London (Firms)

Real Estate

Due to the number of tables in this section, the editorial is in alphabetical order by firm name.

Real Estate - London (Firms)


Basic facts about the department
- 35 partners
- 117 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Provides a full real estate offering to clients across several sectors including retail, student accommodation and finance, among others. Acts on significant development and regeneration schemes around the country with support from a wider national team.   

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have got a band of good clients and their response times continue to be good."

"We are lucky to have continuity with the team." 

Work highlights Acted for the Co-operative Group, in a joint venture with Hermes, on a mixed-use development in Manchester City Centre, valued at approximately £800 million.  

Advised the University Partnerships Programme on the redevelopment of a residential campus in Bloomsbury, including advising on the structure and documentation of the transaction.

Notable practitioners

Jane Hollinshead is "able to balance a degree of empathy with the issues that clients face and combine that with an understanding and set of insights into the environment that she is operating in," says one interviewee. Her recent work has included high-value matters for HUB Residential.

The "excellent" Leona Ahmed continues to advise investors on a range of property projects. She leads the firm's real estate practice.

Significant clients Hammerson, British Land, Associated British Food, Sainsbury's, Mount Anvil.

Basic facts about the department
- 28 partners
- 84 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong track record of advising fund and investor clients on complex corporate real estate transactions, including the formation of joint ventures for development schemes. Continues to represent large financial institutions and other companies in headquarter office moves.

Work highlights Advised Places for People on a transaction with Legal & General Pensions involving the lease and leaseback of approximately 4,000 rented homes.

Acted for Richemont on its £300 million acquisition of 130–134 and 135–137 New Bond Street, in a joint venture with Oxford Properties.

Notable practitioners  

Adam Cleal has a well-established reputation for a range of real estate work, including housing and corporate property transactions. He is "very good at flagging and handling the larger issues" in a deal.

Daniel McKimm is noted for his work for private equity clients, as well as a number of financial institutions. He impresses sources as a "tough negotiator" who works across a broad spectrum of commercial property matters.

Imogen Moss continues to advise on sales, acquisitions, financings and letting transactions for domestic and international investors. She is well known by market commentators and frequently deals with complex investment vehicles.

Christopher Woolf recently advised a number of property investors on high-value transactions. He counts Blackstone and Meyer Bergman among his clients.

Significant clients Schroder UK Property Fund, West End of London Property Unit Trust, Westbrook Partners, J.P. Morgan Asset Management, Orion Capital Managers.

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises on some of the country's highest-profile regeneration and development projects and on large pre-let deals. Acts for inward investors and domestic clients on a range of private equity-related real estate matters. Supported by wider team of specialists in related disciplines.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are able to deal with complex issues and have excellent transaction management skills."

"An excellent team - they are extremely responsive and able to provide constructive commercial advice."

"Commercial awareness and approachable people."  

Work highlights Acted for Telereal Trillium on its sale of a portfolio of 55 assets, including office, industrial and retail units, to Legal & General.  

Advised Westfield on the sale of three regional shopping centres to Intu.

Notable practitioners

The well-known Hugh Lumby is described by one market commentator as "a sound operator and very well respected." As head of the firm's global real estate team, he acts for some of the group's best-known clients and is known for his shopping centre expertise.

Gerald Kelly "is quite decisive, so he speaks with a lot of clarity," says one client. He recently advised Berkeley Group on its acquisition of residential development sites in Battersea and Southall and the subsequent creation of a joint venture for development purposes.

Richard Vernon is picked out for his "very supportive" client manner. He enjoys a busy caseload of lease and sale and acquisition work. He continues to lead the firm's London real estate team.

David Jones is well liked by peers and clients alike, earning plaudits as a "good, sensible, practical lawyer." He counts Indiabulls and Telereal Trillium among his clients.

Significant clients Berkeley Group, Transport for London, Oxford Properties, Greenland Group, Merlin Entertainments Group.

What the team is known for Global firm with the capacity to handle large cross-border transactions for inward investors. Areas of particular strength include work in the hotels and retail sectors, as well as corporate landlord and tenant matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Strengths include their diplomatic skills and their radar to pick up issues before they arrive."

Work highlights Advised Deloitte in its capacity as receivers on the sale of the Gherkin to the Safra Group for £726 million.

Continued to advise CIMB Bank, along with other syndicate banks, on various real estate aspects of the Battersea Power Station redevelopment.

Notable practitioners

Stephen Turner has recently acted on several high-value London property sales and purchases. One impressed source comments: "He is really good in the heat of battle. He is measured and wants to do the best for his client."

Justin Salkeld covers the full gamut of real estate transactions, including investment and property finance matters. He also provides clients with the benefit of a broad knowledge of the hotels sector.

Significant clients Abbott Laboratories, Levi Strauss, Employees Provident Fund of Malaysia, Sanofi, JLL.

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 3 consultants
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Established leader in the charity sector, offering a wide range of real estate services to household-name clients in the field. Also advises groups in the education, sports, retail and commercial spheres.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Significant knowledge and experience of the charitable sector and property law."

"You can call them up and get straightforward advice without too much legal jargon."

Work highlights Acted for the London Early Years Foundation on the planning, acquisition, leasing and other property aspects of several new nurseries across London.

Advised Action on Hearing Loss on the sale and leaseback of its freehold offices off Silicon Roundabout.

Notable practitioners  

The "very able and very bright" Nick Ivey has extensive experience in the real estate field. He is particularly adept at handling property matters for an extensive list of charity clients.

Martin Gunson's areas of expertise include occupier, buyer, seller, and finance and insolvency matters. He recently led a team advising on the redevelopment of Brighton Open Market.

Anthony Cartmell is described as "very thorough" by impressed sources. He acts for a range of clients on a variety of commercial property transactions.

Significant clients Goldsmiths College, Unite the Union, British Film Institute, YMCA, CfBT Education Trust.

Basic facts about the department
- 61 partners
- 108 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for High-profile developments and top-end investment transactions are mainstays of this well-resourced team's caseload. Well known for providing advice to clients across the spectrum of real estate and related disciplines. Significant expertise in advising international investors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a lot of very high-calibre individuals and there is great breadth within the team." 

"They are absolutely first-class." 

"The lead partners are very accessible and very constructive and work extremely well with our team."

Work highlights Acted for Singaporean property company UOL Group on the acquisition of Heron Plaza, a site which the client intends to develop into a five-star hotel.

Continued to act for Land Securities on a variety of matters, including the pre-letting of One and Two New Ludgate to Ropes & Gray and Mizuho Bank respectively.

Notable practitioners  

Robert MacGregor is chairman of the firm and acts for several household-name clients on complex transactions. "He is excellent," says a client, who adds: "He is very bright and committed to us as a business, is always available and has a can-do attitude."

Head of department Chris de Pury is widely regarded by peers and clients as one of the top real estate practitioners in London and acts on large developments and investment transactions. "Chris is an incredibly commercial guy who really understands private equity investing," says one source.

James Knox "is an icon in the real estate industry," says a client. His work focuses on the representation of investors, particularly overseas clients, and on significant developments in central London. He manages the firm's international real estate offering.

The "very commercial" David Battiscombe is well regarded by fellow real estate practitioners. He is particularly active in the residential and hospitality markets.  

Alan Wight is picked out by sources for his leasing expertise. He has advised on a variety of landlord and tenant matters relating to some of the City's most iconic buildings.  

Andrew Sanders focuses on sizeable development matters. He was recently part of the team that advised Argent on the Airport City project at Manchester Airport.

Samant Narula is praised by commentators for his commercial approach. He focuses on corporate property transactions for investment clients.  

Claire Milton continues to enjoy a broad real estate practice. Her clients include Oxford Properties.

Deepa Deb works for a number of national and international companies on various corporate real estate transactions. She recently acted for UOL Group on its acquisition of Heron Plaza.

Significant clients Great Portland Estates, Canary Wharf Group, Blackstone, Qatari Diar, Tesco.

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 27 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises several household-name clients on a variety of major infrastructure projects, commercial real estate matters and residential property management. Additional expertise in the charities sector.  

Work highlights Advised National Grid Nemo Link on various real estate aspects of its proposed electricity link between Belgium and Kent, which included negotiating a licence for the cable route with The Crown Estate and title and easements work.

Acted for Transport for London on the Garden Bridge project, conducting title investigations on land covering the proposed route of the Thomas Heatherwick-designed bridge.

Notable practitioners 

Andrew Smith is head of department.

Significant clients South Kensington Estates, Smurfitt Kappa, Croudace Properties, Drapers Company, City & Country Group.

What the team is known for New entrant to the table offering a broad range of real estate services, including investment transactions and asset management, to a variety of clients. Also fields a number of experts who have deep experience acting for mid-tier developers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are pretty exceptional in terms of their speed of turnaround and proactivity."

"Excellent personal and immediate service." 

