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Real Estate

A strong full-service real estate team delivering projects across the UK

Our Service

Real estate is core to our business and our heritage; with a history of expertise and success in this field, our lawyers deliver an exceptional service characterised by robust, commercial, and technically expert advice.

In addition to our core property team we also have specialists in the areas of construction, planning, environmental, property finance, management and property litigation. We draw on the skills and experience of our corporate and tax groups to provide clients with advice on sale and acquisition structuring, both onshore and offshore, stamp duty, stamp duty land tax and VAT planning.

This depth and breadth enables us to support sophisticated transactions, including those involving complex structures and offshore elements, or those with attendant regulatory requirements. We utilise our extensive international experience and contacts to complete cross-border transactions for a diverse range of companies. Our real estate clients include multinationals, major institutions and listed companies, clearing banks, lenders, developers and entrepreneurs.

Our Expertise

The betting and gaming sector has rapidly expanded and evolved in recent years as ‘re-regulation’, new technologies, and changing behaviour have fostered innovation and adaptation on all fronts. We’re experienced in advising clients on this rapidly evolving regulatory environment....

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The scale and duration of projects in this sector call for specialist expertise in drafting and negotiating contracts. Our team has extensive experience in contracts for supply, installation, construction and facilities management, appointments, collateral warranties, bonds and parent company guaran...

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Through our extensive relationships with law firms around the world, our clients gain access to teams of lawyers worldwide with a deep understanding of the legal issues faced by businesses in the energy and resources sectors. We have particular experience of energy-related transactions in Africa and...

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We’re experienced in coordinating multi-jurisdictional teams to manage our clients’ needs around the globe and have good links with a number of firms in the main crypto-friendly jurisdictions. We combine our lawyers’ experience with that of the most appropriate local law firm. This enables us to pro...

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We have a detailed appreciation of the hotel industry’s dynamics and an understanding of the corporate, commercial, tax, real estate, planning and construction issues that affect businesses in the sector. This enables us to support clients in undertaking a wide range of sophisticated and complex tra...

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The leisure sector is experiencing a period of accelerated change and expansion in response to new technologies and changing consumer behaviours. Drawing on the expertise of our diverse firm, our team provides advice on a wide range of legal and business challenges....

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The cross-firm team provides the range of legal services required by clients across the industry spectrum, from biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices companies to institutions or organisations that are involved in the research, development and sale of medicines, medical devices or nutr...

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Rapid growth and constant innovation in the way businesses and individuals use, store, trade and consume information and content are continually raising new business and legal issues. In the fast-changing media and technology sector, where many traditional approaches are under challenge, we believe ...

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Our sector experience spans a wide range of sports including motor racing, where we have advised teams and drivers in Formula 1, A1 GP, World Rally, Cart, Indy Car and Moto GP, and cricket, football, golf and cycling. We have supported clients on a range of a matters including: intellectual property...

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Our lawyers don’t just advise on the law, but help our clients with the commercial implications of legal decisions. Our team focusses on the practicalities of retailing, whether through a busy store or shopping centre, or using e-tail channels....

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We advise secondary and primary-market investors in a range of sectors, PPPs/PFI and asset-backed vehicles we advise investors and contractors on their involvement with PPPs, PFIs and asset-backed vehicles and are experienced in drafting and negotiating appropriate forms of contract (including stand...

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Fladgate understands the changing nature and dynamics of the professional services sector, from structures such as LLPs or incorporations to mergers and joint ventures, enabling us to provide advice and insight that extends beyond the routine aspects of business....

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We are an experienced team representing policyholders and their captives in litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution with insurers. The group also advises on insurance programmes and renewals, on the drafting and interpretation of policies, including Warranty & Indemnity cover ...

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We provide practical solutions in contentious and non-contentious situations involving financially distressed businesses through our corporate restructuring and insolvency group. The team advises insolvency practitioners, banks, other lending institutions, stakeholders, troubled companies, directors...

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FAQ

If you decide to gift property to your children, you must move out or pay them rent and live for another seven years after the change in ownership in order to avoid inheritance tax. If you die during the first year, the full rate of inheritance is payable. Each year you live after this first year results in a lowered inheritance tax rate. The inheritor can also avoid stamp duty if there is no mortgage on the property. However, the transaction could be voided if you are bankrupted within five years of making it, and if the inheritor goes bankrupt they can also risk losing the property.

Scottish and English property law have many similarities but certain key differences, including the following.

  • The English concepts of leasehold and freehold are not directly applicable in Scotland; in Scotland the outright ownership conferred by a freehold is known as “heritable” title, while the Long Leases (Scotland) Act 2012 converted ultra-long leases with an initial term of more than 175 years and an annual rent of £100 or less into heritable title, making leasehold-style ownership less common.
  • In England, buyers usually obtain conveyancing services, whereas in Scotland it is typical for the seller to do so.
  • The English concept of restrictive covenants is equivalent to a “real burden” in Scotland, but these can be restrictive and positive, whereas in England positive covenants do not run with the land and hence do not bind successors.

Real estate funds - a type of mutual fund - invests in securities offered by public real estate companies, including real estate investment trusts and stocks relating to real estate. They provide value through appreciation and do not trade like stocks - share prices are only updated once per day.

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