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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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Our commercial property team are recognised as a leading firm in the 2017 edition of The Legal 500 UK for Kent, Surrey and Sussex and are ranked for Real Estate (The South) in the 2017 edition of Chambers UK.
Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP is noted for its “very good value for money and excellent turnaround times”. The practice is experienced in lease agreements, development matters and infrastructure issues; in 2016 it advised clients in the retail and leisure sectors on acquisitions and disposals, mixed-use developments and refinancing matters. The team also works closely with the private client and dispute resolution teams for agricultural estate issues and property disputes. Other clients include NatWest, Challenge Packaging and Guess. The “speedy and knowledgeable” David Ashton heads the department, which includes Managing Partner Richard Cripps and property portfolio management expert William Keating.
Quote from the 2017 edition of The Legal 500 UK
Strengths: One commentator says: “They are switched-on, and understand development issues and a client’s long and short-term needs.” Another adds: “It is a strong, energetic and commercially aware team.”
Notable practitioners: David Ashton is an accomplished investment and development expert. He deals with commercial and residential property, and is instructed by clients in both the public and private sectors.