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Commercial Leases

Over the course of a commercial lease, it may end up costing as much as a house. So understandably, it’s important to get it right.

So why use us?

Without a trained legal eye, you could be signing up for all kinds of horrors and paying for things you never expected to.

Don’t get stung by harsh obligations that may be hidden with a commercial lease

We’ll sift through the jargon and negotiate any terms which could cause issue later down the line

Save time, money and stress from the outset by getting a professional to do the hard work for you

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What's the worst that could happen?

Repairs and maintenance may end up costing thousands without reviewing the lease

Rent could rise at any time and to any price at the whim of the landlord

You could get trapped in an onerous lease in a long-term contract

Getting a second pair of eyes is always wise, and having our legal team to help negotiate your commercial lease could end up saving you thousands.

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Commercial leases can be confusing, but rather than just skim reading and signing on the dotted line, it’s best to get legal help.

Here are some of the things to look out for:

  • Rent and review clauses: makes sure the rent is affordable and be aware of how often the rent can go up.
  • Length of the lease: work out how long you’ll be tied in for and if there’s any wiggle room to negotiate.
  • Repair and maintenance obligations: check who is responsible for maintaining the property and making repairs, this is an important clause that will need a solicitor to negotiate properly.
  • Service charges and other costs: check whether there are any additional costs such as service charges, maintenance fees, or utilities, and more importantly, check whether you can afford them.
  • Guarantor requirements: make sure you know the requirements for a guarantor or any security deposits inside and out, and make sure you can meet them. To say the points above are just an introduction is an understatement. Commercial leases are full of hidden clauses and things to look out for that may go unnoticed. Without legal assistance, it’s easy to get caught in a lease that could end up costing you thousands more than expected.

In a word, yes.

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Every business should have terms and conditions to outline the rules and guidelines of their products or services. Why I hear you ask? So that the businesses and its clients are protected by setting out expectations and responsibilities from the outset, so that misunderstandings are avoided and to protect businesses from claims. So, what do they include? Terms and conditions can cover a range of topics such as payment and delivery terms, refunds and cancellations, warranties and guarantees, intellectual property rights and liability limitations. They’ll also often include specific language related to data privacy and security, user behaviour and dispute resolution. So what’s the point? Having clear and comprehensive T&Cs can help avoid legal disputes and protect a business’s interests. They also have the dual purpose of protecting the client or customer and offer a sense of security, maybe even establishing trust between the two parties. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Well maybe if you’re into that kind of thing, like us. And if you’re not, well lucky for you we can handle it for you.

They might not sound the most exciting part of you journey as a business owner, but getting all your employment contracts in place can save a whole world of pain in the future.

So why are employment contracts so important? Well, they establish the relationship between an employer and an employee, outlining the responsibilities in a legally binding way to offer protection for both sides. They also provide clarity in what’s expected of an employee, including job duties, hours of work and what the all important wage is. It might sound simple, but this prevents any disputes or misunderstandings around what’s expected from both parties. Employment contracts can also help protect confidential or sensitive information (think KFC’s secret spices) that the business is keen to keep under wraps. More than anything, employment contracts are key to establishing a clear understanding of the relationship between employer and employee, and to avoid any misunderstandings or disputes that crop up along the way.

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