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David Howe

David Howe

Solicitor – admitted 1986

"He is vastly experienced and adept at dovetailing complex legal documents."
Chambers and Partners 2020

"Emma Honey and David Howe are always readily available and, unlike competitors in their field, provide proactive commercial advice in a speedy manner"
Legal 500

"an experienced property lawyer who can be relied upon for insightful advice."
Chambers and partners 2019

"an exceptional property lawyer"
Legal 500


David has over 25 years' experience working across almost all the property teams at Michelmores. He started his professional career at Clifford Chance London specialising in development finance and has ridden a number of property cycles acting for commercial developers, national and regional house builders, local authorities on regen schemes, central government on developments in the regulated sector, FE Colleges, land owners, corporate occupiers, investors and institutions.

His recent focus has been on strategic land acting for land owners and estates on option agreements, promotion agreements, land owner agreements, joint ventures and other risk sharing arrangements opposite promoters and house builders.

Recent Experience

  • Acting for Clinton Devon Estates on various joint venture agreements opposite Taylor Wimpey and Cavanna Homes to deliver sites with permission for more than 500 new homes in East Devon. The arrangements allow the Estate to exercise control over quality and design to secure its legacy as well as to share in the profits of the ventures.
  • Acting for Crofty Developments on a 5-year joint venture with Henry Boot Developments for the regeneration of 12 acres of brownfield land at the site of the former South Crofty tin mine Cornwall for commercial uses.  The site is highly contaminated and the title complex.  This is a key regeneration site for Pool to be developed in partnership with one of the country's leading commercial developers.
  • Acting for the Retirement Housing Partnership which is a limited partnership comprising Retirement Rentals and Aviva Life & Pensions, which owned and managed over 1300 retirement flats across the nation.  We acted for the partnership on the sale of Aviva's limited partnership interest to a Traderisks REIT for circa £100m.  This was a huge undertaking involving, among other things, due diligence on more than 1300 flats which we have acquired for the partnership over a period of more than 15 years.
  • Acting for the Exeter Golf and Country Club on the disposal of its former practice ground to Heritage Homes following the grant of planning permission for 82 dwellings, and the purchase and development of a new 5 acre practice ground for the Club on Topsham Road Exeter in third party ownership. Apart from the complexity of the disposal involving third party easements, overage and clawback and deferred consideration, the 2 transactions needed to be coordinated to ensure a seamless transition of the golfing facilities. The transaction has secured the future of a city centre golf club with a significant capital receipt for new club facilities and the potential for further development in the future.



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