The housing industry is changing.
From the stamp duty holiday to new regulations and new methods of construction (MMC), the rapid changes facing housebuilders and developers, together with the impacts of COVID-19 and Brexit, have presented the industry with both risks and opportunities.
Whilst we are yet to see the effects of the current economic crisis on the UKs Housing Crisis and what the long-term effects for housebuilders will be, there is no doubt that now more than ever, clear and accurate legal advice is needed. We will work with you and your business to understand your needs and work with you to capitalise on these opportunities, whilst mitigating risks.
We support both public and private sectors, including landowners, developers, public authorities, housing associations investors and banks, and draw expertise from our colleagues in construction, real estate, planning and corporate to ensure we’re giving you clear, accurate advice at all times. We also have a particular expertise in acting for housebuilders and act for 6 of the 10 largest house builders in the UK as well as for a range of smaller specialist operators
We can support you on any regeneration and housebuilding project. These typically include:
- appropriate funding for the acquisition of land or opportunity
- an appropriate structure to reduce tax through joint ventures and other strategic alliances.
- the master planning and planning processes
- procurement of construction and consultancy engagements.
We have established a niche reputation for project work for developers in areas of urban renewal, regeneration and mixed-use development and has advised on some of the largest regeneration schemes in the country. We have considerable experience in dealing with the legal issues that can arise with such schemes and have a dedicated development sales team to help with marketing projects in the UK and overseas.
Meet the team
Divisional Managing Partner of the Construction, Real Estate and Disputes Division
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Some of our clients
Retail regeneration - will Croydon show us how it is done?
Can a restrictive covenant become obsolete?
Stamp Duty, Green houses and 5% deposits: The Government’s Commitment to Housebuilding Continues
We look at the current raft of measures the Government has in place to support home ownership and the housebuilding industry.
New permitted development right to convert unused commercial premises into homes to come into force
Off Quay? Town and Village Green case of interest for developers
Definitions, definitions, definitions
Draining Surface Water: Good news for Developers?
Building anxieties: The impact of a possible CGT rate rise on housebuilders
Urbanisation: a one way ticket to concrete jungles or the beginning of urban forests?
The sky is the limit...
Suzi Gatward quoted by the Daily Mirror, Building and Housing Today on the stamp duty holiday extension debate
Suzi Gatward argues that an extension is crucial to keeping the property market ticking during the pandemic.
Rigorous Energy Standards for New Homes
How do I amend an existing planning consent?
Reviewing the two main routes to a planning permission's amendment, once it is granted.
Will housing replace the high street?
Consultation on further expansion of permitted development rights.
Robin Grove, Suzi Gatward and Georgia Sutton write for New Homes on the legal process of buying a new home
Negotiating in Style – Marx Brothers Style
Does everyone has their own style when negotiating? We are reviewing a handful of these to achieve the desired goals.
Permitted Development: A right to construct new dwellings
We explore the new right to allow the upward extension of purpose-built blocks of flats in England.
‘Out of site but not out of mind’
How housebuilders are tackling the challenge of re-starting construction sites.
Building around your tenants and neighbours
The ability to develop will depend on whether you can do so without infringing the rights of tenants and those living nearby.
Variety is the spice of house building
We take a look at some of the key findings published in Sir Oliver Letwin’s draft report.
Real Estate and Construction Newsletter - June 2018
Welcome to our June newsletter, bringing you legal insight into issues facing the property industry.