About Jamie McNeil

Jamie McNeil is a chartered surveyor specialising in UK commercial property.

Helping occupiers

Simply put McNeil Commercial was set up to help commercial property occupiers. For a long time I had been managing commercial property on behalf of landlords. Properties that I managed on behalf of clients were varied. These included shopping centres, High street town centre retail schemes, out of town retail, shopping parks, office buildings [...]

By |2019-09-23T08:52:54+01:00September 23rd, 2019|Acquisitions, Bath Offices for Lease, bristol, business lease|Comments Off on Helping occupiers

Service Charges Commercial Property – Quarter day

Instead of thinking that the landlords managing agent is always right when they invoice your next quarterly service charge have a look at the following list of simple errors that this firm has identified and corrected on behalf of occupier clients. Charging a tenant for  service charge ABOVE  the capped amount specified in the [...]

By |2019-09-16T08:37:48+01:00September 16th, 2019|commercial property service charges, Disputes, office service charges, service charge audit, Service Charges, shopping centre service charges, Uncategorised|Comments Off on Service Charges Commercial Property – Quarter day

Do you have a Bath Office Rent Review in 2018 or 2019 ?

Are you an office occupier and have a Bath office Rent review coming up  ** don't panic**. Back in 2013 and 2014 it was not unusual to agree lease terms at £10-£12psf with rent free periods and capital contributions on office property in Bath. 5 years on and occupiers are encountering their first Bath office [...]

By |2019-09-10T16:10:14+01:00September 10th, 2019|Bath office rent review, bristol, business lease|Comments Off on Do you have a Bath Office Rent Review in 2018 or 2019 ?

Commercial Property For Rent – 10 Key points

Are you looking for commercial property for rent? Here are 10 points to remember when considering a commercial property for rent. Leasing agents act for Landlords. Find out all costs before making an offer. Initial costs, running costs and exit costs. Try and mitigate all costs in lease negotiations. Research the local market. Have more than one [...]

By |2019-09-10T16:10:34+01:00September 10th, 2019|Acquisitions, Bath office rent review, Bath Offices for Lease, bristol, business lease|Comments Off on Commercial Property For Rent – 10 Key points

RICS Service charges in commercial property 1st edition

RICS Service charges in commercial property 1st edition RICS Service charges in commercial property 1st edition supersedes all three previous editions which were published as codes of practice. This new document has the status of an RICS Professional Statement. RICS members and firms regulated by the RICS must comply with professional statements in order to remain professionally [...]

By |2019-09-10T16:13:12+01:00September 9th, 2019|office service charges, Service Charges, shopping centre service charges|Comments Off on RICS Service charges in commercial property 1st edition

Service Charge Disputes – can you afford to ignore them?

Service charge disputes – can you afford to ignore them? An unresolved dispute, no matter how minor, has the potential to seriously affect the operation and reputation of a Landlord. It may delay or affect the ability to sell the property, as it cannot be truly “ready for sale” if service charge disputes exist, or historic [...]

By |2018-12-02T20:10:25+01:00December 1st, 2018|business lease, commercial property service charges, Disputes, office service charges, service charge audit, Service Charges, shopping centre service charges|Comments Off on Service Charge Disputes – can you afford to ignore them?

Office Service Charge New RICS Code 2018

Office Service Charge - Commercial Property In light of the new RICS code here are just 5 things that landlords and managing agents of offices need to ensure: 1) A service charge apportionment matrix is provided. 2) Budgets and reconciliations with appropriate explanatory notes are provided annually. 3) All expenditure sought to be recovered via [...]

By |2018-12-02T20:10:46+01:00November 30th, 2018|commercial property service charges, Disputes, office service charges, service charge audit, Service Charges|Comments Off on Office Service Charge New RICS Code 2018

Service charges in commercial property 1st edition, September 2018

Service charges in commercial property 1st edition, September 2018 The 4th version of the "RICS Service charge code" released on 17th September 2018 is called Service charges in commercial property 1st edition, September 2018 .  This is the first time it has the status of an RICS Professional Statement. RICS members and firms regulated by the RICS must [...]

