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Commercial Property Conveyancing Solicitors

If you’re looking to buy or sell commercial property, whether for business premises, investment purposes, or redevelopment, our specialist commercial conveyancing solicitors are on hand to make your experience as smooth, efficient, and cost-effective as possible.

Our expertise covers all aspects of buying and selling freehold and leasehold property, including pre-contract negotiations, title investigations, Commercial Property Standard Enquiries and replies, lease drafting and review, sale contract drafting and review, liaising with mortgage providers, surveyors and managing agents, arranging the payment of Stamp Duty and liaising with HM Land Registry.

Commercial property can present lucrative opportunities both for the carrying on of your business and as an asset in itself. We understand the unique challenges and commercial pressures which are at play during such transactions and we have extensive experience handling high value and complex conveyances. We will tailor our advice carefully to align with your commercial goals and act swiftly and professionally to progress your matter towards completion within a reasonable time frame.

Our commercial conveyancing solicitors act for clients across the UK and overseas. We’ve developed a bespoke online conveyancing service designed to assist clients no matter where in the world they are based. We understand that most commercial property conveyancing matters are time-sensitive, so there’s no need to take time out of your busy schedule to visit us at our offices (unless you would prefer to). Our systems are totally secure and we are Cyber Essentials certified, meaning we can exchange important and confidential information safely with no risk to yourself.

To speak with one of our commercial conveyancing solicitors, please give us a call at one of our offices in Grantham, Lincoln, or Newark, email, or fill in our online enquiry form.

Our commercial conveyancing solicitors’ expertise

We can handle all aspects of your commercial property transaction on your behalf and provide advice and representation across associated matters, including:

  • Advice on buying and selling freeholds and leaseholds
  • Site acquisitions
  • Commercial leases
  • Lease assignments, renewals, and variations
  • Licences for alterations
  • Development
  • Overage and clawback provisions
  • Option agreements
  • Planning matters, appeals, and disputes
  • Environmental matters

We have a wide range of experience handling all types of commercial property, including:

  • Development land
  • Agricultural land
  • Retail premises
  • Leisure premises, including cafes, restaurants, pubs, cinemas, gyms, and hotels
  • Offices
  • Storage facilities
  • Industrial units
  • Mixed use property
  • New builds

Buying commercial property

We can provide clear, realistic advice in relation to purchasing all types of commercial property, both freehold and leasehold. Our commercial conveyancing solicitors will guide you through every step of the process, handling the procedural aspects on your behalf and providing strategic advice throughout. Our service includes:

  • Pre-contract negotiations and enquiries, including investigation of title, Commercial Property Standard Enquiries, and pre-contract searches
  • Document draft and review, including the purchase and sale contract, transfer deed, lease (if it is a leasehold property), Stamp Duty form, and mortgage deed
  • Exchange of contracts, negotiation of completion date, transfer, and arrangement of the payment of Stamp Duty
  • Liaising with HM Land Registry and registering the transaction

Selling commercial property

Our expertise also includes providing advice in relation to all sales of commercial property, both freehold and leasehold. We’ll handle every aspect of the transaction on your behalf and deliver tactical guidance throughout. Our service includes:

  • Pre-contract negotiations, including accessing title deeds, leases, and other relevant documents
  • Completing Commercial Property Standard Enquiries on your behalf
  • Document and draft review, including the purchase and sale contract, transfer deed, and lease
  • Exchange of contracts
  • Arranging for the repayment of any outstanding mortgages

Commercial leases

If you are purchasing leasehold commercial property, it is critically important to ensure the terms of your lease are practical and beneficial for your business purposes.

We can provide comprehensive lease review and drafting services as well as advice on assignments of existing leases, alterations, and variations.

Site acquisitions and property development

We advise housebuilders and property developers as well as their surveyors and architects on all aspects of property development, including site acquisition, regeneration, constructions, plot sales, and the general disposal of residential property or commercial property.

