Roy Beckett



Roy is a Partner in the Real Estate team in Manchester and is Regional Managing Partner of Irwin Mitchell’s Manchester office.

Roy specialises in real estate development and investment transactional work, including corporate real estate occupier work.

He has been a real estate partner for over 25 years and acts for a variety of clients such as Bruntwood Estates, Bank of New York Mellon, Christie NHS Trust, the Exchange Quay Master Trust, Gazprom, the General Medical Council, Goals Soccer Centres Plc, Highcross, Lanebridge Investment Management, Manchester City Council, Northpoint Developments, Pemberstone and Trafford College together with a number of overseas investors on a variety of investment, development, acquisition, disposal and letting transactions.

Recent highlights:

  • Advising on the sale of Exchange Quay Salford, "the Canary Wharf of the North” to a fund managed by Hunter Property Fund Management.
  • Acting for Manchester City Council in relation to the £20 million plus development of 'HOME' located in Manchester’s First Street area which will provide a hub for North West arts facilities.
  • Working on behalf of a number of overseas investors in relation to their UK property holdings (for example the purchase and later sale of 180,000 square feet Grade A office building One Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester).
  • Acting for Trafford College in relation to the reorganisation of its Altrincham site, so as to provide a first class education campus and the unlocking of surplus land for infrastructure improvements and disposals to residential developers.
  • Working on the acquisition, development, letting and disposal of 72,000 square feet 1 New York Street, Manchester for Brentwood Estates.
  • Acting for Lanebridge Investment Management on the acquisition and disposal of a number of investment properties, the most recent being the sale of a retail park at Oakenshaw Road, Solihull to F&C Commercial Property Holdings.

Market view:

"Clients consider Roy Beckett to be 'absolutely first-class' and say he is a 'leader in the field'." Also, “'he performs in a meticulous, thorough way covering all the angles,' enthuses one source." - Chambers & Partners 2016

The "tenacious" Roy Beckett is "very experienced and knowledgeable on the Manchester property market" -Legal 500 2015

"The highly regarded Roy Beckett is recognised for his excellent client service and practical approach." - Chambers & Partners, 2015

North West Property Lawyer of the Year - Which Lawyer? 2013

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    Irwin Mitchell Appoints New Employment Partner In Manchester

    “Alan is another important appointment for Irwin Mitchell’s Manchester office and adds considerable expertise and experience to our legal offering across the region. “He is an accomplished employment law partner and I have no doubt that his strong leadership and client care skills will be an asset not just here in Manchester but to the wider firm.”

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  • 22/08/2016
    Five Routes Shortlisted For £6BN Trans-Pennine Tunnel

    “Connecting two main northern cities allowing greater accessibility is crucial for a successful northern powerhouse. The shorter commuting distance between Sheffield and Manchester will encourage greater capacity for business links, building relationships between the universities, and boost the likelihood of residents of Sheffield to work in Manchester and vice-versa. “Compared to parts in the south, the northern transport system does lag behind the rest therefore it’s promising to see that this tunnel has been acknowledged from studies, although ambitious, and routes have already been shortlisted. “A big problem currently for transport between the two cities is traffic throughout the Peak District causing queues at Glossop. The people of the North deserve a better system that will allow them to benefit from quicker, more reliable journeys.”

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  • 18/05/2016
    The Queen’s Speech 2016

    "The Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill contains some useful provisions. At the micro level, councils currently make excessive use of pre-commencement conditions, often in circumstances where they are unnecessary. We regularly see consents with more than a dozen such conditions. Since each must be signed off before a lawful start can be made, the developer is at the mercy of the least efficient council or stakeholder officer determining any one of the applications to discharge the conditions. But we will need to see the legislation to see if it will be effective. "It is difficult to get excited about a “National Infrastructure Commission”. At the end of the day, the level of infrastructure we invest in (and whether the nation can afford to do it, or not to do it) is essentially a political decision. We have seen with the on-going, and still unresolved, debate over South East airport capacity that kicking the can down the street to an independent body – however well qualified - only delays the date of that political decision.”

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  • 20/04/2016
    Roy Beckett Appointed As Irwin Mitchell's New Regional Managing Partner In Manchester

    “I am delighted to take on this new role leading the Manchester office. “I would of course like to pay tribute to the fantastic work Grahame has done for Irwin Mitchell in Manchester and I am thrilled about the chance to lead the office and certainly look forward to continuing his work and building a strong team in Manchester with a reputation for providing first class business and personal legal services in the North West. "I am also delighted to be working with Jonathan Betts, who heads up our nationally recognised and award winning personal injury team.”

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