"Eugene O’Keeffe’s team at Memery Crystal LLP is particularly known for its retail expertise, where it acts for clients such as Asda and Debenhams. Nicola Kravitz advised Sapcote Developments on the £34m sale of its Power Road Studios to Helical Bar."The Legal 500 UK - 2016
Development: Fast-acting relief for development headaches
At a glance
Combining land acquisition, finance, planning and more, development schemes have the potential to cause many headaches. We can’t claim a miracle cure, but we do make the process easier and less challenging, by applying our strengths of thoroughness, resolve and experience. This has resulted in Memery Crystal being appointed to support many developments around London and the South East.
Daniel AbrahamsPartner, Co-Head of Real Estate
Nicola KravitzPartner, Head of Real Estate Private Client
Matthew LindsayPartner, Head of Banking & Finance
Eugene O’KeeffeGeneral Counsel
Helen AbelSenior Associate
Fayruz CahillSenior Associate
Ben ShoreSenior Associate
Craig JonesSenior Associate
We frequently work on complex developments, including mixed-use schemes where there are competing rights, and those involving objections from local interest groups.
Communication is always crucial. That’s not just sending letters and emails, but taking the time to sit around a table with concerned parties and work patiently towards agreement.
Developments inevitably take time to be realised, and it’s always necessary to keep an eye on the markets – funds that were readily available may suddenly appear to disappear. By using our experience gained over many years, we keep our clients in touch with evolving situations, so they have a realistic view of their development’s timescale and prospects. And, we sincerely hope, much fewer headaches.
Acted on the acquisition of three development sites in London for Fairview New Homes with a GDV in excess of £300m.
Advised on the sale of a substantial site for the development of luxury units in North London with overage provisions.
Managed the retrospective appointment of contractors and professional team members for “shell and core” and “fit out” development.
Advising on the site acquisition and subsequent redevelopment of land in Southwark for a large mixed-use development.
Advised on the negotiation of a development management agreement, funding document and sales of a development site in North London.
Advising on the acquisition and development of student accommodation in Liverpool, Newcastle and Sheffield.
Advising on the acquisition and development of a Central London site as residential accommodation.