Real estate investors and developers

Real estate development and investment covers a range of real estate specialisms, our team can provide you with commercial and legal advice on all aspects of residential and commercial sites.
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Our services include:

  • acquisition, site assembly, development and sale
  • modification and release of restrictive covenants
  • joint venture structuring
  • Brownfield/Greenfield development and regeneration
  • strategic land sale and development
  • planning and environment and construction

Acquisitions/disposals

Our lawyers handle divestments relating to corporate and private property portfolios of all kinds. Clients come back to us time and time again due to our quick response times. We answer your queries promptly so you can focus on other elements of the transaction.

Real estate funds

We act for real estate investment funds and their managers regarding their investment activities and have a comprehensive understanding of the investment structures typically used. Our experts advise on the divestment of indirect holdings and formulate work-out plans in relation to existing investments, supporting you in secondary sales of fund interests or in the pursuit of other realisation opportunities. Our funds team works with our wider taxation and corporate teams so you are supported by a full team committed to your investment aims.

"What differentiates Stephenson Harwood is their ‘after-service’. They're there to give you off-the-fence advice. They let you know what they think is the best thing to do."
Real estate client interviewed for client research March 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 Investment Management, £142 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.

4C Hotels Group, developments

We acted for 4C Group companies on construction aspects of the redevelopment of several central London properties into 4 and 5 star branded hotels.

Lawyer

Ian Devereux Partner

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

Lawyer

Pierre-Nicolas Sanzey Partner

T:  +33 1 44 15 82 00
M:  +33 6 87 13 97 68 Email Pierre-Nicolas | Vcard Office:  Paris

Lawyer

Jonathon Wilkes Partner and head of real estate

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

Latest news & insights

01 Oct 2019

From Insights

The mystery of the missing conditions… Beware - an amended planning permission may not show all the conditions that apply

You’re about to buy a site with the benefit of planning permission. You can see that the site originally had permission for retail use, but with a long list of condit..

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01 Jul 2019

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CVAs – What you need to know when your tenant proposes a CVA

There have been a wave of CVAs recently; Debenhams, Arcadia, Homebase, Outdoor Concepts to name a few. So what do you need to do when the CVA proposal hits?

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27 Jun 2019

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Charges imputables au locataire : sans mention expresse, point de refacturation !

Chacun aura constaté que le bail commercial est un contrat qui devient de plus en plus long. D’une quinzaine de pages il y a 20 ans, le bail en comporte aujourd’hui ré..

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03 Apr 2019

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Non-resident capital gains tax: the new regime

The UK has introduced new rules which radically change the tax landscape for nonresidents investing in UK property.

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01 Apr 2019

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What did we agree to?!

In the real world, commercial agreements take many forms. Some deals are entered into after months of detailed negotiation and documentation. Others are entered into l..

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02 Jan 2019

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Tear it down!

You've found an ideal development site, and you kick off the acquisition process. As part of that process you discover that part of the land you're intending to buy is..

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03 Apr 2018

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MEEStery solved?

On 1 April 2018 the MEES Regulations kicked in, prohibiting lettings of sub-standard properties. But what if your tenant wants to do the required improvement works aft..

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15 Mar 2018

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#10ThingsSH you need to know about the draft NPPF reforms

Ten things you need to know about the draft NPPF consultation policies.

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08 Jan 2018

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A few wires and cables - what could go wrong?!

You own a high quality investment property. It's let on a number of leases that expire over the next five years. Once they've all expired, you intend to comprehensivel..

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05 Oct 2017

From Insights

Promise over a drink - did you mean it?

Legend has it that a lot of property deals are done over a drink. But what does that really mean? What do you need to have a binding contract and can you make a deal i..

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03 Jul 2017

From Insights

Concessions on the side – the risk with side letters

Side letters are common in practice. They're often used to agree 'personal' or 'one off' arrangements that are intended to be private and which may not bind successors..

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23 May 2017

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#10ThingsSH Undertaking robust EIA

We set out ten things that we think are crucial to undertaking a robust EIA and protecting ES from future legal challenges.

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16 May 2017

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#10ThingsSH Overcoming tricky highways issues

We set out 10 commonly encountered highways issues and how we can assist client teams to overcome, or better yet, avoid the issues arising altogether.

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05 May 2017

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#10ThingsSH you need to know about applications for planning permission and other consents

Stephenson Harwood's planning law team has prepared a short series of articles containing practical insights, based on our recent experience of advising on application..

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05 May 2017

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#10ThingsSH Common pitfalls with planning applications

This short article sets out ten of the most common problems that we come across with applications for planning permission.

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18 Apr 2017

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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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