Simmons & Simmons LLP

Real Estate Department

London (Firms)
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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 One source says that the team "communicates well and is proactive, attentive and commercial."

Another interviewee regards the firm as "a good outfit with good-quality partners."

Work highlights Advised APG on its acquisition, in partnership with Delancey, of Capital and Counties Properties' interest in its Earl's Court development site for £425 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, as well as entities in the telecoms sector.
"She is a constructive lawyer and a can-do problem solver, able to translate clients' requirements into a more efficient way of running the legal side." "Ali is excellent, commercial and gets things done."


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 is a very calm player and he knows his stuff." "He's very thorough and extremely detailed."


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.
"He's a very good technical lawyer." "He is very quick and responsive, and exceedingly knowledgeable."


Richard Hopkinson-Woolley
regularly advises real estate funds and other investors on an array of complex transactions, including sale and leaseback agreements and corporate deals. He is well versed in a range of property types, with particular expertise in hotels and supported housing.
"He has good client development skills and strong relationships, and he'll get the job done." "Clients like him and he always does a good job."