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Real Estate — The South


Clyde & Co LLP - Real Estate Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 33 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Guildford

What the team is known for Standout practice providing a full property service, advising on everything from acquisitions through to plot sales. Renowned for undertaking complex and substantial development projects within niche key sectors such as healthcare. Also well versed in the handling of cross-border property matters. Clients include various high-profile names from the food, retail and manufacturing industries. Also equipped to handle property transactions for local authorities.

Strengths One client describes the team as "tremendous and very rigorous," continuing: "All the team are very engaging and have a very real interest in our continued success."

Another source says: "It is a very efficient and proactive law firm to deal with."

Work highlights Acted as advisers for Spelthorne Borough Council during its acquisition and leaseback of BP International's headquarters campus in Sunbury on Thames.

Assisted Ares Property Management with a multimillion retail park portfolio investment purchase from Land Securities.

Significant clients Portsmouth City Council, Invesco, Helical, Urban&Civic, Aurora Group.

Notable practitioners

Martin Quicke continues to undertake major work for the firm, including sizeable development projects. A client notes: "He is very personable and very knowledgeable. When you ring up, he sets out exactly, and in a very clear way, the legal procedure and any actions coming out of that."

Adam Taylor-Smith leads the team and covers a range of investment and development work. "He is a great leader and great for complex deals," enthuses one impressed client, while another notes: "His attention to detail and advice meet our commercial needs. Adam understands us as a client and our processes, and is able to adapt the service he provides."

Georgina Hook is well liked by clients who describe her as "brilliant in negotiation," and an associate who "is incredibly rigorous and goes the extra mile at any time of day." Her recent work includes assisting property investment companies with sizeable transactions.

Choisanne Man excels in many different fields of real estate, including forward funding and development schemes. One client describes her as an "outstanding real estate lawyer," and another says: "She is very good to work with - she's very personable and always manages to put a positive spin on things, which is always appreciated."

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Womble Bond Dickinson UK LLP - Real Estate Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 24 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Southampton

What the team is known for Outstanding real estate team with a national reputation for excellence. Regularly advises on investment work, assisting blue-chip companies with their portfolio needs. Offers expertise in the marine property market and also handles large-scale development projects and retail property matters. Also equipped to handle real estate finance matters.

Strengths A client states: "The main appeal of Bond Dickinson is that you get smart lawyers, most of whom trained at large City law firms, for the price of a regional law firm."

Sources say the team is "excellent, flexible, accommodating and easy to work with."

Work highlights Advised The Crown Estate on various options, leases and land sales for the coastal infrastructure for Hinkley Point C power station.

Advised Capital Industrial on its acquisition of a portfolio of industrial estates from Workspace Group for £64 million.

Significant clients New Look Retailers, Ladbrokes Coral, B&Q, Associated British Ports, Babcock International Group.

Notable practitioners

William Akerman has expertise in a wide variety of real estate work, including major investment transactions. He has a broad client base, ranging from charities to sizeable investment funds.

Alistair Walton is a known retail property expert, and is described as "a very good negotiator who is easy to work with and brings solutions not problems" when working on deals. He acts for a number of household-name retailers.

Since publication, Verity Waington has joined Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

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Blake Morgan - Real Estate Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 33 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Southampton

What the team is known for Esteemed commercial property team with particular expertise in retail matters. Continues to hold a strong reputation and presence on the South Coast. Maintains its reputation as a strong development practice, as well as a notable investment team. Represents leading national house builders, government bodies and major retailers, among other clients.

Strengths A client notes: "They are very commercial in all senses; they will work the way we want to work."

Work highlights Acted for the Port of London Authority on the sale of a long stretch of River Thames embankment foreshore and riverbed to Thames Water Utilities in preparation for the Thames Tideway Tunnel.

Advised the Southern Co-operative on various store acquisitions and purchases, including the sale of four convenience stores in Dorset and Hampshire as going concerns.

Significant clients Metro Bank, Department of Transport, BAE Systems, St John Ambulance, Costa Coffee.

Notable practitioners

The "very efficient" Anna Larbi specialises in retail property work and has represented a number of major clients in this field, such as Costa Coffee.

Sean Palka has a strong background in retail and commercial development work and regularly works with clients in the charity sector. "He is very pragmatic, commercial, quick-witted and a good negotiator," says one client, continuing: "He gives very clear and concise advice."

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Cripps LLP - Real Estate Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 19 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Tunbridge Wells

What the team is known for Strong practice with particular expertise in asset management and investment for pension funds and institutional investors. Also experienced in residential development, acting for various well-known house builders and other developers. Continues to act for a number of household-name retailers. Additional capabilities in secured lending and other property finance matters.

