With specialists in all areas of property law, whether you are a large institution looking for support on a complex construction project or investment, a developer navigating tricky environmental issues, or a family under time pressure to complete on a residential sale or purchase, our property experts have the know-how to deliver what you need.
Having operated for many decades in the field, we have come to be recognised not only for the huge range of our expertise, but for our particular brand of responsive client service. We work hard to understand our clients’ legal requirements and their business aims, which ensures our advice is commercial and pragmatic.
We have sector-leading technical expertise in every field of commercial real estate. We advise clients on all aspects of their operation from funding to dispute resolution, to construction. We offer full support to developers, construction companies and property finance providers including banks. We also advise on the full range of planning and environmental law, including risk management and environmental permissions, working with a client base that includes landowners, investors and institutions.
Our residential property specialists are recognised as some of the best in the business, advising UK and overseas occupiers, developers and private banks on sales, purchases and financing. The same is true of our rural property experts, who are leading advisers to rural landowners of all types, supporting long-standing clients on matters including residential development, minerals and renewables projects and all diversification projects.
Our clients frequently require complex, multi-faceted advice and they find our ability to draw on the expertise of the wider firm invaluable. Our property lawyers collaborate closely with specialist colleagues in areas including tax, trusts, corporate and charity law in order to deliver the holistic solutions clients need.
Our standing in the world of property is such that we are regularly invited to speak at industry events and sit on advisory boards. Our lawyers contribute to wider professional debate, lending their insights through their writing in the property press and the national media.
We have a longstanding reputation for the breadth and quality of our expertise in advising clients on every aspect of the commercial property market. Clients choose us because they are confident we can tailor a team to suit their exact needs, whether on a time-sensitive acquisition or disposal, major capital project, complex West End development scheme or substantial piece of investment work.
Our commercial property specialists have many decades of experience in real estate, and, with a fully partner-led service, whatever the issue, we offer sound commercial advice and solutions, rather than just legal analysis.
Our practice incorporates every aspect of investment and development in commercial property, in both a domestic and international context. Our clients include funds, private property companies, funders, developers, investors, occupiers, high net worth individuals, family offices, landed estates, and City freehold institutions. We advise in relation to commercial property, property finance, the private rented sector, hotels, student accommodation, assisted living, landed estates, urban-extension and significant capital development projects.
We’re particularly well known for our track record in advising on complex and high-value transactions, especially in the London market, but the expertise of our team is deep and wide ranging. We support clients on high-value investment instructions and substantial development projects, including business parks and mixed-use schemes. We are recognised as market leaders on major urban-extension projects, advising on master planning, construction, private energy and estate management structures. High-profile institutional clients including well-known charities and cultural organisations trust us to handle critical, flagship capital projects.
The scale and reach of much of our work is such that our clients also value our ability to draw on the expertise of the firm’s highly-regarded residential property, landed estates and property litigation specialists, all of whom share our commitment to delivering the very best in service and results.
The legal directories recognise Farrer & Co as one of the UK's leading firms for rural property work. We provide all the legal services needed by the modern rural landowner. From wind and solar options to urban extensions, and from complex agricultural tenancy surrenders to major estate purchases, we have the expertise to make things happen.
We are home to one of the largest rural property teams in the country, which allows us to deliver large projects within tight timetables. Clients value our practical and commercial advice, safe in the knowledge that our focus is on achieving positive results for them.
You can read more about how we assist different types of clients, and the work we do below.
- Residential development is a growth area and we have the depth of expertise to deal with the inevitable complexities.
- In the sale or purchase of country houses and estates and farm land, our large teams deliver major transactions swiftly and efficiently.
- Working on options and leases for minerals and renewables projects requires a balance between commerciality and the long-term interests of the landowner.
Whether you are racing to complete on a new family home before the start of the school year, exploring investment properties in prime parts of London or structuring a complex finance package for a new development, every residential property transaction comes with its own challenges and time pressures.
We have one of the largest teams of dedicated residential property lawyers in the sector. We advise clients from all over the world: individuals and families, developers and private banks across every aspect of buying, financing and selling residential property.
We are recognised as leaders in the sector because of the breadth and quality of our technical expertise, which spans transactional residential property and secured lending work. We advise on specialist areas including planning, construction, offshore trusts, buying and selling property holding companies, tax issues and leasehold enfranchisement.
With a successful track record acting for exacting clients with the highest standards, we understand the value of responsiveness and good communication in every transaction. We work to your schedule and match our service to your needs.
Across the firm, our expertise in banking and tax means clients, particularly developers, can draw on the specialist advice they need for complex structuring matters. Our private bank clients appreciate our understanding of their needs and ways of working, which is rooted in relationships in the sector that stretch over many years.
Operating at the heart of the prime residential property sector for decades means we have built an extensive network of professional contacts. Clients often call on our connections with buying agents, mortgage brokers and banks, or our knowledge of the best heritage consultants, structural engineers, landscapers and interior designers. We also regularly support clients on any of the diverse legal issues that emerge out of relocation, whether linked to immigration, employment or family law.
You can read more about how we assist different types of clients, and the work we do, in the guides below.
- A guide to buying a property holding company instead of buying the property
- Buying residential property at auction
- Buying residential property in England and Wales (this has also been translated into Arabic, French, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish)
- Selling residential property in England and Wales
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The law surrounding planning and environmental matters can be complex. In any scheme, scoping potential legal issues and devising the right strategy for each is fundamental for commercial success. Our specialist team has advised landowners, developers, institutions and investors for many years. We understand the importance of practical advice, delivered when you need it, and our experience gives us valuable foresight when it comes to helping you avoid potential bumps in the road.
