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Real Estate

United Kingdom

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 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 460 lawyers, across over 65 offices worldwide our Real Estate and Construction Practice is 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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They're very responsive and when things are urgent they're dedicated and dynamic. They have a hands on and pragmatic approach.

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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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    Planning

    Whether you are a developer, utility, investor, owner, occupier or authority, obtaining planning permissions and consents that are implementable, flexible, bankable and fit-for-purpose is essential to ensure a successful project.

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    Real Estate

    The UK real estate market has been strong for the past couple of years, and with development 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, including 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 cyber security risks.

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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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    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 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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    Real Estate Finance

    Our real estate finance specialists work with lenders and borrowers on a wide range of investment and development transactions. The underlying assets may include commercial and/or residential real estate, ground rent investments, hotels, healthcare assets, theatres, logistics portfolios, shopping centres, house building or supermarket developments.

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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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    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 long-term income generating investment requirements, such as pension funds.

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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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    2 May 2017
    CMS advises on Manchester’s groundbreaking £1bn No...
    10/05/2017
    Transparency proposals target offshore real estate structures
    The UK remains keen to play a pioneering role in the growing international drive towards increased corporate transparency. So it comes as little surprise that the government is planning to extend the “PSC” (persons with significant control) rules (under which.
    1 May 2017
    CMS, Nabarro and Olswang complete largest ever mer...
    Creating a new future-facing firm
    09/05/2017
    Digital economy bill receives Royal Assent
    On 27 April 2017 the Digital Economy Bill received Royal Assent in the ‘wash up’ session prior to the formal dissolution of Parliament on 3 May 2017.   The Digital Economy Bill incorporates the new Electronic Communications Code.
    Wojciech Koczara
    6 April 2017
    CMS launches the CEE Real Estate Investment Compas...
    25/04/2017
    CMS launches CEE Real Estate Investment Compass 2017
    2016’s record-breaking EUR 12. 2bn investment in the real estate sector in the CEE region is likely to be surpassed in 2017 – this is according to the CEE Real Estate Investment Compass 2017 published by CMS in cooperation with Colliers International.
    20 March 2017
    CMS advises Patron Capital on sale of Generator Ho...
    13/04/2017
    Permissions in Principle and Brownfield Land
    This article was produced by Nabarro LLP, which joined CMS on 1 May 2017. Summary and Implications This week the Town and Country Planning (Permission in Principle) Order 2017 (the "2017 Order") comes into force which will allow "permission in principle" to.
    7 March 2017
    Nabarro advises Galliard on property crowdfunding...
    11/04/2017
    Guidance on the expansion of the NSIP regime published
    This article was produced by Nabarro LLP, which joined CMS on 1 May 2017. Summary and implications Guidance on the expansion of the NSIP regime published Guidance has been published by the government which sheds light on new provisions that came into force.
    7 March 2017
    Nabarro advises Kish Eleven on sale of historic In...
    06/04/2017
    The UK's new fund vehicle – will it work for real assets?
    This article was produced by Nabarro LLP, which joined CMS on 1 May 2017. Today, the UK marked the 110th anniversary of the birth of the UK limited partnership by introducing a new LP vehicle designed specifically for the 21st century funds industry.
    22 February 2017
    Nabarro advises Great Portland Estates on £435m sa...
    04/04/2017
    Introducing the S-VACC – Singapore's new multi-purpose fund vehic...
    This article was produced by Nabarro LLP, which joined CMS on 1 May 2017. Summary and implications Singapore is on the verge of introducing the S-VACC, a one-size-fits-all fund regime that may finally create a practical domestic structuring option for Singapore.
    18 January 2017
    Olswang advises BMO Real Estate Partners on 191 mi...
    03/04/2017
    High Court hands down important ruling on standing in procurement...
    The High Court has recently delivered judgment in R (Wylde) v Waverley Borough Council [2017] EWHC 466 (Admin), a judicial review relating to the redevelopment of Farnham town centre.   The claim, brought by a number of councillors and local residents opposed.
    13 December 2016
    CMS, Nabarro and Olswang confirm Practice and Sect...
    21/03/2017
    Landlord and Tenant - Limits on damages for failure to repair 
    Landlords’ dilapidations recovery may be limited to the cost of work they actually carry out -Car Giant Ltd and another v Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Hammersmith [2017] EWHC 197 (TCC) Background Hammersmith Borough Council’s lease included.