Retail is a challenging industry and has been dealing with huge changes in consumer buying behaviours and demands over the last 12 months. Now more than ever retailers are having to adapt quickly, changing the use of their technology and their premises and storage facilities. With our experience in the UK retail sector we understand the challenges and are able to work with you to provide strategic advice and support, enabling your business to retain a competitive edge.
Some of the businesses we work with include:
Our experienced team of property development solicitors can support you in all aspects of property development and regeneration. Working with our combined group of specialists throughout the commercial property department, we can advise you on everything from site acquisition and planning applications through to construction and disposals of commercial space.
Our development specialists advise investors, landowners and property developers to ensure that projects are delivered in line with commercial needs.
Clients we have helped recently include:
The leisure industry is facing a period of rapid transformation, driven by consumer habits, technology and the use of space. You need innovative, commercial advice from your legal team at this time and we have a wealth of experience of working with restaurants, public houses, coffee shops, hotels, holiday parks, marinas, cinemas, sports facilities and theatres and nightclubs, giving us a rounded view of what is happening in your industry right now.
Our Commercial Property team have specialist experience working with schools and education establishments. We can assist with:
Head of Estates
John Hillman, Regional Acquisitions Manager – Co-Operative Group
Charles Wilkinson, Director – Footstep
The Paris Smith Commercial Property team offers particular expertise in the retail sector, acting for various well-known clients on leases, acquisitions and disposals. Also continues to carry out commercial development work. Mandates include multimillion-pound residential development schemes across the South of England. Additionally experienced advising on real estate finance matters. One client says: “They are extremely efficient, professional and knowledgeable in any aspect of law on which we’ve had to take their advice. We trust their judgement totally.” Interviewees highlight: “Their strength is in getting to know customers and ensuring that the legal advice matches customer requirements.” Sources state: “They have always been efficient, reliable and nice to deal with.”
With the practice split across offices in Winchester and Southampton, Paris Smith LLP ‘s Commercial Property group covers the full spectrum of real estate work including: development, investment, property management, retail and leisure, charities and education, residential, construction, planning and property finance. The firm also has a full planning consultancy in-house, including chartered town planners and a chartered waste manager. Clients say they are a “renowned professional legal services business. They are supported and led by a very capable management team and provide leading service in a wide variety of legal services“. One client says “I’ve dealt with Paris Smith for approximately 15 years and what I’ve noticed is the Partners have been in place for a considerable amount of time and therefore there is continuity in the service. I also find that they have a great deal of pragmatism with their advice, which tends to result in transactions being less problematic”. Another says “Partners offer consistency, professionalism and continuity which more often than not results in transactions running smoothly. In particular Joanne Spittles provides sound advice whilst at the same time ensuring the commercial aspects of the deal remain in the client’s favour. Similarly Victoria Onoufriou, always takes a considered view on contractual matters in order to conclude a transaction.” Another client states “Paris Smith are an extremely confident and professional firm to work with and knowing you have the team’s expertise behind you is very comforting. We used numerous practices in the past before having Paris Smith recommended to us and the fact we are still using Paris Smith after 12 years speaks volumes“.