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Commercial Property

We have the knowledge and experience to resolve even the most complicated property matters.  Our highly experienced team has expertise in all fields of Commercial Property including investment funding, development and commercial portfolio management. Whatever your business size or needs, we will use our expertise and knowledge to help you achieve your goals – and to get the deal done.  The team is partner led and driven by Darren Millis and Richard Willis.

  • Banking & Finance
    As well as working with individual owners, property developers and investors, we also provide advice for banks and other financial institutions. This allows us to see ‘both sides of the deal, and helps us to provide complete and concise advice if you are buying property or risking your money on financing property sales. We also liaise closely with our Company Commercial team where banking, structuring transactions and other company issues are concerned - so you can rest assured that you will always receive the best possible advice.
  • Charities
    We advise many different types of charities - from small, local groups right through to larger national organisations which have both land and property interests. Our experts can provide you with relevant and affordable advice on your obligations and rights, under the Charities Act.
  • Construction projects involve a wide variety of legal issues - and our Construction and Property Development team has the breadth of knowledge and skills to provide expert advice in any of these situations:

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  • Corporate support & business sales
    Our experienced Company Commercial team has helped clients to buy and sell hundreds of companies - from small family firms, to large multi-nationals. These types of corporate sales almost always involve property, so the two teams work closely together to ensure your interests are being looked after, every step of the way.
  • Housing Associations
    Our Commercial Property team is experienced in advising housing associations on a wide variety of property issues, including site assembly, compulsory purchase, procurement of section 106 agreements, planning applications, placement of construction contracts, negotiation of partnering, joint venture agreements, lettings, plot sales, estate management. We also understand that, for most affordable housing providers, budgets are tight - so we pride ourselves on offering you fast, cost effective and concise advice.
  • Occupiers (landlord and tenant)
    If you are a landlord or a tenant, you may have concerns about your obligations to one another under the law. We have experience in providing the documentation and support you need, covering a wide variety of occupancy related issues – including: Granting or taking out a new lease • Surrenders or disposals • Dealing with subtenants • Day to day management of property.
  • Planning
    When it comes to planning, no two projects or problems are ever the same. Our Commercial Property team has vast knowledge of planning issues, enabling us to tackle the most complex situations. Our clients also benefit from our excellent and longstanding links with Milton Keynes Council. Whether you need help with planning law, an adoption agreement, planning conditions and obligations, highways issues or a compulsory purchase, we can advise on the correct steps to take, in order to find a solution that works for you.
  • Portfolio management
    Whether you are an individual with several properties, or a business that owns and occupies several buildings - managing your portfolio can be a time consuming and tricky business. We can take the pain out of portfolio management, by helping you to keep on top of new leases or renewals, tenant applications and licenses, and rent reviews.
  • Property Development
    The demands of property development are ever-changing, and this is why it’s vital to have a team of experienced lawyers on hand - to offer expert advice, no matter how big or small your project. We have the skills you need, to help you get the best return - covering all of the different stages of construction including, looking for a suitable site, deciding how best to finance a purchase, applying for planning permission, in the middle of construction, build completed and looking for help structuring the letting or sale of your property.
  • Disputes over property can be complex, but we are adept at cutting through the jargon and getting to the root of the problem – helping you to sort out any difficulties quickly and with minimum cost. We represent a wide range of clients, from national retailers, property developers and investors, to housing associations, restaurant owners, hoteliers and entrepreneurs – all of whom have needed advice on how to avoid or solve property-related litigation issues. Our lawyers have the knowledge and experience to provide you with advice on all of the following:

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  • Property Investment
    If you are thinking of buying a property and need to carry out due diligence, or some other type of appraisal or advice, our Commercial Property team can help. We are also happy to review your portfolio of investments and to determine (in conjunction with your other professional advisors) how you can maximise the return on your property - whether through sales and leasebacks, joint ventures or partnering agreements.
  • Retail
    Whether you are an independent trader and looking to set up your first shop, or a large national retailer looking to expand your chain of stores further - our Commercial Property team has the experience to help you make the most of your business. We understand that timings can be crucial in retail, so if you need to get a deal done quickly to take advantage of seasonal trade - or of you need help with signage, user covenants or any other trading matter - you can rest assured that we have the knowledge and expertise to offer you fast, effective and affordable advice.

THE Commercial Property team

  • Darren Millis Partner
    Commercial Property 01908 689317
    Darren has over 20 years’ experience in dealing with commercial property work.  Darren has concentrated in the last few years on the more complicated land acquisition and development work including:

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  • Richard Willis Partner
    Commercial Property 01908 689315
    Richard specialises in Property Law, representing clients from small family businesses to large PLC’s’ He also acts for local Councils, Parish Councils, landowners, investors, developers, lenders, Housing Associations and Charities. 

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  • David Barton Consultant
    Commercial Property 01908 689395
    David Barton joined Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors in 2014 along with his planning and property development team from Williams & Company in Ampthill. David is widely known for his expertise in helping farmers, landowners and property developers grow houses on their land.  David now assists the team as a Consultant.

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  • Sakshi Gupta Solicitor
    Commercial Property 01908 689380
    Sakshi is a Solicitor in the Commercial Property team. She works closely with the partners in the team. Sakshi has experience working with individuals, builders, investors and financial institutions.

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  • Jen Balashi Trainee Solicitor
    Commercial Property 01908 689328
    Jen is a Trainee Solicitor in the Commercial Property Department and deals with commercial leases for both landlord and tenant as well as land acquisitions and disposals. Jen also assists the Partners with planning and development work.

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  • Emma Sidney Licensed Conveyancer
    Residential Property 01908 689351
    A graduate of Northampton University, Emma qualified as a Licensed Conveyancer in 2005. She joined Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors three years later and deals with the lease, sale and purchase of commercial property and residential, as well as representing several national charity organisations.

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  • Georgina Page Paralegal
    Commercial Property 01908 689361
    Georgina joined Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors in October 2014 from Williams & Company in Ampthill.  Georgina completed the Legal Practice Course at Sheffield University after graduating from Sheffield Hallam University with a 2:1 in Law (LLB).

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