Local commercial property solicitors

If you have commercial property, it’s almost certainly fundamental to your business – and your ability to trade. It’s important that you’re in the right commercial property, at the right time and on the right terms.

As commercial property specialists, we work with owners, occupiers, developers, investors and tenants of commercial property in Bristol and the Mendips. We have experience in dealing with a range of commercial property types – including warehouses, cafes, shops, pubs and offices.

Property can be one of a business’ most valuable assets; so it’s important that it’s looked after. But regardless of whether you own the property, conduct your business from there or rely on it for security, one thing is for sure – we understand the vital role it plays within the context of your business plans.

Our commercial lawyers offer an end-to-end commercial property service. From acquisition to planning and fitting out to financing, our commercial property solicitors have vast experience in a range of commercial property matters for both landlords and tenants. We offer help and advice on aspects such as commercial letting, sub-letting, lease negotiations and surrendering your lease.

We have experience in a range of commercial property matters, including:

  • Sales and acquisition of commercial property
  • Developing land into commercial or residential property
  • Commercial leasing for landlords and tenants
  • Advising and acting for property developers and construction companies
  • Options, conditional sale and purchase agreements
  • Overage and clawback agreements

We pride ourselves on the strong relationships we build with our clients; we’ll work in partnership with you to secure the most advantageous commercial deal for your business. We’re focused, pragmatic and commercially-minded. But most importantly of all, we’re on your side – protecting your interests and those of your investment or business.

Legal advice on commercial property disputes

If you’re a commercial property landlord in dispute with a tenant, speak to our commercial team for help. We have a wealth of experience in dealing with commercial property disputes for a range of clients – from property developers and portfolio investors through to local owners and tenants.

We can represent you in disputes with your commercial tenant on issues around rent arrears, insolvency, break notices, sub-letting disagreements and breaches of covenant. We can also help you with forfeiture and your rights to forfeit the lease, if necessary.

What is the cost of commercial property advice?

We’re completely transparent about the cost of commercial property legal advice. Where possible, we’ll provide a fixed price from the outset so you’re clear about your legal costs from the outset. If that’s not possible, we’ll provide a comprehensive estimate based on an agreed scope of work.

Our team of commercial property solicitors have vast experience in a range of industries for commercial landlords, tenants and investors. If you need legal advice on any aspect of commercial property, speak to our commercial solicitors in Bristol and Shepton.

We offer practical, cost-effective commercial property advice to a clients in South Bristol and Somerset, covering Shepton Mallet, Wells, Glastonbury, Street, Frome and Chew Magna.

Solicitors based in Bristol and Shepton Mallet with an expertise in planning law

Skilful negotiation of the planning system is important to those seeking to improve their properties or add value to their land. Whatever stage of the planning process you are at, Lyons Bowe understand this and can provide the knowledgeable and experienced advice you need.

With a dedicated planning law specialist, Lyons Bowe deals with everything from permitted development and pre-application advice through to enforcement. This means we can distil the often complex process into the focused relevant issues to be dealt with.

Some of the areas of planning law we can provide advice on are:

  • Planning applications, appeals and judicial reviews
  • Planning health checks and strategic advice
  • Planning and highway agreements
  • Applications for certificates of lawful use
  • Advice on EIA and compliance with European habitats legislation
  • Compulsory Purchase Orders
  • Due diligence and warranty/disclosure support on corporate and real estate transactions
  • Planning performance agreements
  • Planning enforcement, breach of condition notices and planning-related litigation
  • Listed building advice
  • Common land and town and village green issues
  • Permitted development rights
  • Rights of way issues including stopping up and diversions

Our team of planning lawyers have vast experience in acting for clients who require planning law advice. If you need legal advice on any aspect of planning law, speak to our solicitors in Bristol and Shepton Mallet.

We offer practical, cost-effective advice to clients in South Bristol and Somerset, covering Shepton Mallet, Wells, Glastonbury, Street, Frome and Chew Magna.

Local solicitors with an expertise in new build, land development and property development.

Lyons Bowe have a particularly sharp focus on providing both residential and commercial property developers with the necessary advice and help to achieve their commercial objectives. Whether your transaction is a single building plot, a renovation or a large scale residential property development we will work closely with you throughout the entire process to ensure everything runs smoothly and that you maximise your returns.

We achieve this by working closely with you to understand your operational strategies and financial goals. Furthermore, our approach is heavily influenced by our core values – we are flexible, pragmatic, commercially minded and, most importantly, deadline driven. We understand the importance of working to your schedules, whether that be at the initial acquisition stage, including the financing of the project, or during the sale process.

We provide a dedicated personal service for a pre-agreed fixed price. We will help manage the acquisition of the site, whether this involves outright purchase or a conditional contract, with or without an overage or a clawback agreement. Once the site is yours we will advise on planning and infrastructure agreements, including any funding arrangements that may be required during the development stage.

When you are in a position to start the selling process we will act for you in the sale of the site as a whole or in part, by way of individual plot sales, either by freehold or the granting of leasehold titles. The cost of the sales process is fixed at the outset as part of our agreed pricing structure. We recognise the importance of this stage, as it determines your return on investment – we therefore work with your agents and purchasers to ensure that any pre-agreed deadlines are met.

Our services include:

  • Assistance in the identification of potential development property/sites
  • The sale and purchase of development property
  • Development agreements
  • Joint ventures
  • Conditional contracts
  • Overage and Clawback Agreements
  • Planning and infrastructure agreements
  • Site assembly
  • Funding of development projects, mainstream and bespoke
  • Plot sales and site disposal

Our team of commercial property solicitors have vast experience in a range of sectors including new build development and land and property development. If you need legal advice on any aspect of property development, speak to our solicitors in Bristol and Shepton Mallet.

We offer practical, cost-effective advice to clients in South Bristol and Somerset, covering Shepton Mallet, Wells, Glastonbury, Street, Frome and Chew Magna.


Lyons Bowe provided excellent support in our commercial property transactions.  They made sure we understood the risks, the potential issues and guided us through the options and potential solutions.  The service was always professional, courteous, with clear timelines, which kept the process moving without us ever feeling rushed or pressured.

Clear communication, and helpful context to allow us to plan the navigate our legal option, whilst feeling supported and under control. Overall a high quality professional service that provided real value to our company.

Philip Strong , Reflex Marine

I was dealing with the purchase of a property on behalf of my daughter and her partner. At all times I found staff to be available to answer my queries and these were in a clear and concise manner. I would definitely instruct Lyons Bowe again if the need arises.

“Thank you.  We are so disappointed to have got so near to the end of the whole process!  We are really grateful for all of your work and would thoroughly recommend you. Once again many thanks to all of the team involved.”

Janice and Keith Batten

“Thank you for all your hard work and help to finally get us moved into our new home.  We can’t fault the excellent service you gave us!”

Laura and Dave Palmer

“Many thanks for helping us to sell and buy a house so easily.  We really appreciate it and will recommend you.”

Nic and Martin Jones