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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.

In addition to our UK offering, with over 900 lawyers, spanning across 74 offices worldwide, the CMS Real Estate Practice is one of the largest specialist teams worldwide.

We are pleased 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.

21/11/2018
High­lights of our Ex­per­i­ence in Real Es­tate in the UK
AXA In­vest­ment Man­agers on the £650m sale of Rope­maker Place, a 21 storey, 602,000 sq ft trophy City of Lon­don of­fice de­vel­op­ment, to Singa­por­ean in­vestor, Ho Bee Land.Glob­al Lo­gist­ics Prop­er­ties on...
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14/10/2022
Con­struc­tion Law: Con­tract­ing for ESG
En­vir­on­ment­al, So­cial and Gov­ernance (ESG) con­sid­er­a­tions have be­come in­creas­ingly prom­in­ent in many as­pects of so­ci­ety and con­struc­tion is no ex­cep­tion. ESG is of course a broad church en­com­passing three...
12/10/2022
CMS con­tin­ues growth of UK Real Es­tate and Con­struc­tion prac­tices with...
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS con­tin­ues to strengthen and grow its Real Es­tate and Con­struc­tion of­fer­ing with the ap­point­ment of part­ners Helen John­son and Helen Bal­li­ger who both join the Shef­field of­fice. Spe­cial­ising...
06/09/2022
Band­width: En­abling change
20/07/2022
CMS re­appoin­ted to Land­sec leg­al pan­el
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has been re­appoin­ted to the leg­al pan­el of long­stand­ing cli­ent Land­sec, a FTSE 100 com­mer­cial prop­erty de­vel­op­ment and in­vest­ment com­pany. CMS is re-ap­poin­ted to the UK core...
06/07/2022
Re­pur­pos­ing Real Es­tate: The fu­ture of the world's towns and cit­ies
A rad­ic­al re­think for glob­al prop­erty – and where we live, work and play As the real es­tate world emerges from the pan­dem­ic it is clear that all around us the urb­an land­scape is chan­ging. Many prop­er­ties are ob­sol­ete but also have ex­cit­ing fu­tures with new uses. Our town centres and cit­ies are un­der­go­ing fun­da­ment­al change – which all adds up to a world fo­cused on Re­pur­pos­ing Real Es­tate.Now in its tenth year, our Real Es­tate Thought Lead­er­ship series has covered top­ics such as the rise of in­ter­na­tion­al in­vest­ment in the UK, the growth of tech, the fu­ture of the of­fice, the rap­id rise of in­dus­tri­al & lo­gist­ics and the ar­rival of build-to-rent as a ma­jor as­set class.This year, with the Gov­ern­ment hav­ing pub­lished its Lev­el­ling Up & Re­gen­er­a­tion Bill, we fo­cus on the fu­ture of towns and cit­ies not only in the UK but in a series of key glob­al in­vest­ment hubs: Ger­many, France, the Neth­er­lands, Spain, Singa­pore and the United Ar­ab Emir­ates.After two years of lock­downs, work­ing, shop­ping and so­cial­ising at home, a de­bate is ra­ging about the fu­ture of town and city centres. Will they re­cov­er? How will they look in ten years? Will urb­an­isa­tion go in­to re­verse? And what does this mean for the real es­tate world?In `Re­pur­pos­ing Real Es­tate’ we provide the first an­swers hav­ing polled more than 300 lead­ing in­dustry pro­fes­sion­als and al­most 15,000 glob­al con­sumers.The res­ults are fas­cin­at­ing: al­most a third of real es­tate is ear­marked for con­ver­sion – with re­tail and of­fices to hous­ing the most pop­u­lar choices. Con­sumers want more green and open space, hav­ing spent too long con­fined to their own homes.But the good news is that in­vestors, hav­ing come through the pan­dem­ic, are still con­fid­ent in real es­tate as an as­set class. The big changes will be in what prop­erty they in­vest in, mean­ing the places we live, work and play in may be very dif­fer­ent in the years to come.
06/12/2022
CMS Real Es­tate we­bin­ar series 2022 – Re­turn­ing to a new nor­mal
This pro­gramme of we­binars provides a short and in­cis­ive re­view of some key top­ics re­lat­ing to real es­tate, health and safety, plan­ning and con­struc­tion in the United King­dom.  Up­com­ing:6 Decem­ber – Use...
21/02/2022
CMS ad­vises Hogan Lov­ells on new Lon­don HQ
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised Hogan Lov­ells in con­nec­tion with its pre-let agree­ment to take up space at Roy­al Lon­don As­set Man­age­ment’s up­com­ing Hol­born Via­duct scheme, sign­ing an agree­ment...
14/02/2022
CMS ad­vises Ar­row on largest ever UK ware­house deal
