Whether you are a buyer or a seller, a landlord or a tenant or a commercial developer of property, the stakes are high. Good legal advice is an essential ingredient to ensure the transaction proceeds smoothly and your risk is minimised.
Keystone's lawyers will ensure you remain in control during the entire process, however complicated or simple things may seem. Property developers, entrepreneurs, retailers and companies of all sizes rely on us time and time again because of our unashamedly commercial focus, an enviable track record of success and the quality of our advice.
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Our team of real estate lawyers understands the vast complexities involved in acquisitions and disposals of both leasehold and freehold commercial property. We regularly guide our clients through the labyrinth of negotiating contracts, reviewing titles, reporting all issues relevant to the transaction, obtaining consent and advising on other title restrictions in order to ensure that the transactions run as smoothly as possible. We are also on hand to advise on specific issues which may affect individual transactions such as Stamp Duty Land Tax and Capital Allowances.
Property management often raises a number of issues. Our team of experts are adept to advising landlords on any issues that may arise including advising on consents for assignment and underletting, advising on consents to charge and make alterations which can often include stringent documentation, and liaising with appointed management agents.
The real estate market is picking up and we are witnessing an increase in demand for advice in relation to both commercial and residential development. We work with a number of developers, both in the residential and commercial sphere, advising them on all legal aspects of their developments. We are on hand to aid on the setting up of a management company; dealing with all funder requirements if necessary; drafting of all sale, development and funding documentation; advising on all construction related issues including contracts and warranty agreements; and advising on all planning and tax related issues relating to the development.
The sale or acquisition of a company often raises commercial property issues as well as the general corporate and finance issues. We work closely with our colleagues in other departments to offer our clients full service advise and are regularly called upon to assist in property related matters that arise from corporate transactions including negotiating warranty agreements relating to company owned property and advising on the occupation of a property post completion.
Certain transactions will require a variation of certain documentation, including leases, or the establishment of new rights of way over existing developments or building. We are able to assist in the preparation of all documentation relating to deeds of variation, restrictions and easements; the drafting of all applications to the Land Registry; and advising on any tax related implications including Stamp Duty Land Tax.
Healthy and safety responsibilities in relation to commercial properties can often be overlooked due to the volume of non-professional landlords leasing properties. Aspects such as general maintenance, risk assessments, asbestos, and gas and electrical safety all need to be taken into consideration. We can work with you to ensure that you are up to speed with guidance set out by the relevant government bodies and ensure that you manage your property efficiently.
The relationship between a landlord and a tenant in a commercial or residential setting can be fraught with problems. We understand the importance that correctly drafted leases can have on both parties when a dispute arises. We work in tandem with our clients to ensure that all leases and clauses work for them to negate future problems. Our clients are both landlords and tenants from institutional companies and pension funds to retail tenants and small individual businesses. We advise on all types of leases including mineral leases and commercial leases and tailor each to suit the requirements of the individual client.
Our well experienced lawyers understand that sometimes a potential buyer requires a period of time to decide whether a property is for them and we advise on the implication of options to purchase land and buildings. We also prepare all necessary documentation and protect these interest at the Land Registry. Our expertise extend to the drafting of pre-emption agreements to guarantee a right of first refusal in buying the likes of a freehold or adjoining land, and we advise on the best option for the individual.
Our real estate team has significant expertise in advising both buyers and sellers in cases where a landowner may want to secure future payments if the land becomes more valuable due to its sale for a development. These can be complicated agreements to negotiate and draft but our team are well experienced in doing so as well as dealing with all land registry requirements.
Institutional and private lenders often require specialist advice in relation to property lending work. We work with clients to draft all documentation relating to debentures, facility agreements and legal charges, as well as more complex lending contracts. We are also on hand to review all titles and leases and take in to account the specific emphasis on the requirements demanded by the lender which are often different from the buyer’s interests. We have vast experience in giving clients expert advice in this area including where lending is involved for both built and established properties or for land yet to be developed on.
Regeneration project work requires very specific advice and we have a team dedicated to working specifically with large regeneration projects. Our expertise span from not only property acquisition but also to the potential planning of issues that may arise, for example compulsive purchase, through to construction issues relating to building and civil engineering.
Our team regularly advises clients, both in the residential and commercial sectors, on rent deposits. We guide our clients through the potential implications that may arise dependant on the type of rent deposit and we negotiate all related documentation.
We have a dedicated team of tax experts that works in tandem with our real estate lawyers. This dedicated team is always on hand to advise on all tax issues in related to a transaction whenever they arise including Stamp Duty Land Tax and VAT.
Susan is a real estate lawyer specialising in both commercial and residential property. Her client base consists, largely, of retail owners, landlords and tenants.
David is a skilled health and safety lawyer who advises clients in the oil and gas, utilities, transport, construction, shipping, and financial services sectors on a full spectrum of health and safety matters. In particular, David is well placed to assist on work-related accidents, corporate manslaughter, product recalls, defence against enforcement action under consumer and food safety laws, complex litigation arising out of contractual disputes, high-value debt recovery, and environmental pollution matters.
Jill Benbow is a commercial litigator with significant experience acting on commercial property matters. Her career has seen her handle a wide range of disputes for individuals, as well as companies of all sizes.
Wendy is a consultant in the firm’s property department. She has a proven track record in delivering service to a diverse client base ranging from individuals to multinational companies.
Nicholas is a skilled property lawyer with expertise in all aspects of commercial property practice and, in particular, residential property development work.
