South West

Real Estate

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

Real Estate - South West


Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners 
- 14 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Exeter

What the team is known for Frequently instructed by housing associations and residential developers, with a focus on strategic land development matters. Significant experience with urban regeneration projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I could not have asked for better service." 

"My experience has been extremely positive." 

What's new? James Heath joined the firm's Plymouth office from Foot Anstey.

Work highlights Advised the Homes & Community Agency on the £24 million funding agreement with Reading University for construction of the Eastern Relief Road in Wokingham, and the bridge over the M4.

Acted for Knightstone Housing Association on the over £5 million purchase of affordable housing units at Emersons Green in Bristol.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Rothwell is well known in the market, specialising in development and regeneration projects. Clients find he "comes up with good clear, innovative solutions to problems."

Head of department Tim Heal is experienced in all aspects of commercial and residential property development. Sources praise him as having a "good reputation for what he does."

Significant clients Airgen Renewables, Exeter City Council, Persimmon Homes, Biffa Waste Services, Sovereign Housing Association.

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 27 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Strong healthcare practice, advising major public and private sector clients on all aspects of property management and transactions. Frequently instructed by NHS trusts and local government departments. Also active in social housing.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I think they're very good. I have no problem in recommending them."

"They're absolutely excellent. Very straightforward to deal with and they managed the whole transaction very well indeed, with a good level of partner contact and good support across the board."

What's new? New client wins, including Southern Housing. Appointment to the NHS Shared Business Services panel.

Work highlights Advised on the transfer of two-thirds of the  NHS primary care trusts' estate, worth £4.5 billion, to the NHS Property Services, comprising over 3,500 healthcare and office facilities.

Acted for Places for People Homes in its £600 million acquisition of 600+ units on eight sites from Urban Splash.

Notable practitioners  

Rob Harrison has significant expertise in the health sector, including the financing of large healthcare projects. One client comments that "he's very straightforward and easy to deal with, very prompt in all of his responses and a good strong professional."

Significant clients Torbay Council, Department of Health, Community Health Partnerships, Sovereign Housing Group, Yarlington Housing Group.

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners (3 Bristol, 2 Plymouth)
- 24 other qualified lawyers (13 Bristol, 11 Plymouth)
- Office locations ranked: Bristol, Plymouth

What the team is known for Offers a wide range of real estate experience, with particular specialisms in property-led investment, secured lending and development. Frequently acts for corporate occupiers and renewable energy clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very quick to deal with things, approachable and professional."

"The service is high-quality." 

What's new? New client wins, including RO Group.

Work highlights Acted for British International Helicopters on the over £10 million conditional sale of a former heliport in Penzance to Sainsbury's (Plymouth).

Advised the Homes & Community Agency on the development of The Green Business Park as part of a larger redevelopment of South Bristol.  

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Craig Moore leads the firm's national property finance practice. He is frequently instructed by public bodies and property receivers on a range of investment, insolvency and development matters.

Nigel Theyer is well liked by peers, who describe him as having a "tremendous personality." He acted for Muse Developments on the Cargo regeneration scheme at Millbay, which included a 15-acre harbour site.

Jane Morea is a "safe pair of hands" when dealing with a range of commercial property matters, including estate management and development.

Significant clients Plymouth Community Homes, Princess Yachts International, Renewable Energy Systems, Post Office, REG Windpower.

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Cheltenham

What the team is known for Strong offering in retail, leisure and real estate finance sectors, with a growing renewables practice. Experience in the full spectrum of management, acquisition and disposal work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The whole process was handled really professionally." 

"It's always been a responsive and helpful service, and they take an accessible, cost-effective approach."

What's new? New client wins, including VF Northern European Services, LPS (UK) and Renewable Design Company.

Work highlights Acted for both the buyer and the fund provider, Highland and Barclays, on the £6.5 million acquisition of Cedarcroft Nursing Home by Highland.

Acted for The Transport Catapult in taking the lease of its principal premises in Milton Keynes.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Handley is well respected by peers and clients, who find him "extremely competent and experienced." His practice includes significant expertise representing developer and investor clients.

