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Legal advice for landowners selling land for development


Our property lawyers based in Brighton & Hove, Uckfield, Sevenoaks and Ashford work for some of the largest landowners in the South East helping them to maximise land value before sale. Typically, our commercial property solicitors work on land/building values between £1 million and £20 million, and handle projects worth in the region of £200 million.

Legal advice for landowners to maximise land value

In looking to develop land, perhaps the most important decision is the structure of any transaction agreed with a developer. There is a wide range of different options, and choosing the one which best fits your circumstances and objectives is time well spent: not least because it is here that you can leverage the most value out of your land.

Our commercial property lawyers maintain influential relationships with many developers and commercial land agents operating across Sussex, Kent and the wider South East, and they can advise on the full range of transaction structures: promotion agreements, options, development agreements, contracts conditional on planning and overage requirements. Early involvement and advice on this will allow us to negotiate the right documentation on your behalf.

We also have expertise in related areas.  You will want to ensure that you have in place suitable capital tax planning at an early stage, and understand whether there are any legal obstacles to obtaining a good and usable planning consent. You may want to consider a consortium with adjoining landowners or require specialist agricultural property law expertise.

Land and building sales expertise

  • Capital tax planning
  • Site appraisal and restrictions audit
  • Planning appraisal and consent
  • Joint ventures with other landowners
  • All types of developer agreements including option agreements and overage

Rix & Kay is a regional practice with notable development expertise and the ability to handle a variety of investment matters. Also equipped to advise on landlord and tenant issues. Works with a range of clients including banks, charities, developers and retailers. Noteworthy knowledge of real estate transactions in the agriculture, healthcare and hospitality sectors.

One client reports: “They are very good at keeping you informed within the market.”

David Ashton is ranked as a Notable Practitioner, “David is excellent to work with and very experienced and proactive. He provides clear, concise advice and takes a practical, commercial approach to advising clients.”

Chambers & Partners 2021

L500 leading firm

Rix & Kay’s client base stretches beyond the South East, with the firm advising on commercial property matters across the country. Examples of their work include advising commercial clients on leases, handling the financing and refinancing of properties, and assisting with property transactions. David Ashton has broad experience in the commercial property field. Richard Cripps specialises in advising developers on acquisitions, as well as working with landowners on the sale of land.

Legal 500, 2021

Your most convenient Rix & Kay office.

Ashford Office

For all postal enquiries please use our centralised PO Box address:
PO Box 468
TN22 9GQ

Suite 4c, Third Floor,
International House, Dover Place
Ashford, Kent, TN23 1HU

Tel: 01233 225660
Fax: N/A

Brighton & Hove Office

For all postal enquiries please use our centralised PO Box address:
PO Box 468
TN22 9GQ

7 The Drive
Brighton & Hove

Tel: 01273 329797
Fax: 01273 324082
DX: 59257 Hove

Sevenoaks Office

For all postal enquiries please use our centralised PO Box address:
PO Box 468
TN22 9GQ

16 South Park
TN13 1AN

Tel: 01732 440855
Fax: 01732 440854
DX: 30025 Sevenoaks

Uckfield Office

For all postal enquiries please use our centralised PO Box address:
PO Box 468
TN22 9GQ

The Courtyard
River Way
Uckfield, East Sussex
TN22 1SL

Tel: 01825 761555
Fax: 01825 764172
DX: 133963 Uckfield 2

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