I’m a legal director in the firm’s residential transactional team where clients value my accessibility and responsiveness which, along with broad experience, facilitates the conclusion of most of my transactions in my clients’ targeted time line.
I have over 30 years’ experience and have worked in different countries. This enables me to comfortably guide clients who are abroad or who may not be not familiar with the way properties are leased or transferred in the UK.
My role includes advising on a wide range of residential conveyancing transactions and property matters for new and established clients. Buying and selling homes can be a very emotional business, and I invest my time and expertise in each matter, so it can complete promptly and with the best possible result for my client.
Areas of expertise:
- Off-plan purchases
- Offshore vehicles
- Lease extensions
- Lease variations
- Probate transactions
- Urban and rural leasehold and freehold properties
- Mortgages and financial restructuring of property portfolios
Qualifications and memberships
- Qualified in South Africa in 1988 and England and Wales in 1997
- BA LLB
Successfully completed the sale of a £7 million family home in London in a tight time frame and while the building was undergoing enfranchisement.
Acting in the probate sale of a large rectory and adjoining fields that involved the negotiation of a farm business tenancy and the transfer of a cautionary interest.
Advising on the purchase of a poorly constructed luxury holiday apartment on the south coast, necessitating a thorough investigation of construction warranties and the complicated corporate hierarchy.
Successfully negotiating a long lease of a church with a view to enabling the property to have generous user rights.
Always responded quickly to queries and problems. Always professional and helpful
Cripps is a small law firm with big dog legal chops. They have wonderful, professional, knowledgable team and a full range of client services. With their offices in London and Kent, they are able to solve client issues across a range of topics and their customer service is top notch. Highly recommend!
Leslie Hill-Smith was efficient, friendly and easy to deal with.
It has been an absolute pleasure working with Leslie Hill Smith on our recent sale and purchase. She is extremely efficient and approachable. As are all the team we have had contact with. This is the second time Leslie has acted for us and we would recommend her to anyone looking for a smooth property transaction.
From Amy to Leslie and Poppy, everyone worked incredibly hard to help us get our home bought. We couldn't thank them all any more and we're so happy with the services we received.
I am writing to thank you and to show my appreciation for your efficiency in making the sale of the property as seamless as you did, given the usual stresses associated with the buying and selling of property. You communication was always prompt and in a manner that was friendly and most importantly, understandable.
Thank you again for the contact to Leslie Hill- Smith. She is excellent . My simple purchase ends up far more complicated that I thought: new build with remediation on going for construction issues that we need to fully understand before completion.
Thank you. All as smooth and professional as ever. You are a star. You have always been professional and friendly and a real rock to me.
Leslie I would just like to drop you a note to say thank you – it is not often that bank lawyers are so helpful in trying to get to deadlines.
Solicitor at Stepien Lake LLP