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Davitt Jones Bould

LEVEL 24, THE SHARD, 32 LONDON BRIDGE STREET, LONDON, SE1 9SG, ENGLAND
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London: Public sector

Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 4

Davitt Jones Bould

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

Other key lawyers:Robin de Wreede; Sean Bulman; John Qualtrough; Kevin Fry

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

Work highlights

  • Continues to assist Woking Borough Council on the £500m+ regeneration of Sheerwater. the advice includes the property aspects and compulsory purchase order.  
  • Advising Slough Borough Council on a £40m acquisition of an office as an investment (later became their head office).
  • Advising a property investment company on its £700m+ portfolio - the company is owned by a local council.
  • Advised Poole Borough Council on its academy transfers, a niche area of real estate law.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: corporate occupiers
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 3

Davitt Jones Bould

Davitt Jones Bould¬†‚Äėspecialises in commercial property and has a vast depth of talent in this particular area‚Äô. 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‚Äôs 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

Work highlights

  • Serving as sole property lawyers to the Royal Parks, undertaking all legal work relating to Hyde Park, St James’s Park, Kensington Gardens, Richmond Park, Bushy Park, The Green Park and Regents Park.
  • Advising Defra on all of the legal needs relating to its large estate.

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Commercial property: investment
Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 4

Davitt Jones Bould

Davitt Jones Bould¬†‚Äėspecialises in commercial property and has a vast depth of talent in this particular area‚Äô. 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‚Äôs 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

Work highlights

  • Acting for Slough Borough Council on a £40m head office investment.  
  • Advising Plato Estates on the growth of their investment property portfolio.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 5

Davitt Jones Bould

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:Robin de Wreede; John Qualtrough

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

Work highlights

  • Advising Woking Borough Council on the CPO for the regeneration of Sheerwater in Surrey.
  • Advising The Royal Parks on the development of the London Cycle Superhighway across Hyde Park, St James Park, and surrounding areas.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Davitt Jones Bould

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

Work highlights

  • Acting as sole property lawyers to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the team provides regular advice on various property litigation matters. Recently, this included securing several lease breaks at offices around the UK, and resisting and reducing claims for dilapidations made by landlords.

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