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

What the team is known for Offers commercial property services including investment, funds, development, financing and asset management. The financial services sector is a particular strength.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "It's a hugely attentive service. You feel they get under the skin of how you are planning to do a deal. They are flexible in the approach they take to meet your needs and protect you as a client."

Commercial awareness: "They are held in high esteem as trusted advisers who add value."

What's new? Harcourt Capital Partners and Royal College of Music secured as new clients.

Work highlights Acted for HSH Nordbank on the sale of its Aldgate development site to a Barratt and British Land joint venture.

Acted for Deloitte, the receivers to the special servicer of a 35-property portfolio valued at around £800 million, on asset management initiatives.

Notable practitioners 

Jane Hollinshead is property sector head at the firm and specialises in structured property transactions. Clients comment that "she is strategic, adds value and has a huge fluency in terms of the industry."

Significant clients Threadneedle, Mount Anvil, Co-operative Group, Primark, Sainsbury's.

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

What the team is known for Acts for investors, financiers, asset managers and corporate occupiers. Recognised for expertise in tax, corporate and finance matters associated with real estate transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Efficiency: "They are very willing and able to help. The turnaround on work from them is fantastic."

International capability: "They have the geographical coverage that global financial investors are looking for."

What's new? New client wins include Qatar First Investment Bank and Blackstone.

Work highlights Acted for West End London Property Unit Trust on the £166 million sale of Stratton House.

Advised Blackstone Real Estate Debt on the £800 million acquisition of 127 NCP car parks from the receiver.

Notable practitioners 

Global head of real estate Adam Cleal handles development, investment, lettings and lending. He recently acted on RSA's headquarters relocation to 20 Fenchurch Street, also known as the 'Walkie-Talkie'.

Daniel McKimm has a broad practice covering conveyancing, letting and development, with expertise in PFI/PPP matters. Clients say that "whenever there's a problem that others say is unsolvable, he will find a great solution for it."

The highly regarded Imogen Moss handles investment, development and financing matters. Noted for her team management abilities, sources say she also "takes a personal interest in everything and will have read everything right down to the minutiae."

Christopher Woolf's practice covers investment, finance and funds, with a focus on joint ventures and other collaborative arrangements. He recently represented Qatar First National Bank on a joint venture to acquire and convert a central London office building to luxury residential apartments.

Significant clients Schroders UK Property Fund, Land Securities, JPMorgan Asset Management, Westbrook Partners, Mount Anvil.

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

What the team is known for Offers a range of high-end commercial property services, including investment sales and purchases, development, regeneration and infrastructure projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "They are commercial lawyers who understand our business and who have a good cross-section of expertise."

Bench strength: "There is high-level partner involvement: we get senior partners involved at critical stages, with very good support from junior partners running the transaction."

What's new? New clients include Qatari Diar and Cushman & Wakefield Investors.

Work highlights Acted for Cityhold Property on the £230 million acquisition and financing of 1 Kingdom Street and the £135 million acquisition of 40 Holborn Viaduct.

Advised Westfield Group on the sale and ongoing development of the Broadway shopping centre in Bradford.

Notable practitioners 

Hugh Lumby is highly regarded in the real estate market, representing clients ranging from funds to occupiers. He has a particular focus on development and joint ventures. 

David Jones handles a broad range of real estate matters, including  investment, development, partnerships and finance. He is experienced in representing international investors, including Cityhold Property and Oxford Properties. Clients praise his "great leadership and knowledge."

Gerald Kelly focuses on structured real estate, corporate occupiers and development. He recently acted for The Berkeley Group on its acquisition and redevelopment of One Blackfriars in London. Sources praise him as "sensible and practical."

Richard Vernon is "very good, very personable and has his finger on the pulse," according to clients. He is head of the real estate department in London, with a practice covering lettings, disposals, acquisitions and development.

Significant clients Transport for London/Crossrail, Stanhope, Tesco, Beacon Capital Partners, Sellar Property Group.

Basic facts about the department

- 15 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Active in all areas of commercial real estate, particularly investment and financing. Acts for banks, retailers, corporate occupiers and hospitality clients. Known for significant international reach.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

Responsiveness: "They are extremely responsive. You can speak to the individuals involved, they're available. They are very prompt in dealing with matters we want looked at."

What's new? New client wins include Siam Commercial Bank.

Work highlights Acted for Edwardian Group on the acquisition of a development site adjoining Leicester Square Hotel from receivers.

Notable practitioners  

Head of the real estate group Stephen Turner focuses on investment transactions, development and real estate financing. Clients say: "His knowledge of the real estate market and related legal issues is excellent. He has an answer and a solution to any query we have."

Senior associate Michael Heyworth-Dunn focuses on sales and acquisitions, development, and landlord and tenant matters. Clients are drawn from a range of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, electronics, banking and hospitality. He is praised by clients for making legal issues "simple and understandable."

Significant clients Employees Provident Fund of Malaysia, Oracle, Government of Singapore Investment Corporation, CIMB Bank, Canada Life.

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

What the team is known for Highly regarded in the charity sector. Acts on a range of commercial property matters, including leases, acquisitions, disposals, development, financing and dilapidations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry knowledge: "They have such an understanding of the charity world. Because their focus is charity, you feel they are working to help you, not just to keep you on the right side of the law."

Client service: "They are knowledgeable and responsive, and they provide good legal advice at a fair price."

Bench strength: "In the event that someone is absent, the team is fully apprised of the details and is able to respond knowledgeably, no matter the size of the transaction."

What's new? New clients include Alexandra Park & Palace, Action on Hearing Loss and Qatar Charity.

Work highlights Acted for long-term client UNITE on the disposal of an office building site in Covent Garden to CapCo.

Acted for CfBT Education Trust on the conversion of seven schools to academy status.

Notable practitioners  

Anthony Cartmell's practice covers acquisitions, disposals, development and landlord and tenant work. Sources say he is "good at explaining complex issues with clarity" as well as "approachable and responsive." Clients include Royal National Institute of Blind People and Medical Protection Society.

The "very experiencedNick Ivey is noted for having "both charity and commercial expertise." He is joint head of the real estate team and is praised by clients for being "incredibly personable" as well as "a good negotiator and drafter."

Martin Gunson has a broad property practice encompassing finance, insolvency, corporate occupiers, disposals and acquisitions. Sources praise him as "very thorough but also sensibly commercial. A pleasure to deal with." UNITE is a key client.

Significant clients Goldsmiths College, YMCA, Medical Protection Society, RCN, Westway Development Trust.

What the team is known for A heavyweight in the London investment, development and real estate financing market, with significant international clients. Notable for multidisciplinary approach to complex and high-value transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "Top-drawer. Never had any problems. The quality of their work is fantastic." 

Market standing: "They have experience on bigger deals. For some of the bigger, more complicated transactions, I would probably go to Berwin Leighton Paisner first."

Commercial awareness: "Very pragmatic, commercial and just want to get the deal done. I certainly rate them very highly."

What's new? Recent client wins include Norges Bank, KWAP and Quintain Estates & Development.

Chris de Pury takes over as head of real estate.

Work highlights Acted on the purchase of 10 Gresham Street for Kumpulan Wang Perasaraan (Diperbadankan), in a joint venture with CPPIB.

Acted for Blackstone on its £330 million acquisition of Devonshire Square from Rockpoint.

Notable practitioners  

Head of real estate Chris de Pury is praised by peers and clients alike, who describe him as "very responsive, commercial and practical." He specialises in structured real estate and recently acted for Round Hill Capital on the £415 million acquisition of the Nido student accommodation business. Sources say: "He keeps the client's best interests at the forefront of negotiations."

James Knox is an experienced real estate practitioner with a practice focus on domestic and international investment, joint ventures, distressed real estate and real estate finance. He recently advised Norges Bank Investment Management on the £170 million purchase of a 50% stake in Sheffield's Meadowhall shopping centre.

Robert MacGregor is a well-known and highly regarded figure in the London real estate market. He recently acted for Quintain Estates & Development on its acquisition of interests in the Greenwich Peninsula joint venture and on a new joint venture with Knight Dragon. Clients praise his "hugely strategic" approach to transactions.

Peter Rudolf has a strong and long-standing reputation in the market, with sources naming him as "an absolutely superb lawyer." His practice covers a range of real estate matters, with a particular focus on development.

In addition to a general commercial real estate practice, David Battiscombe specialises in development, with expertise in planning, scheme structuring and funding. Sources say he is "a genuine pleasure to deal with."

Claire Milton acts for developers, investors and corporate occupiers. Clients include Oxford Properties and Derwent London.

Andrew Sanders's commercial approach to negotiation is widely praised by peers, who say: "He is all about the deal and he gets things done. A very good problem solver." His practice covers investment, development, financing and joint ventures.

Richard Hopkinson-Woolley's practice covers retail parks and shopping centres, as well as hospitality, leisure, industrial and office properties. His expertise includes development, investment, forward funding and partnership arrangements.

Veronica Metter has a broad commercial real estate practice, with a particular focus on retail development. 

Alan Wight specialises in City development and investment work. He recently advised Canary Wharf Group and Land Securities on the pre-letting of 20 Fenchurch Street, also known as the 'Walkie-Talkie'.

Significant clients Great Portland Estates, Land Securities, Qatari Diar, The Carlyle Group, Credit Suisse.

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

What the team is known for Particularly noted for real estate work relating to large-scale infrastructure, energy and transport projects. Also handles acquisitions, sales, leasing and portfolio matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry knowledge: "They have a fantastic knowledge and depth of experience in dealing with land and property issues relating to compulsory purchase, and particularly for transport and infrastructure projects."

Technical ability: "They have great technical knowledge and experience. They provide good value in these areas."

Client service: "Conscientious in their approach to looking after the client. Proactive, detailed, thorough and they get the job done."

What's new? Appointed to Metro Bank's property finance and commercial property panel.

Work highlights Acted for Docklands Light Railway/Ardent Management on the acquisition of property rights for an extension of the DLR, running from Royal Victoria to Stratford International.

