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About Kayleigh

Kayleigh is a Senior Associate Solicitor in the Commercial Property Team.

Kayleigh has extensive experience in all aspects of Property Law and acts for clients with large investment property portfolios across the UK. Kayleigh has a particular interest in Secured Lending work and the Property aspects of Business Sales and Purchases.


  • Landlord and Tenant matters

    Acting for Landlords with Extensive Property Portfolios; Acting for both Landlords and Tenants on the grant of Commercial Leases; Lease Renewals; Dealing with Lease Assignments; Subletting: Licences for Alterations; Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 Issues; Rent Reviews

  • Secured Lending and Development Finance

    Acting for Borrowers or Lenders on the grant of new Mortgages; Debentures; Refinance of Property Portfolios; Deeds of Substituted Security

  • Acquisitions and Disposals of both Freehold and Leasehold Commercial and Residential Property

    Including Conditional Contracts; Option Agreements; Pension Fund Property; Charity-Owned Property; Sub-Sales; Assignments of Contracts; Assets of Community Value

  • Complex Property Acquisitions and Disposals

    Dealing with land affected by Covenants; Flying Freeholds; Resolving title defects; Rectifying issues with Easements; Sale of land with Overage (Development Clawback) provisions; Joint Ventures

  • Business Asset Sales and Purchases

    Dealing with the Property aspects of business sales and acquisitions

In Practice

  • Acting for a commercial landlord Borrower in respect of a loan facility from HSBC Bank for £24 million, secured against a portfolio of 85 properties with an investment value of £58 million. The transaction was completed within 10 weeks from the date of instruction.

  • Acting for a large regional Commercial Property Investor with a portfolio of around 160 properties across the South-East of England with a value in excess of £75 million, on all their Property matters, including the grant of Commercial Leases; the grant of Easements; and freehold Sales and Purchases.

  • Dealing with the sale of a portfolio of circa. 40 Industrial Units for £29.75 million to a Jersey-Based Unit Trust investor. The properties formed part of the client’s extensive property portfolio and were sold subject to commercial leases to occupational tenants.

  • Dealing with the distribution of in excess of 50 investment properties in the administration of the Estate of a deceased property investor. The complex property portfolio included multiple blocks of flats which required careful consideration to work around the requirements of section 5 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987. There were numerous pre-existing trusts which necessitated additional trust documentation to be prepared and several properties were divided and assented in parts to different beneficiaries which required careful drafting to grant and reserve the necessary rights of support and access. Two of the properties were unregistered and the title deeds had been lost and so Kayleigh undertook extensive investigations to collate evidence of the deceased’s title.

  • Acting for many years for the property-holding company of a significant regional Registered Social Housing provider, including negotiating conditional contracts for the acquisition of numerous parcels of land or existing residential property, carrying out full due diligence for the redevelopment of property, dealing with issues such as Deeds of Easement, Overage and Deeds of Covenant, negotiating Agreements for Lease and dealing with the sales of properties to specialist investors.

  • Sale of a public house which had been listed as an Asset of Community Value. The transaction was a sale of part of the client’s property and there were two instances of flying freehold to consider when dividing the title of the two properties and also premises licence issues to overcome.

  • Representing a Pension Fund in the refinance of its property portfolio with an aggregate value of £4.2m.

  • Acting on the sales and purchases of significant areas of land for residential development; dealing with development finance and phased drawdowns throughout the building works; and drafting the contract and transfer packs and supporting documentation in readiness for plot sales.

  • Acting for a Registered Social Housing provider on the acquisition of land and buildings which were formerly owned by Devon and Cornwall Police. Kayleigh’s clients purchased the land from a developer who had acquired it from Devon and Cornwall Police the previous year. Kayleigh’s due diligence investigations revealed that numerous defects in title had been created or overlooked by the developer’s solicitors when the land was acquired, including rights of support and easements for access and for services, which were required but had not been granted, and various boundary issues. Kayleigh liaised with Devon and Cornwall Police to successfully resolve all these matters before completing the purchase of the land and simultaneously exchanging a Build Contract with the developer for the development of the site.

Recommendations for Kayleigh

“Thank you so much for your support, Kayleigh. You gave us great guidance and confidence dealing with so many issues unfamiliar to us”.

Michele Whitehurst, Director at Actisense

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