Brian Wake – Commercial Property

Specialist in Commercial Property

Brian trained at one of the Magic Circle firms in the City of London, specialising in commercial property upon qualification. He is a nationally recognised expert in minerals, environmental and energy/renewables law. He worked in-house for a major mineral company before re-joining private practice in 1986, and since then has advised operators and landowners on major mineral and waste developments (including related planning issues) renewable energy projects (onshore windfarms, biogas and solar). His clients range from large private mineral companies to landed estates, located from Portland to Co. Durham.

He has a particular interest in fostering relations with law firms and investors from China and Hong Kong (Brian speaks Cantonese) and the UAE, where he has family connections.

Brian is the author of several legal precedent and other works and is listed in the Chambers legal directory 2018: “Brian Wake of Excello Law specialises in commercial property law and has significant know-how in minerals and environmental issues. He frequently acts for both operators and landowners on projects.


Acted for a landowner in a negotiation for an option and lease for specialist sand in Cheshire, including an application under the Mines (Working Facilities and Support) Acts, which was settled out of court for a seven figure sum.

Advising a landed estate on the south coast in connection with a major dispute with a local operator, resulting in significant gains for the landowner, and restoration of good relations between the parties.

Advising a consortium of 18 landowners on a major onshore windfarm development in Mid Wales.

Acting for a solar farm developer on a 5Mw solar farm in West Yorkshire.




FIQ (Fellow of the Institute of Quarrying)

External Roles

Director – North Wales Crusaders RLFC


In his spare time, Brian enjoys gardening, taking his Labrador, Jack, for walks with his wife, listening to an eclectic mixture of music, and for his sins, is a director of a semi-professional rugby league team based in Wrexham and playing in the third tier of professional rugby league.

He also enjoys spending time with his grandchildren in Lancashire and Dubai.

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Virgin Media the first to test Electronic Communications Code – ECC

Posted in Excello Law Blogs on 24 Sep 2018

Readers will be aware of the Government’s stated intention to introduce measures intended to make it more “straightforward” for operators to reach agreement with landowners and occupiers of land “in order to improve coverage capability and capacity” (ECC Code of Practice) – the result was the Digital Economy Act 2017 (“DEA”), and more specifically Schedule […]

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