Nicola Curle


Nicola qualified in 2003 and joined Birketts in 2024. She is a Partner in our Commercial Real Estate Team and part of the Housebuilder Sector Group in the East Anglia region.

Nicola specialises in development sector projects, particularly housebuilder work. She has over 20 years’ of experience advising landowners and housebuilders in respect of site acquisitions and disposals to deliver both residential and commercial development. She regularly advises on complex conditional contracts, options, promotions and development agreements, as well as joint venture consortium arrangements (contractual, corporate and LLP structures). Nicola provides commercial and pragmatic advice to Housebuilders to ensure contracts are structured to achieve swift site delivery from acquisition to plot disposal. Nicola has extensive experience in tackling development constraints and drafting bespoke documents in accordance with emerging legislation, such as BNG, Nutrient Neutrality and Habitat Management Agreements.

Nicola also has a wealth of experience of publicly funded development projects for local authorities and education institutions to assist clients in creating new facilities and buildings for community benefit. This includes advising on LEP funding and clawback agreements, surplus land disposals with overage and mitigation site acquisitions.

Legal 500 [UK 2024] ranks Nicola as a Leading Individual in Real Estate East Anglia stating she provides ‘commercial and high-quality advice on development matters’.

Nicola is also Vice Chair of the Women in the Built Environment (WiBE) association, supporting networking and professional development for women in the real estate industry

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