Real Estate

"The team – from top to bottom – provide excellent customer service and a drive to be commercial in their advice on complex commercial property transactions, all led by a senior management team that demonstrates this."

Legal 500 2024

"The team have an ability to quickly understand the client position, and consequently their experience of the market allows them to tailor a service that meets the client’s need."

Legal 500 2024

"Michelmores are one of the best legal practices I have worked with."

Legal 500 2024

"A dedicated and experienced real estate team that offers very sensible advice and understands this area of law very well but with a commercial mindset."

Chambers UK 2023

"An exceptional range of true professionals in a variety of disciplines."

Legal 500 2023

"Michelmores are really collaborative, and they put themselves in the position of the issues that their client is facing. They are also really adaptable and cope with the intricacies of the public sector."

Legal 500 2023

Cutting edge real estate insight  

We work with clients on all aspects of transactions and projects involving development, management, disposal, investment in and financing of real estate assets. Our approach is simple: to understand and identify our clients’ goals so that we can help them to achieve their objectives.

Our lawyers use their considerable insight and experience to deliver advice that is robust, commercial and progressive. Our in-depth understanding of the issues and practicalities involved enables us to undertake complex work for a diverse client base that includes developers, entrepreneurs, landowners, listed companies, government bodies and major institutions.

Advising on the real estate opportunities of tomorrow

Throughout their engagement with us, clients benefit from a committed, collaborative approach. We’re proud of bringing fresh ideas and an entrepreneurial spirit to the table, especially when combined with our long and wide-ranging experience in all aspects of the real estate sector.

We draw on expertise from the wider firm, allowing us to support particularly sophisticated transactions, including real estate projects in emerging markets.

We also understand the importance of tomorrow’s infrastructure, with commercial buildings and homes being climate resilient, energy efficient, technologically integrated and delivering societal, wellbeing or biodiversity benefits for users.

Our Real Estate team is recognised nationally for its expertise, winning Property Law Firm of the Year at the South West Business Insider Awards 2022 and ranking highly in independent legal directories Chambers & Partners UK, the Legal 500 UK and the Legal 500 Green Guide UK.

Recent experience

Advising Seasalt Limited, one of Cornwall’s biggest employers, on the their property portfolio, including a series of renewal shop leases and lease variations.

Acting for St Austell Brewery Company Limited in contract negotiations for its purchase of the Wellington Hotel, a substantial listed hotel (over 22,000 sq. ft) located in a conservation area.

Acting for Brandpath Limited, a leading UK player in eCommerce fulfilment and part of the Peter Jones group of companies, in the relocation of its key supply chain and distribution centre in Slough to a new 90,000 sq ft premises at Faraday Point in the West Midlands.

Acting for the Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) on the sale of New Scotland Yard(8-10 Broadway, Victoria, London) to the Abu Dhabi Financial Group for £370 million.

Acting for City North Finsbury Park Ltd on the site set-up and plot sales of a mixed-use development site at Finsbury Park in London, comprising commercial, affordable housing and over 300 open-market residential units.

Acting for SkyPark Development Partnership LLP on the pre-letting and development of a new 60,000 sq ft postal distribution centre to be occupied by GeoPost Uk Limited on a 25 year lease.

Acting for Barratt Homes on Phase 2 of the regeneration of North Prospect with Plymouth Community Homes under the HCA Development Partner Panel, for 172 affordable units and 172 private units. More phases to come on a 10 year roll out.

Acting for Greenland Group on the site set-up and plot sales at The Ram Quarter in Wandsworth – a 7.75 acre riverside site with planning for 661 apartments and approximately 108,000 ft2 (GIA) of retail and leisure amenity.

Acting on behalf of the Carlyle Group in respect of the management and lettings at Piccadilly Place, Manchester and Colmore Plaza, Birmingham.

Representing Aberystwyth University on its major student residences project covering public procurement, projects, funding, property, planning, environmental, construction and facilities management.

Acting for Dorset County Council as the Accountable Body in relation to the allocation and securing of over £4million of Growing Place Fund monies to a number of key projects including developments at Osprey Quay, Portland, Boscombe and Poole.

Acting for The Boultbee Group on the acquisitions of a number of development sites and a joint venture with another real estate investment management firm in respect of a major office development in Thames Valley.

Acting for Titan Property Developments on a number of office to residential permitted development schemes; which include projects in Epsom, Reading, Horsham, Southampton and Beaconsfield.

Acting for Mitsui Fudosan and Stanhope Plc on the site set-up and residential sales of up to 900 units at the £1bn redevelopment of the iconic Television Centre in White City, London.

Acting for British Solar Renewables on options and acquisitions of land in excess of 500 acres for the development of solar parks generating in excess of 35MW of installed generating capacity. This culminated in the first ever UK publicly-listed solar finance bond which raised £40m against two solar parks.

Setting up the residential element of a mixed use scheme for European land, comprising 159 apartments in a 21 storey building in Paddington, London. This involved roadshows in Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur.

Acting on a pre-letting for a new state-of-the-art Volkswagen (Inchcape) car dealership at Matford Green, Exeter of approximately 40,000 sq ft.

Acting for Grenadier Estates on the acquisition of the site of the former St Margaret’s School in St Leonard’s, Exeter for residential development.

KEY CONTACTS
Emma Honey
Emma Honey
Partner
TEAM
Andrew Baines
Andrew Baines
Partner
Paul Beanlands
Paul Beanlands
Partner
Joanna Damerell
Joanna Damerell
Senior Consultant
Ben Hogan
Ben Hogan
Partner
Richard Honey
Richard Honey
Partner
Rachel Tilley
Rachel Tilley
Partner
Cheryl Brady
Cheryl Brady
Partner
Helen Hutton
Helen Hutton
Partner
Carol McCormack
Carol McCormack
Partner
Stephen Newson
Stephen Newson
Partner
Robert Forsyth
Robert Forsyth
Partner
Lucy Smallwood
Lucy Smallwood
Partner
Richard Walford
Richard Walford
Partner
Gail Bedford
Gail Bedford
Senior Associate
Crispin Carpenter
Crispin Carpenter
Senior Associate
Matt Jones
Matt Jones
Senior Associate
Shalini Nilaweera
Shalini Nilaweera
Senior Associate
Kate Higgins
Kate Higgins
Senior Associate
Charlie Gauntlett
Charlie Gauntlett
Associate
Jonny Lane
Jonny Lane
Associate
Karol Schlesinger
Karol Schlesinger
Associate
Ben Luxton
Ben Luxton
Associate
Callum O'Doherty
Callum O'Doherty
Associate
Ellie Wonnacott
Ellie Wonnacott
Associate
Sarah Reardon
Sarah Reardon
Associate
Dani West
Dani West
Associate
Katie Pickering
Katie Pickering
Associate
Charlotte Lewis
Charlotte Lewis
Associate
Jess Hopkins
Jess Hopkins
Associate
Shehroze Khan
Shehroze Khan
Solicitor
Luke Pollard
Luke Pollard
Solicitor
Zilah Nelson
Zilah Nelson
Chartered Legal Executive
Jo Woodcock
Jo Woodcock
Senior Paralegal
Holly Newberry
Holly Newberry
Senior Paralegal