Commercial Property & Agriculture

Rutherfords are very experienced in all commercial property matters and can offer expert advice for all types of premises including offices, warehouses, factories, retail outlets, restaurants, dentists, care homes, hotels and pubs and the healthcare sector. We also offer agricultural legal services.

Rutherfords Commercial department is headed up by Claire Poulton. She is assisted by David Waterhouse (Consultant Solicitor), Daniella Tarbuck (Consultant Solicitor), David Sketchley (Consultant Solicitor), Natalie Mellors (Solicitor) and Lauren Henderson (Solicitor).

Areas of specialism:

  • Investment property
    • for both business and private individuals
    • purchasers or sellers
    • banks in the purchase or sale or mortgage of industrial or commercial, mixed use, residential or property portfolios
    • Landlord support services following acquisition including:
      • breaches of lease covenant
      • rent arrears
      • lease determinations
    • Property development
      • Site acquisitions
      • Property disposals
      • Site assemble
      • Option agreements
      • Overage agreements
      • Promotion agreements
    • Landlord and Tenant
      • Leases (including renewal, assignments and sublettings)
      • Licences and Deeds
      • Breaches of covenant
      • Service of notices/schedules of dilapidations
      • Rent arrears
    • Lenders Security
      • Acting for banks and other financial institutions in respect to property based lending
    • Other commercial matters
      • Adverse Possession Claims
      • Access and rights of way
      • Common land
      • Deeds of easement
      • Party walls
      • Telecommunications mast leases
      • CPO compensation claims
      • Other property compensation claims

For advice and assistance please contact us on 01827 311411 or complete our enquiry form.

Meet the Team

Claire Poulton


Claire Poulton

Claire joined Rutherfords in September 2006 shortly after completing her Law Degree. Claire began work at Rutherfords as a paralegal, gaining experience in a variety of commercial and property transactions. 

Claire qualified as a solicitor in June 2010 and was made partner in January 2013. 

Claire has had the benefit of working in a variety of areas of law and is therefore able to apply this breadth of knowledge to all her work including drafting of commercial contracts, including debentures, bespoke internet agreements, standard terms and conditions of business and privacy policies; residential conveyancing transactions; share sales and purchases; data protection issues; commercial, company and contractual disputes; boundary disputes and Land Registry Adjudication matters.

Claire adopts a professional, warm and friendly approach which is welcomed by business and private clients alike.

David Sketchly

Consultant Solicitor

David Sketchley

David is a Consultant Solicitor specialising in Commercial and Agricultural property and development work and related matters including partnership, Wills and successor advice.

David trained with Rutherfords, becoming a partner and became Managing partner before leaving to establish his own practice, Sketchley & Co, to allow him to concentrate on development and agricultural work.

Sketchley & Co merged with Dewes & Son, a long established Tamworth firm, with the two practices becoming Dewes Sketchley and later as Dewes LLP. David continued as Managing partner. The practice was eventually sold to Fishers of Ashby with David working as a consultant.

David wanted to return to his roots and has now come full circle to where he started and we welcome him back to the fold as a Consultant with us.

David has many years’ experience and has acted for numerous property developers and farmers on all aspects of their work form original site development, farm acquisition and sales, partnership creation and disputes and commercial lease work for both Landlords and Tenants as well as their private client work. Other work includes acting on multiple farm sales involving PLC’s, the Crown and private owners. He has also advised partnership and company reorganisations primarily for the farming community together with wills and succession planning.

David has also negotiated deals with several major house builders including Persimmon, Bellway and Taylor Wimpey involving options, promotion agreements and conditional contracts, on schemes varying from 10 to 600 plus houses.

Daniella Tarbuck

Consultant Solicitor

Daniella Tarbuck

Daniella is a Consultant Solicitor who has many years’ experience dealing with business owners mainly in the SME market as she enjoys the ‘hands on’ approach required when working alongside business owners and directors as part of their legal team. Having worked in commerce before her legal career, she adopts a practical and commercial view of transactional work and works hard to find a straightforward resolution for her clients.

Daniella was educated at Queen Mary’s High School for Girls and The University of Birmingham and trained at the Wilkes Partnership in Birmingham, following a period of working for Wragge & Co immediately after qualification.

She now enjoys working with the Rutherfords team to assist corporate and commercial clients achieve the best outcome they can from their transactions and has a particular interest in fast turnaround commercial bridging finance.

David Waterhouse

Consultant Solicitor

David Waterhouse

David has been a Solicitor for many years and has worked both in private practice, as a partner, and in industry for both large international companies and small local businesses as well as private individuals.

David now deals mainly with commercial property transactions and larger development projects.

Lauren Henderson


Lauren Henderson

Lauren joined Rutherfords in 2015 as a Paralegal in our Corporate and Commercial Department.

Lauren started her training contract in 2017. She achieved a first class Law Degree and went on to graduate, achieving a Masters in Law (LLM) and completed her LPC.

Lauren has been an integral part of the Corporate and Commercial Department since joining Rutherfords and completed her training contract in 2019 and will continue to work with the team on all Corporate and Commercial matters now as a qualified Solicitor.

Natalie Mellors

Solicitor (LLB)

Natalie Mellors

Natalie joined Rutherfords in 2019, as part of our expansion of our Corporate and Commercial Department.

Natalie started her career as a Trainee Solicitor in 2005 and qualified with a 2.1, with Honours from Sheffield University in 2007.

With over 10 years’ experience, Natalie has been a fantastic addition to the team and brings with her over 10 years’ experience in all aspects of Commercial & Corporate Law.

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