Schofield Sweeney appoints head of property litigation team

Schofield Sweeney appoints head of property litigation team

Schofield Sweeney has welcomed back Richard Jobes to lead its property litigation team.

Jobes is a well-respected litigation expert whose practice focuses on disputes over land and has grown to include a specialism in planning-related litigation.

He acts for investors, landlords, retailers, and owner-managed businesses. Jobes also works closely with clients on major infrastructure projects and contentious planning matters.

Jobes has been published in the Estates Gazette and Property Law Journal and regularly delivers sessions to clients and intermediaries. He is also a member of the Property Litigation Association (sitting on its northern committee) and the Compulsory Purchase Association.

Given the Schofield Sweeney’s presence across Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield, servicing clients over the whole of the region, as well as acting for a significant number of national clients, Jobes is well placed to maximise value and achieve the best practical outcomes for the firm’s expanding client base.

Commenting on his return to Schofield Sweeney, where he started his career, first as a trainee and then as a qualified solicitor, Jobes said: “Whilst it has grown during the intervening years, the firm still exemplifies the values that initially attracted me to it: clarity, commerciality, and a can-do spirit.”

Jobes added: “We are living through uncertain times. Tenants are concerned about their ability to pay the rent. Landlords naturally want to know what options they have in relation to struggling tenants. I am looking forward to helping business and individuals deal with the impact of the pandemic. Despite the economic climate, the firm is doing very well, and I fully expect the property litigation team will expand in the coming months.”

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