commercial property law

Whatever your real estate objectives, we can help you meet them and maximise value.

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Specialist professionals

A large team of highly experienced property development lawyers who get to know your business and the challenges you face.

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Innovative and pragmatic

We provide proactive, creative and commercial advice to achieve your goals as if they were our own.

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Astute and responsive

Commercially-focused advice given on complex matters within challenging timescales.

Our commercial property solicitors

Our expertise is as diverse as the discipline. Our commercial property experts act for landlords, tenants, landowners, investors, developers, promoters, and professionals and everyone in the property lifecycle. In each case our goal is to get you where you need to be.

We have a multidisciplinary approach across the firm, giving you access to legal specialists who understand your business and your sector.

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Why choose Wilkin Chapman?

We want and value long-term relationships with our clients.

That way we can be part of your team and embed our knowledge of your business and what you need from your lawyers.

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  1. Specialist professionals

    Our large team of highly experienced property development lawyers provide broad and specialist commercial property advice. We go to great lengths to get to know your business and the sector you work in and to understand your priorities and the practical and commercial challenges you face. Our partner-led approach means you always have a leading primary point of contact, who works closely with our skilled commercial property team to deliver our services with the highest level of expertise.

  2. Innovative and pragmatic

    We see the work we do with you being more akin to us being part of your in-house team. We understand your objectives and can explain the options clearly. Our commercial property solicitors tailor our service to your needs to provide proactive, creative and commercial advice with a focus on achieving your goals as if they are our own. Where appropriate we can offer flexible and innovative fee structures and fixed fee services.

  3. Astute and responsive

    The commercial property law team is able to provide expertise with a personal service which will exceed expectations. We’re proud of the fact that we can deliver commercially-focused advice, within challenging timescales on complex legal issues, whilst at the same time providing you with great value.

  4. Proven track record

    We have a proven track record and have built a strong reputation nationally and regionally and have a high number of long-standing clients who return to us time and time again. Our property development lawyers are identified in the Legal 500 as a Tier 1 firm, with both Rachael Dicken and Jonty Pearson highlighted as leading individuals.

    Our commercial property law team are proud and this is reflected in the quality of our work and our relationship with our clients.

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What we can do for you

With one of the biggest teams in the region, we can help you with all of your real estate needs, from sales and purchases to major joint ventures.

Whatever your real estate matter, our commercial property experts can help you.

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  1. Real estate development

    We have extensive experience in residential, commercial and mixed-use developments and have also developed a national reputation for energy and renewable projects and regeneration schemes.

    Development projects can start life in many forms, whether by straightforward acquisitions, conditional contracts, option agreements or more strategic investments such as promotion agreements.

    We assist from project inception through to delivery of the development and its subsequent sale or letting. We don’t ever lose sight of the end result and, through our experience, we’re able to deliver our early-stage advice knowing how the end development will be influenced.

    Our residential new-build team, who work with national PLCs as well as regional housebuilders, is a great example of our commitment to helping clients through the cycle of development. We acquire development sites, deal with planning and infrastructure matters, prepare the site for expeditious sale and carry out the plot sales together with complete site transactions.

  2. Investment and asset management

    Property investments can encompass many short and long-term assets. We know that our investment clients wish to receive sharp, proactive advice when they acquire or dispose of an investment. Our experience, together with our knowledge of the investment market means we’re skilful at negotiating transactional documentation as well as the ancillary finance requirements of any deal. We work with many retailers, industrial organisations, leisure businesses, as well as charities in relation to their investments.

    We’re specialists in leasehold property transactions for landlords and tenants. We have long-term instructions in the management of large leasehold portfolios and know our clients need us to act quickly to avoid rental voids and occupancy issues.

    Our commercial property solicitors work closely with our property litigation colleagues to facilitate our clients’ commercial objectives as quickly and efficiently as possible.

  3. Planning and infrastructure

    Having such a strong development practice, we understand the importance that planning, construction and infrastructure can have.

    Our construction solicitors frequently advise on construction and planning matters including planning agreements and the impact they can have on project viability.

    We also have extensive knowledge of infrastructure projects; liaising with public authorities and statutory providers to create robust and timely arrangements, ensuring developments can progress along agreed project timescales.

  4. Social housing

    We have a strong social housing practice, acting for many of the registered providers in our region, particularly in relation to property development and disposals of homes.

    This knowledge is supported by some of our lawyers having previous in-house experience within housing associations and holding non-executive board member positions within them.

    We know that social housing providers have different obstacles, characteristics, and priorities from many other clients, and we are accustomed to these through our acquisition work, stock rationalisation projects, shared ownership expertise and refinancing matters.

  5. Banking and finance

    With our specialist financial services, corporate and insolvency colleagues, we advise clearing and private banks, building societies, specialist lenders and corporate and individual borrowers on all aspects of lending and real estate transactions.

    Together, our commercial property solicitors provide a seamless service whereby the due diligence, negotiation of facility and security documentation and completion of the deal are coordinated to ensure funds are drawn at the earliest possible opportunity for the stakeholders involved.

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Rachael Dicken, Wilkin Chapman LLP
Partner & Head of Commercial Property Rachael Dicken 01472 253923 Grimsby
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