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Roy Beckett



Roy leads the Real Estate team in Manchester. He specialises in real estate development and investment transaction work and also 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, Chethams Trust, Gazprom, the General Medical Council, Goals Soccer Centres Plc, Manchester City Council, Northpoint Developments, Northwood Investors, Pemberstone, Select Property Group, Sivensway Group 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 estate management of Great Northern Warehouse, Manchester for an overseas investor
  • 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)
  • Acting on the acquisition, development and funding of various student accommodation projects, including at Leeds and Birmingham
  • Acting for DAC Beechcroft in relation to the acquisition of 50,000 square feet of office accommodation at the Walbrook Building, London EC4
  • Acting on the acquisition of the former BHS distribution hub at Atherstone and its letting to the Royal Mail Group and disposal to Tritax Big Box
  • Acting for private investors on the disposal of 123 Deansgate, Manchester.

Market view:

"Highly experienced in investment deals, as well as commercial development schemes." – Chambers & Partners, 2018

"A leader in his field with all the qualities you would expect." "He is a very thorough and diligent lawyer so you have the confidence that he will cover all issues." - Chambers & Partners 2017

Roy is "always on top of his brief" - ​Legal 500 2016

"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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    “In the case of Liverpool, it performs well in terms of employment growth but it was a mixed picture in terms of environmental sustainability. It’s CO2 per person figure was the lowest in the North but it was behind on terms of share of the population using zero emission transport and waste. “Earlier this year, the UK has announced its ambition to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, the first major economy to do so. Liverpool has made great progress in this area and with the right focus and support; it can continue to lead the way in the North of England.”

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  • 23/07/2019
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    “Manchester performs well in this study when it comes to employment growth in the future, but it was a mixed picture in terms of environmental sustainability. “Earlier this year, the UK announced its ambition to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, the first major economy to do so. It’s important that business recognise not only the important role they have to play, but also the opportunities that exist, particularly with zero carbon being one of the four sectors included in Manchester’s local Industrial Strategy.”

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  • 07/05/2019
    Manchester's Economic Growth Will Struggle To Keep Pace With The South Post-Brexit, Says New Study

    “This report paints a mixed picture for Manchester but certainly highlights the attractiveness of the city to investors. Brexit has and will continue to take up a lot of Government time, but it is vital that it refocuses its attention on rebalancing the UK economy and building on the he potential within the Northern Powerhouse.”

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  • 04/10/2018
    Irwin Mitchell Manchester Appoints New Real Estate Senior Associate

    “We are focussed on investing in our Real Estate team here in Manchester and I’m delighted to welcome Paula to Irwin Mitchell. She has a great deal of commercial property expertise and ‘ve no doubt that she’ll be an asset to the business.”

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