Real Estate

Land & development and commercial property experts

An expert Real Estate team delivering all your legal needs

Specialist Land and Property Advice

Goughs is a heavyweight player in Real Estate through its Land and Development and Commercial Property Teams.

The Commercial Property Team, headed by Gemma Sumsion, advises on all types of landlord and tenant, acquisition, disposal and property finance for a wide range of clients including landed estates, SME’s, banks and commercial property portfolio holders.

Andrew Given heads the Land and Development Team, offering a service specifically designed for SME private housebuilders, land promoters and landowners acting on projects ranging from bespoke sites of 5 units to major strategic urban expansion of 1000+ units.

Commercial property management

Specialist solicitors for your property management needs

Investing in Commercial Property through your pension

Solicitors specialising in pension fund transactions

Commercial Property Finance & Security

Specialist property finance solicitors

Plot Sales

Advising you on the legalities of plot sales

Infrastructure

Drafting and advising on infrastructure agreements

Development Finance

Advising you on the most profitable options

Planning

Solicitors dedicated to your planning needs

Land Acquisition & Disposal

Guiding you through a successful transaction

Strategic Land

Expert lawyers guiding you to profitability

Don’t risk time & money

Your real estate solicitors since 1882

Who we work with...

The Land and Development Team’s clients include Redcliffe Homes, Princeton Homes, Stonewood Homes, Whitecroft Developments, Charlcombe Homes, Colburn Homes and Calibre Homes.

The Commercial Property Team’s clients include Tolnord, Healthmatic, Renelec Group, Stonewood Group, Bath Demolition, Respro (UK) and Oakhurst Court Holdings.

Philip Fowler

Very professional service

Very professional service - at a difficult time due to Covid 19.

2021-03-08

Jane Weller

Helpful

Helpful, prompt and efficient

2021-03-08

Ms Michelle Fielding

I would definitely recommend Goughs

I definitely would recommend Goughs they were very efficient, very helpful and always informed us of what was happening in the chain.

2021-03-02

Ms Kathleen Lucas

Thank you very much for doing a great job

Thank you very much for doing a great job as always, would recommend you for sure for being so efficient and getting the job done as quick as possible.

2021-03-01

Very helpful

Very helpful. Advice clear with plenty of time for us to consider all the options before making decisions.

2021-02-14

Mr Wood

Very thorough

Very thorough, and we also got forces discount.

2021-02-02

Testimonials

Andy Turner | Managing Director | Princeton Homes

Efficient and extremely knowledgeable

Rebecca is professional, efficient and extremely knowledgeable on all aspects of Construction Law.

2021-03-03

Tom O'Connor | Managing Director | Redcliffe Homes

Highly recommend

Andrew is an experienced, diligent and pragmatic development lawyer.  Highly recommended.

2021-01-12

JS

Very professional and prompt

Rowena is very professional and very prompt response every time I needed something.

2020-11-04

Paul Ealey

An excellent commercial lawyer

Gemma combines sound commercial judgement with a refreshing clarity and approach.  An excellent commercial lawyer.

2020-08-05

Bath Property Awards 2021

Legal & Financial Winner

Goughs prides itself on its first-class service, with growing property marketing reach and increasing areas of expertise. Enquiries also escalated by 20%, a commanding showing this year!

2021-03-20

Amelia Hanratty

Isabel Figueiredo was professional

Needed for Goughs to act quickly with an issue I had . They exceeded my expectations ! Isabel Figueiredo was professional , and swiftly dealt with the matter. Would strongly recommend these Solicitors.

2021-03-04

Your real estate team

Gemma Sumsion

Head of Real Estate & Corporate

Gemma is a Partner and Head of Real Estate & Corporate. She specialises in commercial property and corporate matters, acting for a wide range of clients.

Andrew Given

Partner and Head of Land & Development

Andrew has been head of the Land & Development team since 2014 and acts for SME Housebuilders, Land Promoters, and Landowners on all aspects of development land.

Rebecca Bailey

Senior Associate Solicitor

Rebecca joined Goughs in 2014 having previously spent 15 years at two major law firms in London and Leeds and advises on all aspects of property and construction.

Aimee Glover

Senior Associate

Aimee has been working in development land since 2011 and has acted for a number of national housebuilders. She joined the team in late 2020 and manages our Planning matters whilst also dealing with both strategic land and land acquisition.

Rowena Birch

Associate , Real Estate & Head of Property Investment

Rowena has been a commercial property solicitor since qualifying in 2006. She was drawn to commercial property and the opportunity it provides to combine legal skills and expertise with helping businesses achieve their needs and strategic aims.

Olivia Holden

Solicitor

Olivia joined Goughs Commercial department in September 2020 and continues to specialise in Commercial Property with a specific focus on acquisitions, disposals, property re-finance, and landlord and tenant work.

Sophie Crawford

Solicitor

Sophie joined the team in December 2020 and works closely with Aimee on strategic land projects as well as dealing with all aspects of development land work.

Elli Crosby

Solicitor

Elli initially worked in the Land & Development team as a Plot Sales Conveyancer before starting her training contract in January 2019. She moved back to the team in summer 2019 and recently qualified. Elli deals with all aspects of development work whilst also managing all the team’s Infrastructure projects.

Hannah Delaney

Plot Sales & Development Conveyancer

Hannah started as a legal assistant within the team and quickly progressed to the role of Plot Sales and Development Conveyancer in January 2019. She handles all our plot sales, on a wide range of sites.

Hollie Plumb

Trainee Solicitor

Hollie started her Training Contract with the firm in September 2019 in the Family Department, and since March 2020, she has been based in the Commercial team. Hollie has a particular interest in Corporate transactions, which includes Business Sales/Purchases and Corporate Restructuring.

Your real estate
legal experts

Knowledge

We draw from a wide range of disciplines to support you in keeping your business moving forward.

Heritage

Goughs have been providing legal services to businesses across the south west since 1882.

Experience

We deal with a wide variety of real estate clients so have the expertise to ensure all your needs are dealt with by one team.

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Strategic Land

Land Acquisition & Disposal

Planning

Development Finance

Infrastructure

Popular questions
about moving home

As a guideline, a straightforward transaction can take between 6-8 weeks to complete from the point at which the legal work commences i.e. when contract packs are received if you are purchasing, once contract packs have been issued if you are selling, once your mortgage offer has been received if you are re-mortgaging.

If you are transferring equity in a property which is not mortgaged, this should take between 4-6 weeks, once the legal work has commenced.

However there are some instances where the timescale may be reduced, for example if there is no chain or if the matter is a cash transaction not requiring a mortgage.

There are also instances where this may be increased, usually where there is a long chain or the matter is more complex than the usual transaction.  For example, if an unforeseen complicating factor such as those listed in the table above has to be dealt with. Whilst we will always keep you updated as to progress throughout.

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