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Any property transaction may involve complex legal factors but much more so when that property is a commercial one. Planning considerations, environmental liabilities, investment issues and the payment of tax on a transaction are all concerns if you are buying, leasing or selling commercial property.
With a thorough grasp of the detail of current property legislation, we’ll manage the process of your transaction seamlessly, supporting you, partnering you or leading the way.
We advise on acquisitions, disposals, commercial and residential site development, negotiating and reviewing leases and rent reviews.
Landlords are faced with an increasing burden of statutory compliance and tenants find themselves with greater rights and but also greater responsibilities. Our expertise includes acting for both landlords and tenants, providing advice on strategy and procedure from both perspectives. We cover all areas of leasehold management including lease renewals.
“The group at Beers LLP ‘always acts quickly’ and provides a ‘personal service’. Richard Jones heads the team”. The Legal 500, West Country, Commercial Property.
You might be buying a restaurant, a corner shop or garage. All have varied licensing requirements.
Working hand in hand with our Commercial Property team, our Licensing team will keep you on the right side of the law in this complex area of law. We can help with the grant and transfer or personal and premises licences to ensure that you comply with the relevant legislation. We can also assist in applications to vary existing licences to suit the changing needs of your business.
At Beers, we help people who have let their home, bought a property to let or who have bought or inherited a property with sitting tenants. We can assist in drawing up a wide range of tenancy agreements to protect you and and your property.
While a properly prepared tenancy agreement can prevent many problems, when difficulties do arise it is crucial that landlords get appropriate advice about landlords’ rights as swiftly as possible, especially as regards rent arrears policy, using the accelerated possession procedure or getting rent arrears paid.
A letter from a landlord’s solicitor can be enough to get a problem tenant to clear rent arrears and to avoid future arrears because of the threat of legal action. If it does not, enforcing your rights as a landlord at an early stage against problem tenants will result in regaining possession of your property and peace of mind.
Advice about tenants’ legal rights is basic and fundamental to ensuring access to affordable and secure housing.
Housing problems such as actual or threatened homelessness, rent arrears or disrepair can have a devastating effect on individuals and families. We recognise that as a tenant or leaseholder, a housing law issue may coincide with problems such as a loss of employment, ill health or disability.
Knowing your tenancy rights or duties and having appropriate legal help at these times can prevent the situation turning into a crisis. We will always act quickly and sympathetically on your behalf to prevent this.
Moving home is said to be one of life’s most stressful challenges. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. With more than three quarters of UK homes owner-occupied, many of us will be buyers and sellers at some point in our lives.
We will ensure that you are aware of everything relevant to your property transaction and will carefully manage the process for you throughout.
If you are buying a property, we will ensure that everything is ready for your moving in date.
We will manage carefully the conveyancing process from the start, beginning with the best advice on which survey you may require before making your offer.
We will make sure that you clearly understand the financial position such as any deposit amount, specific mortgage conditions, stamp duty or freeholder notice fees which will affect the cost of buying and keeping your home.
Beers belongs to FASTMOVE, an agreement between the leading firms in the South West with the aim of standardising paperwork thus speeding up the transaction for you.
If you are selling, we will keep that all important regular contact with the buyer’s solicitor and prepare the necessary property information forms and fixtures & fittings lists and arrange for preparation of the Energy Performance Certificate which will ensure that the transaction proceeds smoothly.
We can, if required, advise on any estate agent’s fees and check any agreements that they have asked you to sign.
The legal community has been aware of these issues for some time now and the majority of firms drum it into their employees that no matter how safe the firm’s property firewalls/anti-virus or spam filters are, those of the public will probably be less so.
The Bold Legal Group has over 420 member firms throughout England and Wales and have been highlighting these issues to its members, on a regular basis, for the last year or two. They have a compiled a few pointers for the public:
After studying law at the University of Liverpool and completing his post-graduate year at the College of Law Chester, Richard qualified as a solicitor in 1996. He joined Beers LLP in 2005 and became Head of Property in 2007.
