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.