Rosemary Edwards


Head of Residential Development

Rosemary heads the residential development team at Shulmans and is recognised as one of the UK’s leading experts in the house building sector, having over 25 years’ experience in acting for house builders, landowners and registered providers.

Rosemary and her team act for some of the UK’s leading house builders as well as many regionally-based clients. The team deals with site acquisition and development work, including:

  • Site assembly
  • Conditional contracts
  • Development agreements
  • Funding
  • Options and promotion agreements
  • Overage agreements
  • Joint ventures and collaboration agreements
  • Disposals

Rosemary is often instructed to act on behalf of landowners selling land to house builders, where clients value her insight into the issues facing house builders.

Rosemary also has particular expertise in setting up management schemes to ensure effective management of development schemes once complete.

According to Chambers & Partners, Rosemary has been described as "meticulous", "rock-solid" and "very commercially aware". She wins client praise for being "approachable, pragmatic and really knowledgeable" as well as "very good at assessing risk and finding a way forward".

Recent high profile developments with which she has been involved include:

  • The redevelopment of the 27-acre former Terry’s Chocolate Works site in York for Barratt/ David Wilson Homes as a national flagship mixed-use development

  • The award-winning Derwenthorpe housing scheme of 350 houses being developed by David Wilson Homes in partnership with Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust

  • Advising Belgravia Living (a joint venture between Town Centre Securities and GMI Construction Holdings in connection with the acquisition of land in the Piccadilly Basin area of Central Manchester

  • Acting for Your Housing Group in connection with its proposed development of land at Princes Dock on the Liverpool Waterfront, including acquisition from Peel Holdings   

Rosemary is also a member of Shulmans’ Management Board.

Rosemary is a Governor of Horsforth School.

Residential Development - Meet the Team

We provide a complete service to residential developers.

Emma Speight


Residential Development

Direct Line +44 (0)113 288 2812

Eleanor Smith


Residential Development

Direct Line +44 (0)113 831 3838

Ruqeia Ahmadi

Trainee Solicitor

Residential Development

Direct Line +44 (0)113 831 3809

Isabelle Leonard

Trainee Solicitor

Residential Development

Direct Line +44 (0)113 831 3832

Joanna Oakes


Residential Development

Direct Line +44 (0)113 297 3797