Richard deals with a wide range of high-value residential and commercial transactions, including sales and purchases, the grant and surrender of leases, agricultural land transactions, the grant of easements and complex development and leasehold enfranchisement matters.
Away from the office, Richard enjoys spending time with his wife, their 2 young children and their Dalmatian dog. He is a former professional sailor, an indifferent guitar player and an ever slower long distance runner.
Richard is a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association and is recommended in Chambers guide to the legal profession for commercial property work.
Jon is a senior solicitor in the Company Commercial department in our Plymouth office. Jon read law at Plymouth, obtaining a first class degree and a series of academic awards. Acting for a variety of clients, individuals and businesses, Jon has many years experience dealing with all aspects of business and company law, sales, purchases, start ups, advising on corporate structure, shareholders agreements, partnership agreements and the like. He is also widely experienced in commercial property, landlord and tenant work and high value or complex residential conveyancing. Jon advises on construction contracts (large and small projects), commercial contracts and contentious property matters, such as easements, restrictive covenants, adverse possession and rectification at HM Land Registry.
Outside of the office Jon is undertaking a PhD, researching geotechnology and property rights. He has published academic articles and lectures various law modules at Plymouth University.
When not studying, Jon enjoys the moors, time with his partner and dog, sailing and dreaming about a classic car.
Claire is a Licensed Conveyancer who specialises in residential conveyancing, particularly sales and purchases of freehold and leasehold property with both registered and unregistered titles, mortgages and remortgages, transfers of equity, Declarations of Trust, shared ownership properties and the Help to Buy Scheme. Claire also understands the swift nature of investment purchases and auction sales deadlines.
Claire has worked in support capacity within property departments for over 20 years prior to qualifying.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my children and love the outdoors, particularly the beach and horse-riding.
Carol has worked in residential property for 8 years, beginning in a support capacity and progressing to running her own matters. Carol is currently training to become a Licensed Conveyancer.
Carol has significant experience in Shared Ownership purchases and particularly enjoys helping First Time Buyers through the conveyancing process, amongst other aspects of residential conveyancing.
In her spare time, Carol enjoys reading and walking her Yorkshire Terrier.
Carolyn is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and specialises in residential conveyancing. Her career in law spans over 10 years and she has experience in a wide range of areas, including family law and litigation. Prior to that she held managerial roles in Administration.
Carolyn has a busy home life with her husband and four teenage children which she has combined with her studies and work. Her experiences have enabled Carolyn to empathise with clients in stressful situations and assist them in a calm, measured way.
Josh is a Trainee Solicitor in our Plymouth Office. Josh studied Law at Plymouth University, graduating with first class honours in 2017 and he is currently studying on the Legal Practice Course alongside working at Beers. Josh’s experience includes assisting in commercial and residential property matters, as well as company/commercial matters.
Outside of the office Josh spends much of his time studying, however he enjoys keeping fit and spending time with his family.
Originally from Bristol, Wendy began working in residential property within a busy Bristol law firm. After moving to Plymouth, she took a break from legal work to complete a B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing.
She then returned to work full time in the legal sector and is currently undertaking further legal training to specialize in conveyancing.
In her spare time, Wendy enjoys spending time with her family and keeping fit.
Helen works as a Paralegal in the residential and commercial property team and is currently studying to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive.
Helen worked in the equine industry for some years before joining the legal profession and is keen to use her experience to help clients in that industry.
In her spare time Helen enjoys keeping fit and competing her own horse when she isn’t busy studying
Jenny works as Paralegal in the residential property team and is currently studying to qualify as a Charted Legal Executive.
Jenny has over 10 years’ experience working within in the property industry, having worked for a local estate agents/surveyors before deciding to pursue a career in law.
In her spare time she enjoys swimming and spending time with her family
Established in 1885, and now with offices in Kingsbridge and Plymouth, Beers LLP has been providing generations of clients with high quality legal advice.
29 Fore Street
Tel: 01548 857000
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North Quay House,
Plymouth , PL4 0RA
Tel: 01752 246000
Fax: 01752 246001