Mark Fabian

Mark Fabian

Partner, Head of Commercial Property

Direct Dial: +44 (0)1242 246420
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Mark Fabian is Head of Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ Commercial Property Team and is a lawyer with more than 25 years’ experience of commercial property with the firm. He is heavily involved in the local business community and, throughout this career, has also enthusiastically supported local charities and other not-for-profit organisations on a voluntary basis. He is, for example, a member of Gloucester Regeneration Advisory Board.

Mark acts for landlords and tenants in commercial lease transactions, dealing with mortgagees where necessary. He also acts for buyers and sellers in freehold and leasehold sales and purchases, as well as borrowers and lenders in secured property finance and re-finance transactions.

Mark’s clients have varied commercial property portfolios, including prime retail sites on Cheltenham’s prestigious Promenade and business parks within Gloucestershire and beyond. Frequently acting for trading companies, he is also familiar with the demands of head office relocation projects, as well as the intricacies of lettings on business parks and industrial estates. Working with the construction team, he has recently been engaged on an acquisition and redevelopment of additional premises as boarding houses for Cheltenham College to enable the School to enrol more pupils from abroad.  He has also recently added to a client’s property investment portfolio a prime site Wetherspoons outlet purchased from an offshore (BVI) property investment company.

Mark is equally comfortable acting for landlords and tenants in commercial lease renewals, both statutory and otherwise.

The Commercial Property Team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys is keen to add value for commercial property clients, many of whom are based within the three counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire. The department, however, operates on a national basis, particularly in niche sectors such as education, healthcare and institutional lending.

The department runs regular seminars out of its offices in Cheltenham, Worcester, Thames Valley, Hereford and Ross-on-Wye. The team also offers regular bulletins and updates on all manner of relevant topics, including pre-emptions, options, development uplift agreements, re-financing, property development, joint ventures and promotion agreements.

Out of the office, Mark is a keen follower of rugby and other sports and particularly enjoys skiing and cycling.


Mark Fabian – Chambers & Partners 2018

Mark Fabian (Band 4 – Real Estate – South West) has expertise in both leasehold and freehold matters. Sources admire his long-standing experience and presence in the Cheltenham market.

Real Estate – South West – Chambers & Partners 2016

Head of department Mark Fabian is a highly experienced commercial property lawyer. He advises on freehold and leasehold transactions as well as property finance matters.

Mark Fabian – Commercial Property

Thank you Mark

We were very happy with the service you provided, you made the process straight forward even with the managing agent issue at the end.

It would be good to work with you again some time.

Kind regards

Andrew Lawrie

Manager, Resolve Group UK 

Commercial property – M4 corridor and Gloucestershire: Legal 500 Rankings 2016

Harrison Clark Rickerbys has a strong following among clients in the charity and education sectors. Mark Carter is ‘an excellent secured lending lawyer’ and is recommended alongside the ‘very experienced’ Mark Fabian.

Mark Fabian – Commercial Property

Your continued support and assistance is much appreciated.  It’s always been a pleasure working with you and your colleagues and the professionalism exhibited is second to none.

Raj Rana of Healthcode Limited

Acquisition of a Business

We instructed HCR in relation to the acquisition of the business and assets of an anaerobic digestion plant technology provider on a pre-pack basis. HCR were able to offer a range of specialist services, with the restructuring, commercial property and energy and renewables teams working closely with each other in order to facilitate a seamless transition of the business within only 4 days which led to the preservation of a number of jobs and, despite the very tight time scale, ensuring all areas of risk were addressed and covered off.

We are always impressed by the responsiveness and commerciality of the teams at HCR and this transaction was no different.

Chris Campbell from Rcapital

Mark Fabian – Commercial Property

Hi Mark

Moments like this serve to remind me what a fabulous job you do for us by introducing us to real professionals within your circle who know their stuff. Thank you!

Andrew, CEO of Farncombe Estate

Mark Fabian – Chambers and Partners 2016

Mark Fabian heads the real estate practice across the firm and has substantial expertise in transactional work and commercial landlord and tenant matters. He is known for building strong client relationships, with one source remarking: “He understands my business and is an integral part of it. His advice and judgement is always well thought out.”

Mark Fabian – The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2015 rankings

Mark Fabian is recommended.

The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2015 rankings

Mark Fabian – Commercial Property

Hi Mark,

Belated many thanks for your exceptional support during these difficult times.

Much appreciated.

Mark Fabian – Commercial Property

Dear Mark,

That is very good news.

I will be in touch as new leases keep coming through to you.

Thank you so much for all your support as always.

Mark Fabian – Commercial Property

I have dealt with Rickerbys and now Harrison Clark Rickerbys for many decades and always expect and receive the highest professional standards. The level of service is exemplary. The service is fast yet outstandingly thorough, cost effective, and has safeguarded my interests. In addition to those business attributes, the firm is also friendly and approachable, and communicates in plain English. In particular Mark Fabian is very pleasant and easy to work with on complex commercial property issues.

Patrick Wood, Pension Fund Investor

Mark Fabian – SIPP sale of central Cheltenham regency office building for residential development


It has been a pleasure working with you on the disposal of Victoria House.

I was concerned that there would be difficulties at every stage, that there would be delays whilst legal complexities were sorted, that there would be endless exchanges on minutiae, all incurring extra costs.

I am not sure how you managed it but the whole process has been painless, quick and hassle free.

So, completion was on time and your fees came in under budget: all credit to you.

You and your team have been extremely efficient and diligent.

Thank you. I shall not hesitate to recommend you and HCR to colleagues.

Patrick Wood

Mark Fabian – Commercial Property

I take this opportunity of thanking you for the very pleasant way in which this transaction was carried out and I look forward, hopefully, to working with you again in the near future.

Roger Brockington of Clark Holt Commercial Solicitors

Mark Fabian – Commercial Property


Thank you very much for that – I wasn’t aware of the potential ongoing liability if the new tenant decided to stay after our lease ended.


Mark Fabian – Commercial Property

Mark, I appreciate all the work you have done to bring this sale to a conclusion.

Private Client

Mark Fabian – Chambers and Partners 2015

Mark Fabian heads the firm’s regional commercial property department. He is well regarded by peers, and one client describes him as “practical, helpful and thorough, with good legal knowledge.”

Chambers and Partners 2015

Event – Commercial Property Seminar

Please pass on my thanks to your team for putting on a really interesting and useful seminar.

I know my team all felt we had some useful nuggets from each of your speakers.


Commercial Property – The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2014 Rankings

Harrison Clark Rickerbys, with enhanced national reach post merger, acts for clients including Headlam Group, Worcestershire Rugby Club and Interserve, and is experienced in development and secured lending matters. Philip Parkinson and Louise Crook are now based in the Worcester office, and Caroline Irvine is recommended for commercial leasing.

 Mark Fabian is recommended for freehold and leasehold acquisitions, and is ‘practical, helpful and thorough’.

The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2014 Rankings

Mark Fabian – Commercial Property

Thanks again for your invaluable help and for being so available.

Andrew Grahame, CE of Farncombe Estate and Dormy House Hotel

Mark Fabian- Chambers and Partners 2014

Mark Fabian leads the commercial property team. Peers say he is “thoroughly pleasant to deal with and very commercial – he helps his client get the deal through.”

Chambers and Partners rankings 2014


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