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At Protopapas LLP, we are Commercial Property Specialist Solicitors. Our dedicated and experienced team has the necessary knowledge and expertise to deal with and advise on a wide range of transactions and commercial property issues – and has been doing so since 1990. Although we accept instructions from clients who have properties all over England, the majority of our work relates to London property and we have grown to develop a particular expertise in central London property.
Our team of Commercial Property Specialist Solicitors are dedicated to each and every transaction, whether it be routine or overly complex and high value. Our team has the ability to transact at top level, always acting fast but diligently so as to perform to our clients’ expectations.
We are instructed in all aspects of commercial property matters including their acquisition, sale, leasing, finance and ongoing legal asset management. We also have a particular focus on mixed use property investments, hotels hospitality and leisure, shopping centres, development and construction documents and real estate finance. Our specialism in Real Estate extends not only to transactions but also to Property Litigation. Our expert team is on hand to manage and deal with any issues relating to property matters.
We understand that different clients have different needs. Therefore we aim to work closely with our clients in order to understand their needs and requirements in relation to both their business as a whole and in relation to the relevant property which we have been instructed to deal with. Negotiating and dealing with complicated issues is a forte of ours. We will always take the time to explain such issues to our clients in clear and understandable language so that our clients can make the best decisions for them and their business. Please see below for further information.
- HOW CAN WE ASSIST YOU?
We can advise you on:
- Sales and Purchases of Commercial Property
- Central London Specialism
- Hotels, Hospitality and Leisure
- Grant of New Leases
- Reversionary Leases
- Surrender of Leases
- Property Finance and Re-finance
- Lease Renewals and Extensions
- Lease Negotiations
- Acquisitions of Businesses and Existing Leases
- Licences for Alterations, Assignment, Subletting
- Asset Management
- Property Management Services
- Section 106 Agreements – Planning
- Section 25 Notices – Termination of Tenancy
- Section 26 Notices – Request for New Tenancy
- Section 146 Notices – Schedule of Dilapidations
- Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) Contracts
Our clients include private investors, property developers, hoteliers, banks and real estate companies. Most have been with us for many years, rewarding our good service with their loyalty.
We pride ourselves in providing well-researched, practical legal advice without losing sight of commercial reality.
- ACQUISITION, SALE AND LETTING
Our Real Estate team has been involved in the acquisition and management of some of the most iconic buildings in London. We deal with high value multi-let properties as well as smaller buildings in all parts of London and other parts of the United Kingdom.
In every case, we will work closely with agents, valuers, lenders and relevant authorities and, if necessary, round the clock to ensure that all legal aspects of the transaction are dealt with efficiently and to your timetable. We appreciate that for the commercial client time is of the essence. So far as it is within our control we pledge to deliver on time, every time.
As soon as you instruct us on a purchase of a commercial property, whether it be the purchase of a lease or freehold, we will make immediate contact with the seller’s solicitors requesting evidence of the seller’s title to the property, tenancy documents and all other relevant information in connection with the building. We will then commission a number of searches and raise enquiries in relation to the property to ensure that nothing onerous is registered against it at the Land Registry or any other public registers. If you are buying a lease we will investigate the service charge position and your obligations under the lease.
Once our investigations are completed, we will prepare a comprehensive Report for you setting out all matters revealed in our investigations together with any specific advice pertinent to your purchase.
We will liaise with your lender regarding finance. We will negotiate the contract and ensure that, so far as it is dependent on us, it is exchanged and completed on the agreed dates.
If you are taking a new lease of a commercial property we will carry out all of the above investigations and in addition negotiate the terms of the new lease.
We will report and advise you on every aspect of the transaction along the way. When your purchase is completed we will prepare and submit your Stamp Duty Land Tax return to HM Revenue & Customs and register the property or lease in your name.
- REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT
The legal aspects of real estate management can be tricky. We are sensitive to the need of maintaining good landlord and tenant relationships whilst safeguarding our clients’ interests in this continuously evolving field of the law.
We deal with agreements for lease, the negotiation and granting of new leases, lease renewals under the Landlord and Tenant legislation, assignment of leases and sub-lettings, the grant of landlord’s consents and licences pursuant to leases and the enforcement of lease covenants.
- REAL ESTATE LITIGATION
We advise on all contentious property issues including collection of rent arrears, service charge disputes, dilapidations, lease renewals under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, enforcement of covenants, possession claims, forfeiture and relief from forfeiture.
We believe in giving positive legal advice tempered with good commercial sense. Our goal is always to approach a dispute with a view to resolving it without involving our clients in costly court proceedings. When there is no alternative and the dispute does proceed to court we make sure that every case is prepared with the utmost care, attention and expertise and that we are in it to win it!