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Real Estate


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

Real Estate - London (Firms)

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What the team is known for Highlighted for its work on some of the largest regeneration projects. Very active in the student accommodation market. Additional capability in high-value single asset transactions, including retail property and inward investment deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Addleshaw have a team that really suits how we do our work. They tailor a team around our needs and will help us get a commercial interpretation as well as giving us the facts."

"They are quality through and through."  

Work highlights Advised the Croydon Council Urban Regeneration Vehicle on its project to redevelop key council-owned sites around the borough.

Acted for Green Property Ventures on the sale of One Nine Elms to Dalian Wanda.

Notable practitioners  

Jane Hollinshead is the firm's property sector head and leads the team on significant matters. Enthusiastic clients say she "really drives at things from a commercial business point of view."

Leona Ahmed enters the rankings this year as an up-and-comer, having impressed market sources with her work on major investment deals. Clients describe her as "brilliant. First-class, commercial and very knowledgeable."

Significant clients Threadneedle, UPP, Co-operative Group, Primark, Admiral Taverns, British Land.

What the team is known for Advises inward investors and major private equity houses on trophy asset transactions in central London. Acts for blue-chip corporates on headquarters relocations. Also noted for bank-side work on property financing matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have an excellent work rate - they know what counts and they just blitz through it. They provide a very consistent, very high-class work product."

"A&O has incredible consistency across its service delivery."

What's new?  New clients include Ashby Capital and Northwood Investors.

Work highlights Acted for Westbrook Partners on the £610 million sale of Shell Mex House, London.

Advised Desert View on the £225 million acquisition of 200 Aldersgate.

Notable practitioners  

The "extremely knowledgeable" Adam Cleal heads the firm's worldwide real estate practice. He acts on a wide range of deals including complex structured transactions.

Daniel McKimm specialises in investment work and PPP/PFI development projects. Clients say: "He is commanding and confident. He has the background on an issue, understands it and is able to articulate why it is relevant and propose a solution."

Clients praise the "excellent" Imogen Moss for her ability to tackle property, corporate, financing and litigation issues on a range of complex deals. She advised Tishman Speyer on the £128 million disposal of Nexus Place, 25 Farringdon Street, structured through the sale of a Guernsey SPV.

Clients describe Christopher Woolf as "exceptionally clever, very pragmatic and incredibly hands-on. He knows how to get deals done - he has a wonderful way of just cutting through issues." This year he has acted on an impressive range of prime London investment deals.

Significant clients Schroder UK Property Fund, WELPUT, J.P. Morgan Asset Management, Orion Capital Managers, Blackstone.

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

What the team is known for Broad-ranging practice covering development work, regeneration matters, investment sales and acquisitions and lettings. Clients include significant institutional investors, developers and occupiers. Also acts on large-scale infrastructure projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They anticipate what we're looking for and they live and breathe the projects as we do. They're an extension of the team, thinking about the bigger picture as well as the specific instructions we give them."

"We get a consistent team, they are commercial and do a very good job of supporting the younger members of our team."

What's new? New clients include TPG Capital and Nomura.

Work highlights Advised Westfield on the £1 billion redevelopment of the Whitgift Centre, Croydon.

Acted for Oxford Properties on the £235 million purchase of King Edward Court, Paternoster Square, home of the London Stock Exchange.

Notable practitioners  

Global head of real estate Hugh Lumby handles development and investment matters for key clients. "He's a fantastic lawyer," one client enthuses, adding: "I've never met anyone more dedicated to client service. He's got commercial vision, he's got passion, he's just good at everything."

David Jones recently acted on the £143 million acquisition of 30 Crown Place for a South Korean institutional investment group. Clients say he has an "impressive breadth of knowledge and organises his team very effectively."

Gerald Kelly represents key clients on development and redevelopment projects and high-value investment transactions. He also tackles joint venture structuring issues.

Richard Vernon heads the London real estate team, and advises on investment deals, leasing and development matters. Peers regard him as "very sensible and commercial."

Significant clients Lovell Partnerships, Crossrail, BAE Systems, Berkley, Grosvenor.

What the team is known for Regularly acts for inward investors including institutions on property finance deals in the UK market and across Europe. Handles transactional real estate matters for retailers, hotel groups and corporate occupiers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They understand the property market, they understand our business needs and we get a continuity of service."

"They have been very easy to work and very effective. For such a large organisation I was very impressed with how joined up their offices were."

What's new? New client wins include Commerzbank International and Standard Chartered Bank.

Work highlights Advised fashion retailer Michael Kors on its new store programme across the EMEA region.

Notable practitioners  

Stephen Turner leads the London real estate team. Clients say he has "strong core property skills and a good understanding of finance documentation," adding: "He's also very commercial."

Justin Salkeld has wide-ranging experience of transactional real estate, property financing and hotels sector issues. He also acts for retailers. Clients highlight his "readiness to spend his time and commit to conference calls at very short notice - that's one point that we appreciated the most." 

Significant clients Government Pension Fund of Thailand, Jones Lang LaSalle, Employees Provident Fund of Malaysia, Sony UK, Colt Technology Services.

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

What the team is known for Widely recognised as a key player in the charities sector. Advises not-for-profit organisations on the full range of property matters and also acts for commercial clients on office and retail leasing issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're absolutely superb - they understand our business and they're solution-driven."

"Responsive, open to what we need and very thorough."

What's new? New clients include Girlguiding UK, the Royal British Legion and the NSPCC.

Work highlights Assisted the House of St Barnabas with the conversion of its Greek Street property into a private members' club and employment training centre.

Acted for CfBT Education Trust on the establishment of four new free schools across the UK.

Notable practitioners  

Nick Ivey acts for third sector clients on a range of property matters including development. His clients describe him as "very practical and commercial. He gives you what you need to know and takes a pragmatic view."

Anthony Cartmell's clients include a wide range of major charities and social enterprises. He advises on property transactions and development, as well as landlord and tenant issues.

Martin Gunson often acts for office occupiers on lettings. "He is very efficient and always keeps you informed," clients state, adding: "He always lets you know exactly what's going on and is very good at fighting your corner."

Significant clients Goldsmiths College, Unite the Union, YMCA, Medical Protection Society, British Film Institute.

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

What the team is known for Regularly acts on market-leading investment transactions, high-profile developments and headquarters lettings. Acts for a broad base of blue-chip domestic and international funds, institutions and developers. Also handles complex structuring and finance matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Faultless performance in many ways - they are just a machine and they work through our top-level deals fantastically."

"What we like is their ability to give us advice very collaboratively. They bring in the right experts when needed. We've been very impressed with the quality of the expertise they have in different disciplines and how well they work together."

What's new? New clients include the London Legacy Development Corporation, Brookfield and WR Berkley.

Work highlights Advised the Lodha Group on its £306 million acquisition of One Grosvenor Square, the current site of the Canadian High Commission, for residential development. This was the Mumbai-based developer's first deal in the UK market.

Acted for Land Securities and Canary Wharf Group as joint venture partners on the pre-letting of 20 Fenchurch Street.

Notable practitioners  

Chris de Pury leads the property team. He advises on single asset and portfolio investment transactions, often with complex structuring arrangements, as well as development matters. Peers consider him "the ultimate Mr Smooth - he has great connections."

James Knox handles prime London investment deals, portfolio acquisitions, financings and development work for domestic and cross-border funds. Peers regard him as a "massively bright, cerebral guy with international connections."

Executive chairman Robert MacGregor continues to act for a number of the firm's key clients on investment and development matters. One source describes him as "utterly amazing" on a recent deal, confiding: "If he hadn't been on the transaction I don't think we would have delivered it."

David Battiscombe has experience of a wide range of property work, with a focus on development. Peers also note his expertise on hotels and leisure sector matters.

Claire Milton's practice encompasses sales, acquisitions, development and leasing. Clients say: "She's meticulous and skilled at identifying work streams and knowing who to pull in to give you a holistic view. She's also good at presenting to the board."

Peter Rudolf has a broad-ranging property practice with particular expertise in development matters. He is well regarded by peers in the market.

Alan Wight advises on landlord and tenant matters for property companies and corporate occupiers. "He knows our business and he's got the experience in the market to provide solutions," clients report.

Andrew Sanders acted for King's Cross Central on the sale of a 2.4-acre development site to Google for use as their UK headquarters. He specialises in big-ticket redevelopments.  

Samant Narula specialises in investment work for funds and institutions. One enthusiastic client says: "He is just a walking book of market knowledge; if you want to know what's happening in the property market talk to him. He identifies opportunities for both of us and is a brilliant technical lawyer. He's also such a nice guy, so easy to get on with."

Significant clients Tesco, Great Portland Estates, Blackstone, Qatari Diar, Oxford Properties.

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

What the team is known for Very active on high-profile and complex infrastructure projects in the transport and energy sectors. Also represents institutions and corporate occupiers on landlord and tenant matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We have a really good understanding with them, they are very willing to adapt the way that they work."

What's new? The team won a panel place on the Government Procurement Service's major or complex projects lot.

Work highlights Acted for National Grid on its Hinkley Point C connection project, securing rights over land linking the new nuclear reactor to the Grid.

Advised Transport for London and the Garden Bridge Trusts on their proposed construction of a new pedestrian bridge between Temple underground station and the South Bank.  

Notable practitioners

Head of department Andrew Smith is a key contact.

Significant clients  South Kensington Estates, Smurfitt Kappa, New Ireland Assurance Company, Drapers Company, City and Country Group.

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

What the team is known for Regularly instructed by private investors and family offices on investment deals, with a particular focus on residential conversions and development.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very good, thorough, responsive and accessible. They are very good at talking me through the points and giving their advice."

