Commercial Development

Whether you are an experienced developer undertaking an advanced project, a first-time buyer hoping to buy a plot to build your dream home on, or a commercial property funder or investor, you may face legal issues throughout the commercial development process. From acquiring the land, securing pre-lets, negotiating forward funding terms and working through any construction issues, you need legal support that can be with you every step of the way.

How can Thorntons help?

At Thorntons, our dedicated team is well placed to offer advice and assistance on many aspects of development or re-development. We have many years of experience in advising clients on the development of a range of commercial projects, including medical centres, care homes, offices, retail units, warehouses and mixed use schemes. And with our in-depth market knowledge, we are able to identify local market issues and opportunities for developers.

We focus on making the project process as smooth as possible for our clients and work with their professional teams to facilitate the delivery of the finished product.

We can advise you on:

  • acquisition of land
  • funding
  • title conditions or other potential impediments to development (such as contamination of land or risk of subsidence)
  • establishing services and utilities at the development

We can also help you with the preparation of any deeds of condition required to regulate maintenance and use of the development, liaising with architects and planners to ensure any planning requirements are met, and the preparation or review of construction contracts.

With commercial property development services available at all of our offices, you will find our comprehensive commercial development advice and guidance within easy reach.

Key Contacts


Bruce Renfrew

+44 1738 621212


Margaret Allan

+44 1334 652285

Our Local Offices

We have offices across Scotland, offering legal advice and property services

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+44(0)1382 229111


+44(0)1333 314395


+44(0)1241 872683


+44(0)1334 652285


+44(0)131 225 8705


+44(0)1307 466886


+44(0)1592 268608


+44(0)1674 673444


+44(0)1738 621212

St Andrews

+44(0)1334 477107

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