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Corporate Occupiers & Tenants
Our Real Estate team acts for occupiers of commercial properties across a whole range of sectors, either as owner occupiers or as tenants under leases and in relation to single or multiple sites.
We work closely with our clients and their internal and external property advisers and help them with their strategies to ensure that they maximise the benefit of the use and value of their real estate holdings in agreeing contract and lease terms.
The problems and issues with which occupiers grapple are multifaceted: we deal with realisation programs, the acquisition of new premises, renewals of existing leases, the management and redevelopment of existing premises, disposals (including part disposals arising from “downsizing” and corporate reorganisation) and advise on all related construction and planning aspects.
COVID-19 – LEASES AND THE LAW OF FRUSTRATION AND FORCE MAJEURE
As the COVID pandemic intensifies and the economic ramifications loom large, it is virtually certain that all businesses will experience significant disruption bringing with it the strong possibility of increased… Read more →
Coronavirus Act 2020
Real estate update – The new landlord moratorium on forfeiture and re-entry. How does it work? On 25 March 2020 government put in place emergency legislation, known as the Coronavirus… Read more →
Sign of the times?
Beware that you don’t accidentally give away, or get more than you bargained for! An automatically generated email footer signature might be enough to create a legally binding contract for… Read more →
Buyers beware of the leap year! What buyers should consider when calculating rent apportionments
Whilst the calendar contains 365 days, the time it takes for the Earth to orbit the sun is slightly longer. Therefore every four years we add an additional day to… Read more →
Telecoms masts and a landowner’s right to redevelop
While the new Electronic Communications Code (introduced by the Digital Economy Act 2017) is intended to ensure that telecommunications operators are able to provide the public with “a choice of… Read more →
Breaking up is hard to do. How to get it right first time
A break clause in a commercial lease offers flexibility to the party with the benefit of the right to terminate. This can be either the landlord or the tenant, or… Read more →
Dear Claire- Autumn 2019
DEAR CLAIRE Perplexed by property law? Relax, Solicitor Claire Haynes is here to answer your most pressing questions… Q. I am the owner of a commercial office building. It is… Read more →
Introducing the BCO guide to Specification 2019 – Best practice for offices
Following the launch of the BCO Guide to office Specification 2019 at the BCO Conference in Copenhagen and the introduction of the new, interactive digital platform, Wedlake Bell was delighted… Read more →
Turnover rents – are they the answer to the high street’s woes?
In a world where we are seeing an increasing number of company voluntary arrangements – arrangements that allow retailers to renegotiate rent and speed up shop closure plans – and… Read more →
Dear Claire – Summer 2019
Perplexed by property law? Relax, Professional Support Lawyer Claire Haynes is here to answer your most pressing questions… Q: My company has taken a 10 year lease of newly constructed… Read more →
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