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Commercial Property & Property Development Solicitors

We provide a responsive and highly commercial approach when assisting clients with the purchase, development, sale, management or leasing of commercial property.

Recognised expertise

Our expertise in commercial property has been recognised by Legal 500, which independently assesses the reputation and quality of legal advice of leading UK law firms.

Testimonials published in The Legal 500

The Legal 500 (2024 edition):

‘We have been clients of Harrowells for many years and are very happy with the level of service and expertise. We feel that whatever needs to be done and whatever situations arise, Harrowells are able to provide an excellent professional tailored service.’

‘We feel extremely well-supported and protected by Matthew Hayward. Matthew is always contactable and provides excellent advice and support. He is approachable, and we feel we can ask him a range of questions and know we will get the best advice. It is important to us that we have the trust and confidence in our solicitor and the practice, and feel really pleased that we have Matthew (and Harrowells) by our side. We highly recommend Matthew and Harrowells and have done so on many occasions.’

‘Martin Thorpe is my main solicitor contact, and the service he gives is outstanding. A number of previous solicitors at different practices were often hard to get a hold of or delayed getting back to you. Martin is mega-efficient, always gets back to me swiftly if he isn’t immediately available, and always gives excellent advice and looks to resolve situations.’

The Legal 500 (2023 edition):

‘Matthew Hayward is awesome. He delivers every time is his calm, professional and competent manner. He is the solicitor I recommend every time.’ Legal 

‘We have a great professional relationship with Martin Thorpe and his team at Harrowells. They are always prompt in their responses and have always given great advice.’

Commercial property

We combine in-depth legal knowledge with considerable practical experience to looking after our clients. We can offer practical assistance with a whole range of commercial property matters including:

  • Purchase of industrial sites, retail units, offices and development land
  • Covenants and title matters
  • Planning issues including planning obligations
  • Funding and Stamp Duty Land Tax
  • Leasehold transactions, assignments and terminations
  • FRI, rent reviews, service charge and repairing obligations
  • Corporate and personal tax implications

Property & land development

From inspecting the land or building (where practicable) to considering and advising on the legal and other documents associated with the transaction you will be able to rely upon the expertise of our Commercial Property Team. We will also advise and give guidance during the planning process and the implications of any planning agreement which may be required by the local planning authority before permission for a scheme is granted.

We can also advise on the potential use and effect of conditional agreements such as option, pre-emption, overage and ‘clawback’ agreements. Once a development has been completed we will then be able to assist with plot and unit disposal.

Team effort

Successful property transactions and management are all about team effort. We have a proven track record of working closely and efficiently with other professionals such as bank relationship managers, accountants and surveyors to ensure things progress as smoothly as possible.

Our commercial property lawyers can arrange meetings at any of our local offices in York and across Yorkshire, so simply contact your nearest Harrowells office in York, St Saviourgate, Clifton Moor, Easingwold, Haxby, Pocklington, Malton, and Thirsk.