Development and Land

Specialist development solicitors working with and advising developers, land owners and consortiums of land-owners, as well as land agents and promoters.

Specialist development solicitors advising on acquisitions and disposals of land for development, complex development agreements, exercising agreements, as well as development finance matters.

Whether you wish to maximise the value of your land and protect your interests in agreeing terms with a potential purchaser or promoter, or seek to acquire a development opportunity, it is important you receive expert legal advice from a solicitor experienced in development and land matters. It is also important your choice of legal representation is experienced in dealing with the type of parties you are involved in transacting with and their common tactics and approaches.

Working with developers, land owners, promoters and agents

Holmes & Hills' team of specialist development and land solicitors work in partnership with land owners, developers, land agents and promoters to proactively progress negotiations and transactions to a successful conclusion.

The development and land solicitors at Holmes & Hills work in partnership with clients to understand ultimate objectives, any necessary time-scales or time constraints that might apply to a client's position, cash flow position, funding arrangements and wider commercial and personal interests so as to provide holistic legal advice, as well commercial and practical guidance throughout.

Recognised as specialist development solicitors

Holmes & Hills' team of development solicitors is independently recognised by the Legal 500 as a leading source of specialist advice in the region on issues concerning development and land.

Rebecca Mason, Partner and Head of Department, and Michael Wright, Consultant, lead the provision of services to developers and land owners. Both Rebecca and Michael specialise in advising on and drafting complex development agreements, including option, promotion, pre-emption, joint-venture and consortium agreements. Rebecca, Michael and the team's experience and services cover advising clients on:

  • Resolving issues relating to easements
  • Resolving issues relating to restrictive covenants
  • Negotiating and drafting development agreements - Option, Joint-venture, Pre-emption, Promotion, Consortium
  • Exercising agreements
  • Overage clauses and agreements
  • Forming and structuring consortiums
  • Acquiring land for development
  • Disposing of land to a developer
  • Matters concerning utilities
  • Development financing
  • Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)
  • Protecting a land owner's interest in, and the value of, adjoining land not forming part of a transaction

Providing Planning and Construction Law services

Working closely with expert Construction Law and Planning Law solicitors within the firm's other specialist departments allows the development solicitors at Holmes & Hills to provide you with the full range of legal expertise you will require during the course of your project. Construction Law services are delivered by Partner, Sam Bawden, and Planning Law services are led by Partner, Steven Hopkins. Working with these specialists, Holmes & Hills development and land team is able to provide clients with expert advice covering:

  • Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) liability and payments
  • Section 106 agreements
  • Drafting and reviewing construction contracts
  • Appealing planning decisions
  • Defending planning enforcement action
  • Strategic approaches to Planning Law
  • Construction disputes
  • Highways matters

Drafting leases for new leasehold properties

Holmes & Hills has specialists in residential leasehold property and regularly advise on and draft the leases for new-build leasehold properties being developed by clients of the firm. Advice and guidance is provided to clients with consideration for marketability of the leasehold properties and the freehold property. Advice regarding leases is provided by Executive Senior Associate, Sarah-Louise Green, Head of the New-Build and Shared Ownership Property Team.

Providing high and low volume plot sales services

Holmes & Hills Solicitors has a dedicated team of new build conveyancers that provides the firm's developer clients with a service that ensures transactions proceed as efficiently as possible through to exchange and completion. The team's approach is to pre-prepare standard documentation and packs, including responses to reasonably expected enquiries from purchasers and their solicitors. This provides for dealing with each new purchaser (and their conveyancing solicitor) as efficiently as possible, providing for a smooth progression of the transaction through to exchange, completion and realisation of sale proceeds. Plot sale services are led by Executive Senior Associate, Sarah-Louise Green.

Get Specialist Legal Advice

Call 01206 593933 today and speak to Rebecca Mason, specialist development and land solicitor.
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