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          Commercial Occupiers

          Our experience of working with national occupier clients means we can anticipate concerns, ensuring transactions run smoothly and costs are reduced.

          Our nationally reaching Real Estate team has expertise and experience across a wide range of commercial property sectors. From retail, leisure and hospitality to manufacturing, corporate private and public sectors, as well as education and local government.

          With one of the largest Real Estate law teams in the UK, our size, scale, capacity and extensive sector understanding sets us apart. Operating throughout the UK, Europe and further afield, we are recognised for Real Estate expertise across the retail, leisure, hospitality, manufacturing, corporate private and public sectors, as well as education and local government.

          We understand that Brexit has brought uncertainty and caution for commercial occupiers. Add to this business rates increases, food cost inflation and the increased living wage, it stands to reason that organisations are refocusing on concept and flagship sites, as well as rightsizing and upsizing of existing units, rather than aggressive roll-out programmes. 

          Our approach is grounded in many years at the forefront of work in this sector. We help you navigate difficult transactional negotiations, as well as providing advice that directly addresses your operational concerns. Our innovative approach, particularly with fees, as well as our use of leading, bespoke technology, is designed to make your life easier, and your transactions more productive. 

          Our services for commercial occupiers include:

          David Frankland

          • Partner // Head of Commercial Occupiers Group

          Adam Heather

          • Partner // Head of Real Estate & Executive Partner (Newcastle)

          Mark Tait

          • Senior Associate

          Melanie Williams

          • Partner // Head of Real Estate Sector // Head of Hospitality Group

          Oliver Bolthausen, LLM (USA), FCIArb (UK)

          • Partner // Executive Partner (Munich) // Global Head of International Arbitration & Disputes

          Rachel Lawler

          • Senior Associate

          Toby Askin

          • Partner // Head of Real Estate Group

          Jean Francois Mercadier

          • Partner // Managing Partner (France)
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