We have years of experience of advising clients in relation to commercial and residential property in Bristol and the surrounding areas.
Combining not only local knowledge and exceptional expertise in the Bristol property market, we are committed to providing our clients with exceptional service levels, providing practical, commercial advice and being completely transparent on fees by offering fixed fees wherever possible.
If there is a specific solicitor in the firm that you would like to contact, please see Our Team for individual contact details.
We deal with many types of businesses and transactions; office premises, industrial units, shops, restaurants and cafés, bars and public houses, doctor and dentist surgeries, student housing and development sites.
Commercial Purchases & Sales
We are experienced in carrying out all forms of commercial purchases and sales, ranging from the acquisition or disposal of small leasehold premises and small businesses to large portfolio acquisitions or disposals involving multiple properties worth many millions of pounds. In between these extremes our team has acquired and disposed of public houses, hotels, warehouses, offices and factories on behalf of private individuals, companies and pension funds.
Landlord & Tenant
Dealing with all aspects of landlord and tenant matters including leases, licences, surrenders, sale and leasebacks, easements, rights of light and property disputes.
We are highly experienced in lease renewals both under the provisions of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 and via direct negotiations when the property is outside the security of tenure provisions.
We also advise both landlords and tenants in the negotiation of Heads of Terms, exercising break clauses and the interpretation of leases which include rent review clauses and service charge provisions.
Portfolio Sale and Purchases
We work closely with landlords, tenants, investors and owner occupiers in the management of their property portfolios.
We understand that each of our clients’ portfolios are unique, and our broad expertise allows us to deal easily with the complex issues arising on the acquisition or disposal of large property portfolios.
We are highly experienced in dealing with property developments both of residential and commercial units. We advise developers on all types of development projects and have experience of acquiring and disposing of residential and commercial developments, advising on overage and profit sharing arrangements.
We have a proven track record of working with both high street and private banks and in peer-to-peer lending. We can act for both for the lender alone and, where required and consented to, for both the lender and the borrower.
Our clients are involved in a range of lending scenarios from financing acquisition via lending on the property acquired to re-mortgaging other properties, so as to facilitate the new transaction. In addition, we also act for the lenders in the redemption of their loans.
We pride ourselves on providing clients with a premium, first class service to their conveyancing needs.
Whether purchasing your first home or acquiring a buy to let property, we can provide you with a bespoke and tailored service that fits around your needs.
We are experts in the Bristol marketplace and have a wealth of knowledge and experience of advising clients, many who we have established a long term relationship with and who continue to instruct us and recommend us to family, friends and colleagues.
Auction Sales and Purchase
Auction lots can range from garages to flats, houses to commercial use properties. We have many years of experience of acting for both buyers and sellers of property listed in auctions in Bristol.
If you are thinking of buying at auction, we can advise you on the property by viewing the legal paperwork, carrying out searches and enquiries and determine any potential risks with the property.
We also advise clients who wish to sell their property at auction by collating auction packs and liaising with auctioneers on your behalf before and throughout the auction process.
We understand that when re-mortgaging speed is imperative. Whether you’re moving to a better rate, releasing some equity for improvements, or planning a further purchase, you’ll require someone who is highly experienced and can work to a tight deadline.
Residential Sales and Purchases
We are renowned for providing a premium level of advice and service which rivals other law firms based in Bristol.
With particular expertise in complicated and tight timescale transactions, we have many years of experience of advising clients wishing to sell and purchase their residential home in the Bristol area.
Transfer of Equity
The transfer of Equity describes a change of ownership of a property, where at least one of the original named parties remains on the title deed.
We can provide assistance when transferring equity in the following situations:
- Where there is no mortgage
- Where there is a mortgage
- If the property is leasehold
- When money is changing hands
- When property is gifted
- Where a trust is formed
- When a court order dictates
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will it take to sell my house?
It usually takes about 6 to 8 weeks for a house sale to go through. However, this is dependent on whether there are any issues revealed in the deeds, whether you need a mortgage offer, whether there is a chain, whether or not the property is leasehold and a management company is involved.
How much will it cost to purchase my house?
We will provide you with a comprehensive quote based upon the facts we are given at the time we provide the estimate.
We will need to know the purchase price and whether you own any other property and can then provide you with a detailed estimate.
“Being a Bristol business it’s nice to work with a law firm who know the local market well. The Cook & Co team immerse themselves in the transaction and are committed to getting the job done”
“I instructed Cook & Co on my house sale and they are highly efficient and excellent in communication. They have taken the stress out of the whole process.”
“We work with Cook & Co on our strategic land acquisitions and disposals. We like the breadth of local knowledge and commercial approach to getting the transaction done.”