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Squire Patton Boggs

Mark Barker

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Squire Patton Boggs

Work Department

Real Estate



North West: Public sector

Local government

Within: Local government

Key contacts at Squire Patton Boggs¬†are Mark Barker¬† who along with Giles Chesher¬†are ‚Äėexceptionally knowledgeable. Both appear able to give clear and concise advise 100% of the time. Definite strengths include their industry knowledge which was invaluable for the Council‚Äô. The team was pleased to addNick Helm¬† to its ranks from DLA Piper UK LLP¬†. Highlights included advising Preston City Council on the redevelopment of the City‚Äôs indoor market for a leisure led scheme comprising a multi-screen cinema, high quality restaurant units and a multi-storey car park. In other matters the team was appointed by the Local Government Association to advise on the local government pension scheme. The team provides an ‚Äėexcellent level of service and has very good knowledge. Its response time are always very quick‚Äô.

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North West: Real estate

Commercial property: Manchester

Within: Commercial property: Manchester

Squire Patton Boggs is regularly instructed on development and regeneration mandates across the chemicals, sport, transport, infrastructure and leisure sectors, and also handles real estate finance matters. The team advised Warrington Borough Council on its £211m acquisition of a business park and advised Watkin Jones on the forward funding sale of a portfolio of six student development schemes to a new Luxembourg-based investment fund, set up by Generation Estates and Europa Capital. The team also acted for Watkin Jones on the development of a mixed-use scheme in Bournemouth. HB Villages, Create Developments, Bell Developments and Unique Boutique Hotels are also clients of the team, which is headed by Mark Gaffney, who handles a range of property development and regeneration matters, and advises on property joint ventures, public sector funding, leasing, management and portfolio transactions. Jonathan Brooke regularly advises developer clients on strategic land acquisitions and assembly matters and Mark Barker specialises in development work, and has a particular emphasis on complex and strategic regeneration projects. Nick Helm, who joined in 2017 from DLA Piper UK LLP is a member of the firm's infrastructure team and regularly advises on project finance and PPP mandates.

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