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Simmons & Simmons LLP

Real Estate

4 ranked lawyersBand 5London (Firms)UK 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Carries out a range of high-value investment transactions, as well as handling central London redevelopment projects. Regularly instructed on office building acquisitions as well as leasing matters for both owners and corporate occupiers. Notable expertise across a diverse range of property types, including hotels, build-to-rent and mixed-use developments. Clients include a number of real estate fund managers and sovereign wealth funds.

Strengths

"It's an impressive team that is good to work with," a client says, adding: "They have picked up our requirements and ways of working very quickly."

Work highlights

Acted for Deka Immobilien Investment on the acquisition of the Clarges development in Mayfair from British Land for approximately £200 million.

Notable practitioners

Ali Crosthwaite has key experience in major redevelopment projects and investment transactions concerning prime London real estate. Her clients include institutional investors and private equity funds.
"Ali is very good with clients and a real delight to work with." "She is really commercial and gets a deal done." "She is an excellent lawyer."

John Kelsey 's wide-ranging real estate practice includes regularly handling alternative asset transactions, including investment into and development of student accommodation, hotels and build-to-rent property. He is also well versed in real estate finance matters.
"John Kelsey is a fantastic lawyer."

Jonathon Wilkes is head of the international real estate group. He acts for investors and developers domestically and abroad on a wide range of real estate matters, including regeneration schemes, portfolio management and single-asset acquisitions. He can also provide complementary expertise in real estate finance and tax structuring.

Matthew Hooton has extensive knowledge of structuring corporate transactions for the acquisition and disposal of high-value investment property and portfolios. He also has experience in development work.

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

London (Firms)

Real Estate: Big-Ticket


Ali Crosthwaite
Band 5
John Kelsey
Band 6
Matthew Hooton
Band 6

Real Estate: Mainly Mid-Market


Jonathon Wilkes
Band 2