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Commercial Development

Commercial Development

About

Hewitsons' team of commercial development solicitors  have a wealth of experience when it comes to providing property development advice.

Property acquisition and disposal

Our experience of acquisition and assembly of commercial development sites spans:

  • Option agreements
  • Conditional contracts
  • Outright purchase of freehold and leasehold interests
  • Acquisition of rights and easements
  • Release or variation of restrictive covenants
  • Subsequent disposal of developed units
  • Investment sales and purchases
  • Forward funding sales
Property funding

With numerous funding arrangements available, our national lawyers have the commercial development experience to present property development advice that helps to secure the most appropriately structured finance.

This could range from straightforward debt finance from banks or other institutional lenders – secured by charge documentation – to more intricate equity linked and participation arrangements such as mezzanine finance.

Joint venture and consortium agreements

Here, our commercial development team combines thorough legal and technical skills with commercial savvy and imagination. If a deal is to flourish and deliver profitability, then detailed examination of terms and careful attention to drafting documentation are vital. Both are meat and drink to the team.

Assembly, acquisitions and sales

Skillful acquisition of a development site will produce a title which allows you to service and develop it without legal difficulties. It will also satisfy the most painstaking purchaser’s or tenant’s solicitor.

This is a specialist area of commercial development far beyond “conveyancing” and the property development advice we provide is based on  a deep understanding of your practical needs and concerns.

Whether your proposals involve immediate or strategic land acquisition, we understand that you will want the site under contract as quickly as possible.

We will:

  • Ensure the documentation is appropriately drawn and structured to prevent tax or funding problems hampering the development and disposal programme
  • Inspect the site
  • Undertake a thorough investigation of title
  • Make comprehensive pre-contract searches and enquiries, including service enquiries
  • Appraise you of progress with tailored reporting systems, including a final detailed written report
  • We understand the importance of keeping the disposal programme on schedule and achieving your half-year and year-end targets for commercial development.
Carefully prepared, good quality, comprehensive documentation for purchasers’ or tenants’ solicitors will be despatched immediately we receive instructions.

Sales and lettings are strictly monitored and we keep you informed of progress. We’ll account to you promptly for deposits and sale proceeds and provide a detailed financial statement in your preferred format on completion.

Property transfers, leases and rights

As part of our commercial development service, we can advise you on the purchase and sales of freehold leases and underleases, and are able to assist with relevant transactions, such as the grant of leases. This includes the acquisition of grants of easements and all other rights and interests needed for a successful outcome.

Key Contacts

Julian Bishop - Partner

Julian Bishop

Partner

+44 (0)20 7400 6583

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Susanne Hinde - Partner

Susanne Hinde

Partner

+44 (0)1223 532728

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Claire Howard-Amos - Partner

Claire Howard-Amos

Partner

+44 (0)1604 463323

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Patricia Kempson - Partner

Patricia Kempson

Partner

+44 (0)1604 463352

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Graeme Sampson - Partner

Graeme Sampson

Partner

+44 (0)1223 532736

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James Simpson - Partner

James Simpson

Partner

+44 (0)1223 532758

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Gareth Williams - Partner

Gareth Williams

Partner

+44 (0)1604 463344

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Latest testimonials

"We have used Stephanie Dennis for recent projects and we are very pleased and satisfied. We will continue to use Hewitsons in the future."
Mr & Mrs L

"Thanks to Stephanie Dennis who handled the land sale who was always helpful and patient with precise answers to any query presented."
Executors of Mrs R

"Stephanie Dennis is very diligent, efficient and communicative. Her work is always carried out with complete professionalism and skill."
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“Hewitsons is an impressive practice – client-focused, efficient and effective. The firm punches well above its weight.”
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“Great communication, reasonable fees, good value for the money.”
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“The firm provides excellent partner expertise at highly competitive rates.”
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"They are an efficient, knowledgeable team, which is able to advise and carry out work on a variety of topics."
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"Hewitsons provided us with timely legal support adhering to the scope of the service agreed."
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“I particularly liked the approach of Hewitsons in that we worked with the same lawyer from initial discussions and quotation through to completion of the sale. This meant there was good continuity throughout the project.”
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"In my experience Hewitsons is top of its class. It has experts in every field."
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"Hewitsons is outstanding. It is professional, knowledgeable and efficient."
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Latest testimonials

“The firm provides excellent partner expertise at highly competitive rates.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"They are an efficient, knowledgeable team, which is able to advise and carry out work on a variety of topics."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"Hewitsons provided us with timely legal support adhering to the scope of the service agreed."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

Latest testimonials

"They are an efficient, knowledgeable team, which is able to advise and carry out work on a variety of topics"
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"The whole team offers excellent customer service, being responsive and timely with its advice"
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“A dynamic yet pragmatic approach to getting the job done.”
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“Hewitsons has high professional standards. They are well informed, cover all of our necessary disciplines and cover them well. They are always available at short notice when required.”
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Gareth Williams has a practical and proactive approach to projects, which is often missing elsewhere‘.
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