Head of the commercial property team Antonia Shield has significant retail and leisure experience. She advised Superdry on the EUR1 million per annum leasehold acquisition of a new flagship store in Amsterdam.

Significant clients Gloucestershire Airport, Howard Tenens, Warner Group, Pure Gym, Supergroup.

Basic facts about the department
- 25 partners
- 100 other qualified solicitors
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for National market leader headquartered in Bristol, with a strong investment practice specialising in renewable energy. Frequently instructed by public sector and global corporate clients on asset management transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are a very polished outfit. They have been an excellent firm for a number of years." 

"You felt like you were dealing with people who absolutely knew what they were doing."

What's new? Gained Waterstones as a client.

Work highlights Acted for Newbury Racecourses on the £42.6 million ongoing development of land surrounding Newbury racecourse.

Advised the Low Carbon Group on the UK solar funding partnership with Macquarie Capital.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Richard Clark is well known in the market, and sources note that "he's very good at client relationships, pulling all the areas together and knowing what we want." He specialises in property investment and asset management. 

Ross Polkinghorne heads the firm's development team and is well respected by peers. Sources comment that "he would go above and beyond in terms of his advice." He has particular expertise in large regeneration projects and mixed-use developments.

Significant clients The Crown Estate, CBRE Global Investors, Transport for London, Skanska, Sir Robert McAlpine Construction. 

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified solicitors
- Office locations ranked: Cheltenham

What the team is known for Significant expertise in all areas of property investment, regularly acting for residential investment funds on portfolio acquisitions and disposals. Also acts for multiple charity retailers and self-invested personal pension (SIPP) trustees.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"I can't emphasise how much they really are a great firm to work with."

Work highlights Acted for BW SIPP and Morgan Lloyd Trustees on over 60 transactions including both sale and purchases. 

Acted for Woodchester Valley Group on its acquisition of Crystal Fountain Village and neighbouring land from the landlord's administrators.

Notable practitioners  

Ian Brothwood heads the firm's real estate team. He specialises in investment property, in addition to acting for residential developers and landowners. 

Jonathan Wilkinson is described as a "very efficient practitioner." He specialises in acting for SIPP providers and investment companies. Clients praise his personable, commercial and understanding approach to his advice.

Significant clients Save the Children Fund, Fairbridge, Grosvenor, Cantel Investments, Trifast.

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Broad commercial and residential property offering with particular expertise acting for house builder, developer and investor clients. Also noted for work in the renewable energy sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very good advice. Absolutely no problems at all." 

"They have been fantastic at pulling out all the stops for getting things done on quite small timescales."

Work highlights Advised Crest Nicholson on its joint venture with Verve Properties on the Paintworks redevelopment in Bristol.

Advised Bath Abbey on the £18 million Footprint Redevelopment Project in relation to utilising sustainable energy sources.

Notable practitioners  

Stephen Rosser is chief executive at the firm. He is experienced in a range of commercial property transactions, most notably regeneration, development and funding.

One source commented that Taunton-based Timothy Walker "has an astonishing capability to deal with complex sites. He'll pretty much come up with a solution to anything you throw at him." His practice includes significant expertise in development, and he is regularly instructed by landowners and investors.

William Juckes specialises in property portfolio management. He recently advised the Extra MSA Group on Project Ulysses, a £250 million portfolio acquisition of nine motorway service station sites.

Greg Lovett specialises in commercial property, and is frequently instructed by developer and house builder clients. He is well known for his client relationship skills, with sources noting his ability to "tailor his advice to fit the client quite well."

Significant clients Ashville, Burger King, Bristol City FC, BDW Trading, Mapeley Group.

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 32 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Particularly active in the house builder market on residential developments and strategic acquisitions. Also noted for its asset management practice, acting for several major shopping centre clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're proactive and commercially aware, and they don't see their job as just ticking boxes. They understand the client's need to get the deal done and they facilitate that."

"Exceptionally good at delivering on time."  

What's new? Gained Taylor Wimpey as a client.

Work highlights Acted for Santander on numerous commercial property lending matters, involving investment and development finance of an approximate total of £100 million. 

Acted for Curo Group on its acquisition of a former Ministry of Defence site in Fox Hill in Bath.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Bothamley is frequently instructed by public and private clients on major development projects. Sources comment that he is "a very able lawyer."

