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Why Exeter? Katy Sandel – Kitsons Solicitors LLP

By March 6, 2017January 26th, 2021Member News & Updates, Why Exeter blog


Katy Sandel >>


Kitsons Solicitors


Exeter Office >>



What makes Exeter and the sub-region special / interesting to you personally?

Exeter is a wonderful diverse and historic city which perfectly combines the old and new and is only a short drive away from the coast or country.  What more could you ask for?!


How long has Exeter been your base?  When did you come to Exeter and what made you move here?

I have lived in East Devon for around 20 years, but I moved to the outskirts of the city last year.  With a young family, we wanted to be closer to the city and everything it has to offer.


What do you think makes Exeter so successful?

Exeter is definitely a one-off.  It is a charming historic city which has built upon its established roots, but is also uniquely placed for expansion due to its size, location and transport links.


What do you consider the biggest achievements for your firm in the City over the last few years?

Our Exeter office opened in 2006 and has gone from strength to strength, establishing its place in the city.  I am the longest serving member of the Exeter office, starting as a junior solicitor in 2008, so I have been lucky to be part of the firm’s success and growth.


How do you hope to see your business grow over the next 5 years?

Kitsons continues to invest in its Exeter office year on year, growing its relationships in the local market and investing in people to foster those relationships. Such investment will continue for the foreseeable future and as an Associate I look forward to playing an active role in that.


What do you think are the opportunities and challenges for Exeter as a leading centre for business, tourism and retail in the South West? 

The city is currently experiencing a really exciting period of growth which will undoubtedly provide opportunity for new investment as well as re-investment, and maintain the city’s position as a regional leader.


How do you work with other businesses and organisations locally?

Located in Southernhay our office is well placed to enable me to connect with local businesses and get involved in local forums and business groups, such as the Exeter Chamber of Commerce.  I am also a member of the Professional Mums Networking Group organised by PKF Francis Clark.


What do you enjoy in the City in your leisure time? 

I have a 5 year old so our leisure time in the city is often taken up with walks along the Quay, or a bike ride along one of the many cycle paths which connect the city.  Of course there’s always time to stop for a bite to eat long the way, as well as a spot of shopping!


Are there any stand-out businesses/ people in Exeter which you have met?

Exeter College has developed a stand-out profile in the city in recent years by offering educational needs which uniquely meet the local market it serves.  Its apprenticeship programme is great example of that.  Also, if its not too much of a plus for Kitsons, our sponsored Exeter Chief’s player, Michele Campagnaro, is having a great season.