ABSOLUTE client focus continues to be the main driver at law firm Hewitsons, with a number of staff appointments having been made throughout the business, further strengthening its legal team.
Legal director Rachel Sims has joined in a senior role as head of the firm's real estate litigation team whilst Kerri Woodrow has joined Hewitsons as a partner in the private wealth team.
Brendon Lee has joined the planning and environment team, headed up by Gemma Dudley;
and Michael Gray has joined the agriculture and rural property team - both as solicitors.
In addition, Virginia Henley has been promoted to head of the firm's charities, education and social enterprise team.
Rachel Sims has extensive experience of providing general landlord and tenant dispute resolution advice across a large direct real estate investment portfolio. She regularly advises on tenant insolvency, dilapidations, forfeiture, lease renewals and contested break options and claims for breach of covenant.
Kerri Woodrow advises clients in relation to the preparation of wills, tax and succession planning, the formation and administration of trusts, the administration of estates, and on lasting and enduring powers of attorney.
Brendon Lee specialises in both contentious and non-contentious cases. His planning experience covers both major and minor commercial and residential developments.
Michael Gray has experience in acting for landowners submitting adverse possession applications and first registration applications where the original title deeds have been lost and destroyed.
Virginia Henley specialises in advising charities, universities and schools, and a wide range of not-for-profit organisations on the core legal, regulatory and governance issues they face. This includes close support on governance, re-structuring, policies and procedures, registrations, trading, fundraising, the role of trustees, disputes, contracts, commercial arrangements, constitutional documents, collaborative working and mergers, risk management and general charity law.
Hewitsons managing partner Colin Jones said: "With offices in Northampton, Cambridge, Milton Keynes and London, Hewitsons is in a strong position as the UK awaits what Brexit delivers this year and how that will affect the region, including proposed development plans in the Oxford Cambridge Arc.
"Hewitsons as a firm continues to move forward, having recently invested heavily in IT infrastructure and in new people, with several appointments across the firm.
"We are delighted to welcome staff to their new positions at Hewitsons and wish them long and happy careers with the firm."
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