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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 environment 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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Established development team undertaking a range of work for national house builders, as well as handling refinancing issues for commercial lenders. Also has expertise in port and marina work and the healthcare sector. Work includes handling telecoms property issues.
An impressed client comments: "The firm is highly professional and has a commendable appreciation of its clients’ commercial interests," adding: "They are always willing to go the extra mile." Advised Monzo Bank on the relocation of its head office to Finsbury Square, London.
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"The commitment to us is second to none – Lester Aldridge always put our commercial interests at forefront of mind; have an excellent commercial awareness, which they balance with the interpretation and application of relevant law and regulation; and are viewed by us as being an integral part of our business and in particular, of our Land, Planning and Development team…..rather than simply being an adviser to the company. Moreover, they are proactive in providing support, and consistently recommend improvements to our business operations, policies and processes."Close quote
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Lester Aldridge LLP has significant expertise in housebuilding, currently acting for five of the ten largest national housebuilders. The team is also seeing significant growth in the affordable housing sector and has a strong focus on the care market, as well as sheltered housing. Roger Woolley is a leading development lawyer and heads up the real estate group. Claire Long joined the team from Irwin Mitchell and advises on all aspects of non-contentious landlord and tenant work, while John Townsend arrived from Lewis Townsend LLP and specialises in leasehold transactions.Close quote
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Lester Aldridge LLP specialises in commercial property matters related to affordable housing, telecoms and care homes. The firm also provides experience in property investment, management and development, including real estate finance and recoveries. The practice is co-led by Suki Samra, who is know for his expertise in the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987, as well as the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993; development specialist Roger Woolley; and Mark Benham, who focuses on house building matters and the retirement living sector. Also notable are residential development expert Lucy Stevens and associate Rebecca Humm, who advises local and regional developers on range of matters, including planning.Close quote
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Sources highlight: "They are up to date on current market issues and affairs. with good local knowledge."
"Their key strength is the knowledge and attention to detail on contracts to ensure their clients are protected to the best of their ability," reports one client, adding: "The firm is flexible and will tailor its requirements to meet the needs of the client."
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