Our Property Development / Commercial Property team has many years of experience providing advice to companies and individuals on their property matters.

We have an established track record in providing a high-quality service to both business and private clients in all aspects of property development and commercial property. We provide the calibre of technical and legal expertise clients expect from larger firms – many of our team have experience working in national or Legal 500 ranked firms – combined with the bespoke service, personal touch and competitive pricing that has seen us win a loyal client following in the region and beyond.

Our property clients include development companies, investors, land / building owners, commercial landlords and tenants, and pension trustees.

We are used to complex transactions that need to be dealt with quickly and we regularly deal with national law firms.

Areas of expertise

The types of property development / commercial property work that we carry out include:

  • Acquisition of sites for residential or mixed residential and commercial use
  • Conditional contracts
  • Options
  • Overage
  • Planning agreements
  • Plot sales (including Help to Buy)
  • Freehold reversion sales
  • Sale and purchase of freehold and leasehold commercial buildings and offices
  • Commercial property tenancies including the grant, renewal and termination of leases, licences and related matters
  • Property finance

Contact us

If you wish to discuss a property matter with us, please contact our Head of Property Development/Commercial Property, Julian De Giovanni.

“Thorough on acquisitions and smooth on sales. Proactive and commercially astute. Not fazed by dealing with large London or regional firms. Good sense of humour and remains calm under pressure. Gets the job done time and time again.”

Property Developer – multiple transactions

“…I particularly wish to thank you for all your hard work, advice and support throughout, which has been a significant factor in enabling us to get to goal. I know that you have often spent a lot of time on this matter after normal office hours to ensure progress of the sale was maintained – all very much appreciated.”

Company Director / Landowner – sale of site for development in Hampshire

“We use Julian De Giovanni because we have found him adept at identifying problems early on and then either resolving them or advising us of our position. He always has in mind the importance to us of being able to sell on completed units quickly and cleanly once we have concluded a project. Julian puts in the extra effort that is required to get the job done. He is contactable, answers the phone and replies to messages. He meets and exceeds our expectations whilst remaining a pleasant person to deal with! I have had no hesitation in recommending him to others.”

Property Investor / Developer – multiple transactions
Downie & Gadban Solicitors - Julian De Giovanni

Julian De Giovanni


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Meg Grocott