Kirstie Leighton



Kirstie Leighton is one of the principle solicitors working for Wealden District Council in 2019.


According to the Law Society's website:


Kirstie Leighton is a Solicitor Admitted as a solicitor on 01/09/09.

SRA Regulated


She is presently the In-house Solicitor at:
Wealden District Council
Council Offices,
Vicarage Lane,
East Sussex,
BN27 2AX,
DX 38303 Hailsham





Kirstie Leighton's areas of practice are:

Administrative and public law
Criminal Litigation Accredited
Licensing gaming and betting
Litigation - general

Languages spoken - English


As you might imagine from her Twitter pages and her work for BBC's Children in Need, Kirstie appears to enjoy helping those who are disadvantaged, and coming from Portsmouth, possibly a good pint.


From her experience working for councils, Kirstie must also understand that she owes the electorate a Duty to be Reasonable and to help Wealden to become an Effective Administration, where there have been numerous violations of local citizens human rights and quite a bit of impropriety in the favours for mates department.


Ms Leighton must uphold the aims and objectives of the Government and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, as reflected in her employer's agenda's (the lawful ones), such as the Climate Change Act 2008, now amended by the 2019 Order.


Where her Council have now declared a climate emergency, she must seek to reduce Wealden's carbon footprint. That means revising the old rules where greenhouse gas emissions did not matter, to carve new policies that are designed to improve the efficiency of this local authority, to recycle old buildings and improve the working conditions for people in the Wealden District, such as ensuring that facilities like toilets, showers and canteens, as required by the Health & Safety Regulations 1992, are enjoyed by those on Industrial Estates such as those units at Hackhurst Lane.







According to her Linkedin profile ...Kirstie Leighton MIoL
3rd degree connection


Originating from Portsmouth, United Kingdom with 209 connections 

Principal Solicitor (Litigation) at Wealden District Council (Present Employment)
Principal Solicitor & Deputy Monitoring Officer
Dates Employed Jun 2015 Present
Employment Duration 4 yrs 3 months

Principal Solicitor & Deputy Monitoring Officer. Solicitor with significant post qualification experience in a senior capacity practising in local government law. All litigation and regulatory related work in criminal, fraud, civil, housing, licensing, data protection, legal drafting & planning enforcement.


Crawley Borough Council
Senior Solicitor
Dates Employed Jul 2014 Jun 2015
Employment Duration 1 yr
Location Crawley

Senior Litigation Solicitor.
Dates Employed Aug 2013 Jul 2014
Employment Duration 1 yr
Location Littlehampton, West Sussex


Solent University
Associate Lecturer in Law
Dates Employed Jan 2013 Aug 2013
Employment Duration 8 mos
Location Southampton, United Kingdom

Part time lecturer teaching Criminal Litigation & Practice for the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives
Criminal Defence Solicitor (Duty Solicitor)
Dates Employed Sep 2009 Aug 2013
Employment Duration 4 yrs
Location Southampton, United Kingdom

Crime Duty Solicitor covering Southampton, Portsmouth and Fareham (Youth Court).


University of Law

Field Of Study Law

Dates attended or expected graduation 2003 2005
London Metropolitan University
Degree Name Bachelor of Laws - LLB

Field Of Study Law

Grade 2:1
Dates attended or expected graduation 1994 1997
Licenses & Certifications

Institute of Licensing - Member

Issuing authority Institute of Licensing

Issued date and, if applicable, expiration date of the certification or license Issued March 2018
Solicitors Regulation Authority - Duty Solicitor

Issuing authority Solicitors Regulation Authority

Issued date and, if applicable, expiration date of the certification or license Issued May 2010
The Law Society - Criminal Litigation Accredited - Member

Issuing authority The Law Society

Volunteer Experience

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award - Leader & Assessor

Skills & Endorsements

1 endorsement for Criminal Law: Dave Pummell CMIOSH AIEMA has given an endorsement for this skill

1 endorsement for Licensing: Dave Pummell CMIOSH AIEMA has given an endorsement for this skill


Kirstie has 1 organization - Goodwood Road Racing Club 


Crown Prosecution Service - 15,886 followers
Hays - 3,197,572 followers
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. - 475,683 followers
BBC - 1,271,363 followers
Sussex Police - 6,155 followers
Royal Navy - 53,723 followers



