The Real Estate sector is dynamic and constantly evolving, reacting to political events and ever-increasing layers of regulation and tax as well as being interwoven with the global economy and fluctuations in currency markets.
This leads to unique challenges and opportunities.
We are one of the biggest Real Estate teams in the UK, seamlessly interacting with colleagues across the business in complementary disciplines such as real estate finance, banking, corporate, construction and tax. We pride ourselves on becoming part of your team, taking time to understand your business and helping to give you the commercial edge. Our Real Estate team comprises over 200 lawyers, providing technically excellent, cost-effective and commercial legal advice.
We are located in all the major cities in the UK and operate under English and Scottish law. Ranked first of all top 20 law firms for quality of our legal advice, we maximise our national footprint to deliver tailored solutions for clients, regardless of their location. Our breadth allows us to provide bespoke solutions and advise clients across an expanding number of asset classes within the sector.
Internationally we have a continually growing capabilities across; Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Australia and the Middle East.
Our clients include investors, fund and property managers, owners, occupiers, developers, lenders and public sector organisations, as well as banks, insurance companies, pension and sovereign wealth funds.
Innovation is part of our DNA - by thinking differently, we deliver innovative legal solutions and products to deliver your deal, minimise risk and enable you to achieve a competitive advantage.
DWF conducted a public survey and participated in a panel discussion on the issue at the recent Conservative Party Conference.
"I can’t praise DWF’s Real Estate and Construction team highly enough. The professional service, knowledge and advice received on this project was second to none."– Leading UK Housing Association, 2019
"10/10 satisfaction rating for services delivered by DWF"– Managing Director at a leading international real estate fund
Technology has the potential to transform any sector, and real estate is no exception – whether it is through the use of blockchain providing increasing liquidity and transparency on transactions, or the use of artificial intelligence to allow ever more accurate investment decisions to be made. But is the market ready?
The latest National Audit Office report on HS2 reveals the consequence, in terms of increased project costs, of the excessive allocation of risk to contractors and the resultant procurement changes now enacted to maintain engagement with the industry.
LexisNexis Middle East’s Head of Publishing, Hussain Hadi, took time out at the Qatar Business Law Forum to chat with Kirk Durrant, Managing Partner at DWF’s Qatar office. They discussed DWF’s recent establishment and growth in Qatar, how the practice of law is changing and the role of AI.
Even for the seasoned professional there is a lot to think about in the run up to MIPIM. DWF Partner, David Vayro, runs through his top tips to help first time attendees prepare for their time at Cannes.
The 'United Kingdom Shared Prosperity Fund' ("UKSPF") is expected to be the major UK Government regeneration fund of the 2020s, replacing EU funds after Brexit. These FAQs provide information on the key points of the UKSPF and shall be updated by DWF as the fund develops.
Jonathan Moss, head of marine and trade at DWF, comments on the impact that the ensuing Middle Eastern crisis is having on the insurance market.
Whilst it is recognised the transfer of risk to construction contractors has become excessive, in the absence of any unified sector initiatives will it require the insurance market to drive the change?
Lee Pickett, Real Estate Partner at global legal services business DWF, comments on the latest Halifax House Price Index for November.
DWF, the global legal business, has advised Countrywide plc on the sale of Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) to John Bengt Moeller.