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.

"They are accommodating, understand clients’ concerns and provide excellent and timely support."
Chambers UK 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 Investments, £141 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.

Lawyer

Ian Devereux Partner

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

Lawyer

Jonathon Wilkes Partner

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

Latest news & insights

31 Jul 2018

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Stephenson Harwood advises Grit Real Estate Income Group Limited on London IPO

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised Grit Real Estate Income Group Limited (Grit) on its London IPO

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02 Jul 2018

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Spare any change? Are clauses prohibiting oral changes to written agreements effective?

Spare any change? Are clauses prohibiting oral changes to written agreements effective?

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17 Apr 2018

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Catriona Berman joins Stephenson Harwood as partner

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has strengthened its real estate team with the addition of partner Catriona Berman, who joins the firm's London office.

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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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27 Mar 2018

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Register of beneficial owners of overseas companies – update

As we highlighted last year, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has consulted on the launch of a Beneficial Ownership Register to increase the t..

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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

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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

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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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18 May 2017

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Stephenson Harwood advises Pradera Ltd on French retail park acquisitions

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised Pradera Ltd on the purchase of three retail parks in France. The sites are part of a portfolio of 25 Ikea retail parks acro..

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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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03 Apr 2017

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Say what you really mean… the importance of clarity

In our day to day lives we often use language that can be interpreted in more than one way. We think that we're being clear, but ambiguity can lead to unexpected resul..

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