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At P.A. Duffy & Co., we understand that the leasing of commercial property can be stressful and present many challenges. We can help reduce this stress by offering our specialised legal advice.

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At P.A. Duffy and Co., our commercial solicitors aim to make the process of dealing with commercial property as straightforward as possible.

What are Leases of Commercial Property?

A commercial lease is a legally binding contract which is formed between a business tenant (lessee) and a landlord (lessor) subject to a set of terms agreed. Often these are initially agreed as what is commonly known as ‘Heads of Terms’ and those ‘Heads’ are later incorporated into the lease. The ‘Heads of Terms’ are important as they determine matters such as the rent payable, the usage allowed, the term of the lease, rent review and rights granted to the Tenant or rights reserved by the Landlord over the Property.

The leasing of Commercial Property is also governed by a piece of legislation known as the Business Tenancies (NI) Order 1996 – it is essential that this legislation is considered and advised upon when entering into a commercial lease.

Commercial lease agreements are commonly made in relation to:

  • Retail Units/Shops

  • Warehousing

  • Workshops

  • Factories

  • Yards

  • Pubs & Restaurants

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Do I Need a Solicitor Whilst Drafting Commercial Leases?

At P.A. Duffy Solicitors our expert solicitors understand the significant financial commitment attached to commercial leases therefore it is important to undertake the correct legal procedures when drafting a commercial lease. By seeking expert legal advice, both parties can be rest assured that they are receiving a fair settlement.

Our solicitors can also execute tailor-made solutions to leases for various clients. Once you have made your enquiry to P.A. Duffy & Co., our specialised Commercial Leasing Solicitors will reach out to you, to provide their expert advice. We will tailor our services to you, whether you are a landlord or tenant, we will evaluate your case and discuss your requirements to ensure that you achieve the best legal outcome for yourself and your business.

How Long Does It Take to Negotiate a Commercial Lease?

The time frame to negotiate a commercial lease varies, as each case is individual. Some cases could take as little as days whereas others could last a year or longer. Often, the reason for delay is if both parties are not conforming to the negotiation therefore stopping the negotiation from progressing.

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We advise on legal obligations that arise in such transactions and carry out the day-to-day work so that you can focus on running your business.

Dealing with commercial property can be incredibly complicated, whether you are a landlord, tenant, developer, or bank, and want to buy or sell a property, or are currently involved in a dispute.

At P.A. Duffy & Co. our team of specialist solicitors has handled a variety of cases of this nature, and we are here to offer you easy-to-understand legal advice that will help you in your current circumstances. We combine our commercial expertise with a thorough understanding of your business to deliver strategic and no-nonsense legal advice.

We partner with clients large and small, public, and private, to see them through any legal issues. Our aim is to help break down the legal jargon in a way that is easy to understand, and we will engage with you regularly to ensure your interests are looked after. Our expert commercial law solicitors will advise you on a broad range of matters, some of our specialities include:

  • Property Litigation:  Recourse to the Courts can often be the most effective remedy when commercial property disputes arise. Property litigation covers many topics which may include disputes over development agreements, disputes over service charges, recovery of land or disputes over subletting, change of use and alterations to commercial property. Whether you are a landlord, tenant, retailer or developer our commercial law solicitors can advise you on the merits of using litigation as an effective remedy to your problem.

  • Commercial Lending:  Commercial lending can be useful in helping you to buy or refinance a business property. They often contain complex terms and conditions which place significant financial commitments on the lender. Our expert solicitors can help you to understand your rights and obligations. We aim to ensure that you enter into an agreement that is viable and beneficial for your business.

  • Leases: Commercial leases can contain a variety of terms and conditions that must be considered carefully before signing. We act for landlords and tenants and often advise them on important issues that may arise in commercial leases in relation to service charges, non-payment of rent, breach of covenant, forfeiture, assignment and underletting. We have worked with a range of businesses and have helped to secure commercial leases for bars, restaurants, hotels, offices, retail spaces and industrial units.

  • License Agreements: Licenses can be difficult to understand, and legal assistance is always advised to ensure that your license is appropriate for your business and no important details are missed. Our expert solicitors provide assistance to clients applying for licenses for commercial properties such as bars and restaurants. We also help our clients to make amendments to existing licenses and to buy or sell licensed commercial property.

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Kieran QuinnKieran QuinnDirector
Emma McCaulEmma McCaulSolicitor
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