Real Estate

The property world can be both complex and fast moving, which is why it’s essential you employ a lawyer with an in depth knowledge of the industry and the ability to make the right decisions quickly.

At Setfords we’re proud to have some of the best property lawyers in the industry, experts who’ve overseen thousands of deals across the world in all areas of real-estate from commercial and residential developments to disposals, lettings and management. And whether the deal is for a few thousands pounds or millions, our approach is the same: understand your objectives, get it done right, and get it done quickly.

David Rogers

David Rogers

Managing Director

We provide expert legal advice on all aspects of development, from site assembly and land procurement, through the development process, to the final sale of a finished property, providing clear concise advice on the complex contractual relationships which are often involved.

We ensure our clients receive the best advice on related areas such as finance issues (including property tax), environmental issues, and the planning process. Additional services include the team helping to secure funding through its strong links with investors and lenders.

We focus on complex, high value lending transactions with a particular emphasis on the financing of property portfolios.

We act for both borrowers and lenders, and our expertise ranges from traditional debt finance through to more innovative joint venture/equity funding arrangements. We are also highly experienced in forward funding transactions, steering developers around some of the hidden pitfalls which can exist.

Investment acquisitions, disposals, options & overage: our expert team advises on all types of property investment transactions including the acquisition and sale of both freehold & leasehold commercial property, commercial & residential developments, lease agreements, forward sales and pre-lettings. We are used to the creation of complex legal structures, to secure tax, grant or other advantages.

We also have the expertise and resource to deal with larger portfolio investment products.

Increasingly (and particularly in this climate), we are finding that clients are best able to deliver product and services through joint venture arrangements with other parties. These are often well suited to developments and portfolio and larger investments. Structures can range from simple contractual joint ventures, through to partnerships (simple, limited and LLPs), corporate vehicles and overseas entities.

We are highly experienced in all aspects of landlord and tenant matters including the grant, acquisition and disposal of leases, the creation of effective management structures which are attractive to investors and occupiers, and the re-structuring of portfolios to refresh and enhance the value of an investment.

Our team has extensive experience of acting with clients in connection with large scale portfolio acquisitions, re-organisations, refinancing and disposals. We have created innovative and bespoke structures to maximise return for our clients.

Typical projects might include the acquisition of several hundred properties, and their repackaging and disposal in smaller portfolios.

Our team has extensive experience of acting on behalf of clients in the public sector. We are very familiar both with the legal constraints within which you operate, and also with the contrasts between the public and private sector environments. We ensure not only the achievement of your commercial and political objectives, but also the delivery of the risk assessments and other formal requirements which you have.