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

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

Our real estate lawyers work in many sectors including care & retirement living, residential 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 who seek to achieve 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 and the inclusion of specialists in planning, development, construction and disputes means that we can truly provide a full 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 knowledge of client businesses succeed in maximising the benefit you receive from our services.

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

Our lawyers work flexibly and collaboratively with clients and will provide the same level and quality of service no matter the scope, complexity or cost of the work.

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LA are unique due to their personal approach and their ability to transfer skills and specialities within their business to ensure that all areas of the required work are covered off.Close quote
Client testimonial (Commercial Property: Dorset)
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The team are collaborative, dynamic and flexible to meet their client’s needs; no matter the hour or day of the week! Having the client at the forefront of the team’s mind and wanting to know how they can exceed expectations will always give them the edge over competitors.Close quote
Client testimonial (Commercial Property: Dorset)
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The personnel will find solutions to any problem and ensure the client is kept well informed to a satisfactory conclusion – both in terms of results and value for money. The knowledge of the development cycle ranging from the public to private is outstanding backed by experience. It doesn’t matter what your legal requirements are: – From a small housing scheme, hotels, large retirement projects, BtR (multi and family), large housing schemes or advice on a dispute – they have it.Close quote
Client testimonial (Commercial Property: Dorset)
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The team at Lester Aldridge are incredibly knowledgeable but most importantly pragmatic in their approach to dealing with complex transactions. They guided us through the problems ensuring we understood the issue and how to overcome it efficiently. They were not afraid to put us straight when we diverted off course but did so in a constructive manner. Their communication has been top notch.Close quote
Client testimonial (Commercial Property: Dorset)
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They are always available no matter the time or day of the week which is imperative in the current marketplace to ensure the client has the best available service and advice as and when needed. Close quote
Client testimonial (Commercial Property: Dorset)
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Lester Aldridge LLP’s Southampton-based practice fields an increasing number of instructions in the lender, residential, and leaseholder spheres - with residential and commercial development work seeing the greatest growth. Regional practice head Tom Alder acts for many large housebuilders and handles a range of real estate work for ports and marinas, medical practices, care homes, and hotels. Lucy Stevens is a planning and development specialist with notable experience in the care home and retirement living sector. Current managing partner (and former head of the real estate group) Matthew Barrow is a regular adviser on distressed property sales and lender security matters, while Claire Long is recommended for her landlord and tenant practice, often supported by associate Sian Rowland. Rebecca Humm is noted for her planning expertise.Close quote
Commercial Property: Hampshire
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The 'collaborative, dynamic and flexible' team at Lester Aldridge LLP sees its main fields of activity in residential and development work as well as in lender, residential and leasehold work. It has experience in the care and later-living space, affordable housing and self-storage industry. Enfranchisement specialist Suki Samra and Mark Benham, who is a key practitioner in property development questions, lead the group. Lucy Stevens also advises port authorities and senior associate Rebecca Humm has planning expertise.Close quote
Commercial Property: Dorset, Devon & Cornwall - Tier 1
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Established development team undertaking a range of work for national housebuilders, as well as handling refinancing issues for commercial lenders. Also has expertise in port and marina work, and the healthcare sector. Work also includes handling telecoms property issues.
A client comments: "They are always professional, thorough and competent. They have a depth of knowledge and experience across all aspects of commercial property law which provides a great deal of confidence."
Another client reports: "Lester Aldridge are collectively very efficient, level-headed and focused on the end goal."
"They are a very forward-thinking, responsive, good team who are very hands-on and support us as a business," notes another interviewee.Close quote
Real Estate - The South
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Lester Aldridge are an excellent firm and have always been accommodating and flexible in relation to their clients. In the last 12 months, in the most trying of circumstances, they have been outstanding.Close quote
Client testimonial (Commercial Property: Hampshire)
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It’s obvious that the ethos to put their client’s needs first comes from the top and is embraced throughout the firm. Close quote
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The team are unique due their personal approach and their ability to transfer skills and specialties within their business to ensure that all areas of the required work are covered off.Close quote
Client testimonial (Commercial Property: Hampshire)
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A very solid team with a full array of skillsets to deal with any commercial real estate matter and to provide expert advice.Close quote
Client testimonial (Commercial Property: Hampshire)