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From the lease of a high street shop or office block to the purchase of a multi-tenanted industrial estate and development of agricultural land, the Commercial Property Team here at Butcher & Barlow will work with you to achieve your goal. Working across Cheshire and Manchester, our team have unrivaled knowledge in commercial property throughout the North West.

Our Commercial Property Team works with individuals and businesses to support all manner of transactions. From basic leases, acquisitions and disposals, to complex site assembly and redevelopment projects, we have the knowledge and experience to guide you through the process.

We aim to become an integral part of your professional support team. Our Partner-led service ensures that you receive the quality of advice you would expect from a city firm without the city price tag and from a convenient location.

The Commercial Property Team works closely with the Corporate and Commercial Team, Agriculture Team and Property Dispute Resolution Team ensuring that our clients have comprehensive expert legal advice available to them at all times.

We value the relationships we build with our clients and take the time to understand your business and commercial objectives, and the challenges you may face.

With our specialist experience we are well placed to understand the commercial pressures facing your business, so you will find our advice is pragmatic and solution-driven.

If you would like to arrange an appointment to discuss your situation, whether that be by video, telephone or in person, please get in touch with any member of our team. Alternatively, complete our enquiry form  and we will call you back as soon as possible.

How can we help you?

Our Commercial Property Team has considerable expertise in dealing with the legal aspects of property occupation, having acted for a wide range of both landlords and tenants including individuals, companies and pension funds. Their properties span a broad range including warehouses, factories, offices, shops, licenced premises and restaurants, high street retail units and commercial and industrial estates.

If you are selling land which has the potential for future development, we will help determine the best way to ensure that your interests as a seller are protected and you can share in any future profit. We can also advise on existing option and promotion agreements which may be unclear and open to ambiguity. As well as acting for landowners, we also act for developers to secure land with the potential for planning permission, with experience ranging from stand-alone sites to more complex site assembly schemes

 

We can assist with a wide range of transactions including disposals of freehold and leasehold properties, development sites, investment portfolios and licensed premises. We will discuss your requirements with you to protect adjoining property, benefiting from any future development and liaising with your taxation advisers on matters such as VAT and capital allowances.

From the ownership structure for the transaction, investigation of the title and other legal due diligence, through to advising on taxation issues and procuring collateral construction warranties if needed, we will ensure your rights are protected and you don’t get caught out by the unexpected.

Butcher & Barlow has a niche specialism in dealing with property transactions involving self-invested personal pensions (SIPP). In addition to the usual property considerations including title deduction and investigation, enquiries, searches and occupational leases, we also understand the need to protect the pension fund from risk and limit exposure to liability. We have a long-standing history of representing professional trustees in such transactions and are, therefore, well placed to represent the SIPP itself.

Our team is experienced in the development of office premises, retail premises and warehouses, and we act for house builders both in connection with the acquisition and disposal of residential schemes. We will work with your financiers, contractors and consultants to help you to complete your project on time and on budget. You can read more about the services we offer here.

Whether you are a contractor, developer, sub-contractor, consultant, supplier, bank, purchaser or investor, we provide a specialist commercially-focused service aimed at facilitating successful delivery and completion of projects. From negotiating initial terms of engagement with professional consultants and the design team, to preparing the contract pack through to securing warranties, we will work with you to see the project through to completion. You can read more about our Construction Law services here.

Should a dispute arise, we can take care of that too.

 

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    What our clients say about our Commercial Property Service

    I have used Butcher & Barlow now on several transactions after them being recommended to me. My solicitor is Nick Ball, who I would highly recommend. Nick is extremely approachable, is readily available, responds quickly, makes everything clear and simple, and is extremely knowledgeable and highly competent. I wouldn't go anywhere else.

    J Regan

    Domestic & Commercial Property purchases. I have been a client of Butcher & Barlow for 8 years and have always found them helpful and responsive on all matters with help and support available in all areas required even outside the simple purchase procedures, they have always had an expert within their structure to help on all occasions.

    Mr N Badrock

    Andy Mackenzie’s commerciality and input into projects with which I have been involved have proved invaluable. He is practical, professional, extremely efficient and applies a good balance of having broad legal knowledge and offering practical advice.

    The Legal 500 2024 Rankings

    Butcher & Barlow LLP provided our company with excellent transparency on both the job at hand and timescale. Attention to details was second to none from all parties involved. During COVID, we had the pleasure of choice to engage in various forms of meetings remotely or in person when available. This is a firm we can highly recommend and will be a returning client.

    The Legal 500 2024 Rankings

    Seema McWilliam is extremely capable, conscientious and diligent. Seema has excellent communication skills and always responds promptly. She goes above and beyond to ensure full client satisfaction and excellent outcomes.

    The Legal 500 2024 Rankings

    TEP has utilised Butcher & Barlow LLP on a number of occasions to provide commercial legal advice. We continue to return to the Firm on the basis of the high standards of customer service delivered by the team. The advice provided is always thorough, tailored to meet our specific company requirements and prompt. In this instance, both Rachel and Mark assisted with completion of a new lease agreement for our offices and dilapidations support in regard to our prior property. We would recommend and use this practice again.

    TEP

    Excellent Service. We have exchanged on a recent deal and it was seamless, very professional and concise.

    Neil

    I would just like to say a massive thank you for your service, which has been exceptional. You have kept me informed every step of the way and your level of communication has been faultless. It is really refreshing to receive a service of this level and consistency and I would not hesitate to recommend you to others.

    Shane

    I have dealt with Butcher & Barlow for over 9 years now, usually James Hodgson, and always found them to be competitive, professional and thorough. My latest contact was Shay Moore for a commercial property sale. Big thank you for going the extra mile and getting the sale over the line with the very tight deadline.

    David

    Shay handled the sale of my commercial property which had a very tight time line right near completion. Thanks for going the extra mile and for the great communication.

    David

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