Industrial and logistics

Experienced industrial and logistics lawyers

During 2020 demand for logistics centres and last mile solutions in the UK grew, hitting record high levels of take-up involving Grade A units of 100,000 sq ft plus as cited in JLL’s Big Box 2020 Update and uptake was widely reported as being at an all time high.

The logistics sector is forecast to continue to grow in the UK and beyond and it provides good opportunities for investors, developers and providers.

We help our clients make the most of these opportunities and have the experience and expertise to advise them through challenges such as anticipating and reacting to the latest developments in the use of IT, complying with regulatory constraints on data, negotiating lease terms with sight of market norms and to protect their interests and securing the permissions they need to do business.

Our logistics team is made up of leading specialists from our real estate, planning, finance, corporate, employment, tax and property litigation teams. This mix makes for a strong, talented group of lawyers who are able to draw on their experience and sector knowledge to deliver innovative, commercial solutions.

Our team advises on

Our team of industrial and logistics specialists are experienced in advising on:

  • Portfolio management (including data protection, regulation, employment and IT)
  • Funds, co-investments and joint ventures
  • Infrastructure (letting, funding, construction and development of warehouses)
  • Procurement and tender process advice
  • Property disputes and litigation
  • Contracts and supply agreements
  • Third party agreements and outsourcing
  • UK and cross-border direct and indirect real estate investments
  • Real estate finance
  • Tax structuring

Recent experience

  • British Airways Pension Fund - We are acting in relation to a landmark logistics/industrial scheme next to the M40 in Banbury.
  • Canmoor - We have acted on numerous sites for Canmoor, since 2005. Development schemes/funding partners.
  • PLP - We have advised PLP on the acquisition of a former steelworks adjacent to the M1 motorway junction in Sheffield.
  • Wrenbridge - We have acted on the sale of numerous high value schemes including Boxset, Basildon and The Quadron, Dartford.
  • LaSalle - We have recently advised one of the LaSalle managed funds on lettings to a major online retailer, of a distribution centre in Croydon.

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Our credentials

If you want to see more of the work of our team, please find our credentials below.

Click here to download our Logistics and Industrial credentials in PDF format

Sustainable Logistics

The logistics sector could be forgiven for becoming complacent due to the seemingly never-ending demand for prime warehouse space. However, the developers that operate within the sector are acutely aware that in order to remain on trend, the sector (much like the rest of the world) needs to operate in a sustainable fashion.

Logistics for Sustainability

Logistics Occupiers - The Wrenbridge Podcast

Podcast host Miri Stickland is joined in our latest podcast by Jeff Wilson, Director at property investment and development company Wrenbridge, and Commercial Real Estate Partner Vicki Towers to talk about the evolution of Wrenbridge’s business and how their schemes are designed with the logistics occupiers of the future in mind.

Podcast: The Wrenbridge Podcast

The logistics sector from a contractor’s perspective with Glencar Construction

Podcast host Miri Stickland is joined by Glencar Construction’s Managing Director, Eddie McGillycuddy and Director Chris Gleave, alongside Construction Partner Emily Holdstock, to talk through the current logistics market, some of the key challenges faced by contractors and the impact of tenants’ increasingly sophisticated technology requirements on the build process.

Podcast: Glencar Construction

"Forsters are an extremely approachable and client-friendly property litigation practice. They combine expert knowledge of the law with an acute awareness of and sensitivity to the particular needs of their clients."
The Legal 500 UK, 2022