Steven specialises in acting for housebuilders and developers dealing with residential development sites and heads up the firm’s East Midlands residential development team from our Nottingham office.

Steven is experienced in dealing with land acquisitions, land disposals, strategic land options, promotion agreements, affordable housing and long-term development projects. He is also experienced in dealing with funding arrangements for development site acquisitions.

Steven is the lead partner for McCarthy Stone, the Church Commissioners for England, Wain Estates, Anwyl Homes, William Davis Homes and Keyland Developments.

How do you help clients?

I see my role as supporting clients where there are particularly complicated or large-scale development sites. I want each of my clients to feel that each transaction is as important to me as it is to them. I bring a solution-focussed approach to large-scale development schemes ensuring that clients’ objectives are met, and that risk/ reward is balanced and clearly understood.

The element of my client facing role which I find the most satisfying is overcoming barriers that unlock development sites.


  1. Acted for Bellway Homes in the joint purchase of the former Brackley Golf Club, Salford for residential development. The site was bought by Bellway in collaboration with Countryside Properties. The development is for 690 new build houses and has a gross development value of circa £190m.
  2. Acted for Bellway Homes on the acquisition of a brownfield site in Stockport in collaboration with Taylor Wimpey which will provide up to 226 private and affordable dwellings.
  3. Acted for the Chuch Commissioners for England in the sale of a development site in Sunderland for the development of a mixed use scheme comprising 450 houses, a supermarket and associated retail area.