England and Wales

United Kingdom

Recent work highlights

Planning and environmental

  • Advised Heathrow West (part of The Arora Group) on all the planning aspects in relation to the Northwest Runway expansion for Heathrow Airport. It is one of the largest and highest profile planning projects of this generation.
  • Advised Quintain to provide planning advice for its strategic regeneration of Wembley Park. It comprises 1.4 million sq ft of development over three sites including affordable and private rented sector residential units and 900,000 sq ft of mixed-use development on the Stadium Retail Park. It is the UK’s largest build-to-rent development.

Construction and development

  • Acted as advisers to Public Sector Pension Investment Board (‘PSP’) and QuadReal Property Group Limited Partnership (‘QR’) in respect of a 75% investment in a Joint Venture with Unibail Rodamco Westfield for the long lease and development of a major build to rent scheme adjacent to the Westfield Shopping Centre, Stratford comprising over 1,200 high-end residential units, communal areas, leisure facilities and a retail unit.
  • Advised HB Reavis on the acquisition and the construction of the right to build over Farringdon West Crossrail station, and subsequent procurement of a major mixed-use development at the site, comprising offices, retail at ground and basement levels, set above the new Elizabeth Line (Crossrail). HB Reavis has the largest development pipeline in Europe.

Investment and disposal

  • Advised longstanding client Vita on its landmark £600m portfolio sale of “Vita Student” assets to DWS’s real estate funds. The portfolio comprises a total of 3,198 beds in Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Leeds, Birmingham and Newcastle.
  • Advised Brockton Everlast on significant purchases totalling in excess of £400m; Waterside House which is M&S’s new HQ.
  • Advised Malaysian pension fund Kumpulan Wang Persaraan (KWAP) on the £c140m acquisition of 100 Cheapside, EC2.
  • Advised long-standing client Columbia Threadneedle on the sale of Croxley Park business park for £400m.
  • Advised the real estate investment manager DTZ Investors, in partnership with co-living developer The Collective, on the structuring, launch of and first acquisition for the world’s first fund to buy and build co-living accommodation in London.

Managers and occupiers

  • Advised AXA IM Real Assets on various pre-lettings for the 22 Bishopsgate office building which will provide c1.3m sq ft of office space and 43,000 sq ft of retail and leisure outlets.
  • Acted for WeWork across the UK on various deals, including 133 Houndsditch in London and 99 Queen Victoria Street, London and Brindleyplace in Birmingham – this was the largest letting deal in Birmingham in 2019.
  • Acted for Google on its acquisition of office space across London including pursuant to pre-let agreements and self-build arrangements.


  • Advised Mountpark the leading logistics property company, on the c.£150m refinancing of a portfolio of newly developed logistics assets in the UK, Ireland and Spain from Nuveen Real Estate.
  • Advised Aviva Investors on a £136m financing in relation to a portfolio of mixed-use assets in Central London.


Facts and figures

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Located in London, Bristol, Sheffield, Liverpool and Manchester

79 real estate partners and 217 lawyers

Languages: English, French, German and Spanish

Key contacts

Ciaran Carvalho
Ciaran Carvalho
Marie Scott
Marie Scott
Co-Head of the CMS Real Estate Group
T +44 20 7524 6783