Commercial Property

Our dedicated Commercial Property Team, headed by Vicky Heywood, represents sellers, buyers, developers, landlords, tenants, lenders, borrowers, investors and joint venture partners (both from the public and private sectors) on a local and national basis.

We advise on all aspects of property transactions and provide straightforward, practical, commercial and cost effective advice and solutions tailored to achieve the objectives of your business.  We appreciate the demands on your business and will work with you to deliver projects on time, on budget and fulfilling your goals.  Whilst satisfying legal requirements is of course necessary, it is important to ensure that transactions are structured so as not to  hinder the commercial success of your business.

Our specialisms include:

 Property Development

  •             Site assembly
  •             Exclusivity agreements, options and pre-emptions
  •             Conditional contracts
  •             Development agreements
  •             Freehold and leasehold acquisitions and disposals
  •             Forward sales and lettings
  •             Public and private funding
  •             Joint venture structures
  •             Building contracts, professional team appointments and collateral warranties
  •             Planning and infrastructure agreements

Property Investment and Management

  •             Acquisition and disposal of freehold and leasehold investment property
  •             Finance and funding
  •             Portfolio transactions
  •             Property management of occupational tenants

Property Litigation

  •             Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 proceedings
  •             Landlord and tenant disputes including
  •                         Break clause disputes
  •                         Forfeiture proceedings
  •                         Dilapidations claims
  •             Possession proceedings
  •             Neighbour disputes

 Business Support

  •             Acquisition and disposal of business
  •             Funding, finance and refinance
  •             Group reorganisations
  •             Mergers and acquisitions

    Landlord and Tenant

  •             Granting and taking of leases
  •             Disposals and assignments
  •             Licences to occupy
  •             Alterations and additions
  •             Variations of lease terms

Sector Specific

  •             Care home transactions particularly involving portfolio acquisitions and disposals
  •             Licenced premises
  •             Education transactions including:
  •                         Collaborative joint ventures
  •                         Acquisitions of education institutes
  •                         Property development
  •                         Student accommodation acquisition, disposal and development
  •                         Portfolio management

Where we may not have the requisite expertise within our firm, we have access to a wide range of experts, through our affiliation with other law firms.  We have longstanding working relationships and will manage all advice provided this way ensuring a consistent approach and interface with you.

In today’s marketplace property transactions increasingly require legal advice on non-property issues.  Within our firm we work closely with other departments allowing us to provide you with full service in relation to areas such as corporate finance, commercial contracts, employment and dispute resolution. 

Our Commercial Property team are a technically excellent, hardworking and highly motivated team who speak your language.  We will work with you in order to provide the best advice possible in the most timely and cost effective manner.



Supporting businesses throughout Yorkshire, the UK and internationally; Eaton Smith's highly regarded Business Services Team advises on starting-out through to high profile corporate and international transactions, helping businesses with trading agreements, internet trading, business structures, reorganisations, joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, disposals, intellectual property, sports law, employment law, property, debt collection and disputes. One of our commercial clients has this to say about us:

"We were buying a large private company, who left us with a rather unreasonable timescale. I was therefore deeply impressed with the way you guys picked up the challenge and ran with it like the true professionals you are.

I think I heard a comment from the vendors about 'provincial solicitors' once at the beginning of the matter. I never heard it again. I can sincerely and honestly say, having had some experience of big city solicitors in the past, that I could not conceive how any other firm would have dealt with this in the same expert, expedient and insanely short timescale that you did. This is not flannel – it is a fact and I am humbled by the way you guys responded and looked after my interests and those of my company"

If you need a solicitor, you want to be confident that your interests are properly looked after. Our teams of legal professionals have an extensive range of skills and experience to offer our clients, who also enjoy the added benefit of dealing with a firm that is large enough to provide specialists in the many areas of legal issues that we cover including; family matters, employment problems, house purchases and sales, wills, crime and road traffic offences, personal injury, medical negligence and dispute resolution.