Commercial Property Development Solicitors

Our Commercial Property solicitors have proven experience in acting for developers and advising on property development for through from site acquisition stage through to the plot sale.

Every site has different issues, and the benefit of having Barcan+Kirby’s new build lawyers on your side, from acquisition to sale, is that we can help you address these matters at an early stage. Seeking legal advice early on helps to smooth the subsequent finance and sale transactions.

Like you, our commercial property lawyers go into the start of the project with a view to selling the properties at the end.

Our property development solicitors work with sites primarily in Bristol, but our established connections with builders have taken us across the South West, and out to Devon, Cambridgeshire, London and Norfolk.

Our property development expertise

Whether you’re on your first project or your hundred-and-first, our new build team can help property developers seamlessly, from the moment they see a site to the day they sell the last home.

Our property development and new build solicitors have worked on a number of new developments across the city of Bristol and beyond, from a block of contemporary apartments with a private rooftop garden and gym in the city centre to small developments of executive homes in nearby villages.

Site acquisition

Our new build solicitors support clients acquiring land for commercial and residential development, whether the site is large or small.

It is crucial to be aware of any legal interests other parties may have in sites. There may be others who have rights that will stand in the way of your development plans and may even prevent your acquisition and site development altogether. Our expert team can investigate and help you assemble your site and negotiate with others, helping you reach the right deal whilst managing your risks.

You may be considering the future development potential of a site and whether planning agreements or infrastructure agreements are needed. In this case, we have the expertise to be able to draft, negotiate and agree when it comes to development, highways and drainage agreements, and overage and option rights.

Property construction

Our experience in property construction means that we are well placed to help you plan how your appointed team will work with you and with each other. Our construction lawyers can support you on the contracts you will need, such as building contracts and sub-contracts, consultants’ appointments, collateral warranties, funding agreements, performance bonds and parent company guarantees.

Property sales and lettings

Our new build team have proven expertise in all aspects of plot sales and leasing. We can help you with your disposal strategy and the implementation of management solutions. Our new build solicitors can create detailed site-specific information packs for plot purchasers to promote a quick exchange of contracts. Where possible, we will arrange for Land Registry approval of plans and plots prior to disposal of each unit.


If you are investing significant time and money in a development project, a dispute is the last thing you need. A falling out can be expensive and time consuming. In the worst cases, disputes can even bring a project to an end.

Our dispute resolution solicitors and expert commercial property dispute team can help you with legal proceeding in the courts or tribunals, should it come to it. However, we understand that formal proceedings are time-consuming, stressful and costly, and so may not always be the right solution. We have the expertise to guide you through alternatives that are often quicker and cheaper, and may well preserve relationships whilst keeping your project on track.

Further information

To arrange a consultation with someone in our specialist property development team in Bristol, call us on 0117 325 2929 or fill out our online enquiry form.


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  • "We continue to encourage our agents to recommend purchasers use Barcan+Kirby – we know our sale will be in safe hands if they are at the forefront."
    New Build ClientCommercial Property
  • "The new build team are professional, efficient and always on hand to offer guidance and support. Their communication is excellent and we are always happy to recommend to our buyers knowing they will receive a top class service when buying their new home."
    Andrews Land & New Homes
  • "Thank you for all the hard work and time spent trying to sort us out in a very difficult situation. We’re pleased to report that the new tenants have been straightforward and pleasant to get on with."
    AnonCommercial Property Client
  • "We were working to very tight timescales due to the stamp duty changes for second properties and Alex and Abi went above and beyond to ensure everything went through in time."
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