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.
RE: Occupy - Real Estate FAQs for Tenants during Covid-1924 November 2020
The impact of Covid-19 is constantly changing for the real estate sector: from construction sites and developments being shut down; to new approaches for planning inquiries and a mutable landscape for lease negotiations. Nothing is set in stone. Therefore, we have pulled together a selection of the questions we are being asked by clients and will be updating this regularly.
FAQS on Covid-19 planning reforms23 November 2020
The Government believes the planning system is ‘broken’ and in June the Prime Minister promised the most radical shake up of planning since WWII in order to get Britain building again. There followed a series of legislative changes over the summer to both Permitted Development Rights and to the Use Classes. The Government wants to introduce further reforms as set out within the white paper Planning for the Future and the consultation paper on Changes to the Current Planning System.
It takes two to make a thing go right...! The two-part possession hearing09 November 2020
On 27 March 2020, all possession claims and evictions (save for a few exemptions) were stayed as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. Fast forward to 20 September 2020, and the stay has been lifted, but there are new arrangements released by the Master of the Rolls “The Overall Arrangements” which deal with how the Court intends to return to hearing possession claims and the challenges it faces. Most important to note is the introduction of a “Review Hearing”.
Lewis Silkin wins Real Estate Team of the Year Award 202006 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.
Supreme Court housing case could increase scope for positive action in employment20 October 2020
Social housing places can be reserved exclusively for Orthodox Jews, according to the Supreme Court in a case which may have longer-term implications for employers considering taking positive action as part of their diversity initiatives.
Lewis Silkin shortlisted for Real Estate Team of the Year Award 202029 September 2020
Lewis Silkin has been shortlisted for the Real Estate Team of the Year award at The Lawyer Awards 2020 for their work on Earl’s Court Regeneration.
RE: Occupy Survey30 July 2020
Many businesses have made adjustments to allow a steady return of staff to office premises. As Boris encourages people back into the office, and it becomes increasingly clear that things will not return to ‘normal’ for some time, thoughts are turning to the medium to long term vision. We conducted a survey for business decision makers to investigate their plans for their offices, providing some clear trends which we hope will benefit you as we look to a ‘new normal’.