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Commercial Property

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Our award winning commercial property team prides itself on delivering its clients a first class legal service, just as you would expect from a reputable commercial firm of lawyers.   The team has a combined total of over 100 years’ experience and has the specialist technical knowledge and commercial awareness required to complete projects on time and on budget.  We believe in providing practical advice in a friendly manner and getting to the heart of our clients’ businesses.

We act on behalf of a wide range of commercial clients in the North East of England as well as those based in other parts of the UK. Working across all sectors including energy, utility, retail, industrial, education, investment, regeneration, development and leisure we offer advice in a range of areas including:

  • Acquisition and disposal of freehold and leasehold property
  • Acquisition, management and disposal of investment property portfolios
  • All aspects of agricultural land
  • Commercial development
  • Deeds of grant, easements and underground leases for pipes, cables, mines and minerals
  • Insolvency
  • Leases for landlords and tenants of all types of commercial property
  • Legal documents for leasehold management of commercial property
  • Property finance
  • Planning, environmental and construction aspects of property transactions
  • Site assembly for residential developments and plot sales

More recently, our team has acted in acquisitions of retail warehouses for a major chain; in port lettings for the offshore wind industry; for major house builders in the region in site acquisition and plot sales; for the developer of the only speculative industrial development in the north east; and in over 350 transactions for an electrical distribution company.

In addition, we have managed property investment portfolios for families and individuals with values up to £50 million and acted in numerous secured lending transactions with borrowing in excess of £1m. We have advised many of our clients for more than 20 years and supported their businesses through times of growth and difficulty alike.

Our team is delighted to have been named as finalists in 2018 Northern Law Awards for Team of the Year, Property (Commercial) and winner of Insider Property Awards, Property Law Firm of the Year 2018.


Our energy team provide advice and assistance to landowners in connection with energy development projects including solar farms, wind farms and potash mining.

We have particular expertise in acting for landowners in connection with the negotiation and completion of exclusivity agreements, option agreements and leases in relation to energy development projects on their land.

We also act for a number of clients in connection with the drafting of documentation necessary to develop energy from waste sites in conjunction with our health and safety and environmental teams.


Our development team has significant experience in dealing with all aspects of property development including site acquisition, assembly and disposal.  Our expertise encompasses conditional purchase contracts; options; joint ventures; and promotion agreements.  Our service also covers ancillary areas of development work comprising planning and planning agreements; stopping up orders and diversions; infrastructure agreements; and public rights of way.


Our banking team represent a number of lenders including Darlington Building Society; Clydesdale Bank plc and Handelsbanken and has particular expertise in property security lending to all sectors including industrial, office, retail, leisure and health.


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‘Scott Bros Holdings Limited have recently moved all its legal work to Jacksons Law Firm at Stockton on Tees, this was a decision that the Directors of the company thought long and hard about prior to implementing. The company had used its previous law firm for excess of ten years and they had a detailed understanding of the business which we were concerned might take a new firm some time to pick up on.

Having now worked with Jacksons Law Firm for about six months we believe that it has been a great success for the company. The two key solicitors with whom we work are Tony Wentworth and Erica Turner, my colleagues and I have been impressed with their clear and precise legal advice which is provided in a very timely manner. We have found the whole experience of transferring services to Jacksons Law Firm uncomplicated and delivered with a level of customer service which we have previously been unaccustomed to.’

Charles Everson, General Manager, Scott Bros Holdings Limited

Once again, many thanks for the effort you put into getting this over the line. Great result.

Michael McConnell, PD Ports

Many thanks for the excellent way you have dealt with this at such short notice.

Michael McConnell, PD Ports

Now that the dust has settled, Maggie and I would like to thank you all for all of your efforts in pushing through the completion of the sale of Sycamore in such an expedient and efficient manner, I feel your input and the end result justified our coming back to you to handle the sale, as we had always intended.

Colin Stamp and Margaret Stamp

Their approach is refreshing and commercial and no matter how big or small the client they are happy to help and give the same level of service to all.

Jonathan Simpson, Connect Property North East Ltd

… we would have no hesitation to use Jacksons again should the need arise. It’s been a pleasure working with you. With very best wishes and many thanks again.

Rebekah Stack, Kebbell Developments

Erica is an outstanding young professional who has developed extensive specialist knowledge of legal transactions associated with the electricity distribution industry. I have always found Erica to be very enthusiastic and most helpful person who is prepared to go the extra mile to deliver an excellent service.

For a young solicitor, she is very confident and has the ability to provide sound professional advice in a clear and concise manner that makes the most complicated legal situations understandable. Erica is an absolute pleasure to work with.

Peter Sproates, Northern Powergrid

Forward thinking and down to earth, very personable and approachable and always happy to discuss issue and problems relating to clients and property without ever feeling you are on the clock.

Jonathan Simpson, Connect Property North East Ltd

I am pleased to hear that John Bewick managed to sort the property purchase for our client and I know he is very pleased that John was able to identify the insurance issue and ensure that the leaseholder increased the cover they provide. Spotting this type of issue clearly adds value to our clients and I am very grateful for the diligence and attention to detail that John applied to this case.

I will no doubt have further property purchase cases in the future and will ensure that they are passed to John.

Gary Smith, Tilney Financial Planning Ltd

thank you ever so much for your efforts in completing the transactions in what seemed to be a completely unrealistic timescale. We're very grateful to you, Geoff and your wider team in helping us secure our forever home.


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