Colin is our Head of Office for Bristol and also leads our Bristol and Bath Commercial Real Estate Team (including our Construction and Planning Team). The department delivers a wealth of experience in delivering specialist advice on investment acquisitions and disposals, commercial and residential development, secured lending, major regeneration projects and all aspects of portfolio management/landlord and tenant advice for corporate occupiers.
Colin Stratton has ‘a natural ability to simplify complex issues and communicates well with clients’.
The nature of Colin’s work means he works closely with our planning, construction and environmental specialists in order to deliver a full service for all types of development and regeneration work.
Colin’s clients include developers, major corporates, entrepreneurs and lenders. He provides strategic advice on:
- acquisitions and disposals, development agreements, acquisitions conditional upon planning and pre-lets, joint venture or promotion agreements, options, complex overage arrangements and equalisation agreements.
- secured lending related issues including acting for lenders in new-build property finance, portfolio and development refinancing, financing investment purchases and advising on conditions precedent and subsequent to facility documents.
- landlord and tenant transactions relating to office and retail space, industrial sheds, schools, dental surgeries and hospitals.
Colin Stratton is "approachable" and "knows his stuff and the local markets."
Recent highlights included acting for:
- a regional developer on the acquisition of a “brownfield” site for a mixed use scheme, combining a new marina development with a significant retail, office and residential offering.
- a significant Friendly Society on the disposal of a multi-million pound mixed investment portfolio.
- a not-for-profit client (developing technology solutions for education, health, the public sector and commercial organisations) on the acquisition of their new headquarters and industrial units for the storage of essential IT kit.
- national and regional residential developers on the acquisition of residential and mixed-use development sites (ranging from 14 units to 300 units), conditional upon achieving satisfactory planning consents and subject to overage provisions.
- a high street lender on the multi-million pound refinance of a leisure chain.
- a bio-fuel business on the phased acquisition of a large site in Somerset, for the development of a new bio-fuel plant - through an initial leasehold interest with three agreements for lease to expand the leasehold interest and subsequent options to purchase the freehold over four separate phases (including overage on each phase).