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Getting the estate set-up right and securing the speedy and efficient sale of completed dwellings is vital in any successful new housing development. At Ward Hadaway we specialise in "Estates : Set Up your way"

Our specialist team is on hand to help. Our in-depth knowledge and extensive market experience give us a detailed understanding of the issues you face in setting up an Estate correctly, a critical chapter in the timeline of a new development.

We invest time in understanding your objectives and take a streamlined approach to help you to achieve your business goals.

Dealing with over 6,000 transactions every year, acting on sites nationwide and advising on Help to Buy and other Government initiatives, means we have the capacity and experience to meet your needs.

We can also support you through our in-house capabilities, including; developer specific software for efficiency, our unique award winning Plans Technicians service, a specialist infrastructure team and our online portal to streamline transactions and view sales documentation.

We issue contracts swiftly following receipt of reservations, tailoring reporting systems to your needs and providing you with key points of contact to ensure consistency of service and communication.

When it comes to estate set-up, we work closely with your sales and technical teams to ensure a smooth running and seamless handover to our plot sales team.

Our specialists provide tailored sales documentation for each development site, including sales contracts, transfers, open space documentation and, where necessary, management company set up.

We also produce a ‘Guidance Note’ to provide estate information to purchasers’ solicitors to minimise enquiries and delays. This is available for Purchasers’ solicitors to view via our user friendly online portal.

Our services
  • Advice on the documentation and information required to prepare the development site for plot sales
  • Advice on Land Registry compliant estate layout plans and plot plans
  • Preparation of site-specific sale contracts, plot transfers, plot leases – open market, affordable, Help to Buy and other government initiatives
  • Preparation of comprehensive Legal Pack for plot buyers’ solicitors to include a set of Guidance Notes
  • An on-line Portal to enable plot buyer’s solicitors to access site information without the need for paper packs or postage
  • A Plot Sales Team with years of experience in new-build sales
  • A bespoke plot sales case management system
  • Advice on bulk sales to Registered Providers
  • Advice from our specialist Infrastructure Team in respect of road and sewer agreements
  • Advice from our specialist Planning Team in respect of all planning matters and s.106 Agreements
  • Plans Technicians with the expertise and technology to prepare overlay plans and pick up any boundary anomalies at an early stage
  • Expertise in Management Company set up and Open Space transfers

Contact a specialist

Andrew Pliener

Partner | Built Environment

+44 (0) 330 137 3114

+44 (0)774 042 6380

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Diane Lawton

Head of Plot Sales l Built Environment

+44 (0) 330 137 3055

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Stephen Carrick

Director | Built Environment

+44 (0) 330 137 3105

+44 (0) 751 519 9144

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What people say

  • The individuals I work with at this practice are engaging, professional and attentive, they are always available to discuss matters at great length and conscientious in everything they produce. I have far more confidence in the advice provided than have encountered with other practices; they also make themselves available for a simply discussion, matters outside of the scope for general advice. Irrespective of knowing they have multiple clients and dealings, you always feel that the right time is allocated to your particular matter, something again which is not obtained elsewhere. Sophie Bohill and Julia Thomson are my main contacts at this practice; the above comments specifically relate to my sometimes daily interactions with these ladies who are genuinely amazing and work well outside the normal 9-5.

    Legal 500, Client quote
  • Ward Hadaway truly provide a one to one service, attention to detail and ensuring everything is clear and concise. Nothing ever feels difficult, always willing to go the extra mile and certainly obtainable at all hours. They are always accessible, make more of an effort keeping clients updated rather than being chased and the documentation provided in relation to transactions is vital for referencing after the event.

    Legal 500, Client quote
  • Highly regarded full-service property practice acting for a number of household-name clients. Regularly represents national housebuilders, as well as several commercial developers and public sector organisations. Offers additional strength in property-secured lending.

    Chambers & Partners
  • The Ward Hadaway property team has a clear understanding of the needs of housebuilders

    Richard Bass, Regional Land Director, Keepmoat
  • The excellent service we receive leaves us confident in Ward Hadaway's ability to handle all our legal work

    Bernard Rooney, Managing Director, Barratt Homes
  • Particularly active in development and financing work for clients including national house builders and landowners.

    Chambers & Partners
  • Strong relationships with high-profile house builder clients, advising on acquisitions, site assembly, development and disposals. Also acts for local authorities and national banks. Further specialism in the healthcare and energy sectors.

    Chambers & Partners
  • The firm takes a proactive approach to our business…the excellent service we receive leaves us confident in Ward Hadaway’s ability to handle all our legal work.

    Bernard Rooney, Managing Director, Barratt Homes

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