Matthew Bell Senior Associate

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Contact Details

“Matthew Bell offers excellent attention to detail within the field of Retail Property leasing and provides a first rate service to his clients especially with complex projects.”

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Matthew specialises in commercial property matters with a particular emphasis on retail occupiers and their estate requirements.

Main area of practice

Matthew’s particular focus is advising retail occupiers on their property requirements. His expertise within this sector encompasses acquisitions, disposals, lease renewals, re-gears together with all types of day-to-day portfolio management matters. Matthew also has experience in the sale and acquisition of petrol filling stations.


Matthew works with a number of high profile and well known retailers with varied portfolios. 

Significant experience

Matthew’s recent experience includes:

  • Advising a leading retailer on its exit from its existing London office premises and relocation to new, central London headquarters
  • Acting for a well known retailer in connection with the acquisition of its new warehouse and distribution centre facility
  • Ongoing acquisitions for retail clients in a variety of locations


Matthew’s Blog

CVAs: Some Pros and Cons

Our experts take a look at the pros and cons of a company voluntary agreement.

CVAs – Landlords strike back?

2018 has been the year of the CVA (Company Voluntary Arrangement) in the retail and casual dining sectors. With difficult market conditions and falling consumer demand, a number of high street chains have struggled to continue to meet their liabilities.

Articles by Matthew

New Electronic Communications Code


The new Code, which will come into force on 28 December 2017 as part of the Digital Economy Act 2017, aims to place the provision of data and broadband at a similar level of importance to other utilities.

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