Eversheds Sutherland

Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Highly regarded regional practice with national and international capabilities, offering particular expertise in development and real estate finance, as well as the energy and transport sectors. Highly skilled in a broad spectrum of real estate work, including acquisitions and dispositions, development matters and property leases. Impressive client list includes a number of international developers, investors and corporate occupiers.

Strengths"They've been absolutely fantastic," one client enthuses, adding: "What I like about Eversheds is that they will give you the right level of lawyer for how complex a transaction is, so you don't ever feel like they've missed something. Their advice is always direct, commercial and pragmatic."

Another interviewee describes the team as "forward-looking and highly professional," and commends the firm for having "a deep understanding of our organisation and its approach."

Work highlights Acted for Richmond College on the extensive redevelopment of its current education and enterprise campus, which will include new secondary and special educational needs schools as well as a STEM centre, sports facilities and a technology hub along with the new college campus.

Notable practitioners

Co-head of the firm's global real estate practice David Watkins has vast experience in commercial property matters, including substantial developments, investment transactions and financing. "He knows us inside out," a client remarks, adding: "We value his advice and he always finds the right person for the case."

James Trafford is head of the real estate team in Cardiff and offers particular expertise in energy-related real estate, along with other investment and development transactions. Interviewees describe him as an "extremely capable" practitioner who is "measured in his approach and his advice."

Kevin Booth advises clients on all aspects of key development schemes. In addition to this, he also advises on big-ticket investment acquisitions. Sources considers him a "phenomenal lawyer who is at the top of his game" and also praise "his technical ability and how he can simplify things for you."

Nefydd Jones advises on a wide range of property transactions and asset management for a broad range of clients, with a particular specialism in corporate occupier work. One impressed client says: "He's one of the best lawyers I've ever worked with - a fantastic conflict manager and an incredibly straightforward person who can translate complex legal matters into easy-to-understand language."