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Mike Taplin, Managing Partner - Derby

Mike Taplin

Managing Partner - Derby

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"Michael Taplin garners the respect of the market, with commentators remarking that he is 'excellent'. He specialises in both commercial and residential development matters."
(Chambers & Partners)

Mike is our Managing Partner at the Freeths office in Derby. A respected real estate lawyer, he specialises in both residential and commercial property – acting for a variety of developers. He is regarded as a practical lawyer and has a strong local presence in Derby. Mike is an ex semi-professional footballer and enjoys watching football and playing golf, both competitively and with clients and friends.

Mike was listed as a Recommended lawyer in the Legal 500 (2017 Edition) and ranks in Chambers (2019 Edition) as a Leading Individual.

Legal Services

Real Estate

Recent Work

  • Acting for the developer on a complex forward funding transaction of part leasehold and part freehold hotel development to a national operator (involving the surrender of existing leases and the grant of a new ground lease and the renegotiation of the Agreement for Lease and Lease with the hotel operator).
  • Acting for Henry Davidson Developments Limited (a wholly owned subsidiary of Development Securities Plc) in relation to the development of a district centre involving the HCA and 3 national residential developers and a national food store operator and negotiating the structure in relation to the timing of carrying out of the development and managing the associated risks identified.
  • Acting for a national residential developer in relation to the assembly of a development site in Cheshire, involving complicated timing issues and overage provisions.
  • Acting for a Developer specialising in health care in relation to a complex project involving the relocation of a number of existing occupiers and the construction of a new mixed use building, with associated land assembly and timing and funding issues.


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Call: 0845 274 6810
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“Michael Taplin is managing partner of the firm’s Derby office. He is well regarded for his extensive experience in all kinds of commercial and residential property development. Clients consider him ‘very impressive’ and peers comment on his strong local presence. He is described by market sources as ‘a very practical lawyer’'”

(Chambers & Partners, 2017)

“Mike Taplin is ‘extremely thorough and hardworking’.”

(Chambers & Partners, 2018)

“Michael Taplin garners the respect of the market, with commentators remarking that he is ‘excellent’. He specialises in both commercial and residential development matters.”

Michael Taplin offers a broad commercial and residential development practice. He is described by a market source as “a really outstanding lawyer. He has really fantastic knowledge and experience in development work.”

(Chambers & Partners, 2019)

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