Real estate development and investment

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.


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.

"Excellent team who provide sensible advice on transactions. They have a very can-do attitude and understand their clients’ needs and requirements. They are also very sensible around fees."

The Legal 500 UK 2021

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 nine 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.


Jonathon Wilkes Partner and head of real estate

T:  +44 20 7809 2522
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01 Mar 2016

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29 Jun 2015

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21 Oct 2014

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Stephenson Harwood advises on $2.5 billion development deal in Oman

International law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised on a large scale real estate and tourism development project in Oman.


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