Our Commercial Property Expertise

Our Commercial Property team sits within our Real Estate and Construction group and specialises in investment, retail, development and property finance work.

The team has broad experience of a variety of commercial property transactions including acquisitions and disposals of freehold and leasehold property for investment and development purposes, drafting and negotiation of heads of terms and development agreements and general property management work.

We also advise on every aspect of estate management and portfolio investment work, including freehold and leasehold acquisitions and disposals, general landlord and tenant issues such as re-let agreements, rent reviews and business tenancies, lease expiry and renewal, easement issues and wayleave agreements.

Estate Management

We have experienced lawyers in our Commercial Property team who advise on every aspect of estate management and portfolio investment work, including freehold and leasehold acquisitions and disposals, general landlord and tenant issues such as re-let agreements, rent reviews and business tenancies, lease expiry and renewal, easement issues and wayleave agreements.  We also have a specialised telecoms team which advises in connection with telecoms leases to telecoms operators and related issues.

Property Litigation

Chambers legal directory ranks our 28-strong Property Litigation team in tier 1 and recommends five of our Partners as real estate litigation experts.  The team are particularly adept to dealing with contentious assignments and sublettings and advising in connection with dilapidations settlements.  Although a ‘litigation’ team, the vast majority of our claims are settled by negotiation or mediation and only very rarely does a matter proceed to trial. Instead, our aim is always to secure our clients’ commercial objectives in the most efficient way possible.

Planning

Our ten strong Planning and Environment team is recommended by the Chambers and Legal 500 directories. The team includes four recommended experts in the field of planning law. The Legal 500 directory praises the team for providing “real strength in depth” and “sound and robust” advice.

Development

We advise major developers, local authorities, public sector organisations and land owners on all property aspects of large scale development and regeneration projects including site acquisition, joint venture and collaboration agreements, conditional purchase agreements and disposal.

Stamp Duty Land Tax

Our Property Professional Support Lawyer, formerly a partner of City firm Wilde Sapte, is a leading expert on SDLT and the tax aspects of large scale property developments and structures.

Construction

Ours is the largest dedicated Construction team in the South West, with four partners – two of whom are dual qualified engineer/quantity surveyor solicitors and qualified adjudicators – and seven other lawyers. We are one of only a handful of construction teams nationally to include specialists in contentious construction law (rather than property litigation). The Chambers directory recommends the team in tier 2 and The Legal 500 praises the team for providing “rapid, detailed and well informed’ advice.

Procurement

Our team includes a number of lawyers with extensive experience of advising on all aspects of procurement law and who specialise in the procurement procedures governing the formation and management of large scale commercial relationships between the public and private sectors, with an emphasis on major projects.