Head of department Graham Brothwood is respected by peers for his landlord and tenant work, and specialises in commercial development. His clients include EE and Carillion Richardson.

Significant clients Westfield Group, Linden Homes, Clarks Shoes, Zurich, Lend Lease.

Basic facts about the department
- 2 directors
- 21 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Taunton

What the team is known for Niche commercial property and planning firm with renowned expertise acting for public sector clients. Focuses on major restructuring projects and large portfolios for local authority and government clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They offer excellent value for money and excellent customer service."

"I think they're very thorough and rigorous. They make sure that they are protecting us to the greatest extent possible."

What's new? New client instructions, including Care UK, South Cambridgeshire District Council and Wintel Petrochemicals.

Work highlights Acted for Natural England on the negotiation of a lease of underground space at Hatfield Moors to ScottishPower.

Acted for Surrey County Council on the Woking Priority Homes project.

Notable practitioners  

Stuart Bould's clients feel he has the "tenacity to get to the root of everything." He advised the Audit Commission on the ongoing rationalisation of its estate, including the lease exit of the commission's main premises. 

Significant clients The Royal Parks, Plymouth City Council, Audit Commission, Natural England, Defence Science & Technology Laboratory.

Basic facts about the department
- 15 partners (7 Bristol, 5 Exeter, 3 Plymouth)
- 81 other qualified lawyers (20 Bristol, 39 Exeter, 22 Plymouth)
- Office locations ranked: Exeter, Plymouth

What the team is known for Growing development practice with a focus on social housing and residential development projects. Specialist expertise in property investment and finance matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their ability to communicate the principles in an impressively simple manner came across very well." 

"They keep me informed and stick to my instructions, and they're very good at effectively advising on strategy."

What's new? Education and telecoms specialist Duncan Tringham joins the Plymouth office from Burges Salmon. Fran Button and Dan Cuthbert also join the firm.

Work highlights Advised Akkeron Leisure on the £50 million development at Higher Home Park in Plymouth.

Acted for M Baker on the £5 million investment acquisition of a former Ford dealership development site.

Notable practitioners  

Duncan Tringham has a wide range of commercial property experience, including acquisitions, disposals and developments. One client comments that "he deals with the right amount of details to allow the project to progress. He gets the very best deal for his client."

Simon Gregory is praised as "one of the leading lawyers in Exeter on property development." He is frequently instructed by landowners, house builders and developers on all aspects of property development.

Imam Qazi is widely recognised for his specialist work in the Islamic finance market. Clients praise his "flexibility and commerciality," adding that "he's very helpful." He advised 90 North Real Estate Partners on the £43 million acquisition of the student accommodation village, The Green, in Bradford.

Richard Sutton's clients describe him as "very reliable and very thorough." He acts for a number of private sector clients and financial institutions, including Mount Wise and Vospers Motor House.

Significant clients ADAPT Properties, Dimah Capital, First Great Western, Plymouth University, Lloyds TSB.

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 6 other qualified individuals
- Office locations ranked: Cheltenham

What the team is known for Strong property finance practice, specialising in secured lending transactions. Often acts for landowners and developers on a range of residential and commercial development matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Absolutely first-class and nice to deal with." 

"They're very efficient and quick, and they kept me informed all the time."

Notable practitioners  

Mark Fabian heads the firm's regional commercial property department. He is well regarded by peers, and one client describes him as "practical, helpful and thorough, with good legal knowledge."

Significant clients Lloyds Banking Group, Canal & River Trust, Worcestershire Rugby Club, Interserve, Headlam Group.

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Exeter

What the team is known for Noted for its licensing and leisure practice across three regional offices. Frequently instructed by residential developers and landowners.

What's new? New client wins, including Midas Group, Tomy.UK and Mind in Exeter.

Work highlights Acted for a bank on the £4.25 million funding of the acquisition of a mixed-use commercial and residential property.

Advised on a £1.9 million contract to purchase a warehouse and its subsequent sale to a third party.

Notable practitioners  

Head of the Exeter office's commercial property team, Cameron Caverhill is praised by clients for his "very good local knowledge." He has significant experience with development matters.

