Blacks Solicitors has advised mental health charity, Battle Scars, on taking a new lease for its 7,500 sq ft headquarters in Leeds, enabling the charity to acquire its first ever premises and also create opportunities for other mental health charities and not-for-profit organisations in the city to thrive.

Battle Scars is a small, dedicated survivor-led charity offering local, regional, national and international support around self-harm.

Under the newly secured lease, Battle Scars has gained a pre-approved Licence to Occupy, empowering the charity to extend the range of the support it can offer to similar organisations and services, providing a dynamic environment for collaboration and collective action.

Driven by a commitment to community wellbeing, Battle Scars sought a headquarters to serve as a hub for mental health support. The vision extended beyond its own organisation, aiming to create a welcoming space for other mental health charities to utilise.

Blacks Solicitors’ Real Estate team assisted the Battle Scars team on the acquisition of the new lease. Headed-up by Nick Dyson, supported by Jennifer Gillespie, Senior Associate, and Samuel Morgan-Wynee, Paralegal, the team’s expertise in agreeing leases ensured a successful execution of the deal, highlighting the firm’s commitment to facilitating impactful community initiatives.

Nick Dyson, Partner in the Real Estate team, commented: “We are delighted to support a local mental health charity doing incredible work within the community, which is increasingly needed. The deal will not only help Battle Scars to widen its support, it will also create a space where other charities can collaborate and provide further services to communities in Leeds and beyond.”

Jenny Groves, Chief Executive Officer at Battle Scars, added: “We are so excited with the opportunity to create the Onward Mental Health Hub. Our dream is to create a welcoming, safe space with a strong lived experience element. We are so grateful to have received the expert guidance from Blacks Solicitors in this endeavour.”

Jonathan Shires from the landlord, Munroe K, commented: “It’s a privilege to be able to support such a wonderful charity as Battle Scars and to help them achieve their dreams. It is a great asset to our wider White Rose Park community and we look forward to supporting its wonderful work for many years.”

Battle Scars is just one of the charities represented by Blacks.