Leading property expert gives popular industry handbook new lease of life

Leading property expert gives popular industry handbook new lease of life


Author: Kara Shadbolt

A leading real estate lawyer at national law firm Shoosmiths has completed the second edition of the successful and popular industry handbook 'Property Development: A Practical Guide' which is available to buy now.

Gavin Le Chat
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Gavin Le Chat

Gavin Le Chat, real estate partner at Shoosmiths, saw his first legal handbook published in April 2010 after spotting a gap in the market for a comprehensive guide on the subject. Following sales which exceeded expectations and a number of changes to the law, he was commissioned by publishers, The Law Society, to write a second edition.

Gavin commented: 'I had previously published a few articles, but had never written a book before 2010. I noticed there were few practical guides out there and so I thought I could share my knowledge by writing a practical and detailed guide, providing useful information for real estate lawyers or developers.'

He continued: 'Considering many legal changes had come through, writing the second edition has been a full-time hobby - it has been challenging but very rewarding. The new edition is a substantial revision, with expanded chapters, precedents and model clauses included.'

The Law Society's vice president, Jonathan Smithers, said: 'Gavin Le Chat's considerable experience in the field has resulted in a comprehensive, invaluable guide for all property development professionals.'

Gavin has also received praise from his peers for the book: 'I received a letter from a senior lawyer, saying he wished he had this guide or something very similar when he started practicing', Gavin said.

Gavin Le Chat is a real estate lawyer with wide experience of acting for residential developers. He has over 30 years experience and a detailed understanding of development work. He particularly enjoys strategic land work and he regularly advises residential developers, including national housebuilders, in connection with site acquisitions, contracts conditional on planning, options to purchase, promotion agreements, overage agreements, joint venture and collaboration agreements. He also acts for landowners in connection with such agreements.