An ever-changing landscape

From traditional residential, through to mixed-use and build to rent, future-proofing your development means having an answer to the question “What’s next?”

The opportunities, and challenges, for developers are many and varied – whether it’s sustainable development, modern methods of construction, smart homes and connectivity, reputation   or mobility.

Modular housing has the potential to transform productivity, sustainability and quality – but also comes with new and varied risks.

Developers team in discussion

Focus areas

Net Zero

With climate change undoubtedly the greatest challenge of our times, buildings are responsible for a significant amount of the UK’s total CO2 emissions, reducing this impact is an unavoidable issue for the Developer sector. Foot Anstey is helping our clients navigate the challenges and opportunities available.

Phosphates and nitrates

A hot topic amongst developers and local authorities, with the spread of Natural England’s advice to Local Planning Authorities to reduce the enriched nutrient impact on the water systems causing an excessive growth of plants and algae, known as eutrophication. Developers must mitigate their effects and maintain a nutrient-neutral environment.

Modern methods of construction

Sustainable construction is becoming an unavoidable topic for developers and MMC is seen to be the solution needed for developers to undertake sustainable construction. As a method of production, MMC facilitates innovation, a key element to mitigating the effects of climate change. It reduces site waste, develops products focused on energy efficiency, and its timber frames embody carbon.

Retro-fitting

A really effective way to improve older buildings so they have a higher energy efficiency and a lower energy usage. These initiatives quite often involve complex funding arrangements, tenant and owner interactions, and the need to move quickly through the procurement rules often with a developing supply chain.

Related services

Demand for housing, infrastructure and commercial space is growing – and developers, policymakers and investors need to respond.

We can support you at every stage in the lifecycle of a development project.

The UK’s Energy requirements are high on the government’s agenda, with policy under constant review making for a continuously transitioning market.

We are heavily immersed in the sector and involved with conversations at a policy level, ensuring we stay ahead of market trends and enabling us to always look at the bigger picture to provide you with the best possible advice in line with your strategic goals.

The world of real estate is changing fast. The way we construct, operate, invest in and use property has been transformed.

At Foot Anstey, we have the in-depth understanding to help you navigate this rapidly changing market.

Climate change presents some of the toughest questions for business.

Our edge as environmental lawyers is our experience of feeding into policymaking in Parliament, government and local authorities.

Planning law is the gateway to property development. It’s the vital first step for building projects no matter what size.

Working with decision-makers at the key levels, we use our years of experience in planning law to seek out answers which work for you.

The law governing property is constantly changing, creating the prospect of disputes which can prove costly in terms of lost opportunities, revenue and even reputation.

We can cover every type of property-related dispute, whether it’s over commercial or private property, or various different kinds of land, including agricultural, green belt and brownfield.

Having the right people in the right place, displaying the right behaviours through the right processes can be just as hard as it sounds.

Our experienced team of experts are able to provide you with timely, commercial advice for day-to-day advice to project support.

Corporate projects demand legal advice at the speed of business.

Whatever your needs, goals or ambitions our team work hard to tailor services which help deliver our clients’ ambitions at every stage of a company’s journey.

Demand for housing, infrastructure and commercial space is growing – and developers, policymakers and investors need to respond.

We can support you at every stage in the lifecycle of a development project.

The UK’s Energy requirements are high on the government’s agenda, with policy under constant review making for a continuously transitioning market.

We are heavily immersed in the sector and involved with conversations at a policy level, ensuring we stay ahead of market trends and enabling us to always look at the bigger picture to provide you with the best possible advice in line with your strategic goals.

The world of real estate is changing fast. The way we construct, operate, invest in and use property has been transformed.

At Foot Anstey, we have the in-depth understanding to help you navigate this rapidly changing market.

Climate change presents some of the toughest questions for business.

Our edge as environmental lawyers is our experience of feeding into policymaking in Parliament, government and local authorities.

Planning law is the gateway to property development. It’s the vital first step for building projects no matter what size.

Working with decision-makers at the key levels, we use our years of experience in planning law to seek out answers which work for you.

The law governing property is constantly changing, creating the prospect of disputes which can prove costly in terms of lost opportunities, revenue and even reputation.

We can cover every type of property-related dispute, whether it’s over commercial or private property, or various different kinds of land, including agricultural, green belt and brownfield.

Having the right people in the right place, displaying the right behaviours through the right processes can be just as hard as it sounds.

Our experienced team of experts are able to provide you with timely, commercial advice for day-to-day advice to project support.

Corporate projects demand legal advice at the speed of business.

Whatever your needs, goals or ambitions our team work hard to tailor services which help deliver our clients’ ambitions at every stage of a company’s journey.

Recent work

Housebuilders and Registered Providers

Advising Housebuilders and Registered Providers on legal mechanisms to implement mitigation measures to achieve nitrate neutrality through off-setting which is critical to unlocking the grant of planning permission in the Solent area where there is currently an informal moratorium on development. We regard ourselves as thought leaders in the South West and South East in relation to the nitrates “crisis” that has hit development.

Site aquisition

Advising a Developer on all aspects of the acquisition and funding of two sites which will be developed as low carbon modular housing. The developer has ambitious growth plans which will see them become a major developer of modular homes

Land value arbitration

Acting in respect of £35m land value arbitration for a Commercial Developer, involving QCs and valuation and QS expert evidence, settled at mediation

Precedent forms

Acting for a leading developer in respect of setting up precedent form documents, and supports the client in respect of its contract strategy and risk mitigation

Redevelopment project

Advising a Housebuilder on the acquisition of land including a bus station and part of a shopping centre for the purposes of residential and commercial redevelopment to include the provision of a new bus station and construction of a temporary bus station as part of the regeneration of a town centre.

Complex sub-sale joint venture

Acting for a large southern RP in connection with a complex sub-sale joint venture (JV) land and build project for the development of a phase of 52 affordable homes on a site formally owned by the Secretary of State (SoS) which had the benefit of outline planning permission for approximately 2,400 homes, town centre commercial use and the provision of a new secondary school.

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Our large team offers advice on a range of issues at all stages of a development life cycle

Our people

Our dedicated Developer Sector team (which is 50+ strong) acts for housebuilders, commercial developers, registered providers and land promoters and have an enviable track record in large scale development, redevelopment and regeneration projects.

What our clients say

We have confidence in Foot Anstey that we don’t have in other law solicitors.

Abri

Very experienced professionals” and “more than just a Developer firm, they are very user friendly.

Vivid

A collegiate approach and the extra effort behind the scenes to ensure each member of the team is completely in the picture and able to think ahead for the client.

Legal 500 2021

We have a positive impression of the firm. They prioritise customer service and experience. They have depth of knowledge and work effectively as a team and part of a wider team.

Chambers 2021

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