Firm Profile > Davitt Jones Bould > Taunton, England

Davitt Jones Bould
12-14 THE CRESCENT
TAUNTON
TA1 4EB
England

Commercial property: The West Country Tier 1

Davitt Jones Bould demonstrates strong capabilities in large estate management projects, and development and regeneration projects. In addition, it has expanded its presence in the private investment space. Also notable is that the team has developed a niche specialism in handling conversions of schools into academies. Practice head Madeleine Davitt is, according to one client, ‘a true commercial property specialist with unrivalled property knowledge’. Davitt acts for some of the most significant landowners in the South West region. The ‘uniqueRobin de Wreede is experienced in handling major infrastructure and town centre developments for a number of local authorities and their joint venture partners. Stuart Bould and Sean Bulman are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Madeleine Davitt

Testimonials

A proactive firm which applies common sense and commercial knowledge to all situations

The team is very pragmatic in reaching solutions and meeting a client’s requirements

Key clients

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Seafood Trading

Bath and North East Somerset Council

Exeter Science Park

Highways England

Integral UK

Department of Health and Social Care

Natural England

North Somerset Council

Bristol Water

Local government Tier 2

Davitt Jones Bould's strong market presence in the South West is evidenced by the fact that it acts for a significant number of local authorities in the region. It recently advised clients on property investments, the delivery of development projects, and high-value regeneration projects. Robin De Wreede is adept at handling large infrastructure developments both for local authorities and their joint venture partners.

Practice head(s):

Madeleine Davitt

Other key lawyers:

Robin de Wreede

Testimonials

First-class client care, deep knowledge of the practice area and attention to detail

The team has a very good understanding and knowledge of the processes relevant to the operation of local authorities and the applicable legislation

The team is always approachable and reacts quickly to resolve clients’ issues

Melanie Greer-Walker is the best lawyer we have ever dealt with

Robin de Wreede has encyclopedic knowledge of compulsory purchase orders

Key clients

Bath and North East Somerset Council

Devon County Council

North Somerset Council

Wiltshire Council

Bournemouth Borough Council

Dorset County Council

Hertfordshire County Council

The City and County of Swansea Council

Sedgemoor District Council

Woking Borough Council

Planning Tier 3

Davitt Jones Bould's exclusive focus on real estate puts it on a strong footing to advise clients on related planning issues. In addition to having a strong presence in the South West market, its team handles planning projects further afield nationwide. It advises on regeneration projects and compulsory purchase orders. The group's client base includes established City clients, as well as landowners and local authorities. Robin de Wreede, who divides time between London and Taunton, advises on large urban regeneration projects.

Practice head(s):

Madeleine Davitt

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Bath and North East Somerset Council

North Somerset Council

The Royal Parks

Woking Borough Council

Wiltshire Council

Slough Borough Council

Minerva Smart Cities

Highways England

Care Quality Commission

Treehouse Educare

Property litigation Tier 3

Davitt Jones Bould's exclusive focus on real estate law makes it a first port of call for many clients on their most complex contentious property issues, including dilapidations claims and rent reviews. The team is led by name partner Madeleine Davitt, and includes the ‘superb’ Maeve Bonner, who has more than 23 years of property litigation experience. Associate director Janani Puvi is also recommended. Clients include local authorities, central government departments and landowners.

Practice head(s):

Madeleine Davitt

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Exceptional professionals

The team has a good understanding of its clients’ needs and always ensures that clients have access to the right resources at the right time

Davitt Jones Bould provides a high level of service and care which is rare in the region

Every team member has a significant amount of experience, which reassures clients that they are getting great advice and value

Janani Puvi is a hard-working and excellent litigator

Key clients

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Department for Education

Highways England

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

The Royal Parks

Department of Health and Social Care

Office for National Statistics

Department for Work and Pensions

Integral Memory

Public Health England

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

Davitt Jones Bould ‘specialises in commercial property and has a vast depth of talent in this particular area’. The team undertakes all relevant work for corporate occupiers, notably acting for high-profile landowners at a range of landmark locations. The full spectrum of relevant work is undertaken including large estate management projects and major projects work such as Hyde Park’s showing of the 2018 World Cup. In the investment space, high-value investment property acquisitions, estate management work and investments for local authorities form the caseload. A plethora of new arrivals have recently bolstered the practice, most notably Nigel Heilpern, who joined from King & Spalding LLP and regularly undertakes investment work for US and London-based pension funds.

