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Steven Cowins, Co-Chair of the firm's Global Real Estate Funds Practice, focuses his practice on private equity and fund formation matters. He regularly advises clients in establishing funds and joint ventures, structured acquisitions and dispositions, and investment in alternative asset classes. His clients include fund managers, funds, family offices and financial institutions on high-profile matters across Europe and in London.

In The Legal 500 UK 2023, Steven is recognised as a Leading Individual. The Guide quotes a source saying “Steve Cowins is a top-notch real estate funds lawyer. Practical, commercial and personable. He understands the industry extremely well. Much more than ‘just a lawyer’.” He is also referred to as “an exceptionally talented partner, who is a valuable asset to all of his clients. Steven is flexible and adaptable to his clients’ needs and is always able to navigate them through the various challenges they face.”


  • Fund Formation
  • Separate accounts, segregated mandates and joint ventures
  • Acquisitions and dispositions
  • Alternative investments


Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Chambers UK Guide, "Investment Funds: Real Estate," 2022-2023
  • Listed, Chambers Europe, "Investment Funds: Real Estate - UK," 2020, 2022-2023
  • Listed, IFLR 1000 United Kingdom, "Rising Star" Investment funds, M&A, 2018-2023
  • Team Member, PERE Global Awards, Law Firm of the Year: Fund Formation in Europe, 2018 
  • Listed, The Legal 500 United Kingdom, 2017-2023
    • Commercial Property: Development, 2023
    • Commercial Property: Investment, 2022-2023
    • Real Estate Funds, 2022-2023
    • Investment Fund Formation and Management: Real Fund, 2017 
  • Team Member, Chambers USA Award for Excellence, Real Estate, 2017


  • Nottingham Trent Law School, 2002
  • Leicester University, 2001
  • England and Wales