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

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 2

Real estate specialist firm Davitt Jones Bould has ‘a vast depth of talent in the area’, and is particularly acclaimed for its work in the corporate occupier and investment arenas where it prides itself on representing high-profile names at prominent locations. Senior partner and founder Madeleine Davitt is famed for her ‘excellent client care and oversight’; she holds distinguished expertise in large central government commercial property projects, having notably acted on the hosting of the 2012 Olympic Games on behalf of the Royal Parks. In addition to the public sector, the group also excels in the retail, professional services, charities, banking and leisure sectors, among others.

Testimonials

‘Mel Greer-Walker is highly practical, thorough and a great communicator – all essential qualities for a commercial property lawyer.’

‘An amazing depth of experience in property issues. All the solicitors have substantial post-qualification experience which always shows in the quality of advice provided.’

‘Madeleine Davitt maintains excellent client care and oversight. She clearly takes pride in her firm and has a great propensity to make clients feel valued and to see that work gets done on time and that the client is kept updated.;

‘The lawyers we deal with really care about how what they do affects us and our objectives.’

‘Geoffrey Lander is a team player, bringing together like-minded professionals into his legal team, taking full responsibility and accountability. This is the key attribute an outside counsel must deliver – a star line-up who integrate into the corporate process, contribute and deliver with no fuss.’

‘DJB provide a personal service and no matter how big or small the case, they take time to talk to clients and often go the extra mile to make sure the client is protected.’

‘Madeleine Davitt is extremely good at dealing effectively with any client issues which may arise, and manages the client relationships extremely well.’

Key clients

The Royal Parks

Well Pharmacy

Hierons LLP

Ministry of Defence

Highways England

Fujifilm

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Rick Stein (TV Celebrity Chef) restaurant group

Really Local Group

Woking Borough Council

Local government Tier 3

Davitt Jones Bould is known for its 'strong attention to detail' on real estate matters, acting for central and local government authorities on property investments, including acquisitions, developments, and regenerations. The experienced team has particular expertise in mid to large-size development projects, such as a £1bn project in Slough and a £500m project for Woking Borough Council. Madeleine Davitt leads the practice; she works with former Nabarro real estate head Geoffrey Lander, who acts as non-executive chairman. Lead client director Sue McCormick is another key contact, while Philippa Hipwell also comes highly recommended. Other key team members include John Qualtrough and Kevin Fry. In 2019, the team made a number of hires, including consultant Teresa Kamppari Baker, who joined from John Lewis and Partners, where she had been serving as interim head of real estate and planning.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Attention to detail, quick responses and exceptional client care.’

The lawyers we deal with really care about their work and how it affects us.’

Communication is constant and timelines have never been an issue. The firm knows the way I respond to certain matters and answers are drafted and confirmed by me in one call (at my convenience) to avoid delay.

Key clients

Surrey County Council

Woking Borough Council

Brighton & Hove City Council

Bournemouth Christchurch Poole Council

Runnymede Borough Council

Southampton City Council

Slough Borough Council

Adur & Worthing Councils

East Hampshire District Council

Chichester City Council

Chelmsford City Council

Commercial property: investment Tier 4

Real estate specialist firm Davitt Jones Bould has ‘a vast depth of talent in the area’, and is particularly acclaimed for its work in the corporate occupier and investment arenas where it prides itself on representing high-profile names at prominent locations. Senior partner and founder Madeleine Davitt is famed for her ‘excellent client care and oversight’; she holds distinguished expertise in large central government commercial property projects, having notably acted on the hosting of the 2012 Olympic Games on behalf of the Royal Parks. In addition to the public sector, the group also excels in the retail, professional services, charities, banking and leisure sectors, among others.

Testimonials

‘Mel Greer-Walker is highly practical, thorough and a great communicator – all essential qualities for a commercial property lawyer.’

‘An amazing depth of experience in property issues. All the solicitors have substantial post-qualification experience which always shows in the quality of advice provided.’

‘Madeleine Davitt maintains excellent client care and oversight. She clearly takes pride in her firm and has a great propensity to make clients feel valued and to see that work gets done on time and that the client is kept updated.;

‘The lawyers we deal with really care about how what they do affects us and our objectives.’

‘Geoffrey Lander is a team player, bringing together like-minded professionals into his legal team, taking full responsibility and accountability. This is the key attribute an outside counsel must deliver – a star line-up who integrate into the corporate process, contribute and deliver with no fuss.’

‘DJB provide a personal service and no matter how big or small the case, they take time to talk to clients and often go the extra mile to make sure the client is protected.’

