Real Estate - London (Firms)
Basic facts about the department
- 61 partners
- 108 other qualified lawyers
What the team is known for Regularly acts on market-leading investment transactions, high-profile developments and headquarters lettings. Acts for a broad base of blue-chip domestic and international funds, institutions and developers. Also handles complex structuring and finance matters.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Faultless performance in many ways - they are just a machine and they work through our top-level deals fantastically."
"What we like is their ability to give us advice very collaboratively. They bring in the right experts when needed. We've been very impressed with the quality of the expertise they have in different disciplines and how well they work together."
What's new? New clients include the London Legacy Development Corporation, Brookfield and WR Berkley.
Work highlights Advised the Lodha Group on its £306 million acquisition of One Grosvenor Square, the current site of the Canadian High Commission, for residential development. This was the Mumbai-based developer's first deal in the UK market.
Acted for Land Securities and Canary Wharf Group as joint venture partners on the pre-letting of 20 Fenchurch Street.
Chris de Pury leads the property team. He advises on single asset and portfolio investment transactions, often with complex structuring arrangements, as well as development matters. Peers consider him "the ultimate Mr Smooth - he has great connections."
James Knox handles prime London investment deals, portfolio acquisitions, financings and development work for domestic and cross-border funds. Peers regard him as a "massively bright, cerebral guy with international connections."
Executive chairman Robert MacGregor continues to act for a number of the firm's key clients on investment and development matters. One source describes him as "utterly amazing" on a recent deal, confiding: "If he hadn't been on the transaction I don't think we would have delivered it."
David Battiscombe has experience of a wide range of property work, with a focus on development. Peers also note his expertise on hotels and leisure sector matters.
Claire Milton's practice encompasses sales, acquisitions, development and leasing. Clients say: "She's meticulous and skilled at identifying work streams and knowing who to pull in to give you a holistic view. She's also good at presenting to the board."
Peter Rudolf has a broad-ranging property practice with particular expertise in development matters. He is well regarded by peers in the market.
Alan Wight advises on landlord and tenant matters for property companies and corporate occupiers. "He knows our business and he's got the experience in the market to provide solutions," clients report.
Andrew Sanders acted for King's Cross Central on the sale of a 2.4-acre development site to Google for use as their UK headquarters. He specialises in big-ticket redevelopments.
Samant Narula specialises in investment work for funds and institutions. One enthusiastic client says: "He is just a walking book of market knowledge; if you want to know what's happening in the property market talk to him. He identifies opportunities for both of us and is a brilliant technical lawyer. He's also such a nice guy, so easy to get on with."
Significant clients Tesco, Great Portland Estates, Blackstone, Qatari Diar, Oxford Properties.