Strengths "It is a very strong firm in all respects," says a source.

"They are responsive to our requirements and proactive in adding value," adds a client.

Work highlights Advised Slough Borough Council on its regeneration of the Borough.

Advised Town & Country Housing Group on the sale of over 250 tenanted units to Hyde Housing Association.

Significant clients The Home Office, The University of Kent, Canada Life, Barratt Homes, Crown Prosecution Service.

Notable practitioners

Nick Rowe continues to handle a wide variety of commercial property transactions, as well as infrastructure matters. He recently assisted Crossrail with a deal at Paddington New Yard for the temporary relocation of Tower Transit from its existing bus deck during Crossrail works and the construction of a new bus deck.

"Downright good lawyer" William Mackie is a consultant at the firm. He is "always a pleasure to work with," say sources.

Consultant Michael Stevens is known to be "commercial and approachable." He has a wealth of experience with investment property transactions.

Since publication, Michael Stevens has retired from this practice.

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Paris Smith LLP - Real Estate Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 15 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Southampton, Winchester

What the team is known for Offers particular expertise in the retail sector, acting for various well-known clients on leases, acquisitions and disposals. Also continues to carry out commercial development work. Recent mandates include multimillion-pound residential development schemes across the South of England.

Strengths "The team is always aware of the need to operate in the context of our business," says a client, adding: "They offer high-quality, relevant advice at a sensible price."

Work highlights Acted for My Local Group on the disposal of 40 convenience stores, mostly as going concerns.

Advised Alfred Homes on various contractual matters relating to residential developments plots.

Significant clients The Ancient Order of Foresters Friendly Society, Fat Face, Associated British Ports, Ann Summers, Bargate Homes.

Notable practitioners

Mark Withers has recently advised on a number of residential development schemes. He also has expertise in commercial landlord and tenant matters, and is central to the firm's work on port and marina property.

Mark Howarth is described as a "very straightforward" practitioner who "cuts a lot of the legal jargon and is pretty easy to get on with." He heads the commercial property team at the firm.

Tom Georgiou continues to assist a variety of clients with their commercial property needs, including landlord and tenant matters. He is described as a "very thorough" solicitor.

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Shoosmiths LLP - Real Estate Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Southampton

What the team is known for Notable group offering a wealth of expertise in major infrastructure matters, including those in the transport sector. Significant expertise in both commercial and residential development, regularly assisting clients such as well-known house builders and public sector organisations. Also equipped to handle matters in the retail and healthcare sectors. Clients benefit from the firm's national network.

Strengths A client describes the team as "very careful and responsive, with a good ability to bring in all the specialisms they have in a seamless manner to the client."

Work highlights Advised a company in the Orchard Homes group on the disposal of a site for the development of 72 sheltered retirement apartments and a lodge manager’s apartment pursuant to a conditional contract to Churchill Retirement Living.

Represented Lifeways Finance in its acquisition of two 20-year leases from the trustees of the BAE Pension Fund as part of the client’s property portfolio expansion.

Significant clients Seaward Properties, Hamleys, Cobham CTS, Almacantar, Hitachi Rail Group.

Notable practitioners

Joanne McGuinness is a key contact.

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Charles Russell Speechlys - Real Estate Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Guildford

What the team is known for Well-regarded team with extensive expertise in corporate occupier matters. Represents various clients in the retail and telecommunications sectors. Also equipped with a strong knowledge of real estate in the healthcare industry, assisting with lease work and other negotiations. Clients benefiting from the team's healthcare property knowledge include pharmacies and care home owners.

Strengths Sources describe the team as "very client-friendly" and "very efficient."

Work highlights Handled a number of acquisitions and lease re-gears for CareTech Holdings.

Negotiated the property aspects, including the lease assignment, of TCC Global's acquisition of online retailing specialist Summit Media.

Significant clients Eliquo Water Group, The Primary First Trust, Wagamama, Barnardo's, Save The Children Fund.

Notable practitioners

Ingrid Saffin is a key contact.

Since publication, Debra Kent has retired from this practice.

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Clarke Willmott LLP - Real Estate Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Southampton

What the team is known for Full-service property group with extensive experience in property finance, including the secured lending and investment fields, along with significant development and lease expertise. Clients include notable banks, house builders and housing associations.

Strengths A source notes: "They use resources well by utilising both experienced senior solicitors and trainee solicitors, and through all levels we receive great service."

Work highlights Advised Lloyds Bank on the £5.8 million refinancing of a large commercial property portfolio.

Represented Sheet Anchor Evolve in its acquisition of a long leasehold interest in over 40 retail units in Erith Shopping Centre in Kent.

