Our Real Estate team is known for its ability to provide practical and commercial legal advice to clients operating both in the commercial and residential sectors. We have particular expertise in dealing with London based retail, hotel and leisure sites, guiding UK and overseas developers, investors and national charities on complex property related issues.
Our clients range from entrepreneurial businesses and individuals to established corporate investors with an international profile, all of whom benefit from our legal expertise, understanding of the marketplace and network of connections.
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We have an excellent reputation in the very competitive field of commercial property. Our team regularly deals with high value and complex transactions and we have the legal know-how and experience to achieve clients’ legal and business objectives in the most effective way.
We advise on all aspects of commercial property, including:
Our clients include private investors, entrepreneurs, companies, banks, and other institutions, charities, restaurateurs and retailers. We have experience of working with overseas jurisdictions and extensive experience of resolving disputes using negotiation and mediation in order to achieve the best commercial outcome for our clients.
We work closely with our colleagues in the Corporate and Commercial department on matters such as corporate acquisitions in so far as the project involves property aspects. Our colleagues can also assist, if required, on the best form of joint venture, including partnerships, Limited Liability Partnerships, Limited Companies or simple co-ownership arrangements.
We specialise in retail property, acting for multiple and single unit operators in the high street and major shopping centres such as Bluewater, Westfield and Whiteleys. Our clients in this sector include chains in jewellery, fashion and accessories, leather goods, galleries, spa facilities, beauticians, hairdressing salons, music stores, mobile phone retailers, bakeries and children’s clothing retailers.
Our hotel and leisure sector specialists have provided legal services for many years, particularly in and around the West End of London where we have been based for over 40 years.
We understand that this business is a specialist area, and our team can draw on the talent and expertise of the firm’s Corporate and Employment teams to provide a one-stop shop that is prompt and cost-effective.
We have a growing number of clients in the sector and have acted for chains of public houses, Café Rouge, Wagamama (the first sale), well known restaurants, private member clubs and the award winning contemporary luxury hotel in the heart of Covent Garden known as One Aldwych.
Whether you are a first time buyer, a serial mover or a developer, we can help.
Buying and selling properties can be fraught with difficulties. We guide both domestic and international clients through the purchase process, whether the property is intended as a family home or a rental or development investment. We are specialists and provide sound professional and practical advice whilst ensuring a responsive service. We work with the majority of leading estate agents and mortgage lenders and deal with properties throughout England and Wales.
We have expertise in:
Our team can also assist you with drafting or updating your Will when buying or selling property.
When the property concerned is a rental one, we provide legal advice to both landlords and tenants. If a lease is already in existence, we can assist you on any issues that may arise, commonly including:
Ideally, we help resolve disputes using negotiation and mediation in order to achieve the best commercial outcome for our clients. But if litigation is unavoidable, we work together with our firm’s Dispute Resolution team to bring about a satisfactory conclusion.
Simons Muirhead Burton is a fantastic firm. There is a willingness to resolve any issue or query, however small it may be.
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