Mike Ackland

Senior Associate

Mike Ackland Hugh James
Department telephone
029 2039 1036

Mike is a Senior Associate in Commercial Property.


  • Telecoms leases/agreements and estates management documentation
  • Telecoms disposal by break notice, surrender, asset transfer
  • Smart meter leases
  • Mobile Infrastructure Project leases
  • Wayleaves
  • Landlord and Tenant
  • Sale and Purchase
  • Development Sites


Notable clients Mike has acted for and transactions Mike has acted on include:

  • Tarmac/Carillion – estates management of Heron Quays, London; development and letting of the Churchward site in Swindon, including the letting of the Railway Heritage Museum; the sale of land at Atlantic Wharf, Cardiff for housing and development of a hotel
  • AXA Equity & Law/AXA Sun Life – investment purchase and leasehold management work on a variety of properties, including the retail and office development at Seven Dials, Bath
  • Dorsman Estates Limited – leasehold acquisition of numerous sites in England and Wales for the Peacock’s value for money retailing brand
  • Luminar Leisure Limited – leasehold acquisition and estates management work for sites in Cardiff, Newport and Bristol for the Oceana, Jumpin Jak’s, Chicago Rock Café and other brands
  • Associated British Ports – various land sales and leases at the Port of Cardiff
  • Grosvenor Waterside Developments Limited – land transfer of the site of the prestigious Wales Millennium Centre
  • National Museums and Galleries of Wales – acting on the land acquisition for the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
  • Council of the City and County of Cardiff – acting on the acquisition of the site of the International Sports Village, Cardiff Bay
  • Hutchison 3G UK Limited – mobile base station leasehold site acquisition and estates management on 3’s network rollout
  • Mobile Broadband Network Limited – consolidation of the EE and 3 network of base station sites, estates management and decommissioning and termination of redundant site agreements
  • AP Wireless II (UK) Limited – advising on a variety of estates management and legal issues on base station sites in client portfolio

Career history

  • Qualified 2 May 1995
  • DJ Freeman (London) Trainee & Solicitor 1992 -1999
  • Morgan Cole (Cardiff) Associate 1999 – 2002
  • MLM Cartwright Associate / Senior Associate 2002 – 2016
  • Hugh James Senior Associate (on merger with MLM Cartwright) 2016


  • St Cyres Comprehensive School, Penarth: 1981 – 1987
  • Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University: BA Degree – Jurisprudence:  1987 -1990
  • University of Glamorgan: Law Society Final Examination: 1991-1992


What do you love most about your job?

Seeing the end result of the legal work, especially in the context of high-profile, iconic properties/developments such as the WMC, knowing they will provide employment and benefit to the local area, as well as the enjoyment of patrons.

What do you like to do outside work?

Mike is a competitive outdoor bowler, playing for Dinas Powis Bowling Club and for the Vale of Glamorgan County championship team, of which he is currently vice-captain. Mike has also represented Wales at various home nations international series and in competitions in Hong Kong and China

Mike is also a keen supporter of the Cardiff Devils ice hockey team and has worked for more than a decade as a match night volunteer at home games.

Mike is passionate about music, having an extensive and somewhat eclectic collection with a primary focus on progressive rock and symphonic/Gothic metal and regularly attends concerts to support the live music scene when possible.

Mike also enjoys reading, with a particular fondness for science fiction and fantasy, the Terry Pratchett Discworld series of novels and collecting editions of Marvel comics from the Golden Age (1940s) through to the modern era.

Mike enjoys TV and cinema, again with an emphasis on science fiction and fantasy.


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