Our landowner lawyers specialise in advising private, commercial and institutional landowners on the promotion and disposal of land for major development projects. We are experts in maximising value from development for landowners, and  are well versed in issues of access, ransom and equalisation. 

Our landowner lawyers are often trusted to act as honest brokers for one or more neighbouring landowners in their dealings with developers through the negotiation of landowners’ agreements. 

Working with our highly-regarded team of tax and trust lawyers, we advise landowners on mitigating tax liabilities arising from the disposal of land for development. 

With renowned agricultural expertise, we are skilled in protecting entitlements and benefits received from agri-environmental schemes and in advising landowners on how to secure vacant possession of development land quickly, and avoiding unnecessary costs. 

Areas of focus

We are experienced in handling complex agreements and issues surrounding the promotion and disposal of land for development, including the following:

  • Competitive tenders
  • Conditional contracts
  • Option agreements
  • Promotion agreements
  • Hybrid agreements

Our team operate across the UK including in Scotland and Northern Ireland.


Acting for a Trust on the grant of a hybrid option and promotion agreement over approximately 100 acres of land for residential development in the South East to a consortium of developers.

Acting on behalf of numerous landowners in connection with the grant of options agreements to developers, enabling the developer to purchase the land with the benefit of planning permission and develop it.

Acting on behalf of numerous landowners in connection with the grant of promotion agreements to land promoters, requiring the promoter to obtain planning permission before the land is sold on the open market.

Acting for two family trusts on the grant of a hybrid agreement over land to the north west of Cardiff, now allocated in the local plan for the development of 7000 homes. We also concluded a landowners' agreement with a third landowner whose land forms part of the proposed development.

Acting for a consortium of 13 landowners in relation to the creation of Sherford new community in South Devon, comprising over 1,100 acres of land. We exchanged an option agreement in 2005, and the land was sold to a consortium of developers in 2014.

Advising Guildford Cathedral on the disposal of surplus land for residential development, with the intention of creating an endowment to secure the long term future of the Cathedral.

Advising one of the major UK racecourses in the proposed disposal of surplus areas of land for approximately 1500 units of residential accommodation. Critical to this was the requirement to balance competing demands of maximizing value and maintaining and enhancing the racecourse business. We also negotiated an access to the development over the adjoining railway.

Meet the team
Richard Owen

Richard Owen Partner

  • Landowner
  • Bona Vacantia and Escheat
  • Real Estate
Ross Simpson

Ross Simpson Partner

  • Real Estate
  • Estates and Land
  • Food and Farming
Robert Forman

Robert Forman Partner

  • Head of Scottish Real Estate 
  • Real Estate Advisory
  • Real Estate Investment

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