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Strategic land

Our philosophy

Shoosmiths’ national strategic land operates nationally and provides a true ‘cradle to grave’ comprehensive service for promoters, developers, landowners and housebuilders in connection with all strategic land and development matters. We act on all sides of these transactions our client portfolio which makes us experts whichever angle you approach strategic land projects from. We seek to provide the best service in partnership with each and every one of our clients, ensuring that we build and develop a chemistry that means that our people can pull together with the clients we serve to deliver the best outcome. This approach enhances both our reputation and that of our clients.

Our people

We have always operated on strategic land sites and recently have co-ordinated the team to deliver a national approach across all disciplines, the length and breadth of the country. Our people provide specialist strategic land advice from our locations in Belfast, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Nottingham, Sheffield, Solent and Thames Valley. We have strength in depth across many areas and provide the right, experienced and highly focussed team for any existing or potential clients. We have specialist tax, planning and environmental teams who are integral to our service and who are a fundamental part of our client teams.

Our relationships

Our clients and prospective clients are many and varied. We see relationship building as the key to a successful partnership and look to deliver true value in our service by acting as partners, not just lawyers. We believe in feedback and conduct client listening at both national and regional level with our clients. These meetings/calls are hosted by non-legal client relationship managers and are intended to tease out what we are doing well and what we can do better to make our clients’ lives easier. Feedback from the client listening exercises is then filtered out to the client teams through regular catch ups. We are also acutely aware that the best and most profitable business is often done by developing the relationships with the clients we already have. And that starts at the point of sale. When we seek out new business, we ensure that we introduce on day one the people that will go on to deliver the service for the client. We believe that we have such a talented and diverse set of individuals within our team that we are confident we can match the right lawyer to the right client.

And the results

Our strategic land team goes from strength to strength and grows in reputation and client base year on year. We are a truly national resource with a deep specialism, experience and real sector expertise. The clients we work with enjoy partnering with us, and more and more each year engage us with instructions. We have acted on some of the biggest strategic schemes in the country and have been involved in land sales representing over 15% of the total housebuilding output annually in the UK.

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