Real Estate

Residential Development

Irwin Mitchell’s Residential Development solicitors have wide-ranging experience with all types of development projects in the housing sector, from large mixed-use schemes for major national housebuilders to small bespoke developments for local landowners.

Our national real estate team is one of the largest in the UK and we are able to provide legal services throughout the entire life-cycle of a residential development project, including:

  • Strategic land services and site acquisition
  • Land acquisition contracts
  • Option and promotion agreements (short term and long term
  • Lock-out/exclusivity agreements
  • Infrastructure and adoption agreements, including Section 38 and 104 agreements and substation transfers
  • Planning advice and protection, including s106 agreements and Judicial Review
  • Advice on environmental issues
  • Construction services for house builders, including Construction disputes
  • Employment
  • Health and safety
  • Corporate services, including joint ventures and funds
  • Residential development investment and financing

We approach every development with a customised service tailored to each client’s unique commercial objectives. You can expect practical, business-minded advice from your own dedicated lawyers from acquisition all the way through to disposal.

As part of a leading full-service law firm with offices around the country, we can offer a fully comprehensive package for builders, landowners and investors alike. Several top UK housebuilders already benefit from our dedicated IMConnect events for their own in-house lawyers, where we provide support on a diverse array of topics ranging from pensions to data protection.

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

Hallam Land Management Limited

Acting for Hallam Land Management Limited (a subsidiary of Henry Boot PLC) in relation to a variety of strategic land sites for proposed residential and commercial developments, including negotiation of option/planning promotion agreements and conventional acquisitions. Steven Richardson has advised Hallam on the disposal of a number of sites with the benefit of planning permission.

Residential development sites for more than 800 new homes

Acting for Persimmon Homes Limited on the acquisition of residential development sites for more than 800 new homes and in negotiation of option agreements and promotion agreements for strategic sites.

Persimmon Homes Limited

Acting for Persimmon Homes Limited in connection with the provision of a £26m bypass to facilitate development of over 1,500 new homes at Stanground, Peterborough and dealing with various land disposals within the development.

Strata Homes Yorkshire Limited

Acting for Strata Homes Yorkshire Limited on the acquisition of residential development sites of various sizes and values, comprising approximately 400 residential units in aggregate.


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

Leading Firm - Chambers & Partners 2017

"John Flathers is "very well-respected and very proactive"

Chambers & Partners, 2017


“You have done sterling work on our behalf for which we thank you. I am already recommending you should anyone be in need of your services.”

MD of regional property agent

Leading Firm - The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2016

John is "very knowledgeable"

Legal 500, 2016

Awards & Accreditation

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.

Shortlisted for Property Law Firm of the Year - Yorkshire Insider Property Industry Awards 2016 UK Chambers & Partners Leading Firm 2018 Leading Firm - Legal 500 2017 The Times Best Law Firms 2019

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.

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