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Property and estates in higher education

Your estate plays a vital role in the identity of your university and your ability to deliver the very best student experience. Recently we’ve seen fundamental changes in the way we work and the use of space, this has created opportunity for you to reimagine how you utilise space to deliver greater efficiencies and improve the student experience.

We have a dedicated education-focused real estate team that combines technical excellence with a deep understanding of the challenges facing real estate teams in higher education institutes (HEIs), borne out of our experience of working with our clients.

What we offer

  • Expert advice on all aspects of estate management including acquisition and disposals of freehold and leasehold land, renewal leases, rent reviews, breaks and dilapidations.
  • Unrivalled support on major projects relating to the redevelopment and regeneration of your estate, joint ventures, financing and strategic planning to help optimise investment and income generation.
  • Exclusive access to our in-house, interactive property portfolio manager system, allowing 24-hour access to all your property portfolio documents along with automated reminders of key dates such as rent reviews, break clauses or lease termination dates.
  • Specialist advice including funding and project finance, construction, corporate and commercial, environmental law, housing, planning and compulsory purchase orders, procurement, state aid, sustainability and energy efficiency and tax.
  • Dispute resolution experts to help you identify risk and manage all your disputes, adopting a practical solutions-based approach from lease renewals and tenant default issues to high value and complex claims.

Why choose Browne Jacobson?

As an approved Business Partner of the Association of University Directors of Estates, our dedicated education real estate team have first-hand, in-house experience working in HEIs and are well placed to advise you on how to make the most of your estate. For more information on how we can help your institution please contact Dominic Swift.

Featured experience

Arbitration against a main contractor

Acted for a university to bring a successful arbitration against a main contractor for negligence and breach of contract in the design and construction of student accommodation.

Disposal of a major city centre site

Advised an HEI on disposal of a major city centre site including complex issues surrounding the rights of tenants.

King College London student accommodation licence revision

Advised King College London on the revision of their licence used for all student accommodation.  

Lease renewal for two main campus sites

Advised an HEI on the renewal of the lease for their two main campus sites.


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