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Our Commercial Property team advise on a multitude of commercial issues for a wide range of buyers, sellers, landlords, tenants, developers and funders.

Healys Solicitors’ Commercial Property team is well established and benefits from great depth of experience. Our Lawyers are commercially attuned to our clients’ needs. The business objectives of our clients drive the pace of our transactions. Our Property Lawyers are made up of experts covering the full scope of commercial work and includes litigators experienced in handling property disputes.

The Commercial Property team has the resources and the project management experience to deliver portfolio acquisitions and disposals and large scale lending projects on time and in budget.

Our Lawyers have particular expertise in the following areas:

If you are buying or selling your commercial asset, it is important you get the best possible advice from the outset of any transaction.

Our commercial property experts regularly deal with a range of commercial entities and private investors both nationally and internationally.  The team has vast amount of project management experience and is able to deliver efficient commercial property acquisitions and disposal transactions on time and within budget.

The team has extensive experience in the purchase and sale of commercial property including office, retail, hotels and industrial spaces.

The property development activity from site acquisition; to funding; to refurbishment; and then construction can be a challenging cycle to complete. Each part of the cycle can come with its own challenge and risk. Failure can often have severe financial consequences.

This is why having a proactive and experienced Commercial Property Lawyer from the outset can not only help to avoid the risk but can enhance the viability of any project and in most instances increase your profit margins. Read more…

We act for both landlords and tenants of all types of commercial property from large city centre offices to single shop or office units.

We have a strong focus on leasing. Our aim is to achieve a lease which protects our client’s particular interests quickly and to avoid protracted negotiation. Our Lawyers are experienced and will not waste time on unimportant points. The documentation you will be provided with will enable you easily to manage your asset or manage your facility. We will be happy to provide client references if required.

A tenant of business premises, eg a shop or a restaurant, usually has a statutory right at the end of a tenancy to remain in their premises and to renew their tenancy.

However, the tenant can agree with the landlord before the start of the tenancy that the business tenancy will not be “protected” by the above statutory right. This is known as an “excluded tenancy”. Very short tenancies are also not protected. Read more…

Commercial Property has been the best performing asset class for 10 years. Recent turmoil in the equity markets and uncertainty within the pension industry have combined to make commercial property investment attractive.

Healys Solicitors has extensive experience from working with clients who have invested in the UK office, industrial, retail and leisure industries. We work for a wide range of property investors, both domestic and overseas, from the small private investor seeking to add an investment to their property portfolio to a corporate client seeking to add to its property portfolio. At whatever level, Healys Solicitors are approachable and offer straight-forward advice.

Healys Solicitors has a particular expertise in secured lending. We are appointed by clearing banks and merchant banks to ensure that they obtain good security over a particular borrower’s selected assets.

Lenders are of course looking for a watertight security but are also looking for Lawyers to act swiftly in order to protect their relationship with their own client, the borrower. Read more…

It is vital for businesses that tenants have a suitable property from which to run their commercial, business or investment undertakings.

Commercial leases can prove to be complex documents that regulate the relationship between landlord and tenants. Nowadays, commercial leases tend not to be unduly harsh or restrictive to the tenant.  It seems that the most complex provisions of the lease are those related to rent review. Rent reviews allow the periodical adjustment of commercial rents to the market level at the date of review. The rent review is an area that has taken up, for years, time and expense to determine disputes between landlords and tenants, regarding the amount of rent passing at various stages throughout the life of a lease. Read more…

Healys Solicitors offers professional advice and solutions on all aspects of licensing law. We will draft and submit your premises licence application for you and guide you through the application process to ensure your application proceeds as smoothly as possible.

Individuals, businesses and authorities such as the police have a right to review an existing premises licence which may ultimately lead to the revocation of the licence. Read more…

The landlord and tenant relationship is one which exists between the owner of property and his or her tenants. The relationship is usually governed by a lease or tenancy agreement.

In addition to the lease and/or tenancy agreement there are numerous statutory obligations which are imposed on both Landlords and Tenants. Landlord & Tenant Law applies to property of all types including residential, commercial and agricultural. Read more…

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  • Protect your business from redevelopment rolling break clauses

    16th July 2015

    Redevelopment rolling break clauses are becoming increasingly common, particularly in areas where office space is scarce and competition stiff.

    Businesses rely on landlords to renew tenancies for business security and, in order to give themselves more flexibility with redevelopment options, some landlords seek to impose redevelopment rolling break clauses in new leases. Continue reading »

  • “The Cyprus Problem” – Britons lose latest round in international law fight over Cyprus home

    28th January 2015

    Thousands of Britons, who have bought holiday and retirement properties in Northern Cyprus since the partition of the Mediterranean island in 1974, are uneasily awaiting the latest developments in the case of the rights of an East Sussex couple to own their home and its implications for Cyprus property law.

