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Build to Rent: Accessing the trend

How will new rules governing the private rental sector will affect the development of BTR.


The real estate sector has undergone phenomenal change in recent years, but one thing has remained a constant: clients want lawyers who can give them commercial advice on maximising value and minimising risk. Whether you are acquiring, managing, developing, exploiting, occupying, investing in or disposing of property, our team of market-leading real estate specialists can help.

We advise on every stage of the life cycle of your property, with areas of expertise including construction, development, energy and infrastructure, hotel and leisure, investment, landlord and tenant matters, planning, environment and compulsory purchase, property litigation, real estate finance and real estate tax.

We offer bespoke real estate specialist services tailored both to the sector in which you operate and to your particular property needs. With specialist sector knowledge across the hotels and leisure, retail, energy and natural resources, financial institutions, media and entertainment, sport, technology and communications, transport, public sector and healthcare sectors, we understand the market in which you operate and what you want to achieve. We work closely with our inward investment practice helping new entrants into the UK and Europe with temporary and then permanent offices and HQs as they grow.

We take a team approach with each of our clients, adding real value by maximising the potential of your property and minimising any potential exposure. That requires a highly commercial and proactive way of working for every job - we know that one size does not fit all.

We have the skills, the market knowledge and the approach to help you achieve your aims. That is what makes us different.

We have been ranked in Legal 500 UK 2014 for Commercial Property and our team was noted for its ‘excellent sector knowledge' and ‘great access to partners'.

Notable deals / highlights

  • Advised BP on the property, planning and environmental aspects of its disposal of its interests in Wytch Farm Oilfield (the largest on-shore oilfield in Western Europe) and its associated facilities.

  • Advised City of London Corporation, a municipal landlord client, in relation to 51 lease renewals at the high-profile Smithfield Market, including all of the market stalls and many of the offices in the market.

  • Advised the Department of Business Innovation and Skills on a rent review of the tenant client’s headquarters premises on Victoria Street, Westminster, one of the most significant rent reviews at the time in central London.

  • Advised Bristol Community Health CIC, Peninsular Community Health CIC (Cornwall) and other health social enterprise spin-outs on liabilities around the acquisition of property portfolios, along with needs and issues around property requirements connected to the transfer of responsibility for the provision of various health care services.

  • Acted for Southwark Council on the redevelopment of the Potters Field site immediately adjacent to Tower Bridge, which was the last significant undeveloped riverside site in heart of London.

  • Advised Manhattan Loft on all aspects of the mixed-use development of the Grade I listed, former Midland Hotel at London St Pancras station, now comprising 67 luxury apartments and a 244 bed five-star hotel, forming the centrepiece of the Eurostar Terminal at St Pancras.

  • Advised Bank of Ireland on the multi-phase loan facilities provided for the development of the award-winning St George’s Retreat Retirement Village, now a thriving community of over 200 residents.

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