Machins Solicitors has achieved seven practice area recommendations in the latest edition of Legal 500 UK including one Top Tier ranking in the area of family law for the third year running. Among the areas of expertise in which the firm is regarded includes corporate and commercial, employment and family as well as dispute resolution,
TestimonialsI would like to take this opportunity of thanking you for your exceptional service. I am most impressed with the fact that I can always get hold of you and if I have to leave a message to come back to me this always happens without delay.Simeon Clipstone has provided us with an excellent professional service for the purchase, sale and lease of a number of commercial and residential properties over the last 20 years. He is diligent in his work, highly competent, friendly and helpful. Simeon’s judgement has always been valued and I have no hesitation in recommending Simeon, he is a pleasure to do business with.We recently, successfully, completed a residential sale and purchase with great assistance from Simeon Clipstone. From the start to the end of the transaction, Simeon was highly professional, informative, proactively communicated with us at all times and was a calm voice during the inevitable stress involved in moving house. Simeon also made a timely introduction to a colleague to support us with additional legal requirements, which was very helpful. I would happily recommend the services of Simeon and his team and will certainly be using their services in the future.It is at times of dispute and important transactions having a good firm you can turn to is very important. You want them to not add to the some of the stresses involved and that they have your best interests in mind. Communication has been swift, clear and efficient and I felt valued as a client. It is not often that we all need legal services so it is comforting to know that when I need a firm of solicitors, I can rely on Machins to be there for me.
Simeon specialises in all aspects of commercial and residential property together with business sales and purchases. He has built a loyal client base over many years of local practise assisting clients large and small in all walks of business to include industry and banking clients from the UK, Europe and North America.
Simeon graduated in 1986 and was later one a selected number of graduates to be awarded the honour of Associate of the University of Hertfordshire to mark their 60th anniversary in 2012. He qualified as a solicitor in 1990 and has always practised law in the local community.
Specialist practice areas
- Buying and selling all types of commercial freehold and leasehold properties
- Commercial property issues to include licence to assign, licence for alterations, rent deposits and guarantees
- Landlord and Tenants Act 1954 lease renewals
- Business asset sales and purchases
- Conditional contracts, option and overage agreements
- Buying and selling all types of residential properties including high value conveyancing
- Property financing
- Residential lease extensions
- Tenancy agreements
- Commercial and residential lease drafting
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A local authority had been too quick to fine a landlord for failing to register under a licensing scheme. Instead, it should have followed its own policy of taking informal action as a first step. That was the decision of the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) in a case involving Ekweozoh v Redbridge LBC. Ms Ekweozoh
The Court of Appeal has clarified whether external doors are landlords’ fixtures and so subject to landlord control. The case involved a tenant who was the registered proprietor of two long-leasehold flats with terms of 999 years. The leases included a covenant by the tenant at cl.3(4) not to “remove any of the landlord’s fixtures”
A landlord has won a dispute over service charges in a commercial building because the onus was on the tenant to prove they were unfair, and it had failed to do so. The case involved Criterion Buildings Ltd and Mckinsey & Co. Criterion was the landlord of a building comprised of offices, a sportswear store,
Three well-known national companies have failed to stop a rent arrears claim against them despite arguing that their businesses had been adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The case involved two commercial landlords and their tenants Cine-UK Ltd, Sports Direct and Mecca Bingo. The landlords applied for summary judgment in claims for rents due under
The Court of Appeal has ruled that a group of leaseholders were not responsible for the cost of repairs if those repairs also made good fundamental structural defects in their properties. The leases related to flats situated in a large block constructed in 1957. They were for 125-year terms and were originally granted under the
A property company has been told that it cannot avoid a civil penalty for running an unlicensed house in multiple occupation (HMO). The case involved Thurrock Council and Palm View Estates. The landlord, Palm View, had bought the house in 2014. It was converted for occupation by six people with a shared kitchen. On 20