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.


Ian Devereux Partner

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


Pierre-Nicolas Sanzey Partner

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


Jonathon Wilkes Partner

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

Latest news & insights

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From Insights

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03 Aug 2020

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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..


19 Jun 2020

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Further restrictions on pursuing rent arrears

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13 May 2020

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29 Apr 2020

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28 Apr 2020

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The Government has just announced that it will introduce restrictions on landlords pursuing commercial tenants for rent arrears. These are in addition to the restrict..


23 Apr 2020

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24 Mar 2020

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Moratorium on forfeiture

You may have seen in this morning’s press an important development that will impact on a landlord’s options for dealing with premises.


20 Mar 2020

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12 Mar 2020

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Given our experience of sustainability-linked finance and green loans, and in light of increased queries on the topic from a number of our lender clients, we thought i..


10 Mar 2020

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02 Jan 2020

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A new lease of life - Why a restrictive covenant in a lease may not be the end of the matter

You’re a property fund manager looking to unlock value from your portfolio. Amongst your assets you have an office block which you hold on a long lease. The block has ..


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..


12 Aug 2019

From Insights

Register of beneficial owners of overseas companies – what’s the latest?

At the moment, the new legislation to increase the transparency of overseas investment in the UK is intended to kick in in 2021, although the exact date for implementa..


01 Jul 2019

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

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