Asif graduated from Lancaster University in 2007 with a 2:1 LLB (Hons) in Law and completed his LPC at the College of Law in Chester in 2008.
Partner Head of Non-Contentious Construction
Areas of Expertise
Asif is the head of our non-contentious construction team at Devonshires. As a key construction lead, Asif provides strategic advice to clients from the pre-planning, design and construction phase to onward sale.
He is the ‘go to’ person at Devonshires on transactional construction matters, assisting clients with all forms of construction procurement, including traditional, design and build, modular construction, joint venture, management contracting and construction management.
An expert in his field, Asif has developed a strong profile and is always focused firstly on providing clients with swift and pragmatic advice.
Asif’s client base extends to the private and public sector, where he regularly acts for developers, funders, investment vehicles, local authorities and registered social housing landlords.
Asif’s experience and expertise covers:
- Advising on the procurement approach in methods of construction within the residential and commercial sectors;
- Drafting and negotiating all forms of construction contracts, bespoke construction contracts, development agreements, professional appointments, collateral warranties, deeds of novation, deeds of variation, performance bonds, parent company guarantees, asset management and facilities management contracts;
- Arranging tax efficient public sector development vehicles;
- Providing risk mitigation strategies and assisting with the delivery of delayed or distressed projects, including contractor insolvency;
- Advising on all aspects of construction insurance.
Asif regularly contributes to articles, and features in external publications.
The risk of contractor insolvencies is rising. Here’s how to prepare, Social Housing, 09/06/2023
Asif is recognised in the Legal 500 Directory as a leading individual. Client Testimonials include:
- ‘Asif Patel is very personable, makes everything simple to understand, delivers on promises, responds quickly, and makes the whole process very straight forward.’
- ‘Asif Patel has a highly pragmatic approach to contract drafting. He has a highly measured and engaging approach.’
- ‘Asif Patel provides essential support.’
Asif is a keen football and cricket fan. He spends his free time following his football team, catching a Test match or on weekends away with his family.
He must be the only Bolton Wanderers supporter within a ten mile radius of Finsbury Circus… OK, maybe ten miles is a little optimistic.
Asif is a member of the Society of Construction Law and the British Property Federation.
‘Asif Patel is very personable, makes everything simple to understand, delivers on promises, responds quickly, and makes the whole process very straight forward’
‘Asif Patel has a highly pragmatic approach to contract drafting. He has a highly measured and engaging approach.’
‘Excellent responsive service, completes tasks in line with agreed timescales, excellent advice provided, and looks for solutions to suit all.’
Acting for a modular developer on a mixed use development scheme for the design, construction and completion of a 23-storey tower comprising a 230 bed hotel and 5000 sqm of co-working office space in London.
Acting for The Riverside Group Limited on the purchase and development of land at Westwood Village Thanet, Kent, and the £100 million development of 449 modular homes, a school and associated highways and infrastructure works.
Acting for The Greener Future Partnership in the delivery of its £1.5 billion decarbonisation programme across 300,000 properties to achieve an EPC band C rating or above by 2040 and Net-Zero by 2050.
Acting for Stonewater Limited in its restructure of development and construction arrangements to the value of circa £465m in order to secure £100m in new funding to maximise capacity to deliver its planned 6,000 affordable homes over the next 4 years.
Acting for Sage Housing on a £106m portfolio purchase of 420 new homes from Optivo, providing a mixture of rental and shared ownership properties across six sites in London and the South East.
Acting for Southern Housing to deliver Phase 2 of residential development comprising 540 units at Free Wharf, Shoreham-by-Sea.
Acting for Peabody Construction Limited on the delivery of its £50m development at Frankham Street, London – for the design and construction of 158 units for social rent and shared ownership and 51 units for private sale (Phase 1 and 2)
Acting for Metropolitan Housing Trust Limited to deliver a £32m residential 19-storey tower block with 144 homes, with commercial and retail space in Harrow, London.
Acting for The Riverside Group Limited in its £50m joint venture with Mount Anvil Limited for the multi-phased development of 119 homes at Friar’s Close, Southwark.
Acting for Metropolitan Housing Trust in its £50 million development scheme to deliver 168 residential apartments as part of two residential buildings, a new supermarket and associated infrastructure at Old Kent Road, Peckham, London.