Chirag Rao is a property development solicitor, with a sustainability and energy focus. He heads the firm's India group and is  leading the built environment ESG practice. He speaks French, Spanish and three Indian languages.

Chirag is a property development and projects expert, who focuses on ESG matters. He heads the India Group at Howard Kennedy and is leading the firm's ESG Real Estate practice (as well as working with Jonathan Cohen on the firm's ESG Climate Change and Sustainability practice).

He supports clients on the full suite of development matters, including investment, development (including development finance), corporate support, acquisitions, and disposals.

Chirag is also a member of the firm's Energy group. As part of the firm's membership of UK Green Building Council and the firm's involvement with the Chancery Lane Project, Chirag has been heavily involved in a number of initiatives including most recently producing a net zero clause that incorporates circular economy principles in lease agreements that is now becoming widely used within the industry.

As head of Howard Kennedy's India group, Chirag has  strong connections to the sub-continent. He is focusing on strengthening ties with India and advising Indian businesses on inward investment into the UK, as well as, acting for Indian diaspora clients within the UK.

Recent work
  • Acting for a global green tech company on corporate acquisitions in relation to investments in grid scale battery energy storage systems.
  • Advising a residential and student housing developer on the acquisition of various sites for residential and student accommodation development (with recent schemes designed with sustainability in mind).
  • Acting for a developer on a new mixed-use building with 40+ new build homes and an industrial site for the development of 62 new homes and over 2,000sqm of flexible working space (the latter being a joint venture with another developer with sustainability in mind). Assisted with financing advice.
  • Advising a listed real estate company on numerous multi-million acquisitions of PD developments, hotels, offices and HMOs.
Did you know
Chirag has travelled across four Latin American countries in a month. He has also come face-to-face with mountain gorillas in a Ugandan rainforest!


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