Significant clients Countryside Properties, Isle of Wight Council, The Guinness Partnership, HSBC, Taylor Wimpey UK.

Notable practitioners

The firm's Southampton real estate department is led by Peter Swinburn. He regularly deals with property finance transactions, as well as portfolio management. "He is very easy to deal with," says a source, continuing: "He is a good technical lawyer who doesn't point-score."

About the Team (content provided by Clarke Willmott LLP)

Clarke Willmott's national Real Estate and Construction team is one of the largest of its kind in the UK, with more than 100 lawyers specialising in all aspects of commercial property, construction and procurement, development (including complex landlord and tenant, acquisition and disposal issues), regeneration, property litigation and estate management.

Clarke Willmott's clients include developers, housing associations, construction specialists, development agencies, local authorities, land owners, as well as investors and funders.

Clarke Willmott invests in the best property, planning, environmental, construction and procurement specialists and encourages them to work together to provide a genuinely connected service. By connected they don’t just mean seamless (although, that’s one benefit of their approach); they also mean working together to look for business opportunities for their clients. For instance, they aim to open doors to potential developments or, where they can, to source land.

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Coffin Mew LLP - Real Estate Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Southampton, Portsmouth

What the team is known for Solid offering with strengths in investment, development and insolvency-related transactions. Also has expertise in advising pension funds. Equipped to deal with property finance and charitable property, as well as commercial landlord and tenant matters.

Strengths "They offer a knowledgeable, speedy and comprehensive service," says one client.

Another notes: "All our dealings with them are very positive. They are ready to discuss sticking point issues and come to practical resolutions."

Work highlights Advised E-Crunch on the lease of office premises for a ten-year term with an option for a further decade and an annual rent of approximately £300,000.

Significant clients Curtis Banks, The Pensions Solutions Group, Handelsbanken, Metis Homes, Crayfern Homes.

Notable practitioners

The "approachable and practical" Peter Fellows is "a credit to the business," according to one market commentator. He counts a number of well-known banks among his clients.

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DMH Stallard LLP - Real Estate Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Office location: Crawley

What the team is known for Covers a broad range of property matters including asset management and finance transactions. Clients include utility companies and regional and national house builders. Property refinancing and security work is also within the team's remit.

Strengths One client praises the team's "proactive problem solving."

Work highlights Advised Papa John's (GB) on a new standalone store in Kings Lynn.

Significant clients Tesco, Ilchester Estate, Crest Nicholson, Forays Homes, LV.

Notable practitioners

Nick Pentecost brings his "good commercial view" to his work representing house builders and landowners on sizeable developments. "He pays a huge amount of attention to detail, but still gets things done quickly and meets our often very short deadlines seemingly effortlessly," says a client.

Jonathan Crook has a wealth of knowledge of charitable land transactions, as well as commercial property issues. He is described as "incredibly helpful" by one client, who also says: "The quality of his work is very high and he is highly responsive."

Anne Milne is described by sources as "calm, friendly, good to deal with and very thorough." She leads the firm's Crawley real estate team and represents clients in landlord and tenant transactions, investment purchases and property finance deals, among other matters.

Richard Pollins retains his managing partner role. He is the relationship partner for a number of prominent clients with complex property requirements.

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Irwin Mitchell - Real Estate Department

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Band 3

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Basic facts about the department
- 13 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Chichester, Gatwick, Southampton

What the team is known for Well-resourced team specialising in all areas of commercial property, including development. Particularly well versed in portfolio management and complex transactional work. Continues to develop expertise in advising clients from the education sector on their property needs. Also has extensive knowledge of property finance.

Strengths One client is "always pleased with the service provided," while another adds: "They offer competitive pricing, are friendly and help give possible solutions or options for issues."

Work highlights Assisted Lambeth College with various property matters associated with its new 'Skills Centre' at Vauxhall.

Acquired the Lifestyle Motor Group on behalf of Hendy Group, which involved advising on an extensive motor trade property portfolio.

Significant clients South Essex College, NatWest, Santander, Southern Water, Christ's Hospital Foundation.

Notable practitioners

Balbit Thandi leads the Gatwick office's property offering and "is always available to provide good, clear advice and support." She continues to advise on a broad range of property finance issues, as well as investment transactions.

Chichester-based Tina Webster continues to advise on high-value property matters, including development schemes. She recently advised South Essex College on the sale of a large site at Nethermayne, Basildon, for a 725-unit housing development and the redevelopment of the centre of Basildon for a new college site.

