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Gowling WLG (UK) LLP

Real Estate

4 ranked lawyersBand 1West MidlandsUK 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Outstanding real estate practice offering a full range of services for an impressive roster of well-known clients, including property companies, retailers and institutional investors. Particularly well regarded for its expertise in development and investment matters. Specific expertise in industrial and retail property, as well as residential and office development. Also advises both landlords and corporate occupiers on complex leasing transactions.

Strengths

One client says: "They are my go-to lawyers as they understand our business and its key performance indicators, and always do a thorough job."

Another notes that the firm provides "an outstanding service and will pull out all the stops to meet deadlines."

One source praises the team for its ability to "turn around a big transaction very speedily and skilfully."

Work highlights

Advised IM Properties on the pre-let of more than 2,900,000 sq ft to Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) at IM's site near junction 11 of the M42, to act as the new global centre for all of JLR's parts distribution.

Notable practitioners

Duncan Murphy advises on a range of development transactions, often in relation to large-scale residential and regeneration schemes. His clients include landowners as well as house builders.

Mike Trainer has vast experience in the commercial real estate sector, acting for clients across an array of major development projects. He has particular strength in matters concerning industrial and retail property.
"Mike always provides excellent advice." "He knows his stuff." "He is a good lawyer with a very good reputation."

Richard Bate is head of the firm's national real estate practice and an accomplished leader in the field. He has key experience in residential development matters, including strategic land assembly, and represents a number of leading house builders.
"Richard is an absolute star at what he does."

Susan Bennett acts for developers, institutional investors and property companies on the development of and investment in commercial real estate. She also has experience representing corporate occupiers in the retail sector.
"She is really practical - on a complicated matter it was easy to work with her."

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West Midlands

Real Estate


Duncan Murphy
Band 2
Mike Trainer
Band 2
Richard Bate
Eminent Practitioners
Susan Bennett
Band 3