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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.

"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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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 b
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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
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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 re
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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
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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
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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 a
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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 p
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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
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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 inve
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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 properti
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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 s
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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 commercia
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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 a
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