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Welcome to Property development

In a sector where speed, adaptability, flexibility and aptitude are key, developers need their legal advice to match and their lawyers to behave and think like they do.

Set solutions and rigid protocols are not what are required when tackling a multi-million pound property development scheme or when investing, purchasing or moving into one.

And when it comes to meeting important deadlines, you need to be able to rely on legal support which will help to get things off the ground, don2865-wh_awards_winner_logo_283x295e effectively, efficiently and on time.

Our extensive and experienced team of property lawyers is on hand to provide practical, focused solutions at all stages of the development process, from your initial idea and concept, though acquisition and site assembly, planning, funding and investment, to the engagement of a construction team and eventual onward sales and/or lettings.

Our involvement in a wide range of projects over many years means that we are well versed in looking after the interests of all involved in the development process, including developers, buyers, funders, investors, tenants, occupiers, public sector bodies and other interested parties.

Our team operates in all the various different sectors of property development, including housebuilding, office, retail, manufacturing and industrial, mixed use, energy, health, leisure and hospitality.

Because we believe in providing a complete comprehensive service to our clients, we don’t operate behind internal dividing lines, as might be found in some more traditional law firms.

Instead, we field multi-disciplinary teams tailored to suit particular projects or individual clients’ needs, made up of specialists in property and real estate, planning, construction, property litigation, corporate and tax as circumstances dictate.

Unusually for a law firm, we also have chartered town planners and plans technicians as in-house specialists to provide bespoke assistance with development schemes.

We regularly advise on significant strategic development and regeneration projects as well as on smaller scale developments and everything in between.

Our services include:

  • 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
  • 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

For further information on all our services, please get in touch.

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What our clients say

  • "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
  • “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

Independent verdict

  • "Ward Hadaway place great importance on maintaining a strong working relationship with their clients. They have a great understanding of our business and this allows them to continually deliver a highly bespoke service."

    Chambers & Partners
  • "They have a great understanding of our business, which allows them to continually deliver a highly bespoke service."

    Chambers & Partners
  • "We receive a perennially excellent service. They anticipate problems and provide outstanding quality in a timely way."

    Client quote 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
  • "A service that is hugely proactive, responsive, commercial and professional"

    Legal 500
  • "A truly excellent firm to deal with"

    Legal 500
  • "Particularly active in development and financing work for clients including national house builders and landowners."

    Chambers & Partners
  • "Ward Hadaway ‘provides excellent service, even in difficult situations’."

    Legal 500
  • "The service is fantastic. They have some really good solicitors who understand commercially what we're about."

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • "Clear and consistent advice from a dedicated team."

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners

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