"Lesley Pollock has 'a rare combination of skill, expertise, and the ability to empathise and advise'."
(The Legal 500)
Lesley is a highly experienced property specialist, with both commercial and residential property experience since her admission as a solicitor in 1980. She specialises in high value and complex property transactions, including those for high net worth individuals and charities. Lesley also possesses technical expertise relating to the practical operation of the Charities Act 2011, in relation to property acquisitions and disposal.
Lesley manages our well-regarded Residential Property team in the Oxford and London offices and our Charity Property team in the Oxford office. For examples of the work Lesley handles, please click on the section below.
Lesley is listed as a Recommended Lawyer in the Legal 500 (2020 edition), recognised as a Leading Individual by Chambers (2020 edition) and is a Recommended Lawyer in the Chambers High Net Worth Guide.
- Sale of a small country estate in Surrey, including the main house and cottage, separate house, party barn, equestrian facility and paddocks, woodland and a Mill Stream for a figure in excess of £6m.
- Purchase of a modern architect designed country house in Northamptonshire with a subsidiary dwelling, agricultural land, orchards and converted barn used for office for £12.5m.
- Sale of a manor house with staff cottages, agricultural land, woodland and equestrian facility for a figure in excess of £5.7m.
- Sale of a historic listed village house in Oxfordshire for a figure in excess of £3.3m, including paddocks, riparian boundary and a supplementary dwelling.
- Sale of a house in Kensington for £3.7m, to a tight timescale.
- Common law tenancy agreement of a luxury country property.
- Acting on a number of lease extensions both for leaseholders and freeholders.
- Acting for a UK charity on the refinance of a multi-let property investment on the King’s Road Chelsea. The value of the finance is £20m against an asset value in excess of £40m.
- Disposal for a high net worth individual and his pension fund of a residential property and substantial agricultural land holding for a price in excess of £8 million. There were eight registered titles and the transaction was made more complex due to some land and other residential properties being retained. This necessitated negotiations in relation to cross rights and responsibilities and the apportionment of the entitlements to Basic Farm Payment. Achieving exchange of contracts and completion would have been considerably more difficult, were it not for the excellent working relationship established with the other solicitor, so that difficulties encountered (for example title issues) were dealt with collaboratively – with solutions being proposed and agreed as the issues arose.
- Disposal of a listed manor house and land with a value of over £4 million. Advance preparation of the title and enquiries package, and providing search results to the buyer’s solicitors, resulted in an exchange of contracts within a week of the memorandum of sale being issued. What could have been a stressful situation for the seller was kept to a minimum by careful advice and liaison with the selling agents. This ensured that any likely issues were addressed in advance of the property being brought to the market.
- Documenting property restructure, including terminating and granting leases and freehold transfers for a group of offshore and onshore companies and trusts.
- Numerous acquisitions of London apartments for high net worth individuals.
To contact Lesley or for more information…
- Association of Women in Property
- Charity Law Association
“Thank you for introducing us to your Partner, Lesley Pollock. She provided an excellent service for our clients and we achieved all the objectives in hand.”(Client's buying agent)
“You will be aware that there was a tight time frame for exchange and indeed for completion. There was exceedingly good communication between Lesley and my client’s offices in Hong Kong Thank you.”(Client's buying agent)
“Lesley Pollock, who handled our conveyancing, was first rate. We would happily recommend her to friends and use her again.”(Mr & Mrs E, Private Clients)
“I just wanted to say another big thank you for all of your support. These things are never easy and straightforward but your help always makes them much more manageable for us and is greatly appreciated.”(Major Charity Client)
“Not an easy deal, quite a few different parts to organise and document. I am delighted that we managed to get an exchange yesterday, so thank you very much for all your hard work and help in this matter. I know over the last few weeks you have spent many hours trying to reach agreement on the contracts and pull together all the information needed to satisfy the purchaser. In the light of the recent election result I am very pleased that the exchange happened. Thank you again.”(Mr J, Private Client)
“The advice you have given us has been prompt, clear, relevant and kindly delivered, for which we are very grateful and we very much appreciate your decision to honour the original fee estimate.”(Mr and Mrs O, Private Clients)
Lesley Pollock is a director at the firm and leads the residential property team in Oxford and London. She advises on high-value residential transactions, and an estate agent enthuses that “Lesley is a first-rate lawyer,” while another interviewee says that she is “extremely attentive, diligent and responsive.(Chambers & Partners HNW, 2020)
“Lesley Pollock is quick to answer calls, moves faster than others and is good at solving problems proactively. She leads the residential property team in th firm’s Oxford office and assists with the sale and purchase of country houses. estates and high-value residential property in London.”(Interviewee from the HNW guide)
“She is excellent, she is meticulous on the detail, very knowledgeable and what I particularly appreciate is that she is practical and pragmatic in her approach.”(Observer from the HNW guide)
Lesley Pollock “is quick to answer calls, moves faster than others and is good at solving problems proactively,” says an interviewee. She leads the residential property team in the firm’s Oxford office and assists with the sale and purchase of country houses, estates and high-value residential property in London. “She is excellent,” remarks an observer, adding: “She is meticulous on the detail, very knowledgeable and what I particularly appreciate is that she is practical and pragmatic in her approach.”(Chambers & Partners, 2019)
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