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Davitt Jones Bould
LEVEL 24, THE SHARD
32 LONDON BRIDGE STREET
LONDON
SE1 9SG
England

Public sector > Local government Tier 2

Specialist real estate firm Davitt Jones Bould's public sector team advises on a broad range of legal issues for local authorities, covering transactional, litigation, commercial and public law issues. The firm has also acted for the central government department in charge of local authorities and the ministry for Levelling Up on a number of regeneration projects. The firm's co-founder and senior partner Madeleine Davitt focuses on high profile land and development projects, while Malcolm Iley is an expert in public and government law. The last year has seen a raft of new names join the firm, including planning specialists Nigel Hewitson and Stephanie Hall from Gowling WLG and Manchester City Council respectively.

Practice head(s):

Madeleine Davitt

Other key lawyers:

Nigel Hewitson; Malcolm Iley; Yohanna Weber; John Qualtrough; Sean Bulman; Maeve Bonner; John Adam; Stephanie Hall

Testimonials

‘Nigel Hewitson is a real star. He is incredibly smart, understands local government, is fast in his response and a joy to work with. He is enormously useful to us as a local authority. He works brilliantly with officers and understands local government. He simply gets it! His work is exemplary.’

‘The team at DJB is very accessible and easy to work with. The level of client care, expertise, practical focus and advice is always structured in a way that is suitably adapted to the client’s business needs. Also, DJB is a high-quality firm. I have found their understanding of local authority issues to be sound and well-tailored to resolve issues that arise which are specific to local authority practice.’

‘I worked with Maeve Bonner and her advice and help was superb in helping the local authority deal with its property litigation cases.’

‘Stephanie Hall  is a competent and reliable individual, who manages to take complex legal issues and set them out in a way that is clear to the client. Identifying risks and mitigation, she is solution focused which is needed in local government.’

Key clients

Surrey County Council

Woking Borough Council

Brighton and Hove City Council

Runnymede Borough Council

Southampton City Council

Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Council (BCP)

Bath and North East Somerset Council

Watford Borough Council

North Somerset Council

Wiltshire Council

Reading Borough Council

Chichester District Council

Epsom and Ewell Borough Council

Forest of Dean District Council

Craven District Council

Slough Borough Council

Surrey Heath Borough Council

Quorn Parish Council

Adur and Worthing Council

Bradford City Council

Test Valley Borough Council

Huntingdonshire District Council

Hertfordshire County Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Woking Borough Council on the multi-million-pound regeneration of Sheerwater.
  • Advised a local authority on two investment acquisitions totalling over £250million.
  • Successfully overcame a Judicial Review challenge made against North Somerset Council and their development of a new special needs school.

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 2

Specialist real estate firm Davitt Jones Bould works nationally under the leadership of Madeleine Davitt, who has a stellar reputation for her work on lucrative public sector projects such as the new Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, and the London 2012 Olympics, in addition to her advice to local authorities. The firm has a strong performance record in advising on corporate occupiers and development matters for important landmarks including the development of a new Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre at Victoria Gardens, and Fujifilm’s new headquarters. The firm is benefiting from the experience brought by new members of the team, which include: John Condliffe from Hogan Lovells International LLPJohn Adams from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP; Michelle Powell from Wedlake Bell LLP; and Tina Durani from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

Practice head(s):

Madeleine Davitt; Peter Allinson

Other key lawyers:

Malcolm Iley; Teresa Kamppari Baker; Melanie Greer-Walker; Sean Bulman; Philippa Hipwell; Tina Durani; John Adams; Sophie Philippon-Thomas; Michelle Powell; John Adams; John Condliffe

Testimonials

‘I have collaborated with DJB. Worthy of note is their absolute professionalism, speed of turnaround and innovative approach. My experience of them is that they also empower their associates and team members. More than that, they are consistent in performing to a high standard – difficult to achieve but very much appreciated and it makes them easy to work with and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Madeleine Davitt is extremely client focused and ensures that the firm consistently delivers to a high standard.’

‘DJB is a high-quality firm. I have found their understanding of local authority commercial property issues to be sound and well-tailored to resolve issues that arise which are specific to local authority law and practice.’

