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From large, global institutions to private individuals, we get real estate deals done for ambitious clients

We have built a Real Estate department to meet the needs of ambitious deal makers. The result is one of London's largest, most diverse and most complete property teams, whose clients span the worlds of corporate and private wealth.

For deal makers seeking like-minded business partners, it means we can offer more insightful perspectives on the market when it comes to future deals and partnerships. Whether they are publicly quoted companies, private businesses or entrepreneurs, high net worth individuals or large farms and landed estates, these deal makers recognise how this insight informs more agile and forward-thinking action.

We also drive opportunities through our understanding of the complex policy landscape, the leading role we play in shaping industry discussion on regulation, technological change and sustainability, and by harnessing the power of PropTech.

Real estate sector specialists

Our clients expect more than technically excellent real estate lawyers. They expect commercially-driven insight based upon in-depth real estate sector knowledge. A number of our Partners focus on specific sub-sectors within the real estate industry and have an extensive track record of advising on residential, retail, logistics, office, life sciences, hospitality and leisure, and mixed-use assets. 

Whether we are advising investors, developers, asset managers, corporate occupiers, or private individuals, our team of over 130 real estate lawyers work together to ensure we deliver value in every sense. 

ESG and sustainability

Alongside our work advising on some of the UK's biggest regeneration and heritage projects, we are heavily involved in the industry's evolving conversation around decarbonisation and sustainability. We focus on bringing together our clients and contacts to share best practice, and regularly advise on the contractual implications of the circular economy and sustainability rating schemes. 

Harnessing the value of PropTech

Our use of PropTech, from automation and visualisation tools to AI and structured databases, allows us to work faster and more efficiently, enabling our clients to make decisions in real time, use data more intelligently and ultimately extract the maximum possible value from their assets.

A multi-disciplinary, global approach

We supplement all this by drawing on expertise from the firm’s other real estate sector specialists in our corporate, finance and tax teams. We work cohesively with our global network of connections in search of the best ways to bring people, capital and opportunities together. Everything is geared to finding practical, commercial solutions that get property transactions done.

How our real estate lawyers can help you

Our Construction team specialises in all legal aspects of complex, high-profile construction projects, acting for a broad range of clients, including major developers, banks, property investors, asset managers, investment managers and occupiers. 

We have assembled a team with a wide range of both contentious and non-contentious experience. We go to great lengths to understand our clients’ needs and objectives and always tailor our advice accordingly. This adds up to an approach that is highly commercial and singularly focused on delivering the best outcomes for our clients.

We provide comprehensive advice to occupiers on all aspects of their real estate requirements. We have the knowledge and expertise to guide and advise clients on a wide range of issues related to commercial leasing and occupancy. Our deep understanding of market trends and conditions allows us to negotiate leases and make real estate decisions that maximise value for our clients.

To provide a seamless real estate service, we work closely with our clients' other advisers, such as surveyors, fit-out contractors, consultants, and project managers. Our client-centric approach and expertise make us a trusted partner for businesses seeking legal advice and support in this area. Whether you're acquiring a new site, renegotiating an existing occupation, or dealing with a dispute, we can help. 

Our multi-discipline Corporate Real Estate team is made up of lawyers from our Corporate, Real Estate and Tax departments, all used to working closely with property clients on a wide variety of matters - including acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures and re-organisations. We regularly work on high level, complex deals across a variety of sectors, including office, student housing, hotels and co-working space – and often with an international element.

Our extensive experience means that we are used to dealing with different structures such as unit trusts and limited partnerships, and also that we understand that corporate transactions in the real estate sector need careful structuring, and we have cultivated strong relationships with intermediaries to ensure maximum value for our clients' businesses.

Our planning and environmental group helps developers, occupiers, investors and public sector bodies to manage increasingly complex legislation and regulatory policy across a broad spectrum of strategic matters. Our work covers both public and private sector projects, all asset classes including mixed-use projects.

Our team’s range of specialisms means we are uniquely placed to advise on large development schemes and complex planning issues. We also act for high net worth individuals on high-profile matters including basement development applications.

Our Property Litigation Group has earned a reputation as one of London's largest and best specialist teams. Unlike other leading firms, we are equally at home advising high net worth individuals as we are leading UK property companies, developers, corporate occupiers, and investment funds. The property litigation lawyers in our team regularly participate in court and trial work, including in the Appeal Courts.

Recognised as assertive, highly skilled litigators, our team are also renowned negotiators, regularly conducting mediations, arbitrations and other dispute resolution alternatives. However, where litigation is inevitable we pursue your case with vigour and commercialism in equal measure.

Real estate development is becoming more challenging due to the increasing complexity of legislation and changing policies.

To meet these challenges we have put together a specialist team with extensive experience in property, planning, environment, construction and tax, and they have become the go-to real estate team on some of the sector’s most complex development schemes.

We are at home advising on the appropriate legal framework for each project, from the formation of development vehicles to securing finance and advising on the legal issues relating to both public and private sectors.

Our specialist team of real estate finance lawyers advises on how to structure financing, either to provide maximum security for you, as the lender, or maximum certainty as the borrower. We work with major banks and other leading property lenders, on a senior and mezzanine basis, as well as advising some of the industry’s highest profile property investment and development borrowers.

We have engaged with a new wave of real estate investors and funders who are emerging as key players in the property market. Consequently, we know how to look beyond the traditional areas of property finance and to embrace new technology in an ever-changing banking market.

Our Investment Group acts for a range of real estate clients: from large institutional companies and funds to boutique developers and entrepreneurs. We work with them on some of the sector’s most complex and demanding transactions.

These are often high-profile and high-value deals, covering commercial (including office, retail, leisure, hotels and industrial), mixed-use and high-end residential properties. Whether these are portfolio acquisitions, income-producing investments, development projects or trading transactions, we can guide you through the appropriate legal, regulatory and structuring complexities.

Our team of real estate tax lawyers advise on all aspects of property investment, development, finance and funds work.

Our clients include institutional clients, listed property companies, developers, local authorities and charities – both UK resident and non-UK resident. We advise on both direct and indirect taxes, including Stamp Duty Land Tax, VAT and business rates. 

Our Residential Property Group is one of the leading residential property practices in London. We specialise in prime UK residential property transactions both in the capital and the countryside.

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