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Robert Murphy

Robert Murphy

International Partner


Robert joined Cushman & Wakefield in January 2013 after 27 years property experience in Central London, primarily the City. He is a market leader in the field of development and complex ownership situations, particularly with freehold /leasehold re-gearings and developing Joint Ventures.

Robert has primarily focused on Central London since 1986 undertaking investment sales and acquisitions, strategic consultancy, development and asset management. He regularly coordinates multi-discipline teams to achieve client objectives and his skill base regularly takes him outside London to resolve sensitive and complex situations. His career is marked by dealing with atypical situations including selling the Bankside Power Station to the Tate Modern, supporting the London Symphony Orchestra and recently supporting the Wimbledon Park Golf Club in their sale to the All England Tennis Club.

Robert works closely with and against historic landed estates, acting for The Portman, Howard de Walden and Cadogan Estates and typically against The Crown Estate and Grosvenor Estate. He has a special insight into the workings of the landed estates, decision-making and strategic thinking.

Awards & Associations


  • Restructured leasehold interest for Freeholder (Network Rail) of Shard to allow development
  • Purchase of 33 Grosvenor Place for Cleveland Clinic Foundation for £250 million for conversion to hospital, securing planning and restructuring lease against The Grosvenor Estate.
  • Development sales, strategy and structuring of close to 2.0 million sq ft of development on The Portman Estate.
  • Headlease restructuring and acquisition of new sites for London Business School on 3 sites around Regents Park all against The Crown Estate
  • £150 million development funding of the 250,000 sq ft Creechurch Place City of London office scheme – Helical Plc and Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan.
  • Strategic planning to realise the £100 million development site of Ebbsfleet Valley on behalf of Land Securities – unscrambling ownership and planning structures along the way.
  • Advisor to Carlton, Athenaeum, Travellers, Reform and Oxford & Cambridge private members clubs in St James to restructure the leases against The Crown Estate.