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Addleshaw Goddard

Work Department

Real estate.


Ian leads the Sainsbury’s real estate team nationally and is the lead real estate partner for Threadneedle and Skanska in the Leeds office. General: involved in all aspects of commercial property work including sales and purchases (especially for institutional investors such as Threadneedle and VALAD), complex development projects (including acting for regional developers such as GMI Property Group and Horncastle Group Plc), acting for public bodies (such as The HCA and Leeds City Council) and landlord and tenant work (particularly in the retail sector acting for household names such Sainsbury’s, HOBBS and LEGO). Particular expertise in the food store investment market. Specialism: retail/Sainsbury’s/food store investment/high-value sale and leasebacks – recognised expert. Has developed an outstanding practice acting for Sainsbury’s where he has twice been nominated for their panel lawyer of the year and has recently been recognised as ‘exceptional amongst our panel lawyers’. Sainsbury’s have told Addleshaw Goddard that they routinely instruct Ian on more complex, higher value transactions and that they regard him as the ‘go to’ man for these projects. This is best demonstrated by the way Ian has developed the firm’s role acting for Sainsbury’s Property Investments (SPI). SPI recognise Ian as their principal advisor for sale and leasebacks and one of the leading experts in this niche field. These transactions are strategically important in raising capital for reinvestment and need to be turned around quickly whilst balancing investment value against operational flexibility. Ian’s work in shaping their lease has earned him a reputation for innovation (with one senior SPI executive describing Ian as ‘the most innovative lawyer I have worked with’). Credited by SPI as helping them ‘move forward the industry standard lease, not just for Sainsbury’s, but for the food store industry as a whole’. Other retail clients include HOBBS and LEGO and he is a key member of the firm’s national retail and consumer team.


Trained Clifford Chance; qualified 2001; partner Addleshaw Goddard 2012.


Ehenside, Cleator Moor, Cumbria (GCSEs); St Benedict’s, Whitehaven, Cumbria (A-Levels); College of Law, York (1998-99 LPC (Distinction)); Durham University (1995-98 Law (LLB 2:1 Hons)).


Reading, gardening.

Lawyer Rankings

Yorkshire and the Humber > Public sector > Local government

Addleshaw Goddard has considerable experience in transactions, development option appraisals, state aid work, and procurements, acting for local government clients. Its services are sought out by clients in the PPP/PFI, energy, transport, public infrastructure and public services sectors. In Leeds, key contacts include Ian Smith and Anna Heaton who are both well versed in the real estate space. Paul Hirst specialises in transport infrastructure projects, operating concessions and franchises, and rolling stock procurements. Practice head Andrew Pettinger is based in Manchester.

Yorkshire and the Humber > Real estate > Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

(Next Generation Partners)

Ian SmithAddleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard fields a ‘capable team across all levels of seniority’ and ‘offers the full spectrum of services’, with notable expertise in student accommodation and senior living mandates, as well as infrastructure projects and regeneration schemes. Nancy McGuire oversees the team with the support of Anna Heaton, who has experience in real estate joint ventures. Ian Smith acts for local authorities and handles acquisitions, development projects and disposals, while Bruce Lightbody advises on retail sector matters and Lucy Sturrock focuses on hotel and leisure property work. Other key members of the team include Andrew Williamson and Peter Mason, who focus on commercial, residential and mixed-use development and regeneration projects.