We are delighted to have been ranked by the Legal 500 UK 2023 across our main practice areas, with the leading independent guide to the legal profession describing us as, ‘a tight-knit firm of real property specialists with a really efficient client handling service’.

The commercial property team continues to feature in Tier 3 of the ‘Corporate Occupiers’ category, alongside firms such as Linklaters, Macfarlanes and Addleshaw Goddard. The team is commended as ‘well-known and respected by landlord teams which makes transactions smoother to complete’.

Key lawyers within this team are Philip Shotter, Paul Jagger, John Barber and Charlotte Clack who are described as being ‘incredibly knowledgeable’.

The firm continues to be highly ranked in the “Industry Focus – Hospitality and Leisure” section being quoted as, ‘the go-to firm for hospitality and leisure clients’ mentioning that, ‘no other team does more high-profile restaurant and hospitality work.’

Head of our hospitality and leisure team is Philip Shotter, who is listed as a ‘Leading Individual’ and praised as ‘knowledgeable and providing measured strategic advice’. Paul Jaggerstands out’ and has a ‘wealth of hospitality experience’. He is also listed as a ‘Next Generation Partner’. Philip and Paul are ‘equally superb and have unparalleled industry-specific knowledge when handling lease transactions. They are personable and more client friendly than any other solicitors in this field we know. They are all-round nice guys, and this is why clients love them’.

The property finance team is recognised as a ‘very strong, specialist team’ who are, ‘approachable, knowledgeable, commercially-minded and very strong relationship builders.’ They are described as having ‘a solid mixture of proactivity, efficiency and professionalism – you are always made to feel like you are their only client’.

Notably, partner Darran Smith is praised as an ‘excellent lawyer’ and the team is complimented as having ‘a can do attitude whatever obstacles that they come across from the borrower’s lawyers’.

The dispute resolution team continues to punch above its weight, ranking alongside firms such as Clifford Chance, Travers Smith and Norton Rose Fulbright. The team is led by Kenny Friday and Paul Dench.

Kenny Friday is ‘at the top of his game’ and Paul Dench is ‘a specialist with real breadth of experience’ who clients acclaim is, ‘easy to talk to and a writer of very potent letters. Quick to pick up the essentials and find the killer points.’

For more information, please contact Philip Shotter