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.

"good, sensible, practical advice and value for money"
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018

Prominent developer, Gravesend town centre regeneration project

We advised a prominent developer arranger, intermediary, developer and asset manager of a town centre regeneration project in Gravesend. The project involves the regeneration of St George’s Shopping Centre and the Eastern and Western Quarters in Gravesend. The site has been subject to controversy as the previous owner / developer of the site did not utilise its planning permission to develop it.

Prominent developer, purchase of freehold and long-leasehold interests

We advised the developer on the purchase of the freehold and long-leasehold interests in Queensway and The Forum, Stevenage, from Glasgow City Council, Marks and Spencer and Homes England.  We also advised the developer on the sub-sale of part of this land to a pension fund and the subsequent placing of an income strip between the local authority, the pension fund and the developer.

easyHotel, three acquisitions of sites for the purpose of redevelopments as hotels

We advised easyHotels on the acquisition of sites in Milton Keynes, Cardiff and Blackpool for the purpose of redevelopments as hotels. Each of these deals was conditional on planning and development considerations.

Firethorn Trust, purchase of serviced office building in Canary Wharf

We advised Firethorn Trust on the £30 million purchase of a serviced office building in Canary Wharf.  We advised on all due diligence of the sale. In tandem with the purchase transaction, we negotiated a pre-let hotel agreement for lease in respect of part of the site, which is to be substantially redeveloped to cater for a hotel and office/residential use.

Conegate, restructuring of the business

We advised Conegate, an investor and developer in real estate, on the restructuring of its business in order to separate its investment assets from its development assets. Conegate's real estate assets are likely to be in excess of £500 million, to give context on size.  The reorganisation completed in January 2018.

Redevelopment of 7-11 Cavendish Place

We advised the developer of the redevelopment of 7-11 Cavendish Place, Marylebone. The developer had planning permission granted to demolish the existing building on this site and construct a new 7 storey building (plus basement) which will be a mix of residential and retail.

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Jonathon Wilkes Partner and head of real estate

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Latest news & insights

18 Jun 2021

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The rent arrears rollercoaster continues: extended restrictions and new obligations – what can landlords do now?

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28 May 2021

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National Security and Investment Act 2021 – the impact on loans and finance transactions

We are pleased to share with you our briefing on how the NSIA (which received Royal Assent on 29 April 2021 and is likely to come into full effect later this year) may..

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22 Apr 2021

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Landlord-friendly decision in a rent arrears case during the Covid pandemic

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26 Mar 2021

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16 Mar 2021

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Stephenson Harwood advises Unitas on US$124.5 million real estate deal

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02 Mar 2021

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Break clauses – the importance of giving vacant possession… and what we can learn from Goldilocks

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05 Feb 2021

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Real estate structures 2020-2021

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01 Feb 2021

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Janice Yau Garton Joins Stephenson Harwood as partner

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18 Jan 2021

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Stephenson Harwood advises Primonial REIM on real estate acquisition

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09 Dec 2020

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Moratorium on forfeiture for non-payment of rent and winding-up petitions extended until 31 March 2021

The Government has today announced that it will extend, yet again, until 31 March 2021 the moratoria on: forfeiture on grounds of non-payment of rent or other sums due..

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07 Dec 2020

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Important – Imminent deadline for serving s.17 notices

There is a deadline fast approaching for the service of a notice to retain your right to claim June quarter arrears from a former tenant or former guarantor.

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02 Nov 2020

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Unfair restraint?

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28 Oct 2020

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Stephenson Harwood advises Schroder UK Real Estate Fund on Arrival UK headquarters expansion deal

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised Schroder UK Real Estate Fund (SREF), in its role as landlord, on a deal with Arrival to increase its office letting at SREF..

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18 Sep 2020

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Stephenson Harwood advises SREF on £45 million deal

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised Schroder UK Real Estate Fund (SREF) on a £45 million purchase and forward funding agreement for One Cambridge Square, a dev..

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06 Aug 2020

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Green shoots: the rise of the green finance revolution

Despite stiff competition from Brexit and Covid-19, climate change remains a topic never far away from the news headlines.

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03 Aug 2020

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2020 RICS code for leasing business premises – why you can’t ignore it

As you may know, the new RICS Code for leasing business premises comes into effect on 1 September. The aim of the Code is to improve the quality and fairness of lease..

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