Commercial Property

Our Commercial Property Team acts for both landlords and tenants

Our Commercial Property Team acts for both landlords and tenants alike in drafting and negotiating new or renewal leases, rent reviews and lease assignments. We have the expertise to advise on all aspects of Landlord and Tenant Law and to guide both sides through serving notices and dealing with any issues arising during a tenancy.
We can also act in the sale and acquisition of commercial land and property as well as the charging of commercial property; carrying out due diligence, investigating title, interpreting search results and reporting the results clearly to clients.
The team prides itself on its commercial approach, understanding the client’s individual needs and advising accordingly.

Our services include:

Sale and Purchase of commercial property

Commercial Leases

Acquisition of land for commercial and mixed-use development

Rent Reviews

Landlord and Tenant Law

Lease assignments

Charges over property

Sustainability and environmental issues

All related commercial and property law issues

Email our Commercial Property team
Call 0121 705 7571 or email our Commercial Property Team

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Paul Hughes
Paul Hughes LLB (Hons)

Director / Partner

Specialities: All company & commercial services, including: Commercial property, Sale & Purchase of businesses, Commercial contracts, Specialist in purchase and sale of dental practices

Paul is the legal advisor to a nationwide member organisation representing the interests of small businesses and to a large motor dealer. He also specialises in the sale and purchase of dental practices.

Paul is an accredited member of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS)s.He is also an accredited member of the Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS).

Paul Hughes went to school in Stoke-on-Trent before attending Birmingham University to study law. Paul joined Wallace Robinson & Morgan in 1984 and became a partner in 1986, having qualified with another Birmingham firm in 1981.

From 1998 to 2017 Paul was a governor at the schools in Dorridge, where his children attended. He is chairman of the Family Care Trust, a local charity caring for people with mental illness and learning difficulties though the provision of day care, community support and a farm at Catherine-de-Barnes.

Having refereed football for 25 years Paul now concentrates on supporting Stoke City where he is a season ticket holder. He enjoys travelling and has recently visited Australia and New Zealand, but also enjoys time in Devon with his family. Having completed 7 half marathons for charity he has probably hung up his running shoes, but still enjoys going to the gym regularly.
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Liaquat Malik LLB (Hons)

Solicitor - Senior Associate - Commercial Property and Development Department

Specialities: Commercial Property and Plot Sales

Liaquat Malik, known by everyone as ‘Malik’, joined the firm in April 2015 as a paralegal after spending 3 years with a national law firm in Birmingham. He has now a Senior Associate Solicitor, having undertaken his training contract with the firm and qualified as a Solicitor in 2018.

Having worked as a paralegal in the Litigation and Employment team at Wallace Robinson & Morgan, Malik moved to the Plot Sales team, where he helped build the team to its current size, working on a number of large property developments around the country. Since qualifying Malik has developed his role and manages the Plot Sales team on a day to day basis.

He completed his Law degree at Coventry University in 2010 and moved to Birmingham, going straight into his LPC studies at the College of Law.

Malik had already gained two years' paralegal experience working in a busy Commercial Property team in Birmingham before joining our team here in Solihull.

Malik has a small gym obsession, spending the majority of his time eating and training. He also loves football and (for his sins) follows Newcastle United. He even attempts to play every now and then. However, he does admit the running aspect of football puts him off!!

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Anna Hobbs BSc (Hons), MSc

Solicitor - Senior Associate - Commercial Property Department

Specialities: Commercial Property, Plot Sales, Business Sales and Acquisitions and Residential Property

Anna qualified as a Solicitor in August 2018 after completing her training contract with us. She is now working in our Company and Commercial Team and enjoys the varied nature of the work she undertakes. She acts for both Landlords and Tenants in the granting of commercial leases and lease assignments and can also assist clients with the sale, purchase and re-financing of commercial premises whilst also having experience in business sales and acquisitions for small to medium sized companies. Her company work includes general contract reviews, company incorporations and Partnership Agreements. Previously Anna took a leading role in setting up the busy Plot Sales team who handle the apartment sales of a number of property developments around the country and still assists in this area from time to time.

