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Kate is a Partner in the Real Estate Team specialising in Residential Development.

Kate acts for residential developers and landowners in relation the purchase and sale of land for residential development. She deals with both short term and strategic acquisitions, advising on the terms of conditional contracts, promotion agreements, option agreements and consortium arrangements.

Prior to joining Ashfords, Kate was a Partner at Osborne Clarke where she acted for a number of major PLC housebuilder clients.



  • Major PLC housebuilder: Leading for a housebuilder on a joint venture with a local authority for approximately 3,000 houses and ancillary mixed use development involving multiple service lines including corporate, banking, construction and planning.
  • Landowners: Acting for a group of landowners entering into a hybrid promotion/ option agreement with a major housebuilder for around 750 houses.
  • Major PLC housebuilder: Acting for a housebuilder on a high value build licence site just outside London for around 700 houses involving a district heating network, retail units, a doctors surgery, care home and affordable housing.
  • Major PLC housebuilder: Advising on a consortium site for a major PLC housebuilder – exercising and varying historic option agreements, dealing with the buy out of one of the consortium members and partitioning.
  • Regeneration client: Acting for a large regeneration client disposing of serviced parcels to housebuilders.

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South West > Real estate > Commercial property: Bristol

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Kate Topp  – Ashfords LLP

Large-scale property development, property finance and real estate investment are part of Ashfords LLP real estate practice, which attracts a variety of clients ranging from house builders and commercial developers to franchisors and local authorities. Practice head Andrew Worley is well versed in leases of retail property as well as purchasing property for personal pension schemes alongside franchising matters. Praised for her ability to ‘cut through issues quickly’, Kate Topp advises clients on the promotion, purchase and sale of land for residential development. Major regeneration and development projects constitute an area of expertise for Paul Butterworth.

South West > Real estate > Commercial property: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall

Residential development, energy and waste, and social housing are three of the key sectors for Ashfords LLP South West real estate practice with offices in Exeter and Bristol. The firm sports a highly specialised set of practitioners: Practice heads Tim Heal and Kate Topp provide expertise in large-scale residential-led development; Paul Butterworth focuses on housing and regeneration; energy and waste are handled by Emma Warren; and Andrew Worley covers the team’s franchising offering. Simon Bailey is a go-to contact for transactional matters, and was promoted to partner in September 2021 alongside health and charity sector expert Ben Tarrant. Robin De Wreede joined the firm at the beginning of 2021 from Davitt Jones Bould and brings to bear experience spanning regeneration and development projects, acquisition and disposals, and landlord and tenant matters.