Our Residential Development team has over 30 years’ specialist experience in the housing sector and works in partnership with a wide range of regional and national housebuilders. Through this experience we have developed a distinctive skill set, range of experience and insight into the industry.
The Team is a highly regarded cornerstone of one of the largest Real Estate groups in the North of England, with 10 partners and 25 other lawyers. The group is rated Tier 1 regionally in Chambers and Legal 500 and Band 1 nationally. The team has developed a depth of expertise which enables it to quickly focus on the commercial objectives of each client and to frame our advice accordingly.
Our wide ranging client base represents every aspect of residential development including joint ventures, private and public landowners, planning promoters, house builders and Registered Providers. Our transactional experience is equally extensive, covering strategic and immediate land acquisitions and disposals. We are uniquely positioned to deliver well-rounded expert advice necessary to drive a deal quickly and in the right direction – on time, within budget, and without risk to our client.
We provide our housebuilder clients with a broad range of legal support including:
Real estate – advising on land acquisitions & disposals and including a dedicated City & Estates plot sales team with dedicated fee earners to handle conveyancing matters on a daily basis supported by a bespoke case management system.
Planning and environment – including public inquiries, advocacy, negotiation of section 106 planning obligations and strategic planning advice. Our planning team involved in an average of 20 – 30 public inquiries a year mostly for major residential developers.
Construction – both contentious and non-contentious construction and civil engineering work covering the full range of construction contracts, warranties, appointments, bonds and parent company guarantees, land remediation contracts and project finance.
Litigation & dispute resolution – including contract disputes, contract termination, residential lease forfeiture and enfranchisement. Our dedicated Real estate litigation team also advises on disputes in relation to real estate portfolio management work and has particular expertise in relation to representing house builder in Town & Village Green applications.
Corporate and commercial – full range of corporate including commercial contracts, corporate governance, M&A and public company work
Regulatory – including health and safety, data protection, environmental regulation and advertising regulation
Employment law – full range of employment advice from tribunals to immigration, TUPE and policy advice.
City & Estates
Our City and Estates team is a regional leader in terms of plot sales for a wide range of house builders and is an integral part of the residential property development team, sitting and working alongside the land acquisition lawyers to provide a seamless service throughout the lifespan of a development site from acquisition to disposal.
Led by Joanne Hunter, the team boasts more than 90 years of collective experience in the sales and purchase of both plots and part-exchange properties. The Team’s wealth of experience means that we abandon the ‘tick box’ approach: we deal with conveyancing challenges in a proactive and commercial manner.
The City & Estates Team uses a bespoke case management system which facilities the production of estate documentation making the processes more efficient and ensuring that key milestones and deadlines are met.