Commercial Property and Planning
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The team advises clients as diverse as landowners, developers, investors, pension schemes, house builders, owner occupiers, landlords and tenants. We are particularly noted for our involvement in the full spectrum of commercial development transactions including residential, retail, leisure, office and industrial development as well as acting on the grant, taking and assignment of leases.
The group covers all aspects of commercial property, with specialists advising on:
- Acquisition of land and buildings for development or re-development
- Diversification of agricultural land
- Owning and occupying commercial property
- Buying and selling investment properties
- Mortgaging commercial property
- Property aspects of a company sale or purchase and property aspects of an asset sale and purchase
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What the team is known for: Notable development expertise, particularly in the residential sector, and the ability to handle a variety of investment matters. Also equipped to advise on landlord and tenant issues. Works with a range of clients, including banks, charities, developers and retailers.
Strengths: Sources report: “It is very well set-up firm with wide expertise in all legal matters.”
Notable practitioners: Head of department David Ashton has extensive experience handling complex real estate transactions including acquisitions, leasing and development matters. Clients remark: “He is great to deal with and carries out work perfectly.”
“Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP’s team provides ‘a similar level of service to City firms but with more sensible fees’. The team is headed by David Ashton, who is highlighted for his combination of ‘property knowledge and commercial acumen’, and whose expertise spans development, investment and commercial lease work. Managing partner Richard Cripps has broad expertise in development and investment work and Oliver Bussell specialises in planning law as well as broad commercial property matters. Property portfolio management expert William Keating is another noted practitioner.”