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Lesley Pollock

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Freeths LLP

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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

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Freeths LLP advises local and national charities on a broad range of issues such as commercial and corporate negotiations, real estate compliance, aspects of GDPR on fundraising efforts and partnership arrangements. Nigel Roots is the key advisor for tax and trust planning, trust management and charity law. Sarah Foster acts on contentious matters and Lesley Pollock advises on real estate matters. Sarah Bownman joined Shoosmiths LLP in February 2018, Robert Nieri departed to Brabners LLP in September 2018.

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