‘The leadership of Davitt Jones Bould is the most impressive I’ve experienced from a law firm. A managing partner who makes introductions, checks in on progress and wants to understand the service experience feels like a very unique approach versus what we’ve seen before. Engaging, supportive and pragmatic advice, all delivered with efficiency and care.’

‘Special mentions for Teresa Kamppari Baker for providing timely, pragmatic and well-considered support and for having a great ability to reach swift conclusions even when faced with challenges, and Madeleine Davitt for being so engaging, for taking the time to understand more about our business and for an incredibly personal level of service that is rarely observed.’

Key clients

UK Health Security Agency (formerly Public Health England)

Department for Health and Social Care

The Royal Parks

National Highways (formerly Highways England)

Ministry of Defence

Rick Stein’s

Surrey County Council

Fujifilm

Habitat for Humanity

Medical Research Foundation

Woking Borough Council

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Natural England

Environment Agency

Brighton and Hove City Council

Optical Center

Integral UK plc

Skanska

Grainger Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised the UK Health Security Agency (formerly Public Health England) on numerous corporate occupier cases to help them with the Covid-19 response operations.
  • Advised Rick Stein’s on several lease issues relating to their restaurants and the economic impact of Covid-19.
  • Advised The Royal Parks on complex issues occurring at their Parks including St James’s Park, Hyde Park and The Mall.

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 4

Specialist real estate firm Davitt Jones Bould works nationally under the leadership of Madeleine Davitt, who has a stellar reputation for her work on lucrative public sector projects such as the new Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, and the London 2012 Olympics, in addition to her advice to local authorities. The firm has a strong performance record in advising on corporate occupiers and development matters for important landmarks including the development of a new Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre at Victoria Gardens, and Fujifilm’s new headquarters. The firm is benefiting from the experience brought by new members of the team, which include: John Condliffe from Hogan Lovells International LLPJohn Adams from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP; Michelle Powell from Wedlake Bell LLP; and Tina Durani from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

Practice head(s):

Madeleine Davitt; Peter Allinson

Other key lawyers:

Malcolm Iley; Teresa Kamppari Baker; Melanie Greer-Walker; Sean Bulman; Philippa Hipwell; Tina Durani; John Adams; Sophie Philippon-Thomas; John Condliffe; Michelle Powell

Testimonials

‘I have collaborated with DJB. Worthy of note is their absolute professionalism, speed of turnaround and innovative approach. My experience of them is that they also empower their associates and team members. More than that, they are consistent in performing to a high standard and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Madeleine Davitt is extremely client focused and ensures that the firm consistently delivers to a high standard.’

‘The business model adopted by this firm is absolutely fantastic. Real care is given to matching the clients need to the most suitable fee earner – choice of specialist is given allowing for any financial budgeting – you will always be represented by somebody whose key skills are those best suited to client requirement – and the client is care is second to none. The relationship is one of true collaboration.’

‘The difference in working with DJB Law is palpable. This is a company that truly cares about their clients. One is never made to feel like ‘just a client’ – the absolute care and attention really does set them apart – genuine people doing amazing things within the legal profession.’

‘It is the service that individuals give that singles out the practice as outstanding.’

‘The commercial property team provide a high quality service and have a wealth of knowledge and are very experienced in dealing with a broad spectrum of commercial work, including high value and politically sensitive projects.’

Key clients

Department for Health and Social Care

The Royal Parks

National Highways (formerly Highways England)

Ministry of Defence

Surrey County Council

Fujifilm

Habitat for Humanity

Woking Borough Council

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Natural England

Environment Agency

Brighton and Hove City Council

Spelthorne Borough Council

Met Office

Skanska

Grainger Plc

Plymouth City Council

Wiltshire Council

Chichester District Council

Runnymede Borough Council

Achieve Together Limited

Southampton City Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Woking Borough Council on the regeneration of Sheerwater.
  • Advised Fujifilm on the development of their new UK headquarters.
  • Advised The Royal Parks on the proposed development of a new Holocaust Memorial at Victoria Gardens, next to the Palaces of Westminster.

