Ms Lesley Fairclough > Ward Hadaway LLP > Newcastle upon Tyne, England > Lawyer Profile

Ward Hadaway LLP

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Partner, Head of Development


Lesley specialises in commercial property development work.

Since qualifying as a solicitor in 1992, Lesley has worked in the Commercial Property Team at Ward Hadaway dealing with all aspects of commercial property work, but in particular development work (residential, commercial and mixed use schemes) acting for both landowner and developer.

Lesley has over 27 years’ experience in development work and specialises in commercial and residential development including joint venture and regeneration projects and has co-ordinated several complex site assembly transactions.

She also acts in complex site disposals for clients, whether by option or outright sale or lease, many involving complex overage arrangements.

Lesley is also a Notary Public, enabling her to offer a range of services to clients concerned with international matters.

Lesley’s experience in commercial development projects has included supermarkets, retail parks, hotels, car showrooms, offices, business parks and retail warehousing.

Many such schemes now invariably involve significant mixed-use elements, complex site assembly and disposal issues.

Lesley has an 18-year track record in leading the Ward Hadaway multi-disciplinary team acting for a major UK supermarket chain on an exclusive basis in relation to many supermarket-led development schemes and retail parks throughout the whole of the northern area (from Scotland to Newark) as part of their ambitious expansion plans.

Lawyer Rankings

North > Real estate > Commercial property: Newcastle

Ward Hadaway is recognised for its strengths across a wide range of industries, including mining and minerals, housing, logistics, leisure, energy, and the public sector, to name just a few. The team is active in high-value investment and corporate finance transactions where property is involved. In addition, the past year resulted in an increase of instructions from the department’s enviable housebuilder clientbase. Commercial property development work is also a forte for the group; property development specialist Lesley Fairclough often takes the lead on mandates in this space. Fairclough shares leadership of the department with planning specialist Robin Atkin. Clients laud Heather Markham as ‘balanced, commercial and hugely knowledgeable’.