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Property Development

A Practical Guide, 3rd Edition
Gavin Le Chat
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Property Development explains all the issues arising from property development work and will guide lawyers, developers and landowners through the many pitfalls commonly encountered in practice.

Divided into two sections, the first section of the book offers practical advice and outlines in chronological order the various steps which need to be taken by a lawyer acting for a developer acquiring land for development. The second section contains a detailed analysis of the different types of structures used by developers in connection with the purchase of development land.

This third edition has been comprehensively updated to include:

  • references to new legislation, planning guidance and statutory instruments, including the Digital Economy Act 2017, the revised National Planning Policy Framework published in July 2018, and the Town and Country Planning (Pre-commencement Conditions) Regulations 2018
  • references to new cases, including cases relating to easements, adverse possession, rent charges and overage
  • a detailed summary of the new Electronic Communications Code (as set out in Schedule 1 to the Digital Economy Act 2017)
  • a new chapter on collaboration agreements between landowners
  • commentary on the tax issues for landowners entering into promotion agreements and collaboration agreements.

Revisions have been made to the chapters dealing with investigating title, access, drainage, planning and contaminated land and sales of part. In addition, the chapters on conditional contracts, option agreements, promotion agreements and overage have been substantially revised and expanded.

This practical guide also features updated checklists, example model clauses, contracts and precedent deeds and transfers, which are included on the accompanying CD, enabling easy customisation.


  1. Part I: Site acquisition:
  2. 1. Preliminary investigations
  3. 2. Investigating title: adverse matters
  4. 3. Access
  5. 4. Drainage and other services
  6. 5. Planning
  7. 6. Contaminated land issues
  8. 7. Miscellaneous issues
  9. 8. Obtaining vacant possession
  11. Part 2: Transaction Structures:
  12. 9. Conditional contracts
  13. 10. Option agreements
  14. 11. Pre-emption agreements
  15. 12. Overage agreements
  16. 13. Land promotion agreements
  17. 14. Collaboration agreements between developers
  18. 15. Collaboration agreements between landowners and land pool trusts: achieving equalisation and avoiding double taxation
  19. 16. Mixed use developments.
  21. Appendices:
  22. A. Checklists
  23. B. Enquiries and report
  24. C. Transfers and deeds
  25. D. Model clauses
  26. E. Contracts and agreements (included on CD, not hardcopy).

About the Author

Gavin Le Chat is a recently retired solicitor who was a partner with Shoosmiths LLP. He has over 35 years’ experience, specialising in residential development and advising developers and landowners.




Property and conveyancing


March 2019


Law Society




Hardback + CD
560 Pages