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.
LSInterchange - Agile working27 July 2017
LSInterchange is a networking programme for junior professionals in the Real Estate sector. Our latest LSInterchange event will include a short presentation on the topic of agile working.
Heat Network Regulations – Data Centres17 July 2017
The Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014 (the “Regulations”) were introduced as part of the continued drive for better energy efficiency (and reduced emissions) around the European Union.
Agile working – the legal alarm bells that should be ringing11 July 2017
The days of a stuffy office environment are gradually becoming a thing of the past. Over the years a move has been made away from cellular offices to the more popular open plan set up – however for many companies, especially those in creative industries, open plan offices are no longer enough. This is a key issue for tenants in office premises as they consider what to do with the space they are in.
JCT 2016 D&B Contract - insolvency and termination - Session 511 July 2017
Autumn 2016 saw the launch of the new edition of the popular JCT Design and Build contract. The changes go further than bringing the contract up to date and some minor tweaking. Doing what you have always done may land you in hot water. Our JCT Series has been overhauled to reflect the revised contracts and we look forward to discussing the current issues with you.
Real Estate update 201710 July 2017
Welcome to our July 2017 Real Estate Update, which brings you the latest news and most interesting developments affecting corporate occupiers, landlords, developers and investors across the industry. We’ve included some topical articles, updates on recent cases and some horizon gazing on the impact of upcoming legislation. We have also included some of our recent press coverage and new and updated client guides
Rates debate - Re-development or disrepair?07 July 2017
Business rates have been big news recently following the Government’s controversial revaluation which took effect from 1 April 2017. Against the backdrop of all this negativity, the Supreme Court decision of Newbigin (Valuation Officer) v S J & J Monk  at least provided some positive news for those carrying out developments or refurbishments of property.
Ignore Japanese knotweed at your peril!07 July 2017
Japanese knotweed is an invasive non-native species and is problematic because it can cause physical damage to land and buildings, particularly through spreading roots. During the summer months, it can grow up to 10 centimetres a day and roots can extend to a depth of three metres and up to seven metres laterally. The presence of knotweed can have a significant and detrimental effect on the marketability and insurability of property and may also adversely affect value.