One of the leading Real Estate practices, top ranked by Chambers UK 2021
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We are delighted that Forsters’ top ranked property teams have been recognised in Legal Week's British Legal Awards 2021.
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.
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.
The move to further sustainability within Real Estate is increasingly driven by the increased connection between sustainability and financial viability.
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.
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.