Laceys Solicitors incorporating HLF


Commercial Property

With four of the partners carrying out transactional commercial property work supported by other solicitors in the department as well as our highly regarded litigation, town planning and licensing departments we are equipped to deal with any commercial property matters that our clients require, no matter how large or small.

We have extensive experience in the sale and purchase of land for development, estate conveyancing and plot/flat sales, industrial and retail units, offices, hotels, pubs, care homes, agricultural land, all types of landlord and tenant work and re-financing of commercial property.

Recent projects include the sale of 300+ units on a mixed-use development, the acquisition of commercial re-development land valued in excess of £10 million, the purchase of two historic hotels and a private hospital, and the sale of a care-home complex.

Our outstanding commercial property department is recognised in the Legal 500 as one of the leading teams in the region.

Clients can rely on the team at Laceys completely…Its business acumen and industry knowledge are second to none…Laceys’ quality team is praised for its attention to detail, thoroughness and quick responses‘.

For any further advice on any commercial property legal requirements you have please contact one of our team today to see how we can help.

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Meet the Team

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Roger Clayson

Solicitor — Commercial Property

Direct dial: 01202 205019
Switchboard: 01202 557256


Roger obtained a law degree from the University of Birmingham and qualified as a solicitor in 1981. Since then, he has advised on property matters for both large and small private practice firms and in house for the majority of his career.

He specialises in commercial property matters including landlord and tenant and development work, as well as having a thorough knowledge in construction and environmental law, partly deriving from his time working within the nuclear and renewable energy sector. He is known for his commercial acumen (having spent a considerable part of his career as an in house lawyer) and his communication skills.

Outside of work, Roger enjoys sport of all types (mostly watching now although he has recently started playing walking football!), country walks, reading, music and amateur dramatics.

Claire Taylor

Associate — Commercial Property

Direct dial: 01202 205238
Switchboard: 01202 557256


Claire joined the Commercial Property team at Laceys in 2018 having gained ten years’ experience both in private practice at two international law firms and more recently leading the commercial property department of a shared legal service for three large local authorities.

Claire advises clients on all aspects of commercial property including landlord and tenant and development work.  She is extremely approachable and focused on building long-lasting relationships with her clients, understanding their needs and delivering projects in a timely and cost-effective manner.  Previous projects Claire has been involved with are The Bullring in Birmingham, the 2012 London Olympics, town centre regeneration and mixed-use development sites.

Having recently relocated, Claire’s spare time is spent with her three young children enjoying all that the coast and the New Forest has to offer,  catching up with friends and acting in her capacity as a trustee for a hospice.

Alanna McDonough

Associate — Commercial Property

Direct dial: 01202 205012
Switchboard: 01202 557256


  • “I wanted to put in writing my sincere gratitude for all your help on this matter. You were very professional throughout and on behalf of all of us we would like to thank you for all your hard work and for helping us secure the Poole lease.”

    Shahid Hussain, Roosters Piri Piri

  • “You have achieved a wonderful victory for me and I am delighted with the outcome. Many thanks for all your expertise.”

    Roger Mason, Castles Home Hardware

Alanna joined Laceys earlier this year having gained 11 years’ experience in real estate and planning at a large national law firm. She works within our  Commercial Property team, specialising in development work.

Previous clients have ranged from central and local Government to FTSE 100 businesses and private individuals, working on diverse projects from international sports events through to a national river crossing and an underground rail network. She has also drafted and implemented secondary legislation for local authorities and successfully defended judicial reviews.

She has a keen eye for detail and provides succinct legal and commercial advice to deliver the best outcome for her clients.

Outside of work Alanna makes the most of our locality by getting involved in various watersports and enjoys heading further afield in the winter to find the snow. She has also recently taken up touch rugby, ensuring the men are kept in line!

Nicola Highland

Paralegal — Commercial Property

Direct dial: 01202 557256
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Nicola works in our Commercial Property team and has over four years’ experience in this field. She has worked with a variety of individuals, businesses and charities. Nicola’s particular specialisms include commercial leases, sales and purchases in both commercial and residential property and property management such as licences. Nicola has a professional and practical approach to each transaction. She is also very personable and has received great feedback from her clients throughout her career.

In her spare time Nicola enjoys going to the gym and she is currently preparing for the Cancer Research ‘Pretty Muddy’ run this year.

Patsy Whitford

Solicitor — Commercial Property

Direct dial: 01202 205032
Switchboard: 01202 557256


“Helga and I would like you to know what a delight it has been dealing with you. Your easy manner and cool professionalism is very much appreciated, and we hope you will be able to assist us again with any future issues that may arise.”