Acted for National Grid on the property aspects of its upgrade to the overhead electricity transmission line running from Waltham Cross to Hackney.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Smith is head of the real estate department and a key contact.

Significant clients National Grid, Smurfit Kappa, Croudace Properties, Penhurst Properties, City & Country Group.

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

What the team is known for A broad practice covering the range of commercial real estate matters, with particular strength in data centre, telecoms, energy and renewables projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "A very friendly firm, which I would be happy to recommend."

What's new? New client wins include TomTom, BT One Phone, Canary Wharf Group and Hoss Intropia.

Work highlights Acted for Medicom on the acquisition of its new head office in London for around £2 million.

Notable practitioners

Clients comment that Andrew Stobbart is "very approachable and always available to give advice." He is particularly praised for a "straightforward, no-nonsense, commercial approach."

Significant clients Interxion, Philips, Duff & Phelps, Red Gate Software, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

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

What the team is known for Offers a range of real estate services, including investment, development, enfranchisement and portfolio matters. Experienced in the retail investment market.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They are personable. They get to understand the business and try to build long-term, straightforward relationships."

Responsiveness: "Excellent advice and clear communication. I know I can call at any time and get an instant update on where things stand."

Work highlights Acted for Rontec Investments on the management of its petrol filling station portfolio, including the sale of 37 petrol stations and eight sites.

Represented PMB Holdings on the £30 million joint venture purchase of the long-leasehold interest in Gartmore House, London.

Notable practitioners 

The "experienced" Tim Manning focuses on development, funding, joint ventures and lettings. Clients appreciate that he has "a good knowledge of the way we work."

Caroline King has expertise in joint ventures and funding, as well as a focus on office, hotel and retail developments. Clients say she has "excellent problem-solving abilities and all-round real estate knowledge," and is "a great leader of a dedicated team."

Significant clients Grosvenor, IBM UK Pensions Trust, Albemarle Syndicates, Ebble Developments, Bedford Estates.

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

What the team is known for Known for work with charity and education sector clients in addition to general commercial property work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Efficiency: "Very efficient and quick to turn things around."

Client service: Clients appreciate the firm's proactive approach and breadth of expertise.

What's new? New client wins include Oakmayne Developments, Versant Homes and Titlestone Property Lending.

Work highlights Acted for the National Museum of The Royal Navy on the leasing arrangements relating to the location of HMS Victory at the dry docks in Portsmouth's historic dockyard.

Acted for Zahambi IOM on the £10 million acquisition of 38–40 Eastcastle Street, an office and retail property.

Notable practitioners

Lynn Povey's practice focuses on institutional investment and the charity sector, with work ranging from sales and acquisitions to leasing and redevelopment.

Simon Ewing, head of the London property investment practice at Charles Russell, acts for institutional funds, corporate occupiers, trusts and foreign investors. Sources say he is "hands-on" and able to "deliver within any deadline."

Significant clients Eton College, Teva, Xerox Pensions, Merchant Taylors' Company, City of London Corporation.

What the team is known for Highly regarded for inbound investment and structured real estate work. Recognised for complementary expertise in commercial property transactions, including tax, corporate and real estate finance.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Problem solving: "They are creative thinkers, problem solvers."

Market standing: Peers highlight the firm's international capability, strong client base and the high calibre of its individual lawyers.

Work highlights Advised Canary Wharf Group on the acquisition of Wood Wharf Limited Partnership and the grant of a 250-year lease for the Wood Wharf site, set to be redeveloped as a mixed-use scheme.

Acted for City of London Corporation on the development agreement for 100 Cheapside with joint venture partners CarVal Investors and Orion European Real Estate Fund III.

Notable practitioners  

Sources name Tony Briam as a "godfather of the property legal profession." He focuses on office, retail, leisure and industrial developments, with expertise in joint ventures, lettings, funding and structured transactions. Clients say: "To sit with him as your adviser is always insightful, educational and powerful. He has a huge resource of experience."

Jonathan Solomon has experience in joint ventures, investment and development, particularly relating to office and hotel properties. Recent work includes advising Hammerson on a joint venture with Westfield for the mixed-use redevelopment of Croydon's Whitgift Centre and Centrale shopping centre. Sources praise him as "very technically strong with very good commercial sense."

Franc Pena focuses on joint ventures, large developments and the letting of headquarters. Clients include Quantum Global Real Estate and Atlas Capital. Clients appreciate his "commercially minded and diligent" approach.

Significant clients Development Securities, Helical Bar, MetLife, MSREF, State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan.

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

What the team is known for Offers a range of commercial property services, including sales, purchases, leasing and development. Frequently instructed by retail clients and residential developers.

What's new? Terry Green and Clare Whitaker join as partners from Reed Smith.

Work highlights Acted for outdoor advertising specialist Wildstone on the freehold and leasehold acquisition of sites for advertising.

Notable practitioners  

Martin Quicke specialises in investment and development work for foreign investors and property companies.

Significant clients Grainger, Tesco Metro/Express, Terrace Hill Group, The Carphone Warehouse, Apollo Capital Projects.

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

What the team is known for Offers expertise in the hotels and leisure sector, and in restructuring-led property work and development, in addition to general commercial property services.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "They know their subject extremely well."

Client service: "They are very understanding of us as a client."

Value for money: "For the quality of service, the staff and the client care, there is a real pricing advantage to CMS."

What's new? Recent client wins include Persimmon, Delin Capital Asset Management and Gatehouse Bank.

Work highlights Advised Sainsbury's on the Fulham Riverside scheme, a mixed-use regeneration joint venture with Barratt Homes and London & Quadrant.

Advised Laing O'Rourke and Explore Investment on arrangements with London Borough of Barking & Dagenham for an affordable housing scheme comprising 477 units.

Notable practitioners 

Edward Benzecry is well regarded by peers and clients alike. He leads the real estate investment team and represents institutions, trusts and corporate occupiers. Recent work includes SWIP Property Trust's acquisition of the Broadwalk shopping centre in Edgware for some £70 million.

Mark Heighton is head of real estate at CMS and advises investors, developers and corporate occupiers. He also has expertise in joint ventures and collaboration agreements. Clients appreciate his commerciality and say that "work is always turned around extremely efficiently and to a high standard."

Adrian Wright has a broad practice, encompassing acquisitions, disposals, development, letting and institutional investment. Sources praise him as "in control of things, bright, understanding and able to ask the right questions." Clients are confident that "he'll be thinking about things like tax, corporate and planning issues" around the real estate transaction.

Significant clients PRUPIM, M&G Investments, Wellcome Trust, RREEF, Berkeley.

Basic facts about the department

- 23 partners
- 59 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Active in investment, development and asset management. Expertise includes retail, leisure and corporate occupiers. Particularly known for residential development.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) Client service: "Nothing short of excellent in all respects. Very quick turnaround and very user-friendly."

Breadth of services: "They have strength in depth. They are able to call upon other specialist advice within the practice."

What's new? Recent client wins include Lend Lease and Derwent London

Work highlights Acted on Arab Investments' sale of a Gresham Street property for over £40 million, as well as its acquisition and development of a new luxury boutique hotel.

Advised Crest Nicholson on the property and energy aspects of a 2,000 unit brownfield regeneration project in Bath.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Lee specialises in development with a particular focus on regeneration and residential development. He recently advised on Taylor Wimpey's conditional acquisition of the former Princess Louise Hospital for development into luxury townhouses and affordable homes.

Significant clients BAE Pension Funds, Galliford Try/Linden Homes, Persimmon, Whitgift Trust, Crest Nicholson.

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

What the team is known for Covers a range of commercial real estate services. Work this year has included sales, acquisitions, development and occupier matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "There has been lots of flexibility in meeting our approach."

Responsiveness: "They were helpful and responsive." 

Work highlights Acted on Southpoint's £223 million sale of the Palestra building to Deka Immobilien.

Acted on the real estate aspects of Kerry Group's acquisition of Cargill Flavour Systems.

Notable practitioners

Bill Fryzer's practice encompasses town centre redevelopment, leisure and retail matters, and work for corporate occupiers. He is also experienced in property finance matters.

Significant clients Club Quarters, Marks & Spencer, Blackfriars Investment, Haymarket Media, Frogmore Estates.

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

What the team is known for Broad real estate practice servicing institutional investors, leisure clients and retailers. Particular experience in hospitality, utilities, regeneration and development work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry knowledge: Clients praise the firm's real estate capability in the hospitality sector.

Breadth of services: Peers highlight the broad-based nature of the commercial property practice.

What's new? In March 2013 SNR Denton, Salans and Canadian law firm Fraser Milner Casgrain merged to form Dentons.

Work highlights Acted for the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham on the disposal of land to Capco and facilitation of the Earls Court development project.

Advised on Sainsbury's acquisition and development, with Prologis, of a rail-connected distribution centre of over 1 million square feet.

Notable practitioners 

Richard Budge is "a fantastic leading lawyer" specialising in development, including funding, joint ventures and development management agreements. Clients range from landowners to investors and debt funders.

Andrew Bedford specialises in acquisition and development, including residential, retail and regeneration projects. Clients appreciate that he "really does understand us as a client" and praise him as "an excellent property lawyer: very astute and very commercially aware."

Significant clients Kier Property Developments, John Laing, Hammerson, Homes and Communities Agency, Taylor Wimpey.

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 11 associates

What the team is known for National firm with international capabilities in real estate. Clients include retailers, funds, international investors and hospitality clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Bench strength: "They have depth and experience."

Accessibility: "They are good if you just want to pick up the phone and have a chat and not have to do everything in print."

What's new? MassMutual is a new client.

Work highlights Acted on Blackstone's sale of the Nido student accommodation business, which included three London developments.

Acted for Pfizer on the sale of its Sandwich research and development facility.

Notable practitioners 

Simon Cookson is head of UK and London real estate at DLA Piper. He has a broad practice covering investment, development, letting finance, joint ventures and corporate real estate.

