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.
Past and present projects
- 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 and has been for many years recognised by Chambers Guide to the legal profession as a leader in his field. He has been described as having a "huge" reputation in property development, “extremely erudite” and “good to deal with and quite pragmatic”. Gilbert is a member of the Law Society, CLA, Countryside Alliance, BASC, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust and Agricultural Law Association and is a director of Royal Tunbridge Wells Together
Gilbert joined Thomson Snell & Passmore in 1976 as an articled clerk, qualified in 1978 and became a partner in 1980. Gilbert retired from the partnership in June 2019. He lives in East Sussex and is married with four children. His interests include field sports, dogs, cricket, gardening, cookery and wine.