Commercial property and real estate

Advice you can rely on

We have a team of specialists covering a wide range of practice areas. The department is one of the largest in Oxford and includes fifteen qualified lawyers. Our clients are businesses, individuals and charities and we deal with property, not only in Oxfordshire, but across the whole of England and Wales. The property team at Freeths is widely respected for its expertise and several of our partners are recognised by legal commentators as experts in their field.

Whoever we act for, our approach is commercial rather than confrontational. We know that both parties in a transaction have the same aim: to see the deal done. The best solution is found by exploring points of common interest as well as resolving any contentious issues by negotiation, while always ensuring that our clients benefit from the best advice on their legal position.

We provide commercial property advice in a wide range of situations for investors, landlords and tenants, funders, developers, sellers and buyers, including:

  • Development (including options, promotion and other agreements)
  • Planning and environmental advice
  • Construction, both contentious and non-contentious
  • Negotiation of commercial leases
  • Sale or acquisition of commercial property investments, including at auction
  • Legal management work for commercial property portfolios
  • Offices, shops or industrial units
  • Educational establishments
  • Hotels, public houses and restaurants
  • Complex property-based transactions
  • General advice on title or other property issues
  • Property due diligence in connection with corporate acquisitions and disposals
  • Property finance transactions, including sale and leaseback
  • Property realisations and advice for insolvency practitioners
  • Realisations and advice in the context of legacy property for charities
  • Telecommunications and broadcast mast sites
  • Property litigation
  • Current project: Country House and Prime Properties Project

Commerciality is the key when acting for our business clients. This cannot be achieved without understanding your business and the underlying commercial position behind each transaction. Our belief in this approach enables us to meet your aims in a timely and cost-effective manner. It also ensures that you receive sound legal advice and common sense solutions that meet your needs.

For more information, please contact the commercial property partners: Adrian White or Patrick Whetter.

Freeths has a reputation for constructively resolving any disputes that may arise without the necessity to enter into expensive litigation. For advice on property or construction related disputes, please contact Duncan Crine or Clare Bellis.

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Testimonials

"Freeths LLP reported an uptick in healthcare work and acted for a range of companies from this sector on the relocation of headquarters, financing property sales and construction matters. Singled out for his ‘excellent skills’, director Adrian White heads the practice with Patrick Whetter. Work highlights included advising Market Cafe on acquiring a new restaurant on Strand, London for £4.7m. Lease, property disposals and environmental matters were among other mandates. At senior associate level, Desh Patel is recommended alongside Anna Power, whose ‘attention to detail is especially good’."

The Legal 500, The Clients' Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2017

"one of the largest teams in the region, which is ‘professional in advising on extremely complex commercial property transactions’"

The Legal 500, The Clients' Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2008 edition

"They are extremely thorough, very knowledgeable and possess good communication skills."

Chambers and Partners, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2016 Edition

"Noted for its ‘strength in depth', Freeths’s team is headed by Ian Davies, whose expertise includes options and development work. Patrick Whetter and Samantha Leigh both attract praise, the latter for her ‘straight-talking and efficient style'. Adrian White and associate Anna Power are also recommended."

The Legal 500, The Clients' Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2014 edition

"Prominent in high-value commercial leases and development work, Freeths LLP’s clients include major charities, banks and education institutions. Iain Davis heads the team, which includes the ‘dependable and approachable’ Patrick Whetter and the ‘extremely efficient’ Samantha Leigh. Adrian White is also recommended."

Legal 500, The Clients'Guide to the UK Legal Profession - 2013 edition

"...an adherent advantage of the team is that there is always someone to help you but it is not so big that client service gets lost."

Chambers and Partners, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2013 edition

"Excellent in all regards, Henmans LLP is ‘extremely proactive in anticipating potential issues and advancing practical solutions before the problem arises’"

The Legal 500, The Clients' Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2012 edition

"they always explain things in laymen's terms, which is vital when you're dealing with people on property"

"The ‘very thorough’ Adrian White leads the practice at Henmans LLP, which is recommended for its ‘partner-led service’ and ‘proactive approach’."

"the team is accessible and responsive, and has made a point of going to the site to better understand the project we are undertaking"

Chambers and Partners, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2011 edition

"Patrick Whetter ‘thinks outside the box’. "

The Legal 500, The Clients' Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2011 edition

"this is a reliable and efficient team that can deal with other parties diplomatically"

Chambers and Partners, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2010 edition

"absolutely great - the lawyers are efficient, diligent and turn things around quickly"

Chambers and Partners, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2009 edition

"Patrick Whetter and Adrian White head the practice at Freeths, which handles acquisitions, disposals and commercial property portfolio management. White acts for a mixed client base of corporates and charities."

The Legal 500, The Clients' Guide to the UK Legal Profession,2016 Edition