Commercial Sales & Purchases

We understand that clients expect a competent, receptive and proactive service. We strive to work with our clients to set and achieve goals and always aim to conclude transactions quickly and efficiently which, we understand, is often essential for your business. We know that communication is crucial to assist with efficient business management and always keep clients appraised of the transaction as it progresses.


All of our lawyers have extensive experience of acting on all manner of acquisitions and disposals, ranging from the sale and purchase of commercial property as going concern to high value land transactions.

 
 

Residential Sales & Purchases

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The sale and purchase of residential property is very much the corner stone of any property law firm's work. Whilst most lawyers adopt a formulaic and process driven approach to this kind of work, we strive to provide an efficient and adaptable approach which we believe sets us apart from our competition. We understand the personal importance and stresses of buying or selling a property and aim to ensure that the experience is as smooth as possible.

The Conveyancing Quality Scheme

Our residential conveyancing solicitors are accredited under the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS), so you can have confidence in our expertise and the service we deliver. The CQS standard requires firms to have a high standard of practice management and provide excellent client care.  The scheme has the support of the Council of Mortgage Lenders, the Building Societies Association, Legal Ombudsman and the Association of British Insurers.

For more information on the scheme, visit www.lawsociety.org.uk/cqs

 

Regeneration & Development

Our lawyers regularly advise on a range of regeneration and development projects, such projects include:

  • Commercial;

  • Industrial;

  • Leisure;

  • Residential;

  • Retail; and

  • Mixed use.


We offer a project management style service, incorporating comprehensive experience in developments,  including site review and procurement, planning permission and supplementary documents, Compulsory Planning Orders and Stamp Duty Land Tax. We can work closely with planning consultants, land agents and surveyors to comprehensively assist with the development and your vision.

We have experience in acting for national house-builders and land-owners and commercial developers. This perspective and understanding of both sides of the transaction assists us in offering the highest standard of advice and support to our clients.

We provide practical and commercial advice and seek to think outside the box to find timely and business-wise solutions.

Construction & Building Contracts

Construction law and building contracts are highly specialised areas of law. Our team has extensive experience working in local authorities and are available to assist on all non-contentious construction contract matters.

We are adapt at dealing with the political sensitivities of public sector working and policy and how this can impact on project delivery. We can help you to devise risk strategies and effectively navigate the public procurement rules to deliver your business objectives, whilst mitigating time consuming and costly procurement challenges. We can advise you at all stages of your construction project through to project completion. 

Our team is used to dealing with sizeable, high value and complex construction contracts which are critical to an organisation's capital programme.

When acting for public bodies, we like to consider ourselves an extension of their in-house legal teams. Our team's experience includes:

  • suite of 4 new build Academy contracts (value c£120m);

  • a speculative house building venture for a local authority;

  • a commercial re-development for a local authority with Competitive Dialogue (value c£200m);

  • construction contracts (value c£100m) relating to 'One Public Estate' – the national construction programme delivered in partnership by the Office of Government Property and the Local Government Association;

  • a Highways Framework Contract for a local authority and associated call-off contracts: major road re-alignment and improvement schemes;

  • a Highways Term Maintenance Contract for a local authority (value c£35m);

  • a Multi-Disciplinary Construction Consultancy Contract (value c£30m); and

  • energy related contracts – 'Green Deal' energy initiative and related agreements e.g. Power Purchase Agreements, Demand Side Response Agreements, PV Operation and Maintenance Contracts & Consultancy Agreements, together with LED and PV installation works contracts.

 

Whether you are a private client or a public body, we have a balance of technical and commercial skills to meet your requirements and provide comprehensive professional advice and support in respect of:

  • review of JCT/NEC standard form contracts (including drafting and advising on amendments to the standard form);

  • Pre-Construction Agreements;

  • Construction Consultancy Agreements;

  • limited instructions;

  • negotiating collateral warranties;

  • novation agreements;

  • bonds/Parent Company Guarantees; and

  • letters of tender acceptance.

 
 

Landlord & Tenant

We have a wealth of experience in this area - acting for both landlords and tenants - and are extremely accomplished in lease drafting, negotiations and advising clients on the best lease for their business. We understand the requirements of our clients when entering into leases and understand the main concerns and market forces impacting upon negotiations. We are always up to date with developments in this area and provide practical and effective advice.

Our landlord and tenant services include:

  • leases of all types of commercial property, including high street units and shopping centre units in the retail sector, offices and industrial units;

  • lease renewals;

  • licences for alterations;

  • licences to assign;

  • enforcement of lease covenants; and

  • dilapidations claims.

Planning, Environment & Renewables

We offer specialist expertise on all areas of planning law, including Parliamentary Agency, Compulsory Purchase Order along with strategic planning advice. We advise our clients on securing planning permissions, facilitating the delivery of regeneration projects, infrastructure schemes and developments promoted on the basis of sustainable development principles. Our team is well adapted to representing clients in all aspects of the planning process.

