Acquisition and Disposal

Acquisition and Disposal


Retail Acquisition 

DWD specialise in Central London retail acquisition both for local occupiers wishing to re-locate or add to their existing portfolio and new entrants to the London market from overseas. With support from our planning and rating teams and close collaboration with our building surveying and project management contacts we are able to offer clients a complete “one stop” re-location package. This encompasses agreement of the terms of a lease, pre-acquisition building survey, planning advice (on use, signage and alterations) and shop fitting.

DWD’s approach starts by gaining an understanding of our client’s business, giving advice on the parameters of the required search area having regard to agreed demographic and budgetary criteria and the character of neighbouring retailers within the chosen area.

We then compile a schedule of available shops with details of full occupancy costs. A shortlist would be prepared and terms negotiated to identify a preferred and reserve option.

We work closely with your lawyer to advise on commercial aspects of lease terms and liaise throughout the process until completion.

Many of our clients have never acquired premises in the UK before and rely on us to advise on the recruitment of a professional team to handle the entire process.

Central London Office Acquisition 

DWD regularly acquire office space for clients in the West End, City, Southwark, Mid-town and Shoreditch. We understand the market and are adept at negotiating the best incentive packages available to prospective tenants.

We provide a comprehensive service guiding our clients through the entire process from agreeing the search criteria, compiling shortlists, negotiation of terms and liaison with lawyers through to lease completion.  Through close collaboration with our building surveying and project management contacts we are also able to offer clients a complete “one stop” re-location package including pre-acquisition survey, planning advice (on use, signage and alterations) and fit out.

Industrial Land and Buildings Acquisition

DWD advise on the disposal and acquisition of freehold and leasehold industrial and warehouse property throughout the UK.  Often our advice encompasses developing a property strategy involving disposal of unsuitable existing property assets and re-locating the business into fit for purpose premises. DWD’s detailed understanding of planning is invaluable in ascertaining the development potential of industrial assets ensuring the maximum price is achieved on disposal.

Energy and infrastructure

DWD have a long track record assisting clients with the acquisition of land for energy and infrastructure uses.  We are experienced at negotiating Option Agreements and working with our planning colleagues in delivering the acquisition of land with implementable consent for conventional and renewable energy uses and infrastructure projects.



DWD act for owners across all sectors and uses who wish to sell their property.  We specialise in selling land and buildings which have development potential and we have a track record of achieving considerable value uplift.  Our combined planning and valuation expertise enable us to understand the true value of property and thus ensure our clients achieve the best possible outcome on disposal of a property asset.

In some circumstances DWD may recommend securing planning consent prior to disposal, in other situations property may be sold subject to planning permission being achieved.  In both scenarios, DWD planners work with us to achieve the most advantageous result.