Michael Stone


Consultant Commercial Property

01628 631051

“Getting the best results for my clients is still the best part of what I do. Even the most challenging scenarios have a solution just waiting to be discovered. I take great delight in those discoveries and making things happen.”

Michael at-a-glance

Michael has been a partner for most of the 32 years he has been at Colemans and today, is Partner and Head of Commercial Property. A driving force within the firm, he is widely regarded as one of the most experienced and effective lawyers in the area. Very much a professionals’ choice among sellers, buyers, developers, landlords and tenants, agents and surveyors, Michael achieves winning results – even in the most complex of situations.

Key expertise and experience

  • Commercial and development property, sales and acquisitions: construction contracts and related appointments; conditional contracts and options; planning agreements and joint ventures.
  • Acquisition and sale of businesses. Shares or asset transactions; property implications and pitfalls; sale and leaseback: change of use; landlords’ and mortgagees’ consents.
  • Town and country planning. Planning restrictions; local government liaison; retrospective/breach of planning, indemnity insurance and planning agreements.
  • Landlord and Tenant. Advice on rent reviews, break clauses, covenants, dilapidations; lease renewals and lease forfeitures. Preparing new leases, deeds of variation, licences to assign and underlet, licences to alter and surrenders.

Niche expertise

  • Large-scale Commercial Property deals involving multiple parties.
  • Complex Lease work – commercial and residential.
  • Town and Country planning – commercial and residential. Michael’s early career experience as an in-house lawyer for local government – and his subsequent work for developers – gives him vital insight into how planning works – from the inside out.

Renowned for…

  • Being direct, thorough and effective.
  • Giving focused advice, providing solutions and achieving exceptional results – even in the most complex of situations.
  • Understanding the needs and challenges faced by businesses.
  • His local knowledge of the area and invaluable business relationships spanning agents, surveyors, architects, developers, bankers and many other professionals.

Career highlights…

  • Heading up the acquisitions of some landmark headquarter buildings for clients.
  • Notably exceeding expectations in sales of development of sites. For example, negotiating £1.5M overage in one instance.
  • Acting for sellers in relation to 55+ unit sites to national developers.

Outside of work…

Michael lives in Maidenhead and is married with three adult children. He was a keen rugby player and, although no longer playing, still maintains a keen interest in the game. When work commitments permit, he trains at a local gym and is a keen and accomplished skier.

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