Keeping your business moving.
Clark Boyle has been working with businesses across Scotland since we launched the company in 1985 and we enjoy close working relationships with our commercial clients.
This familiarity allows us to build a detailed understanding of how each business works and helps us to ensure our clients have the space and flexibility in which to flourish. Buying, selling or leasing commercial property can be very involved and you’ll require expert legal assistance to ensure you get exactly what your business requires. Our specialist team has an in-depth understanding of the commercial conveyancing process and can advise on a whole range of matters not associated with residential property transactions – from planning and VAT, to environmental concerns and building regulations. Our aim is to allow you to focus on growing your business by making every step as straightforward as possible. Our considerable experience and expertise help us confirm contracts and leases are robust, maintaining your property rights and providing appropriate levels of security.
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To talk to our team about your business and our commercial conveyancing services, call us on 0141 227 2200 or use the contact form below.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Yes. A lease is a legally binding document and it is extremely important that you obtain legal advice before committing to one. We have extensive experience in advising landlords and tenants. We are able to provide advice from the initial stages, prepare and revise all types of lease documentation and provide comprehensive advice to ensure our client is adequately protected throughout the duration of the lease.
Will I have to pay Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) on the purchase of a commercial building? What if I just lease it?
LBTT (the Scottish equivalent of Stamp Duty Land Tax) is payable on commercial property purchases where the price is over £150,000. LBTT is also payable on some leases depending on the terms. The tax position in respect of leases is complex and it is essential that legal advice is taken to ensure that the appropriate tax return is made and the correct amount of tax is paid. A failure to do so could result in a penalty being issued by Revenue Scotland.
I am interested in taking on a lease of commercial property. I have been told the lease has to be FRI. What does this mean?
This stands for Full Repairing and Insuring and is standard for commercial leases in Scotland. These leases can often be onerous for the tenant as they will generally be responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the building as well as the payment of insurance premiums. Fortunately, there are many ways in which a tenant’s liability can be limited and you should contact us at the outset of negotiations to ensure these are included in the lease.
As soon as your bid is accepted at a property auction, you are committed to purchasing the property. This makes it far riskier than purchasing a property on the open market. It is essential that you obtain the legal pack for the property from the auctioneer prior to the auction and that you instruct a solicitor to review it. This means there is a much greater chance of picking up legal problems with the property prior to the auction and you can therefore make an informed decision as to whether or not you wish to purchase the property.
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If you have a question that isn’t covered in our FAQ’s or need further advice, please use the contact form below to send your request. A member of the team will be in touch with you shortly to respond to your query.
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Clark Boyle & Co were extremely professional from start to finish. We were on quite a tight schedule to complete our home purchase however Bev who we dealt with did everything she could to enable everything to go through on time. A+++ service. Thank you for everything.
My sister-in-law purchased a flat in Glasgow about a year ago. She used Clark Boyle for the conveyancing and was happy with the service provided. So, when we decided in November to buy a flat in Glasgow we thought we'd go with them too. It was a good decision; they were friendly, fast and efficient. We were especially impressed with our lawyer, a partner in the firm, who's local knowledge and keen negotiating skills impressed and indeed saved us a substantial sum of money and the deal was completed before Christmas - thanks Graham. We're happy to recommend Clark Boyle and we'd use them again in the future.
Anne Green, of Clark Boyle, made my house purchase effortless. I would use this firm again.
Thanks so much Irene, you have been fantastic all the way through, thanks for going above and beyond 🙂
Dear Elaine, Thank you so much for having dealt with the sale in such a professional manner.
Hi Teresa, I just wanted to say thanks so much for all of your assistance (and moral support!!) over the last few months, it’s been a long process but you definitely made less stressful. Your assistance is very much appreciated by us both.
Hi Irene, Thanks very much. A big thanks as well for all the help you have provided. I honestly wish you were involved in all the other buying/selling transactions we’ve been involved in over the last 6 months to get to this stage. You have simply been absolutely amazing to deal with. You have explained the process at all stages and answered all questions quickly and efficiently. You have provided all the guidance and help we have needed while keeping a professional but extremely friendly (and welcomed!!!) attitude. Again, a massive thanks from Gillian and I for all you have done. I wish you all the best in your future.
Dear Susan, Please accept my thanks for your professionalism and perseverance in finally and successfully concluding the sale of my mothers' property today. This despite the intransigence, unreasonable demands and apparent inability of the purchasing client solicitor to properly communicate or engage with you throughout the whole selling process.
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