Readers might be interested to learn about the conduct of other solicitors' while working @ Wealden DC:


STANDARD TREES - Wealden forced the demolition of buildings at this tree farm on the A22, sited on the opposite side of the road to Hackhurst Lane. It appears that Wealden's planning department had an agenda to prevent development on the south side of the road, just as with the stables they demolished on the A22. Roger Brown (deceased) was the entrepreneur who fought Wealden, paid costs that should never have arisen, and then reinstated the buildings that David Phillips and his chums forced him to take down, such as to comply with the Health & Safety Regulations. It seems to be a recurring theme, that this Council are responsible for creating unnecessary litigation and legal costs in forcing the removal of buildings that would be a permitted development, or would be granted planning consent. Think about how much greater is the carbon footprint of the Wealden geographical region, compared to other more sensible councils.





Bushy Wood horse sanctuary demolition


February 26th 1997 - THEY LIED




Wealden ordered to pay costs for late service of documents  Court Order for costs against Wealden Disctrict Council




BUSHYWOOD DEMOLITION - A planning application was lodged with the Secretary of State and due to be heard, but Ian Kay and Victorio Scarpa had other plans, no doubt guided by Ashley Brown and the then chief executive officer, most likely Derek Holness. Wealden decided to send in the bulldozers and argue that the Appeal to the Secretary of State should not be heard. The Secretary of State disagreed, deciding to hear the appeal by way of a Public Inquiry, after which he declared that the case was proven, and the stables should be rebuilt. The Inspector also awarded costs to the appellants which the Council made no effort to pay. They also showed no remorse as to their Gestapo like and most underhanded tactics. The real reason for which was that they did not like the previous owner, Gordon Worcester, and they did not like Michael and Valerie Punter.


This case set a precedent, in that if any council enforces and loses at appeal, they run the risk of having to pay costs to any appellant. Not only will costs be payable, but also damages for unreasonable behaviour. It is of course procedural madness - and an abuse of process - to order a demolition when a live appeal (or application) has yet to be decided.



Telegraph media article, 48,000 damages for couple with ruined home



ANNE HARRIS - Anne Harris was/is a farmer who suffered the most outrageous threatening and abusive behavior from her landlord of many years ago. It was the duty of Wealden DC to protect her from harassment, but this Council refused to use their powers to intervene, instead, siding with the landlord to reign a campaign of enforcement litigation onto the vulnerable lady farmer, in an attempt to force her from her land at Hackhurst Lane, near Hailsham in East Sussex. This left the farmer to fend for herself in the civil courts, when Judge Kennedy finding for the Claimant said it was the worst case of harassment to come before him. A sad indictment of the local authority and their refusal to use their powers.


The case was later referred to Wealden by way of a Petition, then bounced to Sussex police, who failed to investigate 12 reports of crimes committed by the council's then officers.









Ian Kay


Ian Kay

Assist. Dist. Plan.


Charles Lant


Charles Lant

Former CEO


Patrick Scarpa, solicitor Wealden District Council


Victorio Scarpa



Timothy Dowsett


Timothy Dowsett

Dist. Secretary


Christine Nuttall, solcitor, Wealden District Council corruption and monument protection English Heritage 


Christine Nuttall



David Phillips, perjury and corruption Wealden District Council, the Energy Age, Nelson Kruschandl


David Phillips




Daniel Goodwin


Daniel Goodwin

Former CEO



J Douglas Moss


J Douglas Moss





 Kelvin Williams

Dist. Planning



Trevor Scott


Trevor Scott

Solicitor & CEO



David Whibley, enforcement officer Wealden District Council


David Whibley




Christine Arnold


Christine Arnold





Kirstie Leighton

Planning Enforcement


Beverly Boakes


Beverley Boakes

Legal Secretary



Patrick Coffey


 Patrick Coffey




Julian Black planning consultant


Julian Black




Ashley Brown, former District Planning Officer


Ashley Brown

Former DPO



Derek Holness, former Chief Executive officer, civil servants, Wealden District Council


Derek Holness

Former CEO



Abbott Trevor - Alcock Charmain - Ditto - Arnold Chris (Christine) - Barakchizadeh Lesley - Paul Barker - Bending Christopher

