Clarkslegal LLP - Solicitors in Reading and London

Our People

Simon Ralphs

I joined Clarkslegal as an associate in September 2014. I trained with Forsters LLP where, upon qualification in 2002, I specialised in commercial property.

I advise on a broad range of commercial property transactions, acting for institutional investors, large retailers, property funds and landlords and tenants of all sizes.

I frequently advise on the sale and purchase of freehold and leasehold properties. On acquisitions this includes co-ordinating title investigation and due diligence in connection with the purchase all types of property investments, including multi-let building and sites.

I regularly act for landlords and tenants in negotiating agreements for lease with development obligations, including agreeing conditions on planning and construction.

For many years I have acted for both landlords and tenants negotiating leases of retail, industrial, leisure and office space. Through my work with a large restaurant operator and other large retailers and property funds I have dealt with lettings in many high street locations, shopping centres, industrial estates and business parks.

Many of my clients acquire property for investment purposes and I provide clear advice on the terms of any existing leases and supporting documentation. I also assist with the ongoing management of my client’s property assets, including negotiating and agreeing supplemental documents where required.

I have many years of experience in franchising having acted for a large restaurant operator in this area preparing and agreeing franchise documentation to facilitate their ambitious franchising programme.

 I am passionate about working with the food and restaurant sector and enjoy helping new and old clients in this area.

“Easy to deal with, knowledgeable, very quick and extremely personable.”
The Legal 500

"Simon Ralphs is noted for being very knowledgeable in the field of restaurant leases"
The Legal 500

“Simon Ralphs is strong for franchising arrangements in the food and restaurant sector”
The Legal 500