Development and construction

“They always respond very quickly, with good communication and good knowledge of what we are doing.”

Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession, 2016
Our Development and Construction group is one of the most experienced in the UK with over 25 years’ experience acting for regional and national house builders and for developer social housing providers.

Main areas of practice

Our experts understand the ongoing challenges facing the house building industry and try to ensure we provide a commercially-focused service for our clients and can often suggest quick solutions to problems that might otherwise delay or stop deals.

We have an exceptional team of specialist lawyers who bring together expertise in estate management, regeneration, acquisitions and developments, building contracts and construction, commercial leasing, landlord and tenant, funding and procurement. We deliver a comprehensive service and have an acknowledged track record in:

The team includes in-house planning lawyers and chartered town planners, as well as specialist construction lawyers who provide a wide range of services. This additional resource enables the team to provide a comprehensive and seamless service for its housebuilder and landowner clients from initial site appraisal through the planning process and onto completion and disposal.

In addition to acquisition, disposal and planning, they can give expert advice on construction matters such as:

  • Bespoke and standard form industry contracts
  • Professional appointments
  • Collateral warranties and bonds
  • Guarantees and associated project documentation
  • Managing the resolution of contractual disputes


We have an enviable reputation in the residential development sector as our clients include well-known national and regional house builders, contractor/developers and social housing providers, such as:

Berkeley Homes Bouygues
Bloor Homes Affinity Sutton
Bellway Hyde

Significant experience

Example's of the wide variety of developments that Blake Morgan’s specialists have worked on include:

  • Acting in the acquisition and associated disposals of 126 residential units and a care home.
  • Advising on the regeneration of the former Worcester Porcelain factory site project to turn a derelict factory into a mixed use community, comprising housing, offices and retail units.
  • Advised a developer with real estate and construction issues relating to the regeneration of a site in central Sheffield for use (ultimately) by Sheffield Hallam University. The aim was to provide a mixed use facility comprising accommodation, education facilities and retail.
  • Advising on the acquisition, development and disposal of a 378 student accommodation site in Oxford.
  • Acting on the acquisition of a 220 unit Care Village in Wiltshire funded by Private Equity.
  • Advising one developer in a collaboration agreement with another to deliver a 600 unit scheme in West Sussex.
  • Acting on the purchase of a former hospital site in Portsmouth for a new 225 unit residential development.
  • Advising on the acquisition of a site from administrators for redevelopment including 264 residential units in Tottenham.
  • Acting for a developer in the purchase of 2 sites in Finchley from the Metropolitan Police Authority for 149 residential units.
  • Acting for a social housing client in the purchase of 32 affordable housing units from a national developer. The developer required a combined sale and development agreement rather than separate sale and build contracts.  
  • Purchase of 28 units from a national house-builder by way of a development agreement.
  • Advising on the development of the former Winchester Library for refurbishment into residential accommodation.
  • Acting for a social housing provider with the development of a derelict site in Chichester. The site was adjoining existing housing stock owned by our client and the deal was delivered as a joint venture with a national developer.

“Their attention to detail is great. I have no hesitation in recommending the team to all manner of clients. The diligence of the team really shines through.”

Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2015

“Blake Morgan's exceptionally large team has a particularly strong developer and retail client base, and acts for a number of central government departments and charities. ”

The Legal 500 UK 2015

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