Real Estate

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Land & development and commercial property experts

Strategic Land

Strategic Land

Land Acquisition & Disposal

Land Acquisition & Disposal

Planning

Planning

Development Finance

Development Finance

Infrastructure

Infrastructure

Plot sales

Plot sales

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.

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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.

Our clients rate us excellent

Sue Greenman

Everything was completed professionally and within my tight time scales. I would like to say thank you and would definitely go back to Goughs should I need help in the future.

Ali McBrine

Thank you Alice Blackmore for your fantastic professional support, with care, compassion and kindness, of our need for explanation and understanding of the system and language in a lot of correspondence. Thank you too for being always being honest and empathic of our feelings.

Andrew Alvis

Another well-managed transaction handled promptly and professionally by Nadine Cook and her team. We have used Goughs before, will use again and would not hesitate to recommend their services to anybody.

Phil Carter

Goughs Solicitors provide a friendly, professional and extremely reassuring service. The whole team, especially Georgina Catlin, are empathetic and provide sound advice when required, you definitely feel you are in safe hands.

Why work with Goughs

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.

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.

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

Associate 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. Hannah is currently on maternity leave.

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. 

Hannah Jackson

Trainee Solicitor

Hannah joined Goughs in April 2022, having received her LLM from the University of Law in 2020. She specialises in all areas of residential and commercial property, and values building lasting relationships with her clients.

Laura Vickers

Plot Sales & Development Conveyancer

Laura is part of the Housebuilding and Land Development Sector, specialising in the sale of new build plots on behalf of our housebuilder clients on their development sites.

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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