The "very impressive" David Fanchi has significant expertise in property finance and continues to advise a substantial roster of banking clients from his Southampton office. "He is friendly, fast and efficient, and keeps us updated at all times," says a client.

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A strong Real Estate practice with both general property and niche areas of expertise that is both well-regarded and well-recognised in local and regional markets. The team works seamlessly across our Southampton, Gatwick and Chichester offices and also draws upon the expertise of our wider network within Irwin Mitchell, which includes further real estate specialists, as well as finance, planning, construction and property dispute resolution teams. 

As part of the wider Irwin Mitchell Real Estate team, we are now one of the largest Real Estate teams in the country and have both a national resource and local expertise which dominates many other firms in the South.

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Lester Aldridge LLP - Real Estate Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 35 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Southampton, Bournemouth

What the team is known for Established development team undertaking a range of work for national house builders, as well as handling refinancing issues for commercial lenders. Also has expertise in port and marina work and the healthcare sector. Recent work includes handling telecoms property issues.

Strengths A client states: "We consistently receive a very efficient service from Lester Aldridge. They are very commercially minded and competitively priced."

"Lester Aldridge are notably personable and friendly throughout the team," adds another client.

Work highlights Acquired numerous investment assets for Lewis Investment, totalling £40 million in value in the last year.

Advised Marina Developments on the acquisition of a Cineworld from an institutional fund.

Significant clients Horizon Capital Management, Care South, Santander UK, Bloor Homes, McCarthy & Stone.

Notable practitioners

Matthew Barrow leads the firm's real estate team. "Matthew's knowledge is immense," says a client. Another interviewee notes: "The level of service we receive from Matthew is extremely high. He is contactable at virtually any time of day and consistently gives very sound advice, based on both legal principles and commerciality."

Mark Benham continues to advise house builders on sizeable development schemes and strategic land issues. "He is highly skilled and extremely approachable, with great commercial awareness," says a client.

Firm chairman Roger Woolley currently also leads the firm's development team. He is held in high esteem by his clients, one of whom says: "Roger has a depth of knowledge in law which continues to surprise me."

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Lester Aldridge  has one of the largest real estate teams on the South Coast, with a head count of approximately 100. Growth in turnover of over 10% has been achieved in the last 12 months, which has been the case consistently for the last 10 years. The team combines strength in depth with quality of advice and is a strategic advisor to a number of its clients.

Clients include household names such as Meggitt Plc, Big Yellow plc, Care South and McCarthy & Stone plc. 

Key sectors where LA has genuine expertise include:

  • Housebuilding – in the last 12 months LA has dealt with all development site acquisitions for the retirement housing market leader McCarthy & Stone plc in England and Wales (over 70 sites). The team has secured work from two new top ten national housebuilders in the last 12 months (whose names are not publishable).
  • Real Estate Finance and Recoveries – LA is a key advisor to one global clearing bank on its business recoveries programme in the UK and advises a number of other clearing banks and their panel Insolvency Practitioners on lending issues, whilst continuing to grow its front end capability with a panel of national lenders.
  • Property investment and management
  • Telecoms – LA acts for several of the main telecom providers on their telecoms networks advising on landlord and tenant matters and the electronic communications code.
  • Ports and Marinas
  • Medical Practices and Healthcare
  • Hotels – clients include CHG, a major developer of Travelodges and Premier Inns

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Moore Blatch LLP - Real Estate Department

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Band 3

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Basic facts about the department
- 14 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Southampton

What the team is known for Strong team for residential and commercial development that continues to act for national and regional house builders. Also equipped to handle property finance, landlord and tenant matters, and investment work. Clients also benefit from the firm's knowledge of agricultural property.

Strengths Market commentators know the team to be "strong in house building and well positioned to take advantage of growth there."

A client states that "the team is overall very active and proficient."

Work highlights Handled Drake & Morgan's share acquisition of Corney & Barrow Bars, assisting with the property aspects of the purchase in relation to the target company's 11 bars.

Sold a long leasehold interest to Nationwide on behalf of Greenham Common Community Trust.

Significant clients Cowdray Estates, Mildren Homes, Foreman Homes, Churchill Retirement Living, Barratt Homes.

Notable practitioners

Luc Algar advises on a range of transactional property matters, including insolvency-related issues. "I would recommend Luc, as he has a magic touch," says one client, continuing: "He is pragmatic, cost-effective and gets on with people."

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Mundays LLP - Real Estate Department

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Band 3

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Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 23 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Cobham

What the team is known for Full-service property team handling a wide variety of both residential and commercial real estate matters, including development and finance issues. Regularly assists clients in the healthcare and retail sectors. Also has experience of investment transactions for funds and high net worth individuals.

