Bishop & Sewell

Investment trends come and go but putting money into bricks & mortar remains a key area for many investors.

Our expert commercial property team advises landlords and tenants on all types of property transactions, from offices and flats, leisure, retail and mixed-use properties, to bare land, retail parks, industrial estates and development sites.

How We Can Help

Our lawyers have experience in planning issues, collateral warranties, commercial leases, commercial lease renewals, financing and joint venture arrangements. Our expertise includes all aspects of development work, from initial option agreements and conditional contracts, acquisition, infrastructure and planning agreements through to eventual disposal.

Whatever the property, commercial or mixed-use, our legal advice will ensure your investment is built on solid foundations.

Next Steps

For initial advice or to arrange a meeting with one of our team, please email or contact 020 7631 4141 and ask to speak to the Commercial Property team.

We have extensive experience in buying and selling commercial property, ranging from offices and retail premises to large industrial sites. We regularly act for clients in relation to the disposal and acquisition of investment property, auction purchases and sales, portfolio and multi-let site sales and purchases.

We regularly work in conjunction, sometimes as part of a team, with many of Greater London’s leading professional firms and we enjoy good working relationships with many other law firms. These established connections often help to minimise the likelihood and impact of any unforeseen issues or potentially costly delays.

We realise that speed is of the essence, to secure your investment, free up cash and minimise funding delays. Our lawyers will work with you and all third parties to ensure the transaction is completed as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

Next Steps

For initial advice or to arrange a meeting with one of our team, please email or contact 020 7631 4141 and ask to speak to the Commercial property team.

Commercial leases create significant obligations for landlords, tenants and guarantors, and as such, all parties should ensure that they safeguard their positions.

We regularly advise both landlord and tenant clients on lease issues relating to all types of premises ranging single office or shop units, properties in shopping centres through to large industrial or retail parks. We also advise on commercial lease renewals.

Our team of dedicated lawyers can help you throughout the process: providing strategic advice before heads of terms are agreed, advice on the impact of SDLT and vat might have on the transaction contemplated through to all necessary post-completion work..

Flagging up any issues at the beginning of the transaction can help avoid unexpected later surprises, which can lead to considerable savings in the long run, and also helps ensure you obtain the best deals commercially available.

How We Can Help

We routinely advise on the following:

  • Leases
  • Lease renewals
  • Licences to underlet
  • Underleases
  • Agreements for lease
  • Guarantees
  • Variations
  • Rent deposit deeds
  • Breaks
  • Licences for alterations
  • Surrenders
  • Licences to assign
  • Tenancies at will
  • Assignments
  • Licences to occupy

Property development is a fine balance of risk and reward. Getting that balance right, often under pressure of multi-party interests and time constraints, can be difficult.

Our highly experienced team of property development solicitors can help you. With expertise on planning and development issues that might arise and litigation support on hand, the team provides a full range of commercial legal services to both residential and commercial property developers and construction clients. We also work with landowners looking to realise the value of their estates.

From initial planning and environmental concerns, through to the sale and acquisition of development sites, and on to the selling of completed plots/units, we can provide you with expert guidance, advice and support throughout the entire process.

We are aware of the commercial pressures that can apply and our lawyers will work with you and all third parties, to secure your investment, free up cash and minimise funding delays to ensure the transaction is completed as efficiently as possible.

How We Can Help

Our property development services include:

  • Advising on the acquisition of freehold or leasehold development sites, including issues surrounding covenants, title, easements and access
  • Acting for landowners selling sites for development
  • Advice in relation to options, conditional contracts and the assembly of sites
  • Advice in relation to overage agreements
  • Strategic planning advice, planning agreements and applications
  • Resolution of other common property development issues such as rights of light, passage of services and rights of way.

Property finance requires an eye for the deal, the detail and the clock – to balance commerciality, legality and timing. These are daily issues that our experienced team handle for both lenders and borrowers.

We are very familiar with the requirements of lenders but also understand the underlying commercial objectives of the transaction and our proactive approach helps to ensure a swift outcome for all involved in the secured lending process.

How We Can Help

We can advise on:

  • Legal charges
  • Debentures
  • Personal guarantees
  • Cross-guarantees
  • Deeds of priority
  • Charges over building contracts
  • Collateral warranties
  • Cost overrun guarantees

Land and property are often the greatest assets of any business. Maximising potential, while minimising any liability and retaining flexibility, is key. Being aware of changes in planning law is essential in order to achieve this.

We have experience of the complexities and issues that sometimes arise from the proposed development of land.

We often advise on the potential for alternative uses and development of sites, and on the reuse of redundant or underused facilities, as well as extension or change of use of property.

Our expertise extends to interpretation of permissions, and advice on the construction scope effect and life of planning permission, and in conjunction with our litigation colleagues, challenges to the issue of permission by way of statutory or judicial review.