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Senior appointments to the property team at Napthens

Experienced commercial property legal experts Paul Hardy and John Lomax have joined North West law firm Napthens as partners.

Paul, of Blackpool, joins Napthens’ Blackpool & Fylde office after 17 years at Manchester law firm Hempsons where he trained and became a partner.

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 will be based at the firm’s Preston office.

Paul 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 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.

James 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 services and the opening of new offices in the region over the past few months, have meant fresh opportunities and new clients coming on board.

“Our reputation in the region means we are in the fortunate position of being able to recruit top class, highly experienced new members to the team who will bring real benefits for our clients.”

The pair are the latest recruits to the firm’s Real Estate division, following the appointments earlier this year of staff including Commercial Property partner Kate Mallaband and solicitor Deborah Turner.

Meanwhile, the Construction team has expanded with the appointment of partner and head of department Earle Brady, and senior associate Leigh Child.