Commercial Property

Commercial Property

Commercial Property Services

Commercial property is an important consideration for many businesses, however, the legal procedures surrounding business premises are not always straight forward. In our experience, those who seek legal advice early avoid the pitfalls and extra expenses that can be associated with commercial property transactions. As one of the largest and most highly regarded commercial property departments in the area, the team at Fraser Dawbarns provide high quality guidance and support on a wide range of commercial property matters.

The commercial property services on offer at Fraser Dawbarns include acquisition and disposal, occupying new premises, planning and development, leases and freehold acquisitions or investment and secured lending. We can also provide associated advice on statutory requirements, such as environmental regulations or planning law.

Our commercial property team has worked extensively with businesses of all types and sizes, both locally and nationally. Whether you are a sole trader or a large company, whether you are an investor or a developer, Fraser Dawbarns have a commercial property specialist to help you.

Fraser Dawbarns are rated as a ‘Leading Firm’ in the 2020 Edition of the Legal 500 for our commercial Property work.

Our Specialists

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Aashish Soni

Solicitor - King's Lynn

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Daniel Ball

Partner, Solicitor - Wisbech

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Eileanora Ni-Charthaig

Consultant Solicitor - Ely

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Emma Richmond

Paralegal - Kings Lynn

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Jenny Rushmer

Partner, Solicitor, Head of Commercial Department - Wisbech

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Michelle Atkins

Associate Solicitor - Wisbech

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Sophie King

Senior Associate Solicitor - Kings Lynn

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Tony Cheetham

Partner, Solicitor - Kings Lynn

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Buying and Selling Commercial Property

Moving into a new property is a defining moment for a business, however, it is vital to be aware of the rules and procedures that must be followed in any commercial property transaction. We prepare and advise on the full range of documentation relating to the sale and purchase of commercial property, keeping you fully informed at every stage of the process.

By having an experienced legal team on your side to help you through the legal procedures and requirements, you can be sure that your transaction will complete as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

Acquisition and Disposal

Our lawyers are highly experienced, providing you with comprehensive assistance throughout the acquisition and disposal of business premises. Our knowledge of the process means we can help you avoid the potential pitfalls on any commercial property deal. We can help with from anything from a large corporate restructuring and refinancing deals to the sale or purchase of small business premises.

We have advised businesses of all types and sizes on acquisition, disposal and financing. Whether you are a sole trader or established company, contact Fraser Dawbarns for assistance with the purchase, sale or letting of property for your business.


Complementing our Acquisitions and Disposals service, the commercial property team at Fraser Dawbarns, also advise on all aspects of commercial lending. We can help you with a range of services including loan documentation, the structuring of finance and the suitability of security.

Fraser Dawbarns LLP are on the panels of the majority of the mainstream lenders and where lenders appoint their own panel of solicitors we work closely with those firms to ensure the swift conclusion of all security documentation and draw-down to coincide with your deadlines. For help and advice on financing any property, contact Fraser Dawbarns for a discussion about how we can assist you.

Freehold Acquisition

If you currently own the leasehold of your business premises, the land on which the property is situated is owned by a third party. By purchasing the freehold, you will become the outright owner of the building and the land. As well as saving your business ground rent, you will be free to make any changes to the property and sell it at full market value when you are ready to move on.

If you are interested in purchasing the freehold and the freeholder is willing to sell, we can help you through the entire process, keeping you updated throughout the transaction. Contact the commercial team at Fraser Dawbarns to find out more.

Planning and Development

Planning law is complex and without sound advice, it is possible to inadvertently run afoul of a legislation or restrictions, that prevent you from achieving your goals. The team at Fraser Dawbarns understand all aspects of commercial development projects, from land acquisition through to the planning process and the disposal of the completed development. We work alongside your other professional advisors to ensure that your transaction proceeds in a smooth, timely and cost-effective manner.

If you are planning a development project or have any concerns regarding a planning issue, contact a member of our commercial property team to discuss how we can help you.


Our team provides commercial advice to property developers, offering guidance and assistance throughout the entire development process. Our commercial property team can help you with site investigations, purchasing the development site and assist you with the local authorities and planning departments. We can make sure that all documentation and statutory agreements are correct and help you to draft the appropriate construction documents.

Whether you are a new or established developer, we can help you to realise your vision with minimal holdups or unnecessary expense. Contact Fraser Dawbarns for sound and practical advice from the beginning of your development to the end.


If you are a landowner involved in a property development project, we can you help to ensure that you get the most from your land. You will have a range of options open to you and we can help you decide which are the options that really make your land work for you.

You may find renewable energy projects or communications infrastructure are preferable to property development and provide you with the best returns. Whatever you choose, the commercial property solicitors at Fraser Dawbarns can help you get the best results. Contact us for an informal discussion of your options.


As an investor, your goal will be to maximise the return on your capital as quickly and efficiently as possible. With experience from all sides of the property development market, our commercial property solicitors have the necessary knowledge and experience to help you with a wide range of property investment transactions.

As well as helping with portfolio acquisition, disposals and joint ventures, we can help you to secure funding. We know that securing funding has become harder in recent years, but our team understands commercial property finance and can help you to secure what you need for your development project.

