Real estate

As one of the country's top real estate teams, we have all the deep sector knowledge and experience you need for any transaction – no matter how large or complex.

When you need expert legal advice that is commercially-focused and built on a thorough understanding of the real estate industry, we're perfectly placed to help. 

As a leading real estate team, we understand the complex, fast-moving nature of the market and how we can assist you throughout your lifecycle to help you meet your goals. 

We build a team that's right for you, made up of approachable, insightful people with the right combination of expertise for your challenges.

We are particularly experienced in: 

  • Landlord and tenant issues
  • Real estate investment
  • Development
  • Finance
  • Tax
  • Planning
  • Environment
  • Dispute resolution
  • Enfranchisement 
  • Construction

We’ve seen a vast number of property companies, funds, developers and advisors making clear ESG commitments. We have already arrived at a position where ESG factors have to be addressed and are advising our clients in this area. Read more on our ESG predictions for real estate at Mapping the FutuRE.

Our lawyers

We take the time to understand your aims and adapt our approach to your circumstances. We use the latest technology to make sure we deliver this bespoke service effectively.

Our experience

Our work is global in scope and, where needed, we partner with other firms in our hand-picked international network for on-the-ground jurisdictional expertise.

Here is a snapshot of our work:

  • Supported a public/private sector partnership to develop world class office, laboratory and clinical space – the first development of its kind.
  • Advised a biopharmaceutical company on its move into central London offices to support its rapid expansion programme.
  • Advised clothing retailer Boden on the letting of its 277,000 sq feet bespoke national distribution centre. This was a £13.6 million project with developer Wilson Bowden delivering a BREEAM ‘very good’ building.
  • A BVI fund instructed us on the purchase of office buildings in Bristol and Cardiff worth more than £30 million via the purchase of a Jersey-registered holding company, and on the acquisition financing from Investec Bank.
  • Advised Urban&Civic as they sign a three-year framework agreement to build new homes for rent on behalf of the real estate business within Goldman Sachs Asset Management, Urban&Civic’s development in Houlton. The framework gives Goldman Sachs the ability to acquire new homes for market rent in key strategic locations and is expected to expand their portfolio by an initial 700 properties.
  • Advising developer Marick Real Estate on the regeneration of a Cambridge car park into a premium aparthotel. The Park Street development will focus on reducing carbon emissions through high performance construction materials and ecology best practices to achieve the BREEAM environmental ‘excellent’ rating. The scheme has been awarded exemplary credits in the assessment so far which include mechanical ventilation heat recovery, air source heat pumps and solar panels.

Our experience includes working with:

  • Corporates
  • Institutional and sovereign wealth funds
  • Asset managers
  • Property companies
  • Developers
  • Land promoters
  • Overseas and private investors
  • Universities
  • Hospitals
  • Doctors' surgeries
  • Local authorities
  • Retailers
  • Other business occupiers

Our clients

Our clients include: 

  • Clients of Aberdeen Standard Investments
  • AgFe
  • Argent
  • Bruntwood
  • Church Commissioners
  • Consolidated Property Group
  • Fidelity UK Real Estate Fund
  • Floreat Real Estate
  • Henderson UK Property PAIF (managed by Nuveen Real Estate)
  • Hermes Fund Managers Ltd
  • Hines UK
  • Kadans Science Partner
  • LaSalle Investment Management
  • Lendlease
  • London & Regional Properties
  • Marshall Group Properties
  • Morgan Stanley
  • O&H Properties
  • PGIM
  • RPMI Railpen
  • Royal Mail Pension Plan
  • Trinity College, Cambridge
  • London and Regional Properties
  • London House Exchange Limited
  • Stockport Borough Council
  • The British Library
  • The Hillview Group
  • Tritax symmetry
  • Trinity College, Cambridge
  • Urban&Civic
  • University of Cambridge

Legal resources you may find useful - Our e-briefings and blogs provide regular updates and commentary on the latest legal news in the ever-changing world of real estate and planning.

Mapping the FutuRE - Our buildings and communities are being redefined and repurposed. Our interactive map identifies important changes affecting the real estate industry today and in future. It offers insights into the challenges and opportunities for the real estate sector across a range of assets and key themes from our leading legal experts.

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