Firms clinch Canary Wharf property lets

Ashurst Morris Crisp, Lovell White Durrant and Slaughter and May have put to bed two major Canary Wharf property deals, one of which is the UK's largest single office leasing deal.

Ashursts' team, led by partners Laurence Rutman and Adrian Dear, acted for Canary Wharf on both lettings. Barclays Bank signed a lease for its investment banking arm for 510,000 sq ft at 5 North Colonade. Lovells partner Gary Watson's team advised BZW.

Ashursts also acted in letting an additional 350,000 sq ft at 20 Cabot Square to US bankers Morgan Stanley, whom Slaughters advised.

Canary Wharf was represented by its in-house group legal counsel Michael Ashley-Brown.