Janette advises on a full range of residential and commercial development transactions for national housebuilders, property funds, student accommodation providers and Affordable Housing clients in Scotland.
She is particularly experienced in complex, large scale mixed use urban developments and strategic site assembly acquisitions. She also has extensive experience in project management across public/private sector initiatives as well as overseeing Scottish plots and disposals team for national clients in Scotland and her approach is seen by her clients as proactive, client focused and practical.
Janette is a ranked lawyer and Chambers Directory reports that clients consider her "very proactive and conscientious". They also praise her ability to tune into client relationships, saying: "she is responsive and sensitive to our needs, anticipating them rather than waiting for us to get back to her." She is also described as “very commercial” and “pleasant to deal with.”
She joined Shoosmiths in 2012 as the office head of the firm’s Edinburgh office. until 2021 when as the firm expanded in Scotland to include Edinburgh and Glasgow, Janette took on a new externally-facing and strategic role as Head of Scotland.
Recent projects on which she has advised include:
- Acting in a multi-million pound new housing development at the former Hunter’s Tryst Primary School in Edinburgh for property fund PfP Capital through the site’s purchase and forward funded development. It is one of the first developments delivered as part of a housing investment fund set up last year by the Scottish Government and Places for People Group and its aim is to provide around 1,000 mid-market rent homes across the country. She is currently acting on another three sites across the central belt including Millerhill in Edinburgh where the fund acquired two parcels of land from a well-known contractor/housebuilder and construction is already underway.
- Acting for Bellway in the acquisition of a major development site at Lasswade, Edinburgh. This acquisition involved three firms of solicitors, four different overage provisions (incorporating a worked example for a Section 75 overage payment such was its complexity), extensive provisions relating to liability for planning conditions and Section 75 Agreement obligations, numerous bespoke provisions in the missives, various non-standard title issues, a title indemnity policy for extensive reservation and mining issues, detailed and extensive Collaboration Agreement with Miller Homes to inter alia govern how the transaction and development itself would be managed and bespoke Deed of Conditions provisions allowing the seller’s land to be brought into the ambit of the Deed of Conditions in the event that the seller does not get planning permission for development on that area. The deal also included licences for works for site investigation, various reliance letters and dealing with deferral of LBTT in respect of the overages. This deal was strategically important for our client as it was the first site to be acquired by the newly formed East of Scotland Division of our clients.