Real Estate - London (Firms)
What the team is known for A heavyweight in the London investment, development and real estate financing market, with significant international clients. Notable for multidisciplinary approach to complex and high-value transactions.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "Top-drawer. Never had any problems. The quality of their work is fantastic."
Market standing: "They have experience on bigger deals. For some of the bigger, more complicated transactions, I would probably go to Berwin Leighton Paisner first."
Commercial awareness: "Very pragmatic, commercial and just want to get the deal done. I certainly rate them very highly."
What's new? Recent client wins include Norges Bank, KWAP and Quintain Estates & Development.
Chris de Pury takes over as head of real estate.
Work highlights Acted on the purchase of 10 Gresham Street for Kumpulan Wang Perasaraan (Diperbadankan), in a joint venture with CPPIB.
Acted for Blackstone on its £330 million acquisition of Devonshire Square from Rockpoint.
Head of real estate Chris de Pury is praised by peers and clients alike, who describe him as "very responsive, commercial and practical." He specialises in structured real estate and recently acted for Round Hill Capital on the £415 million acquisition of the Nido student accommodation business. Sources say: "He keeps the client's best interests at the forefront of negotiations."
James Knox is an experienced real estate practitioner with a practice focus on domestic and international investment, joint ventures, distressed real estate and real estate finance. He recently advised Norges Bank Investment Management on the £170 million purchase of a 50% stake in Sheffield's Meadowhall shopping centre.
Robert MacGregor is a well-known and highly regarded figure in the London real estate market. He recently acted for Quintain Estates & Development on its acquisition of interests in the Greenwich Peninsula joint venture and on a new joint venture with Knight Dragon. Clients praise his "hugely strategic" approach to transactions.
Peter Rudolf has a strong and long-standing reputation in the market, with sources naming him as "an absolutely superb lawyer." His practice covers a range of real estate matters, with a particular focus on development.
In addition to a general commercial real estate practice, David Battiscombe specialises in development, with expertise in planning, scheme structuring and funding. Sources say he is "a genuine pleasure to deal with."
Claire Milton acts for developers, investors and corporate occupiers. Clients include Oxford Properties and Derwent London.
Andrew Sanders's commercial approach to negotiation is widely praised by peers, who say: "He is all about the deal and he gets things done. A very good problem solver." His practice covers investment, development, financing and joint ventures.
Richard Hopkinson-Woolley's practice covers retail parks and shopping centres, as well as hospitality, leisure, industrial and office properties. His expertise includes development, investment, forward funding and partnership arrangements.
Veronica Metter has a broad commercial real estate practice, with a particular focus on retail development.
Alan Wight specialises in City development and investment work. He recently advised Canary Wharf Group and Land Securities on the pre-letting of 20 Fenchurch Street, also known as the 'Walkie-Talkie'.
Significant clients Great Portland Estates, Land Securities, Qatari Diar, The Carlyle Group, Credit Suisse.