People: LCP; Real Estate Investors; Birmingham City University

LCP, the commercial property and investment company, has announced a number of key promotions within its in-house legal team, together with a new appointment.

Richard Honick has been appointed to the role of associate legal director. He joined LCP in 2015 as senior legal counsel in the company’s Black Country headquarters.

Neil Harrison and Ruth Bourton, also based in the headquarters in Kingswinford, have been promoted to senior legal counsel, as has Robin Kennedy, a dual qualified solicitor based in the group’s Scotland office.

Joining the legal team is Danielle Hall, who has been appointed as legal counsel. An experienced commercial real estate lawyer, she joins LCP in a newly created role that will see her dividing her time between the LCP London office in Millbank and Maddox Street, London, where Evolve Estates, affiliated with the LCP Group of companies, is based. This latest appointment bolsters the legal resource at the LCP Group to a team of eight in-house lawyers.

Amy James, legal director and head of legal (UK) at LCP, said: “The LCP Group has experienced strong growth over the past few years, which is reflected in the development and expansion of the in-house legal department in our regional offices and headquarters.

“These are all well-earned promotions and I wish my colleagues every success in their new roles. We are also very pleased to welcome Danielle to a newly created post, and her considerable experience, particularly in the retail and leisure sectors, will further enhance the service offered by the team.”

Ruth Bourton, Richard Honick and Neil Harrison, who have been promoted in LCP’s legal team.


Real Estate Investors, the Birmingham-based property REIT with close to £200m of commercial property ownership across the Midlands, has announced two promotions to director within the business.

Anna Durnford and Ian Clark have both stepped up from senior manager level.

Durnford specialises in investor relations and also oversees the day-to-day operations within the business, having joined REI in 2007 from a financial services background.

Clark heads up the asset management team and has been responsible for the asset management strategy across the portfolio since joining the firm in 2011. Prior to joining REI, he worked for Argent Estates for ten years as asset manager managing the 1.5 million sq ft Brindleyplace estate.

Paul Bassi, chief executive officer at REI, said: “I congratulate Anna and Ian on their well-deserved promotions, which recognise the outstanding contribution they have both made to the business over the last decade.”


Champion of the creative industries and founder of the BBC Asian Network Anita Bhalla OBE has been named as the next chair of Birmingham City University’s board of governors.

She will take up her position as deputy chair on the Board from October this year, before taking over as chair when current incumbent Mark Hopton’s term of office finishes in May 2023.

Professor Philip Plowden, vice-chancellor, Birmingham City University, said: “Anita is the ideal person to take us forward and I am so pleased that she will be our next chair of governors.

“Her experience across the fields of journalism, creative arts and of course, social mobility, is an ideal match for us as a university, and I very much look forward to working with her.

“I have no doubt she will provide a fresh degree of constructive challenge to ensure everyone at BCU is doing all we can to provide the very best experience for our students and the communities we serve.”

Bhalla said: “I am thrilled and excited to be joining Birmingham City University at a time when there are so many opportunities ahead of us as well as the inevitable challenges. Our University and students are  vital to the economic and social growth of the region and I hope to play my part in helping this to become a reality. I am looking forward to working with a dedicated team to ensure we do the best for our students and the region.”