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Overview

With optimism and pessimism circling in equal measures and prevailing uncertainty as to what a post-financial crisis UK property cycle looks like and where we might be in it, the importance of real estate legal advice delivered with in-depth sector knowledge and experience has never been more critical.   

Our highly regarded award-winning, multi-disciplinary real estate sector group specialises in the core traditional retail, office and industrial markets, both regionally and nationally and with a particular emphasis on the West End and City markets. In alternative markets, our team has an outstanding understanding of and established track record in student accommodation, renewable energy, hotels and the rapidly expanding Private Rental Sector.

Our team provides core and specialist legal services to those developing, investing, asset managing, funding or advising in the UK real estate sector, whether from within the UK or off shore.

We are the current Legal Business Real Estate Team of the Year.

Areas of focus

Our expertise in the real estate sector includes the following:

  • Real estate development, including procurement, CPO and planning and construction services.
  • Investment acquisition and disposal.
  • Asset and portfolio management.
  • Regulated and unregulated fund structuring and set up.
  • Real estate and commercial contract dispute resolution.
  • Real estate finance.
  • Employment and pensions.
  • Real estate tax services.
  • Real estate mergers and acquisitions.
  • Environmental.
Experience

Providing a wide range of services to The Crown Estate, including real estate transactional, asset management and contentious advice to the St James's, Traditional and Rural portfolios and the Windsor estate, employment helpline advice and assistance with employee restructurings, exits and employment terms and conditions and cross-portfolio construction services including the major regeneration scheme known as St James's Market.

Advising Skanska on development, pre-let and forward sale to Aviva of prime city centre office development, shortlisted for Estates Gazette Deal of the Year 2015.

Advising specialist heritage developer City & Country on the acquisition of a redundant prison portfolio for high-end residential conversion.

Advising the Trustee of the Jones Lang LaSalle Retirement Benefits Scheme since 2003, including advising on a merger with the King Sturge Retirement Benefits Scheme and the certification of a parent company guarantee from a US parent.

Advising Ahli United Bank on the disposal of a Guernsey based, sharia-compliant, UK property fund specialising in student accommodation in leading university cities across the UK.

Advising off shore private investor on the acquisition through a British Virgin Islands holding company, of the long leasehold interest in The Rolex Store at One Hyde Park at a yield of 1.75 per cent.

Advising unregulated industrial fund Falcon Property Unit Trust on its merger with Legal & General's Industrial Property Investment Fund.

Advising Malaysian-owned developer YTL Utilities on its entry to the UK development market with the purchase of a former airfield for mixed use regeneration including 2,675 residential units and up to 24ha of employment land.

Advising a Jersey-based unit trust on the acquisition and development of residential units across the UK for inclusion into a Private Rented Sector (PRS) fund with a target asset value of £1 billion.

Advising HSBC and Royal Bank of Scotland on a £180 million loan facility to the UNITE Group PLC.

Meet the team
Richard Clark partner

Richard Clark Partner

  • Real Estate Investment and Development
  • Real Estate Asset Management
  • Retail
Richard Read

Richard Read Partner

  • Real Estate Investment
  • International Real Estate
  • Hotels, Leisure and Tourism
Ross Polkinghorne

Ross Polkinghorne Partner

  • Head of Real Estate Development
  • Real Estate
  • Infrastructure
Matthew Sims

Matthew Sims Partner

  • Real Estate Services
  • Retail
  • Real Estate
Richard Owen

Richard Owen Partner

  • Landowner
  • Bona Vacantia and Escheat
  • Real Estate
Will Woodall

Will Woodall Partner

  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Real Estate Investors
  • Healthcare
Steven James

Steven James Partner

  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Construction and Engineering Disputes
  • Construction and Engineering Contracts
Marcus Harling

Marcus Harling Partner

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Construction Procurement
  • Infrastructure
Paul Browne

Paul Browne Partner

  • Head of Real Estate Finance 
  • Nuclear
  • Real Estate
Philip Beer

Philip Beer Partner

  • Real Estate
  • Transport
  • Energy, Power and Utilities
Gary Soloman

Gary Soloman Partner

  • Head of Planning and Compulsory Purchase
  • Regeneration and Highways
  • Compulsory Purchase and Compensation
Colin Ligman

Colin Ligman Partner

  • Head of Real Estate Services
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency
Michael Barlow

Michael Barlow Partner

  • Environment
  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Water
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Simon Tilling Partner

  • Environment
  • REACH, Chemicals and Product Stewardship
  • Energy, Power and Utilities
Elizabeth Dunn

Elizabeth Dunn Partner

  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Infrastructure
  • Real Estate
Chris Godfrey

Chris Godfrey Partner

  • Corporate
  • Funds and Asset Management
  • Financial Services
Tom Dunn

Tom Dunn Partner

  • Head of Funds and Financial Regulation
  • Regulated Funds
  • Financial Services
John Houlden

John Houlden Partner

  • Head of Public Sector
  • Head of Procurement and State Aid
  • Projects
Richard Leeming

Richard Leeming Partner

  • Banking and Trade Finance
  • Derivatives, Debt Capital Markets and Securitisations
  • Real Estate Finance
Roger Bull

Roger Bull Partner

  • Head of Employment
  • Employment Disputes
  • Strategic HR Projects
James Sutherland

James Sutherland Partner

  • Real Estate Disputes
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Professional Negligence
Richard Bedford

Richard Bedford Partner

  • Real Estate Disputes
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Professional Negligence
Ann Metherall

Ann Metherall Partner

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Health and Safety
  • Transport
Richard Knight

Richard Knight Partner

  • Head of Pensions
  • Pensions Services
  • Pensions Legal Advice
Alastair Morrison

Alastair Morrison Partner

  • Real Estate
  • Food and Farming
  • Food and Farming Finance
Sally Jupp

Sally Jupp Partner

  • Real Estate Finance
  • Corporate Turnaround and Insolvency
  • Real Estate Investment and Development
Emma Folkes

Emma Folkes Partner

  • Food and Farming
  • Real Estate
  • Private Client Services