Specialist advice for developers and landowners in the retail sector.

Our specialist team brings together lawyers from across our real estate and other disciplines to deliver strategic value for developers and landowners in the retail sector.

Our clients in this sector include property developers and owners of retail property portfolios.

We advise on the full range of issues associated with the acquisition, disposal, development and asset management of land and property for retail purposes.

Our expertise
We advise retail landlords and developers on the property and asset management aspects of their business, including:

• acquisition and disposal of shopping centres and multi-let retail space
• development agreements for retail sites
• finance and funding arrangements (including forward funding)
• unlocking development potential and vacant possession strategy
• construction contracts and warranties
• planning advice and planning agreements
• environmental advice

Asset Management
• leases and agreements for lease
• setting up of new scheme specific precedent leases (including ‘future proofing’ for onward sale)
• review and advice on standard lease documentation
• consents for alienation and alterations
• business lease renewals and LTA 1954 Act issues
• advising on tenant rent arrears, forfeiture and insolvency
• dilapidations

We have a wealth of experience advising on shopping centre management and lettings as well as all aspects of site acquisition and development of retail parks. We advise on a strategic basis to achieve clients’ desired outcomes:

• site clearance and vacant possession strategy
• site assembly
• acquiring and developing land
• lease and asset management
• understanding service charge regimes and disputes
• reviewing and modernising precedent documents
• rent arrears and tenant insolvency
• dilapidations

Our team understands the retail sector and has recently commented in the media on issues including Shopping Centre Asset Management and the way CVAs work for retailers and landlords.

We are also active members of REVO and the British Property Federation.

Our team

Edwina Hewson


Commercial Property

Direct Line +44 (0)113 207 0187

Helen Hill


Property Litigation

Direct Line +44 (0)113 297 3770

Dawn Carlisle


Commercial Property

Direct Line +44 (0)113 297 8957

Peter Woods


Commercial Property

Direct Line +44 (0)113 288 2855

Michael Watson


Head of Property Litigation

Direct Line +44 (0)113 297 1850

Simon Jackson


Head of Commercial Property

Direct Line +44 (0)113 297 7721