Real Estate - Construction - Town Planning

LMBE’s real estate department advises and assists either public or private parties in the real estate domain, in particular investors, real estate developers, construction companies or public authorities.

The real estate department provides both non-contentious and litigation services in the fields of construction, commercialisation, acquisition and resale of real estate properties, including through corporate entities holding such assets, urban planning and the environment.


  • Negotiating and drafting VEFA type reservation, contracts on future construction, real estate promotion contracts
  • Auditing, negotiating and drafting contracts related to real estate sales or transfers and sales of companies holding real estate properties and related agreements
  • Litigation related to sales and guarantees


  • Negotiation and drafting pre-contracts, agreement of sale, sale documents
  • Advice and litigation in the field of easements
  • Advice and litigation in the field of co-ownerships


  • Negotiation and drafting lease agreements
  • Lease agreement litigation: lease renewal, rent modification claims, eviction, rehabilitation, etc.


  • Negotiation and drafting construction-related agreements
  • Negotiation and drafting works contracts and contracts with service providers
  • Judicial follow-up of construction operations:
    • Legal expertise
    • Litigation in the fields of abnormal neighborhood disturbances
    • Judicial or out of court settlements in the fields of legal or contractual guarantees


  • Administrative searches in relation to construction permissions and project developments
  • Negotiation and drafting development agreements
  • Auditing statements and requests for town planning approvals
  • Auditing and drafting ZAC files (urban development zone)
  • Follow-up of administrative or civil litigation, negotiations and transactional work
  • Financing public infrastructures
  • Auditing expropriation, preemption and abandonment procedures
  • Public domain: qualification, negotiation and drafting concession contracts, valuation, downgrades, illegal occupations, etc.


  • Environmental issues: law on water, Natura 2000, impact studies, public inquiries, waste regulation, etc.
  • Litigation in the fields of classified installations

LMBE has been ranked again amongst the best law firms in France by the 2017 edition of Legal 500 EMEA that recognizes its legal expertise, especially in the following practices: Construction, Intellectual Property, EU Competition and Distribution and Dispute Resolution.

The Firm has been recommended as a Top – Tier Firm in Construction (Tier 1). Benoît Arnaud and Joseph Benillouche have been listed in the “Leading individuals” list.


“LMBE advises leading engineering groups and sponsor companies. The practice has been representing a construction group in managing disputes regarding the renovation of several luxury hotels. The practice is led by Gaëlle Dadez along with Benoît Arnaud and Joseph Benillouche, who both have “excellent expertise, especially for litigation.”

Ranking Leaders League 2016 (Mag. Décideurs) of the Top Law firms in France – Real Estate, Construction and Town Planning

This year, the legal expertise of the Real Estate Department of LMBE has been recognized in 7 categories:

Excellent: Commercial Urban Planning (G. Dadez)
Highly recommended: Construction Litigation (including insurance) (B. Arnaud et J. Benillouche)
Highly recommended: Urban and Territory Planning, Claims over Public or Private Property (G. Dadez)
Recommended: Real Estate taxation (F. Veuillot)
Recommended: Property development (B. Arnaud et J. Benillouche)
Valuable practice: Construction (Markets, Civil engineering, Contracts and consulting) (B. Arnaud et J. Benillouche)
Valuable practice: Environmental Law (G. Dadez)