Work highlights Advised Grosvenor on the development of a new boutique hotel in Mayfair.

Acted for Rontec Investments on the disposal of a portfolio of petrol stations.

Notable practitioners  

Head of property Caroline King handles a broad range of investment, development and asset management issues for clients including landowners and pension funds. "She is extremely thorough and very considered in her responses, very commercial and experienced," clients say.

Significant clients Marriott International, IBM UK Pensions Trust, Albemarle Syndicates, Bedford Estates.

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

What the team is known for Offers the full range of property services to institutional investors and lenders. Represents charities and education institutions in sales, acquisitions and development matters. Often acts on residential portfolio transactions and development.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're thorough, approachable and they're on the same wavelength as us. Very pragmatic and experienced."

What's new? Metro Bank and Oaktree Capital are new clients.

Work highlights Acted for the National Museum of the Royal Navy on its acquisition of buildings housing an explosives exhibition in Gosport, including service charge negotiations and securing usage rights over nearby land.

Notable practitioners  

Lynn Povey is often instructed on charity property matters, and also acts for institutional investors. Clients say she is "always very quick with a response and very client-orientated. She knows that what we're looking for as a client is pragmatism and speed."

Simon Ewing acts for investors and lenders on investment transactions and financings. Clients describe him as "very responsive."

Simon Davies is frequently instructed by investors on transactional matters and also advises on property financings. Clients value the "gravitas he brings to negotiations," saying that "it has changed outcomes."

Lee Medlock acts on the full range of real estate matters, including corporate real estate and portfolio transactions. He specialises in environmental issues affecting property.

Significant clients Eton College, The Dulwich Estate, GM Investment Trustees, Teva UK, City of London Corporation.

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

What the team is known for Acts for institutional investors, sovereign wealth funds and private equity on some of the largest sales and acquisitions, including asset transactions and SPV deals. Frequently advises developers on landmark projects. Also noted for its property finance expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have strong partners doing good real estate work."

What's new? New clients include SEGRO and Reignwood Group.

Work highlights Advised the Battersea Power Station Development Company on property issues relating to the extension of the Northern Line.

Acted for the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation on its acquisition of a 50% stake in the Broadgate Estate from Blackstone Capital, and on its formation of a joint venture with British Land to develop the site.

Notable practitioners  

Jonathan Solomon leads the team. He acts for developers, institutional investors and lenders on a diverse range of property transactions. Clients say: "He is very bright and good at finding a way through the complicated structures. If we had a difficult structuring he'd definitely be the person we'd go to."

Franc Pena specialises in shopping centre transactions including financings. Peers consider him to be "rightly well regarded in the market - technically and commercially savvy."

Significant clients Generali, Canary Wharf Group, Corporation of London, CPC Group, Evans Randall.

What the team is known for Strong development practice, advising developers on residential and commercial schemes as well as hotels sector projects. Acts for funds and propcos on investment deals. Also represents corporate occupiers in office lettings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They provide an excellent service. They are a large international law firm but manage to effectively maintain personal relationships and go beyond what is required."

Work highlights Acted for Cathedral Group on the £90 million Bromley South Central regeneration scheme, set to provide new residential, commercial, leisure and community spaces in Bromley town centre.

Advised Nicolas James Group on an £80 million hotel development in Southampton. 

Notable practitioners

Robert Pilcher is a key contact.

Significant clients Grainger, Inditex, Frogmore, Terrance Hill Group, The Carphone Warehouse.

What the team is known for Broad practice retained by institutional investors, developers and major retailers on high-value transactions and large-scale developments. Strength in insolvency property matters, acting for administrators on management issues, lease exits and distressed asset sales. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They act commercially and get the balance between pointing out things I need to know but understanding the commercial pressures we're under."

"They know us as an organisation, they know me as an individual and we have a good understanding and work very well as a team."

What's new? On 1 May 2014, Dundas & Wilson became part of CMS.

Work highlights Advised Sainsbury's on the £450 million redevelopment of its Nine Elms store, doubling the floor space and providing 750 new homes as well as commercial units.

Acted for Deutsche Pfandbrief and Helical Bar on the £225 million sale of 200 Aldersgate.

Notable practitioners  

Edward Benzecry is frequently instructed by large institutional investors on sales and acquisitions, and also acts on development matters. Clients regard him as "very good - he is always available for relationship meetings and always keen to adjust working practices to suit us."

Adrian Wright advises blue-chip clients on a wide range of investment deals and developments. One enthusiastic client says: "I love working with him - he understands the needs of the client and gets a good balance between commerciality and protecting our interests."

Head of department Mark Heighton recently advised Imperial College London on its development of a new campus at White City. "He offers good commercial advice and practical solutions," comments one client, "and he's not afraid to put his neck on the line in terms of going one way or the other."

Significant clients M&G Real Estate, Berkley Group, SWIPPT, CBRE Investors, Wellcome Trust.

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

What the team is known for Represents many of the largest house builders on high-value residential development projects. Frequently retained by local authority clients for advice on town centre regeneration schemes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're excellent, I'd recommend without hesitation. They're all really calm and got eveything done against some serious deadlines but with a high degree of pragmatism."

"They have a good skill set and a wide range of experience. We are very pleased with the services provided."

What's new? New client wins include Canterbury City Council, Galliard Homes and Essential Living.

Work highlights Acted on the £500 million regeneration of Centenary Quay, Southampton for developer Crest Nicholson, including acquisition of land, drafting build documentation and forward sales.

Advised Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council on its Tonbridge town centre redevelopment scheme, due to deliver a new supermarket and cinema and additional retail and leisure spaces.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Lee leads the team. Clients praise his relationship management skills, with one source commenting: "He's always been very accessible and dealt with any issues that have arisen over time very quickly and smoothly. I have a lot of respect for Robert."

Significant clients BAE Pension Funds, Arab Investments, Taylor Wimpey, Galliford Try, Morrisons.

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

What the team is known for Regularly acts for institutional investors and private equity funds on transactional matters and development. Also represents corporate occupiers on office leasing issues and portfolio management. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very helpful and responsive. I couldn't be happier." 

Work highlights Acted for SAL Pension Fund on the £9 million forward funding of a 90-bed hotel in east London.

Advised Wells Fargo Bank on acquiring space at 90 Long Acre for its UK commercial real estate headquarters, as part of a deal to acquire the UK real estate loan portfolio of Hypothekenbank Frankfurt.

Notable practitioners  

Peers have "a lot of respect" for head of department Bill Fryzer. His practice encompasses investment transactions, development matters and leasing work for corporate occupiers.

Significant clients Pricoa Mortgage Capital Group, Haymarket Media Group, Club Quarters, Marks & Spencer, Blackfriars Investments.

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

What the team is known for Strong on development work, acting for developers, landowners and local authorities on high-value schemes. Active retail property practice with a number of blue-chip retailer clients. Also handles investment sales and acquisitions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are great as a team. They have good experience and knowledge, they're very responsive and they show initiative. They're committed to client care."

Work highlights Advised the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham on the Earls Court redevelopment scheme.

Acted for Aviva on its £470 million sale of land at Paddington Basin to British Land.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Budge advises retailers on leasing issues and also represents local authority clients on large-scale projects. He specialises in development matters including regeneration schemes.

Significant clients Sainsbury's, John Lewis Partnership, Kier, Home Retail Group, London Borough of Hounslow.

Basic facts about the department
- 36 partners
- 94 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Handles a broad range of domestic and inward investment work for clients including institutional funds and private equity. Also retained on asset management and portfolio sales. Active development practice representing developers and local authorities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very commercial and practical in the advice they give. Having good guidance and knowing you're in safe hands is very valuable."

"There is good partner-level focus through the deal." 

What's new? Richard Hopkinson-Woolley joins the firm from Berwin Leighton Paisner.

Work highlights Advised Royal Mail Group on its central London property portfolio, including advice on de-risking and asset sales.

Acted on the property aspects of the sale of health club owner David Lloyd Leisure Group to TDR Capital. The Group owns over 50 clubs in the UK with additional sites in Holland and Belgium.

Notable practitioners  

Peers rate the "well-connected" Richard Hopkinson-Woolley as a "good client-facing lawyer and a good networker." His practice covers a wide range of investment, development and funding matters. 

Simon Cookson regularly acts on inward investment deals and large-scale development projects. He is also retained by corporates with significant property holdings to advise on portfolio management issues.

Joanne Owen specialises in high-value property investment work for clients including private equity houses. She also has significant hotels and leisure sector experience.

Stephen Malley joined DLA Piper in October 2014 from RPC. Clients single him him out as a hard worker and someone they enjoy working with.

Significant clients Candy & Candy, Close Brothers, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Royal Bank of Scotland, Qatari Diar.

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

What the team is known for Stands out for its work on large regeneration projects for local authorities, developers and landowners. Represents landlords and occupiers in significant office lettings. Experienced in handling sales and acquisitions including inward investment.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They work ceaselessly to find the best commercial solution, and to ensure that we are fully protected."

"I have the highest praise for them as a team." 

What's new? Angus Ford joins the team from Berwin Leighton Paisner. 

Work highlights Acted for the owners on the letting of The Place, London Bridge Quarter to News Corporation.

Advised KPMG on its headquarters relocation to 30 North Colonnade. 

Notable practitioners  

Market sources regard William Naunton as "a great operator" with a strong track record in City property investment deals. He also handles debt portfolio acquisitions.

Head of the London real estate team Bruce Dear specialises in transaction structuring and property investment funds work. "He is always available to speak to, leads from the front and is always looking for commercial solutions and innovative ways of getting deals done," clients stated.

