Renowned for acting on large scale development and regeneration work, we advise on some of the most high-profile, cutting-edge projects across the UK, including in Scotland and Northern Ireland. This diverse experience encompasses construction and refurbishment projects, new homes and communities, infrastructure, industrial & logistics, transport orientated development and new working and leisure environments.

With a multi-disciplinary team incorporating experts in real estate, planning and compulsory purchase, construction and engineering, real estate tax, corporate, procurement and subsidy control, real estate finance, environment and real estate disputes we can advise on the full lifecycle of your development or regeneration project – taking into account the nuances of how each phase of the project fits together.

Our premier client list includes those in both public and private sectors – including development and construction companies, major landowners, funders, occupiers, local authorities and other public sector bodies. Our breadth of experience means that we understand the priorities of all parties involved in a project, enabling us to navigate successfully the complexities of the development and efficiently deliver the best results.

We also offer first-hand experience of the public sector and its complex regulatory frameworks. This specialist insight allows us to identify swiftly and mitigate any potential issues that may arise throughout a project’s lifetime, whether you are a public sector entity or an entity contracting with the public sector.

Areas of focus

Our real estate development team regularly advises on:

  • Development agreements
  • Joint Ventures
  • Forward sales, forward funding and pre-lets
  • Development finance and funding, including structures such as income-strips
  • Planning and Compulsory Purchase
  • Development Management Agreements
  • Construction and Engineering
  • Real Estate Tax
  • Procurement and Subsidy Control
  • Environmental law
  • Energy
  • Net Zero and sustainability

St Modwen: on various industrial and logistics and housing-led developments, with combined GDVs of over £500 million, across the UK.

Greater London Authority: on housing-led/mixed-use and employment-led redevelopment and regeneration projects across London with multi-billion pound combined GVDs.

UK Atomic Energy Authority: on the development of the Culham Science Centre, one of the world’s leading fusion, science and technology centres.

YOO Development Limited on a joint venture with Atenor and Ascendal Group Limited, for the regeneration of a 1.5-acre site in Westbourne Park, West London.

Translink (NI Railways): on its procurement of a development partner for a transport orientated development project for a mixed-use, employment-led regeneration in Belfast City centre – creating a new neighbourhood for Belfast called Weavers Cross.

YTL Developments: on the regeneration of the former Filton airfield, the birthplace of Concorde, to create a new community with 2,675 new homes, 62 acres of employment space, parkland, a new education district, a thriving town-centre and (in the hangars where Concorde was built) a new arena for Bristol and the wider South West.

University of Bristol: on the development of the Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus Bristol, one of the largest single development projects in the South West.

Cardiff Parkway: on the transport orientated development of a new 1 million sq ft business park and mixed-use scheme on a 160-acre green-field site, together with a new Cardiff Parkway railway station and park & ride facility.

Lands Improvement Holdings: on the Linmere development scheme, a 630-acre site to the north of London. Once developed, the scheme will comprise 5,000+ homes, 1.25 million sq ft of distribution space, up to 1 million sq ft of retail, office and leisure plus open space, schools and community facilities.

Meet the team
Philip Beer

Philip Beer Partner

  • Real Estate
  • Transport
  • Energy and Utilities
Gary Soloman

Gary Soloman Partner

  • Head of Planning and Compulsory Purchase
  • Regeneration and Highways
  • Compulsory Purchase and Compensation
Elizabeth Dunn

Elizabeth Dunn Partner

  • Energy and Utilities
  • Infrastructure
  • Real Estate
Robert Forman

Robert Forman Partner

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

James Horton Partner

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Energy and Utilities 
  • Infrastructure
Ross Polkinghorne

Ross Polkinghorne Partner

  • Built Environment
  • Development and Regeneration
  • Infrastructure
Chris Preston

Chris Preston Partner

  • Real Estate Disputes
  • Real Estate Development
  • Telecommunications
Craig Whelton

Craig Whelton Partner

  • Scottish Planning 
  • Energy and Utilities 
  • Compulsory Purchase and Compensation
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Laura Wisdom Partner

  • Public Sector
  • Defence
  • Procurement
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Charles Robson Director

  • Energy & Utilities
  • Renewable Energy
  • Climate Change and Carbon Law
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Sarah Sutherland Practice Development Lawyer

  • Planning and Compulsory Purchase
Amy Simpson

Amy Simpson Director

  • Real Estate Services
  • Real Estate Investment 
  • Real Estate Development 
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Nia Stewart Director

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Public Sector
  • Education
Amber Liu

Amber Liu Senior Associate

  • Real Estate Development
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Portfolio Management

Christian Mulvihill Senior Associate

  • Construction and Engineering 
  • Real Estate Development
  • Housing 
Christopher Bartlett

Christopher Bartlett Director

  • Real Estate Investors
  • Real Estate Developers
  • Scottish Real Estate
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Claire Logue Director

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Construction Adjudication
  • Construction Disputes
Gregory Nash

Gregory Nash Senior Associate

  • Corporate
  • Public Sector 
  • Energy
Jessica Garner

Jessica Garner Senior Associate

  • Real Estate Development 
  • Industrial & Logistics 
  • Infrastructure 
Rebecca Hammond

Rebecca Hammond Senior Associate

  • Real Estate Services
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Robert Bailey Associate

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Real Estate Disputes
  • Telecommunications
Rosamond Harris

Rosamond Harris Partner

  • Renewable Energy 
  • Real Estate Services
  • Real Estate Development
Sally Anne Hayles

Sally-Anne Hayles Senior Associate

  • Real Estate Investment
  • Real Estate Development 
  • Real Estate Investment Management 

What others say...

The team is the ‘go-to’ for development work. We’ve partnered with Burges Salmon on multiple transactions, and they are stellar.

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