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 4

Specialist real estate firm Davitt Jones Bould works nationally under the leadership of Madeleine Davitt, who has a stellar reputation for her work on lucrative public sector projects such as the new Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, and the London 2012 Olympics, in addition to her advice to local authorities. The firm has a strong performance record in advising on corporate occupiers and development matters for important landmarks including the development of a new Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre at Victoria Gardens, and Fujifilm’s new headquarters. The firm is benefiting from the experience brought by new members of the team, which include: John Condliffe from Hogan Lovells International LLPJohn Adams from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP; Michelle Powell from Wedlake Bell LLP; and Tina Durani from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

Practice head(s):

Madeleine Davitt; Peter Allinson

Other key lawyers:

Malcolm Iley; Teresa Kamppari Baker; Melanie Greer-Walker; Sean Bulman; Philippa Hipwell; Tina Durani; John Adams; Mary Anderson; John Condliffe; Michelle Powell

Testimonials

‘I have collaborated with DJB. Worthy of note is their absolute professionalism, speed of turnaround and innovative approach. My experience of them is that they also empower their associates and team members. More than that, they are consistent in performing to a high standard – difficult to achieve but very much appreciated and it makes them easy to work with and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Madeleine Davitt is extremely client focused and ensures that the firm consistently delivers to a high standard.’

‘Peter Allinson is dedicated to finding innovative and clever ways to deliver excellent and cost effective service to clients.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a local authority on two proposed real estate investments totalling over £250million.
  • Advised two FTSE 250 companies on the management of their investment portfolios.
  • Advised Merchant Land Investments on their London based acquisitions.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 4

The practice at Davitt Jones Bould has a track record of assisting clients on contentious matters relating to famous landmarks including St James's Park, Hyde Park, Richmond Park and New Burlington House. The team is led by both Peter Allinson and Madeleine F Davitt.  Allinson was a former barrister at Kings Chambers before joining the firm. Davitt is well regarded for her advice to central government departmental and non-departmental bodies.

Practice head(s):

Peter Allinson; Madeleine Davitt

Other key lawyers:

Maeve Bonner

Testimonials

‘Great variety of skills, knowledge and experience. DJB are able to deploy the right person to the issue regardless of the topic.’

‘Individuals are very easy to work with and professional, but still interact very well on a personal level. Madeleine Davitt is amazing in her attention to detail with clients however big or small and has amazing capacity to make you feel valued.’

‘Each lawyer prides themselves on legal skill, communication skill and intimate knowledge of the property world.’

‘Peter Allinson is totally focused on ensuring quality throughout the firm, not only on the legal front but also on technology across the firm which supports excellent client service and technical quality of all work done.’

‘DJB bring the ‘small firm’ mentality to the London market.’

‘They are a first rate organisation run brilliantly by Peter Allinson.’

‘The team at DJB is very accessible and easy to work with. The level of client care, expertise, practical focus and advice is always structured in a way that is suitably adapted to the client’s business needs.’

‘I have worked with Maeve Bonner and find that she has exceptional technical expertise in both non-contentious and contentious real estate. I believe that her expertise is underpinned by a superb track record in various areas of real estate practice.’

Key clients

The Royal Parks

Surrey County Council

Woking Borough Council

Brighton and Hove City Council

Habitat for Humanity

Office for National Statistics

Bath and North East Somerset Council

Runnymede Borough Council

North Somerset Council

Wiltshire Council

Department of Health and Social Care

Chichester District Council

National Highways

Natural England

Work highlights

  • Advised The Royal Parks on a number of contentious matters.
  • Successfully defended North Somerset Council against a claim for judicial review relating to the development of a special needs school.
  • Advised several Central Government bodies on property litigation cases.

Real estate > Planning Tier 5

The planning team at specialist real estate firm Davitt Jones Bould has a ‘wealth of knowledge’ and is led by Madeleine Davitt. The ‘incredibly smart’ Nigel Hewitson is an expert in listed buildings, who has advised on major planning projects such as the Stonehenge/A303 Tunnel Public Inquiry. Stephanie Hall is ‘an outstanding solicitor’ who has extensive experience in CPO, highways, and local government law, and Yohanna Weber focuses on infrastructure and regeneration schemes, while John Qualtrough advises local authorities and private clients on town and country planning applications, contentious planning work, and compulsory purchases.

