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Commercial Property & Development

Every day we change the lives of our commercial property clients by supporting their business interests.

Whether you are an owner, developer, landlord or a tenant, we have the expertise to help and advise you on all areas of Commercial Property law.

How can we help

We deal with acquisitions and leasing requirements for several property investor clients and regularly negotiate leases for shops, offices, factories, and warehouses. We have particular expertise in dealing with public houses, and medical practices. Whatever the size of your business, we can help with acquiring and disposing of freehold and leasehold premises.

We also have extensive experience in acting for property developers at all stages. From acquiring the land (whether by contracts subject to conditions, options, promotion agreements); s.106 agreements and unilateral planning undertakings to the infrastructure and adoption agreements to service the site to the final set up of the site and subsequent plot disposals.

In addition, we can provide specialist advice on:

Sale and purchase of commercial properties

Business leases (acting for Landlords and Tenants)

Property Management documentation – including Licences to Assign, Underlet, Change of Use, Alterations and Rent Deposit Deeds

Property Development including Promotion and Option Agreements

Planning and infrastructure agreements


Mortgage of commercial properties


Section 106 Agreements


Agreements for Lease

Wayleave Agreements

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For a FREE initial consultation with our expert Commercial Property team, simply complete the form on this page, call 01244 356 789 or email info@cullimoredutton.co.uk.

Why choose us? Because we are:


Our property teams have an enviable level of knowledge and expertise and act for both residential and commercial clients on a wide range of property transactions, from large, landed estates to Chester city centre apartments, offices and retail units.


Our team is accredited by the Law Society under the Conveyancing Quality scheme (CQS) and we are on the conveyancing panels of all the major lenders. We have a great track record of successfully completing property transactions and negotiating leases.


We understand that any property transaction can present challenges and that no two transactions are the same. Our goal is to make sure that our clients are exposed to minimal risk, delay and stress throughout the process of buying, selling or leasing.

Who will work on your matter?

A qualified lawyer with at least 20 years’ experience in this area of work.

Administrative duties will be undertaken by our support staff.

As Head of Department, Sarah Davies has overall responsibility for the supervision of all work carried out by his team.

Our Commercial Property & Development Department

Joe Jones

Joe Jones​

Qualified 2022

Hello, I joined the Property Team as a Solicitor in June 2023.

I graduated from The Open University in 2017 with a degree in Law, then went on to complete my Legal Practice Course (LPC) at The University of Law, Christleton in 2020. I undertook my training contract with a Wrexham-based legal firm, qualifying as a solicitor in 2022.

I consider myself to be very client focused and take a great deal of pride in ensuring that our clients receive a first-rate service.

I have expertise in:

  • Freehold Sales and Purchases
  • Residential Leasehold Purchases and Sales
  • Residential Remortgages

When not in the office you will usually find me in bookstores looking for my next book to read. If I am not reading, I am usually gardening and spending time with my Border Terrier (Frank).

Solicitor Sara Butt

Sarah Butt

Associate Solicitor
Qualified 2019

Hello, I joined the Property team in July 2022.

Originally from Chester, I graduated from the University of Liverpool with a degree in Politics and International Business, following which, I completed a graduate management scheme for a large hotel company before completing the Legal Practice Course (LPC) in 2016 and qualifying as a solicitor in April 2019.

I have specialised in property for over five years and take pride in helping clients to achieve their property aspirations with as little stress as possible.

I am able to assist with:

  • Freehold and leasehold sales and purchases
  • Residential remortgages
  • Commercial sales and purchases
  • Negotiation and grants of leases, for both landlords and tenants
  • Commercial lending and remortgages

When not in the office I enjoy sampling the delights of Chester’s many independent coffee shops and I am a member of a local running club.

Sarah Davies

Sarah Davies

Solicitor | Director | Head of Property
Qualified 2008

Hello, I joined Cullimore Dutton in 2016 and was appointed as Head of Residential Conveyancing in 2020 and in February 2021 I was delighted to take on the role of Director joining our senior management team. 

As Head of Department, I have overall responsibility for the supervision of all work carried out by my team. 

I specialise in New Build Property Transactions. I have over ten years’ experience, predominantly dealing with New Build transactions on behalf of Clients. I am thorough and methodical whilst always being mindful of the pressures placed on buyers to exchange within 28 days. I believe that it is important to have someone representing you who understands the conveyancing process and who can cut through the legal jargon on your behalf. 

One of the greatest rewards of my role is hearing the joy in my client’s voice when I call to confirm that completion on their property transaction has taken place. I am proud and honoured to be able to bring this happiness to my clients. I have expertise in: 

  • New Build Transactions 
  • Freehold Sales and Purchases 
  • Residential Leasehold Purchases and Sales  
  • Residential Remortgages. 


Kara Nicholls

Kara Nicholls

Advanced Paralegal
Additional Qualifications: CILEX Level 6 Diploma in Legal Practice

I joined the Property team in November 2020 as a paralegal having worked in the residential property sector for five years. 

Originally from Essex, I relocated to the Northwest around eight years ago. I graduated from Edge Hill University in 2015 with a Law and Criminology degree and I am currently studying for the CILEx qualification at the CILEx Law School which grants me the status of an Associate. Once completed, this will give me Chartered Legal Executive status. 

I love getting to know my clients and understanding their needs. I am driven to achieve ‘stress-free’ transactions for them, and hope that by completing my CILEx qualification, I will be even better placed to represent and support them. 

Outside of work, I enjoy visiting my family back home in Essex, hosting friends and family at my home in North Wales and walking my miniature dachshund Ziggy. 

I wanted to repeat my thanks for the advice you very kindly gave me regarding the Deed of Guarantee that my step‑daughter’s new landlords had asked me to sign. Thank you for giving me the confidence to contact them to request several changes. Your expert advice was a great help and was very much appreciated.

Cullimore Dutton Commercial and Property Litigation client

Thank you so much for sorting this so quickly and professionally. I really appreciate it.

Cullimore Dutton Commercial and Property Litigation client