Joanne Owen's practice covers the range of real estate matters, with a focus on investment, portfolio management, retail and the hotels and leisure sector.

Significant clients KSL Capital Partners, National Asset & Loan Management Agency, AXA, British Land, Compass Group.

What the team is known for Offers the full spread of commercial property services, with a focus on retail, development and restructuring-related real estate work. Known for its strong client base.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "The team's main strengths are its understanding of our business and its drivers, and the commitment to delivering on challenging timescales whilst retaining a commercial perspective."

Client service: "A very willing, conscientious group who are enthusiastic about the work."

What's new? Ted Harrison joins from Stephenson Harwood.

Donald Shaw returns to practice from a management role. 

Work highlights Sole legal advisers to Land Securities on the Trinity Leeds shopping centre development, advising on extensive pre-letting.

Acted for National Grid Electricity Transmission on the real estate and planning aspects of the overhead power line connection between King's Lynn B and the National Grid network.

Notable practitioners

Iain Lindsay, head of the real estate department , is a key contact.

Significant clients Scottish Widow Investment Partnership, Santander, EDF Energy, Investec, BAE Systems.

Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 22 associates

What the team is known for A full-service commercial property practice. Particularly active in the London development and investment market, as well as distressed real estate matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Efficiency: "They are innovative: they have suggestions on managing the work and ideas on efficiency. They add value through that."

Client service: "They have delivered a very effective service."

Industry knowledge: "Skilful lawyers with a good knowledge of public sector property issues."

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

Richard Lampert joins from Dundas & Wilson.

Work highlights Advising Qatar National Bank on the creation of a suite of letting documents to be used across the London Bridge Quarter.

Advised Covent Garden Market Authority on the £150 million redevelopment of the Nine Elms site on the South Bank into a food and flower market hub.

Notable practitioners

Bruce Dear is head of the UK real estate investment and London real estate teams at Eversheds. He advised the Corporation of London on the £160 million redevelopment of Smithfield Market with Henderson.

William Naunton is head of the international real estate practice group. He specialises in development and investment, advising institutions, property companies and international clients. Sources say he is "hugely commercial and practical," with "a tremendous talent for driving deals over the line." Clients agree that he is "extremely user-friendly and client-focused."

Clive Lampard focuses on corporate occupier matters. Retail, leisure and healthcare are areas of expertise.

Stephen Manson leads the UK development and regeneration team at Eversheds. He recently advised Covent Garden Market Authority on its joint venture regeneration and redevelopment project at Nine Elms in Vauxhall.

Stephen Sorrell specialises in regeneration and development. He acts for public sector bodies, investors and developers.

Nicholas Bartlett focuses on investment and finance in real estate. He continues to advise developers and investors on lettings across the London Bridge Quarter. Sources describe him as "experienced, expert, enthusiastic and good to deal with."

Richard Lampert focuses on institutional clients and property companies. Scottish Widows is a key client.

Significant clients Land Securities, Legal & General, St Martins, London Legacy Development Corporation, Shaftesbury.

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

What the team is known for Recognised for real estate work for property companies, institutions and developers. Also experienced in fund work and the charity sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Breadth of services: "Excellent firm with an excellent track record and all the services we required."

Client service: "Very reliable and diligent." 

Market standing: "They have an amazing reputation for the type and quality of their clients."

What's new? New clients include The Ironmongers' Company, The Royal Institute of International Affairs and The Fishmongers' Company. 

Notable practitioners

Charles Anderson's clients include charities and livery companies as well as property companies, investors and developers. Clients say he is "extremely knowledgeable on a wide range of subjects" and praise the "clarity of his verbal presentation."

Andrew Bailey specialises in acquisition funding and disposals, with a focus on property finance and tax structure. Clients appreciate his approach to negotations, saying he is "well liked by the other side: he gets on well with people and can get his point across."

Significant clients Charities Property Fund, Duchy of Cornwall, WWF-UK, Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust, Strutt & Parker.

Basic facts about the department

- 10 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Handles a range of commercial property matters for investors, institutions and corporate occupiers. Also represents hotels and leisure clients, retailers, energy companies and public sector bodies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

Commercial awareness: "The advice was spot-on. We had to weight up the risk and they were certainly very helpful in helping us to come down on the right side."

Client service: Clients praise the knowledgeable and commercially aware individuals at the firm.

What's new? Recent client wins include ASOS.com, E.ON, Gala Coral and Colliers International Property Consultants.

Work highlights Advised Accenture on all matters arising out of its regional and London premises, including its flagship Plantation Place offices.  

Notable practitioners  

Roger Sargologo specialises in energy and telecoms-related real estate work, with expertise in compulsory purchase powers.

Jayne Elkins' clients include property companies, corporate occupiers and charities. She specialises in investment, indirect investment and landlord and tenant matters. Clients describe her as "very knowledgeable" and "of sound opinion."

Significant clients Shell Pension Funds, David Lloyd Leisure, BIS, National Grid, The British Museum.

Basic facts about the department

- 22 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Known for representing high net worth individuals and private family trusts. Also recognised for property matters in the hotels and leisure sector and for corporate real estate work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

Client service: "Clear, accurate, dynamic, reactive. In one word: excellent!"

Commercial awareness: "We get value because they close deals: they are good closers."

What's new? Gideon Dabby-Joory and Stephen Lewis both joined the firm from HowardKennedyFsi.

Work highlights Acted for a private family trust on the acquisition of a joint venture company owning Marks & Spencer's Castle Donnington distribution centre.

Acted for Cathedral Group on the £78 million mixed-use development and regeneration of Caxton Street North and Hoy Street in Canning Town.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Kaufman specialises in investment and finance. He has particular expertise in acting for Israeli investors and speaks fluent Hebrew.

Significant clients Bondcare Group, Finzels Reach, Hitachi Zosen Inova, ING Real Estate Development, Starbucks.

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

What the team is known for Highly regarded real estate-focused firm. Noted for work in investment, development and regeneration, corporate occupier matters and the hotels sector.

What's new? Balli and Kylun are new clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "They are always reactive, there when we required and, wherever possible, tried to move things forward as soon as possible."

Breadth of services: "A team that works very closely together, has a deep understanding of developers' requirements and has quality specialists on hand, such as planning lawyers."

Work highlights Acted for Knight Dragon on the £470 million acquisition of a 60% stake in Greenwich Peninsula Regeneration.

Acted for The Crown Estate on its £60 million acquisition of The Gate leisure and entertainment centre in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Notable practitioners 

Smita Edwards focuses on development and regeneration schemes, with recent work including LXB Retail Properties' town centre development projects in Stafford. Clients praise her as "personable, efficient, determined and extremely persistent," whilst peers note that "she runs a phenomenal team at Forsters." 

Eugene McMahon's practice covers development and regeneration, funding, acquisitions, disposals and lettings. Notable clients include British Airways Pension Fund and LXB Properties. Peers say he is "good to deal with."

Howard Gill focuses on acquisitions, disposals and funding for institutional investors, with experience in the retail and leisure sectors. He recently acted for Lloyds TSB (managed by SWIP) on the acquisition of Gallows Corner retail park in Romford for around £40 million.

Matthew Swainston is head of commercial property at Forsters and has particular expertise in development and landlord and tenant work. Clients include Redevco.

Magnus Hassett's practice focuses on acquisitions, disposals, development and funding for investors. He recently assisted with Knight Dragon's acquisition of a majority stake in the Greenwich Peninsula regeneration project.

Significant clients British Airways Pension Fund, Realis Estates, F&C REIT Asset Management, ICL Pension Trust, McDonald's.

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

What the team is known for Handles high-profile and high-value real estate transactions for domestic and international investors and developers. Noted for expertise in joint venture arrangements.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "They are an intellectual law firm. We use them on the more complicated property stuff. When you use intelligent lawyers on complicated things, it takes them a quarter of the time."

Client service: "Top-notch. Everyone we worked with understood property law but was also able to fit in very well with our team."

Commercial awareness: "Whenever you get them on a transaction they are a pleasure to deal with: they're bright, know what they're trying to do and have a good awareness of wider issues, like corporate and tax issues."

What's new? Reappointed to Land Securities legal panel.

Work highlights Advised Land Securities on the establishment of a 50:50 joint venture with CPPIB to redevelop a 5.5 acre site near Victoria station.

Acted for Government of Singapore Investment Corporation on the establishment of a new joint venture with UNITE to invest £330 million in the development of student accommodation in London.

Notable practitioners  

Chris Morris is an "experienced lawyer who gets the commercial perspective on the totality of the deal." His practice covers development and landlord and tenant matters, with additional expertise in PFI and transport work. He acted for RREEF grundbesitz europa on its £150 million acquisition of Park House, which included due diligence relating to the nearby Crossrail development.

Head of London real estate John Fordham is highly regarded by both peers and clients. Recent work includes Brookfield's acquisition of Hammerson's London office portfolio and London Wall development site, as well as the establishment of a joint venture with Oxford Properties to develop the latter. One client praises his ability to "balance a hands-on role in the transaction with our requirements for strategic and commercial legal advice."

Mark Wheelhouse focuses on investment, development and joint ventures, with experience in the hotel and leisure sector. He recently advised National Car Parks on its £500 million restructuring.

Client say Alex Watt combines "excellent attention to detail with maintaining a commercial approach." His practice focuses on investment and corporate real estate, with an emphasis on domestic and international funds.

Senior associate Michael Reid focuses on development, investment, joint venture, lettings and pre-letting. He assisted with the £225 million sale of 5 Aldermanbury Square for Scottish Widows. Sources praise his "strong strategic and commercial skills."

Emma Kendall's practice centres on development, infrastructure, joint ventures and risk-sharing arrangements. Sources appreciate her capacity for detailed work and "clear understanding of our objectives as a client."

Significant clients TPG Capital, Scottish Widows, Almacantar, Minerva, Morgan Stanley.