Practice head(s):

Madeleine Davitt

Testimonials

‘Stephanie Hall recently joined as a partner for DJB, and is exceptional. She is able to cut through detailed and complex issues to give advice that is robust, commercially practical, clear and concise. She is always approachable. Her experience across the public and private sectors places her in a strong position to appreciate the bigger picture, and to secure the best outcome for her clients.’

‘As a local authority, looking for value for money and expertise, we find Nigel Hewitson a real star. He is incredibly smart, understands local government, incredibly fast at turning stuff around and a real joy to work with. Nigel’s grasp of planning is fantastic. He works brilliantly with officers and is so personable. He is extremely talented and delivers for his clients.’

‘The planning practice of DJB (used for section 106 work) provides a high quality service in a timely manner. Team members have a wealth of knowledge and are very experienced in dealing with complex planning agreements for high profile re-generation projects in a proactive and practical way and understand the needs of the client and what needs to be achieved. Advice is provided in a clear, concise and easy to understand way. The team is approachable, friendly and excellent at lawyer/client relationships.’

‘I worked with Stephanie Hall. Stephanie was an outstanding solicitor. She was always approachable and responded to any challenges swiftly and positively. Through our examination Stephanie fostered a very positive relationship with counsel and also made very productive contributions throughout the process, ensuring that we were very well prepared and used officers’ time as effectively as possible. I felt that Stephanie worked as ‘one of the team’ for our local plan.’

‘A very versatile, knowledgeable firm with strong skills in the planning/commons area.’

‘Expert knowledge together with years of experience are qualities I value in the individuals I work with at DJB.’

‘DJB provide helpful and prompt advice which is supported by a clear depth of understanding and knowledge across planning and highways law and related disciplines.’

‘Nigel Hewitson has been a pleasure to work with and a valuable asset to our team in progressing various matters relating to complex planning issues. He has always been prompt in his responses and always accessible by email and telephone. It is clear that Nigel has a wide range of experience which he brings to the table and uses to inform helpful advice. We have received detailed and helpful advice.’

Key clients

The Royal Parks

Surrey County Council

Woking Borough Council

Brighton and Hove City Council

Habitat for Humanity

Office for National Statistics

Bath and North East Somerset Council

Runnymede Borough Council

North Somerset Council

Wiltshire Council

Department of Health and Social Care

Chichester District Council

National Highways

Natural England

Work highlights

  • Advising Woking Borough Council on the £700m mixed-use regeneration of Sheerwater.
  • Advised North Somerset Council on a judicial review brought against it and its proposed development of a special needs school.
  • Advised The Royal Parks on the planning aspects of the events held at Hyde Park.

Real estate > Commercial property: Manchester Tier 3

Davitt Jones Bould's real estate team - which is praised for 'clarity, compliance, work quality and transparent billing' - notably advises government clients such as National Highways, as well as focusing on major national landmarks and environmental issues. Founding partner Madeleine Davitt leads the practice, known for her management of large central government commercial property projects. Experienced consultant Tony Fitzmaurice regularly handles high-profile development deals, and Abigail Kay specialises in retail estates management. Richard Holmes is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Peter Allinson; Madeleine Davitt

Other key lawyers:

Tony Fitzmaurice; Abigail Kay; Richard Holmes

Testimonials

‘Experienced solicitors who provide quality, commercial legal advice.’

‘Davitt Jones Bould has an outstanding reputation in property matters, based upon attracting and retaining very experienced lawyers specialising in this field who service an enviable client base.’

‘Really impressed with Abigail Kay’s service on one of my clients.’

‘They have a very clever business model of employing solicitors who don’t want to be based in an office, and often don’t work five days a week, and that means that they have great solicitors giving advice rather than the pyramid structure of many of the large firms.’

‘They are experts in their field.’

‘DJB are a well run firm and it is apparent in your dealings with them. Clarity of instruction, compliance, work quality and transparent billing are all excellent.’

