We’re experts in commercial law, and have a long track record of providing wise advice to businesses of all sizes and types.
Our connections with family businesses are particularly strong.
By really getting to know our clients, their businesses and people we’ve developed relationships that have grown and matured across generations.
When you’re running a business you’re affected by all sorts of laws and legislation. We make sure you have the right solutions, tailored precisely to your needs.
If you’re buying or selling a business we use our in-depth knowledge and experience to guide you through every step.
And when it comes to business premises we are specialists in dealing with commercial property whether buying, selling, leasing or sub-letting.
Every business owner is likely to sign a lease at some point.
And if you own and let commercial property you need to make sure you have a lease that protects you and your investment.
However, leases can be complex.
For example, a lease could state the building is “in good, substantial and tenantable repair”. That does not guarantee the roof or gutters have been recently inspected or the building is free from problems.
Since a lease sets out a legal and financial relationship, it’s vital to know who you are dealing with before you start.
Tenants want to know their landlord is reasonable to deal with, and landlords want to know the tenant will pay the rent on time and keep the premises in good order.
That’s why you need a solicitor like Sturrock, Armstrong & Thomson to identify fact from fiction and highlight any risks or liabilities you might face.
A lease can be a long document running to 30 pages or more.
As well as covering terms such as the rent, it will have clauses that set out:
If you’re a potential tenant, before you take on a lease it's vital to obtain as much information as you can. Independent reports and surveys are essential. These should include:
The commercial world is complicated and mistakes can be costly in all sorts of ways. We're here to make sure you don't suffer.
“Our industry has gone through consolidation in recent years and this created opportunities for us to acquire similar businesses. Sturrock, Armstrong and Thomson were able to advise us through the acquisition process on several occasions. They were very reactive to last minute changes and were always available to ensure deadlines were met.”