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.
FAQS on Covid-19 planning reforms14 August 2020
Just before the pandemic outbreak, the Government issued the trailer ‘Planning for the Future’ announcing various proposed reforms to the planning system. This was to be followed by a White Paper in the spring but following lock-down the Paper was postponed. Instead, the Government concentrated on emergency measures to alleviate the crisis. As lock down eased, Boris Johnson launched ‘Project Speed’ aimed at getting Britain building again including a radical reform of the planning system. This has resulted in a flurry of legislation with more to come.
RE: Occupy Survey30 July 2020
Many businesses have made adjustments to allow a steady return of staff to office premises. As Boris encourages people back into the office, and it becomes increasingly clear that things will not return to ‘normal’ for some time, thoughts are turning to the medium to long term vision. We conducted a survey for business decision makers to investigate their plans for their offices, providing some clear trends which we hope will benefit you as we look to a ‘new normal’
A change in the high street - the hub and spoke approach?23 June 2020
One of the upsides of lockdown has been the wealth of information available through webinars, when experts in their relevant fields, who are usually too busy to disseminate their expansive knowledge, are able to share their views.
Government imposes moratorium on statutory demands and winding up petitions22 June 2020
The government has announced that it will temporarily ban commercial property landlords from issuing statutory demands and winding-up petitions against tenant companies unable to pay amounts owed under their lease due to coronavirus.
RE: Occupy - Real Estate FAQs for Tenants during Covid-1922 June 2020
The impact of Covid-19 is constantly changing for the real estate sector: from construction sites and developments being shut down, to new approaches for planning inquiries and a mutable landscape for lease negotiations. Nothing is set in stone. Therefore, we have pulled together a selection of the questions we are being asked by clients and will be updating this regularly.
Coronavirus Act 2020 and forfeiture of leases22 June 2020
The government is racing to try to protect tenants’ interests, with the Coronavirus Act 2020 coming into force on 26 March.
COVID-19 advice for corporate occupiers22 June 2020
Commercial tenants – whether occupying offices, retail premises, industrial units or other property - face potentially existential questions arising out of their landlord and tenant relations, how to manage cashflow and outgoings as revenues dry up, premises shut down and uncertainty reigns.