Clarion welcomes five new starters

Clarion welcomes five new starters

Clarion has welcomed five new starters in Leeds in recent months.

The latest recruits to join the Clarion team include associates Kate Fernyhough, Sarfraz Iqbal, Helen Spalding and Nicky Beynon, and debt recovery executive Shelian Craig.

The Leeds law firm also appointed experienced business lawyer Laurie Dale as a legal director this month.

After four years working both in-house and for a law firm, Fernyhough joins Clarion’s real estate team, where she will focus on real estate finance. She has experience of advising on a range of property matters, predominantly with a landlord and tenant focus, but also on general development matters.

Iqbal will also boost Clarion’s commercial real estate team. With five years of experience at an international law firm, he has a track record of advising a variety of large commercial clients, including national high street banks, airlines and public bodies, connected with the management of their real estate portfolios and advising on all aspects of landlord and tenant matters.

The costs and litigation funding team is continuing to expand with the recruitment of Spalding.

As well as having spent 10 years as a costs draftsman prior to starting her training contract, Spalding has worked in law for the past four years and is skilled in drafting bills, points of dispute, replies, costs budgets, and budget discussion reports.

She is experienced in acting for both paying and receiving parties on a range of matters, including high-value complex claims and group litigation, and is a highly proficient negotiator.

Beynon moves to Clarion in a non-legal role as a banking finance associate having gained 15 years of real estate experience at another Yorkshire law firm, working both as a conveyancer and as a commercial property paralegal.

Finally, Craig joins as a debt recovery executive after 23 years with another law firm where she held various roles including debt recovery assistant.

She is qualified as a specialist paralegal in debt recovery and has experience in commercial debt recovery, assisting clients in a number of sectors ranging from manufacturers, to electrical suppliers, commercial rent arrears and working on behalf of debt collection agencies.

Roger Hutton, joint managing partner at Clarion, said: “Despite the current challenges, Clarion is continuing to look to the future and bring on board new talent in order to ensure that clients receive the expertise and high levels of service they have come to expect. A very warm welcome to all of our new joiners.”

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