Real Estate and Infrastructure

City duo seal £5bn real estate merger

Two City firms took the leading roles on a merger of London’s west end landlords, advising on the creation of a newly-minted property portfolio which is being valued at around £5bn. The Lawyer has learned that Hogan Lovells was on hand for Shaftesbury, and was spearheaded by corporate partners Nicola Evans and Anthony Doolittle. Herbert […]

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HSF leads for Go-Ahead in £648m sale

Transport provider Go-Ahead, which provides bus and rail services across the UK, is to be sold in a deal valued at nearly £648m. Herbert Smith Freehills has secured the mandate from client Go-Ahead, with partners Stephen Wilkinson and Caroline Rae at the helm, along with lead senior associate Charles Steward. Linklaters meanwhile is representing the […]

Leona Ahmed

Addleshaws’ former London head set to depart

The former head of Addleshaw Goddard’s London office, who has been with the firm for over 15 years, is set to leave, The Lawyer has learnt. Real estate partner Leona Ahmed is leaving Addleshaws, having joined the firm in 2007. Ahmed previously spent over 11 years with legacy firm Lawrence Graham, which has since become […]

Mishcon de Reya

BCLP construction duo exit for Mishcon

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is set to lose two partners from its non-contentious construction team to Mishcon de Reya. Duo Marc Hanson and Adriano Amorese are moving to Mishcon de Reya, after both spending over a decade with the firm. Veteran Hanson joined legacy firm Berwin Leighton Paisner in 2011, before which he led Ashurst’s […]

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Simpson Thacher secures finance hire from Kirkland

A partner from Kirkland & Ellis’s real estate finance team has moved back to his former firm, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. James Esterkin joined Kirkland in 2017 as an associate from Simpson Thacher, becoming partner just a year later. He now returns to Simpson Thacher as a partner, joining its real estate group and advising […]

Rashpal Soomal, Eversheds

Longtime BCLP partner departs after two decades

A BCLP real estate partner is set to leave after spending her career at the firm. Partner Rashpal Soomal is to join Eversheds Sutherland. She specialises in contentious property matters with a particular focus on issues stemming from development work, including rights of light claims and covenants. Soomal spent her entire career at BCLP, starting in 1995 […]

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Sixteen firms win spots on housing association panel

Sovereign Housing Association has capped off its latest panel, with 16 firms scoring places on the core roster. Sovereign oversees more than 68,000 properties in the south of England and aims to build 10,000 homes over the next five years. Firms that successfully won places on the panel are: Ashfords, Bevan Brittan, Blake Morgan, Capsticks, […]

Gavin Green RE Capital

Asset manager RE Capital appoints new GC

European real estate company RE Capital has appointed a new general counsel. Gavin Green will sit on RE Capital’s executive committee, managing the company’s legal activities across all markets. He joins this month. As well as advising on corporate matters, he will also oversee risk management, legal processes, structuring, compliance, debt and transactional work among […]


SEGRO reappoints City trio after panel review

British property company SEGRO has reappointed law firms Eversheds Sutherland, CMS and Gowling WLG to its UK real estate panel following a tender and review process. The tenure of the panel is expected to last until January 2025 and will provide legal advice in relation to its real estate work. The three firms will retain […]

Taylor Wimpey

Seven firms win places on Taylor Wimpey’s latest panel

British housebuilding company Taylor Wimpey has re-appointed six firms to its roster, with one new addition after its latest panel review. The firms selected are DAC Beachcroft, Eversheds Sutherland, Gateley, Osborne Clarke, Shoosmiths, Squire Patton Boggs and Womble Bond Dickinson. Shoosmiths is the latest addition to the panel, while it is understood that Dentons and […]

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Greenberg hires seven-strong group in Warsaw

After a group left its office for CMS last month, Greenberg Traurig has hired seven lawyers from several firms in Warsaw. Dentons real estate partner Maciej Jodkowski makes the move, along with his colleagues, senior associates Karol Lewandowski and Alicja Kwiatkowska. The real estate group are joined by Deloitte Legal managing associate Karolina Tulwin and […]

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BCLP partner exits for Greenberg

Greenberg Trauring is taking on a real estate finance partner from BCLP. The firm is hiring Daniyal Ansari, who joined BCLP from Eversheds in 2015. Prior to that he was a senior associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, with previous stints at Latham & Watkins and Herbert Smith Freehills. He acts for lenders and developers in […]