Vaq specialises in providing commercial real estate advice, with a particular focus on developers and investors, and heads up Shoosmiths’ Manchester Real Estate team. He is also the Head of the Manchester office.
He has significant development experience acting for both residential and commercial developers in relation to high value residential and mixed use schemes.
His clients include Allied London, Euro Car Parks, Lend Lease Residential, Marston’s and Muse Developments. Some of his recent project experience includes:
• Leading on advising Allied London on their acquisition and ongoing redevelopment of St John’s Manchester on the former Granada Studios site purchased from ITV in a joint venture with Manchester City Council;
• Advising Marston’s plc on their substantial public house development programme involving all matters including acquisition, planning and construction and their significant programme of sale and leaseback ‘income strip’ transactions;
• Lend Lease Residential and Euro Car Parks on various strategic land transactions.
Vaq trained with Eversheds and qualified with them in 2001 before joining Shoosmiths in 2005. In 2007, he was named by Times Online as one of 10 ‘future stars to watch outside London’ and in 2014 was shortlisted for Client Partner of the Year in The Lawyer Awards 2014, nominated by Marston’s for “Strategic contributions to managing its property portfolio.