SAS Daniels recruits five lawyers to support record property team growth

North West law firm SAS Daniels announces the appointment of five new legal property specialists to support its rapidly expanding team. Neil Powell joins as a Partner in the commercial property team, along with Solicitor Emily Clarke and Associate Solicitors Stewart Smith and Scott Tams. Amy Dickens, also an Associate Solicitor, joins the busy residential property team that has seen an increase in cases of 100% last year in comparison to 2014.

Associate Solicitor, Stewart Smith brings a further 23 years commercial property experience and a specialism in the renewable energy sector. Stewart 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. Stewart is based at SAS Daniels’ office in Chester supporting clients locally and in North Wales.

Partner, 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. Neil is based at the firm’s Stockport office but will also cover the firm’s other offices in Macclesfield, Chester and Congleton.

Emily Clarke, who joined SAS Daniels in August on a temporary basis to help support the large increase in deals the property team has recently seen, has now taken a permanent role at the company. Emily joins from DWF and her skills are complimentary to those brought by Neil and Scott.

James Clarke, Partner and head of the commercial property team at SAS Daniels, comments: “We’re delighted to have made such strong and experienced hires in the commercial and residential property teams. Both Neil and Stewart bring experience of the public sector and energy service areas, which will take us into new areas with existing clients and prospective clients. Emily’s already proved her worth over the last few months and is now an integral part of the team, delivering sound property advice for clients.

“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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