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

What the team is known for Handles investment and development work. Offers expertise in hotels, leisure and retail.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The co-ordinated, cost-effective commercial advice is some of the best I have come across in my career."

Market standing: "A good West End firm with good clients."

What's new? Mark Levine joins from Mishcon de Reya.

Work highlights Acted on the pre-let agreement for Lane Clark & Peacock's new headquarters at 95 Wigmore Street.

Acted for PPHE on the sale and leaseback of a development site on the A40, which has planning permission for a hotel, data centre and office building.

Notable practitioners

Diana Featherstonhaugh offers "crisp, succinct advice," according to clients. Her practice covers a broad range of real estate matters, with clients including developers, investors, pension funds and lenders.

Significant clients Structadene Group, Credo Property Group, William Pears Group, National Car Parks, London & Regional.

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

What the team is known for Particularly noted in the media and entertainment sector, acting for theatre groups and drama schools. Also active in retail portfolio work.

What's new? Melanie Benson promoted to partner.

Work highlights Advised Ben Sherman Group on its property portfolio, including the acquisition of stores.

Acted for Zone Limited on its new head office lease in the Kings Cross development.

Notable practitioners

Robert Reilly is head of department and a key contact.

Significant clients Cross Stone Properties, Framestore, LAMDA, Really Useful Theatre Group, Take Two/Rock Star.

Basic facts about the department

- 17 partners
- 90 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A leading firm in the London real estate market acting for both domestic and international clients. Known for its ability to handle large and complex transactions, and for its talented individual lawyers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
 Client service: "Exceptional client care."

Breadth of services: "They have a very joined-up practice across tax, corporate, real estate and debt."

Bench strength: "The quality of the individuals is very good and the senior people there are very capable of handling themselves well in negotiations."

Work highlights Acted on Hammerson's sale of its London office portfolio to Brookfield Office Properties for £518 million.

Acted for CPPIB on its 50:50 joint venture with Land Securities to own and redevelop a 5.5 acre site near Victoria station.

Notable practitioners 

James Barnes focuses on the real estate aspects of infrastructure and regeneration projects. His expertise includes joint ventures and financing. Sources say he is "very nice and very sensible."

Donald Rowlands is head of real estate for UK, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. His practice encompasses lettings, acquisitions, disposals, development and finance. Clients say he "knows the law as well as anyone, but also provides pragmatic, commercial advice to get quick solutions." Peers add that he is "very easy to work with and extremely focused on the bigger issues."

Ian Cox focuses his practice on advising overseas investors and property developers. Clients say he is "very good at managing both his team and the project in an efficient way," and appreciate that he is "very good at calming difficult situations."

Jeremy Walden acts for investors, developers, occupiers and property companies. His practice covers joint ventures and structured real estate acquisitions and disposals.

Richard Forsdyke specialises in investment and development, as well as financing. Clients appreciate that he "will always try to find a solution." He recently acted on CarVal Investors and Orion's four-way joint venture to develop 100 Cheapside.

Simon Price is praised by clients for his "thoroughness, adaptability, expertise, commerciality and entrepreneurship." He specialises in structured investment, acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures and property-owning corporate structures.

David Rosen's clients include property companies, investors, corporate occupiers and public sector bodies. He specialises in structured investment, joint ventures and development work. He was a lead on the CarVal Investors/Orion's Cheapside joint venture.

Julian Pollock advises an array of clients on structured investment, joint ventures and development. He was a lead partner on Hammerson's London office portfolio sale.

Significant clients Standard Life Assurance, EDF, Blackstone, London & Continental Railway, Rockpoint.

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

What the team is known for Highly regarded in the London big-ticket investment and development market. Acts for overseas and domestic investors, corporate occupiers, hotels and leisure clients, and administrators.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Breadth of services: "There's a team effort across disciplines, like planning and tax. The team ethic has always been a strength."

Bench strength: "Generally, the quality of the junior partners has been exceptional."

Client service: "They are very attentive in terms of relationship management."

What's new? Schroders is a new client.

Appointed to Hermes Real Estate Investment Management panel.

Work highlights Acted for the BBC on the £200 million sale of the Television Centre site in London.

Acted for Hermes Real Estate Investment Management on the acquisition of a 50% stake in three Westfield shopping centres, as well as the takeover of the asset management of each.

Notable practitioners 

Michael Stancombe specialises in development, funds, and direct and indirect investment. Clients say: "He is very attentive to client needs and understands our business well. A very good, hands-on person to deal with."

Dion Panambalana's practice includes a wide range of real estate matters, including development, regeneration, joint ventures, sale and leasebacks and corporate occupier work. Clients say he "understands the key commercial drivers of any given property transaction and gives good commercial advice."

Jackie Newstead is manager of the London real estate group. She handles all types of commercial real estate matters and recently advised Starwood Capital on the £68 million purchase of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Shoreditch.

Daniel Norris's practice covers all areas of real estate, with an emphasis on investment, development and regeneration, and insolvency-led transactions. Clients say he is "very astute, incredibly bright and very commercial" and appreciate his "very much solution-driven" approach.

Significant clients Prudential, LaSalle Investment, KPMG, King's Cross Central, Shaftesbury.

Basic facts about the department

- 24 partners
- 48 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Combines the strength of Howard Kennedy and Finers Stephens Innocent's retail and leisure sector specialisms. Also active in development, investment and hotels work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
 

Client service: "They're all excellent. They are straightforward, down to earth and they do what they say they'll do."

Responsiveness: "The service you get is excellent. They couldn't be more helpful and they return calls well."

Industry knowledge: "Very strong on real estate transactions. Very nice to deal with."

What's new? Formed through merger of Howard Kennedy and Finers Stephens Innocent in February 2013.

Work highlights Acted on CapInvest's £171 million acquisition, sale, leaseback and financing of the mixed-use Queensbury House.

Acted on the renewal of the lease of HMV's flagship Oxford Street store.

Notable practitioners  

Julian Hindmarsh and Paul Springall are joint heads of the real estate department.

Significant clients 

Ballymore Properties, City & Docklands, Pizza Hut, Royal Bank of Canada, KFC.

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

What the team is known for A relatively new but expanding team with investment, development, management and corporate real estate capabilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The team is well led and structured, and it is responsive to all our needs and sensitivities."

Bench strength: "All strong performers." 

What's new? Jayne Schnider joins from Taylor Wessing.

New clients include British Land, Tristan Capital and Macquarie Bank.

Work highlights Acted on the EUR200 million sale of Redevco's Turkish portfolio and management platform of three shopping centres.

Acted for Gazeley on the buyout of Land Security's 50% stake in Magna Park in Milton Keynes, a sustainable logistics and distribution park.

Notable practitioners 

Jon Vivian is head of the real estate practice in the South of England. He focuses on office, retail and industrial investments and developments. Sources say he is "incredibly well known" in the industry. 

Rob Thompson's practice covers investment, development and corporate real estate. One happy client commented: "It is fantastic working with him. He goes well outside just the legal perspective and comes up with ideas and strategies. He feels like part of our team."

Significant clients Tishman Speyer, HSBC, Caudwell, Raven Russia, Lone Star.

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

What the team is known for Represents REITs, property companies and funds in large-scale developments, acquisitions and disposals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "The advice is always commercial and gets straight to the point."

Client service: "They've never let us down. Their advice has always been sound. They're likeable, which is important in a stressful environment; likeable and capable."

What's new? Iain Hindhaugh promoted to partner.

New clients include Aviva Investors and LaSalle KAG.

Work highlights Acted on the £470 million acquisition of One Plantation Place in London and retained to advise on the asset management.

Advised Kings Reach Estates on the development of a mixed-use scheme on the South Bank, with a gross development value of £500 million.

Notable practitioners  

Global co-head of real estate David Roberts is an "outstanding" property lawyer with "a great, great roster of clients." He specialises in unit trusts, partnership arrangements and joint ventures.

Significant clients British Land, London & Stamford, Hansteen Holdings, CBRE Global Investors, Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund.

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

What the team is known for Acts primarily for investors on matters including acquisitions, disposals, portfolio sales and unit trust share transactions. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: Peers recognise the practice for its strong client base of institutional investors.

What's new? Investec, Aviva and Gatehouse Bank are new clients.

Work highlights Acted for Henderson Global Investors/Caspar Fund on the £184 million sale of four Jersey property unit trusts owning 24 properties.

Advised Swedish property fund Akelius on the acquisition of 574 apartments across 26 locations for a total of £75.35 million.

Notable practitioners

Head of the London real estate practice Wayne Smith advises institutional investors on acquisitions, disposals and portfolio management.

Significant clients Chambers Street Properties, RREEF, Jones Lang LaSalle Corporate Financial, Aberdeen Asset Management, Laing O'Rourke.

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

What the team is known for Acts for banks, property companies, developers and high net worth individuals. Experienced in distressed property matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They're commercial, they're approachable and they're willing to be flexible."

Value for money: "Their rates are competitive." 

Work highlights Acted for Duff & Phelps as administrators on the sale of residential development plots in Lymington.

Acted on the pre-pack purchase of retail client with a portfolio of more than 40 properties.

Notable practitioners

Jeremy Palmer is head of the real estate practice.

Significant clients 777 Group, Lee Valley Estates, Forsyth Business Centres, LVE, Maybrook Properties.

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

What the team is known for Known for acting on large-scale developments and on acquisitions and disposals for investment funds. The hotels sector is also a key strength of the practice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Their understanding of our business is the best I have experienced. They know what matters to us and how to deliver that."

Strategic planning: "What stands out about them is their ability to handle super-complicated transactions in a short timeframe."

Responsiveness: "They are very good at client contact and being in touch."

Work highlights Acted for Zenprop and Event in a joint venture on the development of student housing within the Greenwich Peninsula regeneration scheme.

Acted for Evans Randall on the £285 million unit trust sale of Drapers Gardens in London.

Notable practitioners 

The "very experienced" Bryan Pickup focuses on retail and residential development, investment, and landlord and tenant matters. Clients highlight his "undoubted gravitas" and say that "you know that, with his wealth of experience, he will offer sensible and well-considered counsel."

