Acquisition & Disposal of Commercial Property

Expert advice on Commercial Property transactions

Expert advice on Commercial Property transactions

Buying and selling your commercial property

Our team of lawyers have vast experience in dealing with and advising on all areas of acquisitions and disposals of commercial property. Whether you are looking at your first acquisition or disposal, building up a property portfolio or looking to find your go to lawyer, we provide the full legal service.

Commercial property is never straightforward and covers an array of different uses and structures encompassing anything from retail spaces, shopping centres, hotels, pubs, offices, business parks, factories, industrial estates and everything in between.

Understanding the financing needs to a transaction is key to ensure that all elements come together and the transaction proceeds swiftly. We have strong relationships with, and grounded experience, acting for an array of institutional lenders and bridging finance companies.

Our team acts for property investors, pension funds, owner occupiers, institutional and private lenders and SMEs of all industry sectors.

We can assist with:

  • Title due diligence – particular focus on restrictive covenants, easements and restrictions

  • Title restructuring – carving out and creating leasehold structures

  • Mixed use properties

  • Conventional and unconventional lending terms

  • Portfolio acquisition and management

  • Complex title ownership structures

  • Property tax planning to include SDLT, VAT and Capital Allowance

We recognise and appreciate the importance of ensuring the deal is right for you and our approach and service is tailored to your desired needs and outcomes and delivered in a proactive and commercial minded manner.

Undertaking complex transactions for housebuilders and landowners

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Recent highlights

  • Multi-million-pound freehold acquisition of a commercial industrial estate (partially let) in the West Midlands coupled with a re-finance with Santander plc

  • Distribution of Partnership property assets in excess of £4,000,000.00 as part of a structured succession plan

  • Acquisition of five pubs in the South West in excess of £2,000,000, overcoming various restrictive covenant and title issues and bringing the deal to completion in under four months.

Our clients rate us excellent

Sue Greenman

Everything was completed professionally and within my tight time scales. I would like to say thank you and would definitely go back to Goughs should I need help in the future.

Ali McBrine

Thank you Alice Blackmore for your fantastic professional support, with care, compassion and kindness, of our need for explanation and understanding of the system and language in a lot of correspondence. Thank you too for being always being honest and empathic of our feelings.

Andrew Alvis

Another well-managed transaction handled promptly and professionally by Nadine Cook and her team. We have used Goughs before, will use again and would not hesitate to recommend their services to anybody.

Phil Carter

Goughs Solicitors provide a friendly, professional and extremely reassuring service. The whole team, especially Georgina Catlin, are empathetic and provide sound advice when required, you definitely feel you are in safe hands.

Your commercial property team

Gemma Sumsion

Head of Real Estate & Corporate

Gemma is a Partner and Head of Real Estate & Corporate. She specialises in commercial property and corporate matters, acting for a wide range of clients.

Rebecca Bailey

Senior Associate Solicitor

Rebecca joined Goughs in 2014 having previously spent 15 years at two major law firms in London and Leeds and advises on all aspects of property and construction.

Olivia Holden


Olivia joined Goughs Commercial department in September 2020 and continues to specialise in Commercial Property with a specific focus on acquisitions, disposals, property re-finance, and landlord and tenant work.

Hollie Plumb


Hollie started her training contract in September 2019 and for the majority of her training contract and since qualifying in September 2021, has been working closely with Gemma Sumsion in the Corporate and Commercial Team. 

Your real estate legal experts


We draw from a wide range of disciplines to support you in keeping your business moving forward.


Goughs have been providing legal services to businesses across the south west since 1882.


We deal with a wide variety of real estate clients so have the expertise to ensure all your needs are dealt with by one team.

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