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Charles Russell Speechlys is experienced in all areas of commercial, residential and mixed-use development.

We provide a multi-disciplinary development service, handling planning, environmental and infrastructure issues, sustainability, financing, construction, tax, lettings and sales.

Our clients include major and niche developers, (both public and private sector) major housebuilders, landowners, investors, funders, charities and not-for-profit organisations. They span a wide range of sectors, from commercial and industrial property, strategic land and regeneration, to retail and leisure.

We are experienced in site acquisition, complex site assemblies, forward funding agreements and development finance, joint venture agreements, land promotion agreements, development options, pre-emption agreements, pre-lets, overage agreements and lettings/sales of the finished project. We have additional expertise in renewable energy developments, heritage sites and listed buildings. 

The team has established a particular reputation for project work for developers in areas of urban renewal, regeneration and mixed-use development and are advising on some of the largest regeneration schemes in the country

Our full-service development team is committed to providing practical and commercial advice on all the legal issues that arise during the development process. We work with our clients to deliver legally effective and practical solutions that are tailored to the specific requirements of each client.


Advising P&O Estates on a mixed-use development

Advising the developer, P&O Estates on region quarter of 240,000 square foot mixed-use development at the heart of Kings Cross. The scheme involved the regeneration of a whole urban block adjacent to Kings Cross station including new build and refurbishment.  We advised on both the construction and property aspects of Block B, including complex title issues, CPOs, the property holding structures and the letting schemes and the advancing of leases. 

Derwent London's award winning development 

Advising Derwent London on the property and construction aspects of the award winning Portobello Dock Development. This includes the structuring of the residential and office lettings, and thereafter the completed sale of the two residential blocks, each by way of a long lease.

Institutional forward funding

Advising on a range of forward funding transactions for investment and pension funds including retail parks, hotels, retail shops and trade centres incorporating the property, development and construction aspects.

£100million Collaboration Agreement over circa 440 acres

Advising on a residential development of 2,650 units, leisure facilities, medical centres, schools and a country park with provision for the transfer of a further 100 acres to the Highways Authority for the construction of a bypass.

£100million mid-town redevelopment

The transaction included the drafting of a complex Development Agreement and leasehold structure together with complex title issues and right of light issues with adjoining land owners. 

Mixed-use development

Advising a Trust on the sale of its site in London for residential and office developments and the redevelopment and refurbishment of its community facilities including a complex Section 106 Agreement.

Design Museum, London

Acting for the Design Museum in relation to its relocation to the Grade II listed Commonwealth Institute on Kensington High Street.  Built in 1962 and now vacant, the Commonwealth Institute is a pioneering post-war building whose hyperbolic paraboloid roof was the first such structure in the UK. We have advised the Design Museum on its Agreement for Lease with Chelsfield, construction, planning and fit out.

North Wharf Road

Advising Derwent London on the development of the last major site within Paddington Basin. The project involved the construction of a 16-story office complex and a 100-unit residential building. Innovative and sustainable, the new additions will exceed building regulations and reduce carbon emissions through the implementation of innovative, energy efficient solutions.