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Balvinder Jaj

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Balvinder specialises in agricultural and rural work, acting for farmers, landowners and landed estates. His work ranges from the acquisition, development and disposal of landed estates, farms and bare agricultural land, to advice on Agricultural Holdings Act tenancies and farm business tenancies.

Balvinder also has a number of commercial clients involved in a various development projects, which involves the acquisition of commercial premises or development sites, undertaking all aspects of lending work and negotiating planning documentation. He also acts for a number of lenders, where borrowing is being offered to rural land owners/farmers, and acts on behalf of the lender to complete the due diligence in connection with the proposed security.

Balvinder qualified in 2004 and was made a Partner in 2017.

Legal Services

Real Estate

Balvinder acts for commercial portfolio landlords in connection with the all aspects of the management of their commercial holdings, from the preparation of heads of terms through to negotiating and documenting any dilapidations claims.

He also works with a number of developers in the acquisition and disposal elements of property projects, including Option Agreements, S106 Agreements and Leases.

Balvinder acts for both clients and Banks in connection with the lending elements of transactions which have involved an acquisition or the restructure of the borrowing on owned assets.

Cases

  • Restructure of a property holding involving surrender of 8 leasehold interests with complex dilapidations issues, whilst acquiring 999 year leasehold interests with substantial fitting out provisions and taking options to acquire additional land.
  • Acquisition of a development project in Kensington, negotiating S106 Agreement and refinancing of borrowing, with circa development value of £25 million.
  • Purchase of an estate in High Weald with the intention of conversion of the house and grounds into a wedding venue. This involved various issues involving the title including caravans on site, complex undefined restrictive covenants and third party occupation within the grounds.
  • Acting for a lender on its client’s purchase of commercial investment in West London. Borrowing of circa £5 million with complex arrangements of surrender and leaseback to occupying tenant and approving pre-let documentation.
  • Acting for the Bank in connection with the restructuring of existing borrowing in connection with agricultural holding of over 1,500 acres plus a commercial yard with annual rents exceeding £300,000 per annum. With separate charging arrangements for the agricultural and commercial elements of the operation.
  • Acting for both the client and the lender in connection with the purchase of circa 300 acres of agricultural land and buildings which was occupied by the client under an AHA.

Real Estate Finance

Balvinder acts for both clients and Banks in connection with the lending elements of transactions which have involved an acquisition or the restructure of the borrowing on owned assets.

Cases

  • Acting for a lender on its client’s purchase of commercial investment in West London. Borrowing of circa £5 million with complex arrangements of surrender and leaseback to occupying tenant and approving pre-let documentation.
  • Acting for the Bank in connection with the restructuring of existing borrowing in connection with agricultural holding of over 1,500 acres plus a commercial yard with annual rents exceeding £300,000 per annum. With separate charging arrangements for the agricultural and commercial elements of the operation.
  • Acting for both the client and the lender in connection with the purchase of circa 300 acres of agricultural land and buildings which was occupied by the client under an AHA.
  • Restructuring of the UK property holding of a multinational company, including the surrender of 4 subleases and 4 headlease, settling of dilapidations claims, agreeing agreements for lease and long lease interest and option agreements. Balvinder was involved with substantial premium and rent figures, and navigating through complex issues in connection with the tax implications of the transaction.

 

Sectors

Farms & Estates

Balvinder is an agricultural property practitioner, working with a number of landed estates in the area. His work covers the acquisition and disposal of farms and landed estates, as well as Agricultural Holdings Act and farm business tenancy advice.

Cases

  • Assisted in the purchase of an estate in the north of England for a sum in excess of £27 million. This included 2,700 acres of agricultural land, some 32 estate houses and cottages (including the majority of the village), commercial business premises, as well as tenanted farms and woodland.
  • Surrender of part of an AHA Tenancy to the Landlord coupled with the re-occupation of part of the surrender land by the grant of FBT. Complex arrangements in connection with our client’s occupation of the land subject to the FBT in connection with the Farmhouse and the commercial buildings.
  • Sale of a farming estate to 13 separate buyers. The individual lots varied from bare agricultural land, in hand farming operations, estate cottages. Balvinder dealt with various issues including first registration of a number of lots, defects in title and planning issues.
  • Refinancing the primary borrowing in connection with a 1,700 acre estate. Including a Dairy Farm enterprise, 1,400 acres of agricultural land and estate houses and cottages.

 

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