Real Estate


The global real estate market is dynamic and complex. To navigate this challenging and fast-moving industry, you require responsive legal advisers with an in-depth knowledge of both international and local markets.

Gowling WLG offers you the service and track record you demand. With almost 400 professionals based in offices around the world, we have the specialist advice and broad expertise you need to succeed in any aspect of a real estate transaction.

We work with leading real estate clients from major listed companies to smaller businesses. Our lawyers act as an extension of our clients, with pragmatism and commerciality being central to our approach. In the past year alone, we've advised on real estate deals with a value of over £6 billion, and on over 15,000 transactions.

Fully integrated, we offer real estate services across our offices in Canada, the UK and in countries throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Whatever the matter, we deliver a quality service that enables you to derive maximum value from your transactions and resolve your real estate issues quickly and efficiently.

Because every job is different, every team we build is different. Your needs will be matched with the right expert in the right location. At all times, we look to reduce your costs by using our people who work outside higher cost centres, and by utilising innovative proprietary systems for the delivery of legal services.

The areas we cover include:

  • Purchase/sale
  • Development
  • Leasing/landlord and tenant
  • Financing/lending
  • Disputes/property litigation
  • Planning and zoning

We also have a dedicated team that focuses on providing property advice in relation to specialist corporate and projects transactions, and ensures that properties are transferred efficiently as part of any deal.

Recognised by both peers and clients for our work, you won't find a better partner for your real estate issues. Please get in touch with any member of the Gowling WLG team to discuss how we can help you.


In today's commercial real estate market, you need a legal team that's responsive, accessible and able to execute your transactions seamlessly.

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COVID-19 advisory: Considerations for commercial tenants

Gowling WLG has been monitoring the development of COVID-19 closely and is continuously advising clients as more information becomes available. In the interest of helping tenants who lease commercial space manage the challenges created by the outbreak of COVID-19, Gowling WLG has prepared the following bulletin. Updates will be available as new information is released.

Gowling WLG is home to one of Canada's strongest multi-disciplinary real estate legal teams, and is committed to providing you with timely, practical advice to help you meet the demands of customers, partners, regulators and investors.

No matter how complex or significant the transaction, we can help you achieve your real estate goals.

Foundations for success

With a strong presence in Canada, Asia and other global markets, our expertise spans all aspects of commercial real estate - from land acquisition and divestitures of individual properties and portfolios to brownfield redevelopment, commercial leasing services, and project and credit facility financing.

Whether you do business in local or international real estate markets, we deliver a complete range of legal services to a diverse clientele, including multinational development companies, national retailers, First Nations groups and financial institutions.

While advancing your business goals is always our top priority, we know that your budget is finite. With this in mind, we optimize your legal spend by implementing efficient fee strategies, offering competitive rates and anticipating costs as far in advance as possible.

Select client work

Across Canada and Asia, Gowling WLG has advised on a range of significant real estate transactions, including serving as counsel to:

  • Lasalle Investment Management with respect to the formation and first close of LaSalle Canadian Income & Growth Fund IV at an aggregate total of $110 million.
  • Forebase International Holdings Limited of Hong Kong in its acquisition of Brentwood Bay Resort in Victoria, British Columbia, for approximately $14 million.
  • Allied Properties REIT in a refinancing of its existing mortgage loans on Cité du Multimédia in Montréal, Québec, with Otéra Capital providing a new credit facility totalling $172.5 million.
  • Fiera Properties Limited in the launch of its diversified open-ended property fund, the Fiera Properties CORE Fund, the largest Canadian open-ended core property fund in more than 20 years, representing $352 million in equity capital from investors.
  • China-based investors in purchases of hotels throughout British Columbia, as well as a $50-million purchase of a portfolio of Vancouver apartment buildings and a $30-million purchase of a Vancouver office tower.

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We're eager to hear about the challenges you face, and to help you seize the next opportunity. Please contact any member of our team to learn more about the legal services we offer.


