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About Kayleigh

Kayleigh is an associate solicitor in the Commercial Property and Residential Development Teams.

Kayleigh has experience of a variety of commercial property and residential development work with a particular interest in landlord and tenant matters, development site acquisitions and development finance.


  • Landlord and Tenant matters – Grant of New Leases / Sub-leases; Lease Renewals; Lease Assignment; Licences to Assign; Licences for Alterations

  • Freehold and Leasehold Sales and Purchases

  • Development Site Acquisitions – including Option Agreements; Conditional Contracts; assignments of Option Agreements; Sub-sales

  • Business Asset Sales and Purchases

  • Finance Transactions – borrowing secured against commercial property portfolios

  • Devlopement Finance – dealing with staged drawdowns and borrowing from non-mainstream lenders

  • Sale of land to developers with overage (development clawback) provisions

  • Joint Ventures – traditional joint ventures or linked Land and Build contracts

  • Complex Property Acquisitions – dealing with land affected by covenants; flying freeholds; resolving title defects; rectifiying issues with easements

In Practice

  • Acting for a commercial landlord in respect of a loan facility for in excess of £20m, secured against a portfolio of properties

  • 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.

  • Sale of two industrial units for £6m whilst retaining adjoining land for development – it was essential to ensure that sufficient rights were granted and reserved for my client’s proposed development

  • Acting for the property-holding company of a large registered social housing provider on acquisitions of land or existing residential property for development to provide supported living accommodation and care packages for people with additional care needs.

  • Acting for local and regional housebuilders in respect of acquisitions of land for residential development; dealing with development finance and phased drawdowns throughout the building works; and then drafting the contract and transfers packs and supporting documentation in readiness for plot sales.

  • Acting for residential developers on the acquisition of several adjoining “back garden” plots from different homeowner sellers, sometimes with separate solicitors acting for each of the sellers and often requiring separate option agreements; and also acting for developers on the assignments of a set of such option agreements.

  • 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 were purchasing the land from a developer who had acquired it from Devon and Cornwall Police the previous year. During the due diligence process, Kayleigh’s investigations revealed that numerous matters had been 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. Kayleigh liaised with Devon and Cornwall Police to resolve all these matters, and also a boundary issue, before completing the purchase of the land and simultaneously exchanging a Build Contract with the developer for the development of the site.

  • Acting for a couple who had obtained planning permission for the demolition of their house and the erection of two new detached dwellings. Kayleigh dealt with the sale of one of the plots to a developer and the simultaneous exchange of a Build Contract with the developer, who was to build out the plot being retained by Kayleigh’s clients. There were various considerations concerning splitting the CIL liability between the plots; negotiating the transfer and Build Contract; and dealing with the demolition works in the contract as a pre-requisite to completion in a manner so as not to cause adverse SDLT and CIL implications.

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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