Real estate development

Development is key to all sectors of the real estate market. We can help you rise to the challenges each project brings, to secure your desired outcomes and maximise returns.

As investors place funds into new schemes, the development market continues to be lively and fast moving. While you seek to make the most of your opportunities to invest in development and take advantage of the vibrant occupier and purchaser demand, we have lawyers with experience in a wide variety of development projects who will work as part of your team to help you ensure you deliver strong investment returns. In our role as business advisers, understanding and being responsive to your commercial objectives, we are well-placed to support you to achieve the maximum potential from your projects.

Our lawyers

Our team of experienced lawyers have a "can-do" approach, offering proactive, creative advice, addressing the many and varied issues development presents - we know that no scheme is without them.

Our experience

Over many years we have advised on a wide range of development projects across the real estate market – from commercial, residential and mixed use schemes on greenfield and previously developed sites, to university expansions, science parks and student accommodation; and development of hospitals, mediparks, ports, and flood defences. A combination of this number and variety of schemes, delivered across the country means that you can draw on our breadth of vision and depth of expertise, from having worked with so many different clients with a corresponding range of requirements. Some of our recent projects include:

  • Advising a property investment and development company on substantial prime retail park developments nationwide, including forward funding arrangements and lettings to major retailers.
  • Working with a range of privately owned property companies and leading housebuilders in the acquisition and redevelopment of major mixed-use urban regeneration schemes and sustainable urban extensions in towns and cities nationally.
  • New communities work for a number of landowners and investors involved with large-scale, residential-led development, from promotion to planning and on to delivery and creating a legacy of place-making.
  • Advising a number of higher education bodies and hospital trusts in the development of science and bio-medical research parks.

Our clients

We have clients in all key sectors in the real estate development market: landowners, developers and investors, publicly and privately owned, including:

  • Urban&Civic plc, LendLease, Berkeley Group, Countryside Properties
  • Bruntwood, O&H Properties, Fortis, Brookgate, London & Regional Properties, General Practice Investment Corporation, Derwent London
  • Trinity College Cambridge, St John's College Oxford
  • Homes England, NHS Foundation Trusts, Universities and local authorities 

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