Shoosmiths real estate swells in Manchester with string of senior hires

Shoosmiths real estate swells in Manchester with string of senior hires


Author: Kara Shadbolt

National law firm Shoosmiths has expanded its real estate offering with the hire of four senior lawyers in Manchester.

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L-R: Alison Howarth, Sam Grange, Vaqas Farooq, Ruth Clare, Gary King

Joining Shoosmiths from Eversheds is Ruth Clare, a senior associate in core real estate work with 14 years' post-qualified experience (PQE). Ruth has expertise in advising on a wide range of issues facing occupier, investor and corporate clients across the range of their property interests. Sam Grange, a senior associate in planning also joins from Eversheds with 10 years' PQE. Sam advises on all aspects of planning and highways law, and the law relating to compulsory acquisition and compensation.

Senior associate, Garry King, and associate, Alison Howarth, will also specialise in core real estate work. Garry, joins Shoosmiths from DWF with 12 years PQE and advises on landlord/tenant issues, estate management and sales and purchases. Alison joins the firm from Mills & Reeves in Leeds, with 7 years' PQE, and is experienced in advising on a range of issues, from initial site assembly and complex acquisition/development work, through to lettings, site sales/leaseback and the full remit of asset management and investment.

Vaqas Farooq, head of real estate in Manchester, said: 'It is a pleasure to welcome Ruth, Sam, Garry and Alison in to the fold here at Shoosmiths. The national real estate team has been going from strength to strength and it has certainly shown here in Manchester, where we have been carrying out work that has been fundamentally reshaping the city and region. As a result, we are becoming renowned as a market leader in the region not only for our expertise but our client service.'

He added: 'Ruth, Garry, Sam and Alison are all experienced professionals who share the values that make Shoosmiths a stand-out firm. We wish them every success here.'

The new hires follow on from last year's appointments of Neil Armstrong, senior associate in construction and real estate litigation senior associate, Matthew Forrest and solicitor Sophie Kindon.

Shoosmiths' real estate group is one of the largest in the UK, made up of teams advising on real estate, construction, planning, property litigation, and environmental issues.

Shoosmiths' clients include commercial and residential developers, investors, retail and leisure operators, social housing bodies, major corporate occupiers, banks and other funders and a range of public sector bodies.