Anita Weightman



Anita leads the Manchester Real Estate team. She was head of DLA Piper’s Real Estate team for over 10 years prior to joining Irwin Mitchell with a 15 strong team in February 2013. She specialises in commercial real estate with an emphasis on investment and development.

She has a great deal of experience of acting for landowners, developers and occupiers and has also acted for various government agencies in connection with the development and letting of brownfield sites.  Anita is an extremely experienced practitioner with over 20 years of real estate experience.

Anita is also the client relationship partner for outsourcing company, Mapeley, and with her team, has acted for Mapeley since its inception in 2000 in relation to one of its principal contracts (Santander UK) which originally comprised over 1400 freehold and leasehold properties.

Her clients include Vue Entertainment, the UK cinema operator, for whom she has acted for over 10 years.  During that period she has worked with them to acquire over 40 of their 85 UK leasehold sites including trophy sites at Westfield’s London and Stratford Shopping Centres.

Recent highlights:

  • Advised ITV since 1994. She led the team that advised ITV on its move from Manchester City Centre to Media City in Salford.
  • Advising on all property aspects of the £450m sale of Vue Entertainment to Doughty Hanson.
  • Advising Maple Grove Developments (part of Eric Wright Group) in connection with the redevelopment (and forward sale) of Blackburn Town Centre (Cathedral Quarter).
  • One of the principal advisers to Mapeley in connection with its £40m refinance of the Santander portfolio.
  • Advised on Vue’s acquisition of the Apollo cinema chain and has since advised Vue on four new site acquisitions in Bedford, Ipswich, Darlington and Walsall.

Market view:

Anita Weightman is a "stalwart of the North West legal community" - Legal 500 2016

"She is particularly adept at handling the development and regeneration of brownfield sites. 'She has a good understanding of what the client wants and is very straightforward,' notes one interviewee." - Chambers and Partners 2016

The "extremely pragmatic" Anita Weightman "balances legal risk with commercial reality" and is also recognised for her strong communication skills. - Chambers & Partners, 2015

Head of the Manchester real estate team, Anita Weightman "advises without fault" on complex transactions, clients agree. - Chambers & Partners, online legal directory

Anita Weightman is praised for "making a point of understanding a client’s needs", and combining "commercial and common sense with technical know-how" - Legal 500, online directory

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