Overview

We work with UK and international corporates, funds, institutional investors, trusts, sovereign wealth entities, family offices, and ultra-high net worth individuals, helping them acquire, manage and secure the best returns on their investments across all major asset classes.

With more than 140 lawyers in our award-winning Built Environment team, working across offices in Bristol, Edinburgh and London, we can support on your real estate investments, whatever their scale and wherever they are based in the UK. 

To ensure no piece of the puzzle is missed and your investments are protected from risk, we view transactions with a holistic view, bringing together experts in real estate, corporate, banking and finance, real estate disputes, construction, planning and energy as required.

Our aim is to work in partnership with you. We will take the time to understand your strategy and investment goals and will always deliver advice with this context in mind. The success of this approach is evidenced in the many deep and long-term relationships we have with our investor clients.

Achieving Net Zero and meeting your sustainability goals

The challenge of decarbonising the built environment is becoming increasingly paramount in order to meet tenant demand and avoid being left with obsolete assets. With market-leading, integrated expertise across the built environment and energy sectors, we are well-positioned to develop effective legal solutions that help you meet this challenge.

Areas of focus

Our UK-wide investment & capital markets expertise includes the following:

  • Expertise in all major asset classes, including office, retail, industrial and mixed-use property, hotels and leisure (including holiday parks), student accommodation and Build-to-Rent
  • High value investment transactions
  • Asset and portfolio management
  • Real estate fund acquisition and disposal
  • Fund structures
  • Structural investment transactions
  • On and off-shore tax planning
  • Environmental issues
  • Net Zero related issues
Experience

Darwin Alternatives as long-term advisor across its multiple investment funds. Recently this has included the acquisition and financing of a £150 million crematoria and memorial parks portfolio and a collection of luxury holiday lodges in the heart of Oxfordshire.

Aerium Group, on a 3-year mandate, to provide legal advice in relation to its £500+ million UK-wide real estate portfolio.

London & Regional Properties on various matters throughout the UK including on the purchase of Pyramids Business park in Bathgate, Scotland, a multi -let business park consisting of film studios and offices.

Shareholder of a specialist care provider on the sale of a £100 million portfolio of 16 residential care homes, 3 mental health hospitals and a further education college across England and Wales.

Atlas Hotels on multiple significant acquisitions, including the £63 million corporate acquisition of the Chardon Group, comprising six hotels across Scotland, the £23 million acquisition of the Holiday Inn Express, a 239-bedroom hotel in Snow Hill, Birmingham and the £9 million acquisition of the Hampton by Hilton, a 109- bedroom hotel in Birmingham, situated in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.

Zetland Capital on its acquisition of hotels & leisure assets across the UK, including a £100+ million acquisition of the 338 bedroom Macdonald Manchester Hotel and the 156 bedroom Macdonald Holyrood Hotel in Edinburgh; and a £23 million purchase of a portfolio of 12 historic pubs in central London.

West Ranga Property Group as principal legal advisor across their UK wide assets including investment acquisitions and disposals such as the purchase, leaseback and onward sale of a portfolio of five Cazoo sites across England and Scotland.

Tritax on shared grid connection arrangements and renewables private wire power purchase arrangements across its big box parks.

Pandox Hotels on the purchase of an Adagio Aparthotel and adjacent public square (comprising five retail units) at 231 Canongate, Edinburgh. Our advice on this matter included real estate, planning and construction.

Meet the team
Robert Forman

Robert Forman Partner

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

Matthew Sims Partner

  • Real Estate Services
  • Retail
  • Real Estate
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Rohan Campbell Partner

  • Real Estate Finance
  • Banking and Finance
  • Real Estate 
Richard Clark partner

Richard Clark Partner

  • Offices
  • Retail Property
  • Industrial and Logistics
Tom Dunn

Tom Dunn Partner

  • Head of Regulated Funds and Financial Services
  • Regulated Funds
  • Financial Services
Sally Jupp

Sally Jupp Partner

  • Real Estate Finance
  • Corporate Turnaround and Insolvency
  • Real Estate Investment and Development
Ross Polkinghorne

Ross Polkinghorne Partner

  • Built Environment
  • Development and Regeneration
  • Infrastructure
Richard Read

Richard Read Partner

  • Head of Real Estate
  • International Real Estate
  • Hotels, Leisure and Tourism
Gary Soloman

Gary Soloman Partner

  • Head of Planning and Compulsory Purchase
  • Regeneration and Highways
  • Compulsory Purchase and Compensation
James Sutherland

James Sutherland Partner

  • Head of Real Estate Disputes
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Professional Negligence
Craig Whelton

Craig Whelton Partner

  • Scottish Planning 
  • Energy and Utilities 
  • Compulsory Purchase and Compensation
Paul Doherty

Paul Doherty Director

  • Healthcare
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Retail
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Nia Stewart Director

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Public Sector
  • Education
Will Hall

Will Hall Director

  • Real Estate Services
  • Real Estate Investment 
  • Real Estate Finance
Briony Barber

Briony Barber Senior Associate

  • Corporate
  • Mergers and Acquisitions 
  • Private Equity
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James Barrett Director

  • Banking and Finance
  • Asset Finance and Asset Backed Lending
  • Derivatives, Debt Capital Markets and Securitisations
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Amy Carr Senior Associate

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Corporate Advice
  • Reorganisations and Demergers
Amber Liu

Amber Liu Senior Associate

  • Real Estate Development
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Portfolio Management
 
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Claire Logue Director

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Construction Adjudication
  • Construction Disputes
Amy McVey

Amy McVey Director

  • Banking and Finance 
  • Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency
  • Real Estate Finance 
Fay Shearer Temp Corporate Image Web Profile

Fay Lamb Senior Associate

  • Scottish Real Estate
  • Real Estate Services

Investment and Capital Markets

The firm, since taking on this instruction, has been excellent. They have excelled at fee / budget management; communication, client management and interpersonal skills. Commercially minded in negotiations, deal doers not blockers and the technology is top level. It has been a breath of fresh air working with them, in what we hope will be a long and fruitful partnership.

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