Real estate solicitors for property developers

As a commercial developer you’ll want to make sure your projects are completed as quickly and simply as possible. All the time your development is being planned and implemented it can’t earn you money. As real estate solicitors we help you sort out legal technicalities quickly so you can move forward.

Experienced in all aspects of commercial and residential development

Whatever your development project there will come a point when legal issues need to be dealt with. Our experienced team can help you achieve the outcome you are looking for in areas such as:

  • Joint ventures and promotion agreements
    Securing a successful joint venture l or promotion agreement is ultimately about getting all parties to achieve the commercial outcome they are looking for. Our real value to you isn’t just in sorting out the contractual documentation, but also in helping everyone to understand the commercial priorities and their contribution to its success.
  • Roads and services
    When it comes to dealing with roads and sewers for a development the process of securing section 38, section 278 or section 104 agreements can be frustrating. However, for a developer the financial consequences can also be significant. We can help you regain control over this part of the development process, minimising your emotional and financial outlay.
  • Planning and section 106 agreements
    The hold ups and costs involved in obtaining planning permission and section 106 agreements can make any developer’s task a frustrating one. Planning agreements may be unavoidable, but we can help you stay one step ahead of the process with the correct guidance and advice.
  • Buying and selling sites
    Even the most experienced of commercial and residential developers worries about the unexpected when buying a site. We take the time to understand exactly how you want your proposed development to work and the anticipated risks. We can then make sure that our searches and investigations give us the information we need to advise you appropriately.
  • Land options and conditional contracts
    To commercial and residential developers, time is money. Very often it can be the details that hold you up and create unforeseen costs. With that in mind, we’ll make sure you understand all the critical dates and avoid the technical traps associated with options and conditional contracts so you can get a quick result on the best terms.

Our credentials

“What the team is known for: Accomplished real estate team with experience working on residential development for both landowners and developers. Also often advises charities, healthcare groups and retail clients on their property needs. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “They are easy to approach and fairly priced.” “Withy King does not drop the ball or let a file collect dust.” Work highlights Continued to advise Bath Rugby in relation to the club’s large-scale redevelopment of its playing facilities. Acting for Balfour Beatty Group on the pre-letting and sale of part of a mixed-use development in Cheswick Village, Bristol. The team also advised on the legal structure for the sale of the residential units. Notable practitioners Paul Daniels (Band 2) is the head of the practice and is, according to clients, “strong in all areas of commercial real estate.” He is highly experienced in development schemes, as well as property finance issues. He regularly advises pension schemes on their investment transactions.” Chambers 2017 South West

“What the team is known for: Notable for its broad client base including those in the retail, leisure, communications and education sectors. Regularly instructed by landowners to advise on significant development matters, including promotion and option agreements. Equally well equipped to handle complex lease work and secured lending. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “They are professional, responsive and knowledgeable.” Work highlights Advised HSBC on the refinancing of various facilities initially over £1 million. Assisted Excalibur Communications with the lease of a high-profile property in Swindon for approximately £187,000 per year. Notable practitioners: Greg Callard (Associate to watch) often advises clients in the restaurant and retail industries. He is well versed in the intricacies of property finance and secured lending, regularly assisting some of the most established banking institutions with complex matters.” Chambers 2017 Thames Valley

“Royds Withy King’s ‘knowledgeable’ five-partner team is led by Paul Daniels and ‘provides commercial advice’. Edward Cooke is ‘an expert at negotiating complex land deals’. Peter Foskett is also recommended.” Legal 500 2016 South West

“At Royds Withy King, Paul Daniels’ group has niche expertise in charities work, and also advises on residential development, corporate sales and landlord and tenant matters. Andrew Chalk and senior associate Julie Acock are the other key figures.” Legal 500 2016 South East

Contact us now to find out how our real estate solicitors can help protect your investment by calling 0800 923 2065 or emailing

Royds Withy King has acted for Hannick in the sale of new residential plots and always provided an excellent, efficient service. Any issues that arose were quickly dealt with due to their expertise and knowledge of new homes and the property sector.
Hannah Cleverley, Director - Hannick Homes & Developments Ltd

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