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.
You can view our latest 2 blog posts below and our full blog here.
The HQ move FAQ – Tom Merrick comments for Estates Gazette22 February 2024
The use of office space has changed dramatically. Economic and political pressures have forced many businesses to re-evaluate their strategies and adapt to hybrid working models.
Are Smart Buildings becoming trendy?19 January 2024
Before we dive into the trends surrounding Smart Buildings, we should take a step back and look at what the Smart Building market is doing, and it’s safe to say it’s growing. In fact, it’s predicted that the market for Smart Buildings is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 26.5% from 2023 to 2030. That’s an impressive rate – as a comparison - Netflix had a compound quarterly growth rate (CQGR) of 27.5% between 2016 and 2021.
Thinking ahead - Tenant considerations when finding new premises11 January 2024
For a corporate occupier, committing to a multi-year lease with a substantial rent as well as added service charge liability is a significant financial commitment.
Green Building Certifications03 January 2024
In the current climate, “green” buildings are taking the market by storm. Why? Corporate occupiers are seeking light, airy, green, flexible working spaces to retain, and attract, employees. ESG goals are at the top of most businesses’ agendas and where better than the office to showcase the “E” in ESG.
Exiting Office Leases: On the Move12 December 2023
In an article for PLC Magazine, Rachel Francis-Lang, Tom Merrick, Patrick Brown and Kate Davies discuss the key considerations for a business that wishes to exit its leased office space.
Who’s Who? - ‘Principal Accountable Person’ under Section 73 of the Building Safety Act 202224 November 2023
Lewis Silkin recently advised on a dispute between an intermediate landlord (IL) and their management company (MC) over who the Principal Accountable Person (PAP) was under Section 73 of the Building Safety Act 2022 (BSA). By no means an easy task…
What the appointment of a previous incumbent as housing minister means for planning: Sara Hanrahan comments for Planning Resource24 November 2023
The reappointment of a former Westminster City Council planning committee member as housing minister should herald broad continuity with the approach of his predecessor, say observers. But Lee Rowley will have his work cut out overseeing secondary legislation to implement the measures in the recently passed Levelling Up and Regeneration Act.