Real estate

The need to continually adapt to address changing regulations and financial or market risks is a challenge experienced by real estate, construction and infrastructure companies across the globe - all of this while meeting the challenges of investing, expanding and achieving sustainable growth.

Smith & Williamson’s dedicated group is a leading advisor to ambitious businesses in the real estate and construction sector. We have the local, national and global capabilities to help firms succeed at all stages of their lifecycle.

Our clients span the full property lifecycle and complementary industries including the contractors that demolish and construct, the registered providers you work alongside, the investors who own the business, and those who fund projects.

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R&D tax credits in the construction industry

Attention to the demands of our clients lie at the heart of our research and development (R&D) tax credit work with the construction industry.

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A guide to claiming R&D tax relief

What is R&D tax relief? And why are so many businesses missing out on this valuable source of support from HMRC? Our guide to claiming covers some of the key points in the process.

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British Land's robotic automation process

The Challenge: As with many property companies, British Land has a huge number of individual tax returns to submit. They often contain relatively small amounts of information but are manually intensive, requiring plenty of manpower that could usefully be deployed elsewhere.

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Working with more than 200 businesses in the sector and across the supply chain means we are close to the issues you face and have the experience to help you achieve your ambitions.

To help you meet your financial goals, we’ll listen closely to your needs and deliver straightforward impartial advice and actionable strategies based on the judgement and expertise of our teams.


Full service financial and business advice

Covering all aspects of your personal and business needs, whether this is the basics of compliance or complex family or business planning we help you achieve your objectives in ways which stand the test of time, have clear commercial rationale and do not over complicate the issues.

Business lifecycle management

From launch to exit we can provide expert actionable advice to help you grow.

Transaction support

Structuring, fundraising, due diligence, valuation, VAT solutions, restructuring, financial reporting, forensics and MBOs.


Including audit, financial statement preparation, bookkeeping and management accounting, payroll, VAT and CIS returns, systems and controls, corporation and partnership tax.

Professional adviser support

We assist architects, chartered surveyors, and real estate focussed law firms with full financial and business advice backed by our knowledge of their target sector and its dynamics.

Entrepreneurs programme

Our dedicated entrepreneur programme delivers unique insight and networking opportunities for clients and ensures our teams are uniquely equipped to advise on a broad range of growth company challenges.

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Real estate professionals

Strategic sites offer huge potential

Given the lengthy timeframes involved, strategic land projects are, if not immune, then certainly shielded from the storms currently raging against the wider economy.

No matter the extreme times we find ourselves living in, it remains important to get everything right from the beginning on a strategic land project, whether that is pulling together the right site with the right landowners or navigating the planning system.

The potential for strategic sites is huge and Smith & Williamson and Property Week have compiled a special insight guide highlighting the wide range of parties involved in strategic land and future trends for the sector.

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Is the UK Funds Regime fit for UK Real Estate?

Is the UK Funds Regime fit for UK Real Estate?

Property fund structures are currently being reviewed by HMRC as part of a wide-reaching consultation on the UK fund regime.

New Super Deductions for capital investment – Practical issues to optimise relief

New Super Deductions for capital investment – Practical issues to optimise relief

As an incentive to encourage and accelerate capital investment and drive growth, the Government announced a series of generous capital allowances measures in the recent 2021 Budget.

Inheritance tax planning with property portfolio values

Inheritance tax planning with property portfolio values

The true impact of the pandemic on the commercial property market remains, for the time being, unquantifiable. It is clear, however, that property valuations have dropped and may drop further in the short-term as we discover how to live and work in a post-pandemic world.

Budget 2021: Real Estate sector to benefit from significant reliefs to incentivise investment in infrastructure

Budget 2021: Real Estate sector to benefit from significant reliefs to incentivise investment in infrastructure

The Budget has focussed on investment in infrastructure as a way to bolster the UK economy. the further support for the real estate industry as a whole is very welcome. There are extensions to both the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) and business rates holidays along with significant tax reliefs available to those businesses investing in the new Freeports of the UK over the next 5 years.


Our credentials



Through our work with a wide range of real estate and construction companies we are close to the issues that matter to you and your business enabling us to tailor bespoke advice to help you gain a competitive edge.


We work with hundreds of growing businesses in real estate and the supply chain leveraging opportunities and tackling challenges. We understand how to create and evolve business infrastructure to successfully support growth.


Our offering is unique. No other firm can provide you such a wide range of personal, business and financing advice under one roof. Our truly multi-disciplinary expertise can be fully leveraged from day one or on an ad hoc basis as required.


You’ll receive high touch, hands-on support and advice from our partner led teams with a genuine understanding of your business and industry, as well as the connections and track record to deliver results.



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Jackie Oakes

Partner, Assurance and business services & Chair, Real Estate Group

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