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Steele Raymond boosts Residential Development Team with appointment of experienced residential development lawyer


Amidst a period of continued growth across the firm, Steele Raymond has further-strengthened their leading residential development team offering with the appointment of specialist development lawyer, Sam Mann.

Sam joins Steele Raymond as an associate solicitor from the Hampshire office of a large transatlantic law firm, having previously worked for other regional law firms. His arrival is yet another indication of the pace of progress in Steele Raymond’s Property Group which continues to lead the way by acting in some of the region’s most significant land transactions.

Residential development specialist

Specialising in all aspects of residential development, Sam has extensive experience in site acquisition for housebuilders on both conditional and unconditional purchases as well as options and promotion arrangements. Sam also works with private landowners looking to dispose of land with development potential.

Working for private, regional and national developers Sam is able to assist with all aspects of development work from initial site acquisition through to plot sales.

With more than five years’ experience specialising in residential development work , Sam has worked with some of the UKs leading private developers and national and regional housebuilders whose sites span the South Coast and beyond.

Speaking on his appointment, Sam said:

“I couldn’t have asked for a better start to my career at Steele Raymond. Since day one the welcome I received has been phenomenal. Having joined at an exciting time for the firm alongside a number of other new joiners the feeling has been universally received.”

Sam added:

“To be working alongside the likes of Emma Stainwright and Chris Dolan, both renowned experts in residential development work, is something that made the move to Steele Raymond the obvious one for me. Having worked with Chris previously I’m looking forward to playing a part in the hard work and success of the Residential Development team.”

Emma Stainwright, Partner and Head of the Residential Development team, welcomed Sam to the firm by saying:

“Sam’s appointment comes at a really important stage for the firm as our Property Group, consisting of commercial property, residential property, SIPP & SASS Pension property and residential development teams, continues to grow during what is widely being seen as a really turbulent time in the property sector due to Brexit and the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic on the UK economy.

“With his significant experience in managing private and large scale residential property developments, the relationships and trust that Sam has earned across the region for development work helps us take an important step forward in our plans for strategic growth in our Residential Development Team.”

Commenting on his role working alongside land-owner and developer clients, Sam continued:

“The sheer scale and level of technical support associated with complex development projects means a development lawyer essentially becomes an extension of the client’s team.  Living and breathing every twist and turn on the journey alongside the client is all par-for-the-course and it’s something that, as a development lawyer, I thrive on.”

If you would like to discuss your residential development requirements with our specialist Residential Development Team please contact Emma Stainwright on 01202 204 501 or email [email protected].

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