What's new? On 1 August 2015 Blake Morgan merged with London firm Piper Smith Watton LLP.

Notable practitioners

Philip Diamond is a key contact in the London team.

Significant clients Dorrington Properties, Langland Estates, St. Modwen Properties, CPC Group, Allport.

Basic facts about the department
- 14 partners
- 1 consultant
- 16 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-established group with a long history of advising private investors and companies on residential and commercial acquisitions, sales and development. Also acts on significant retail transactions.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"What is good for me is the consistency of the people and advice."  

Work highlights Advised Marriott on the sale of the London Edition Hotel to the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority.

Notable practitioners  

Commercial property expert Caroline King is picked out for her thorough approach and business acumen. She leads the firm's real estate relationship with Grosvenor.  

Karen Mason provides clients with advice on a range of commercial, residential and retail property issues. She has a niche practice in petrol filling station work. "She is always positive and focused," notes a client.

Significant clients Grosvenor, IBM UK Pensions Trust, Joseph Homes, Rontec Investments, Albemarle Syndicates.

Basic facts about the department
- 13 partners
- 39 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Full-service firm frequently sought out by charities, investors, developers and house builders for its broad expertise. Substantial offering in a variety of areas of property, including regeneration and investment. Also offers skilled representation of London estates and retail and leisure occupiers.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their depth of knowledge, business sense and practical sense make them a good partner." 

Work highlights Advised Londonewcastle on its conditional acquisition of a site in Kilburn for a mixed-use development.

Acted for a property company owned by Derwent London on the sale of a central London office building to Amsprop Investments.

Notable practitioners  

Lee Medlock is noted for his commercial attitude towards getting a deal done. His recent caseload has included several large-scale sales and purchases.

Lynn Povey has a particularly strong reputation for her work for numerous charity clients. "Her understanding of our requirements is a wonderful help," comments one client.

Simon Davies works on a variety of transactions relating to residential and commercial property. He also acts for lenders.

Investment expert Simon Ewing counsels institutional investors and individuals on acquisitions and management of high-value real estate.

Significant clients Eton College, Land Securities, The Dulwich Estate, Howard de Walden Estate, Henderson Global Investors.

Basic facts about the department
- 23 partners
- 78 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading abilities in corporate real estate transactions. Advises domestic and international investors on structured real estate deals, pulling together expertise in finance, development and joint venture structures. Also offers impressive expertise in high-end residential development work.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are standout. Without them we wouldn't have been able to get the deals done."

"They have the experience, volume and speed of delivery. The real estate people are technically very good and also very commercial in terms of problem solving and making recommendations." 

Work highlights Advised NorthStar Realty Finance on its acquisition of a EUR1.1 billion property portfolio from SEB Investment.

Sold Canary Wharf Group's interest in 10 Upper Bank Street to a Jersey SLP.

Notable practitioners  

Jonathan Solomon attracts a host of praise from sources. He is named "an exceptionally gifted development lawyer" as well as "a pleasure to work with." He advises on significant development and investment transactions.

Franc Pena is well regarded by peers and deals with a range of investment transactions. He frequently deals with overseas clients and properties.

Significant clients Actis, Angelo Gordon & Co, Battersea Power Station Development Company, City of London Corporation, Hammerson.

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises across the full spectrum of real estate matters, focusing on residential and commercial development, as well as investment work. Strong UK client base, including retail occupiers, with an increasing international practice.

Work highlights Represented CNA Insurance in its lease of two floors of 20 Fenchurch Street, better known as the Walkie Talkie building.

Acted for the Financial Ombudsman Service on its lease negotiations relating to its expansion plans.

Notable practitioners  

The "extremely knowledgeable" Annabelle Redman is praised by clients and peers for her "pragmatic approach and market knowledge." She works on commercial and residential investment and development matters.

Significant clients Cathedral Group, Dairy Crest, Freshwater Group, Frogmore Property Group, Grainger.

What the team is known for Busy and well-resourced team with the capacity to handle a range of development, occupier and investment deals for blue-chip clients. Extensive experience in areas including PRS and hotels and leisure. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are commercial in their outlook, they deal with work efficiently and they understand our needs."

Notable practitioners   

Edward Benzecry is well known for his investment practice and frequently advises large investors on their most valuable transactions. "He is very good at taking the overview and works in a calm and effective manner," says a client, who also notes: "He is able to steer us through very complex transactions."

Mark Heighton is recognised by peers to be a "very good operator" and is the head of the firm's real estate department. "He is able to give something more than just legal input," comments a source. His clients include occupiers, developers and investors.

Adrian Wright is a commercial property expert who is "excellent to deal with." His ability to approach transactions with a strong commercial sense is of particular note.

Basic facts about the department
- 19 partners
- 32 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Residential development specialists with wider expertise in commercial development and investment, and asset management. Works for a broad range of clients including sizeable retail and house builder groups.    

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The quality of advice is hugely important and they know the subject matter very well. They're very proactive in terms of responding and meeting deadlines and have a good understanding of the client." 

"They are multidisciplinary and have the ability to call on other very experienced departments."

Work highlights Advised Essential Living on the development of Helix Towers, a landmark mixed-use development in Canary Wharf with 414 residential units.

Acted for Barratt Developments company David Wilson Homes on a major residential redevelopment at Newbury Racecourse.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Lee focuses on advising large developers undertaking mixed-use and residential work. He attracts praise from a number of sources, who describe him as a "strategic thinker" and a "brilliant" lawyer.

Significant clients Crest Nicholson, Arab Investments, BAE Pension Funds, Westfield, Persimmon.

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Global firm with the capabilities to work on development, sales and acquisitions, lease work and finance. Frequently retained to advise funds, occupiers, and a range of other clients on complex real estate matters.   

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A very smart group of lawyers who anticipate issues before they arise and are excellent at problem solving." 

Work highlights Restructured the corporate property holdings of Haymarket Media Group, which involved relocation and sales advice.

Advised Monitise on its lease of new premises in Medius House, Soho and of extra space within its existing offices at 95 Gresham Street.

Notable practitioners  

Bill Fryzer offers high-quality commercial property and finance advice to investors and occupiers. Corporate headquarters work and leisure sector matters are among his areas of expertise. 

Significant clients Blackfriars Investments, Club Quarters, SAL Pension Fund, Shurgard UK, St Ives.

Basic facts about the department
- 15 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Tackles the full spectrum of real estate matters, from large-scale development through investment fund work to property matters for rail and utility companies. Remains a key player in the hotels and leisure and retail sectors.    

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very good, very responsive and manage to meet extremely tight deadlines very well." 

Work highlights Acted for Verdion and the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) on their iPort development near Doncaster. The scheme involves 6 million sq ft of logistics warehousing and is based on approximately 300 acres of greenfield land.

Advised John Lewis on a programme of new department stores and on the redevelopment of the John Lewis Clearings site in Chelsea. 

Notable practitioners  

Head of UK real estate Richard Budge regularly offers clients the benefit of his extensive knowledge on development and investment deals. He frequently deals with matters arising from the firm's contacts in Asia.

Significant clients Sainsbury's, KSL, Ibérica Food & Culture, Home Retail Group, Transport for London.

Basic facts about the department
- 36 partners
- 6 counsel
- 68 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Works on an array of real estate matters for developers and institutional investors. Noted presence in the market for its work for large corporates and is able to draw on significant international resources to provide overseas clients with a depth of knowledge. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very straightforward and they get it done on time. They have got a depth in the team so we can resource on time."

Work highlights Advised Blackstone Real Estate Advisors on the purchase of a portfolio from SEC Investment. The assets in question were logistics properties located across Europe.    

Finalised a corporate acquisition of a site in Middlesex for Prologis. The client proposes to create a light industrial development on the site.  

Notable practitioners  

Richard Hopkinson-Woolley is commended for his ability to run a complex deal. He advises on a broad range of real estate investment and development. His clients include Oxford Properties and Tishman Speyer.

Commercial real estate expert Simon Cookson has deep experience in the full spectrum of property transactions. He advises on corporate real estate matters, sales and acquisitions and letting issues, among other areas.

Joanne Owen focuses on complex investment matters. She advises a blue-chip client base of private equity houses and other real estate investors, including Blackstone.

Significant clients Oxford Properties, CBRE Global Investors, Mace, Cornerstone, Tishman Speyer.

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for New entrant to the table with the ability to cover a variety of transactional property work. Regularly instructed by clients in the retail and hospitality sectors, but also has considerable expertise in high-end residential development work and property investment.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They give such a high-standard and quality service and always respond promptly with tailored advice. Their advice is always succinct and clear both in writing and verbally."  

Work highlights Retained by Luxlo to advise on the acquisition of a Mayfair office building and the redevelopment of the site into seven apartments.

Acted for Smiths Group Pension Fund on its sale of retail warehouses to an investment company based in Jersey.

Notable practitioners

Stephen Brower is head of the property team.

