William is a leader in the fields of residential development, strategic land and urban regeneration and extensions. He is also a partner of Osborne Clarke and leads our Developer Sub-Sector.

William has specialised in acting for land promoters, housebuilders and landowners on large scale residential developments, urban extensions, regeneration schemes and residential led mixed use development across the UK for over 15 years.

A recognised expert in strategic land, his work includes promotion agreements, tax efficient collaboration agreements and equalisation agreements for strategic land and urban extensions alongside development agreements with public bodies for regeneration schemes and option agreements and overage arrangements for residential development sites.

William's clients include Welbeck Strategic Land, Ptarmigan Strategic Land, Landform Strategic Land, Taylor Wimpey plc, Barratt Developments plc and McLaren Living.

Helping you succeed in tomorrow's world

My interest and focus has always been in the residential space and working with clients as they seek to deliver vibrant, diverse and advanced places to live whether that be technologically or environmentally. Leading Osborne Clarke's Development Sub-Sector has allowed me to focus our approach to Living, be it senior living, alternative residential or build to sell. What I now find really exciting is being able to apply our 3D Transformation drivers and, specifically, Urban Dynamics and Decarbonisation to our Living focus meaning Osborne Clarke not only has a market leading team in this space but we are challenging ourselves to be forward thinking in our approach to this sector.

He's an excellent commercial and pragmatic lawyer who always sees his client's side but is also prepared to advise on how the other side views the same issue."

Chambers and Partners, 2021

 

Work

Aviva Igloo Regeneration Fund

Advised on the acquisition from London & Continental Railways of land in Islington for a mixed use development scheme

Welbeck Strategic Land

Advising Welbeck across their 4 strategic land funds and, by way of specific example, advising Welbeck on the promotion of  'Hopfields', the urban extension of South Worcester, a scheme for 2,200 new homes, employment land, new local centre, school and associated community uses.

Ptarmigan Strategic Land

Advising Ptarmigan on the promotion and disposal of Channels Golf Club, Chelmsford a scheme of 750 homes with a further allocation for 1,000 homes and 500,000 ft2 of employment space.

Taylor Wimpey plc

Advising Taylor Wimpey on the regeneration, by way of development agreement with Waltham Forest Council, of the former Score Centre to create Coronation Square, a new community of high quality homes, public spaces and new homes consisting of 750 1, 2 and 3 bedroom homes, of which 50 per cent will be affordable. The development will include a new civic square, with a market hall and retail and commercial space for existing and new start-up businesses.

Barratt Developments plc

Advising Barratt on the acquisition and development of a 500 home scheme in Hullbridge, Essex acquired from a landowner consortium and land promoter.