The commercial property department at law firm Lodders is celebrating a strong start to the new year by signing off on several major deals including two acquisitions for the Warwick-based IM property group in Stoke on Trent and Doncaster.

They also acted for Cala Homes in a residential development at Milton Keynes, part of a larger consortium project.

The IM Properties Doncaster deal involved the £8 million purchase and leaseback of the Polypipe administrative headquarters there.

Polypipe is one of Europe's largest and fastest growing manufacturers of piping and sanitary systems for the residential, commercial and infrastructure sectors.

At Stoke-on-Trent the IM Group acquired the Etruria Office Village in Festival Park for £3 million from St Modwen.

Meanwhile Cala Homes received detailed planning permission on its £26 million development involving 107 new homes at Broughton Gate, Milton Keynes.

Work started on site in October, and the first new homes will be released for sale soon.

In the past year the Warwickshire firm has increased its commercial law team to service an influx of business from new and existing national clients.

Commercial property lawyer and Lodders partner Nick East said: "We have been extremely busy but the pace of business quickened even further in the last quarter.

"We are involved in representing clients from all over the UK.

"We have hit the ground running in the new year because there are substantial projects in many parts of the country awaiting completion by our expanded team.

"These are exciting times for the firm and if there is a downturn in the market we are certainly bucking the trend."