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Growth continues for Real Estate Division

Recent senior appointments to both the Commercial Property and Construction teams have seen Napthens’ Real Estate Division expand.

Most recently, experienced legal experts Paul Hardy and John Lomax joined the Commercial Property team as partners based in the Blackpool & Fylde and Preston offices, respectively.

Paul Hardy, born and brought up on the Fylde, joins the team after 17 years at Manchester law firm Hempsons where he trained and became a partner.

He has particular expertise in areas including landlord and tenant issues including agreements for lease and development work, freehold disposals and acquisitions and general estate management work.

John, of Bolton, comes to Napthens following 12 years with international law firm Hill Dickinson and prior to that with the niche property law firm Bullivant Jones, both in Liverpool.

He has expertise in retail and has acted for major companies on all aspects of property work with a focus on new store openings, estate portfolio reorganisation and management including strategic planning.

The pair will advise on a broad range of property matters for clients including landowners, developers and investors. They are the latest recruits to the firm’s Real Estate division, following the appointments earlier this year of lawyers including Commercial Property partner Kate Mallaband.

Kate heads up the Commercial Property team in Cumbria and joined from local firm Oglethorpe Sturton & Gillibrand. She brings more than 10 years’ experience working in the sector. Meanwhile, solicitor Deborah Turner joined the Preston team from law firm Brabners.

The Construction & Engineering team has expanded with the appointment of partner and head of department Earle Brady.

Earle joined Napthens from DLA Piper in Liverpool where he was legal director and Head of Construction & Engineering in the North West. The high profile solicitor is known for his work in the sector including advising on the stand extension at Anfield for Liverpool Football Club.

Senior associate solicitor Leigh Child also joined the Construction team alongside Earle. Based in Cumbria, Leigh has particular expertise in public procurement.

The Real Estate Division offers advice to a range of clients across the commercial property and construction sectors, and encompasses the specialist departments of Rural Business and Leisure & Licensing.

Jamie Allison, head of Napthens’ Real Estate Division, said: “This is an exciting time for the Real Estate team. A busy property market, strong demand for our specialist services and the opening of new offices in the region over the past few months, have meant we can service our pre-existing clients better whilst being presented with fresh opportunities and new clients coming on board.

Earle Brady, head of Construction & Engineering, James Allison, head of Real Estate, John Lomax, Commerical Property partner, Paul Hardy, Commercial Property partner, Deborah Turner, Commercial Property solicitor