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.

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.

Insight guide - Covid, Brexit and tax: the impact on real estate funds

Throughout the pandemic, the real estate sector has demonstrated its resilience, showing its ability to adapt and survive. And yet, the effect on the industry as a whole has still been devastating.

The retail and leisure sectors were heaviest hit, and the office market has also suffered badly. Only the logistics sector seems to have actually benefited from the pandemic. What has been truly remarkable though has been the way in which many property companies have pivoted their business models to survive.

Many property funds have also started to restructure. In part, that is down to recent changes to capital gains tax, but is also in response to the fact that the types of assets that funds are acquiring has shifted.

Smith & Williamson and Property Week are proud to unveil their latest Insight Guide, assessing the Covid-effect on tax and investment. With the dual impact of Brexit, this guide reveals how the real estate industry is evolving with the times, demonstrating its resilience and agility in a bid to future-proof asset classes.

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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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Strategic Land Campaign

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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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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Zoe  Thomas

Zoe Thomas

Partner, Head of Real Estate

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