Later Living Solicitors

Passionate about delivering aspirational living for older people

Our later living solicitors have proven expertise and market leading knowledge in the retirement living sector

From planning a new development to looking after an existing scheme and residents or getting the most out of your plot of land we are here to support you. We are also experts in managing sales, leasing arrangements and tenant disputes as well as advising on funding and joint ventures.

Led by Louise Drew, our team of later living experts have many years’ experience in working with a broad range of clients

"We are committed to making housing for older people more accessible, better quality and more aspirational. This is an area that desperately needs greater focus from all in the sector by everyone coming together in a single voice"

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Read our retirement housing white paper

We conducted one of the UK's largest consumer perception surveys in the retirement housing sector.

As experts in retirement housing and later living, we wanted to gain a better understanding of what the public thinks about retirement housing schemes and what the industry can do better to raise profile and encourage consumer adoption of these schemes.

Whether you’re an established provider, a new market entrant, or a developer looking to diversify, we’re here to support you on your full range of legal requirements in business, including:

We’re also here to support your residents too, including:

As a full-service law firm with a focus on the later living and retirement home sector, we’re able to tailor our service offering to fit your needs

Research shows that nearly 17% (22 million) of the UK’s population are aged 65 or over, with this number expected to rise by an additional 8.6 million in the next 50 years – this means by 2035, around a quarter of the population will be 65 years old or over. While across the world there are innovative later living models that have moved far away from traditional residential care and sheltered housing models, the UK is still currently lagging behind when it comes to developing and improving later living accommodation. We want to change that.

Our team of later living solicitors have many years’ experience in working with a broad range of providers, developers and charities on the development and on-going operation of retirement living schemes.

Together, we advise on the broad range of challenges and opportunities faced by providers of retirement living solutions and have supported many successful schemes targeting the over 55s. We also work closely with lobbying organisations to help shape housing policy.

Case Study

Extra Care Charitable Trust

We were appointed as advisors on the £48 million later living housing scheme located on an old car factory site. This is one of the largest project of it’s kind in the UK.

Why choose Shakespeare Martineau?

Sector specialists

Our later living expertise includes advising and delivering on some of the UK's largest later living schemes targeting the over 55s. We also work closely with lobbying organisations to help shape housing policies.

Largest real estate team outside of London

With a team of over 200+ we are proud of the fact that we have one of the biggest real estate teams dedicated to later living outside London.

Award winning planning consultancy

Our planning consultancy firm Marrons Planning won Planning Consultancy of the Year and the Award for Excellence in Planning Practice in this years RTPI East Midlands Awards.

Our upcoming later living events

Retirement Housing: Repurposing the High Street

6 Jul

Louise Drew, Partner & Head of Building Communities
Retirement Housing: Repurposing the High Street

In this webinar we discuss the opportunities building close to a town or city […]

Later Living: Unlocking development potential for Retirement Living

15 Jun

Louise Drew, Partner & Head of Building Communities
Later Living: Unlocking development potential for Retirement Living

Our webinar will explore the typologies of housing available, the design, funding and planning […]

Later Living: Build to Rent & Retirement Living

27 Apr

Louise Drew, Partner & Head of Building Communities
Later Living: Build to Rent & Retirement Living

Our panel discusses the differences and synergies between the markets and lessons that can […]

Proud to be working together to revolutionise later living and retirement housing

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Housing LIN

Recognised by government and the housing with care sector as a leading ‘knowledge hub’ on specialist housing, we are proud members of Housing LIN.

Housing LIN is the biggest UK network bringing together housing, health and social care professionals to exemplify innovative housing solutions for an ageing population.

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STOPageism

We are the first law firm to show support for the STOPageism campaign, founded by Guild Living and one of the first 40 organisations to join the initiative.

The campaign looks to take positive steps to stop ageism in society, bringing older people back into the heart of communities, improve the lives of older people and change the way society views ageing.

Our thoughts

All the latest views and insights on the later living sector.

Retirement housing: from last resort to aspirational living

19 May

Later Living

Retirement housing: from last resort to aspirational living

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Shakespeare Martineau supports STOPageism campaign

27 Jan

Later Living

Shakespeare Martineau supports STOPageism campaign

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The environmental and social benefits of village life in retirement | Later living

24 Jan

Later Living

The environmental and social benefits of village life in retirement | Later living

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Law firm appointed to social housing legal panel

24 Nov

Real Estate & Planning

Law firm appointed to social housing legal panel

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Could homeshares be the solution to making Britain less lonely?

10 Mar

Later Living

Could homeshares be the solution to making Britain less lonely?

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How can we help?

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