William Boss acts on a range of real estate matters, specialising in large developments and the retail sector. Recent work includes advising The Crown Estate on the pre-let of a retail store on Regent Street to J Crew.

Darren Rogers acts on investment matters, joint ventures, development work, lettings and pre-lettings. Recent work includes advising on the real estate aspects of Terra Firma's proposed acquisition of Annington Homes, which owns the MoD's Married Quarters Estate. Clients say: "He has a great depth of knowledge of UK real estate and offers sound judgement on identified commercial risks and solutions."

Significant clients British Land, AXA Real Estate Investment Managers, Invesco Real Estate, Schroders, Marks & Spencer.

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

What the team is known for Offers a range of real estate services including sales, purchases, development work and site acquisition, and landlord and tenant matters. Acts for a number of high net worth individuals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The firm has always provided an extremely high level of service. They recognise the value of a client relationship by making themselves available and meeting any deadline – no matter how unreasonable! The standard of the work is always of the highest calibre."

Technical ability: "Very efficient and knowledgeable." 

What's new? Informa Group and Gorkana Group are new clients.

Work highlights Acted for Amsprop on the £20.75 million purchase of 5 Cheapside in London.

Notable practitioners

Paul Harbour is head of the real estate department. Peers say he is a "a very bright guy" and clients comment that "he is just fantastically committed and works round the clock."

Significant clients Bee Bee Developments, Cardinal Lysander, Yoo Capital, Lafico, Kirkmore Securities.

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

What the team is known for Handles investment, development and portfolio management for property companies, corporates, funds and developers. Sector focuses include retail, hospitality and leisure.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Breadth of services: "We would recommend them for important work as they have a broad and international expertise."

Efficiency: "The good thing about Lawrence Graham is that they don't overcomplicate things. They answer a question - they don't ask three back."

What's new? Clare Fielding joins from Herbert Smith.

Huw Baker and Julian Innes-Taylor join from Linklaters.

Work highlights Advised Development Securities on the £800 million Greenwich Peninsula regeneration project, in a joint venture with Cathedral Group.

Instructed by Sainsbury's on a range of development work, including the acquisition of a development site for a store in Brackley.

Notable practitioners 

Julian Innes-Taylor is commended by clients for his "great guidance." He has a broad practice and headquarter relocations are a specialism. 

Peers describe Jon Lloyd as "fantastic: a very good lawyer to deal with. Very collaborative." He focuses on development and joint ventures, with expertise in commercial, mixed-use and shopping centre real estate work. Clients appreciate his "hands-on, commercial approach."

The well-regarded Rabinder Chaggar is "very experienced" and "fun to deal with," according to peers. He is particularly focused on development work. Key clients include Sainsbury's, Whitbread and Castlemore Securities.

Significant clients AXA, Legal & General, The Crown Estate, Nationwide, Threadneedle.

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

What the team is known for Acts for corporate occupiers, investors and developers, with expertise in residential development and infrastructure.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "They are very responsive and very good at meeting deadlines."

What's new? Reappointed to EDF Energy panel. Appointed to One Housing Group and London Quadrant panels.

Work highlights Advised Bouygues Development on the £46 million regeneration of Addlestone Town Centre, as development partner to Runnymede Borough Council.

Acted for EDF in structuring leasehold interests relating to National Grid's Pratt Street electricity transmission tunnel project.

Notable practitioners 

The experienced Leonard Goodrich advises clients on a range of commercial real estate matters, including acquisitions and disposals, portfolio management, development and headquarters relocation.

Significant clients Rio Tinto, UK Power Networks, Oasis Community Investments, Catalyst Housing, Gondola Group.

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

What the team is known for Offers investment, development, distressed and corporate real estate services to domestic and international clients. Clients include property companies, funds and banks.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Linklaters has provided a very high-quality and reliable service. The connection of different practice areas to solve complex, novel problems has been excellent."

Breadth of services: "A full suite of services to offer." 

Work highlights Acted for Prologis on its joint venture with Norges Bank Investment Management to acquire distribution facilities in 11 European markets.

Acted for Lend Lease on the regeneration of the Elephant & Castle, a mixed-use scheme including the improvement of infrastructure.

Notable practitioners 

Martin Elliott has a broad practice with a focus on joint venture, development, shopping centre and retail development work. Sources say he is "easy to deal with, thoughtful and intelligent."

Simon Clark is head of European real estate at Linklaters. He is particularly experienced in real estate tax issues and investment structuring.

The well-regarded Patrick Plant represents investors, developers and tenants. Recent work includes acting for entities controlled by M. Y. Safra on the £470 million acquisition of the Jersey property unit trust owning One Plantation Place.

Andrew Bruce is head of the UK real estate practice. Recent work includes advising Alshaya on the acquisition of La Senza's operations in the UK, involving pre-pack acquisition and the purchase of 60 UK stores. Clients appreciate his "clear guidance and direction," whilst peers say he is "very pleasant to deal with."

Mark Burgess-Smith focuses on structured real estate transactions. Clients say he is "very good at turning complex things into understandable, intelligent explanations," and praise his ability to "apply his knowledge of conventional property law to an unconventional situation." 

Significant clients Capital Shopping Centres, Capital & Counties, Deutsche Bank/RREEF, Lloyds TSB, HSBC.

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

What the team is known for Active in the central London investment and development market. Also handles lettings and corporate occupier matters. Sector specialisms include hospitality, infrastructure and data centres.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Provides good-quality advice and meets promised timescales. Willing to pick up the phone for us to bounce ideas off them."

Market standing: "Very well known for property." 

What's new? SWIP and L&G Enhanced Property Fund are new clients.

Work highlights Acted on the purchase and future development of BBC Television Centre for a consortium comprising Stanhope, Mitsui Fudosan and AIMCO.

Advised Tower 42 Holdings on its £282 million purchase of the Tower 42 Estate from BlackRock, The Royal Mail Pension Fund, BT Pension Fund and Hermes.

Notable practitioners

Dominic Cunliffe acts for institutional investors and developers on a range of matters, including portfolio acquisitions, structured real estate and development funding. Sources say he is "very helpful" and "pragmatic."

Ian Nisse is head of the real estate department and focuses on structuring and financing partnership arrangements, joint ventures, funds and developments. Recent work includes the consortium purchase of BBC Television Centre and the acquisition of the Tower 42 Estate.

Steven Pitchford focuses on development and investment. He acted for Macmillan Publishers on its headquarters relocation to the Regent Quarter development in King's Cross. Clients praise him as "a really excellent communicator" and appreciate his ability to "make sure everyone walks away from the deal feeling comfortable and happy."

Anthony Burnett-Scott recently moved from Ashurst. His practice covers development, lettings, conveyancing and partnership arrangements. Sources praise him as a "very pragmatic" and "very knowledgeable" lawyer, who understands "the commercial reality of the business we're in."

Significant clients Legal & General, AXA, Derwent London, Canary Wharf, Muse Developments.

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

What the team is known for Boutique commercial real estate firm offering investment, development and asset management expertise. Acts for a number of institutional property funds.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "We get an excellent level of service and advice at extremely reasonable fees."

Breadth of services: "They have specialist skilled partners in different disciplines, so can handle everything in-house."

What's new? New clients include Amsprop, Old Mutual and Schroders Asset Management.

Work highlights Acted for the US government on the disposal of its embassy building in Grosvenor Square and acquisition of a new site in Nine Elms for relocation.

Acted for Rockspring on its joint venture with RREEF to develop an office building in Maidenhead.

Notable practitioners 

Declan Power acts on a wide range of commercial property matters, including investment, development and portfolio sales, acquisitions and management. Clients say he is "a great lateral thinker. Cool under fire, efficient and someone who gets things done."

The "very bright" Mark Bryan is head of the real estate department at Maples Teesdale. He acts for developers, landowners and investors. He acted on the US government's relocation of its embassy in London.

Neil Sagoo acts for investors, developers, landowners, landlords and occupiers. He acted for Greenergy International on the purchase from the administrators of assets at the former Petroplus facility in Teesside.

Significant clients Legal & General, UK Commercial Property Trust, RSA, F&C Reit, CLS Holdings.

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners

What the team is known for Commercial property-led firm with expertise in investment, development, landlord and tenant work and portfolio management.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "An excellent name for property."

Industry knowledge: "A boutique firm that punches above its weight."

Work highlights Acted on Aberdeen Asset Management's £115 million sale of a portfolio of 40 properties.

Acted on the £7.4 million sale of Priory Park in Hitchin for Aberdeen Asset Management.

Notable practitioners

Orla O'Sullivan is head of the real estate practice and a key contact.

Significant clients Hines UK, Hudson Advisors, LaSalle Investment Management, Argent, HM Duchy of Lancaster.

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

What the team is known for Handles structured real estate transactions for overseas investors and funds. Other areas of expertise include development and distressed real estate.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They put the client first and did a fantastic job on a tricky transaction."

Communication skills: "Great effort was made by the lawyers in terms of communication and differing values were respected. It is a pleasure to work with Mayer Brown."

What's new? Chris Harvey joins from CMS.

Martin Wright joins from Ashurst.

Work highlights Advised Tishman Speyer on its £170 million acquisition of Eland House from Land Securities.

Acted on the £129.6 million acquisition of the Clarges estate for British Land. 

Notable practitioners  

Jeremy Clay is head of the global real estate practice at Mayer Brown. He focuses on structured investment and development. Clients say he is "very practical" and "incredibly commercial in the way he thinks about things."

Peers and clients alike are full of praise for Chris Harvey, who specialises in real estate investment. Sources say he has "a good commercial mind" and is "a good communicator who knows how to deliver deals."

The "very bright" Martin Wright has a broad commercial property practice with particular expertise in urban regeneration. Canary Wharf Group is a key client. 

Senior associate Iain Roberts handles a wide range of commercial property matters, from property management to corporate transactions. Sources commend him as "very good, very capable and commercial."

