Our Commercial Property Team act for clients from a range of geographic areas. Many clients are based in East Anglia, but a significant proportion of work relates to properties across the UK and beyond. The pragmatic and results-driven advice the team offers finds favour with a number of clients, which is perhaps best illustrated by the number of clients that recommend the team to others. The team acts for clients from a variety of sectors, including independent builders and developers, offshore and UK based investors, financial institutions, regional and national retailers and landowners. The team has also developed niche practices in insolvency-related property work, healthcare, franchising, post offices and the licensed trade. The services offered by the team include:
- Freehold and leasehold acquisitions and disposals
- Portfolio acquisitions and disposals
- Commercial leases
- Insolvency issues
- Landlord and tenant
- Residential and commercial development
- Development agreements and options
- Commercial mortgages and funding
- Investment property
- Agricultural property
- Licensing issues
Our team offers clear and practical planning advice and will deal with the relevant authorities on your behalf to achieve results that protect your business and enhance the value of your property. We can provide advice and assistance with the following:
- Rights of Way
- Planning applications and appeals
- Enforcement of rights
- Environmental compliance and prosecutions
- Agricultural restriction
- Certificates of established use in connection with breaches of planning permissions
If you have a commercial property dispute, we can deal with a full range of matters including dilapidations, lease renewals, rent arrears, forfeiture, rights of way, boundary disputes, easements, restrictive covenants, assured shorthold tenancies, assured tenancies, adverse possession, trespass, Rent Act claims and possession proceedings. Contact our expert Darren Bowen.
Working with Leathes Prior is an absolute joy. They are small enough to deliver personal service but large enough to have a team of lawyers with experience and well connected enough to help us network around the business community.
Leathes Prior’s team advised on the multimillion-pound refinancing of a development in Essex. The vastly experienced Rob Sibley, David Clarke and associate Paul Oldershaw are recommended.
Robert Sibley leads the firm's real estate practice. According to clients he is not afraid to tell you that there's a problem but will always advise what's in your best interest and how to achieve that. He advises clients on all aspects of commercial property transactions.
I really do feel like the team at Leathes Prior would be able to help in any situation. They understand the time pressures of companies and provide no-nonsense commercial advice.
Excellent, very smooth transaction, done without any fuss and without making it excessively complicated.
The down-to-earth, pragmatic Rob Sibley’s team at Leathes Prior, known for its no-nonsense commercial advice, has eight fee earners following the merger with Cole & Co. Senior partner William Riley and associate Paul Oldershaw are recommended.
Rob Sibley leads a results-driven team at Leathes Prior whose stand out recent work includes advising on a long-term lease of airport premises, worth £30m over its term.
Leathes Prior’s "always approachable and prompt" team is "very good value", with Robert Sibley singled out. It acted on the expansion of Bathstore.com’s national network of retail units.
The three-lawyer team excels at developing strong relationships with clients and they are described as efficient, timely and possessing good grace and humour. With a broad range of experience in commercial property matters, the team has developed a number of specialist areas of expertise acting for housing associations, local regeneration trusts, educational establishments, sports clients, hoteliers and publicans. It has recently advised Mattressman on the consolidation and expansion of its property portfolio and continues to act for Norwich School on all property matters.
Sources praise Leathes Prior's sharp, thorough and non-fussy businesslike approach, which gets things done fast.
Leathes Prior delivers pragmatic, commercial, no-frills advice through Rob Sibley and Paul Oldershaw.