Significant clients Lush, Coutts, Carrier Refrigeration, Corus Hotels, John McAslan + Partners. 

Basic facts about the department
- 14 partners
- 2 legal directors
- 45 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Distinguished full-service team with the expertise to handle a variety of pure real estate work for institutional investors and asset managers. Also earns a strong reputation for development work and for the team's ability to get deals done efficiently.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very strong across the board on development." 

"They are particularly good on high-speed, complex transactions. They will work every available hour and never give up until the deal is done." 

"Excellent client commitment and very commercial." 

Work highlights Acted for Legal & General on its investment in BBC MediaCity Metropolis.

Advised Scottish Widows Investment Partnership (now part of Aberdeen Asset Management) on the sale of 22 Hanover Square.  

Notable practitioners  

Bruce Dear attracts a plethora of accolades from commentators, who describe him as "technically excellent" and "incredibly committed and passionate." He specialises in real estate investment, including complex matters for overseas clients, as well as general sales and acquisitions. 

Nicholas Bartlett enjoys a busy practice acting on landmark transactions for inward investors and private equity clients. Investment in student accommodation is one of his specialities.

Richard Lampert is described as "very responsive and attentive" by one client who appreciates the personal attention he gives to his clients. His work spans deals for institutional investors, as well as PRS and PAIF matters.

Stephen Manson focuses on regeneration and other development projects. He has experience in commercial and residential work.

Significant clients Kuwait Investment Office (St Martins), Swedish National Pension Fund, Oaktree Asset Management, KPMG, SEGRO.

Basic facts about the department
- 14 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Remains a top choice for charities, high net worth individuals and family offices, as well as a range of other investors. Also recommended for its expertise in the residential sector and in urban community developments.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They provide a very comprehensive service. They also have a good knowledge of charity law."

"They have a wide range of skills." 

Work highlights Acted for Hub Group on its acquisition of an office block in Wembley for redevelopment into residential units and retail areas.

Continued to advise the Duchy of Cornwall on its Nansledan Urban Community Development. Recent work on the project has included advice on the disposal structures for the new homes and the management of the development.

Notable practitioners 

Andrew Bailey is a highly experienced property adviser covering areas such as mixed-use and commercial developments and property investment. One source describes him as a "good commercial lawyer and very responsive."

Charles Anderson covers a broad array of asset management, investment and development work. He regularly acts on complex property matters on behalf of charities. "He is extremely thorough and faultless in his operation," comments an interviewee. 

Significant clients Charities Property Fund, Highbridge Properties, Trust for London, Lloyds Banking Group, Strutt & Parker.

Basic facts about the department
- 15 partners
- 35 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Growing team offering high-quality advice on a range of real estate issues including institutional investment, development and regeneration, and asset management. Equipped to handle matters in the hotels and leisure and student accommodation sectors, as well as significant cross-border work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"There is a real depth of quality resource on the team." 

"They are very approachable." 

Work highlights Acted for Gala Coral Group on the disposal of over 50 properties worth £175 million and subject to leases to Gala Leisure.  

Advised HCP on the property aspects of financing an acquisition of a substantial care home estate.    

Notable practitioners

Antony Phillips heads the department.

Significant clients Shell Pension Funds, National Grid, BP, Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management, Hitachi Capital.

Basic facts about the department
- 26 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Continues to grow and diversify, working on complex portfolio transactions and investment matters for institutional clients, high net worth individuals and well-known companies. Maintains a strong presence in the hotels and residential spaces.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A very good customer focus and eye for detail." 

What's new? Daniel Polden has joined the team from Locke Lord (UK) LLP.

Work highlights Acquired a significant hotel development site in Shoreditch on behalf of Highgate Hotels.

Assisted CNM Estates with its £53.5 million purchase of Tolworth Tower.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Kaufman advises clients on real estate investment and finance. He is regularly retained by overseas clients, particularly Israeli investors.

Daniel Polden covers a wide span of pure real estate and finance transasctions. A source says: "Daniel is commercially driven, understands his clients and their objectives, and is supportive and constructive in the way he handles negotiating on their behalf."

Significant clients Camden Market Holding Corp, Cathedral Group, Madison, CIMC, Soho Estates.

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 35 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Continues a long pedigree of property work for clients such as institutional investors, developers and corporate occupiers. Frequently advises on large portfolio transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They prioritise work, understand deadlines and always make sure the relevant senior partner is involved in every aspect of a transaction."

"They definitely know their law and the technical stuff inside out."

Work highlights Acted for Europa Capital on the sale of its SEED portfolio, including various asset sales and the disposal of 100% of a unit trust.

Advised Aberdeen Asset Management on its £75 million sale of 35 Marylebone High Street.

Notable practitioners  

Development and regeneration expert Smita Edwards gives "clear, straightforward advice" to her appreciative clients and is described by one source as a "good technician." She acts for developers, funders and occupiers.

Eugene McMahon mainly acts for investors and property companies on development and funding matters. Clients comment favourably on his commitment and ability to make every client feel important.

Howard Gill counts international funds, developers and large corporate occupiers among his clients. One source enthuses: "Howard really ensured that we got the transaction across the line and stuck with it. He was able to provide advice knowing and understanding the commercial angles of the transaction."

The "excellent" Matthew Swainston leads the firm's commercial property team. He covers a broad spectrum of real estate matters; development, sales and acquisitions, and asset management are all within his remit.

Significant clients British Airways Pension Fund, Knight Dragon, The Crown Estate, LXB Retail Properties, F&C REIT Asset Management.

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Experts in asset management, development, and sales and acquisitions of commercial and residential property. Also offers skilled representation of landlords and occupiers in the fashion retail and restaurant sectors. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We are very impressed by the firm's attention to detail, speed of response and instantaneous appreciation of the task in hand. Their advice is commercial and pragmatic."  

Work highlights Engaged by Barbican Insurance on its lease of two floors of 33 Gracechurch Street, EC3.

Acted for FM Global on its lease of Level 41, The Leadenhall Building.

Notable practitioners  

Liz Ruff offers clients the benefit of her "commanding knowledge"  in sectors such as commercial, residential and retail property. Commentators particularly like her "very good communication skills" and the way in which she "puts clients at ease."

Simon Smith's broad practice encompasses development and investment work as well as matters for corporate occupiers. One interviewee comments: "I find him to be a very pragmatic lawyer, who cuts to the chase and quickly gets to the nub of an issue."

Significant clients Tennants Consolidated, Panther Securities, Livingsocial, Barbican Insurance, RBS.

Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 33 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Continues to advise a core client base of private equity groups, institutional investors, sovereign wealth funds and large property companies on an array of real estate transactions. Significant cross-border work features heavily in the team's workload.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Premium service, outstanding technical knowledge, tough in negotiations with an eye on commercial elements that ensures transactions are successful."

"They can provide a one-stop shop." 

Work highlights Acted for administrators Ernst & Young on the sale of two office buildings in Manchester to M&G Real Estate. The advice included dealing with complex title issues.

Assisted long-standing client QMH UK with the disposal of its UK hotel business to Marathon Asset Management.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Wheelhouse heads the firm's global real estate group. His work ranges from property joint ventures to high-value development and investment matters.

Emma Kendall leads the property team in London. She offers investors, property companies and funds the benefit of her extensive knowledge of a range of transactions. "She is direct and to the point and gets to the heart of the issue very quickly," says one client, continuing: "She is also very proactive in getting us to do what we need to be doing. She does more than just respond to our instructions - she helps us get to where we need to go."

Alex Watt specialises in high-value matters for sovereign wealth funds and other investors. He is picked out by sources for his leadership abilities.

Significant clients TPG Capital, Almacantar, Blackstone, Land Securities, KKR.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Specialists in business occupier and landlord and tenant work, particularly for clients in the media and technology sectors. Also undertakes property work for high net worth clients and works on investment and development matters for a variety of clients.   

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The service is always personal and highly efficient." 

"We can pick up the phone in a panic and they instantly know what the issues are." 

Work highlights Obtained the first retail store lease for Victoria Beckham's fashion business. 

Carried out the transfer of 12 development and investment properties within the Cross Stone Group. 

Notable practitioners  

Melanie Benson advises on a mixture of business occupier and high-end residential work. One client enthuses: "She always impresses me with her attention to detail and her ability to explain complex issues in a straightforward and easily understandable manner."

Significant clients Ben Sherman Group, IMO Car Wash, Opentable, Rockstar Games, The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama.

Basic facts about the department
- 17 partners
- 70 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Stands out for its impressively broad real estate expertise with the resources to guide clients through complex transactions from initial site acquisition to asset management. Areas of particular strength include structured investment transactions, large developments and leasing work. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Nothing is too much for the client. The expertise is there, as you would expect, but they are very committed to client service."

"It's an awesome team. They are very responsive and there is someone there 24 hours a day, seven days a week."