Significant clients TIAA-CREF, GE Capital Real Estate, Derwent London, Crosstree/Helical Bar, China Overseas Holdings.

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

What the team is known for Handles portfolio management, investment and development work for retailers, banks, wealth managers and trusts. Has expertise in the Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland real estate markets.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "They have in-depth property knowledge. They are commercially aware and timescale-aware."

Efficiency: "They are very efficient and forward-thinking." 

Client service: "Across the board, I've found the firm to be nice people to deal with."

Work highlights Acted for Central Investment Properties on the acquisition of several West End properties for development.

Advises Steinhoff UK Retail on its property portfolio.

Notable practitioners 

Nicola Kravitz's practice covers acquisitions, disposals and development across a range of property types, including restaurants and residential medical centres. Sources say she is "commercial and pragmatic."

Significant clients ASDA Wal-Mart, Debenhams, Deloitte, Heritable Investment Trust, Stonehage Financial Services.

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

What the team is known for Active in London's high-end investment and development market. Also handles portfolio management for investors and retailers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Bench strength: "All members of the real estate team are impressive. They reacted well to problem-solving and understood when it was necessary to take commercial views."

Client service: "Everything is joined up. You get to know the team pretty well there, and they have got good strength and depth."

What's new? Appointed to Brookfield Europe's panel.

New clients include Minerva.

Work highlights Acted for Delancey and Qatari Diar on the £557 million development of East Village, the former Olympic Village, including residential units, healthcare and education facilities, transport and green spaces. 

Sole legal adviser to Capital & Counties' £850 million Covent Garden portfolio, comprising retail, office and residential properties.

Notable practitioners 

Nick Minkoff specialises in development and high-end investment sales. Clients say he is "commercial in his outlook and advice, enabling us to proceed on complex transactions with a clear understanding of the legalities." Peers comment: "His amendments to documents are very reasonable. He's very practical and very bright."

Nick Doffman is head of real estate at Mishcon de Reya and "an extremely able lawyer" who "clearly enjoys what he does." His practice covers investment acquisitions and disposals, development and landlord and tenant matters.

Stephen Hughes focuses on structured real estate, joint ventures, and the acquisition and sale of portfolios. Clients appreciate that he is "attentive, commercial and gets things done."

Ian Paul handles acquisitions, disposals, development and lettings within the commercial property space. Clients say he is "extremely calm and clear-thinking in a crisis" and that "his commercial acumen is second to none."

Significant clients UBS Global Asset Management, Commercial Estates Group, Topland Group, Almacantar, Helical Bar.

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

What the team is known for A sizeable real estate team offering expertise in development, structured real estate, domestic and international investment and the retail sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Nabarro was exceptional in all respects: client coverage, demeanour and service, legal advice and expertise."

Efficiency: "The work was done efficiently and in a timely manner."

Market standing: "A good, strong practice and very focused on real estate. No question about the quality there."

What's new? Stratford City Business District, joint venture between Lend Lease and London & Continental Railways, is a new client.

Reappointed to both Hermes' and Land Securities' panels.

Work highlights Acted on the £282 million sale of The Tower Unit Trust, the Jersey unit trust holding Tower 42, for BlackRock, LaSalle and Hermes.

Acted on Hammerson's £136 million acquisition of The Victoria Quarter in Leeds, a luxury retail development.

Notable practitioners  

Deborah Parry has a broad practice with a focus on inward investment, particularly for German fund clients. Clients include KanAm Grund Kapitalanlagegesellschaft.

Head of the real estate department Ciaran Carvalho represents developers, investors and joint ventures. Clients comment that he is "excellent: considerate, tough when he needs to be and well versed in all aspects of the deal."

Simon Staite specialises in development and development funds. Recent work includes acting for CPPIB and Hammerson in a joint venture on the £200 million sale of the unit trust holding 10 Gresham Street.

Kevin Stimpson acts on real estate matters for developers and international investors. He recently advised Plaza Global Real Estate Partners, a joint venture between Quantum Global and LaSalle Investment Management, on the £220 million acquisition of Sarrow Holdings, which owns 23 Savile Row.

Rob Raimes specialises in shopping centre property work, as well as representing property companies and inward investment clients. Clients include Quintain Estates and Westfield Group.

Peers say Amanda Howard is "outstanding" and "first-rate." She specialises in funds and structured real estate transactions. Recent work includes advising London & Stamford on the sale of its 50% stake in the Meadowhall shopping centre.

Significant clients Land Securities, SEGRO, Great Portland Estates, Threadneedle, Grosvenor Investments.

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

What the team is known for A well-regarded firm in the London investment and development market. Noted for high-quality individual lawyers and inbound investment from Asia and the Middle East.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "You're made to feel like their favourite client. You are made to feel special and that you are the only one."

Technical ability: "Extremely high quality. The individuals are all very capable and clearly know what they are doing."

Co-ordination: Clients particularly highlight the availability and responsiveness of relationship managers.

What's new? Norton Rose merged with US firm Fulbright & Jaworski in June 2013.

Neil Biswas joins from Nabarro.

Work highlights Acted for the joint venture between S P Setia, Sime Darby and Malaysian Employees Provident Fund on the acquisition and funding of the Battersea Power Station site.

Continues to advise DP World on its £1.5 billion London Gateway development, a new container port and logistics park on the River Thames.

Notable practitioners 

Lindsay Morgan is head of real estate for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. She specialises in portfolio acquisition and management, with clients including institutions and public sector bodies.

Head of the London real estate group David Sinclair is praised by sources for his "extraordinary" attention to detail. He acts for investors and developers, with recent work including advising DP World on the London Gateway project. Clients say: "You get utterly spoilt by David. He makes it a pleasure to work with him."

Daniel Wagerfield acts for investors, developers and corporate occupiers. He led on the acquisition of the Battersea Power Station development. Clients praise him as "very clear and commercial-minded."

Significant clients Commerz Real, Crest Nicholson, Ivanhoe Cambridge, The Crown Estate, WELPUT.

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

What the team is known for Focuses on investment, development and corporate occupiers. Particularly active in hotels and shopping centre work.

What's new? New clients include BP, DEVK and Melia Hotels International.

Work highlights Acted for Legal & General on the £100 million sale of St Martin's Court.

Advised Capital & Regional on its £130 million acquisition of Kingfisher Shopping Centre in Redditch.

Notable practitioners 

Simon Kanter acts for international and domestic investors. He specialises in structured real estate, with recent work including the £70 million acquisition of Lanes Shopping Centre and other properties for a limited partnership.

Jonathan Lewis advises investors and developers on real estate matters in the industrial, office, retail and hospitality spaces.

Tim Westhead focuses on development, portfolio acquisitions, joint ventures and structuring. He is active in the student accommodation and retail sectors.

Significant clients F&C REIT, UBS, Delancey, Heron, Aberdeen Asset Management.

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

What the team is known for Provides investment advice for property companies, funds and institutions. Also acts for commercial and residential developers.

What's new? Henderson Global Investors, British Waterways Board and Pramerica UK Ground Lease Fund are new clients.

William Gay promoted to partner.

Nick Padget joins from Dundas & Wilson.

Work highlights Acted for Aviva Igloo Regeneration Fund on the acquisition of land for a mixed-use development in Islington.

Acted for Galliford Try and United House Developments on the residential-led regeneration scheme at Gallions Quarter.

Notable practitioners

Colin Kearney's practice covers development as well as transactions in industrial, office, retail and residential property. Peers say he is "very commercial, proactive and technically sound. A really nice guy to deal with."

William Gay is commended by peers for his "common sense, hard work and good humour." He acts for investors, developers and property companies, with a particular focus on industrial and distribution facilities development.

Nick Padget acts for clients on investment, development and hotel sector matters. Sources say he is "proactive and works really hard to get the deal done."

Significant clients Development Securities, Gazeley UK, Aviva Investors, Topland, Eurostar.

What the team is known for Advises on investment, distressed property, joint ventures and the healthcare sector. Active in the student accommodation market.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Penningtons offers good advice with a personable service and a reasonable price. They have the ability to focus on your personal needs."

Bench strength: "We found the whole team to be responsive, hard-working, knowledgeable, dedicated and able."

What's new? New clients include Holden Property and OHO Group.

Work highlights Acted on Alumno Miller Camberwell's development and conversion of a listed building in Camberwell into student accommodation.

Notable practitioners

Catriona Smith "has the benefit of a wealth of experience" and helps clients "consider the wider implications of things and play out 'what if' scenarios." She handles landlord and tenant, development and joint venture matters, with a focus on investment.

Significant clients Aviva Investors, Santander, Allied Irish Banks, Investec Bank, Sellar Property Group.

Basic facts about the department

- 11 partners
- 2 legal directors
- 16 associates and assistants

What the team is known for National firm with a good presence in the London real estate market, handling investment and large-scale developments. Active in the retail, hospitality and public sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

Technical expertise: "I am always impressed by Pinsent Masons' sound technical knowledge and attention to detail."

Responsiveness:"They are particularly good at keeping the client updated as work progresses."

What's new? New clients include Tristan Capital, Trinova Real Estate and Burberry.

Work highlights Acting on Aviva Investors' £87 million sale of Princes House in Piccadilly.

Acting on the Earls Court project for Capital & Counties.

Notable practitioners  

Adrian Barlow acts for private and public sector clients, with sources highlighting his "extensive knowledge of property issues affecting the wider public sector." He also advises on portfolio management matters.

Nicholas Berry specialises in regeneration, PPP/PFI projects and disposals of problematic development sites. He also acts on management and investment matters.

Significant clients Lend Lease, Redefine, Standard Life, Homes & Communities Agency, Union Investment.

Basic facts about the department
- 17 partners
- 26 associates

What the team is known for Acts primarily on investment matters for high-profile clients. Expertise in the retail, leisure, hotel and data centre sectors as well as distressed real estate.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Problem solving: "They bring quick and sensible solutions to problems."