Significant clients Buccaneer Inns, RBS, Dartmoor National Park, Hospiscare, Leander Developments.

Basic facts about the department
- 14 partners
- 42 other qualified partners
- Office locations ranked: Exeter

What the team is known for Regularly instructed by public sector clients including government bodies and police authorities. Strong development offering on renewable, regeneration and strategic land transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their performance was absolutely excellent, I couldn't fault it at all. They are very good, and very committed to our interest as clients."

"They're a good firm. They give us sensible, pragmatic advice."

What's new? Antony Power joins the team from Devonshires.

Work highlights Advised City North Finsbury Park on the £200 million mixed-use commercial and residential development of Finsbury Park, in London.

Acted for Clinton Devon Estates on the joint venture development at Budleigh Salterton, with a gross development value of more than £20 million. 

Notable practitioners  

David Howe has significant experience with urban regeneration developments. Peers describe him as "good, solid and experienced."

Head of department Emma Honey is well regarded for her commercial property expertise. She specialises in residential development, with significant experience in the education sector. One client notes that "she's very thorough and you feel she's really acting in your best interests."

Lucy Smallwood specialises in acting for residential developers and landowners, with a focus on strategic land and promotion agreements. Sources say she has "a very detailed but also a very comprehensive mind."

Significant clients Barratt Homes, University of Exeter, The Carlyle Group, St Modwen, Rowe Group.

Basic facts about the department
- 19 partners
- 57 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Frequently instructed by high-profile retail clients on property acquisitions and portfolio management. Also noted for its work with residential developers and institutional investors.   

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We're very pleased with them. They've worked in a timely and thorough fashion and we've never had any issues with any of their work." 

"The huge benefit I take from them is their commerciality. They identify risks and say whether they're genuine, and they're good at managing them for the client."

What's new? Nick Padget and Shane Toal both join the firm from Dundas & Wilson.

Work highlights Advised Campus Living Villages on the £37 million long-lease lettings of three student accommodation blocks in Bournemouth.

Acted for Persimmon on its unconditional acquisition of a site from the MoD.

Notable practitioners  

Simon Speirs is experienced in all areas of commercial property for developers and occupiers, specialising in property investment. Clients find him "very thorough. We have a huge amount of confidence in the work that he does."

Ian Wilkinson is frequently instructed by institutional investors on acquisitions, disposals and forward funding matters. He acted for CBRE Global Investors on the £17.35 million purchase of South Mimms service station. 

David North specialises in commercial development, regularly advising developers and institutional investment funds. One impressed client describes him as "unflappable. He understands the market well and delivers what's expected." 

The "well-regarded" David Powell has a wide range of experience with property development matters. He heads the practice's residential development and landowner sector group.

Significant clients Marks & Spencer, Henderson Global Investors, Ralph Lauren, Barratt, John Lewis Pension Fund.

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Exeter

What the team is known for Specialist expertise in the mining and minerals sector, advising domestic and international clients. Frequently instructed by landowners, developers and rural housing associations on major land promotions and developments.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We're happy with them and continue to use them, which says it all really."  

"They're very approachable, and good people to work with."

What's new? New client wins include Kach Developments, Blue Cedar Homes and Claybrook Developments.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Beadel has a range of commercial property experience, with a focus on development and landlord and tenant matters. Sources comment that "he's a very sensible, pragmatic sort of guy. He can look outside the box."

Jonathan Hoggett specialises in property development and funding. Clients find him "very professional and approachable" and add that "he has an incredibly sharp brain."

Michael Northcott heads the firm's Exeter office. He is experienced in all aspects of property development, and is frequently instructed by house builders. Sources praise the positive relationships he maintains with clients.

Managing partner Robert Camp has extensive experience in the mineral extraction industry. Sources comment that "he takes a commercial view, and he's easy to deal with."

Significant clients Cavanna Homes, Lloyds TSB, Wolf Minerals, Millwood Homes, Eagle One.

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bath

What the team is known for Specialises in charity and education sectors. Frequently instructed by welfare charities, faith organisations, academies and both maintained and independent schools.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are all very personable, willing and knowledgeable about their own specialities."

