Real estate is about making property work for you, whether it is your core business, or ancillary to it.
That may mean securing the right sites for a retail or leisure brand roll-out, expanding or refitting office space at just the right time to increase business capacity, getting the right structure in place for a mixed use public/private development, or building an investment portfolio. All of these require commercially oriented and pragmatic legal expertise delivered in a straightforward, accessible way.
Our real estate group combines real depth of knowledge with breadth of scope and capability. We have a particular focus on corporate occupiers, development and regeneration, investment, and property finance, with our work ranging from transactional support to providing specialist advice covering planning, construction, dispute resolution and tax.We advise lenders and investors; private developers, major corporates and public bodies; as well as both landlords and tenants, giving us a wide-ranging perspective. Regardless of their business type or sector, our clients come back to us time and again, demonstrating the trust they place in us to help them to address their property-related challenges.
Come and meet our team at MIPIM 2018!13 March 2018
Clare Reddy and Anthony Van Hoffen will be in Cannes from Tuesday 13 March until Thursday 15 March and look forward to seeing those of you attending there! If you or one of your colleagues would like to arrange a meeting, please do get in touch.
Lewis Silkin announces Anthony Van Hoffen as real estate partner12 February 2018
LONDON – Top 100 UK law firm Lewis Silkin LLP today announces the appointment of Anthony Van Hoffen as a partner in the firm’s Real Estate legal practice group.
From the pub to the court room19 December 2017
It is not uncommon for commercial deals to be agreed with a handshake in an informal setting (often a bar, restaurant or other social venue). If agreed, parties usually then move the matter on to their lawyers to document the terms. But what if terms are never documented? How much reliance can be placed on commercial terms that are agreed orally?
Aman Sahota-Dhatt writes for Essential Retail: Smart cities – the benefits for eCommerce operators in the retail industry?09 November 2017
Aman Sahota-Dhatt has written a piece for Essentail Retail on how smart cities may impact the future of retail.
Intention not motive is key to landlords’ redevelopment rights02 November 2017
The Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 is perhaps the most important legislation governing commercial leases and confers protection on business tenants known as ‘security of tenure’. That security can, however, be overridden by landlords in certain circumstances, which are set out in section 30(1) of the 1954 Act. The most common ground of opposition is known as ‘ground (f)’ and arises where the landlord intends to redevelop the premises leased to the tenant.
Unsafe property causes death, but still no claim allowed02 November 2017
A man visits a friend at his flat, falls down the stairs of the building (which are unsafe) and is killed. You would expect his widow would be able to sue the owner of the building in respect of her loss wouldn’t you?
New Welsh Land Transaction Tax02 November 2017
From April 2018, Wales will have a new tax known as Land Transaction Tax (LTT), its own version of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT). LTT mirrors much of the SDLT regime and many of the SDLT rules have been incorporated into the Land Transaction Tax and Anti-avoidance of Devolved Taxes (Wales) Act 2017 (businesses and tax practitioners have emphasised the need for consistency between SDLT and LTT), but there are differences which the Welsh Government say make the tax simpler and fairer, and improve its efficiency and effectiveness.