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Property Development


Conveyancing and property

Out of print

6 July 2014

Law Society Publishing


Paperback + CD-ROM
416 pages

Property Development
A Practical Guide, 2nd edition

Gavin Le Chat


Property Development provides a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to the acquisition of land for development and an analysis of the most commonly used transaction structures. It highlights for legal professionals, developers and landowners the issues and pitfalls encountered by the author in practice.

The second edition of this popular guide has been comprehensively updated with particular regard to developments in the law since early 2010 and includes a number of new sections which cover:

  • Localism Act 2011
  • Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010
  • Assets of Community Value (England) Regulations 2012
  • Flood and Water Management Act 2010
  • Town and Country Planning (Tree Preservation) (England) Regulations 2012.

Its over 25 precedent have been updated and new precedents include:

  • deed of assignment and novation of affordable housing agreement
  • building licence
  • deed of variation.

Clauses, documents and precedents are included on the accompanying CD-ROM for easy use by your practice.

Out of print


“A particularly valuable section of the book is the precedents …(The book is) a comprehensive overview of all matters relating to development land acquisition, and (it) is a very valuable resource.” Property in Practice


PART I: Site acquisition
1. Preliminary investigations
2. Investigating title: adverse matters
3. Access
4. Drainage and other services
5. Planning
6. Contaminated land issues
7. Miscellaneous issues
8. Obtaining vacant possession
PART II: Transaction structures
9. Conditional contracts
10. Option agreements
11. Pre-emption agreements
12. Overage agreements
13. Land promotion agreements
14. Collaboration agreements

About the Author

Gavin le Chat has over 30 years' experience and a detailed understanding of development work. He specialises in residential development and regularly advises developers in connection with site acquisitions, contracts conditional on planning, options to purchase, overage agreements, joint venture and collaboration agreements. He has acted for both developers and landowners in connection with such agreements.