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Property Development

At Nelsons, our expert team of commercial property solicitors in Derby, Leicester and Nottingham can assist with navigating the intricate landscape of commercial and residential development projects. Our team provides comprehensive legal services tailored to meet the unique needs of our clients.

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How we can assist with commercial and residential property development projects

We have a reputation for delivering focused, efficient, and cost-effective legal services and advice.

Our lawyers can advise clients on all sides of a commercial or residential development project, including landowners, developers, investors, pension funds, venture capitalists, landlords and occupiers. We can assist with all types of development ventures, including urban regeneration, business parks, mixed-use schemes, shopping centres, offices and standalone projects (e.g. single-building flat conversions).

Our team provides a holistic full-service approach to any commercial or residential property development project, advising on a wide range of matters including:

  • Site acquisition and due diligence – Thorough review of potential development sites and due diligence to identify and mitigate risks, and advise in relation to structure of development sites and, where required, input around Heads of Terms to ensure a smoother transition through the legal process.
  • Planning – Expert guidance through the planning process, including assistance in obtaining necessary permits and approvals and providing strategic advice on navigating regulatory challenges.
  • Force MajeureContract drafting and negotiation – Advice, negotiation and completion of contracts facilitating both commercial and residential developments, to include conditional contracts, options, joint ventures, promotion agreements and other complicated property contracts.
  • Renewable energy developments – Advice to both landowners and developers around renewable energy schemes to include advising on option and lease structures in relation to solar, wind and battery storage schemes.
  • Development financing – Structuring financing agreements and negotiating terms with lenders and investors.
  • Construction – Review of construction documents in relation to development work, to include appointment document, collateral warranties and advice and assistance around additional construction matters required to facilitate land and property acquired for development.
  • Dispute resolution – Swift and effective resolution of disputes, including alternative dispute resolution (ADR) options.

Regardless of whether you are an experienced developer or are about to embark upon your first development project, our highly regarded team of commercial property solicitors is well-equipped to assist.

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Why choose Nelsons?

  • Expertise – Our solicitors bring extensive knowledge and experience in commercial and residential development law. Our team is recommended by the independently-researched publication, The Legal 500, as being one of the top teams of experts in the country.
  • Client-centric approach – We prioritise your goals and work collaboratively to achieve the best outcomes.
  • Proactive problem solving – Anticipating challenges and providing proactive solutions to keep your project on track.
  • Industry insight – We advise clients across a wide range of industries and keep up to date with sector trends and legal developments to provide leading advice.
  • Tailored solutions – Every client is unique, and we tailor our services to meet your specific needs and objectives.


  • "Nelsons...varied portfolio of work includes strategic land acquisitions, lease agreements, site assembly and project finance transactions."

    The Legal 500
  • "With particular expertise in the retail and education sectors, Nelsons...Leicester team is instructed by developers, investors and banks in various matters, including lease agreements, investment purchases, secured lending transactions and property sales."

    The Legal 500
  • "Its team is approachable, knowledgeable and refreshingly easy to deal with, compared to some. It has a wide variety of expertise and inspires confidence that, if it is instructed to deal with a matter, it will do so promptly and efficiently."

    Referee feedback provided to The Legal 500
  • "Personal service and timely responses set this firm out from others I have worked with..."

    Referee feedback provided to The Legal 500 2023
  • "...They are experienced and technically knowledgeable, yet have a can do attitude and having fully explained all the risks and identifying opportunities they let you get on with making the best decisions for the business."

    Referee feedback provided to The Legal 500 2023 (Continued)
  • "The Commercial Property Team, headed by Riaz Dudhia, is solid from top to bottom without a weak link. They are unfailingly commercial, which is what I want in a law firm."

    Referee feedback provided to The Legal 500 2023
  • "The team at Nelsons...experts in their field. The team is led by talented directors who are able to disperse work within their team in order to satisfy clients needs with ease and a high standard of service."

    The Legal 500 2023
  • "The key attribute of Nelson’s commercial property team is the quality and accessibility of the team."

    Referee feedback provided to The Legal 500 2024
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