Our Commercial Property solicitors understands that if you’re involved in acquiring, selling or letting commercial property, either as owner, occupier, investor or developer, you need reliable, expert and independent advice.
Our teams work closely with our clients including both large and small businesses and other property professionals, such as your accountant, surveyor, planner or commercial agent. Whether it’s commercial property conveyancing involving a business freehold, or you are negotiating a new lease on business premises, our experienced solicitors can help.
From our 4 offices in Salisbury, Andover and Fordingbridge our team handle a wide range of size of projects both locally throughout Wiltshire, Hampshire, Dorset and further afield – from the renewal of simple shop leases to the creation of large residential developments.
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Your commercial property deal – how we can help
Our property solicitors can help you a wide range of commercial real estate transactions including :
- Agricultural property and tenancies, and farm sales and purchases.
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- Business sales involving aspects of commercial property
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- Commercial property disputes – including debt recovery for unpaid rent service charges and ground rent, eviction forfeiture and possession work.
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- Drafting, negotiating, renewing and assigning commercial leases
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- Investment sales and purchases.
- Joint venture advice, including drafting JV and partnership agreements, company formation and advice on corporate structures.
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- Landlord and tenant issues, including landlord consents.
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- Loan Agreements, commercial mortgages and other development funding advice
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- Residential land development and plot sales
- Sale and purchase of commercial property
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- Site acquisition
Our team regularly deal with a very wide range of commercial property – which can include anything from offices and shops to industrial units, commercial trading estates, retail and leisure developments, GP surgeries, pubs, hotels, restaurants and mixed use schemes.
Our Specialist Team for Property Investors
We are heavily involved in the property investor community – and as a result have built a specialist investment team to cover all aspects of property investment in both residential and commercial property for both companies and private individuals with active portfolios.
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Make sure that you discover problems before, not after, signing your lease
Getting the right advice from a specialist commercial property solicitor before signing a commercial lease is critical. Due diligence is essential – and part of that due diligence will be undertaken by your solicitor who will have a comprehensive look at the lease and identify potential problems –on issues as basic as whether the Landlord actually has the power to grant your lease.
However, a surprising number of businesses do sign up to often lengthy leases and considerable long-term commitment and obligations without getting legal advice. That can prove an extremely expensive mistake. Property disputes can prove very costly.
Heads of agreement – why they can be so useful in your commercial property deal
When it comes to purchase, sale or lease of any commercial property, having a non-binding document setting out the basic terms of the deal is often very useful. And this kind of document is often called a “heads of agreement” – or “heads of terms” or even “letter of intent”.
The critical thing about a heads of agreement is that it’s not normally legally binding – unless it’s adopted under a binding contract. But do watch out. It’s possible that if the heads of agreement contains language which explicitly sets out an intention for the contract to be binding, you could find yourself stuck with it. That’s why it’s really important to have an experienced commercial property solicitor involved at an early stage.
Heads of agreement for commercial property transaction normally include details of the following:
- the buyer
- the seller
- the property address
- details of the property
- the purchase price and any further information about payment
- any special conditions
- the planned date for completion
We take a practical and commercial approach aimed at helping you complete your commercial property deals quickly, with confidence, and with value for money.
Through building a close individual working relationship with our clients, our experienced commercial property team aim to understand their businesses and their ambitions.
By recognising these key objectives we make sure that we provide balanced clear commercial advice and a truly personal service.
Whether you run your own business or are looking to start a new business, we can actively lift the burden of dealing with the legal issues of your commercial property – giving you more time to focus on building a profitable business.
Our commercial property solicitors can see you in our Salisbury, Andover, Fordingbridge or Amesbury offices. We act for business clients across Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset and nationwide – meeting face-to-face or taking instructions by email, video call and phone.
Renewing a lease is usually a signal to renegotiate terms, either directly with your landlord or through the courts. This may not necessarily work in your favour, so you should definitely talk to a solicitor at this point. A solicitor will also help you to minimise the risk of suddenly finding yourself without premises when the lease expires.
As a business tenant, you are usually entitled to renew for a further term, or even to remain in the premises after the expiry date (“holding over”). However, a lease extension may not be guaranteed, so you need a specialist commercial property lawyer to make sure you’re not losing out unnecessarily.
Termination of the lease
Of course, there are times when you actively want to vacate the premises at the end of the lease, perhaps to move somewhere bigger. You can also surrender your lease before the expiry date, usually by paying the landlord a premium.
In fact, ending a lease can be quite a costly business – especially if you get it wrong. If the premises aren’t left in exactly the condition set out in the lease, your landlord could serve you with a “schedule of dilapidations” and a hefty repair bill. Again, you need an experienced property solicitor on board to make sure you’re fully aware of your obligations and that you don’t pay over the odds when you terminate your lease.
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Defaulting on lease terms
Whether it’s by accident or design, failure to comply with the terms of your lease can have serious consequences. Defaulting on your lease gives your landlord the right to cancel the lease and to take back possession of the premises, through a court order or by physically locking you out of the building. This would obviously be disastrous for your business. Good commercial lease solicitors will help you to avoid defaulting on your lease terms in the first place, and, if worse comes to worst, will be able to fight your corner to ensure that the landlord follows the correct procedure and to advise you on what countermeasures you need to take.
Your commercial lease is too important to leave to chance. Investing in specialist legal advice from specialist commercial property solicitors now can save you a lot of money in the future.