Development work whether redeveloping Brownfield sites or repurposing office buildings for residential or other alternative uses is at the heart of real estate.

Complex and strict planning controls combined with a shortage of developable sites combined with a national housing shortage drives land value.

Our knowledgeable real estate team advise a wide range of developers which include national house builders, private developers, overseas developers, family offices and private individuals.

Clients choose Fox Williams as we specialise in complex strategic land acquisitions for development purposes, structuring transactions through conditional contracts, long term options, development or promotion agreements and joint venture arrangements.

Development work expertise

  • Acquisitions & disposals conditional on planning
  • Development finance
  • Development management agreements
  • Joint venture agreements
  • Option agreements
  • Overage & clawback arrangements
  • Promotion agreements
  • S106 planning agreements
  • Site clearance arrangements
  • Stopping up of highways orders
  • Title issues, including restrictive covenants & third-party rights
  • Unconditional acquisitions having regard to anticipated development hurdles
  • Acquisitions & disposals conditional on planning
  • Development finance
  • Development management agreements
  • Joint venture agreements
  • Option agreements
  • Overage & clawback arrangements
  • Promotion agreements
  • S106 planning agreements
  • Site clearance arrangements
  • Stopping up of highways orders
  • Title issues, including restrictive covenants & third-party rights
  • Unconditional acquisitions having regard to anticipated development hurdles

Development work experience

  • Acted on behalf of a national housebuilder in connection with the strategic acquisition of a development site redesignated under the Local Plan and acquired on an unconditional basis, having due regard to future planning, access and development requirements.

  • Provided specialist bespoke advice to developers on title issues or third-party rights preventing development.

  • Acted for a private developer who has secured development agreement arrangements in connection with a London Borough authority for 400 residential unit residential scheme including two towers and ancillary commercial space.

  • Acted for a developer of a property requiring part of the public highway registered to a London Borough authority, to maximise development that was structured by way of a Call Option conditional on planning permission and Stopping Up of Highway Order.

"The firm always helps to ensure a smooth service, delivers what is promised and leaves us with the confidence that the matter is in safe hands."


Chambers UK 2021

"The practice delivers excellent pragmatic and commercial advice to our clients, although based in the City the relationship between price and quality is excellent. The team really values and builds on its client relationships."


Legal 500 2021

"The team are pragmatic, commercial and responsive. For a City practice the rates are very good relative to other firms – City expertise at regional rates."


Legal 500 2021

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