Strengths A source states that "client service is at the top of their agenda at all times."

Another asserts that the firm is "combining traditional values and personal service with a business approach that makes a commercial relationship valuable, productive and enjoyable."

Notable practitioners

Sources say that Gavin Partridge is a "very good technical lawyer who provides very clear and concise advice." His work includes asset acquisitions and landlord and tenant matters.

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Penningtons Manches LLP - Real Estate Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 1 consultant
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Guildford

What the team is known for Frequently engaged by landowners and developers to advise on site acquisitions, sales and option agreements. Also advises well-known retailers and corporate occupiers on their property requirements, and offers further expertise in the hotels and industrial sectors. Also equipped to handle property finance transactions.

Strengths "They understand our business and work to provide us with the best commercial position in any instruction," says a client.

"They are terrific with communication," says another source, continuing: "Nothing is ever too much trouble."

Work highlights Advised Flight Centre (UK) on a variety of leasing matters, including the acquisition of new retail and office leases.

Acted for Rayner Surgical Group on the sale and short-term leaseback of a former head office and main production facility in Hove.

Significant clients Green Point Developments, Godalming Town Council, Westgate Healthcare, Oceanic Estates, Beckingham Homes.

Notable practitioners

Mike Busby's clients include developers, retailers and funds. He is praised for being "always on top of the details" and "attentive and responsive to queries in a very prompt and personable manner."

Lyndsey Whittell continues to advise on landlord and tenant matters. A client praises her ability to be "in control of everything."

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Penningtons Manches’ real estate practice combines strength and breadth with over 80 partners, consultants and associates across the firm offering focused, practical and high quality advice on all stages and types of real estate transactions.

We are experienced in dealing with investment sales and purchases, funding agreements, development schemes, portfolio management, structuring and joint ventures, distressed debt acquisition, landlord & tenant matters and enfranchisement as well as smaller commercial property work. Specialist planning, environmental, taxation and disputes expertise is also provided.

Our wide client base ranges from property entrepreneurs, based in the UK and internationally, to property companies, contractors, banks, institutional investors and corporates with surplus properties. We also deliver expert guidance to the social housing sector, health and care providers, mixed use developers, retailers and tenants, educational establishments and student accommodation providers.

Our lawyers blend expertise and efficiency with a thorough understanding of your needs to provide you with the right specialist skills, realistic costs and appropriate timescales throughout the acquisition, development, sale and management of an individual property or substantial portfolio.

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Stevens & Bolton LLP - Real Estate Department

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Band 3

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers
- 2 consultants
- Office location: Guildford

What the team is known for Comprehensive department with in-depth knowledge of corporate occupancy, residential, retail and industrial development, and property sales and acquisitions. Provides further expertise in the health sector, regularly assisting with transactions involving care homes and primary care facilities.

Strengths "They are efficient, on time and proactive," says a client.

Another source notes: "They always operate on a commercial basis and don't spend too long on matters that don't require it, though they still take a very detailed approach."

Notable practitioners

Howard Lupton well regarded by market sources and commended for his "relaxed and confident manner." He covers a broad range of commercial real estate transactions, including investment and development matters in the retail and industrial arenas.

The "excellent" Andrew Steele is described as "very calm and very knowledgeable" by impressed sources. One client says: "He is always contactable and very good at working with me to ensure that I understand all the nuances and implications." He advises a number of corporate occupiers, developers and investors.

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Thomson Snell & Passmore - Real Estate Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Tunbridge Wells

What the team is known for Often handles complex property finance work. Also equipped to handle residential development work, as well as transactions for national clients with sizeable property portfolios. Strong ties to the agriculture, charity and education sectors.

Strengths According to one source, "they place client service at the forefront and have an excellent understanding of the commercial drivers for clients."

Work highlights Undertook various real estate finance transactions for Close Brothers, including the perfecting of security.

Advised Agora Financial UK on the relocation of its head office to Worship Street in Central London.

Significant clients Ashford Borough Council, Titlestone, Secure Trust Bank, Yellow Tree Capital, Motorline Holdings.

Notable practitioners

Richard Ellard advises on a broad spectrum of property work, including investment transactions and real estate finance. He is described as a "very strong" practitioner by market commentators.

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Our Commercial Property & Development team give commercially orientated advice and ensure a speedily concluded transaction whether you are purchasing, selling or leasing commercial property.

Our experienced Commercial Property team act on a variety of different commercial transactions including asset management, acquisitions and disputes.

We act for a wide variety of clients including businesses, individuals, leading house builders and developers, pension funds, retailers, restaurateurs, lenders and local authorities.