Nicholas Bartlett focuses on investment work, financing and deal structuring. Clients praise his handling of challenging matters and his ability to deliver to tight timescales.

Richard Lampert advised a fund managed by Scottish Widows Investment Partnership on the pre-letting of a cargo park at Heathrow Airport to air services provider dnata. He specialises in acting for funds clients on acquisitions, disposals and asset management.

Development specialist Stephen Manson handles complex, high-value projects including regeneration schemes. He acts for both public and private sector bodies including developers and landowners.

Stephen Sorrell tackles landmark regeneration projects and developments, representing public bodies, developers and investors. He also deals with joint venture structuring issues.

Significant clients Legal & General, Revcap Advisors, Elliott Advisors, Land Securities, Scottish Widows.

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

What the team is known for Well known for representing prominent landed estates in investment deals and development projects, with particular focus on large residential schemes. Growing practice acting for inward investors. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They listen well to the needs of the client and understand their role as a team player. They are able to articulate a really good role in that team, making sure the client's needs are catered for."

"I find them very hands-on getting the deals done and they work efficiently."

What's new? Bridgepoint Ventures is a new client.

Work highlights Acted for the Duchy of Cornwall on the development of a new community at Poundbury, including advice on phased development agreements and provision of a school.

Advised The Kennel Club on negotiations with British Land relating to its Clarges Street headquarters. The Club is moving to new premises on the street to facilitate ongoing redevelopment of the area.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Bailey acts on investment transactions and development mandates, as well as advising on funding issues. Clients say he is "never ruffled and very thorough in tying up the loose ends. He is also very good at the people dynamics and negotiating with the other side."

Charles Anderson has significant experience of a broad range of property matters, with particular expertise in residential development work for major landowners. He also acts for a number of charities.

Significant clients Charities Property Fund, Highbridge Group, Trust for London, Diageo, Srutt & Parker.

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

What the team is known for Particular experience in energy sector property matters. Also handles corporate occupier leasing work and investment transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very responsive. We get very good service from them and they are very good at working to suit our needs and requirements."

"Always responsive and very friendly. We have built up a good rapport with them."

What's new? New clients include AXA, Santander UK and Scotland Gas Networks.

Work highlights Advised National Grid on the property issues concerning its gas infrastructure across London, the South East and East Anglia, including advice relating to the Crossrail and Thames Tideway Tunnel projects.

Acted for Colliers International Property Consultants on their headquarters relocation.

Notable practitioners  

Roger Sargologo specialises in property matters in the energy sector. Clients say: "He is good on the technical side and very committed. He's also very personable."

Significant clients BP, City of London Corporation, Costco Wholesale, Gala Coral, Manhatten Loft.

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

What the team is known for Well regarded in the private client and family trusts investment space. Growing practice acting for institutional investors and bank lenders. Also acts for retailers and leisure sector operators.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We find them very responsive and understanding of our business. They understand the commercial implications of the legal points; they offer solutions rather than just bringing us problems."

"They've really protected me and given me good advice when I needed it."

What's new? New client wins include Santander UK, Soho Estates and Japan Foundation.

Work highlights Advised Cathedral Group on its £78 million Canning Town mixed-use development project.

Acted for Armstrong Properties on a £36 million sale of two Chancery Lane properties.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Kaufman specialises in inward investment work, often for private clients and family offices. "Richard is a pleasure to work with," reports one client, adding: "He manages the entire team and I find that things run smoothly."

Significant clients Bank of Singapore, Hitachi Zosen Inova, ING Real Estate Development, Odeon Cinemas.

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

What the team is known for Acts for an impressive range of institutional investment funds on acquisitions, disposals, development and asset management. Often retained by inward investors. Also noted for representation of private wealth and landed estates.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have good client care, they focus on what's important for us and they get it done."

"Very approachable, diligent and responsive. There's a good spread of knowledge across the different departments which we can tap into."

Work highlights Advised developer Knight Dragon on the redevelopment of Greenwich Peninsula, including advice on affordable housing issues.

Acted for Takenaka Corporation on its £112.5 million long leasehold acquisition of One Fleet Place.

Notable practitioners  

Smita Edwards recently advised a fund managed by Rockspring Investment Managers on the acquisition and funding of a student accommodation project in Southampton. Clients say: "She's a fantastic leader of the team and a fantastically bright lawyer. She gives us a very good quality service."

Eugene McMahon's clients include large pension funds and property companies. "He's an extremely good guy," clients state, "very practical and sensible."

Howard Gill acts on sales and acquisitions for clients including institutional funds. He also has significant experience of retail sector property matters.

Matthew Swainston heads the department. Peers consider him "sensible, straightforward and easy to deal with." He handles acquisitions, development and asset management.  

Significant clients BA Pension Fund, Crown Estate, LXB Retail Properties, CBRE Global Investments, F&C REIT Investment Management.

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

What the team is known for Acts for developers on residential and mixed-use schemes. Noted strength in office and retail leasing work, typically on the occupier side.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Commercial pragmatism underpinned by strong legal advice." 

What's new? New client wins include Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, RBS and Stiefel.

Notable practitioners  

Simon Smith offers advice on the full range of property matters. Clients say: "Whenever we have a question we call him and it's great, no problems at all. He's very dependable and we never have any issues with any advice he gives us."

Clients described Liz Ruff as "technically awesome and great fun to work with." She specialises in landlord and tenant matters for corporate occupiers and retailers.

Associate to watch Rebecca Watkins has experience of leasing, investment and development work. Clients find her "really good and efficient."

Significant clients FM Global, Tennants Consolidated, Panther Securities, Living Social, Barbican Insurance.

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

What the team is known for Retained by blue-chip international investor clients including institutional funds, international private equity and sovereign wealth. Provides specialist advice on joint venture development projects and cross-border portfolio deals. Also acts for major property companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The firm pulls out all the stops to get the transaction over the line, especially when we're giving them tight deadlines."

"Fantastic. They are proactive and will spot things before we ask them and not always be looking for direction."

What's new? New client wins include People's Insurance Company of China, Simon Property Group and Patron Capital.

Work highlights Acted for Dalian Wanda on its £88 million acquisition of One Nine Elms for mixed-use development.

Represented Land Securities in negotiating a conditional agreement to purchase a development site at 21 Moorgate, above the new Crossrail station.

Notable practitioners  

Clients regard Mark Wheelhouse as "very commercial, very diligent and a pleasure to work with." He advises investor and developer clients on joint venture formation, investments, development and financings.

Head of department Emma Kendall focuses on joint ventures and investment transactions. "She is one of the best lawyers I've dealt with in terms of not just providing legal services but giving a picture of the market as well," one client states.

Alex Watt handles portfolio transactions, financings and deal structuring. "He's really aware of everything that's going on in the deal," comments one client; "we had questions all along and we never found that Alex was out of touch or missing information. Everything was moving really fast but he was on top of it the whole way through."

Significant clients Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Blackstone, TPG Capital, Brookfield Office Properties, Ivanhoé Cambridge.

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

What the team is known for Acts for developers, retailers and corporate occupiers on a range of property matters. Also noted for its strong base of high net worth individual clients. Often instructed by clients in the media and entertainment sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very quick response time and good commercial advice coupled with sound legal advice."

What's new? uSwitch is a new client.

Work highlights Acted for Growth Asset Management on the £2.6 million acquisition of the Coronation Shopping Centre, Cheltenham.

Advised Imperial Works Developments on its £4.4 million purchase of an office property in North West London.

Notable practitioners

Robert Reilly is a key contact.

Significant clients Ben Sherman Group, Cross Stone Properties, IMO Car Wash, London Irish Holdings, National Theatre.

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

What the team is known for International firm with a strong base of cross-border investor clients including sovereign wealth funds. Handles trophy single asset acquisitions and portfolio transactions, as well as property development. Also acts for public bodies on infrastructure projects and regeneration schemes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a good appreciation for our business and our appetite for risk, and they have a very clear conception of what we want which puts them in a better position to sit alongside us."

"They are property people, they understand the assets and they know the market. They are specialist in what they do and they buy into the client relationship long-term."

What's new? Travis Perkins is a new client.

Work highlights Assisted Hammerson with the formation of a joint venture with the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board. The team also acted for the joint venture partners on their £307 million acquisition of an additional interest in the Birmingham Bullring shopping centre.

Advised Transport for London on the property and financing aspects of the Northern Line Battersea extension project.

Notable practitioners  

James Barnes handles landmark infrastructure projects in the transport and energy sectors. "He can explain really complex real estate issues in a way that I can understand," reports one client; "he's very good at giving information in a way that a layman can take a view on."

Donald Rowlands leads the firm's UK and EMEA real estate teams. He regularly acts for international pension funds and major domestic property companies on big-ticket sales and acquisitions.

Sources regard Ian Cox as "extremely good at leading on transactions, co-ordinating the clients and their professional advisers." He acts on high-value single asset and portfolio transactions in addition to his responsibilities as UK and US managing partner.

Richard Forsdyke specialises in development work including joint ventures and financing issues. Clients say: "Richard is very commercial, knowledgeable and good at anticipating issues. He's also a very good communicator and gets a lot of respect from counterparties."

Peers regard Jeremy Walden as "excellent." He acts for cross-border private equity and sovereign wealth funds on prime London acquisitions.

David Rosen recently advised the Greater London Authority on its £1.5 billion Silvertown Quays development. Clients describe him as "really responsive - you can send him an e-mail any time and he'll always get back to you make sure it's sorted."

Julian Pollock recently acted for Standard Life on the £100 million sale of Whiteleys Shopping Centre, London. He advises on investment sales and acquisitions including complex structured deals.

Simon Price focuses on investment, development and corporate structuring for property companies. His clients include institutions and private equity, including international funds.

