Real Estate

Practical property advice for businesses and charities.

Buying, selling, leasing or managing property is a big step. Whether you’re investing in a new development, a listed building, or anything in between, we can help. Including if you’re a not-for-profit, with charity law to navigate alongside the usual financial, people and planning challenges.

We work with commercial and other organisations, social enterprises and charities alike, working in a range of sectors – from negotiating property agreements to leases to finance to development agreements.  We work alongside the large and the small, from owners such as the BFI to smaller community organisations.

The market is increasingly demanding accountability and transparency from organisations around their environmental, social and governance commitments. As a B Corp, sustainability is close to our hearts. So, we also advise on environmental and sustainability issues – meaning your property makes its mark, without making a mark on the planet.

If you are focusing on ESG, we are here to help. We understand your priorities because we share them. ESG is in our DNA. We were the first UK law firm to certify as a B Corp, cementing our commitment to go beyond profit to have a positive impact on our people, our communities and the environment.

How we help

We can advise you on the full life cycle of your property assets, including supporting you on development projects and funding, as well as buying, selling and landlord and tenant matters.

We’ll solve disputes. We also handle planning and tax issues, as well as insolvency and receivership. We can even assist with getting your phones and internet set up if wayleaves are needed.

If you’re a charity, we’ll also make sure you understand your responsibilities and how charity law affects your property plans.


Real estate: Stay vs go

Many of our occupier clients have been discussing with us recently the use of their office space in conjunction with …
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Sustainability & Wellbeing in Real Estate

This research paper was produced by Shirah Mansaray, PHD candidate at University College London and supervised by Bates Wells partners. …
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Life cycle of your property

All charities and social enterprises have property requirements. Real estate expert Amanda Gray explains what to expect at each stage …
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Impact finance for real estate

The rapid growth of impact finance in recent years has seen sustainability and socially responsible investing move to the top …
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“Bates Wells is aware of the nuances of the London real estate market.”

Real Estate, Chambers 2024

“The firm brings different expertise in as required and work seamlessly together.”

Real Estate, Chambers 2024

‘This practice has a wide range of expertise, and everyone I have dealt with has been knowledgeable and approachable with an uncomplicated approach to topics and issues. They take a practical approach and give you a straight answer.’

Real Estate, Legal 500 2024
Meet our team

We can advise on the full property life cycle and help you to influence sustainability through your building strategy.

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Whether you’re thinking about disposing of your office, moving to a new location or reconfiguring your existing space we are here to advise on your options.

View our real estate fixed fee packages