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Bristol Legal: Property

Bristol Legal: Property

Bristol City Council has a large property portfolio owning or having an interest in approaching 40% of the land within the City boundary. The portfolio includes:

  • housing estates (houses, flats and shops)
  • offices
  • shops (including the central shopping area known as Broadmead and Cabot Circus)
  • schools
  • licensed premises
  • trading estates
  • industrial estates
  • parks, open spaces, allotments and farmland

The commercial estate, which the council owns, comprises approximately 5,152 separate property investments generating a significant annual rent roll.

The team advises on all aspects of property work relating to local authority statutory functions and requirements, as well as providing advice on the application of legislation to public sector clients, where relevant to property matters.    

The service includes a full range of property transactional work:

Commercial development projects

We identify sound strategies and parameters for the process before negotiations is a key to successful development projects.

Initially we'll offer strategic advice on land issues and an appropriate legal structure. We then prepare and negotiate the documents and set up the agreed development vehicle.

Compulsory purchase

We provide comprehensive advice leading up to, and throughout the compulsory purchase process to make the process as smooth as possible for acquiring authorities. 

We have experience with advising on this complex and specialist area with current projects linked to development agreements as well as individual properties under housing powers.

General property work

We advise on all areas of transactional property related matters including:

  • general disposals and acquisitions
  • compulsory purchase
  • all other landlord and tenant matters
  • easements
  • covenants
  • variations and
  • statutory transfers

Landlord and tenant matters

We offer advice on all commercial landlord and tenant matters. Whether it's the landlord of a shop, office or industrial unit or the prospective tenant we can guide you through the law and practice of landlord and tenant with extensive knowledge of drafting and negotiating commercial leases.

All tenants are encouraged to take early advice to make sure they get the best deal before they agree to take premises and the team will advise landlords on what concessions it's reasonable to resist. Working with both landlords and tenants provides us with the experience to advise you of the best deal.

Major disposals and acquisitions

Understanding the implications and possible outcomes, helps us serve clients in the most professional and efficient manner.

Whether the property acquisition or disposal is part of an ongoing business, or for development, we'll be able to make sure that it's dealt with in a competent and practical manner.

Our recent projects have included:

  • industrial premises
  • transactions involving office or other commercial premises

Land acquisitions and disposals may need options, conditional contracts or overage, and we've experience to advise on all aspects of the transaction.

Planning and highway agreements

We have extensive experience with drafting, negotiating and advising on S106 Agreements to secure planning obligations and highway agreements. 

We work closely with clients to make sure the planning obligations are effective, enforceable and understandable. 

We've recently secured agreements for some significant development projects in the city.

Contact us

Andrew Jones: andrew.jones@bristol.gov.uk  
Joanne Mansfield: joanne.mansfield@bristol.gov.uk