Andrew Given

Partner and Head of Housebuilding & Development

Get to know me...

I act for SME Housebuilders, Land Promoters, and Landowners on all aspects of development land.

I was promoted to Associate in 2011 and eventually took over as Head of Team in 2014, becoming a Partner in 2015. Since then I’ve led the Team’s expansion and growth and we now comprise 5 lawyers and 2 legal assistants. I love what I do and I’m hugely proud of the Team’s ability, service, and reputation.

Our ethos is client relationships and understanding their business and circumstances to the point when they see us as far more than just a legal advisor. We become part of their business. When we deal with the purchase of a site intended for housing, we approach it from the mindset that we will be involved until the last unit is sold which means a project which can be several years from start to finish. So we have to understand every facet of the project and process.

Practice Areas

Real Estate

Office Location

Greenways

Sector

Housebuilding and Land Development

Practice Areas

Real Estate

Office Location

Greenways

Sector

Housebuilding and Land Development

Accreditations & Certifications

I joined Goughs in 2006 as a Trainee Solicitor and qualified into the Housebuilding and Development team in 2007.

Chambers top ranked 2024

Specialisms

My specialism is land acquisition work, whether immediate sites with planning or strategic land. On sites with planning permission, this will comprise the contractual arrangements and title and property due diligence as well as ancillary planning and finance matters, often all to be achieved in a tight timescale.

I have extensive experience in strategic land, complex land assembly, option and promotion agreements as well as joint venture and collaboration agreements.

I also head up the firm’s Housebuilding and Land Development sector which comprises the Housebuilding and Development team as well as the other key service offerings those in the sector will require.

Testimonials from clients

My greatest achievement

I’m especially proud of building up a Plot Sales team that is second to none. Our service standards and delivery are exceptional and the client feedback is unanimously positive.

By receiving such excellent client feedback, I have been ranked as a ‘Key Lawyer’ by the prestigious Legal 500 legal directory and by Chambers & Partners 2024.

“Andrew Given is the partner in charge of the development team and has a very professional approach to his work, as well as being friendly and approachable. The sense of a cohesive team under his leadership is palpable.” The Legal 500

“Andrew is an excellent lawyer; he is responsive and above all he greatly enjoys his work. He is a pleasure to work with and the safest of hands to be in.” Chambers & Partners 2024

Supported by

Eden Wey is a highly experienced legal assistant and key member of the Team.

Please feel free to contact Eden via edenwey@goughs.co.uk

What I like about working for Goughs

I love the autonomy I was given to grow the Housebuilding and Development Team. I had free reign to invest in it and take it to the next level without any parameters or expectations.

We also have a culture of excellence but at the same time, we have fun achieving it.

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