Client service: "Completely unstuffy. Completely accessible." 

Commercial awareness: "They generally take a very commercial view on matters and that's incredibly helpful."

What's new? New clients include Global Switch, Crabtree & Evelyn, Greycoat Real Estate and Lend Lease.

Work highlights Acted on Reuben Brothers' £35 million purchase of The London Heliport in Battersea.

Advised Aggmore Properties on its acquisition and refit of an industrial building in Birmingham for use as a data centre.

Notable practitioners 

Andrew Jenkinson acts on acquisitions, disposals, development, portfolio management and corporate real estate. Sources say he is "very astute and concise." Clients include Alpha Rockmount and Telereal Trillium.

Lawrence Radley's practice covers investment, development, and landlord and tenant matters. Clients say he "takes a very practical and commercial view, is very quick to respond and has a wonderful mannerHe can make the most complicated deal accessible."

Mark Hargreaves represents institutional investors and funds, with particular expertise in multi-let industrial estates. Clients include Rockspring REIM and Europa Capital.

Significant clients London & Regional Properties, Hyatt, Daily Mail Group, Laura Ashley, Westbrook.

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

What the team is known for Acts for investors, public sector bodies, developers and landowners. Specialism in energy and infrastructure work. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "They are positive, proactive, commercially astute and well connected."

Efficiency: "They are very quick and have never had any problems in terms of turning around legal documents. A lot of deals are time-sensitive and require huge commitment, working out of hours and weekends. We have never had any problems with the calibre of the work when that happens."

Technical ability: "They're seasoned people who have very strong experience and expertise."

What's new? New clients include Crest Nicholson, Minerva, St Modwen and Cheyne Capital.

Work highlights Acted for Sports Direct on the acquisition of 20 properties from the administrators of JJB Sport.

Advised Bedford Riverside Regeneration on its £50 million mixed-use redevelopment of a riverside site in Bedford.

Notable practitioners 

Sarah Cassidy specialises in energy and infrastructure real estate work, advising energy companies and industrial clients. Areas of expertise include pipe corridors, chemical site disposal and acquisition, and brownfield sites.

Significant clients Clydesdale Bank, ICI Group, Hadley Mace, Imperial College London, Carlton Power.

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

What the team is known for Acts on the acquisition and disposal of investment properties and portfolios, with expertise in the energy and retail sectors. Also active in development work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Russell-Cooke is a fantastic legal firm which provides strong advice with clients' interests at the core. Each member of the team is extremely attentive, and they handle each matter with due care and attention."

Commercial awareness: "They are reliable and understanding of a client's requirements."

What's new? New clients include Perenco UK, Service Electrical Wholesale and Your Electrical Supplies Service & Solutions.

Work highlights Advised Relsa Stratton on the £166 million purchase of Stratton House in Mayfair, a Grade II listed landmark.

Acted for Mike Ashley, owner of Newcastle United FC, on the £84 million sale of a portfolio of over 30 stores.

Notable practitioners

Peter Dawson is head of the real estate department and has a wide-ranging practice. Areas of particular expertise include business tenancy provisions and pre-emption rights relating to the Landlord and Tenant Acts of 1954 and 1987.

Helen Edwards's practice covers investment, development, pre-letting and property management. Clients say she "is very efficient, keeps the client informed of progress and delays, and provides clear recommendations."

Significant clients Standard Bank Offshore Trust Company Jersey, Sports Direct International, Pret A Manger, Greater London Enterprise, Southern Properties Group.

What the team is known for Retail, education and leisure are recognised specialisms. Particularly well regarded for work with pub companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

Industry knowledge: "The quality of their advice and experience in the licensed field particularly impressed us."

Responsiveness: "The timescales are excellent. The partners and staff are very attentive and return calls quickly."

Breadth of services: "People at SGH Martineau obviously have specialist fields, but there is a very joined-up service."

What's new? New clients include Hook Norton, Marstons and Platinum Retail.

Work highlights Acted on the £42 million sale of the Wellington Estate in Covent Garden for Wolverhampton City Council/West Midlands Metropolitan Authorities Pension Fund.

Advised 99p Stores on multiple store acquisitions across the UK.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Shapiro is "very high-calibre," according to market sources. He focuses on acquisitions, disposals, portfolio management and companies' own property requirements.

Significant clients Roehampton University, Harrison Varma, Heineken, Komoto Group, London & Regional Properties.

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

What the team is known for Acts for investors, energy and renewables companies, public sector bodies and clients in student accommodation and residential development.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Value for money: Clients praise the relationship management and value for money offered by the team. 

What's new? Sally Morris-Smith joins from Kennedys.

Work highlights Acted for SMart Wind and its project companies on the development of an offshore wind farm in Hornsea, including the transmission cable corridors and converter station sites.

Acted for Ocado in the grant of lease at Aquarius House.

Notable practitioners

Sally Morris-Smith focuses on acquiring and developing mixed-use sites, distressed real estate and portfolio acquisitions. She also has experience of public/private development projects. At her previous firm, she acted for Scarborough Group on the £13 million acquisition of the Middlewood Locks development site.

Significant clients TJAC Group, Navitus Bay Development, ScottishPower Group, Lloyds TSB, Instant Offices Managed, Value & Income Trust Pension Fund.

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

What the team is known for Acts for developers, investment funds and asset management clients. Areas of particular strength include corporate occupier and corporate recovery matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Breadth of services: "A strength is their ability to cover just about every angle of every legal issue. You'd have to go a long stretch to find something they can't do."

Industry knowledge: "They have an understanding of both insolvency and real estate."

What's new? John Kelsey joins from Berwin Leighton Paisner.

New clients include Arab Banking Corporation, Native Land Investments and UK Government Major Projects.

Work highlights Acted for Deka Immobilien Investment on the acquisitions of Kings Place, the Palestra building and 5 Aldermanbury Square.

Acted for Nationwide Building Society on the leasing of new headquarters at One Threadneedle Street.

Notable practitioners 

Nick Jones is head of international real estate in London.

Significant clients CBRE Global Investors, Henderson Global Investors, Ministry of Justice, NAMA, Threadneedle.

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

What the team is known for Known for ability to handle complex and multidisciplinary transactions for high-profile clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They're powerful, with a long reach and influence. They are available, accessible and have good people."

Market standing: "They are very good lawyers and they are very good to deal with."

Work highlights Advised Lend Lease on the development of the mixed-use Olympic Village at Stratford, including infrastructure aspects and community facilities.

Advised Derwent London on its joint venture with Grosvenor to develop 1–5 Grosvenor Place near Hyde Park Corner.

Notable practitioners 

Jane Edwarde acts on a wide range of commercial property transactions, and is qualified in Scotland as well as England and Wales. Clients praise her as "a good communicator," and peers say she is "a real pleasure to deal with."

John Nevin handles development, lettings and investment work. Peers regard him as "a very bright guy" who is "on top of all the issues and very technically strong." 

Significant clients Cabinet Office, Grosvenor, Fishmongers' Company, ITV, Westbrook Partners.

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

What the team is known for Acts for domestic and international investors, with a good reputation in development and regeneration. Also advises on corporate occupier matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They give the client the benefit of time. They are very receptive to building a genuine relationship."

International capability: "With international clients, they have the ability to adjust. They have that ambassadorial quality."

Industry knowledge: "An excellent firm. They have emphasised development and are doing an excellent job on that."

What's new? Recent client wins include Tokio Marine Europe Insurance, Helical Bar and London & Quadrant.

Work highlights Acted for Henderson Global Investors and P&O Estates on pre-let agreements with Macmillan Publishing for multiple sites at the Regent Quarter King's Cross development.

Notable practitioners

Lee Medlock acts on investment, development and leasing matters. Clients say he is "excellent technically, very commercial and possesses excellent negotiating skills."

Significant clients Howard de Walden Estates, Derwent London, Berkeley Group, Barratt Group, Aberdeen Asset Management.

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

What the team is known for Handles acquisitions, disposals, creation of investment vehicles, corporate occupier matters, development and regeneration.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "A very commercial and practical firm."

Client service: "These guys have really worked hard on what they produce - it's not just cookie-cutter templates."

Efficiency: "Very diligent. Quick turnaround. No-nonsense." 

What's new? FORE Advisors is a new client.

Work highlights Advised Aviva Life & Pensions on the £65 million sale of Lanes Shopping Centre in Carlisle.

Acted for Tube Lines, as tenants, on the grant of a new lease for two additional floors at 15 Westferry Circus, Canary Wharf.

Notable practitioners 

Michael Shaw is head of the real estate department and a key contact.

Significant clients Quintain Estates & Development, WPP, Homes and Communities Agency, Simons Developments, Matrix Investors.

Basic facts about the department

- 12 partners
- 18 associates

What the team is known for Represents clients in the investment and development spheres, including funds, institutional investors and property companies. Additional expertise in the hospitality sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

Commercial awareness: Clients praise the commerciality of the firm's advice.

What's new? New clients include CBRE Global Investors, AREA Property Partners and Schroder REIT.

Work highlights Acted for St Martin's Property Group on the £20 million disposal of 5 Cheapside above St Paul's underground station.

Acted for Metric Property Investment on various sales and acquisitions, including the £10.95 million acquisition of Lichfield retail park from Aviva Investors.

Notable practitioners  

Marcel Haniff acts on a wide range of property matters, including investment, development, leasing and urban regeneration.

Stephen Laud acts on acquisitions, disposals and landlord and tenant work. Clients range from sovereign wealth entities to corporate occupiers. He has a particular focus on the hotels sector.

Significant clients ING Real Estate, KPMG, The Langham Estate, SABMiller, Transport for London.

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

What the team is known for Active in retail and residential development, distressed real estate, data centre work and property management.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "Good commercial advice. They work as a team to ensure the client's needs are dealt with as quickly as possible."

Client service: "Very personalised and focused service. Excellent property experience."

Efficiency: "They are not wasteful in terms of hours. They spend only the time that needs to be spent."