‘Madeleine Davitt is extremely good at dealing effectively with any client issues which may arise, and manages the client relationships extremely well.’

Key clients

The Royal Parks

Hierons LLP

Woking Borough Council

Fujifilm UK plc

Rick Stein (TV Celebrity Chef) restaurant group

Squarestone Investments

Attorney Generals Office

Runnymede Borough Council

Plato Estates

Slough Borough Council

Property litigation Tier 4

Davitt Jones Bould acts for an extensive roster of landowner clients, public sector bodies and commercial tenants. The scope of its work covers contentious lease renewals and tenancy agreements, dilapidation claims, service charge disputes and matters pertaining to planning permissions, among others. Senior partner Madeleine Davitt leads the team, which includes Jonathan Warner-Reed. He joined the firm from Lupton Fawcett in September 2019 and specialises in adverse possession and rights of light work.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

They are highly regarded in the interface between property and planning law.

Jonathan Warner-Reed – he is an excellent litigator with a faultless grasp of procedural law and tactics.’

DJB are a provincial firm with the quality of personnel which many bigger City firms would envy.

They are approachable and easy to deal with but that belies ferocious ability in advising both the private and public sector.

I have worked with DJB since their founding and their growth has been impressive

Peter Allinson – the chief exec brings the dynamist of industry to a law firm.

Madeleine Davitt is superb in relation to client care Robin de Wreede is one of the best in the business at advising the public sector in relation to CPO matters.’

Key clients

The Royal Parks

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Department for Education (DfE)

Highways England

Attorney General’s Office

Department of Health

Office for National Statistics

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

Integral Plc

Public Health England

Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurants

Exeter Science Park

Bath and North East Somerset Council

Devon County Council

Bristol Water

Minerva Smart Cities

Wiltshire Council

Natural England

One Housing Group

Grainger Plc

Planning Tier 5

Davitt Jones Bould is a real estate boutique with a planning offering that draws on the combined 80 years' experience from its four partners. Instructions come from a considerable client base of local authorities and other public bodies. John Qualtrough and Robin de Wreede are the key planning contacts in London.

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Testimonials

‘Attention to detail, quick responses, exceptional client care.’

‘The lawyers we deal with really care about how what they do affects us and our objectives.’

Key clients

Bath and North East Somerset Council (BANES)

North Somerset Council

The Royal Parks

Woking Borough Council

Wiltshire Council

Slough Borough Council

Minerva Smart Cities

Highways England

Care Quality Commission

The City and County of Swansea Council

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL)

Sedgemoor District Council

Surrey County Council

Chelmsford City Council

James Elliman Homes

Devon County Council

Plato Estates

Natural England

Exeter Science Park

Commercial property: Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Tier 1

The 'fantastic and highly flexible' real estate specialists at Davitt Jones Bould focus on large projects nationwide, with particular expertise in public sector work. The firm's experience includes complex lease negotiations, development projects and regeneration work for councils across the country. Madeleine Davitt leads the practice and is known for the management of large central government commercial property projects. Notable in the Taunton team are commercial property experts Tim Sylvester-Jones, Maeve Bonner, Stuart Bould, Sean Bulman and Michael Wear.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘I rate the firm and the individual solicitors I have dealt with very highly, as they have a wide range of extremely experienced and knowledgeable lawyers working for them, as well as very well-organised and helpful administrative support’

‘In my opinion, their particular focus on work for the public sector gives them an edge over many other firms given the various issues which are particular to public sector clients’

‘Madeleine Davitt has good relationships with the clients and deals very effectively with any client issues which arise’

‘Robin de Wreede was always up to speed with what was going on over all areas of the project. He also worked hard at maintaining the ongoing relationship with the clients’

‘Sean Bulman was very good at identifying the key points of complex legal issues which arose, explaining them clearly for the clients and working towards finding a solution’

‘DJB are unique in their structure. The are led by the wonderful Madeleine Davitt and made up of a network of lawyers across the country’ 

‘Extra attention to detail is given to the set up, administration and coordination of each and every case’

‘Kate Evans is a very efficient and effective lawyer. Her direct approach enables a swift understanding of each case and she is always prompt and extremely reliable’

Key clients

Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurants

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Exeter Science Park

Bath and North East Somerset Council

Devon County Council

Bristol Water

Minerva Smart Cities

Wiltshire Council

Natural England

Bristol City Council

Integral UK Plc

Local government Tier 2

Specialising in real estate-related work, Davitt Jones Bould advises local authorities, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and local government bodies on regeneration and development projects. Madeleine Davitt leads a team that includes commercial property and planning specialist Robin de Wreede; property expert Sean Bulman; and John Qualtrough, who focuses on assisting local authorities with planning matters.

