The real deal: our commercial real estate solicitors
‘If you own land you want to make sure that it works for you in the best way possible’
Your land is an asset that you may well decide to profit from. There are many ways to do this, but there are also many pitfalls to avoid. Our commercial real estate solicitors have the experience and thorough knowledge to make sure the process goes as swiftly and smoothly as possible.
Making sure you make the most of your land
From stamp duty land tax to waste legislation there are a wide range of legal issues that you’ll need to overcome if you want to profit from your land. We have expertise in many areas that can help commercial landowners, including:
- Environmental issues
We can carry out searches to help you assess whether you have a potential problem. We can also help you make sense of the complex statutory regimes that apply. Perhaps most importantly, we can advise you on the extent of the problem and how you may be able to avoid the cost of the clean up altogether.
- Joint ventures and promotion agreements
Our dedicated developer team can help you understand the development process, making sure the contracts reflect all of the important aspects. We’ll help you interpret exactly what a successful joint venture will look like to each party in order to make it a positive and profitable project, now and in the future.
- Land options and conditional contracts
We’ll work with you to understand what level of personal investment you are comfortable with and how involved you want to be at the planning and selling stage. The size and complexity of the project will help us advise you on the best solution.
- Waste and minerals
There may be an opportunity to generate extra income from your land by extracting minerals or allowing landfill waste to be disposed of. We can help you understand the constantly changing UK laws and European legislation that may put your plans at risk.
- Renewable energy
Our commercial property team have experience of advising both landowners and renewable energy developers on the opportunities and pitfalls offered by renewable energy schemes. These may involve smaller opportunities or full-scale developments involving land options, leases and infrastructure agreements.
- Selling land
If you have land with development potential, you’ll want to benefit from the sale proceeds quickly and without any unforeseen hitches. We can help reduce the time needed to negotiate terms so the entire sale process is more streamlined and proceeds quicker.
However you want to make the most of your investment in land, our commercial real estate solicitors can advise you. We can guide you through the regulations and help you deal with issues quickly so you can get on with your project.
“What the team is known for: Accomplished real estate team with experience working on residential development for both landowners and developers. Also often advises charities, healthcare groups and retail clients on their property needs. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “They are easy to approach and fairly priced.” “Withy King does not drop the ball or let a file collect dust.” Work highlights Continued to advise Bath Rugby in relation to the club’s large-scale redevelopment of its playing facilities. Acting for Balfour Beatty Group on the pre-letting and sale of part of a mixed-use development in Cheswick Village, Bristol. The team also advised on the legal structure for the sale of the residential units. Notable practitioners Paul Daniels (Band 2) is the head of the practice and is, according to clients, “strong in all areas of commercial real estate.” He is highly experienced in development schemes, as well as property finance issues. He regularly advises pension schemes on their investment transactions.” Chambers 2017 South West
“What the team is known for: Notable for its broad client base including those in the retail, leisure, communications and education sectors. Regularly instructed by landowners to advise on significant development matters, including promotion and option agreements. Equally well equipped to handle complex lease work and secured lending. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “They are professional, responsive and knowledgeable.” Work highlights Advised HSBC on the refinancing of various facilities initially over £1 million. Assisted Excalibur Communications with the lease of a high-profile property in Swindon for approximately £187,000 per year. Notable practitioners: Greg Callard (Associate to watch) often advises clients in the restaurant and retail industries. He is well versed in the intricacies of property finance and secured lending, regularly assisting some of the most established banking institutions with complex matters.” Chambers 2017 Thames Valley
“Royds Withy King’s ‘knowledgeable’ five-partner team is led by Paul Daniels and ‘provides commercial advice’. Edward Cooke is ‘an expert at negotiating complex land deals’. Peter Foskett is also recommended.” Legal 500 2016 South West
“At Royds Withy King, Paul Daniels’ group has niche expertise in charities work, and also advises on residential development, corporate sales and landlord and tenant matters. Andrew Chalk and senior associate Julie Acock are the other key figures.” Legal 500 2016 South East