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Freeths LLP

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45418 COWLEY

Lesley Pollock

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Freeths LLP

Work Department

Charity and residential property.


Lesley is a property expert dealing with residential property and charity property. Specific experience includes: (1) acting for a charity on disposal of a commercial property in the City for around £30m and acquisition of a commercial multi-use multi-let investment property in Chelsea for around £35m including financing of £10m and ongoing property management since the acquisition. (2) title audit for country estate valued over £75 million: correction of title defects, tied cottages, sporting rights. (3) sales/purchases of freehold and leasehold residential properties, especially high-value transactions in London and Oxfordshire: listed properties, rural properties, agricultural entitlements, private water/drainage etc. (4) acting for a Cayman Islands trust company and a British Virgin Islands company in connection with purchase of country estate: pre-emption and option clauses, various cottages, woodlands and fields as well as the main residence and vacant possession issues. Refinance to international bank with cross guarantees, legal charge of the estate and remortgage of a substantial London property. Instructions provided from Hong Kong. Tight timescale: exchange of contracts within the two weeks leading up to Christmas. (5) running a team of lawyers acting for a number of major national charities disposing of legacy properties. (6) acquisition of 200 acres bare agricultural land for a Jersey holding company. Single farm payment, ESA and ELS schemes, wayleaves, private water supply, grazing and contract farming agreements, expired telecommunications mast lease. (7) negotiating residential leases and providing property advice generally pursuant to orders under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989.


Trained Abels, Southampton; qualified 1980. Joined Henmans in 2008 as a partner and became a director in 2014.


French and German.


Charity Law Association; Law Society.


King Edward VI High School, Birmingham; Loughborough University (1976 BA (Hons) Languages, Politics and Economic of Modern Europe).

South East: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Agriculture and estates

Freeths LLP attracts praise for its 'excellent grasp of agricultural law', with clients singling out practice head Iain Davis ('approachable, very knowledgeable and supremely efficient'), Samantha Leigh ('highly knowledgeable and willing to go the extra mile') and the 'hugely efficient' Sarah Duffy as key figures among the sizeable team. Also recommended are tax, probate and trusts specialist Jane Maitland, Balvinder Jaj, who is noted for his focus on greenfield and brownfield site developments and agricultural lending, and Lesley Pollock, who specialises in the acquisition and disposal of country houses. In an illustration of the practice's agricultural property expertise, Duffy led the team assisting with a grant of promotion agreement over 25 acres of land near Didcot, Oxford, as well as acting on the acquisition of adjoining land and the negotiation and grant of an option agreement with the county council in respect a school expansion site. In another highlight, Leigh assisted the trustees of a landed estate with the letting of a listed manor house, including advising on the consequences of the removal of the land from a stewardship scheme and sale of entitlements.

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Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Freeths LLP is 'a very personable firm that does not baffle clients with legal terms and always has their interests in mind'. The charities team is praised for its 'strong breadth of experience', with team head Robert Nieri singled out for his 'well-rounded knowledge, good understanding of clients and ability to always meet expectations'. The practice acts for more than 260 charities and not-for-profit organisations, including Cancer Research UK, Oxfam and RSPB, on matters ranging from formations and registrations, property work and employment, to contentious and non-contentious legacy work. Issues arising from the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) have been a key theme throughout 2017, with the firm acting for RSPB on its GDPR compliance programme and opt-in campaign. Nieri's expertise covers governance issues, commercial agreements, fundraising and disputes. Also recommended are contentious trust and probate specialist Sarah Foster , Lesley Pollock, who handles charity property matters, and Nigel Roots. Angela Bowman joined Shoosmiths LLP in December 2017.

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