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In the current funding environment and in light of the Government Estates Strategy, Local Authorities are facing increasing pressure to find efficient ways to utilise their office space. This may include the use flexible office spaces or shared ‘services hubs’. Expert advice is essential to ensuring these schemes are completed successfully without causing disruption to the organisation.

Examples of work undertaken by DJB lawyers

  • Acquired a new Head Office for £39m on behalf of Slough Borough Council.  

  • Dealt with cladding issues for a local authority on their office.  

  • Advised on the grant of a favorable lease to numerous Councils for their office premises.

  • Negotiation of complex subleases for the occupation of space within a council office in London.

  • Advised on setting up enquiry centre facilities within local authority owned premises.

  • Advised on reducing local authority expenditure through efficient use of property portfolios including generating a rental income from surplus space. 

  • Negotiated several sub-leases at Council offices for another public sector organisation. 

DJB specialists

  • Philippa Hipwell (Partner)  

  • Sean Bulman (Partner)

Legal issues that may arise

  • Acquisition of suitable office premises

  • Advising on granting of leases to external bodies

  • Advising on lease renewals and negotiations including rent reviews to reduce public spending

  • Advising on lease terminations and break notices

  • Occupation of Council Offices

  • Registration of Council premises

  • Granting or contention of easements running over Council properties

  • Estates rationalisation. 



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