Commercial Property

A Practical Guide to Property Development

February 15th 2022

Virtual Seminar

A Practical Guide to Property Development

February 15th 2022

2 - 4pm

Speaker: Mark McMurray, Mike McColl

Virtual Seminar

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2hrs CPD

Many commercial property solicitors regularly advise on development transactions, which are usually conditional on planning permission – yet very rarely are the fundamental principles of the way the system works explained. Not understanding the basic principles, and relying on “one we did earlier”, is one of the biggest risk factors for claims against solicitors. This seminar aims to plug that gap by explaining the basic principles behind residential development land promotion agreements and recent changes to the Scottish planning system.

This seminar will cover the following key areas:

Land Promotion Agreements are a new form of agreement which has arisen over the past 10 years or so. They are entered into between landowners (often estate owners or farmers) who have neither the money nor the expertise to develop their land themselves, and professional housebuilders, who have both – and who make their services available at a price. Mike McColl explains how they work.

Changes to the Planning system: the Scottish planning system is currently going through 'root and branch' reform. Mark McMurray will look at the reform, some of the key legislative changes and things for commercial property solicitors to bear in mind.

Mark is a partner, and Mike a senior associate, in the Glasgow office of CMS.  Both are experts on their respective subjects and will in this seminar provide a comprehensive explanation of two of the most difficult – but very topical – areas in the field of property development.

The event begins at 2pm. Delegate registration is open from 1:30pm.

Mike McColl is a Senior Associate in the Real Estate Team at CMS, based in Glasgow, with 10 years experience advising investors and developers on real estate investments, development and management.

Mark McMurray advises private and public sector clients on complex planning law matters. His experience includes contentious matters, having been involved in a number of high profile judicial reviews and public inquiries, as well as advising on non-contentious issues such as consenting strategy. Mark has particular experience of compulsory purchase and has advised acquiring authorities and affected parties in relation to major mixed use developments, transport projects, and energy development.