Cushman & Wakefield | Leading in Real Estate (Bio & Interview)

Cushman & Wakefield is a leading global real estate services firm that helps clients transform the way people work, shop, and live.

The firm’s 43,000 employees in more than 60 countries provide deep local and global insights that create significant value for occupiers and investors around the world. We are among the largest commercial real estate services firms with revenue of $5 billion across core services of agency leasing, asset services, capital markets, facility services (C&W Services), global occupier services, investment & asset management (DTZ Investors), project & development services, tenant representation, and valuation & advisory.

No. 1 in London

Our multi-disciplinary London Markets team offers a one-stop shop for strategic business advice and comprehensive solutions across all of London’s real estate. We are highly ambitious for ourselves and our clients and are proud to be No.1 for London Occupiers, for acquisitions and disposals across London and instrumental in some of the largest deals in the City and in the West End. From White City to Canary Wharf, we work on the most innovative developments, landmark investment transactions, the busiest shopping streets, most vibrant office schemes and most significant occupier transactions.

Our Beliefs

Our clients can expect a strong bias for action, a rigorous focus on results, value created through insight, and the right people powered by the right platform — on every assignment, every time. Our capabilities truly reflect client needs, and client success reflects the strategic execution of this business model, our progressive world view, and the value gained from our people worldwide.

Supporting Clients

Cushman & Wakefield’s expertise spans the spectrum of commercial real estate services. Clients benefit from the shared knowledge, collaboration and best practices derived from a firm powered by creative thinking, the innovative use of technology, and the energy of true real estate leaders. We streamline the real estate process by marshalling and integrating a range of diverse services from our in-house resources, which eliminates the need for different providers for different services, and creates efficiencies in clients’ internal real estate organisations. Our industry specific experts ensure that our clients’ unique requirements drive all real estate activities — from the very beginning of every assignment.

With roots dating back more than 200 years and a century-old recognised brand, today’s Cushman & Wakefield is an organisation founded on commitment to clients, focused on maximising the value of real estate for occupiers and investors, and built to lead the industry with business and service delivery models that evolve with client needs.

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Since our founding, strategic acquisitions, talent procurements, and organic growth have expanded both our service platform and capabilities to all major markets on six continents. This coverage, continually strengthened by the expertise of our people, gives us a unique understanding of the dynamics that drive local markets, the impact of the global economy, and the importance of smart real estate decisions to client growth.

Please get in touch at cushmanwakefield.co.uk/London, visit www.cushmanwakefield.com or follow @CushWake on Twitter

We also spoke with Lorna Landell at Cushman & Wakefield an in interview. Lorna Landell is the director – occupier management, global occupier services EMA, Cushman & Wakefield.

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When was Cushman & Wakefield founded and where are you based in the UK?

Cushman & Wakefield has a long history in the UK. Healey & Baker, Cushman & Wakefield’s future European operation, was founded in London, in 1820. Cushman & Wakefield merged with DTZ in 2015. DTZ’s founding predecessor firm, Chesshire Gibson, was established in Birmingham in 1784.

Today, Cushman & Wakefield has offices in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester and Newcastle.

What services does Cushman & Wakefield offer, particularly LGBT individuals?

Cushman & Wakefield is a leading global real estate services firm that helps clients transform the way people work, shop, and live. The firm’s 43,000 employees in more than 60 countries provide deep local and global insights that create significant value for occupiers and investors around the world.

Cushman & Wakefield is among the largest commercial real estate services firms with revenue of $5 billion across core services of agency leasing, asset services, capital markets, facility services (C&W Services), global occupier services, investment & asset management (DTZ Investors), project & development services, tenant representation, and valuation & advisory.

We believe that diverse backgrounds, cultures and expertise inspire innovation. We are still at an early stage of our journey to total inclusion and diversity. It is not through lack of intent but the property profession as a whole has some catching up to do.

However, we are energetic and determined to reach a point where diversity doesn’t need to be on the agenda anymore: it will be a given. We are currently in the process of setting up an LGBT network and working with our peers to benefit from their experiences.

In terms of services specific to LGBT? The services we offer our employees are the same for all.

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What distinguishes Cushman & Wakefield from other similar real estate companies?

It would have to be the culture. Real estate is a people business at its core. We want to attract and retain the best people in the business.

You’re a Director at Cushman & Wakefield. How long have you worked here and what is your title and what are your main responsibilities?

I have worked at the firm for over seven years. I am a sector head for Occupier Management, leading a team of around 15 people to ensure our occupier clients’ property requirements are fully met. Additionally I am part of the Curzon Group which champions diversity and inclusion within the business with joint responsibility for LGBT focused activities and initiatives.

Cushman & Wakefield and DTZ recently merged. What benefits will this bring?

The merger has tremendously accelerated our collective goal of increased scale and client service worldwide, something we could not have accomplished alone. This increased scope allows us to deliver a broader spectrum of commercial real estate solutions.

We have a leading position in all the foundation cities around the world and can provide services in every major global market.

The merger has brought together two very similar cultures – two people-focused firms that are a very good fit and we are going from strength to strength. The diversity, experience and strength of talent at the new Cushman & Wakefield is one of our key differentiators.

On a personal level, what gives you the greatest satisfaction working at Cushman & Wakefield?

It is hard to find a job which challenges you intellectually every day or to find colleagues you can genuinely banter with yet work hard alongside – my job offers me both.

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