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Taking a development idea from concept to construction is a detailed, time-consuming and challenging task, but ultimately hugely rewarding. To make your ideas a reality and keep your project on track, you need expert advice at every step.

We’re here to help. Our experienced team of commercial development lawyers are on hand to provide practical, focused solutions at all stages of the process. From your initial idea, through to acquisition and site assembly, planning, funding and investment, to the engagement of a construction team and the eventual sales or lettings of properties.

With decades of experience in the field, we manage the interests of developers, buyers, funders, investors, tenants, occupiers, public sector bodies and stakeholders. Our team operates in many sectors of development, including housebuilding, office, retail, manufacturing and industrial, mixed-use, energy, health, leisure and hospitality.

Depending on your specific needs, we tailor multi-disciplinary teams to suit individual project requirements, comprising of specialists in property and real estate, planning, construction, property litigation, corporate and tax, as needed.

You can also access our in-house chartered town planners and plans technicians to provide bespoke assistance with development schemes. And if it’s significant strategic development and regeneration projects you have in mind, we can support on that too.

Whatever your needs, our expert, multi-disciplinary team can help you make your development project a reality, taking care of every detail.

Our services
  • Advice in relation to choosing the most appropriate vehicle for your development venture, such as LLP, REITs and LPs
  • Advice in relation to collaboration and joint venture arrangements
  • Advice on infrastructure agreements
  • Construction documentation
  • Estate set-up advice/choosing the right legal structure for your development
  • Negotiation of building/ground leases
  • Negotiation of conditional land purchase agreements, options, pre-emptions and planning promotion agreements
  • Negotiation of development agreements and funding agreements
  • Negotiation of overage/profit share arrangements
  • Onward/forward sales and lettings
  • Planning advice
  • Site assembly and site acquisition, including by compulsory purchase and appropriation
  • Tax advice

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Alex Cox

Partner | Built Environment

+44 (0) 330 137 3530

+44 (0)787 219 0881

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Kevin Weston

Partner | Built Environment

+44 (0) 330 137 3526

+44 (0) 0791 232 8153

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Simon Errington

Partner | Built Environment

+44 (0) 330 137 3531

+44 (0)752 522 5770

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What people say

  • 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
  • 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
  • I have worked with the partners of Ward Hadaway in various ways since 1995. In that time there has been multitude of changes, significant challenges and of course numerous success. We have shared them all, and no matter the time of day or the degree of the challenge, Ward Hadaway have always provide considered, cautious, and above all helpful advice that has added to the value of the project and the delivery of our business objectives.

    Michael Ingall, Chief Executive, Allied London plc
  • Exceptional full-service planning team acting for clients in the private and public sectors. Frequently advises on matters as wide-ranging as commercial development, heritage issues and village green cases. Offers considerable expertise in the planning aspects of residential development, regularly advising national house builders.

    Chambers & Partners
  • Clear and consistent advice from a dedicated team.

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • The service is fantastic. They have some really good solicitors who understand commercially what we're about.

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • High-quality property work advising a variety of parties at regional and national level. Particular knowledge in areas such as agricultural, mines and minerals, and waste, with significant expertise in the public sector. Particularly active in development and financing work for clients including national house builders and landowners. Additionally advises on acquisitions, leasing and disposals advice for private investors and joint ventures.

    Chambers & Partners
  • A service that is hugely proactive, responsive, commercial and professional.

    Chambers & Partners

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