Real Estate

“They are very commercial in all senses; they will work the way we want to work.”

Chambers and Partners 2018
Whether you are embarking on your first commercial property venture, looking for investment, regeneration opportunities or already managing an extensive property portfolio – our real estate experts will help put your business on the map.

Blake Morgan has a formidable Real Estate team of more than 160 lawyers who deal with a wide range of commercial real estate projects including development, property investment and asset management, corporate occupier, landlord and tenant, urban regeneration, social housing, secured finance and agriculture.

We understand the UK property market and advise our clients on the impact of property trends and changes in legislation to help them boost their real estate performance.

As the UK prepares for Brexit, cost efficiency has never been more important when it comes to the ownership, management and maintenance of commercial property. Our expert lawyers are ahead of the game and deliver innovative, pragmatic and cost effective solutions for your real estate needs.

What sets us apart from our competitors is our in-depth understanding of the commercial landscape and the time we invest in really getting to know our clients. We are proud of our longstanding relationships and understand our client's business, their objectives and where they want to drive forward growth so that we can help them make important real estate decisions now that will support their continued success in the future.

As a full service law firm with offices across England and Wales we draw on expertise from across our construction, project management, finance, cost management and environment teams to ensure that all of the aspects of your complex real estate projects and transactions are delivered seamlessly.

Main areas of practice 

Our Real Estate team has extensive experience of advising on the acquisition, management, leasing and sale of high value commercial properties, from single properties to large portfolios.

The team operates across a variety of sectors including:

Many of our lawyers have also worked in-house for construction companies and housebuilders, so we can offer commercial AND practical expertise.

We also work closely with our Finance and Corporate teams who advise on the property aspects of corporate, property finance and insolvency transactions.

Clients 

We act for commercial and residential property developers, investors, banks, major corporate occupiers and a number of public sector bodies to help them develop, manage and maintain their property portfolios. Our clients include:

  • 4 of the top 10 house builders - Berkeley Homes Limited, Bloor Homes limited, Bellway Homes Limited and Persimmon Homes
  • Asset management clients including Costa, Canary Wharf Group plc,Metro Bank, Premier Inns and David Lloyd Leisure
  • Secured lending work for major high street banks including Barclays Bank, HSBC, Santander and Lloyds
  • Public Sector – Welsh Government, Thames Valley Police, Central Government Departments including Department of Health, UK Space Agency, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, NHS Wales Shared Services, Universities of South Wales, Swansea and Cardiff

Significant experience 

Examples of how our real estate specialists have helped clients include advising:

  • Costa Coffee (exclusively) on new property acquisitions and asset management matters in England and Wales, including Costa's launch of its new drive through stores.
  • A global telecommunications company on the acquisition of the lease of 147,000 ft² of flagship office space in the Thames Valley.
  • On the acquisition of a Chelsea property for circa £75 million. This was a substantial listed property and grounds set within The Royal Hospital, Chelsea.
  • On the acquisition of additional land, planning agreements and construction documents in the £23m redevelopment of the North Road campus for Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
  • Assisting Welsh Government and Newport City Council on the grant funding, leasing and development of the new £40m City Centre campus for UWN in Newport.
  • On the completion of a £250m development agreement for Igloo Regeneration Partnership (a UK wide developer focussing on the top 25 cities with backing from Aviva at Porth Teigr, Roath Basin in Cardiff Bay. This is the single largest development scheme in the Capital City for many years and will cover over 40 acres during its 10 gestation. The first phase has seen the creation of the Media Capital for BBC and an initial £43m disposal of the completed development to British Steel Pension Fund.
  • The Regeneration fund for Wales in its attraction of £50m JESSICA funding, the disposal of £23m assets and a programme of regeneration and infrastructure investments to a wide range of private developers, local authorities and Social Housing bodies.
  • Acting for the Department of Health, NHS Wales, Shared Services, all Local Health Boards in Wales where we handle every aspect of estate management as well as disposals, acquisitions and developments.

“In addition to providing timely and excellent advice, I have always found considerable added value in the wider role undertaken by my lawyers and the practical, pragmatic and often incisive advice Blake Morgan has provided not only to myself but other professionals engaged on our often challenging projects. I have been particularly impressed with the high degree of support provided at partner level and the wise counsel given.”

Estates Director University of South Wales

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