Real estate

Our real estate experts provide pragmatic and strategic advice with all your property needs. Our lawyers support clients over the entire life cycle of an asset from structuring and acquisition, through development and management to disposal. You can be confident in our knowledge of the sector, helping clients navigate new changes and developments and complex, multi-portfolio transactions. With the benefit of combined decades of experience, advising leading participants across the sector, we work with our clients to find them the best solution in an efficient manner.
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Our bench strength in the real estate team is deep, with a team of over 60 lawyers in London and Hong Kong, we can draw on our wider global network to provide you with support on any transaction.

Our team of specialists can support you on a full range of real estate related topics, providing services including joint venture and corporate structuring, fund formation, financing, acquisitions and disposals, leasing and asset management, construction, planning & environment, tax, and disputes.

We have specialist knowledge across all real estate sectors, supporting clients in offices, retail, hotels, logistics, industrials, residential, healthcare and life sciences and act for a wide variety of clients throughout the full spectrum of the real estate sector, including landlords, tenants, developers, investors, and financiers.

"The team at Stephenson Harwood easily manages its way through the most complicated of real estate matters and strategies." 

Chambers UK 2024

Schroder UK Real Estate Fund

We advised on the letting of the Department W building to Queen Mary University, a comprehensively and sensitively redeveloped office on Mile End Road in Tower Hamlets.

Echelon Data Centres

We advised on the acquisition of mixed data centre and office space site in Greenwich involving extensive due diligence on the suitability of the site for the intended proposals.

Schroder Real Estate Fund

We advised on a pre-let agreement to a government department of a new 10 storey building at Ruskin Square, Croydon. The building will form part of Schroder’s mixed used development at Croydon.

Thornsett Homes Limited

We advised on a Development Agreement for a new YMCA hostel and a new residential development of 135 new homes with two commercial units to enhance the local area.

Schroders Real Estate Investment Trust

We advised on the purchase of and are assisting on the ongoing development of an old industrial site to be developed into a new multi let indusial park to form part of an adjacent industrial park.

Stephenson Harwood provided advice on real estate, tax, construction and environment and planning matters. The firm is now providing on-going advice on both the Trading Estate and the proposed development.

London Metric

Stephenson Harwood acted for the purchaser of a portfolio of five Waitrose stores in various locations in England for £60m.

The firm provided advice on real estate, tax, construction and environment and planning matters relating to the acquisition of the five properties and the subsequent leaseback arrangements (by which the stores were leased to Waitrose Limited on 20-year terms for a combined rent of £3,400,00 per annum).

Latest news & insights

10 Jun 2024

From Insights

An introduction to the Leasehold and Freehold Reform Act 2024

On 24 May 2024, a milestone was achieved when the Leasehold and Freehold Reform Act 2024 ("LFRA 2024") received Royal Assent.

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30 Apr 2024

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Real estate briefing: Consenting to alterations - if not, why not?

You're the landlord of a large mixed use block. The tenant of the top floor wants to carry out some substantial works which will add significant value to the tenant's..

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07 Mar 2024

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Transparency of land ownership - clear as mud?

As part of its fight against economic crime, the question of who owns UK land is now firmly in the UK Government's sights.

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08 Feb 2024

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Stephenson Harwood advises Tristan Capital Partners and Trammell Crow Company on first pre-let for Bristol's Welcome Building

Stephenson Harwood has advised Tristan Capital Partners and Trammell Crow Company in relation to the first pre-let of Bristol's Welcome Building.

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31 Jan 2024

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The estate manager strikes back - newcomer injunctions…

You're an estate manager. You manage a number of different types of property including retail parks and some high profile central London offices. The occupier of your ..

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24 Jan 2024

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Cross-border inheritance of real property within the territory 跨境财产传承系列:涉外境内*不动产继承问答

In this briefing note, the Stephenson Harwood - Wei Tu (China) team will cover some of the frequently asked questions regrading the cross-border inheritance of real pr..

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23 Jan 2024

From News

Stephenson Harwood advises SCREF on £115 million sale

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised Schroders Capital Real Estate Fund (SCREF) on the £115 million sale of One Ruskin Square, Croydon to HMRC.

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16 Oct 2023

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The Building Safety Act 2022 – financing existing buildings

The Building Safety Act 2022 ("BSA 2022") has been described as the biggest change in building safety in a generation.

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03 Oct 2023

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Building Safety Act 2022 – twelve things to check when buying a mixed use building

You're an investor looking to buy a mixed use property. The property is a large high street block in London, built in the early 2000's.

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21 Sep 2023

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Current spotlight - Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete ("RAAC")

The current spotlight on the use of Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete ("RAAC") started with concerns raised in relation to schools and the subsequent guidance on ..

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01 Feb 2023

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Service charges – pay now, argue later?

How conclusive is a service charge certificate?

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02 Aug 2022

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Subject to contract … or not? Don't rely on the label….

You're a property investor and interior designer. A developer approaches you with a good project and you agree to set up a joint venture company to implement it. You b..

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17 Mar 2022

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Answers to 10 key questions about how the new Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022 affects property ownership

The new Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act ("the ECA") provides for a register of overseas entities and their beneficial owners.

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11 Mar 2022

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Sustainability-Linked Loan Principles in real estate finance and real estate development finance transactions

The LMA has recently launched new guidance on the application of the LMA's Sustainability-Linked Loan Principles ("SLLPs") in Real Estate Finance and Real Estate Devel..

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07 Feb 2022

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Must try harder – "endeavours" obligations have teeth…

You're a property promoter. You've identified a large site with development potential, and you've secured options from the various landowners to acquire it.

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24 Aug 2021

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The Building Safety Bill and liability for defects

On 5 July 2021, the Government published the draft Building Safety Bill, following much consultation. The draft bill contains three changes that will have a significan..

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