What's new? Malmberg Limited is a new client.

Work highlights Acted for Telecity Group on the management of its growing data centre portfolio.

Acted for Audley Court on the management of its portfolio of retirement villages.

Notable practitioners

Brendan Patterson acts for property companies and occupiers, with work including both development and investment. Sources say he is "very commercial" and "very bright."

Matthew Farmer advises property companies and investors, with a particular emphasis on development projects. Clients feel they "can rely on him to be very commercially astute as well as legally astute."

Significant clients Santon Capital, Raven Russia, Bride Hall, Coln Park, Rokeby Developments.

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

What the team is known for Offers investment, development and corporate occupier advice to a range of high-profile clients. Particularly known for work in the hospitality sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Everyone from Taylor Wessing who has worked with us has impressed me. They always give me the impression that they care to ensure that we get the best and are looked after legally. I feel they care about me and my company."

Market standing: "Taylor Wessing has a strong and established reputation as leading City real estate practice with strength and depth."

Breadth of services: "Their property, construction and tax teams were all really focused and direct. Their constant working together was just wonderful."

What's new New clients include Soho Estates, iCity and Parabola Capital.

Work highlights Acted for McLaren Group on the forward funding and pre-letting of student accommodation within its mixed-use development near Greenwich DLR station.

Advised on the ��45.3 million acquisition of the mixed-use High Holborn Estate by Max Property Group.

Notable practitioners  

Keith Barnett acts for property companies, occupiers, institutions and foreign investors. Clients say he brings "impressive experience and commercial know-how" to a transaction.

Significant clients Canada Life, Heron International, St George Commercial, Derwent London, InfraRed Capital.

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

What the team is known for Offers a range of real estate services, often acting for real estate funds and on corporate occupier work. Active in the London investment market and in distressed property portfolio management.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The firm is highly experienced, with an excellent client focus. All the partners I have come across have been charming and a pleasure to deal with."

Responsiveness: "They all gave an extremely prompt and efficient service."

 Market standing: "Travers Smith has always been regarded very highly for over 40 years. They are a really nice firm to deal with."

What's new? Cording Capital is a new client.

Work highlights Acted for Jaguar Capital on the £165 million sale of 10 Queen Street Place to Tabung Haji.

Advised Blacks Leisure Group on the sale of assets out of administration, including over 300 stores.

Notable practitioners 

Julian Bass is head of real estate at Travers Smith. He acts on investment, development and management matters. Clients include Peel, Pinewood Shepperton and Mountgrange.

Anthony Judge specialises in investment, real estate recovery and finance for investors, property companies and fund managers. Meyer Bergman is a key client.

James Styles is "very good, knows what he's doing and has very good understanding," according to clients. He focuses on investment work for fund clients and corporate real estate. He recently acted for Lothbury Property on the letting of Rathbone Place to Sony and other occupiers.

Significant clients Woelbern Invest, Lothbury Property Trust, Meyer Bergman, Amcorp Group, Mountgrange.

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

What the team is known for Acts on inward investment matters, particularly for Middle Eastern and Asian clients. Also represents institutional investors, property companies and developers. Additional expertise in the transport sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Friendly, efficient and reliable. Communication was first-class."

Technical ability: "Very thorough and very knowledgeable."

Commercial awareness: "They are very friendly and make things easy to understand."

What's new? Stephen Marks joins from Maxwell Winward.

Work highlights Acted for Permodalan Nasional on the £318 million acquisition of 1 Silk Street, the UK headquarters of Linklaters.

Acted for Victoria Quarter (Lux) on the £136 million sale of shares in the company holding title to the Victoria Quarter shopping centre in Leeds.

Notable practitioners

Philip Peters heads the national commercial property team at Trowers & Hamlins. His focus is on sales, purchases, portfolio acquisitions, and landlord and tenant matters.

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

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

What the team is known for Acts on investment, development, and landlord and tenant matters. Clients include care home operators, educational establishments and public sector bodies. Dedicated residential property team.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Very client-focused."

Technical ability: "They're particularly strong at transactions, residential and the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987."

What's new? Tallent Automotive is a new client.

Work highlights Acted for Care UK on the takeover of 16 residential care homes from Suffolk County Council and the building of ten new care homes and centres.

Acted on acquisition of a town centre site in Stratford for use as a university campus by Birkbeck University of London and University of East London.

Notable practitioners

Kim Lalli acts on a range of commercial property matters, with a focus on development. She regularly works with the likes of Dandara and London & Regional. She is fluent in Hindi and Punjabi.

Significant clients Henderson Global Investors, Fullers, Spire Healthcare, Ashtenne Industrial Fund, Housing Solutions.

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

What the team is known for Well regarded for residential and mixed-use development work in the London market. Expertise in the retail and leisure sectors as well as in ecclesiastical property.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "They're quite pragmatic, have common sense, are down-to-earth and commercial-minded. They are very technically good but not at the expense of commercial considerations."

Bench strength: "There is a good depth of expertise at senior level and beyond. They have a good grasp of what our requirements are."

Industry knowledge: "They are first-class on the mysteries of ecclesiastical law!"

What's new? Richard Perkins joins from Reed Smith.

New clients include United House and Agudas Israel Housing Association.

Work highlights Acted as lead lawyers on the sale of 800 residential plots in the Battersea Power Station redevelopment.

Acted for Barratt London and London & Quadrant in a joint venture to redevelop a derelict industrial site at Fulham Wharf into a mixed-use scheme, including apartments and a Sainsbury's superstore.

Notable practitioners

Francesco Ferrari has a focus on development and regeneration, with expertise on public and private joint ventures. Sources say he is "enthusiastic, intelligent and good at finding solutions rather than just identifying problems."

Roger Fitton is managing partner and head of the development and regeneration team at Winckworth Sherwood. He is experienced in acting for residential developers, housing associations, charities and local authorities. Peers describe him as "an extremely impressive lawyer" who is "sensible, knowledgeable, practical, experienced, quick to deal with issues and calm under pressure."

Significant clients The Restaurant Group, Persimmon, Network Rail Infrastructure, Redrow, Bellway.

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

What the team is known for Acts for investment houses, private equity investors and developers. Data centre work is also an area of expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Bench strength: "Strong partnership input."

Commercial awareness: "Commercially aware and cut to the point."

Work highlights Advised a joint venture between St Modwen Properties and VINCI on the major redevelopment of Covent Garden.

Acted on the £204.5 million acquisition of 19 industrial estates from Segro for Harbert Management.

Notable practitioners

Peter Thorne is "brilliant to deal with," according to peers. He acts on investment, development and regeneration matters.

Significant clients Blackstone, AREA, Queensberry, Development Securities, Royal London.

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Liz Ruff of Fox Williams LLP acts on sales and purchases, property management, and landlord and tenant matters. Clients appreciate her "no-nonsense approach to all matters," saying she "deals with the important issues in a concise and effective way."

Simon Smith of Fox Williams LLP is "a real estate guru" with "decades of relevant experience," according to clients. He has a wide-ranging practice, covering investment, development, portfolio management, landlord and tenant matters and corporate real estate.

Alan Samson of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is co-chair of the firm-wide real estate group. He acts on acquisitions, disposals and joint venture arrangements for financial investors. He is also qualified to practise in New York.

Joe Conder of Goodwin Procter LLP acts for high net worth managers, sovereign wealth funds and open-ended funds on sales and acquisitions. Recent work includes advising SEB Investment GmbH on the £63 million sale of One Threadneedle Street.

Tim Webb of Greenberg Traurig Maher LLP focuses on acquisitions, disposals and asset management for investors. He also has experience in development and PPP. Recent work includes acting for Cathedral Group on the acquisition of brownfield land on the Greenwich Peninsula for redevelopment.

Charles Farrer of Hempsons focuses on property development, from site acquisitions through to lettings and disposals. Clients say he is "quite imaginative at finding ways around perceived problems" and praise him as "very intelligent, with a good sense of humour, very reliable and able to deliver things."

Peter Sugden of Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP advises investors, funds, property companies and hotel owner-operators on investment, development and structured real estate matters. Clients praise him as "hugely commercial" and say that he "understands both property and business."

Daniel Polden of Locke Lord (UK) LLP is experienced in acquisitions, disposals, development and joint venture arrangements. Clients comment that he is "very precise on all legal matters, leaving no stone unturned" and praise him as "an excellent problem solver and 'people person'."

The highly regarded and "very talented" David Ryland has recently joined Paul Hastings (Europe) LLP from SJ Berwin LLP. He handles indirect real estate, property in the hospitality sector and investment for fund clients. Clients praise his ability to handle complex and multidisciplinary transactions, whilst peers recognise him as "an established figurehead" and "a complete and total workaholic!"

Iain Morpeth of Ropes & Gray has a focus on private equity transactions, acting across a wide range of commercial property. Clients praise him as a "very good negotiator with a deep understanding of what the sensitive issues are" and "rate him highly for deal execution."

Jo Pickering of Sharpe Pritchard specialises in redevelopment and regeneration, acting on PFI and PPP projects for public sector clients. Recent work includes advising Wokingham Borough Council on the £100 million mixed-use redevelopment of Wokingham town centre.

Balbit Thandi of Thomas Eggar LLP focuses on investment acquisitions and disposals. Clients say she is "extremely commercial" and gives "very straightforward advice."

David Cox of White & Case LLP advises on acquisitions, disposals, structured real estate, and sale and leasebacks. Clients are full of praise for Cox, saying he is "pragmatic, realistic, focused and technically excellent: a pleasure to work with."

James Dodsworth of White & Case LLP acts for investors, developers, private equity houses and investment banks. He is particularly known for work relating to data centres. Clients say: "He combines deep technical knowledge of the UK real estate market, and especially the data centre market, with an astute commercial sense."

Foreign Experts

Foreign Experts are individuals with expertise in a different jurisdiction to the one they are based in. These individuals are particularly highly regarded for international and cross-border work. Usually, they will be identified in the jurisdiction in which they are based and in their country of expertise.