Significant clients Blackstone, Chelsfield, AXA Real Estate Investment Managers, EDF, Benson Elliott.

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

What the team is known for Investment-focused practice acting on many of the largest prime London asset deals, particularly for international investors, as well as portfolio sales and acquisitions. Also handles major development and regeneration projects. Strong occupier-side landlord and tenant practice, often acting for high-end retailers and blue-chip corporates.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Great client service, attentive, responsive and always able to deal with problems. There is always clarity on which route they propose to go down and their advice is very clear and easy to understand."

"They have a good teamwork ethic and are collegiate across the departments, so there is good communication across the various disciplines."

What's new? Jackie Newstead is appointed global head of real estate. Constellation Hotels is a new client.

Work highlights Acted for the Crown Estate on the formation of a joint venture with Oxford Properties. The joint venture will facilitate a £320 million redevelopment at St James's Market, a key element in the wider regeneration of the area.

Advised M&G Real Estate on its £315 million acquisition of office and retail properties on the South Bank.

Notable practitioners 

Clients say Jackie Newstead is "always able to put our minds at rest, come up with solutions and get a message across in terms we can understand." She advises institutional funds and private equity on portfolio deals and single building transactions, and also handles corporate occupier matters.

Dion Panambalana advised News Corporation on its headquarters relocation to London Bridge Quarter. Peers describe him as a "very good commercial lawyer, practical, good at the detail and a very nice bloke. He focuses on the client and gets the deal done."

Gill McGreevy recently concluded a £337 million retail portfolio swap deal for Hermes Real Estate Investment Management. "Apart from having great client awareness she is a top negotiator and an accomplished lawyer," clients state.

Daniel Norris is often retained by institutions on asset transactions. He also tackles development mandates. "I think he is exceptional," enthuses one client; "he's responsive and with anything technical he won't hesitate to present it in such a way that you can sit back and say 'oh, I understand it now'."

John Condliffe is "very user-friendly, practical and succinct, a bright chap who goes to the heart of the matter very quickly," clients report. His practice covers retail portfolio management and transactions as well as development work.

Significant clients LaSalle Investment Management, Shaftesbury, Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan, King's Cross Central, Henderson Global Investors.

What the team is known for Acts on developments and office leasing issues, in addition to providing corporate support on property issues. Able to field a specialised plot sales team on development matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a good understanding of our challenges and our commercial face, and act to ensure that we understand some of the potential risks which may flow from commercial legal agreements."

"They've got good resource, they're responsive and they can flex up and down to our resource requirement."

Work highlights Advised the owners on a collaboration agreement for the sale of a development site adjacent to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Acted for the owners on the £4.5 million refurbishment of One Euston Square and subsequent lettings of office and retail space.

Notable practitioners

Paul Springall is a key contact.

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

What the team is known for Quickly making a name for itself in the commercial property market. Tackles sales, acquisitions and development work, with particular focus on asset management for institutional landlords.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are proactive and very commercial as well. They will chase and make sure things get over the line, which is important in the current market."

"With Irwin Mitchell, we move quickly and practically towards a commercial solution."

What's new? New clients include Wells Fargo and Beaumont Partners.

Work highlights Acted for Gazeley UK on the development of a distribution warehouse in Milton Keynes, including advice on pre-letting to John Lewis and £70 million forward funding sale to Aviva.

Assisted Mercer Real Estate Partners with its £64 million acquisition of Mitre House, Aldersgate. The building is currently wholly let to international law firm CMS.

Notable practitioners  

Jon Vivian heads the department. He advises developers and funds on a range of matters, and also acts for banks on property financing.

Rob Thompson is considered "a good-quality operator" by peers. He handles debt portfolio transactions, investment deals and development work for clients including Honda Motor Europe.

Peers in the market regard associate Louise Cartwright as a "really good up-and-comer." She has impressive experience of leading investment and development matters for key clients.

Ayesha Hasan joined Irwin Mitchell in September 2014. She has a diverse property practice, with particular experience in dealing with distressed assets. Sources consider her "a really safe pair of hands. She has a relaxed manner in dealing with clients which they like and she really knows her stuff." 

Significant clients Redevco, HSBC, British Land, Ellandi, Caudwell Properties.

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

What the team is known for Represents domestic and international investors including REITs on trophy asset transactions and portfolio deals. Also acts for private equity and institutional funds on investment and developments.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're very technical and are doing a cracking job." 

"They're very commercial. You get some good rising talent because of the way they run their team."

What's new? Wells Fargo and Greystone Real Estate Partners are new clients.

Work highlights Acted for LondonMetric on its £112.5 million sale of the long leasehold interest in One Fleet Place to Takenaka Developments.

Represented DCD Holdings in its £163 million disposal of 90 Long Acre, structured through an SPV sale. The property was acquired by Northwood Investors.

Notable practitioners  

David Roberts is the firm's global co-head of real estate, and advises on portfolio transactions, joint ventures and development work. Clients commend his relationship management skills.

Iain Hindhaugh has a broad property practice covering high-value investments and development matters. "He's world-class," enthuses one client; "he's probably the most commercial person I've ever met. He's good at utilising client time and he has a good broader understanding so he is able to give you a view on wider issues."

Significant clients British Land, Hansteen Holdings, Macquarie Bank, CBRE Global Investors, Meyer Bergman.

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

What the team is known for Typically represents investment funds including international institutions. Also advises public bodies on deal structuring in collaboration with private sector investors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"You get a consistent standard of service across the board - there's always someone available who can deal with things. That is particularly helpful."

What's new? G4S, LaSalle Investment Management and Aviva are new clients.

Work highlights Acted for the receivers on a £118 million portfolio sale, comprising 34 properties let to the government.

Advised Swedish property fund Akelius on the £40 million sale of a multi-let residential property in London.

Notable practitioners

Wayne Smith is a key contact.

Significant clients Henderson Global Investors, Chambers Street Properties, Deutsche Asset and Wealth Management, Laing O'Rourke, ReAssure.

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

What the team is known for Advises on acquisitions, disposals, lettings and development, with particular focus on the hospitality sector. Acts for a number of retailer clients on store leases and headquarters moves.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They always have a discussion prior to sending a bill, so I don't get surprised. They manage that well."

What's new? Metro Bank is a new client.

Work highlights Advised retailer Hackett on its flagship Regent Street store.

Acted for Morgan Stanley UK Group on the subletting to Tube Lines of 15 Westferry Circus, Canary Wharf.

Notable practitioners  

Stephen John's recent work has included redevelopments, lettings and asset sales. Clients praise his "very collaborative style with the counterparty, which often results in meaningful progress that might not otherwise be achieved because he doesn't lose time on non-commercial points."

Peter Sugden acts on sales and acquisitions of commercial property as well as financings and forward funding. Clients say: "Peter's very good at making the other side understand why what he's asking for is reasonable and why they should accept it. He's very good at getting things done in a time-effective way."

Significant clients Associated British Foods Pension Trustees, Shiva Hotels, University College London, Titan Investors, Coach Stores.

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

What the team is known for Acts for a range of high net worth individuals, private developers and funds. Advises sports clubs on property matters. Also has experience of portfolio management work for infrastructure operators.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We always have a good experience with them; they're very efficient, reliable and flexible."

What's new? Malaysian Airlines, Syner-Medica and United Trust Bank are new clients.

Work highlights Acted for K/S UK Properties, a Danish-based property fund, on its £19.9 million sale of a development site in Kilburn.

Advised Peterborough United Football Club on the property aspects of the construction of a new stand at the London Road Stadium.

Notable practitioners

Jeremy Palmer is a key contact.

Significant clients Scarborough Group, Allied Irish Bank, Nordea Bank, Grant Thornton, Crown Records Management.

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

What the team is known for Noted for its impressive range of high-value investment mandates, including a significant number of prime London asset deals. Also acts on major developments, financings and occupier-side office and retail lettings. Particular strength in representing Far Eastern inward investors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"What is good is their ability to drive forward large complex multidisciplinary transactions. They're disciplined and good at getting to the commercial nub of the matter quickly."

"They are a very effective team, hard-working with a wealth of experience. We are very happy with their service."

Work highlights Acted for British Land on the £472 million disposal of Ropemaker Place, structured through the sale of a Jersey Property Unit Trust.

Advised Oxley on its £200 million acquisition of the 40-acre Royal Wharf development site.

Notable practitioners  

International head of real estate Bryan Pickup advises on many of the team's most significant matters. "He is very useful in situations where you need someone with decades of experience," clients state, adding: "Bryan adds a little extra gravitas when required."

Darren Rogers leads high-value investment deals for major clients, and also has experience of development and letting work. Clients say: "Darren is very analytical and detailed; he understands the most complex issues quickly and will give you a commercial view. You always feel that he's on top of the issues."

Significant clients The Crown Estate, China Investment Corporation, AXA Real Estate Investment Managers, Schroders, Marks & Spencer.

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

What the team is known for Represents high net worth individuals and private investors in a range of property matters. Also undertakes asset management work for corporate occupier clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We have received excellent service from Kingsley Napley. They are commercial and proactive, and they have really pulled out all the stops for us."

Work highlights Advised statistical research company RSMB on their office relocation.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Paul Harbour acts on debt restructuring and asset transactions. He is also regularly instructed on residential development matters.

Significant clients Bee Bee Developments, Cardinal Lysander, Long Harbour, Melford Capital, Baker Tilly.

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

What the team is known for Broad base of housing association clients, with particular expertise in residential development work. Also handles office lettings and portfolio management for corporates and retailers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're very knowledgeable and incredibly responsive. They're very thorough and cover issues we would never have thought of."

