Real estate

Pragmatic, commercially focused legal advice makes a powerful difference when you’re making major property decisions. Our skilled team of real estate lawyers handles all commercial property projects from the more complex developments, investments and financings to routine asset management tasks.

Our extensive knowledge of the UK property market means we provide valuable advice to clients on legal and commercial changes impact their real estate decisions, helping them navigate challenges and maximize performance.
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Stephenson Harwood's real estate team undertakes high quality, complex, big-ticket work, using a variety of structures. Our clients get legal advice that is based on a profound understanding of their business, and support in navigating the challenges of the property market. We advise clients across the real estate industry including major property companies, institutional investors, banks and financial institutions, hotel groups, private clients, family offices, and occupiers.

Whether it’s a major investment acquisition or disposal, or a routine landlord and tenant matter, clients have a highly knowledgeable and committed team on your side. We provide support to our clients throughout the full life cycle of their assets, including:

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

Our clients benefit from the specialist knowledge of our real estate sector teams including construction, projects, planning and environment, real estate finance, real estate funds, corporate, tax and litigation.

"Focused team who look to understand our detailed needs and requirements"
The Legal 500 UK 2022

Schroder UK Real Estate Fund

Advising on a £45 million purchase and forward funding agreement for One Cambridge Square, a development site in Cambridge.

Advising our client in its role on securing a major pre-let agreement with the Government Property Agency on a 25-year lease at Two Ruskin Square, London.

Advising on the sale to Unite Students of a 36-storey building in Stratford for £73 million which is to be converted into a 716-bed purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) development.

Reef Group

Advising on the development of a town centre regeneration project, focussing around a major residential-led development incorporating residential and commercial elements with up to 242 apartments for build-to-rent purposes over 3 blocks from 3 to 10 storeys, street works, car park and associated infrastructure. 

Rynda

Advising on its acquisition of five care homes from Hamberley Group for over £100 million.

The Hill Group

Advising this leading privately-owned housebuilder on its £220 million Sustainability - Linked Loan. This was the first ever Sustainability-Linked Loan in the housebuilding sector.

Bentall GreenOak

Advising funds of Bentall GreenOak (advised by Mission Street) in relation to the programmatic acquisition of properties to be developed as science and innovation/R&D hubs in major university towns (Cambridge, Oxford, and Bristol, to date).

Aver Property

Advising on the acquisition, development, letting/pre-letting and disposal of a portfolio of logistics sites. To date, we have advised on 9 sites.

M&G Real Estate

Advising M&G Real Estate on its acquisition of nine multi-let industrial assets from Patrizia for £165 million.

Immobel Capital Partners

Advising on the establishment of its first Green Office Impact Fund, its joint venture with Munroe K and on the acquisition of the fund's first UK 'office park' real estate asset, valued at £110 million.

Savills

Sale of a leasehold interest in Golden Square Shopping Centre, Warrington for £22.5 million, subject to 120 lettings on both rack and turnover rents.

Macquerie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Advising on the acquisition of 8 -10 old jewry- a multi let office and restaurant building in the heart of the city of London.

The Langham Estate

Advising on the management of this client’s mixed-use portfolio which comprises over 100 properties, many multi-let, situated in the West End of London, including the areas of Great Portland Street and Oxford Street.

Magnetar Capital, a US-headquartered hedge fund, and Northdale Asset Management, a real estate investment advisory and asset management firm

Advising on the acquisition of Corby Town Centre (circa 700,000 sq ft of mixed retail use space covering 25 acres), and One Stop Shopping Centre (spanning 380,000 sq ft of retail park/shopping centre),

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