Rob Thompson



Rob is the head of the Real Estate team in London and specialises in investment and development ‎work, complex corporate real estate and real estate finance transactions both in the UK and abroad.

He advises banks, private equity funds, listed and non listed property companies and large corporates operating  in the office, hotels, logistics and retail sectors.

Recent highlights:

  • Wells Fargo and a major US Private Equity Fund: advised in their partnership to acquire the Eurohypo commercial real estate loan book for over £4billion, one of the largest European commercial real estate debt transactions ever.
  • British Land: advised the British Land/Blackstone joint venture ‎in connection with the development and pre-let of UBS's new 700,000 office HQ in Broadgate.
  • Caudwell Properties: advising John Caudwell's property arm on the purchase for over £100m and re-development of Audley Square.
  • Mercer Real Estate Partners/Private Overseas Investor: advised on the purchase, re-development and sale of Harman House, Uxbridge to Pramerica  for around £50m.
  • Honda: advised on a new office Headquarters located ‎in Bracknell.

Market view:

"The team is well led and structured, and is responsive to all our needs and sensitivities." - Chambers & Partners, 2014.

One client commented: "It is fantastic working with him. He goes well outside just the legal perspective and comes up with ideas and strategies. He feels like part of our team." - Chambers & Partners, 2014.

Rob has "a deep understanding of clients’ business needs." - Legal 500 2014

"Rob Thompson is recommended." - Legal 500, 2013.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 24/06/2016
    The UK Votes To Leave The EU

    Today’s decision to leave the EU doesn’t mean that UK businesses will not be affected by new far reaching data protection rules which are due in 2018. If a UK business trades in the European Union and offers goods or services to individuals in the EU, the new regulations will still be relevant. It will also continue to apply if a UK business monitors the behaviour of individuals in the EU – this could even extend to the use of cookies. If a business trades only in the UK, the issue is less clear as the UK Government may choose to include equivalent legislation anyway. It is generally accepted that the data protection laws are out-dated and I suspect that data protection will not stay the same for long, even though we are leaving the EU. In other words, there will be some reform. We just don’t know what it will look like.

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  • 10/03/2016
    No-Cannes-Do Is Once Again Cannes Do Both

    “London remains a major attraction for the world's real estate players and the fact that so many people can get together in such a concentrated forum to meet and share ideas is only to the good of the industry."

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  • 20/01/2016
    New Head of London Construction at Irwin Mitchell

    “ Construction is an important element of our expanding real estate offer, particularly in today’s market place. We plan to build the team further and together with our recent merger with Thomas Eggar, we believe we have created a dynamic force in property."

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  • 15/05/2015
    Boost For Property: 70% Of Companies Expect Rents To Increase In The Next Twelve Months

    “Our survey shows confidence in the property markets, and as demand looks set to outstrip supply, rental growth looks set to continue. More and more businesses are therefore taking the decision not to move and to use existing space more efficiently. Companies are squeezing everything out of the space they have from buying smaller desks to reducing the size of meeting rooms."

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