Navigating the lifecycle

Real estate ownership, management or maintenance is an activity that affects many businesses, not only those involved in the real estate sector. Our highly experienced team provides a comprehensive ‘lifecycle’ service to clients across a wide range of industry sectors.

Opportunities and connections

Our experience in the real estate sector helps us to understand our clients' business challenges, spot opportunities or angles, make connections between clients and help clients remain competitive.

International reach

We help our clients with international issues, whether that's investing in property across borders, helping asset-manage a real estate portfolio or infrastructure assets, or advising on a construction dispute arising in international locations.

We advise them on the impact of property trends with new asset classes by sharing our experiences and knowledge from across our international office network.

Efficient solutions

Our services are designed to provide practical and efficient solutions to complex real estate problems. Our partner-led teams have years of experience and thrive on the challenge of helping our clients to achieve their financial and commercial objectives.

Osborne Clarke’s real estate team are the best we have worked with. They are very experienced and knowledgeable. They are client-focused, responsive and flexible. Legal drafting is always excellent. Advice is commercial and very reliable.

If we have a tricky contract we would always choose Osborne Clarke.

Client testimonial: Legal 500



Royal Bank of Scotland

Advised on a £50m portfolio refinancing for an estate trust and the £50m real estate acquisition facility for a REIT.

Royal Bank of Scotland

Advised on a £7.2m development facility loan to a residential property developer and two further acquisition and development facilities.

Royal Bank of Scotland

Advised on various accessions to a £80m facility for acquisition of a number of large retail sheds.

Royal Bank of Scotland

Advised on an £18.75m refinancing facility for two Jersey SPVs in relation to a multi-let office building in London and a large retail shed in Redditch.

Royal Bank of Scotland

Advised on funding a zero
carbon regeneration scheme providing commercial space
and 800 homes on a 36ha site.

Terrace Hill Group

Acted on the acquisition of an office block in Victoria for redevelopment from House of Fraser Stores and the acquisition of a former BAE building that was then split into 15 B1 units to be sold on long leases.

Topland Group

Advised on the acquisition of the landmark Royal Crescent Hotel from the administrators of von Essen Hotels, Ernst & Young.

Welbeck Strategic Land

Successfully defended a local council's High Court challenge in respect of a decision of the Secretary of State to grant planning permission.

CBRE Global Investors

Advised on over £150m of transacted assets in a single year.

A consortium

Advised on acquisition of a mixed use scheme of circa 4,000 units, including an ongoing consortium role in further expansion areas.

West Wiltshire District Council

Advised on phased redevelopment of a major retail scheme in Trowbridge town centre.

Terrace Hill

Advised on development agreement as part of bid to the LA vehicle, Taunton Vision, to be the preferred developer for regeneration of part of Taunton town centre.

Topland Group

Advised on the purchase of Lakeside House, a 101,000 sq ft 4 storey prime office building, which was fully let to National Grid on a 10-year lease. The purchase completed within 3 working days of instructions to proceed

The New Swindon Company

Advised on development
agreement for the regeneration
of a substantial part of
Swindon town centre


Advised on the acquisition of 90 Queen Street London EC4 from Great Portland Estates for £61M

Welbeck Strategic Land

Advised as Secretary of State for Environment overrules local planning authority on 55.6 hectare site


Advised and negotiated a promotion agreement and successful planning application for 385 homes

Valley & Vale

Advised on obtaining planning
permission together with
completion of infrastructure
agreements for a major
mixed-use urban
regeneration scheme

Welbeck Land

Advised on a scheme of up to 3,000 units - memorandum of understanding, exclusivity and profit share agreements, collaboration and promotion agreements

Royal Bank of Scotland

Acted in refinancing of Mission Marketing Group 

Royal Bank of Scotland

Advised on its loan facilities to Pyros Environmental Limited, for its acquisition of the waste management business of Veolia at Fawley

Royal Bank of Scotland

Advised in relation to the new facilities and the acquisition

Notus Energy

Advised on all property aspects and the planning strategy for a 50MW wind project in Norfolk


Defended application to register land as a village green undertaking necessary research, obtaining historical and witness evidence and successfully resisting the application at public inquiry

A property client

Proposed scheme with potential for
Eco-Village status circa 3,300 units
– review of existing options and
contracts, release of existing
overage with legal charges and
setting up company for third party
land acquisition

London & Continental Railways

Advised on the award winning
redevelopment of St Pancras
International Station, from headlease
acquisition to retail letting,
construction and media advice


Proposed strategic rail linked
development in excess of 1m
sq ft – option agreements, planning,
highways and other strategic
development issues

Habona Invest

Advised several closed-end funds on legal and tax structures and on-going IPO of fund for €£40m

Hertfordshire County Council

Advised on planning/CPO
issues for a strategic
land holding to provide
1,000 homes

David Wilson Homes

Strategic land development for
1,400 units - joint venture
agreement, s.106 agreement, land
swaps, affordable housing and
infrastructure agreements

A consortium

Advised in relation to a scheme of circa 5,000 houses consortium agreement, partitioning scheme and equalisation of value structure

CBRE Global Investors

Acted for CBRE Global Investors in the £29.9m sale and leaseback deal for a portfolio of 9 PSA Peugeot Citroën car showrooms across the UK

Cattolica Assicurazioni

Advised on the acquisition of Palazzo Biandrà Milan for €100m, a prestigious office building of 13000 sqm 

British Waterways

Advised on the sale of its stake in the Wood Wharf Limited Partnership and restructuring of its property interests at the site with Canary Wharf Group

BC Hammersmith

Advised on acquisition and refinancing of 1-3 Hammersmith Broadway in excess of £8m

Barratt Group

Obtained clearance
from HMRC that no SDLT due in
relation to a building licence
arrangement with overage

Barratt Group

A scheme for up to 8,000 units -
freehold purchases, overage,
charges, tenancies, leasebacks,
guarantees, option agreements and

Barratt Group

Advised on the mixed-use
development, Hanham Hall,
Bristol - England’s first eco
village, which includes c200
residential units

Bank Zachodni WBK

Advised on syndicated real estate facility for €€200m

Asda Stores

Advised on CPO issues on the regeneration of Newton Abbott town centre

Alpha Real

Advised on the development of a retail investment structure for a range of investments attracted business property relief