Real Estate

Real estate transactions are increasingly more complex. We work with clients representing every aspect of the market – from investors, developers and occupiers to banks, insurance companies, private equity groups, funds and asset managers. We combine legal expertise and market knowledge to help our clients maximise their property investments, from the initial acquisition through to sale.

Our team is involved in a range of UK and international transactions. Our expertise also spans real estate investments, development projects and leasing transactions. We also advise real estate investment funds and unit trusts as well as representing hotel operators on property and hotel management matters.

Our practice focuses on the complex end of the market. Unlike many firms, our lawyers fully understand the corporate, tax and financing aspects of the transaction as well as the pure real estate aspects. We have specialists in Construction, Environment, Planning, Litigation, Tax and PFI/PPP. Working together, we ensure clients benefit from the very latest thinking.

You may be managing your own files on a small deal and specific work streams on larger deals. You could play an important role in a major deal. Whatever your role, you'll gain real responsibility quickly and will be exposed to the full range of real estate law.

You'll learn about the extensive work that goes into a transaction. Conducting research, performing due diligence, drafting and reviewing crucial documentation – you’ll turn your hand to all this and more. Throughout, you'll enjoy plenty of client contact and work with industry-leading lawyers.

We advised NorthStar Realty Finance Corp on the acquisition of a €1.1 billion pan European portfolio from SEB Investment GmbH.

We fielded a multi-disciplinary team to advise GIC on both the purchase of a 50% interest in the Broadgate Estate and their joint venture with British Land to facilitate its regeneration. This has been reported as the equal largest single asset transaction in UK real estate history to date.

Clifford Chance is the principal legal advisor to Canary Wharf Group plc who have planned and developed the Canary Wharf estate, where our office is located, and we’ve been involved in this development from the start.

We advised the Battersea Project Land Company Limited (a Malaysian consortium) on all construction aspects of the 39 acre Battersea Power Station site including the Northern line underground extension to Battersea.

We are ranked Band 1 for Real Estate, Real estate finance, Investment Funds – real estate and Constructional International Arbitration by Chambers UK 2016.



With six different practice areas at Clifford Chance, your training is broad and varied allowing you to gain insight into many different aspects of the legal world.