"Lewis Silkin are excellent. They are very pragmatic - it's not about point-scoring but about finding solutions to legal problems. They have a very personable approach to clients, they're very joined up and you never catch them off guard."

What's new? New client wins include London & Quadrant and Metropolitan Housing Trust.

Work highlights Advised Fulham Football Club on its project to expand the Riverside Stand at Craven Cottage.

Acted for Cheil Europe on taking a lease over four floors of the Crane Building, Southwark Street.

Notable practitioners  

Leonard Goodrich specialises in development matters. "He manages to simplify everything," reports one enthusiastic client; "when he reports back to us and advises, somehow everything becomes crystal clear. Whenever it's complicated we wouldn't go anywhere but Leonard."

Significant clients Whitecross Dental Care, Rio Tinto, Espirit GB, Peabody Trust, Network Housing Group.

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

What the team is known for Acts for an impressive range of inward investors, banks and private equity funds on portfolio deals, single asset sales and corporate wrapper transactions. Tackles high-profile regeneration schemes for property companies. Additional capability in headquarters leasing matters for multinational corporates.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We've been very pleased with how they've worked with us. They are very responsive, always give good-quality advice, and are always straightforward to work with."

Work highlights Advised Lend Lease on the £1.5 billion Elephant & Castle regeneration project. The scheme will deliver over 300,000 sq m of mixed-use space.

Acted for Dubai World on the sale of international logistics sector property developer Gazeley.

Notable practitioners  

Development specialist Martin Elliott advises on a range of issues, with particular expertise in the retail sector. Clients say: "Martin bridges the boundaries between corporate and real estate. He totally gets all the underlying property issues and is very comfortable doing corporate work."

Peers have high regard for Patrick Plant, describing him as "practical and down to earth." He acts on sales, acquisitions and development matters for clients including banks and blue-chip corporates.

Andy Bruce heads the UK real estate department. He acts for clients including inward investors on trophy asset purchases and also advises on regeneration schemes.

Clients say Mark Burgess-Smith is "very bright and personable, clearly gets what we are aiming to achieve and is quite inventive in terms of helping out in different situations." He recently advised HSBC Alternative Investments on its acquisition with joint venture partner Hines Real Estate of a 72.8% share in the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, Dublin.

Significant clients Cerberus, Carillion, Barclays, Deutsche Bank, Blackstone.

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

What the team is known for Active institutional funds practice, representing significant investors on a range of asset and debt transactions as well as scheme mergers. Also acts for developers on residential, commercial and mixed-use projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They cover a wide range of issues and they are able to throw their specialists in each of those areas at it very effectively."

"I've found them easy to deal with. Our transactions are dealt with by senior people who understand what's going on."

What's new? Clare Breeze joins the team from Shearman & Sterling. Ann Minogue and Anthony Burnett-Scott join from Ashurst.

Work highlights Advised on the sale of More London by London Bridge Holdings. The site is home to City Hall as well as the headquarters of two of the Big Four accountancy firms.

Acted for Canary Wharf Group on the £139 million acquisition of 15 Westferry Circus out of administration.

Notable practitioners  

Anthony Burnett-Scott has significant experience of the full range of property mandates. "Anthony has a very hands-on, partner-led style," clients report, adding: "He's very willing to jump in using a commercial approach."

Ian Nisse advises on high-value investments, particularly complex structured deals. Clients value his experience and market standing, commenting: "He's able to use his reputation to resolve things where someone with less experience would have a harder time. "

Dominic Cunliffe recently represented Muse Developments in negotiating a development agreement with Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, in respect of a new John Lewis and Waitrose store as part of a £200 million regeneration of Basingstoke town centre. 

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

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

What the team is known for Property-focused firm with a focus on representation of institutional investors on portfolio transactions and asset management. Handles development matters for a range of clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The property team is very responsive. It's quick to act on instruction and very pragmatic in the way it seeks to get things agreed without quibbling or dragging things out."

"Very responsive. Quite often we pick the phone up and they can give preliminary advice within the day."

Work highlights Advised Amsprop on its £120 million sale of the IBM Building, Southbank.

Acted for a fund managed by Legal & General on the £60 million acquisition of the Dolphin Shopping Centre, Poole from Wereldhave.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Bryan recently acted for Ignis Asset Management on the £70 million acquisition of three shopping centres in Shrewsbury. He has experience of a range of investment and development issues.

Clients regard Roger Thornton as "very straightforward and open to suggestions," adding: "He keeps things simple and is very responsive." He is regularly instructed by funds clients on sales and acquisitions, as well as handling retail portfolio management.

Declan Power is "thorough, approachable and with a can-do attitude," clients say, with "good skills and a team behind him to dedicate to larger transactions." He advises on transactions, development and asset management issues.

Significant clients US Government, Royal & Sun Alliance, Rockspring Asset Management, Ellandi, Lloyds.

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

What the team is known for Acts for institutional funds clients on portfolio sales and acquisitions. Also handles asset management and development work.

What's new? New client wins include Enstar Properties, Bericote Capital and Pembroke Real Estate.

Work highlights Acted for LaSalle Investment Management on the £82 million sale of an office building in SW1.

Advised Aberdeen Asset Management on the £115 million sale of a portfolio of 40 properties.

Notable practitioners

Orla O'Sullivan is a key contact.

Significant clients Argent, British Land, Derwent London, Hines UK, London & Regional Properties.

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

What the team is known for Frequently instructed on high-value investment work, with particular strength in representing US and Asian inward investors. Acts for domestic property companies and funds on trophy acquisitions. Increasing focus on development work for a number of key players.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're very responsive and commercial; as a group they deal with issues quickly and professionally. You have to be very focused and go through the details to make sure the property works and they're extraordinarily good at doing that."

"They have quite a large team including every aspect of real estate, which is very helpful for us in doing all the aspects of our work."

What's new? Patricia Jones joins the team from SJ Berwin. Martin Wright joins from Ashurst.

Work highlights Advised Ashkenazy Acquisition Corporation on its £105 million purchase of Old Spitalfields Market. This was the New York-based fund's first deal in the UK market.

Acted on the £170 million acquisition of Centrium, 61 Aldwych by China Overseas Holdings.

Notable practitioners  

Jeremy Clay leads the firm's worldwide real estate practice. "I think he is outstanding," enthuses one client; "he is at the top of his game. Very commercial and will properly play his part in a negotiation."

Martin Wright is head of European real estate. Clients say: "Martin's style is very direct. He is clear on what a client's position should be and will be diligent in achieving it, but he is commercial enough to be able to point out to his clients when they are not in the right place and he's happy to talk to his clients in detail and debate the issues."

Chris Harvey acts on high-value investment deals including inward investment, and also advises on the property aspects of M&A deals. Sources say: "I find him a pleasure to work with. He's very sensible and commercial but protects his client's interest."

Senior associate Iain Roberts gains praise from notable clients. He has recently assisted in a number of large investment transactions.

Significant clients British Land, Brookfield Properties, Crosstree Real Estate Investment, Gaw Capital, Partners Ping An Insurance.

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

What the team is known for Acts for a number of well-known retailers on lettings, freehold acquisitions and disposals and new store developments. Also advises banks and investment managers on portfolio management issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They offer incredibly good value for their fees and the breadth of their knowledge is really extensive."

"Very practical in terms of their approach to property law and also very knowledgeable."

What's new? New clients include Metro Bank, UBS and the London School of Business and Finance.

Work highlights Advised Deloitte on property issues concerning the administration of retailer HMV Group, including the sale of its store portfolio.

Acted for retailer Steinhoff UK on several portfolio transactions and asset management issues. The group has over 500 stores in the UK, operated through a number of subsidiary retail brands.

Notable practitioners  

Nicola Kravitz's clients include investors, developers and retailers. "She's got a good partnership with us," reports one client; "she's tough but charming. She is very personable with the other side but we usually get what we want."

Significant clients Asda, Debenhams, Halfords, Heritable Investment Trust, Stonehage Financial Services.

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

What the team is known for Growing reputation for big-ticket commercial property work. Traditionally strong on private sector development and representation of entrepreneurial clients. Also acts for noteworthy property companies on a range of investment transactions and landmark developments.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It's a superb team. What I've found impressive is they are very commercial and actually think like a real estate principal."

"They're very good, they've got an emerging strong property element."

What's new? Investec Bank is a new client.

Work highlights Acted for Minerva on its £460 million sale of the St Botolph Building, Aldgate.

Advised Delancey and Qatari Diar on the development and lease structuring of East Village, the former athletes' village at the 2012 Olympics site.

Notable practitioners  

Nick Minkoff is "commercial, has a good style about him and makes a point of focusing on service," clients say. He specialises in development work and investment deals, representing clients including property companies and major developers.

Department head Nick Doffman is held in high regard by peers in the market. He advises on major development matters as well as investment transactions.

Stephen Hughes acts for key clients including Capital & Counties on asset management, high-value transactions and development. "Stephen is extremely commercial and leads his client very well," sources state. 

Clients consider Ian Paul to be "very knowledgeable and commercial." He advises on asset portfolio acquisitions and disposals as well as lettings and development.

Significant clients Almacantar, Brookfield, Commercial Estates Group, Chelsfield, Helical Bar.

Basic facts about the department
- 38 partners
- 106 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Noted for handling high-value asset sales and acquisitions for clients including property companies, institutions and inward investors. Particular expertise in structured deals and investment funds work. Strong development practice with a number of impressive regeneration mandates.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are commercially minded lawyers and very in tune with our commercial focus. We get an excellent service from them."

"An impressive property outfit. They have the ability to set the agenda for a transaction; their key people have a depth of experience you don't often come across."

