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Stephen Yardley

Commercial Property

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Position Overview

Assistant Solicitor in the Commercial Property Department.

What I do and who my clients are

  • Utility Work and Easements
  • Property Financing
  • Landlord and Tenant work
  • Secured lending work (acting for borrowers and lenders)
  • Disposals and acquisitions

As well as working with landlords, tenants and landowners, I have worked with a wide range of lenders ranging from national high street banks to niche alternative lending institutions, helping them to effectively manage property finance deals and to deliver the very best experience to their clients.  I have also worked closely with landowners who require advice in dealing with major utility providers and, having previously advised a National Utility provider, I have a detailed understanding of what both parties need when negotiating and implementing deeds and leases relating to utilities.

I regularly act on behalf of national high street banks and was involved dealing with a property portfolio of 10 commercial properties and securing charges for over £2 million against each property to secure the client’s interest.  My experience acting for both national utility companies and individual landowners has provided me with a broad knowledge of the legalities of the utilities sector and the time constraints and deadlines that bind the industry.  My experience in this niche area of law is as varied as securing rights to lay the electricity infrastructure to supply sporting venues used during the London Olympics in 2012, to securing a right to install a small electrical generation and cable to supply one property.

I have a straight forward approach to working, I always invest time to understand my clients’ needs and concerns so I can deliver a clear plan to achieve their commercial objectives.

Central to this is my emphasis on communicating effectively, in plain English.  I ensure that I am always available to talk to and that you are kept informed of progress as your transaction moves forward.

My achievements and other appointments

I qualified as a solicitor in 2015 having previously worked at two large regional firms where I specialised in commercial property for over 10 years as a paralegal and Trainee solicitor before joining Coole Bevis LLP in 2017.

...and finally

Outside of work I can generally be found punishing my body by training for marathon or triathlons, of which I have competed in my fair share. When I’m not lycra clad, I spend the remainder of my time watching my beloved Everton FC, expanding my cooking repertoire and looking on the internet at places that I’ll visit one day.