Elaine Allen

Senior Associate

Gateley Legal


Elaine has over 30 years of experience working in a wide range of property-related legal work to all levels of complexity but with particular focus on residential development legal work acting for housing associations and some private developers.

She has in-depth experience of acting on the acquisition of complex land development sites from inception through to completion. Her experience includes advising on overage provisions and land and development agreements and acting on large-scale stock rationalisation agreements.

She also has experience advising on landlord and tenant matters and general commercial property matters and has advised on Homes England regulatory matters ancillary to property acquisitions and disposals. Elaine’s experience includes negotiating and advising on planning agreements, option agreements, collaboration agreements, capital subsidy agreements as well as ancillary infrastructure agreements. Elaine has been involved with drafting and negotiating Homes England Framework agreements for registered providers and developers.


  1. Advising a G15 Housing Association on the acquisition of land via a package deal with a sub-sale contract including liaising with Network Rail to ascertain their requirements for a basic asset protection agreement; negotiating and completing a deed of variation of a s.106 agreement, negotiating and agreeing a performance bond, agreeing forms of duty of care letters and advising on EU procurement issues.
  2. Acting for a developer who entered into a joint venture agreement with a registered provider for the purchase and development of land to construct up to 210 units. The developer was building the units at cost in return for a share of the profits at the end and took a transfer of some of the land with the RP funding the developer’s purchase of these and with the developer to repay the RP on completion of each plot sale. The developer granted a charge over the developer’s units in favour of a subsidiary of the RP, as security in respect of the repayment of the developer’s land price.
  3. Assisting with the purchase of a freehold block of 25 affordable housing units on a wider estate. This was a land and build package deal.
  4. Acting for a G15 London registered provider in relation to the final phase of a large regeneration scheme in West London. The work involved drafting, negotiating and approving a landscaping licence of land adjoining the site, a tri-partite deed of surrender of an existing licence over the site, a supplemental agreement to a development agreement, a lease of the site and a carparking lease of an adjoining site, a deed of mutual grant of easements, a s.106 agreement and ancillary nominations agreement.