Posted on 1st July 2013

Latimer Hinks Helps Business Woman Fulfill a Life-long Ambition

Neil Stevenson, PArtner at Latimer Hinks and Maggie Lock
Latimer Hinks Solicitors, has helped a local woman fulfil a life-long dream of running her own coffee shop.
Maggie Lock, 52, has opened Maggies Place, a "proper coffee shop, in the towns Duke Street, which serves a growing number of customers coffee, tea, cake and light lunches. Latimer Hinks completed the lease arrangements, which have enabled Maggie to set up her new business employing two members of staff.

Maggie, who has previously worked as an air stewardess and an estate agent, said: "Im very happy to be running my own coffee shop as its been a long-standing ambition of mine.

"Ive enjoyed a variety of careers, but for some time its been a goal to set up on my own business. Having worked at a local hotel for two years the experience has certainly helped me in setting up in these early days.

Mrs Lock, who has two teenage children at school in the town, added: "Latimer Hinkss Neil Stevenson was excellent. He was very supportive and professional and has helped me fulfil my ambition. Although its very early days yet, Maggies Place is already attracting a loyal customer base, and Im very excited about the future.

Neil Stevenson, a partner in the commercial property department at Latimer Hinks Solicitors, who conducted the legal work on the lease, said: "We reviewed and negotiated the terms of the lease to ensure that Maggie could start her business when she was in a position to do so. As a firm, were very pleased to be involved in making someones dreams a reality, and that Maggies new venture is going so well.

Neil added: "Its vital that anyone seeking to lease a commercial property has the benefit of expert legal advice to review and negotiate the terms of the lease. Even when heads of terms have been agreed, a good solicitor will ensure that the lease is going to be an asset rather than a liability.