Consultancy, pro bono support &
return-to-work assessment for commercial occupiers
The impact of COVID-19 on businesses and our everyday lives has been unprecedented. Notwithstanding the terrible loss of life and threat to our health and frontline services, the outbreak has already impacted the economy, with many businesses witnessing a drop in commercial activity. Though governments globally have introduced measures to help, many organisations are still struggling to cope. We want to help.
Our core principles are the behaviours that underpin the way we do things. One of these principles especially stands out –Together. Accordingly, we are offering pro bono support to commercial occupiers and have already reached out to over 25,000 businesses in the UK. If your business needs support or advice in dialogue with your landlord, regarding the financial covenants in your commercial property lease(s) – please get in touch.
DeVono Cresa have weathered a number of storms over the past 17 years, and yet we’ve sailed through every one of them by evolving and learning. As the UK’s leading occupier-only commercial property advisory firm, we specialise in providing real estate solutions to support clients’ business objectives. We are committed to what we do and are experts at helping you to understand the relationship between the market, support mechanisms on offer, and how property decisions will impact your business.
We have also actively been campaigning and lobbying the UK government through this crisis to extend the 2020/21 business rates holiday to companies across all sectors. For many businesses, a rates holiday could be the difference between staying open and closing. Please sign the petition.
Though we would like to help as many as possible, we are cognisant of our finite capacity for this pro bono offering. However, we will strive to answer your queries and give you the best advice possible.
We are confident that we will transition through this with the support of one another. We are in this together. Take care and stay safe.
Summary of the UK Government's 'COVID-19 secure' guidelines:
DeVono Cresa and Simmons & Simmons have co-authored this briefing document that answers some of the most frequently asked questions by businesses on a range of COVID-19 related challenges. This document brings together the joint expertise of these two firms in commercial property leasing and contract law, and answers a series of questions regarding leased premises, serviced office and coworking spaces, business rates, as well as government support schemes for businesses.
This is a live document. It will be updated in accordance with announcements made by the UK government as they appear.
You can download the document here.
Please get in touch on +44 (0)20 7096 9911 or contact our Head of Office Agency and Consultancy, Chris Lewis, at: firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the contact form.
To view our on-going COVID-19 podcast series, which will include a range of informative content provided by our leadership team, visit our podcast library here.
DeVono Cresa joined by 60+ commercial property firms calling on the government to extend the business rates holiday
In March, we petitioned the UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak to extend the rates holiday to businesses across all sectors. For many organisations, the suspension of business rates could be the difference between staying open and closing. Today, more than 60 firms from across our sector joined us in our campaign calling on the UK Government to take action to help companies up and down the country facing bankruptcy, as featured in our Letter to the Editor in the Financial Times. You can read the Financial Times report on this campaign here.
Joint paper with Cripps Pemberton Greenish (Coronavirus – Consequences for Office Tenants):
Please also see our highlights page of the UK government’s daily COVID-19 press briefing
DeVono Cresa is campaigning for the UK government to extend the 2020/21 #businessrates holiday to businesses across all sectors. For many companies, a rates holiday could be the difference between staying open and closing. Please sign the petition: https://t.co/kDtKrwm47v— DeVono Cresa (@DeVonoCresa) March 23, 2020
DeVono Cresa and Simmons & Simmons bring together their joint expertise in this briefing document that answers some of the most common FAQs by businesses on a range of COVID-19 related challenges.— DeVono Cresa (@DeVonoCresa) April 22, 2020
Head to https://t.co/thDWeJQ3gV to download it now.#COVID19 #FAQsforOccupiers pic.twitter.com/kOTDRTwvSi
#UKGovt has issued #COVID19Secure guidelines for employers to help businesses & offices return to work. We will be launching our Back-to-Work-Assessment tool tomorrow to help in this regard.— DeVono Cresa (@DeVonoCresa) May 14, 2020
The summarised government guidance can be found here: https://t.co/taljGVEIxC pic.twitter.com/5WSDkcEg5B
As a part of DeVono Cresa's #AskDC series, Chris Lewis, Head of Office Agency & Consultancy, answers a question raised by you: ‘My firm has a leased office and can't pay rent immediately. What advice would you give us?’ @chrisle76— DeVono Cresa (@DeVonoCresa) May 4, 2020
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The DeVono Cresa Group completed the ‘2.6 Challenge’ on Sunday, to support the incredible work our NHS staff & volunteers are doing to care for #COVID19 patients.— DeVono Cresa (@DeVonoCresa) April 28, 2020
Any donation for @NHSCharities will be hugely appreciated!https://t.co/0JjNexWMD0 pic.twitter.com/r6AmwCmFEX
DeVono Cresa answers your questions about the impact of #COVID19 on the commercial real estate market for our #AskDC series. The first question, answered by our joint CEO, Luke Philpott, is ‘Which firms need to pay business rates?’.— DeVono Cresa (@DeVonoCresa) April 29, 2020
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DeVono Cresa’s Head of Office Agency & Consulting, Chris Lewis, features in the @FT outlining how company executives are reviewing their corporate real estate and potentially seeking to mitigate the cost of escalating costs associated with COVID-19.https://t.co/V3XapijVyU— DeVono Cresa (@DeVonoCresa) April 28, 2020
DeVono Cresa’s Head of Insights, Shaun Dawson, gives his analysis on how #COVID19 is disrupting the office market, the likelihood of a post-COVID recession and the impact on workspace supply and demand in the coming years.— DeVono Cresa (@DeVonoCresa) April 17, 2020
Read the full blog at https://t.co/1dkzODDI0H
DeVono Cresa’s Head of Insights, Shaun Dawson, features in @FENews giving his analysis on how #COVID19 is disrupting the office market, the likelihood of a post-COVID recession and the impact on workspace supply and demand in the coming years. https://t.co/YEFdIfCv3I @shauny99— DeVono Cresa (@DeVonoCresa) May 5, 2020
.@GeorgeNHammond @FT dissects DeVono Cresa's letter to the Chancellor @RishiSunak calling on the #UKgovt to extend the #businessrates holiday for 2020/21 across all sectors. Our Joint CEO Luke Philpott is quoted on the potential consequences of not extending this rates relief. https://t.co/asYdip315a— DeVono Cresa (@DeVonoCresa) May 6, 2020
As part of DeVono Cresa's #AskDC series, Gemma Foord, our Head of Flexible Leasing & Consulting discusses how COVID-19 is affecting flex office leasing contracts.— DeVono Cresa (@DeVonoCresa) May 11, 2020
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