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Derek has over 25 years’ experience in the Thames Valley market. He specialises in advising landowners, residential and commercial developers and funders on land development issues, including all aspects of site acquisitions and site assembly, secured lending to developers, environmental issues and planning law. He also has considerable experience of work for corporate occupiers and commercial property investors.

He has over 15 years’ experience of working for public sector bodies including the NHS, local authorities and the Environment Agency in relation to both property transactions and broader procurement issues. Derek also advises a number of charities on their property portfolios, handling acquisitions and disposals as well as asset management issues.


  • Development and House building
  • Disposal and overage arrangements
  • Funding arrangements
  • Infrastructure and planning agreements
  • Land development advice
  • Site acquisition and disposal
  • Options agreements

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Derek always responds quickly, politely and with great knowledge.

Legal 500


He is always helpful and informative.

Chambers 2023

Over the 30 years I've been involved in the property business, I've dealt with hundreds of lawyers. Derek would no doubt be embarrassed if I said he was the best I'd ever dealt with....but to borrow a phrase from Brian Clough... He's in the top one....

Openview Developments