Our experience in property investment

  • Advising educational institutions on finance arrangements including finance for the provision of new student accommodation through complex rental arrangements and securing bank loans for over £20 million to fund refurbishment and new building works.
  • Dealing with investment and asset management work on mixed portfolios, acting for leading industry names and major shopping centres.
  • Acting for the sellers of a half share in a regional shopping centre worth £500 million and acting for the sellers of a shopping centre worth £80 million.
  • Acting for a substantial property company in the establishment of a joint venture with a major housebuilder to acquire circa 300 homes – the purchase of the properties was financed by a loan from Santander of circa £25 million and an equity investment by the client company.
  • Acting for a number of leading property investment companies and pension funds in relation to their portfolio of shopping centres across the UK providing strategic asset management advice, leasing and licensing work and property litigation advice. We have also acted on the disposal of several large regional shopping centres over the years; those deals amount to c£600 million most recently being the part disposal of thecentre:mk for £250 million and the sale of Basildon shopping centre for £90 million.
  • Acting for a major pension fund in relation to its mixed-use portfolio across the UK, providing strategic asset management advice, leasing and licensing work and property litigation advice.
  • Acting for the investor of a major mixed-use development in Kent comprising 800,000 sq ft of office and business space alongside a major residential scheme.
  • With many of our real estate clients, not only do we provide real estate services but our commercial teams will deal with other aspects of the client’s business such as FM agreements, IT contracts, licensing, and employment and Competition Act queries.
  • Recently appointed by a major pension fund to deal with all the legal work relating to a residential development (‘build to let’) fund focusing on market rented housing in the UK.
  • We have acted on a number of large scale projects involving the sale, acquisition or re-financing of substantial mixed-use property portfolios. This has required us to allocate large numbers of property lawyers to a series of significant transactions, using bespoke technology to create deal rooms and due diligence reports that enable clients to complete large scale transactions within a matter of days.
  • Acting for major developers and their insurers in relation to adverse third party claims that could otherwise jeopardise their developments.
  • Acted for a UK insurer on its joint venture with a multinational property developer in a shopping centre in southeast England, held through a Jersey unit trust and limited partnership structure.
  • Acted for a UK pension provider on its participation in a city-centre residential portfolio structured through an LLP.
  • Acted for a UK pension fund on the purchase of a shopping centre in London through the acquisition of a Jersey unit trust.
  • Acted for an insurance company on its investment in pan-European commercial property funds, held through limited partnerships, unit trusts and other co-investment vehicles.