Acquisition & Disposal of
Commercial Property

Expert advice on Commercial Property transactions

Commercial property experts

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.

Our expertise

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.

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Your commercial property solicitors since 1882

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.

Philip Fowler

Very professional service

Very professional service - at a difficult time due to Covid 19.


Jane Weller


Helpful, prompt and efficient


Ms Michelle Fielding

I would definitely recommend Goughs

I definitely would recommend Goughs they were very efficient, very helpful and always informed us of what was happening in the chain.


Ms Kathleen Lucas

Thank you very much for doing a great job

Thank you very much for doing a great job as always, would recommend you for sure for being so efficient and getting the job done as quick as possible.


Very helpful

Very helpful. Advice clear with plenty of time for us to consider all the options before making decisions.


Mr Wood

Very thorough

Very thorough, and we also got forces discount.



Andy Turner | Managing Director | Princeton Homes

Rebecca is professional, efficient and extremely knowledgeable on all aspects of Construction Law.


Tom O'Connor | Managing Director | Redcliffe Homes

Andrew is an experienced, diligent and pragmatic development lawyer.  Highly recommended.



Rowena is very professional and very prompt response every time I needed something.


Paul Ealey

Gemma combines sound commercial judgement with a refreshing clarity and approach.  An excellent commercial lawyer.


Bath Property Awards 2021

Goughs prides itself on its first-class service, with growing property marketing reach and increasing areas of expertise. Enquiries also escalated by 20%, a commanding showing this year!


Amelia Hanratty

Needed for Goughs to act quickly with an issue I had . They exceeded my expectations ! Isabel Figueiredo was professional , and swiftly dealt with the matter. Would strongly recommend these Solicitors.


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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.

Rowena Birch

Associate , Real Estate & Head of Property Investment

Rowena has been a commercial property solicitor since qualifying in 2006. She was drawn to commercial property and the opportunity it provides to combine legal skills and expertise with helping businesses achieve their needs and strategic aims.

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

Trainee Solicitor

Hollie started her Training Contract with the firm in September 2019 in the Family Department, and since March 2020, she has been based in the Commercial team. Hollie has a particular interest in Corporate transactions, which includes Business Sales/Purchases and Corporate Restructuring.

Goughs Solicitors: your
commercial property 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 commercial property matters so have the expertise to ensure all your needs are dealt with by one team.

Your portfolio acquisition questions answered

Yes you will most likely need searches when purchasing commercial property. Even when leasing commercial property, depending on the rent and term of lease, you may decide to carry out Searches.

If you are obtaining a mortgage, most banks will require at a minimum, a Local Authority Search, a Drainage and Water Search and also an Environmental Search. 

Considering which Searches to obtain is part of the advice we give our clients. If you are considering purchasing a commercial property and would like an idea of which Searches we would recommend and the likely Search fees, please get in touch with our Commercial Property Team who can further assist you. 

We would like to think no!

At Goughs we aim to make the process as straightforward as possible. Buying commercial property is often a big investment and therefore, the process is quite involved, which enables us to make sure you know exactly what you are purchasing. 

If you are looking to buy commercial property, is often worth discussing what you are looking to buy with specialist commercial agents. We work quite closely with commercial agents so if you would like us to recommend who to get in touch with, please let us know. 

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