Real Estate: Big-Ticket - London (Firms)
Basic facts about the department
- 17 partners
- 90 other qualified lawyers
What the team is known for A leading firm in the London real estate market acting for both domestic and international clients. Known for its ability to handle large and complex transactions, and for its talented individual lawyers.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Exceptional client care."
Breadth of services: "They have a very joined-up practice across tax, corporate, real estate and debt."
Bench strength: "The quality of the individuals is very good and the senior people there are very capable of handling themselves well in negotiations." Work highlights
Acted on Hammerson's sale of its London office portfolio to Brookfield Office Properties for £518 million.
Acted for CPPIB on its 50:50 joint venture with Land Securities to own and redevelop a 5.5 acre site near Victoria station.
James Barnes focuses on the real estate aspects of infrastructure and regeneration projects. His expertise includes joint ventures and financing. Sources say he is "very nice and very sensible."
Donald Rowlands is head of real estate for UK, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. His practice encompasses lettings, acquisitions, disposals, development and finance. Clients say he "knows the law as well as anyone, but also provides pragmatic, commercial advice to get quick solutions." Peers add that he is "very easy to work with and extremely focused on the bigger issues."
Ian Cox focuses his practice on advising overseas investors and property developers. Clients say he is "very good at managing both his team and the project in an efficient way," and appreciate that he is "very good at calming difficult situations."
Jeremy Walden acts for investors, developers, occupiers and property companies. His practice covers joint ventures and structured real estate acquisitions and disposals.
Richard Forsdyke specialises in investment and development, as well as financing. Clients appreciate that he "will always try to find a solution." He recently acted on CarVal Investors and Orion's four-way joint venture to develop 100 Cheapside.
Simon Price is praised by clients for his "thoroughness, adaptability, expertise, commerciality and entrepreneurship." He specialises in structured investment, acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures and property-owning corporate structures.
David Rosen's clients include property companies, investors, corporate occupiers and public sector bodies. He specialises in structured investment, joint ventures and development work. He was a lead on the CarVal Investors/Orion's Cheapside joint venture.
Julian Pollock advises an array of clients on structured investment, joint ventures and development. He was a lead partner on Hammerson's London office portfolio sale.
Significant clients Standard Life Assurance, EDF, Blackstone, London & Continental Railway, Rockpoint.