What's new? New client wins include Deka Immobilien, Derwent London and CPC Group.

Work highlights Advised Hammerson on its joint venture with Westfield to redevelop the Whitgift Centre in Croydon. The £1 billion regeneration scheme is set to deliver new retail and leisure space in addition to housing. 

Acted for AXA Real Estate Investment Managers on the £472 million acquisition of Ropemaker Place, Moorgate. AXA bought the asset on behalf of inward investors structured through a UK REIT.

Notable practitioners  

Amanda Howard specialises in funds structuring, joint ventures and complex investment vehicles. Clients consider her a "leading expert on indirect investments into property," and peers see her as "one of the top names with an amazing reputation."

Ciaran Carvalho heads the department. Sources say: "He knows how to look after his clients, and knows what a real estate company is looking for, which is not always easy to get across. He's got a lot of good legal experience but also commerciality, how to solve problems and get the key point of any instruction."

Deborah Parry recently acted on the £235 million sale of the London Stock Exchange building. Clients praise her diligence and willingness to take a hands-on role on their matters.

Simon Staite advises on top-end asset investment deals and development projects, often for institutional investors. Clients regard him as a "very good lawyer, very dedicated to our business with an exceptionally good knowledge of the law."

Kevin Stimpson focuses on development matters, acting for investors and developers on prime London commercial and mixed-use schemes. "He's great," clients say; "he's an integral part of our project."

Clients describe Robert Raimes as "extremely commercial. He thinks about the problem and the solution before we have, he's got great foresight. He has always been extremely thorough and we respect his advice."

Senior associate Sergio Vella gains strong praise from clients. One enthusiastic source describes him as a "fantastic individual. He is just very diligent and he's got an encyclopaedic knowledge of our matter. He's quicker in responding to things and is just a pleasant person to deal with."

Significant clients Land Securities, Great Portland Estates, Threadneedle, CBRE Global Investors, SEGRO.

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

What the team is known for Development-focused team acting on an impressive range of projects. Particular strength in the energy and transport sectors. Also handles transactional work for clients including UK-based institutions and significant inward investors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Clear, commercial advice, provided within tight deadlines." 

What's new? New clients include Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Strutt & Parker and Quercus.

Work highlights Acted for DP World on the £1.5 billion London Gateway project, delivering a new deep-water container port and logistics park in Thurrock, Essex.

Advised the Crown Estate on a number of offshore wind farm projects.

Notable practitioners  

Lindsay Morgan is head of real estate for the EMEA region and specialises in inward investment work. Clients describe her as "good in negotiation with a balance between the technical side and the commercial firepower which is quite impressive."

Development specialist David Sinclair leads the London real estate team. Clients say: "David is very commercial, gets things done and doesn't stand on ceremony. He is visible, leading the charge on deals."

Daniel Wagerfield acts on projects matters including development financing. "Dan is very clear in his advice and takes a commercial view," clients say.

Significant clients Commerz Real, Crest Nicholson, GLL Real Estate Partners, Employees Provident Fund of Malaysia, Ivanhoé Cambridge.

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

What the team is known for Acts for private equity funds and institutions on property portfolio sales and acquisitions, as well as single asset deals. Particular expertise on investment in the retail sector. Also handles asset management for institutional landlords.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Olswang are excellent, very commercially minded. They don't tell you the law; they tell you the way forward."

"In terms of resourcing both numerically and in quality terms they've yet to let us down. There's a deep bench there on the various areas of advice we're now seeking from them."

What's new? New clients include Qatari Diar, Kennedy Wilson and Ronson Capital Partners.

Work highlights Acted for F&C REIT Asset Management on its £250 million acquisition of a portfolio of shopping centres.

Advised Capital & Regional on exchange of contracts with Resolution Property for the £71.1 million sale of the Great Northern Warehouse shopping centre, Manchester.

Notable practitioners  

Simon Kanter's caseload includes portfolio transactions, single asset deals and corporate real estate. Clients say: "He has his finger on the pulse and has a good understanding of our affairs. Responsive and very approachable."

Head of department Jonathan Lewis recently acted for Quintain on a £39 million portfolio sale. "He is one of the best lawyers I've ever worked with," enthuses one client, adding: "He's incredibly clever, his contracts are very good and he just knows how to get the other side to agree to what we want."

Tim Westhead advised Oaktree Capital Management on its £40 million acquisition of an office property in Manchester. "Tim is a very practical lawyer," explains one client; "he knows how to get things done, but at the same time if we need to choreograph the pace of a transaction to suit us he can do that too."

Significant clients Delancey, Gamla, Aberdeen Asset Management, Brandeaux, Heron.

Basic facts about the department
- 21 partners
- 44 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acts for fund managers on investment mandates and development. Particularly noted for advising a range of house builder clients on residential development matters. Also handles flagship store leasing and portfolio management for retailers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We get a very good service from them. They have a good understanding of our requirements, they are flexible on billing and we find them very reliable."

"We really enjoy the flexiblity offered to us through their multiple offices. We see we get the skill set of a bigger firm with the familiarity of a slightly smaller firm."

What's new? Nick Padget and Shane Toal join from legacy Dundas & Wilson. William Gay is promoted to partner.

Work highlights Acted on the £85 million acquisition of the Menzies Hotels portfolio for buyer Topland Group. The 12 assets in the portfolio were acquired out of administration.

Advised German fund manager Warburg-Henderson KAG on its £61 million purchase of 90 Queen Street, EC4 from Great Portland Estates. The property was acquired on a majority freehold and part long leasehold basis.

Notable practitioners  

Colin Kearney has experience of investment, development and corporate real estate work. "Colin is exceptionally commercial, well connected, has vast experience and is hugely knowledgeable," clients state.

Clients say Nick Padget is "responsive, has great knowledge and is a very nice person who helps in terms of making the decisions." He specialises in investment, including structured transactions.

William Gay acts on development matters including strategic land sites for clients including institutional funds. Peers praise his "pragmatic and commercial approach" to getting deals done.

Significant clients Barratt, Campus Living Villages, Marks & Spencer, CBRE Global Investors, Pramerica.

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

What the team is known for Represents institutions and developers on a range of transactions and projects, with particular expertise in student accommodation. Also acts for cross-border investors and high net worth individuals on prime residential purchases.

What's new? Central London Serviced Apartments is a new client.

Work highlights Acted for Aviva Investors on the sale of two freehold office properties to international investors.

Advised Alumno Developments (Norwich) on its acquisition of the former bus station site, Norwich, for a 228-bed student accommodation development.

Notable practitioners  

Catriona Smith recently advised Enterprise Rent-a-Car on its agreement to lease two buildings for its European headquarters, as well as its subsequent freehold acquisition of one of the properties.

Significant clients Sellar Property Group, Santander UK, Allied Irish Bank, The Co-operative Bank, Barnfield Construction.

Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 2 legal directors
- 2 senior consultants
- 19 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for UK-wide real estate offering with strength in the London market. Tackles large-scale developments and regeneration projects for developers and investors. Also handles investments and portfolio management matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very quick, really proactive and keen to get the transactions done in good time. Good service in a short timeframe."

"They've been good and responsive. Good at the detail."

What's new? New panel appointments include Legal & General Property, Royal London Asset Management and Lovell Partnerships.

Work highlights Advised Capital & Counties on the Earls Court regeneration project, set to deliver 7,500 new homes as well as office, retail and leisure space and new community areas.

Acted for Mount Anvil on the site acquisition and subsequent £180 million development of the Queen's Wharf site, Hammersmith.

Notable practitioners  

Senior consultant David Taylor is "excellent, very good at analysing a situation and giving the best advice," state clients. He has recently advised on the Royal Albert Dock redevelopment scheme for ABP (London) Investments. 

Adrian Barlow heads the department. Clients consider him to have "bucket-loads of commercial nous" and describe him as "a technically excellent lawyer and commercially minded. He's excellent."

Nicholas Berry leads some of the firm's key development mandates. He has particular expertise in PFI/PPP issues and regeneration schemes.

Michael Reid recently joined the firm from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. He is experienced in development matters including joint venture structuring as well as corporate real estate issues. 

Significant clients Aviva, Lend Lease, Abstract Securities, Accor Group, Union Investment.

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

What the team is known for Investment-focused practice acting for both domestic and international institutions on a broad spread of deals. Particular expertise in the data centre space. Also handles retail leasing, both for landlords and retailers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We have a fantastic relationship team. To a man they are a fantastic firm and the people that we deal with have been very positive."

"They have the ability to pick up complex issues quickly."

What's new? New clients include Prudential Assurance Company, Oaktree Capital and Europa Capital.

Work highlights Advised a Helix Property Advisors managed fund on the sale of 15 assets, including cinemas, office buildings and retail property.

Acted for Reuben Brothers on the £85 million sale of 185 Park Street, Southwark to Delancey for mixed-use development.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Andrew Jenkinson recently advised Commercial Estates Group on a £27 million sale of development land to Redrow Homes. Sources describe him as "a class act, extremely experienced and very intelligent."

Lawrence Radley acts for clients including institutional funds on acquisitions, sales, development and lettings. Clients regard him as "personable, efficient and commercial."

Up-and-coming partner Danielle Martin specialises in property investment. "I couldn't speak more highly of her," says one enthusiastic client; "she is dedicated, gives fantastic commercial advice and her legal knowledge is as good as anyone's. To have someone there that can cover both the commercial issues and the fine points of law is very reassuring."

Significant clients PATRIZIA Immobilien, London & Regional Properties, M7 Real Estate, Westbrook Partners. 

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

What the team is known for Highlighted for residential and mixed-use development projects, with particular experience in the energy sector. Also handles transactional mandates for clients including international investors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They communicate well with me and also with each other, and they're very open-book so you see how things are going."

