Matthew Neville

This week’s Yorkshire appointments

This week’s round up of Yorkshire appointments includes LCF Law, Dacre, Son & Hartley and Sterling Capitol. Read on to find out more.

(L - R): Roger Raper, Haroon Qayum and James Austin, LCF Law

Yorkshire based law firm LCF Law has appointed three new partners after promoting Roger Raper and James Austin, as well as recruiting experienced private client lawyer, Haroon Qayum. The trio are based across the firm’s Leeds and Harrogate offices.

Roger has worked in LCF Law’s disputes team, in Leeds city centre, for nine years advising companies and individuals on all types of commercial disputes. Last month he successfully won a claim, following a repudiatory breach of contract by the defendant, and secured a judgement for full damages claimed and indemnity costs for his client.

James joined LCF Law in 2017 and is an experienced employment lawyer based at the firm’s Harrogate office. He advises SMEs through to large companies on all aspects of employment law and works across all industries, with particular expertise in the manufacturing, healthcare, education and charities sectors.

Haroon now heads up LCF Law’s personal law team in Harrogate, and is experienced in advising families and individuals on all aspects of private client law, including the drafting of wills and trusts, administration of estates, lasting powers of attorney, inheritance and estate tax planning.

Simon Stell, managing partner at LCF Law, said: “James and Roger are long serving members of our team who are renowned for offering high quality, straightforward advice to clients that genuinely adds value. They walk in their clients’ shoes and their combined legal experience and client focussed approach makes them valuable members of LCF Law.

“Haroon is experienced in advising clients on all aspects of estate planning and non-contentious private client work. He has previously led a successful private client department, and is a welcome addition to our team, as we attract impressive numbers of new clients throughout Harrogate and beyond.”

Matthew Fox, Dacre, Son & Hartley

Estate agent, Dacre, Son & Hartley, has appointed experienced estate agent, Matthew Fox, to head up its Saltaire office. Matthew, who grew up in Saltaire and currently lives in Bingley, has spent the last five years working in Shipley for a national estate agency chain.

Dacre, Son & Hartley’s Saltaire office, which has occupied a prominent position on Bingley Road for more than 20 years, sells all types of homes throughout Saltaire and its World Heritage Site, as well as operating in Shipley, Nab Wood, Allerton, Thornton, Clayton, Queensbury, Heaton, Thackley, Idle and Greengates.

Matthew said: “Moving to Dacre, Son & Hartley is an opportunity to join a leading independent estate agent that is very highly regarded in the local area and beyond. The Saltaire office also covers a wide geographical area, which makes this a role with plenty of potential, especially because there is so much demand in the market from homebuyers.

“Most homes are selling in a matter of days at the moment, and first-time buyers are particularly active snapping up three bedroom semi-detached homes. Traditional terraces priced between £150,000 and £300,000, are also highly sought-after, which makes it an ideal time for anyone thinking about selling.”

Patrick McCutcheon, head of residential at Dacre, Son & Hartley, which operates 20 offices across West and North Yorkshire, said: “Matthew brings both experience and good local knowledge to this role, which are both crucial attributes in a fast-moving property market, and we’re pleased to welcome him into our team.”

Tom Brown, Sterling Capitol

Sterling Capitol, the leading Yorkshire property development company, has strengthened its team with the appointment of Tom Brown. as a senior development surveyor. The award-winning company, chaired by Sir Bob Murray CBE, owns and manages business parks across the county.

Tom, who studied real estate at Sheffield Hallam University, joins from Network Rail where he had worked for the past five years. He previously worked for property consultancies Carter Jonas in Yorkshire and Lambert Smith Hampton in the North West.

Tom commented: “I am delighted to be joining Sterling Capitol at such an exciting time for the industry, and for Sterling Capitol. To join an established developer such as Sterling is a fantastic opportunity for me which I could not turn down”.

“We have a strong pipeline of sites we are bringing forward for development and we are very much on the acquisition drive for new opportunities across Yorkshire and the North East”.

Paul Beckett, head of development at Sterling, added: “Tom’s appointment will both enhance and strengthen our team. He has an excellent track record, and his experience and expertise will be a massive asset to our company”.

“As one of the most respected property development companies in the region, we are focussed on building on the company’s achievements in the past two decades. Tom’s role in the business will be pivotal to ensure a successful future.”


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