People: Clarion poaches director from Schofield Sweeney for property team boost; Associate director joins finance recruiter; and more

Sophie Morley has joined Clarion’s property team as a legal director.

Having worked in property litigation for more than 15 years, Morley has extensive experience in all areas of real estate litigation.  She trained and qualified at Hammonds, now Squire Patton Boggs, developing a landlord and tenant specialism, before moving to DWF in 2008 where she developed a strong retail focus.

In addition, she has worked alongside developers advising on site acquisition and post completion issues as well as owners of residential properties. Morley joins from Schofield Sweeney Solicitors in Leeds where she spent almost 18 months as a director in the property litigation department.

Her expertise includes advising on commercial landlord and tenant disputes, lease renewals, rent reviews, break clauses, dilapidations and applications for consent.  She has also acted on various disputes relating to Option Agreements as well as easement and restrictive covenant issues.

Martin Grange, partner and head of Clarion’s property practice, said: “With her impressive track record working with clients of all sizes and advising on complex property matters, Sophie will be a real asset to the team.  Her focus on achieving the client’s aims in a straightforward and cost effective manner is a great fit with our own approach of providing clients with the technical expertise they need while also understanding and implementing their commercial objectives.”

Clarion’s 12-strong property team led by partners Martin Grange, Lindsay Texel and Ben Lamb, provides a range of property expertise from development, investment including real estate finance, asset management and corporate occupier work in all sectors.


Patrick Moore has joined Woodrow Mercer Finance, a joint venture between FDYL, the Yorkshire-based financial consultancy and recruitment specialist, and Birmingham-based recruiterWoodrow Mercer.

Based at the recruiters’ Leeds office, Moore joins as an associate director with more than 15 years’ experience as a senior finance recruitment specialist recruiting across the North. Previously, he spent almost seven years with Michael Page, most recently as a business director in its Page Executive division.  Prior to that, he was regional manager for the North at Hays.

As an associate director for Woodrow Mercer Finance, Moore will be responsible for servicing senior board/executive level finance assignments such as FDs/CFOs, group FCs and heads of finance across the North of England.

Neil Muffitt, managing director of Woodrow Mercer Finance, said: “Demand is continuing to grow across all our services, from the search and selection of portfolio finance directors and financial controllers, full-time interims and permanent FDs and FCs to finance managers and entry level positions.  We have seen significant growth in recent months with four new members joining to enable us to continue to provide the high levels of service our clients expect and, as an extremely experienced senior finance recruitment specialist, Patrick is a great fit with our team and ethos.”

In November, FDYL joined forces with £12m turnover Birmingham-based Woodrow Mercer to launch its new senior financial recruitment division.


Business solutions and insolvency specialist Gibson Booth has welcomed a director.

Gareth Peckett has joined  the firm where he trained more than 10 years ago, to further strengthen its offering as a leading provider of business solutions.

Peckett is a licensed insolvency practitioner and comes with a wealth of experience within the industry having spent over 15 years advising both businesses and individuals.

He re-joins Gibson Booth as a director to help the business develop and grow both locally and nationally.

“I am excited to start a new challenge with Gibson Booth Business Solutions and Insolvency and look forward to working with the established team of professionals to further develop their already extensive services,” he said.