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For developments of any size or complexity be they retail, industrial, leisure, residential or mixed use – our expert development and regeneration teams understand the issues and can help you deliver your schemes. 

We understand the need to facilitate your deals as well as managing legal risk. Our focus is on helping you to achieve your objectives with a combination of expert legal knowledge, in-depth experience and efficient project management skills. We pride ourselves on excellent client service, built on proper understanding of what matters most to our clients, for complex projects and small developments alike. 

Our Real Estate team is one of the largest in the UK, operating as one team across our London and regional offices. 

We have particular strength in urban mixed-use schemes where a multidisciplinary team is required to work as one with other members of your delivery team. In addition, our residential development expertise is recognised nationally.

We are uniquely placed to cover all aspects of development, including expert input on promotion and collaboration agreements and the agricultural issues which can often arise on greenfield sites. Whether your project requires urban regeneration; redevelopment and refurbishment;  site assembly, multi-party rights and vacant possession strategies; phased disposals of land with planning permission; investment sales; overage and development costs accounting; master planning; infrastructure agreements; development finance; construction; SDLT and tax advice and all aspects of lettings, we will bring together the right team to meet your particular needs.

We recognise that our clients are in a position of strength when choosing legal advisers and our ambition is to be their preferred choice. We know that is a tall order but we have achieved it already with a significant number of Real Estate clients. They tell us that our focus on outcomes, the quality and clarity of our advice across the board, and the commerciality of our people at all levels are key factors in their making that choice.

As one of the leading teams in the UK,  we are proud of our demonstrable track record borne out by Chambers and Partners’ independent research:

"The team is commercial, efficient and we get high-quality advice."

"The firm's lawyers are very accessible and they understand our business and what we want."

"They are very quick to deal with things, approachable and professional."

"The service is high-quality." 

Chambers & Partners Guide 2014

Get in touch

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What we do

We offer our clients a full service offering including:

  • Strategic planning and CPO advice
  • Acquisitions and disposals
  • Joint Ventures and other delivery vehicles
  • SDLT, VAT and corporate tax planning/mitigation
  • Environmental and regulatory
  • Mines and Minerals issues
  • Property disputes and 1954 Act issues
  • Procurement and State Aid
  • Development funding (including forward funding)
  • Construction contracts, building agreements and collateral warranties
  • Section 106 Agreements, planning and infrastructure agreements
  • Planning applications, disputes and enquiries. 

Examples of work

Oxford City Council

We advised on the £500 redevelopment of the Westgate Oxford shopping centre, anchored by John Lewis. We negotiated a new development agreement with rent sharing lease with the developer (Land Securities / The Crown Estate) and advised on CPO, planning and highways aspects. Our advice has extended to construction, environmental, tax, procurement and competition law aspects.  

Associated British Ports and The Crown Estate

We acted for both Associated British Ports and The Crown Estate on a development Agreement for a £400m major redevelopment of 24 hectares of Southampton waterfront. The Development Agreement was exchanged in February 2014. Associated British Ports, The Crown Estate and Southampton City Council are the three participating landowners in the Royal Pier Scheme which is being promoted by RPW (Southampton) a joint venture between Morgan Sindall Investments Limited (MSIL) and funding provided by Lucent Group. If it achieves unconditionality, the transaction will involve a land reclamation project, the relocation of a ferry service and the development of a mixed use waterfront scheme. The development will take place over a 20 year timeframe.

Fruit Market, Hull (Wykeland Beal Limited)

A large regeneration scheme comprising several sites, we are acting for the developer. As well as complex site assembly and development agreements including conditions, overage, KPIs and extension provisions, we have set up a Limited Liability Partnership joint venture vehicle for one of the phases, jointly owned by our client and Hull City Council. Our advice has included procurement, tax, SDLT, highways, planning and site assembly and we have been involved in lengthy negotiations with the Council, requiring us to find solutions acceptable to all parties.

Commercial Estates Group

We act for Commercial Estate Group (CEG) on multiple development transactions involving site assembly through conditional contracts, options, promotion agreements, collaboration and development agreements. An example being a 600 plus acre site for potential “work live play” development abutting the M40 in Warwickshire with a consortium of landowners who established a “land pool trust” and granted a hybrid promotion agreement with an inbuilt conditional option in favour of CEG to acquire the commercially consented land as part of an overall mixed use residentially led scheme with a district centre to be promoted by CEG.

The Bournemouth Development Company LLP

A 50/50 LABV between Morgan Sindall Investments Limited and Bournemouth Borough Council, the LLP has to date delivered over £45m of development since 2011 contributing to the holistic and strategic regeneration of the local area and we have acted for the LLP on all three of these projects, including the forward funding of a development of student accommodation, a 64 apartment residential-led mixed use scheme and a car park.

Our clients include: Ashfield Land, Beal Homes, Bellway, Chelverton Deeley Freed, Commercial Estates Group, Countrywide, The Crown Estate, Grainger, Kingswood Developments, Leeds City Council, Linden Homes, Oxford City Council, Persimmon, Places for People, Strawsons Property, St James Securities Limited, Terrace Hill, The Bournemouth Development Company, Town Centre Securities plc, Westminster City Council and York City Council.