By |2018-12-02T20:11:25+01:00November 27th, 2018|Service Charges, shopping centre service charges, Uncategorised|Comments Off on Service charges in commercial property 1st edition, September 2018

Service Charge Code – How to check the percentage

 Service Charge Code - How to check the percentage New 1st Edition Service Charge Code (external link here) 10 things a business occupier can do to check whether their service charge percentage is correct. Check: All lettable areas are included in the apportionment matrix. Income generating activities contribute a fair share. Floor areas are correct. The basis [...]

By |2018-10-02T14:19:31+01:00July 6th, 2018|Service Charges|Comments Off on Service Charge Code – How to check the percentage

Alternative Dispute Resolution – Mediation of property dispute

Alternative Dispute Resolution - Mediation Mediation is  a voluntary, non-binding  private method of dispute resolution. It is a process where a neutral person helps the parties reach a negotiated settlement. Alternative dispute resolution mediation service - Property dispute Civil Procedure Rules place a duty on the court, party representatives and the parties themselves to [...]

By |2018-05-18T11:00:38+01:00May 18th, 2018|Uncategorised|1 Comment

Service Charges in Commercial Property, 4th edition – RICS 16th May 2018

What will be different about the New code? Service Charges in Commercial Property, 4th edition - RICS will be a Professional Statement. RICS members must comply with professional statements in order to remain professionally competent. When an allegation of  negligence is made against a surveyor, the court is likely to take into account any [...]

By |2019-02-01T21:32:34+01:00May 16th, 2018|Uncategorised|Comments Off on Service Charges in Commercial Property, 4th edition – RICS 16th May 2018

Looking for Bath Offices ?

Are you looking for Bath offices and struggling to find the right space to lease? This is probably because you are relying on internet searches and calls/emails to local Bath leasing agents. As leasing advisors we: Know about Bath offices that are yet to come to the market. Advise you on potential pitfalls/benefits of each office [...]

By |2018-04-15T11:56:40+01:00April 15th, 2018|Bath Offices for Lease|Comments Off on Looking for Bath Offices ?

Commercial Service Charges – Mistakes – London Restaurants

Commercial Service Charges - London Restaurants. This firm gets a lot of business in London from cafe and restaurant clients occupying multi tenanted buildings that feel that there are being overcharged on their retail shop for commercial service charges. Frequently they are correct..but why? The most common mistake in my experience is that Landlords haven't split [...]

By |2018-03-12T13:47:55+01:00March 11th, 2018|business lease, Disputes, Service Charges|Comments Off on Commercial Service Charges – Mistakes – London Restaurants

Commercial Property Service Charges – New MScorecard

Commercial Property Service Charges - MScorecard We have developed the "MScorecard"  for ranking and scoring commercial property service charges operated at major shopping centres across the UK. The idea came about when working on a portfolio of stores for one of my retail clients. It ranks centres with each applicable property getting a score out of [...]

By |2018-03-12T13:57:30+01:00March 4th, 2018|commercial property service charges, Disputes, office service charges, service charge audit, Service Charges, shopping centre service charges|Comments Off on Commercial Property Service Charges – New MScorecard

Service Charge Code – 4th edition – RICS

Service Charge Code, 4th edition - RICS The consultation period for making comments on the Service Charge Code 4th Edition has passed. The working  group made up of representatives from all the leading industry bodies has met to consider all the responses received by the RICS and agree the changes that need to be made with [...]

By |2018-02-23T16:42:17+01:00February 20th, 2018|business lease, commercial property service charges, office service charges, service charge audit, Service Charges, shopping centre service charges|Comments Off on Service Charge Code – 4th edition – RICS

Start up Business – Office Lease

Start up business taking an office lease. This firm recently advised a small start up business, a tech company, located in cool tenant friendly incubator serviced offices. We were instructed following advice of their law firm who suggested we assist them as they were thinking about moving out of their serviced offices and taking a new lease [...]

By |2018-01-19T13:15:11+01:00January 19th, 2018|Acquisitions, bristol, business lease, office service charges, Service Charges|Comments Off on Start up Business – Office Lease

New 4th Edition – RICS Code – Service Charges in Commercial Property

 Service Charges in Commercial Property - 2018 The current document which has the status of a Guidance Note was released by the RICS on the 4th February 2014. A new updated version is, I am reliably informed, in the pipeline. This firm looks forward to seeing the consultation document for the  Service Charges in Commercial [...]

