Tim Heal > Ashfords LLP > Exeter, England > Lawyer Profile

Ashfords LLP

Work Department

Real Estate.


Partner and Head of the Real Estate Team. Tim specialises in all aspects of the development of commercial and residential property.


In particular Tim deals with strategic site assembly, including land owner agreements, promotion and option agreements and more general development agreements.

His clients include landowners, regional and national housebuilders, housing associations and commercial developers.

He is recognised as a leading figure in Real Estate by both the Legal 500 and the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession and is praised for his “good, sound commercial advice” and ability to “develop a good strong relationship with him”.

Relevant experience:

  • BDW Trading Limited: Acting in the acquisition of a development site in Cornwall by way of a company acquisition.
  • Housebuilder: Acting for a landed estate in the grant of a promotion agreement and subsequent disposal with the benefit of planning permission for 185 dwellings to a regional housebuilder.
  • Cavanna Homes (Devon) Limited: Acting in the purchase of a development site at Clyst St Mary, Exeter for 80 dwellings.
  • Private landowners: Acting for private landowners in the unconditional sale of a development site with the benefit of planning permission in Chudleigh for 230 dwellings.
  • Private landowners: Acting for private landowners in the phased disposal of a large development site in Bovey Tracey to a national and a regional housebuilder.

Lawyer Rankings

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

Ashfords LLP provides a ‘comprehensive team of expert property lawyers experienced in real estate transactions and the sale of development sites‘. The firm has broad commercial property expertise that includes development, housing, investment, secured lending and healthcare matters. The practice has particular specialisms in franchising matters, and in the energy and waste sectors. Tim Heal leads the team and specialises in all aspects of the development of residential and commercial property, notably strategic site assembly.

South West > Real estate > Social housing

The ‘impressive, efficient and dedicatedAshfords LLP provides a strong practice spread across the South West. The firm’s expertise includes disrepair claims, affordable housing, public procurement and tax planning matters. The department also handles bespoke grant agreements for local authorities, as well as housing litigation and tenancy management issues. The team is co-led by Sian Gibbon, who specialises in tenant management, transactional and corporate work; Paul Butterworth, who focuses on development and regeneration work for both registered providers and local authorities; and Tim Heal, who is known for site acquisition and general development matters. Also recommended is associate Isabelle Clement, particularly for development matters.

London > Real estate > Social housing: local authorities and registered providers

Ashfords LLP advises local authorities, housing associations, ALMOs and social landlords on a broad range of issues, including the acquisition and disposal of housing developments, litigation and tenancy management issues. Property litigation head Sian Gibbon handles matters concerning anti-social behaviour, disrepair claims and EPA claims, and homelessness reviews. Tim Heal is another key practitioner.