National law firm Shoosmiths has boosted its growing real estate team with the appointment of real estate partner Kathy Toon, who joins from SGH Martineau where she was head of retail.
Kathy's appointment follows hot on the heels of the appointment of retail partner, Ellis Gardner-Browne to the Shoosmiths Nottingham office from Geldards, where he was head of retail property. The appointments of Ellis and Kathy complement the appointments of other new starters in the national retail team in recent months.
Kathy - who will be based in Shoosmiths' Birmingham office - has more than 20 years' experience in the legal profession. At SGH Martineau, Kathy advised developer and retail clients on all aspects of real estate work. Previous to that, Kathy held positions at Clarke Willmott and DLA Piper, as real estate partner and head of office, and head of retail real estate, respectively. At Shoosmiths, Kathy will advise clients on a range of real estate issues with particular focus on retail, development and portfolio management work.
Kathy has been recognised in the Chambers & Partners legal directory as a 'leader in her field' since 2006. Most recently, the directory said Kathy has a 'tactical appreciation of a wide range of issues', and has also been described by the directory as 'highly regarded for her work on behalf of retail clients as well as investors and developers'.
On her appointment, Kathy commented: 'I am very pleased to join Shoosmiths, a firm which is famed for its exceptional client service and expertise, particularly in this sector. It is very hard not to notice Shoosmiths' presence in the marketplace. It is an exciting place to be with a growing national real estate team. I am looking forward to making my mark here'.
Shoosmiths' head of office and head of real estate in Birmingham, Jason Jackson, said: 'We are very pleased that Kathy has joined our successful and well established real estate team.
'Kathy has a strong reputation in the retail sector and she brings with her well known national and regional clients and will work with our existing retail team to strengthen and grow existing client relationships. We are delighted that she made the move across to Shoosmiths and are confident she will add value to our practice very quickly.'
The firm provides advice to retailers across many disciplines which in real estate includes development, funding, leasing, portfolio management, acquisition and disposal of real estate. The firm has one of the UK's leading real estate teams, ranked top-tier in the Legal 500 and in the Chambers and Partners guides.