Recent financial conditions have opened up opportunities for investors in prime properties with increasingly attractive yields. Commercial and timely legal advice is increasingly important in ensuring that those opportunities are capitalised on and developed going forward.

We offer comprehensive commercial advice on all aspects of real estate investment, particularly on the acquisition, disposal and letting of all types of investment property, including office buildings, industrial estates, shopping centres and warehouses, and on portfolio sales and purchases.

We can work with you to enhance the value of a portfolio with innovative schemes, collective property investments and estate management. And we cover all aspects of commercial landlord and tenant, property management, covenants, easements and rights of light and property insolvency issues as well as tax effective structures and sales and leasebacks.

We acquire freehold and leasehold premises for occupation by clients and have handled some of the market’s largest and most high-profile investment deals, acting for major investors, pension funds, property companies, charities and occupiers. We have acted on portfolios of all sizes, from offices to shopping centres and industrial warehouses, and have established a lead position in advising European investors on property and property strategies.

We work closely with our tax and financial practices, advising on advantageous tax structures for the acquisition of property and indirect investments.

 Notable deals / highlights

  • Provided ongoing advice to a major pension fund on a portfolio of some 70 investment properties, advising them on the acquisitions, disposals, lease restructuring and management of various substantial investment properties, including shopping centres, offices, industrial estates and retail warehouses.

  • Advised on the purchase of portfolios comprising office and call centre properties and development sites currently let to various telecoms companies.

  • Provided ongoing advice to a major investment bank on management work across its industrial, retail, office and venture funds, and acted on recent substantial sales.

  • Advised on the sale on long leases of a number of major investment properties in enterprise zones for private investors, and associated restructurings of occupational leases.

  • Advised on an acquisition of a half-share in a trophy residential and retail and leisure development on the south coast with an end development value of £400m.

  • Advised on the acquisition of four hotels with a combined purchase value of £75m.

  • Advised on the purchase of a number of substantial shopping centres.

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