Residential Development

Proactive, commercially astute legal experts who provide pragmatic and practical advice

We have a highly experienced and wholly specialist residential development team supported by experts in all legal areas necessary to make your project a success.

Committed to understanding your commercial objectives and providing you with solutions to enhance your business, we don’t just identify problems, we solve legal issues so that you have all the information necessary to make the best decision for your business strategy.

Our focus is on residential development. From inception to completion, we can support you at all stages of your residential and mixed-use developments. Our reputation as one of the leading national residential development teams is supported by our enviable client list which includes 7 of the top 10 UK housebuilders, so you can be confident that you are working with a team of true specialists who can provide a full range of legal services

  • Immediate land – we are equipped to deal with all aspects relating to the acquisition and disposal of land , whether on a conditional or unconditional basis. We regularly deal with the acquisition and sale of serviced parcels within wider SUEs or indeed with the land assembly for an SUE. We work with you to structure deals in ways so as to reduce your exposure to market conditions
  • Strategic land – is generally treated as a specialist area within our client’s businesses and we reflect that within our legal team. The prevalence of the use of options and promotion agreements , involving complex equalisation, rights of pre-emption, overage and land pooling has increased dramatically in recent years, all of which need specialist consideration and advice which we can provide
  • Build to rent – is growing rapidly. The investment and ownership requirements combined with short to medium term rentals present a whole host of funding, tax, planning and construction issues which our teams are experts in dealing with. Sites are often in city-centres, adding additional complications with rights of light, tall buildings and contamination
  • Plot sales – is a real focus for us and we have one of the largest plot sales teams in the UK dealing with around 7000 open market and affordable housing plot sales per year, representing around 5% of national plot sales. Our experienced team of conveyancers fully understand the need to hit sales targets and are focussed on delivery of results

Our approach
We are commercially astute, practical and proactive. It means we look to save you money and protect your income by structuring deals in ways you might not have envisaged to help you create sustainable, cost-efficient and profitable schemes.

Our service is partner led, as the issues faced within the residential sector are often multifaceted. We also draw on the deep expertise within our firm to help you with any related matter, including planning issues, construction warranties and building agreements, property disputes and corporate and tax structuring.

How we work with you
Our goal is always the same: to add value to your project by becoming an extension of your team.

More than three quarters (77%) of homebuyers are likely to consider a green home as their next property.

Green homes will have a significant influence on the UK reaching its net zero 2050 targets, but unless homeowners are happy to live in them, there will be little commercial benefit for housebuilders to construct them.

We wanted to understand the opinions, knowledge and demands of those in the market to purchase a new home – having either recently purchased, or looking to purchase a property in the next 12 months.

We asked 500 first time buyers and ‘second steppers’ whether they were likely to purchase a green home, which green features they were willing to pay more for and their reasons for choosing – or not choosing – a green home.

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