Commercial Property Solicitors
Commercial Property Lawyer London
Whether you are buying, selling, developing or leasing commercial property, our expert team has the skills to help you succeed.
Guy Osborn Partner
Our specialist commercial property lawyers act exclusively for business clients across all types of commercial real estate, whether it be office, retail, industrial or mixed-use premises. This page will answer many of your questions about our services including what kind of transactions we can help you with. You will also learn more about our experience in commercial property law and our broader commercial awareness, which combine to bring you the best advice to protect your business occupation, rent revenues and investment.
Specialists in commercial property law
At Osbornes, we represent our commercial clients across the full range of their property interests. We can help you buy, sell or lease commercial property, and offer bespoke management services for clients with property portfolios. As an award-winning, full-service law firm, we are happy to work alongside surveyors, architects and planners on major developments as well as our own property litigation colleagues where complex property disputes require representation at the Courts.
Our commercial property expertise
The commercial property team at Osbornes is made up of approachable lawyers who are experienced in the full range of commercial property transactions, including:
- Buying and selling commercial real estate such as shops, offices, factories, warehouses, restaurants, hotels and gyms
- Commercial leases
- Lease management, including assignments, subleases, renewals, licences for alterations, rent reviews and dilapidations
- Property development transactions, including those that are conditional on planning
- Financing commercial property
- Rights of way, rights for utilities and other easements
- Liquor licence applications
Our expert commercial property team has over 40 years of experience in this area and holds numerous accreditations for our commercial conveyancing quality. We represent a diverse mix of clients including landlords, tenants, small companies, large corporate bodies and financial institutions, and manage transactions of significant value and complexity. Clients tell us that we are client-facing and business-aware. We take the time to understand your business goals and advise on commercially achievable results in close liaison with you and your agents.
For expert advice, please call our specialist commercial property solicitors for a no-obligation consultation about your requirements.
Commercial Property FAQs
Do I need to hire a solicitor for my commercial property transaction?
Hiring a solicitor for your commercial property sale, purchase or lease is not a legal requirement. However, this area of law is a minefield of technical law and practical obstacles that can arise. Attempting to go it alone or relying on the skills of a general (non-property) in-house counsel is not recommended, especially given the long periods of commitment and high financial values that are involved with commercial property transactions.
The financial stakes are high. If something goes wrong, it could potentially put your business at risk or damage the value of your investment.
A well-experienced and conscientious firm of commercial property specialists will make sure that you know what you are getting into and what potential liabilities you are taking on. Hiring a solicitor who is capable of considering all the relevant factors is extremely helpful and may help you negotiate better and more flexible terms than you’d otherwise negotiate.
How do I choose the best commercial property solicitor for me?
Look for a commercial property solicitor who specialises in the type of transaction you need support with. While a good commercial property lawyer will be able to negotiate sales, purchases and leases for all types of real estate, there is a big difference between leasing a high-street nail salon and developing a multi-tenanted mixed-use scheme from the ground up. Ask about their past projects and experience, especially if you need support with a high-value, complex deal.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority regulates solicitors. Only genuine law firms are allowed to display the SRA logo on their website and it shows the firm displays the very highest standards of professional conduct. Other accreditations include the Law Society Lexcel Accreditation Scheme for excellent client care and legal practice management.
Bear in mind that owning or leasing a commercial property is rarely a one-time transaction. After the purchase or lease, you may need ongoing support with licenses to alter, rent reviews, lease renewals, future development and additional commercial financing, to name just a few. Choosing a commercial property team with broad experience across all of these areas means you get joined-up thinking and end-to-end service, without having to hire multiple solicitors for each transaction.
What are the costs involved in a commercial property transaction?
The solicitor’s fee will depend on the type and complexity of the transaction. A good commercial property law firm will base much of their work on fixed fees to ensure there are no surprises. If this is not possible, look for a firm that charges competitive hourly rates based on the level of expertise required, with an indication of likely overall costs provided at the outset.
Besides the cost of the legal services that are provided to you, there may be monies payable to third parties such as search fees, land registry fees and stamp duty land tax.
At Osbornes, we provide detailed cost estimates at the outset with flexible fee structures to meet your requirements. For information about our services and pricing, please get in touch with our commercial property team today.
Who will handle my commercial property transaction?
Osbornes has a powerful commercial property team comprising partners, solicitors and paralegals who have been with the firm for a long time. You will always be matched with a partner / senior solicitor lead who specialises in your type of transaction. Where relevant, other fee earners will be brought in to support. We work as a team, not as individuals, and this ensures there is always an expert familiar with your matter.
Do you handle commercial property disputes as well as transactional matters?
Having your commercial property transaction managed by an experienced commercial property solicitor can prevent later disputes but, should the unavoidable happen, we can help with any contentious commercial property issues you’re facing. The disputes we assist with include:
- Lease renewals
- Rent review disputes
- Commercial rent arrears recovery
- Service charge disputes
- Breaches of covenants and clauses
- Disputes over alterations
- Lease forfeiture cases
- Terminations of leases (by landlord or tenant)
- Dilapidations and disrepair claims
- Exercising break options
- Recovery of property from unlawful occupiers
Our goal is the swift and effective resolution of claims. If not handled correctly, commercial property disputes can lead to unnecessary costs, stress and business disruption. We seek to minimise these consequences through a proactive, pragmatic approach where the majority of disputes are settled by negotiation.
For more information, please get in touch with our commercial property litigation experts for a confidential discussion about your needs.
Why choose our commercial property solicitors?
Whether you are a start-up business taking a lease of a high-street shop or an experienced developer of multi-million-pound office buildings, we can help. Our expert team has masterful knowledge and practical experience across all matters relating to commercial property. Our clear, commercial advice is delivered at a reasonable cost with a minimum of fuss. Contact us about your transaction today.
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