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Occupier Services

The capital and operational costs of real estate can be a significant figure in a company’s accounts.

Proper management can make the difference between your property being an asset or a liability.

If you are responsible for managing your company’s real estate, you need to work with legal advisers who can provide timely, jargon free, commercial advice regarding your property portfolio.

At Charles Russell Speechlys, our skilled Occupier Services team has extensive experience of advising companies on disposals, acquisitions, HQ relocations, exit strategies, restructuring and regearing, outsourcing, sale and leasebacks, and portfolio management. We also work with our UK clients on overseas property interests.

We provide the integrated advice that UK and international occupiers need in specialist areas such as tax, construction, planning, sustainability, environmental, corporate and financial structures. We work in tight knit teams that are adept at managing our clients' other professional advisers both nationally and internationally.

If issues arise, we will provide compromises which meet the requirements of both parties. Our experience acting for landlords and developers, as well as institutional investors and tenants, means we know what the issues are for these parties and also how to agree documents that provide a workable solution of any competing interests - something essential for a long-term relationship like a lease.

Our clients are drawn from a wide range of sectors, but we have particular expertise in the healthcare, not-for-profit, retail & leisure, and TMT sectors. Clients depend on us for our robust project management skills on complex and time-constrained office relocations. They also value our particular working knowledge of the nuances of city centre developments. At the same time, our retail & leisure operator clients can rely on our in-depth experience of managing high street, shopping centre and out of town portfolios.


Central London acquisition

Advising the Royal Bank of Scotland on the acquisition of 360,000 sq ft of offices at Land Securities' Bankside development south of the Thames - including complex planning and construction issues.

Pre-let agreement

Advising Henderson Global Investors on a pre-let agreement for 124,000 sq ft at British Land's new 201 Bishopsgate development in the City of London.

HQ relocation

Acting on the HQ relocation for the UK subsidiary of a Japanese I.T. company which is one of the world’s leading technology solutions businesses and a Fortune 500 company.  Our strategic advice was sought to maximise compensation and minimise claims in relation to the former HQ, as well as to provide a smooth relocation process with minimum liabilities for our client.  We have also acted on a range of other property matters for the various UK group companies. 

Major leisure operator expansion and rebrand

Acting for a major leisure operator on the ongoing management of its 110 unit portfolio, as well as its expansion programme and rebrand exercise.

Leading Sports Retailer

Advising the UK’s leading sports retailer (by revenue and operating profit) on its acquisition of a portfolio of properties from an insolvent competitor.

HQ relocation and exit strategy

Acting for one of the world's largest private education companies in the relocation of their London HQ to partly refurbished offices in London SW3 from Cadogan Estate and on their exit strategy from their previous HQ.

HQ relocation

Advising the UK subsidiary of a $US 6.3 billion revenue Fortune 100 company on its HQ relocation in the UK, including strategic advice to minimise dilapidations exposure and double rent losses.

Expansion programme

Advising a major retailer in relation to its ongoing restaurant expansion programme. This encompasses strategic advice on optimum deal structures and all due diligence advice and deal negotiation.

Caring Homes

Structured sale and leaseback of 44 elderly care homes for around £300million, and 35 year leasebacks. Work involved long term collaboration agreement providing for flexibility in the portfolio, development finance and strategic capital expenditure facilities.