Our commercial team also has a strong understanding of commercial contracts, which can be very important when you need to secure robust terms from your developers, contractors and suppliers. Speak to the commercial team at Fraser Dawbarns to find out how we can help you with your next development.

Commercial Tenancies

Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, the law surrounding commercial tenancies can be complex and difficult to always get right. Having an experienced legal team on your side, can help you to understand your position and make sure that you are making the most of the arrangement.

We also offer advice and assistance to both landlords and tenants on all aspects of commercial property leases, including drafting, negotiation and renewal as well as advising on forfeiture and bringing leases to an end. If you have any concerns regarding any aspect of Landlord and Tenant law, please contact us to see how we can help you.

Commercial Landlords

As a commercial landlord, it is very important to have the right kind of professional support that ensures you can negotiate the complexities of Landlord and Tenant law while promoting your business objectives. Whether you need to draw up a new commercial lease, whether you need to renegotiate with an existing tenant or whether you are having issues related to dilapidation you will benefit from our expert legal advice.

As one of the most experienced and highly regarded commercial departments in the area, the team at Fraser Dawbarns are focused on you and your needs. By getting to know your business and its objectives, we create a service based around you and your needs. To find out more, contact us today.

Commercial Tenants

Your premises can often be the largest expense of your organisation and can also be closely tied to your business identity. For any businesses that rents their premises, being able to achieve a consistent and stable commercial tenancy is an extremely valuable asset. We can advise on the terms of proposed and existing leases, and the implications of these for your business, ensuring that your commercial needs are met.

The expert property solicitors at Fraser Dawbarns want to help you towards solutions that work for you by protecting your interests and reducing your risk. If you would like any assistance with your commercial tenancy, contact the team at Fraser Dawbarns to find out more.

Property Litigation

Sometimes the relationship between a landlord and tenant can break down. While it is always advisable to avoid the stress and potential expense of litigation where you can, sometimes this is not possible. There are a number of issues surrounding commercial leases that could result in property litigation and if any of these occur, you will need a good legal team to help resolve your disputes as cost-effectively and as quickly as possible.

Our experienced litigation team can help you in the case of a breakdown in the landlord and tenant relationship including:

  • Contentious business lease renewal
  • Review of rent
  • Service charge issues
  • Withholding of consent to assignments, under-lettings and sub-tenancies
  • Claims for dilapidation
  • Claims for compensation on termination of a tenancy
  • Rent arrears and rent arrears recovery
  • Forfeiture and recovery of possession of business premises

If you are a landlord or a tenant who would like advice on any potentially contentious issue, please contact our team.

Ancillary Services

Our experienced commercial property lawyers provide a number of ancillary services to complement your business needs. We can assist you in dealing with property transfers following company reorganisation and the management of your property portfolio.

We can assist your business by advising on, negotiating, and drafting a wide number of agreements and licences for your property including service and overage agreements, easements, licences to occupy or underlet and licences for alterations.

Our commercial property team also provides property services for other organisations such as Charities, Trusts and Pension funds (SIPP and SASS Schemes). We can advise your organisation on the additional legislation and regulations that will need to be considered when your organisation purchases, sells or lets property, or enter into any other agreement which affects their property.

We are also experienced in dealing with agreements for bespoke projects such as windfarms, solar farms, and telecoms sites.

If you are concerned about any commercial property issue, why not contact us today to discuss how we can help you.

Other Services for Businesses

The Commercial and Corporate team at Fraser Dawbarns offer a full range of services to business owners and corporate clients.

Corporate Law

If you are looking for legal advice on the structuring of your business or you are exploring your options regarding buying or selling a business, please see our corporate law services page.

Commercial Law

If you are looking for legal advice on contracts and agreements between two or more companies or between companies and customers, please see our commercial law services page.


I cannot thank Samantha enough for helping me through what is a very stressful time having lost my dear husband in hospital and all the paperwork that is involved. I am grateful for her understanding.
Client - Downham Market Office

Why Choose Fraser Dawbarns for your Business?

Direct Access to your Solicitor

Our commercial solicitors develop a good understanding of our client’s businesses and form close working relationships with our business clients. Clients who wish to arrange an appointment with our commercial solicitors can do so easily, visiting us at any of our offices across East Cambridgeshire and West Norfolk. We can also visit you at your business if you prefer.

Pricing Options

At Fraser Dawbarns we recognise that there is no ‘one size fits all’. With our flexible pricing options, we give our clients the choice of different pricing options. You can choose whether you would like us to undertake your work on a fixed fee basis or at an hourly rate, selecting the pricing option that best suits your needs.

No Hidden Charges

Clients opting for our fixed fee service, will know how much they will pay for the matter before we start work. Clients who prefer to be billed at an hourly rate will also be given a realistic range of costs before we begin. Transparency and trustworthiness are important to us and we will never surprise you with hidden charges that were not explained to you at the outset.

Contact Us Today

Our team will help you from the beginning of your case to the end, giving you total peace of mind. If you would like friendly, client focused advice on a wide range of legal issues, get in touch and see how we can help you.

Call or email us today and find out how we can make your life easier. 

Wisbech: 01945 461456
March: 01354 602880
King's Lynn: 01553 666600
Ely: 01353 383483
Downham Market: 01366 383171
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