Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) (Simon Allen) acted for English Partnerships on the sale of the Millennium Dome to the Meridian Delta consortium, advised by Clifford Chance (Iain Morpeth). Holme Roberts & Owen (Kevin Conwick), with Herbert Smith (Patrick Robinson) and Denton Wilde Sapte (Simon Levine), advised Anschutz Entertainment, which will run the 20,000-seat arena that the Dome will become. Linklaters (Robert Finch) advised the Minister of State. Lend Lease and Quintain, both in the consortium, were advised by Freehills (Mark Crean) and Nabarro Nathanson (Graham Lust) respectively. BLP and Clifford Chance also advised their clients on the sale of a 170-acre site adjoining the Dome, which will be turned into houses, offices and shops.
Linklaters (Mark Burgess-Smith) advised the Big Foods Group, formerly known as Iceland, on the £129.3m sale and leaseback of 31 properties to a limited partnership set up by Axa. SJ Berwin (Edward Page) advised Axa. Dundas & Wilson (Iain Lindsay) advised the Big Food Group on Scottish law issues and Burness gave Axa Scottish legal advice.
Philip Ross & Co (Mark Golinsky) advised Amazon Properties on its purchase and development of two buildings in Great Portland Street, London. DJ Freeman (John Clark) advised the Royal Bank of Scotland, which provided £12.5m of funding to Amazon for the project.