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Welcome to Property development

In an industry 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 development scheme whether for office, industrial or a mixture of uses, or when investing, purchasing or moving into such a scheme.

And when a developer has to meet important deadlines, you need to be able to rely on legal support which will help to get things off the ground, done effectively, efficiently and on time.2865-wh_awards_winner_logo_283x295

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

What’s more, 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 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 individual projects or individual client’s needs, which will comprise 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 how we can help with your next development, 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 successes. We have shared them all, and no matter the time of day or the degree of the challenge, Ward Hadaway have always provided 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

Independent verdict

  • "Sources agree that the firm's commercial property team offers ‘a top-quality service together with a highly professional tailored approach’."

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • "Clients identify the team as being leaders in giving 'good, commercial legal advice delivered in a consistent manner'."

    Chambers & Partners
  • “Ward Hadaway’s clients report that they ‘never fail to be impressed’ with the attentiveness and in-depth expertise of the team.”

    Legal 500
  • "Recommended for Commercial Awareness: ‘They offer a constructive and commercial approach to resolving any problem. I know a response will be commercially focused and balanced, and will reflect both parties' position which then enables us to progress efficiently'."

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • "The property team at Ward Hadaway provides an 'excellent service'."

    Legal 500

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