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Property & Construction

Property, construction and planning law

Property and Construction

Bermans Property and Construction team advises on all aspects of commercial property, construction and planning law.

We provide our clients with a flexible, partner-led approach and deliver practical, commercial advice. We work closely with our Litigation and Dispute Resolution team to ensure that we are able to offer our clients a complete service in any property or construction matter. With experience in handling small, bespoke cases to large-scale projects, we invest the same level of commitment in all of our clients regardless of size and scale.

The Property and Construction team maintains a strong presence and profile across the North West which ensures that we are best placed to utilise a strong network of like-minded businesses and professionals to our clients’ advantage.

Clients we work with

  • Property developers
  • Building contractors
  • Commercial and residential landlords
  • Investment property companies
  • Fund and investment managers
  • SMEs
  • Banks, financial institutions and bridging funders
  • Public bodies

Key Services


Commercial property

  • Acquisitions and disposals
  • Commercial leases for landlords and tenants
  • Security implementation for funders


Drafting development documentation:
  • Building contracts
  • Collateral warranties
  • Deeds of appointment

Residential property

Key Contacts


Fergal O’Cleirigh

Fergal heads up the Property and Construction team in the Liverpool and Manchester offices. He specialises in commercial property transactions and his clients include property developers, investors, fund managers, banks and bridging loan companies.

Guy Pattison

Guy Pattison

Guy joined Bermans upon qualifying as a solicitor in 2006. He specialises in all aspects of commercial property, licensed property, investment property and property finance transactions.

Claire Morris

Claire Morris

Claire Morris is an experienced Commercial Property Solicitor. Claire joined Bermans in 2006 as a trainee solicitor and following her qualification in March 2008 joined the Commercial Property team.


Stephen Chalcraft

Stephen has a wealth of knowledge, with over 20 years of experience dealing with a wide range of commercial property matters, with specific expertise in complex commercial development and regeneration projects.


Rebecca Fan

Rebecca joined Bermans in September 2016 as a Consultant in the Property team and advises a variety of clients from SMEs, private individuals and international investors.


Melanie Morris

Melanie joined Bermans in January 2015 as a Trainee Solicitor and qualified as a Solicitor in January 2017, becoming a Senior Associate in the Property team in 2021.


Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan is currently a trainee solicitor in the Corporate department.

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