"There is a good depth in terms of the team; good expertise from partner level all the way through associate level."  

Work highlights Advised a joint venture of Oxford Properties and Brookfield Office Properties on the pre-let of One London Wall Place to Schroders.  

Assisted Blackstone with the purchase of several high-value London properties, including 20 Old Bailey and the FCA's headquarters in Canary Wharf. 

Notable practitioners  

Commercial property specialist James Barnes is described as "good at maximising the commercial position when converting heads of terms to detailed documentation." He has a depth of experience in large-scale regeneration projects.  

Donald Rowlands "comes across with a lot of gravitas" and is known for his "strategic leadership" style. He advises clients on complex corporate real estate deals, as well as development matters.

Managing partner Ian Cox has a reputation for handling high-value and complex transactions. He counts a number of private equity funds among his clients. "He's an extremely effective negotiator and has an eye on resolutions rather than debates," says one commentator.

Clients respect Richard Forsdyke for his focused and "very dedicated" approach. He covers a broad range of real estate work, including development and finance matters. 

Jeremy Walden focuses on complex structured sales and purchases for funds and other investors. He has a wealth of experience in dealing in high-value property.

Shelagh McKibbin is well regarded by peers and enjoys an active commercial property practice. She works on the accounts of several of the firm's key clients.  

David Rosen advises on a broad array of property matters. His expertise spans large-scale development work as well as leasing and structured real estate deals.

Significant clients Hammerson, Anschutz Entertainment Group, The Carlyle Group, AXA REIM, Moorfield.

Basic facts about the department
- 13 partners
- 63 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly acclaimed investment practice with the skills and resources to handle high-value, cross-border transactions for private equity and sovereign wealth funds, among other groups. Also offers a comprehensive development and occupier headquarter practice. Maintains an enviable client base in the banking and hotels and leisure sectors.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are a class outfit." 

"They are friendly people to deal with and they come across very naturally." 

Work highlights Engaged by HOOPP to advise on the redevelopment of Creechurch Place in the City of London, a project undertaken in joint venture with Helical Bar.

Instructed by M&G Real Estate to advise on the acquisition of two office properties in Manchester from administrators Ernst & Young. The transaction was valued at over £300 million.  

Notable practitioners  

Global head of real estate Jackie Newstead is well regarded by peers. She undertakes a broad spectrum of commercial property deals, including corporate occupier work, investment and development matters.

Peers rate Dion Panambalana as a property expert, particularly in relation to landlord and tenant matters. He also covers a wide variety of development and regeneration projects, among other areas.

John Condliffe is regularly retained by developers, occupiers and investment funds on a range of property transactions. "He solves problems quickly," say clients.

Gill McGreevy works on high-value deals including those for institutional investors. She has deep experience in areas such as finance and development. 

Daniel Norris is well versed in advising clients investing in real estate. He also covers a broad array of development and corporate property work.

Significant clients LaSalle Investment Management, Shaftesbury, Argent, Barclays, News Corporation.

What the team is known for Represents an extensive retail and restaurant client base, acting on the sale and acquisition of premises. Other areas of specialism include plot sales and advising high net worth individuals on residential property. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We tend to go to them for specialist advice on unique real estate structures." 

Work highlights Advised Galliard Homes on the purchase of West Ham United FC's ground at Upton Park.

Acted for luxury Italian retailer La Perla on the purchase of a Bond Street store.  

Notable practitioners

Paul Springall is a key contact.

Significant clients Pizza Hut, Tragus, Calzedonia, Carluccio’s, Cartier.

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Growing team active across the commercial property spectrum, particularly in retail and logistics. Residential property development is another area of particular focus. Acts for a number of household-name clients.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Clear client contacts who always deal with our work so we know who will be dealing with the projects."  

Work highlights Acted for British Land on the £326 million sale of 52 Poland Street, a multi-let office and leisure building, to Amazon Property.

Assisted Honda Motor Europe with its headquarters relocation from Langley in Berkshire to Bracknell. Honda now occupies 70,000 sq ft at the Reflex complex.

Notable practitioners  

Jon Vivian has a vast amount of experience in the real estate market. His broad practice includes development and investment work in a range of commercial areas.

Rob Thompson leads the London real estate team and works for a number of significant private equity funds, financial institutions and property companies. He covers a range of transactional investment and development work.

Ayesha Hasan has recently worked on a number of large real estate transactions arising out of insolvency. She has further expertise in investment matters as well as real estate finance.

Louise Cartwright advises investors, developers, occupiers and property companies on a variety of transactions. She is recognised in the market for her work in the logistics sector.

Significant clients Prestbury, Mercer Real Estate Partners, Delancey, HSBC, IDI Gazeley.

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for International firm with the coverage to advise global investors, including ones from the USA and Asia, large UK-based REITs and financial institutions. Able to provide advice across the lifecycle of a real estate deal in areas including retail, student housing and distribution properties. 

Work highlights Advised British Land on its sale of three valuable office and retail properties in Hull, Maidenhead and Birmingham. 

Acted for Hansteen Holdings on the disposal of a £146.1 million portfolio comprising 41 industrial properties.

Notable practitioners  

David Roberts is well known in the market for his commercial property expertise. He covers areas such as joint ventures, partnerships and unit trusts as property vehicles. "He is global co-head of real estate so you feel that you are getting the A-team," says one client.

Iain Hindhaugh acts for some of the team's best-known clients, including British Land, on development, funding and investment deals. An interviewee says: "He is very receptive, responsive and very commercial."

Significant clients CBRE Global Investors, CIT, Goodman, LondonMetric Property, Macquarie Bank.

Basic facts about the department
- 17 partners
- 3 counsel
- 19 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Broad expertise in real estate transactions with particular depth of knowledge in the property investment fund space. Also noted for advising public sector, retail and leisure clients on a variety of deals.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are patient and thorough and good at getting us across the line."

"Positive points are attention to detail and knowledge."  

Work highlights Engaged by TIAA Henderson Real Estate to advise on the purchase of a 50% stake in Exeter's largest retail centre, the Princesshay centre. The client purchased the stake from Land Securities for £128 million.

Advised Aberdeen Asset Management on the purchase of a number of retail assets across the UK totalling over £200 million.

Notable practitioners

Wayne Smith leads the London real estate group.

Significant clients Chambers Street Properties, Akelius, Barking and Dagenham Borough Council, Mount Street Loan Solutions, Laing O'Rourke.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Compact team which fields a number of senior real estate experts, particularly in the investment arena. Significant retail and hospitality clients turn to the group for advice on lease and development work.

Work highlights Retained by a joint venture between Development Securities and The William Pears Group to advise on the disposal of a mixed portfolio including retail and residential assets.

Acted for Karl Lagerfeld on the retailer's lease of a flagship store on Regent Street.

Notable practitioners  

Managing partner Peter Sugden advises an array of investor clients on transactions across the full gamut of asset classes. He also has in-depth experience in development and finance deals.

Significant clients Shiva Hotels, University College London, easyJet, Hackett, Hilfiger Stores.

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Comprehensive real estate offering with expertise in acquisitions, disposals and asset management for investors, including overseas clients, and property companies. Boasts a particularly busy leasehold practice on behalf of a range of clients and also acts for developers.  

Work highlights Advised MGM Advantage on its lease of new headquarter premises in central London.

Acted for Crown Records Management on the taking of two leases in Cardiff and Bristol.

Notable practitioners

Jeremy Palmer is a key contact.

Significant clients Scarborough Group International, Sheffield United FC, First Rate, GBR Phoenix Beard, Maybrook Properties.

What the team is known for Continues to advise on high-value transactions for UK-based and inward investors, particularly those from China. Also adept at handling large development projects, particularly office developments, as well as leasing work for retail clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very diligent and very user-friendly." 

"The team works extremely hard for us. It's really impressive."

Work highlights Advised the Battersea Power Station Development Company on a variety of real estate matters, including retail and office leasing.

Acted for The Crown Estate on the acquisition of a 64.2% stake in the Pollen Estate in Mayfair from the Church Commissioners for England.

Notable practitioners  

The "fantastic" William Naunton joined the team from Eversheds in January 2015. He is well known in the market and advises on complex structured transactions. "I would be happy to call him a trusted adviser on a particularly complicated area," says one client.

Darren Rogers has a knowledge of a wide range of real estate transactions and is well regarded by clients and peers alike. He has particular expertise in high-value investment and London office development and occupier work.

Bryan Pickup is known for his strong leadership skills. He co-ordinates the firm's global real estate offering and is a key contact for Asian and Australian investors.

Significant clients British Land, AXA Real Estate Investment Managers, Schroders, Marks & Spencer, Lands Improvement Holdings.

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises an impressively broad range of clients, including corporate occupiers, across key areas such as retail, residential and office development. Regularly instructed by high net worth individuals to handle confidential property matters.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I like the personal service they offer." 

"They are very thorough, knowledgeable and good at problem solving."  

