Legal news: SAS Daniels; Cartwright King

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SAS Daniels has announced further growth in its property teamS.

The new hires at the Cheshire firm are: commercial property partner Neil Powell, solicitor Emily Clarke and associate solicitors Stewart Smith and Scott Tams. Amy Dickens, also an associate solicitor has joined the residential property team that has seen an increase in cases of 100% last year in comparison to 2014.

Neil Powell brings with him 30 years of commercial property experience, with specialisms in regeneration and development in both the private and public sector. Acting for local government, Neil has worked within the education and retail sectors. His new role will see him support the growing commercial property team and advance services focusing on development and regeneration, as well as the needs of local government. He is based in Stockport, but will also cover the firm’s other offices in Macclesfield, Chester and Congleton.

 Associate Solicitor, Stewart Smith previously led the legal team at AMEC Wind Energy and worked on a number of renewable energy schemes at law firm, MFG. Prior to that he worked at Walker Smith Way in Chester, predominantly for landlords and tenants. He  is based at SAS Daniels’ office in Chester.

Emily Clarke, who joined SAS Daniels in August from DWF on a temporary basis to help support the large increase in deals the property team has recently seen, has now taken a permanent role.

James Clarke, partner and head of the commercial property team said: “The property team is currently in a period of rapid growth with a number of new clients and cases. These five new appointments will not only help us support these new clients but also allow us to address new markets. In addition, they will help bolster the construction and engineering service that we launched earlier this year, set up by Roger Allsup. We’re looking to continue to expand the team in the coming months to support the current and expected growth in the New Year.”

Scott Tams joins from Fieldings Porter and Amy Dickens from Birchall Blackburn Law. Both join the property team at the firm’s Stockport office, with Scott joining later in January.

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NATIONAL firm Cartwright King says it is looking for more mergers and acquisitions as it targets growth of a least 10% this year.

The firm, which in 2015 merged with Manchester and Bolton-based firm Garstangs Burrows Busson, has its headquarters in Nottingham.

It said key areas of focus include fraud, cybercrime, court of protection, mental health, family and care practice areas.

Managing director, Rupert Hawke said:”I am feeling very excited about 2016, as we plan to continue to grow our business in all our 18 offices. There will be continued consolidation in the area of crime as far as the market is concerned, but as one of the top three providers in this category in terms of turnover, we believe we can carry on and indeed develop our successful track record in criminal law.

“Apart from focusing on organic growth, we will be looking at mergers and acquisitions on a case by case basis, with a view to achieving ABS status in the medium to long term. 2015 saw successful mergers with The First Law Partnership, Garstangs Burrows Bussin and Macnab Clarke, which were all excellent matches for us in terms of mind-set and attitude to delivering quality customer service – which are both critical factors when considering potential merger partners.”

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