Real Estate and Infrastructure

NPPF: changes to national planning policy on minerals

By Fergus Charlton On 24 July, the government released the long-anticipated revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). Setting the emphasis on building new homes, Secretary of State for Communities, the Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said: “Fundamental to building the homes our country needs is ensuring that our planning system is fit for the future.” […]

Breaking the chain: Why do Jersey property transactions fall apart

Much focus has been given of late to gazumping and the potential pitfalls of the Jersey conveyancing process. Thankfully in practice the vast majority of transactions do eventually make it across the line and in most cases, completion occurs within the allocated window agreed through the estate agent at the outset. Gazumping, while a genuine […]


Trio of firms lead on latest Wembley development

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang and Womble Bond Dickinson are acting on a joint venture between Boxpark and Quintain to create a sprawling 50,000sq ft food, beverage and events complex in Wembley Park. CMS advised property investment and development company Quintain, led by real estate partner Marie Scott and associate Richard Cameron. Quintain is leading the Wembley […]


Pinsent Masons and Brodies lead on new Barclays development

Pinsent Masons and Brodies have advised on Barclays’ multi-million pound development of a new 450,000sq ft campus on the banks of the River Clyde in Glasgow, in one of the largest Scottish property deals of the year. Real estate partners Paul Connolly and Katharine Hardie led the team advising Barclays on the deal, which has purchased the development […]


Clifford Chance and CMS lead as Savills takes stake in debt adviser

Clifford Chance and CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang have advised on property fund manager Savills Investment Management’s acquisition of a 25 per cent stake in DRC Capital. M&A partner and The Lawyer Hot 100 2018 Christopher Sullivan led for DRC Capital, alongside associates Gregory Scott and Oliver Marcuse. Funds and investment management partner Gerard Saviola and senior associate Jonathan Bray advised […]

Reed Smith rebuilds in Middle East with Pinsents team hire

Reed Smith has reinvigorated its Middle East practice, six months after the firm lost a team of construction lawyers to Eversheds Sutherland. Pinsent Masons’ former head of the Middle East region, Sachin Kerur, has been brought over to lead Reed Smith’s Dubai and Abu Dhabi office, having led Pinsents’ offering since 2008. He will be joined […]


City trio score top roles on Facebook’s new HQ

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP), Hogan Lovells and Eversheds Sutherland have acted on Facebook’s acquisition of new office space in the City, doubling its footprint in the capital. The move sees Facebook acquire over 600,000sq ft of space in Kings Cross. BCLP advised longstanding client King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP) on the pre-let sale, led by […]

Dechert recruits Middle East duo from King & Spalding

Dechert has hired its first lateral partner in Dubai for over 18 months, after taking on two real estate lawyers from its US rival King & Spalding. King & Spalding partner Stephen Kelly is joining Dechert. He will be joined by counsel Sarah Mahood who joins as a national partner. Prior to King & Spalding, […]

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BCLP builds on Crown Estate win with new City development

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) is advising the Crown Estate on a sprawling mixed-use development in the heart of St James, nine months after it was appointed as the prodigious property company’s sole adviser. Head of non-contentious construction Mark Hanson is leading in the construction of The Marq, a 46,000sq ft development, looming behind Fortnum & […]


Clydes leads as Cheesegrater 2 gets go-ahead

Clyde & Co is advising Hong-Kong based developers Lai Sun Development Company in the construction of 100 Leadenhall – a skyscraper that is set to be London’s third tallest tower. Real estate partner Martin Quicke, who specialises in advising property companies and overseas investors from Hong Kong and South east Asia, is leading for Lai […]

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CMS slashes Reading office headcount after fee-earner review

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang is to nearly halve the size of its Reading office after a review affecting the firm’s real estate practice, just over a year into its tripartite merger. The Lawyer understands the firm held a consultation with seven fee-earners in the real estate asset management practice, with the majority of the group relocating to […]

RPC to make construction redundancies after loss of Carillion work

RPC has entered a redundancy consultation in its contentious construction and projects practices, as a direct result of the defunct contractor Carillion’s liquidation earlier this year. The cuts are only thought to affect a small number of lawyers and staff at the firm, but marks the first made by a law firm owing to Carillion’s […]

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