Work highlights Advised Artbrand No. 4 and Artbrand No. 5 on the purchase of a development site in Woolwich with planning permission for six mews houses.

Acted for PSP Bolton on the sale of investment land and buildings to a pension fund for £9.7 million. The property is currently let to ASDA.

Notable practitioners  

Paul Harbour has particular experience in development matters and site assembly. His clients include real estate funds and private individuals.

Significant clients Corby Developments, Informa Group, Baker Tilly, Midtown Capital, Cardinal Lysander.

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Handles commercial and residential development work for property companies and social housing clients. Also continues to build on expertise in the property management space and remains a solid choice for corporate occupiers, particularly media clients and international brands.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very proactive at coming up with some interesting and innovative solutions for us, and very commercial." 

"Detailed and thorough and effective at driving responses from third parties." 

Work highlights Advised the UK division of Hermès, the luxury goods brand, on a number of property matters including the leasehold acquisition of new headquarters and the refurbishment of its flagship store on Bond Street.

Acted for the Gondola Group on the real estate aspects of the sale of PizzaExpress to Hony Capital for £900 million. 

Notable practitioners  

Commercial development specialist Leonard Goodrich has long-standing experience in the real estate world.  "He takes the time to fully understand his client so he makes sure the advice he provides is tailored to us. He is very proactive," enthuses a client.  

Significant clients Rio Tinto, HAVAS UK, Sager Group, Aldermore Bank, Christie's Auction House.

What the team is known for Frequently sought after by investors, including international private equity funds, for advice on complex real estate transactions. Also regularly acts on substantial development and regeneration projects as well as asset transactions arising from insolvency.  

What's new? New clients include CBRE Global Investors.

Work highlights Acted for Abu Dhabi Financial Group on its £370 million purchase of New Scotland Yard from the Mayor's Office for Policing & Crime.

Advised Lend Lease on the sale of Bluewater Shopping Centre for £696 million. Land Securities purchased the centre and the management rights.  

Notable practitioners  

Long-serving Linklaters partner Martin Elliott is an expert development lawyer with experience in a variety sectors, including retail. Clients praise his ability to answer questions quickly and efficiently.

Patrick Plant is a senior member of the team and is noted for his "sound, sage advice." He is instructed by a variety of clients including lenders, investors, developers and occupiers.  

Peers enjoy working with Mark Burgess-Smith, who comes "strongly recommended" for his commercial real estate work. "He can really see the wood for the trees," comments an impressed source.

Head of the firm's UK property group Andy Bruce is known for his corporate real estate work. His broad practice includes high-value development and investment transactions relating to a range of commercial property.

Simon Price joined the team from Herbert Smith Freehills in January 2015. He is well regarded by peers and offers the benefit of extensive knowledge of structured real estate transactions. In addition, he is highly experienced in the hotels sector.

Significant clients Cerberus Capital Management, Carillion, Barclays, HSBC, Blackstone.

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 32 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Full-service firm with particular expertise in complex investment and real estate fund structuring. Advises on high-value sales and acquisitions as well as on a number of commercial and residential development projects, often in prime London locations.   

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They combine availability, attention to detail and pragmatism."

"They provide range and depth of expertise, teamwork and internal co-ordination, client commitment and speed of response."

"They give me what I want in that they don't just state the law, they give me the answers and our options."

Work highlights Advised Intu Properties on its purchase of Westfield's interests in three shopping centres across the UK for over £850 million.

Acted for a company affiliated with Realstar Group on the Newington Butts mixed-use development project in Elephant & Castle.  

Notable practitioners  

Anthony Burnett-Scott is highly rated by peers and clients alike. He acts for blue-chip clients on significant development matters, as well as sales and purchases. "He has an overwhelming willingness to help," notes a source, further pointing out his "powerful combination of skills."

Dominic Cunliffe is one of the team's key partners, who covers the full range of property transactions. "He has a good manner in negotiations," says a client. "He has got a good balance between being assertive and leading people to pragmatic resolutions."

Ian Nisse heads the firm's commercial real estate team. He advises on a range of structured real estate deals, including joint ventures and funds. He acts for clients on both investment and development matters.

Significant clients Legal & General, Stanhope, AXA Real Estate, Derwent London, Arora International.

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected real estate boutique working on the full gamut of property matters, including corporate acquisitions, substantial investment and asset management work, and development projects across a range of sectors. Regularly retained by corporate occupiers and property companies.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A good niche commercial real estate firm. They punch above their weight." 

"Very good service delivery and very good to deal with." 

"Good quality and good-quality client base."  

Work highlights Advised a Rockspring fund on a number of large disposals and acquisitions including a 145,000 sq ft retail park in Peterborough, purchased by way of a transfer of shares in a Jersey SPV. 

Acted for Howard Kennedy on the move of its headquarters to No. 1 London Bridge.

Notable practitioners  

"Excellent real estate lawyer" Declan Power is known as an "outstanding" choice for larger transactions, both on development and investment matters.

Long-standing partner Mark Bryan combines impressive expertise in development and investment transactions with experience in significant finance matters. Clients appreciate being able to call on him in any situation.

Roger Thornton counsels on a variety of investment transactions and advises corporate occupiers on their lease requirements. One commentator notes: "He is very personable and very attentive and responsive. He's a nice guy to deal with."

Significant clients Legal & General, CLS Holdings, F&C REIT, Standard Life Investments, City University.

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises across the built environment spectrum, drawing on expertise in construction and projects as well as the full spread of real estate matters. Regularly chosen by investment funds and developers to advise on structured acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures and asset management.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I just find them invaluable, very courteous and helpful. I feel very comfortable working with them and they are excellent in supporting me. They are very cool and collected." 

"They are all very responsive and give clear, concise advice." 

Work highlights Acted for Derwent on the £75 million purchase of Angel Square, Islington.

Advised on the purchase of a 150,000 sq ft leisure, retail and office park in Cardiff for an Aberdeen Asset Management portfolio.

Notable practitioners 

Orla O'Sullivan heads the team.

Significant clients Argent, Bericote Properties, Hines UK, Laura Ashley, Pembroke Real Estate.

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Earns strong market endorsement for its high-quality property work. Transactions for Asian and US investors feature heavily on the team's case list, as does work for UK-based property companies. Also has an active corporate occupier practice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"All in all, excellent service and they are commercial."  

"We are impressed by the diversity and quality of their expertise and client base."

Work highlights Acted for Hong Kong-based Gaw Capital on the £191 million purchase of Exchange Tower in the Docklands.  

Instructed by new client Tristan Capital Partners to advise on the acquisition of a £153 million portfolio of retail assets.

Notable practitioners  

The "extremely good" Jeremy Clay is well regarded by peers. He regularly advises on structured real estate transactions and other investment matters, as well as a range of development issues.

Martin Wright "really understands how overseas investment works" and draws on his experience to advise a range of clients on European property matters, as well as domestic issues. One source says: "Martin is commercially astute, experienced, and he makes good judgements, identifies the critical issues quickly and is highly responsive." 

As head of the firm's UK real estate investment team, Chris Harvey deals with a wide variety of property matters for investors and funds. He has recently undertaken work for US, Asian and European investors and is commended for his good client manner.

Iain Roberts is a senior associate who assists clients with commercial real estate development, asset management and property finance, among other areas.

Significant clients British Land, Canary Wharf Group, China Overseas Holdings, Crosstree Real Estate Investment, J. P. Morgan.

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Full-service real estate team adept at handling a wide variety of transactional work for retailers, high net worth individuals, banks and asset managers. Also fields a growing development practice.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Strengths include extent of knowledge and most notably the passion of individuals to get the deal done."

"They are able to process significant volumes for us very efficiently and leverage their knowledge of the sector to flag risks and issues."

"It feels like they don't have any other clients. They make you feel important and like you are number one."

Work highlights Worked for Metro Bank on the development of new sites and leasing of new premises across the South East.

Advised Sapcote Developments on a number of property acquisitions and the sale of a former perfume factory to Essential Living.

Notable practitioners  

Nicola Kravitz specialises in property transactions for high net worth individuals as well as for other investors and retail clients. Clients describe her as "very approachable and clear and concise." A source adds: "Nicola is passionate, extremely knowledgeable and reliable. She works for Memery Crystal, but she is part of ‘our’ team."

Significant clients ASDA, Steinhoff UK Retail, Stonehage, EFG Private Bank, Heritable Investment Trust.

Basic facts about the department
- 18 partners
- 3 legal directors
- 66 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Skilled in a range of matters, particularly high-profile development and regeneration projects. Retained by property companies and funds, as well as private investors and a growing number of institutional clients.   

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I am extremely pleased with the service we get. They don't let things lag."  

"Very impressed with them on the residential side. They are excellent." 

Work highlights Continued to advise Capital & Counties on its Covent Garden portfolio. Recent work included creating new leases and the acquisition of land for development.