Roger and Helga Hopkins

Patsy is a solicitor in our Commercial Property Department and advises clients on all aspects of commercial property transactions, be it a purchase of a mixed use commercial premises or arranging the first shop for start up businesses.  She has particular experience in acting for landlords and tenants of local shops and restaurants.

She has varied life experience, having worked as a croupier and pub landlady amongst other roles, which allows her to understand both the legal and commercial issues of a transaction and help to achieve a balance that is of greatest advantage to her clients.

Away from the office, Patsy has a large family and enjoys battling for favourite aunt status, which she currently holds through a combination of bribery and chocolate. She is also attempting to train hard enough to run a half marathon next year.

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Mark Preece

Partner — Commercial and Residential Property

Direct dial: 01202 205013
Switchboard: 01202 557256


  • “Mark has acted for our varied property portfolio in Dorset for over 5 years, and has a real understanding of our business and how we operate. He shares our passion for high standards and attention to detail, providing us with invaluable advice and support on all aspects of our developments from initial site acquisition through to completed property sales. Mark and his team continuously add value by being proactive and delivering a fast and expert service."”

    Eddie Fitzsimmons- Managing Director, Lomand Homes Limited

  • “Quick, responsive service. Prepared to recommend a way forward and not sit on the fence.”

    Guy Eccles

  • “Efficient, competent and friendly.”

    Michael Bond

  • “Mark and the team take great care of our commercial property requirements. We have always been delighted with their service.”

    Simon Ward, NSN Propertis Ltd

  • “Straightforward. Everything kept clear and simple.”

    Nicola Maidment

  • “I appreciate the personal service and the feeling that my business is important. I also respond well to a friendly approach.”

    Andrew Taylor

  • “Mark noted the requirements of the sale and worked very hard to achieve an excellent prompt outcome. He phoned me immediately the deal was done!”

    Paul R Barry

Mark qualified as a solicitor in 2008 after gaining an LLB (2003) and LLM (2005) at university’s in Birmingham.  He completed his training contract with the North Dorset and South Wiltshire firm now known as Farnfields LLP and joined Horsey Lightly Fynn (HLF) in Bournemouth in 2011.  He became a partner at HLF in 2014 and at merger of HLF and Laceys became a partner in the merged firm in 2015.

Mark is a partner working across our Commercial and Residential property teams acting for a wide variety of clients from property developers, property investors, businesses, first time buyers and those needing advice relating to enfranchisement and residential landlord and tenant dealing with all aspects of property work.

Away from work Mark spends his time with his wife and their three young boys who keep them very busy.

John Munro

Partner — Commercial and Residential Property

Direct dial: 01202 205031
Switchboard: 01202 557256


  • “Changing solicitors is not to be undertaken lightly. However really impressed with the way that John Munro and his associates have dealt with us over the last couple of years in a variety of complex property related transactions and on the commercial and personal front as well. We look forward to working with them going forward.”

    Malcolm Tice, Director - Tice & Son Ltd

  • “Having dealt with Laceys on many a sale and purchase I’ve always found them to be efficient, knowledgeable and attentive. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending them to family, friends and clients.”

    Stuart Cockram - Frost and Co

John joined Laceys in 2001 on a training contract, having completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Law in 2000, and qualified as a solicitor in 2003. He is now the Head of the Commercial and Residential Property Departments.

He is also the firm’s Senior Responsible Officer under the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) with overall responsibility for the management of the property team and their delivery of the excellent service that our clients have come to expect.

John acts in his own capacity for a number of commercial property owners, developers and investors, but also allocates time to ensure his team are up to speed with changing law and professional regulations and clients are provided with members of the team who possess the right skills to deal with their individual requirements, delivering projects in the most time and cost-efficient manner.

Outside of work John seems to spend a great deal of time ferrying his children around but occasionally gets to put his feet up and listen to his eclectic collection of vinyl. He is also not averse to a good cheeseboard and a glass of IPA.

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Jonathan Ogden

Senior Partner — Commercial Property

Direct dial: 01202 205026
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Jonathan, who specialises in Commercial property, qualified from Guildford College of Law in 1987. He is both the longest serving partner at Laceys, having been with the firm since 1985, and the senior partner.

He advises a wide client base on new site acquisitions for both residential and commercial developments, as well as hoteliers in connection with sales and purchases of hotels and associated businesses. He also assists with commercial tenancies, either with landlords granting leases to commercial tenants or vice versa.

Jonathan prides himself in being results driven and has a number of longstanding clients whom he has looked after for over 10 years, not only demonstrating the longevity of his work relationships but also proving he can deliver! Outside of the office, he enjoys a busy social life sampling local restaurants as well as entertaining at home.

When time permits he likes to immerse himself in a good book or sit back and watch a film. He also has a desire to complete a Philosophy Degree at some point in the future – watch this space!

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