"They have good technical knowledge and client care. Our relationships are strong with everyone we deal with."

What's new? New client wins, including Canal & River Trust, St John Ambulance and Vita et Pax School.

Work highlights Acted for Nazareth Care on the £22 million sale of Isleworth Convent to Berkeley Homes.

Advised Grace & Compassion Benedictines on the Holly Cross Priory Care Village project.

Notable practitioners  

Hugh Pearce heads the commercial property team. He is regularly instructed by faith and welfare charities on a broad range of property matters. One peer comments that "he's very good; I have a lot of respect for him. He's a good guy to work with: sensible, but he has a good sense of humour."

Significant clients Faithful Companions of Jesus, Heritage Lottery Fund, David Ross Education Trust, Downside Abbey and School, Clifton Diocese.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified solicitors
- Office locations ranked: Exeter

What the team is known for Impressive strength in landlord and tenant matters. Boasts particular experience in acquisitions, regeneration projects and investment developments.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're proactive - they take an interest in what we do and have a good grasp of it."

"They're really good. They respond to queries and deal with contracts or amending leases very quickly."

What's new? New client wins, including Devon Waste Management and Leighton-Boyce Properties.

Work highlights Acted for McDiarmid in the £6.35 million sale of a property at Rawlings Street in London, to be developed.

Acted for FWS Carter & Sons on the development and letting of the Greendale Business Park outside Exeter.

Notable practitioners  

Lynn Onyett specialises in secured lending and large development transactions. Clients find her "very sharp," and praise her organisational skills.

Christopher Rundle heads the commercial property department, handling work such as commercial developments and investment acquisitions. Sources describe him as "strong and reliable, with good attention to detail."

Significant clients London & Devonshire Trust, Devonshire Homes, Scot Group.

Basic facts about the department
- 18 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bath, Bristol

What the team is known for Specialist expertise in a wide range of residential development matters. Regularly acts for corporate occupiers on the acquisition and portfolio management of investment properties.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're excellent and very easy to communicate with." 

"They're very good and very organised - it's a well-run department and they provide us with a very good service."

What's new? Gained BMT Group as a new client.

Work highlights Acted for the Helphire Group on the £2.5 million sale of Chelford House (Bath).

Bristol team acted for DS Smith on the disposal of a paper mill and former packaging factory.

Notable practitioners  

Ben Jones heads the commercial property team in Bath, and sources describe him as "excellent. He thinks laterally but knows the legal limitations." He specialises in real estate investment, including acquisition, disposal and management of investment property portfolios.

Head of South West real estate Colin Stratton specialises in commercial and residential developments, and property-related aspects of investment transactions. Clients like that "he has a great ability to simplify a problem and give very clear advice." 

Significant clients Newland Homes, St John's Hospital, BMT Group, Dorothy House Foundation, Hamptons International.

Basic facts about the department
- 18 partners
- 78 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Strong renewables practice including solar, wind and other large projects. Also noted for its estate management expertise, handling major disposals, regenerations and developments.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their level of response and the work they turn out is extremely good."  

"They find a way to deliver from a commercial point of view and they're very measured in what they do and how they advise us."

What's new? Gained the BBC as a client.

Work highlights Advised the Swan Housing Group on the regeneration project of a housing estate in Tower Hamlets worth over £250 million.

Acted for Punch Taverns on the disposal of over 220 pubs as part of a £107 million ongoing disposal project.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Andrew Glynn is well known by peers, specialising in commercial property investment and finance and recovery. He is also well versed in development work, and is highly sought after by an impressive array of public and private sector clients.

Tim Rowe has a range of experience with commercial property, focusing on development. One source finds him "very, very responsive and very enjoyable to work with as well." His clients include Canal & River Trust and EDF Energy.

Maria Connolly heads the firm's renewable energy team and is described as "excellent - knowledgeable, prompt and personable."

Significant clients BBC, WHSmith, Greene King, Savills, Star Pubs & Bars.

Basic facts about the department
- 18 partners
- 35 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Significant expertise in the education sector with particular focus on portfolio management and large development schemes. Growing transport and retail practice, acting for both public and private sector clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Excellent - a very conscientious, well-organised firm. " 

"They really are the key to my sanity. I really would recommend them."

