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Katharine Lockhart Associate T:01865 811730 M:07387 023447

A commercial property lawyer.

Katharine advises on the sale and purchase of freehold and leasehold commercial property and on the acquisition and disposal of development sites, including associated option and promotion agreements. She also advises on general landlord and tenant issues, such as the grant, assignment and surrender of leases and the use of rent deposits and guarantee agreements, and on the management and restructuring of commercial property portfolios. 

Katharine acts for landlords and tenants, private landowners, developers, independent schools, oxford colleges, charitable organisations and trusts.

Examples of how Katharine has helped clients include:

  • saving our client £200,000 by structuring the acquisition of a public house as the transfer of a going concern, thereby avoiding VAT being  charged;
  • converting the proposed sale of the freehold of a historic building, to the grant of a long-lease and option, enabling our client to impose enforceable restrictions on the building’s future use and development;
  • reducing stamp duty land tax charged, by purchasing a residential property and converting it to office space; and
  • helping a tenant to consolidate its operations by overhauling the lease arrangements for a multi-let commercial property through changes to the head lease and a series of inferior leases.