Choosing the right solicitor to work for you on your property transaction can make a huge difference.

Whether purchasing, selling or leasing property, our team provide advice on how you can minimise costs and avoid problems and delays.

We provide advice in:

  • Property purchases
  • Property sales
  • Property leases
  • Property tax planning
  • Property development
  • Property financing
  • Property disputes

Residential Property

Our team of residential property lawyers provide expert advice to landlords and individuals at all stages in the residential property process. We advise on all types of property including new builds, listed buildings, development sites, renovations and conversions.

For residential property tax planning we can advise you on all aspects of tax planning around your residential property purchase. We will work with you to help structure your purchase in the most efficient way and if you are purchasing property valued over £2m, we can advise on the annual residential property tax (known as the “ATED”) and capital gains tax. We can also advise on stamp duty land tax issues.

We act for individuals who want a home in London and the UK. We work with expert accountants to achieve our client’s requirements professionally and quickly. We also act for mortgage lenders, advising them on lending money to clients purchasing residential and commercial property alike.

Disputes are often an area in which we represent clients, and we can assist with:

  • Title and contractual disputes for developers.
  • Contractual disputes such as non-completion and specific performance actions.
  • Landlord & tenant disputes, such as contested rent reviews, forfeiture, injunctions to restrain or to enforce leasehold covenants and damages claims for dilapidations.
  • Property related professional negligence claims.
  • Proprietary estoppel claims.
  • Adverse possession, rights of way and other easement disputes.
  • Urgent applications for emergency relief.

Commercial Property

We are one of the few commercial property law firms to be on the panels of all the key lenders in the Commercial Real estate sector. Our innovative legal approach, flexibility and cost sensitivity have produced longstanding relationships with market leaders.

Commercial property transactions are becoming increasingly sophisticated, from indirect investment structures to complex regeneration schemes.

Real estate tax legislation is changing fast and the range of international fund vehicles requires a rethink of conventional ownership structures. Commercial property financing techniques are also key. An understanding of international commercial property law and structures is essential to identify the tax implications and minimise costs wherever possible.

Our London based legal team will identify the tax issues and find practical solutions. We work with our international commercial property, planning, regulatory and finance colleagues to deliver a joined-up approach from the initial structuring advice to the final sign-off on documents.

Property Development and Investment

One of the core areas of ELS is the work we do in supporting property developers.

Our strong network helps developers and investors connect, and we provide legal assistance and advice on site acquisition, joint ventures, finance options, dispute resolution and tax options to save money in the transaction.

Secured Lending

ELS have extensive experience acting for lenders in both the residential and commercial property sector. This practice has grown and has developed particular specialism acting for lenders on high value and complex transactions. ELS helps the lenders identify the risks and secure their lending to facilitate a smooth but safe transaction for all parties involved.