Strategic partner hire for Shoosmiths as property litigation team swells client roster

Strategic partner hire for Shoosmiths as property litigation team swells client roster

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Author: Kara Shadbolt

National law firm Shoosmiths has made a senior addition to its growing property litigation team in the firm's real estate practice group. Real estate litigation specialist Richard Symonds joins as a partner based in Manchester.

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Real estate litigation specialist Richard Symonds joins as a partner based in Manchester.

The national property litigation team at Shoosmiths now boasts 23 lawyers and Richard's appointment makes Shoosmiths' property litigation team one of the largest in Manchester, with six specialist lawyers.

Richard has 20 years' experience in all aspects of real estate litigation and joins following a 12-year tenure at Addleshaw Goddard. Hired as an associate in its London team in 2004, he worked his way to the role of legal director in just five years. Prior to this he spent eight years at the Titmuss Sainer Dechert - now Dechert LLP - where he completed his training and worked as a solicitor in the City.

Richard has expertise in all aspects of commercial landlord and tenant litigation and portfolio management, including: Landlord & Tenant Act 1954 lease renewals and oppositions to renewal, forfeiture, guarantee claims under the Landlord and Tenant (Covenants) Act 1995 and avoidance strategies, the operation of break clauses and dilapidations claims. He also has extensive experience in advising developers and the hospitality sector.

Richard is a member of The Property Litigation Association and has dealt with numerous professional negligence claims against surveyors and solicitors arising out of property transactions, in addition to possessing particular knowledge on the implementation and operation of CVAs.

Prior to Richard's appointment over the last 12 months; Kirsty Black was hired in to the team as senior associate, Ben Kelly joined as a newly qualified solicitor, Sarah Dunning joined as a paralegal and existing team member Sophie Tracey was promoted to associate.

Wayne Nash, partner and head of Shoosmiths' real estate litigation team in Manchester, said: 'The property litigation team has tripled its client base over the last three years - with notable additions including Renaker Build, FO Developments, Fortis and Student Castle- with the prospect of several more over the coming months.

'The team has expanded in response to client demand and Richard's appointment adds invaluable property litigation expertise, in addition to the experience of guiding a growing team.'

Commenting on his appointment, Richard said: 'The decision to join Shoosmiths was a clear one for me. The Manchester office in particular has a reputation as a market-leader in property law, regionally and nationally. The chance to work with clients such as Allied London and The Emerson Group - which are heavily involved in the continued growth and development of Manchester - is very exciting.

'I'm also keen to facilitate the team's continued expansion and believe my previous experience at Addleshaw Goddard leaves me well equipped to do so.'