Property and real estate planning is a complex and constantly changing area of law. Whether you are a developer, a landowner or a public authority, continuous training and professional development, a comprehensive understanding of the sectors in which our clients operate and an outstanding technical knowledge of the law ensures we are able to efficiently produce results which exceed our clients' expectations and to the highest possible standards.
We offer a broad range of legal services to support your project. Our experienced planning experts understand the importance of sound advice and commercial focus. We will work with you to identify any potential problems before they occur, and will provide you with practical and straightforward advice.
Our real estate planning specialists have a proven track record for success. We assist with a broad range of matters, from commercial, residential and renewable energy developments, through the development of public spaces and roads to compulsory purchase and compensation. We are both accustomed to and effective in dealing with high profile, controversial and politically sensitive planning issues.
We work closely with project teams and deliver commercial and cost-effective advice across consenting and environmental regimes. We cooperate with the wider multi-disciplinary teams to assist with construction, property tax, real estate litigation and project finance. Our experience of working on a broad range of development projects is underpinned by a collaborative approach. We pride ourselves in providing clear advice tailored to your needs.
We appreciate the importance of staying up-to- date with the latest legal developments. We promote knowledge sharing through delivery of bespoke training sessions and industry seminars. We have worked on some of the UK’s largest strategic developments and regeneration projects. We act for national house builders, retailers and renewable energy developers as well as utility companies and local authorities. Our expertise is recognised by our clients.
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in unprecedented challenges for both landlords and tenants, with much uncharted territory ahead.
The outbreak of COVID-19 has required some lateral thinking and application of common sense to the approach to planning rules, such as temporary rights to changes of use for pubs and restaurants, relaxations in delivery times and changes to the Planning Inspectorate's approach to appeals. Advice has also been issued for local authorities in respect of decision-making where meetings cannot proceed in person.
A significant five year package of funding has been announced which aims to overhaul bus and cycle links across the country (excluding London) "making every day journeys easier, greener and more convenient".
Kate Kirby, Construction & Infrastructure Partner at global legal business, DWF, comments on the CIPS/IHS Markit construction PMI figures for January 2020. She said:
A recent decision by the planning inspectorate from a CIL appeal (APP/F0114/L/18/1200229) highlights the potential financial consequences of demolition.
At DWF we have been working with our clients for over 12 months to advice on the wider implications of blockchain across our global network. As well as our current clients we have also had the opportunity to present on blockchain to businesses in our key sectors of central & local government; energy & industrials; financial services; real estate; retail, food & hospitality; technology; and transport.