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Real Estate

Residential Development & Strategic Land

FDR Law approaches each development opportunity on an individual basis and provides innovative advice allowing our clients to find the right strategy to pursue commercially realisable and profitable schemes. We act on behalf of housebuilders as well as significant landowners and the farming community at every stage of a transaction from heads of terms through to documenting the interests of the parties.

Option Agreements

We advise on complex option agreements over brown and green-field sites requiring planning permission and provide detailed mechanisms for calculating the price of the land should these option agreements be triggered. In addition, we are experts in advising on pre-emption and promotion agreements as well as drafting complicated overage provisions.

Site Assembly

FDR Law deals with projects of all sizes and often with multiple landowners. Our job is to ensure that we can piece together these complex jigsaws (usually comprising several parcels of land) with both precision and expediency.

We work closely with developers, landowners and local authorities in carrying out thorough due diligence checks in respect of each site. Having investigated title, boundaries and access to the site, we assist our clients in securing the most favourable terms possible having regard to their business objectives and current market conditions.

Development Agreements & Strategic Partnering

Our team have significant experience negotiating structured provisions for development and associated development obligations, incentives and penalties into water tight development agreements. We provide a Partner led team to deal with complex, long-term developments often involving multiple phases. All property developments require planning permission and are often dependant on their approval in order for the project to progress. Our property development solicitors work closely with local planning authorities and councils to allow for this whilst evaluating any unfavourable obligations that may be attached to the permissions.

Whether strategically joining different parcels of land together to form one site or merging entities to share their physical and intellectual resources on a project, FDR Law can assist in facilitating development.


FDR has provided a variety of advice to Langtree and our Joint Ventures covering commercial agreements and intellectual  property advice.  All advice has been proactive and pragmatic.  Importantly the advice has been partner led , delivered in a  highly  personable style  with the lead contact readily available.  Overall a professional service with  targeted and cost effective advice.

Jane Courtney is hard working and has dealt with urgent matters promptly and in an efficient manner. This enables matters to move forward smoothly

Jane Courtney's efforts in completing a long standing matter were very much appreciated. It has been a great pleasure to work with her

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