In a dynamic and complex real estate market, you need advice from legal advisers who understand both local markets and international matters. Things move quickly and you need to be responsive to fast-paced change. Is your legal advice future-proofed – or is it likely to be out of date by this time next month?

At Gowling WLG, we have the insight and agility you require. With a combination of in-depth market knowledge, specialist skills and on-demand availability, we bring together experts in real estate matters and corporate, environment and employment law, as well as restructuring and financing. If you're working on a global stage, you'll benefit from our excellent reputation for complex cross-border transactions.

Fully integrated, we offer legal services across our offices in France, the UK and throughout Europe, Canada, the Middle East and Asia. Whatever the matter, we deliver quality that enables you to derive maximum value from your deals and resolve your transactions quickly and efficiently.

We provide advice on a daily basis to private and institutional investors, developers, investment funds, asset managers and service providers on their investments and related services in France and overseas.

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In a complex world, use a team that makes your real estate matters as simple as they can be. We'd be delighted to work with you.


The UK Real Estate market has always been an attractive place for investment for international investors.

Our award winning Real Estate Group is the thirteenth largest real estate practice globally and one of the UK's largest real estate practices. With more than 290 lawyers working across 15 specialist areas, we offer a full service across the whole of the UK real estate sector, acting for high net worth individuals, public and private companies, institutions and the public sector alike.

Our services include:

  • Planning
  • Industrial & logistics
  • Transport-related development
  • Offices
  • Student accommodation
  • Build to Rent
  • Retail
  • Regeneration
  • Assisted living
  • Affordable housing
  • Corporate real estate/Corporate occupiers
  • Commercial leasing
  • Hotels
  • Investment
  • Asset management
  • Real Estate litigation

The team can offer advice on an array of issues including: the tax implications of purchasing UK property, acquisition structures as well as guiding you through the exchange and completion process.

We also provide the following additional services:

  • Real estate operations in France through our Paris office and other European jurisdictions via our network of top Real Estate firms across Europe.
  • Real estate operations in Canada through our Canadian offices.

Anuj Johar is a UK qualified solicitor and Senior Associate in our Real Estate Group based in our Dubai office. Please contact Anuj for any further real estate queries on +971 (0)4 437 5100.


The global real estate market is dynamic and complex. To navigate this challenging and fast moving industry, you require responsive legal advisers with an in-depth knowledge of international and local markets.

Gowling WLG is home to one of the UK's largest real estate practices with a team of more than 275 commercially-minded, innovative and pragmatic lawyers.

We work alongside many of the sector's most successful companies and have helped to deliver numerous high profile projects, advising throughout their lifecycle.


Our clients include: Battersea Project Land Company, Blackstone, Bloor, M J Gleeson, Harbert, Intu, Funds advised by JP Morgan Asset Management, LaSalle IM, The Miller Group, NFU Mutual, Persimmon, Royal London, Sanctuary Housing, Sellar Design+Development, St Modwen, Janus Henderson, Taylor Wimpey, USS and Whitbread.


Winner: Real Estate Team of the Year in The Legal Business Awards 2017.

Nominated as Legal Team of the Year in the Estates Gazette Awards 2017.

Nominated as Property Team of the Year in The British Legal Awards 2016.

Winner: Real Estate Team of the Year in The Legal Business Awards 2015.

Recommended by both Chambers and The Legal 500 as a leading real estate firm.

"Outstanding real estate practice offering the full range of services, and particularly well regarded for its expertise in development and investment matters. Specific expertise in industrial, retail and residential property."
Chambers UK 2017

"Gowling WLG's 'deep experience and senior hands-on approach' makes it a popular choice with clients such as Taylor Wimpey, Miller Developments and St Modwen. The substantial team covers a full range of work, with particular strengths in mixed-use developments, regeneration and investment, especially in shopping centres."
The Legal 500 2016

"Continues to handle high volumes of big-ticket real estate transactions, from investment acquisitions to asset management. Equipped to advise on deals in the student accommodation and private rental sectors, among a variety of other areas."
Chambers UK 2017

The firm is a member of the British Property Federation.