Development Agreements Masterclass

Freeths, Nottingham


Theme: Land acquisition, appropriation and disposal:

26 April 2018, 9.30am registration (9.45am start) – 1.00pm (followed by lunch) Freeths Nottingham, (with Video Conferencing Equipment to Freeths offices in Leicester, Birmingham, Manchester, London and Sheffield)

Please note we offer the option to attend this course via video conference at another of our offices to make it accessible to as many EM Lawshare members as possible. We do our best to deliver the best experience we can with the technology we have, but inevitably it may not be as effective as attending the course in person. We always appreciate your feedback and make improvements if we can.

Presented by Freeths and Geldards

Course overview

Suitable audience:

In-house legal and property professionals involved in the development and disposal of local authority land assets.


A practical, interactive workshop exploring the key issues to be addressed by local authorities in considering development agreements, from heads of terms through negotiation of the agreement and addressing of on-site issues through conditions precedent up to start on site.

Topics to be covered include:

• Drafting effective heads of terms.
• Crafting conditions precedent.
• Integrating construction obligations and allocating risk.
• Dealing with restrictive covenants.
• Avoiding pitfalls in overage and profit-share agreements.
• Issues arising from telecommunications equipment and the new electronic communications code

Interactive elements

The course will include case studies and will require small-group and plenary discussion throughout the day. Participation from delegates will be encouraged

Duration: Half a day (3 training hours) including lunch


This course will cover:

B4 Draft documents

B6 Negotiation

Presenter profiles:

James Hart is a partner in Freeths’ public sector real estate team. He advises local authorities nationwide on property matters, with a particular focus on development schemes and major projects. Local authority clients describe him as “commercially astute” and providing an “exemplary level of service” to the sector. His recent high-profile public sector development projects have included the £80m extension of the Touchwood Shopping Centre in Solihull and the redevelopment of Cotgrave town centre for Rushcliffe Borough Council.

Philip Myers is a director in Freeths’ contentious property team dealing with diverse aspects of property litigation issues including rights of way, party wall claims, rights to light issues, dilapidation claims, applications to assign, insolvencies, forfeiture and repossession. Philip has particular expertise concerning contentious property-related telecommunications work. He has acted on behalf of both operators and site providers and is currently advising a number of land-owner clients on strategies for the removal of telecommunications apparatus to enable proposed redevelopment. Philip has written and delivered a number of in-house, intermediary and client training sessions on topics including insolvency, the electronic communications code, forfeiture and waiver and the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.

Tiffany Cloynes leads the public services and regeneration team at Geldards and has an excellent reputation in acting on large scale, complex regeneration projects often including development, procurement and state aid issues. She has acted on major projects involving the public sector for over 20 years including CPO and non CPO backed regeneration, public sector structures, infrastructure contracts, development agreements, building agreements, overage agreements, joint ventures and funding. Tiffany is skilled in project managing input into large scale projects from a number of advisers and has acted on a number of high profile transactions involving both the public and private sector, taking a leading role in the negotiation of key aspects.

Paul Hilsdon, Geldards has been advising public sector clients (including local authorities, Universities, FE Colleges and various third sector organisations) on property matters for over 25 years. His work has included sales to developers as well as advising on the redevelopment of local authority owned property assets. He advised Derby City Council in relation to its development of the 180 acre brownfield development site at Pride Park and currently advises a number of EM Lawshare consortium members on significant projects including housing and regeneration

Chris Hawrylak is a Senior Associate in Geldards’ infrastructure and construction team. Chris has substantial experience in non-contentious construction work having been involved in the delivery of high value PFI, urban regeneration, infrastructure, commercial and retail projects. Chris undertakes a range of project based work with a particular emphasis on risk management, frameworks, funding solutions, standardisation and project delivery. Chris is familiar with the comparative merits of the UK industry construction contracts and bespoke forms of security. Indicative experience of providing such legal support includes acting for Sheffield City Council in relation to Park Hill, the largest listed structure in Europe and its ongoing redevelopment.

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If you would like to send a list of registrants, please email Julie.Scheller@freeths.co.uk.