Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, your commercial lease will be one of your most important business documents. It may be a point of reference from time to time only, but its terms govern the day-to-day use of property.
We specialise in the legal and practical work around lease negotiations and drafting, and in the interpretation and application of terms where there’s disagreement or where a lease needs to be brought to an end. We act on both sides of the fence: for landlords who want the best commercial returns and the retention of certain controls; and tenants who are looking for both flexibility and security, as well as rental terms that make sound business sense.
Our team has many years’ experience in advising clients of all sizes, across the UK. From start-up companies in need of their first premises, to established businesses out-growing their space or expanding into new locations, to landlords of single or multiple properties. They value our expertise and our commitment to getting in place the leases that bolster their business.
Our commercial lease services
Our commercial property lawyers are highly experienced in supporting all types of businesses and organisations with every aspect of commercial leases.
Commercial lease agreements
Getting the right lease agreement in place is vital for both landlords and tenants, helping to ensure you can both see a good return on your investment and enjoy a positive landlord-tenant relationship.
We can help you to draft, review and negotiate commercial lease agreements, as well as considering alternatives such as a Licence to Occupy, ensuring the terms of the agreement work for you.
Commercial lease renewals
When the time comes to renew a lease, it is important for both landlord and tenant to be aware of their rights and to have expert advice and representation during any renewal negotiations.
Business tenants often have the automatic right to renew their tenancy under the 1954 Landlord and Tenant Act, however landlords can choose to exclude this right in the original lease agreement. It is therefore essential to know whether this applies to your lease and for landlords to consider whether they want to exclude this right when creating lease agreements.
We are highly experienced in lease renewal negotiations, so whether you are a tenant or landlord, we can help to secure the future of your business as smoothly and swiftly as possible.
Ending commercial leases
If the time comes where you need to end a business tenancy, we can help you explore your options for doing so in a way that complies with the terms of your lease.
It is common for leases to include break clauses, allowing you to end the tenancy early under certain conditions, and where your lease agreement contains such a provision, we can help to ensure you interpret and meet the conditions correctly.
If you are a landlord who needs to evict a tenant, e.g. for non-payment of rent, we can advise you on the best way to do this while staying within the law, allowing you to regain vacant possession of your property as soon as possible and with minimal hassle.
Commercial lease disputes
Dispute over commercial leases can be complicated, time-consuming and very worrying, with the potential to cost your business a lot of money. We work with both landlords and tenants to find positive resolutions to commercial lease disputes, using non-confrontational means wherever possible.
Our goal is to help you get the right outcome for your business as quickly and cost-effectively as possible while helping you to preserve a positive landlord-tenant relationship wherever possible.
Why choose Henriques Griffiths’ commercial lease solicitors?
Henriques Griffiths’ commercial property team has decades of experience helping clients with all aspects of commercial leases, meaning we know exactly what it takes to create and manage successful relationship between business landlords and tenants.
Having dealt with most of the issues that can affect leases and the landlord-client relationship over the years, we can offer a proactive approach that minimises potential problems. Where issues do arise, our focus on non-confrontational dispute resolution means we can find the right solution for you faster and more cost-effectively, helping to protect your business and reputation.
Henriques Griffiths is Lexcel accredited by the Law Society for our excellent practice management and client care and we are members of the Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS). We are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) providing assurance that we continually meet the highest legal and professional standards.
Get in touch with our commercial lease lawyers now
For help with any aspect of commercial leases and related issues, please call us on 0117 909 4000 or use the links below to make an enquiry or request a call back.