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Simon Ralphs


Simon Ralphs


“This is a substantial practice. I cannot rate the firm as a whole, but I can recommend without reservation Simon Ralphs who has provided an excellent and skilled service at reasonable costs.”

The Legal 500

Simon Ralphs is a partner in the commercial real estate team, advising on a broad range of commercial property transactions but with a well regarded specialism in the food and restaurant sector.

Simon acts for institutional investors, large retailers, property funds, developers and landlords and tenants of all types and sizes.

Simon has over 20 years of experience working in commercial property and is well known in both the London and Thames Valley areas.

Simon is also well connected in the restaurant space with a detailed knowledge of restaurant leases and franchise arrangements. His passion for the food and restaurant sector has seen him support a range of clients, many of them, at the forefront of new developments in the sector.

The Cheese Bar and Pick & Cheese: We’ve been very lucky to have Simon work for us on two recent leases and can’t fault his approach. His communication, professionalism and advice has been invaluable.

Chambers: Simon provides reliable and timely advice.


Acquisitions and disposals

Frequently advises on the sale and purchase of freehold and leasehold properties. On acquisitions this includes co-ordinating title investigation and due diligence in connection with the purchase all types of property investments, including multi-let buildings and sites.


Regularly acts for landlords and tenants in negotiating agreements for lease with development obligations, including agreeing conditions on planning and construction.

Investment and Property Management

Providing clear advice on the terms of any existing leases and supporting documentation. In addition, ongoing management of client’s property assets, including negotiating and agreeing supplemental documents where required.


With many years of experience in franchising including acting for a large restaurant operator preparing and agreeing franchise documentation to facilitate their ambitious franchising programme.

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