‘Tony Fitzmaurice is a very experienced and sharp commercial property solicitor. He has demonstrated this to us over many years.’

Key clients

National Highways (formerly Highways England)

Environment Agency

Natural England

Woking Borough Council

Grainger Plc

Westmorland Plc

Exeter Science Park

Skanska

Fisher German LLP

Health and Safety Executive

Met Office

St Helens Borough Council

Office for National Statistics

Work highlights

  • Advised National Highways on hundreds of acquisitions relating to the development of major road schemes throughout the UK.
  • Advised a national retailer with over 700 properties nationwide on numerous new leases at sites across the country.
  • Advised Woking Borough Council on the regeneration of the Sheerwater area.

Davitt Jones Bould (DJB) is a national law firm that specialises entirely in real estate law (including commercial property, property litigation, property finance, planning, construction and all other areas relating to real estate).  The award-winning firm only recruits solicitors with over ten years post-qualification experience of working for leading City, international or national law firms, and/or senior in-house positions.

This focus on experience translates to a reputation for industry sector expertise as evidenced by the fact that they are the ‘go-to’ firm for other law firms when they require support on their major projects.

Their advice is also sought after for the complex and often high-profile work on landmark buildings.  For example, they have advised on cases relating to 10 Downing Street, Admiralty Arch, St James’s Park, Horseguards Parade, the Old Admiralty Building, the Bomber Command Memorial, Hyde Park, House of Lords, the Mall, Lancaster House and St Stephen’s Tavern.  They have a history of advising on high-profile cases from the London 2012 Olympic Games to the UK Health Security Agency’s estates response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The firm’s clients include central government departmental and non-departmental bodies, national institutions, investors, corporate occupiers, local government and developers. Among them are The Royal Parks, Defra, National Highways, Fujifilm, Integral, TV celebrity chef Rick Stein’s restaurant group and Surrey County Council.

DJB was established over 20 years ago by a team of senior property lawyers who had previously worked for the Government Property Lawyers, an executive agency of Treasury Solicitors. The firm went on to be a market leader in these sectors before establishing itself as a key provider to the private sector.

According to its clients, DJB fields ‘a number of genuine experts with real commercial nous’.

Types of work undertaken: All of DJB’s substantial resources go towards finding solutions to the legal and commercial needs of the real estate market. The firm offers the full spectrum of legal services, including:

Commercial property: the team deals with all types of commercial property work including large property estate management, development work, joint ventures, investments and occupier acquisitions and disposals, and landlord and tenant matters.

Real estate support to other firms: the firm assists other law firms with advice on highly complex and specialist matters, investigations of title, certificates on title, warranties, clause drafting and more. The firm’s law firm clients include numerous UK Top 30 firms, leading international firms and Big Four accountancy firms

Regeneration and planning work: the team advises on all aspects of the town and country planning system, town and city regeneration and development projects, compulsory purchases, highways, public enquiries, judicial review and building regulations.

Property litigation: the team secures results for clients in litigious matters including lease breaks, dilapidations claims, site clearance and vacant possession issues, rent review disputes, debt recovery, judicial reviews and professional negligence cases.

Construction law: the team assists with contentious and non-contentious construction matters, including a range of bespoke construction contracts, third party rights and collateral warranties, as well as other areas of construction law.

Procurement law: the team advises on all procurement law issues relating to regeneration projects, acquisition or property and services and negotiations between the public and private sectors.

Agricultural and forestry law: the team has expertise in farm business tenancies, agricultural holdings, management agreements, advice relating to the Countryside Acts and Forestry Commission Acts and all other agricultural matters.

Public law: the team advises on judicial review, human rights, European law, legal position of the Crown, Crichel Down Rules, the interrelationship of law and policy, and intra/ultra vires issues.

