I specialise in real estate matters, particularly in the healthcare sector, as the work is very varied and the range of clients with whom I work is just as diverse, from investors and healthcare providers to public bodies and private companies. My focus is on providing a service tailored to their individual needs so that I can tackle any problems before they affect a transaction.
This is a fast-paced area of work, and keeping clients informed and at ease with progress is a key part of my work, and one which I enjoy; it means that I really understand what they need and can resolve any unexpected difficulties.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family as well as taking part in sports of all kinds, from skiing to football.
Know your deal. Having a thorough understanding of the deal, what you want, need and expect are essential to ensuring a smooth and successful transaction.
Trust your legal adviser. Be open about any issues, disclose key information and always ask if you are unsure.
Understand the cost. Clients can often end up choosing a lower quote only to realise later that this doesn’t deal with their entire transaction. Always make sure the quote covers what you’ve asked.
Do I have to pay Stamp Duty Land Tax?
If you’re purchasing commercial or mixed property, then you need to pay SDLT if the purchase price exceeds the relevant threshold, currently above £150,000. However, if you’re obtaining a new lease of commercial or mixed property, the SDLT will depend on the lease premium and the value of the annual rent you pay.
Will I need to register my lease?
If your commercial property lease is granted for a term of more than seven years, then it must be registered at the Land Registry. It’s important that this is done so that you have a valid legal lease and not a contractual agreement for a lease.
How much will it cost and how fast will it be done?
This all depends on the type of work and the parties involved in the transaction. I will be clear about our costs up front and will regularly keep you updated on timings and costs to avoid any surprises.