Acted for Commercial Estates Group on the £100 million sale of Hertsmere House in Canary Wharf to Greeland Group.

Notable practitioners  

Nick Minkoff continues to advise on the acquisition and disposal of investment properties and on large-scale developments. One source comments: "He is diligent, hard-working and friendly."

Nick Doffman heads the department. He covers complex transactions of all kinds for investors, developers, occupiers and landlords. "He is commercial, that is very much a talent of his," says one source, continuing: "He is a very good sounding board on complex transactions."

Ian Paul regularly undertakes work for well-known property companies, retailers and investors. Commentators note that "he is very good at managing a team," and a number of sources highlight his strong commercial awareness.

Peers like dealing with the "excellent" Stephen Hughes, who covers all aspects of complex property deals. His clients include Capital & Counties and Delancey.

Significant clients Delancey, Mansford, Victoria's Secret, AEW, Minerva.

Basic facts about the department
- 41 partners
- 117 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Fields an expert team with a name for acting on high-profile development schemes, often in city centres. Also renowned for significant work for international investors and on real estate funds transactions. Further strength in acting for clients in active sectors such as retail and hotels.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a long-standing, well-established real estate practice with lots of well-known clients." 

"A very good team for commercial property transactions."

Work highlights Advised Hermes Real Estate on a joint venture with The Co-operative Group for the purpose of redeveloping an area of central Manchester. The scheme will cover over 20 acres.

Acted for Land Securities on its purchase of a stake in Bluewater shopping centre for £656 million.

Notable practitioners  

Peers have "tremendous respect" for Amanda Howard, who focuses on real estate funds and corporate structures for property acquisitions and disposals. She frequently works on some of the team's most complex deals.

Department head Ciaran Carvalho acts for international and UK-based investors, as well as large development companies. As well as being described as an "outstanding business winner in the market," he is also identified as "exceptionally commercial and very good at understanding what a client wants from their legal advisers."

Deborah Parry is a highly experienced partner with a wealth of experience in acting for inward investors and other high-profile clients. She has recently advised Great Portland Estates on the development of a former Royal Mail sorting office in Rathbone Place. 

Simon Staite is a long-standing partner who advises on complex development matters, particularly in relation to office and retail space. A client states: "He is commercial in his view and he gives us solutions around the problem that we can leverage for our benefit."

Sources value Kevin Stimpson's "assistance in putting together a transaction strategy" and find him "excellent at identifying key issues and getting to the heart of matters." He is particularly adept at handling large development schemes in London.  

Robert Raimes is "good to do business with" and is commended for his articulate style in meetings. He counts developers and investors and private equity funds among his clients. 

Sergio Vella is a highly rated senior associate. His areas of expertise include mixed-use city centre developments.

Significant clients Lend Lease, AXA Real Estate, Mitsui Fudosan, Hammerson, Brockton Capital.

Basic facts about the department
- 27 partners
- 55 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Major player in the property development space with a raft of expertise in residential and retail schemes. Draws on expert knowledge of energy and infrastructure matters to assist clients on high-value projects. Also tackles investment sales and acquisitions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are great and very responsive to all our requests. They do have a deep team as well." 

Work highlights Advised Prime London Ventures, a joint venture, on the acquisition of a number of investment portfolios.   

Acted for Ask Developments, in joint venture with Tristan Capital Partners, on the redevelopment of the former Exchange railway station in Greengate.  

Notable practitioners  

Lindsay Morgan is known for extensive international work and oversees the EMEA real estate teams. One interviewee praises her work-winning skills and client manner, saying: "She is good with people."

David Sinclair works on a variety of landmark developments. A commentator states: "David is very charming, well connected and has done it all - he is excellent." He also acts for investors.

Daniel Wagerfield has a strong reputation in the market and covers an array of real estate development, including the property aspects of renewable energy projects. "He is very good at zealously protecting us and we feel like he has our interests in mind," says one client. Another source says that he comes to deals with a "very commercial and pragmatic perspective."

Significant clients BNP Paribas, Commerz Real, DP World, GLL Real Estate Partners, Ivanhoé Cambridge.

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 37 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Recommended for its representation of private equity funds and portfolio managers, often from the USA, in relation to significant asset transactions. Remains strong in the student accommodation and shopping centre spheres. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They burn the midnight oil to achieve what we want." 

Work highlights Acted for Brandeaux Advisers on the sale of a number of residential portfolios with a combined value of approximately £1 billion.  

Advised Invel Real Estate on the complex purchase of a portfolio of properties and owning companies. The assets were in Italy and the UK.

Notable practitioners  

Simon Kanter is a well-known member of the team who advises on various areas of corporate real estate. "He somehow always manages to make himself available at very short notice should the situation require it," says a client.

Jonathan Lewis covers all aspects of commercial property transactions and has recent experience in a number of complex investment matters. He is the head of the real estate team.

Tim Westhead advises on property investment and development and is particularly active in the student accommodation and shopping centre sectors.  

Significant clients Ares Management, Delancey, F&C REIT Asset Management, Benson Elliot, InfraRed Capital Partners.

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected team with an experienced bench of development and investment-focused property practitioners. Specialists in the residential sector, advising a number of house builders and other developer clients on a variety of issues. Student housing remains one of the team's areas of expertise, as do real estate energy and retail work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Really good at meeting deadlines and helping me manage expectations."  

"It is a well organised business which contains highly skilled, friendly and reliable individuals." 

Work highlights Acted for Linden South East on the purchase of a former file storage unit for £29 million, in joint venture with Thames Valley Housing. The client is converting the building into a mixed-use development.

Advised Barratt on its involvement in the regeneration of West Hendon.

Notable practitioners  

Colin Kearney advises on a variety of commercial real estate transactions, with extensive experience in the industry. One client comments: "He has a wealth of property and contract law experience. He is easy to get on with and always available to answer queries and questions."

Significant clients Pramerica, Gazeley UK, Topland, TIAA-Henderson Real Estate, Galliford Try.

Basic facts about the department
- 17 partners
- 4 consultants
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Experienced group with the skills to handle a diverse mix of investment and development projects, particularly those involving central London property. Student accommodation remains a key area of focus, as does residential work for high net worth clients.

Work highlights Advised a wholly owned subsidiary of The Carlyle Group on the purchase of a development site in Tunbridge Wells and work on the pre-let agreements.

Counsel to Sellar Property Group in relation to a forward funding agreement with Notting Hill Housing Trust to facilitate the regeneration of Canada Water. 

Notable practitioners  

Catriona Smith specialises in investment transactions and advises on a host of property matters, such as joint venture agreements, sales and purchases and lease advice. She also advises on development deals.

Significant clients Aviva Investors, Santander, Allied Irish Banks, The Co-operative Bank, Barnfield Construction.

Basic facts about the department
- 20 partners
- 3 legal directors
- 2 consultants
- 35 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Sizeable team with a national presence in the development and regeneration arena, tackling work in the public and private sector. Further expertise in the investment sphere for institutional investors. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We use them when the site is a bit tricky and they have to get into the detail."

"We get a very joined-up service." 

Work highlights Acted for Lend Lease on the acquisition and development of a mixed-use scheme on Chiswick High Road. 

Advised Citygrove Securities on its purchase of and pre-let agreement for a site in Cirencester, occupied by St James's Place. 

Notable practitioners  

Adrian Barlow "manages the overall team very well" in his head of department role. He regularly undertakes a range of property work for both private and public sector clients. 

Nicholas Berry is held in high esteem by peers for his extensive development work. Infrastructure, PPP/PFI and urban regeneration matters all feature in his caseload.

David Taylor is one of the team's consultants and has deep experience in the property field. He provides his clients with an "excellent service" whether they are retailers, investors or developers.

Simon Gardiner is an active member of the team in the development and infrastructure space. He advises public and private sector clients on projects such as residential and mixed-use schemes.

Michael Reid is described as a "rising star" of the property law market. He is well regarded by peers and covers a variety of development matters, including the pre-let aspects of development schemes.

Significant clients Capital & Counties, Legal & General, Aviva, The Portman Family Settled Estates, Advanced Business Parks.

Basic facts about the department
- 15 partners
- 4 counsel
- 31 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Broadly skilled team with a track record of advising well-known investor clients on high-value acquisitions and disposals. Continues to undertake significant development work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have got good coverage. They are brilliant on big deals." 

Work highlights Acted for a joint venture of PATRIZIA Immobilien and Oaktree Capital Management on the purchase of three business parks via unit trusts and limited partnerships for a total of £430 million.

Advised Commercial Estates Group on various real estate aspects of a 23-hectare new town development at Kirkstall Forge near Leeds.  

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Jenkinson is recognised for his strength in both property litigation and transactional work. He is able to provide commercial clients with a full real estate service.  

Lawrence Radley advises clients such as funds, trusts, developers and property companies on the full gamut of real estate transactions. He frequently deals with matters involving prime central London property.

