Real Estate and Infrastructure


Linklaters team defects in Stockholm

A seven-lawyer real estate team led by one of Linklaters’ longest-serving partners in Stockholm has left the firm to join a local player. Longstanding real estate partner Magnus Lidman retired from the Linklaters partnership earlier this year, but has re-emerged as the star name among this group leaving to join Sweden’s Gernandt & Danielsson (G&D). […]

Election 2024: A manifesto to manifest more housing

The general election has been called and if, as anticipated, we have a new government what can we expect in terms of planning and housing delivery over the next five years? I have been a planning lawyer specialising in the delivery of residential led mixed use developments for 25 years and, throughout that time, there […]

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Womble Bond Dickinson faces negligence claim over £126m project

Womble Bond Dickinson is facing a multimillion-pound negligence claim filed by former clients over a failed real estate redevelopment project in Kensington. The claimants, businessman Kristian Siem, property developer Steven Wake and his company Chapters, were advised by WBD senior counsel (then partner) Robert Drewett in their redevelopment project in 2017. They allege that the […]

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Hill Dickinson swipes two more Irwin Mitchell teams to build Birmingham office

Hill Dickinson is swiftly growing its new Birmingham office, with the addition of two more teams from Irwin Mitchell. The firm has significantly strengthened its real estate capabilities in the Midlands, adding expertise in both transactions and litigation to the five-strong corporate team it onboarded in February to launch the office. The real estate team […]


Knights joins wave of firm redundancies

Listed firm Knights has become the latest firm to make lawyers redundant across the country, The Lawyer can reveal. It is understood that both partner and associate roles have been cut across the firm’s restructuring and insolvency, corporate, and real estate teams. The redundancies have taken place across the firm’s offices in the UK, with […]

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CMS lands in Leeds with office launch

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang has followed up on several hires in Leeds with the opening of a new office. Located at Wellington Place, the office has been primarily set up to provide a space for its lawyers when working with clients in Yorkshire. A spokesperson for CMS said in a statement: “We have a […]

Dentons triumphs as M&S wins Oxford Street store dispute

Dentons has secured a triumph for Marks & Spencer, safeguarding the retailer’s plans for its flagship store on Oxford Street. In a judgment handed down this morning, Mrs Justice Lieven ruled in favour of the supermarket on five of the six grounds it had brought against the Secretary of State (SoS) for Levelling Up, Housing […]

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Linklaters secures first key mandate for Barratt on £2.5bn housing merger

Linklaters and Slaughter and May are advising two housebuilders on their £2.5bn merger. It was announced this morning that listed company Barratt Developments is combining with fellow plc Redrow. FTSE favourites Linklaters and Slaughters acted for Barratt and Redrow, respectively. This is understood to be Linklaters’ first major M&A mandate for Barratt Developments, which has […]

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Freeths bucks downsizing trend with UK office expansion

Freeths has expanded its UK office footprint by 30 per cent in recent months in anticipation of future growth. The firm has increased its footprint across its offices in Sheffield, Manchester, Leeds and Bristol from 29,906 sq ft to 38,853 sq ft. Bristol will expand the most by a whopping 87 per cent from 4,479 […]

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Fladgate to dock pay in switch to four-day week

Property associates at City firm Fladgate have been asked to work a four-day work week, along with a corresponding pay cut, The Lawyer understands. According to RollOnFriday, lawyers were told that the decrease in workdays was a necessary cost saving move. Affected lawyers in the real estate team are understood to have until 22 December […]

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Top 100 UK firm fined £100,000 over money laundering breaches

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has fined a UK firm in excess of £100,000 after it was found to have not taken steps to mitigate sanctions risk in historic conveyancing transactions. Ashfords, which has offices in Bristol, Plymouth, Exeter and London, was subject to an SRA investigation after reporting itself to the regulator in 2019. […]

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Trowers redundancies: Another 25 roles at risk

Trowers & Hamlins has kicked off a second round of redundancies in its real estate team, following another consultation in the firm earlier this year. It emerged last month that the first round of cuts had resulted in 25 lawyers, including some partners, exiting the firm.  The latest development means Trowers could be letting go […]