(LONDON) Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP announced today that the firm's Real Estate practice and three attorneys, Peter Sugden, Matthew Needham-Laing and Christopher Hitchins were recognised as industry leaders in the 2018 edition of Chambers UK.

"This recognition reflects our commitment to the London market and our continuing efforts to carefully develop and establish an office with the highest level of talent to serve our international clients," said Katten Chairman Roger P. Furey. "Under Peter's leadership, the success of our Real Estate practice continues to help propel the firm's growth strategy in the UK."

The firm's Real Estate practice was praised for its experience in "all types" of real-estate transactions, including finance, investment, development and joint venture matters including the hospitality and leisure sector. The team, praised for being "very attentive" and for its "pragmatic, flexible approach," was also noted for advising on corporate structured property transactions.

Mr. Sugden, managing partner of Katten Muchin Rosenman UK, is listed among top attorneys in the "Real Estate: London" category and is highly regarded for his work on a "wide array" of real estate matters with a particular "strength" in the hospitality sector. He was lauded by his clients for his "excellence on residential and commercial development and investment" and for being "one of the best at giving commercial advice in negotiations."

Mr Needham-Laing, who spearheads the firm's Construction and Engineering group in the UK, is ranked in the "Construction: London" category. He was commended for being "sought after for his contentious and non-contentious expertise in relation to a range of construction projects, including sizeable infrastructure schemes."

Mr Hitchins, a partner in the firm's Employment Law and Litigation practice, made his debut on the list as a recognized practitioner in the "Employment: Employer" category.