Commercial Property Development Solicitors

Our commercial property solicitors have proven experience in acting for developers and advising on property development. From site acquisition to construction and new build sales/lettings, our property development solicitors have the expertise to advise you throughout the whole process.

We know that every site has different issues and challenges, and the benefit of having our development lawyers on your side 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 or refinancing 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 lawyers can help property developers seamlessly, from the moment they see a site to the day they sell the development.

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 commercial property 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, our lawyers 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.

Property finance

As a developer, it’s vital to ensure you comply with finance regulations before and during your site build. Our commercial property lawyers can help ensure that you meet financial and lender requirements to avoid any delays further down the line.

New build development

Our new build development solicitors have proven experience in advising house builders and developers on their projects, from site acquisition and refinance through to that final plot sale.

We pride ourselves on our dedication to each project. Our new build solicitors can tailor their work to the individual needs of developers and/or their agent, and offer an initial set-up meeting. We also offer site visits in person on request and provide our clients with a dedicated team member to oversee the project from start to finish.

Plot sales and lettings

Our new build team has proven expertise in all aspects of plot sales and leasing.

Our new build development solicitors can help you with:

  • Disposal strategy and the implementation of management solutions
  • The creation of detailed site-specific information packs for plot purchasers to promote a quick exchange of contracts
  • Arranging for Land Registry approval of plans and plots prior to disposal of each unit, where possible

The team has experience in acting on both freehold and leasehold new build sales, and on a scale from just one plot to over 100 plots. We are happy to take on any development size.

Additional new build development services

In addition to advising on the sale of a new build property, our lawyers can advise on other commercial property transactions, including:

  • Company ownership
  • Contract terms for exchange
  • Land Registry requirements
  • Site setup
  • Homes England refinance
  • Adopting the First Homes equity scheme

Landlord and tenant services for new builds

Once your new build homes are completed and ready to sell or let, our specialist property litigation solicitors are on hand to help landlords draft tenancy agreements and leases. The team can also advise on landlord and tenant dispute resolution and possession proceedings.

Buying and selling a new build property

Whilst our commercial property lawyers specialise in new build development, we have an experienced new build purchase team who can advise your buyers on purchasing or selling their new homes.

Development disputes

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.

Contact our property development lawyers

Our property development solicitors advise developers across the UK, from our offices in Bristol and the surrounding area in Bedminster, Bishopston, Bristol city centre, Kingswood and Thornbury.

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


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