Housebuilding & Development

We help housebuilders, developers and landowners realise the commercial opportunities that the development of urban, coastal and rural sites offer. Our strong reputation and successful relationships with key residential developers enable us to have a particular focus on strategic development land and urban regeneration development and a comprehensive understanding of the housebuilding sector.

We offer the full range of services that will support you from initial acquisition to disposal of a site. Our land specialist acquisition lawyers work closely with lawyers in other disciplines such as planning, construction, property litigation, corporate, banking and tax in order to bring you comprehensive but concise advice. 

We also have lawyers specialising in employment law, health and safety and regulatory law who understand the particularities of the housebuilding sector and can provide you with advice in these areas as and when you require.

Our dedicated plot conveyancing team currently deal with over 600 plot sales per year for our housebuilder clients. They understand the need to work efficiently and will regularly liaise with your sales team to meet your targets.

Our sector understanding and experience in acting for housebuilders and developers means that we have also developed strong expertise in acting for landowners. We understand developers' or promoters' drivers which enables us to secure compromises and settle drafting more quickly and efficiently.


  • Conditional and unconditional contracts
  • Option agreements
  • Land disposals
  • Joint venture agreements
  • Consortium agreements
  • Collaboration agreements
  • Promotion agreements
  • Hybrid promotion / option agreements
  • Agreements with and disposals to Statutory Undertakers
  • Land charges
  • Affordable housing disposals
  • Strategic planning advice
  • Planning permissions and appeals
  • Section 106 agreements
  • Road and sewer adoption agreements
  • Building regulations
  • Planning enforcement disputes
  • Community infrastructure levy (CIL)
  • Development agreements
  • Build agreements
  • JCT agreements
  • Security documentation
  • Strategic agreements
  • Framework agreements
  • Construction disputes and litigation
  • Intellectual property
  • Defects
  • Repairs and maintenance
  • Freehold and leasehold sales
  • Shared equity sales
  • Shared ownership sales
  • Management structure advice
  • Commercial contracts
  • Contract disputes
  • Plot purchase disputes
  • Debt recovery
  • Employment advice
  • Health and safety
  • Trading standards
  • Tax structuring advice

Relevant Experience

All relevant experience


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Andrew Rothwell represents public and private sector clients in relation to development schemes. Sources say that he is a "tough negotiator" and "very good technician." A client adds: "He gives good advice, is pragmatic in problem solving and commercial in looking after our interests and getting deals done."

Tim Heal covers all aspects of commercial and residential development. He specialises in option and promotion agreements, as well as other strategic land matters. According to a client, he is "attentive, diligent, savvy and technically excellent."

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