Clarion’s real estate litigation team L-R: Phil Feather, Sophie Morley and Mia Branchette.
Jane Imrie

This week's Yorkshire appointments

Phillip Feather, Clarion

Law firm Clarion has appointed Phillip Feather to its real estate litigation team in Leeds.

Joining the team as an associate, Phillip started his career in general litigation and has specialised in real estate for the last four years.

Phillip has experience advising on a range of real estate litigation matters including lease renewals and lease terminations, break notices, possession claims, adverse possession, easements and dilapidation claims.

Phillip commented: “I’m really excited to be part of a specialist team working with such fantastic clients.

“The wide range of clients including developers, commercial landlords and tenants, funders and public bodies as well as individuals and banks, is really rare in the Leeds market and provides superb quality of work.

“It was this mix and quality of work which attracted me to the Clarion team, and I am looking forward to helping it to continue its growth.”

Sophie Morley, Clarion’s legal director, added: “Phillip is a welcome addition to the team, adding strength in depth as demand for our services keeps growing.

“All aspects of the property market are busy, and we are seeing a lot of activity across all sectors. It’s great news that we now have a three-strong team of dedicated real estate litigation experts and we were also very pleased to be listed in the Legal 500 this year for the first time.”

Nick Child and Richard Squire, Wilton Developments

Property management firm Wilton Developments has appointed Nick Child as development director and Richard Squire as development manager.

Nick has held director level roles in firms including Shepherd Developments and most recently Clugston Estates.

Richard has had senior roles also with Clugston and Shepherds amongst other regional developers, with the pair having a combined development and property experience of over 60 years between them.

Managing director Jason Stowe, commented: “I’m delighted to announce that Nick and Richard have agreed to join us at Wilton.

“It goes without saying that their experience, knowledge and contacts will be invaluable as we take Wilton into the new decade and the next 15 years of its development. “The company remains proudly Leeds and Yorkshire based, privately owned and well funded and the appointment of Nick and Richard is a further example of our commitment to the region and property investment.”

Joel Turner and Alex Blaikley, twentysix

Digital agency twentysix has appointed Joel Turner as commercial director and Alex Blaikley has been appointed as media campaign director.

Both Joel and Alex have joined the agency from Epiphany. Joel will head up the sales and marketing function, whilst Alex will take on a new role focused around bringing together the agency’s media and search proposition.

Ryan Scott, CEO at twentysix commented: “We’re delighted to welcome Joel and Alex to the business.

“We know that our clients want access to brilliant talent who can respond quickly, crack complex problems and want to work collaboratively together.

“Alongside the hire of our strategy & planning director, Ben Bisco, we believe Alex and Joel give us a competitive edge in the market to continue to do this for our clients.”

Commenting on his appointment, Alex said: “I’m excited to join the team and I look forward to utilising the platforms, insight, passion and expertise that exist within twentysix to drive growth for our clients.”

Joel added: “twentysix is already a huge success and has an enviable reputation. The agency has a strong roadmap for growth and I’m looking forward to being part of the next stage of the journey.”

Dan Kurdziej and Tim Cowley, Fired Up Technologies

Audio-visual technology company Fired Up Technologies has appointed Dan Kurdziej as chief operating officer and Tim Cowley as business development manager.

Dan brings business management experience from a range of industries, having managed businesses both in the UK and Europe.

Tim has over eight years of experience within the family entertainment sector, most recently working for SPI Global Play in Wrexham.

Founder and CEO, David Wolfenden, commented: “We welcome Dan’s and Tim’s extensive knowledge and experience.

“We look forward to the two of them helping shape our growth strategy over the coming months and years, as we work to improve and sustain our position as a leading provider in audio-visual and interactive technologies across the UK and Europe.”

Ken Epplestone, Roy Flowdy and Sameh Dawoud, Smith Brothers

High-voltage power contractor Smith Brothers has made three new hires to its team.

The firm has appointed Ken Epplestone and Roy Flowdy as project managers, and has brought Sameh Dawoud onboard as civil design engineer.

Ken brings 33 years of experience within the sector, having held senior management positions at Northern Powergrid, Electricity Northwest, Carillion, Enterprise and Amey.

Roy has worked in the transmission and distribution equipment industry for over 30 years, holding accreditations for all but one of the distribution network operators (DNO) in the UK and Ireland.

Sameh has worked in the industry since 1987 after graduating from university.

In addition, Adam Kirk and James Boothroyd have completed their Utility and Construction Training (UCT) each with full-time roles as a trainee fitter and prover.

David Ogden, managing director at Smith Brothers said: “It’s a very exciting time for Smith Brothers, with over 650 KW of high-voltage connection projects currently in planning, design and construction.

“As our reputation as an ICP and EPC specialist flourishes, we’re constantly looking to expand our team of industry talent in order to support demand.

“As a company, we’re incredibly passionate about nurturing skills at all ages, and alongside the three new faces, it’s great to see two of our apprentices finishing their education and joining us as full-time members of staff.”

Jenni Bartram, Harrowells

Law firm Harrowells has appointed Jenni Bartram as consultant.

A member of the Agricultural Law Association and former president of the Yorkshire Law Society, Jenni qualified as a solicitor in 1981.

Jenni has experience in several areas of law involving farm businesses and landowners including partnerships, wills, taxation and succession planning, diversification schemes, including holiday and leisure developments; business tenancies, property, planning and renewable energy schemes.

Jenni, who has worked with the National Farmer’s Union (NFU) as a panel member, also sat on a legal committee of Agricultural Law Association and Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) members on the introduction of the IAACS predecessor of the Basic Payment Scheme.

Jenni commented: “I am delighted to join Harrowells as the firm is developing a dedicated and very able team with depth and ability to look after the agricultural sector. I look forward to supporting them.

“There will be vast changes for British farming during the next five years. As we leave the EU, we currently have no idea whom our future trading partners will be and what rules and regulations will apply.

“Support under the existing Basic Payment Scheme will also end which is going to cause a large drop in income and profit for many agricultural businesses which should now be forward planning very carefully in light of these changes.”

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