Blacks Solicitors

Commercial Property
We have a wide range of experience in acting for clients both in developing and managing commercial property, and in making acquisitions and disposals. There is no substitute for experience when it comes to negotiating commercial property deals. For this reason, we ensure that all commercial property matters have close partner involvement at all times.

In property development, we are usually involved with the client from the planning stage onwards. We advise on appointments with the professional team, including the negotiation of collateral warranty agreements. We will liaise with the professional team in connection with the negotiation of the development agreement and then through to completion of the project.

In property management we advise on all aspects of freehold and leasehold issues, again liaising closely with surveyors and management agents.

Other areas of expertise include the preparation of leases for landlords and providing advice upon the terms of draft leases for tenants.

Licensing
We have expertise in advising clients on the full range of licensing matters: from renewals and transfers of existing licences to strategic advice on contested new applications.

For liquor licensing, we help clients to transfer existing licences and obtain new licences to sell alcohol either on or off the premises. We also advise numerous current licence holders on what steps they need to take to comply with the new Licensing Act and how they can extend their opening hours. Clients range from pub operators to members clubs, bars and restaurants.

For betting licensing, we advise on every stage of the application procedure ensuring that local licensing policies and the statutory procedures are complied with. We also have experience of dealing with objections both from the betting trade as well as local residents.

We work closely with our property team as many of our clients require expertise in both these disciplines. Our property practice has extensive experience of working on leisure related developments be they conversions of existing units or new build premises.

Residential Property
Moving house is often described as one of the most traumatic events of one’s life. Our purpose is to minimise the problems and achieve the client’s objective as soon as the circumstances permit. All our residential conveyancing work is handled by fully qualified solicitors and legal executives, and has full time partner involvement.

We work closely with the property agents and fellow professionals in order to complete matters within realistic timescales.

Residential property remortgaging is an area regarded by some as being low priority, as there is no house moving deadline. At Blacks we take the opposite view, and with the assistance of the latest in computerisation our remortgaging-only team concentrates on expediting completion

Blacks Direct
It is the division of Blacks which provides “Direct Conveyancing” – the modern method of residential conveyancing.

Using the best available technology we offer to clients, who are moving house or re-mortgaging, the benefit of:-
rapid communications
a postal service
7 day opening
“e – conveyancing”

As a founder member of the “Direct Conveyancing Association”, we have been at the forefront in developing systems that can best handle the demands of the client who is moving house or re-mortgaging.

At the same time, we have developed a very “hands on” methodology. Each client has their own paralegal adviser, backed up by legal executives who monitor every file, with solicitors available at every step. The supporting technology facilitates the delivery of a highly efficient service, meeting the needs of both the private and institutional client.