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Commercial Development

Building your next shop, shed or skyscraper

What is involved?

Our aim, as a Commercial Development team, is to make your next building project your easiest, despite how complex it may be. You can rely on our Real Estate lawyers to offer practical, commercially-minded and understandable advice.

We are experienced in resolving development issues from all angles. Given the extensive nature of our team, no issues are incapable of being swiftly addressed. So, just what have we got covered?

  • Tax and structuring
  • A leading construction practice
  • Environmental law issues (both contamination and natural habitat)
  • Funding and finance requirements (and grants)
  • Planning consultancy and planning law issues
  • Property Litigation aspects (rights of light, restrictive covenants)
  • CPO and Public Law issues
  • PFI

Why choose Freeths?

  • We have over 150 lawyers in our wider Real Estate team here to help you find a solution to any Commercial Development problem
  • We are renowned for achieving excellent results for clients dealing with Commercial Development
  • We will always be available and provide a service that runs to your time frame and your budget
  • We work on a huge variety of projects in all industry areas including offices, retail, industrial and more bespoke areas such as student housing, care and attractions

No matter what your requirements, we have an expert on hand to help.

Based on extensive knowledge, we have the in-depth expertise to provide you with the best solutions. We are fast, effective and excellent value for money. Our team’s driver is to provide you with the trust and confidence that we will get things done, in a way that you want them done.

Call us now to see how we can help you with your next Commercial Development project.

Meet the team

Commercial Development Lawyers

Patrick Adie, Senior Associate

Patrick Adie

0845 050 3273

Mitchell Ball

0845 077 9675

Liz Banks, Partner

Liz Banks

0845 030 5744

Richard Beverley, Manageing Partner - Birmingham

Richard Beverley

0845 634 2577

Laura Hodgson, Senior Associate

Laura Brown
Senior Associate

0186 578 1060

Shashi Chambers, Partner

Shashi Chambers

0845 271 6770

Maxine Chenoweth - Real Estate Lawyer

Maxine Chenoweth

0845 128 7961

Heather Davies

0845 050 3619

Sarah Duffy, Partner

Sarah Duffy

0186 578 1147

Thomas Golding - Real Estate Lawyer

Thomas Golding

0845 050 3647

Matthew Grocock

0845 050 3635

James Hart - Real Estate Lawyer

James Hart

0845 274 6811

Kate Hogg, Solicitor

Kate Hogg

0845 030 5770

Benjamin Jones - Real Estate Lawyer

Benjamin Jones

0845 274 6920

Sophie Komisarczuk, Solicitor

Sophie Komisarczuk

0845 274 6833

Stephen G Lewis, Partner

Stephen G Lewis

0845 274 6842

Max Marrison, Partner

Max Marrison

0845 017 8382

Robert Morris, Solicitor

Robert Morris

0845 077 9655

Sarah Norton Real Estate Associate

Sarah Norton
Senior Associate

0845 050 3600

Clive Pearce, Partner

Clive Pearce

0845 128 6990

Ian Rowson, Partner

Ian Rowson

0845 050 3627

Catherine Sharpe, Solicitor

Catherine Sharpe

0845 077 9647

Sam Shepherd, Director

Sam Shepherd

0845 272 5681

Jon Smart

0845 050 3650

Ciara Sweeney
Senior Associate

0845 404 4134

Ishaak Ugradar, Solicitor

Ishaak Ugradar

0845 050 3686

Adam Watson, Partner

Adam Watson

0845 050 3630

Adrian White, Director

Adrian White

0186 578 1151

Darren Williamson, Partner & National Head of Real Estate

Darren Williamson

0845 634 1742

Guy Winfield

0845 050 3631

Related news

"As you will see on various media feeds Chancerygate won Developer of The Year at the IAS 2017 Awards. It cannot be overlooked that a large part of our success is through the association Chancerygate has with exceptional advisers. None more so than the team at Freeths who work tirelessly for us and who make our business plans work. Please do forward this email to all of the Freeths team and congratulate them too. We enjoy working with you and on behalf of all at Chancerygate ... THANK YOU!!"

(Eddie Cook, MD, Chancerygate)

"Blends strong technical ability and accuracy with a view to the ongoing requirements of a client; delivering reliability and service that allows effective asset procurement with documentation that is acceptable to subsequent stakeholders including lenders and their advisors… has a good feel for how to ensure transactions can be completed."

(Sevi Rixson - Managing Director - Studious - Specialist student developer and investment manager)

"On our recent care home development deal Jon quickly cut to the chase. He batted hard for us on points he’d helped identify mattered and didn’t dwell on others. Even the other party commented how pragmatic and good to deal with he is. Jon also looks for opportunities to put me in contact with his clients and contacts which shows he’s thinking of us more widely."

(Andrew Winstanley, Care Home Project Director, One Housing Group)

"National head of real estate Darren Williamson ‘is very commercially minded with a can-do attitude, and is quick to grasp concepts and understand how this could affect the client,’ according to sources. His respected practice is centred on commercial development and portfolio management."

"Adrian White has both commercial and residential development expertise, with particular experience acting for charity clients. Interviewees say: ‘He is extremely thorough and gives us a lot of information’."

"The team understands how we work and what we want. It is practical and gets transactions done." One client noted that Freeths are "The best practice I have used for commercial property development work - never anything other than very engaging and professional."

(The Legal 500, 2020)

" The firm provides a partner-led service and all matters benefit from the experience and commercial approach of the partners", "The team's legal expertise in relation to the property and finance sector is second-to-none, however the major strengths is around collaboration and ultimately getting the deal done."

(The Legal 500, 2020)

"The team is really practical and has great commercial know how", ".... [they have the] ability to navigate problem cases is second-to-none."

(The Legal 500, 2020)

"The [Oxford] practice offers a wide range of expertise and when required different members of the team work well together. They can offer all the legal advice required by a wide range of rural clients which include landowners, farmers as owner occupiers and agriculture tenants." The Oxford team are noted to "impress with their ability to be flexible and deal in a prompt, informed and proactive way'. One client said "I am always impressed by the speed of response and willingness to immediately help even at extremely short notice."

(The Legal 500, 2020)

Notable Work
  • As Chancerygate’s lawyers for over 7 years, we are proud to provide legal support, advice and guidance across the board including: Advising on all site acquisitions, developments agreements, pre-let agreements, forward sales and forward funding deals together with acquisition and development finance. Advising on all ongoing asset and general management work across the portfolio. Transactions range in value from £250,000 to £40 million.
  • We are lead advisers to Studious, a company which develops and runs student accommodation, on various projects from Durham to Reading to Falmouth. Our work includes advising them on site acquisitions and disposals, all construction, planning and development finance aspects and their appointment as investment and/or development manager for their various investors, together with related corporate and strategic advice. Transactions range in value from £1 million to £30 million.
  • Acted for One Housing Group agreement for development and 35 year lease of brand new luxury 64 bedroom care home in Chelmsford, Essex, swiftly followed by an agreement for development and 30 year lease with Frontier Estates for 4 large new luxury care homes with over 250 bedrooms.
  • Scotch Corner Designer Village – acting for the owner/developer on the development and pre-letting of this 92 unit, 250,000 square foot brand new designer outlet scheme.

Client service

‘Doing the right thing’ is at the heart of Freeths. Find out more about our excellent client service and the strong set of values that guide the way we work.

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Freeths are a leading national law firm with 13 offices across the UK. If you have a query about our services or just want to find out more, why not give us a call?

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