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We advise both landlords and tenants on all aspects of business tenancies including:
- negotiation of new commercial leases
- exclusion of business tenancy security under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954
- lease assignments
- surrenders, re-gears, break clauses
- rent reviews
- lease renewals (whether by private negotiation or through exercising business tenancy security renewal rights under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954)
- property management work such as licences to alter, assign or sub-let and variation of leases
- dilapidations and other end of lease term matters
- related tax planning and consequences of commercial tenancy transactions including SDLT and VAT
- tenant insolvency
Our landlord clients include developers, major funds, financial institutions and private UK or off-shore investors. They let a diverse range of commercial premises including individual stand-alone properties, multi-let premises, business parks and prestigious head office and campus establishments.
The tenant clients we represent include national chains in the retail, hospitality and leisure industries; companies occupying regional and central London or City headquarters offices; the occupiers of industrial, hi-tech, specialist build and other bespoke facilities; and start-up businesses on short-term initial commercial tenancies.
- Our business lease specialists are an integral part of our commercial property team, which has a strong reputation in its field and broad experience over the entire sector, including complex, high-value and time critical deals.
- Legal peer review Chambers say that observers "recommend Russell-Cooke without hesitation - it is efficient, friendly, extremely client-focused and staffed with terrifically dedicated lawyers."