JMW bolsters London Commercial Real Estate Team with three new hires

JMW Solicitors LLP continues its expansion of the London office, with three hires for the Commercial Real Estate Team. This brings the number of new hires in the London office to 34 since May.

Andrew Li, formerly partner at Laytons LLP, joins as a partner with two of his colleagues. They join partners Christian Taylor, Scott Keown, Mahfuz Rahman, Bernard Ralph and Savio D’Costa, bringing the commercial real estate team in London to 11. The Legal 500 describes Andrew as “very proactive” and having “good industry knowledge”.

Andrew’s main practice areas are land development and commercial property. He regularly acts for national and London-based property developers and commercial landlords and tenants in matters involving infrastructure, site set up, freehold reversions sales and acquisitions and disposals of commercial property for property investment companies and end-users.

Andrew will be joined by Natalie Tinson (Chartered Legal Executive) and Darlene Tinson (Plot Sales Manager).

Lee Adams, head of JMW London, said: “In London, we are seeing sustained demand from the commercial real estate sector as companies adapt to the changing working environment. We are attracting the best legal talent in London in the areas that align to demand. We are delighted to welcome Andrew and his team.”

Andrew and his team join the recent five new hires in the Family team. Patrick Hart, formerly Head of Family at Royds Withy King, joined as a partner with three of his colleagues. Tracey Rodford, partner, also joined the Family team from Camilla Baldwin. They strengthen the current team, led by partners Michael Rowlands and Philip Cooper, bringing the family team in London to nine. The Legal 500 describes Patrick as “a vastly experienced divorce lawyer and one of the country’s leading solicitors in representing HNW spouses. He is a superb leader and excellent tactician.”

Joy Kingsley, Senior Partner, said: “We are enjoying significant growth despite the challenging environment. These hires bring the team in London to 41 partners. Our continued investment in the London market is being rewarded by exceptional growth.”

JMW Solicitors LLP has been ranked number 33 in 2020 The Sunday Times 'Best Companies' to work for listing. The listing is compiled from a survey of company staff across all sectors. JMW was the second law firm within the top 100.

JMW Solicitors is ranked 74 in The Lawyer’s “UK 200: The Top 100” for 2020, moving up nine places. The listing confirms that JMW posted the largest organic growth in the 51-100 tier, increasing revenues from £38.3m in 2019 to £47.6m this year. The London office contributed £5.1m to that growth.

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