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Whether you want someone to help you make the most of your investments, ensure your development projects are brought to a successful conclusion, or take care of day-to-day property issues or a property dispute, you first need an experienced real estate legal team.

LA’s extensive real estate team comprises experienced commercial property solicitors across our three offices in Bournemouth, London and Southampton. It includes recognised specialists in planning and environmental matters, developmentconstruction and engineering, property litigation and real estate finance.

Our real estate lawyers work in many sectors, including care & retirement livingresidential development & strategic land and hotels & leisure, as well as lending, investment, portfolio management and retail. We also have experience in niche areas such as ports and marinas, waterside developments and assisted living. Our expertise means we can help you identify practical solutions and new opportunities to add value.

You’ll work with a team of specialists seeking the most cost-effective and commercial result for you.

What can our real estate lawyers help with?

We can assist with all aspects of real estate transactions and issues, including:

  • Commercial conveyancing, including buying and selling freehold and leasehold properties
  • Negotiating leases
  • Subletting space no longer required by your business
  • Land assembly and strategic land promotion
  • Property development or regeneration projects
  • Joint ventures and promotion agreements
  • Estate and portfolio management and investment
  • Planning and environmental issues, including negotiating complex planning agreements
  • Negotiating construction contracts and other construction issues
  • Property disputes
  • Water-related developments
  • Retirement and assisted living developments
  • Social housing matters

We often work on cross-department matters with our colleagues in:

Who do we help?

Our real estate solicitors are experienced in advising clients across the sector, including:

  • Landowners and tenants
  • Developers
  • Care and retirement living service providers, including retirement and assisted living providers
  • Property, asset and portfolio managers
  • Social housing
  • Banks, lenders, investors, and funds
  • Charities, schools and other institutions
  • Hotel owners and operators
  • Builders, consultants and other suppliers and professional advisors
  • Port and marina owners and operators

Why choose our real estate solicitors?

Our extensive team is recognised and well-respected for its work in this field. Including specialists in planning, development, construction, and disputes means that we can truly provide a complete service for the life of your real estate assets or interests.

We provide a partner-led service from a dedicated team of real estate lawyers who all understand the importance of commercial and proactive legal advice for your business and whose industry knowledge and skills, combined with their understanding of client businesses, succeed in maximising the benefit you receive from our services.

We work regionally and nationally on matters ranging from taking an office lease to high-value and complex development projects around the UK.

Our lawyers work flexibly and collaboratively with clients and will provide the same level and quality of service regardless of the work’s scope, complexity, or cost.


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ester Aldridge has an established development team undertaking a range of work for national house builders, as well as handling refinancing issues for commercial lenders. It also has expertise in port and marina work and the healthcare sector. The firm's work also includes handling telecoms property issues.Close quote
Real Estate - The South
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Mark Benham and his team are highly skilled at resolving complex land transactions, always with a high degree of commercial awareness and with the best interests of the client foremost.Close quote
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They work extremely well together and specialist colleagues are brought in as and when required. This results in a smooth and coherent processClose quote
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Lester Aldridge clearly set out the legal options and scenarios and actively assist and advise me in making the correct legal decisions, which has a positive effect on the commerciality of all the land deals I work on.Close quote
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The firm provides exceptional service levels with a highly skilled and knowledgeable team.Close quote
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This firm demonstrated tremendous growth throughout 2022 with some exceptional projects across geographies and sectors.

Clients supported this with positive testimonials. Several of the transactions dealt with were complex and yet turned around in fast timescales to meet their client’s needs.

Their application was the standout amongst all the nominations, and they justly deserve this year’s award as Law Firm of the Year.Close quote
Property Law Firm of the Year
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Lester Aldridge LLP’s real estate group operates out of Southampton, demonstrating significant strength in advising on lender services, residential developments, and property investments. The practice is headed up by 'standout advisor' Tom Alder. Lucy Stevens receives regular instruction from hoteliers, landowners, and regional developers. Matthew Barrow is an expert on secured lending transactions and commercial property matters, while Bethan Dodd typically handles landlord and tenant issues. Roger Woolley specialises in major development projects, and Rebecca Humm assists with the drafting of planning and infrastructure agreements. Sian Rogers supports clients with distressed property work. David Fanchi joined from Foot Anstey in December 2022.Close quote
Commercial Property: Hampshire
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The ‘depth of knowledge and experience‘ at Lester Aldridge LLP is brought to bear on work relating to residential development, healthcare, hotel, and leisure sector transactions, to name a few. The Bournemouth-based team frequently works alongside the firm's Southampton office, and is additionally well regarded in the niche area of ports and marinas. The 'outstanding' seniors housing expert Mark Benham and enfranchising specialist Suki Samra serve as the Bournemouth-based practice heads, while Tom Alder oversees matters from Southampton.Close quote
Commercial Property: Dorset, Devon & Cornwall
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Many other firms sit on the fence. Lester Aldridge does not, and this is the key difference for me.Close quote
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We are always impressed by the depth of knowledge and experience within the team.Close quote
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The depth of experience and the team’s appetite for getting stuck into the market means they are always able to provide real-world advice, find a resolution, or complete a transaction.Close quote
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The team offers a diverse range of expertise and experience, resulting in sound advice on a wide range of complex matters that we regularly present them with.Close quote
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The team are approachable and will frequently respond in a timely matter, making themselves available to fit their clients’ needs.Close quote
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I have complete confidence in the advice that they provide and value the commercial understanding that they frequently demonstrate.Close quote
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It is genuinely a pleasure to deal with them.Close quote
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