Our Services

“CDC are highly professional and a pleasure to work with. Within a 6 month period they restructured over 100 leases resulting in unparalleled savings to our business.”

Thomas Cook PLC

Lease Restructuring

A lease re-gear or lease restructure can provide significant savings for a tenant. In a difficult market, that reduction in cost can have a major impact on the whole business.

Our team specialise in mid-lease term negotiations, creating value for tenants in the form of rent reductions, rent free incentives or capital contributions. When it comes to identifying these opportunities, and developing strategies to extract best possible value, CDC are clear market leaders. Our negotiating teams have an incredible track record of delivering positive results for our clients.

Lease Renewals

As the end of a lease draws near, a commercial tenant is provided with an unmissable opportunity to negotiate more favourable lease terms. Unlike a rent review where prices can only increase, a lease renewal provides an opportunity for the rent to decrease.

The Landlord & Tenant Act 1954 is the framework that governs many renewals. Whilst this offers a degree of protection for tenants, not every commercial tenancy agreement offers the right to a lease renewal. Whatever your particular situation, developing an effective strategy and starting negotiations early is critical. CDC are experts at overseeing this lease renewal process for our clients.

“I highly recommend CDC’s services – they have an innovative strategic approach to lease restructuring and achieve superb results faster than other firms.”

OC&C Strategy Consultants

“CDC provided an immediate response to some major challenges within our portfolio and were able to understand the needs of the business and formulate a strategy which allowed us to achieve our business objectives.”

MFA Bowl

Lease Surrenders

If your business is tied into a lease it no longer requires, CDC can help. We specialise in negotiating the terms of lease surrenders. Our creative methods consistently deliver exceptional results for our clients.

Our experience spans every kind of property across a wide range of industries. Whether you represent a multinational corporation with many surplus leases, or an individual tenant looking to surrender a single lease, we can get you the best possible terms from a surrender settlement using a unique and innovative strategy on a case by case basis.

Rent Reviews

Where rents are periodically reviewed it’s crucial to have the best advice to ensure the right level of sustainable rent is achieved. Cedar Dean Professional (CDP) have collated a mass of transactional data, and as experts, we inspect, measure and reference each site so that the right amount of space is assessed and that comparable evidence is fully analysed and applied. Where it is not possible to reach a settlement, we can provide expert evidence at third party arbitration/ Independent expert determination.

Business Rates

Business Rates is a property tax on commercial premises that is a significant outgoing to occupiers. CDP are experts in minimising rates liabilities to ensure occupiers pay the right amount of rates.

We meticulously achieve reductions in rateable values which translate into actual reductions in rates payments. Reductions in rates payments will be for the rating period (currently 5 years) and rebates paid by billing authorities will be made for any earlier overpayments. Where it is not possible to agree a reduction in Rateable Value by negotiation, CDP can make representations at Valuation Tribunal to have the matter determined.

“I have found CDC very professional at all times and although not acting for us they presented a win win outcome.”

Glamis Properties


In today’s uncertain economic climate, insolvencies have become an unfortunate but regular feature of business. CDC works with a number of insolvency practitioners and corporate recovery teams, providing assistance and advice on how best to deal with their leasehold portfolio.

Dealing with insolvency is an unwanted challenge for any business, but it does provide an opportunity to identify and mitigate problematic properties.

“CDC continue to deliver savings and value across our existing leasehold estate of 70+ sites UK wide. This has allowed us to focus on expanding our operations with the knowledge that our existing portfolio is in safe hands.”


Strategic Lease Management

Rising rents and business rates continue to be a huge challenge for commercial property tenants in London, and throughout the UK. These costs can be crippling to business. By investing in a strategic and proactive approach to managing your company’s real estate portfolio, CDC can help you save money and unlock value within your leasehold estate.

For many of our clients, property costs represent the company’s single largest expense. CDC has delivered over £500 million in reduced leasehold liabilities for our clients. By proactively renegotiating leases, months and often years before expiry, our team can generate significant savings, adding excellent value to your leasehold property portfolio. Our team of property advisors will work with you, assessing each site, taking into account the company’s vision and long-term goals to help your company re-structure it’s entire property portfolio. The importance of regularly reviewing leasehold arrangements cannot be overstated. We offer multi-site businesses the opportunity to outsource all of their transactional day-to-day portfolio management. This model allows our clients to focus exclusively on the things that matter most for the success of their business, while we focus on creating savings that make a huge impact on improving a company’s bottom line.