Zoe McCaig

Head of Commercial

Zoe McCaig

Direct Dial: 01252 550420

Natalie McCarthy

Direct Dial: 01252 550421

Commercial Law

Our Commercial Team provides a specialist, tough and efficient service which is tailored to the needs of local businesses:                                                     

  • Business Leases – buying, selling, renewing, assigning
  • Business Freeholds – buying, selling, granting leases
  • Development Agreements and Option Agreements
  • Company Administration Matters
  • Disputes, Dispute Resolution and Debt Collection

We want our clients to be with us for the long-term – and we will take the time to get to know you and your business, so that we can tailor our services to your developing needs.

We're, firstly, specialists.   But we're also accessible, informal and practical.

We're transparent about costs.

If you think we might be what you're looking for, ring us for a chat and a quote without obligation.

We promise that we will

  1. Listen to you
  2. Communicate clearly
  3. Advise you and, above all
  4. Get the job done

Contact us by phone or email.

Our Commercial team


Zoe McCaig


Head of Commercial

Zoe McCaig

Direct Dial:01252 550420

Email Zoe McCaig

Zoe is Head of our Commercial Department.

She qualified as a solicitor in 2014, having taken a Degree in Law at Bournemouth University, and subsequently completed the Legal Practice Course at Guildford Law School in 2011.

She undertook her two year training contract at Levales, Solicitors, which included a six month secondment to Rushmoor Borough Council to enable her to pursue her interest in commercial and planning law.

On qualification, Zoe joined Hampshire County Council in Winchester to develop and deepen her specialism in commercial law where she remained until she joined Woodford Stauffer to replace Joanna Aylwin (upon her retirement) as Head of Department, in October 2018. 

Zoe has expertise and regularly advises on all aspects relating to commercial leasehold and freehold premises, acting for both vendors and purchasers.   Her expertise covers:

  • Purchases and renewals
  • Lease Assignments and Surrenders
  • Sales including drafting commercial Leases
  • Guarantees and Securities
  • Acquisition of development land, Deeds of Dedication, Deeds of Postponement and Option Agreements
  • Sales and purchases of small businesses including pubs, clubs, and licenced premises including share agreements
  • Planning and highway issues
  • Investigating, analysing and advising upon land title issues.

Verity Stauffer


Senior Partner

Verity Stauffer

Direct Dial:01252 550408

Email Verity Stauffer

Co-founder of Woodford Stauffer in 1990, Verity is the Managing Partner. She specialises in clinical negligence and difficult personal injury claims.


Darren Bowen

Solicitor and Partner

Head of Residential Conveyancing

Darren Bowen

Direct Dial:01252 550419

Email Darren Bowen

Darren qualified as a Solicitor in 1994 and has been an equity Partner since 1998.

He is Head of Residential Conveyancing and his particular areas of interest are equity release schemes and leasehold extensions.

Full marks for both Lorna (Horrill) and Zoe (McCaig). As I write, I am dealing with 4 other solicitors on other cases. However I am forever chasing them. Something that I did not have to do with Woodford Stauffer.

Case Ref. CCV1322

Zoe McCaig was very patient and diligent during a long process.

Case Ref. L1961/1