Commercial property

All too often property lawyers use legal jargon without adequate explanation. At Gaby Hardwicke we’re different.

Whether you're involved in developing or investing in property or your property is simply a place from which to work, our property lawyers recognise your need for clear and concise advice. We will help you acquire the right property to achieve your business objectives, and ensure that there are no surprises when you come to sell. Our lawyers are expert but approachable with experience of a wide range of property transactions including those relating to:

  • Shops
  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Pubs
  • Offices
  • Industrial premises
  • Development sites
  • Healthcare surgeries
  • Care homes

We also have particular expertise in agricultural land and in the use of all types of commercial property as security for business funding and for pension investment. Our experienced property finance team will help you use your property to maximum effect, whether in raising finance or in planning for sale or retirement.

Our team includes not only lawyers with more than 20 years' commercial property experience but also recently qualified solicitors. We are able to provide cost-effective solutions for both large clients with complex property needs and to start-up businesses that require assistance with a single transaction.

Call us on 01323 435 900 or 01424 438 011 or email specialist commercial property experts Nicolas Wickens (Eastbourne) or Jon Fielden (Hastings) to discuss how we can help you.


What our clients say

QuoteOn behalf of my fellow directors, many thanks for the faultless manner in which you have handled this matter, from start to finish.

Pat Conroy-Hargrave

QuoteIt was our pleasure to have you represent us and guide us through such a difficult procedure. It was a job very well done. It would go without saying that we would very much like to have you and your partnership on our side with any matters that you might be able to assist us with, both business and personal. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you to anyone who may enquire.

Adrian Little, Aslit Limited

QuoteExcellent job getting this resolved in a day; look forward to working with you on others.

Simon Hunt, Director, Stiles Harold Williams


Recent deals

Assignment of option on development land

Hamish Smith advised a client, who had successfully obtained planning permission for residential development with an approximate GDV of £8 million, on the assignment of option agreements entered into by three adjoining land owners. The transaction involved five parties and their lawyers, a conditional agreement for assignment and a deed of release of an easement across the site.

Letting of industrial premises in the north of England

Hannah Bambury was instructed by one of Europe’s largest independent suppliers to the food manufacturing industry in the taking of a lease of 70,000 sq ft industrial premises in the north of England. The transaction involved liaising with immediate landlord and head landlord parties and dealing with some bespoke rent review arrangements. There were also some planning issues which arose as the transaction got underway which needed to be addressed to our client’s satisfaction prior to completion of the lease.

Language school sale

The Corporate and Commercial Property teams dealt with the sale of a business operated from one of the premises of a large, multi-site language school. The sale was subject to very tight timescales and complex negotiations.

Sale of development site

Jon Fielden recently completed the sale of a large student development site in Kent for nearly £4 million.

Golf-club acquisition

Nicolas Wickens (Property) and Mark Williams (Corporate) acted for a client in connection with the acquisition of a golf club in the south of England. The transaction involved skilful negotiation in relation to various complications and issues, together with the raising of finance from various sources including institutional lenders and private investors.

London restaurant business negotiation and sale

Simon Harris acted for clients in the negotiation and subsequent sale of their restaurant business in London.



Based in East Sussex but serving a much wider area, Gaby Hardwicke Solicitors has offices in Hastings, Bexhill and Eastbourne.

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Commercial Property Deals

Briefing Notes

Stamp Duty Land Tax

Commercial Property - Breaches of Covenants by the Tenant

Overage Payments in Land Transactions

Important Decision for Landlords on Deposits

Residential Service Charges

Tenants' Exercise of Break Clauses in Leases

Control of Asbestos Regulations

Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005