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Thornton Allen LLB (Hons)


I am a partner in the Legal 500-rated commercial property team here at Willans with a wealth of experience in development land generally.

I enjoy being involved in complex transactions and can offer pragmatic and commercial advice throughout the whole development cycle, calling upon many years of experience and “insider” knowledge of the development industry to achieve the outcome that you are looking for.

I work with developers across numerous sectors such as residential, retirement villages and solar farms.

T 01242 507385 E

Key skills

I can help you with:

  • Site acquisition and disposal
  • Site assembly, including option, promotion and collaboration agreements
  • Joint venture arrangements (eg with Housing Associations)
  • Overage
  • Site set-up and plot sales
  • Section agreements
  • Estate management arrangements
  • Achieving successful outcomes through negotiation, experience and a commercial approach.

Experience highlights

My experience includes:

  • acting for a housebuilder company from start-up to emerging as a large regional housebuilder with an extensive pipeline of consented sites of around 70-120 dwellings per site.
  • acting for a nationally recognised retirement village developer and operator on their existing property portfolio and new site acquisitions.
  • the regeneration of a circa 65 acre site at Dursley, Gloucestershire now known as Littlecombe. I advised on the joint venture agreement between the landowner (Lister Petter) and the South West Regional Development Agency and many of the subsequent land sale agreements as development phases were disposed of.
  • disposal of a 40 acre former factory site with planning permission for residential development to a major national housebuilder.
  • the forward sale, pre-let and development finance arrangements of a 160,000 square foot mixed-use development in Bristol with a GDV of circa £65 million.
  • advising a local family on a strategy to promote their landholding through the planning system ending in a successful sale to a national housebuilder.

Thornton Allen LLB (Hons) can help you with a range of services

Commercial property
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Construction law
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Land development
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Plot sales
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Sales & acquisitions
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Property finance
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