Danielle Martin advises extensively on investment transactions for funds. One source says: "She is practical, intelligent and, perhaps most importantly, pragmatic and commercial. She is without doubt one of the most incredibly pragmatic lawyers I have worked with."

Significant clients Reuben Brothers, London & Regional Properties, W.P. Carey, Telereal Trillium, HDG.

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises a number of investment companies, funds and individual investors on high-value transactions. Also a solid choice for corporate occupiers and developers looking for advice on a range of site issues, including those in relation to energy and environmental matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Strength in depth and diversity underscored with commercial pragmatism." 

"The breadth of knowledge that they have got is very good so we can work with the same team throughout the matter." 

"They deal with matters promptly and efficiently." 

Work highlights Advised AstraZeneca UK on the development of its worldwide R&D centre in Cambridge.

Acted for SCA on the initial preparation for sale of Oughtibridge Mill in Sheffield.  

Notable practitioners

David Johnston is a key contact.

Significant clients RWE npower, Minerva, Syngenta, Hachette, Johnson Matthey.

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Particularly active in the retail space, advising both retail investors and big-name occupiers. Also draws on planning and construction expertise to provide clients with a full development service.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are excellent. They are quick, commercial and they are proactive so they will put forward suggestions."  

Work highlights Acted for Petros London on the development of 432 units of student accommodation for Canterbury Christ Church University.

Advised Matalan on the 25-year lease of its new head office in Knowsley.

Notable practitioners  

Peter Dawson is the head of the commercial real estate team and is particularly known as a "good client partner." He is an expert in landlord and tenant matters, as well as in a range of commercial property development and investment work.

Helen Edwards offers clients the benefit of her broad expertise across development, investment and occupier-side leasing. "She has that pace of work and commercial approach. She's very personal," comments an interviewee.

Significant clients Standard Bank Offshore Trust Company Jersey, Sports Direct Group, Pret A Manger, Ilchester Estate, Greater London Enterprise.

What the team is known for Frequently sought after by retail, leisure and education clients to undertake a range of transactional property work. Established presence in the Islamic finance space and also houses a growing investment practice.

What's new? In June 2015 SGH Martineau merged with Shakespeares to form Shakespeare Martineau.

Work highlights Advised Amsprop Investments on its £31.6 million purchase of The Lever Building, an office building in Clerkenwell.

Acquired a 10-year underlease from Marks & Spencer for a 99p Stores shop in Woolwich.

Notable practitioners 

Rob O'Hanrahan is a key contact.

Significant clients Anglesea Capital, Moorfield, Qatar Islamic Bank, Habib Bank, Orbit Group.

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Tackles significant acquisitions and disposals for investment clients, as well as work on development sites across the UK, in sectors such as student accommodation and private rental. Remains a top choice for wind farm property issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"What I like about them is their very strong commercial focus."  

Work highlights Advised Scarborough Group International on the disposal of Middlewood Locks, a development site in Manchester, for £50 million.

Acted for Navitus Bay Development on the property aspects of its offshore wind farm project.

Notable practitioners  

Stephen Hubner is the head of the firm's London office and is a noted presence in the commercial property and projects space. His work covers investment and development work for education and renewable energy clients.

Significant clients Mainstream, OLIM Property, SMartWind, Ellandi, Ocado.

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises on major investment transactions for a number of real estate funds, including ones overseas, as well as acting on a host of development projects. Active in a number of key sectors, including student accommodation, energy, TMT and hotels, among others.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We work with pleasure with that team as they understand what we are trying to get at." 

Work highlights Advised South Hook CHP on various property aspects, such as lease negotiations, of a gas-fired CHP plant development in Pembrokeshire.

Acted on the purchase of 22 solar park sites for NextEnergy Solar Holdings for approximately £90 million.

Notable practitioners  

Nicholas Jones enjoys a busy property investment practice and has worked on a variety of structured real estate deals. Commentators regard him as "easy to get on with," and note: "He is very pragmatic and achieves things which require a lot of patience and diplomacy."

Ali Crosthwaite is adept at handling real estate matters for clients in the TMT sector. She also covers a broader spread of investment and corporate occupier work. A source says: "She has got a good sense of what is the right approach and is pragmatic in her approach. She gives good sound advice and I rate her very highly."

Significant clients Deka Immobilien Investment, Avenue Capital, SunEdison, Westbrook Partners, Sedco Capital.

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acts on large deals and corporate real estate matters for an enviable client list, including developers and investors. Also experienced at advising owners of valuable London land, such as livery companies.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They can resource - when you have a large portfolio they have a lot of people to draw on." 

Work highlights Acted for Derwent on the development of a site previously subject to compulsory purchase by Crossrail. The development will include a theatre and office space.

Advised long-standing client The Clothworkers' Company on Generali's proposal to redevelop 120 Fenchurch Street.

Notable practitioners  

Jane Edwarde is particularly appreciated by clients for her "commercial acumen and ability to negotiate." She is also praised for her efficiency and knowledge of development. Derwent London is one of her key clients. 

The "thoughtful and bright" John Nevin attracts praise for his understanding of clients' business objectives and the way in which he "explains risk factors and gives clear and concise advice as to how to proceed." Development, sales and purchases and lettings are all within his remit. 

Significant clients Fishmongers’ Company, ITV, Legal & General, Marks & Spencer, Masterworks.

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Comprehensive real estate offering with development and investment capabilities and a growing international client base. Advises on significant regeneration projects, as well as occupier matters and acquisitions for high net worth individuals.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Squire Patton Boggs stands out for its very approachable nature. They are easy to use."

"They have a property fund division - that's their forte." 

Work highlights Acted for Aviva Insurance on the acquisition of a property in Chelmsford for a new General Insurance Fund.

Advised Quintain Estates & Development on a pre-let transaction relating to a new theatre near Wembley Stadium.

Notable practitioners

Mike Shaw is a key contact.

Significant clients FORE Advisers, Bank Leumi (UK), RBS, VTP Global, WPP.

Basic facts about the department
- 13 partners
- 26 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Tackles significant investment transactions for discerning fund clients and is recognised in the market for associated finance matters. Development remains a core area of the practice.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have got a focus on real estate and do good work." 

"They are well positioned by offering a good service at a more competitive price than many of their peers."  

Work highlights Advised Schroders on the acquisition of City Tower in Manchester. The transaction was delivered to a tight timescale, with exchange occurring within ten working days.

Acted for LaSalle Investment Management on its £140 million purchase of Warrington's Golden Square Shopping Centre.

Notable practitioners  

Stephen Laud is an experienced property investment lawyer with additional expertise in the landlord and tenant market. One client says: "We are impressed with his technical knowledge, productivity and commercial approach. In negotiations Stephen efficiently balances co-operating to close down points with robustness when required."

Significant clients London Metric Property, Tristan Capital, Langham Estates, Intercontinental Hotel Group, Ares Management.

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Fields an experienced group of development, investment and property management specialists. Remains a key player in the data centre arena, as well as other busy sectors such as retirement villages, retail parks and residential development. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The quality of service is excellent. They are very attentive, very clear-thinking and very commercial." 

"I have real peace of mind knowing I have that formidable team behind me."

"They have a good understanding of us as a client and the things that might be of concern to us."

Work highlights Advised owners Faccenda Property and developers Albion Land on a mixed-use development on greenfield land near Brackley. 

Advised TelecityGroup, a data centre provider, on the purchase of new property and tenant management. The team recently acted in connection with an extension of the client's Powergate campus.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Brendan Patterson covers a range of development and investment matters. A client says: "We get a very clear understanding of the particular arguments in the situation and a good amount of practical input on how to tackle things. He is straightforward and easy to deal with."

The "forward-thinking" Matthew Farmer acts for developers and investors on residential, commercial and other complex matters. "He is very attentive and he is always on the end of the phone if you want to quiz him," says a client, continuing: "He tends to deal with any queries quickly. He has a very involved attitude and keeps a very keen eye on everything."

Significant clients Santon Capital, Raven Russia, Audley Court, Bride Hall Group, Coln Park. 

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 45 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Full-service property offering which regularly advises on high-profile residential and commercial developments, including in key London locations. Counts an increasing number of overseas investors in its client roster.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are able to achieve a very tight timetable." 

Work highlights Acted for Heron International on the disposal of Heron Plaza in the City. The development site has planning permission for a luxury hotel and residential units and was purchased by Singaporean UOL Group. 

Engaged by City Pride to advise on the development of a residential tower on the Isle of Dogs.

Notable practitioners 

Keith Barnett has deep experience and provides high-quality advice to clients undertaking development and investment work in the commercial and residential fields. He has a particular specialism in acting for Israeli investors.

