Land & Development Lawyer

Work Type

Permanent, full-time


Minimum 5 years PQE


Depending on experience

The Role

You will be responsible for development land transactions from start to finish. When instructed to acquire a site with planning permission for example, you will handle the site acquisition in all aspects from taking instructions, walking the site, advising the client, agreeing the transaction documents, title due diligence, funding and legal completion.

You will then have the opportunity to handle any affordable housing disposal, infrastructure agreements and general site set up should you wish to. You’ll also be there to assist and supervise the Plot Sales Conveyancers at times on any technical matters.

You will have a diverse caseload and will be the lead lawyer handling Option Agreements Promotion Agreements, Strategic Land assembly, Conditional Sale Agreements, unconditional sales and purchases, Planning Agreements, Affordable Housing disposals, Infrastructure Agreements and more.

We very much work as a team and whilst you will be the lead lawyer, Andrew Given, the Head of Team, and the other specialists, will always be on hand to support and assist if needed but in no way is there any micromanagement and you will be trusted to be confident, decisive and independent.

The team works within a collaborative and engaging environment and is keen to ensure a healthy work life balance whilst still fostering an atmosphere of ambition and excellence. The team is now handling sites generating 250 plus plot sales per year and this is expanding year on year.

Work Highlights

  • The South Chippenham expansion where Redcliffe Homes and Crest Nicholson secured outline planning for 1000 units;
  • Completing on a conditional sale agreement for the acquisition of a 45 unit site in South Wiltshire;
  • Acting for the landowners in a complex land assembly for a site in Bath;
  • Acting for the Promoter in the promotion of a site for 200 + units in east Wiltshire;
  • Completion of the purchase of an unconditional 38 unit site in North Wiltshire;
  • Acquiring and developing two bespoke sites in South Bristol of 8 and 18 units respectively for a Bristol based Housebuilder.
  • Purchase of a 36 unit site in Gloucestershire and an Option Agreement (since exercised) over the seller’s retained land.
  • Purchase of a 44 unit development in Wiltshire and a complex series of collaboration agreements in relation to the seller’s retained land which was fundamental to the delivery of the development.
  • Purchase of a scheme in Oxfordshire with the benefit of outline consent for 300 units and a mixed use commercial development.

The Team

Due to expansion we are looking to recruit a senior lawyer to the team.

The team acts for a significant number of private Housebuilders, Land Promoters and Landowners on a varied range of high value housebuilding projects from bespoke two-five home sites to mid range 20-200 units to 1000+ unit strategic land projects. These are high value and varied projects on your doorstep and further afield.

The team also works on a number of bespoke commercial development transactions each year and given the balanced mix of Housebuilder and Landowner work, it has a mixed caseload not found at most other firms.

The Department

Our Land and Development team forms part of our Housebuilding and Land Development Sector which offers high quality legal services to Housebuilders, Developers and Landowners throughout the West Country and beyond.

Due to its success, the team, along with the rest of the Sector and the firm’s Real Estate and Corporate  lawyers, moved  to new office premises on the outskirts of Chippenham in 2020 to enable it to continue to progress and expand. The new premises are less than a mile from the train station which is on the Bristol to Paddington mainline and only three miles from Junction 17 of the M4.

This is your chance to join a team which is growing rapidly with an ever increasing reputation as one of the leading law firms in the Housebuilding sector in the south west.

Your Experience & Qualifications

We are looking for an individual who has the ability to work within, and the aspiration to help develop, a niche team.

You must be professional and dedicated to the practice area, with experience of the house building sector. Ambition, drive and a desire to excel are essential.

Our Firm Goals

We carefully chose our values as a firm to ensure they reflect the way we conduct our work, both internally and externally. We embrace 5 core values; Trust, Teamwork, Excellence, Accountability, and Engagement. We reflect these in all areas of our practice, in particular, in our personal and dedicated service to each and every client. By embedding these values into our culture our clients recognise us as trusted advisors.

Our commitment to our clients and hard work over the years is reflected in the ‘Leading Firm‘ ranking that we have achieved for consecutive years from the prestigious Chambers & Partners, and Legal 500 directories. As a firm, we intend to continue to dedicate ourselves to our values in the pursuit of trusted advisor status.

Head of Department

Andrew Given

Partner and Head of Housebuilding & Development

What are the benefits?

Annual Bonus

Agile Working

Health Care Plan

Qualifications Support

Extra Christmas Leave

Funded Socials

Greenways Business Park, Chippenham

Goughs Solicitors
Unit 5
Greenways Business Park
Bellinger Close
SN15 1BN

Life at Goughs

Our mission is to provide excellent, trusted and truly personal legal services. How we do this is simple – we are committed to our clients, our people and our communities.

Whether you require legal services for you, your family or your business, you can rest assured that with over forty lawyers at seven easy-to-reach high street locations, you will receive high quality legal advice, tailored to meet your needs.

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Firm Goals & Values

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The values are also qualities and attributes that we look for in our employees. 

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