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Real Estate Investment

The UK property market is an attractive investment proposition, but it’s not without its challenges and complications, which is why choosing the right legal adviser is critical. 

Our Real Estate Investment team handles all aspects of the commercial property investment lifecycle from acquisition and management through to disposal. We work proactively with our clients to understand their legal requirements and commercial objectives in order to provide a competitive advantage in a rapidly changing market.

The Real Estate Investment team is fully integrated with other services within Charles Russell Speechlys such as planning, construction, environmental, property litigation, dispute resolution, tax and real estate finance, (both conventional and Islamic), in order to provide comprehensive property investment advice for our clients. We advise on high value and complex investment transactions, joint ventures and tax-efficient structures, as well as the financing of investment projects in the UK. 

The Real Estate Investment team acts for some of the largest property owning bodies in the UK, as well as international investors including:

  • institutional investment funds
  • banks and financial institutions
  • public and private corporations
  • offshore and private investors
  • government entities
  • urban estates
  • property companies
  • developers
  • retailers
  • hotel operators
  • entrepreneurs
  • start-up companies.

Our experience spans the full range of real estate asset classes including:

  • offices
  • retail (including shopping centres and retail parks)
  • mixed-use schemes
  • hotels and leisure
  • industrial
  • healthcare
  • strategic land.

Our team is extremely knowledgeable about the UK commercial property market and the investment opportunities available. Whatever the size of your portfolio, we’re committed to helping you make the most of your investment. 

As part of our investment management service, we advise on all aspects of asset management including fund management agreements, and commercial, technology and energy contracts. We also advise on contentious aspects of investment management such as possession claims, service charge disputes and lease extension claims.

We have a wide network of industry contacts and can introduce you to agents, surveyors and other property professionals that can assist you in achieving your investment goals.  Our international presence, including established offices in Europe and the Middle East, means that we are well placed to advise overseas clients who are actively investing in the UK commercial property market. In particular, our Luxembourg office is used to structuring real estate funds operating in the UK.


Overseas investors

We have advised a number of overseas investors on prime commercial investment acquisitions totalling over £1billion. 

Sale and leaseback portfolio of 62 major operational properties

Acting as lead real estate lawyers, on behalf of Royal Bank of Scotland, in the sale and leaseback of a portfolio of 62 properties to a consortium (the majority being acquired by Telereal). This involved restructuring and then disposing Coutts' long leasehold interest at 440 The Strand, London with The Crown Estate.

Stonegate Pub Company

Acquisition of the business of 78 public houses from the administrators of Bramwell Pub Company. Acting on the real estate elements of 73 sites across the UK (excluding Scotland).

Multi-tenanted investment acquisition

Acting for a private property company on the acquisition of a multi-tenanted London commercial investment property for circa £40million. Contracts had to be exchanged within 12 working days of receiving instructions - this was achieved due to a dedicated team being in place.

Mixed-use portfolio acquisition

Acting on the acquisition of a portfolio of 21 properties across England and Wales, and we have also recently received instructions to restructure the portfolio in readiness for taking the assets back to market.

Purchase of Soho redevelopment site

Acquisition of mixed-use retail and office block for circa £25million for redevelopment into mixed retail and residential use. Contracts were exchanged within six working days of receiving instructions. 

Prime city of London office scheme

Acquisition for an overseas private investor acquiring a landmark City of London investment property. Our advice included negotiation and preparation of the sale and purchase documentation including complex tax, construction and employment issues, detailed due diligence on the existing occupation arrangements of both the retail units and the office space.