LE­GAL MATTERS

Lancashire Life - - QUESTION & ANSWER -

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!

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