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The real estate market is craving optimism and is hungry for future opportunities. That’s why we’ve launched Optimism and Opportunity - an evolving, upbeat campaign focusing on the real estate market of the future and ideas to inspire hope and debate.

The COVID-19 crisis has catapulted all of us into the future. Trends and ideas that were once distant forecasts are our daily reality and we now need to meet the challenges of this radically changing world.

We are working closely with our clients and contacts across the market to share these ideas with you. Focusing on market growth areas, opportunities and future trends our hub has been designed to be an 'easy to digest' part of your day.

Optimism and opportunity – shaping the real estate market response

We would welcome hearing your views and encourage you to join us in debating and preparing for the future.

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Content hub

From greenish to greener: how “green” is your lease?

Partner Jayne Speers discusses green leases and the opportunities to be found for both tenants and landlords when agreeing to green lease provisions.

Spring statement

Little room for manoeuvre in Schrodinger’s Spring Statement

Originally published in Estates Gazette, chair-elect Bruce Dear and head of real estate tax Paul Beausang discuss the Schrodinger's Spring Statement.


Re-gear, refurb, return!

With the future of the office (and its place in a blended working world) still uncertain , corporate occupiers are taking the time to reassess their space requirements.


Working towards net zero

Legal Director PSL Caroline Andresier talks green lease provisions and the importance of collaboration when working towards net zero.


Sunak III may prove to be most significant of Chancellor's trilogy

Head of London Real Estate Bruce Dear and Head of Real Estate Tax Paul Beausang comment on the 'Babycham budget' in the age of 'Sunak III'.


Logistics is our lifeline to the future: Belgium at the crossroads

In our latest article, Johan D. Joos and Shavkat Egamberdiev look at the many commercial and legal issues they can help you with in the Belgian logistics market.


The 15-minute challenge: why the time to repurpose and reawaken our urban centres is now

In partnership with React News, our latest webinar explored investment and regeneration strategies that will revive our urban centres. Hear from Head of London Real Estate Bruce Dear and International Head of Governments & Infrastructure Mukhtiar Tanda and a panel of experts.


Logistics and the opportunities in technology: the future is on our doorstep

In our latest Optimism and Opportunity piece, Associate Bertilla Shotton explores logistics and the opportunities in technology.


Workplace of the future

In our recent “Workplace of the future” webinar, Partner Tom Goldsmith shared his insight on how occupiers and landlords are working hand in hand to bring the workforce back into the office and towards the new hybrid way of working.


The Only Road to the New Normal Runs Through the Old

In his latest React News article, Head of London Real Estate Bruce Dear argues for the vital role of city centres and offices in any post-covid recovery.


How landowners can seize the opportunity of Electric Vehicle Charging

According to the Department for Transport, registrations of Electric Vehicles (EV) in the UK increased by 171% in 2020, and it becomes clear that demand for EV charging points is surging. Joe Kelly explores the opportunities for landowners


Opportunity in the face of uncertainty: how the education sector will adapt and thrive

In the age of the pandemic, change in the way we now occupy and use space is a consistent theme. Despite the challenges and uncertainty of the past year, Principal Associate Charlotte Tanikal and Legal Director Elizabeth Fevyer explore how the education sector can gain an advantage.


The Logistics Sector: 2020 was a turning point. There's no going back now.

Partners David Emberson and Angus Ford look at a tumultuous year for the logistics sector and address the legal issues that arise during development deals of logistics premises.


From crisis to opportunity - Pandemic-driven distressed asset and entity investment in the UK

Our panellists provide an overview of the market place created by COVID-19, with a focus on identifying distressed asset and entity opportunities, looking at the various ways to acquire them and the potential challenges and pitfalls.


Is it time for a change in tenure in the retirement village sector?

Partner Clare Whitaker, together with Senior Associate Emma Purton and Associate Jimmy Wheeler share their views on some alternative tenure options that could provide the UK with a unique and flexible offering to potential residents of the retirement village communities.

Leasing and rent

What does the Law Commission's Report mean for landlords?

