Stephen Woodford


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Steve is a Partner based in Manchester where he leads our lease consultancy team. He recently joined the firm after 15 years at King Sturge/JLL where he was a Director.


Steve specialises in lease consultancy and has an established track record advising landlords and tenants in respect of retail properties with A1, A2 and A3 use.

He is involved in all aspects of lease consultancy advising on lease drafting and structure, negotiations of lease events and providing advice on lease re-gears on individual properties and across a portfolio.

Steve is a Chartered Surveyor and Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and sits on the RICS panels of arbitrators appointed to deal with rent review disputes on retail and restaurant properties across the North West and North Wales.


He acts for both occupiers and investor clients from both the private and public sector, with clients including USS, Eric Wright Group, Mapeley, DWP, Deutsche Asset Management, Aberdeen Standard, Pizza Express, Azzurri Restaurants, WHSmith and Costa.

Examples of comparable instructions

Advice to DWP in respect of Job Centre Plus portfolio across North West Region to include reviews renewal and re-gears. Latterly advice in connection with portfolio wide renewal programme to include re-gears and renewals.

Advisor to Lloyds Bank on lease events from 2011 to 2014 whilst JLL held the mandate.

Steve advised Landlords on a portfolio of Cyldesdale bank premises across the North West region in 2016.

Recently engaged by Landlord to re-structure a small nationwide portfolio of Halifax leases across the Country.

In 2018 Steve oversaw an instruction to advice West Bromwich Building Society on rent review and lease renewals on a section of their leasehold portfolio in The Black Country.