Just another Lyndales success story...

Here's a selection of recent cases showing the breadth of work and advice we've undertaken.

A Resolution of Convenience

A Resolution of Convenience

We acted for a retailer who operates a number of convenience and sandwich bars in central London. We reviewed a lease for an outlet in a shopping centre which gave the landlord a right to relocate the business within the centre at a later date. Having researched the legal implications and advised the client, he was able to negotiate a substantial reduction in the premium paid for the lease.


Commercial Property Kay Piper & John Segal

"I have always received excellent advice and attention from John."

"Excellent service from start to finish."

Commercial Property John Segal & Kay Piper

"I have always received excellent advice and attention from John."

"...a very comforting manner to go alongside his obvious expertise."

Lease extension

Lease extension

We acted for a couple in a leasehold flat with 53 years remaining on their lease, the landlord being a well known London-based freehold company. We advised the client to instruct a surveyor for valuation advice, whilst protecting them by serving a notice under the legislation which enabled us to commence proceedings in the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal (now known as the First-Tier Property Tribunal).

Working closely with the surveyor, who was in contact with the landlord's surveyor, we kept the pressure on by pressing on with the proceedings in the LVT. We secured an acceptable deal and completed the documentation to the satisfaction of the client.

Residential Property Kay Piper & John Segal

"Kay handled my purchase with efficiency and professionalism."

“Excellent service from start to finish.”

Residential Property Kay Piper & John Segal

"Kay was an absolute delight to work with and throughout the process was clear, concise and timely in communication. I valued very much her opinion on options available to me. She was very responsive to my queries - and she clearly operated in my best interests. I felt safe in the knowledge that Kay was doing a good job and wouldn't hesitate for a moment to recommend her services to prospective clients."

Collective Enfranchisement

Collective Enfranchisement

Acting for leasehold flat owners who had agreed the purchase of the freehold from their landlord, we arranged for a company to be set up with all three sets of leaseholders registered as shareholders. The company then acquired the freehold. Following our advice, and to maximise the value of their individual flats, the leaseholders granted themselves lease extensions for a maximum term of 999 years, with a peppercorn ground rent.

By combining the purchase of the freehold with lease extensions and the modernisation of the lease provisions, we ensured that our clients had the best possible title to maximise value and to avoid any future problems if and when they came to sell.

Commercial Property Kay Piper & John Segal

"Very efficient, being not just responsive but also pro-active. I was kept well-informed throughout a lease renewal transaction and pushed things through without any need on my part to chase. Highly recommended."

Business & Corporate Law Stanley Harris

"Very professional, precise and in plain English - perfect."

Against the Clock

Against the Clock

One Thursday, we were instructed by a client that he wished to acquire the freehold of a commercial warehouse for a substantial sum, but had to exchange contracts and complete the transaction the following day! We dropped everything to work on the deal. That afternoon, the owners decided they wanted to stay on and rent the warehouse from our clients for nine months from completion. We wrapped up the purchase and lease-back by close of business on the Friday afternoon.

Employment Law Ashley Lacome-Shaw & Stanley Harris

"Just a fantastic service."

Divorce & Family Law Ashley Lacome-Shaw & Darrell Webb

"I felt that you gave me much more than good advice."

Beer Garden Sale

Beer Garden Sale

A client wished to sell a small cottage on the Norfolk coast by auction. We provided the auctioneers with all the necessary legal information and conditions for the Auction Catalogue to be published. The client wanted us to attend the auction and booked overnight accommodation. On arriving at the auction, held in the garden of a local pub, we were told that the auctioneers did not use standard contracts (as is the norm), but that seller's solicitors were expected to bring a contract for the lucky bidder to sign. We ended up drafting a Sale Contract on the back of a pub menu!

Dispute Resolution Ashley Lacome-Shaw

"A huge help, I would have no hesitation in recommending Lyndales to my friends."

Wills & Probate Stanley Harris

"I appreciate all your counsel and professional services, both in sorting out the mess (which they presented to us) and in guiding us on how to deal with them - and for speaking with the voice of reason when tensions were high."

Upside-down Management Deal

Upside-down Management Deal

Our client acquired a company which acted as a distributor of American snacks to supermarkets in the UK. The client had previously worked for the company. This was a management buy-out with a twist, as the vendor owner negotiated that he would continue to work for the company for a period of three years after completion, while being paid an earn-out based on results. Working with the two parties to agree the financial and commercial deal whilst avoiding a conflict and acknowledging the close relationship of the buyer and the seller (who continued to work together on a daily basis), required us to provide sensitive, pragmatic and even-handed advice to conclude the deal.

Selling by the book

Selling by the book

A family-run publishing company, in business for more than 50 years, was being sold by its shareholders, who together had an average age of over 80. Complicated by employment issues and minority shareholders, we worked closely with the family and its accountants. Together with the buyers solicitors, we provided a tax-efficient conclusion when the business was sold.

Unravel That!

Unravel That!

An American passport holder, with assets in the UK, dies in India with beneficiaries in Argentina and Spain. It was a potential nightmare for the beneficiaries. Our private client department unravelled the matter and obtained all the necessary Grants of Representation in two jurisdictions and releasing the funds in London for the beneficiaries.