Real Estate

One of the leading Real Estate practices, top ranked by Chambers UK Guide 2023

We work in close collaboration with our clients and their other advisors to drive forward real estate transactions to successful completion. Our lawyers are focused on providing clear and succinct advice, not just giving a legal opinion. It is our energy, tenacity and genuine interest in our clients' businesses that give Forsters a unique edge. 

Real estate, in all of its various forms, sits at the heart of the Forsters business – it is the sector on which the firm was founded and is our largest practice area. With over 120 lawyers specialising solely in real estate, we are well positioned to guide our clients through every situation whether it be an acquisition, disposal, development or property dispute. We work with our clients, ranging from real estate funds to overseas investors across all sectors including commercial property, residential, hotels, retail, industrial and landed estates.

Cladding: Your position and how to future-proof

Construction Partner, Andrew Parker, and Property Litigation Senior Associate, Sarah Heatley, along with Robert Bowker (Tanfield Chambers) and Andrew Webster (formerly of Cumming Group), sat down to discuss key elements of the (then) proposed legislation and the potential impact for the construction and property industries, as well as the wider public.

Cladding: Your position and how to future-proof

The Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Act 2022

The Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill is being finalised in Parliament and should receive Royal Assent by the next quarter day, 25 March 2022. The Act will be called the Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Act 2022.

Commercial Real Estate

Forsters advises HG Living on a £80 million Build to Rent scheme in Milton Keynes

Forsters has advised specialist Build to Rent and student accommodation developer HG Living on a development and funding agreement in respect of a 306 unit residential scheme at Bowback House Milton Keynes.

Forsters has advised specialist Build to Rent and student accommodation developer HG Living.

Planning: Past, Present and Future?

After two years of unprecedented challenges faced by real estate and the planning industry, industry predictions for 2022 have perhaps been more eagerly anticipated than ever, and whilst kickstarting the year with a U-turn on reforms may not have been all that surprising, it’s unclear what is yet to come. In the meantime, Associate, Ella Jones, recaps on a year of planning and some of the key changes and cases that have shaped the industry.

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Andrew Parker Discusses Announcements from the Government Regarding Cladding Costs

Forsters' Head of Cladding, Andrew Parker, appeared on BBC Newsnight discussing what the Housing Minister Michael Gove meant when he stated earlier this week, on 10 January 2022, that he will be “absolutely willing to use legal rules” to make builders pay for the removal of unsafe cladding from buildings between 11-18 metres.

Andrew Parker appears on BBC Newsnight to discuss cladding costs.

British Legal Awards 2021: Forsters' Property Team Wins Property Team of the Year

We are delighted that Forsters’ top ranked property teams have been recognised in Legal Week's British Legal Awards 2021.

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Weathering the storm: The future for hotels

The Covid-19 pandemic created a perfect storm for the hotels sector and, despite ever improving signs of recovery, the resulting devastation will take time and innovation to repair. Unprecedented economic life-support provided by the UK government over the last two years has kept the gathering clouds at bay, but there could well be casualties in 2022 and beyond. This was the conclusion of a roundtable discussion hosted by Forsters on 10 November 2021.

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Forsters advises Barwood Capital on Eton House Richmond

The Commercial Real Estate team has advised a fund of Barwood Capital on its purchase of Eton House, a 32,774 sq ft office building in the heart of Richmond, which it will repurpose to outstanding and sustainable office space.

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Sustainability in the built environment

The move to further sustainability within Real Estate is increasingly driven by the increased connection between sustainability and financial viability.

Property for Sustainability

Forsters advises Wrenbridge on behalf of Fiera Real Estate on the acquisition of a logistics site in Dartford with plans to develop a new 40,000 sq ft scheme with a GDV of £12 million

Forsters has advised Wrenbridge on behalf of Fiera Real Estate on the purchase of a new site in Dartford for £3.9 million. The new 40,000 sq. ft scheme will comprise two warehouse units and 40 car parking spaces and has a GDV of circa £12 million.

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Podcast: Insights into Build To Rent

On our latest More Than Law podcast, host Miri Stickland is joined by three members of our Build To Rent group who provide their insights into the sector.

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Our Insights

"Forsters have acted for me for some 25 years now. They have looked after all of my legal affairs over the years, conveyancing, litigation, enfranchisement, corporate, and personal with great care and professionalism. They are a hugely loyal and happy family, one that I am proud to be connected with."  
Nick Capstick-Dale, UK Real Estate Ltd