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Commercial Property Solicitor | John McLean | 2nd Year Review

Posted on 22 September 2023

In just over a weeks’ time, I shall have been in business on my account for two years!  I’ve been a busy bee for the past six months, and not very active online. So, it’s about time to catch up on what I’ve been up to.  I’ve also been qualified as a Commercial Property Solicitor for sixteen years now, so will take a moment to reflect on that.

Commercial Property Work

I’m a Commercial Property Solicitor. That’s what I do. I’ve had a busy six months with sales, purchases and leases. Here are some of the highlights:

Sales, Purchases and Refinances

  • Negotiating a new unconditional sale agreement for a £6m+ site formerly under option, with conditional provisions to accelerate the completion date in the event planning permission is achieved. All done to a very tight deadline. I am an experienced solicitor and have acted for lots of landowners approached by developers for an option agreement, or a conditional sale, or other more complex arrangements. I love these jobs, and enjoy helping landowners get best value for their land. I’ve acted developer side plenty of times in the past, so know both sides of the coin. Give me a call if you have something similar on 01384 872069 and we can arrange a chat. 
  • Acting for an independent lender to extend funding on the continued redevelopment of a large site in Bromsgrove.  I worked with my colleague Steven Mather Solicitor who handles the finance documents, whilst I dealt with all Commercial Property issues arising.  If you are refinancing, give me a call on 01384 872069 .  One of my team will take your contact information, and I will give you a call to have a free, no-obligation chat with you about your requirements.
  • Purchasing a field for setting up a new dog training business here in Kinver. I love doing smaller local work too, as I can see the impact on my local area, and get to meet the clients in my office. Here’s my blog about being a Kinver Solicitor .


  • Completing a suite of 10+ Lease renewals on a business park in Solihull. I’d love to act for more Landlords of one off units, or business parks and industrial estates.  I can act fast to get your lettings in place with the minimum of fuss. Give me a call on 01384 872069 and see if I can help.
  • Completing a 15 year lease for a new special school in Halesowen. This was a complex job, involving the superior landlord and £1m+ works to convert the site from a former office block to a school. I acted for the Landlord’s pension scheme. If you have any property queries for your SSAS or SIPP, do give me a ring.
  • Acting for a Tenant taking on new office space in Hampshire, a Landlord granting a new lease to a charity tenant in Birmingham, and lots, lots more.

Please get in touch if you would like a no-obligation, free, quotation via enquiries@mcleanlegal.co.uk or on 01384 872069 or via my Free Enquiry web page.

Other Property Work

Whilst Commercial Property Work is my core practice area, I do deal with some wider property work that doesn’t fall into that category. It may be a job that is a bit complex for a conveyancer, or a residential client looking for a better service level than a traditional firm provides. I’m always happy to help with any enquiry, and here are a few examples:

  • Acting for a long-standing client on the purchase of a Manor House near Wolverhampton, in order to be converted and re-sold. This was an interesting job being a sale of part – making sure that all the rights of way, services etc were thought through properly was key.
  • Acting for a client looking to get their affairs in order by registering ownership of their house at HM Land Registry. I’m always happy to look at property matters, big or small. This was an interesting root around deeds stretching back to the early 20th century, and helped give piece of mind to a lovely couple.


I’ve had many reviews over the past six months, with lots of kind words. Here are a few of them:

“This is the first time I have engaged John McLean and NEXA Law. I have to say that the whole experience has been a pleasure!! It is abundantly clear that John has his client’s interests at heart, but also recognises the balance with the “other side’s” legal team. He is very professional and thorough. I wouldn’t have any hesitation in using John again.”

Paul Morris – Landlord – West Midlands

“”AMAZING”. Highly professional, always makes sure of the client’s best interest. Communication is essential, and this is delivered with easy access. Kept me informed at each stage, responded promptly and in a timely manner. I would highly recommend him.”

Vaibhav Ghandi – Director, Sterun Limited – Tenant – Leicestershire

“John McLean came highly recommended and I’m so pleased we instructed him for a License to Assign. He was really thorough and explains things clearly in an easy to understand way. He is very quick to respond, in fact the fastest solicitor I’ve ever used! I’ll definitely be using him again. I’m very happy with the work he did.”

Kay Hallinan – Landlord – Dorset

Commercial Property Consultant Solicitor

I’ve been qualified for 16 years now. Looking back at my 11 years at Eversheds in Birmingham, I have many fond memories. I trained there, I qualified there, and I did a further 9 years in the Corporate Real Estate team in Birmingham. It was fantastic, high level work, acting for some of the biggest companies and organisations in the country. I worked hard, and learnt a lot from it. My 5 years at Thursfields Solicitors taught me many different things, including how to act for SME’s, owner/occupying businesses, and individuals.

And now, I’ll have been consulting with Nexa Law for 2 years in October. I have to say, I love it. As a Consultant Solicitor, I enjoy having the time to be able deliver for all my clients. Yes, I’ve been busy this past six months. But, I manage what I take on, instead of this being managed for me by a firm. This means I can give each client the care and attention that they deserve, and I can deliver the excellent client service that I like to deliver.

The happy clients I get at the end, as shown by the reviews I get, for me makes it all the more satisfying. I no longer have to start every email with “Apologies for the delay” (although it still sometimes happens, we’re only human after all). I have more time to chat to them about strategy, and go the extra mile to help them out.

For any solicitor reading this with a few years under their belt, give me a ring – there is another way! For any client fed up with their existing legal services provider, drop me a line on enquiries@mcleanlegal.co.uk and I’ve no doubt I’ll be able to help.

Contact Me

As always, if you have any queries, then do get in touch for a no-obligation, free, quotation via enquiries@mcleanlegal.co.uk or on 01384 872069 or via my Free Enquiry web page.  All work is carried out through Nexa Law Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the SRA.

Thanks for reading.  I hope those “back to school” weeks went ok for you in the past few weeks. The weather seems finally to be telling us it is Autumn.  Hopefully my next blog won’t be so long in the making. Until next time, take care.



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