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Real Estate Occupiers lawyers

As an occupier in today’s market, there are a number of key issues to consider. These include establishing strategies for disposal of surplus properties, whether by way of outright sale of freehold interests or termination/assignment of lease arrangements, ensuring that a tenant is adequately protected on a new headquarters letting, and making sure that the appropriate wayleaves are in place at the time the tenant needs them for communications equipment – essential for business continuity.

Whatever type of premises you want to occupy, it is important that you have an adviser who understands your requirements and your sector and can drive through the deal to meet your timeframe.

At CMS, we act for a wide range of occupier clients across the UK. Over the years, we have used our experience to identify the issues common to leasing; developing processes, toolkits and templates to streamline negotiations and minimise transaction time.

In Scotland, we advise clients like Standard Life (the largest corporate occupier in Scotland) on the management of its operational Scottish properties, including the transfer and leaseback of properties as part of demutualisation and optimisation of space to meet current occupational requirements.

We also act for one of the world’s largest online retailers in relation to the acquisition, development and leasing of its logistics portfolio across Europe and for other occupiers on the disposal of surplus sites for development.

Collaboration with clients and their professional advisors is essential. We believe it is important to share collective expertise with a view to streamlining commercial real estate transactions for the benefit of the real estate market as a whole. In England, we played an integral part in the creation of the Model Commercial Lease – an industry wide standard, and in Scotland we are a founder member of the award-winning Property Standardisation Group developing and publishing a wide range of balanced, easy to use and understand lease management documents.

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Andrew Banton
Andrew Banton
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Andrew is a Partner in our Real Estate team who acts for owners including institutions, pension funds, property funds and local authorities on all aspects of acquisition, disposal and management of...
Lindsey Barrett
Lindsey Barrett
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Lindsey Barrett is a partner in the Real Estate Department.
Colin Brett
Colin Brett
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Colin is a Partner in the Real Estate team in London. Colin advises clients on commercial real estate in relation to the investment, management, development and financing of diverse real estate...
David Bunker
David Bunker
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
David advises on all aspects of corporate finance work for private and public companies, advising on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, partnerships and reorganisations. He has particular...
Chris Chambers
Chris Chambers
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Sheffield
Chris Chambers is a Real Estate Partner based in our Sheffield office. He has extensive experience of a broad range of property matters, with particular expertise in relation to asset management...
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Andrew Lewry
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Andrew Lewry is a partner in our Real Estate Transactional Group and has deep experience drawn from acting for a wide range of clients including financial services institutions, property companies,...
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Douglas Hunter
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Edinburgh
Douglas Hunter advises a number of well-known clients in the Real Estate and Hotels and Leisure Sectors, including owners and operators of hotels, golf courses and other leisure facilities, major ...
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Mark Heighton
Part­ner
Head of Real Estate, UK
United Kingdom, London
Mark Heighton is the Head of the CMS UK Real Estate Team and is responsible for managing over 150 fee earners across the UK. He has been a member of the CMS Board for over 10 years.  He focuses on ...
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Adrian Wright
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Adrian Wright is a partner in our Real Estate Group. He has extensive experience in advising on all aspects of commercial property development, institutional investment and the acquisition, sale and...
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Darina Kerr
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Glasgow
Darina Kerr specialises in all aspects of Scottish commercial real estate. She advises on property asset management for public and private sector clients and has extensive experience of leasing, de...