Property people: Honey; Ware & Kay Solicitors; and more

Sheffield-based housebuilder, Honey, has appointed its sales and build teams as the company prepares for ongoing growth.

Anne Bagshaw joins as sales and marketing director; Rebecca Vaughan has been appointed as sales advisor; Luke Hewitt has been hired as head of construction; James Peace as architectural manager; and Mark Robinson as site manager.

With the exception of Peace, who arrives from running his own architecture consultancy, the other four join from Avant Homes.

Honey was launched last October by former Avant Homes chief executive officer, Mark Mitchell.

The housebuilder is backed by private equity firm Alchemy Partners and its Alchemy Special Opportunities Fund IV which has £937m of fully committed capital.

Honey recently submitted plans to deliver its first two schemes. These comprise a £14m development called Amber in South Normanton, Derbyshire, and a £23.5m development called Iris on Barnburgh Lane, Barnsley. Together, they will provide 145 new two, three and four-bedroom homes.

Mitchell said: “I know from experience the capability and ambition of Anne, Rebecca, Luke, James and Mark, so I am very pleased they have joined Honey as we embark on our housebuilding journey.

“These latest hires mean we now have a complete management team across sales, build, technical, land, finance and commercial providing us with resources and skills we need to accelerate our growth plans.

“We have gone from one to 17 employees in seven months and expect to recruit more people during spring and summer in anticipation of us securing additional development sites.

“Our entry into the market has created a lot of interest and we are in discussions regarding a number of additional sites located throughout Yorkshire and the Midlands.”


Law firm Ware & Kay Solicitors is celebrating a new appointment with the arrival of solicitor Joanne Clark to its Residential Property Team, in York 

She will assist clients with a range of residential property matters including property sales and purchases for both freehold and leasehold property for registered and unregistered land. 

She also has extensive experience of dealing with right to buy, shared equity leases, help to buy mortgages, new build, re-mortgages, equity release and transfers of equity. 

Clark will support clients buying and selling at auction, purchasing buy-to-lets and property registrations. 

Originally from Teesside, she arrives with over 19 years’ experience in Residential Property Law. 

She completed the legal practice course at The College of Law in York in 2002 before qualifying as a solicitor in 2004 and starting her career at a firm of solicitors in Newcastle. 

Clark said: “Ware & Kay is a well-respected firm with a great reputation across Yorkshire for the quality service it provides – this was key for me in joining the team.  

“The residential market is more complicated than ever, with shared ownership, help to buy and other options giving clients greater choice over how property is purchased and sold. 

“I am looking forward to using my experience to advise clients, so they can better understand and navigate the options available and make the right decisions for themselves and their families.”

Director Holly Stevens said: “Joanne brings with her a wealth of experience and a strong track record in a very competitive market. 

“Her deep understanding of the residential property sector will help deliver smooth property transactions while dealing with complex issues if they arise enabling us to continue to deliver a first class service to our clients and strengthen our client offering.”


North Yorkshire law firm, McCormicks Solicitors, has appointed a new solicitor.

Katy Maskell-Edwards joins as a senior associate in the Residential Property department.

She brings a wealth of experience in property, working primarily in private practice on behalf of individuals and companies.

And she has recently completed a Criminology Master of Science degree.

Managing partner Stephen Hopwood said: “Katy is a welcome addition to the team and will undoubtedly offer a safe pair of hands for anyone in the process of a residential property transaction.”

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