Areas of Expertise
Val has a proven track record advising clients on commercial property transactions whether they are buying or selling freehold premises or granting or taking a lease. She has been involved in complex development work starting from Option Agreements, through Town and Country Planning documents, to site assembly and purchase and then setting up the eventual sales and leases. For the commercial landlord she can provide a type of lease appropriate to the size and value of their property. The commercial lease is a minefield and helping the new tenant understand more fully the liability they are taking on is a must as she is acutely aware of how complex the lease can be to the layman. Val is from a farming background and married a farmer’s son so it was natural that she was interested in agricultural work and she believes that she has a real understanding of the way farms and in particular farming families work. Val regularly advises on farm sales and purchases, auctions, single farm payments, farm business tenancies and Agricultural Holdings Act tenancies. An extension of agricultural work is advising landed estates. Her experience in this work means she has a firm grasp of both the commercial needs of these Estates and the traditional and vital role they play at the heart of the rural community. Val knows that often they are working on a much longer time frame than other businesses but also that they need to be profitable to survive.
Highlight of my career
Val has loved all of her years at Hatchers and working in the firm has given her a hugely satisfying career. Although she began her career in the law in 1973, she had a break from 1981 when her children were small and on her return to work in 1989 to her dismay she found that she had to retake all of her exams. Until her family grew up, as a busy working mother she did not have time to study so put qualifying on hold. Then between 1998 and 2000 she took up her studies again and in 2000 passed her exams and qualified on 31 October. The highlight of her career was that Hatchers made her a partner on the same day.
Going the extra mile for her clients
Val’s aim is to be efficient and cost effective. She works with a team of experienced commercial property solicitors and thus can delegate some aspects of the transaction whilst retaining oversight of the matter and advising on the crucial aspects of it. Val understands that being accessible by telephone or email is important to her clients especially at critical stages in their deal and she takes pride in being there for them. Embracing new technology is vital as she knows that good communication is at the heart of the service she provides to her clients. Val is also very keen to communicate in a straightforward and understandable way. She has a mission to eliminate jargon and “legalese” from all of her letters, documents and reports.
A little bit more about Val
- First job – A Woolworth’s Saturday girl
- Favourite food/drink – prawns and pink champagne – although chocolate always does it for Val
- Personal ambition – Val has never been to Italy and would love to see its beautiful cities
- Likes/Dislikes – She loves life and her family. She dislikes intolerance (or is that intolerant of her!!)
“Thank you very much for all your support” “I was extremely happy with the help, advice and overall service that I received. Thank you.”
“Val Edwards was her usual, professional, well-informed and a pleasure to work with. She handled delicate situations with ease and made the sale much easier than I anticipated.”