Property development

We will take an active role and drive your project forward in a pragmatic, professional manner. We will work alongside you throughout the development process – formulating land buying strategies, drafting construction contacts and ultimately arranging sales.

 

As many of us have previously worked within the development industry, our knowledge of commercial property development is extensive. Our clients include several major development companies and we have worked on high profile infrastructure projects of national importance.

 

We use both tried and trusted techniques and creative thinking to overcome difficulties and provide best value. We also have specific expertise in the land regeneration process.

 

Our approach is flexible and responsive. We realise no two projects are the same and will work closely with your project team to understand your precise objectives. This includes discussing your options clearly.

  • Conditional contracts
  • Promotion agreements
  • Development risk sharing between parties
  • Site assembly
  • Compulsory purchase
  • Highways and infrastructure
  • Joint ventures and collaboration
  • Development and funding agreements
  • Overage
  • Relationships with contractors
  • Environment issues (including remediation of contaminated land)
  • Affordable and key worker housing
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Development finance (loan facilities and security)
  • Leasing, plot sales and other exit arrangements
Key Contact
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Willow Hare

PA to the Senior Partner

+44 (0)1892 506 327

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Clare Hyland

Senior Partner

+44 (0)1892 506 096

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Sarah Ahmed

Paralegal

+44 (0)1892 506 052

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Beth Gascoyne

Partner

+44 (0)1892 506 079

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Clare Crowhurst

PA and Legal Secretary Team Leader

+44 (0)1892 506 211

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Jason Tann

Partner

+44 (0)20 7591 3354

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Claire Watson

Legal Secretary

+44 (0)1892 506 087

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Paul Clark

Consultant

+44 (0)1892 506 059

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Mike Scott

Partner

+44 (0)1892 506 101

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Helen Hunnisett

Divisional Manager (Managing Associate)

+44 (0)1892 506 050

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Sarah Ferguson

Partner

+44 (0)1892 506 352

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James Lee

Partner

+44 (0)1892 506 362

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Paul Lester

Partner

+44 (0)1892 506 336

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Nitej Davda

Partner

+44 (0)1892 506 088

Key Contact
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Richard Blackman

Partner

+44 (0)1892 489 517

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Kelly Lawless

Legal Secretary

+44 (0)20 7591 3338

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Jason Towell

Partner

+44 (0)1892 506 218

Key Contact
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Ed Auger

Partner

+44 (0)1892 489 589

Key Contact
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Glenn Godfrey

Legal Director

+44 (0)1892 489 592

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Lisa Lowden

Legal Secretary

+44 (0)1892 506 230

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Rebecca Crosdil

Associate

+44 (0)1892 506 351

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Simon Schipper

Legal Director

+44 (0)1892 506 033

Key Contact
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Glenn Miller

Partner

+44 (0)1892 506 207

  • Acting for a major London commercial property developer in its first foray into residential development. The scheme involved a complex site assembly, the surrender of occupational leases and the creation of a joint venture, bank and secondary lending. We also handled the letting of the main construction contract and associated construction documentation, the pre-sale of an apartment block to a housing association and the sale of the remaining units.
  • Acting for a local authority on the sale of a leisure centre site for future mixed-use development (including overage arrangements) and in relation to the relocation and reprovision of the leisure centre. The base consideration was in excess of £30 million.
  • Acting for a commercial property client in relation to a joint venture with a major housebuilder which involved the acquisition of 215 units of housing stock. The transaction involved the formation of a limited liability partnership, the negotiation of complex financing documentation and a major due diligence exercise.
  • Acting for a commercial business in the redevelopment of its premises to create a town centre retail park, including the construction and disposal of the retail units.
  • Acting for a developer collaboration in connection with the acquisition and simultaneous part sub-sale of a prospective development site to facilitate a park and ride facility, motorway junction extension works, residential, care home and out of town retail and office development. The transaction involved landowner and inter-collaboration overage, profit equalisation and profit share, promotion and development obligations and collateral land security.
  • Restructuring and variation of six waste management company leases, surrender of another and various licences to enable a major plastics plant development
  • Acted for a consortium of approximately 15 landowners who have investigated the possible development of some 2,000 plus homes in Sussex. This involved bringing together disparate land interests with a variety of different tax considerations affecting different owners. As the total costs of the development and the values obtained would not be known for many years, the process involved running infrastructure and land accounts to enable costs and values to be adjusted through time. We also negotiated a promotion agreement with the proposed developer.
  • Acted for a land promotion company in negotiating promotion agreements with two landowners who had agreed terms with a third land owner (a government department) for a collaboration agreement to promote their combined landholding of approximately 140 hectares for predominantly residential development. Advice included review of and input into the collaboration agreement, negotiating promotion agreements with the landowners under which our client would become their representative on the collaboration committee to be set up under the collaboration agreement and security for the reimbursement of expenditure and payment of profit share. The planning gain package could deliver a bypass on a major arterial route and will deliver the range of schools, provision, district centre, SANGs and the complete suite of public realm.
  • Acted for the owner of a private residence with substantial grounds in conjunction with his immediate neighbour in connection with the proposed sale of their respective lands to a national house builder for residential development. In addition to negotiating the conditional contract with the developer, we drafted a landowners’ agreement providing for the equitable distribution of the sales proceeds and the monitoring, compliance and enforcement of the developer’s obligations.
  • Acted for a charity in the potential disposal of its land in Sussex to a national housebuilder. The transaction is structured as a promotion agreement and has required us to advise on a number of third party interests that may impinge on the successful promotion.

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