Residential property

Harry Smith

Partner, Head of Housebuilder & Construction

Harry specialises in residential development work and heads up our dedicated Housebuilder team.

Over 30 years of involvement with housebuilders, including eight years located within the offices of two national housebuilders means that there are few if any other solicitors in Scotland with more insight into the needs of the industry. Harry has acted for Bellway, Avant, Taylor Wimpey, CALA, Persimmon, Barratt, Miller, Turnberry Homes and has extensive commercial property and business experience.

Harry provides pragmatic, commercial advice across a broad spectrum of subjects to clients. He has been involved in a number of high value and complex transactions including being the lead Partner in a multi-million pound acquisition of a former hospital site for a consortium of builders, the acquisition of a parcel of more than 200 acres of development land in West Lothian and a syndicate funded joint venture development in Fife. He deals with all aspects of land acquisition, development, infrastructure, funding and planning agreements, site assembly, set up and supervision of plot disposal works.

Recent transactions include:

  • Consortium Solicitor for four national housebuilders in the acquisition and development of 1,000 house site in East Dunbartonshire, negotiating land acquisition contract, Planning Agreements, funding of major new road and partnership with Local Authority for major infrastructure requirements.
  • Legal Advisor to four separate housebuilders of sites within major expansion of Dalkeith with back-to-back disposals to other developers.

Harry is an Associate Member of Homes for Scotland.

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