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Real Estate, Ireland

"They have handled everything professionally and in a timely manner. They are very commercial in their approach, the team is extremely efficient, responsive and a pleasure to work with." - Chambers Europe 2019

With genuine strength and depth, Eversheds Sutherland's Real Estate Department is considered a leader in the Irish market. This talented group of real estate lawyers continue to be involved in most major commercial property transactions in Ireland. The department advises investors, funders, developers, asset managers, receivers and liquidators, property professionals, landlords and tenants and other commercial clients in relation to all types of real estate projects and deals.


The real estate market in Ireland has changed significantly over recent years and will continue to change. Our experience and expertise enables us to deliver innovative solutions to our clients to enable them to manage their real estate assets with the flexibility required in that changing market. Our people, in Dublin and throughout our international offices, understand your needs and focus on delivery to meet those needs.

The real estate market in Ireland has changed significantly over recent years and will continue to change. Our experience enables us to deliver innovative solutions to our clients to enable them to manage their real estate assets with the flexibility required in that changing market. Our people, in Dublin and throughout our international offices, understand your needs and focus on delivery to meet those needs.

As well as delivering a seamless service throughout the jurisdictions served by our network of offices, we provide multi-disciplinary teams of professionals in areas such as banking, tax, insolvency and restructuring, projects and construction and dispute resolution.

Whilst our capabilities extend to all areas of real estate our main practice areas are set out below.

Property Occupiers / Corporate Transactions

We provide advice to clients across a broad range of business sectors including retail, food and drink, leisure, energy, healthcare and education.

We have the capability, the people and the tools to project manage large and complex corporate transactions and to efficiently deal with the day to day requirements of asset and portfolio management across our network of offices in multiple jurisdictions.

We represent major indigenous and international retailers on all aspects of their Irish property portfolios.

We offer a wide range of experience in this area and an in-depth knowledge of local market issues. We guide our clients when entering into leases or when offering commercial properties for lease.

We provide advice in the following areas:

  • Transactional acquisition/disposal (buying/selling and leasing)
  • Property related dispute resolution
  • Property taxes
  • Hotel management agreements and liquor licensing

Real Estate Investment

For most investors real estate represents a long term prospect for capital appreciation and regular income. Protecting that income in a difficult market is a particular challenge and one which we have met head-on with our investor clients.

We know our market including the key Irish urban centres, and key overseas markets such as London and Paris through our international offices and have the human resources and knowledge to manage the largest deals.

Our international network has an established reputation. We deal with inward investors, institutional investors and high net worth clients, including many sovereign wealth funds through our UK offices.

Our experience includes:

  • looking after properties from acquisition to disposal through corporate and other structures.
  • asset management (lease variations, surrenders, reviews and concessions).
  • advising on rent reviews, lease disputes, insurance, the provision of services, repairs, alienation and alterations.

Real Estate Disputes, Insolvency and Restructuring

We deliver solutions to all real estate challenges, acting for investors, landlords, tenants, developers, occupiers and funders.

Our people are skilled in dealing with re-structuring of property arrangements to avoid disputes where possible and resolve those disputes which are unavoidable. We have assisted a large number of clients in distress arising from the challenging economic environment as well as asset managers and investors faced with income under pressure and rising vacancy. As advisors at the coal face of the real estate market we can bring our experience of market trends and the solutions available to bear for our clients.

We have advised on a broad range of issues including:

  • Alienation/alterations: disputes relating to applications for consent.
  • Lease termination: forfeiture, surrenders and break options.
  • Repairs and dilapidations.
  • Services including obligations to provide services and disputes regarding service charge.
  • Insolvency: liquidation, receivership and examinership of landlords, tenants and sub-tenants.
  • Professional negligence: including claims against solicitors, valuers and agents.
  • Rights and easements and boundary disputes.

Real Estate Development

We advise many of the largest developers in the Irish market with comprehensive advice on all aspects of real estate transactions, from initial identification of the site through to the final disposal or letting of the developed units.

We add value through the solutions we have engineered and developed on some of Ireland’s most ambitious and successful projects over the last forty years. We work with our clients and their teams to implement those solutions providing project management skills as well as technical and business advice to deliver on time and within budget.

Eversheds Sutherland has exceptionally strong experience in the area of retail, office, residential and mixed use development.

We provide advice in the following areas:

  • Site assembly and disposal.
  • Joint venture, partnership and corporate structures for collaborative development, including public private partnerships.
  • Landlord and tenant matters including the negotiation of agreements for lease and occupational leases to meet funders’ requirements.
  • Procurement and construction.
  • Capital taxes (stamp duty, capital gains tax and VAT).
  • Development project finance.

Real Estate Finance

We act for financiers and borrowers in negotiating terms for funding and security on all types of development and commercial property acquisition, liaising closely with our colleagues in Banking and Financial Services.

As property investment transaction sizes have increased over recent years, so too has the prevalence of syndication. Our experience in syndicated property investments, coupled with our international footprint allows us to deliver an outstanding service to our clients in this area.

Planning

Our knowledge and experience in this area has been gained through continuing involvement in some of the most substantial and complex projects in Ireland. Our planning professionals have particular experience in the difficult issues surrounding infrastructure works.

We can provide assistance with any development scheme involving planning, strategic infrastructure projects, compulsory purchase and compensation.

We have also been involved in a number of significant urban regeneration schemes.

Our international offices have advised on some of the largest-scale infrastructure projects in Europe undertaken in recent years.

We have advised the largest Irish house builders, mixed-use developers, retailers, investment funds and banks.

We have been the leading advisors on renewable energy projects in Ireland over the past 10 years including more on-shore windfarm projects than any other firm as well as off-shore windfarm, biomass and wave power projects.

We provide advice in the following areas:

  • commercial, residential and mixed-use development schemes.
  • infrastructure and renewable energy projects.
  • advocacy at Public Inquiries.
  • advice and conduct of planning enforcement.
  • advice on compulsory purchase and compensation.

International Real Estate Guide

Our team of property advisors have launched the 4th edition of our International Real Estate Guide to real estate law. This free publication provides real estate managers with an overview of the legal rules that govern real estate on a country by country basis.

We have developed the Guide as a result of the growing tendency for property directors and fund managers to manage property portfolios across multiple countries and a range of jurisdictions. Our clients tell us that they increasingly need to quickly gain an understanding of the potential impact of certain issues across multiple locations so new for this edition we are taking our well loved and used guide online.

This guide provides easy access through a web based tool which can be accessible through your portable hand-held devices and desktops. You can review just the issues relevant to you, in the locations you are interested in, then print or e-mail the relevant content - or contact one of our local advisors for more information.