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Richard Forsdyke


Richard is a real estate partner with extensive UK and international experience.



Based in London, Richard has over 20 years' experience as a real estate lawyer and is experienced in all aspects of property development, investment and financing.  He heads the development practice within the London real estate group and has developed close relationships with many of the firm's key clients. He is recognised as a leading individual in the Legal 500 and Chambers directories. 

Richard advises major institutions from all around the world, including new market entrants. He advises on major multi-phased development projects in the UK and internationally, as well as the larger investment deals and joint ventures.

We run the Herbert Smith Freehills real estate development blog here, providing updates, articles and useful summaries on the legal aspects of UK real estate development topics including planning, general real estate, environment, construction, tax and real estate dispute resolution.

Richard's experience includes advising:

  • British Land on the sale of the UBS headquarters building in Broadgate, London to Cheung Kong for £1billion 
  • Oxford Properties and British Land on the sale of the Leadenhall Building (the "Cheesegrater") to CC Land for £1.15billion
  • Cain International and partners on the £680million residential and  ixed use development at The Stage, Shoreditch
  • the Greater London Authority on the procurement of the development of Silvertown Quays
  • Almacantar on the £800 million mixed use residential, office and leisure redevelopment of Marble Arch Tower in central London
  • Anschutz Entertainment Group on the redevelopment of the Millennium Dome in London into a 26,000 seat arena (now known as the 02 Arena) and 600,000 sq ft of surrounding leisure space, a 453 bedroom hotel and 140 residential apartments
  • British Land on its new development at Canada Water, London
  • Capco on its regeneration of Earl's Court in London, a 55 acre residential-led‎ scheme on the site of the old exhibition halls, including a £150 million infrastructure loan from the HCA
  • Chinese Estates on the purchase, financing and refinancing of River Court, London (Goldman Sachs HQ)


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