We advise businesses across the property sector; from some of the largest lenders, government agencies, listed property companies and construction contractors, to private entrepreneurs, funds, corporate occupiers and professional service organisations. With an absolute commitment to gaining insight from the market and converting it into practical legal advice for our clients, we don’t just understand the technical legal issues, but are also aware of the emerging trends and commercial developments affecting the industry.
Sector insight combined with technical excellence
The Addleshaw Goddard property sector team combines industry expertise with technical excellence and market insight. Fielding experts from across the firm, our experience extends throughout the breadth of the property sector as a whole. We have advised on some of the most significant real estate consultancy mergers and acquisitions as well as some of the largest corporate real estate asset due diligence projects undertaken in the UK. Understanding the drivers and trends behind the market enables us to support clients in emerging and alternative assets (such as healthcare, energy, student housing and the private rented sector) as well as those involved in the more mature investment, funding and development space.
Our sector team advises an unusual breadth and profile of clients, both from overseas and the UK. It is this broad spectrum of industry clients that enables us to understand the complex dynamics that underpin the market and the matrix of relationships between investors and occupiers, intermediaries, lenders, borrowers, developers, private equity providers and entrepreneurs.
With an absolute commitment to gaining insight from the market and converting it into practical legal advice for our clients, we don’t just understand the technical legal issues, but are also aware of the trends and market developments affecting the industry at large. We keep close to policy issues - our lawyers are active members of key industry bodies who participate in forums for industry debate and legislative change. We count as clients, industry bodies and property sector policy makers, such as the Council of Mortgage Lenders and the Department for Communities and Local Government.
We're acknowledged by the legal directories as key and trusted advisors to the sector, and the feedback we receive from clients consistently supports that opinion. We are proud to advise leading names in the property market, including UPP, Standard Life Investments, Jones Lang LaSalle, Threadneedle and British Land.
To find out more about how our property legal expertise can add value to your business, please don't hesitate to contact us.
News views and insights
The diversity lag for property (Property Week) - Jane Hollinshead - October 2014
Why your online shopping experience is about to get a lot more "experienced-based" (IT Pro Portal) - Retail's Digital Future report - October 2014
Shopping centre owners need to embrace major tech trends as landlords get digital (Internet Retailing) - Jane Hollinshead - October 2014
Retail’s Digital Future – Five Key Technologies (Estates Gazette) - Jane Hollinshead - October 2014
Shopping centres turning to tech, report finds (Property Week) - Jane Hollinshead - October 2014
Law firm's planning 'manifesto' calls for national plan and green belt review (Planning Resource) - Marnix Elsenaar - Aug 14
Review of green belt to build homes urge planners (Property Week) - Marnix Elsenaar - August 2014
Why Career Success is never a Solo Endeavour (Property Week) – Jane Hollinshead - July 2014
Office-to-resi deadline leaves developers scratching their heads (Property Week) - Peter Hardy - July 2014
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Download our in-depth overview of some exciting new PRS schemes, evaluating some of the barriers that continue to hold back the sector. The report was produced following a round-table attended by leading developers, councils and officials. In it, we outline a number of policy suggestions that we hope policy makers will take on board as party manifestos begin to be drafted.
Major changes have been made to the planning system by successive governments of all parties. Yet, as the general election approaches, planning reforms remain a key component of topics dominating the political debate: housing, transport, infrastructure, energy and economic growth. Download our overview of these reforms here.
Investors have long-valued real estate because of its security. After the financial crisis, the attendant risks of investing in the sector was thrown sharply into focus, through the banks reducing their exposure to the sector and the workout of distressed projects. However, appetite for the sector is growing and the wide scope of the real estate sector provides a myriad of options for investors, each bringing a different risk and return profile.
View our Real Estate M&A guide to discover more about the opportunities in the Real Estate sector and how we can help clients build for the future.
With change comes innovation
The illiquidity of the capital markets, lack of core investment opportunities, lengthening fund raising periods and a raft of new regulation from Europe and the US have all dominated the funds press in recent times, with each issue presenting its own challenges to investors, managers and other professionals in the real estate funds sector. While these challenges remain, the market has also responded, with a number of new investment trends and opportunities emerging.
View our Real Estate Funds guide to learn more about what is changing and how we can help clients to anticipate and respond to change and identify opportunities.
The demand for new housing continues to exceed supply and the challenge to ensure everyone in the UK has good quality accommodation remains real and urgent. The answers to the housing crisis are manifold and complex. They consist of traditional and new products: market, social, affordable and the growing private rented sector. Delivery requires a variety of ingredients to be brought together: suitable land, a viable planning permission, finance, the delivery vehicle, the building contract and the buyer, investor or tenant demand and, possibly, public sector intervention.
We are delighted to attend MIPIM - the leading real estate event for property professionals. Meet the team, view our event schedule, read our MIPIM Blog and stay up to date on all the news from the event here.