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Experienced development and regeneration lawyers

Our DRI practice continues to be at the forefront of major development, regeneration and infrastructure (DRI) projects. Working with both public and private sector clients, our multidisciplinary team includes lawyers experienced  in project structuring, real estate and development, procurement, vires, state aid and tax.

We have acted on some of the largest regeneration projects, advising utilities, transport authorities, local authorities, national developers, and universities on how to maximize the value of their surplus land assets, through innovative structures, in order to stimulate economic growth and regeneration.

Or DRI team is part of our Real Estate practice, which won Real Estate Team of the Year at the Legal Business Awards 2019. We are the largest full service real estate team of any global law firm consistently ranked in directories worldwide.

Our development and regeneration law experience

Our experience extends across substantial infrastructure projects, large-scale developments, premier investment mandates, multi-layered joint ventures and portfolio asset management. We can also help with flexible funding structures and investment objectives.

Some specific examples of projects we have been involved with include advising:

  • a Large London Transport authority on the procurement of a ten-year framework of developer partners, enabling them to joint venture with the authority in relation to sites in London. This will bring forward the mixed use development of sites within the authority’s portfolio as part of its programe to generate £3.4billion in non-fare revenue over the next decade
  • a Water Utility Company on a 121-acre residential project valued at c£300m for 5,200+ new homes/ infrastructure, creating over 7,000 new jobs and relocating a water treatment facility utilizing Housing Infrastructure Funding. The innovative delivery structure for this project includes a JV between two landowners - the Water Utility and a local Council
  • a consortium of national house-builders on the formulation of their proposals for the comprehensive redevelopment of a site, including the negotiation of a complex Section 106 agreement. The site was then sold by the consortium, and we were retained by the new owners and worked with the on the formulation of revised proposals which were granted in 2011. We are now working with the owners to promote further housing through the local plan review process. Our involvement was of vital importance to the client in enabling them to develop a set of commercially deliverable proposals which was compliant with policy, whilst respecting the heritage context
  • Harworth Estates Investments Ltd on all aspects of its new 880-acre redevelopment scheme at Logistics North, which comprise a 4.5m sq ft logistics park creating 6,000 jobs. We have just completed a forward funding transaction with M&G Real Estate for the development of two units totaling over 450,000 sq ft.
  • on the Olympic and Legacy CPO. We acted for the London Development Agency on the CPO to assemble the 850 acres needed for the 2012 Games and their regeneration legacy. The CPO included over 2,700 legal interests, involving the relocation of 440 residents, two traveler and Gypsy sites, 200+ businesses, three bus depots, rail facilities, canal, rail and river crossings and numerous statutory undertakers’ facilities. 400+ objections were lodged, 83 attended the three-month public inquiry, and 320 objectors received written responses
  • Manchester Airport on its multiparty joint venture to develop a £800m development at Airport City. Following the procurement of the airport’s commercial partners on this project, we continue to advise the airport and the joint venture on the development of Airport City
  • London and Continental Railways (“LCR”) in relation to the structuring and delivery of the circa £1billion Mayfield Regeneration Project

Helping you choose a development and regeneration lawyer

Many of our clients come back to us each time they have a new development, regeneration or infrastructure project. The following client feedback illustrates why.

 “Eversheds Sutherland are widely used by Taylor Wimpey in strategic land matters and we continue to go back to them because they are amongst the best in dealing with the work that we have.” Strategic Land Managing Director (South), Taylor Wimpey

Contact a development and regeneration lawyer today

If you would like any further information or need advice on development and regeneration law, please contact our legal team.