Land Acquisition
& Disposal

Your land conveyancing expert solicitors

Land and development solicitors

Guiding you through the complexities of land transactions

Development land transactions are often complex and can present unique challenges requiring the resolution of legal issues in a pragmatic and commercial way. Whatever the size of the site, careful consideration is required as to the structure of the transaction, the condition of the site and any restrictions contained in the title deeds.

Our land and development solicitors have vast experience in this area, acting for developers, housebuilders and landowners on all aspects of land acquisition and disposal.

Our expertise

Goughs land and development solicitors will advise you on:

  • Unconditional sale agreements of land whether with or without planning permission

  • Conditional sale agreements

  • Joint venture and collaboration agreements

  • Overage and uplift arrangements

  • Due diligence and identifying solutions for title, covenant and boundary issues

  • Advice re site access, ransom strips and easements

  • Stamp Duty Land Tax advice

Undertaking complex transactions for housebuilders and landowners

Your local real estate solicitor since 1882

Recent highlights

  • Acting for a regional developer on the acquisition and subsequent joint venture agreement in for a site in Grittleton, Wiltshire

  • Acquisition of two phases of land in Gloucestershire of 36 and 42 units for Redcliffe Homes

  • Purchase of 44 unit site in Holt for Stonewood Partnerships, with a complex Collaboration Agreement with the retained landowner and funding through Homes England

Philip Fowler

Very professional service

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


Jane Weller


Helpful, prompt and efficient


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.


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.


Very helpful

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


Mr Wood

Very thorough

Very thorough, and we also got forces discount.



Andy Turner | Managing Director | Princeton Homes

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


Tom O'Connor | Managing Director | Redcliffe Homes

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


Bath Property Awards 2021

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!


Peter Hellyer

I have found Goughs Solicitors in Chippenham & Trowbridge to be fast and very efficient in their services to me, they understand your instruction and get on with it! They are very easy to talk to, which is equally very important to me. They are my first port of call for all legal services.


Your land acquisition and disposal
questions answered

If we’re being completely honest with you, then no, there are aspects of conveyancing that you can do independently. 

However, as with many legal processes surrounding land and development issues, the complexities in this area are vast, meaning that any issues you face further down the line are going to be much more costly than having things done right the first time round. 

A solicitor will be able to carry out searches and raise appropriate  enquiries for you. They will also be able to go one step further and ensure you will be able to do as you wish with the land. They will check access rights and the future development opportunities available. 

An overage agreement is essentially a promise from a purchaser to a seller that they will pay more money, should a certain event happen in the future. 

This event could simply be the granting of planning permission for a development on the site, which would ultimately vastly increase the perceived value of the land. 

These agreements have become increasingly popular in recent years as more and more land has been bought for the purposed of development. Whether you are buying or selling land, get in touch with a land and development expert today to find out whether you should consider one.

Due diligence is ordinarily the reasonable process a buyer should carry out before entering in to a purchase or contract. 

When purchasing vacant land you may feel that simply looking at it and checking the deeds is enough. In addition, whilst the seller is bound by law to disclose anything they know about the land, if they don’t it, they can’t tell you. 

The only real way to uncover absolutely everything you will need to know is to instruct an expert solicitor with vast knowledge of the local area. You will then complete peace of mind that the transaction is lawful and you know what you are getting. 

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Your land & development team

Elli Crosby


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.

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.

Sophie Crawford


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.

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.

Your real estate
legal experts


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


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


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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