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Commercial Real Estate

Property finance lawyers in London & Thames Valley

We act for lenders and borrowers in relation to the financing of commercial real estate investment and development. Our clients include high net worth individuals, institutional investors, funds and developers, institutional lenders and private banks.  

“They are knowledgeable, friendly, efficient and a pleasure to work with.” 

Chambers and Partners


In general it is preferable to finance commercial property through a company due to the principal of limited personal liability. This offers individuals peace of mind that they are, in normal circumstances, only personally liable for the amount they originally put into the business/company. However, if the company does not hold any other assets, lenders may require you to provide a personal guarantee as security against the loan.

Commercial property is usually funded by personal or business capital or third-party finance -the latter can take the form of a loan from a lender and secured by a charge. You will need to ensure that you have funding in place before exchanging contracts, as lenders will likely need to satisfy themselves the property has good and marketable title . Usually the solicitor dealing with the purchase will be able to jointly act for the lender, but the bank may be separately represented if it is not an institutional lender, or if the loan value is high.

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  • Commercial Real Estate

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  • Commercial Real Estate

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  • Commercial Real Estate

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We have always been impressed with the speed and reactivity displayed by the Clarkslegal Commercial Property team and their ability to make complex situations seem more straightforward.” 

Crown Europe

“It has been an immense pleasure to work closely with this firm that takes great care of its clients. The professionals are of the highest calibre and diligence.” 

Orkhan Eyyubov, Founding Director – New Canada Capital