Sally is a commercially focused property and environmental due diligence solicitor. Her advice extends beyond pure real estate transactions and she is a proficient adviser to those considering business acquisitions and disposals where advice on environmental risk may be relevant.
Philippa is an experienced commercial property solicitor, with particular expertise in the Higher Education sector. Her career has seen her acting in-house for a top-10 Russell Group university, advising on estates and buildings management, student residential accommodation, landlord and tenant, projects, and general commercial matters.
Lara is a consultant in the firm’s Property team. She provides a full-service offering in relation to real estate matters acting for investors, developers, landlords, occupiers and administrators.
Sally is a Manx Advocate whose practice includes a broad variety of Isle of Man (IoM) corporate and structured finance work with a particular emphasis on UK commercial real estate (CRE). Her client base comprises special opportunity funds and high-net-worth individuals investing in London and the South East, as well as regional assets across a range of asset classes.
Stuart is a property lawyer who has acted for major clients in all commercial real estate areas. He has extensive experience in advising on acquisitions and disposals, investment management, funding, landlord and tenant, lease acquisitions and acting for corporate occupiers, as well as acting on large corporate deals involving multiple properties.
Nick is a property lawyer specialising in real estate as an asset with a focus on finance and structures. Nick’s work covers the full spectrum of real estate sectors: offices, residential, hotel and leisure, retail, mixed use and industrial.
Shayne is an experienced property lawyer and undertakes a wide range of commercial property work with particular expertise in dealing with retail, occupational and investment work, sales and purchases, landlord and tenant issues and development work.
Rima is a consultant in the commercial property team with a keen focus on the retail sector.
City-trained James is a senior solicitor specialising in bridging finance, short-term property finance (i.e. remortgages) and wider commercial property transactions.
Jason is an experienced property lawyer. Having worked at leading UK and US practices, Jason deals with a broad range of commercial property work, in particular landlord and tenant, with particular focus on the hospitality sector, acquisitions and disposals of investment property, commercial and residential development and corporate support.
Graham is a property lawyer who delivers commercial advice to businesses and high-net-worth individuals/entrepreneurs. He has a broad range of experience with particular focus on investment property, property development and landlord and tenant work.
James is a property specialist with particular expertise in high end residential property sales and purchase and also commercial property transactions. He works with a range of high-net-worth individuals, advising them on property acquisitions, disposals, and re-financing as well as development projects. He also acts for businesses, guiding them on issues such as conditional contracts, development work, sale and leaseback transactions, joint ventures, and the property aspects of corporate flotations, acquisitions and disposals.
Laurence is a skilled property litigator. He has expertise in all areas of property litigation including rights of way and other easements, both commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes, adverse possession claims, removal of squatters/trespassers, modification of restrictive covenants, boundary disputes and residential possession claims.
Tony is a business-minded commercial property solicitor with over 25 years’ experience. His experience ranges from transactional and development work to landlord and tenant agreements.
Jim advises on all aspects of commercial property and maintains a particular interest in commercial and residential developments. He regularly acts for landlords and tenants in the negotiation of leases for retail, office, industrial and hotel accommodation, as well as advising on the management of such properties, including the negotiation of rent reviews and lease renewals. Jim has advised both GB and US funds on the proposed acquisition of Northern Ireland loan portfolios. He is also well versed in leading due diligence exercises, having been involved in the financing of various major Northern Ireland property assets by GB and NI banks.
Raymond is an industry leading expert in property law. With over 40 years’ experience, he has built a career on providing a quality corporate and commercial service to the real estate sector.
Wendy is a commercial property lawyer with extensive experience advising businesses and individuals on all aspects of Commercial Property law and with particular expertise in freehold and leasehold transactions, landlord and tenant matters and development work.
Danny is an experienced Northern Ireland qualified solicitor who specialises in advising clients on a range of residential conveyancing, commercial conveyancing and pharmaceutical licensing legal issues. With more than 25 years’ experience he is well-placed to advise both corporate and private clients.
Robert is a property litigation specialist and acts for both commercial and private clients in relation to all types of disputes relating to land, including property developments where there are issues concerning restrictive covenants or overage provisions.
Valerie is a property lawyer with many years experience of advising both businesses and individuals on all aspects of commercial property including retail, offices, warehouses and industrial buildings with particular emphasis on landlord and tenant matters and freehold and leasehold sales and purchases.
Jonny is a Trainee Solicitor who works alongside the Northern Ireland team on a range of duties relating to commercial property, corporate, finance and licensing law. He attends meetings with clients, assists in drafting various deeds and documents, and helps to prepare complex certificates of title for large commercial properties situated in Northern Ireland. Jonny’s experience has also seen him carry out in-depth investigative work in anticipation of litigation action.
Lisa is a senior commercial property specialist with particular expertise in retail and leisure property. Lisa acts for a wide portfolio of clients including investors, blue chip property companies, household name tenants and smaller start-ups.
Eleanor is an experienced property lawyer and is able to advise on all aspects of Real Estate, using a highly commercial approach tailored to each client’s individual needs. Her practice has recently focussed on site acquisition for residential developers, but also includes acting for both landlords and tenants as well as dealing with all aspects of property matters for operational companies.
John is a consultant in the firm’s commercial property team with considerable experience in real estate and property law.
Deborah specialises in both commercial and residential property transactions. On the commercial side she regularly advises on the property aspect of corporate deals in particular when there is an investment or financing element.