By |2018-03-12T14:06:26+01:00December 19th, 2017|business lease, Service Charges|Comments Off on New 4th Edition – RICS Code – Service Charges in Commercial Property

High value office deals

High Value Office deals McNeil Commercial have successfully represented a large number of occupiers in high value office deals over the last few years. Why do law firms, professional firms and technology companies use us to represent them? Here are the top 5 reasons our research has found. High powered businesses take professional commercial property advice. Time [...]

By |2018-02-24T15:49:01+01:00December 11th, 2017|Acquisitions, business lease, Governments, International|Comments Off on High value office deals

Service Charge Review – Expert Certificate

This firm is now able to offer an Expert Service Charge Review to Landlords and Managing agents. Below are some frequently asked questions and answers: Q. We have our service charge audited by an accountant do I need this Expert Certificate as well? A. An accountants audit doesn’t look at all of the aspects [...]

By |2019-02-01T21:34:13+01:00December 10th, 2017|Service Charges|Comments Off on Service Charge Review – Expert Certificate

Can’t find a Bristol office due to lack of availability?

What does lack of office availability mean for a businesses trying to find a Bristol Office? You may have seen reports from the large national corporate property consultancy firms saying office availability in Bristol is running out or in short supply as we enter the 3rd quarter of 2017. This firm is currently acting for [...]

By |2018-03-12T14:15:08+01:00October 23rd, 2017|Acquisitions, bristol, business lease|Comments Off on Can’t find a Bristol office due to lack of availability?

Top Tips from Bath Commercial Property Agents

Bath Commercial Property. Thinking about opening a shop or office in Bath? Bath commercial property agents have letting boards in the window and act for the landlord to get the best deal possible for their client. So you need to be prepared: Abbey Church Yard in Beautiful Georgian Bath Include all costs in [...]

By |2018-10-02T14:06:24+01:00October 2nd, 2017|Acquisitions, business lease|Comments Off on Top Tips from Bath Commercial Property Agents

Commercial Service Charge Accounts – Business Tenants – Should you pay?

Business tenants and commercial service charge accounts The most frequent question I am asked by new clients when I first take on a service charge instruction is “Should I pay this invoice or withhold payment of it?” Business tenants are often faced with this dilemma for the first time when the commercial service charge on [...]

By |2017-09-21T12:47:53+01:00September 21st, 2017|business lease, Disputes, Financial, Service Charges|Comments Off on Commercial Service Charge Accounts – Business Tenants – Should you pay?

Commercial Property Consultants – Property search and lease negotiation

Should you use a firm of commercial property consultants to help you in your property search and lease negotiation? Imagine as a director of a company (finance director, managing director or other)  you have been tasked with searching for and negotiating terms on a new office. You have to find the right office negotiate a commercial deal [...]

By |2017-12-14T14:44:16+01:00September 20th, 2017|Acquisitions|Comments Off on Commercial Property Consultants – Property search and lease negotiation

Property Management – Ready to Let?

Property Management Basics: Commercial Property Management - Is your space ready to let? To have the best chance of leasing your clients vacant commercial property it is important to get the basics right. At a minimum prospective tenants require the following : Copy of the EPC, periodic electrical test reports, asbestos report/management plan, legionella/water testing. [...]

By |2018-10-02T14:30:59+01:00June 29th, 2017|Acquisitions, Bath Offices for Lease, bristol, business lease|Comments Off on Property Management – Ready to Let?

Property Arbitration – Can it resolve my dispute?

What is Property Arbitration? Property Arbitration is a non-judicial process for resolving property disputes. The arbitrator is an independent third party often chosen for their expertise. The arbitrators role is similar to that of a judge. The arbitrator makes a makes a decision that is final and legally binding. Arbitration is favoured by many because it [...]

By |2017-06-27T18:41:01+01:00June 27th, 2017|Disputes, Service Charges|Comments Off on Property Arbitration – Can it resolve my dispute?

10 common mistakes when negotiating a business lease

Here are 10 common mistakes to avoid when negotiating a business lease. Talking about the rent and lease length before dealing with all of the points below. Not inspecting the premises before talking about terms. Not fully considering all initial leasehold acquisition costs. Not considering all occupancy/ running costs and mitigating those in lease negotiations. Not [...]

By |2018-02-24T09:20:13+01:00June 22nd, 2017|Acquisitions, business lease|Comments Off on 10 common mistakes when negotiating a business lease