Our real estate solicitors offer an experienced pair of hands providing you with an end-to-end service in the dynamic and challenging world of real estate.

Our real estate team comprises over 30 highly experienced individuals encompassing all aspects of real estate law who will work alongside you to achieve your key objectives and ensure your transaction proceeds smoothly. Our team ranges in level of seniority meaning we can easily cater to your needs. All of our matters are closely supervised at partner-level so whilst we can provide value for money through full utilisation of our team, we also provide high quality level of service.

We have leading lawyers in the fields of residential and commercial development, real estate finance, real estate investment, real estate occupiers, affordable housing, construction, planning and public procurement. Additionally we have specialist expertise and knowledge in key sectors including Housing, Agriculture, Science Parks and Charities. However what differentiates us from the rest of the crowd is the consolidated approach of a full service team on your side.

We recognise each real estate project is different and we treat each of them with the equal importance they deserve, no matter the scale or size of the transaction or client. Whether you are assembling a site for development or selling the same to a house builder, enhancing the value of land through promotion and/or planning, securing funding, investing in real estate either through a single investment or when increasing the size of an existing property portfolio or you are a corporate, retail or public sector landlord or tenant entering into a new leasehold transaction, our collaborative and proactive approach will help you to achieve your goals.

Our clients tell us that they like the way that we do real estate business. We invest time getting to know what they are trying to achieve from the transaction and their real estate assets. We combine our legal expertise with significant commercial acumen, to translate real estate objectives into reality, whatever the scale, size, scope or complexity of the transaction.

We have set out below further details of our expertise and the particular services which we offer. Each time we receive an enquiry we are happy to have an initial discussion about the scope and complexity of the transaction and give you a steer on what might be required and who is best placed to deal with the various aspects of the instruction.

To talk through your potential real estate project with one of our solicitors please contact us.

Commercial development

Our commercial development team specialises in acting for developers through all stages of the development process. That is to say, from purchasing land conditionally, pre-lettings to occupiers, construction of offices, warehouses, retail and mixed use schemes, to forward funding and selling the finished investment.

Every aspect of each deal is handled with a view to maximising value and minimising developer risk and we pride ourselves on offering a genuinely senior lead service where the lawyers you want are by your side throughout the deal at every step.

Some of the types of matters which we can advise and assist you with are:

  • Confidentiality agreements
  • Site acquisition and strategic site assembly
  • Conditional contracts
  • Option Agreements
  • Agreements for lease with development obligations
  • Forward funding agreements
  • Joint ventures and collaboration agreements
  • Development agreements
  • Development finance facilities
  • Development management agreements

Residential development

We act for landowners, private sector developers, promoters and affordable housing providers on all aspects of the development process from land assembly and acquisition through to site set up and plot sales.

Our team of specialist residential development lawyers have a proven track record of consistently delivering a pragmatic, efficient and successful service to our clients. By regularly acting for landowners, housebuilders ranging from single plots to large residential developments and planning promoters we are ideally placed to offer a wide range of expertise, technical skills and extensive experience in all types of residential development and strategic land agreements.

Some of the types of agreements and arrangements which we can assist with are:-

  • Site acquisition and strategic site assembly
  • Lock-out/exclusivity agreements
  • Conditional and unconditional contracts for the sale of freehold land
  • Option agreements
  • Planning promotion and marketing and sales agreements
  • Overage and clawback arrangements
  • Joint ventures and collaboration agreements
  • Site set up including the production of model plot sale documentation (including restricted and shared ownership leases)
  • Implementation of estate management solutions including the formation of management companies and freehold reversion transfers
  • Quick and efficient plot sales

Find out more about our residential development expertise here.

Real estate finance

We advise lenders and borrowers on all aspects of real estate finance, on all different types of commercial property.  By acting for both lenders and borrowers we are ideally placed to advise borrowers on what is needed to prepare a property for borrowing, to meet the sometimes seemingly endless list of lender requirements.  When acting for lenders, we are able to distinguish between matters that will prevent completion and those where a commercial solution such as indemnity insurance or a post completion loan condition can be put in place.

