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Ashurst

Real Estate

4 ranked lawyersBand 2London (Firms)UK 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Strong on a variety of complex, high-end real estate work. Areas of expertise include urban regeneration projects and development matters, as well as substantial investment and leasing transactions. Recognised for its work with domestic and inward investors on sales and acquisitions, development projects and financing arrangements. Regularly advises on high-value residential development projects as well as mixed-use and retail sites. Has a particular focus on advising investors from South Korea.

Strengths

A source remarks: "It's a really solid team of good problem solvers who give commercial advice."

Commentators praise the team for its "excellent client care and advice that helps achieve outstanding results."

"I have been hugely impressed by Ashurst. The lawyers bring a very high level of professionalism to the table and are highly astute technically and commercially," one interviewee notes.

Work highlights

Advised BP on its pre-let agreement with Blackstone to lease 200,000 sq ft at 25 North Colonnade, Canary Wharf, with a focus on environmental sustainability and wellness.

Notable practitioners

David Jones predominantly advises international investors on major acquisitions and disposals, including related finance and tax elements, with a notable focus on South Korean investment into the UK. He is also head of the firm's global real estate capital markets division.
"David is innovative, proactive and excellent at team coordination." "He is commercial, sensible and doesn't throw his weight around."

Richard Vernon advises property developers and house builders on large-scale commercial and residential development projects, including major urban and transport regeneration schemes. He also handles landlord and tenant work in the retail, office and leisure sectors.
"Richard is very experienced, considered and calm, and a good person to have alongside you in difficult negotiations." "He instils confidence and is extremely collaborative - we definitely couldn't have achieved everything we have without Richard as part of our team."

Sarah Sivyour regularly advises on the acquisition and redevelopment of high-value London properties as well as handling large portfolio transactions. She is highly experienced in coordinating complex corporate real estate deals involving the need for associated tax, funding and restructuring advice. She also serves as the global co-head for projects and real estate.
"She has got very good all-round knowledge and is good at leading her team."

Tim Regis is involved in a wide range of real estate matters including large scale joint ventures for investment and regeneration projects. He has significant expertise in mixed-use residential development schemes and those concerning logistics sites.
"Tim Regis is an excellent partner with great technical and commercial expertise." "He has very strong client management skills, is commercial in his legal advice and sees the big picture."

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London (Firms)

Real Estate: Big-Ticket


David A O Jones
Band 2
Richard Vernon
Band 4
Sarah Sivyour
Band 6
Tim Regis
Band 6