The housebuilding industry represents one of the core pillars of the UK economy, driving growth and employment at a national level.
With the UK still facing a housing shortage, housebuilders are increasingly striving to boost productivity and upskill their workers. Building homes where people want to live and supporting sustainable communities is key to providing the very best in new housing for the UK’s towns and cities. And this drive towards a new housing model is increasingly turning the spotlight on the critical role of housebuilders.
With a team of over 230, we have the largest specialist residential development team in the UK offering a complete acquisition to disposal service.
Our team regularly acts in relation to immediate land and strategic sites, conditional contracts, options, joint venture agreements, build leases, collaboration agreements, consortium purchases, overage, promotion and hybrid agreements as well as affordable land sales and disposals, infrastructure agreements and plot and part exchange disposals.
Our experience in dealing with plot sales provides us with invaluable knowledge in structuring land acquisitions ensuring that development sites can be set up easily and removing any excessive or third-party administration which could potentially delay sales.
As well as working with housebuilders, the team also have experience working with landowners, which means we understand how they will view a transaction. Understanding their approach and pressures means we can help our housebuilder clients get deals done by pre-empting potential issues and sticking points during negotiations.
Unlike other law firms, we can provide housebuilders a broader complementary offering from our national teams of in-house surveyors who specialise in the diverting or connecting utilities apparatus, the progression of compulsory purchase orders and the identification and tax recovery of remediation costs.
We are intimately involved in the changes, challenges and controversies of the housebuilding industry, whether advising the Home Builders Federation, unravelling historic leasehold structures, offering training and guidance on the new Homes Ombudsman Scheme, dealing with inquiries by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) or helping navigate the issues arising from cladding.
The scale of our work for housebuilders has meant that we have developed a depth of capacity and a breadth of knowledge and relevant experience that few others can achieve. However niche the issue, be it for a specialist on drone law, experience on obtaining CIL exemptions or assistance to guide landowners in to a land pooling trust, we are confident that we will have solved it before.