Real Estate

Our real estate team is focused on delivering sound commercial and legal advice, delivering cost effective solutions to our clients. We act for a wide range of funders, investors, developers and occupiers of real estate, from individuals to large corporates. In addition to commercial real estate advice we also assist our clients on property litigation, planning agreements and environmental issues as well as corporate advice in real estate transactions. Our experienced real estate team has expertise in development (both commercial and residential), real estate investment, real estate asset management, real estate secured lending and complex infrastructure projects.

Development

With significant experience in acting for both land owners and developers, we can advise on the commercial structuring of acquisitions and disposals including the intricacies of the planning system and the requirements of funders. Our client base includes both commercial and residential developers, all of whom are active in the market.

Investment

Our investment practice advises on UK wide real estate investment opportunities including hotels and leisure, office space, retail and commercial. We provide clients with strategic commercial advice within the context of each deal.

Asset Management

We advise a range of clients on general asset management issues including acquisitions, disposals and landlord and tenant issues. With the support of our property litigation team we provide timely proactive advice that best protects our clients’ interests.

Secured Lending

We have extensive experience of real state secured lending both for investment and development purposes. We act for both borrowers and lenders and know how best to structure deals in a way that achieves the aims of both parties.

Infrastructure

We act for developers and investors in a variety of infrastructure projects including renewable energy, housing and hotels/leisure providing land assembly support, dealing with environmental issues, including consenting, and strategic planning advice.

Environment

We can guide you through the myriad of environmental legislation to ensure compliance and best practice. We advise on environmental liabilities and risks for both real estate and corporate transactions and strategies to minimise these risks and have expertise in advising on regulatory matters for our clients. Areas we advise upon include:

  • Regeneration and brownfield development. We cover all aspects of the contaminated land regime and in particular the contractual apportionment of liability, common law liability matters and environmental damage liability to clean up land as well as remediation strategies as part of the planning process
  • Environmental liabilities and risks. We advise on the operation, acquisition or financing of portfolios and in particular the development and regeneration of brownfield land
  • Environmental consenting. We advise on the regulatory requirements for projects (including in particular energy from waste projects)
  • Waste management. We advise on all aspects including the definition of waste, duty of care, and end of waste matters
  • Renewable energy projects. We regularly advise on e.g. solar, EfW, biomass/CHP projects, the "green" incentives available such as FITs, ROCs, CfDs and the RHI, and the real estate, planning and environmental issues for such energy projects
  • Climate change policies and sustainability. Our understanding of policy in this area both at the UK and internationally enables us to advise clients how to approach these requirements in development proposals including drafting in planning permissions
  • Carbon emission/energy efficiency legislation. We advise clients on compliance in this growing area, e.g. the EU ETS scheme, the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme, minimum energy efficiency standards for buildings, and ESOS
  • Health and safety. We can advise on health and safety policy requirements, including compliance with asbestos regulations