    Although the Court of Appeal ruled in January 2010 that a decision by the European Court of Justice backing a Cypriot court ordering demolition of the property in Lapta was valid, the couple, David and Linda Orams, of Hove, have made a plea to the European Court of Human Rights that they did not receive a fair trial in the southern (Greek) part of the island.

    The complicated background to the case derives from the unofficial division of Cyprus between Greek and Turkish interests following the Turkish invasion of 1974 and the displacement of many thousands of Cypriots who abandoned their properties and moved either to the part of the island with a majority of their ethnic group or abroad.

    In the following 30 years, the Republic of Cyprus was established by the Greeks in the southern two-thirds of the island while the Turks unilaterally declared the remainder the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), an entity which is not recognised by any international jurisdiction, apart from Turkey itself.

    In 2002, Mr and Mrs Orams spent their life savings on the now-controversial plot of land with its semi-derelict house which they renovated and extended. They bought it in good faith from a Turkish Cypriot, did everything according to local law and were given a TRNC land deed, known as esdeger. Local estate agents told them Greek Cypriots had been recompensed with land in the south, a disputed system dating from the unofficial partition.

    But, in 2004 the Greek pre-partition owner of the property, Meletios Apostolides, claimed the Orams were trespassing. The argument of his lawyer was that Cypriot Republican law did not recognise the (compulsory) land exchange, and his rights were enforceable in the north of the island.

    Demolition order made on couple’s house

    The tangle of politics and international property law in which the Orams found themselves began with a decision by the Nicosia District Court in southern Cyprus, ordering them to leave the house, demolish it and pay compensation to Mr Apostolides for the use of his land. The order was made against them in their absence because they had not understood the original paperwork served on them, which was written in Greek, and had to instruct a lawyer to represent them.

    Judgement was given against them for failing to acknowledge service of the court papers within ten days. The Orams applied to have the judgement set aside but this was rejected by the court on the grounds that they had no valid defence.

    In 2005, in an effort to enforce the court’s ruling, Mr Apostolides registered the judgements at the High Court in the UK and, procedurally, it was agreed that the action was enforceable. Mr and Mrs Orams subsequently appealed and judgment was given in their favour in September 2006.

    At this stage, the influence of the European Union on the administration of law within its constituent countries was introduced in the dispute. The appeal judgement was that EU law is suspended in the north of Cyprus and the administration in the south did not exercise effective control over the north.

    However, Mr Apostolides went to the Court of Appeal which said that as it was a matter involving a substantial question of EU law, the matter should be referred to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for a preliminary ruling.

    In April 2009, the ECJ ruled that the fact that EU law is suspended in the TRNC did not preclude the application of the regulation, the fact that it is not physically possible to enforce the judgement in the TRNC because the government of the Republic of Cyprus does not exercise effective control does not prevent the enforcement of the judgement in another member state. The ECJ also rejected arguments on public policy and rejected arguments that the judgement was a default judgement on the basis that Mr and Mrs Orams had applied for a ‘Set-Aside’ Order which had been rejected.

    Court of Appeal backs European Court of Justice

    The case reverted to the UK Court of Appeal for decision, resulting in rejection of the Orams’ claims that enforcement of the Nicosia court’s order was contrary to public policy. The Court of Appeal also rejected their claim that the President of the ECJ when the ruling of the ECJ was given, Judge Skouris, was biased.

    Although they are unable to pursue the case further through the British courts at this stage, the couple is awaiting a date for a European Court of Human Rights hearing.

    Property lawyers in the TRNC have been in consultations to discuss legislative measures to protect property owners and are awaiting announcements by the government.

    In a further twist in the internal politics of Cyprus, the Orams made an application to their local authority for permission to demolish their house and comply with the Court of Appeal judgement but were refused. Following this decision, the couple intends to submit an application that it is impossible for them to comply with the demolition part of the court order.

    The TRNC government is believed to have offered to repay Mr and Mrs Orams’ legal costs and recompense them for their estimated purchase and building costs of their disputed home, totalling more than £1m.

    Property lawyers in the TRNC have been in consultations to discuss legislative measures to protect northern Cyprus property owners, of whom there are believed to be about 5,000 Britons, and are awaiting announcements by the government. In the meantime, with the situation still unresolved, and Mr Apostolides suggesting he may pursue compensation from realisation of the Orams’ UK assets, residents who do not have property deeds from before 1974 will continue to need professional advice from lawyers specialising in property and international law.

    Healys solicitors of London and Brighton and Cyprus property law

    With the complexities of Cyprus property law and its continuing lack of resolution, UK-based property owners need the best-possible legal advice and representation to protect their interests. Healys, solicitors of London and Brighton, can offer such expertise through the experienced multi-lingual team of lawyers in the international law department, headed by Marios Pattihis.

    For information and advice, call 020 7822 4110 or email

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