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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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Lester 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.

"Their deep experience in a vast array of contractual and title issues means they are able to solve issues by providing practical, real-world advice."

"Lester Aldridge are very commercial in outlook and provide well-considered solutions to any site-specific issues."Close quote
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‘The team has outstanding individuals who collaborate effectively to pool specific talent to tackle complex development contracts.Close quote
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Their level of expertise is far in excess of other solicitors that I have used in the past for property transactions, both simple and complex.Close quote
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They are always contactable and responsive. Very pleasant to deal with.Close quote
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Highly Capable. Very approachable. Personable. Always willing to help. Clear ability to understand and translate a complex brief or situation. Clear and concise appraisals.Close quote
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Southampton-based Tom Alder heads Lester Aldridge LLP‘s real estate team, which handles the full range of commercial property work in areas including housebuilding, finance, and management. Lucy Stevens is well known for her work for clients in the hotels and leisure sector, as well as her work for regional and national developers and landowners. The team was strengthened by the summer 2021 arrivals of partners James Realff and Bethan Dodd. Realff is experienced in all aspects of commercial property, while Dodd has specialist expertise in the healthcare sector, where she acts for NHS foundation trusts, primary care providers, and care home operators, as well as investors and developers. Rebecca Humm adds strength in planning, and associate Sian Rogers is also recommended.Close quote
Commercial Property: Hampshire
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Praised for its ‘clear ability to understand and translate a complex brief or situation’, the real estate practice at Lester Aldridge LLP is particularly well versed in advising the housing with care and later living as well as affordable housing, and self-storage market sectors. The firm’s expertise, situated across Bournemouth and Southampton, covers the full gamut of commercial property matters, including finance and recoveries. Further specialisations relate to the telecoms, housebuilding and marine sectors. Housebuilding expert Mark Benham, telecoms and secured lending specialist Suki Samra, and Tom Alder, who focuses on planning law, jointly head the team.Close quote
Commercial Property: Dorset, Devon & Cornwall
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The Lester Aldridge team provide a high standard of work whilst also being readily available for calls and respond quickly to emails. The high standard of client service and responsiveness makes Lester Aldridge stand out amongst their peers. Lester Aldridge are also readily able to take a pragmatic view of how best to apply the law to achieve a solution for their client, which takes an understanding of the commercial realities of the situation.Close quote
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