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Sarah Gaines


Sarah specialises in the acquisition and disposal of freehold and leasehold commercial properties involving conditional contracts, option agreements, promotion agreements and overage/clawback arrangements.


  • Acquisition & disposal of freehold and leasehold commercial properties.
  • Conditional contracts.
  • Clawback arrangements.
  • Water utility work.
  • Public sector work.



Many of Sarah’s clients are publicly funded organisations and she is one of the lead contact for NHS clients with over a decade’s experience in this industry.

Sarah also acts for commercial landholding clients in relation to the ongoing management of their sites on a variety of commercial/agricultural leases to different commercial entitles.

She is known for her open communication with clients and availability to discuss issues at short notice. Sarah is proactive in trying to find working practices which fit with her clients’ business needs and own procedures.

Sarah joined Brachers as a junior solicitor in 1998 and became a Partner in 2004 and now leads the Commercial Property team.

Recent cases

  • Negotiation of mineral extraction option agreement and lease.
  • Disposal of redundant hospital site for residential redevelopment subject to planning and overage.
  • Acquisition land subject to planning for mixed retail and residential use.

Recent testimonials

‘respond to matters promptly and thoroughly’

Client quote, The Legal 500

“Sarah and her team were very professional, patient and dedicated. Sarah was helpful with explaining things we didn’t understand.”


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