• Jessica Harman


Updated: Jul 24

Chester-based commercial surveyors, Legat Owen, is driving forward with expansion plans for its asset management team with the appointment of Samantha Sleigh as the firm’s new property manager.

This is the second new addition to the team in less than two months, after it hired private practice surveyor, Tom Creer, as associate director at the end of March.

Samantha joins from MAG Property, the property and development arm of Manchester Airport, where she was estates manager, overseeing its core holdings.

Her previous employers include CBRE Group and EA Shaw, where she managed the Shaftesbury PLC account. Samantha has also represented private clients in New Zealand.

She has accrued in-depth experience in management across the retail, office and industrial sectors. In her new role, Samantha will work alongside the asset management team, offering specialist property management and consultancy advice to its existing client base.

Mark Hopley, director in the asset management team, said: “As our management portfolio continues to grow, it is vital that we show consistency in offering the best possible level of personal service to our clients, some of whom have been with us since we started over thirty years ago.

“We are absolutely delighted to bring Samantha on board who has eleven years of experience in commercial property management and will be able to provide sound individual client advice. This is a key strategic appointment for us and an opportunity to accelerate our team’s growth whilst increasing our service proposition.

Our team now stands at a total of 12 across both offices which undoubtedly represents one of the largest management teams in the region.

Samantha, added: “It’s an exciting time to be joining Legat Owen which has an excellent reputation amongst property professionals in the north west.

“I’m looking forward to working with the team to offer proactive property and management consultancy advice to its loyal client base, to drive the business forward.”

Headed up by directors Mark Hopley and Natalie Tansey, Legat Owen’s asset management team acts on behalf of over 130 UK and overseas clients.

Its portfolio includes the management of 338 properties and 1,900 tenancies, collecting an annual aggregate rent roll of approximately £30 million, as well as £4 million for service charge funds.

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