Can a famous locomotive have security of tenure? We talk to two of the experts at one of the north west’s long established law firms
Butcher & Barlow was established in Bury in 1887 and now boasts then offices across the North West. Although having its roots on the High Street, the firm has always had a strong commercial client base. Here we meet James Hodgson and Jade Atkinson, corporate law, commercial law and commercial property specialists at the Bury office.
Who is your typical client? One of the selling points of the services we can offer is that we don’t have a typical client. We have the benefit of being a smaller firm accessible to everyone with the expertise and knowledge available that would perhaps generally be associated with a larger city-centre firm.
Our clients range from new businesses looking for advice on how best to set up to regular wellestablished companies looking for guidance on the next step in their business whether that be a merger with another company or lease of new premises. We are also frequently instructed by trustees of pension funds to purchase commercial properties as investments for the fund. property and discusses their intentions to seeing it through to the conclusion means you not only get to deal with a variety of issues and areas within commercial property having to deal with each stage, but also allows you to develop a strong working relationship with a client.
One of our more obscure cases involved advising a client on whether a particular tenant had security of tenure (the statutory right for a new lease on conclusion of their previous leases) under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954….this particular property was a shed and the particular tenant just happened to be a famous locomotive!