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Key clients

Devon County Council

Bath and North East Somerset Council

Wiltshire Council

Bristol City Council

North Somerset Council

Bournemouth Christchurch Poole Council

Dorset County Council

Chichester City Council

Adur & Worthing Councils

Slough Borough Council

Chelmsford City Council

Surrey County Council

Woking Borough Council

Brighton & Hove City Council

Planning Tier 3

Advising public and private sector clients, Davitt Jones Bould acts in a range of development and regeneration matters. Madeleine Davitt leads the practice and her team includes Robin de Wreede, who specialises in planning and commercial property issues. Also notable is consultant Teresa Kamppari Baker, who joined from an in-house position at John Lewis and brings experience in commercial, property, construction and planning law.

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Key clients

Bath and North East Somerset Council (BANES)

North Somerset Council

The Royal Parks

Woking Borough Council

Wiltshire Council

Slough Borough Council

Minerva Smart Cities

Highways England

Care Quality Commission

The City and County of Swansea Council

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL)

Sedgemoor District Council

Property litigation Tier 3

Real estate specialist Davitt Jones Bould acts on the full spectrum of litigation in the area, including matters relating to the leisure sector, public bodies and individuals. Practice head Madeleine Davitt can call on the expertise of Maeve Bonner, who has experience in judicial reviews and lease arguments, and Jan Puvi, who represents public and private sector clients. Also notable is Jonathan Warner-Reed, who joined from Lupton Fawcett in 2019 and brings experience in the leisure sector.

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Testimonials

‘Strong experience working with government departments’

‘Jan Puvi is an excellent litigator, with a proactive approach to her work’

‘Robin de Wreede is an excellent CPO and planning lawyer who I rate very highly indeed’

Key clients

The Royal Parks

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Department for Education (DfE)

Highways England

Attorney General’s Office

Department of Health

Office for National Statistics

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

Integral Plc

Public Health England

Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurants

Exeter Science Park

Bath and North East Somerset Council

Devon County Council

Bristol Water

Minerva Smart Cities

Wiltshire Council

Natural England

One Housing Group

Grainger Plc

Commercial property: Manchester Tier 4

Davitt Jones Bould is a 'specialised property firm with a great depth of experience.' The team, which is headed up by founding partner Madeleine Davitt, acts on a broad range of estates management matters as well as work for government departments, demonstrating the extent of her high-profile practice. Tony Fitzmaurice has a track record of work on many significant projects, with decades of experience in the field.

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Testimonials

‘A very specialised property firm with a great depth of experience. They also compare well in terms of cost with large and medium sized firms.’

‘Vast experience allows for quick, commercial advice and solutions to issues, instead of creating problems.’

‘The firm concentrates on employing and providing senior/experienced solicitors who are able to provide first class legal advice in a commercial manner.’

‘Tony Fitzmaurice is very experienced in property. He is extremely sharp, on the ball and very commercial. He understands the personalities and objectives behind a deal.’

Key clients

Highways England (Manchester)

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Well Pharmacy

Natural England

Integral UK plc

Wolf Street Food

West Yorkshire Legal Authority

Westmorland Plc

Newcastle City Council (NEPO Framework)

Met Office

Office for National Statistics

Fujifilm

Norsk European Wholesale Limited

Listo (Changos) Burrito Restaurants

Grainger Plc

Diocese of Shrewsbury

Bradford City Council

Valuation Office Agency

Kirklees Council

Davitt Jones Bould (DJB) is the largest national law firm in the UK to focus entirely on real estate law. The award-winning firm has offices in London at The Shard and in the West End, Manchester, Birmingham and Taunton, ensuring it can quickly respond to clients’ real estate needs.

The firm: DJB has a reputation for its industry sector expertise and is regularly selected for specialist and unique work. For example, HM Treasury chose DJB to advise on the property aspects of the first Sukuk bond to be entered into by a western government.

DJB has one of the most experienced legal teams in the country with an average PQE of over 22 years. Many of the lawyers join DJB from other top-tier City and national firms as well as in-house departments.

The firm’s clients include national institutions, investors, corporate occupiers, local government and developers. Among them are the Cabinet Office, The Royal Parks, Defra, Highways England, Fujifilm, Integral, TV celebrity chef Rick Stein’s restaurant group and numerous local governments and their investment companies.

DJB was established nearly 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.

