David Roberts

Position: Partner
Phone: +(44)(0)1223 222501

What can I do for you?

I am a partner in our award winning national real estate practice specialising in complex residential led development projects.

With a particular emphasis on sites in London, I advise a range of international and national development clients on their acquisition, development and disposal of brown field regeneration sites across the UK.

I work with clients developing new build residential developments for disposal in new and creative ways. Examples include, creating a private rental fund portfolio and large portfolio ground rent assets for onward disposal to investment companies and financial institutions.

I lead a ten-strong team who work exclusively on the disposal of new build residential developments to purchasers in the UK and the overseas market.

Supporting my client’s objectives

Our focus is to deliver outstanding client service. We are responsive and commercial in our approach. We never compromise on quality and accuracy of detail.

Our national real estate team has over 110 real estate lawyers. The practice has specialist lawyers on tax, planning, environmental, energy and construction matters. We have capacity and expertise to handle the largest and most challenging property transactions.

My recent work includes:

  • Advising Lendlease in relation to its £1.5billion regeneration of Elephant Park with sites at One The Elephant, Trafalgar Place and South Gardens
  • Acting on behalf of a national developer on site set up and unit disposals on residential led schemes at 12 locations across London
  • Acting on behalf of a client setting up a private rental portfolio and advising in relation to management issues on that portfolio and on its ultimate disposal to a financial institution
  • Setting up a framework agreement for the disposal of a ground rent portfolio for a national house builder to a fund. The framework agreement set up an agreed procedure for a disposal on each new leasehold development created by the house builder.

What do others say

“David Roberts provides exceptional client service and remains "very level-headed and calm" in dealing with the other side. He has broad commercial property expertise with a particular focus on mixed-use sites.” (Chambers UK 2015)

“A hard working pragmatic and commercial lawyer who gets the job done without any fuss.” (Client quote)

Mills & Reeve is “a credible alternative to City-based practices acting for fund managers and property companies.” (Legal 500 2014)

“Mills & Reeve LLP’s ‘best-in-class’ real estate team…provide consistently outstanding, constructive service.” (Legal 500)

What else should you know

Our real estate team was awarded Real Estate Team of the Year 2013 by Legal Business.

Our planning team was named Planning Law Team of the Year 2014 by Planning Magazine.