At Morton Fraser Lawyers we have highlighted clarity as our guiding principle.
This directs the way we communicate, the way we advise, the way we conduct relationships with our clients and the way we are totally transparent and upfront about our charges. This applies to all our services from the straightforward to the more complex.
We complete hundreds of pension real estate transactions each year representing most of the UK’s leading commercial property SIPP and SSAS providers. We are under exclusive appointment to many prominent commercial property SIPP providers. We advise on all aspects of real estate transactions for SIPPs, SSASs and other types of pension arrangements and structures using a pension to buy commercial property.
We’re also experienced in all aspects of the setup of panel processes for pension providers and their development including preparing template documentation, building innovative case management and processing systems and advice on the vehicles involved.
We are active members of the Association of Member Directed Pension Schemes (AMPS) the industry body for key players in this sector.
In recent years the Scottish commercial real estate market has seen many changes. Deals are structured differently and access to funding has changed. Our clients expect us to understand their markets and to offer pragmatic, commercial advice and guidance. We’re also expected to deliver this within tight timeframes and within pre-agreed, fixed fee structures.
We’re specialists with genuine expert knowledge, here to offer valuable advice. Since 2005 we’ve grown to become one of Scotland's leading players, recognised by independent Legal directory Legal 500, who rank us in their top tier for commercial real estate in Scotland.
Our advice is clear and easy to follow. We offer transparent billing, agreeing a fixed fee with our clients, so that they can be reassured that they’ll only pay what they have agreed to pay.
Morton Fraser are well known for our expertise in managing large portfolios of leased properties on behalf of commercial landlords. We also act for many tenants who regularly lease space in all kinds of locations including shopping centres, industrial estates, retail parks.
Legal due diligence
Legal due diligence
With more than a dozen core real estate partners and over 40 fee earners, ably supported by specialists in property litigation, planning, construction and environmental law, the Commercial Real Estate team at Morton Fraser is well resourced to tackle any diligence exercise. We have experience in everything from shopping centre acquisitions, large portfolio purchases, property input on corporate led transactions and supporting English correspondent firms in cross border deals.
We use our experience to focus on the issues that matter to our clients, cutting out the legalese and framing our analysis and offering solutions in the wider commercial context. Our clients have many competing pressures on their time - our due diligence team is there to cut to the heart of the issues and allow our clients to concentrate their energy where it's needed most.
Morton Fraser provides a ‘first class level of service’ and attracts praise for its ‘fantastic market knowledge’.
Seddon's team has a sweet spot acting for pension providers in SIPP/SSAS and other pensions-related commercial real estate transactions; key clients include Standard Life, James Hay and Legal and General.
Legal 500 2018/19
Experience, attention to detail and good lawyers who are technically strong with commercial understanding.
Chambers and Partners 2019/20
'Our business has worked with Morton Fraser for many years at a corporate level and they have handled our Scottish property work for 20 years. You get prompt, accurate and commercial advice and they are a pleasure to work with. They are keen to explore new ideas and find solutions. On the rare occasion that there has been an issue, it has been dealt with extremely professionally'.