The new Commercial Service Charge Code has been effective for all service charge periods commencing on 1 April 2019.

Some five months from its introduction, Ben Tarrant and Mary Rose Millin revisit the key changes and consider whether there are any tips on how to deal with the code in lease drafting.


  • Mary Rose Millin, senior associate solicitor, commercial property, Lupton Fawcett LLP


Mary Rose Millin is a senior associate with Lupton Fawcett LLP in the Leeds office and vice chair of the Law Society Property committee, working in commercial property.

She advises on disposals, acquisitions, funding, investments, planning, development and letting. She has an excellent understanding of client requirements gained from her experience of acting for a broad range of clients from both the public and private sector.

Mary Rose gained a Master’s degree in business administration and has a particular interest in how solicitors’ firms are run, and training/personal development at all levels.

  • Ben Tarrant, legal director – real estate, Ashfords LLP


Ben Tarrant is a legal director in the real estate team at Ashfords LLP and vice chair of the Law Society’s Property committee.

He works with property investors, banks and corporate occupiers on commercial property acquisitions, disposals and management transactions and assists healthcare businesses and charities with their property requirements.

Ben is a past president of Bristol Law Society and regularly speaks at seminars about landlord and tenant issues and talks to law students about their future career choices and skills development.

Listen to the podcast

Part one covers the key legal changes and the code’s impact on commercial leases.

Listen to part one:

Listen to “The new Commercial Service Charge Code: Key legal changes and its impact on commercial leases” on Spreaker.

Part two looks at how the changes impact on practice, giving tips and advice on lease drafting.

Listen to part two:

Listen to “The new Commercial Service Charge Code: How new changes impact on practice - tips and advice on lease drafting” on Spreaker.