Real Estate transactions


Legal advice for property investors and developers

Our team is recognised by Legal 500 as one of the leading teams in commercial property in Bristol.

As a growing business taking on your first commercial lease, or a developer or investor with a large investment portfolio, you will appreciate the fact that we are clear and straightforward in our advice.  Our team specialises in commercial property, so you can have peace of mind that we will ensure all the legal side is properly taken taken care of.

We understand the importance of responsiveness and speed and will communicate clearly possible timescales as well as indicate the likely cost of our legal services.

Please call us on 0117 926 4121 to speak to one of our commercial property experts or complete the form on the left with a short description of your enquiry.

 

 

Commercial Property Clients


Our clients range from major high street and international retailers and national charities to developers, commercial property investors and businesses.

We work closely with our dispute resolution team who have a national reputation for representing clients in disputes concerning property and construction as well as our insolvency team who advise on property matters and insolvency.

 

 

Commercial Property Leases


We have experience in advising clients on a wide range of property and real estate issues including the following;

Commercial Property: The lease defines the property and its extent. It is advised that a plan is attached (this may be a requisite if the lease must be registered at the Land Registry).

Landlord and Tenant: The lease names the parties. Solicitors will have to ensure that the Landlord has legal title to the commercial property.

Lease Period: The duration of the term of the lease must be specified. Are there any break clauses for a party to terminate the lease? If so, are there any conditions?

Lease Rent: The lease sets out the amount of rent and how it is payable. Does the commercial property benefit from any rent-free period and are there any Stamp Duty implications on how the lease is structured?

Lease rent review: Will the rent be reviewed (this is standard practice on a five yearly basis)? The review mechanism is specified in the lease (by a surveyor, RPI, upwards/downwards)?

Commercial Property Insurance: It is commonplace for the landlord to insure the commercial property. The lease will define the terms and how the tenant reimburses.

Service Charge: If the commercial property is located in part of a building a service charge may be due to pay for the maintenance of the common parts. How is this calculated or is it a fixed figure?

Repair: The obligation to repair the commercial property must be appropriate to the length of the lease. The shorter the term the more the Tenant should resist onerous repair obligations in the lease.

Alterations: The parties must balance the tenant's requirement to make alterations with the landlord protecting its interest in the commercial property

Use: The use must be specifically defined to allow the tenant to trade.

Rights granted: The lease may contain rights to use common parts (such as car parks passageways). Emergency escape rights should be incorporated into the lease.

 

Contact the Commercial Property Team


If you would like to know more about our commercial property services and team at Meade King, please click here.

Our team is recognised by the Legal 500 as one of the leading property teams in the South West.

Below is a video with answers to a number of frequently asked questions about commercial property from Heidi Bateman.

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