Our lawyers have detailed knowledge and experience of the market and provide commercial and practical advice tailored to the individual needs of each client.

We also work closely with colleagues in our Property Disputes team in order to provide a complete property service to our clients.
 

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Trethowans LLP - Real Estate Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Salisbury, Southampton, Poole

What the team is known for Continues to be a strong choice for pension funds making sizeable property sales and purchases. Also particularly active in the real estate finance market. Fields further expertise in development matters, commercial landlord and tenant work and property transactions arising out of insolvency. Recent work has seen the team deal with retail, industrial and residential property.

Strengths A source mentions the team's "good client service, commerciality and value for money" as key strengths.

Work highlights Advised Rowanmoor Trustees on its acquisition of a newbuild site in Rochdale. Work included dealing with leasing issues and collateral warranties.

Acted for James Hay Pension Trustees on the sale of a factory site conditional on planning permission for development.

Significant clients Ladbrokes Betting & Gaming, Santander UK, Sentinel Housing Association, Sippchoice Trustees, Lloyds Bank.

Notable practitioners

Paul Longman continues to advise on property finance matters, as well as a number of development schemes. Sources say that he is "very good at taking a practical view on what is important."

Garry Treagust maintains a strong practice advising pension trustees on their property matters. Clients say he is "consistently very good."

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asb law LLP - Real Estate Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Maidstone

What the team is known for Regularly handles commercial transactions and portfolio management. Also has extensive experience working with private investors and house builders, among other clients. Able to provide an extensive property development service, handling everything from planning matters and site acquisitions to the disposal of finished assets.

Strengths A client states: "The team is well resourced and they provide all that we need from a law firm, being diligent, accessible, knowledgeable, hard-working, flexible and adaptable."

Another client adds: "The ease with which they deal with matters is brilliant."

Work highlights Worked with the Rochester Bridge Trust on the regularisation of the ownership of land at either end of the bridge.

Acted for Persimmon Homes on the acquisition of land at Minster near Sheerness. The deal provides for the land to be drawn down in phases with a small part of the land value being paid on the completion of each phase.

Significant clients Imperial Development Management, Big Box Storage Centres, The Milton Group, ISS UK, Brooke Homes.

Notable practitioners

Ian Greenfield "always gets a result," say market commentators. He advises clients such as banks, developers and charities on various transactional matters, including property finance deals.

Jonathan Cavell focuses on development and acts for a number of well-known house builders. "He has strong technical knowledge with excellent commercial awareness," says a client.

The "very sound" Nigel Wigin has extensive experience acting for a number of retail and corporate occupiers. He is described as "personable and experienced" by sources.

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The strategic focus of our team covers three key areas, as follows:

  • Asset Management & Property Investment. Our expertise involves all areas of buying, leasing and selling property assets. We have an excellent knowledge of the local market. ​
  • Property Developer Services. We help our client’s to obtain finance in a fluid market and we know the process from planning and construction through to disposal. We help our client’s through each step of the process and look for practical solutions to complete a deal.​
  • Service for Property Occupiers. We proactively help our clients, to manage their premises; whether that means expanding in the good times or minimising outlay in more troubled times. ​

Clients tell us that they choose our team for the following reasons:
  • They want a more responsive service from someone who understands their business - We spend time getting to know the client’s business and their portfolio.
  • They want to protect their reputation in the market - We work closely with all parties involved in a deal, ensuring our clients' relationship with their tenants and their reputation in the market is protected.​
  • They want to reduce their legal spend - We have mapped the way in which transactions are handled and implemented a new way of working to improve efficiency and deliver transaction contraction.​
  • They no longer want to be tied to hourly fees - We have adopted several different fee options, including retainers, risk-based pricing, fixed fees and volume discounts.

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Barlow Robbins LLP - Real Estate Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Guildford, Woking

What the team is known for Broad practice with experience of a range of real estate issues including secured lending, and development and regeneration matters. Continues to act for local landowners on complex acquisitions and disposals. Also equipped to advise on landlord and tenant matters.

Strengths A client states: "We find them very efficient and they always keep us updated on the progress of transactions."

Work highlights Acted for Lloyds Bank in relation to a £4.5 million refinance of an extensive property portfolio of 36 leasehold properties in London.

Acted for Joel Property Developments on the negotiation of a development agreement with Camden Council for the construction of eight flats. Also dealt with the sale of the development site to another London-based developer.

Significant clients Vapestore Retail, The Hencan Group, Achieve Lifestyle, NatWest, Surrey UK Investments.

Notable practitioners

Senior associate Daisy Waldren plays a crucial role in the team's secured lending work and regularly acts on behalf of investors and banks. "She provides excellent service, is always approachable and provides regular updates and manages expectations well," says a client.

