3 September 2021

Forsters' top-ranked teams shortlisted in the Legal Business Awards 2021

We are delighted to announce that Forsters has been recognised in the 23rd annual Legal Business Awards, which celebrates the very best in the legal profession.

Two of our top ranked teams have been selected by the judging panel as finalists in this year's awards:

It is a testament to the firm that both of our principal practice areas have been selected by the research team at Legal Business. The shortlistings demonstrate the strength of expertise within our top-ranked teams, acknowledging the high quality and complex work that is carried out for both domestic and international clients.

In the last year both teams have grown in size and specialism, the Real Estate team welcomed the arrival of a 16-strong team from Orrick, while our Private Client practice saw three Senior Associates promoted to Partner.

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 30 September.

Senior Partner, Smita Edwards who led the transaction for Octopus Real Estate which featured in our property submission commented: “I am delighted to see our real estate team recognised for our work in advising Octopus Real Estate on the acquisition of eight purpose built care homes. This was one of the biggest portfolio purchases completed to date by the Octopus Healthcare Fund and our team delivered on this challenging project within a demanding timescale. With thanks to Amy France, Ruth de Maupeou, Danielle Kenyon, Emma Francombe, Richard Spring, Caitlin Ervine, Lauren Archer, Laura Parrish and Sophie Smith who all played a significant part in the team's success.”

Head of Commercial Real Estate, Andrew Crabbie commented: “We are, of course, delighted to be shortlisted for Property Team of the Year. The above transaction is just one of the many complex transactions we have handled this year. It has been a great year for us as a team.”

Head of Private Client, Xavier Nicholas commented: "Forsters has long been known for its expertise in advising on all aspects of private client matters. In a time that has presented challenges for families and businesses throughout the world, it is particularly satisfying to be recognised for our work and client commitment, as well as the strength of talent we have within our group."

Forsters' Commercial Real Estate team advises Octopus Real Estate on one of its biggest care home portfolio purchases to date

Forsters has advised Octopus Real Estate in relation to the acquisition of eight new care homes from LNT Care Developments for an overall purchase price of over £100 million.

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