Michael Shaw has a broad commercial real estate practice with particular emphasis on investment and the requirements of occupiers. He works closely with his clients to give advice which is always commercially aware as well as technically sound.

    Michael covers all aspects of investment in real estate. He represents investors from institutions to individuals in respect of the acquisition, funding, management and disposal of all kinds of real estate assets, including indirect investment through corporate vehicles. He has a particular interest in inward investment into the UK from China and East Asia.

    Michael represents corporate occupiers of real estate in relation to all their needs, such as taking new leases and negotiating exits from them, sale and leaseback transactions and raising finance on real estate holdings. In the current downturn he has advised particularly on ways in which occupiers can renegotiate lease terms to their advantage.

    Michael has been recognised by The Legal 500 UK each year since 2008 which notes that “Clients praise [our] transactional abilities, and single out Michael Shaw for praise” and Michael is “very strong”.

    Michael is a founder member of the Commercial Real Estate Legal Association and serves on its management committee with particular responsibility for the growth of the Association in the UK regions.  

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    • Acting for an institutional fund in relation to the £40 million redevelopment of a regional retail park, including the relocation of a supermarket.
    • Acting for the British Property Federation on the relocation of its London office.
    • Acting for a major UK retailer on the sale and leaseback of its flagship London store.
    • Coordinating property due diligence in 11 jurisdictions in relation to the refinancing of a major chemical company.


    • College of Law, York, Law Society Finals, 1992
    • University of Oxford, M.A., 1991


    • England and Wales, 1994
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2017 for Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2017 for Commercial property
    • Recognized as a leading individual by Chambers UK 2016
    • Recommended as a Leading Individual in The Legal 500 UK 2015 for Commercial Property

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