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Denise Woodward

Denise Woodward

We are sad to announce the death of Denise Woodward, Consultant Solicitor, on 22nd April 2023.

Denise was a valued member of our Family Law Team and a hugely popular member of staff. Denise will be sorely missed by all her work colleagues and the legal fraternity in Chester and beyond.

Darlene Storrar, Managing Partner, says:

"Denise was an excellent Family Law Solicitor and a highly valued member of our team. Denise was dedicated to her work and her many clients and we will miss her enormously. Denise was always cheerful and engaging. Our thoughts are with her large supportive family at this very sad time."


Commercial Property: Landlord / Tenant

Our experienced Commercial Property Team can help with Landlord / Tenant matters.

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The terms of a lease can be key to the success of your business, whether you are looking to take a new lease, renew a lease or you are a landlord granting a lease, we are able to identify your priorities and draft lease documents which meet your requirements.

We can assist with:

  • Leases and Agreements for Lease
  • Lease renewals
  • Lease Assignments/ Sub Leases
  • Termination / Surrender
  • Agricultural tenancies
  • Licences (for alterations/variation)
  • Schedules of Dilapidations/ Schedules of Condition
  • Possession proceedings

We provide advice at the outset and highlight key issues that you should be aware of including, rent reviews, assignment provisions, how the landlord can take possession, repairing obligations and security of tenure at the end of your lease.

Our experienced Commercial Property Team have a wealth of experience between them in acting for tenants, landlords and lenders alike.

You will find them professional, knowledgeable and helpful and it will be clear that they are striving to obtain the best possible outcome for you.

You can contact them for a no-obligation discussion to find out how we can help you with your Commercial Property Landlord / Tenant matter.

Our Dedicated and Knowledgeable Solicitors

If you wish to discuss your situation further with an expert solicitor please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Gary Bell

Senior Solicitor

Emma Pierce-Kemp

Solicitor, Director and Head of Property

Frequently Asked Questions

How much will a lease cost?

This is dependent on a number of factors including the term of the lease, the type of property and the rent/premium payable. We provide a no obligation telephone consultation in which we can provide you with an estimate of fees. In addition to legal fees you may also incur Land Registry fees, Agent’s fees (if you are selling), Stamp Duty Land Tax (in England) or Land Transaction Tax (in Wales).

Will I have to pay a service charge?

Service charge is common in commercial leases, it obligated the tenant to pay an additional sum to the landlord to cover the running costs of the property. If the landlord is obligated to provide services (such as repair to the structure of the property or any lighting/heating of common parts) the costs in doing so are passed onto the tenant. If you are a tenant you should consider including provisions to protect the amount of service charge you will pay such as a cap on the maximum service charge payable.

What are the advantages of a schedule of condition?

Almost all commercial landlords will require a FRI lease which will include an obligation for the tenant to keep the property in ‘good repair and condition’. This includes putting the property in a better state of repair than when the tenant first takes the lease. Incorporating a schedule of condition within the lease and changing the repair obligation wording to include ‘good repair and condition provided the tenant is under no obligation to put the property in any better state of repair than evidenced by the schedule of condition’ will protect the tenant and is likely to save them money at the end of the lease.

Is VAT payable on rent?

The lease of commercial property is exempt from VAT unless the owner of the property has ‘elected to tax’ the property with HMRC. If the property has been elected to tax then VAT will be due on the rent. ‘New’ commercial property (less than three years old) will be liable to VAT.


Find out what our clients think about us.

"Thank you so much for your hard work and patience regarding the land and house. Very much appreciated."

Corporate & Commercial

"Emma is a very professional and approachable person and dealt with my case well."

Corporate & Commercial

"For many years we have used your company for many elements of our lives and the service and personal help has always been outstanding"

Corporate & Commercial

"I would like to thank Gary for his painstaking work in completing the two leases under very difficult circumstances and with a tenant who made negotiations particularly hard. My sister and I are very pleased with everything he did for us."

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