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Andrew J Wallis



Andrew is a Partner and the Head of our Sheffield Real Estate team. He is also the National Head of our Housing, Student Accommodation and PRS Sector. He advises on all types of real estate transactions, and has particular experience in major portfolio acquisitions and disposals.

Andrew’s commercial focus and approachability put him in good stead to manage our relationships with key real estate clients.

He specialises in complex development and regeneration projects, and the legal processes involved in them. These often involve forward funding agreements and joint ventures between developers, landowners and businesses.

His past projects include a variety of property types, such as:

  • Large scale student accommodation
  • High-value residential accommodation
  • Regeneration projects
  • Mixed-use developments

Andrew provides advice on all legal aspects of site acquisition and assembly, investment and finance, legal structures and exit strategies.

Recent highlights:

  • Worked on the redevelopment of Wards Brewery into a mixed use residential, retail and business property.
  • Advised an investment fund on the refurbishment, development and management of their £400m portfolio. This is made up of student and mixed use developments across the UK.
  • Worked on the £417.5m sale of the Ardent portfolio. This was the year’s largest student accommodation deal in the UK.
  • Advised the landowner and development partner on Chesterfield Council’s Waterside regeneration project. This had a development value of over £350m.
  • Advised the landowner and developer on the DurhamGate project. This was the North East’s largest regeneration project.

Market view:

"I am absolutely delighted that these transactions have exchanged and particularly grateful to you for the especially hard work and technical expertise displayed at all times. This at times has had many challenges and 'curve balls' which were all dealt with by you and your team with unwavering professionalism and a 'can do' attitude." - Mark Sennett, Dartmoor Capital.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 13/08/2018
    New Era Secures £27m Funding For Phase 2 Of Major Student Development

    “We were delighted to work with New Era on this project. It is going to be such an iconic development for the city and play a huge part in the regeneration of the London Road/Bramall Lane area of the city. It has been privilege to be able to play a part in the delivery of New Era’s exciting vision.”

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  • 09/07/2018
    Irwin Mitchell Helps Creative Arts Secure Space In Sheffield

    "We are delighted to have been able to support Yorkshire Artspace on securing the long term future for this building. It is important we maintain Sheffield's creative hub and provide affordable space to those in our city's creative industries. Exchange Place and Yorkshire Artspace are at the heart of this and increasingly are becoming a centre for new ideas and talent. We want to further build upon this creative spirit, which enhances our city, its appeal and its environment."

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  • 19/09/2017
    Andrew Wallis To Lead Irwin Mitchell's Real Estate Team In Sheffield

    "Irwin Mitchell has a very strong reputation for real estate work and I am delighted, and being a Sheffield lad, particularly proud to be leading the team here in the city. I am fortunate to be leading an already great team of exceptionally talented people and really excited about our ambitions for growth. Clients are everything and continuing to deliver a first class client service is paramount to what we do."

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  • 09/06/2015
    IC Innovations To Purchase New Premises And Take On More Staff Following £1.2m Funding

    “IC Innovations are extremely ambitious and this relocation will provide the company with the space it needs to grow and meet customer demand. The company has grown considerably in recent years and this move marks an important milestone in the company’s development. We are delighted to be able to support such a business on its journey.”

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