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TLT seals deal with real estate firm for second Scottish bolt-on

TLT has acquired Glasgow commercial real estate firm Leslie Wolfson to enhance its offering in the Scottish city and add three partners to its more than 200-strong real estate practice. Leslie Wolfson senior partner Howard Beach joins the Bristol-headquartered firm along with partners Andrew McCowan and Donna Strong, while Alan Carlton – Leslie Wolfson’s fourth […]

Deepa Deb

Dentons grows London real estate with BCLP hire

London-based real estate partner Deepa Deb is swapping one merged firm for another, leaving Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner for Dentons. Deb, who was featured in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 in 2015 was at legacy BLP for 15 years before the merger with Bryan Cave this year. During her time there she acted as chair of the India group and led the BLP […]

No5 advises on a case involving challenge to Gypsy site

R (Marden PC) v Herefordshire Council, Soole J  issued his judgment in this case, which relates to a challenge by a parish council in respect of the grant of planning permission (“PP”) for expansion of a Gypsy site. MPC raised 4 grounds. Three are case-specific, but ground 3 may be of wider interest relating to the standard of […]

Shoosmiths appoints real estate partner in Yorkshire

By Kara Shadbolt Leading national law firm Shoosmiths has boosted its fast-growing Yorkshire real estate team with the appointment of Matthew Lonergan as a partner and Michael Gaughan as a senior associate. Both join from DLA Piper in Leeds, underlining Shoosmiths’ ability to recruit high calibre talent from the city’s top tier firms. From a […]


HSF capitalises on British Land ties with City redevelopment

Herbert Smith Freehills and Ashurst are advising on a joint venture between British Land and Singapore wealth fund GIC on the £1.5bn redevelopment of Broadgate, picking up work that had previously been carried out by King & Wood Mallesons. FTSE 100-listed property development company British Land, which entered into the 50/50 joint venture with Singaporean sovereign fund […]

DWF hit in Scotland by Shepherd & Wedderburn team hire

On the day that DWF announced it had broken into the US legal market, the firm’s Scottish practice has been dealt a blow with the loss of a nine-lawyer team to Shepherd & Wedderburn. Property and infrastructure partners Joanna Hamilton, Anthony McEwan and head of planning Moray Thomson will join the Scottish independent firm bringing […]

Gowling WLG advises on acquisition of Aston Manor Cider by Agrial Group

Gowling WLG’s global food and drink team has advised Aston Manor, the UK’s largest independent cider producer, on its sale to Agrial Group. With £134 million turnover for 2017, Aston Manor’s range of brands includes Kingstone Press, Frosty Jack’s and Knights, as well as own-label products for British retailers. Founded by former Aston Villa chairman, […]

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers represents claimant in disposal of public assets

The High Court has given judgment on the duty of local authorities to obtain “best consideration” on the sale of land and the extent of the exceptions to that duty.  The Court held that the decision makers in local authorities must consider alternatives to the highest offer pursuant to a circular from the Secretary of […]

Gowling WLG advises Blackstone Property Partners and Telereal Trillium on acquisition of Network Rail portfolio

International law firm Gowling WLG has acted for Blackstone Property Partners and Telereal Trillium on the £1.46 billion acquisition of Network Rail’s commercial estate portfolio. The firm partnered with Kirkland & Ellis to advise investment firm Blackstone and commercial property management company Telereal Trillium on the deal, which involved a portfolio of 5,200 properties across […]

No5 counsel plays important role in Royal Town Planning Institute initiative

A specialist Planning and Housing practitioner at No5 Barristers’ Chambers is hoping to encourage the next generation of lawyers into the industry thanks to an invitation from the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). Leanne Buckley-Thomson was asked to film a segment for the RTPI’s project with Fun Kidz Radio “Agent Plan-IT” to encourage school-aged children […]

Conyers Dill & Pearman advises Trade Horizon Global on its issue of Floating Rates Guaranteed Notes due 2021

Conyers Dill & Pearman provided British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands legal advice to Trade Horizon Global Limited (the “Company”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Beijing Capital Grand Limited in connection with its issue of US$400 million Floating Rate Guaranteed Notes due 2021. The Company provides real estate development services. Partner Flora Wong of Conyers’ […]


Four firms score £1.5bn sale of Network Rail property

Clifford Chance, Eversheds Sutherland, Gowling WLG and Kirkland & Ellis have advised on the £1.5bn sale of Network Rail’s commercial estate to private equity giants Blackstone Property Partners and Telereal Trillium – the biggest investment programme in the railway since Victorian times. Clifford Chance and Eversheds both acted for Network Rail in its sale of a portfolio comprised […]

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