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Simon Ralphs

Clarkslegal LLP

Location London

About Simon

I joined Clarkslegal as an associate in September 2014 and became a partner in August 2016. I trained with Forsters LLP where, upon qualification in 2002, I specialised in commercial real estate.

I advise on a broad range of commercial property transactions, acting for institutional investors, large retailers, property funds and landlords and tenants of all sizes.

Acquisitions and disposals

I frequently advise on the sale and purchase of freehold and leasehold properties. On acquisitions this includes co-ordinating title investigation and due diligence in connection with the purchase all types of property investments, including multi-let building and sites.


I regularly act for landlords and tenants in negotiating agreements for lease with development obligations, including agreeing conditions on planning and construction.

Landlord and Tenant

For many years I have acted for both landlords and tenants negotiating leases of retail, industrial, leisure and office space. Through my work with a large restaurant operator and other large retailers and property funds I have dealt with lettings in many high street locations, shopping centres, industrial estates and business parks.

Investment and property management

Many of my clients acquire property for investment purposes and I provide clear advice on the terms of any existing leases and supporting documentation. I also assist with the ongoing management of my client’s property assets, including negotiating and agreeing supplemental documents where required.


I have many years of experience in franchising having acted for a large restaurant operator in this area preparing and agreeing franchise documentation to facilitate their ambitious franchising programme.

Food and restaurants

I have a passion for food which has led to me developing my practice in these areas from helping start up food operators to established restaurants.

Years of experience


About their firm

Clarkslegal LLP is a leading, full service commercial law firm with a reputation for being innovative, practical, commercial and strategic, able to draw on expertise from our associated companies to help deliver solutions for our clients in the UK and internationally.

We act for a wide range of businesses, from start up and SMEs, to multinationals and FTSE250 companies as well as numerous public sector bodies and individual clients.

Our aim is to make things happen for our clients, whether from a legal perspective or by helping them make the right connections to achieve their desired business outcomes.

Areas of expertise