Expertise

Lesley has substantial experience in advising on all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions, disposals, lettings, development, forward funding, property management and structured real estate transactions, with a particular emphasis on institutional investment and development work. Lesley's key clients include Standard Life Investments, Lateral Property Group Ltd and Stadium Group.

She also has significant experience of managing large transactional teams, with recent notable examples including:

  • Leading the team dealing with the property aspects of the conversion of the Standard Life Investments UK Property Fund (whose value we understand is £471 million) from an authorised property unit trust to a property authorised investment fund
  • Leading the real estate team advising a client on the repayment of their existing banking facilities and novation and restructuring of certain hedging arrangements in relation to their retail park portfolio

Education

  • Year qualified: 1997
  • The College of Law, York – Legal Practice Course with distinction (this became The University of Law in 2012 and then relocated to Leeds in 2014) 
  • University of Cambridge (Downing College) – LLM (First in both Part 1B and Part II of Law Tripos)