We provide bespoke real estate solutions to clients across the education sector. Our education specialists take a solution and results-focused approach. Whether complex development arrangements or business-as-usual asset management, we have the skills and expertise, in the right location, to help you.


We understand that your estate contributes to your institution's success and your students' experience, and that creating a sustainable built environment is a key priority for any educational establishment.

We are a leading real estate adviser to the higher education sector, providing a full range of property-related services to a several educational institutions, including universities.

Our expertise allows us to deliver work efficiently and effectively, in line with your acceptable risk policies and internal governance requirements.

We advise on all aspects of real estate investment, including:

  • the acquisition and disposal of properties including option and overage agreement
  • all landlord and tenant matters, including the management of student halls of residence
  • complex development agreements including forward funding arrangements
  • joint venture schemes
  • legislative and regulatory matters
  • property tax
  • property disputes
  • planning and environmental matters
  • construction contracts and disputes

Featured experience

  • Acting for a Russell Group university on the development of a 400-bed student accommodation unit through a joint venture arrangement
  • Acting for a leading Northern university on the strategic acquisition of a recently developed city centre scheme (value c. £80M), including complex due diligence on the construction aspects and negotiation of restrictions within the land transfer
  • Acting for a North Eastern university on the acquisition of a decommissioning hospital site to facilitate strategic development and the procurement of a JV partner, together with advice on the delivery of various phases through third-party disposal and direct construction
  • Acting for a large Lancashire college on the acquisition of a new £93m city centre campus, including the procurement of the professional team, construction contracts, title investigation and the completion of an option to acquire a large site of a leasehold basis
  • Acting for an independent school on the disposal of an existing site to a housebuilding consortium and the purchase of a new school site

What our clients say

  • The solicitors are attuned to our business requirements and the fast-changing market, with knowledge and information being readily shared to ensure we receive a consistently high level of service.

    Chambers UK 2023, Real Estate

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Who we are

Why choose DAC Beachcroft?

We’re a broad-based commercial firm serving a wide range of sectors with a strong heritage in insurance,
health and real estate. We combine excellent legal skills and cutting-edge delivery expertise to design
solutions that fit the needs of our clients – often involving clever uses of technology.