Clarion expands Property team with Associates and Paralegals
Clarion Solicitors in Leeds has expanded its Property Law team with two new Associate Solicitors and two paralegal appointments.
Gina Rhodes and Amy Silverwood are both Associates, with Gina Rhodes bringing to Clarion 11 years of experience in Property law as a commercial property solicitor at Squire Patton Boggs.
Amy Silverwood spent two years at DWF Solicitors, where she completed her training contract. She has previously worked as a paralegal in real estate litigation and property finance, after studying for her Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in York.
Partner and head of property at Clarion, Martin Grange, said:
“As the property market continues to improve, we are seeing increased demand for our services – and the arrival of our four new recruits will be a welcome boost to the team.”
Amy Silverwood added:
“I am delighted to work in a team which has such a good reputation for property in Leeds and further afield.
“I enjoy the diverse nature of the work on offer – and I’m looking forward to helping the team’s clients achieve their goals.”
Charlotte Skinner and Lauren Clark have joined Clarion as paralegals in the growing property team – Charlotte completed her Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School Leeds in 2018 and has already gained experience as a paralegal.
Lauren Clark has worked as a legal assistant in a conveyancing firm, having qualified with a law degree.
Clarion's eight-strong property team provides a full range of property expertise – including development, investment, asset management and corporate occupier work, through to care homes, leisure and secured lending.
In October 2019, Clarion extended its services to businesses, with the launch of a new regulatory practice that will be led by partner Sarah Taylor. She joins Clarion with extensive knowledge in this specialist field, said the firm, including advising UK businesses on regulatory investigations and enforcement.
Her non-contentious practice includes training directors and senior managers on regulatory compliance – and evaluating systems and procedures in terms of due diligence.
In a statement she said that she enjoyed working with clients to protect their interests in the face of enforcement action.
“They work hard to build a compliance agenda and a strong brand – and I enjoy helping them to deal with challenges from regulators.
“I’m excited by the opportunity to head up a brand new practice area for Clarion – and to build on the firm’s strong reputation for client service and commercial advice.
“I am looking forward to what we can achieve together.”
Clarion said that her practice spans health and safety, food safety and trading law, and advertising and marketing.
“She is able to support businesses and directors in relation to fatal and serious accidents in the workplace, unsafe food, unhygienic food premises, food labelling, date coding, pricing and consumer protection.”
She also has extensive experience of advising clients in the retail and food and drink sectors.
“Sarah has Higher Rights of Audience in the Criminal Courts and appears regularly in the Magistrates’ Courts and at Coroners’ Inquests,” added a spokesperson for Clarion.
Previously she spent ten years as a legal director at Pinsent Masons.
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