Real estate

“Blake Morgan are pretty exceptional in terms of their speed of turnaround and pro-activity. The quality of the work is excellent. They consider all the aspects and they weigh up where we can compromise or where we should dig our heels in.”

Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2016
Blake Morgan has a formidable Real Estate team of more than 60 lawyers who deal with a wide range of real estate projects including commercial and residential development, property investment and asset management, corporate occupier work and rural and agriculture.

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.


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.

“We feel confident when we instruct them that they will perform in terms of time and also quality of advice.”

Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2015

“The team has strong business acumen and industry knowledge.”

The Legal 500 UK 2015

“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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