For Your Business


Mike Hobbs is responsible for the business legal services at Hobbs Law. He offers advice and assistance across the following areas:

Start-up and small business advice

Starting up a small business or developing one can be challenging enough without having to tackle the legal side single handed.  Mike has worked with new and growing businesses over many years and recognises where words of advice and reassurance can be invaluable. He has built up a wide range of contacts with commercial surveyors, finance brokers and accountants, so your venture doesn’t have to be such a minefield.

Business sales and purchases
You may have built up your business from scratch and are looking to sell it on or you may be thinking about buying an existing business – Mike can assist in all of your business transfer matters. His client base covers just about every area of business including general stores & off-licences, post offices, hotels and public houses, care homes, pharmacies and restaurants. Whether the business operates from freehold premises or a lease of the property needs to be transferred, Mike can offer advice. He also has close contacts with business transfer agents across the South Coast and nationwide.

Commercial leasing
A commercial lease, licence for alterations, rent deposit deed, transferring/assigning leases?  Is the property a shop on the high street, a warehouse, offices or something larger?  Landlord or tenant?   Plain English reports to you, no legal jargon, clear and concise explanation and full updates on progress throughout – that’s the benefit of instructing Hobbs Law. Also, we’re on hand to help you deal with any issues that arise during the lifetime of that lease.

Commercial property sales and purchases

Mike acts for investors, for those intending to run their business from their freehold commercial property and for those wishing to sell their properties. It may be a parade of shops, shopping centre, factory, offices, field or farm.  There may be covenants or rights of way to consider. Mike asks the questions to help him understand his clients’ requirements and puts those requirements into context with the legal title. For many years he has also acted for banking organisations in commercial lending matters, so if you are taking a mortgage he can assist and advise.

Property development advice and assistance
Property development is never easy, there are many stages to consider and procedures to follow.  Mike can help your project flow more smoothly, efficiently and economically, offering advice on site assembly, option and overage agreements, rights, covenants, plot layouts & titles and planning agreements. He has a large contact base of surveyors, party wall specialists, planning consultants, eco build consultants, architects and project finance institutions & brokers.