What can I do for you?
I specialise in a variety of real estate development projects, large and small: from dozens of homes in existing towns to thousands in new settlements, to major new hospital facilities, new school premises and works for flood defences. My work includes advising on a wide range of development management agreements, landowner collaboration arrangements, strategic options and promotion agreements for future development.
I also advise on estate management strategies for the long-term stewardship of community facilities in new developments and contributed to a guide published by the Town and Country Planning Association on this subject entitled Built today, treasured tomorrow. Recently, the firm has been appointed by the Land Trust, one of the leading stewardship organisations managing public spaces for local communities.
Supporting my clients’ objectives
I take a personal interest in schemes that I work on, visiting sites before, during and after construction. Practical difficulties associated with a development are better understood when I go out and get muddy boots! Understanding the background to a development and having a deep appreciation of the aims and objectives in delivering it helps to bring a project to life. I share my clients' pleasure in seeing the plans on our desks turned into the reality of new places.
It has been a great professional privilege to have advised on the urban extension of Peterborough at the Hamptons, working closely with the landowners since the late 1980s to the present day master developer, O&H Properties, as thousands of new homes and new community facilities have been and continue to be built set in extensive green spaces. I am equally excited to be working with developers, Urban&Civic the owners of the Alconbury Weald site as development gets underway there for 5,000 new homes and extensive commercial development in the Enterprise Zone.
What do others say?
Development projects are usually complex and often long running, involving clients and other professionals over sustained periods. We build on our clients’ confidence and trust in us, often acting as the "corporate memory" - remembering what, when and why something was done in the past and how that affects the present day. It's good to hear comments like: “Christine maintains a keen interest in developments in our area and proactively offers support. She actively seeks feedback and works hard to ensure that we are happy!”
Legal 500 reports a client comment that I deliver "consistently strong and timely advice" and that the wider team I work in is "extremely commercial and excellent value".
What else should you know?
As one of the firm's specialists in strategic land developments and new communities work, I have a particular interest in national housing policy and strategy, and the Government's agenda for economic growth and infrastructure provision. I participated in a consultation led by the Building and Social Housing Foundation resulting in their report published in August 2013 entitled Creating the conditions for new settlements in England.
I also advise on landowner issues arising out of compulsory purchase matters.
Our wider team encompasses real estate lawyers working with experts in planning law, construction law, corporate law and commercial law to deliver a whole range of economic and physical regeneration projects and redevelopment schemes across the country, for clients in the public and private sectors alike.