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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:

"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

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 17/07/2017
    Manchester's Economy Has Grown Faster Than London's Since Northern Powerhouse

    “It is of course very encouraging to see the Manchester economy performing well over the last three years, but it's important to remember we are still at the start of the devolution journey here in the North West. “Our new Metro Mayor, Andrew Burnham, now needs to build on the city’s strengthening skill base and momentum in the tech sector and increase education spending. “Manchester is well diversified economy integrating a strong media sector, rich scientific development and high tech digital start-ups. The city’s prospects are bright, but we must maintain the momentum that we have built in the last three years.”

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  • 03/02/2017
    Northern Economy Could Be £100bn Larger If 'Northern Powerhouse' Project Is Successful

    “We welcome this latest study and agree with its broad approach to tackling the economic imbalance that exists in the UK. The issue of skills and education is central to the debate and it’s clear that we must be doing more to ensure young people have the skills they need and we as a county require. “There appears to be a great deal of common ground between decision makers on what needs to happen in order to make the Northern Powerhouse a success. Our own study however highlights that the plans to tackle the North South divide have had very little impact so far. What is now required is some proper investment and closer collaboration between businesses and authorities to make it happen.”

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  • 02/02/2017
    Transport Revolution Required To Tackle Economic Imbalance

    “Through our own UK Powerhouse report and our involvement with the CBI’s Unlocking Regional Growth campaign, we know how important improved transport links are to solving the 'productivity puzzle'. “So far, much of the debate has been about rail and road, but it is interesting to see here in this report greater focus on the importance of airports in helping to tackle the economic challenges that we have in the UK. “What is clear from this report is that we can’t expect change without significant investment in infrastructure. This is something that we strongly support and hope that through greater devolution of powers, this will soon start to happen.”

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  • 23/11/2016
    Autumn Statement 2016

    "Once again we see a Chancellor targeting the wrong end of the housing market, and promising to spend a lot of money to little purpose. The government set a target of building 1 million new homes over the five years of this Parliament. A present rate of construction, they will be at least 300,000 homes short of the target. Even if this cash injection delivered an extra 140,000 homes, it would not bridge the shortfall from the target the government is already missing. More likely, measures such as cash for homes etc. will simply further bid up the price of the existing inadequate supply, so much of Mr Hammond's funding will simply transfer money from the taxpayer to the house builders, with little additional housing to show for it. Disappointingly, there was no mention at all of retirement housing. Mr Hammond could have had a far greater effect on supply of housing if he had incentivised the construction of retirement living and care homes. If just half of the elderly people who say they want to downsize their property were to do so, that would release 3,500,000 homes onto the market. That is something like five Parliaments' supply at current rates of construction. The land take for such a construction program will be far less than needed for a comparable supply of ordinary housing and much of it could be on brownfield site instead of on the Greenfields that NIMBYs hold so dear."

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