Jo Farr applies "a commercial mindset and offers solutions where required," and is described as "considered, practical and approachable" by sources. She advises on a wide variety of matters, from refinancing issues to retail property transactions.

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Brachers LLP - Real Estate Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Maidstone

What the team is known for In demand for its expertise in the medical sector and often represents NHS trusts and clinical commissioning groups. Also ably advises education clients with their property needs. Client list also features organisations in the agriculture, and waste and energy sectors. Regularly handles commercial and residential development.

Strengths One client describes the firm as being "able to mobilise different teams without losing the personal touch."

Another client praises the team for being "flexible, supportive and willing to go the extra mile."

Work highlights Advised car dealers Beadles Group on the purchase of a flagship motor retail outlet, to be purpose built for the group.

Advised Burgess Marine on the property aspects of a series of marine engineering and superyacht company acquisitions.

Significant clients Lloyds Bank, Dover District Council, West Kent & Ashford College, Daunt Books, Hadlow Group.

Notable practitioners

Sarah Gaines leads the commercial property team and advises clients on matters ranging from agricultural tenancies to mineral extraction. Clients describe her as being "great to work with" and always "technically strong and supportive."

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Pitmans LLP - Real Estate Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Southampton

What the team is known for Broad practice with notable expertise in agricultural property and in-depth knowledge of matters concerning harbours, docks and foreshore. Also handles retail matters and property finance issues for banks, alongside traditional commercial and residential real estate transactions. Also has the expertise to assist high net worth individuals with investment purchases.

Strengths A client says that the team "wants to make sure you are in the best position you can be in," continuing: "They take a proactive, constructive, commercial approach to all their client work."

Work highlights Assisted Premier Marinas with the purchase of a £15 million land and waterside site on the River Dart in Devon.

Advised Mildren Homes on the taking of an option over residential development land in Fareham from Rosso Land.

Significant clients The Foundation for Liver Research, Historic Hotels of Sussex, Hamble Yacht Services, Red Funnel Ferries, Parkwater Investments.

Notable practitioners

John Newton offers extensive experience of transactional real estate issues, including marine and harbour matters. One client says: "He is a good communicator, well experienced in his field and provides timely responses and good advice."

About the Team (content provided by Pitmans LLP)

The Pitmans Law real estate sector team provides an integrated service offering for  clients across three key areas of focus:

Residential developments

We support developers' legal requirements at all stages of the process  from initially identifying the land through acquisition and planning to sale of the plots. We advise on private and mixed-use housing, leasing and freehold residential schemes as well as social housing.

We work with the large national and regional residential developers and house builders, landowners, property investors, agents, lenders and funders.

Commercial real estate

We offer our clients deep real estate sector expertise, advising developers, investors, funders, buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants on properties from hotels to marinas to farms to high street retail premises. We have extensive experience acting for overseas investors and organisations, carefully guiding them through the potential pitfalls of property leasing or investment in the UK.

We offer a fully integrated service with our core team working collaboratively with our construction, health and safety and premises licensing teams as required.

Residential conveyancing.

We can help you with sales and purchases, re-mortaging, equity transfers, leasing issues and transfers of property following death or divorce.

We advise individuals on all types of residential properties across the South East. We regularly deal with complex transactions involving Wills & Probate and overseas properties.

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Adams & Remers - Real Estate Department

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Band 5

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Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Lewes

What the team is known for Regularly handles both investment transactions and development-related matters. Clients range from pharmacies to retailers and pension funds. Adept at handling transactions involving residential, agricultural and elderly care properties, among others. Also offers property finance capabilities.

Strengths Sources note: "They have excellent communication skills and knowledge of care home conveyancing."

Notable practitioners

Robin Illingworth is a key contact.

About the Team (content provided by Adams & Remers)

Our Property department handles a wide range of clients and matters in both residential and commercial property.  This department as a whole is a key area within the firm and undertakes complex, high value work which requires a significant level of expertise and industry knowledge.   

Our Residential Property team handles matters ranging from the sale and purchase of family homes to high value properties and estates of up to £4m for high profile clients.  By providing a personal service and developing relationships with our clients, we have many long-standing clients who return to us for subsequent purchases. We have a specialist Listed Property solicitor, Suzanne Bowman, whose expertise has led her to be appointed by the Listed Property Owners’ Club to provide legal advice to its members. She is regularly asked to speak at events across the UK on listed property matters.

