Real estate experience

  • Shari'a compliant real estate products - advising various leading banks on the establishment and development of Shari'a compliant domestic and commercial property mortgage products.
  • Gibraltar company - advising a Gibraltar based company on its £100 million acquisition of almost 300 properties owned by a major UK bank, with leasebacks for over 90 properties. 
  • London Development Agency - advised on a proposed mixed use £160 million development of Dalston Junction Interchange and adjacent land. 
  • Transport for London - advised in relation to the £200 million underground station redevelopment at Tottenham Court Road in London.
  • St. Martins Property Group - advised on the £400 million acquisition of the iconic Willis Building - one of the largest asset transactions in the City of London in 2008.
  • Fortis Bank - advising on a development facility of £30 million to finance the construction of a student accommodation and/or NHS key workers scheme in Leeds.
  • Lloyds Banking Group - advised on a £80 million loan facility to a property fund with an underlying property portfolio valued at £400 million.
  • Nordeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale - advised on an investment facility of €300m syndicated with HSBC Bank plc and KfW to finance a phased office development in Germany.
  • Acquisition of Europe's largest shopping centre - advised St. Martin's Property Group on syndicated facilities for the two-stage acquisition of Istanbul's Cevahir shopping centre, which is Europe's largest.
  • Royal Bank of Scotland Plc v Jennings - 'Upwards only' rent review case in the Court of Appeal.
  • Benjamin v Anston Properties Ltd - landmark Lands Tribunal decision relating to the rateable value of commercial real estate, prompting the Government to introduce legislation to reverse the effect of the decision.
  • Russell v Coventry and Solihull Waste Disposal Company Ltd - House of Lords case concerning the rating of a waste-to-energy plant.
  • Mount Cook Land Ltd v Westminster City Council - important Court of Appeal decision relating to planning law.

Wonderful client care, attention to detail and first-class knowledge

Chambers UK 2009

"SH are the closest thing to having an extended in-house legal team. Their commercial advice fits seamlessly into our business."

Chambers UK 2012

"It's the teamwork which impresses most. It's a seamless and effective operation and there's no other team I'd rather work with."

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2012

"A fabulous presence in Asia"

Legal 500 UK 2012

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