Practice Areas

Best Lawyers works with leaders in the legal marketplace to keep our practice area lists current, allowing clients and referring lawyers to more easily locate the precise expertise they are seeking.

View region-specific practice areas by first selecting a country from the drop-down below.

  • Commercial Leasing Law

    Commercial Leasing Law Definition

    The practice of commercial leasing law involves acting for a commercial party in a contractual agreement (known as a lease) where one party (known as the landlord) grants an estate in real property to the other party (known as the tenant). During the term of the lease, a tenant is entitled to use and possess the premises on an exclusive basis in return for the payment of rent to the landlord. Provided that the tenant complies with its obligations under the lease, the tenant will be entitled to the undisturbed use and enjoyment of the premises (otherwise known as the covenant of quiet enjoyment). Examples of commercial leases include office, retail, and industrial tenancies. It is common for parties to initiate their negotiations by entering into an offer to lease which outlines the basic business terms of the lease, including the location and size of the premises, the duration of the lease (known as the term), the rent payable by the tenant (which can include basic/minimum rent, additional rent, and percentage rent), and any special provisions relating to the tenancy, including work to be performed by the landlord, free rent periods, fixturing periods, options to renew the lease or extend the term and restrictive covenants. After the offer to lease, the landlord will typically propose the form of lease to be used in the circumstances. Commercial tenants should be cautioned that the landlord’s form of lease can sometimes contain onerous provisions which they should attempt to negotiate to suit their business needs. Once executed, commercial leases are governed by their terms and conditions, the common law, and, to the extent applicable in the relevant jurisdiction, statutes and regulations.

Loading Icon

These practice areas are open for nominations but are not yet included in our publications.

Click here to download a PDF of all Practice Areas. Click here to download a PDF of all Ones to Watch Practice Areas.

Have you been recognized by your peers in Best Lawyers?

Contact Us to find out how to contribute a practice area definition for your country and area of expertise.