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Our work for house builders forms a key part of our real estate offering. Our lawyers work alongside our dedicated planning practice, comprising both planning lawyers and town planners, to provide a genuine full service team. We are members of the House Builders Federation and our comprehensive understanding of the issues facing the industry enables us to closely align our legal support to our client’s commercial goals.

We understanding that timing is crucial for house builders and the ability to conclude deals quickly and efficiently is paramount. We take joint ownership of the project, working closely with our clients to maximise land values and speed up the development process; from site acquisition to plot disposal, and everything in between, our team can support the full development life cycle. Our client’s also benefit from highly specialist advice from our dedicated utilities team who solely deal with connections agreements with utility providers. We understand that a delay in your site “going live” can cause significant timing and financial issues.

We provide clear and pragmatic advice to a range of clients from Housing Associations and others operating in the Registered Providers arena, to individual landowners  and small, medium and large house builders.

Our specialist areas include:

  • Site acquisition, development agreements and site disposal
  • Chartered planning consultancy
  • Planning and environmental law
  • Infrastructure
  • Construction/Development Agreements
  • Plot Disposal
  • Dispute Resolution

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Recent work

Commercial Real Estate

Ongoing management of £30m property portfolio

We provide extensive ongoing advice to multi-million-pound property portfolio. Our advice covers all aspects of property management and ownership, including dilapidations, new leases and lease renewals, rent reviews, possession, forfeiture, alterations and advice on renovation and redevelopment works.

Commercial Real Estate

Advising purchaser on property aspects of acquisition of substantial care and treatment company

We provided property and planning support in connection with the acquisition of a specialist care, education and treatment company. A large team from across the firm carried out property and planning due diligence and reporting and identified and resolved title issues. We also provided support to other firms of solicitors involved in the transaction, successfully working with various advisers acting for our client on the transaction. The complexity of properties and a demanding and shifting timetable made the task challenging. Our close cooperation with another firm of solicitors involved in the transaction was vital to the success of the deal.

Development and Regeneration

Acting for purchaser of development site with planning for new homes

The site had been on the market for some time and there had been a number of aborted sales due to complex conditions on the planning permission. The seller required the client to exchange contracts within four weeks. Working with our planning law experts we were able to provide a detailed summary of the planning issues giving the client confidence to proceed. We were then able to meet the seller’s four-week deadline for exchange

Acting for seller of prestigious hotel and restaurant venue

We acted in a complex transaction which involved the sale of the hotel site in two parts, one to the end user and the remainder on a back-to-back sub-sale to the end user via a developer. The involvement of three parties in the sale of this complex transaction presented a number of challenges that the firm was able to successfully navigate. The disposal of this asset for our client was Important for their long term strategic goals.

Unconditional purchase of a dwelling with planning permission for construction of six new houses by way of sub-sale

Under pressure from the seller to complete the transaction, our real estate team quickly identified that the site being purchased was affected by rights in favour of adjoining land. We exchanged and completed a deed of release of these rights with the adjoining owner and simultaneously exchanged on the purchase within four weeks of being instructed.

Advising on acquisition of a single dwelling for demolition and rebuild

This is a good example of where our development team provides value to clients at the outset of a transaction by highlighting key title issues that may affect the client’s plans for the site. Here we identified that the site had inadequate access and service rights over third party land. This would not normally be a barrier to development. but investigations highlighted that the adjoining owner was going to be very difficult to deal with and would use the title issues to try to acquire the site themselves at a reduced price. The client elected to walk away and invest their time/effort in a less risky project.

Long-term commercial, IP, IT and data protection advice

We have worked with our client for over 16 years acting as an outsourced in-house legal function for all business and day to day legal matters, supporting on all commercial, employment issues and property matters. Our ongoing legal support helps to minimise risks across the business.

Extensive property holdings

Acting for a Diocese in relation to its extensive property holdings, including drawing up conditional contracts for development sites, some of which have a provision for payment of overage.

News and insights

Penalties for breaching environmental legislation

Insights

An overview of the environmental regulator’s approach to the enforcement and prosecution of environmental offences which outlines the potential penalties and other implications for a businesses who breaches environmental legislation

25/02/2015

Enforcing possession orders – how not to do it

Insights

We explain how not to enforce possession orders, as shown in London Borough of Southwark -v- AA [2014] EWHC 500 (QB)

29/09/2015