Black Julian - Boakes Beverley - Bradshaw Clifford - Brigginshaw Marina - Brown Ashley - Coffey Patrick - Collick Paul - Denton Joanna

Douglas Sheelagh - Dowsett Timothy - Flemming Mike - Forder Ralph - Garrett Martyn - Goodwin Daniel - Henham J - Holness Derek

Hoy Thomas - Johnson Geoff - Kavanagh Geoff - Kay Ian - Kay I. M. - Barbara Kingsford - Lant Charles - Mercer Richard

Mileman Niall - Moon Craig - Moss Douglas, J.Nuttall Christine - Pettigrew Rex - Phillips David - Scarpa Victorio - Scott Trevor

Kevin Stewart - Wakeford Malcolm - Whibley David - White, George - Williams Kelvin - Wilson Kenneth - White Steve





When an officer of the courts omits to include evidence that they know is relevant to a hearing, that is termed misfeasance in public office. Where an officer then tries to cover up his or her misfeasance (as did Ian Kay in the Stream Farm matter), that becomes malfeasance. The difference is that misfeasance is a civil wrong, whereas malfeasance is a criminal offence. The leading case precedent on malfeasance is: R. v Bowden 1995 Court of Appeal (98 1 WLR), where police constable Bowden failed in his duty to protect a member of the public.


That failure is now extended to cover any failure to protect the financial interests of any member of the public, where it is the duty of council officers under Section 4 of the Fraud Act 2006 - and this includes failing to do something as well as not doing it correctly. This means telling the truth about historic buildings and upholding the right of any person to seek to comply with the Climate Change Act 2008.


Attempting to bankrupt anyone, obtain information for third parties or devalue land for the eventual benefit of near neighbours or local property developers, is of course an abuse of process and a violation of the trust that is placed in any civil servant in a position of trust, such as with Kirstie Leighton. We imagine that Ms Leighton has no intention of allowing her Council to tread the path of some of her forebears and are most certainly not leveling any such accusation at her.


If you suffer injustice from another officer of this Council, don't bother going to Sussex Police with any evidence, they are more than likely in on it.




POTTY TRAINING - Using a potty correctly may be a new skill for your planning team to learn if they keep missing the bowl or forgetting to flush, or maybe even fumble the paperwork. Being patient and firm with them will help them get it right eventually, even if they sometimes feel frustrated. They should be taught that every person is entitled to a toilet no matter how much their legal team are out to harm a challenging member of the public - and yes we know how irritating it is to be caught out consistently by some members of the public - and yes of course that makes you hate that/those members of the public more - leading you into trying another dirty trick. But will that lead to more spillages? 


So, if you are going to plan a vendetta, hoping to harass someone to vacate Wealden land for the benefit of someone else locally, be sure that you don't get caught with your trousers down, forget to flush, or even pull your trousers up too soon. Be careful to stay in the groove by following statute to the letter and don't hope that all Judges or Inspectors will turn a blink eye with a funny handshake - there are many who are not members and these are the airings that are sure to come back to haunt you to reveal what you did and why you did it. Sleep safe at night by doing the right thing. Do not try to deprive anyone of their state granted rights and don't forget to put the lid down after use.










General de Gaul after World War Two bombing destroyed France


Vicarage Lane, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AX T: 01323 443322







Abbott Trevor - Alcock Charmain - Ditto - Arnold Chris (Christine) - Barakchizadeh Lesley - Paul Barker - Black Julian - Boakes Beverley

Brigginshaw Marina - Brown Ashley - Coffey Patrick - Douglas Sheelagh - Dowsett Timothy - Flemming Mike - Forder Ralph - Garrett Martyn

Goodwin Daniel - Henham J - Holness Derek - Hoy Thomas - Johnson Geoff - Kavanagh Geoff - Kay Ian - Kay I. M. - Barbara Kingsford

Lant Charles - Mercer Richard - Mileman Niall - Moon Craig - Moss Douglas, J.Nuttall Christine - Pettigrew Rex - Phillips David - Scarpa Victorio

Scott Trevor - Kevin Stewart - Wakeford M. - Whibley David - White, George - Williams Kelvin - Wilson Kenneth - White Steve




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