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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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Angus MacRae
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Edinburgh
Angus MacRae is a partner in the Real Estate team. He is dual qualified in English and Scottish Law. He is an experienced and trusted business adviser in all aspects of UK real estate law and practice.Angus...
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 their...
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 work,...
Martyn Needham
Martyn Needham
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Martyn is a partner in the Real Estate & Construction Team at CMS London.  Martyn has been practising as a commercial real estate lawyer in London for over 25 years.Martyn primarily acts for institutional...
Chris Oakley
Chris Oakley
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Chris is a partner in our Real Estate Group with experience acting for domestic and international clients in relation to development and regeneration projects as well as investment and occupational work. ...
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David Abel
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Bristol
David Abel is a partner in the transactional Real Estate team. He has extensive experience in a wide range of real estate work including investment sales and purchases, development transactions, joint...
Jeremy Shields
Jeremy Shields
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Jeremy is a partner in our Real Estate Team. He advises on all aspects of commercial real estate matters, acting for institutional investors on sales, purchases, lettings and development work for all...
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 expertise...
Tanya Holt
Tanya Holt
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Sheffield
Tanya is a partner in the Real Estate Group. Tanya acts for a wide range of clients in both the private and public sector on a variety of commercial property transactions including development work 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, development,...