Claire McSorley

Solicitor, Property Law


Claire works within the Residential Development department, her areas of responsibility include:

  • Site acquisitions – options; conditional contracts or unconditional contracts; overage deeds; Legal Charges and mortgage related work;
  • Planning agreements – either Unilateral Undertakings or Agreements with the Council;
  • Utility Company Deeds – to grant rights for cables/drains, etc in favour of the relevant utility companies;
  • Plot Sales – including drafting the contracts, transfers and leases (as appropriate) for the development; acting on the sale of each new build unit.
  • Landlord and Tenant – acting for both Landlords and Tenants with a particular emphasis on dealing with healthcare facilities.
  • Lease Extensions/Enfranchisement – acting for residential freeholders and leaseholders in the grant of Lease extensions and the acquisition/sale of the freehold reversion.

Experience | Recent Projects

Landlord and Tenant
  • Acted for a Tenant taking a lease of premises in a mixed use development which is in the process of being built.
  • Acted for a local landowner in the sale of a mixed use (commercial/residential) site which involved various leases and tenancy agreements and contamination issues.
Lease Extensions/ Enfranchisement
  • Acted for a management company in granting lease extensions to approximately 60 freehold owners – including drafting the deed of variation of lease; satisfying any mortgagees requirements and preparing the deeds of substituted security for various mortgagees.
Site Acquisitions
  • Acted for a company in a CVA in disposing of their premises with overage provisions.
Plot Sales
  • Acted for a developer of prestige houses in acquiring a development site for in excess of £3million by way of a company acquisition (supported by our Company Commercial Dept)
  • Acted for a developer in contracting to purchase a development site and then sub-selling the site to another developer with the benefit of planning consent – including advising client on SDLT implications of the transaction.
  • Acted on a £14million purchase of an industrial estate for residential development, and completing the ancillary documentation – including Section 278 Agreement Section 106 Agreement and relocation of electricity substation on site.
  • Acted for a developer in a complex purchase of a development site for in excess of £5m from a liquidator which included overage provisions which were varied.

Interests and Hobbies

Claire is a keen sports fan; she likes to keep fit by regularly attending the gym and enjoys watching live sport – she can often be found in Guildford supporting Surrey Heath (Basketball) or Guildford Flames (Ice Hockey). Claire is also an avid reader and hopes to write a novel one day!

Claire McSorley

Solicitor, Property Law

Office – 01276 686 222
Direct – 01276 854 909

I have been very impressed both with Claire’s professionalism, and her friendly and responsive manner

- Simon Davies , Davies Property Management

Very many thanks for the prompt and efficient way you dealt with all three [plot] sales.

-David Bray, Filia Property Ltd

The phrase “outstanding service” is not one I use often, but I have to hand it to you, yet another seamless property transaction completed. Thank you!

- Aziz Elkhadraoui , Newcourt Residential Ltd

Accreditations | Awards

Articles Written by Claire 

SDLT treatment of garden land on disposal by a homeowner

This is a much discussed topic where clarification from HMRC has been sought on several occasions and the case of Hyman v HMRC (2019) has also sought to provide clarify on this complicated area. SDLT classifications For SDLT purposes, land can be classed as...

Extending contractual timeframes to reflect the impact of Coronavirus

Numerous Option Agreements and Conditional Contracts (i.e.- contracts which are conditional upon obtaining planning consent) will have various timeframes for submitting a planning application, submitting a planning appeal and receiving the decision notice (from either...

The benefit of index linking purchase prices in uncertain times

During these uncertain times, both Developers and Land Owners alike may be keen to see purchase prices index linked in Option Agreements and Contracts which are conditional upon planning being granted. What is Index Linking? Index linking (also known as indexation)...

COVID-19: What happens if I cannot complete my conveyancing contract?

Following the recent government advice regarding moving home during the Covid-19 pandemic and the Government lockdown you will be aware that they are advising against moving home when there is a chain and the house that you are moving into is not vacant. Moving home...

What is CIL and does it affect my development?

What is CIL? Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a charge on additional floor space that Local Planning Authorities charge and which is designed to help fund local and sub-regional infrastructure identified in the Local Authority’s development plans. CIL is based...

Landowners: What is a Conditional Contract?

In a nutshell it is a contract which is conditional upon one or more things happening before the contract can proceed to completion.In a nutshell it is a contract which is conditional upon one or more things happening before the contract can proceed to completion.  It...

Landowners: What is overage?

The use of overage agreements is now widespread and it is easy to understand why.  After all, who wouldn’t want to create the chance of some additional cash, long after their land or property is sold? What is Overage?Sometimes referred to as “clawback”, overage refers...


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