Practice head(s):

Madeleine Davitt

Other key lawyers:

Sean Bulman; Tom Castle; Robin de Wreede

Testimonials

‘Davitt Jones Bould provides an excellent service to the clients. All the individuals are very knowledgeable and well qualified to deal with transactions. They are also approachable and helpful and they have a very efficient and well organised team who keep on top of the administration side.’

‘The firm does of course specialise in commercial property and so has a vast depth of talent in this particular area. Their solicitors are very experienced, giving clients the confidence that their work is being dealt with at an appropriate level. They also have a particular focus on public sector work, which gives them an advantage over other firms in dealing with matters involving the public sector’

‘Madelaine Davitt is extremely good at dealing effectively with any client issues which have arisen in relation to the project, and generally manages the client relationship extremely well.’

‘Very strong public law awareness and skills in Compulsory Purchase elements in particular. Many of their team are from public sector backgrounds so understand the additional issues specific to the sector in the real estate arena. Very good on drafting development agreements across numerous partners.’

‘Robin de Wreede in particular feels like part of our in house team from the natural way he grasps the projects and supports the client.’

‘Good quality and cost effective.’

‘Geoffrey Lander is very creative and imaginative.’

‘Sophie Davies is outstanding and proactive.’

Key clients

The Royal Parks

Hierons LLP

Department of Health

Fujifilm UK plc

Rick Stein (TV Celebrity Chef) restaurant group

Department for Education

Attorney Generals Office

Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MCHLG)

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Slough Borough Council

Commercial property: investment Tier 4

Davitt Jones Bould ‘specialises in commercial property and has a vast depth of talent in this particular area’. The team undertakes all relevant work for corporate occupiers, notably acting for high-profile landowners at a range of landmark locations. The full spectrum of relevant work is undertaken including large estate management projects and major projects work such as Hyde Park’s showing of the 2018 World Cup. In the investment space, high-value investment property acquisitions, estate management work and investments for local authorities form the caseload. A plethora of new arrivals have recently bolstered the practice, most notably Nigel Heilpern, who joined from King & Spalding LLP and regularly undertakes investment work for US and London-based pension funds.

Practice head(s):

Madeleine Davitt

Other key lawyers:

Tom Castle; Philippa Hipwell

Testimonials

‘Davitt Jones Bould provides an excellent service to the clients. All the individuals are very knowledgeable and well qualified to deal with transactions. They are also approachable and helpful and they have a very efficient and well organised team who keep on top of the administration side.’

‘The firm does of course specialise in commercial property and so has a vast depth of talent in this particular area. Their solicitors are very experienced, giving clients the confidence that their work is being dealt with at an appropriate level. They also have a particular focus on public sector work, which gives them an advantage over other firms in dealing with matters involving the public sector’

‘Madelaine Davitt is extremely good at dealing effectively with any client issues which have arisen in relation to the project, and generally manages the client relationship extremely well.’

‘Very strong public law awareness and skills in Compulsory Purchase elements in particular. Many of their team are from public sector backgrounds so understand the additional issues specific to the sector in the real estate arena. Very good on drafting development agreements across numerous partners.’

‘Robin de Wreede in particular feels like part of our in house team from the natural way he grasps the projects and supports the client.’

‘Good quality and cost effective.’

‘Geoffrey Lander is very creative and imaginative.’

‘Sophie Davies is outstanding and proactive.’

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

Commercial property: Manchester Tier 4

Davitt Jones Bould is 'focused on real estate and has great experience in the field'. The team offers advice on the full remit of real estate work and is regularly involved in large estates management projects. It is frequently instructed by central and local government bodies and is increasingly advising on private sector investment mandates. Department head Madeleine Davitt works across the firm's Manchester, London, Birmingham and Taunton offices. Tony Fitzmaurice, who recently re-joined the firm from Kuit Steinart Levy LLP, is regularly instructed on large real estate projects.

