We recognise how fundamental it is to your business to be in the right working environment and on terms that support your business objectives. Technology and changing work patterns are revolutionising what businesses want from their real estate assets and the need to attract and retain talent puts the choice of workplace at the forefront of the decision making process.

Bristows has a multi-disciplinary corporate occupier team which focuses on understanding and supporting our clients’ business and commercial drivers whatever the nature of their real estate needs. 

Our experienced team of lawyers provide bespoke solutions and strategic advice to support your decision-making process throughout the lifecycle of a property - from the acquisition of new premises to exit strategies and all related issues. 

We work with organisations in every sector with a significant proportion of our clients being overseas businesses looking to establish a presence in the UK.  We have significant experience in guiding and supporting these new entrants and helping to streamline this potentially challenging process.

Our clients include multinationals and start-ups; institutions with heritage properties through to technology and pharmaceutical companies requiring bespoke buildings with specialist fit out requirements.

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Teresa Edmund



Acting for an overseas technology business setting up in the UK and acquiring over 30,000 square feet with an annual rent in excess of £2m.

Providing real estate advice to a Chinese owned electric vehicle manufacturer in connection with a 100,000 sq ft purpose built research and development facility for their Formula E team.

Acting for a US digital procurement business on in its first significant leasing transaction in the UK Market.

Acting for the UK’s largest on-line recruitment platform on its HQ relocation to the Blue Fin Building at Southbank, its subsequent expansion within the building and acquisition of regional offices.

Acting for a US fintech company taking its first lease of premises at Lloyds Avenue, London.

Acting for a US based education technology company securing its first UK office space in Holborn.

Acting for Genomics England Limited (owned by the Department of Health) on the acquisition of additional laboratory and office premises

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What others say

“The ‘highly responsive, commercial’ Marek Petecki is a ‘standout partner’ who ‘finds and communicates practicable solutions to issues, and tailors his work carefully’; he is noted for his strength in M&A involving IP and technology. Petecki’s highlights included advising AstraZeneca on the £135m sale of its pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Avonmouth to Avara, and assisted Diageo with its acquisition of a stake in a joint venture established by Piers Adam to develop a new whisky brand.”

Legal 500 2017

“The ‘partner-led’ practice group at Bristows LLP has ‘good expertise in the area of partnership’, acting for investment partnerships and professional partnerships. Joint department head Iain Redford specialises in investment partnerships and also has particular expertise in refinancing partnerships. In 2016, he acted for multiple individual members in relation to the sale of their LLP.”

Legal 500 2017

“Commended for its ‘excellent service’ and ‘good value for money’, Bristows LLP’s department is strong in the TMT and life sciences sectors; it also has notable experience in the consumer goods space.”

Legal 500 2017

“Life sciences expert Mark Hawes, who heads the group, acted for Albireo on its NASDAQ listing and its $200m reverse merger with Biodel.”

Legal 500 2017

“Corporate partners Mark Hawes and Marek Petecki…are recommended” in the Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology sector.”

Legal 500 2017

Recent rankings and awards

Real Estate: Commercial property - General / Investment 
Legal 500 2017

Real Estate: Lower Mid-Market (London) - Noted Firm
Chambers and Partners 2015