Our Commercial Property team has developed expertise in several sectors including agriculture and estates; options and promotion agreements; healthcare and care homes; development and investment work; landlord and tenant matters; acting for private and public banks and lenders.  We have developed a dedicated Care Home team, A&R Care, which handles complex care home transactions in collaboration with other practice areas within the firm, e.g. Employment, Corporate. 

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Furley Page Solicitors - Real Estate Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Canterbury, Chatham, Whitstable

What the team is known for Covers a wide variety of real estate matters and frequently works with clients in the healthcare, waste and education sectors. Offers expertise in commercial and mixed-use development, as well as property finance and asset purchases and sales. Landlord and tenant work also features in the team's caseload.

Strengths "They build a strong working relationship for the benefit of the client," says a source.

"They offer good advice and communication to enable client work to be completed in a quick and professional manner," adds another interviewee.

Work highlights Advised AMJ Beach on the sale of a block of affordable housing flats and other residential units to Moat Homes.

Assisted John Parker & Sons with the lease of a sizeable unit in Crawley for the processing of steel.

Significant clients University of Kent, Day Lewis, Grupo Antolin, Countrystyle Group, Stema Shipping.

Notable practitioners

Department head Jeremy Licence's practice covers an impressively broad range of real estate matters. One source says: "He is an excellent communicator, is very commercially minded and has good technical knowledge."

About the Team (content provided by Furley Page Solicitors)

Furley Page commercial property practice is one of the longest established in Kent and is the largest team in East Kent. We are known for providing high quality, thorough advice to our clients. We act for a wide range of clients, from multinational companies to individual property developers and not for profit organisations.

Industry sectors

  • The education sector. We act for University of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University and several schools and colleges
  • Development; residential, commercial and mixed use, including student accommodation (acting for developers, landowners, banks and Universities). 
  • Healthcare (particularly pharmacy and dental)
  • Secured lending
  • Land based businesses
  • Planning and environmental
  • Landlord and Tenant
  • Waste management

We are connected to the local and wider business community through memberships, trustee, governorships and we regularly give seminars and training to other professionals.

We are known for client retention; many of our best clients have been with us for several years if not generations.

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Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP - Real Estate Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Brighton, Sevenoaks, Uckfield, Seaford, Ashford

What the team is known for Notable development expertise, particularly in the residential sector, and the ability to handle a variety of investment matters. Also equipped to advise on landlord and tenant issues. Works with a range of clients, including banks, charities, developers and retailers.

Strengths One commentator says: "They are switched-on, and understand development issues and a client's long and short-term needs."

Another adds: "It is a strong, energetic and commercially aware team."

Notable practitioners

David Ashton is an accomplished investment and development expert. He deals with commercial and residential property, and is instructed by clients in both the public and private sectors.

About the Team (content provided by Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP)

Rix & Kay has a large property department dealing with commercial and residential property related matters.

The team works with clients as diverse as private house builders, landowners, developers, investors, owner occupiers as well as individuals and their families.

The specialists advise on:

  • Acquisition of land and buildings for development or re-development
  • Diversification of agricultural land
  • Owning and occupying commercial property
  • Buying and selling investment properties
  • Mortgaging commercial property
  • Property aspects of a company sale or purchase
  • Buying, selling and letting of residential homes
  • Residential investment
  • Unregistered titles
  • Complex residential leasehold issues​

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Thackray Williams - Real Estate Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Office locations: Beckenham, Bromley, West Wickham

What the team is known for Diverse team handling the full range of commercial and residential property transactions. Regularly involved in notable development projects and boasts an impressive residential conveyancing practice.

Strengths The team is described as a "user-friendly" group "who don't make point-scoring an issue."

Significant clients Dulwich Estate, NatWest, Malden Group, QVS Electrical Wholesale, Harsco Infrastructure Services.

Notable practitioners

Yildiz Betez is a key contact.

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TWM Solicitors LLP - Real Estate Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Cranleigh, Epsom, Guildford, Leatherhead, Reigate

What the team is known for Well-rounded practice advising clients such as investors, developers, landowners, banks and other local and national corporates. Areas of expertise include complex development projects and property finance. Has experience of dealing with the property aspects of M&A deals.

Strengths A client states: "The service is extremely good and they are forward-thinking."

Work highlights Advised Eagle Radio on its relocation from a town-centre setting to a new base on the Guildford College Campus.

Advised the shareholders of Darenth Valley Golf Course on the sale of the entire issued share capital of the company which included handling property due diligence.

Significant clients Asprey Homes, Crown Golf, Riseden, Shilton, Tindle Newspapers.

Notable practitioners

Adrian Price covers many areas of property law for a wide range of clients, including banks and developers. "He is a very pragmatic person," says a client, adding: "He is very proactive in resolving issues."

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