Practice head(s):

Madeleine Davitt

Other key lawyers:

Tony Fitzmaurice; Philippa Hipwell; Emma Gormley; Richard Holmes; Anita Gargye; Zaheer Bashir

Testimonials

Tony Fitzmaurice is a very experienced operator and is very commercial too; his ability gives you total confidence in your approach to an issue.

Madelaine Davitt is extremely good at dealing effectively with any client issues.

The firm consists of experienced solicitors who provide good commercial advice in an expeditious manner.

Richard Holmes is always available and deals with matters swiftly and effectively.

Key clients

Well Pharmacy

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Public Health England

Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG)

Handelsbanken

Westmorland Plc

Department of Health

Met Office

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

Local government Tier 4

Madeleine Davitt leads Davitt Jones Bould's national practice, which advises on a range of development and regeneration projects. Its work relates to commercial investments, commercial acquisitions and sales, and various housing schemes. It also advises council-owned investment companies. Robin de Wreede  and Sean Bulman are two of the senior lawyers who advise on commercial property, investments and planning matters. John Qualtrough  and Kevin Fry, who is noted for his real estate work, are other core team members.

Practice head(s):

Madeleine Davitt

Testimonials

Very happy with the service provided – efficient and thorough.’

Kevin Fry very knowledgeable and helpful.’

Key clients

Surrey County Council

Woking Borough Council

Hertfordshire County Council

Bath and North East Somerset Council

Devon County Council

North Somerset Council

Wiltshire Council

Bournemouth Borough Council

Dorset County Council

The City and County of Swansea Council

Property litigation Tier 4

Acting for a number of the UK's largest landowners, real estate boutique Davitt Jones Bould is adept at handling a wide range of contentious real estate matters, most notably those arising from landlord and tenant relationships, such as securing key breaks in leases, rent reviews and dilapidation claims. Madeleine Davitt heads the team, while associate director Ted Dancey retired in February 2018.

Practice head(s):

Madeleine Davitt

Other key lawyers:

Janani Puvi

Key clients

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Department for Education (DfE)

Highways England

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG)

The Royal Parks

Office for National Statistics

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

Integral

Public Health England

Planning Tier 5

Real estate boutique Davitt Jones Bould offers planning expertise to a client base which largely consists of local authorities and other public bodies across the UK. Expertise includes handing CPO applications for mid-tier regeneration schemes, housing and mixed-use developments, and highway projects. The team is able to guide clients through the section 106 negotiation process, assisting with any relevant complications. The key planning contacts are Robin de Wreede and John Qualtrough.

Practice head(s):

Madeleine Davitt

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Provides a pragmatic and commercial approach.

Key clients

Bath and North East Somerset Council

North Somerset Council

The Royal Parks

Woking Borough Council

Wiltshire Council

Slough Borough Council

Minerva Smart Cities

Highways England

Care Quality Commission

Treehouse Educare Ltd

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, 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.

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
Account managers Emma Tonkin
Account managers Sophie Davies
Account managers Sue McCormick
Asset managers Sophie Davies
Banks Madeleine Davitt
Central government Madeleine Davitt
Defence Madeleine Davitt
Education Sue McCormick
Energy Peter Allinson
FM companies Madeleine Davitt
Health Madeleine Davitt
Housing Sophie Davies
Institutions Peter Allinson
Institutional investors Peter Allinson
Local authorities Sue McCormick
Local authorities Malcolm Iley
Manufacturing Peter Allinson
Occupiers Sophie Davies
Occupiers Emma Tonkin
Pension funds Peter Allinson
Property developers Emma Tonkin
Property investors Sophie Davies
Retail/leisure Emma Tonkin
Urban regeneration Malcolm Iley
Corporate support Peter Allinson
Support for law firms Peter Allinson
Photo Name Position Profile
Dr Peter Allinson photo Dr Peter Allinson
 Maeve Bonner  photo Maeve Bonner
 Stuart Bould  photo Stuart Bould
Ms Madeleine F Davitt photo Ms Madeleine F Davitt
 Peter Lowe  photo Peter Lowe
 Tim Sylvester-Jones  photo Tim Sylvester-Jones
 Michael Wear  photo Michael Wear
Number of UK partners : 20
Number of other UK fee-earners : 19