Real estate

Pragmatic, commercially focused legal advice makes a powerful difference when you’re making major property decisions. Our real estate team is renowned for developing long-lasting partnerships with clients. We have a reputation for developing and attracting talented, commercially-minded lawyers with an appetite for getting the deal done.
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With international expertise and broad experience in every kind of commercial and residential property transaction, we advise clients all over the world including:

  • major property companies
  • institutional investors
  • banks
  • hotel groups
  • public sector organisations
  • corporate occupiers.

Whether it’s a major investment acquisition or disposal, or a routine landlord and tenant matter, you have top legal talent and a highly committed team on your side. You get legal advice that is based on a profound understanding of your business and of the property market. Expert advice that is easy to digest.

We have extensive experience of:

  • investment acquisitions and disposals
  • financings and refinancings
  • development projects including planning and environmental advice
  • sale and leasebacks and other structures
  • management matters.

As well as our core team of real estate lawyers we offer wider services to real estate clients through our finance, tax, corporate and construction specialists.

"They are accommodating, understand clients’ concerns and provide excellent and timely support."
Chambers UK 2015

Peterson Investments, £120 million retail, commercial and residential redevelopment, Soho

We advised Peterson on the purchase and forward funding of the Ampersand Building a development which includes a central living staircase, ‘module’ meeting places and a daylight mimicking LED light-system.

LaSalle Investments, £141 million shopping centre acquisition, central Warrington

We represented LaSalle Investment Management on the acquisition and follow-on management matters relating to the 712,500 square foot, 133 unit Golden Square Shopping Centre in Warrington.

ING Real Estate, £325 million redevelopment and refinancing, London

We acted for ING Real Estate and Berlin-Hannoversche Hypothekenbank on the redevelopment and financing of the iconic riverside building Sea Containers’ House part of which now comprises the flagship Mondrian hotel.

Tristan Capital, €90 million joint venture forward funding, retail, Denmark

We advised Tristan Capital on the joint venture and forward funding of the revive development of the 276,000 square foot Galleria shopping centre in Vanløse, Copenhagen with Solstra Capital Partners.

Intercontinental Hotels, £300 million sale and manage back, London

We represented on real estate and construction aspects of the sale and manage back of the Intercontinental Hotel, Park Lane, one of the largest recent hotel disposals.

Schroders, £130 million acquisition of City Tower, Manchester

We acted for Schroders on the purchase of City Tower in Piccadilly Gardens which included reviewing 125 leases, significant construction documentation and simultaneous exchange / completion within 9 days.

The Langham Estate, management of portfolio

Acting on the management of their entire property portfolio of over 100 multi-let properties throughout the West End of London including around Great Portland Street and Oxford Street.

Lawyer

Ian Devereux Partner

T:  +852 2533 2806
M:  +852 9600 9028 Email Ian | Vcard Office:  Hong Kong

Lawyer

Jonathon Wilkes Partner

T:  +44 20 7809 2522
M:  Email Jonathon | Vcard Office:  London

Latest news & insights

18 Apr 2017

From Insights

Who really owns that property? A new Register of Beneficial Owners

We consider the Government's proposals for the establishment of a register recording the beneficial ownership of overseas entities that own UK property.

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03 Apr 2017

From Insights

Say what you really mean… the importance of clarity

In our day to day lives we often use language that can be interpreted in more than one way. We think that we're being clear, but ambiguity can lead to unexpected resul..

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16 Feb 2017

From News

Stephenson Harwood advises Bowmark Capital and Five Arrows Principal Investments on completion of Autodata sale

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised Bowmark Capital and Five Arrows Principal Investments on the completion of the sale of Autodata to Solera Holdings, Inc., f..

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07 Feb 2017

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#10ThingSH you need to know about the Housing White Paper 2017

We set out the ten key things that we think you should know about the proposals contained within the 2017 Housing White Paper.

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09 Jan 2017

From News

Stephenson Harwood advises on Silk Healthcare sale

Stephenson Harwood has advised the shareholders of Angela Swift Holdings Limited (ASHL) on the sale of luxury care homes operator Silk Healthcare to Methodist Homes.

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03 Jan 2017

From Insights

Modify your behaviour…restrictive covenants and development

In the first of our 2017 real estate briefing notes we look at a question on development and restrictive covenants.

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21 Dec 2016

From News

Stephenson Harwood advises Vistra on its acquisition of Jordans

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised Vistra on its acquisition of the Jordans Group from its current shareholder, The West of England Trust Limited.

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30 Nov 2016

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The long-awaited LMA real estate security document has arrived

Jacqueline Cook was interviewed by LexisNexis regarding the new LMA Real Estate Finance Security Agreement which will be of broad interest to those involved in finance..

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23 Nov 2016

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Stephenson Harwood advises on £350 million social housing IPO

Stephenson Harwood advises on £350 million social housing IPO

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04 Nov 2016

From News

Stephenson Harwood advises on East Anglia rail deal

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has assisted rail operator Abellio in mobilising its operations for the new East Anglia franchise, which started on 16 October 2016.

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01 Nov 2016

From Insights

Mixed use: "The resi service charge is not my problem…"…or is it?

You're a commercial property investor. It's been hard to find yield over the last few years. You adapt to the market and diversify your search criteria. You spot a goo..

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01 Sep 2016

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"Keep the noise down – I'm trying to work!"

The market's a bit choppy and you need to maximise the value of your portfolio. By adding a new floor to one of your properties you'll significantly increase its valu..

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30 Aug 2016

From News

Stephenson Harwood advises on Fitness First sale

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised the UK management team of Fitness First on the sale of its UK fitness clubs.

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16 Aug 2016

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Dangers of selling managed real estate projects, Structuring unregulated multi-investor private investment vehicles

During this year, certain court decisions and SFC enforcement activity have shed some light on the regulatory issues arising when structuring and selling real estate i..

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11 Jul 2016

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Get off my land!

You own a piece of land. Perhaps part is built on or perhaps it’s entirely vacant, ear marked for future development. Neighbouring owners have started to use that la..

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09 Jun 2016

From Insights

#10ThingsSH you need to know: planning and the London housing market

The drought of residential property in London means big steps are being taken to increase the supply of homes. We summarise the changes being made to increase housing..

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