We advise on the full range of planning, compulsory purchase and environmental issues. Our expertise spans infrastructure planning (Development Consent Orders), development control, plan preparation, planning agreements, due diligence and compulsory purchase (objections and compensation claims). Potential environmental issues which require legal risk management include waste handling, contaminated land and water pollution, energy use, habitats and nature conservation, flooding, environmental permitting, and regulatory non-compliance.
Members of our team have advised on projects as diverse as nationally significant infrastructure projects, urban extensions, neighbourhood planning, minerals and waste, agricultural workers’ dwellings and compulsory purchase compensation claims. Such a range of work means legal issues often arise outside planning and environmental law, and clients value our ability to draw on the firm’s specialist expertise in charity, tax, finance and property to source the solutions they need.
We work closely with developers and their professional teams, navigating the planning application process from initial submission to appeal. We are adept at negotiating planning obligations (s106 agreements) and highway agreements in line with local authority deadlines. We can advise on the best approach to take when responding to objections, managing responses from statutory consultees, and on how to minimise the risks of judicial review. Our expertise also covers responding to proposals to designate property as an asset of community value, public access issues, listed building requirements, and enforcement proceedings.
We advise developer clients on their obligations to provide environmental supporting information such as environmental statements and habitat assessments. Where liability for Community Infrastructure Levy arises we can advise on any exemptions and reliefs, and assist in your dealings with the charging authority.
Our team has considerable experience in advising clients who are affected by compulsory purchase orders from preparing objections to negotiating with the acquiring authority and if necessary on claims for compensation. We also advise those involved in the development consent order process for nationally significant infrastructure projects and guide them through that process either as promoter or objector.
We recognise that finding negotiated commercial solutions to meet clients' goals is the most desirable outcome. That said, we are experienced in advising clients aggrieved by decisions made by local authorities and the Secretary of State and have strong links with the Bar such that we can work closely with Counsel to assist our clients on such matters.
We act for some of the best known landed estates in the country and we are regarded as one of the leading advisers to the sector. We advise estates on promoting land for development as part of the development plan preparation process, on permitted development rights for agricultural and other buildings, and on heritage protection for listed buildings.
Our investor clients call on us for support in the due diligence process because we can provide commercial and timely advice on planning and environmental issues and risks, including contaminated land. We take a long-term view and we will work with you to devise strategies to protect the development potential of your asset into the future.
Completing complex projects with tight margins to challenging deadlines: we understand the day to day pressures inherent in any construction project because we have been helping our clients to plan and deliver successful schemes for many years.
We work with national and international businesses, institutions, charities and landowners on construction projects of all sizes and types. In the construction industry, we advise developers, professional practices and construction companies; and we also offer expert legal support to banks and the full range of property finance providers.
Our specialist team advises across the spectrum of legal issues, from the formation of contracts and appointments, to the procurement of security documents including performance bonds, parent company guarantees and collateral warranties, along with the implementation of third party rights. We advise on the construction aspects of lease and development agreements and of facility agreements and other banking documents. Our experienced team is familiar with both domestic and international standard form contracts and all models of procurement, so you can be confident we have the spread of expertise to advise on all the legal elements of your project, whatever the challenge.
Inevitably, disputes can arise in construction, and we regularly work with clients to help them avoid or minimise contractual problems during the course of a project, and provide formal dispute resolution through mediation, adjudication, litigation or arbitration.
We are known for our collaborative approach and in particular for the support we can offer to clients who are undertaking a construction project for the first time. Procuring a design and completing construction can be daunting: we have the experience you need to keep the process as straightforward and clear as possible, and make sure you deliver on your commercial objectives.
For those clients who are experienced in the field, we offer tailored no-nonsense advice and fast turn-around times to progress projects as efficiently as possible.
"Farrer & Co … provides practical, sensible advice; anyone can get you into litigation, but Farrers can get you out" - Chambers UK
Property disputes cannot always be avoided and are sometimes necessary. We approach disputes proactively and strategically with the intention of resolving them quickly and pragmatically. Sometimes this is possible through negotiation and mediation but if necessary we deploy our extensive court and tribunal experience in order to protect our clients’ interests.
The team acts for clients across all of the firm's sectors resulting in a unique client base ranging from high net worth individuals and families, to privately-owned businesses, educational and not for profit organisations and financial institutions. The resulting strength and depth of the team's technical expertise is well recognised. The team regularly handles complex, valuable and high-profile disputes including
- Commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes
- Contractual interpretation, including development agreements and agreements for sale and purchase
- Enforcement, removal or modification of restrictive covenants
- Adverse possession and trespass
- Rights of way, boundary disputes, rights to light and party walls
- Determining beneficial interests in property
- Property related insolvency
- Collective enfranchisement, lease extensions and tenants' right of first refusal
- Professional negligence
- Planning and construction disputes, and
- Agricultural property disputes.
We help our clients to navigate disputes when they arise, providing high-quality bespoke advice. We can also share with our clients the benefit of our long-established links with other property professionals such as specialist surveyors and valuers to act as experts and advisers when needed. Our approach helps us to deliver tailored solutions to our clients’ issues and disputes when they arise.
"They are extremely effective and commercial, and they offer top quality advice" - Chambers UK