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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, Aberdeen, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Sheffield and Reading.

In addition to our UK offering, we have real estate lawyers in 70 offices worldwide, making our Real Estate and Construction 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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They're very responsive and when things are urgent they're dedicated and dynamic. They have a hands on and pragmatic approach.

Chambers UK, 2015

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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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    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 both commercial and private clients.

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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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    Law-Now: Real Es­tate & Con­struc­tion
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    Nicholas Vergette
    4 August 2017
    CMS ad­vises on Can­cer Re­search UK and Brit­ish Coun­cil...
    31/07/2017
    Con­sulta­tion Pa­per “Tack­ling un­fair prac­tices in the lease­hold mar­ket”
    Have your say: the Gov­ern­ment is con­sult­ing to tackle un­fair prac­tices in the res­id­en­tial lease­hold mar­ket Con­tro­ver­sies sur­round­ing es­cal­at­ing ground rents in long lease­hold res­id­en­tial prop­er­ties have re­ceived sig­ni­fic­ant press in re­cent months.
    28 July 2017
    CMS ad­vises Land­sec on sale of stake in Lon­don’s land­mark...
    18/07/2017
    Lease or li­cence: a use­ful re­mind­er
    Sum­mary This case is a use­ful re­mind­er that it is the cir­cum­stances, con­duct and in­ten­tion of the parties that de­term­ines the basis of an in­di­vidu­al’s oc­cu­pa­tion of a prop­erty. If the cir­cum­stances neg­ate any in­ten­tion to cre­ate a ten­ancy, the word­ing of the.
    2 May 2017
    CMS ad­vises on Manchester’s ground­break­ing £1bn North­ern...
    10/07/2017
    Es­cal­at­ing Ground Rents: Traps for the un­wary
    Whilst the con­tro­ver­sies sur­round­ing es­cal­at­ing ground rents in long lease­hold res­id­en­tial prop­er­ties have re­ceived sig­ni­fic­ant press in re­cent months, there is a fur­ther hid­den danger to be aware of.   This is­sue has been brew­ing since the Hous­ing Act 1988.
    1 May 2017
    CMS, Nabarro and Olswang com­plete largest ever mer­ger...
    Cre­at­ing a new fu­ture-fa­cing firm
    05/07/2017
    A land­lord's duty to re­pair is not the same as a duty to keep safe...
    Rae­barn were the land­lords of a mixed use prop­erty in Lon­don. Mr Dodd was on hon­ey­moon in Lon­don and was vis­it­ing one of the flats on the first floor on Christ­mas Day in 2007. He lost his foot­ing on a flight of stairs while leav­ing the flat and suffered cata­stroph­ic.
    6 April 2017
    CMS launches the CEE Real Es­tate In­vest­ment Com­pass...
    04/07/2017
    Plan­ning per­mis­sions vs lis­ted build­ing con­sents - a range of com­par­is­ons
    The re­cent Court of Ap­peal judg­ment in Gov­ern­ment of the Re­pub­lic of France v The Roy­al Bor­ough of Kens­ing­ton and Chelsea EW­CA Civ 429 con­sidered the re­la­tion­ship between plan­ning per­mis­sions and lis­ted build­ing con­sents.
    20 March 2017
    CMS ad­vises Pat­ron Cap­it­al on sale of Gen­er­at­or Hos­tels
    03/07/2017
    Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment Fire Safety Re­view
    Fur­ther to this re­cent LawNow, in re­sponse to the re­cent hor­rif­ic fire at Gren­fell Tower in Lon­don the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment (SG) has es­tab­lished a Min­is­teri­al Work­ing Group to re­view the fire safety reg­u­la­tion of Scot­tish build­ings.
    7 March 2017
    Nabarro ad­vises Gal­liard on prop­erty crowd­fund­ing plat­form
    23/06/2017
    Brexit one year on: Real es­tate
    The UK real es­tate in­dustry neither ex­pec­ted nor wel­comed Brexit. The out­come was a shock for many, and al­most a year after the ref­er­en­dum there is still very little un­der­stand­ing about how Brexit will evolve.
    Mark Haywood
    7 March 2017
    Nabarro ad­vises Kish El­ev­en on sale of his­tor­ic In­dia...
    22/06/2017
    Gov­ern­ment of­fers no cost clad­ding checks in wake of Gren­fell Tower...
    The De­part­ment for Com­munit­ies and Loc­al Gov­ern­ment (“DCLG”) is of­fer­ing to test the clad­ding of private res­id­en­tial blocks in Eng­land.   This is due to the pub­lic con­cern about prob­lems with the type of clad­ding which was used on Gren­fell Tower.
    22 February 2017
    Nabarro ad­vises Great Port­land Es­tates on £435m sale...
    22/06/2017
    The po­ten­tial pit­falls of park­ing
    Find­ing some­where to park is a reg­u­lar prob­lem for many of us wheth­er it is park­ing out­side our home, on the street or in a private car park.   Where park­ing can be­come prob­lem­at­ic and costly is when there is a lack of un­der­stand­ing about where you are en­titled.