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Commercial real estate

Whether you are a landowner, developer, landlord or tenant, you need lawyers who not only understand the complexity of real estate law but who are immersed in the changing real estate landscape.

At Cripps, we have built a reputation as specialist lawyers to the real estate sector, providing legal advice to institutional investors, landowners and developers, private property companies, landed estates, local authorities and real estate lenders.

At every stage of the property lifecycle, from acquisition to sale, you can benefit from our deep knowledge of the sector and our specialist teams focused on asset management, planning, construction, development, leasehold enfranchisement and property disputes.

Our extensive industry network means we can make introductions, spot opportunities and take a proactive approach to achieving your ambitions.

Landed estates

Our landed estates team has advised some of the London estates for more than a century. These include The Cadogan Estate, The Portman Estate, The Crown Estate, The Eyre Estate, The John Lyon’s Charity Estate, The Ilchester Estate, The Sloane Stanley Estate, The Dulwich Estate and The Day Estate. We also have significant experience acting for rural estates, advising on agricultural matters and dealing with all aspects of landlord and tenant issues. We have built a formidable reputation for leasehold enfranchisement work, having fought many cases in the Court of Appeal, House of Lords and Supreme Court.

Find out more about our services for urban and rural landed estates.

Institutional property investment companies

We manage retail, office and mixed use portfolios for pension funds, private equity investors and REITs. Always with your best interests at heart, we advise on sales and disposals, development schemes and long-term property asset management and have recently been advising investors wishing to repurpose property for alternative uses as demand rises for residential and flexible office space.


We act for a number of high-end retail, hotel and leisure brands and businesses looking for office space, particularly those coming from overseas wishing to expand into the UK. We can advise you on leases, refurbishments, commercial contracts and employment matters. As we act for landlords and tenants, we understand matters from the landlord perspective and can help to identify potential issues before they arise.

Landowners and developers

From land acquisition, site assembly, set-up, planning and construction through to marketing and sales, we can help you to realise the value of your project. We advise some of the UK’s largest housebuilders, commercial developers and housing associations and understand how best to avoid the pitfalls in development while always protecting your best interests.

Local authorities

We are working with a number of local authorities on substantial regeneration schemes, including Slough Borough Council, Eastbourne Borough Council and Runnymede Borough Council, providing planning, construction and dispute resolution advice.

Meet the team

Our commercial real estate experience

Our client successes

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  • Navigating a successful outcome for a holiday park

    When a family-owned UK holiday park required expert advice to undergo a group reorganisation and ultimate sale, it turned to Cripps to help navigate and advise on the complexities involved.

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  • Landing a positive exit for a self-storage business

    Learn more about how we advised Easistore on its corporate reorganisation and subsequent sale to Nuveen Real Estate.

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  • Cementing a solid future for J Clubb

    Discover how we restructured the assets of J Clubb to allow its sale and future growth.

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  • Defending leaseholder rights to acquire ‘common parts’

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    Read about an important victory secured for our leaseholder clients concerning the definition of common parts.

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  • Reinventing the construction industry

    4 min

    Discover how Cripps worked with Modulous to achieve its aim of producing the first globally scalable model for the design and delivery of homes.

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  • Sale of boutique hotels

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    We supported the sellers of a boutique hotel chain on their exit from the market, including complex and integrated banking and M&A advice.

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