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Commercial Property

Our Commercial Property team is able to offer a comprehensive commercial property service. We recognise that business clients need cost effective and practical solutions to their property transactions and endeavour to make our charging structure plain and transparent.

Our areas of specialism include:

  • Sales and Purchases of Business Premises
  • Agricultural Land
  • Buying and Selling of Registered and Unregistered Land
  • Voluntary Registrations of Unregistered Land
  • Overage Agreements
  • Commercial Landlord & Tenant Lease matters
  • Security of Tenure
  • Property Development
  • Options and Conditional Contracts
  • Auction Property Conveyancing
  • Community Asset Transfer
  • Easement or Covenants
  • Self Invested Personal Pension (SIPP)
  • Small Self-Administered Scheme (SSAS)
  • Property Finance

If you are looking to buy, sell or rent business premises, you will need specialist advice at the earliest opportunity.

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The Commercial Property Development team at Ridley & Hall are well-equipped to handle every aspect of a commercial development from land acquisition to planning, funding, construction and disposal. We combine attention to detail with swift advice working to client’s deadlines and within budget.

Developments can be construction projects on vacant land or renovations of existing property.

They create:

  • New homes
  • Office spaces
  • Hotels
  • Retail units
  • Industrial parks and transform areas of towns and cities
  • Medical facilities

Our Commercial Development Team advise on the following aspects of development:

  • Overage agreements
  • Site acquisition/site disposals
  • Funding
  • Warranties
  • Joint venture agreements
  • Construction documents
  • Re-development of existing sites

Sale & Purchase

Commercial property is a complex and changing area of the law. At Ridley & Hall we deliver a quality assured service, focusing on your specific business needs and we are committed to securing the best outcome for you, cost effectively.

Our Commercial Property team advises on all aspects of the sale and purchase, specialising in the following:-

  • Sales/Purchases of registered/unregistered land or property
  • New builds for professional practices
  • Development land
  • Sales/Purchases of farmland
  • Overage agreements
  • Options and conditional Contracts
  • Sales/Purchases of licensed premises


If you are considering buying or selling at auction then our Commercial Property team have extensive experience of acting for clients buying and selling commercial properties at auction. Auction transactions are a quick way of buying/selling a property and require thorough preparation.

Researching The Property Using The Legal Pack Supplied

Prior to the auction date there is usually 3-4 weeks to research the property which will involve thorough investigation of the legal pack that is available from the seller’s solicitors or agents and will include:

  • Special Conditions of Sale
  • Title Deeds or Official Copy of Register
  • Leases
  • Searches
  • Replies to Pre-Contract Enquiries

Practical Considerations For Buying A Property

Practical Considerations for Buying at a Commercial Property Auction:

  • Carefully check the general and special conditions of the auction
  • Contract
  • Check the searches
  • Arrange an inspection or preferably a survey of the property prior to auction
  • Check if VAT is payable on the purchase price of the Commercial Property
  • Ensure 10% deposit is available in cleared funds to be paid at the auction
  • Any further searches required?
  • Any further enquiries to be raised?
  • Funds should be available to complete
  • Is the property subject to a Lease and are the terms of the Lease satisfactory to you?
  • It is advisable that the legal pack is reviewed by a – Solicitor in advance of the auction date to alert you to any potential issues with the property.
  • After the auction date, the balance of 90% of the purchase price will be payable on completion, usually within 28 days.

Selling A Commercial Property At Auction

The Commercial Property team can advise you if you are selling a commercial property at auction. We will prepare the legal pack and circulate to official prospective purchasers prior to the auction date.

Landlord & Tenant

The lease sets out the relationship between landlord and tenant, the rights and obligations of each, the rent and rent review provisions, repairs, decorations, insurance and lots of other details.

Leases are often long and complex documents sprinkled with technical language. Whether you are the landlord or the tenant we will try to make sure that everything is explained to you in plain English so that you fully understand your rights and obligations.

We are happy to take instructions from either landlord or tenant in relation to any property (though we cannot take instructions from both).

Our Team

Our People

David Amies

With over 25 years’ experience, David joined Ridley & Hall in 2015 to head up the commercial property department....
Adam Leece

Adam Leece

Team Leader for Property, Barnsley
Adam joined Newman & Bond, currently Ridley & Hall incorporating Newman & Bond, in 2010 as a Trainee Solicitor qualifying in 2012. Since qualifying as a Solicitor Adam has experienced a varied workload but has focused increasingly on both Residential and Commercial Property transactions for the last 8 years. In 2021 Adam was successfully appointed Partner within Ridley & Hall and in 2022 became the Property Team Leader within the Barnsley branch....

Adam Ali

Associate Solicitor
Adam joined Ridley & Hall in February 2020 as a commercial property solicitor from Kingston upon Hull and now acts for local businesses in Huddersfield and in Hull. He is based in our Huddersfield office and works alongside our commercial property lawyer and partner David Amies....