Robin Bain

Commercial Partner

Robin was admitted as a solicitor in December 1985. He joined Tolhurst Fisher in 1988 and became a partner in the commercial department the following year.

He heads the commercial department of the Southend-on-Sea office and acts for a wide range of clients, including property developers and investors, plc and private limited companies, partnerships and sole trader businesses, farmers, schools and colleges, and those in the leisure industry.

Professional Summary
– Commercial property work, including the following:
– Development site acquisition, assembly and sale, the acquisition, sale, mortgage and lettings of commercial investment property
– Option Agreements
– Promotion Agreements
– Overage Deeds
– Planning, highway and other agreements with local planning and other authorities
– Acquisition and disposal of companies and unincorporated businesses
– Assisting clients in the management of their property portfolios
– Acquisition and disposal of farms, and agricultural tenancy work

Personal Summary
– Playing bass guitar
– Collecting vintage comic books
– Travel
– Cinema, theatre, live music and eating out

Case Studies
1. Acting for two separate land owners in a group of five; each with substantial holdings, on the termination of their existing Option Agreements with a developer, and the entering into of new Option Agreements. Liaising with the solicitors acting for the other owners so as to ensure that the documents are all substantially in the same terms and achieve equalisation of costs and values to each owner, and ancillary overage arrangements.

2. Acting initially for a family farming partnership, and then for the owners of adjoining agricultural land on a similar arrangement; on entering into a Promotion Agreement for the promotion of their land; the obtaining of planning permission; the grant of options to the promoter to acquire the commercial development land and/or part of the residential development land; the installation of infrastructure; and the sale of the site where the options are not exercised; with ancillary overage.

3. Acting for a caravan park owner on the sale of their site as a going concern.

4. Acting for the owner of a redundant chalet park on obtaining planning permission for residential development; dealing with an ancillary planning agreement; obtaining vacant possession from the owners of the remaining chalets on the site; exchanging contracts for the sale to a national housebuilder conditional on obtaining possession and other matters, with payment of part of the price being deferred and secured by a legal charge over the site.

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