Property Investment

A complete property investment legal team at your fingertips

Property Investment

A complete property investment legal team at your fingertips

Lawyers specialising in acting for property investors

Property investment experts

Whether you invest in commercial or residential property, as an individual or via a corporate entity or pension scheme, we can provide you with a comprehensive legal service tailored to your needs.

We have brought together lawyers from across all our disciplines who specialise in acting for property investors and can advise you with a specific emphasis on your needs as an investor.

Our experts focus on understanding your needs and aims as a property investor so that they can provide you with commercially focused advice which balances any risks.

Legal property services for your commercial property

Our expertise include:

  • Acquisition and disposal of commercial property including portfolios.

  • All aspects of commercial leasing work including granting, assigning and terminating leases as well as sub-letting.

  • Acquisition, investment management and disposal of commercial property via a SIPP or SASS.

  • Commercial property management.

  • Buying and selling buy to let properties including portfolios.

  • All aspects of residential leasing work including extension of long leases.

  • Finance work including acquisition finance and re-mortgaging of commercial and residential property including portfolios.

  • Advising residential property investors on all aspects of leasehold enfranchisement.

  • Property tax planning including SDLT, VAT and which allowances or reliefs may be available.

  • Estate planning including plans for distribution of your investments on your death, Inheritance Tax implications and how to make use of any available allowances or reliefs.

  • Business Lasting Powers of Attorneys.

  • Advice on complex property ownership structures such as investment companies or Trust vehicles.

  • Family businesses and succession planning.

  • Trust property investment and all linked tax implications and considerations.

  • Disputes arising around the ownership of a jointly owned property including advice as to how you can seek to protect your interest or ensure the asset is sold.

  • Division of investment assets on the breakdown of a relationship

  • Advice on pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements dealing with property investment assets.

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Recent highlights

  • Acting for a partnership in the distribution of its multi-million pound mixed property investment portfolio.

  • Advice on the SDLT treatment of the purchase of a portfolio of purpose-built holiday cottages.

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Knowledgeable individual solicitors who when necessary are able to work together to review problems in depth   and put together sensible, appropriate and achievable solutions.


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Your property investment questions answered

The best place to start is to approach local commercial agents. 

A good commercial agent will often draw up quite detailed heads of terms that are agreed between the buyer and seller. Once you have an agreed set of heads of terms, or you have reached an agreement with the seller directly, this is a good time to approach us here at Goughs. 

Our Commercial Property Team would be happy to discuss the proposed purchase with you on the phone and review any heads of terms that have been agreed. Our expert team can then establish the work involved, the likely timescales and provide you with a fee estimation.

There is a specific procedure which must be followed in order for a tenant of a new lease not to be entitled to a new lease at the end of the term. 

Once the lease is in an agreed form, the Landlord’s solicitor must issue a formal Notice which informs the tenant that the lease is not protected by the 1954 Act. The Tenant can then either wait the necessary 14 days from the date the Notice was served when signing a Simple Declaration before completing on the lease. Alternatively, an independent solicitor (not the solicitor acting for the tenant) may swear the oath for the Statutory Declaration. A Statutory Declaration means the parties do not need to wait the necessary 14 days before entering into the lease and can be useful when time is crucial. 

As a Landlord it is particularly important to make sure that if you do not want the tenant to be entitled to a new lease at the end of the term, the correct procedure is followed else the 1954 Act will apply. Please get in touch with our Commercial Property team to discuss this further and answer any queries you have. 

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Your property investment team

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.

Sarah Thomson

Senior Associate & Head of Residential Property

Sarah is the Head of the Residential Property team and deals with all aspects of residential property, including freehold and leasehold sales & purchases, remortgages, transfers of equity, shared ownership, and auction sales & purchases.

Donna Linden

Associate Residential Property Practitioner

Donna has been working in residential property for almost 40 years and has experience in all areas of property work including freehold, leasehold, new build, help to buy, transfers of equity, and re-mortgage. Donna believes that all clients should feel supported during one of the most expensive and emotionally charged transactions in their lives.

Emma Taylor

Partner & Head of Private Client

Emma began her life at Goughs in 2008 as a Solicitor. Now, with over 15 years of experience, she is a Partner and Head of the Private Client Department. Emma deals with all areas of Private Client work but has a particular interest in Trusts and Complex Property Ownership.

Natalie Kemp

Associate Chartered Legal Executive

Natalie joined Goughs in 2019 and progressed to an Associate in 2020. She is experienced in dealing with all areas of family law, including children, divorce, separation, finances, cohabitation, and separation agreements together with pre and post nuptial agreements.

Why work
with Goughs?

Local since 1882, with an excellent reputation

First-class, effective service

Nationally accredited law firm

Recognised by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners


Our departments work together so we can address all of your specialist legal needs smoothly and efficiently.

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