‘Key’ appointments made as Clarke Willmott grows Commercial Property team

Legal | Property & Construction | South West
The new line-up t Clarke Willmott’s South West Commercial Property team: (L-R) Roger Seaton, Jessamy Warren, Nick Francombe, Becky Reilly, Philip Brown, Cara Snow, Ewen Cairns and Tim Walker.

A number of new appointments have been made to the South West Commercial Property team of legal firm Clarke Willmott.

Ten years of growth in the quality of client work and fee income – to the extent that the team now generates more than £2.5m of fee income annually – has meant a number of new faces have been added to the team at Blackbrook in Taunton.

Following the internal appointment of Claire Tofts to partner and the promotion of Philip Brown to equity membership, several new appointments have also been announced.

Ewen Cairns joins as partner, while Becky Reilly and Jessamy Warren have also joined as solicitors and Cara Snow as paralegal.

Ewen, who is dual qualified, joins from Brodies LLP, a top 50 UK law firm and Scotland’s largest law firm, where he practiced both Scottish and English law.

He advises lenders, investors, developers, corporates and funds on the full range of real estate transactions within the UK.

He will be working in key areas such as sustainable finance, energy and the environment to help clients produce spaces, buildings and cities where people can thrive.

Ewen said: “I am pleased to be joining the business at such an exciting time in its growth.

“Clarke Willmott focuses on developing services for clients who require expert legal advice, which is synonymous with my practice and I am looking forward to working alongside the wider team to further develop our offering.”

Becky has joined after studying at the University of Sheffield and the University of Law and having previously worked in the commercial property team at a Thames Valley-based law firm.

She undertakes a wide range of commercial property work including commercial landlord and tenant matters, secured lending and property acquisitions and disposals.

Jessamy joined the team after studying at the University of Sussex and BPP Cambridge and working at Birketts LLP where she completed her training contract.

She specialises in acquisitions and disposals, commercial landlord and tenant work, secured lending and development.

Cara joined Clarke Willmott having recently completed her Legal Practice Course and a Masters in law and business.

Commercial Property Partner Tim Walker said: “It is vital to the ongoing success of our team and for the provision of quality legal services to our clients that we recruit good quality lawyers to lead our team in the future, and our new team members are a key part of this plan.

“Ewen has decided to build his future in Somerset with his family and brings new contacts and a wide experience of property work. He will work with junior members of the team to continue and build the success and growth of our commercial property services to the South West.”

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