Russell-Cooke's real estate team has recently been instructed by Kingston First, operators of the Ancient Market Place in Kingston town centre, to review and prepare a standard licence agreement.

The market is central to Kingston's town centre as a historical visitor destination, and is home to a range of permanent traditional stall holders, such as florists, fishmongers and street food vendors who require such a licence agreement.

Kingston First represents more than 750 businesses and organisations in Kingston and is an independent not-for-profit commercially led company. It was established over a decade ago by the businesses of Kingston town centre to champion their interests, with the purpose of supporting the commercial success of the local business community.

The licences of the stall holders had not been reviewed for some time. As Kingston First were keen to ensure that licences from 1 April were modernised and fit for purpose, our real estate team worked collaboratively with our charity and social business team (who act for the trustees of Southwark Borough Market, the 'go-to market for fresh produce' in the Capital), to ensure a timely outcome.

Roger Ford, head of the Kingston real estate team, commented "I believe that this instruction from Kingston’s primary business organisation is indicative of the reputation and high regard in which our real estate team is viewed by the Kingston business community".