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised Ar­row Cap­it­al Part­ners (Ar­row) in re­la­tion to the largest single as­set ware­hous­ing ac­quis­i­tion in the UK. The ware­house, loc­ated in Silk­wood Park, Wake­field, in­cludes...
15/07/2021
Where tech ad­op­tion and COV­ID col­lide
We asked the real es­tate sec­tor of­fice oc­cu­pi­ers, renters, re­tail­ers and life sci­ences busi­nesses what im­pact COV­ID-19 is hav­ing on de­mand for real es­tate in their area, and also on ad­op­tion of in­nov­at­ive tech­no­logy.The sweet spot for in­nov­a­tion and de­mand driv­en by COV­ID-19 is life sci­ences, where both the oc­cu­pi­ers and the real es­tate pro­fes­sion­als see equally pos­it­ive op­por­tun­it­ies. Driv­en by spec­tac­u­lar tech­no­lo­gic­al break­throughs like COV­ID vac­cine de­vel­op­ment, and with pub­lic and private sec­tor fund­ing pour­ing in­to the sec­tor, life sci­ences is an as­set class in the up­per right quad­rant, very much em­bra­cing the op­por­tun­ity.By con­trast, in-store re­tail is `stuck in the head­lights’ ac­cord­ing to our polling – be­set by fall­ing de­mand caused by lock­downs and less likely to have ad­op­ted in­nov­at­ive tech­no­logy as a res­ult of COV­ID. In­ter­est­ingly, real es­tate pro­fes­sion­als are sig­ni­fic­antly more pess­im­ist­ic about real es­tate de­mand from the sec­tor, than re­tail­ers them­selves. This may be a re­flec­tion of in­creased de­mand for lo­gist­ics space as a res­ult of the ac­cel­er­ated shift to on­line shop­ping.While real es­tate pro­fes­sion­als see of­fices as the most act­ively in­nov­at­ing in re­sponse to the pan­dem­ic, oc­cu­pi­ers are less con­vinced, al­though they also seem less pess­im­ist­ic about de­mand for of­fice space. This per­haps re­flects the real­ity of a blen­ded work­ing ap­proach which looks here to stay in the im­me­di­ate fu­ture.The build to rent sec­tor, by con­trast, is seen as `lucky’ by renters who see that de­mand is strong but do not be­lieve they are see­ing enough in­nov­a­tion in the light of COV­ID-19 rather than re­devel­op­ing tired prop­er­ties.
15/07/2021
Pan­dem­ic spurs ac­cel­er­ated trans­form­a­tion
Many people have spec­u­lated over how quickly COV­ID-19 has ac­cel­er­ated tech­no­lo­gic­al ad­op­tion with­in real es­tate – but now we have a view from more than 4,000 in­dustry pro­fes­sion­als, of­fice oc­cu­pi­ers, renters, re­tail ex­perts and life sci­ences pro­fes­sion­als: five years.Across all groups this is the most com­mon pre­dic­tion al­though the mean re­sponse is four years. The im­pact of lock­downs and the need to rap­idly em­brace tech­no­logy is ex­traordin­ary: how many people used Teams or Zoom for busi­ness 18 months ago?
15/07/2021
Ro­bot world and the roar­ing 20s
Ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence (AI) and ma­chine learn­ing, 5G IoT, vir­tu­al/aug­men­ted real­ity and ro­bot­ics are con­sidered the com­ing forces among real es­tate cus­tom­ers, which be­gins to ex­plain how tech­no­logy is ex­pec­ted to ac­cel­er­ate change in the sec­tor dur­ing the 2020s.These are pro­found changes which will not only im­pact how key in­dus­tries are man­aged but also how they oc­cupy real es­tate – and who oc­cu­pies real es­tate on their be­half. In­ter­est­ingly no one tech­no­logy scores over 50%, sug­gest­ing views are di­vided on which in­nov­a­tions will have the most im­pact on the real es­tate over­all.Tools such as Amazon’s Al­exa have re­moved the mys­tique from AI as people have real­ised that it can make their lives easi­er, and it is per­haps not sur­pris­ing to note that the highest ac­cept­ance of this tech­no­logy is in ar­gu­ably the most tech-ad­vanced sec­tor – life sci­ences.
15/07/2021
Real es­tate em­braces data – at last
Real es­tate as­set man­age­ment is now data-rich, hav­ing for many years re­lied on a dis­par­ate set of met­rics and a haphaz­ard ap­proach to meas­ure­ment.Giv­en the value of most prop­er­ties, this is sur­pris­ing, be­cause mar­gin­al gains can make a huge dif­fer­ence, par­tic­u­larly across a large port­fo­lio if this level of dis­cip­line is re­peated.It is no sur­prise, there­fore, that data col­lec­tion is seen as a key tool as own­ers battle to meet tough sus­tain­ab­il­ity tar­gets.At the same time, oc­cu­pi­ers are also see­ing the be­ne­fits of data col­lec­tion, par­tic­u­larly around the op­tim­al use of space. Yet again, the life sci­ences world is at the cut­ting edge of this think­ing.