Real Estate and Infrastructure

UK Government

Slaughters wins military homes case for Government – but appeal is promised

Residential property giant Annington Homes has had its case against the UK Government, represented by Slaughter and May and Forsters, thrown out by the High Court. In a judgment published today following a five day hearing in February, Mr Justice Holgate ruled in favour of the Secretary of State for Defence dismissing Annington’s private real […]

Peabody housing

Bevan Brittan concludes merger for Catalyst and Peabody

A year and a half since talks began, Bevan Brittan has closed the merger of housing associations Catalyst and Peabody Group, creating a single non-profit organisation called Peabody. Bevan Brittan has worked with Catalyst on all of the organisation’s recent mergers including ones with Aldwyck Housing Group in 2019 and the Rosebery Housing Association in […]

Simpson Thacher leads on Blackstone’s offer for Industrials REIT

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is advising Blackstone on its £700m takeover of UK multi-let industrial estates property company Industrials REIT. Terms of the offer would give Industrials REIT shareholders 168p per ordinary share in cash – up 42.4 per cent from the company’s closing on 31 March of 118 per share. An official announcement of […]

Freeths makes Scotland debut with Addleshaws real estate duo

Freeths has swiped two partners from Addleshaw Goddard to open an office in Glasgow, The Lawyer has learnt. Real estate partners Paul Ockrim and Nick Taylor will kick off the Scottish venture, having spent the last six years at Addleshaws after joining together in 2017. Prior to that, Ockrim and Taylor worked at HBJ Gateley for two […]


Linklaters duo set to leave for Paul Hastings

Paul Hastings is ringing in the New Year with another set of partner hires, recruiting a corporate and finance infrastructure duo from Linklaters. The US firm’s London office is bringing in Linklaters’ co-heads of infrastructure Jessamy Gallagher and Stuart Rowson. Gallagher specialises on M&A transactions, while Rowson leads on financing advice. Their practice focuses on […]


Deloitte Legal lures four-partner team from Shoosmiths

Big Four giant Deloitte has swiped a four-partner team from Shoosmiths to introduce real estate to its legal offering. Vaqas Farooq, Wayne Nash, Lisa On-Iam and Dan Hargreaves have joined Deloitte Legal as of today, coming over from Shoosmiths where they were all previously partners. All four will be based out of Deloitte’s Manchester office, […]

Birketts enters Kent with social housing firm merger

South East firm Birketts has announced a tie-up with Batchelors Solicitors, a 40-strong firm with offices in Kent and London. The merger deal sees Birketts operate in Kent for the first time. The majority of Batchelors’ team is based in Bromley, but it will move over to new space taken up by Birketts in April […]

Ex-Slaughters lawyer joins infrastructure PE firm as GC

Tom O’Neill has joined infrastructure investment firm Basalt Infrastructure Partners as its new general counsel. O’Neill trained as a solicitor at Slaughter and May, qualifying into corporate and M&A. He spent over six years at the firm before moving in-house to private equity business Pollen Street Capital, where he worked his way up to legal […]


Gowling hires seven-strong team for Leeds launch

Gowling WLG has hired a team of real estate lawyers from Womble Bond Dickinson’s (WBD) Leeds office to kickstart the firm’s entry into the city, The Lawyer can reveal. Seven lawyers have been hired by Gowling to bolster the firm’s housing development and regeneration (HDR) practice and better serve its national and northern-based residential development, […]

Emma Parr, Birchwood

Ex-White & Case partner joins new real estate lender

A new real estate lending business has hired a former White & Case partner as its new general counsel. Emma Parr has moved to Birchwood Real Estate Capital, a London-based lender backed by Connecticut’s WR Berkley. Parr joins from Get Living, a rental management company, where she was also its general counsel for over a […]

Sean Gray, Trammell Crow

Real estate developer Trammell Crow appoints Europe GC

Texas-headquartered real estate developer and investor Trammell Crow Company has appointed Sean Gray as its general counsel responsible for commercial development business in Europe. Gray trained at Eversheds Sutherland before becoming an associate in its London real estate team, specialising in investment real estate and real estate development. During his time there, he was seconded […]