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In relation to your commercial real estate in Scotland, consider the timescales and deadlines that are set out in your contracts for purchase or sale or in your leases, whether as landlord or tenant. If there is an expiry date, a deadline for service of a written notice or another event that has a fixed deadline, you must ensure that you are aware of all the steps that require to be taken to comply with the stipulated requirements.
In certain instances, there will be specific requirements on the form of notice to be served, who serves it, where it is served and when it must be served. A failure to adhere to any of these requirements is likely to render the notice invalid and may have unwelcome consequences and, you should be aware that the deadline for serving a notice to terminate or quit at the contractual expiry date set out in a Scottish lease will not usually be specified in the lease document itself.
If such a notice is not timeously served then the relevant lease could continue on the same terms and conditions for another year notwithstanding the contractual expiry date.
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With one of the largest teams of property lawyers in Scotland, our Commercial Property group advise clients of all sizes across the private, public and third sectors in relation to their property requirements.
From our offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Elgin and Shetland we have specialist Commercial Property lawyers to pro-actively deal with your property needs in selling, purchasing, leasing, development, investment, portfolio management or funding.
We use our knowledge and good working relationships throughout the property industry to efficiently deal with your needs and to develop innovative structures and solutions to complex contractual matters or to deal with large numbers of properties.
We also work alongside clients and law firms based in jurisdictions outside Scotland, who require our knowledge of the Scottish legal system.
We are able to call upon the support of other specialist leading lawyers from other disciplines within the firm to support our work whether from the fields of construction law, property litigation, banking, corporate, restructuring and planning, to name but a few.
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Our team advises on urban renewal projects, residential land, industrial estates, commercial buildings, shopping centres, leisure and rural properties. We have a track record of devising structures to suit particular developments through forward funding agreements, joint venture agreements and profit share arrangements. Our legal advice covers projects through site assembly, statutory procedures, infrastructure agreements, utility supply or diversions, procurement advice, oversailing agreements and development agreements.
We advise on acquisitions, sales and the management and letting of investment properties. We have substantial experience with shopping centres, hotels, retail parks, offices, business parks, student accommodation and industrial estates across Scotland - and the particular nuances that go with each.
There is an increasing amount of commoditisation security work and, at the other end of the scale, an increased usage of Loan Market Association documentation and far more complex security instruments. Our team ensures that its advice to banks, financial institutions, hedge funds and private clients delivers the desired solution in a commercially sound and cost-effective manner.
We have extensive experience of conducting litigation in the Court of Session, Scottish Land Court, Land Tribunal for Scotland and the Sheriff Court, where we aim to bring the swiftest, most cost-effective resolution to property law disputes. This experience includes landlord and tenant disputes (including eviction and dilapidations), breach of missives, recovery of arrears, boundary disputes and disputes relating to title conditions.
Our clients include both landlords and tenants of all types of commercial property and, as a result, we appreciate the needs of both sides and advise on commercially achievable results in close liaison with our clients’ agents.
We advise on asset protection, realisation strategies, restructuring of property companies and investments for stability and funding arrangements in a tax efficient manner. We act for banks, financial institutions, hedge funds and private clients to achieve their desired solutions.
Our team advises on shopping centres, leisure destinations, industrial estates and commercial properties. We have a wealth of experience in dealing with large scale retail and mixed use developments, advising on all stages of projects through planning and construction to providing asset lifecycle advice and asset management services. We also have a proven track record of advising on high value acquisitions and disposals of retail investment properties.
Our specialist team of planning lawyers, have vast experience advising on all aspects of planning and environmental law, can guide you from the earliest stage of your development through to appeals and inquiries where required. We operate across both the public and private sectors, advising clients ranging from planning authorities to mainstream commercial, industrial and residential developments.
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