Commercial property strength and breadth in retail

We act for retailers from large high street names to smaller independent outlets and have built up a particular breadth and depth of knowledge in this area.

Our clients operate in a number of different retail sectors including fashion, cafes and restaurants, cards, gifts and stationery, soft furnishings and toys.

A number of the firm’s charity clients have utilised our retail expertise in establishing their high street presence.

Our long experience acting for retailers means that we are fully conversant with the issues faced by organisations operating in this area, such as turnover rents, signage requirements and keep open clauses. Our team is informed and up to date with current trends and developments to ensure that you receive the latest legal thinking.

We have experience of dealing with the full range of retail premises including high street units, shopping centres, retail parks and spaces in airports and railway stations.

We handle the full range of new acquisitions and disposals for our retail clients, often with very tight timescales for completion. Our internal systems allow us to ensure that high volumes of transactions can be progressed quickly and efficiently.

We have helped clients to develop standard terms for their documentation to aid negotiation and maintain consistency across their portfolios. We also produce regular bulletins to share our know-how with our clients and run seminars and workshops for our clients’ property and retail staff to equip them with advice and information.


Our credentials

“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


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