Our nationally reaching Real Estate team has expertise and experience across a wide range of commercial property sectors. From retail, leisure and hospitality to manufacturing, corporate private and public sectors, as well as education and local government.
With one of the largest Real Estate law teams in the UK, our size, scale, capacity and extensive sector understanding sets us apart. Operating throughout the UK, Europe and further afield, we are recognised for Real Estate expertise across the retail, leisure, hospitality, manufacturing, corporate private and public sectors, as well as education and local government.
We understand that Brexit has brought uncertainty and caution for commercial occupiers. Add to this business rates increases, food cost inflation and the increased living wage, it stands to reason that organisations are refocusing on concept and flagship sites, as well as rightsizing and upsizing of existing units, rather than aggressive roll-out programmes.
Our approach is grounded in many years at the forefront of work in this sector. We help you navigate difficult transactional negotiations, as well as providing advice that directly addresses your operational concerns. Our innovative approach, particularly with fees, as well as our use of leading, bespoke technology, is designed to make your life easier, and your transactions more productive.
Our services for commercial occupiers include:
Recent reports suggest that hotel and leisure premises may need to be repurposed to support emergency and essential services in light of the COVID-19 crisis, we consider the implications on such businesses.
The outbreak of COVID-19 has required some lateral thinking and application of common sense to the approach to planning rules, such as temporary rights to changes of use for pubs and restaurants, relaxations in delivery times and changes to the Planning Inspectorate's approach to appeals. Advice has also been issued for local authorities in respect of decision-making where meetings cannot proceed in person.
A significant five year package of funding has been announced which aims to overhaul bus and cycle links across the country (excluding London) "making every day journeys easier, greener and more convenient".
DWF, the global legal business, has advised Custodian REIT plc on its latest £24.65 million property portfolio acquisition.
At DWF we have been working with our clients for over 12 months to advice on the wider implications of blockchain across our global network. As well as our current clients we have also had the opportunity to present on blockchain to businesses in our key sectors of central & local government; energy & industrials; financial services; real estate; retail, food & hospitality; technology; and transport.