Some of the types of matters which we can advise and assist you with are:

  • funding due diligence reports in lenders’ required standard or bespoke forms for both freehold and leasehold either owner occupied or investment
  • lending to pension funds, to both SIPPs and SSASs
  • certificates of title, including City of London Law Society form certificates
  • property development finance 
  • portfolio funding

Find out more about our real estate finance team here.

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Real estate investment

We regularly act for investors (ranging from funds, through property companies and high net worth individuals to one off investors) on the purchase, funding and disposal of commercial investment property. Our property investment team work not only for you but alongside you in order to understand your needs, goals and expectations.

Our core objective is to make your property investment as smooth and as straightforward as possible. As a full service firm, we have access to a wider team with supporting specialisms so that we can assist with any matter which may arise during a transaction (such as construction, planning, tax and employment).

All of our transactions are carried out or closely supervised at partner level, but we have a full property investment team ranging in levels of seniority. In this way we can maintain high levels of service whilst also providing value for money.

Find out about the real estate investment work we undertake here.

Real estate occupiers

We work for a wide range of property occupiers who are looking for straightforward legal advice in respect of the buildings which they occupy. We advise on a range of matters including:

  • granting and taking of leases
  • store acquisitions and sales
  • asset and property portfolio management
  • title due diligence
  • sale and leasebacks
  • applications for landlords' consent
  • lease renewals
  • dilapidations

Find out more about how we work with real estate occupiers here.

Planning & environment

We advise a range of private organisations, developers, landowners and investors on all aspects of planning law from various impact assessments of sites through to enforcement proceedings.  We also advise local authorities and other public bodies on the promotion of regeneration and infrastructure schemes. 

Our planning lawyers advise on the whole planning process with which clients are faced when dealing with the world of planning and its myriad vagaries. In particular our team can assist you with:

  • Planning strategy
  • Planning agreements
  • Highways and infrastructure agreements
  • Planning appeals
  • Judicial review and statutory challenges
  • Local Plans
  • Community Infrastructure Levy
  • Planning enforcements
  • Listed buildings and heritage issues
  • Compulsory Purchase Orders
  • Environmental Impact Assessments

Find out more about our planning expertise here.

Science parks

Our science park team cover all aspects of commercial law, and our dedicated team work with science parks and their tenant’s to find legal and commercially viable solutions to any issues that arise. We are active participants in the UK Science Parks Association and members of the team have been advising science and research parks for over thirty years.

 Our team has experience in dealing with science and research parks that may be university or research facility led or run by a private developer/owner or a joint venture. We have established new science parks and helped develop existing ones.

We deal with both the science parks directly (either the owner or the landlord) as well as providing a range of services for science park tenants. As a sector team we meet regularly to review trends and issues relevant to our science and research park clients and their tenant’s.

Our experience with science parks, in general, is that they create an environment that facilitates the support and growth of the tenant businesses. However, science parks are still a commercial entity, particularly as we are seeing a wider range of investors and owners into the sector. As such, we have established a range of expertise within our team that aim to facilitate this environment while ensure the science park will remain commercially viable.

Find out more about the work that we complete for science parks here.

Strong regional practice with an impressive list of blue-chip clients. Particularly noted for its retail expertise, while offering experience handling other commercial and residential development matters. Also recognised for its strengths in strategic land development. One source comments: "I am very happy with the service that I have received from the firm - they always demonstrate a commercial awareness."

Chambers UK 2018

Charity retailers

Given our location - we are based out-of-town/ City - we are able to provide charity retailers with cost competitive legal fees often on a fixed fee basis. 

We recognise that charity retailers do not want to spend money on solicitors' fees but they need to protect their organisation by doing things in the right way. 

Our approach is to provide charity retailers with straightforward, commercial advice which helps them to focus on their core objective of raising funds whilst staying on the right side of the law.