Last Updated May 23, 2019

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Hawkins Hatton Corporate Lawyers Ltd is a niche corporate law firm formed in December 2005 and based in London and Dudley, dealing primarily with corporate and commercial work together with commercial property and litigation. Its client base includes European and Anglo-US companies, regional and national clients as well as individuals. The firm’s Real Estate department is best known for secured lending work on behalf of HSBC, Lloyds Bank, Santander and RBS, as well as all aspects of commercial property work on behalf of its SME client base, which spans a number of key industry sectors including pharmaceutical and healthcare, manufacturing, engineering and pension funds. It advises on a wide range of property-related matters, including commercial acquisitions and disposals, commercial leases, secured lending and corporate support. Hawkins Hatton also offers advice on a broad range of specialist areas such as property investment and finance, development schemes, compulsory purchase issues, construction and commercial leases for clients including landlords and tenants, public companies, banks, private companies, developers and investors.

Real estate due diligence is carried out at all stages of a transaction. This is usually undertaken as follows:

  • The purchaser’s conveyancer will interrogate the title to the property being purchased and raise enquiries of the seller in order to:
    1. understand what rights the property has the benefit of and is subject to;
    2. identify any covenants or restrictive covenants to which the property is subject that may affect use of the property (eg, it would not be advisable to complete on a property which has a complete restriction on the property being used as an office, if it were your client’s intention to make this use of the property); and
    3. highlight any security registered against the property which will need to be discharged prior to completion.
  • The purchaser’s conveyancer also undertakes searches against the property, namely:
    1. a contaminated land search to identify any contamination issues;
    2. a drainage and water search to identify if the property is connected to the mains water and drainage system;
    3. a coal and mining search to identify if the property is located on or close to a mining area;
    4. a chancel repair search to identify any chancel repair liability; and
    5. a local authority search to identify any planning permissions or building regulation approvals/issues.
  • The purchaser’s conveyancer also raises standard enquiries in respect of the property for the seller to reply to (see 2.5 Typical Representations and Warranties, below).
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Hawkins Hatton Corporate Lawyers Ltd is a niche corporate law firm formed in December 2005 and based in London and Dudley, dealing primarily with corporate and commercial work together with commercial property and litigation. Its client base includes European and Anglo-US companies, regional and national clients as well as individuals. The firm’s Real Estate department is best known for secured lending work on behalf of HSBC, Lloyds Bank, Santander and RBS, as well as all aspects of commercial property work on behalf of its SME client base, which spans a number of key industry sectors including pharmaceutical and healthcare, manufacturing, engineering and pension funds. It advises on a wide range of property-related matters, including commercial acquisitions and disposals, commercial leases, secured lending and corporate support. Hawkins Hatton also offers advice on a broad range of specialist areas such as property investment and finance, development schemes, compulsory purchase issues, construction and commercial leases for clients including landlords and tenants, public companies, banks, private companies, developers and investors.

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