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Commercial Property Solicitor | John McLean | October News

Posted on 31 October 2023

Commercial Property Solicitor October News

Hi everyone! I hope your October was more treat and less tricky. I’m going to take a quick look back over the highlights of the last month for this commercial property solicitor, legal and business wise.

Commercial Property Work

Lots of commercial property work going on this month. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Acting for a lender reviewing leases granted by the borrower. Lots of issues picked up and corrected to protect the lender (and ultimately the borrower too, although that’s only a side effect of protecting the lender here).
  • New office lease for a charity client.
  • Working with a client to structure a transaction re SDLT liability.
  • Prepping for the sale of an office – work on title, CPSE’s, talking the client through all the documents they need. I always recommend doing the groundwork from the off – it pays dividends in speeding your sale up. Check out my Freehold Sales page for more info.

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 Work

Obviously, for me Commercial Property work is the core of what I do. However, I love helping other clients too. Here’s a couple of examples:

  • Referring a client looking for advice on leasehold dilapidations to my excellent and expert colleague Caroline Gumbrell. Having litigators “on tap” who are an expert in property disputes (and they need to be – property disputes are a specialist field by themselves) is a real god send of working with Nexa Law . If you have any contentious property issues, give me a call on 01384 872069 and I can find someone to help you out.
  • Acting for a local client doing an inter-family house transfer. I don’t take on loads of residential work, but will do so where I can add value. I have expert specialist residential conveyancing colleagues on hand if not, like the thorough and lovely to deal with Zahrah Aullybocus who is a regular speaker on shared ownership leases. Again, if you have a residential property transaction, I can either help, or I can introduce you to someone equally good who can – drop me an email on enquiries@mcleanlegal.co.uk to find out more.


I love collecting reviews. I love that clients are happy to give them. My clients are generally much happier with my work than in any previous legal life, because I have more time to dedicate to them. Here’s a nice new one from this month:

“I have recently used John McLean to assist in an ongoing Property deal and once again he has proven to be meticulous in ensuring that I have understood the important detail and relevance of actions within the legal wording. I would have no hesitation on using his legal expertise on future projects.”

Andrew Burton, Director, Ambur Capital Limited


We had some fantastic training from Chrissie Wolfe as part of the broad offering that Nexa Law provides its consultants. It was all about LinkedIn, and how to use it for your business. It really struck a chord, and she had some great tips on how to think about each piece of content, and what it is intending to achieve.

So, I started trying to post maybe once or twice a week. Well, after a week or so of “trying”, I channeled my inner Yoda and realised that I should “Do or Do Not, there is no Try” (1). So, for the past two weeks, I’ve been posting daily, and engaging in the comments sections of colleagues, contacts and others. It’s certainly accelerated the reach of my content, and generated interest and enquiries. The plan is to continue with it, so watch this space. I hope you find the content useful, and if there is anything you’d like to see drop me a line on enquiries@mcleanlegal.co.uk and I’ll see what I can come up with.


As part of the above work, I’ve been expanding my website this month. New content on Security of Tenure follows on from Leasehold Assignment last month. I’ve been expanding my “A to B” Series on Heads of Terms – what they should contain, and what to look out for. The aim of the Series is to help you get your property deal from “A to B” quickly and painlessly. This month, I’ve added content on Leasehold Assignment and Security of Tenure to follow on from the deeper web content above. The Series is designed to help you if you are reading Heads of Terms, designing Heads of Terms or doing anything with Heads of Terms and Commercial Property. If you have any questions, email me at enquiries@mcleanlegal.co.uk and I’ll be more than happy to have a chat with you.

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.

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References: (1) Kershner I. 1980. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back [Film]. Lucasfilm.

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