After gaining a 1st class degree in Geography, Anna went on to do an MSc in Climatology and worked for a few years in the environmental sector before setting her sights on Law, graduating from the Legal Practice Course (LPC) with a distinction. She has been at WRM full-time since October 2012, first working as Practice Management Assistant, then as a Trainee Solicitor alongside her part-time study at the University of Law and is now a Senior Associate.

Anna recently took some time off to have her second son, and now enjoys her spare time at home with family, walking and relaxing on an evening by cooking and baking. She is a keen traveller and loves doing anything creative including sewing and painting.

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Sarah Kelly LLB (Hons) LLM

Solicitor - Commercial Property Department

Specialities: Commercial Property

Sarah is a qualified solicitor working in the Commercial Department. She deals with numerous aspects of commercial property work on a day to day basis which includes drafting and reviewing various documents such as leases, licences, deeds and more, undertaking searches, dealing with third parties such as lenders and reporting to clients. Sarah has recently started to deal with company matters such as the dissolution of partnerships and the sale and purchase of companies acting for both the buyer and seller.

Sarah also deals with all aspects of residential property work including freehold and leasehold sales, purchases, transfers and re-mortgages.

Sarah also occasionally drafts Wills and has dealt with the administration of several estates in Probate.

Sarah graduated from Coventry University with a 2:1 Law Degree and joined WRM in June 2017 as a paralegal in the Plot Sales Team. She began her training contract in September 2018 and whilst training gained experience in the Residential Property Department, the Family Department and the Commercial Property Department. Sarah achieved a Distinction in her LPC and Maters at the University of Law in Birmingham and qualified into the Commercial Property Department in September 2020.

Outside of work Sarah enjoys spending time with her young son and partner, and enjoys socialising with friends. She also enjoys travelling and has been fortunate enough to travel to many different countries around the world experiencing varied cultures, something she wants her son to experience in the future.

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Katherine Stratton LLB (Hons) LLM

Solicitor - Associate - Commercial Property Department

Specialities: Commercial Property and Residential Property.

Katherine has experience in a broad array of property disciplines and spends her working day dealing with all aspects of commercial property work including acquisitions and disposals, landlord and tenant and secured lending. Alongside this she deals with all things relating to residential property including freehold and leasehold sales and purchases, re-mortgages and lease extensions.

Katherine undertook her training contract at a Bournemouth firm having graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 Law degree and achieved a Distinction in her LPC and Masters at the University of Law in Birmingham. She then qualified into commercial property in August 2019 having had over 4 years property experience.

Away from work she is a keen albeit slow runner and enjoys being outdoors as much as possible to appreciate the hidden Birmingham beauty spots.

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Gary Sawyer BEng(Hons) MBA MBE

Solicitor - Commercial Property Department and Wills and Probate Department

Gary has been working at Wallace Robinson and Morgan since April 2019. Initially working in the plot sales team he began his training contract with the family department in January 2020 and finished his training in property, commercial, corporate and probate matters. Gary qualified as a solicitor in January 2022 and undertakes work in both the Commercial Property Department and the Wills and Probate Department specialising in probate and estate administration.

Gary’s route into the legal profession has been more protracted than most. After graduating with a mechanical engineering degree, he joined the Royal Air Force as a pilot. After 16 years as a front-line pilot flying the Tornado ground attack aircraft, he completed an MBA and moved into management consultancy, programme management and process improvement. He then decided to pursue an aspiration he had held for a while and completed a Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in Birmingham.

Away from work he is an enthusiastic, if somewhat unskilled hockey player, is a keen road cyclist and tries to ski at least once a year. Legal studies have taken up much of his time over the last 2 1/2 years but he also enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

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