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occupiers (landlord and tenant)

If you are the owner of a commercial property, or the occupier of commercial premises, then you may need help in getting your lease arrangements in order and in dealing with any landlord and tenant matters that might arise.

Our property lawyers specialise in the negotiation and agreement of commercial leases, and in handling day-to-day management issues which affect both individual properties or a commercial property portfolio.

They also deal with mixed-use properties (including those which may give rise to leasehold enfranchisement rights), and work alongside our corporate support and business sales team to deal with the property aspects of business acquisitions, disposals, mergers and joint ventures.

We are listed as a top tier firm in both the Legal 500 and Chambers law directories and are well-known for our straightforward, commercially focused advice which is always delivered in a timely manner and for a competitively priced fee.

To find out more, please call 01908 689314 or email legal@geoffreyleaver.com.

Commercial leases

We can assist with:

  • lease negotiations;
  • lease agreements;
  • licensing arrangements, e.g. to cater for the use of a shared carpark;
  • rent deposits;
  • personal or parent company guarantees;
  • lease renewals;
  • surrenders and regrants;
  • lease disposals; and
  • lease termination.

Commercial property management issues

We can also assist with:

  • tenant requests to assign or sublet;
  • tenant requests to make alterations;
  • tenant requests to effect a change of use;
  • rent reviews;
  • service charge queries;
  • the exercise of a break clause;
  • interim and terminal dilapidations claims;
  • rights of forfeiture; and
  • commercial property dispute resolution.

Help in adapting to changing market conditions

The commercial property market is constantly changing and new challenges arise for both owners and occupiers – whether local, regulatory, or environmental.

One of the core strengths of our commercial property team is their ability to respond positively to change, and to find new ways of doing things that are aligned to evolving market conditions and yet still enable our clients to meet their aims and objectives.

When challenges arise our lawyers look for solutions, not problems.

That is why we have spent time developing green leases to help businesses address climate change concerns as part of their corporate social responsibility obligations, and why in times of economic turmoil we will support clients to negotiate rent free periods, lease regears and surrenders and regrants in order to help them weather the storm.

Why choose Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors?

Our property team has a proven track record in dealing with a diverse range of commercial property matters, both for real estate owners and for commercial occupiers.

We have broad sector experience, including in retail, construction, charities and social housing. We also regularly act for educational establishments, environmental groups, religious organisations of all denominations, hospices and community interest companies.

Our property team is led by Darren Mills, who has over 25 years’ experience in this field and who is well-known locally and nationally for his precise, straightforward and commercially focused advice. He is ably assisted by Richard Willis and Kerr Clement and a growing team of other property lawyers who together work to provide clients with an exceptional level of service.

To find out more, please call 01908 689314 or email legal@geoffreyleaver.com.

To keep up with developments in the law affecting commercial real estate, including landlord and tenant matters, please sign up to receive our newsletter. You may also find it useful to visit our resource hub and to read some of the recent  client testimonials we have received for our commercial property work.

What our clients say:

“You made what could have been a complicated and daunting process for us, very smooth and stress free.”
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For more information about how we can help, you can read testimonials from our commercial property clients


The Legal 500:  “Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors LLP’s commercial property team is well versed in the areas of construction, property investments, planning and property disputes. Its clients include housing associations and occupiers (landlords and tenants). The practice is headed up by Darren Millis and Richard Willis.”

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The Commercial Property Team

  • Darren Millis Partner
    Commercial Property 01908 689319
    Darren has over 25 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:


  • Richard Willis Consultant Solicitor
    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. 


  • 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.


  • Georgina Page Solicitor
    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) and qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 2020.


  • Kerr Clement Consultant Solicitor
    Commercial Property 01908 689371
    Kerr is a senior solicitor and has specialised in Commercial Property since 2000. He has a broad range of experience in most aspects of land law and Landlord & Tenant related matters ranging from High Street leases to the sale and purchase of large industrial premises.


  • Simon Parrott Consultant Solicitor
    Commercial Property 01908 689374
    Simon deals with Commercial Property and Business transactions and has many years’ experience in dealing with complex or unusual transactions. In addition, he has dealt with property and commercial disputes for over 35 years and brings that dispute resolution experience to the table when advising clients on their property or commercial transactions.


  • Asha Ali Solicitor
    Commercial Property 01908 689314
    Asha will be working alongside Darren Millis and Richard Willis handling Commercial Property Sales, Purchases, Option Agreements and Commercial Leases.


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