Martin Smith is a partner in the firm's Real Estate Industry group and a member of its Real Estate Transactions and Hospitality & Leisure practices. Mr. Smith advises clients on all aspects of investment in UK real estate, including acquisition, development, leasing, management and disposal. He deals with direct investment in assets as well as indirect transactions through SPVs, including limited companies and unit trusts, acting for a variety of UK institutions and international investors.

Mr. Smith represents clients investing in all asset classes including offices, retail, student accommodation, PRS and logistics. He has particular expertise in hospitality and leisure assets and advises owners and operators of hotels, holiday parks and branded private residences. Mr. Smith regularly represents hotel management companies on transactions throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Mr. Smith is also involved in Goodwin’s PropTech Initiative, which is focused on supporting the intersection of Real Estate and Technology through thoughtful collaboration across the two practice areas. As a participant, Mr. Smith stays up to date on relevant market trends impacting the PropTech sector to effectively support clients involved in this space.





Mr. Smith’s recent experience includes representing:

  • Global hotel management companies on development, management and operational matters in relation to new hospitality projects in locations including Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Italy, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Spain
  • Angelo, Gordon & Co in the £97 million joint venture acquisition of a multi-let office building at 1-5 London Wall, London
  • A real estate investment fund on the establishment of a new UK holiday parks brand, including joint venture and management agreements, site acquisitions, development and financing
  • A UK holiday parks owner/operator on the ground rent sale and leaseback of a portfolio of holiday parks
  • Meadow Partners on the acquisition and forward funding of a hotel development in east London
  • Medical Properties Trust (a U.S. REIT) on the acquisition and development funding of a new Circle operated hospital in Birmingham
  • HSBC Alternative Investments and Hines UK on the £416 million sale of Broadgate West, a 460,000 square feet multi-let office building in London
  • Deutsche Wealth Services on the £100 million acquisition and forward funding of 2 St Peter’s Square, Manchester, predominantly let to E&Y
  • KWAP (Malaysian state pension fund) on the £210 million acquisition, financing and subsequent £270 million sale of 88 Wood Street in London
  • Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate plc on the £204 million acquisition of 111 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1 – a 227,000 sq. ft. landmark, Grade A building located near Victoria station in London, which is the headquarters of the Daily Telegraph
Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Smith was a managing associate with Linklaters LLP.


Mr. Smith was named as a next generation real estate lawyer in The Legal 500 (2017).

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Dip L.P., 1999
The College of Law, Guildford
LL.B., 1998
University of Southampton, Southampton, England



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