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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.

 
David Abel
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...
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...
Lindsey Barrett
Lindsey Barrett
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Lindsey is a Partner in our Real Estate team based in our London office.  She handles a wide range of real estate transactions including acquisitions and disposals, development work and all aspects of...
Candice Blackwood
Candice Blackwood
Part­ner
Co-Chair Life Sciences & Healthcare Sector
United Kingdom, London
Candice Blackwood is Co-Chair of the Life Sciences & Healthcare Sector and she is also a Partner in our Real Estate team. She specialises in large scale investment and development transactions acting...
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 assets...
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...
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...
Alan Crawford
Alan Crawford
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Alan was made partner in May 2014.Alan is client relationship partner at CMS for the Columbia Threadneedle, Life Science REIT and Block Industrial relationships. Alan acts for a mix of small and large...
Chris D'Emanuele
Chris D'Emanuele
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Chris is a partner in the London Real Estate team. He has over 10 years' experience in commercial property, advising a variety of institutional developers, landlords and fund managers including Great...
Tanya Francis
Tanya Francis
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Manchester
Tanya is a Partner in the Manchester office. During her career she has acted on all aspects of real estate transactions from asset management to individual and portfolio acquisitions and disposals, funding...