From site acquisition through to disposal, the Development of Land team at Thrings can provide commercially-minded and strategically focused guidance at every stage of the property development process. Our team is made up of a broad range of property, planning, construction and dispute litigation specialists who will integrate into your business and help you achieve maximum efficiency and value from every project.


Key Contacts

Richard Fidler

Partner 02077 665 635

Robert Barnes

Partner 0117 930 9537

Natalia Sokolov

Partner 0117 930 9586

Insight and expertise throughout the entire development process

Whether you are building warehouses and industrial facilities, leisure, offices, or retail units, you need clarity and experience when it comes to the legal services you get. The Development of Land team at Thrings has helped a range of clients involved in development projects including developers, investors and landlords, to anticipate issues, overcome challenges and achieve their commercial objectives. Starting from pre-acquisition due diligence, the guidance we provide gives you a clear strategic framework for action.

Our specialist development team has experience of small bespoke developments through to large-scale projects. By advising on the most beneficial agreement for you and then securing the contract, we ensure your commercial interests are best represented. Our multi-disciplinary team can negotiate on your behalf and advise you on solutions to any issues that arise. In short, we aim to add value to your business at every step of the commercial development process.

Our development team includes experts in planning who can support you throughout the entire planning process, including securing the right infrastructure agreements and negotiating the terms of section 106 planning obligation agreements. We will guide you through understanding your permitted development rights and help you to maximise the commercial value of your development.

Our construction specialists can advise you on procurement routes and agreements including development agreements, agreements for lease, building contracts, professional appointments, collateral warranties, guarantees and bonds. By understanding the commercial goals of our clients, we can build the right team of experts around them. We can also draw on an extended network of surveyors, planners, accountants and lenders to boost our capabilities further.

  • advising a regional developer on a range of business park schemes in and around Bristol and the South West, including property planning and construction due diligence and advice, negotiation of transactional documents and onward lettings
  • advising an investor on the acquisition of part of a commercial development scheme in Reading with an existing agreement for lease subject to construction and practical completion
  • advising a London investor on the acquisition of a range of assets for leisure, retail and other commercial uses to add to their London property portfolio, ranging from proposed development sites for ongoing or future development as well as associated landlord and tenant matters
  • advising a developer on property, construction and planning litigation arising from main contractor failures in the delivery of a BREEAM Excellent mixed-use residential and office scheme in London including mediation and negotiation of a resolution