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.
Payment issues for Construction Professional Practices21 May 2019
Can I claim additional fees if the construction costs increase? What if the project takes a lot longer than I thought? My fees are overdue – can I suspend my services?
Lewis Silkin shortlisted for Real Estate Team of the Year award 201908 May 2019
Lewis Silkin has been shortlisted for the Real Estate Team of the Year award at The Lawyer Awards 2019.
Secure future: Good news for tenants in relation to their retail premises29 April 2019
Whilst recent years has seen a trend for retailers to shift from a store-based past to a digital future, for many retailers having a high street presence remains an important part of their brand. Indeed for some retailers, (particularly high end fashion labels) it is critical for their flagship store to be seen to be in a prime location to contribute to the luxury image associated with their brand and they will often pay substantial premiums to ensure they secure a lease of a prime site. Further significant sums will subsequently be spent on the shop fit-out.
The impact of protestors on retailers and how to deal with them12 April 2019
Everyone has the right to hold opinions and impart information and ideas including by peaceful assembly and association with others. These are ‘human rights’ which we all enjoy and which protect the right to protest and which may not be interfered with by a public authority. However, whilst the right to protest is enshrined in law, any protest must be lawful and balanced with the rights of others, including those at whom the protest is directed.
Harry Potter, Fracking, eco-warriors and ‘mob rule’ or freedom of expression – the Court of Appeal decides in the Ineos injunction case04 April 2019
Where is the dividing line between mob rule and lawful freedom of expression? This is one of the leading questions of the day. Should students be permitted to invite politicians with extreme views onto campus? Should a celebrated Oxford law professor be sacked for alleged homophobia? What about Brexit? Should protestors be arrested for confronting our MPs and expressing their views? And companies carrying out their lawful business – should they be allowed to do so without interference from protestors?
Sports Q&A - What are the key terms to be aware of when preparing and negotiating Heads of Terms in lease transactions?01 April 2019
Here we look at some of the key things to be aware of with regards to heads of terms (HoTs) in commercial lease transactions, such as taking new office space or granting a lease of space in a stadium, and why HOTs are so important.
New RICS Service Charge Statement13 March 2019
The RICS Professional Statement, Service charges in commercial property 1st edition, which supersedes the previous three Codes of Practice, was published in September 2018 and is effective for all service charge periods commencing from 1 April 2019. The new Statement has been endorsed by property organisations representing those from across the property industry and applies to the whole of the UK (although highlighted within the Statement are circumstances where different conditions may apply to Scotland and Northern Ireland).