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Finding a good Commercial Property Solicitor

Getting the right legal advice when you move office
There’s a lot to be said for having reliable and professional legal advice when your business is relocating. A commercial office lease is a complex and somewhat formal document that’s filled with jargon. And whilst you don’t necessarily need to understand the intricate details of each and every clause, you do need to know the implications it will have on your business, and how to protect your business from any legal battles further down the tenancy. That’s what a commercial property solicitor does for you. We’ve put together some handy tips to help you source the right legal advice and choose a property solicitor that you can truly rely on.

Specialise in commercial property law
They will need to specialise in commercial property law, and this is very different from residential conveyancing. The same solicitor who advised on your house move isn’t necessarily going to be the right one to advice on your business relocation! Commercial property law, like most legislation, is continually changing, and you need the advice of someone who is kept up-to-date in commercial property matters.

Find one in your area
Choosing a property solicitor that’s local to you isn’t a necessity, but it helps. You may need to visit them on occasions to discuss any concerns or address any questions you have, and these things are often better done face-to-face. Another advantage of this is that your solicitor will be familiar with market rents being achieved recently in the local area, and may have even worked with your property agent before for other clients. This will help communication flow better between your relocation team and provide you with the right advice you need for a smooth lease transaction.

Experience and Understanding
Choose a property solicitor who has dealt with similar sized businesses to your own. This means that they have experience dealing with property transactions of similar size to you, with similar clauses. Finally, a good property solicitor needs to be understand your goals and have a good understanding of your business, including your financial limitations and how long you plan to rent the property for.

 

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