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 can assist with a range of bespoke construction contracts, third party rights and collateral warranties, as well as other areas of construction law.

Procurement law: the team can advise 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 will advise 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.

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 has acted for numerous City and international law firms.

Environmental law: the team will be able to advise 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chief executive Peter Allinson
Senior partner Madeleine Davitt
Non-executive directors Geoffrey Lander
Non-executive directors Malcolm Iley
Client Directors Emma Tonkin
Client Directors Yvonne Hills
Client Directors Sue McCormick
Asset Managers Yvonne Hills
Banks Madeleine Davitt
Central government Madeleine Davitt
Defence Madeleine Davitt
Education Sue McCormick
Energy Peter Allinson
FM companies Madeleine Davitt
Health Madeleine Davitt
Housing Sue McCormick
Institutions Peter Allinson
Institutional investors Peter Allinson
Local authorities Sue McCormick
Local authorities Malcolm Iley
Manufacturing Peter Allinson
Occupiers Yvonne Hills
Occupiers Emma Tonkin
Pension funds Peter Allinson
Property developers Emma Tonkin
Property investors Yvonne Hills
Retail/leisure Emma Tonkin
Urban regeneration Malcolm Iley
Corporate support Peter Allinson
Support for law firms Yvonne Hills
Support for law firms Peter Allinson
Photo Name Position Profile
Dr Peter Allinson photo Dr Peter Allinson Chief Executive
 Jo Briers  photo Jo Briers Associate Director
 Sean Bulman  photo Sean Bulman Sean is a Partner at DJB.   He advises on the full…
 Madeleine Davitt photo Madeleine Davitt Madeleine is a Senior Partner at Davitt Jones Bould and a specialist…
 Kirsten Dunlop  photo Kirsten Dunlop Partner 
 Tina Durani  photo Tina Durani Partner Tina spent 9 years at magic circle law firm Clifford Chance…
 Kate Evans  photo Kate Evans Associate Director Kate has 15 years’ experience of advising commercial organisations in…
 Ben Fairhurst  photo Ben Fairhurst Associate Director Ben is an experienced commercial property lawyer who has practised…
 Amanda French  photo Amanda French Associate Director
 Melanie Greer-Walker  photo Melanie Greer-Walker Partner Melanie is experienced in handling a wide variety of property matters…
 Nigel Heilpern  photo Nigel Heilpern Consultant Nigel is a real estate law specialist and he has extensive…
 Yvonne Hills  photo Yvonne Hills Client Director
 Teresa Kamppari Baker  photo Teresa Kamppari Baker Partner
 Geoffrey Lander  photo Geoffrey Lander Non-Executive Director Geoffrey Lander is the former head of commercial property at…
 Rachel Lindop  photo Rachel Lindop Senior Associate  Rachel is an experienced planning solicitor who, prior to joining…
 Peter Lowe  photo Peter Lowe Associate Director  Peter has worked both within Government, at the former Government…
 Gemma Merry  photo Gemma Merry Associate Director  Before joining DJB, Gemma worked at Capsticks for 10 years.…
 Sophie Phillipon - Thomas  photo Sophie Phillipon - Thomas Partner Sophie specialises in commercial property.  Sophie has 8 years of experience…
 Jan Puvi  photo Jan Puvi Partner Janani advises on the full spectrum of property litigation matters including…
 Stephanie Smith  photo Stephanie Smith Associate Director Stephanie is an experienced planning and environmental law solicitor.  She…
 John Starr  photo John Starr Consultant  John is an experienced construction lawyer who has been described by…
 Louisa Swanton  photo Louisa Swanton Partner Louisa advises clients on a wide range of commercial property matters,…
 Andrew Taylor  photo Andrew Taylor Partner Andrew has specialised in commercial property for over 30 years and…
 Neil Tindall  photo Neil Tindall Consultant  Neil specialises in major projects and infrastructure. Prior to joining DJB,…
 Emma Tonkin  photo Emma Tonkin Partner Emma is a commercial property specialist with over 17 years’ experience. …
 James Vernon-Stroud  photo James Vernon-Stroud Partner James Vernon-Stroud is a commercial property specialist with experience of estate…
 Jonathan Warner-Reed  photo Jonathan Warner-Reed Partner
 Yohanna Weber  photo Yohanna Weber Partner Yohanna has extensive experience of acting on contentious and non-contentious Planning…
 Robin de Wreede  photo Robin de Wreede Partner Robin specialises in both commercial property and planning matters, making him ideally…
Number of UK partners : 26
Number of other UK fee-earners : 20