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Real Estate Development

Our development lawyers bring together the full range of our real estate experience and knowledge, working closely with our client to help plan and deliver the project.

We work with public and private sector clients – some familiar with the development process, some not - on regeneration schemes, mixed use developments and one off projects, from cradle to grave. We advise on aspects such as:

  • agreements with investors, purchasers and tenants
  • avoiding and resolving disputes
  • construction issues, from demolition and construction through to dealing with defects
  • funding, both debt and equity
  • identifying procedural requirements and traps
  • interim revenue-producing arrangements pending start on site
  • issues that might affect development, including cost or timing, such as rights of light, sewers, restrictive covenants
  • management of the property following construction
  • obtaining vacant possession
  • planning issues and the negotiation of planning and highway agreements
  • public procurement
  • site assembly and any overage arrangements on acquisition
  • tax implications and efficient ownership structures/joint ventures


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Real Estate construction

The implications of proposed powers for councils to block slow developers: Sara Hanrahan comments for Planning Resource

11 May 2023

A legislative tweak allowing councils to refuse applications anywhere in their area from applicants deemed slow to build out a site will be challenging to implement, may unfairly penalise smaller developers and could deter brownfield redevelopment, commentators fear.

Lewis Silkin oversees construction contracts and construction aspects of major new UK film studio

18 July 2022

Shinfield Studios development set to bring Hollywood to the Thames Valley.

skyline of the financial district in central London

Not so intangible: IP rights and real estate. Clare Reddy, Stephanie Kay and Michael Szlesinger write for EG

01 June 2022

From trophy buildings that dominate the skyline to uniquely designed work and living spaces, distinctiveness is a significant driver of real estate value. Key to developers’ ability to leverage and protect that value are intellectual property rights.

Location, context and place-shaping challenge - The Great Office Occupier & Developer Debate

24 May 2022

Office premises come in a wide variety of forms from new, smart buildings to older traditional and historic stock. One thing that is common to both is the need for context and location – a sense of physical place.


08 July 2021

Adjudication is a mandatory procedure for determining disputes, and was introduced in the construction industry by the Housing Grants, Construction & Regeneration Act 1996 (the “Construction Act”).


The Great Occupier/Developer Office Debate: Matching Supply and Demand

28 April 2021

The past 12 months have changed the landscape of the commercial property market in the UK and beyond.

Social distance office

The catalyst of Covid-19 must bring a positive change to our offices: Clare Reddy writes for Property Week

01 April 2021

Covid-19 has been, and continues to be, a catalyst for change. At some point, life will settle into a new rhythm, which will come with its own challenges. As we grapple with hybrid ways of working, the pandemic has shown that our experiences have not been equal and has emphasised the increased importance of wellbeing.

Real Estate Building

Lewis Silkin wins Real Estate Team of the Year Award 2020

06 November 2020

Lewis Silkin has won the accolade of Real Estate Team of the Year award at The Lawyer Awards 2020 for their work on Earl’s Court Regeneration.

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