Isabelle Clement

Senior Associate


Isabelle is a Senior Associate in the Real Estate Team, specialising in property and development work within the social housing sector.

Isabelle’s key clients are registered providers and local authorities and other housing developers. She has extensive experience advising on the acquisition and disposal of land for development, from the purchase of land through to site set up and onward shared ownership sales. She advises on Section 106 schemes, mixed tenure developments and extra care schemes. 

Isabelle regularly deals with the negotiation of complex development agreements, conditional contracts and option agreements, in the context of affordable and private housing development schemes across the country. She also advises on large scale regeneration schemes.

Isabelle trained and worked at a UK Top-50 law firm for 8 years before joining Ashfords. She established her interest in housing and regeneration and acted for some of the country’s largest registered providers and advised on some large scale regeneration schemes.

Isabelle has been consistently recognised as a ‘Rising Star’ and ‘Star Associate’ in the Social Housing sector by Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.

Relevant experience

  • South West RP: Leading on the acquisition of over 500 affordable dwellings across 10 schemes for a combined consideration of over £63m, including negotiation of complex phased golden brick development agreements with a major national house builder.
  • RP: Leading on the acquisition of over 100 affordable dwellings, at a former Defence Medical Equipment Depot owned by Homes England. Advising on all aspects of the transaction from negotiation of a complex phased golden brick development agreement with the developer through to shared ownership sales.
  • RP: Advising a large RP on a land led scheme involving negotiations with Network Rail as well as the Seller. Leading negotiations of complex suite of documents, including a tripartite agreement with Network Rail, sale contract and dealing with complex title investigation and planning matters.
  • RP: Leading on the purchase of land for circa 150 affordable housing units across four development sites in Sussex, Hampshire and Cornwall from a major house builder and its subsidiary companies. Dealing with complex negotiations of development agreements, including planning conditionality and step in rights, through to site set up for shared ownership sales.
  • RP: Leading the acquisition of land from a local authority for a value of £35m to deliver a 100% affordable housing scheme of 150 affordable units. Including detailed title investigation and negotiation of complex sub-sale agreements with the developer.
  • RP: Advising on the acquisition of a £20m bespoke extra care scheme with a major national house builder, outside their usual framework development agreement

Awards and Accreditations

Legal 500 Rising Star 2024
Chambers Isabelle Clement 2024

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