"They are absolutely superb. All the stakeholders are different characters; that's where they are very good at navigating and working through."

What's new? New client wins include Oxygen Asset Management, Essential Living and Mace.

Work highlights Acted for AstraZeneca on the development of its new research and development centre and headquarters building at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

Advised Minerva on the Croydon Estate, including the reopening of the former site of Allders department store as Croydon Village Outlet.

Notable practitioners  

Martin Barrett is a key contact.

Significant clients RWE nPower, ICI Group, Cheyne Capital, Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, Oaktree Capital Management.

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

What the team is known for Advises clients including developers, bank lenders and private investors on acquisitions and development. Retail property is a key specialism, acting for retailers on new leases and asset management.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a strong, well-connected, personable and respected team that deals with all matters in a timely fashion."

What's new? New clients include The Gym Group, Campden Hill Properties and Alexander James Investments.

Work highlights Acted for GLE Property Developments on the disposal of a light industrial business centre for mixed-use redevelopment.

Advised on the dissolution of the Lauralex Investments investment portfolio.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Peter Dawson acts on corporate occupier leasing, investment and development matters. "He's very astute, good at cutting to the quick and getting to the main points of an issue, and he's always very approachable," clients report.

Helen Edwards handles developments and transactional matters as well as property finance. Clients regard her as a "very personable lawyer with an excellent commercial attitude."

Significant clients Standard Bank Offshore Trust Company Jersey, Sports Direct, Pret A Manger, Ilchester Estate, Cubemaker Partnership.

What the team is known for Represents retail and leisure sector clients including pub companies on lettings matters. Islamic finance is a key area of specialism.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a lot of staff on hand so they can cater to whatever we do. We've given them very sharp deadlines and they've met them, very impressive."

"A very efficient, well-organised firm." 

Work highlights Acted for West Midlands Metropolitan Authorities Pension Fund on its £20.185 million acquisition of 6-10 Whitfield Street, London.

Assisted Barnet & Southgate College with its Hendon Campus development scheme.

Notable practitioners

Carmela Iguanta is a key contact.

Significant clients 99p Stores, Roehampton University, Harrison Varma, Habib Bank, Islamic Bank of Britain.

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

What the team is known for Acts on a range of investment and development mandates, including student accommodation projects. Particularly experienced in wind farm development work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're approachable, quick to react and very customer-focused. You don't just get the answer you ask for; they think ahead as well."

"I think the real estate team are excellent; they're really responsive."

What's new? Sally Morris-Smith joins the team from Kennedys. Jonathan Rickard joins from Addleshaw Goddard.

Work highlights Advised SMart Wind on its development of the Hornsea offshore wind farm, including acquisition of land usage rights onshore as well as seabed leasing negotiations with the Crown Estate.

Acted for TJAC Group on student accommodation development projects in London and Cambridge.

Notable practitioners  

Stephen Hubner leads the firm's English Property Unit. Clients say: "He is able to drive our project forward in a very subtle manner, which helps us. He's very approachable as well and always focused on trying to make things better for us."

Significant clients BAE Systems Pension Funds, Scarborough Group, Ellandi, Investec, Dunedin.

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

What the team is known for Advises a range of funds clients on transactional matters, development and fund structuring. Key strength in inward investment mandates from clients in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Additional capability in corporate occupier work on the tenant side.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their advice was timely, to the point and extremely commercially focused. They worked well alongside our internal team and our other external professional advisers."

"The transactional team helped to deliver and meet the short timeframe. I found them responsive and very good."

What's new? Matthew Hooton joins from Ashurst.

Work highlights Represented Deka Immobilien Investment in its acquisition of the St Botolph Building from Minerva.

Advised Avenue Capital Group on structuring a student accommodation investment fund and subsequent portfolio acquisitions.

Notable practitioners  

Ali Crosthwaite has experience of investment, development and asset management for funds clients. "Ali is hugely down to earth, pragmatic, very capable and really good at going the extra mile for her clients," clients say.

Significant clients Four Seasons Healthcare, Aberdeen Asset Management, GVA Grimley, Henderson Global Investors, National Asset Management Agency.

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

What the team is known for Retained by institutional investors on transactional matters. Represents landowners and developers on large-scale developments. Often advises on corporate real estate issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their timing and communication are very good. They explain things very well and their depth of knowledge is good."

"They're very good, they're like a one-stop shop which is very good from our point of view."

Work highlights Acted for Grosvenor on the £114 million sale of 11-15 Grosvenor Crescent for residential development.

Advised Legal & General Property on the £200 million acquisition of a City of London office property. The deal was structured as an SPV sale.

Notable practitioners  

John Nevin recently acted for UD Europe on its £77 million acquisition of 265 Strand. "He's got a good sense of drafting but doesn't get drawn into minutiae," reports one client, adding: "He's very good on detail but also good at direction."

Jane Edwarde is retained by clients including institutional funds on development, acquisitions and disposals, lettings and corporate real estate. Clients praise her technical legal ability.

Significant clients Arsenal Football Club, The Cabinet Office, Derwent London, Fishmongers' Company, ITV.

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

What the team is known for Offers the full range of property services to investors, developers and corporate occupiers. Often instructed by public bodies and local authorities on regeneration schemes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Incredibly good value for the quality of service that you get." 

"They try particularly hard to give good service." 

What's new? On 1 June 2014, Squire Sanders merged with US firm Patton Boggs.

Work highlights Assisted Ogilvy & Mather with the relocation of its head office to Sea Containers House on the South Bank.

Advised Aviva Investors Pensions on the £40 million redevelopment of Hermiston Retail Park, County Durham.

Notable practitioners

Mike Shaw is a key contact.

Significant clients WPP, Quintain Estates and Development, FORE Advisors, Homes and Communities Agency, Transport for London.

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

What the team is known for Handles a range of investment deals including forward funding for institutions and private equity. Acts for an impressive range of inward investors. Strong corporate occupier practice, advising on significant head office relocations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They make it a much more personal experience, their client relationship management is great. They have a great knowledge of who we are and the way we operate."

"They are accommodating, understand clients’ concerns and provide excellent and timely support."

What's new? New clients include Marstons Property, Bridgestone Group and the Stobart Group.

Work highlights Acted for Peterson Group on the £121 million forward funding acquisition of the Ampersand mixed-use development scheme, Oxford Street.

Advised London Metric on a number of portfolio acquisitions and disposals.

Notable practitioners  

Stephen Laud acts for investors and corporate occupiers on sales, acquisitions and lettings, and also has particular expertise in the hotels and leisure sector. His clients include Schroder REIT.

Significant clients ING Real Estate, KPMG, Metric Property Investments, St Martins Property Group, The Langham Estate.

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

What the team is known for Advises developers and owners on a range of projects, with particular strength in residential, retail and light industrial development schemes. Instructed on acquisitions, disposals and portfolio management by domestic and international investors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a strong commercial awareness, a desire to get the deal done for their clients, full partner attention and exceptional client service."

"They're excellent. The joy of them is that they are as good commercially as they are technically."

Work highlights Advised Bride Hall Group on a number of mixed-use development projects as well as handling asset management issues.

Assisted Peveril Securities with the £25 million disposal of a retail park in Derbyshire.

Notable practitioners  

Investment and development specialist Brendan Patterson leads the team. Clients say: "Brendan has the ability to cut to the quick, he's very good at bringing complicated deals down to a relatively simple level. He makes sure you don't lose sight of the basics and makes complicated things seem very straightforward."

Matthew Farmer recently advised Faccenda Property and Albion Land on the £50 million development and sale of a retail warehouse in Milton Keynes. Clients describe him as "diligent and easy to get on with. Responsive, knows his stuff and always there to help."

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

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

What the team is known for Retained by institutional funds and private equity on high-value portfolio acquisitions and single asset deals. Represents developers on cutting-edge schemes. Also assists blue-chip corporate occupiers with office lettings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I think they are fantastic. They are thorough, give clear advice and they're very diligent. All the individuals I meet are of high calibre, deliver on time and most importantly give considered advice."

"They're very good, they know how we work, it's a good productive relationship."

What's new? New clients include China International Marine Containers, Grosvenor Capital and Brentford Football Club.

Work highlights Advised Innovation City (London) on its long leasehold acquisition of the Press and Broadcast Centres at the Olympic Park, for development as a data centre and digital hub.

Acted for Wainbridge on its acquisition of 11-15 Grosvenor Square for £350 million super-prime residential development.

Notable practitioners  

Head of the business group Keith Barnett advises investor clients on high-value portfolio acquisitions. Peers in the market consider him to be "pragmatic, the sort of person who likes to get a deal done and look for solutions rather than problems."

Significant clients Amazon.com, Soho Estates, McLaren Property, St George Commercial, Canada Life.

What the team is known for Particularly noted for investment work, advising funds clients on transactional matters and development schemes. Expertise in student accommodation assets, renewables and the hotels sector. Also acts for corporates on headquarters lettings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Overall service is absolutely excellent. We get a complete rounded service from Travers Smith. They are able to provide advice on all aspects of our business."

"Their strongest points are their responsiveness, creativity, partner involvement, accountability and their flexible approach on fees."

What's new? New client wins include Bannatyne Health & Fitness, United House Group and LJ Capital. 

Work highlights Advised Voreda on its development project at Imperial West, the new White City campus of Imperial College London, including construction of new laboratory and office buildings.

Acted for CLS Holdings on the £118.6 million acquisition of a 34-property office portfolio.

Notable practitioners  

Anthony Judge specialises in investment transactions, with particular specialism in structured acquisitions. "He's very good, very easy to work with," clients report; "he gives you another view you may not have thought of and he's commercially focused."

