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Planning is complex and continually evolving and strategic legal advice can help to anticipate and successfully overcome obstacles that a development project might meet.
Our Planning and infrastructure service helps clients secure planning permission for all types of commercial, residential and mixed use developments – ensuring consent is obtained on suitable terms and within a timescale that fits within the overall development programme.
We work predominantly for developers and landowners promoting land for (re)development with sites ranging from small properties intended for a single new dwelling to large developments with strategic significance for a local area.
Our team has a wealth of experience dealing with planning and infrastructure agreements ranging from simple undertakings to complex s106 agreements, providing for social housing and community infrastructure and facilities. We also advise on infrastructure agreements relating to highways and provision of utilities and services. We regularly act in relation to sites affected by the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area (SPA) and the particular challenges in securing permissions for these sites.
Since its introduction, we have kept Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) under close review and advise on the impact of draft / revised charging schedules. We also advise on CIL's impact on development and funding, including where planning processes extend beyond the date when CIL may become payable. We offer guidance on the correct procedure for claiming reliefs and the traps that can mean the benefits of exemption are lost. The impact of CIL is reflected in the contracts and options we negotiate.
Our wide-ranging planning and infrastructure expertise includes:
We work with developers and landowners on a wide variety of commercial, residential and mixed use property developments.
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Our Commercial property team specialises in advising companies that own or occupy commercial property in relation to their land interests.
Our Property finance service acts for both lenders and borrowers to navigate the credit market and secure the most advantageous solution.
We act for a wide range of clients across projects ranging from major urban regeneration schemes through office blocks, shopping centres and hospitality venues to small new build housing developments.
We specialise in advising developers and landowners on long-term strategic acquisitions and disposals and collaboration, consortium and promotion agreements, as well as site assembly and conditional and unconditional transactions.
Our industrial and logistics specialists combine technical expertise with a pragmatic, commercial and proactive approach, to deliver high-quality, cost-effective, efficient and creative solutions.
A growth strategy is essential for a business to evolve and prosper. Our experienced deal team will help you navigate key decisions when under pressure, ensuring your business continues to grow and flourish.
All businesses are international whether they realise it or not. Supply chains, people and markets are inherently international. We deliver proactive, commercial advice to help businesses thrive in the global economy.
We help companies successfully navigate the complexities of the UK immigration system as they looking globally to meet their staffing needs.
No industry sectors or businesses are immune and issues can arise relating to almost any aspect of business operations. We advise our clients on strategies to resolve disputes with the aim of seeking commercially advantageous solutions.
Our team can have you up and running with a company in 24 hours, provide you with a corporate compliance and filing service and guide and support you in performing UK director’s duties.
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