Further Recruit Builds on JMW’s Commercial Real Estate Teams Growth


Samantha Blackburn has joined the in Commercial Real Estate team at Manchester based full service law firm JMW Solicitors LLP.

Samantha joins JMW from Slater and Gordon and previously Pannone where she has been for a total of 21 years, more recently as a Partner and Principal Lawyer. She specialises in all areas of in Commercial Real Estate including dealing with financing and refinancing of retail, industrial, office and development portfolios, drafting documentation for mixed use schemes, dealing with the property aspects of large corporate acquisitions and acting for a number of social housing providers.

Samantha joins the Commercial Real Estate team at JMW after an exceptional few years of growth. The team now comprises of 40 lawyers in Commercial Real Estate having grown from 8 lawyers just 5 years ago.  In the past 12 months no less than 12 new Lawyers have joined the department. Meanwhile another Partner and 5 other Lawyers are set to in the next 3 months. 

Fee income for the department is likely to exceed £4.5m from £1.7m in 2013 and since that time the team has broken the £1 billion barrier for the value of the deals they have handled. In the last financial year fee income for the commercial property team rose by 15% with total files opened increasing by 11%.

As well as the 40 lawyers working in JMW’s Commercial Real Estate there are an additional 52 working in Residential Property with another 11 due to start by October.

Commenting on Samantha’s appointment at JMW, Joy Kingsley, Senior Partner said:

“I am delighted to welcome Sam to the Commercial Real Estate team at JMW especially as I have known her for many years whilst we were both at Pannone. Sam brings a wealth of experience and expertise in all areas of commercial real estate work. It has been an exciting few years for our Commercial Real Estate team enjoying exceptional growth in numbers and quality of clients.

Our decision to invest in Commercial Real Estate means we are well placed to capitalise on the many opportunities that have presented themselves both with lawyers and clients which has led to strong financial performance in Property and at JMW.”

Samantha Blackburn said about her appointment at JMW:

“I have known Joy Kingsley for many years from Pannone and when I decided to leave Slater & Gordon, JMW was the obvious choice for me. I am very much looking forward to working as part of the very busy Commercial Real Estate team at JMW. I am very impressed by the quality and number of property clients at JMW as well as the number of Partners who hold the work of clients who are extremely active in the property market”.


For more information:

Samantha Meakin

0161 828 1981



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