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What we do

We have the resource and in-depth knowledge to provide cost effective solutions from complex high value transactions to volume property management, through the full cycle of a residential development, addressing both non-contentious and contentious matters.

Our highly experienced team acts for all 12 of the UK’s leading housebuilders, as well as many specialist developers and housing associations. We advise on garden villages and other large schemes, build to rent, student accommodation and later life living. 

The services we provide

  • Drafting and negotiation of complex strategic land agreements, including conditional purchase agreements, options and collaboration agreements for residential and mixed use;
  • Negotiation of planning permissions and planning agreements;
  • Corporate and tax advice: Dealing with joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, setting up LLP and other special purpose vehicles;
  • Construction projects: The appointment of consultants and negotiation of main build contracts and collateral warranties, particularly in the context of mixed use development;
  • Environmental: Dealing with the development of brownfield sites, contaminated land and environmental impact assessments;
  • Sustainability and energy supply: Advise on decentralised energy and sustainability requirements, with a particular focus on Energy Services Company (ESCo) structures;
  • Public/private partner sectoring agreements: Affordable housing issues and working on schemes in collaboration with the Homes and Community Agency;
  • Residential conveyancing: Our experienced team has a strong track record of managing a high volume and quick turnaround of plot sales. Their integration with the overall team ensures a consistent and coordinated approach to site set up, response to queries and plot sales progress.

What our clients say

"This practice has all the necessary areas of specialism. They are always available, advice is always concise, and they work well as a team." Legal 500 UK 2021, Real Estate

"I think they are the best development lawyers in the business." Chambers UK 2021, Real Estate

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