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.

Digmore Sid

Excellent service

I engaged the services of Goughs Solicitors in Trowbridge, in particular Ailie Peacock, to act on my behalf for the sale of my house. Ailie was always clear with her advice, acted in a timely manor and answered any questions I had almost immediately. She was very proactive in dealing with the other parties involved in a slightly convoluted chain.

Ailie also managed a very late request from our buyers with calm efficiency and the utmost professionalism. The end result was a smooth sale and completion, with remarkably little stress on our part. I would not hesitate from using them again.

2021-02-27

Margaret Wilson

Clear concise advice

Quick response to e-mails or phone calls. Will certainly use again in the near future. Clear concise advice patiently given!

2021-03-09

Mr Ian Liddle

Excellent service

Excellent service as usual.

2021-04-01

Alan

Superb once again.

Superb once again. Goughs provides outstanding service... professional in getting the job done and conducted with grace and care. Thank you Goughs!

2021-04-01

Ashley Stone

Rhianna Cole

The solicitor I dealt with at Goughs, Rhianna Cole, was an absolute star, I cannot fault her in any way at all. She made everything in the situation I was in so easy to understand, and she guided me through an extremely stressful time, with extreme professionalism, yet a very personal and sensitive touch. Can't big them up enough.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

2021-04-01

Matt Saunders

Made first-time buying a (relatively) simple process!

Sophie was very attentive and responsive and understood the need to act quickly in regard to our purchase process. She was diligent with the paperwork and was very easy to talk to and clear at explaining what was required in terms of action from our side and from the seller.

2021-04-08

Testimonials

Georgina Catlin

beneficial and fair to all

I would like to Georgina for your help, advice and professionalism over the last year or so. From a personal viewpoint, your clear and level headed approach certainly helped keep my feet firmly planted on the ground, it's greatly appreciated. I feel that your recommendation regarding Counsel was also spot on and certainly helped secure an outcome that was beneficial and fair to all.

2021-09-03

Eleanor Wood

credit to your company

I think it’s now been close to 3 years Ellie has been working on my behalf in what I imagine even she would say has been an incredibly challenging divorce. Ellie has managed to secure me a fair split of the marital home and most importantly get my ex to take responsibility for a loan that she was refusing to pay her part of, this was a huge victory as far as I am concerned.  Ellie has been professional and calm throughout despite the many frustrations and me finding things incredibly stressful she has always been there the voice of reason. She is absolutely a credit to your company and I will recommend her highly.

2021-08-31

Joanne B

A huge thank you to the team at the Trowbridge branch today. You went above any beyond to help me get documents certified urgently, even though I'm not a client of yours. Friendly, helpful and professional.

Nicolas Bracegirdle

pursuit of excellence.

All were welcoming and pleasant and dealt with my queries instantly. Nadine Cook who handled the conveyancing was absolutely outstanding in her pursuit of excellence. I commend her as one of the best and she has my everlasting thanks

2021-07-19

David Humphries

very friendly welcome

Donna was always available on the phone and was always helpful, a very friendly welcome. I had very regular updates and nothing was too much trouble.

2021-07-19

Ali Joy

excellent service

Since working with Nadine - excellent service, Thank you Nadine, good service as expected.

2021-07-19

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

After joining the firm in 2017 Elli qualified as a solicitor in January 2021. Elli deals with all aspects of housebuilding, in particular acting for both housebuilders and landowners in relation to the purchase and disposal of land for residential development.  

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

Solicitor

Hollie started her training contract in September 2019 and for the majority of her training contract and since qualifying in September 2021, has been working closely with Gemma Sumsion in the Corporate and Commercial Team. 

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.

Construction

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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