Whether you are buying or selling a property, residential transactions present significant financial exposure, but also a tremendous opportunity. Skilled advice ensures you reduce risk whilst increasing the likelihood of a successful outcome.
Private clients and businesses benefit from our seasoned, sensible solutions whatever the nature, scale or complexity of the transaction. Industry awareness, pragmatism and foresight are among our skills and our experience will ensure you meet your personal goals quickly and with minimum fuss and expense.
We are also able to offer specialist bilingual advice on all aspects of Spanish property law and Spanish succession, probate and administration of Estates. Our English speaking Spanish lawyer (abogado) and UK solicitor provides professional Spanish legal advice and has extensive knowledge and experience of Spanish law.
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Our team of residential property lawyers appreciate the time, effort and emotion involved in selling and buying property. We provide tailored and commercial advice in order to ensure that all transactions run as smoothly as possible for each individual client from start to completion. Our expertise spans from advising both on and off-shore individuals and investors, in the sale, purchase and financing of prime residential property. We also work closely with our colleagues to provide guidance in all areas of the transaction including tax, trusts, planning, employment, construction and any contentious issue that may arise.
There are a number of obstacles involved, in relation to agricultural land and landed estates matters. We can offer our clients tailored advice in terms of agricultural tenancies, as well as in the selling and purchasing of land particularly with large country houses. We are also able to assist with the legal issues that often arise in the running of a farm or landed estate - working closely with our private client and tax colleagues to ensure our clients have all bases covered.
Our team of experts is well adept to advising in all forms of buying or selling property, including when there may be a conditional contract in place. We have vast experience in acting for either the seller or the buyer where conditions are imposed and we work very closely with our clients to ensure that all of their requirements are met before final completion of any transaction.
Our residential team understands the complexities that come with owning a property including the extensive rights, responsibilities and obligations that are posed. We often advise and explain to our clients any potential implications which might arise and work closely with our contentious team, particularly to off-set a potential dispute. We also regularly draft and negotiate easements, covenants and reservations of rights where necessary.
The relationship between a landlord and tenant can be of mutual benefit but can, at times, encounter a number of problems. We have extensive knowledge and experience of all kinds of residential leases and tenancies, whether long or short and therefore understand the importance of drafting, advising and negotiating the terms of a lease or tenancy with an eye to minimise any potential issues for our client in the future. We also act and provide a bespoke service for both landlords and tenants from companies and trusts to on and off-shore individuals.
Whilst, long leaseholders in England and Wales have the legal right to buy their landlord’s freehold interest outright this complicated area of law is ever-changing and specialist legal advice should always be obtained. Our team has extensive experience of acting for landlords and tenants in this field and works closely with other professionals, such as surveyors and valuers, to ensure that the best possible outcome is secured for the client.
The sheer variety of the team's client base enables us to proceed as efficiently as possible with a view to securing the draw down of a mortgage advance - at the earliest opportunity. Businesses that we advise include a number of banks and building societies, institutional investors, and borrowers.
An option agreement can be a useful way of compelling a seller to sell a property, at the buyer’s behest, within a certain time frame. We understand that, in other circumstances, a client may require a pre-emption agreement for peace of mind and certainty for a future acquisition. And our experience extends to acting for either side, as well as to drafting and negotiating the terms of these agreements in accordance with the client’s particular needs at that time.
The purchase or disposal of a property is seldom an easy transaction. Our residential team of lawyers works closely with clients to guide them through the plethora of options available to them and advise on a number of different styles of agreements including overage and clawback agreements. Such agreements can be complicated and often involve extensive negotiation and drafting. But our team is dedicated to providing bespoke tailored advice for our clients be they on the seller or the buyer side.
Our residential team works closely with our excellent team of tax experts to ensure the best advice is given. Tax relating to residential property has been subject to extensive reform over recent years, particularly with regard to on and off-shore companies and individuals owning more than one property. Our dedicated team can advise on all aspects of tax relating to residential property, particularly in respect of SDLT, Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings, Capital Gains Tax and Inheritance Tax.
Susan is a real estate lawyer specialising in both commercial and residential property. Her client base consists, largely, of retail owners, landlords and tenants.
Philip advises high net worth individuals and overseas clients, banks and trust companies, both on-shore and off-shore, on the acquisition and sale of heritage properties, landed estates together with all related tax, funding, trust and probate matters.
Nicholas is a skilled property lawyer with expertise in all aspects of commercial property practice and, in particular, residential property development work.
Katie is a property lawyer who specialises in all aspects of leasehold enfranchisement, a niche area of residential property law. She acts for both landlords and tenants, advising them on a range of real-estate issues including the sale and purchase of residential property, all aspects of voluntary and statutory lease extensions, and freehold purchases and sales under the Leasehold Reform Act 1967 and Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993.
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.
Robert specialises in real estate investment, advising on acquisitions and disposals as well as property financing. With a client base that includes property listed companies, high-net-worth individuals and overseas investors, he has acted on a range of portfolio acquisitions and disposals, and advises corporate tenants on their occupational requirements. Robert also provides advice on Islamic finance in relation to commercial property transactions. Additionally, he has advised landowners on the assembly and disposal of strategic land.
Susana Lajusticia is a dual-qualified and bilingual solicitor and Spanish lawyer who also holds a Master Degree in International Law.
Arwel is a property and estates lawyer with expertise in advising individuals, companies, charities and trusts on all aspects of residential, agricultural and commercial property transactions, including landlord and tenant matters.
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.
Hugh specialises in acting for clients on a wide range of private-client-related property matters. He acts for private individuals, landed estates and institutional clients in relation to all aspects of property law and has particular expertise in guiding clients through the process of both buying and selling country houses, London property, sporting estates, farms, and agricultural land.
Nick is an experienced property lawyer and has experience of acting on commercial, residential and agricultural real estate matters for companies individuals investors, developers, landlords, and occupiers.
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.