Real estate planning and construction

Commercial development and construction

Commercial development and construction

We provide a first class service on all aspects of residential and commercial development.

We understand the importance of providing commercial, comprehensive advice at every stage - from initial consideration of a site to its acquisition, development and disposal. Our clients include major public companies, charities, independent and public sector developers, contractors and a wide range of clients in the construction field. The sites under development are very diverse, ranging from large mixed-use schemes on brown field sites to small residential developments.


We offer expert and detailed advice on areas such as:

  • agreements relating to the acquisition of sites including conditional contracts, options, joint ventures and overage provisions
    site assembly
  • planning for businesses and infrastructure agreements 
  • disposal following development (as well as advising on pre-let arrangements to end users we have a dedicated volume plot-selling capacity).
We are frequently mentioned in legal directories and peer reviews such as Chambers and Legal 500. The Legal 500 (2023) praises the team's "excellent speed of response, knowledge and pragmatism". One commenter notes "this is a practice which builds genuine and sucessful relationships with clients and other professionals. Its culture is open and collaborative, to the great benefit of client outcomes."


We can assist on all aspects of construction projects including the preparation or approval of all project documents including:

  • building contracts and sub-contracts (industry standard or bespoke)
  • consultants' appointments
  • collateral warranties and third party rights
  • performance bonds and parent company guarantees

Construction dispute resolution

We advise on disputes involving construction projects, including:

  • disputes relating to:
    - the contract terms
    - final accounts including delay and extensions of time claims
    - defective work/remedial works.
  • adjudication
  • arbitration
  • alternative dispute resolution
  • professional negligence

Read more about our construction disputes resolution services. 

Charging information

Charges are usually based on our hourly rates plus administrative charges and disbursements. We will provide you with an initial estimate of your likely legal costs and will update this as your requirements or the circumstances of the work change.

We may also be able to offer fixed priced options for clients depending on their budget and the size, type and complexity of the work involved.

We would be pleased to discuss your requirements free of charge and tailor a costs proposal accordingly.

Get in touch

If you would like to speak with a member of the team you can contact our real estate planning and construction solicitors; Holborn office (Email Holborn)  +44 (0)20 3826 7523; Kingston office (Email Kingston) +44 (0)20 3826 7518; Putney office (Email Putney) +44 (0)20 3826 7518 or complete our form.

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