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With a recently strong UK real estate market struggling to keep up with demand, competition for prime assets is higher than ever. In addition to availability, landlords, developers, asset managers, investors and occupiers face a range of challenges and opportunities in the current climate. These include the increasing globalisation of the real estate investment market, the growing demand for а high quality built environment with continued focus on achieving sustainability, and the increased use of technology and rising cyber security risks.

With one of the largest real estate teams in the UK, we have the resource and expertise our clients need to respond to this fast-paced market. Our lawyers provide decisive, pragmatic solutions allowing clients to react quickly to seize opportunities. With dedicated planning, finance, tax, construction and dispute specialists as part of the group, we are able to ensure that our clients are realising the most value possible from their assets.

We are delighted to have maintained a Tier 1 ranking for Real Estate categories in the recently published Chambers and Legal 500 UK 2018-19 directories.

We are one of the few City-based firms able to offer clients a truly full UK-wide service with offices in London, Aberdeen, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and Sheffield.

In addition to our UK offering, we have real estate lawyers in 68 offices worldwide, making our Real Estate Practice one of the largest specialist teams worldwide.

We are very proud to be working with some of the most dynamic real estate businesses around at the moment. Our clients range from large international and private investors to developers, universities, utility providers and occupiers.

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"With a real depth of experience and an impressive breadth of resources - CMS is hands down one of the strongest firms in the global real estate industry."

Legal 500, 2018

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    PropTech

    The real estate industry is currently going through an unprecedented phase of digital transformation against the backdrop of ‘the fourth industrial revolution’. 

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    Real Estate

    With the largest real estate teams in the UK by headcount, and the largest team in Europe by headcount, we have the resource and expertise our clients need to respond to this fast-paced market.  We are one of the few City-based firms able to offer clients a truly full UK-wide service with offices in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bristol, and Aberdeen.

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    Real Estate Finance

    The real estate finance market has undergone significant change in recent years, with increased regulation, the entrance of more categories of lenders and changes to documentation. At CMS, we understand the challenges that these changes pose for you, having acted for commercial clients, including lenders, developers, borrowers, sponsors and hedge counterparties and others on a wide range of investment and development transactions.

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    Real Estate Energy

    We are one of the few London-headquartered real estate groups to have a dedicated real estate energy team. With a market-leading energy practice, we provide advice from an informed industry perspective. Our client base is diverse and ranges from major energy companies such as National Grid and SSE and landowners such as Scottish Water to a wide range of developers and investors in the renewable sector such as Aviva and Luxcara.

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    Student Accommodation

    Student housing has moved from the “alternative” asset class firmly into the mainstream in recent years. Whilst student housing is a high performing and extremely attractive asset, fierce competition for land, coupled with increasing Government regulation in the sector, means that commercial, pragmatic legal advice is more important than ever.

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    Construction

    Whether you are an employer/owner, contractor, funder/investor or you are buying an interest in a project that is under construction or has recently been completed, you need documents that reflect your risk profile, protect your interests and promote collaborative working and optimum project delivery.

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    Real Estate PRS

    Residential property in the UK has never seemed a more attractive investment. With a shortage of quality rental properties available and development struggling to keep up with demand, there is tremendous competition for the right assets. Nevertheless, there are opportunities available, and the returns on a good, well-managed scheme can be attractive - particularly to commercial clients looking for long-term income generating investments.

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    Planning

    We are one of the largest planning teams in the UK with over 30 specialist lawyers. We are motivated by a passion to help to create exceptional places and environments and deliver essential infrastructure to meet the UK's demographic and development needs.

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    Real Estate Development

    Competition for sites, access to funding, changing legislation, achieving planning consent, rights to light issues and community infrastructure levy are just a few of the challenges facing developers in today’s real estate market. Whether your development is mixed use, commercial, residential or an urban regeneration project, our team of real estate specialists can help you navigate the entire development cycle from site acquisition right through to lettings and disposal.

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    Real Estate Investment

    With demand for prime assets higher than ever, real estate investment is becoming an increasingly global market. Being able to respond quickly to investment opportunities, in whatever jurisdiction they present themselves, is essential. Whether you are looking to make your first investment in the UK or adding to a growing portfolio across Europe, at CMS we have a team of lawyers with exceptional experience across the full range of investment sectors, including the more specialist alternative asset classes.

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    Real Estate Occupiers

    As an occupier in today’s market, there are a number of key issues to consider. These include establishing strategies for disposal of surplus properties, whether by way of outright sale of freehold interests or termination/assignment of lease arrangements, ensuring that a tenant is adequately protected on a new headquarters letting, and making sure that the appropriate wayleaves are in place at the time the tenant needs them for communications equipment – essential for business continuity.

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    Residential Real Estate

    CMS’ Residential Real Estate practice has extensive experience and offers pro-active and tailored advice, handling a broad range of work for commercial clients.

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    Real Estate & Planning Disputes

    As a developer, landlord, contractor or occupier, when a real estate project or transaction becomes contentious, it is essential that matters be dealt with as quickly and calmly as possible to ensure there is minimal disruption to your business and that you maintain the value of your asset.

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    06/08/2019
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    14 June 2019
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    02/08/2019
    Court of Ap­peal rules that Re­served Mat­ters Ap­prov­al can be amended...
    The Court of Ap­peal, in R (on the Ap­plic­a­tion Of Fulford Par­ish Coun­cil) v City of York Coun­cil [2019] EW­CA Civ 1359, has con­firmed that the stat­utory power un­der sec­tion 96A of the Town and Coun­try Plan­ning Act 1990 to make non-ma­ter­i­al changes to a plan­ning.
    24 April 2019
    Is ESG driv­ing valu­ation and/or fin­an­cial de­cision...
    02/08/2019
    Crown Es­tate Scot­land re­leases “Pre-Launch” ScotWind Leas­ing doc­u­ments
    Fol­low­ing the May 2018 launch of ScotWind Leas­ing, the new round of off­shore wind leas­ing in Scot­land, Crown Es­tate Scot­land has now re­leased near-fi­nal doc­u­ment­a­tion to en­able de­velopers to start pre­par­ing their pro­pos­als ahead of the Oc­to­ber launch.
    28/03/2019
    CMS tops UK and Europe Real Es­tate tables in re­port...
    01/08/2019
    Tar­get cost con­tracts: the dev­il’s in the de­tail 
    A re­cent TCC de­cision il­lus­trates the im­port­ance of pay­ing close at­ten­tion to the de­tailed mech­an­ics of tar­get cost con­tracts. In this case, a small amend­ment to in­clude con­tract­or “de­fault” in the defin­i­tion of Dis­al­lowed Cost res­ul­ted in over £13m in de­duc­tions.
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    En­ergy Stor­age
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