Real Estate Partner Balraj Birdi comments on the implications for landlords following the Law Commission's report on leasehold enfranchisement.

Leasing and rent

What does the Law Commission's Report mean for tenants?

Real Estate Partner Balraj Birdi comments on the implications for tenants following the Law Commission's report on leasehold enfranchisement.


The silent resurgence of onshore wind

Partner Peter Nesbit discusses the resurgence of onshore wind following the UK's decision to pass a net zero emissions law.

Transport and infrastructure

Opportunities for transport

In our first snack pod, Real Estate partners Andrew Burns, Matthew Storer, & Agnes Koko explore the opportunities for infrastructure projects both in the UK and other jurisdictions.


Renewable energy in a crowded country

Partner Natascha Geraedts comments on the huge opportunities and risks for potential investors in this energy revolution.


Creating the Saudi Arabia of wind

Partner Paul Maile shares his views on how we must unite in our quest to 'Build Back Greener'.


From turbulence to transformation

Deputy Head of Corporate Real Estate Dawn Hilton shares her views on the opportunities abound for those with strategic vision in turbulent times.


Building Back Better: a call for change and revitalisation

Partner James Trafford comments on the complications and further business opportunities as the new energy landscape shapes up.


Appetite for disruption?

The new 'Class E' is a different beast where the Government recognise the need for profound change. Head of Planning, Environmental & Energy Stuart Andrews comments.


Elderly residential care: this is just the beginning

With the devastating effects of COVID-19 on those living in residential care, how should high-quality long-term social care be provided and funded in the future?

Leasing and Rent

Sales and leaseback

We discuss the ins and outs of sales and leaseback transactions and how they could be both an efficient financing solution for occupiers and an attractive investment for investors.


Town centres: a once in a century chance to change

COVID-19 has accelerated the threat to the viability and vitality of many town centres, but we see an opportunity to deliver a generational step-change in their purpose and shape.


Logistics is the darling of the real estate sector - but is this just a short term reaction?

Our expert panel from SEGRO, Savills and Hickey & Associates discuss the sustainability of logistics sector given the booming E-commerce.


Stone toads and accidental guinea pigs: is the office dead?

We will see the birth of the 'blended office', combining physical and virtual working in a hub and spoke model, to play a major part in the office market landscape of the future.


Strategic land: invest now, profit later

Most of the dynamics of a strong housing market still exist despite COVID-19, but it's important to seize strategic land on the way down, in order to make the most money on the way up.


We're all expecting less, but will we actually get more?

If landlords and occupiers can work together and seize the opportunities COVID-19 brings, we will see a new market for innovative office space.

Consumer, Retail and Hospitality

Changing times, changing rooms: hotels will adapt and thrive

Hotels now face their greatest challenge, but they have been adapting to a changing world for well over 100 years. They will adapt and thrive again.

Consumer, Retail and Hospitality

Free money for everyone! The helicopter boost our economy needs

COVID-19 has sapped our confidence in round-the-clock retail, so it's time to introduce 'Bounce-Back Bonds' to boost consumer confidence.


Garden Cities, the perfect city in an imperfect world

It might never be easy to build new communities but we believe the Garden City movement's best achievements were often borne out of necessity.


The future of offices: interview with Rob Groves, Regional Director of Argent

In this episode we discuss how COVID-19 is likely to accelerate the evolution of corporates' approaches to workplace trends.


Welcome to the blended office

Bruce Dear discusses the chance to adapt to more flexible, blended working as a result of COVID-19.


The same old routine or new ways of working?

Our Belfast Partner Gareth Planck shares his view on the future of the office in this article featured in the Irish News.


Lockdown diaries

Head of London Real Estate Bruce Dear pens his 'Lockdown Diaries' for Estates Gazette, where he discusses the office revolution, and opportunity and optimism in the real estate sector.


The 'end of the Roman empire tower' is finished, but the trophy office isn't dead

Head of London Real Estate Bruce Dear writes in PSM The Professionals on the future of office, and reassesses our traditional working practices.