 

Renewable energy forms an ever increasing proportion of the property work we undertake and our lawyers are only too aware of the importance that this developing sector has. We see ourselves as being at the forefront of this sector in the Wales and West region, having acted on property transactions involving biomass fuel, wind energy and energy from waste.

 
 

Investment & Portfolio Management

Effective property management is essential but can also be fraught with legal issues. We aim to simplify the legal aspects of property management and provide you with clear cut and commercial advice. We also advise on the sale and purchase of investment property, the letting of investment property, funding investments and can assist clients in setting up special purchase vehicles.

 

Public Sector

Public Sector property law advice is, by its nature, highly specialised. All of our lawyers are extremely experienced in acting for public sector bodies and have done so for a number of years. Our team members have a wealth of in-house experience, including working for the Welsh Government (then, the Welsh Assembly Government) and also West Sussex County Council. When acting for public bodies, we like to consider ourselves an extension of their in-house legal teams.

Our lawyers' experience includes:

  • Providing a wide range of highways advice to a Council;

  • Advising a County Borough Council on waste management issues;

  • Advising a County Council on a variety of land and property issues;

  • The sale of land for an affordable housing development;

  • Advising management agents on the management of a pension portfolio; and Advising on Compulsory Purchase Order issues;

  • Acting for a County Council in relation to a large, multi-million pound household waste recycling contract and also on the follow up £200 billion (capex) waste recycling contract; and

  • Acting for a County Council on three Academy Schools projects.

 

Company & Commercial

At Le Gros Solicitors, we help businesses of all sizes across the full business cycle fulfil their commercial needs, acting for start-ups and sole traders, through to large companies and professional partnerships.


Every matter for every client is dealt with using the same quality and care: from large, complex transactions to routine issues. The team streamlines document production, meaning our services are delivered to you as efficiently as possible. Our aim is to produce plain English documents and give you practical advice which you don't need a legal dictionary to understand. At the heart of all our work is transparency and a clear understanding of the core business risks which affect you.

Our services include:

  • Advising on business start-ups, recommending appropriate business structures, providing supporting documentation including terms of business suited to your needs, and providing a shareholders' or partnership agreement as appropriate, enabling you to avoid problems arising later.

  • Assist you through the process of buying and selling a business from heads of terms stage, to negotiation of documents and disclosure of material issues, all the way through to completion. Where appropriate, we will work hand-in-hand with our property and employment law colleagues to ensure that you receive a full and comprehensive service.

  • Negotiating and assisting with management buy-outs and buy-ins including providing advice on funding arrangements along with reviewing loan and security documentation.

 

Private Client

Whilst it is understandably uncomfortable to think about and discuss, it is important to ensure that your finances, property and personal assets will be looked after and distributed in accordance with your wishes after your death. It is also imperative to consider what would happen to you, your home and personal affairs if you became incapable of handling one or more of these things yourself. At Le Gros Solicitors, we offer a compassionate approach to dealing with these often sensitive areas whilst providing you with fundamental and clear-cut advice.

Wills
As the laws of intestacy sometimes does not favour the people that you would want to inherit or benefit from your assets when you pass away, it is important to ensure that you make a will. Wills are quite easily accessible these days but they are legal documents and it is therefore essential to ensure that you receive the correct legal and tax advice regarding your estate and that the will is correctly drafted and executed. Recent case law highlights the risk of making a will that is not executed in the correct way.

We can advise you on and produce a will to suit your individual needs and circumstances at competitive prices.

Lasting Powers of Attorney
If you are worried about what would happen to you, your welfare and your home and affairs if you became unable to make decisions on these matters, you should consider making a Lasting Power of Attorney. A Lasting Power of Attorney gives someone else - usually a family member or someone close to you - the legal right to manage your affairs. There are two types of Lasting Powers of Attorney:

  • Lasting Powers of Attorney (Property and Affairs); and

  • Lasting Powers of Attorney (Personal Welfare).


A Lasting Power of Attorney (Property and Affairs) will give the Attorney the legal right to deal with your property and affairs either as soon as the LPA is registered, or when you lose the mental capacity to deal with your property affairs yourself.

A Lasting Power of Attorney (Personal Welfare) allows you to specify or indicate the level and type of care you want and do not want should you lose the mental capacity to make or communicate these decisions in the future.

We can draft both types of LPA for you and can advise on the legal effects of making an LPA.

Probate
When a family member or friend dies, it can be overwhelming to think about sorting out their estate at what is an emotional and distressing time. We can assist executors and administrators with handling the administration of the estate and can make the process as stress-free as possible.

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Le Gros Solicitors Limited is a limited company registered in England & Wales with Registered Number 10791532

The Firm is authorised and regulated by The Solicitors Regulation Authority (no: 639974)

Registered Office: 22 Windsor Place, Cardiff, CF10 3BY  -  Tel: 029 2267 1301

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