Work highlights Acted for Crest Nicholson Regeneration on the development of Oakgrove in Milton Keynes, comprising 1,100 homes. 

Advised the Education Funding Agency on a number of site acquisitions, in excess of £50 million, relating to new free schools, university technical colleges and studio schools.

Notable practitioners  

Tim Smithers has a range of commercial and residential development experience, including funding, acquisitions and disposals. Sources comment that "he has very rounded knowledge and experience."

Stephen McGuigan is experienced in a range of commercial property matters. His expertise includes secured lending, loan restructuring and development work, and clients describe him as "very calm, methodical and pragmatic."

Significant clients EDF Energy Customers, Bath Spa University, Park Garden Centre, PwC, Airbus Operations.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Cheltenham

What the team is known for Frequently instructed by national charities on large retail property portfolios. Also acts for landlord, tenant and developer clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We have always been impressed with the quality of their service, their flexible, friendly approach and their general willingness to provide an exceptional service at a very reasonable cost."

"Thoroughly professional, and any advice is commercially sensible as well as legally sound."

What's new? Gained Marie Curie Cancer Care as a client.

Work highlights Acted for WP & RO Holdings on the £29 million sale of freehold premises in Kings Street, London.

Acted for Eagle Strategic Property in its joint venture to develop the Printworks office buildings into luxury apartments.

Notable practitioners  

Susie Wynne is experienced on a range of commercial property matters, including portfolio management, investment and property finance. Sources feel her advice is "accurate and direct."

Head of department Nigel Whittaker is described as "very professional, knowledgeable and attentive." One client says he "consistently displayed high levels of technical ability," and he is well versed acting for clients in the charity and health fields.

Significant clients Clydesdale Bank, Kohler Mira, Sue Ryder, Western Computer Group, Spirax-Sarco.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bath

What the team is known for Broad range of commercial and residential property experience, with particular experience on development schemes. Frequently instructed by charities and pension funds in land and property acquisitions and disposals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The calibre of advice you get is first-class." 

"They're very good with leases and they communicate well. I can pick up the phone and get a good response."

What's new? Gained Wrings Transport and Stopgap as new clients.

Work highlights Acted for the Kersfield Group on the acquisitions of three heritage buildings in Bristol.

Acted for Altran UK on a lease for office accommodation at St Lawrence Court in SouthGate in Bath.

Notable practitioners  

The "extremely experienced" Edward Cooke is regularly instructed by environmental and animal welfare charities. He is well versed in areas including mixed-use and residential development work and portfolio management.

Paul Daniels heads the commercial property department and his experience includes significant expertise in property development, care and renewables. He is held in high regard by clients, who appreciate his "very commercial advice." 

Significant clients St John's Hospital, Bath Rugby, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Harvard Estates, Gold Care Holdings.

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Plymouth

What the team is known for Regularly advises on development projects, portfolio management and academy conversions. Frequently instructed by clients in the education field.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I would rate them as excellent both in terms of the speed of their response and their ability to make sure leases go through smoothly."

"They're very good. They have a real understanding of what's needed in commercial terms to get the deals over the line."

Notable practitioners  

Clare Magill specialises in all aspects of commercial property work, including development land sales and purchases and local regeneration projects. One client says: "Her strength is her clarity of thinking. She is very good at making complex lease issues understandable and is very pragmatic."

Significant clients University of Plymouth, Dartington Hall Trust, Plymouth College, Aspire Student Living.

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Richard Jones of Beers LLP's "major strengths are a combination of completing the job competently with very good technical knowledge, along with guiding the client well where needed," according to one happy source. His practice includes experience acting for investors and private clients on various matters, including lease issues and landlord and tenant work.

David Stone of Gill Akaster specialises in commercial landlord and tenant law. Peers find him "very positive, proactive, and passionate about getting the right result." He recently advised PT Land on the £1.13 million purchase of Dakota House in Newton Abbot.

Keith Biggs of OTB Eveling LLP heads the firm's property team and has a range of commercial property experience. His clients appreciate the way "he shows a high interest in what we do as a business and tends to care about that as well as offering good advice." 

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