lewin & Sons on renewal agreements for its franchise operations in the Philippines, Nigeria and Ghana, as well as the termination of its development agreement in Indonesia. Other notable names include Sarah Murray, who focuses on contentious matters; property specialist Andrew Steele; brand protection and enforcement expert Tom Lingard; and Andrew Quick, who is experienced in disputes.

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South East: Finance

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Stevens & Bolton LLP's banking and finance team - which is now a separate practice having previously been housed within the firm's corporate and commercial department - has continued to win new panel appointments (including most recently securing appointments on the HSBC and AIB panels) alongside existing panel appointments for banks such as Santander and NatWest. In an illustration of its growing asset-based lending workload, the team recently advised Merino Private Equity and Paul's Cycles on asset-based facilities lent by Shawbrook Bank and a term loan facility lent by Merino Industries to fund the purchase of Paul's Cycles and provide general working capital to the group. Other highlights for Jonathan Porteous's team included acting for Metropolis International on the amendment and restatement of its existing facility to raise an additional £10m to assist with its acquisition of EMAP Publishing; assisting ICP Nurseries with the redemption of external loan facilities provided by Oak North Bank and the refinancing of that debt alongside an upsizing of new loan facilities with Beechbrook Capital; and acting for Stackhouse Poland Holdings on untranche and super senior acquisition/leveraged finance facilities, which was structured to enable the client to carry out three pending acquisitions, as well refinance existing third party debt. Also recommended are Andrew Steele, who regularly acts for developers, occupiers and funders on residential and commercial developments; Joe Bedford, whose clients include a number of leading UK and European banks; and restructuring and insolvency expert David Steinberg.

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Within: Leading individuals

Andrew Steele - Stevens & Bolton LLP

Within: Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Stevens & Bolton LLP's team 'has a broad range of skills, a lot of depth and provides well-balanced, practical advice'. Its clients include developers such as Lynton Developments and Equinox Living and corporate occupiers including BOC/Linde Group, Emirates and Kia Motors UK. In one highlight, it acted for Antares Underwriting Services on the development of its new London headquarters, including the grant of a 15-year lease. Head of department Andrew Steele, Howard Lupton, Daryl Rivero and Bethan Dodd are key names. The 'exceptional' Alex Watt and Alice Donzelot are 'great as a team' and Ian Craig joined the firm as a partner in 2017 from CMS.

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