Gosschalks - a key partner assisting community groups with the acquisition of community assets.

Matthew Hudson, 22nd May, 2019

Matthew Hudson, a Partner in Gosschalks’ specialist licensed leisure team, is fast becoming one of the country’s leading property lawyers when it comes to assisting community groups with the acquisition of public houses which have been designated as assets of community value.

In this highly specialised area Matthew is able to assist at all stages of the acquisition process, ensuring that communities and community groups are best advised when making the huge step of acquiring their ‘local’.

Matthew has acted on numerous acquisitions for community groups which have included a myriad of ownership structures and financing methods. Commenting on this sector Matthew has noted:

"Once a community group has made the decision to make a bid for their local pub the process can be challenging and there are a number of hurdles which must be overcome. These can include everything from the initial engagement with what can often be a hostile seller, right through to handling all aspects of the legal purchase, ensuring that no stone is left unturned. I offer expert assistance in ensuring that, despite the excitement and the challenges being faced by community groups, all aspects of their purchase run as smoothly as possible including vital issues such as the premises licensing and employment elements of the deal."

Matthew has also fostered strong relationships with key members of the team at the Plunkett Foundation, a charity which supports rural communities across the United Kingdom to tackle the issues they face through community business. Matthew’s connections with the Plunkett Foundation have, in addition to simply assisting groups in the legal process of purchasing a public house, involved advising the Foundation in respect of their policy and frameworks for community groups - a copy of which can be viewed by clicking here.

Keen to know more? You can find Matthew's contact details here.

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