Simon Rutman has a broad-ranging property practice, advising on transactions, letting and development. Clients say: "He can understand the important main points of a deal and drive it forward, focusing on the key important points rather than getting bogged down in the detail."

Julian Bass recently assisted Bridgepoint Advisers with its headquarters relocation, pre-letting 29,500 sq ft of office space at 95 Wigmore Street. He also handles investment and development mandates.

Significant clients Patron Capital, Lothbury Property Trust, Macquarie Bank, Amcorp Group, Peel Holdings.

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

What the team is known for Strong inward investment practice acting for a range of Middle Eastern and Asian investors, often on their first deals in the UK market. Also has significant expertise on transactions, development and asset management in the social housing and student accommodation sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're very diligent, they know what they're doing and provide us with a good service. They know what we want, they're very commercial and user-friendly."

"They're very good and they've gone out of their way to understand our way of doing work."

What's new? Queensway Group, Kames Capital Unit Trust and Qatar First Bank are new clients.

Work highlights Assisted Quintain Estates & Development with turnover leases on the London Designer Outlet, an 85-unit retail park near Wembley Stadium.

Acted for Venture Capital Bank (Bahrain) on its £28 million acquisition of Mayfair Chambers, Grosvenor Hill. This prime residential development site is the bank's first purchase in the European market.

Notable practitioners  

Investment specialist Philip Peters advises on transactional matters and leasing for institutional funds clients. Clients say: "He's great to work with, he is commercial and we are on the same wavelength. We have a good working relationship which makes things a lot easier."

Significant clients Aviva Investors Global Services, Hermes Real Estate, Land Securities, BT, Gatehouse Bank.

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

What the team is known for Handles asset management and transactional work for clients including retailers, education institutions, charities and corporates. Also advises on acquisitions, sales, development and financing for property investors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They understand our business, they understand what our particular requirements are and I find they are able to adopt a very pragmatic and commercial approach to the legal advice that they deliver to us."

"They're very good at prompting me and flagging things when I need to action something or make a decision. The level of advice from all the lawyers has been very good."

What's new? The firm acquired London practice George Carter LLP in October 2013.

Work highlights Acted for Bream's Buildings Property Unit Trust on the £3.65 million sale of 11-13 Bream's Buildings for residential development.

Advised The Dunhill Medical Trust on negotiating a promotion agreement with Dandara for the development of a 40-acre site at Fontwell, West Sussex.

Notable practitioners 

Jon Durham is a key contact.

Significant clients The Richemont Group, International Media Group, Sheffield & Regional Properties, City & Guilds, University College London.

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

What the team is known for Advises on residential and mixed-use development matters for house builders and investors. Additional capability in corporate occupier lettings, typically on the tenant side.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very easy to deal with, they deliver when they say they're going to deliver, they are totally unpretentious, user-friendly and they clearly know what they're talking about."

"They are very efficient and they've built the team around our work. The nice thing about Wedlake Bell is I know all the lawyers working on our account."

What's new? Suzanne Gill joins from Pinsent Masons.

Work highlights Acted for CALA Homes on a 300-dwelling residential-led development in Woking, Surrey.

Advised Spire Healthcare on its headquarters relocation to 3 Dorset Rise, EC4.

Notable practitioners  

Kim Lalli acts for clients including healthcare providers and house builders on mixed-use development, office leasing and transactions. Clients consider her to be "commercial, practical and looking for solutions."

Significant clients Care UK, Lufthansa, Almacantar, Credit Suisse, Lego.

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

What the team is known for Specialises in residential development work for major house builders and commercial developers. Handles asset management for institutional landlords.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It's a pleasure dealing with them. They're pragmatic in getting complicated transactions sorted. There's no point-scoring, they find a sensible way of getting the deal done."

"They're very concise. They don't overcomplicate things which is useful."

What's new? New client wins include Mount Anvil, Fidelity and London & Quadrant Housing Trust.

Work highlights Advised the Capital Trust Group on acquisitions and sales, structured through offshore funding vehicles for ultra high net worth inward investors. 

Assisted The Restaurant Group, owner and operator of a number of well-known restaurant brands, with management of its 450-site portfolio.

Notable practitioners  

Residential development specialist Roger Fitton heads the department. "He's a sensible guy with good judgement," reports one peer, adding: "You know you can work with him, he works very hard and is on top of the detail. You can learn a lot working with Roger, he's a very fine lawyer."

Francesco Ferrari acts for developers and institutional investors on site acquisition and development issues. Clients say: "He's very active and enthusiastic. Behind that, he is solid, gives good advice and drives things forward. That's the kind of approach we are looking for on our deals."

Andrew Bedford's clients include developers and major retailers. "One of the things we absolutely love about him is his negotiating style," comments one enthusiastic client; "he's got the perfect mix of commercial pragmatism and a bit of charm, and even in the midst of a deal he keeps calm. If a point is important to us we always seem to win it."

Significant clients Barratt, Persimmon, Redrow Homes, Battersea Power Station Developments, Bellway Homes.

What the team is known for Retained by an impressive range of institutional funds, with particular expertise in retail assets. Also acts for a number of private equity houses. Tackles landmark development and regeneration projects for developers and investors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We find them very user-friendly. They're very good at delivering what you want to deliver and at adapting to what you want."

"They're very good. They're quite proactive in how they go about the preparation of documentation and chasing up responses and queries."

What's new? On 1 May 2014, Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham combined to create Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co.

Work highlights Acted for Bracknell Regeneration on the £500 million Bracknell town centre redevelopment project.

Advised St Modwen on its £450 million science and innovation campus development, in partnership with Swansea University.

Notable practitioners  

Julian Innes-Taylor has a broad property practice with particular expertise in headquarters leasing deals. Clients say: "With Julian it's very easy just to pick up the phone have a conversation. You don't feel like the clock's ticking and he's very knowledgeable in his specialist field."

Jon Lloyd advises high-profile developer clients on a range of significant schemes. "I really rate Jon Lloyd, he's a standout guy that wants to get deals done," states one fellow practitioner.

Peter Thorne specialises in development work. "He's very knowledgeable, he's practical and he won't argue points purely for their legality," reports one client, adding: "He'll recognise that there's a commercial element to whether they're worth arguing or not."

Rabinder Chaggar acts for clients including the Crown Estate on investment deals, development matters and leasing. "He's got a very good commercial approach and is good at interpreting our requirements," clients say.

Significant clients Sainsbury's, Henderson Global Investors, Universities Superannuation Scheme, British Land, Queensbury Real Estate.

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Andrew Stobbart of Bird & Bird has a wide-ranging practice encompassing acquisitions, sales, development and lettings. He specialises in issues relating to data centres.

Alan Samson co-chairs the real estate group at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. He regularly handles joint venture structuring issues and investment acquisitions. Clients praise his ability to see difficult and complex deals through to completion.

Joe Conder of Goodwin Procter LLP is often instructed by international clients including institutions on inward investment deals. Clients regard him as "a dynamic lawyer who is quick to come up with solutions and good in front of the counterparty."

Emma Maher is an associate at Greenberg Traurig Maher LLP, with experience in the full spectrum of commercial property work. Clients regard her as "top-class, diligent and hard-working. She listens to the needs of her client and then delivers when she says she will."

Tim Webb of Greenberg Traurig Maher LLP acts for private equity houses and developers on a range of deals. Described by clients as "a brilliant lawyer with real commercial flair," he also wins praise for his entrepreneurial approach to client relationship management. 

Charles Farrer of Hempsons has expertise in healthcare sector property matters and residential development. "He just really puts your mind at rest," says one client; "if there's a problem you know it's going to be dealt with efficiently and quickly."

Daniel Polden heads the real estate department at Locke Lord (UK) LLP. He specialises in investment and financing transactions. "You receive great service and he just makes the deals happen," one client enthuses.

At Marriott Harrison, Mark Lavers acts on leasing matters for corporate occupiers and retailers. His clients describe him as "extremely efficient, very much into detail, extremely reliable and very fast. He doesn't seem to forget anything and he remembers every detail."

Petar Orlić of McGuireWoods London LLP specialises in corporate real estate and property financing matters for clients including Rabobank. "He's extremely smart and quick, and he will make a difficult deal doable," clients say.

Peers say funds specialist David Ryland of Paul Hastings (Europe) LLP has a "brain the size of a football pitch." Clients value his "multidisciplinary approach - he understands tax, stamp duty, title, VAT, all the things where other firms would have four partners in the room. This means one is able to get problems resolved much more efficiently."

Ropes & Gray partner Iain Morpeth is a well-respected figure in both property finance and transactional real estate. Clients say: "He has very good commercial insight. He understands real estate as an asset class and he gets the commercial negotiating and strategy element, which saves time and means his advice is more insightful."

Jo Pickering of Sharpe Pritchard acts for local authority clients on landmark development and regeneration schemes. Clients describe her as "a good sound land lawyer who knows the property market, understands what others are up to and brings this benefit to what she does for us."

Clients say Balbit Thandi of Thomas Eggar LLP is "very practical, approachable and commercial in her dealings with us." She represents investors and retailers in asset portfolio acquisitions and refinancing matters.

David Cox of White & Case LLP acts for a number of private equity funds on asset and debt portfolio acquisitions as wells as development work. One client says: "He's absolutely fantastic. He's got a fantastic bedside manner, he's great with us, and also just really good fun; he makes everything enjoyable."

James Dodsworth of White & Case LLP specialises in data centre matters, office acquisitions and property finance. "He's like a magician and can take the most complex and seemingly insurmountable obstacles to negotiation and break them down," enthuses one client.

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