Advising landlords and tenants on all aspects of real estate portfolio management work including transactional, advisory and disputes work.

Our award winning real estate team provides full UK coverage to deliver high quality, consistent advice across clients’ UK wide property portfolios. For landlords, we help protect our clients’ investments by minimising voids and enhancing their relationships with tenant customers and, for tenants, we help deliver their day-to-day operational requirements to enhance their businesses.

In addition to the traditional retail, office and industrial portfolio management mandates, we have a proven track record in alternative markets, including hotels, student accommodation, rural, renewable energy and the rapidly expanding PRS sector.

Alongside our core real estate services, we provide significant value to landlords and tenants through our specialist expertise in key areas such as energy, planning and construction to help our clients maximise the value of their property portfolios, including optimising surplus land.

Areas of focus

Our expertise in residential real estate includes the following:

  • Landlord and tenant transactional work
  • Construction
  • Planning
  • Landlord and tenant advisory work
  • Dilapidations
  • Environmental
  • Energy generation, storage and optimisation

Providing real estate advice for the John Lewis Partnership on all aspects of its day to day operations, including John Lewis's 48 shops, Waitrose's 350 shops and all their other property requirements including state of the art distribution centres.

Acting for Waterstones on all aspects of its 290 + UK wide store portfolio including day-to-day transactional work and in contested 1954 Act proceedings.

Extensive West End and luxury retail property experience including for international investors and over ten years’ experience in acting for The Crown Estate’s £2.2 billion St James's portfolio.

Acting for M&S plc on the M&S Energy Society, a community energy scheme designed to generate renewable energy from solar panels installed on M&S stores across the UK.

Advising an international investment bank in relation to three large central London rent reviews and also in relation to significant dilapidations claim.

Advising a Middle-Eastern client on the acquisition, management and then disposal of a Guernsey based, sharia compliant, UK property fund specialising in student accommodation in leading university cities across the UK, for which we won The Real Estate Team of the Year Award at The Legal Business Awards 2016.

Acting for The Crown Estate across its rural assets, which together form one of the largest portfolios of agricultural, forestry and common land in the UK and which includes The Crown Estate’s Windsor Estate.

Acting on the portfolio management work for UK shopping centres.

Acting for the Falcon Property Trust on all asset management matters for the UK portfolio of 36 industrial estates, as well as the sale of the portfolio to Legal and General for over £100 million.

Advising a major American investment fund on asset management and then sale of Pencoed Industrial Park.

Advising Darwin Property Investment Management Ltd on all aspects of the Darwin Leisure Property Fund, a diversified portfolio of UK Holiday Parks.

Advising a property funds company in resisting threatened injunction application over shopping centre development.

The Crown Estate's sole legal adviser in the administration of freehold property that may be subject to escheat. We investigate and administer new escheat cases, as well as some of the many accumulated cases. Our aim is to protect The Crown Estate from risk and, where appropriate, return such property to private ownership.

Meet the team
Richard Clark partner

Richard Clark Partner

  • Offices
  • Retail Property
  • Industrial and Logistics
Richard Read

Richard Read Partner

  • Head of Real Estate
  • International Real Estate
  • Hotels, Leisure and Tourism
Will Woodall

Will Woodall Partner

  • Energy and Utilities
  • Infrastructure
  • Healthcare
Emma Folkes

Emma Folkes Partner

  • Head of Rural Property
  • Estates and Land
  • Food and Farming
James Sutherland

James Sutherland Partner

  • Head of Real Estate Disputes
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Professional Negligence
Steven James

Steven James Partner

  • Construction and Engineering 
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Construction Disputes
Elizabeth Dunn

Elizabeth Dunn Partner

  • Energy and Utilities
  • Infrastructure
  • Real Estate
Gary Soloman

Gary Soloman Partner

  • Head of Planning and Compulsory Purchase
  • Regeneration and Highways
  • Compulsory Purchase and Compensation
Chris Preston

Chris Preston Partner

  • Real Estate Disputes
  • Real Estate Development
  • Telecommunications
Paul Doherty

Paul Doherty Director

  • Healthcare
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Retail
Ailsa Fudge

Ailsa Fudge Senior Associate

  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Development
  • Real Estate Investment
Will Hall

Will Hall Director

  • Real Estate Services
  • Real Estate Investment 
  • Real Estate Finance
Jessica Garner

Jessica Garner Senior Associate

  • Real Estate Development 
  • Industrial & Logistics 
  • Infrastructure 
Robert Forman

Robert Forman Partner

  • Head of Scottish Real Estate 
  • Real Estate Advisory
  • Real Estate Investment

What others say...

The commercial property team is outstanding, well-led, well-resourced and very capable. The team has an excellent knowledge base and considerable experience. They are able to take a commercial perspective and give well-considered advice.

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