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Residential Leasehold enfranchisement

Residential Leasehold enfranchisement


Hewitsons' team of solicitors has proven experience in real estate law, spanning a wide range of services:

  • Promotion Agreements and Strategic Site Assembly
  • Option Agreements
  • Conditional Contracts
  • Outright Acquisition of freehold and leasehold interests
  • Acquisition of rights and easements
  • Release or variation of restrictive covenants
  • Construction Procurement
  • Development Agreements
  • Joint Ventures
  • Disposal of developed units
  • Infrastructure provision and management company structures
  • Investment sale and purchase
  • Forward funding
  • Development finance

Site Assembly and Acquisition

Skilful acquisition of a development site will produce a title which allows you to service and develop without any legal impediment. It will also satisfy the most painstaking purchaser's, tenant’s or funder’s solicitor.

This is a specialist area of commercial development far beyond “conveyancing”. It demands 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
  • Undertake a thorough investigation of title including on-site inspection
  • Make comprehensive pre-contract searches and enquiries
  • Appraise progress with tailored reporting systems culminating in a final detailed written report

Our real estate lawyers know it is vital to keep the disposal programme on schedule to achieve half-year and year-end targets for commercial development. Carefully prepared and comprehensive documentation for purchasers or funders or tenants will be despatched immediately we receive instructions.

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

Joint Venture and Consortium Agreements

These are complex documents and our real estate law team has a great deal of experience working with a variety of structures. We combine 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 is vital.

Construction Procurement

This is an ever more complex and regulated area and our team of real estate lawyers are well versed in acting for both developer and contractor/professional. They use the standard forms of procurement documentation, as well as more bespoke, tailored agreements for one-off ventures.

We can advise on all aspects of the procurement process, from the initial tender to end of life warranty package delivery.

Planning Team

Our experienced planning team of national lawyers will work with you throughout the project. They will advise on each step of the planning process, from application to implementation. If necessary, they can advise on appeal and judicial review procedures.

Their experience extends to the more esoteric aspects of regulatory control that development projects throw up, including highways issues, public and private rights of way and environmental compliance.

Property Funding

With many funding arrangements available, the requirements of funders are ever more prescriptive. We have the commercial knowledge and experience to present proposals that secure the most appropriately structured finance. This covers everything from straightforward debt finance from banks or other institutional lenders secured by traditional charge documentation through to more intricate equity-linked and participation arrangements such as mezzanine finance.

Unit Disposal and Other Development Issues

As part of our commercial development service we can advise you on the purchase and sale of freeholds, as well as leases and underleases. We are able to assist with all associated transactions, such as pre-let agreements, unit disposals and the structuring of management companies and other post-development strategies.

Our specialists in real estate law can also advise on building sustainability, renewable energy technologies, participation in the carbon reduction commitment and on-site power generation and distribution.

We offer a full and comprehensive service for commercial developers from project start to completion.

Key Contacts

Clare Martin - Partner

Clare Martin


01223 447412

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"Very prompt with everything, always polite & helpful."
Purchase / Ms S

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"I was impressed with Bradley (assisted by Natasha) and I must say the completion was utterly painless and ocmpletely stress free. The guys were fantastic and so efficient, they are a credit to Hewitsons"
Mr D / Sale

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Thank you for all your help in enabling our parents to move house. It has all been a bit of a whirlwind for us and we are still slightly amazed that it has happened and that it happened so quickly. We are hugely grateful to you all for your hard work to make it run to our ambitious timescale. We appreciated your straightforward and effective communication and your calm encouragement and reassuring competence. The whole process was remarkably smooth and we know that was down to having such a fine group of professionals working on our behalf.
Client Testimonial / Residential Sale & Purchase

“The sale of my house and purchase of my new home were dealt with very professionally and I was shown great kindness and consideration at a very stressful time, for which I was grateful.”
Client Testimonial / Residential Sale & Purchase

“Our Solicitor and his team were always approachable, friendly and helpful.”
Client Testimonial / Residential Sale

“We were very happy with every aspect of this transaction, it ran smoothly and efficiently.”
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"The service was very good and I felt had a personal touch. The people in the local office in Northampton were also helpful in copying important documents and getting them to Cambridge. Even when the buyer suddenly gave us at short notice a very tight deadline, Hewitsons gave it their attention to make sure we hit that deadline".
Sale / Mr B

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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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“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

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"Engaging the services of Hewitsons was one of the best moves we made during the
purchasing process. In particular, Karen Luxton-Walsh was excellent. Her attention to detail
and knowledge of the real estate market were invaluable. She responded to our numerous
questions quickly, thoroughly, and effectively. As this was our first home purchase, she gave
us very valuable insights, all the while maintaining an outstanding professional attitude. She
truly was a thoroughly knowledgeable asset at every stage of the process, and prevented us
from making costly mistakes. We recommend her and Hewitsons to all."
Purchase / Mr & Mrs H


"We always felt we were regarded as a valued client. Our questions and concerns were dealt with very professionally."
Purchase / Mr C T

"Karen was pro-active, professional and a pleasure to deal with. I thought she went above and beyond to get the job done."
Purchase / Ms H