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Specialisms & expertise

  • Acting for developers buying land for development including conditional contracts, options, promotion agreements and site assemblies.
  • Non-contentious Town & Country Planning including negotiation of section 106 Agreements and Unilateral Undertakings.
  • Planning appeals.
  • Advising landowners on promoting land for development.
  • Advising landowners on disposal of land for development, including negotiating contracts/options with developers.
  • Participation agreements and joint venture agreements.
  • Acquisition and disposal of sporting rights.
  • Agricultural property.

Client stories & examples of work

  • Acquisition of various brownfield sites for a local authority as part of an urban regeneration scheme.
  • Disposals for various schools of surplus land for residential development to fund new school projects.
  • The creation of a military museum as part of the regeneration of Woolwich Arsenal.
  • Disposing of a large Docklands commercial site for residential redevelopment.
  • The disposal for off-shore investors of a major residential site in the south of England on a phased basis.
  • Redevelopment and disposal of a commercial centre in the Medway area.
  • The development and disposal of various country mansions as apartments.
  • Sale of a major part of the land required for the Eastern Expansion Area for Milton Keynes for mixed development.
  • The disposal of a famous West Country sporting estate.
  • Disposal of a large redundant NHS site for residential development.

Types of client

Current clients include leading regional housebuilders, schools, a major charity, farmers, farming companies and landed estates.

Achievements & other appointments

Gilbert is recognised by both Chambers and The Legal 500 guides to the legal profession as a leader in his field. In Chambers UK 2013, he is described as having a ‘huge’ reputation in property development and in Chambers UK 2011 is acknowledged as “extremely erudite”.

The Commercial Property & Development team is described in Chambers UK 2011 as "delightful to work with."


Gilbert joined Thomson Snell & Passmore in 1976 as an articled clerk. He qualified in 1978 and became a partner in 1980.


Partner Gilbert Green advises on development and planning issues relating to rural land. He also assists with purchases and sales, corporate structuring of farming business and sporting rights. He is noted for his involvement in "high-level" commercial matters.     

Chambers UK 2016

Gilbert was available and attentive. He was clear in his explanation of legal matters and risks.


Gilbert Green has a huge amount of experience, especially on the development side.

Chambers UK 2015

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