Commercial Property


Any commercial property transaction needs careful management, whether you are acquiring your first commercial property, or you manage a full portfolio. Using our experience in the UK property market, our large commercial property team will work with you to understand your needs and business strategy and make sure your transaction happens smoothly in line with your commercial objectives.

Key Commercial Property Services

  • Property development, property management, property finance, acquisition and sale of property portfolios
  • Full commercial conveyancing service including ownership investigation, searches, enquiries and a review of suitability for your intended use
  • Property litigation including boundary and rights of way disputes 
  • Construction projects 
  • Planning consultancy and planning law advice
  • Landlord and tenant advice including lease negotiations and lease agreements, assigning/transferring a lease, subletting, dilapidations, surrendering, lease renewal, break clauses and changing the use of the premises
  • Leasehold enfranchisement


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:

  • Co-operative
  • Haskins
  • Hobbycraft

Development projects

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:

  • Pirelli
  • McAleer Rushe
  • Drew Smith
  • Forelle Estates


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.

For schools

Our Commercial Property team have specialist experience working with schools and education establishments. We can assist with:

  • general property management enquiries;
  • leases of education land from local authorities, faith bodies and other organisations;
  • tenancies granted to occupiers and users of the educational land;
  • building contracts and associated works in connection with building projects carried on at the educational establishment; and
  • planning enquiries and applications for the development of educational land.

How we’ve helped our clients

“Responsive, knowledgeable and excellent value for money I have worked closely with the Paris Smith team for a number of years on a range of property issues and have found them to be responsive, knowledgeable and excellent value for money. Their experience is evident in the professional manner they adopt and the outcomes achieved. They are very personable and their interest in both work and personal well being has earned my trust over numerous years. ”

Head of Estates

Co-Operative Group

“I would highly recommend working with the commercial property team at Paris Smith. Over the course of the last 5 years the client care provided by Hannah Winchester has been exceptional with numerous complex transactions being dealt with in a pragmatic and efficient manner. Hannah is always available to provide timely advice on a multitude of legal queries and it is a pleasure to work with her and the team. ”

John Hillman, Regional Acquisitions Manager – Co-Operative Group

“Our business needed a full range of property related advice including purchase, funding and construction. We wanted to move from a London based firm and were aware of Paris Smith’s experienced team. Paris Smith have been assisting us on options, conditional contracts, purchases together with funding, construction and appointment documents. Stephanie, along with her team, are always helpful, easy to reach and provide good advice. ”

Charles Wilkinson, Director – Footstep

Chambers and Partners Legal Directory 2021

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.”

Legal 500 2021 – Top Tier

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“.

Introducing your key contacts

John Mansell
Partner – Head of Property and Development


Stuart Allen
Partner – Head of Property Finance, Winchester



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