Tony Baker personally handles professional matters for a variety of clients.


With over 30 years of in-house and private practice experience advising on Landlord & Tenant matters in the retail sector, Tony is also a practising Arbitrator on non-food retail warehouse disputes.

Clients benefit from advice built on first-hand experience, up-to-date knowledge of statutory processes, and informed by Smart 4’s market involvement in agency brokerage.

Since lease renewals often evolve after regear discussions stall, expert opinion on values needs access to live information or market trends and deals. Smart 4 benefit from the Directors working closely on agency and professional matters meaning clients can sense-check live negotiations against prospects at count.

Our range of professional services includes:

  • Budget rent forecasting based on actual lease provisions
  • Rent review reporting and negotiating
  • Lease renewal advice on S.25/S.26 terms, interim rent strategy and negotiations
  • Expert witness representation at arbitration, Independent Expert, PACT and Court
  • Lease Regear and Surrender advice.

case studies

Argos – Rotherham


PACT submissions to expert on Rent and Interim Rent following agreed terms for a new lease (except rent)

B&Q – Stratford upon Avon


Advice & negotiations on opposed lease renewal, liaising throughout with solicitors on court proceedings.

Budgens – Abingdon


Successful rent review determination of supermarket rent review (for landlord) by Experts.

Buzz Bingo – Coventry


Buzz Bingo are the UK’s biggest Bingo Club operating from 91 Clubs, covering over 2.75M sqft and boasting a community of over 1 Million members. They are seeking new clubs of 25,000 sq ft.

Halfords – Camborne


Advice and Expert evidence to Court prior to settlement

Hobbycraft – Nottingham


Lease renewal by agreement

Homebase – Dover


PACT submissions to expert to determine Interim Rent following tenant's discontinuance

Homebase – Waltham Cross


Rent review Arbitration followed by submissions on costs liability

Matalan – Bury St Edmunds


Lease Regear

Next – Grimsby


Negotiation of lease renewal for landlord