Significant clients Guggenheim Capital Partners, McLaren Property Group, Max Property Group, Pramerica, InfraRed Capital Partners.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises a host of private equity funds and overseas investors on the acquisition and disposal of key assets. Property work in relation to healthcare, education and renewable energy are among the team's areas of excellence. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The resource they have to throw at things is incredible." 

Work highlights Advised M&L Hospitality on the acquisition of a site in Manchester for the development of two hotels on the University of Manchester campus. The team also advised on the development agreement with Bruntwood.

Advised Patron Capital on the high-value sale to Grainger of 22 care homes.

Notable practitioners  

Anthony Judge heads the property group. He advises on complex development and investment work and has substantial expertise in the retail sector.

Simon Rutman's clients describe him as "extremely impressive." He acts for a number of blue-chip clients on a variety of investment and development matters.

Significant clients Clearbell Capital, Lothbury Property Trust, Macquarie Bank, Bannatyne Health & Fitness, Voreda.

Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Broad-based property offering which acts for domestic and overseas investors, particularly from the USA, Asia and the Middle East, as well as developers. Regularly tackles work in the residential, leisure and retail sectors, including restaurant leasing. Also provides public sector clients with in-depth commercial advice. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Good service, very responsive and very accurate with their advice."    

Work highlights Acted for restaurant group Caprice on its lease for the prestigious 4–6 Berkeley Square, Mayfair.

Advised Malaysian fund manager Permodalan Nasional on the purchase of 77 Queen Victoria Street, a substantial office building previously owned by the client's Jersey-based subsidiary.  

Notable practitioners

Philip Peters heads the commercial property team. 

Significant clients Aviva Investors Global Services, AEGON UK Property Fund, Hermes Real Estate, Galliford Try, Bouygues.

What the team is known for Features regularly on property deals for clients in the charities, retail and education sectors, with a particularly strong luxury retail practice in London. Also tackles property management and development work for a range of clients. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"VWV keep in close contact with their clients and you can have a close relationship with the partners." 

Work highlights Acted for Montblanc (UK) on the acquisition of a lease from Tara Jarmon for 119 New Bond Street and the taking of a new lease from the landlord.

Sold Silver Court Industrial Estate in Leeds to Hansteen on behalf of SR Properties Manchester, part of Sheffield & Regional. 

Notable practitioners  

Jon Durham is commended for his "excellent knowledge" of his clients' businesses. He operates in a diverse array of sectors and his clients range from charities to corporate occupiers and luxury retailers.

Significant clients International Management Group, Store Property Investments, Designers Guild, City & Guilds, Citizens Advice.

Basic facts about the department
- 14 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Full-service team with the capacity to handle a range of complex commercial real estate matters, particularly development deals. Clients include tenants, developers, charities, universities and banks, as well as a number of domestic and international investors.   

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are client-focused and diligent. Their attention to detail is good."

"They are easy to get on with and work with and happy to listen and provide a responsive service."

"A sizeable core team that provides good value, and we get a first-rate service from them."  

Work highlights Acquired 25 care home development sites for Care UK, a task which involved development funding and lease agreements.  

Advised developer Licet Holdings on the forward funding of the mixed-use scheme in Bournemouth known as West Central.

Notable practitioners  

Kim Lalli "is always available and very focused on finding solutions. She is unlike any other in her dedication to her clients." She works on substantial deals for house builders and healthcare clients. She is also head of the firm's India group.  

Significant clients CALA Homes, Fuller Smith & Turner, Spire Healthcare, Lufthansa, Henderson Global Investors.

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 32 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Accomplished development team with a focus on large residential-led schemes in the South East. Impressive client roster including national house builders, social housing providers and retail and leisure clients. Also advises residential property funds on investment transactions.    

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They do very well on the social housing side." 

Work highlights Acted for Barratt London on the high-profile Sugar Quay residential development. The scheme is valued at £400 million.

Advised Redrow on the development of four luxury residential buildings in Croydon. The work included advice on the joint venture agreement.  

Notable practitioners  

Managing partner Roger Fitton is the head of the development and regeneration practice. He has extensive experience in mixed-use and residential development work. "He has precision, tenacity, a pragmatic approach and the ability to explain very complex issues in a very simple way," says a source.

Andrew Bedford offers clients a comprehensive range of advice, particularly in relation to regeneration and development matters. He also advises on significant investment deals. 

Francesco Ferrari attracts plaudits from clients for his commercial property acquisition work. According to clients, he is "commercially minded and takes a collaborative approach." He works for a number of house builder clients. 

Significant clients The Restaurant Group, Mobile Broadband Network, Persimmon, Berkeley, Battersea Power Station Developments.

What the team is known for Well-known substantial property practice adept at handling regeneration and mixed-use development projects, as well as substantial investment acquisitions, particularly in the shopping centre sector. Clients range from corporate occupiers to funds and institutional investors.     

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very strong team providing timely, sound legal advice with a heavy dose of commerciality."

"They have a high skill set." 

"They keep a consistent team on your work so they have got great knowledge of your assets." 

Work highlights Advised The Crown Estate on the £345.5 million purchase of Fosse Park Shopping Centre in Leicester, in joint venture with Gingko Tree Investment.  

Acted for NFU Mutual on the £57 million purchase of Chancery Place in Manchester. 

Notable practitioners  

Jon Lloyd is highly regarded by clients and peers alike. He covers retail, residential and mixed-use development schemes as part of a broad-based commercial property practice.

Peter Thorne has a good reputation for his real estate work, including development and investment matters. His recent work has included a number of large retail and residential developments.

Rabinder Chaggar is "technically very strong," an attribute which he brings to bear in both investment and development projects for well-known clients. "He is commercial and knows when to check in, and knows his client well," say sources. 

"Very good-quality" property lawyer Julian Innes-Taylor advises on a huge range of transactional matters. His strengths include development, sales and purchases, landlord and tenant matters and finance-related work.

Significant clients Intu, Henderson UK Property OEIC, Threadneedle, Legal & General, Ballymore. 

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Petar Orlić lead's the real estate team in the London office of Faegre Baker Daniels and advises on domestic and international property transactions. He acts for a number of banking and investor clients.

Alan Samson of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is "aware of everything that is going on and brings it all together." He acts on a range of real estate investment transactions for clients such as Oaktree Capital Management.

Joe Conder of Goodwin Procter LLP attracts praise from market commentators and is an expert in commercial real estate transactions, including investment and funds work. His recent work includes acting for Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate on its £204 million purchase of a landmark building over Victoria railway station.

Emma Maher is a key associate at Greenberg Traurig Maher LLP, working on many of the team's significant client accounts across a broad range of real estate transactions. One source notes that she "disarms with her calm and collaborative style," and has "fantastic ability and commitment."

Tim Webb of Greenberg Traurig Maher LLP is an experienced international real estate practitioner, with significant expertise in private equity transactions. According to one commentator, he has "a very calm disposition and a pragmatic sense that helps transactions get done in an efficient and risk-appropriate manner."

Charles Farrer of Hempsons enjoys a strong development practice and recently advised clients on the purchase of several development sites across London. One client notes that he is particularly helpful on purchase issues.

Stephen Laurel John of King & Spalding International LLP recently moved to the firm from Katten Muchin Rosenman. He enjoys a broad property practice and is recognised as a "very sensible" practitioner by peers. He has a particularly strong practice advising retail occupiers on flagship stores.

Mark Lavers of Marriott Harrison has an active leasing practice. One client comments: "The explanations and guidance he gives are very clear and commercial and the way he is able to steer us on not just legal terms but also what he sees generally in the market is incredibly helpful."

Renowned real estate expert David Ryland of Paul Hastings (Europe) LLP advises on matters ranging from hotel transactions to investment fund management. He has recently advised Evans Randall, Starwood Capital and Tishman Speyer, among other clients.

The "excellent" Iain Morpeth leads the real estate and property finance team at Ropes & Gray. He acts for a range of blue-chip private equity clients. Clients say: "He is a very good negotiator and has the sort of presence that commands respect and he uses that to his advantage."

Jo Pickering of Sharpe Pritchard is commended by clients for her "very relaxed and totally unflappable" attitude and her ability to find a solution in any fraught situation. She acts for local authorities on a variety of real estate projects.

Sources appreciate that Balbit Thandi of Thomas Eggar LLP has the ability to "just roll up her sleeves and get on with it." She is also described as "great with clients." Her recent work includes significant sale and purchase transactions for investment funds.

Maria Llewelyn of Watson Farley & Williams enjoys a broad practice spanning development, lease, investment and finance work. "She is outstanding, very easy to deal with and friendly. She is really knowledgeable," notes a source. 

David Cox of White & Case LLP is a specialist in real estate finance and private equity transactions, but also acts on significant transactional matters, including in the hotels and leisure sector.

Data centre expert James Dodsworth heads White & Case LLP's EMEA real estate practice. "He balances technical awareness with commercial flair," notes a source. He recently advised Qatari Diar on the USD2.07 billion acquisition of Barwa City in Doha.

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