Over some 30 years with the firm I have been fortunate to have been involved in a variety of development projects both for clients having real estate as a core business activity and for other corporates where from time to time surplus land and buildings provide valuable development and rationalisation opportunities. Being involved from the outset with the client and its advisers in such circumstances provides the opportunity to shape a transaction so as to maximise returns. Building a close bond with the client and its advisers provides the opportunity for an effective team approach to deliver against expectations. That’s always our goal. I have led teams managing the legal requirements for the demolition and reconstruction of substantial office and industrial premises, often alongside the negotiation of planning and other regulatory agreements and the management of rights to light issues. I have had considerable experience handling the redevelopment of mixed use sites and those where the principal property asset might be listed as a building of historical or architectural importance, with all the strategic and commercial issues which flow from that. Project experience includes substantial mixed-use developments, both housing and commercially led, often in difficult urban settings as well as equally difficult projects in the green belt and in non-confirming areas.
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