Environmental law: the team advises on a range of environmental law issues including liability for contaminated land, flood defence schemes, sites of special scientific interest, national parks and nature reserve issues, management agreements, public access agreements and European environmental law.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Chief Executive Peter Allinsonpeter.allinson@djblaw.co.uk020 3026 8290
Senior Partner Madeleine Davittmadeleine.davitt@djblaw.co.uk020 3026 8295
Non-Executive Malcolm Ileymalcolm.iley@djblaw.co.uk020 7870 7500
Client Director Yvonne Hillsyvonne.hills@djblaw.co.uk0203 026 3467
Client Director Sue McCormicksue.mccormick@djblaw.co.uk01823 328084
Client Director Sean Gardnersean.gardner@djblaw.co.uk0203 026 8303
Business Manager Sarah Galleysarah.galley@djblaw.co.uk020 3026 0045
Business Manager Elizabeth Collinelizabeth.collin@djblaw.co.uk020 3026 9443
Support for Law Firms John Condliffejohn.condliffe@djblaw.co.uk020 3026 9273
Support for Law Firms Peter Allinsonpeter.allinson@djblaw.co.uk020 3026 8290
Support for Law Firms Yvonne Hillsyvonne.hills@djblaw.co.uk0203 026 3467
Corporate Support John Condliffejohn.condliffe@djblaw.co.uk020 3026 9273
Corporate Support Peter Allinsonpeter.allinson@djblaw.co.uk020 3026 8290
Central Government Madeleine Davittmadeleine.davitt@djblaw.co.uk020 3026 8295
Central Government Sean Gardnersean.gardner@djblaw.co.uk0203 026 8303
Central Government Chris Kerrchris.kerr@djblaw.co.uk0203 026 2827
Charities Chris Kerrchris.kerr@djblaw.co.uk0203 026 2827
Local Government Sue McCormicksue.mccormick@djblaw.co.uk01823 328084
Local Government Malcolm Ileymalcolm.iley@djblaw.co.uk020 7870 7500
Local Government - London Yvonne Hillsyvonne.hills@djblaw.co.uk0203 026 3467
Defence Madeleine Davittmadeleine.davitt@djblaw.co.uk020 3026 8295
Defence Sean Bulmansean.bulman@djblaw.co.uk020 3026 8297
Energy Peter Allinsonpeter.allinson@djblaw.co.uk020 3026 8290
Education Sue McCormicksue.mccormick@djblaw.co.uk01823 328084
Healthcare – Public Madeleine Davittmadeleine.davitt@djblaw.co.uk020 3026 8295
Healthcare – Private Peter Allinsonpeter.allinson@djblaw.co.uk020 3026 8290
Housing Sue McCormicksue.mccormick@djblaw.co.uk01823 328084
Emergency Services Sue McCormicksue.mccormick@djblaw.co.uk01823 328084
Banks John Condliffejohn.condliffe@djblaw.co.uk020 3026 9273
Pension Funds John Condliffejohn.condliffe@djblaw.co.uk020 3026 9273
Occupiers Abigail Kayabigail.kay@djblaw.co.uk0161 399 0181
Occupiers Richard Holmesrichard.holmes@djblaw.co.uk0161 399 0183
Occupiers Rima Gasperasrima.gasperas@djblaw.co.uk020 3026 2621
Property Owners & Investors Peter Allinsonpeter.allinson@djblaw.co.uk020 3026 8290
Property Owners & Investors John Condliffejohn.condliffe@djblaw.co.uk020 3026 9273
Property Developers Peter Allinsonpeter.allinson@djblaw.co.uk020 3026 8290
Retail & Leisure Abigail Kayabigail.kay@djblaw.co.uk0161 399 0181
Retail & Leisure Rima Gasperasrima.gasperas@djblaw.co.uk0203 026 3467
Retail & Leisure Richard Holmesrichard.holmes@djblaw.co.uk0161 399 0183
Logistics & Warehouses Richard Holmesrichard.holmes@djblaw.co.uk0161 399 0183
Regeneration Malcolm Ileymalcolm.iley@djblaw.co.uk020 7870 7500
Regeneration Yohanna Weberyohanna.weber@djblaw.co.uk020 3026 9276
Agriculture Nicola Boadennicola.boaden@djblaw.co.uk020 3026 9275
Number of UK partners : 37
Number of other UK fee-earners : 18
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