Leading law firm Birketts has been nominated for Real Estate Team of the Year at the Lawyer Awards, celebrating the best and brightest of the legal community nationwide.
The award recognises the work of all Birketts’ colleagues across their property division – commercial property, residential property, real estate finance, planning and social housing. The division has led in terms of growth firm-wide for eight consecutive years, and accounted for 36% of Birketts’ £69.2m turnover in 2020/21.
Most notably for the Commercial Property Team in this period, Birketts advised on the sale of leading independent property developer, Hopkins Homes Limited, to private equity firm Terra Firma. The firm’s Social Housing Team has also celebrated appointments to several housing association legal panels, including the UK’s biggest association, Clarion Housing. The Real Estate Investment Team grew 130% in the same period, acting for clients such as M7 and Westbrook Partners – and despite the coronavirus pandemic, the Residential Property Team seized the opportunity of the SDLT holiday and saw growth of 44%
Speaking after the nomination Chris Schwer, Partner and Head of Property at Birketts, said: “This nomination is the culmination of 12 months’ incredible work by the team. Our nomination alongside top 10 and top 20 UK law firms speaks for itself: Birketts’ lawyers are some of the brightest legal minds in their field and have time and again proven they can compete with firms on the national stage.
I look forward to seeing the rest of the nominees in London at the ceremony on 21 June and wish all those nominated the best of luck.”
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