How to untie a pub tenant!

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The tenants of the very large pub companies have been complaining for years about how they are treated by their landlords – not just through the drinks tie that means that they can’t negotiate discounts with suppliers but also because of onerous lease terms to do with repairs, the use of the property, licensing conditions, […]

Welcome back!

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We are delighted to say that Emma Hartley has returned to Guest Walker following a brief period away from us and the birth of her daughter Olivia. Emma is a graduate legal executive and is working in our Life Planning department with consultant solicitor Christine Pick. We are very pleased to have her back!

GUEST WALKER JOIN FOLK2FOLK LEGAL PANEL

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Guest Walker have been appointed to the Solicitors Legal Panel of peer-to-peer lender Folk2Folk, which lends to local businesses. As a member of the Panel Guest Walker will carry out the legal work required to complete loans for business owners borrowing from Folk2Folk – a rapidly growing organisation which offers simple and straightforward local lending/borrowing […]

Do you need an energy (efficiency) boost?

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As the weather (hopefully) warms up and the “Beast from the East” becomes a distant memory it is easy to forget how cold our homes and workplaces can be when it’s freezing outside. However, from April 2018, there are new regulations affecting both residential and commercial properties. Before marketing a property for sale or rent […]

Auctions – a great way to buy or sell property but only with proper advice!

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Buying and selling property at auction is always popular and does have a lot going for it. Whether you are a buyer or a seller you avoid all the issues to do with “chains” and you either secure a deal or don’t on the day itself. Whether it’s a one bedroom flat or a city […]

Thinking of taking on a new commercial lease ? Here are some points to consider ….

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Often the first thing we as solicitors see when instructed on a new commercial letting for a tenant are the already agreed “Heads of Terms”, being the starting point for the basis of the legal documentation.  Unsurprisingly, these can often be heavily landlord biased and therefore it is always advisable to engage your solicitor early […]

Stamp Duty Land Tax Changes – First Time Buyer’s Relief

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Following the recent budget announcement, if you, and anyone else you’re buying with, are first time buyers of a residential property you can now claim relief on purchases: made on or after 22 November 2017 where the purchase price is no more than £500,000 You will pay: 0% on the first £300,000 5% on the remainder […]

Broken Chain

Breaking up is hard to do……

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Many commercial leases contain break clauses allowing a landlord or a tenant to choose to end their lease early. A break may arise on specified dates or it may be exercisable at any time provided that the party exercising the break gives a minimum amount of notice. Exercising a break sounds simple enough but, in […]