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Real Estate

Real Estate Development and Regeneration

Developing new buildings and regenerating existing sites provides a great chance to enhance their value. However, when the occupier and the developer aren’t the same person, differences between them can put the project’s profitability in jeopardy.

Whether you’re a developer or occupier, our real estate development lawyers are here to help protect your objectives and vision.

We have an experienced Real Estate team who can provide developers, investment purchasers and development funders advice on a range of matters, including:

  • Project planning
  • Site acquisition
  • Infrastructure agreements
  • Contractor agreements
  • Environmental issues
  • Development agreements
  • Pre-letting agreements
  • Disposals

Our lawyers work with both private and public sector clients so understand the issues faced from both sides. Many of the projects we work on are high value and have involved development schemes in industries such as retail, distribution, warehousing and leisure.

We offer an end-to-end service and can add real value to your development or regeneration project. Because of the diversity and quality of the work we complete, we have strong relationships with counterparts we've previously worked with and their advisers, often speeding up proceedings.

We can offer you flexible service charges on mixed use schemes and will always provide clarity when it comes to our pricing structures.

For more information on how we could help your development project, contact one of our lawyers today.

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Key Contacts

Our key contacts are all experts in their fields. Feel free to email or phone them to find out how we can help your business.

Recent Work

East Midlands Airport Property

Advised on the joint venture between Litton and the motorway service company, Moto, to develop a 3.9 acre site in one of the most connected sites in the East Midlands.


Ellandi And Bridges

Advised on the UK’s leading community shopping centre investor, on its new joint venture with The Bridges Property Alternatives Fund III, managed by specialist sustainable and impact investor Bridges Ventures (“Bridges”). The new JV plans to build a portfolio of community shopping centres.

Jackson’s Row Development Partnership

Advised on a major deal involving former Manchester United stars Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs which will see the creation of a landmark new mixed use scheme in Manchester city centre.

IDI Gazeley £87.5m Forward Funding

Advised key client IDI Gazeley on the sale and forward funding of Plot 230 Magna Park, Milton Keynes to Standard Life Assurance Limited.


Advised Redevco, the European investment manager of high street retail properties, on the acquisition of the former Hanningtons Estate in Brighton. The price was over £50 million and the seller was West Register, part of The Royal Bank of Scotland.

Mercer Real Estate Partners

Advised on the acquisition of Mitre House, 160 Aldersgate Street, London EC2 for £64m and are continuing to advise Mercer on its pre-letting and on-going development comprising more than 188,000 sq ft.

3 Sovereign Square, Leeds

Advising on the formation of a joint venture vehicle between Bruntwood Estates and Kier Property Developments and acting for it on the acquisition of the site of 3 Sovereign Square from Leeds City Council, planning permission for an 80,000 plus square feet six storey building, pre-letting of over half of it to Addleshaw Goddard, construction appointments and building contract and funding.


We truly value the feedback we receive from both our clients and legal accreditation societies, such as The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.


"They're very commercial, very switched-on and they do things efficiently."

Chambers & Partners, 2019


“Very high performing team with the qualities you would expect of one of the best teams in the property sector. Technically superb, dynamic and hungry. I cannot recommend the services of Irwin Mitchell highly enough.”

Development Director, global logistics company


"Sincere thanks for all your skill, effort and hard work (often very unsociable hours!). A fantastic result! We look forward to working with you through the development and sales phases!”

Development Director, global logistics company

Awards & Accreditations

We're always proud to be recognised for the work we do for our clients and have been named as a leading firm in the latest legal guides - which provide information and recommendations about lawyers and law firms in the UK.

5th Most Active Mergers & Acquisitions Firm - Experian 2016 Lex 100 legal-500-2019 chambers-2019 The Times Best Law Firms 2019 Shortlisted for Property Law Firm of the Year - Yorkshire Insider Property Industry Awards 2016

We Work Nationally

We have offices in major cities throughout the UK and our lawyers can arrange to visit you or your business in person if necessary. We also have international capability, with global links to other legal specialists.

Business News

Our lawyers are regularly asked to provide expert insight, advice and analysis for the national media. Take a look at the stories below to see what we’re saying, as well as some of the recent deals we have completed for our clients here in the UK and abroad.

HS2 Rail Link Review Called By Government

21 / 08 / 19 Read More

Brexit And US Trade Deals

14 / 08 / 19 Read More

Property Developer Purchases Office Building In York

13 / 08 / 19 Read More

M&A Activity Set To Remain High In Waste Management Sector

08 / 08 / 19 Read More

Alzheimer's Testing Specialist Secures Investment from NPIF Maven Equity Finance

02 / 08 / 19 Read More

Irwin Mitchell Shortlisted For Employment Law Firm Of The Year Award

26 / 07 / 19 Read More