Overage and clawback

Overage or clawback allows the seller of commercial property to benefit from a share of any future uplift in the value of the property upon a certain event occurring. Commonly, the future trigger event is the grant of planning permission, however, such agreements can be used in a vast range of situations.

We provide advice for both purchasers and sellers of property in relation to overage and clawback agreements. Whether such an agreement is right for your business will ultimately depend on your individual circumstances. We’ll carefully align our advice to suit your commercial strategy as well as assisting in negotiations with the buyer/seller of the property.

Option agreements

Option agreements allow a potential buyer the first option to purchase commercial property. The option is generally triggered by a specific event such as the grant of planning permission.

Option agreements present advantages and drawbacks to both the buyer and seller. We can deliver clear, realistic advice about whether such an agreement is right for you and assist in negotiations with the other parties involved in the transaction.

Why choose our commercial conveyancing solicitors?

At Bird & Co, we have wide-ranging expertise across all matters involving the buying, selling, leasing, and development of commercial property and land. Based at 3 offices in Grantham, Newark, and Lincoln, our enviable reputation attracts clients from across the UK and even abroad.

We have an in-depth understanding of the delicate factors which can affect the viability of a project. We’ll act swiftly with meticulous attention to detail to progress your matter without delay and ensure no issues arise down the line.

Our costs are negotiable and we offer a number of flexible payment options so you can fully utilise our services whilst promoting your commercial growth.

Our team is led by Daniel Chard who has considerable experience conducting high value and complex property transactions. Daniel’s expertise ranges from sales and purchases of land to advising charities on property transactions, to handling sales and purchases of agricultural land.

As a firm, we are Law Society Accredited in Lexcel, the legal practice quality mark for firms which demonstrate exceptional client care and legal practice management.

Bird & Co is independently regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

What is commercial conveyancing?

Commercial property conveyancing is the process of making someone the new legal owner of buildings, land, or property that is used for commercial purposes.

This work is typically carried out by a solicitor or licenced commercial conveyancer who will walk you through the whole process and make sure you have all the legal documentation you need to purchase a commercial property.

What is the commercial property conveyancing process?

The commercial property conveyancing process has several stages for both the buyer and the seller of the property.

  1. Pre-contract negotiations and enquires take place which include the investigation of title, commercial property standard enquiries, and pre-contract searches.
  2. Documents are then drafted and reviewed by both parties – this includes the purchase and sale contract, lease, transfer deed, mortgage deed and stamp duty form.
  3. Contracts are then exchanged, a negotiation of completion date is set, and the payment of stamp duty is arranged. At this stage the transaction becomes legally binding on both parties.
  4. The buyer’s solicitor will then register the transaction with the Land Registry and the conveyancing process is complete.

Any commercial conveyancing quote you receive from a solicitor should include work for all of the stages listed above.

Is commercial conveyancing more expensive than residential?

Commercial property conveyancing tends to be more expensive than residential conveyancing. This is because the cost of running searches on a commercial property is higher than on a residential building, many commercial properties are occupied by tenants who lease the property which makes the process more complicated, and in general there are more risks associated with commercial property conveyancing.

The added difficulty of the process is all the more reason to choose a solicitor with expertise in this field when you are looking for a commercial conveyancing quote.

Online commercial conveyancing service

Our clients come to us from across the UK and abroad for our commercial property conveyancing expertise.

We understand that such property transactions are time-sensitive but also take up a considerable amount of resources. As such, we’ve made our services as convenient as possible by developing a process of online conveyancing. This means you only need to visit our offices if you would prefer to. Otherwise, we can handle your transaction online.

We are Cyber Essentials certified meaning our systems are completely secure and suitable for exchanging important legal documents and information. Our ultimate goal is to keep your information and money safe and we have robust procedures in place to protect you when utilising our online conveyancing service.

Give our commercial conveyancing solicitors a call today

To speak with one of our commercial conveyancing solicitors, please give us a call at one of our offices in Grantham, Lincoln, or Newark, email, or fill in our online enquiry form.